The history of garden gnomes has inspired Google a new ‘doodle’. They are the kings of ‘kitsch’, which is most hated, although there are also those who protect them and there are even associations in their defense.

The history of garden gnomes

There are many types of dwarfs, figures of clay, resin, fiber, and cement. There are all kinds and all colors, fun, scatological, sinister and pranksters. The most frequent dwarf is the gnome with a white beard and a cone-shaped hat. The homeland of garden gnomes is Germany. It is estimated that there are approximately 30 million dwarves in this country, one for every six gardens. The history of garden gnomes. On what may be the origin of these figures and their presence in numerous gardens there are all kinds of theories, some of the most bizarre, although the most accepted is the one developed years ago by a German sociologist, Hans Prahl, who is responsible for a new branch of ethnology, dwarfism. The German sociologist tells us that the history of the kitsch dwarfs goes back to the Middle Ages, and situates their origin no less than in Turkey. According to these speculations, the garden gnomes could have been at first replicas of the Pygmies who were recruited to carry out hard work in the mines.

Ingenuity symbols

These characters were considered over the years symbols of wit, wisdom, magical forces and were considered as knowing and protecting hidden treasures. The ancients built figures that represented these characters to protect their homes and bring luck to family members and quickly became fashionable as decorative figures.  According to some documents found in the Lower Rhine region, we find traces of these figures in Germany since 1460. Traces of garden dwarves have also been found in Italy, where some princes used these original figures as unique sculptures in some of their parks.


The history of garden gnomes, guardians of nature and good luck magnets Galileo against David the Gnome. They are great connoisseurs of the underground secrets of the earth and are endowed with unimaginable powers. They are very difficult to find or see, even though they do everything possible to force encounters with humans and inhabit large hollow tree trunks, or underground. When these beings feel threatened, either by some animal or man, they are said to be able to transform themselves into a mushroom and thus go unnoticed. Its presence has been located mostly in the Netherlands and Lapland, although its tradition has been exported to virtually everyone in different varieties. The representation of these figures appeared for the first time in Turkey, in the region of Anatolia, in the XIII century and, later in Italy, in the XVI century, although the origin of this variety of garden gnomes is located in the mining state of Thuringia, in Germany, in the 19th century.

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