RE: [ufodiscussion] You Never Want To Cross An Elf
- This was a great story or stories... I have seen the faerie a number of
times. I love them dearly. I would welcome them to my land anytime...
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Love and Light.
You Never Want to Cross an Elf
By Brad Steiger
FATE :: May 2006
For many people today, the image of an elf is firmly established in the
characters of either the handsome Legolas Greenleaf or the lovely, ethereal
Arwen as depicted in the Peter Jackson film of J. R. R. Tolkiens Ring saga
by actors Orlando Bloom and Liv Tyler. While the elves in Tolkiens vision
are tall and stately beings, tradition has most often portrayed elves and
their fellow citizens from the unseen realm as diminutive, hence, the wee
people. Small in stature though they may be, elves, the Hidden Folk, are
not beings with whom to trifle.
Careless or disrespectful humans who trespass on forest glens, rivers,
or lakes considered sacred to elves may suffer terrible consequenceseven
cruel deaths. Entrepreneurs who wish to desecrate land whereon lie fairy
circles or mounds in order to build a road or construct a commercial
building may find themselves combating an unseen enemy who will accept only
their unconditional surrender.
Trouble at the Herring Plant
In 1962, the new owners of a herring-processing plant in Iceland decided
to enlarge the work area of the building. According to Icelandic tradition,
landowners must not fail to reserve a small area of their property for the
Hidden Folk, and a number of the established residents earnestly pointed out
to the recent arrivals that any addition to the processing plant would
encroach upon the plot of ground that the original owners had respectfully
set aside for the elves who lived under the ground.
In a condescending manner, the businessmen explained that they didnt
harbor those old superstitions and neither did their highly qualified
construction crew who had modern, unbreakable drill bits and plenty of
But the bits of the unbreakable drills began to shatter, one after
An old farmer came forward to repeat the warning that the crew was
trespassing on land that belonged to the Hidden Folk.
The workmen laughed when the old man walked awaybut the drill bits kept
Finally, the manager of the plant, although professing disbelief in such
nonsense, agreed to the local residents recommendation that he consult a
local elf seer to establish contact with the Hidden Folk and attempt to make
peace with them. The seer informed the manager that there was a very
powerful member of the Hidden Folk who had selected the plot near the
herring-processing plant as his personal dwelling place. He was not an
unreasonable being, however. Elves really do try to get along with humans
and compromise whenever they can to avoid violence. If the processing plant
really needed the plot for its expansion, the elf seer said, the Hidden One
would agree to find another place to live. He asked only for five days
without any drilling, so that he could make his arrangements to move.
The manager felt a bit strange bargaining with a being that was
invisibleand, as far as he was concerned, imaginary. But he looked over at
the pile of broken drill bits and told the seer that the Hidden One had a
deal. Work on the site was shut down for five days to give the elf a chance
to move. When five days had passed and the workmen resumed drilling, the
work went smoothly and efficiently until the addition to the plant was
completed. There were no more shattered drill bits.
Because the incident cited above occurred in 1962practically medieval
times in some young peoples mindsmany readers will no doubt assume that
Icelanders of the 21st century no longer cherish such quaint beliefs. Those
readers would be wrong.
In the Boston Herald, December 25, 2005, Ric Bourie wrote that highway
engineers and construction crews still regard the Hidden Folk very
seriously: Mischief befalls Icelandic road builders who cant recognize
good elf domain, including breakdowns of heavy equipment and even worker
mishaps and injuries. It is said to have happened on more than one job site,
enough to take the mythology seriously. Consequently, road planners here
consult with an elf expert before routing a road or highway through rock
piles that may be elf habitat.
Bourie interviewed elf seer Erla Stefansdottir, who named elves, gnomes,
dwarves, angels, light-fairies, and the hidden people as all belonging to
classes of what she called elfin beings. Any of the above-named entities,
Ms. Stefansdottir said, can get quite upset if we ruin their houses or go
against their wishes. They get very upset and we have to face the
consequences. They can put a spell on us.
Fairy Mound Disturbed
While some people may be surprised that stereotypically stoic
Scandinavians believe in elves and other beings from the hidden world, it
seems that the whole world embraces the stereotype of the country folk of
Ireland taking their wee people seriously. According to popular leprechaun
and elf stories, the Irish know that to disturb the mounds or raths in which
they dwell is to invite severe supernatural consequences.
Since ancient times, it seems that the Irish have understood that there
are certain areas that the wee ones consider sacrosanct, special to them.
Certain mounds, caves, creek areas, and forest clearings have been staked
out by the Hidden Ones as their very own, and the wise human, sensitively in
touch with the natural environment, knows better than to trespass on such
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