was a Manthrian sailor and later on poet of the 16th century, who worked
on a titleless work all his life, and once it got published thanks to
lucky coincidence a couple of years before his death, left an indelible
impact. This piece of literature, a unique mix of prose and poetry, by now
also commonly referred to as "The Ring", not only broke out of líterary
conventions, but became highly popular, and led to further publications of
Chyrán's works, who until then had only written for his own drawer. Since
then Chyrán became one of the key literature figure in Santharian history.
His actual name by the way remains unknown to this day, as "Chyrán" is
merely a pseudonym derived from Styrásh, which means "to rock" (in
reference to a wave, a common theme of his main work).
Image description. A ship defying the
upcoming storm. Image drawn by
Introduction to "The Ring".
In 1558 the now legendary Manthrian poet and sailor
Chyrán became famous overnight with a poetical novella, which he chose not to
entitle at all. Product of dozens of years of writing the tale which is now
widely known as "The Ring" is an extraordinary cyclic story, way ahead of its
time regarding style and content. With this work Chyrán constantly reinvents
form, theme, narrator, reader, and everything else the text touches, but
regularly leads up to a refrain of a sailor leaving and/or arriving at a
harbour. This leads the reader more and more into a world where nothing is what
it seems and at the same time the reader gets overwhelmed with fascination by
the strong poetry found in the text. While some have shrugged off this work by
saying that it's obviously the product of a confused mind or of too much vaninen
consumption, people old and young of very different education levels seem to
enjoy Chyrán's poetic novella until this very day. Even sailors take it with them
on long trips, reading it again and again as a whole or certain passages of it,
constantly discovering new edifying experiences through the text, or enjoy being
lulled into sleep by the rhythm of the lyrics found therein, reminding us of
the never ceasing breath of the sea while conveying an aura of peace and tranquillity.
Editorial Notes. The original text
neither provides a title of the whole text nor of single chapters, which
corresponds with Chyrán's dominating theme of indistinctive waves rocking
on open sea. Nevertheless it has become common to refer to certain
passages by citing made-up titles that reflect its theme - a practice the
editor decided to follow as well.
Part of the fascination of the text stems from the constant changing of
perspectives throughout, thus indicating also an all-encompassing world
spirit that operates through the individual. As these changes of
perspective (from one character to another, leaps in time, between reality
and imagination etc.) might be difficult to discern for first time
readers, these have been marked in this edition with an enlarged capital
letter whenever they occur. Note that these are just indicators to
facilitate a first-time experience, which shouldn’t distract from the
original intention of the author to keep the transitions between the
various text sections flowing and thus the mystery alive via a stream of
consciousness approach in contrast to a traditional narrative.