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Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks
BBC News ^ | June 19, 2014 | Emma Jane Kirby

Posted on 06/22/2014 11:45:44 AM PDT by EveningStar

Plans to build a new road in Iceland ran into trouble recently when campaigners warned that it would disturb elves living in its path. Construction work had to be stopped while a solution was found.

From his desk at the Icelandic highways department in Reykjavik, Petur Matthiasson smiles at me warmly from behind his glasses, but firmly.

"Let's get this straight before we start - I do not believe in elves," he says.

I raise my eyebrows slightly and incline my head towards his computer screen which is displaying the plans for a new road in a neighbouring town. There are two yellow circles marked on the plans, one that reads Elf Church and another that reads Elf Chapel. Petur sighs.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Society; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: alftanes; elfchapel; elfchurch; elves; gardabaer; iceland; peturmatthiasson; reykjavik; witlesssuperstition

1 posted on 06/22/2014 11:45:45 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


2 posted on 06/22/2014 11:46:16 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

I strongly suspect that the invisible “elves” are in fact local nimbys doing their foul deeds under the cover of darkness.


3 posted on 06/22/2014 11:49:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: EveningStar
Magnus Skarphedinsson, the headmaster, a rotund, ebullient chap who ate large quantities of breakfast cereal during my one-on-one lesson, had regrettably never seen an elf himself although he did own an old cooking pot that apparently had once made stews in an elf kitchen before the bottom rusted away.

Settled science.

4 posted on 06/22/2014 11:51:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: EveningStar

Time to give three Hail Marys. Warming up three regulation NFL footballs for the sacrifice!


5 posted on 06/22/2014 11:52:28 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: BenLurkin

Probably some prankster with a truckload of those plastic garden gnomes you pickup at the Garden Center at Walmart.


6 posted on 06/22/2014 11:52:34 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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To: BenLurkin

Many of the do actually believe in elves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulduf%C3%B3lk


7 posted on 06/22/2014 11:54:50 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: EveningStar

In Iceland they have elves. In the USA we have sage grouse and snail darters.


8 posted on 06/22/2014 11:55:27 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: EveningStar
campaigners warned that it would disturb elves living in its path

Pretty much just as mythical as most of the "endangered species" our own "campaigners" go on about.

9 posted on 06/22/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: EveningStar

Legend has it that peering through the bottom of an emptied vodka bottle is the best way to spot elves.


10 posted on 06/22/2014 12:02:09 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: BenLurkin

No, according to the article, there’s a lot more stupid than that going on. The road in question was allowed to proceed after moving a 70 ton rock out of the way, so it can’t just be NIMBY. The road stayed on the same course.

These people actually believe in elves.

Then again we have a large number who believe in Obama, so who are we to criticize?


11 posted on 06/22/2014 12:02:24 PM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: EveningStar

What about Hobbits?


12 posted on 06/22/2014 12:04:29 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: EveningStar

History proves that Elves were brought to Ireland from Iceland by Vikings. 1,000 tears later elves migrated from Ireland to Hollywood, then to Hawaii as meinhunies.
Leif Ericsonn was an elf, as was his father Eric the Red Elf.


13 posted on 06/22/2014 12:08:04 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (blubber)
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To: bunkerhill7

Them Celts is a morose lot, they is.


14 posted on 06/22/2014 12:09:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RightGeek
JUST DAMN!!! glad i wasn't drinking anything at the time...
15 posted on 06/22/2014 12:40:37 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: EveningStar
People think they see ALL sorts of things...


16 posted on 06/22/2014 1:02:41 PM PDT by mikrofon (Thnkyuvrrymuch)
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To: bunkerhill7

“1,000 tears later elves migrated from Ireland to Hollywood, then to Hawaii as meinhunies.”

I know you meant years, but tears is more apropos.


17 posted on 06/22/2014 1:15:04 PM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: EveningStar
That's ridiculous. Everybody knows the Elves live in the tree!
18 posted on 06/22/2014 1:33:43 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Jack, I firmly believe in Icelandic Elves.

But OTOH, incredible as it may seem to a rational being, many Americans believe in Barack Hussein Obama, II (or Jr.). Many believe that he was born in Hawaii. Many believe he is heterosexual ... and a Christian.

The real philosophical issue before us is,

"Do Icelandic Elves believe in Obama?"

19 posted on 06/22/2014 1:35:23 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The GOP is dying. What do we do now?)
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To: Kenny Bunk

I think the Gallup or Pew organization did do a poll of those elves not long ago, but I can’t find it...have do dig for it.

IIRC, the majority of elves were not exactly impressed with Obama or his work.


20 posted on 06/22/2014 1:37:39 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: EveningStar

You spray for elves before starting any major construction project, so what’s the problem?


21 posted on 06/22/2014 1:40:27 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: EveningStar; Slings and Arrows

What about the elf on the shelf?


22 posted on 06/22/2014 1:41:37 PM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: All

I feel stupider for having read that.


23 posted on 06/22/2014 1:42:16 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: EveningStar
The Irish (until recently, I fear) have the same reluctance to disturb "fairy forts" and "fairy rings" and other assorted landmarks with "supernatural" connections. This folklore has fortunately preserved an astounding wealth of ancient and prehistoric artifacts.

Sadly, flooded with euros from Brussels, the Irish raced headlong to prove how far they've come from their superstitious past (only a few decades ago really) and are busy knocking over iron age and bronze age ruins with abandon.

Up Ireland, I mean, Go Ireland!

24 posted on 06/22/2014 1:45:37 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Gefn; EveningStar

"NO JUSTICE? NO COOKIES!"

25 posted on 06/22/2014 1:50:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: EveningStar

“But why is all the akvavit gone?”


26 posted on 06/22/2014 1:53:23 PM PDT by RichInOC ("...and it was at that point that I realized my life had become completely unmanageable.")
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To: bunkerhill7

Leif Ericsonn was an elf, as was his father Eric the Red Elf....Get the elf outta here, laddie.


27 posted on 06/22/2014 2:03:47 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Oratam

Can you point me to articles backing your claims. I just visited my family farm that has been in the family for more than 200 years... The ring forts are well preserved and respected for their history. Please point me to your claims.

Thanks .


28 posted on 06/22/2014 2:13:07 PM PDT by ARA
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To: EveningStar

Did they enter Iceland legally? How can they be tax-farmed to support welfare programs?


29 posted on 06/22/2014 3:12:34 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: ARA
Have a look here, here and here. The last one might be good for a chuckle. It's a shame. Maybe Ireland is too chock full of ancient sites that there's no way to avoid them.
30 posted on 06/22/2014 4:15:42 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Perdogg
What about Hobbits?

They're not hobbits!!

31 posted on 06/22/2014 4:23:53 PM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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