Saturday, December 13, 2008

Iceland's Elves

Sages and Legends in Iceland are full of trolls, elves, outlaws, spirits, afturgangas (zombies), bloodthirsty women, viking kings and gods and heroes from the North-German Mythos.

Especially elves are treated with great respect. Roads are diverted specifically around famous elven hills. For example the road between the Kópavogur sporting facility and church is called Álfshólsvegur (Elfhillroad). In Grundarfjördur between the houses numbered 82 and 86, there is a standalone elf rock. So the hidden people live at Grundargata 84! (source)

And from the wiki: According to a 2005 New York Times article: "Building in Iceland? Better Clear It With the Elves First", the majority of Icelanders either believe in elves or are unwilling to rule out their existence. Even today, roads have been re-routed and building plans redesigned or abandoned to avoid disturbing rocks where elves are said to live. Bonus.