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Iceland road project delayed due to elves

Posted on Tuesday, 24 December, 2013 | Comment icon 33 comments

Iceland is a country steeped in folklore. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Dirk Heldmaier
Authorities have been forced to halt construction of a new road due to concerns over the rights of elves.
The peculiar predicament came about due to plans to build a highway across a region of wilderness that, according to some, is home to a colony of elves complete with an 'elf church' that allegedly sits somewhere along the route.

Advocates for the elvish cause have joined forces with environmental activists to halt the construction plans, forcing the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission to put the breaks on the project.

Icelandic folklore is rich with tales of mythological creatures and stories of 'little people' that have persisted for generations. While the plights of elves have become less of an issue in other Nordic countries such as Norway, in Iceland there is still serious concern over the preservation of these mythical species.

"This is a land where the wind can knock you off your feet, where the smell of sulfur from your taps tells you there is invisible fire not far below your feet," said folklore professor Terry Gunnell. "Everyone is aware that the land is alive, and one can say that the stories of hidden people and the need to work carefully with them reflects an understanding that the land demands respect."

Source: Independent | Comments (33)

Tags: Elves, Iceland

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #24 Posted by Leonardo on 26 December, 2013, 10:32
I don't believe so, the Icelandic belief in mischievous elves appears to be serious. But it could be a case of elf-deception, I suppose.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Wickian on 26 December, 2013, 14:53
I disagree. They're a hidden subset of the human species are actually lesser people, worth half as much as a normal person and forced into the equivalent of child sweat shops. Since they're half as tall as a person, and therefore worth half as much, everything else in the statement above is true by association.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Eldorado on 26 December, 2013, 15:35
Did Santa not deliver what you expected?
Comment icon #27 Posted by OverSword on 26 December, 2013, 16:59
Elves and other denizens of the land of Faerie are as real as you want them to be. Your belief or non-belief can make the more real or less real. OK maybe not, but it's fun so don't hate!
Comment icon #28 Posted by Nathan DiYorio on 27 December, 2013, 12:01
I take it you don't think much of the world's Pygmy population.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 28 December, 2013, 3:47
Strange...This was the same reason the city gave me on why they couldn't fix the pothole on my road.
Comment icon #30 Posted by jesspy on 29 December, 2013, 12:18
I read the title and I thought they had spelt Elk wrong.....nope.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Eldorado on 20 June, 2014, 11:21
UPDATE! "The matter was resolved in part when a local lady who claims to talk to elves, mediated and they agreed to the road so long as their chapel was carefully moved and put elsewhere." Full, excellent story:
Comment icon #32 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 20 June, 2014, 15:13
LOL! Oh my God... Seriously.

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