Monday, May 9, 2011
A few years ago I found an amazing book called "Gnomes". I is a beautifully illustrated and cleverly written field journal of gnome-culture. The tongue-in-cheek tone of the writing has convinced more than one of my friends that this is an authentic account of human/gnome interaction. The gnome information that it covers includes: anatomy, courtship rituals, basket weaving techniques, language, and other behavior.
The book was first published in Dutch in 1976. It was translated to English in 1977. It is the first in a series of gnome books written by Wil Huygen, a Dutch physician and author.It was so popular that it spawned several animated TV shows and films.
Though fictional, The book follows traditional beliefs on how gnomes appear, behave, and interact with the environment.