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Eurydice

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    Eurydice is one lucky lady—she's the wife of Orpheus, the first ever rock star. Tragically, though, the lovely nymph (dryad) died not long after the happy couple got hitched, when she was bit on the ankle by a snake. Orpheus totally freaked out when his wife died: he played music so sad and beautiful that the gods encouraged him to go to the Underworld and bring his wife back. And that he did—or tried, at least. He charmed Hades and Persephone with his music, and Hades agreed that the bard could take his wife back to the land of the living as long he walked out of the Underworld without looking back. The lovebirds almost made it out, but just as they were about to step into the sunlight, Orpheus looked back, and Eurydice vanished forever into the dark Underworld.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Eurydice

    Nickname

    Agricope, Tree Hugger

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    The Underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Tree nymph

    General Duties: Caring for my birth tree (when I was alive at least)

    Education

    Artemis' School of Forestry

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Orpheus for King

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    A tree (Really, I'm a dryad. We're born from the trees.)

    Children

    None. That snake took me way too early.

    Friends

    Orpheus (yes, he's my husband, but also my best friend)
    Nymphs
    The trees

    Enemies

    Snakes
    Hades
    Aristaeus
    Lumberjacks
    Again... snakes

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Orpheus

    Favorites

    Quotations

    "[...] death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while."
    The Princess Bride

    "The planting of trees is the least self centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children."
    – Thornton Wilder

    "I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
    With my lost saints – I love thee with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose,
    I shall but love thee better after death."
    – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    "Love is a hidden fire, A pleasant sore, A delicious poison, A delectable pain, An agreeable torment, A sweet and throbbing wound, A gentle death."
    – Fernando de Pujas

    "I will always love you."
    – Dolly Parton

    Books

    "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (Sonnet 43)" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams
    The Life and Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell
    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    "I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –" by Emily Dickinson
    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
    The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs: An Essential Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the World

    Music

    I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
    Don't Look Back by She and Him
    Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine
    Wedding Song by Anais Mitchell (from Hadestown)
    Someone Like You by Adele
    Romance by Wild Flag
    Born to Die by Lana Del Rey
    Our Hearts by Firehorse
    Fish by Wye Oak
    I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton

    Movies

    The Princess Bride
    Orpheus Descending
    Amélie
    Titanic
    Almost Famous
    Prelude to a Kiss
    Romeo + Juliet
    Black Orpheus

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Arbor Day
    Garden tours
    Dance clubs
    Mongooses (because they kill snakes)
    Orpheus' music

    Interests

    Horticulture
    Forestry
    Snake Extermination

    Groups

    Beauty Queens
    Flower Pickers
    Tree Enthusiasts
    Music Lovers
    Orpheus Fan Club
    Dead Before Our Time

    • Spotter's Guide

      Eurydice does all her frolicking down in the Underworld these days. She used to be mega-depressed about that: see, her husband, Orpheus—the famous musician—went down there to rescue her, but he totally bungled it. But everything's cool now. Orpheus got ripped apart by some Maenads and sent to the Underworld himself, and ever since, Eurydice has been in a much better mood. The two lovebirds are together 24/7, so all you have to do is listen for the most beautiful music you've ever heard and follow the sound. Eurydice will be the pretty young tree nymph giving Orpheus major googly eyes as he sings and plays his lyre.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Forever young (that's the upside of the premature death)
      Build: Petite
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Blonde
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/marks/tattoos: It ain't pretty where that snake bit her
      Jewelry and accessories: Flowers
      Clothing: Pretty robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Orpheus' music

      Typical Companions:

      Orpheus
      Nymphs
      The trees

      Known Hangouts:

      The Woods
      Flowery Meadows
      The Underworld
      Orpheus' Concerts

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Library by Apollodorus

      One of the earliest accounts of the myth of "Orpheus and Eurydice" is just a click away. Thank you, Internet.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Georgics by Virgil

      The big cheese of epic Roman poets has his own version of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. It's pretty…poetic.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      And here's a version of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth by, you know, that other Roman poet.

      Dec 20, 2019

      L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi

      In L'Orfeo, Eurydice is around for all your baroque opera needs.

      Dec 20, 1762

      Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald von Gluck

      Have you ever wondered what the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice would be like if it were retold in the form of a German opera? Well, it's your lucky day.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Eurydice by Jean Anouilh

      Everyone wants to get in on the action: in Eurydice, a famous French playwright tells his version of the myth of the lovely nymph and her husband.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Orphée

      Writer/director Jean Cocteau artsy fartsies it up in this film version — Orpheus is both the title and the star.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Black Orpheus

      Want to see the dark side of Orpheus? Well here's a steamy version of his story, set in South America.

      Dec 20, 1982

      The Storyteller: Greek Myths

      Jim Henson, master of Muppets, puts his unique spin on Orpheus' myth. It's always better when Muppets are (kind of) involved.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

      Eurydice is the namesake for this this beautiful and imaginative spin on the tale by hotshot playwright Sarah Ruhl.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Hadestown by Anais Mitchell

      This concept album is a folk opera retelling of the story of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth... and it's awesome.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Orpheus and Eurydice: A Myth Underground by Mollie Davies, music by James Johnston and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

      This dramatic reinterpretation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth was created for the National Youth Theater of Britain. Fancy shmancy.