I’ve been reading up on Snorri Sturluson recently and came across the suggestion that as well as being lawspeaker three times, possibly writing Egils saga, writing *Heimskringla *and the Prose Edda, owning Reykholt (a place I really want to see) and having a multitude of affairs, Snorri was a collaborator in ending the Icelandic Commonwealth.
From my reading, I learned that Snorri was once court poet to the young Norwegian king Hakon Hakonarson and a close associate of Earl Skuli, Hakon’s regent. It seems that he liked the idea of being the king’s skald and loved the idea of union with Norway. One of the men who assassinated him was Gissur Thorvaldsson, who was under orders from King Hakon to kill Snorri. But how much was he actually responsible for the end of the Icelandic commonwealth? Was he really an active collaborator? In a discussion on TV Tropes I mentioned Snorri’s name and a fellow troper called him a collaborator with Norway.