Garden Gnomes History
The international family of garden gnomes dates back to the era when the form of the globe consolidated out of Chaos, and the forces responsible for precious and base metals and precious stones implanted them beneath the surface of the earth.
Garden Gnomes Diet
The diet of garden gnomes is largely vegetarian, basically cereals and root vegetables, although they consume great quantities of chutney and sausages during their festivities. They brew excellent ale but use it in moderation except in some festivals. Garden gnomes pioneered many crafts, such as weaving and woodworking, but they have not felt disposed to explore more complex technologies. They live in simple comfort and avoid the problems of industrialization.
Gnomes as Miners
Their original duty was that of supervising and surveying the mineral treasures of the earth. Each group of families looked after a lode of copper, a vein of gold, a pipe of diamonds, a seam of coal, or some similar resource implanted underground. Each garden gnome colony lived underground, close to their particular area of responsibility. To facilitate their work they developed the ability to move or "swim" through the earth.
Their helpful nature inspired them to assist men in discovering natural treasures, in such ways as guiding the fleet of prospectors and influencing the science of geology, even though garden gnomes warned them that men would use these treasures for evil as well as good. But even their gift of predication, or 'future mining', could not foresee the unending extent of human avarice and its consequences.
As men delved deeper into the earth, countless garden gnomes found themselves displaced. Clumsy miners wrecked entire colonies and the roar of explosions made life unbearable. Some garden gnomes turned against the miners, and began a kind of guerrilla warfare by pulling away pit props, diverting underground streams into admits, and other contrivances. But the majority decided to emigrate to the surface and begins a new existence in the light of day.
Gnomes on the Surface
The first surface garden gnomes (unkindly known as 'superficial gnomes' by the underground brethren) emerged into the forests of Britain and Europe at about the time of King Arthur. They found the dimness of the huge forests compatible with their underground nature and established colonies in the root systems of great trees.
As time passed, their benign character tempted them to aid in human affairs. The little milkmaid weary of her task would find all the milk pails filled before she rose in the morning, the sleeping shepherd awoke to find his flock had been rounded up for him, and many a poor tailor or shoemaker prospered when garden gnomes families worked night shifts in their workshops.
Humans often glimpsed the garden gnomes but never succeeded in capturing one. Gignosko always keeps garden gnomes a step ahead of humans and the most cunning of gnome traps never tempted a victim. Eventually, humans simply accepted their presence and knew that gnomes would not harm them.
Garden gnome lifestyles changed yet again when humans felled the forests just as they had looted the earth. Garden gnomes had to retreat further and further away from the homes of men, and they are now seen only in the few remaining forests of Britain and Europe. In other parts of the world, garden gnomes have adapted themselves in various ways. Some still try to assist humans by importing some of their own gift of understanding. A few have turned mischievous, like either cousins the gremlins, and they torment humans with minor but irritating activities. other garden gnome families, like the Leprignomes of Ireland and the Hairy Peruvians of South Australia, have traveled as far as Australia in search of a new life.