In my travel-blogs via the years I’ve proven you a lot rocks and locations the place the Hidden individuals of Iceland reside. Our folklore is crammed with tales about encounters with the Hidden individuals of Iceland, along with whom we inhabit Iceland.
The hidden inhabitants of Iceland is elves, dwarfs, and different supernatural beings who can’t be seen except they need us to see them. Typically youngsters can see the hidden individuals, and after I was 4-5 years previous I noticed an elf and he bought equally startled as I used to be – and disappeared.
I’ve travelled throughout Iceland to go to elf places, however there’s one such rock inside a 4-minute stroll from my house in Háaleitisbraut road in Reykjavík. I go to it usually and greet the supernatural being who lives within the rock.
High picture: by the rock in Reykjavík in August 2020
The rock in June 2020.
In that rock which may be discovered behind the busy streets, Ármúli and Síðumúli, lives an elf – a member of the hidden individuals of Iceland.
I haven’t got many pictures to point out you, just some pictures I’ve taken of the rock after I move by it. Earlier than taking pictures of elf places in Iceland we should ask for permission to take action and greet the inhabitants and inform them that we imply no hurt.
Doing that is of utter significance. I by no means go to such rocks with out asking the inhabitants for permission earlier than I strategy the rocks. Not that I can hear or see them, however I hope that they’ll hear me.
There are lots of accounts in Þjóðsögur Jóns Árnasonar – the Assortment of Folklore by Jón Árnason in regards to the revenge of the hidden individuals if we do not present them respect, f.ex.:
The rock in June
Árni Óla (1888-1979) who was born up north in Kelduhverfi, was a journalist at Morgunblaðið – the Morning paper in Reykjavík ever since Morgunblaðið was first printed in 1913. He was truly the primary man to bear that title in Iceland – a journalist.
Árni has written many very attention-grabbing books about Iceland, which I acquire and now personal 25 of his books.
In his ebook Álög og bannhelgi which interprets into one thing like Enchanted and taboo spots, he wrote about an elf rock within the space the place I now reside.
The rock in June
The story occurred when this space was being constructed round 1942. Árni Óla wrote the story down in 1957 and printed it in Álög and bannhelgi in 1968. It appears to have been printed in one among his books earlier on Horft á Reykjavík in 1963, and within the Morning paper in 1949, however I’ve solely learn it on this ebook.
The chapter in his ebook is in Icelandic, however I made an effort of translating it into English and I should recapitulate it, as I do not know if I’m allowed to translate and publish an entire chapter from his ebook. So the next story is a recapitulation of the story with some notes from me.
When Reykjavík was nonetheless a small metropolis and hadn’t but expanded any additional than Rauðarárholt hill (the place I used to be born and lived for the primary 5 years of my life – RHR), individuals may nonetheless hire a large piece of land within the hills east from there (the hill the place I reside now – RHR).
The rock in June
If you wish to know the place Rauðarárholt – the Purple River Hill was, then the gorgeous Háteigskirkja church now stands on that hill. And Stýrimannaskólinn í Reykjavík – The Faculty of Navigation in Reykjavík. It was consecrated in 1945, a bit of after this story passed off.
Þorbjörn Jónsson rented a chunk of land at Grensás, a brief distance away from Múli. Right here Þorbjörn wished to start out poultry husbandry.
However the land which he had bought, was rock-ribbed and it was essential to clear away the rocks – this was both in 1934 or 1935.
One other extra sunny day in June
A number of the rocks have been large, so he bought 4-5 staff to explode the rocks, as a few of them have been fairly large. The rocks have been then stacked unto vehicles and pushed to the harbour.
One rock stood out although because it was fairly giant, extra so than the others – and it was cut up within the center, and a small spring got here up from beneath it.
The employees, after clearing away the opposite rocks, began drilling one gap into the rock for the dynamite so they might blow it up the next day.
Visiting the rock dweller on a sunny day in June
That evening Þorbjörn had a peculiar dream of a stranger, who got here to see him. The stranger was upset and requested Þorbjörn why he could not depart his farm alone.
