Many different cultures talk about gnomes. Gnomes are especially popular in Germany, in England/Scotland/Ireland and in Sweden/Norway/Finland. Sometimes, Gnomes are called Dwarves or Goblins. They are in many fairy tales.
What do Gnomes look like?
Everyone knows the Travelocity Gnome. That is a good representation! Blue or red hat, crumpled suit, wild white beard. Gnomes are little people (only 2-3 feet tall or 0.6 meters) with a very round bodies. Most Gnomes look a bit rumpled! They love working outdoors in nature and don’t mind if they get their clothes dirty.
If you want to read a good book or two about REAL Gnomes living in Ireland, look up Tanis Halliwell on Amazon.
According to Tanis, Gnomes live in families just like you and me. The Gnome family might live alongside a human family, like in your garden or your kitchen cupboards. When she was staying in an old cottage in Ireland, Tanis met a family of Gnomes. All the Irish locals believed this family existed and had seen them with their own eyes!
What do Gnomes like to do?
Gnomes are famous for loving to garden! If you are a serious gardener, you will attract Gnomes. They also like fixing things in your home, like your sink. Anything that’s working with tools, they like.
Where do Gnomes live?
Gnomes love to stay hidden and will seek out a woodsy, unkempt spot. If you have a messy, half-abandoned garden shed or greenhouse on your property, a Gnome family might live there! Other possibilities are a dusty, cluttered wooden cabinet in your house. One that you rarely open. Gnomes also live in hollowed out trees or a mess of downed tree limbs. Maybe you have a fireplace logs that have been piled in the back of your property forever? A Gnome family would like to live there. Also, if you are ever walking in the woods and you see a tree with exposed roots, like a hillside has given way or the ground has eroded, that is a great spot for a Gnome family. Their goal is to stay hidden while seeking shelter in a tree or wooden object.
What different types of Gnomes are there?
- GARDEN GNOME = The most popular! Just about every gardener puts out a fake Garden Gnome statue in hopes of attracting a green-thumbed Gnome! If you are super-serious about your garden, you may be blessed with a Gnome and his family. While you aren’t looking, the Gnomes will do all sorts of magical garden tricks to help your garden grow. Keep in mind that Gnomes like places to hide. Add some extra big clay pots for them to hide behind, big downed tree branches or large rocks. Remember that Gnomes prefer garden accessories made out of natural items like clay, wood and stone. Not plastic, resin or shiny metal objects.
- WOODLAND GNOME = Some Gnomes live out in the woods. They prefer a deciduous forest with lots of ground cover (fallen logs, leaves, mushrooms, moss). Gnomes have an association with wild mushrooms, but I’m not sure why.
What is the common personality of a Gnome?
Gnomes are a bit old-fashioned. The man will take the lead in talking to humans. He may have a gruff, manly-man personality. He doesn’t like too much idle chit-chat. He loves working. Besides gardening, he is great at fixing things and building things. He is serious about his work and prefers to work alone. He may leave in a huff if he thinks you aren’t being serious enough about your gardening. The Gnome children will be in the care of the wife and will remain mostly hidden from view.
Gnomes are Elementals.
If you didn’t know, Gnomes are part of the Elementals, which I like to call the Magic Fairy Kingdom. This includes all of the magical little beings who work with the environment: Fairies, Mermaids, Elves. And the magical Leprechauns and Unicorns. Wizards are in a different group, but work very closely with the Elementals to get their magic done. Like Fairies and Wizards, Gnomes are able to visit Middle Earth. This is sort of a real place and sort of a magical place on the higher realms. Everything here is earthen and rustic, with mud and wood.