HANDCRAFTED AND SCANDINAVIAN DESIGNED --- Each Gnome, also known as a Tomte or Nisse, is individually handmade with lots of love! All of our gnomes are with the original design by ITOMTE's Swedish artists, now a special offer for you exclusively by ITOMTE in the United States.
A LUCKY GNOME --- Gnome or Tomte, according to Scandinavian folklore, he is elderly, with a long beard. The Tomte is reputed to safeguard the farms, family and children, particularly at night, protecting them from misfortune. Gnomes are best known for guarding Earthly treasures and are perfect for protecting your Christmas goodies and adding some whimsy to your holiday decor.
PERFECT GIFT --- The adorable gnome is a traditionalist and perfect for spreading Christmas spirit. He would be the festive addition to your shelf & table and home decoration. A perfect gift to the family & friends' home at Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, Halloween, Birthday time.
DIMENSION & MATERIAL --- Wears a black suit with adorable dangling legs. 18 inches tall from bottom to top of the hat, and 3.5 inches wide. His very tall traditional hat is fiber fur hides his eyes & ears safe from the cold. The Fiber fur long grey beard and wool bulbous nose are well-known traits of the cunning gnome. Bendable wire in his ridiculously tall hat in order to pose it for maximum whimsy and ridiculousness! He will stand on his own and has a weighted bottom.
PACKAGE INCLUDED --- ITOMTE series products brochure x 1 (with a chance to win more tomtes for free), gnome/ tomte x 1 (with an exclusive tag of ITOMTE), package box printed ITOMTE brand x1. Please be sure that your gnomes are come in a box with ITOMTE name, with a view to avoid a mistaken purchase of infringing product and without any guarantee by ITOMTE.
What is a gnome?
Gnome also known as a Tomte or Nisse. Not many people have seen them because they are very shy and live in the woods. A tomte is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore today typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. It is generally described as being no taller than three feet, having a long white beard, and wearing a conical or knit cap in red or some other bright color.
The tomte is one of the most familiar creatures of Scandinavian folklore, and he has appeared in many works of Scandinavian literature. With the romanticisation and collection of folklore during the 19th century, the tomte would gain popularity. The tradition of tomte/nisse is also associated with Christmas. It is known as a gift bearer and is considered one of the Scandinavian versions of Santa Claus.
Brief history of gnome
In the 1840s the farm's nisse became the bearer of Christmas presents in Denmark, and was then called julenisse (Yule Nisse). In 1881, the Swedish magazine Ny Illustrerad Tidning published Viktor Rydberg's poem "Tomten", where the tomte is alone awake in the cold Christmas night, pondering the mysteries of life and death. This poem featured the first painting by Jenny Nyström of this traditional Swedish mythical character which she turned into the white-bearded, red-capped friendly figure associated with Christmas ever since. Shortly afterwards, and obviously influenced by the emerging Father Christmas traditions as well as the new Danish tradition, a variant of the tomte/nisse, called the jultomte in Sweden and julenisse in Norway, started bringing the Christmas presents in Sweden and Norway, instead of the traditional julbock (Yule Goat).
Tomte / nisser often appear in Christmas calendar TV series and other modern fiction. In some versions the tomte are portrayed as very small; in others they are human-sized. The tomte usually exist hidden from humans and are often able to use magic.