The Huldufólk of Iceland

Iceland, the land of fire and ice has it’s own enchanting folklore.


The Huldufólk or hidden folk, reside in the hills, under rocks and trees.
They are tiny elves that are magical and dance an elvish jig encircling toad stools and with the fairy folk or (Faroese) creating fairy rings.


Icelandic people say there are two types of Faroese,
dark and light ones. The dark type of Huldufólk are known to wear grey clothes, sport a stocky build and black hair.
The other type of Faroese has light hair with green or blue eyes and are slim and attractive.


In Norse mythology, Faroese are paired, light and dark elves. Norse god Odin the allfather highly favored Light elves. Folklore says that elves change their looks with the changing of the seasons in nature similar to how hares change their fur color with the seasons. Elves are mainly immortal,unless their most hallowed Oak tree is chopped down. Ljosalfar or light elves, inhabit the enchanting world of Alfheim.
Dark elves or Dokkalfar are known as ugly they dwell in the mystical land of Niflheim.


According to folklore both types, abhor electricity, churches, crosses and construction if it interferes with their environment.


Huldufólk are known to curse and foil construction vehicles and cause all kinds of delays to heavy duty machinery when it effects their dwelling places amongst the hills and rocks.


Iceland’s pagan folklore has been unfortunately, Christianized by 1000 CE. This enforced, Christian worldview makes up most Icelandic, modern folklore.
Here is one of the Christianized version of the huldufólk.
The folk tale, goes like this, Adam and Eve hid their gritty, unwashed children from the Biblical god’s sight. They also fibbed about their unwashed children’s existence. The Christian god becomes angry and decrees that their hidden children must stay concealed forever. All because Eve and Adam tried to hide them from him.
The huldufólk in another mystical, Talmudic version originates from the sorceress, Lilith who existed before Eve. This origin definitely explains the Dokkalfar. Lillith marries the fallen Arch- angel Lucifer and their offspring are a Nephilim-demonic hybrid burdoned to live between heaven and hell forever.

Icelandic city of Hafnarfjörður, is known as the Elfish capitol city.

Reykjavika has a population of approximately 320,000 Icelanders and it is proud  to have an Elf school where tourists and/or the curious can take a crash course on elves if they so choose.

Former president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson mentioned the existence of huldufólk tales by saying: “Icelanders are few in number, so in the old times we doubled our population with tales of elves and fairies.”

So now you know of the little people who hide in hills and under the rocks.
Hear the Light elves, singing amongst rustling leaves?
While, daring dark elves steal one good sock from the dryer with ease.

sources: *Wikipedia
*Ancient Origins


Author: Nifty Buckles

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