Icelandic elves, also known as Huldufólk, the hidden people, about 54% of Icelanders believe that they truly exist even today. Many will deny they believe even if they truly do, while others are on the fence about it, so these numbers may not be entirely accurate. They are described as about 3 feet tall, nocturnal, with translucent/fair skin, human like features, pointed ears, and an ethereal glow. Those who believe say they are everywhere (though they seem to prefer rocky out croppings) and will leave offerings of food or little "homes" for the elves as pictured below.
Elves are considered to be a serious issue by many, since angering them can result in accidents, injury, or destruction of property. Roads and construction have been known to come to a halt or diverted/changed in order to avoid angering the hidden folk. Even the government tends to respect the Huldufólk in order to make sure construction goes smoothly. The hidden folk have been known to reek havoc on electronic devices and heavy machinery.
Whether the hidden people are real or not, I'd love to visit Iceland just to see for myself because the idea of this being widely believed within the Icelandic culture really piques my interest. I just love the magical/paranormal beliefs that are deeply rooted in many cultures.
Here's some interesting articles about Huldufólk.
Eye Witness Account(VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bodVJE4qVk4
Why it's so widely believed: www.theatlantic.com/international/archi ... es/280783/
Elves Rights Activists: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3044304/exp ... astructure
Top 10 Elf Houses: http://theverybesttop10.com/icelandic-elf-houses/ This is really adorable.
More about the folklore behind hidden folk: https://www.icelandtravel.is/about-icel ... /folklore/
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