Land Beneath Our Feet Challenge Entry - Go Big or Go Gnome

I’ve always had a fascination with mountains, but have sadly never lived near any. My hometown and Houston is pretty flat, with maybe some hills but even those are kind of a joke, lol. The closest I get is our Hill Country as we call it. This is the area around our state capital (Austin, TX). We do have some “mountains” over in west Texas (the end of the Rockies) and the tallest peaks are in Big Bend National Park down south near Mexico (Guadalupe Peak is 8,751’, Bush Mountain is 8,631’, and Shumard Peak is 8,615’). By contrast the hill country “mountains” are only 2,300’ - 2,400’, with most only rising 400-500 feet over the surrounding area. So I had to think for this challenge.

But then I remembered about my gnomes!

Gnomes go by many names depending on where you live: Germans call them Erdmanleins, they go by Nisse in Denmark and Norway, in Sweden they are Nissen, Britain calls them Nains, and the Finns call them Tontti. The Polish calls them the familiar Gnom while Bulgaria and Albania use Dudje. They are known as Skritek to the Belgian and Kabouter to the Dutch, while both Switzerland and Luxembourg use Klwinmanneken (which apparently means “little men”). In western Russia, they use Domovoi Djedoes.

The knocker (Cornwall) and the goric (Brittany) are comparable to the Gnome is Celtic folklore. In Scottish mythology, the pech would be what we would be looking for while in Norse mythology we would be looking for Tomte (Scandinavian) as well as the Nisse still used by Norway and Denmark.

Almost every Native American tribe has legends regarding “little people” which can be comparable to faeries, dwarves, or gnomes. The Pukwudgie of the Chippewa/ Wampanoag/ Algonkin/ Abenaki/ Mohican tribes are little people of the forests that are similar to European gnomes or faeries. In Hinduism there are Yakshis and Yakshas (also recognized in Buddhism) who guard treasures similar to gnomes. While there are beings of supernatural nature in asian cultures, whether they can be likened to gnomes/faeries/dwares is still under discussion.

Now that we know that just about every culture has some sort of gnome-like creature, who are they? They are generally represented as cautious, sensible, and kind little creatures (usually no more than knee high at the tallest). They are quick to help those in need, reward kindness, but will punish arrogance and pride. They may often offer their services in exchange for something precious that they desire and will scrupulously adhere to the arrangements agreed by both parties, so make sure you fully understand the deal you are making. The are also usually seen as guardians of enchanted places or treasure and prefer to communicate by signs rather than spoken words.

Gnomes are thought to be seven times stronger than humans and can run at speeds of 35 miles per hour! They also have incredible sight, some stories stating they have better sight than a hawk. Males are guardians of animal kind and show little preference for their animal friends, other than their aversion to cats. They are known for freeing wildlife from humans’ traps or operating on farm animals whose owners have neglected them. They are generally vegetarians, with main meals consisting of nuts, mushrooms, peas, beans, small potatoes, applesauce, fruit, berries, tubers, spices, vegetables, and preserves for desert (they really love their preserves!!). And they love mead dew (fermented honey), fermented raspberries, and spiced gin.

As you can see, I am slightly obsessed with gnomes! I have an area of my yard dedicated to them.

I make offerings to them often. They like red wine, baked goods, blueberries, or healing herbs. To perform the offering, I sit at my gnome area (it has a small “dish” I use) and will say the following:

Gnomes of the earth, Lord Ghob,
Accept this offering of food and drink!
May the magic that I do be aided by your powers,
The powers of life that were, that are, and that shall be,
So Mote it be!

Placing the food in the offering dish, I then pour the wine over and say:

From east to west, from south to north,
Ancient ones, I call thee forth!

I then quickly get up, gather my things, and leave (they are a private group). Almost always the next day, I will find a “gift” of some sorts within my gnome garden. It has varied from mushrooms popping up overnight to coins from animal bones that could not have been placed there naturally to strange arrangements of stones around some of their statues. It always makes me smile and I tell them that I am happy they enjoyed my offering.

I am always on the lookout for things that I think they may like in their area and am always adding to it. I actually have a few houses I recently bought that I need to cleanse and place.

I hope you enjoyed learning about gnomes as much as I do! With that, I will leave you will some gnome humor.

