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Move the cloud around the map of iceland to cast a magical shadow and reveal the hidden characters and creatures from various folk tales, ghost stories and traditional beliefs.

This is an interactive map of Icelandic folklore and mythology that I made for a map project for my illustration course. The elves and trolls that exist in Icelandic folk tales (that supposedly many still believe in today) are known as Huldufolk, or hidden people.

Make sure you find all the hidden stuff, especially the animated bits.
Hint: Stake out the cave below the ghost bull and you might see a ghost.

Nearly everything that's here is based on actual stories and placed either somewhere appropriate or where the story is meant to have taken place.

Links for the stories and information used:

The digger - www.ismennt.is/vefir/ari/alfar… - Elves in Modern Day Iceland, including details of them disrupting construction work.

The four pink creatures - www.simnet.is/gardarj/folk/gua… - The Guardian Spirits of Iceland

Top church - www.simnet.is/gardarj/folk/lof… - The story of Loftur the Sorcerer

Dead troll top left - www.simnet.is/gardarj/folk/ala… - Deep are the Iceland Channels

www.randburg.com/is/icelandic-… www.simnet.is/gardarj/folk/jol… - The Yule Lads (top left) and Gryla (stirring monster)

Ghosts (including the naked one) - www.draugasetrid.is/Default.as…

Ghost Bull - www.grapevine.is/Author/ReadAr… - Ţorgeirsboli

Elf city top right - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81sb… - Asbyrgi

Trolls - users.skynet.be/fa023784/troll… - Troll Blog

Huldufolk wiki page (lots of good external links) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huldufol…
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The suggester said: "What I found truly outstanding about Hidden Iceland - Interactive by ~MumblingIdiot is the level of dexterity at which the imagination of the author and actual myths and stories are combined; also, the very idea of every one of us having a chance to "peek into their world" brings a lot of satisfaction and joy while discovering all the details bit by bit" ( Suggested by teslasoliloquy and Featured by SqueakyToybox )
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CukooCatCreations Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student General Artist
AWESOME!!
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more-or--less Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so awesome/// i had a lot of fun playing with this
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Keiroko Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
heh the naked man on the bench x3
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TwoHairsInOneHole Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is the most impressive piece of work I have seen on DA.<3 Thank you for providing us with this masterpiece. 
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD!   :iconflowerheartplz:
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Drackonius-Darkwood Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
The Chapel of The Red is the only landmark that stands unmolested in the ethereal realm.
This is so much fun. Just scanning the landscape for every animated detail & yet there's always something missed. Entertaining to toy around with.
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HeyXuan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
wow,so interesting!I like interactive works~
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Ratula Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Artist
this is pretty cool. what program did you use to make it?
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phat-kat-creative Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really really well done! Congrats!
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oswald-luver Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool :D
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