Gnomes are defined as a race of small, misshapen, dwarf-like creatures
that dwell in the earth. Somehow, they have managed to infiltrate
our gardens, our homes and, yes, even our television shows and commercials.
Where or how did it all begin?
Historically, the first clay German Garden Gnome ("der Gartenzwerg")
was made in Graeferoda, Thuringia, Germany in the 1800's. The first
recorded appearance of a garden gnome in England was around 1840
at the estate of Sir Charles Isham, the 10th Baronet of Lamport
The Polish call them by the familiar 'Gnom'. Bulgaria and Albania
use 'Dudje'. In Hungary, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia, Gnomes are
called Mano. Within the United States, there are differing opinions
as to what the little creatures should be called. For example, in
Hawaii, they are referred to as 'Menehuenes' !
Even now, garden gnomes are viewed as more than lawn ornaments
They are considered to be special symbols of hope, luck, and good
karma. If you need some help with your fishing or your garden, adopt
a gnome. For those of you who love music, there is a musician gnome,
too. Enough said already! The point is that there is one to fit
Gnomes are available in many sizes. You can purchase small, medium,
large or, for the real enthusiast, there is an extra large available.
Gnomes can be seen cuddled with a rabbit or pushing a wheelbarrow.
Patriotic gnomes are nice to display all year round.