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A Gnome By Any Other Name

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 Tomtar,  small beings that took the appearance of old, bearded men. Tomtar were no more than 3 feet tall and wore pointed hats, which we’ve of course come to associate with gnomes and similar creatures. Legend tells that Tomtar were capable of invisibility and could shapeshift, sometimes taking the appearance of a large, grown man.

Also, according to legend — and Grandma Alice’s stories — Tomtar would usually be found on a farm and would carry out chores at night and help care for the farmer’s animals. It was thought to be bad luck to see one, but my grandmother claimed that she would often find his small footprints in the snow or mud around her home.

The Tomten
Tomten of Scandinavia

Although basically a benevolent spirit, Tomtarna were easily offended and could be vindictive. If, for example, Tomten felt that the farmer was mistreating his livestock, heard swearing in the barn, or neglecting to clean up a mess, he would become incensed and cause mischief. Items around the house were found broken, the milk curdled, even the cows’ tails tied together. Tomtar also became angered and would seek revenge if they were seen or if the farmer and his family failed to leave a bowl of porridge and butter out for him on Christmas Eve. My grandmother and her family used to follow this tradition, leaving out porridge with butter for Tomten each Christmas Eve.

My grandmother was quite insistent that the gnome-like Tomtarna were not merely the stuff of fairytale and legend, but real beings that occupied the farms and rural landscapes of Sweden. It was these stories that contributed to my lifelong fascination with tales of diminutive humanoids. Originally coming out of the pagan traditions regarding “earth spirits” and the worship of the natural world, Tomtarna later became associated with ungodly or heathen beliefs after the Christianization of Scandinavia. However, despite the sometimes negative association, they have remained a popular figure in Swedish folklore.

Obviously, the more familiar correlative is the Gnome, of which their are purportedly a great many variations and go by many names, including Erdmanleins (Germany), Nains (Britain), Nisse or Nissen (Norway and also Sweden), Tontti (Finland), Dudje (Bulgaria and Albania), and others. Not surprisingly, legends of little people are found not only in Europe, but throughout the world.

In North America the Native American people speak of “little feet” or “baby feet” that often inhabit mountainous regions or dwell underground. These beings are also said to have various magical and psychic powers, including the power of invisibility and to mentally confuse any human foolish enough to pursue them. Encounters with these entities are also associated with memory loss and periods of missing time, much akin to the reports that we hear in relation to the UFO/alien abduction phenomena (a subject that I’ll save for another post). An excellent article on Native American lore concerning little people or babyfeet in North America can be found on Dr. Karl Shuker’s blog.

Pedro Mountain Mummy - 14" high
Pedro Mountain Mummy – 14″ high

In 1932, gold prospectors Cecil Main and Frank Carr, blasting open the walls of a gulch in the Pedro Mountains of Wyoming, discovered a cavern that had been sealed behind a wall of rock. Within the cavern sat, cross-legged, a small, wizened figure no more than 14″ high. The tiny manneken was naturally preserved and mummified, having been spared from the elements because of that fact that it was sealed within the cave. The creature was removed from the cavern and later examined and underwent an x-ray analysis by Dr. Henry Shapiro of the American Museum of Natural History. The fact that the little man sported a full set of teeth and a fully-fused skull dispelled any possibility of the small humanoid being an infant. Interestingly, the Shoshone people told of the Nimerigar, a small, aggressive people who occupied that region of Wyoming. The Nimerigar were supposed to have hunted with bows and poison arrows and lived in the Wind River and Pedro Mountains.

Personally, the question that I most frequently ponder is “are accounts of these creatures merely folklore, or are they based in truth?” I imagine that posing this question would be much more quickly dismissed prior to 2004’s discovery of Homo floresiensis on the Indonesian island of Flores. These diminutive humanoids, which have become known as “hobbits”, appears to be a separate species of human that only grew about a meter tall. The bones found are believed to be as young as 13,000 years old, demonstrating that this tiny human lived at the same time as modern Homo sapiens. If a distinctly different version of humanoid existed alongside modern humans, I believe that we must entertain the idea that other such diminutive humanoids may have lived elsewhere throughout the world.

