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Friðrik Erlingsson


Friðrik Erlingsson was born in Reykjavík on March 4, 1962. He graduated as a graphic designer from the Iceland Art and Craft School in 1983. 

Friðrik Erlingsson has written and translated numerous lyrics, written scripts for film and television, as well as biographies and fictional work for people of all ages. His novel, Benjamín dúfa (Benjamin Dove) that depicts the world of a group of young boys in Reykjavík in the latter half of the twentieth century was published to acclaim in 1992. The book received numerous awards and has been translated to other languages. A movie based on the book was also well received in Iceland and abroad. An American movie has also been based on the book, Benji the Dove (2017). Friðrik wrote the script for the animated film Litla lirfan ljóta (The Ugly Caterpillar) which premiered in Reykjavík in August 2002 and he also wrote the script for the movie Þór - hetjur Valhallar (Thor - Heroes of Valhalla), which is based on his own book. 

Friðrik has been awarded for his work, such as receiving the Reykjavík City Children's Literature Prize in 2002 for his translation of Mona Nilsson-Brattström's book, Tsatsiki og mútta (Tsatsiki och Morsan) and a nomination to the Icelandic Theatre Awards Gríman for his script and libretto for the opera Ragnheiður. A concert performance of the opera won the Icelandic Music Awards in 2013 as the music event of the year.