A Warning Of The Elves In Iceland On An Acrylic Fridge Magnet
This acrylic fridge magnet from the catalogues of World Wide Gifts is decorated with what may seem like a fairly frivolous “Warning Elves” sign, but elves and huldufólk (hidden people) can be a serious business in Iceland. The tales of these beings have been passed down through generations of folklore. The difference between an elf and a huldufólk is that huldufólk are exactly like humans, with the only difference being their invisibility, whereas elves are small with pointed ears and often thin legs. Over the years several building projects have been altered so as not to disturb rocks or stones where huldufólk may be living. Although a relatively small number of Icelandic people have professed a definite belief in huldufólk and elves, during various surveys, large numbers have stated that they assume it is a possibility. Enough numbers to suggest that maybe there is need for an elf warning.
The Myths And Legends Of Iceland
The origins of huldufólk and elves have always been the subject of some discussion. One tale is that elves were the unwashed children of Eve who she tried to hide from God. Another origin tale has a similar religious basis. It states that when God created Eve for Adam she proved difficult to handle so he created a man for her, Alfur, she was named Alvör, and since then all trolls and elves have been descended from that original couple. The stories of the elves can be heard, and much learned about them, at the elf school known as Álfaskólinn which is based in Reykjavík. Over 9,000 people, many of them foreign tourists, have attended the school and participated in the legends of Iceland as represented by the “Warning Elves” sign on our colourful acrylic fridge magnet.