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A Swedish “Tomte” (or Gnome) is a small elf like creature that likes to take up residence near or under houses. He takes care of a farmer’s home and children, and protects them from misfortune, especially at night when the house folks are asleep.

The Gnome has an enormous capacity for work, but will not tolerate anyone’s interference. He requires very little of the humans he works for, but it is important to treat him right or he might leave.

Respect, a clean home, and a bowl of Christmas porridge with butter on Christmas Eve will make your Gnome happy.