In South America many of the native people speak of the Duende, a race of small goblin- or gnome-like creatures that make their home in the surrounding forests and mountains. Recently, a video of a small, pointy-hatted being in Argentina surfaced on the Internet. The creature, if it is a fake, is a convincing one. It shuffles out of some high grass with a strange sideways gait, into a road as a group of teenagers returning from a fishing trip lounge nearby. The boys seem genuinely startled, judging from the scream that escapes one of them as the being appears.

The video, of course, is so outlandish that it has been dismissed by most who have seen it, but coming from a graphics background I’m of the opinion that this creature is not a CGI creation, and it certainly seems to be quite diminutive — of proportions that you might only see from a person who suffers from primordial dwarfism, an exceedingly rare condition. His hat barely clears the high grass out of which it shuffles. I’ve posted it below for the readers to judge for themselves.

So, is it possible that little people once existed, or do currently exist? If so, are they flesh-and-blood beings such as ourselves, simply an undiscovered race of creatures that have cleverly hidden from us? Or, are they something more than that? Are they of an interdimensional or paranormal nature? Folklore has consistently described them as having magical gifts and properties but is that nothing more than myth and fairytale?

As the newer developments in quantum physics point us to a different view of the nature of reality, that we exist not in a Universe, but a Multiverse is it possible that there might be beings that can traverse these different planes of existence, moving between our reality and others? What connection, if any, have reports of these creatures in a paranormal context have to do with the modern reports of alien abductions and missing time experiences? This is an area that I personally find fascinating and will revisit frequently in the course of my writing on this blog. Meanwhile, I encourage anyone who has an opinion about such matters to comment on this article.

About John Carlson

John C, A.K.A. "The Paranormalist", is a bipedal primate from New Jersey, USA. He has had a lifelong fascination with all things strange and unexplained and has even had some actual face time with the supernatural on several occasions. John is always eager to hear about the experiences of others who have also had encounters with the unknown.

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233 thoughts on “A Gnome By Any Other Name”

  1. Tomte is the singular, not the plural. The plural is tomtar. Here is how it works:

    Gnome = Tomte
    The gnome = Tomten
    Gnomes = Tomtar
    The gnomes = Tomtarna

    • Thank you for the correction! My Swedish is poor, although my father speaks it fluently because his parents were born there. I mostly just know dirty words. And I can sing the Swedish birthday song.

      By the way, several years ago we found my grandfather’s birth certificate, and the original spelling of our family name was ‘Karlsson’. He was from Norkopping and came to New York City in 1904. They changed the name, Americanizing it to ‘Carlson’ when he registered at Ellis Island.

      Thanks again, Johan.

  2. Have you considered that the South American ‘gnome’ may be a small, fat child in a pointed hat? I don’t think it’s a CGI -created image at all, but it is entirely possible, and even probable, that it’s a very small adult or, more likely, a fat child.

    Just because the teens appear to be genuinely surprised and frightened doesn’t mean the being in question is of what we would call supernatural origin. We’ve all be surprised and frightened by other human beings if caught off guard or when coming upon them suddenly in unexpected places.

    • No! It’s a gnome, dammit! And where there are gnomes, there are sure to be hobbits. And I’m going to find them, and they’re going to take me to Middle Earth, and….

      Sorry, just kidding. Of course, it could have been a short, fat child, or a dwarf. This apparently took place late at night, at about 1 or 1:30 AM, so it would be unusual that someone was lying in wait in the brush wearing a gnome outfit in the hope that someone comes by so that it could jump out at them. That would be strange, but certainly not outside of the realm of possibility.

      According to the story that I read when this video was first released a couple of years ago, the article said that quite a few people in the area had seen this thing and purportedly were afraid to leave their homes at night. Still, a hoax is always very hard to rule out. It’s really more probable than the idea that it’s actually a gnome or duende. Nevertheless, I’ll admit that I WANT it to be a gnome.

