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Syrinx

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    Syrinx was not a lucky nymph. Unfortunately for her, she caught the attention of lusty god Pan, who chased her all around and tried to have his way with her. To escape him, Syrinx begged the naiads of the River Ladon to transform her into a bunch of reeds. Pan was so bummed that he cut some of the reeds and bound them together to make the first ever pan flute. What do you think: twisted or romantic?

    Basic Information

    Name

    Syrinx

    Nickname

    Pan Flute Girl

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    The shore of the River Ladon, Arcadia

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Um, being reeds?

    Education

    The Artemis School of Chastity

    Beliefs

    Political views

    She's a bunch of reeds now, so she doesn't really care what happens.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Ladon (Some say the river was her father.)

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    None

    Friends

    Artemis
    The naiads of the River Ladon

    Enemies

    Pan

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single

    Interested in

    Nobody

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Planet Earth 
    Once Upon a Time 
    Revenge 

    Quotations

    "Pan, Pan is dead."
    – from "The Dead Pan" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    "What was he doing, the great god Pan,
    Down in the reeds by the river?
    Spreading ruin and scattering ban"
    – from "A Musical Instrument" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    "The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over."
    – Aesop

    "Wade in the water
    Wade in the water, children
    Wade in the water
    God's gonna trouble the water"
    – from "Wade in the Water"

    "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day."
    – Winnie the Pooh

    Books

    "A Musical Instrument" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 
    "The Dead Pan" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (yeah, she loves her) 
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    "Birches" by Robert Frost 
    The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank 
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 
    "in Just" by e. e. cummings 
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
    The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes 
    "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

    Music

    Down to the River to Pray (the Alison Krauss version)
    We Are Never Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift 
    Syrinx (La Flute da Pan) by Claude Debussy 
    Bottom of the River by Delta Rae
    Spectrum by Florence + the Machine 
    Wade in the Water by Eva Cassidy 
    The Temples of Syrinx by Rush 

    Movies

    Pan's Labyrinth 
    Beasts of the Southern Wild 
    Spirited Away 
    Psycho 
    Les Misérables 
    A River Runs Through It 
    Cloud Atlas 
    The Virgin Suicides 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Arbor Day
    Wetland preserves
    Marshy soil

    Dislikes

    Global warming

    Interests

    Ecology
    Botany

    Groups

    Nymphs 
    The Nymphs Fanclub 
    Wetland Conservation Society
    Reeds rule!

    • Spotter's Guide

      Before Pan came after her, Syrinx looked like a beautiful young nymph. We're talking really pretty. That's what got her in trouble, though. She had to transform into a bunch of reeds to escape the clutches of the little lusty goat-god. So if you want to find Syrinx now, you've got to go to the banks of the River Ladon, where she grows as clusters of reeds near the river's edge. You won't be able to have a conversation with her, but you might just hear the sad music that comes when the wind blows through the reeds.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Young
      Build: Slim (Now she's reeds, so she's super slim.)
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Brown/blonde
      Facial Hair: No
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: None
      Clothing: None
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: None

      Typical Companions:

      The naiads of the River Ladon

      Known Hangouts: 

      The banks of the River Ladon (she can't really move much)

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019

      Metamorphoses by Ovid

      You'll find the whole sad story of Syrinx and Pan in this mega-influential collection of myth-y poems.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Dionysiaca by Nonnus

      Get the low down on Syrinx's unfortunate transformation in this ancient poem.

      Dec 20, 1884

      Silenus by Thomas Woolner

      In this riff on the ancient myth, Syrinx is the lover of Silenus, the satyr, and turns into reeds in order to remain faithful to her love.

      Dec 20, 2019

      "Syrinx (La Flute da Pan)" by Claude Debussy

      Any flautist worth his or her flute has got to be able to play this famous solo inspired by Pan's sadness over Syrinx's transformation.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Pan and Syrinx by Carl Nielson

      This "symphonic poem" is inspired by the myth of Pan and Syrinx. (We bet you guessed that from the title.)