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