Body Missing, New Flower Found
While searching for body of friend, nymphs only found flower
Narcissus: Missing Nymph
"He contentedly rests in the Underworld, staring at himself in the river," a source heard Hades report to Zeus.
In despair, the nymphs of the Forest Olympus banded together and were determined to find their beloved friend's body so that they might give it a proper burial. Shortly after their search began they discovered new evidence concerning Narcissus and the nymph Echo, one of Hera's favored nymphs who often visited the goddess queen in court to tell her stories. A search for Echo ensued but the lady in question was not found. When Hera was questioned she only replied, "That cursed lady shall never be able to tell you what happened for she can speak no words of her own." Though Echo was never found, a shadow of her was reportedly seen deep in the woods and also in a cave.
The nymphs ended their search when they found a pool deep in Forest Olympus which was a perfect mirror. They judged this to be the place of Narcissus' death as they remembered how fondly he used to gaze at himself. Strangely, Narcissus' body was not found; however the pool was surrounded by a strange flower never seen before - with a yellow center and white petals. When asked what it was the flower nymphs could only shrug and say, "We've never seen it before."
In honor of their fallen friend, the nymphs dubbed the flower Narcissus.
(Read more about this new, beautiful flower and Narcissus' life below)
Friends Report Obessession
Friends close to Narcissus reported that he was often found gazing longingly at himself at every opportunity.
Death by Love
It is thought that Narcissus died trying to embrace himself - resulting in death by drowning.
This newly found flower was named for the nymph, Narcissus, who is thought to have died where it was found.