It is the time of the year for Elves to be in the spotlight, especially since it is Christmastime, as well as the recent release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in theaters. Elves have also been making a scene in Iceland; however, we are not talking about tiny humans with pointy ears as Hollywood and fiction books have sculptured them, but a community of elves does exist within the Iceland population.
According to The Washington Post, "Elf advocates," along with various environmental groups, have come together to recommend that the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities do not commence the construction of a highway that will pass through the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer (a common Elf community).
The highway project is currently under review until the Supreme Court of Iceland rules on a case from Friends of Lava, who have brought the impact on the Elvish community to the Court's attention. The Washington Post also reports that many people have blocked bulldozers from commencing the project in protest.
In a report by National Public Radio (NPR) on this situation, Ragnhildur Jonsdottir, a self-proclaimed seer who is in communication with the elves, tells the Associated Press that the construction of the proposed highway would be a "terrible loss and damaging both for the elf world and for us humans." Another seer (unnamed) thinks that it's possible that the elves could be talked into relocating their church out of the path of the highway's construction.
The Associated Press (according to NPR) states that this issue with the elves has been brought up so often that "the road and coastal administration has come up with a stock media response for elf inquiries, which states that 'issues have been settled by delaying the construction project at a certain point while the elves living there have supposedly moved on.' "
The Twitter community has also reacted to this issue; however, there has been some skepticism concerning the reality of the issue.
— Norse Mythology (@NorseMythNews) December 25, 2013
— Iceland Naturally (@IcelandNatural) December 24, 2013
Why I would consider living in ICeland ---> Iceland's hidden elves delay road projects http://t.co/K51Xp0UnfG
— Gabriella Coleman (@BiellaColeman) December 23, 2013
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