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Irish folklore and legend

For a country with an abundance of churches, you might be surprised to know that Iceland has a rich history of folklore and legends. In fact, most Icelanders believe in, or at least refuse to deny the existence of elves, trolls, and other hidden beings. Huldufólk are the most common figures of Icelandic folklore. Icelanders believe these little elves are everywhere, and as a result, people even build tiny wooden elf houses in their gardens for elves to live in. Since the original Icelanders were cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, they developed a rich storytelling tradition, which is why the belief in elves and hidden beings is still such a prominent part of their heritage today.

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