Iceland hidden people and elf’s
Elf Iceland and hidden people in Iceland have lived with the people for centuries. If something is missing from us and we can't seem to find it we say that a elf queen have borrowed it. And usually we find it the day after or so right in front of us were we were looking the day before.
Huldufolk - the Hidden Folk, and Trolls
Iceland is geologically very young, constantly being reshaped by the forces of volcanic fire and ice, sparsely populated, and spectacularly and strangely beautiful. It is almost completely unspoilt and unpolluted. Therefore I am not surprised at the high percentage of Icelanders - one of the most highly educated and technically sophisticated people in the world - who believe in the existence of the nature spirits who have long thrived in such an environment. Fifty-three percent of the population either believe in, or do not deny, their existence. The forms these inhabitants of the spirit world take are many. Some are malevolent, such as afturganga, zombies who return after death in an attempt to carry others away with them. Some are lovely, like the light-faeries who look like angels, or the huge and radiant mountain spirits, who may be several meters tall. But perhaps the most interesting are the elf Iceland or huldufolk and the trolls. Huldufolk means "hidden people" and one tale of their origins concerns Eve, the mother of human creation. Eve had many children, and when God announced he was about to pay a visit to her, she worked hard to clean them up so they would be presentable to Him. Alas, time was short, and a certain number of her children remained unwashed. Rather than present them to God, she hid them. God arrived, inspected the children present with approval, and then asked Eve if she had any others. Fearful, she denied their existence. As a result elf Iceland children were destined forever to remain hidden. That is, until they wish to make themselves seen. Of all the spirit world, elf Iceland are the most like humans, except they are inevitably more beautiful, talented, and charming. They interact with humans when and where they wish to. They are generally benign, but terrible things have occurred to those who have wantonly disturbed or destroyed their dwellings, from huge cost overruns on construction sites to accidents and even death.
There are many stories that elf Iceland and hidden people live in larger boulder inside and outside of Reykjavik. e.g. the story that was written in a newspaper several years ago about the difficulty in building the new connecting road to the tunnel under Hvalfjorður (Whale Fjord) to the town of Akranes. Construction equipment repeatedly broke down when it approached the boulder, which was scheduled to be moved. A local woman, known to be able to communicate with Iceland elf's, was called in. She reported that the spirits were preparing to vacate but needed more time. Time was granted, and the woman made a final trip to the boulder to announce that construction could recommence. Likewise, when the first shopping mall, Smáralind, was built near to the suspected dwellings of gnomes, electrical cables and other underground utilities were carefully rerouted to avoid disturbance.But Iceland elf can be highly sociable, actively seeking out human company. Sometimes they appear in times of need. The trade union leader Tryggvi Emilsson fell down a cliff face as a young man and was saved by a Iceland elf's maiden. He never forgot her haunting beauty. At other times the Iceland elf's need our assistance. In the past Iceland elf's men have asked human women to assist at their wive's difficult births. And occasionally Iceland elf's of both sexes will become intimate with human beings. An experience said to be utterly delightful, according to the few men and woman fortunate enough to be chosen.
We have one road in Iceland that is named "Álfhólsvegur" Elf-road in Kopavogur. It was supposed to be a straight road, properly made by a ruler on the map in the beginning. But when they were building it the builder came a cross elf Iceland rock were the road were supposed to lie. They began to move the big rock, but then an accident occur and another on. So they decided it would be best to let the elf Iceland rock be unmoved. And to day there is a big curve around the big elf Icelandic rock.
History of santa claus
Some spirits are strictly seasonal. Like other Scandinavian countries, Iceland has Santa clauses - jolasveinar. In Iceland these are the thirteen sons of the wicked ogress Gryla, renowned for stealing naughty children for her ever-bubbling stew pot. Litlle girsl are warned to be a good little girl on threat of Gryla. The boys crept down from the hills in the thirteen days preceding Christmas to wreck havoc on unsuspecting families. Skyrgamur ("Curd Glutton") creeps into pantries and gobbles up all the delicious skyr. Gluggagægir ("Window Peeper") peers through windows, eyeing what he intends to steal. Askasleiker ("Bowl Licker") and Hurðaskellir ("Door Slammer") live up to their names. And so on. In recent days the Santa clauses jólasveinar's antics have been downgraded from malice to mischievousness, and now rather than stealing from the family tend to leave behind small gifts in children's shoes.
Then there are trolls. This is a race of giants who with their giant animals lumber over the rocky and snowy face of Iceland. But trolls, mighty as they are, are night beings, highly susceptible to the Sun. In dark Winter they must revel without fear, for at the dawning of the day a troll creature will turn to stone if caught by a ray of Sun. Many strange rock formations rising above lava plains are said to be those of petrified trolls. One of the most dramatic is Hvitserkur, a troll cow poised forever taking a drink of sea water on the northwest coast.
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