In short, if you didn’t know already, giants are humans of enormous strength and size. Giants pop up in sorts of cultures: Hindu, Native American, Greek, Roman, Norse, Bulgarian, Europe, etc. Giant folklore is thought to have originated from Greek mythology and, while they typically had the body of men, they also were said to have serpentine legs.
- Have a wild nature
- Occasionally eat humans (think Jack and the Beanstalk) — this comes from the Native American giant mythology.
- In folklore, giants are usually at odds with the gods.
- Often not very smart.
- Jotun (Norse culture)
- Daityas (Hindu)
- Nephilim (Middle East)
- Titans (Greek)
- Formorians (Irish)
- Harry Potter (Grawp!)
- The Silver Chair, by C. S. Lewis (and other Narnia novels)
- Jack the Giant Killer
- Gulliver’s Travels
- The Bible
- The Princess Bride
- Erdmanleins or Heinzemannchens (German) — say those two five times fast.
- Nisse (Norway)
- Tontti (Finnish)
- Foddenskkmaend (Icelandic)
- Dudje (Bulgaria)
- Skritek (Belgian)
- Mano (Hungary)
- Kleinmanneken (Swiss)
- Domovoi Djedoes (Russian)
- They have a lot of animal friends.
- They grow roughly 15 centimeters high
- Gnomes are 7-times stronger than a human
- They can run 35 mph
- Rosy cheeks (Santa!)
- They are some of the best gem-cutters in existence
- They’re vegetarians and usually eat nuts, mushrooms, and potatoes. They drink honey or dew (not Mountain Dew 😛 )
Now that you’re completely enamored by gnomes and want to go write them into a story, let’s take a look at some of the stories they are in. I’m not very knowledgeable, so you’ll have to let me know which main ones I missed in the comments. 🙂
- Harry Potter
- The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis (the gnomes were called earthmen.)
- Shannara Series by Terry Brook
My D&D character is a gnome named Sheldon Kneecapper. He was abandoned as a baby and raised by a clan of human barbarians. His cheerful nature has been swapped out for an adrenaline fueled rage. Especially when someone insults his adoptive Mother.
When I think of gnomes, I think of Shannara.
I had NO IDEA they were 6″ tall and could run 35 mph!
I love Paul Bunyan! Tall Tale is a great movie too!
*wink* Mountain Dew! 😀
Another wonderful post, Nadine!
Oh, another book series that has gnomes in it is Artemis Fowl. Great reads!
Amen!! It’s so good to hear, and know Christian people like you have a voice, and can always refer back to what the Word says. The Word of God. Thank you my Brother.
Gnomes pay a big role in many of the later Oz books. The gnomes in those live underground and are terribly afraid of eggs.
Do you think God, as defined in the bible, would shun one of His creations? I hardly think so, especially a creature as wonderful as a Gnome. Please don’t use the bible to minimize the power and scope of the creator.