"woe betide you if there’s a single gnome in that garden"

Creative Commons AttributionGnome - Credit: Philippe Semeria
Gnomes were mostly found in medieval mythology. These small creatures normally live beneath the ground, and are often depicted guarding treasures or mines.

In 19th century Germany, gnome statues were created and used as an ornament in gardens. They became so popular that in just a few months their production spread around Europe. These small ornamental statues are normally male, have a large white beard and a pointed hat. They are still found in many gardens throughout the world today.