Gartenzwerg Means Literally “garden dwarf” in Germany

Gardengnome face

Garden gnome 01050

Garden gnome 01050 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A picture of a "liberated" gnome at ...

A picture of a “liberated” gnome at Big Ben in London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: a mushroom-holding garden gnome Neder...

English: a mushroom-holding garden gnome Nederlands: Tuinkabouter met paddestoel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: a garden gnome in italy

English: a garden gnome in italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Norwegian garden gnome

Norwegian garden gnome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A replica of Lampy the Lamport Gnome

A replica of Lampy the Lamport Gnome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Small garden gnome

A garden gnome or lawn gnome is a figurine of a small humanoid creature, usually wearing a pointy hat, produced for the purpose of ornamentation and protection from evil sorcery, typically of gardens or on lawns. These figurines originate in 19th century Germany, where they became known as Gartenzwerg (literally “garden dwarf“). The application of the term gnome in English is first attested in the 1930s.  

Gnomes are often depicted as having beards and are typically males, and usually wear red hats and are known to smoke pipes. They are made in various poses and pursuing various pastimes, such as fishing or napping.[11]

Gnomes have become controversial in serious gardening circles in the UK, and have been banned from the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show as the organisers claim that they detract from the garden designs. Gnome enthusiasts accuse the organisers of snobberybecause they are popular in working class and suburban gardens.[12]

Gnomes may be made from terracotta clay slip (runny clay) poured into molds. This is allowed to set up and the excess emptied from the centre leaving a clay shell. The gnome is removed from the mold when firm, then allowed to dry and then fired in a kiln until hard. Once cooled the gnome is painted. More modern gnomes are made from resins and similar materials. source: Wikipedia

German garden gnome

Santa Garden Gnome

My mother was fond of Gnomes, but I had never thought anything of them, except that they were kind of cute.  My husband has carved us Garden Gnomes out of wood from a tree that was blown down by Hurricane Ike. He even made me one with a Santa Claus suit. 

My Linderman ancestor, my fifth great grandfather was Johann Jacob Linderman (Lindermann). He was 18, and EMIGRATED FROM ZWEIBRUCKEN, GERMANY TO ROTTERDAM, AMSTERDAM, [THE NETHERLANDS], ON 25 NOVEMBER 1740, ON THE SHIP: LOYAL JUDITH, CAPTAIN LOVELL PAINTER WAS THE  COMMANDER, TO THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. IT WAS A TWELVE WEEK TRIP. Johann Jacob Linderman  resided in German Flatts, Germantown Township, Pennsylvania in December 1740.

He married Catharine McLean in 1743 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They had eleven children together.

Holly Belsnickel CHRISTmas Santa

2 thoughts on “Gartenzwerg Means Literally “garden dwarf” in Germany

  1. Pingback: Garden Gnome Set
  2. After looking at a handful of the blog posts on your site, I seriously appreciate your technique of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my web site as well and let me know your opinion.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s