Iceland - land of the sheep and the hidden people. Small wonder there is a folk tale connecting both. „Iceland’s elf folklore, at its core, reflects the plight of a nation living in abject poverty on the edge of the inhabitable world and it’s people’s heroic efforts - physically, emotionally and spiritually.“ says Alda Sigmungsdottir, author of the book „The little book of the hidden people“.
While flying over Iceland I read through the lines of this book and fall in love with one particular story, „Ewes impregnated by elf rames". In Iceland I meet Salbjörg in the Westfjords, the most uninhabited area of Iceland. She lives in the small town Holmavik and works in the department there. It’s 2 pm, the store closes, some inhabitants visit her for a chat and a coffee. We talk about the remoteness and the peacefulness of this area. A man, sitting right next to her, bemoans the sunshine. „You should have been here on a foggy or rainy day. You’d see the mythical power of this area.“