Elves get their way in Ice­land

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

ICE­LAND has been forced to bow to pres­sure from elves and un­cover a sup­pos­edly en­chanted elfin rock af­ter high­way work­ers ac­ci­den­tally buried it – in­fu­ri­at­ing the myth­i­cal crea­tures, re­ports said on Au­gust 30.

The an­gry elves were sus­pected of caus­ing a se­ries of mishaps af­ter the rock was cov­ered over when work­ers cleared away the de­bris from a land­slide, the Morgun­bla­did daily re­ported.

Ice­land is no stranger to bend­ing to the will of its elfin pop­u­la­tion.

Con­struc­tion sites have pre­vi­ously been moved so as not to dis­turb the crea­tures and fish­er­men have re­fused to go to sea be­cause of their warn­ings: In Ice­land, elves are part of ev­ery­day life.

Sveinn Zo­pho­ni­as­son, who works for the Bass road con­struc­tion com­pany, told the pa­per that his woes be­gan in Au­gust 2015 in Siglufjor­dur, close to the site of the so-called “elfin lady stone” that was cov­ered with earth fol­low­ing ef­forts to cleat a mud­slide from a high­way.

Af­ter the land­slide was cleared, the road was sub­se­quently flooded and a col­league of Zo­pho­ni­as­son who came to clear the route was in­jured. Then in­dus­trial ma­chin­ery be­gan to fail and a jour­nal­ist who came to cover the grow­ing chaos fell into a mud pool and had to be pulled to safety.

“No­body even thought of the rock,” even though the area is re­garded as a sa­cred place in lo­cal folk­lore, said Zo­pho­ni­as­son.

The de­ci­sion was made that the Ice­land Road Ad­min­is­tra­tion would un­earth the rock – an arte­fact ac­cord­ing to a 2012 law to pro­tect Ice­land’s elfin her­itage – and it was sub­se­quently cleaned with a pres­sure washer last week.

Elves are de­scribed by the hun­dreds of peo­ple who claim to have seen them as sim­ple, nor­mally peace­ful crea­tures that look like hu­mans – but smaller.

In 1971 elves re­port­edly dis­rupted con­struc­tion of a na­tional high­way from Reyk­javik to the north­east. The project suf­fered re­peated un­usual tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties be­cause, it was claimed, elves did not want the large boul­der that served as their home to be moved to make way for the new road. –

Photo: Face­book/Rock Is­land

In Ice­land, mag­i­cal elves live in lit­tle houses like this one, near a vol­canic rock.

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