Species: Son of Adam
Home: Cair Paravel
Physical Description: None
Tools: The instruments he uses to take soundings aboard the Dawn Treader
First Appearance: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Ch. 2 (1952)
~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ~ (1952)Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace when Caspian orders Rynelf to bring them some spiced wine after they are pulled from the ocean. Rynelf stays aboard the Dawn Treader during most of the adventures, but he experiences some himself when they sail to the Dark Island. When Rynelf is confronted with his living nightmares, he says he can hear "them crawling up the side of the ship." But when Aslan saves them, Rynelf is the first to see the tiny speck of light ahead, and he is also the first to laugh at himself for being a fool at the Dark Island. On Ramandu's Island, Rynelf gives a speech to the men who want to give up the voyage, telling them how much they would regret sailing this far but not continuing on to the end of the world. When they reach the end of the world and Caspian announces that he will not be returning to Narnia, but rather sailing on with Reepicheep, Rynelf is among those who stand up to Caspian to forbid him to do this. After Aslan appears to Caspian, they turn around and sail back to Narnia with Caspian still their king.
Rynelf is a loyal sailor aboard the Dawn Treader and his job is to take soundings (measuring the depth of the ocean). He is respected by the crew and this allows him to step out and make a crucial speech when the sailors were wavering in their loyalty on Ramandu's Island. Rynelf demonstrates his loyalty as a friend and subject to Caspian when he opposes Caspian's selfish decision to sail on with Reepicheep to the end of the world. Though Caspian is his king, Rynelf is not afraid to stand up to Caspian when he sees the king making a poor decision. Rynelf is reliable, unselfish, and committed to the good of all those sailing on the Dawn Treader.
- "Your Majesties and gentlemen and ladies all, there's just one thing I want to say. There's not one of us chaps as was pressed on this journey. We're volunteers. And there's some here that are looking very hard at that table and thinking about king's feasts who were talking very loud about adventures on the day we sailed from Cair Paravel, and swearing they wouldn't come home till we'd found the end of the world. And there were some standing on the quay who would have given all they had to come with us. It was thought a finer thing then to have a cabin-boy's berth on the Dawn Treader than to wear a knight's belt. I don't know if you get the hang of what I'm saying. But what I mean is that I think chaps who set out like us will look as silly as—as those Dufflepuds—if we come home and say we got to the beginning of the world's end and hadn't the heart to go further." (VDT, Ch. 14)
- Philip Sherlock: Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002