The tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice – Brendan Pelsue


It was the perfect wedding,
the guests thought. The groom was Orpheus,
the greatest of all poets and musicians. The bride Eurydice, a wood nymph. Anyone could tell the couple
was truly and deeply in love. Suddenly, Eurydice stumbled,
then fell to the ground. By the time Orpheus reached her side,
she was dead, and the snake that had bitten
her was slithering away through the grass. Following Eurydice’s funeral, Orpheus was overcome with a grief
the human world could not contain, and so he decided he would journey
to the land of the dead, a place from which no living creature
had ever returned, to rescue his beloved. When Orpheus reached the gates of the
underworld, he began to strum his lyre. The music was so beautiful that Cerberus,
the three-headed dog who guards the dead, lay down as Orpheus passed. Charon, the ferry captain who charged
dead souls to cross the River Styx, was so moved by the music that he brought
Orpheus across free of charge. When Orpheus entered
the palace of Hades and Persephone, the king and queen of the dead, he began to sing. He sang of his love for Eurydice,
and said she had been taken away too soon. The day would come when she,
like all living creatures, dwelled in the land of the
dead for all eternity, so couldn’t Hades grant
her just a few more years on Earth? In the moment after Orpheus finished,
all hell stood still. Sisyphus no longer rolled his rock
up the hill. Tantalus did not reach for the water
he would never be allowed to drink. Even the Furies,
the demonic goddesses of vengeance, wept. Hades and Persephone granted
Orpheus’s plea, but on one condition. As he climbed back out of the underworld, he must not turn around to see
if Eurydice was following behind him. If he did, she would return
to the land of the dead forever. Orpheus began to climb. With each step, he worried more and more
about whether Eurydice was behind him. He heard nothing—
where were her footsteps? Finally, just before he stepped out
of the underworld and into the bright light of day, he gave into temptation. Orpheus tried to return to the underworld,
but was refused entry. Separated from Eurydice, Orpheus swore never
to love another woman again. Instead, he sat in a grove of trees
and sang songs of lovers. There was Ganymede, the beautiful boy
who Zeus made drink-bearer to the gods. There was Myrrah, who loved her father
and was punished for it, and Pygmalion, who sculpted
his ideal woman out of ivory, then prayed to Venus
until she came to life. And there was Venus herself, whose beautiful Adonis
was killed by a wild boar. It was as if Orpheus’s own love and loss had allowed him to see into
the hearts of gods and people everywhere. For some, however, poetry was not enough. A group of wild women called the Maenads could not bear the thought that a poet
who sang so beautifully of love would not love them. Their jealousy drove them to a frenzy
and they destroyed poor Orpheus. The birds, nature’s singers,
mourned Orpheus, as did the rivers,
who made music as they babbled. The world had lost two great souls. Orpheus and Eurydice had loved each other
so deeply that when they were separated, Orpheus had understood
the pain and joys of lovers everywhere, and a new art form,
the love poem, was born. While the world wept, Orpheus found peace,
and his other half, in the underworld. There, to this day, he walks with Eurydice
along the banks of the River Styx. Sometimes, they stroll side by side; sometimes, she is in front; and sometimes, he takes the lead, turning
to look back at her as often as he likes.

100 Comments

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  • Why ford that sound like young Hozier harmonizing in the background?

  • IM NOT CRYING YOU ARE

  • music calms down people

  • Heart touching tragedy

  • Hadestown brought me here

  • I loved the narration, it was quite realistic and the anime made me feel as I was accompanying Orpheus

  • Can someone tell me the link of the beautiful backsound 1:43 please😍

  • I literally heard the “la la la la la la la” from epic iii when the video said “and he began to sing”

  • I am considering supporting your work, I just don't have the money!

  • Am I the only one who came here after listening to hadestown or-

  • “What Are Thoooossee?!”

    -Hades (Disney, Hercules, 1997)

  • waiiiit for me, i’m coming <3

  • okay NOW hadestown makes sense

  • Bitches be reaching the underworld like it's no biggie

  • La lalala la la laaaaa…..

  • 0:42 JOOTAROOO

  • I came here when I was writing my novel fictional novel about the background of the moon in my fictional universe and found Theia that is my basis of my moon's background and I noticed the name Orpheus from the wiki and I made that a character. And after the collision, there is one original entity who hid behind Earth's mantle and I named him Orpheus and he was the reason why Theia was being collided with Earth. But after I saw the background of Orpheus in Greek tales myself, I feel sad because my Orpheus is different from the Orpheus from the Greek.

  • Whose here for Hadestown

  • Oh man, i wept too

  • Hadestown fans dying here…

  • Bruh people really just pop up at Hades alot and dip 😂

  • 0:32 CROWLEY??!?????????

  • He could've committed suicide 🤦🏻‍♀️ it's not really that hard

  • Any Hadestown fandoms here to find emotional closure?

  • Why my eyes are Sweating so Much?

  • A better love story than Twilight

  • That’s kind of sweet..

  • WAY DOWN HADESTOWN—

  • What is hadestown?

