Swedish gnome lives in Sweden, the legend says. Gnome in Swedish is called Tomte, with other words a Tomte is a Swedish gnome. They live in and around the houses and sheds on farms and remote houses according to the gnome folklore. If you are wise you will show them “due respect”. If you respect him, he will protect your household from accidents and disasters. He might play tricks on you if you annoy him.
Tomte gnome is the same thing, it is a translation from Swedish to english.
Swedish gnome Christmas
At Christmas time in Sweden, it is a custom to leave a bowl of porridge outside your house under the front door stairs for the Swedish gnomes Christmas to eat at Christmas eve. If the bowl is empty the next morning all will be well for another year. He is not to be confused with the Christmas troll, that is another creature.
Many Swedes have their own tomte figurines at home that they have in a special place in their homes all year around. And others have their Christmas tomte ornaments brought out to decorate at home for the Christmas eve.
Gnomes vs trolls
The creatures are both common in the Scandinavian gnomes story. They both have their own story in the folklore. The troll have their traits that are a bit different to the traits of the Swedish gnomes described on this page.
Gnomes available in our shop
If you like to bring one of these to you home, this is the place where to buy gnomes. We have them in many sizes and they are all individual. Gnomes in our Webshop. Gnomes in the shop in old town Stockholm. We also sell Gnomes at Skansen.