What Gnomes Eat
It may be difficult to believe but a gnome's home life is quite simple and boring even. They are helpful and festive with each other and never worry. Some wonder what or even if a gnome eats anything. Gnomes do eat, in fact they have a rather large appetite and can eat up to half their own weight in a single sitting.
The typical gnome is a vegetarian. They are in close tune with nature and cannot bear the thought of eating animal flesh. Gnomes get their fats from nuts, particularly walnuts, beechnuts or hazelnuts. This diet high in nuts also works to protect their hearts and cardiovascular systems with Omega-3 fatty acids. As such they have a remarkably large heart, thought to be about the size of a human heart.
Gnomes from ggnh.com will get their vegetables from whatever is in their present surroundings, but they do love mushrooms for their earthy flavor. As an earthy species, they are also drawn to tubers of various kinds, potatoes, cattail roots, turnips, onion, etc. Many tubers provide them with flour for baking. This also adds starches and carbohydrates to their diet. Potato skins and other vegetables provide them with fiber in their diet.
The gnome tends to have a very low sodium diet as they usually don't live near salt deposits. Some gnomes like the Dune gnome will live near the sea or salt flats and can gather salt for their diet in that way. Most gnomes however gather up herbs and spices, like mint, thyme, and garlic to add seasoning and essential nutrients to their food.
Dessert usually consists of fruits in a preserve or simply a fresh fruit salad. This way gnomes satisfy their cravings for sweets and sugars.
Most gnomes will have a fermented beverage with their meals. One can never be too sure about the untreated water in nature so its often safer to ferment something to drink. Typical drinks are something called 'brackleberry' or 'barberry' or a mead drink made of fermented honey. They also have a very high alcohol content drink made of fermented raspberries.
Many cultures have a gnome in their folklore, especially the European countries, as this appears to be the part of the world where gnomes have the highest population average historically. Though gnomes are showing up in new record highs in the North American countries. It appears they are attracted by the wide open spaces and promise of good fortune.
Most of the earliest folklore involving gnomes has come out of Sweden. In Swedish the gnome is called, 'Tomte' and there was a widespread belief in gnomes in the 11th century when Christianity started to get a foothold in the country. Naturally, gnome belief fell off in the ensuing centuries even though the idea of gnomes remained popular, it wasn't until recently that gnomes started to be believed in again.
There is evidence of gnome belief in the countries of Austria and Germany dating back to the mid 1700's. Sculptures of garden gnomes have been found in the two countries dating back to this era. This may also be the earliest evidence of the 'Garden Gnome,' this is a relatively new kind of gnome that developed in response to the gardens and lawns that humans take so much pride in.
The Garden Gnome began to make appearances in England during the Victorian era . As a result Victorians created lavishly decorated sculptures of these gnomes, painted in the earthy colors that gnomes are often seen wearing.
Although there is some evidence in legend that gnomes began to take on the role of Garden Gnome in England during the times of King Arthur. This can be easy to believe as the forests of England were cut down fairly early on and the Forest Gnomes needed a new occupation to transition into.
Having a Garden Gnome in the lawn or garden is now considered a sign of prosperity in the home and success. Many people believe that these gnomes bring good luck to the home, which is easy to believe considering the gnomes caring disposition and good will.
A Gnome's Home
There being many races of Gnome, naturally there are many types of Gnome home. Following is a description of the homes of the more commonly known Gnomes.
The garden gnome likes to settle in old overgrown English-style gardens. This provides many hiding places and the more overgrown the garden the cooler it is and the more shade it provides in the summer, as they spend most of their time outside during the warm months. The garden gnome often has a little burrow or tree hollow if they can find one that is their home. They spend most of their time here in the winter. Their home will consist of two parts, one section is their living area usually via a tunnel they will have another burrow or tree with storage for food, supplies, etc. Often to throw off curious animals and humans a garden gnome will have the entrance to their home set a great distance from the burrow and connected via tunnel
The forest gnome has a similar home to the garden gnome. It is thought that the garden gnomes were originally forest gnomes that were pushed out when many of the forests were cut down. Their homes will all reside in three separate trees. One is the living area connected to a second tree that is the supply room and the third is the secret entrance to the gnome's home.
Underground gnomes are thought to be some of the oldest gnome races on earth. Gnomes are a race deeply connected to the earth and said to be able to move through the earth as if it were water. The underground gnome chooses to remain in close contact with the earth. It's said that these gnomes guard treasures in their homes. Some legends say that each of the underground gnome families was given a lode of precious metal or stone to watch over. Not much is known about the homes of this race. Some suggest that they made the precious lodes they watch over into their homes, with walls of gold or diamond or silver.
English Garden Gnomes
In England it's believed that one percent of homes have a garden gnome. These helpful creatures love to hang out in the natural surroundings of an English Garden and if they could would probably live in a deep old growth forest. Since humans have down many of the forests in England the forest gnomes were forced to transition to other occupations. These being, garden gnome, home gnome, farm gnome, and others.
The garden gnome made a significant appearance on the estate of Sir Charles Isham, the 10th Baronet of Lamport Hall in the 1840' It seems that the baronet enjoyed these funny little creatures and invited as many as would come to live as garden gnomes on his estate.
While the origin of the garden gnome is disputed between Germany, Scandinavia and England, perhaps the legends surrounding both are equally accurate. It is thought that the garden gnome first appeared in England during King Arthur' time, while they emerged in Germany in the early 1800' While they are thought to have appeared in Scandinavia in the 1400's
In traditional lore the gnome is invisible but can be seen by children and animals. Perhaps the garden gnome has chosen to give up this camouflage in lew to their new occupations. There have been famous photographs taken of other types of gnomes. In 1917 in particular some girls took photos of a gnome at Cottingley Glen, England. Sirs Arthur Conan Doyle and Williams Crookes examined the photos and both agreed that the photos seemed genuine
Currently, the garden gnome enjoys hanging out in old gardens. Some believe that the garden gnome is a melancholy sort who spends much of his time drinking and telling old tales, but perhaps they'll just run into a couple of bad eggs. Most English garden gnomes appear to be working.