  • hadestown anyone

  • WAAAAIT FOR ME
    IM COMINGGGG
    WAAAIT FOR ME
    IM COMING TOO
    WAAAAIT FOR ME
    IM COMING
    WAIT FOR ME
    I HEAR THE WALLA REPEAAATING
    THE FALLING OF OUR FEET
    IT SOUNDS LIKE DRUMMING
    AND WE ARE NOT ALONE
    I HEAR THE ROCKS AND STONES
    ECHOING OUR SONG

    waaait for me
    i’m coming with you
    waaait for me!
    i’m coming too
    i’m coming too

  • sing the song

    laaaa la la la la la laaaa

    lAAAAaaaa lala la la laaaa

  • come on, dude. you were literally two steps away from freedom and then YOU FREAKING RUINED IT

    YOU WERE SO CLOSE BUT YOU JUST HAD TO RUIN IT

  • wait for me?
    i will

  • Orpheus: ight so im in the underworld

    *he plays his mixtape*

    *its super effective*

  • 0:40 umm no percy jackson escaped the underworld succesfully

  • im crying like a little girl..!

  • why are all of these stories sad

  • Kimberly Daniels, a Popular female theologist, and Minister in Jacksonville Florida, said these Greek, and Roman stories are Demons, and she even wrote a book called Demons, talking about these issues, but I grew up reading Greek Mythology, at some point the stories fun, like this one.

  • 3:47 i need to know this music please

  • that background music… <3

  • i mean i dont wanna be that mom who gives their kid a weird name but also eurydice is so pretty

  • This is my favorite myth from Greeks. And also dreamt one day to named my children after them.

  • I am damn sure dude played bangarang.

  • This video was super helpful for my presentation on Orpheus. Thanks, TED-Ed!

  • The message about to wear shoes and becareful of snakes in the wild. Love this ❤️ story have eternal happy ending

  • Samurai jack? Woah!

  • 99% of people are here because of Hadestown

  • Did this remind anyone of the book of life

  • I find the 'Don't look behind in the underworld' concept vert interesting. There is someting similar to this concept in Japanese mythology too. Great video as always.

  • So said

  • I’m I the only one clenching my fists and grinding my teeth when he kept saying Venus instead of Aphrodite, please do not mix Greek mythology with Roman, I beg you

  • Some sad nibba hours stuff right here bruh

  • I WANT MORE

  • So fluffy was serverous? Got it.

  • The dead dont have foot steps

  • Please please please do the story of persephone and hades

  • Well, I cried…

  • Greek mythology giving jobs to people to this day

  • That's not what I was taught when I studied it the story is all true except the end orphias was decapitated by the Maenad and his head was placed on a bronze platter then it was sent down the river of fire to float eternally forever singing for his lost love

  • one of my fave story

  • so beautiful that cerberus went in sleep 😀

  • Who's here because of "Hadestown: the Musical"?

  • I just realized how easy it seems to get into the underworld.

  • “WAIT FOR ME”

  • Doubt comes in
    And strips the paint
    Doubt comes in
    And turns the wine

  • Oof this is so sad

    But so preetty and quality animation

  • seem like this the on best animation in youtube — is there any better quality represent love story?

  • people are talking about "hadestown"
    Im like "da fuq is hadestown?"

  • In the version I know, a satyre killed her.

  • Quick question tough
    Whats the different between them loving each other in the land of the dead and in real life?
    Aaaah yes..they are unable to procreate..this is a trully sad sad story

  • Hades: damn it orpheus YOU HAD ONE JOB!

  • Whoa! Who's this Myrrah? I feel like thats a story.

  • beautiful

  • BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY

  • ahem WAAAAAITTTT FFFOOOOOOR ME IM COOOOOMMMINGGG

  • Fck that snake

  • my favourite greek myth!

  • Came here from PERCY JACKSON
    Hit the like button

  • The song “follow rivers “ by lykke li is exactly this story omfg 😔

  • This reminds me if the bible story of sodom and gamora, when Lot's wife turned back. It's my favorite bible story.

  • Way down hadestown

  • Who's watching this after listening to Orpheus vs the sirens

  • I’M COMING WAIT FOR ME!!

  • this is my FAVORITE greek myth, its so beautiful and makes me all soft and romantic:c
    also: not here from hadestown, here from hoziers Talk aka the best song ever written

  • oh my lord 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺

  • book of dead

  • This is my favorite Greek Myth

  • Laura Palmer and Dale Cooper.

  • Nice

  • "love can make Mountains fly, rocks float, volcanoes spit flowers and make flowers bloom in winters "

  • beautiful

  • please know your mythology. orpheus and venus are from different mythology.

  • I love how Charon stopped his boat to see them kiss. He totally ships it.

  • Persephone doesnt look that dark, She
    is the goddess of spring

  • WAIT FOR ME

  • This story basically means to trust people

  • Half the comments: “who’s here from Hadestown!!!!!”

    I’m just here cuz I study mythology and ancient greece as an A level

  • Anyone else think that at 4:25 , the person in the boat should have turned to the 'camera' and given the announcement? Just me? 😂

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