50 ways to leave your lava

Just take it to court, Bjórt:

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 Gardabær. 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.

It’s not that Icelandic shelves are necessarily full of elves, mind you:

Andri Snær Magnason, a well-known environmentalist, said his major concern was that the road would cut the lava field in two, among other things, destroying nesting sites.

“Some feel that the elf thing is a bit annoying,” said Magnason, adding that personally he was not sure they existed. However, he added, “I got married in a church with a god just as invisible as the elves, so what might seem irrational is actually quite common” with Icelanders.

Me, I don’t mess with anything volcanic, just on general principle. And tick off elves in December? Bad for the bottom line.


  1. backwoods conservative »

    25 December 2013 · 7:41 am

    After reading that, I feel so elfless.

    I know, someday I will be pumiced severely for making cracks like that.

  2. backwoods conservative »

    25 December 2013 · 10:23 am

    Is this going to be litigated in small claims court?

  3. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    25 December 2013 · 5:52 pm

    It’s a well-known fact that ELF is an acronym for Extremely-Little Fellow.

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