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The Village People...

It's Tomte vs Nisse!
After reading recent comments left here, I stumbled across a word I didn't recognize, so out to Wikipedia I went. The word was "Tomte". From this website [the legend behind the characters], I read:
    A nisse (usually Norwegian) and a tomte (usually Swedish) are similar characters. They are both solitary, mischievous domestic sprites responsible for the protection and welfare of the farmstead and its buildings. Tomte literally means “homestead man” and is derived from the word tomt which means homestead or building lot. Nisse is derived from the name Nils which is the Scandinavian form of Nicholas.
Tomte is best, probably, to describe them...they can be associated for the entire year -all seasons...but, being that I had a brother in law that was 2nd generation Norwegian in America, and I being a collector of Santas, I would say I'd prefer the "Nicholas". But, still being American, I guess I would stick with gnome...an underground guardian. Upon reading further, the gnome is usually deformed [why, you wonder] and full faces, while the depiction of the Nisse and or Tomte is more what you'd find on the store's shelves these days.  Of course, being adorable in all ways, they're popular with me too, mainly for one reason... they cause the inner child in me to surface.

Pronounce Tomte:  Thomt [one syllable, as in the masculine name, Tom, with a hard "T" at the end]
Pronounce Nisse:  Niss-ah [short "i" as in kiss and accent on first syllable, then, ah]

A couple  months back, I bought one Witch Tomte that was really cute.  Now, I see the Nisse [Nicholas] everywhere.  And lately I find it difficult to find a 'new' design for Santa Claus, so I mentioned it's highly possible I'd end up with a Gnome village.  And it's a start.  I bought these two at Stein Mart for a good price.  Only $5 a piece...



...seven years ago for the winter holidays, I see by my blog post archives, I made two from wooden balls [I was in the gnome mode for quite some time, making several for most holidays that year].  The snowman has a corncob pipe that Bud made for me and both Frosty and Santa have fishing line for smoke coming out of pipes...



Then, while Bud and Erik were at the bookstore I ventured along the strip mall, fighting crowds, and found THREE at Marshall's and only one at Hobby Lobby. One, the gray one in this series, is a GIRL with lace skirt and pig-tails. I got 'em all....




In 2019, I begin building a village! For this time, with only a few to start, they are perched on the fireplace hearth with a couple of my new elves. Above, on the mantle are more elves and lights.




I then found a crochet pattern online at a free website.  I am gonna try it and see how it turns out.

24 comments :

  1. Interesting. I never heard of a Tomte or a Nisse. Love your collection. I have the makings for a new gnome Ijust have to get the ambition to make it

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    1. I can't wait to see your finished project

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  2. I've really been into Scandinavian gnomes this year - loved learning more about them and the 2 names. Thanks!

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  3. Hello, Tomte is a new word for me. Love your cute elves and village. Wishing you a happy day!

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  4. Anni you have the best decorations for all holidays.
    Today's village Elves made me giggle.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. They ARE so cute, they make me giggle too.

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  5. You've got quite a start on that gnome village. And thanks for the vocabulary lessons. I learned a lot. :-)

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    1. I see you're still on a break. You're missed. Thanks D J

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  6. new words for me also.. and new information also... waiting to see how the crochet turns out. hope it will be out for 2019 to go in your village.

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    1. I-m gonna try to begin this week, if I can.

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  7. You sure are a teacher with so many varied topics that it is wonderful to read your blogs. Thanks for the lessons and the photos of your delightful village characters. It is a joy to see what you come up with each time.

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    1. I always like learning something new...and share!

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  8. Gnomes are so popular right now, in the whole crafting world... from crocheting to decorative painting and beyond. These here are absolutely wonderful. I love them all. Love, Andrea xoxo

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    1. I too adore seeing them in stores...AND on my hearth!

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  9. That is quite a village you have going. Got a feeling there will be more to come.

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    1. They're irrisitible these days. :-)

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  10. I did not know anything about their names. My favorite is the girl in grey. I love how they gave her ponytails! Your village is so cute and interesting! Makes me wish we had a mantel.

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  11. So cute!

    I love the name Tomte, myself.

    🎄😊🎄

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    1. It's a been gnome for me for so long...it's only natural.

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  12. love the new words :) TOMTE is very cool indeed. LOVE THE GNOMES super cute :) I have gnomes outside keeping guard over our place :) thanks for stopping by

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  13. Now that's a gnome village to be proud of! I love them all, even the one with the lace skirt! :~) And, to think, there's not another like this anywhere!

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