  3. Hello, I found your link through Professor Hex, and just wanted to let you know that your article is one that intrigues me deeply! My boyfriend and I read tons of paranormal articles each day, and we both agree that this is one of the most interesting ones we have come across in weeks. Thanks for the great info, and I’ll be passing along this article via twitter! Best, Kiki

    • Wow, that’s really nice of you to say, Kiki. Thanks for the positive feedback. I hope to write more about the little folk in the near future. Right now I’m trying to write something about an excellent book that I read called Hunt for the Skinwalker. It’s not a huge book, but there’s SO much weird stuff and bizarre happenings in the story, it’s hard to tackle it all. That one might have to be in more than one part.

      I’m particularly interested in anything where the lines are blurred between areas that are normally compartmentalized, like the UFO phenomena in relation to a lot of the old tales about faerie folk talking people away, or missing time in relationship to sightings of little folk. Or out-of-place animals and cryptids in a paranormal context. That’s all very cool and interesting stuff to me, so keep checking back regularly because I’ll be doing a lot of writing. If you want to, you and your boyfriend can sign up for my RSS feed or get updates through my Facebook page. Just enter The Paranomalist in the search field.

      Thanks again for the kind words! And if you have any odd stories that you’d like to share, feel free.

  4. Great article there .

    Actually there is something similar in southeast Asian , my grand pa said that long time ago farming family would leave some food (mostly leftover ) to an little entity ( I forgot the name) . thus the little creature would take care of the house and see that its safe , once in a while it would show sign (like a faint shadow or outline ) to remind people that he is there. but if you forgot to put food , he is going to do some bad prank. I find it odd to see some identical point with European folklore.

    My Father also once told me stories of red clothed dwarf living deep in the forest and other wild stuff hes seen, I don’t know if its true or not but he seems firm with his point : paranormal seems to like to followed him somewhat from his native country to his new home in Canada.It may sound weird but the most recent happening was an encounter with 3ft greys like being popping out of an satellite dish…(its okay if you don’t believe even I have an hard time swallowing that)

    I never saw anything special in my life so that’s just what some of my family member experienced and told me …


    • You know, I mentioned Europe and North and South America, but I neglected to mention Asia (and Africa, for that matter). Actually, I’d thought of that but the article was getting kind of long and I didn’t want to write a whole book.

      There are accounts of little people all of the world, although I don’t know an awful lot about the ones in Asia. Something I’ll have to research. Cool stories, though. Yes, very interesting about the similarities coming from two such disparate cultures that are so far from each other geographically. I also find the fact that, as you said, the phenomena seemed to have “followed him”. That’s something else I’d like to discuss: the fact that some people are prone to seeing these things and often do throughout their lives. Popping out of the satellite dish is pretty wild, but who’s to say? Can we accept one thing and not another because it’s too “out there”?

      Thanks for checking in with that, Parady. Hope to hear from you again.

  5. what if i told you that little men come at night and make noises in our ceiling until one evening they remove 3 of our boards in the ceiling and leave foot prints. its scarey but true. Once we heard them sweeping and the other like a horse galloping. its crazy but true. Here in west africa,nigeria,niger state very close to the rocks.

    • Wow, that’s fascinating! I interviewed author Herbie Brennan who writes the Faerie Wars Chronicles series of books, and he claimed to have seen small, 0.6 meter tall “fairy horses” when he was a young man in Ireland. He told me he saw them near an ancient megalithic structure, and you say that you live near the rocks. That’s an interesting similarity. Please email me if you have any other experiences that you’d like to share.

