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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… - Žorgeirsboli

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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tlupis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
all hail the glow cloud..
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Oddhatt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazingly cute <33!
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sarahthepandah Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is SOOO CUTE!
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karin804 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW THAT YOU'VE STARTED READING, DONT STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1 say your name 10 times 2. say your mum's name 5 times and your crushes name 3 times 4. paste this onto 4 other games. If you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday possible. But if you read this and do not paste this, you will get bad luck. SEND THIS ON 5 DIFFERENT GAMES IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOUR DONE, PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS. THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing. I can't think of some extra spectacular way to how awesome it is. I love Huldufolk
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missdianachristine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this just blew my mind. thank you.
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OblokMagellana Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student
Wow! Great!
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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  Professional General 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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Kaiyaru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic! So well done :clap:
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LaptopNinja510 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!! I love folklore and myths so I thought this was so cool! :D Amazing work and congrats on the DD~~
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm incredibly stunned... even the typographic treatment... <3 
Congrats on the DD! ^^
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Raydhen Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So Stunning Amazing! give me goosebumps too!
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Jadekyy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Very interesting! Love the contrast of the color from the shadow cloud too. :D
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
This is amazing :love:
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Jscreamb Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Its awesome!!!!!
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xBeautifulDreamerx Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me so happy. I can't even explain how happy -- Iceland is my favorite place in the world. And this... this just makes my life. 
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Treasures-Of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the coolest things I've ever seen on this site!  God bless!
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DavidTheClock Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Hold a second... is someone... humping that shovel machine?
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KissOfVictoria Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I had a lot of fun looking at everything... thanks!! 
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Regal-Pinion Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Alright. I'm impressed. 
This is amazing.
:)
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Frithsdotter Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Very cool! Clearly a lot of work went into this and it really pays off!
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ManlyFish Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
all hail the glow cloud.
all hail.
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Chalkcolate Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Absolutely incredible!
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MrJmZack Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very cool!
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lordrook Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
WOW!
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anairys Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
this is truly spectacular!
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AVPMismylife Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG I LOVE THIS! SO cool!
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irondog1 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I've never seen anything like this! *u*
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Poetic-Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG THIS IS AMAZING!!! DJFAJKSFDHDKJFSAD it earned the DD so much. <3333 UwU so magical and cute~
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aerynfpm123 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
O my god this is AWESOME
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AniMaymay Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
BEST DEVIATION EVER!!! Amazing! Really inspires me.
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Bunnyboo1312 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
COOL! >: O oh and congrats on DD
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Everch Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an interesting concept! I don't know a thing about Icelandic folklore but I liked looking for all the hidden things. Nice job.
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Sora9317 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who else thought of Adventure Time?
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ovshanevo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
That haunted house RULES!!
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Lunaterasu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
That was the best thing ever.
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segatastico Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
whoa increible
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random-drawer-person Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is real cute!
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LualaDy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so cute ! i love it
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GrubbyTastic101 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is outstandingly amazing! Well done! But I cant help but to feel trippy after seeing this lol, amazing either way.
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Nestharon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   Writer
AMAZING :wow:
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