Gnomes, Hats and Bogs

by | Earthy Beings | Gnomes, Trolls, Goblins

This gnarly fellow has classic gnome features – large nose, whiskers and beard. Gnomes are rarely seen without their hats on, and their hats are usually conical, of different heights. This is one of the few portraits I have seen of a gnome without his hat on, and it reveals a very tall skull structure. The top of a gnome’s head is sensitive to temperature, hence the hat and its shape. Some heads are more pronounced in their elongated shape than others.

Gnomes are highly intelligent, inquisitive beings. Like all species, there is a wide variety of personalities. The gnomes I usually meet are the friendly ones who live on the property of good-hearted people, and who bring prosperity and fun to that area of land.

This fellow, however, is a real loner who doesn’t care much for the company of other beings. He has made his home in a Scots Pine, distanced from other trees and gnomes and overlooking a black bog area isolated from main paths, at an arboretum.

Hats play an important role in Gnome society.  There are many variations, all of which are indicators of the gnome’s responsibilities and status. Possibly a result of form following function, the gnomes with very tall skull structure are frequently of the higher social status and thus the length of the hat can be a socially-generated indicator of status.

The lack of any hat by this gnome indicates his rebellious hermit nature; he is not partaking at all of gnome society niceties.

Gnomes do like to play tricks and for a long time this gnome churlishly insisted he was a dwarf. However, as I became more familiar with gnome society, my gnome friends found his humor amusing but misleading, and cleared up my misunderstanding. Ah, tricksters! They exist everywhere!

This gnome lives in the Scots Pines area of Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. This area is centered around a large dark bog. This is his Marker Tree – it is his address marker – and defines his home central point and his doorway into his earth home.


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