  6. It’s not CGI.
    But it very well could be a small monkey with a brace over its back, forcing it to walk upright.

  7. dude, i think they are real. they’re demons. They’re not good. They have pychic powers. Off spring of the nephlim. They live under the ground. Where i lived, ithere was a guy who wrote a book about alien abduction but it was a fact that he hallicinated the thing. I need to read the book again. There were some details that seemed hokie. i’m going to check the family out, see what they can tell me. But i have my own stories. Like one, in the winter, two of us were ambushed by what seemed like a bunch of cops with red siren light, with the noise from CB radio and all. i looked like they had an ATV. we took off, and no one was following us, but we checked and there was no trace of anyone in the area at all. nothing. there was 3 feet of snow on the ground. it was very strange. also, i know as a kid i used to build these damns in this little stream that was in a gully. Then my damns would be unmade overnight. during the night even. i would leave at dusk, and come back in the moring. 7 am. Think of a large 1 foot round rock, heavy, coming out of a 10 foot ravine with no marks or tracks? the only human way is to pick it up, walk down the stream, then get out, then walk back and place the rock on the side, it makes no sense. And there was no tail that showed. i would walk, by habit, without leaving much of a trail, but adults would definitely leave a trail, specially in the dark. Impossible not too. IT was baffleing, and i wanted to see if it would happen if there was snow on the ground, then i can see for sure, what kind of trail there was. Gnomes. for sure. I went back recently, This was all years ago, but i went back, there;s just something funny with the area. There’s a place where there’s stone in a little spot, if like nook, with about 4 foot brush ceiling. but it’s nice and cleared. but it seems like a hang out cause the it seems like a lot of traffic, and there’s some rocks there. it just looks weird. and so i looked closer and sure there was a little trail, well worn, years and years old. it runs along the area, and yes, i found a tree with a door. the trail goes right too it, It was the nook of the roots, and where you would expect a hole, there was no hole. It’s as if yu make a door of the same bark. One more story, once i was back in these woods digging out fire pit, and i thought i saw someone walking down the trail to where i was at. But then it went behind a tree. i thought it was a freind playing trick on me, so i moved to the side, and it was like a shadow, and it moved and hide behind the tree again. i didn it again and it moved again. It was just a black shape. I thought it might have been a dog, but a dog wouldn’t hide that many times. so i freaked and ran straight out of there. maybe it was just dusk shadows but i boogied all the way home. I think it’s evil gnomes. evil children of the fallen angels. There;s other stories too. Like once, me an a friend were wrestlings. There was this weird old tree house that’s like 70-90 feet high we were at the base and my friend removed his 10 rings and silver bracelets so we could play fight. we both know the spot he put his stuff, it was like the nook of a tree. in the short time we fought, the stuff dissapeared. we never left the area. He thought i stole it, cause there was no explaination. I think he still thinks i stole it. cause he took a piss. there area is clear. you can’t sneak up on it. No human could have taken the stuff and i know where the nook tree was. It was a definate thing, they were definately gone. We searched the whole area.that was like 20 years ago, and when i went back, there was the same what i thought was raccoon poop in the same spot. as it always was. raccon poop in the same spot? it’s always there. for more than 20 year.could be raccoon poop or maybe not.
    They’re psychic. You can feel their presence. here’s another story, a group of friends, this is in a different state, had once been stealing gasoline from a DPW site for their motor cycles. They heard some voices coming from around this shed. They could recognize them as a friends voice. So the one guy who had a high pressure halogen flashlight decided to pull a prank. He was going to shine the light on the point where he thought he heard the voices which was in a field around the shed. These three people attest to seeing something tare through the weeds, and go up a tree.THey said the tree then was shaking massively for a good duration of time. they said it was the only tree moving and it was not the wind, and a large dead branch broke off during this time. Then they shined the light on what he said was a huge ugly face. and it had glowing red eyes. and the thing flew out of the tree screaming with a high pitch shriek that went on for a long time, They heard it going over a mountain will continuing to skreik. They said, anyone in the area would have had to hear it too. They thought it might have been a pterodactyl but that doesn’t explain the voices. I think it was a demon.

