A Gnomes Caring
The gnome cares for other creatures much more than any other species on the planet. They have been around for many thousands of years and it is thought that before humans came along or developed very much that gnomes had vast cities made of precious metals and stones. The gnomes chose not to develop technology beyond the simple mechanical stage.
When human society developed and the human population increased dramatically, gnomes chose to share the world with humans rather than becoming indignant. As many believe, the gnome doesn't worry and is able to more fully understand the implications of their actions. They decided to help guide humans in their development and watch over them as they would any of the other species on the planet.
There are many races of gnomes, all work to serve nature in some way. The underground gnome watches lodes of precious metals and stones and can work both ways when it comes to human mining. Underground gnomes have been known to hide lodes of metals and stones from miners or divert miners away from lodes in an attempt to keep humans from over mining the earth, but gnomes are also inherently helpful and tend to watch over hapless miners in an attempt to warn them of the many dangers of mining.
The house gnome likes to watch over the household, babysitting children, and occasionally performing light household chores such as sweeping. It was more common in the past for a gnome to help with the chores, but recent innovations such as vacuums and new cleansers make it difficult for the gnome to work unseen and unheard.
There have been reports of the farm gnome helping the milk maid by milking the cows in the morning before she wakes up, but again due to recent advances, the gnome finds it difficult to perform this chore. Often a farm gnome will simply watch over the livestock and warn a farmer if something is amiss. Or if a farmer isn't taking good enough care of the livestock the farm gnome will certainly let him know about it.
Dangers of Being a Garden Gnome
The world is fraught with dangers from natural sources, viral and bacterial sources, and man-made sources. If one happens to be a garden gnome the dangers of the world loom even larger their ferocity.
Garden gnomes enjoy spending much of their lives in tune with nature and as such many of the dangers they face are from natural sources. The garden gnome is a diminutive creature and as such fears calamity from simply not being seen. Although gnomes are strong and fast, it is possible for a bird of prey to mistake the garden gnome for a field mouse and swoop down on him or her unawares. This is a special fear for the female garden gnomes as they tend to wear browns and other darker colors.
Also the garden gnome has an enemy in trolls. There aren't many trolls left in the world due to their disposition but the fear of being captured by a troll is still ever-present. Trolls not being very smart never think to purposely kill a gnome but rather they see them as a sort of living plaything that can be set fire to, tossed about, rubbed raw or made to run in hamster wheel for days on end. Gnomes will eventually manage to get away from a troll if caught, but sometimes not without having damage done to them.
Cats are extremely disliked by the gnomes, not as disliked as trolls but still...not liked. Cats are considered to be too unpredictable to trust. They were domesticated by humans and lost some of their step with nature plus there is the fact that to a cat gnomes seem awfully similar to small rodents and birds.
It may be interesting to note that gnomes also have to deal with the regular dangers of life, such as possible fires, ill health, and in addition encroachment from humans.
Garden Gnome First Aid
Gnomes feel a responsibility towards their fellow creatures and will go to great lengths to help and aid any that are in need, including humans.
They have as much if not more knowledge of the medicines and methods to cure and fix a variety of ailments. Often times though the gnome works as a manicurist of sorts.
Deer and other animals with antlers have on occasion gotten string, branches or wire stuck in their antlers. The males have even gotten their antlers tangled during fights. In these cases the garden or forest gnomes willingly climb up and cut away the impediments. Usually, the animals are extremely grateful for the help and will provide services or gifts that are requested.
In the summer months, deer can also develop a problem with parasites, such as the horse fly. The horse fly will lay its eggs just inside the nostrils of deer and when these eggs hatch out the larva work their way back into the throat sometimes causing an obstruction. The gnome upon hearing about the deer' problem has a special '' device that is used to grab and pull out the larva.
Speaking of the throat long-necked birds such as ducks and geese will occasionally get large pieces of food stuck in their throat. If a gnome happens upon a bird in such a predicament he will use his great strength to manipulate the piece of food so that it works its way down into the stomach. This may leave the bird with a sore throat, but it will be greatly relieved.
Lastly gnomes have a special way of knitting broken bones back together so that an animal can move about within fourteen days. This method is kept a closely guarded secret of the gnomes and often involves the animal withdrawing to a dark thicket or bramble during the two weeks healing time.
The gnome is a difficult creature to find. Indeed there have been far and few sightings of many of the gnome races in the world and some have never been seen at all, only heard of in human folklore. By far the most common sighting of a gnome is that of the garden gnome. The garden gnome is one of the more mischievous and therefore outgoing gnomes. These gnomes find the sculptures of garden gnomes that humans place in their gardens and lawns to be highly amusing and they will often hang out in the lawns of people who own such décor.
They will sit brazenly in the open, holding a unique pose and waiting to see if a human notices the new addition to his or her lawn. Some even go as far as mooning passerby to see if a human will become upset. Rarely though do humans think to question the innocent mooner positioned by a neighbor's lilacs. This can become quite boring for some gnomes who quickly give up the hobby and move on to more reputable occupations in their later years.
A gnome's handiwork is usually the only way a human will know that they have been visited. The gnome is a helpful creature and likes to aid humans in difficult and tedious work. Gnomes have been known to milk cows for milkmaids, sweep and do light chores for the woman of the house, or work in the shoemakers shop long after he has gone to bed.
Gnomes will also tend to wounded animals that they hear about or come across. So if a human should happen to see a deer in the forest with a bandaged leg be sure to know that a gnome helped it. This is the same for livestock on a farm. If a farmer has a resident gnome his livestock will be well cared for and there may be many cases of lucky happenstances that save time, effort, and perhaps lives.