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Elves disrupt road work.

Byline: Jenna Gottlieb

Elf backers stop project

REYKJAVIK, Iceland --

Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. They fear disturbing elf habitat and claim the area is particularly important because it contains 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 and the cultural impact -- including the impact on elves -- of the road project. The group has regularly brought hundreds of people out to block the bulldozers.

Scandinavian folklore is full of elves, trolls and other mythological characters. Most people in Norway, Denmark and Sweden haven't taken them seriously since the 19th century, but elves are no joke to many in Iceland, population 320,000.

A survey conducted by the University of Iceland in 2007 found that 62 percent of the 1,000 respondents thought it was at least possible that elves exist.

-- The Associated Press
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Author:Gottlieb, Jenna
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Geographic Code:4EXIC
Date:Dec 23, 2013
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