Iceland MP has a boulder full of elves

Your guess is as good as mine what the heck this is all about.

Iceland Review Online: Daily News from Iceland.


MP for the Independence Party Árni Johnsen arranged for the relocation of a 30-ton boulder, which he believes is home to three generations of elves, from Sandskeið on Hellisheiði in southwest Iceland to his home Höfðaból in the Westman Islands today.

Árni first encountered the elves’ dwelling when he was in a serious car accident in January 2010. His car overturned and landed beside the boulder 40 meters away from the highway, Morgunblaðið reports.

His SUV was damaged beyond repair but Árni escaped the accident unharmed. He considered whether the boulder might be a dwelling for hidden people and had it saved from landing underneath the south Iceland Ring Road when the highway was widened.

“Ragnhildur [a specialist in the affairs of elves] said it was my protecting spirit, because my time hadn’t come,” he concluded.

Tip: Fortean Times

Umm. I kind of have no comment on this. I thought this was a joke but it seems to be a real news site. Anyone? Cause it’s really weird. I suppose it’s no weirder than some belief in angels or ghosts or witches, etc. but elves seems odd to those of us that don’t live near enchanted woodlands. They obviously have those in Iceland. I want to GO THERE!

  10 comments for “Iceland MP has a boulder full of elves

  1. Fastmover01
    May 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Elves are very ingrained in the entire culture in Iceland and they have passed quite a few laws protecting elf habitats from contstruction and have even had road construction crews detour around purported elven grounds. Sometimes they are protective creatures , akin to angels other times when angered, are more of the gremlins of lore that will interfere with machinery and elctronics. A few deaths have even been attributed to angry elves.

  2. Tom
    May 16, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Yes, this is all quite well-known: Björk is among the most famous living elves. Really, it’s an actual and rather charming folk belief.

  3. Fastmover01
    May 16, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    LMAO@ the Bjork remark….though it is quite distrubing that something that is essentially a myth does affect economic and political matters. If they want to pass a law recognizing Elf day that is cool but to shut down a project or detour a road effects economics.

  4. 42Oolon
    May 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    The term “elf” may be misleading here. I have also heard these beings described as the “hidden folk”. More like Tolkien, than Santa.

  5. Fastmover01
    May 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Actaully the Icelandic “Elf” is more of a ‘mischevious little person” as they inhabit the Faery realm according to beliefs, rather than the human-like Tolkien version.

  6. Massachusetts
    May 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Yes, I’ve heard of this for years. There are lots of true believers in Iceland on this topic, for sure, and not just stereotypically cooky people but a wide range of high functioning people throughout the society. I remember reading about this sort of thing back in the 80s. It’s amazing the beliefs lasted into the present time in such a wide-spread and sincere manner.

  7. Michael
    May 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    You should watch the film Troll Hunter. It is on Netflix and although fiction, it sheds some light on how Nordic legends are viewed. And this film was in Norway, but Nordic traditions all seem to be derived from common ideas. It is like Cloverfield but you see the monster and if anything the scenery makes up for anything. Simply beautiful there.

  8. May 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Have seen it. And own it.

    You do know that the co-editor of this blog is in Norway, don’t you…. 😉

  9. Michael
    May 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Another thing you teach me everyday 🙂

  10. Richard
    May 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I remember when the Winter Olympics were in Lillehammer and the Opening Ceremonies involved invocation/play around the “trolls” or “elves”

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