Civil Rights campaigners in Iceland have joined forces with environmentalists and elf experts in an attempt to force the transport agency to abandon a new road project that they claim will destroy a traditional elf habitat, including an elf church, Associated Press reports.
Elves in Iceland are as much part of Icelands heritage (and tourist industry) as its volcanoes and smelly old geysers, and it is no surprise that the protection of elves has become a matter of Icelands Supreme Court.
The route being opposed by Icelands powerful public elf lobby concerns a road that would provide a direct route from the Alftanes peninsula, where Iceland’s President Legolas has a home, to the capital Reykjavik.
The road would cross land that Icelands elf enthusiasts say is a currently habitat that elves alias huldufólk or hidden people have occupied since before humanity arrived, including an area that is especially important because it contains an elf church (and an elf centre?).
The Elf Centre on Alftanes peninsula
You may laugh but elves are a serious political issue in Iceland, around three percent of Icelanders say that they have had a personal encounter with a pointy eared creature which is about the same in percentage terms as the number of scrumpy cider drinkers who claim they have been abducted by aliens and the number of Californians who claim they have had sex with Nephilim.
Eight percent of Icelanders believe in elves without any doubt, and 54 percent of Icelanders do not deny the existence of elves, according to a 2007 study conducted by the University of Iceland.
For many Icelanders, elves don’t just live in fairy tales. They dwell in hills and valleys, rocks and flowers, and even houses. Some reside on Álfhólsvegur (Elf Hill Road), a street in the town of Kópavogur. Others live at the Icelandic Elf School, which offers a nonacademic diploma in Elf Studies and leads an elf hunt in the nation’s capital, Reykjavik, a spokesperson for the Pippi Longstocking Foundation for the Betterment of Elves
Even those sceptical of Icelands elves go to great lengths to protect the hidden people that might reside in grass patches. According to a Psychology Today report, to avoid removal of inhabited elf stones, the general public can petition to divert roads and halt construction of buildings.
With more than 65 percent of its population not denying the existence of elves, it is no surprise that Icelands Supreme Court does not take the matter of elves delaying a road construction lightly.
On the other hand, anybody familiar with the legends of Birka would not risk messing about with elves either.
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