Why do gnomes laugh when they play football? The grass tickles their armpits! :grimacing: :grimacing:

What is the Gnome Allegiance pledge? Gnome matter what, I’ll protect your garden! :crazy_face: :crazy_face:

What do you call a Gnome in Spanish? Gnombres :joy: :joy:

Gnome, Alaska gets very cold in winter. You may need an extra hat. :laughing: :laughing:

The Garden Gnome General showed his enemies Gnome mercy! :rofl: :rofl:

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Weekly Witchy Challenge - Land Beneath Our Feet

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@Amaris_Bane One word…SWEET!

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I added a picture from tonight.

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Oh that’s a great entry! I love it :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

My neighbor LIVES for gnomes, she has them all over her yard & home. When the new neighbors moved in, her & my daughter would leave a gnome for them in their yard, on their porch, or by the doors… it took them forever to figure out where the gnomes were coming from…

Christmas 2021, they had an inflatable Santa Gnome that lit up on their porch!

I love the movie Gnomeo & Juliet too :slightly_smiling_face:

I actually got my first gnome this past fall. So he is very seasonally dressed. I was excited to get a gnome :laughing:

I learned a lot though, I often wondered if there was a way to work with them & what you would leave for an offering.

Thank you! :blush:

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You absolutely can work with them! They are similar to faeries in you want to be very careful to what you agree to, watch you words very carefully and always be respectful. They try to avoid us humans so it may take a while and when they do come, they won’t come if they know you are around/watching.

All my friends now buy me stuff with gnomes in it, lol. One got me a wine glass that says “Drinking with my Gnomes” and another have me a decisive bar towel for Christmas.

I even have a “guardian” gnome that I’ve enchanted with protection spells that sits on my front porch.

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You had me at “Go Big or Go Gnome”- that is a winning post title :joy::+1: And then the gnome puns at the end!!! Ahhhh!!! :rofl: This challenge entry was phegnomenal! :laughing:

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Fast (and strong) little guys- wow!

And as for their diet, well, it sounds like I wouldn’t mind stopping by for dinner and dessert- gnomes sure know how to eat! :yum::two_hearts:

Interesting- I can’t help but wonder why :thinking: Although… when you think of what cats do to bunnies, squrriels, chipmunks, and other little friends in the garden- I think I can understand why they wouldn’t get along :sweat_smile: :chipmunk:

Ahhhh! Your gnome garden is so cute- look at all those cute gnomes! And the little mushrooms too- I adore the little mushroom fairy houses :mushroom: :two_hearts:


Gosh, this was not only a post that brings big smiles- it was loaded with awesome info about gnomes too! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom, gnomes, offerings and chant- I had so much fun reading everything, @Amaris_Bane ! :heart::blush:

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I think gnomes are adorable, but I don’t have any. My mom always insisted that gnomes and faeries didn’t like each other and that if you had gnomes in your garden, they would chase away the faeries. :smile:

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@TheTravelWitch_Bry I’m glad my post brought a smile to your face! I think you are right about the cats - they tend to prey on the small creatures of our yard/ garden so I can see that they would be wary of them.

@AileyGrey From what I know, it depends on the state of mind of the faery when they meet - but I think that also applies to us humans when we meet others so I don’t blame them. In general, gnomes don’t consider them a friend or a foe.

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Okay, this made me actually giggle out loud :joy:

I didn’t know so many different cultures and countries had stories of gnome-like creatures! I’ll be honest, I’ve never really cared for gnomes all that much but they are kinda cute! :sweat_smile: Thanks for all the great info!

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Thanks for sharing your Gnome garden, I love it! Your entry is delightful @Amaris_Bane
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I really love your gnome garden! And your writing too! Thanks!

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I’m going to give offerings to my neighbor’s gnomes when I go visit their yard I think, or as I’m leaving. My little stuffed gnome, is I believe confiscated by my 13 year old right now as part of the autumn collection for the house :rofl:

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I had a bumble bee stuffie as part of my Litha/ solstice altar and my dog that LOVES stuffed animals somehow got a hold of it. We’ll just say the bee is no more. I’ve learned to put my stuffies up high, lol. I think my black cat (named Bender after the Futurama character because, well, he’s an a$$hole) knocked it off for him. :rofl: :rofl: :black_cat:

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