THE RING

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About the Author. Chyrán 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).
Fighting the storm
Image description. A ship defying the upcoming storm. Image drawn by Jordy.

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.
 

 

The Tales of Chyrán

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IV: The Storm 14 Download text Read introduction Read text

 
The Ring: Chapter I - Return
CHAPTER I: RETURN 6 PAGES
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In the first chapter Chyrán introduces us into the queer yet magical world of "The Ring", where beginning and ending, arrival and departure, home and far-off places are inseparable and two sides of the same thing, of the "contraditions" of life as we know it. Chyrán links the existence of the single being to the sea leading up to a refrain that will be picked up again and again later in the text. This introductory passage will be quoted, expanded and transformed, adding depth and meaning. It is sort of a pluse that will permeate the rest of the "Ring" experience. Return to the top
 

The Ring: Chapter II - Encounter
CHAPTER II: ENCOUNTER 11 PAGES
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Chapter II of Chyrán's poetical novella takes us from the ship's railing right into a harbour town and into hearts and minds and then back again from where we started. In our journey we'll encounter romance in its various stages, blossoming love, shattered relationships, loneliness and despair - and poetry in it all. Return to the top
 

The Ring: Chapter III - The Stranger
CHAPTER III: THE STRANGER 15 PAGES
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A sailor who's incapable of finding some sleep encounters a strange late night visitor he hasn't seen boarding the ship. Whoever he is, he has a tale to tell, or more precisely: a dream he had. But it's not a dream like any other, it's a dream that leads in two directions - it starts in a ship's cabin and heads towards the skies and to the bottom of the sea at the same time. But where will it end? Return to the top
 

The Ring: Chapter IV - The Storm
CHAPTER IV: THE STORM 14 PAGES
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In the fourth chapter of Chyrán's poetical novella man meets his mortality and transitoriness. Be prepared, for dark clouds are brewing on the horizon, the sea is surging, wind tears down the rigging, and every single seaman's life is at stake. Engulfed by utter darkness and dire prospects of impending doom where can one find a glimpse of hope? Maybe it's right there, my friend, Chyrán seems to say, where you wouldn't expect it: in midst of the storm... Return to the top
 

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