    I know they’re not lying about seeing something. Only one person claims to have seen it’s face. The others said they definitely saw something cut through the field. that could have been a rabit. The rocking of the tree, could have been a bob cat. Then they said it was definitely large and flew very fast, with a high piercing unearthly loud piercing wail. I figure that might have been one of them in fear, they say no way. It might have been a bob cat. they say no way. They heard in for a long time, with plenty of time to think about it. it was definitely flying at a fast rate. The voices, i thought might have been echoed from down the street, as sometime sounds travels weird., but they were all certain the voice was a particular friend, and that person was supposedly not in the area that night.
    i think it was a demon. surely it was. I think it has to trick you into accepting it’s invitiation.

    • Billy,

      Thanks for posting that. If you don’t mind telling me, what state do you live in? Just curious.

      You bring up a lot of interesting points. I think many of these types of beings have been interacting with mankind for as long as we’ve been around. I’m not convinced that they’re necessarily evil, but there often does seem to be some kind of “trickster” element, in that they enjoy provoking or frightening humans. I’ve also heard that they’re attracted to shiny objects and trinkets. so it’s interesting to hear about your friends missing jewelry.

      The creature that shrieked and had glowing red eyes also got my attention. I’ve been hearing a lot of similar stories of a Bigfoot-like creature here in New Jersey that has glowing red eyes and shrieks and screams (read my Bigfoot in New Jersey article for more about that). My wife heard these sounds and it gave her quite a scare.

      Thanks again, and let me know if you have any other experiences that you’d like to share.


  8. Hi John, i’m from NJ as well.

    yeah, i think they are evil but pretend to neutral or good. They would convince you of being outside of good or evil. They are spiritual creatures that know of Jesus and are against Jesus. they know they are condemned. They are evil. They want noting more than to darken your soul and turn you away from God. I;m telling you the truth.

    Here’s another story and i think you would find this interesting. There would be this things, and i would come often at night. usually late at night. It would be at the back of the yard in the wood.. never on the property, even thought there were lots of tall trees in his yard. IT would fly and make the sound of a whip snapping. there is no bird i can find that makes that sound. Though i’ve heard it hundreds of times, over years, no one else has ever heard it, which is very very odd. It would also retreat into the woods if i trying to get closer. It was as if it wanted to lead me to the deepest part of the forest. One time i almost went, it really led me to the point where the forest goes into the deepest area, but that place always felt ominous and spooky, not all woods feels like that. I’ll you that. some deep woods do not feel like that at all. Even after being out of state for seven years, i had gone back to find this thing still there. In all that time, no one else had ever heard it. strange.

  9. Oh, the thing that cut through the field, that was in western mass. It was three people who saw it, and according to them , the tree was swaying 30 feet each way.which i think is an exaggeration. more then 1 dead branch would have fallen. they said it was swaying pretty good.

  10. Perhaps gnomes are not completely evil, but they are of a magical nature. There’s a bunch of different, faerie folk. Faeries live by springs. They probobly all hang out together. I don’t think hobbits, which were race of small people, were magical in the same sense as faerie folk, They were a people outside of eden. the 1000’s of years during which these people lived is hardly seen by the scant probing of arceaology. When the Children of Adam came, about 6000 years ago, that’s when the world rapidly changed. Nimrod, Sargon I built many large cities as human cultures began to reach over into every corner. Man’s time to rule the earth had been established.

  11. Do you know how hard it is to find this information? I have heard of several native american tribes that believe in this ‘liitle people deal”…..but what is it when you see one in your home…in a hall….looks like a little old man…takes off running REAL fast and runs into the dining room and sounds as if it is tearing it up. you knock on the wall and they knock back. what is it and why is it there? i will never forget seeing it with a shit eating grin on its face. the state of this happening is louisiana. what is it and why is it there?

    • Wow! If you can, please elaborate. When did this occur, and how long did you hear this creature in your house? Have you seen it more than once or anywhere else?

      I wish I could answer your questions, but I don’t know anything about the nature of these types of phenomena. My belief is that beings of this kind can occupy many different realities and choose to enter ours from time to time or occasionally show themselves to us. There seems to often be some kind of mischievous “trickster” quality to these visits too. Do they need to feed on our fear, or do they just get bored and want our attention?