As Þorbjörn did not know the place this stranger in his dream lived, the stranger defined to him that he lived within the rock on the plot, which they meant to explode the next day. And he mentioned to Þorbjörn: “When you tamper in any method with the rock, dangerous issues will occur!“.
I’ve seen this taking place in our folklore fairly continuously. Folks dreamt that elves and different hidden beings appeared to them in goals and advised them off – or requested for assist. Typically youngsters had been enjoying by the rocks or there had been racket or disrespect.
The person or lady showing within the dream was then giving the human an opportunity to redeem themselves and to go away their habitation alone. Or else dangerous issues would occur – and we’ve got many tales about dangerous issues taking place.
The rock in October
And nobody needs to be on the receiving finish of the revenge of the elves, that’s for certain. It’s in our Icelandic genes to hearken to such recommendation and never disrespect the elves and different hidden beings dwelling round us.
Even those that declare to not consider within the hidden world, say that they’d by no means throw a stone at an elf rock or present disrespect in any method.
Now, again to Þorbjörn who had been given this warning in his dream. He did not consider that anyone lived within the rock however thought to himself that it could be higher to be secure than sorry and to go away the rock be.
He advised his staff that the rock may keep on the plot, because it was not in anyone’s method. And the plans of blowing up the rock have been deserted.
Þorbjörn advised this story to Árni Óla, so this was firsthand.
The rock in autumn colors
So the one rock left on the hill was this rock and right here it nonetheless stands greater than 80 years later untouched (other than when it was later blown into 3 items) with many buildings, corporations, and parking areas throughout it, as you may see in my pictures.
Not many individuals know why this rock remains to be there, however now you recognize it – it’s the house of a hidden particular person, and woe to those that disturb him.
However the story is not completed but – as in 1940 Þorbjörn offered the poultry husbandry to some bakers. The bakers employed a Norwegian supervisor, Einar Tönsberg, and quickly expanded the poultry husbandry.
The rock in October
Tönsberg had wished to construct a home for himself on the spot the place the massive rock was positioned and the rock must go!
Þorbjörn advised him that he couldn’t tamper with the rock, or else dangerous issues would occur. So Tönsberg understood that this was an elf rock.
Tönsberg, being Norwegian and never Icelandic, did not consider on this, however he had earlier on heard about enchanted spots and the unwillingness of the Icelandic individuals to tamper with them. So he constructed his home in one other location in the direction of the west of the plot.
A sunray by the rock – see how pretty and inexperienced the environment are
Now, in Could 1942, the bakers selected altering the entire plot into a area. So what ought to they do with this large rock? Tönsberg had advised them that this was an enchanted rock and requested them in the event that they have been keen to threat eradicating the rock.
The bakers didn’t consider that something dangerous would occur, in order that they selected eradicating the rock. Two holes have been drilled into the rock and it was to be blown up in a few days!!
Now, one thing very unusual occurred and I firmly consider that the inhabitant of the rock was behind this.
The egg-laying was in full swing on the poultry husbandry. However now a wierd factor occurred because the hens stopped laying eggs – they went on strike.
Dandelions by the rock
Árni Óla says that he was allowed to have a look at the report on the egg-laying.
On the twenty first of Could there had been 353 eggs, the next day 320, the third day, 312, and the 4th day 235.
And for some motive, the plans of blowing up the rock have been delayed repeatedly.
The hens began laying fewer and fewer eggs:
“twenty sixth of Could 120 eggs.
twenty seventh of Could 80 eggs.
twenty eighth of Could 47 eggs.
twenty ninth of Could 20 eggs.
thirtieth of Could 8 eggs.
thirty first of Could – NO EGG”
Now you recognize who lives right here
Now Tönsberg bought a veterinarian to look at the hens, however all of them turned out to be wholesome. And the investigation division of the College of Iceland examined the fodder and it was completely okay.
