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Eythór Eythórsson (The Kalmar Union)

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Eythór Eythórsson
Timeline: The Kalmar Union
Born: 15th August, 1546
Osturbae, Nor-Hafsvaedaland Fylk, Vinland
Died: 2nd December, 1599
Karantóborg, Vinland
Profession: Playwright, Politician

Eythór Eythórsson was a Vinlandic playwright and dramatist and one of the leading cultural figures of Asdis III and Snaedis IIIs' reigns. However he is remembered chiefly for a small set of surviving plays (usually described as overly-mannered) and usually overshadowed by Hilmar Daníelsson.

Born in 1546 in the small village of Osturbae (now a district of Kastalinnur) Eythór's father and through patronage and a relatively good income Eythór would receive a fine education in Fjallasay. Friendship with the Earl of Markland gained him access to court where he soon gained a reputation for wit and intelligence.

He was elected to the Althing for consecutive terms between 1560 and 1587, and legend has it he wrote and discarded six plays during the long finance debates of 1584. He represented the county of Vestur-Kastalinnur as is honoured by a statue in front of the city hall.

His most famous work The Triumph of Love, first performed to Snaedis III's court in the Summer of 1582 was a careful address to the dichotomy of Vinlandic society; why was it so male orientated when the head of it was a woman? It follows the fortunes of a farming family as the Greek pantheon bid to outdo each other to improve their lives; Ares' influence leads to war, Hermes' makes them conspire against each other, Zeus' influence only inspires jealousy from their neighbours. This eventually leaves Aphrodite to spread love and joy.

Eythórsson's reputation took a dramatic tumble after problems of debt and the relative failure of two plays Midas and Freyja in the early 1590s. He would die in relative poverty in Karantóborg in 1599.

He married twice and had seven children.

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