My paternal grandmother was born in a rural area of Sweden in 1891, and when I was a boy she told me stories of the Tomten, small beings that took the appearance of old, bearded men. The Tomten were no more than 3 feet tall and wore pointed hats, which we’ve of course come to associate with gnomes and similar creatures. Grandma insisted they were real. Did she really see these little guys, or was she drinking too much glogg? Read on and find out!
At the age of fourteen I had a missing time incident as I was walking home from school. It was a truly bizarre experience and one that has haunted me ever since it occurred. Since first publishing this article, I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted me to report experiences similar to my own.