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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 -… - Elves in Modern Day Iceland, including details of them disrupting construction work.

The four pink creatures -… - The Guardian Spirits of Iceland

Top church -… - The story of Loftur the Sorcerer

Dead troll top left -… - Deep are the Iceland Channels…… - The Yule Lads (top left) and Gryla (stirring monster)

Ghosts (including the naked one) -…

Ghost Bull -… - Žorgeirsboli

Elf city top right -… - Asbyrgi

Trolls -… - Troll Blog

Huldufolk wiki page (lots of good external links) -…
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Given 2013-09-25
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 )
karin804 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
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
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
missdianachristine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this just blew my mind. thank you.
OblokMagellana Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student
Wow! Great!
CukooCatCreations Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student General Artist
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
Keiroko Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
heh the naked man on the bench x3
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. 
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD!   :iconflowerheartplz:
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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