Elf Lobby blocks Road Project

In Island blockiert die Elf-Lobby ein Straßenbauprojekt, die Spitzohren befürchten, es würde ihre magischen Fähigkeiten stören und sowas. Das Huldufólk („hidden folk“) hat sich erfolgreich gegen Bulldozer gestellt und davon würde ich echt gerne ein Bild sehen. Go, Elfs!

Elf advocates in Iceland have joined forces with environmentalists to urge authorities to abandon a highway project that they claim will disturb elf habitat, including an elf church. The project has been halted until the supreme court of Iceland rules on a case brought by a group known as Friends of Lava, who cite both the environmental impact and the detrimental effect on elf culture of the road project.

The group has regularly mobilised hundreds of people to block bulldozers building a direct route from the tip of the Álftanes peninsula, where the president has a property, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. Issues about Huldufolk (Icelandic for "hidden folk") have affected planning decisions before, and the road and coastal administration has come up with a stock media response for elf inquiries, which states in part that "issues have been settled by delaying the construction project at a certain point while the elves living there have supposedly moved on".

Elf lobby blocks Iceland road project (Bilder via Shutterstock und die Friends of Lava)