Elves are not real and fall into the category of mythological creatures and folklore. These creatures are related to other myths such as fairies and leprechauns. The word "elf" comes from the word "alfar," which appeared in Icelandic poems around 1000 A.D.
The citizens of Iceland have a unique relationship with the belief in elves. Their stories and cautionary tales of elves have been passed down generation after generation, culminating in a widespread belief of invisible elves meddling in the affairs of man. Elves are accused of baby-snatching, mechanical breakdowns and unexplained accidents. The Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission has even developed a boilerplate, standard reply for residents and inquiries by the press into elf involvement in daily incidents.