In Search of Home for a Gnome

In 2011, I was deep into my nisse research as I worked on WINTERFROST. I wrote the following after a family hiking trip in Ohio’s Hocking Hills. Since fall is a wonderful time for a walk in the woods, and since – depending upon how the falling leaves have fallen – it may or may not be a great time to spot a gnome home, I thought I would repost this particular post. Happy gnome home hunting to you!

1141It’s a big stretch, I know. From cattle to gnomes. But my current work-in-progress has me reading and studying all about our wee friends in pointy hats. I’m developing a particular fondness for woodland gnomes.

So, on a recent hiking trip in the Hocking Hills, my daughters, my nieces and I were on the lookout for…


…. no, silly, not gnomes. They are much too fast to be seen unless they want us to see them. And besides, they sleep all day and work and play at night.

No, we were on the lookout for gnome homes. Now, those are easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for.


This would make an excellent entrance to a gnome home. Look at all those great ferns and the inviting spaces below the logs!


We found this quite intriguing. Do you suppose the gnomes left this ramp to their front door so their animal friends could come on in?

What do you think would make a good home for a gnome?

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