Scandinavian myths – Elfs
They live among us
Who are the elves?
Fantastic creatures of German mythology, elves also survived in North-European folklore. It is considered that they originally were a race of gods of nature and fertility.
They are depicted as young women and men, short in height and very beautiful. They live in forests and other places in nature, underground, in springs or rivers. They live much longer in comparison to humans, never grow old and have magical powers.
Scandinavian mythology speaks of elves of light inhabiting the third sky, the dark and black elves. The last ones are skilful smiths and German mythology mistakes them for dwarfs. An example of such elves experts in the art of metal transmutation and processing are the Nibelung.
The elves from Scandinavian mythology survived especially as shining, beautiful women living in the forest, ruled by an elf king. It is said that they can be seen at night, dancing through the clearing. Fairy dances leave circular marks in the grass, which are often associated with crop circles. If a human being looks at their dance, time is so compressed that years turn into hours. This phenomenon is also reflected in Tolkien’s work, “The Lord of the Rings” when the characters go searching for ring and reach the Kingdom of the Elves, Lothlorien where they see that time flows much slower than in the physical world. Actually, Tolkien’s elf characters are inspired from Scandinavian and Celtic mythology.
Brynjolfur Snorrason (farmer and healer)
“When I was a child, I used to play with elves and … with the spirits of those who had died. I was different from the children my age so I never actually spoke about it. My children also feel great when they are with invisible beings. One of them always plays with his twin brother who has died. I can clearly see them both. All my six children are clairvoyants. In relation this, I believe that the parents’ attitude is decisive. If you tell your children there is no such thing as clairvoyance, this aptitude will not develop. I sometimes happen to mistake this world for the other. So just in case, in order for people not to think I am crazy, my wife forbade me from ever speaking in public with the invisible entities. Some of them look like humans, others are but coloured shapes.”
Joga Johannsdottir (masseur)
“I was 11 at the time walking on a hill, when I saw a woman disappearing into a stone. She was normally proportioned, but no taller than a 6 year old child. I never tried to persuade anyone that what I had seen was real.”
Gudrun G. Bergmann (writer and tourist guide)
“According to mediums, one of these two rocks represents a church of the invisible beings and the other one is a library. Ancient creatures live here. Last summer I was mediating before the library rock. I saw a small being coming out of the rock. He looked like Yoda from Star Wars, with a large head, which is the symbol of wisdom. He is the keeper of the knowledge inside the stone. The secret of Iceland resides within nature, a huge book that we need to decode.
A multi-dimensional city
According to surveys, 10% of Icelanders are convinced that they share Iceland with the elves, another 10% deny these ideas, while the majority of 80% consider the existence of invisible beings as a possibility worthy of taking into consideration. Hafnarfjordur, a small harbour near the capital, Reykjavik, seems to be the place where people live in complete harmony with these subtle beings.
They contacted Erla Stefansdottir, piano teacher and clairvoyant, to draw them a more special map. Thus one of the tourist attractions of the small Icelandic harbour is a walk to the “elves’ houses”. Hafnarfjordur mayor, Magnus Gunnarsson, seemed proud of the document which certifies the invisible world from the city he runs. Very delighted with their nice neighbours, he declared that “in this way, tourists will be able to discover that in our town, together with its ordinary inhabitants, live also supernatural beings”.
When she was asked how was it possible for both men and elves to live in the same space, clairvoyant Erla explained that the world has many dimensions. For example, she says “in a mountain forest, all sorts of creatures may live: elves, gnomes, dwarves and fairies. They are not observed by people because their frequency of vibration is different from ours, corresponding to the ethereal or, sometimes, astral plane. It is possible even for these beings, most often inaccessible to ordinary human sight, to not perceive one another because of their level of different vibration.”
But Erla has seen the elves ever since she was a child and was convinced that is something natural. “Until they are 6-7 years old, children see more than adults do. I believe that many of them have invisible playmates, but do not realize they are elves.”
A 9 year old girl, Audur Gudmundsdottir tells convincingly of the way she plays with elves, which are about half her height. One day she fell as she was playing outside and a female elf opened the door to her house in a large rock and gave her a spiral cookie to eat, and a very unusual banana juice to drink. Audur is happy to describe her friends who she says are very discreet, as they only come out at night and never during the day. The mother, whom the girl brought a key to the elves house as proof, a small metallic, notched object, does not exclude the possibility that the little girl’s stories are true.
Article from Revista Misterelor magazine