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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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jtr - Folk Beliefs

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Lengi hefur veri vi li tr drauga og eru margar jsgur til um . Sama mli gegnir um hulduflk og trll sem tali er a bi klettum, hlum og fjllum. Margir telja a varasamt geti veri a styggja essar verur.

Va eru srstakir lfasteinar sem varhugavert ykir a hrfla vi. ess eru mmrg dmi a skipulagi, t.d. vega, hafi veri breytt af tillitssemi vi lfajina enda gtu lfarnir hefnt sn ef eim vri misboi, eins og fjlmargar sagnir greina fr. Sumir telja tr hulduflk og arar huldar verur bera sterkan keim af keltneskum menningarhrifum eirra fjlmrgu Breta er fylgdu norrnum landnemum til slands. rtt fyrir barttu kirkjunnar gegn slkri jtr hefur hn samt lifa gu lfi meal orra almennings og gerir a jafnvel enn meal ntmaflks.

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Trll (A troll).

Bjarbruni Staarfelli

Um veturinn 1808 brann brinn Staarfelli allur a kldum kolum. En fyrir nean binn Staarfelli framan sjvarbkkunum var str steinn sem sagt var a lfkona byggi , en af v a hrynur r bkkunum st steinninn hlfur fram af, en sat fastur ef ekki var vi tt, og hafi stai svo lengi, en llum var boin var a glettast vi steininn. En skmmu ur en brann gjru vinnumennirnir a af glensi a eir hrundu steininum fram sj, en nttina eftir dreymdi Benedikt gamla Bogason lfkonuna, og sagi a honum mundi ekki vera betra af v a menn hans hafi gletst vi hsi sitt, og skmmu sar brann brinn og rttist svo spin. (r jsgum Jns rnasonar).

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Folk Beliefs

People have long believed in ghosts, and there are many folktales current about them. The same goes for elves and the trolls who are thought to live in crags, hills and mountains. Many believe that it can be dangerous to insult these supernatural beings or creatures (in Icelandic, "verur").

Special elf-stones can be found widely and it is thought to be risky to tamper with them. As such, there are many examples of plans, such as for roads, which have been altered out of consideration for the elf people. The elves might well avenge any offence, just as many stories relate. Some think that believes in elves and other hidden beings is a strong indication of Celtic cultural influences from the numerous British people that accompanied their Nordic masters to Iceland to settle there. Despite opposition from the church, folk beliefs have thrived among the general population and still demands a respect from modern-day people.

A Farm Fire at Staarfell

In the winter of 1808 the farm at Staarfell burnt to ashes. Below Staarfell farm, in front of the sea bank, there was a large stone in which, it was said, there lived an elf woman. Due the fact that the bank had collapsed, the stone stuck half way out of it, but it stood fast if it was not disturbed and had stood there for a very long time: all were warned not to provoke the stone. But shortly before the fire, the workmen made a joke of collapsing the stone into the ocean and the night after Benedikt Bogason the Old dreamt about the elf woman, who said that things would not go well for him on account of his men having had fun with her home. Shortly thereafter the farm burnt down, fulfilling the prediction (from Jn rnason's folk tales).

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