The hens didn’t lay a single egg for two weeks, from the thirty first of Could till the 14th of June! What was unsuitable – why did tons of of hens cease laying eggs?
Day after day Tönsberg returned from the hen homes emptyhanded, there was not a single egg. Might or not it’s that the rock dweller was taking his revenge for the holes that have been drilled within the rock?
Was he warning us of larger and worse incidents if the rock have been to be blown up? (This paragraph I translated straight from the ebook as I feel this wording is significant for the story).
You’ll be able to see in my pictures how the color of the homes modifications through the years
Tönsberg thought that there could be no hurt in delaying blowing up the rock. Higher secure than sorry, eh? As quickly as Tönsberg had made the choice to not blow up the rock, transfer it or tamper with it in any method the hens slowly began laying eggs once more.
On the 14th of June – 5 eggs. Increasingly more hens began laying eggs once more and on the thirtieth of June, there have been 217 eggs within the hen homes!
Within the minutes of the assembly of the administration of the poultry husbandry, held on June thirtieth, it is written that it had been agreed upon to not tamper with the massive rock on the plot. From then on the hens didn’t present any erratic behaviour.
Roughly translated and recapitulated from the ebook Álög og bannhelgi pages 29-33 by Árni Óla – printed in 1968.
Now, is not this superb?!
The rock in April 2022 – the place are the bushes and the grass and the stones across the rock??
I learn in an article from 1984 that when Ármúli road was being constructed, the electricians Haukur Þorsteinsson and Ólafur Sveinsson erected a constructing for their electrical equipment providers, Raftækjavinnustofa Hauks og Ólafs, at Ármúli 14.
They established this firm again in 1949, however I do not know after they moved to Ármúli. Once I was looking for details about this firm, I noticed a New 12 months greeting from them in an previous newspaper from 1968, and again then they have been positioned at Ármúli 14.
They have been constructing right here within the firm of the third man who owned the main a part of the plot with the rock. He tried to explode the rock and managed to blow it into 3 items, 2 large rocks and a smaller one!
The rock in April 2022 – you may see, now that each one the vegetation has been eliminated, that there are 2 rocks
The smallest rock was eliminated, however as they have been attempting to elevate one of many larger rocks the crane nearly fell to its aspect, and this occurred repeatedly. The person began having dangerous goals at evening and ended up giving up on his plans of constructing on this plot.
When Haukur and Ólafur came upon that the rock was an elf rock they made certain that it was not tampered with once more. They moved the items as shut collectively as potential and I feel it has remained intact ever since.
Till April 2022, when all of the vegetation and the tree have been gone!
The rock in April 2022 – I do not assume that the hidden inhabitant is pleased with this 🙁
From my home, there’s a shortcut I take by way of Síðumúli which passes straight by the rock. So I’m going there usually and greet the rock dweller each time I move the rock – and take a few pictures.
I used to be fairly startled after I, in April 2022, noticed that the bushes and all vegetation by the rock had been eliminated, even the stones that surrounded it! What is occurring?
Are they planning on eradicating the rock after 80 years to get extra parking areas?
I hope not as now we all know that there’s extra to the rock than meets the attention.
The rock in April 2022
I had wished to jot down about this rock for the longest time, or ever since I learn Árni Óla’s ebook. However someway it at all times bought delayed. However now that I see that it’s being tampered with I really feel that I need to write in regards to the hidden man dwelling within the rock.
I do not know if he lives there alone or if there are extra inhabitants on this rock. There are another tales about hidden beings dwelling alone in rocks in Iceland, f.ex.: The Peculiar Rock, Steðji-Staupasteinn, in Hvalfjörður in Southwest Iceland.
There are another elf spots like this one within the Nice-Reykjavík space, which I’ll present you in different travel-blogs.
You will discover the rock between Ármúli 32 and Síðumúli 17 🙂
I’ve written different travel-blogs about each previous encounters with the elves and the hidden beings of Iceland but in addition more moderen accounts f.ex.:
Álög og bannhelgi, Árni Óla 1968