highly illogical, captain
said the space-elf
The good burghers of the Icelandic town of Bolungarvik have intervened to prevent further action by elves who are evidently unhappy they weren't consulted about the construction of an anti-avalanche barrier. Bolungarvik recently suffered a bombardment of rocks during "routine dynamiting" on the barrier, with fist-sized …
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"Bolungarvik's council rejected calls by "seers" to apologise to the Little People for the disruption, claiming there was a perfectly logical explanation for the dynamite mishap."
The "perfectly logical explanation" was talking about it *not* being elves.
It must be nice believing everyone is less intelligent than you. I just wish you hadn't picked quite such a low benchmark. Even people who believe in elves can understand that sentence (well, the Icelandic equivalent, anyway....)
Oh come on! This is just charming folklore and nothing more - it's not like the Icelanders are asking for the hidden people to run their country, although it's a reasonable question to ask whether they might have done a better job of it than the government who cultivated the financial acrobatics that led to the nation's current situation. (Any arrests yet on that score, I wonder?)
If only the hidden people had been able to stop various arguably-corrupt wilderness-destroying megaprojects serving large foreign corporations...
Every culture has their little foibles and leftover superstitions, asking what century they're living in is rather insulting to a large body of folklore. You mightn't believe in this stuff, but you probably "touch wood" to prevent something bad you've said actually happening (this is fairly common in Europe and America) or others. Here in Ireland, for instance, people are still pretty cagey about digging up faerie circles, lest the little people get pissed off.
It's mostly harmless and the council should have done the fairly minor appeasement required which would have made everyone happy. Then they should have found whoever mucked up the dynamite laying and kicked their arse
"Every culture has their little foibles and leftover superstitions, asking what century they're living in is rather insulting to a large body of folklore. "
Why? Just because it exists doesn't mean the gullible have to believe it.
"You mightn't believe in this stuff, but you probably "touch wood" to prevent something bad you've said"
Sorry to disappoint you, but i don't. Nor do I go out of my way not to walk under ladders or avoid black cats.
"Here in Ireland, for instance, people are still pretty cagey about digging up faerie circles, lest the little people get pissed off"
Yeah well , thats what you get when first cousins marry.
On the subject of investigating the financial crash - yes they've been busy.
Most of the people who brought Iceland to its knees live abroad and the Icelandic justice system is looking at asking for them to be extradited back to Iceland where the locals are flicking through their books of ancient viking punishments.
A number of lower banking officials have been under investigation by a special investigator and are either on trial or awaiting trial for financial irregularities in the run-up to the kreppa, but the big fish is that ex Prime Minister Geir Haarde is on trial for incompetence.
And since you're bound to be interested, the sale of the assets of Landsbanki is likely to go ahead fairly shortly and will either nearly or totally cover the cost of the British bailout to UK investors.
So the big question is, if Iceland can put its crooks on trial, why are the ex-heads of HBOS, Northern Rock and the Whitehall officials who watched the UK's banks go crazy still free?
“Local musician Benedikt Sigurdsson explained: “I have now been asked by both elves and men to broker a compromise here, and I hope that this song will suffice." “
… reading between the lines so to speak, that should be …
Local musician Benedikt Sigurdsson grabbed the opportunity for some attention by saying: “I have thought up a reason to play my song to you."
Meanwhile Bolungarvik's council rejected calls by "seers" to apologise to the Little People, because the so called self appointed “seers” also want to be the centre of attention.
Folklore my ass, its an opportunity for the local attention seekers to make a prat of themselves, all in the name of gaining attention.
They are false prophets like all prophets, all hiding their true agendas. In this case, the agenda is obvious, they are using it for attention.
(Icon for science exposing the false two faced prophets).
Well yes but...
Science and maths make your computer go, not belief in elves or a big invisible bloke in the sky. Insofar as we can use the results of science and maths on a day to day basis, they appear to relate to the real world.
Ultimately, there may not even be a real world but most philosophers give up at that point and say it's a pointless argument since we'll never know and most evidence points the other way.
The US State Department has warned Americans not to travel to this area. The NSA is monitoring all cellular traffic in a 75 mile radius. Members of the Bolungarvik Elves have been added to the "No Fly" list and CIA Black Ops teams are scanning the area with Predator drones looking for insurgents carrying out further attacks. A Navy carrier group is off shore with Marine Force Recon strike teams just in case the Predators discovery any targets of opportunity.
Given household insurance love the term - act of God - even for contacts for athiests (which I'm sure is conraveining the religious rights of athiests) then small elves (as if there are ever large ones!) would fall under that and they could avoid paying out.
When you have a small community - fairly isolated you end up with a less than Wide-screen 3D version of Peter Pan and tthe fairy's of doom. I'm sure had theatre and the arts had a good founding and they had Icelandicwood film industry then none of this would of come too pass.
Perssonaly If I was involved in blasting and casued a few oversights to damage public property and had the option of blaming Elve's then like many others; Even if they personaly didn't believe in it would certainly not poo-poo the idea (could of even been Smurf's trying to get the Elve's a bad rep).
But let's not totaly dismiss this in a World that can believe in other invisble people, who are we to dismiss the idea's of our Icelandic Earth brothers. Some even say there is more prove that the elve's exist than other invisible beings. But personaly I believe it's another Get Out Of Jail^H^H^H^H Mental Hospital card that gets played. Though people who believe in such invisible people are too be respected as equals, otherwise the mental health bill will realy sink my TAX's - think about it.
"Even people who believe in elves can understand that sentence"
Sam Liddicott's post, wink and nod just went over your head I'm afraid. Try rereading it slowly this time. If you're still stuck then consider that the idea of angry Elves throwing rocks after having pissed them off is not *illogical* but at most something based on certain debatable assumptions. It might become illogical if very important decision were based on these assumptions with other explanations readily available and documented. But there weren't any. This was in my view actually a logical course of action since turning the event into something strengthening local folklore and culture would be important to tourism!
Myths, legends and superstitions all come from somewhere. Sometimes, they come from an early need to warn people that some places are dangerous, in a language that befits the times.
They called them Elves. Wonder what we'd call them. Magma chambers perhaps? :)
And I mean more than a stag do in Reykjavik, you might see where the belief in huldufolk comes from. The landscape of the place runs from slightly to very unreal. You sometimes think you're on the gigantic set of a science fiction movie. I don't believe in elves myself, and to be fair, neither do most Icelanders, but you can sort of see where it comes from.
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