Misnomers are funny things. I’m not entirely sure the word “grounded” qualifies, but I’m certain some english major will correct me if I’m wrong. Either way, it was too good to pass up as a strip title.

Gnomes, in classic mythology, are typically depicted as not being especially friendly. They are akin to dwarves in that they are greedy, ground dwelling earth spirits that know metal and treasure in ways humans rarely seem to understand. The gnomes we know and love today were primarily developed by writers in the 18th and 19th centuries as characters in fairy tales. Up until that point, it appears as though gnomes and dwarves were, more or less, the same thing. Since then, they’ve been used in fantasy literature in a variety of interesting ways. My favourite iteration has to be The Nac Mac Feegle as depicted in Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men. While not referred to as gnomes, they certainly are a version of the idea and they’re absolutely hilarious.

Whew! Gnome rant!

I believe this is comic #75 of Happle Tea! We’re quickly closing in on 100 strips, how exciting!