There is something about a vintage illustration or artwork that makes most of us smile. In the illustration above you see two little gnomes, a bowl of apples and a bowl of nuts. You don't have to imagine what is going on, the look on the faces of the two gnomes tell the whole story.
There are several different types of gnomes. The most common is the Forest Gnome who rarely comes into contact with man. The Garden Gnome lives in old gardens and enjoys telling melancoly tales. Dune Gnomes are slightly larger than their woodland breathren and choose remarkably drab clothing. House Gnomes have the most knowledge of man, often speaking his language. Farm Gnomes resemble their House brethen, but are more conservative in manner and dress. Siberian Gnomes have been more interbred than other Gnomes and associate freely with trolls. They are much larger than the other types and have an infinately more nasty nature. It is best never to evoke the ire of such Gnomes for they delight in revenge.
After World War II, small figurines were introduced as lawn ornaments and came to be known as garden gnomes. The image of the gnome changed further during the 1960s to 1970s, when the first plastic garden gnomes were manufactured. These gnomes followed the style of the 1937 depiction of the seven dwarves in the tale of Snow White. Garden gnomes share a resemblance to the Scandinavian Tomte and Nisse. The Swedish term Tomte can be translated to Gnome in English.
I hope you enjoyed this little bit of information about Gnomes.