Thanks for sharing this, the photos are amazing! His hat with the white ball resembles the one of the gnome I have in my car. It's interesting to note that the design of his cap changes (in time) later on.
Do you think this peculiar red hat has anything to do with the so called Phrygian cap
BTW, there's an entry on a George Macdonald
in Brigg's encyclopedia, from Aberdeenshire. He's famous for his fairy books and allegories - The Princess and the Goblin, Phantastes, The Lost Princess, etc. Maybe he's one of your distant relatives, who knows.
daniel wrote:the LMs aren't the best "lookers" on the planet. They tend to be ugly by human standards
This little guy, a gnome, obviously is not, but it seems the bogies, brownies and goblins are not really that handsome. BTW, are you willing to write what other higher forms of life you encountered in your life? Besides the nokk (how does Briggs name them, there is no such entry in her book), the giant/Neanderthal (who smells like compost), and the "velociraptor" at Montauk.
Djchrismac wrote:Some of the linked articles on Gnomes are very interesting too
Yeah, I like the one from Costa Rica - maybe because it was not creepy.
Catharine Briggs wrote:Gnomes. These cannot properly be classed as FAIRIES, GOBLINS, BOGIES, or even as IMPS. They belong rather to dead science than to folk tradition. They are members of a very small class consisting of four: the four elementals, Gnomes, Sylphs, Salamanders and Nereids, who belong to the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Man and all mortal creatures were made up of these four elements, variously compounded, but the elementals were pure, each native to and compounded of its own element. This was the hermetic and neo-Platonic doctrine, and all medieval science and medicine was founded on it. As the Renaissance matured and empirical science gained ground, the belief in the Four Elements gradually faded. The first description of gnomes as the elementals of Earth is to be found in Paracelsus (1493-1531) in his De Nymphis ... (1658). It is doubtful if he invented the word; the Oxford English Dictionary suggests that it is an elision of genomus, earth-dweller. At any rate, the gnomes were supposed to live underground, moving through earth as freely as if it were air, and their function was supposed to be to guard the treasures of the earth. In popular tradition, they were called DWARFS or Goblins. Other mine spirits were the KNOCKERS of Cornwall, but there was no suggestion that they were elementals.