Mysticism in the Faroe Islands

Huldufólk

Huldufólk or hidden people are in Faroese and Icelandic folklore. They are supernatural beings that live in nature. They look and behave similarly to humans, but live in a paralell world. 

In Faroese folk tales, hidden people are said to be "large in build, their clothes are all grey, and their hair black. Their dwellings are in rocks and mounds."

They are sometimes confused with elves, but the clairvoyants say that elves and huldufólk are different beings. Both species are living in a different frequency level than us, and can make themselves visible at will.


There are a lot of old stories about the hidden people. It was not uncommon to have seen one or know someone who had seen one.

Usually they are very friendly, most of the stories are about how the hidden people save someone who got lost in the mountains or at sea. 

One story goes like this:

"A little boy named Jakob who at this time was approximately 5 years old, wanted to go with the men of the village to hunt for birds eggs. The men had been discussing whether or not they should bring him, but decided not to bring him, since it could be too dangerous.

The men left, but didn't realize that Jakob had been following them. When the women noticed that the boy was gone, they thought that the men must have changed their mind and brought him anyways.

When the men arrived home after a long day of egg hunting, the women asked where the little boy was. Realizing that he was gone, they all went out to search for him. When the darkness struck they had to stop searching and wait until the next morning.

The next day they found Jakob in a cleft. He was dry, happy and full. He had fallen into the cleft, but was feeling good and safe. When asked about it, he said that the nice white woman had taken care of him, kept him dry and given him food. 
There was just no such lady to see and nobody knew a woman like the one he described. 

Jakob himself said that it was a huldu-woman, and until his death at a very old age he still sincerely claimed that it was a huldu-woman that he met in the mountains that time."



Just like in our reality, there are huldufólk with a good intention and there are those with a bad intention. Most of them are friendly and helpful, but some are seducing and mischievous, like the elves you hear about in folklores from other countries. Huldufólk can use their psychological power to lure and trick people and gain power over them.


In the old days, it was believed that if a person or an animal went missing, it was because the hidden people had taken them. 
But it's generally thought that if the Faroese respect their natural surroundings (the huldufólk’s home), the huldufólk will not make mischief for the islanders.