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Everything You Want To Know About The Gnome

Updated on March 2, 2012

Gnome With A Lantern

Gnome By tintinetmilou
Gnome By tintinetmilou

The Gnome

Gnomes are quite the widespread species that are known all over the world by various names. They also consist of many different types, coming from diverse bloodlines. The Forest Gnome rarely will ever come in contact with many people while the Garden Gnomes spend their lives in enchanted gardens and they enjoy spending their days telling melancholy tales.

Dune Gnomes are a bit larger than the others and dress in very drab clothing and House Gnomes are the smartest when it pertains to knowledge of humans and have the ability to speak any man's language. It should be noted that gnome kings are chosen from House Gnomes. Farm Gnomes look very much like House gnomes except they are very conservative in their apparel and Siberian Gnomes are the most interbred and freely associate with trolls. The Siberian Gnomes are also the largest and nastiest and take delight in seeking revenge.

Backyard Garden Gnome Mining Village

General Description

Gnomes for the most part are less than six inches tall but can appear to be much taller with their caps on. They are quite pigeon toed which tends to make them a bit more quick and agile through long grass. Females usually weigh from 250 to 275 grams while a male can weigh up to 300 grams.

A male gnome wears a red cap with a tall peak, blue, brown or green pants, felt boots, birch shoes or wooden clogs and he has a tool kit attached to a belt around his waist. He has fair skin, rosy red cheeks and long beards that generally turn gray before the rest of their hair does.

A female gnome wears khaki or gray clothing, generally consisting of some type of blouse and a long skirt to her ankles. Also, she wears gray or black knee socks with high shoes or sometimes slippers and a green cap until she is married. Before she gets married she wears her hair hanging down in braids from her green cap that disappears up under a scarf after she is married. Her green cap also turns to somber tones when she becomes wed.

Sleeping Gnome

David The Gnome By Piano Piano!
David The Gnome By Piano Piano!

Friends And Foes

The male gnomes love all animals and find themselves as the guardian of all of them. They are famous for freeing captured wildlife from man's traps. They also operate on farm animals that are either neglected by farmers or that cannot afford veterinary care. Trolls are the primary enemies of the gnome as well as any other beings that want to destroy their home. Other than protecting themselves, gnomes are fairly peaceful beings.

Gnomeo & Juliet: "What's In a Gnome" Featurette

Where Gnomes Live

Gnomes are generally found living in rocky woodlands and hilly meadows. It is also suggested that they live in three separate trees. One tree is the house and the second tree is a hidden entrance. The third tree is a supply room that holds beans, potatoes, grains and any of their other supplies.


These captivating beings are vegetarians and love nuts, especially walnuts, beechnuts and hazelnuts. They also fill their diet with peas, mushrooms, potatoes, beans, fruit, berries, vegetables as well as preserves for dessert. Gnomes drink fermented honey, fermented raspberries and spiced gin for their special nightcap.

Gnome Raising the Roof

Gnome By Sir Fish
Gnome By Sir Fish

Gnome Powers

Gnomes are fascinating! They can see better than a hawk, run at 35 mph and are seven times more strong than any human. These powers enable gnomes to quickly find wounded or dying animals to care for since they have a deep love and friendship for all animals. They are willing to help any animal at anytime. They also are considered fabulous jewelers and gem cutters and have the ability to play great practical jokes.

Early Culture

The origin of the gnome culture is a mystery but it is known that their religious beliefs began from ancestor worship. Each family of gnomes kept their own elaborate records of deaths, births and marriages. The few records that are left are scratched on cavern walls. The early gnomes kept track of their ancestors and bloodlines. They remained close to the caves of their ancestors and if overcrowding did become a problem then a few families would move as a large group to another cave near by. This allowed the extended bloodlines to stay spiritually and physically close to one another.

Disease Of The Gnomes

In the year of -135, a bizarre pestilence started to attack the children belonging to the gnomes. As the disease progressed their eyes became incredibly sensitive to light, then an incredible weakness began to set in, resulting in the muscles becoming unresponsive. Their skin turned a pasty gray and the disease finally ended with a mercifully painless but lingering death.

As more children fell ill with the disease, the gnomes realized they needed to changed their environment from living in the caves and offer them fresh air and plenty of sunshine. Without a second thought they left their caves behind and moved to forests and grassy plains to allow the gnome bloodlines to continue to live on.


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      Robert E Smith 

      3 years ago from Rochester, New York

      When I was with my first wife, I collected gnomes that were by one artist and only one. I loved the "Tom Clark gnomes" made out of crushed pecan shells and epoxy glue. (At the same time my wife collected "Precious Moments" figurines). The gnomes were very intricate and came with many details describing tiny features on each carving. I didn't have much money and so each one of the gnomes was a cherished thing that absorbed much of my daydream time. Whole stories of these little guys would come into my head and I imagined seeing them all over the place. I would like to say that time spent thinking of gnomes was not the reason for our divorce, yet thinking back they may have been one of many reasons for arguments over the years. When the divorce happened it was established that I would give my gnomes to our son at some point, and she would give her Precious Moments to our daughter. After she passed away and my daughter inherited her figurines, so I gave my collection to my son at that time too. I no longer collect anything. I have 4 ocarinas but I'm not sure that counts as a "collection" because I play 3 of them all the time and they are not on some shelf somewhere collecting dust and presumably gaining value as a collectible. (I know people that have hundreds of ocarinas of all sorts and never play but one or two a few times a year, some of those ocarinas being antiques and hundreds of years old.) So I refuse to think of my musical instruments as a collection. :-)

      This article made me remember many times of happiness and joy. Thank you for writing and sharing. I voted up, funny and interesting. Bob.

    • JLaszlo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northwest

      I am glad you like the gnome hub. You might also like the Elf hub as well

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      7 years ago from I don't know half the time

      Good hub voting up

      useful much that I didn't know ;)


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