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When Elves Halted An Iceland Road Construction Project

Although they may not admit it to your face, many Icelanders believe in elves. While this may seem like nothing more than a charming quirk to outsiders, inciting the wrath of these "hidden people," as they are called, can be devastating. Ask the workers who were hired to build a new road through the lava field in 2013.

Elves in Iceland
According to surveys, about two-thirds of Icelanders believe in elves, and it's not hard to see why. Scholars have long argued that belief in the supernatural provides an easy explanation for the unexplained human psyche, and with its strange beauty and defiant landscape, the country certainly has something to explain. If the elves were to live anywhere, it would certainly be Iceland.

This became a problem when in 2013 the construction of a new road from the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabier to the nearby Alftense peninsula began. The highway must have passed a lava field (which isn't as dangerous as it sounds - this place is lousy 'em) and passed some large, seemingly insignificant boulders. In other words, typical elf stuff, which is why workers panicked when strange things started happening. Tools disappeared and reappeared in bizarre places, and then one digger refused to start.

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