Gnomes – (from the late Gnomus) – fabulous dwarfs from Germanic and Scandinavian folklore, living underground and guarding underground treasures and treasures. In different mythologies, gnomes are called differently, and the common definition for them originates in Greek and means “knowledge”.
Dwarfs are usually represented in the form of secretive little people with a long beard who perfectly master the blacksmith’s craft and guard the mysterious underground treasures. The nature of gnomes is tricky, but in essence they are kind enough to people.
Gnomes live in dungeons.
There they accumulate countless treasures of gold, silver, precious stones and various metals and are engaged in the manufacture of magical weapons. In addition, the underground life of gnomes obliges them to be excellent excavators.
Germans and Englishmen are called “gnomes” (“gnomus”) only elementals of the Earth.
And decorative sculptures of garden gnomes. For those whom we call gnomes, we Germans use the designation “zverg” (“zwerg”), and the Englishmen – “dwarw” (“dwarf”).
All gnomes are men.
Apparently, this error came from one of the earliest references to dwarfs in the “Younger Edda” carving their offspring from the rock. A certain confusion is also made by the famous Tolkien, who says that women in gnomes do not differ much from men. Among the fans of fantasy even there is a comic theory about the presence of female gnomes beard. Actually, folklore notes not only the existence of the gnomids, but also their inexplicable charm as opposed to the dwarven disgrace.
Garden gnomes are a German invention.
These small figures of Red-horned dwarfs were first made in the beginning of the 19th century in Thuringia by a certain Philip Gribel and were actively produced in Germany until the Second World War. Currently, most of the garden gnomes are made in Poland and China.
The gnomes’ pedigree is derived from … the giant.
Scandinavian epic “Younger Edda” tells that the progenitors of gnomes originated in the body of the murdered giant Ymir. In the beginning they were ordinary worms, but later the gods endowed them with a human mind and body (albeit not quite perfect) and imposed a kind of spell: the sunlight turned the dwarfs into stone.
Gnomes have high endurance.
This motif can be traced from the very beginning of the dwarf mythological image. About gnomes are spoken not only as creatures possessing decent power, but also as fabulously industrious, adapted to any hardships, creatures.
Gnomes can see in the dark.
Of course, not like cats, but still in the dark they see more clearly than ordinary people.
Gnomes live long.
According to the mythological and literary source, gnomes can reach a fairly advanced age of 250-400 years.
The main enemy of any gnome is a dragon.
And sometimes self-interested people who want to steal labor-gnomes. But the dragons are still bigger. According to legend, the passion for gold and jewelry in winged lizards in the blood.
Garden gnomes come to life at night and run around the surrounding area.
In fact, they are “running around” representatives of the comic movement from France and Italy called “The Front for the Liberation of Garden Gnomes.” They take the dwarves from their rightful owners and leave them far from their homes. This kind of theft exists even its own name – “gnoming” or “hunting for gnomes”.