|Huldufolk Houses Strandakirkja, Iceland - Image Christian Bickel|
This time the elves who are causing a problem, though indirectly, are living in Iceland. They have actually managed to halt work on a motorway being built by some British developers.
An elf advocate group, the Friends of Lava, say the route of the proposed Icelandic motorway will disturb an elf habitat where there just happens to be an elf church - yes, really!
Nobody wants to harm any elves so the Court are deliberating on the matter. Of course one of the problems is that most people can't actually see elves or Huldufolk.
There's a reason why we can't see the elves in question - it's because of Eve - that's Adam's missus.
The story goes that Eve hid her dirty, unwashed children from God, and lied about their existence. When God found out he was a bit miffed and declared: "What man hides from God, God will hide from man." So that's why we can't see these descendants of Eve. They are like fallen angels condemned to live between heaven and hell.
The Icelandic people take their Huldufolk seriously and leave out food for them on Christmas Day. On New Years Day it is believed that the elves sometimes move to new locations so Icelanders leave candles to help them see their way to their new homes.
|More glamorous Huldufolk|
It appears that several construction projects have already been altered to prevent damaging rocks where the Huldufolk are believed to live. I read on the Extreme Iceland website examples of this:
"In the capital area of Reykjavík this can be seen in Álfhóll, where the road narrows in order to spare the rocks. Also, in 1982, 150 Icelanders went to the NATO base in Keflavik to look for elves who they thought might be endangered by the American Phantom jets and AWACS reconnaissance planes."
But in the meantime the motorway, that's bad for your elf, is still waiting completion.
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