A gnome is a mythical creature - they are typically quite small, although their actual size is not quite agreed upon. Don't let their cute looks fool you however, gnomes are known for their mischievous nature. Some say that they actually spend the daytime hours as toads and not stone.
The word gnome is said to derive from the New Latin gnomus, meaning knowledge. According to myth, gnomes hoard secret knowledge as well as hoarding treasure.
The first garden gnomes were introduced to the United Kingdom in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham, when he brought 21 terracotta figures back from a trip to Germany and placed them as ornaments around the garden of his home. Only one of the original gnomes survives today, Lampy as he is known is on display at Lamport Hall. (his picture is on this page - he is the gnome with the red hat).
Garden gnomes can be found in many various positions with a variety of hobbies. There is a fishing gnome or gardening. More recent gnomes can be in some rather interesting predicements - some indulging in indecent exposure even!
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