Are Garden Gnomes Timid?
Garden gnomes are very timid and shy, and gather together at a distance when alarmed. The head is more rounded at the back, tapering towards the front. They are merry creatures and play games, as children do; some dancing in rings, some running along the grass together; an atmosphere of joyousness pervades their world. Garden gnomes must have some geometrical sense, for they form clear figures in their games; for example, I see 'a circle which has a Latin cross within it. They are conscious, I think, that in forming these symbols they are giving expression to some force which flows through them and produces an added sense of happiness and life." "The following description is of one of a race of garden gnomes dwelling at the higher levels of the moors in the forest of Bowland. The general appearance of garden gnomes is that of a diminutive boy, six or eight inches high, with a large head, rotund body, thin legs, and pointed feet; a close-fitting, bright green, long-pointed cap is worn, with the point sticking out horizontally behind. Nothing else which could be called a garment is visible, though the body is covered with a tight-fitting green and brown sheath: The one under observation is quite a serious little fellow, standing in a small clump of heather near by. The face of the garden gnome is round and chubby, mouth small, nose hardly perceptible, eyes round like saucers, with no eyebrows or lashes.
The Ears of Gnomes
The ears of garden gnomes, if any, must be hidden by the cap, which, as I watch it, becomes ringed with circular bands of pink and blue. An esthetic emanation is visible all around him, to a distance of about an inch and a half; it is blue-grey in color and is of much smoother and finer vibration than that of the human kingdom. There is one vital center, at a point corresponding to the solar plexus of the garden gnome, from which these emanations proceed. A small chakram, yellow in color, is working at the top of the head. One might hazard the guess that the form is vivified through the solar plexus, while consciousness functions through the chakram in the head. From the center of this head chakram a thin, threadlike connection rises into the air and passes beyond my vision. This little garden gnome has seated himself, with an air of patient good-will, and I now see that the ears are small, and pointed at the top; meanwhile, his fellows are running, jumping, and flying about, some little distance away. I would not say for certain that they speak, but their interchange of thought, such as it is, seems to reach me in the form of a ceaseless chatter. Garden gnomes are full of life and happiness, and are completely oblivious of everything except themselves and their familiar natural surroundings."
Do Garden Gnomes Dance?
In our Drawing Room, Preston. September. "A garden gnome is dancing up and down the carpet. He is keeping time to the rhythmical beat of fairy music, which appears to consist of two notes continually repeated. This dancing garden gnome has a serio-comic childlike face, a tinted cap, with the point at the back, a coatee and tights, continued into pointed toes. The tights are green, the coatee dark brown, edged with fur or gossamer, there is a tassel on the cap which hangs down behind. He is in an abnormal condition, as though keyed up by surplus energy and extra vitality. His complexion is that of a healthy, outdoor child, his eyes dark brown, large and wondering; he walks with a slight swagger, the body swaying from side to side, his hands are on his hips when he is not gesticulating. This garden gnome dances several steps, some of which are not unlike a Scotch reel, though he does not pirouette. Two other similar figures are in the room. They are not unlike wood-elves, but their ears are normal and their expression is less weird and more human. These figures are all of male appearance, like little boys of eight or nine. They slide up and down the architrave of the door, they walk on the edge of the back of the settee, they do gymnastics on the bars of the chairs and table. In all of them the color green predominates, though brown is intermixed with it. These garden gnomes appear to be enjoying themselves hugely. Their natural element seems to be the grass of the fields. They are performing what looks like a test match of long jump on the sofa. This tribe is composed of larger numbers than the groups or parties of brownies. They can move through the air at will. They have small trans-parent wings, almost oval in shape. Their antics have an air of unreality and make-believe.
Movement of Garden Gnomes
The movements of garden gnomes are very rapid and it is almost impossible to isolate an individual and study him, with the exception of the first one described, who is larger than the others. I should place him at six inches and the others at four. Some are sliding down the curtains. One of the party now stands in the very center of the room, gazing up at me. I catch glimpses of others on the picture rails and frames. The standing figure is trying to communicate and does so by what looks like a tremendous effort of shouting: no sound whatever reaches me. They are not ungraceful figures, having their tunic drawn in at the waist and falling loosely over the hips. Their wings appear to be continually quivering. The little caps of garden gnomes are close-fitting around the head, no hair is visible. They have no interior structure, their bodies being all of six inches tall. In a glade a few miles from Preston. September 1921 "Diminutive green elf-like forms, probably about an inch or two high, with wings of peculiar shape and irregular outline, are to be seen on the ground. Their faces are flesh-like and their whole bodies clothed in a tight-fitting garment of green. Garden gnomes walkabout in the grass and appear to be wholly absorbed in the task of exploring the fairy pathways of what, to them, is a mighty jungle. Their existence seems to be connected with grass, whose growth is in some way intimately associated with theirs.