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Re: gnomes

Post by junoomaha » 13 Jun 2013 18:37

They were invented in Germany apparently.
A couple of hundred years ago the Bavarian mining companies used to draft in dwarfs to work in the mines as they could go into tunnels that
bigger miners couldn't fit into. When the mines closed the dwarfs stayed on and worked in the fields for the local farmers. The local farmers
thought they also brought good luck, so they started to make statues of them to act as good luck charms. British tourists to Bavaria copied
the idea and when they got back to Britain used to make their own scaled down version - the modern gnomes!


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Re: gnomes

Post by bluelighttouch » 13 Jun 2013 19:23

Thanks Juno but I have often wondered about Garden gnomes !!!! Where did they come from....
Some of our Chiefs believe the land belongs to them...
But that is not what The Great Spirit told me... He said No one owns the land, that the land belongs to him. We are just keepers of the land, for our children and for their childrens childen.


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Re: gnomes

Post by junoomaha » 13 Jun 2013 23:59

When the craze took off in the U.K. - late Victorian era, most of the up and coming middle class didn't own fields - just gardens,
so they put their new 'status symbols' in the garden. :)


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Re: gnomes

Post by bluelighttouch » 14 Jun 2013 14:56

I always thought it odd how they liked to depict them fishing :lol:
Some of our Chiefs believe the land belongs to them...
But that is not what The Great Spirit told me... He said No one owns the land, that the land belongs to him. We are just keepers of the land, for our children and for their childrens childen.

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Re: gnomes

Post by kayls » 14 Jun 2013 18:15

wow, thats interesting


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Re: gnomes

Post by capedcrusader » 14 Jun 2013 18:52

I don't have any gnomes in my garden....I do have a couple of friendly frogs though ;)


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Re: gnomes

Post by junoomaha » 14 Jun 2013 18:52

Have to admit it was only because there was a documentary on the T.V. a few weeks ago about the history of the gnome,
as they had been allowed back into the Chelsea Flower Show!
I really wouldn't have known anything about them otherwise! :rofl:


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Re: gnomes

Post by bluelighttouch » 14 Jun 2013 18:54

I hate them, grotesque things they look like SMURFS :D
Some of our Chiefs believe the land belongs to them...
But that is not what The Great Spirit told me... He said No one owns the land, that the land belongs to him. We are just keepers of the land, for our children and for their childrens childen.


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Re: gnomes

Post by spiritshocker » 16 Jun 2013 14:19

what are they for ?
and dont reply ' garden decor '...

facts about gnomes ( in big print for sheila and the blind bats lol )
The word comes from Renaissance Latin gnomus, which first appears in the works of 16th century Swiss alchemist Paracelsus. He is perhaps deriving the term from Latin gēnomos (itself representing a Greek γη-νομος, literally "earth-dweller"). In this case, the omission of the ē is, as the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) calls it, a blunder. Alternatively, the term may be an original invention of Paracelsus.

Paracelsus uses Gnomi as a synonym of Pygmæi,and classifies them as earth elementals. He describes them as two spans high, very reluctant to interact with humans, and able to move through solid earth as easily as humans move through air.

The chthonic, or earth-dwelling, spirit has precedents in numerous ancient and medieval mythologies, often guarding mines and precious underground treasures, notably in the Germanic dwarves and the Greek Chalybes, Telchines or Dactyls.
In Romanticism and modern fairy tales

The English word is attested from the early 18th century. Gnomes are used in Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock". The creatures from this mock-epic are small, celestial creatures which were prudish women in their past-lives, and now spend all of eternity looking out for prudish women (in parallel to the guardian angels in Catholic belief). Other uses of the term gnome remain obscure until the early 19th century, when it is taken up by authors of Romanticist collections of fairy tales and becomes mostly synonymous with the older word goblin.

In 19th century fiction, the chthonic gnome became a sort of antithesis to the more airy or luminous fairy. Nathaniel Hawthorne in Twice-Told Tales (1837) contrasts the two in "Small enough to be king of the fairies, and ugly enough to be king of the gnomes" (cited after OED). Similarly, gnomes are contrasted to elves, as in William Cullen Bryant's Little People of the Snow (1877), which has "let us have a tale of elves that ride by night, with jingling reins, or gnomes of the mine" (cited after OED).

One of the first movements in Mussorgsky's 1874 work Pictures at an Exhibition, named "Gnomus" (Latin for "The Gnome"), is written to sound as if a gnome is moving about, his movements constantly changing in speed.

Franz Hartmann in 1895 satirized materialism in an allegorical tale entitled Unter den Gnomen im Untersberg. The English translation appeared in 1896 as Among the Gnomes: An Occult Tale of Adventure in the Untersberg. In this story, the Gnomes are still clearly subterranean creatures, guarding treasures of gold within the Untersberg mountain.

As a figure of 19th century fairy tales, the term gnome by the 20th century became largely synonymous with other terms for the "little people", such as goblin, brownie, kobold, leprechaun, Heinzelmännchen and other instances of the "domestic spirit" type, losing its strict association with earth or the underground world.

A gnome /ˈnoʊm/ is a diminutive spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus in the 16th Century and later adopted by more recent authors including those of modern fantasy literature. Its characteristics have been reinterpreted to suit the needs of various story-tellers, but it is typically said to be a small, humanoid creature that lives underground.
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Re: gnomes

Post by SandDancer » 16 Jun 2013 19:25

....................forgot to mention they are also clones, judging by the accompanying pic. ;)

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