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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




    Pan Flute Girl



    Current city

    The shore of the River Ladon, Arcadia

    Work & Education


    Um, being reeds?


    The Artemis School of Chastity


    Political views

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

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)


    Ladon (Some say the river was her father.)






    The naiads of the River Ladon




    Relationship status


    Interested in



    TV Shows

    Planet Earth 
    Once Upon a Time 


    "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


    "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 


    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 


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

    Activities & Interests


    Arbor Day
    Wetland preserves
    Marshy soil


    Global warming




    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.)