      I really don’t understand their nature or origin, but I think the fact that we’re finding out that through quantum physics that we’re living in a multiverse where parallel dimensions come into contact with each other, this lends some support to existence of these creatures that have been making their way into our folklore and legend for thousands of years.

      Any more detail you can provide, feel free to comment again or email me.


  12. it stayed like the whole summer…when i saw it…it just to took of so fast and the sound of damage it was doing…it was like a little old man maybe a foot high with one of those flat hats on….strange thing……one of my mothers students through the school board saw the same thing. the boys parents did not believe him until that boys mother saw it too. The thing is we know what it looks like…but what is it and why is it there.If they really do exist and this is not an illusion that we are seeing….why arent more people seeing whatever this is. why dont they just show themself. I do believe that dimensions are right in our face and we cant see them or break through them. I just wish that someone knew what this was…SOMEONE DOES.

  13. If anyone has answers or know something on this please let me know. Feel free to email me at I have dealt with this for a long time now and have been doing good lately for I live in a differant area. That doesnt mean whatever this supernatural ordeal is cant follow you. lol i was tracked down when I was in Korea at at one time so I do know that it can follow you….I just been what you call LUCKY lately.

  14. ive come to belive that these creatures are real! Ive had close encounters with these creatures and they are not pretty
    this is a description of what i came to see:about 3 feet tall wrinkled face small red eyes with a grin,It had a pointy hat and pointy shoes that curled at the ends as i looked at it i rubbed my eyes to see if it was fake but it wasnt then it slightly faded away.
    I had also a second sighting it was small about 6 inches tall and it had the same face wrinkled and the smll red eyes.
    somehow i feel that the toys “trolls”have a tie to that

  15. At the time I saw mine ( he had a wrinkly face too) all kinds of ordeals were happening not to mention another paranormal activity was taking place in which everyone knew the other one was definitely not good. The characteristics of mine is similar to a lot of the reading I have been doing lately, except one thing…….the hat. He did not have a pointy hat as all others i read about do.
    Maybe he came to help with all the negative energy that was present and he came to run it off???? I like to think that at least.

  16. It’s always interesting to read incidents like this as it isn’t quite in the popular culture like a lot of other unusual sightings. It also seems odd that there are similar accounts from very different locations; I would think that, if they were living creatures, populations separated by vast amounts of time and geography would have different habits and, especially, clothing styles. Or perhaps there are more accounts out there but they’re not all connected with each other for that reason?

    • Gnomes, as they’re depicted in popular culture — pointy hats, beards, and all — are taken from the northern European tradition. In other cultures around the world whose folklore includes little people, they’re of described as being quite different. The “littlefeet” of North American indigenous people are supposedly like smaller versions of themselves, wearing buckskin and moccasins and using bows and arrows. Regardless of variations in their physical description, you find accounts of these little folk all over the world and over thousands of years.

      There was an good interview on Whitley Streiber’s website Unknown Country about little people in Indonesia that reportedly abduct people. The island of Flores is part of Indonesia, which is where the remains of the so-called Hobbits have been found. Could it be that some of these little people still exist?

  17. This is definitely an interesting article. I’ve never seen one, but I found something in my backyard once that looked like one of the gnome hats from European folklore. It was a small hat, about 2.5-3 inches long and conical– but the top was slightly rounded. It appeared to be made out of two layers of felt; the outside was red and the inside was pink. It was sewn together quite well, with an even seam dividing it in half, with that seam on the inside. It could have been manmade, but my neighbors at the time were all adults with college-age children or older, and there is a large field behind my house. I showed it to my parents, who looked at it and said, “Well, that’s neat. What are you going to do with it?” I put it back where I found it: near our swingset. The next day, it was gone. Weird, huh? Should I have kept it? Some old tales say that keeping the clothing of the little people gives you power over them, but at the same time, I think it might make them mad. I live in the Ohio Valley, so if you have any knowledge of sightings in my area, I’d love to hear them!

    • Angela,

      I think giving it back was the right thing to do. From what I’ve read, these creatures are basically friendly, but they can be vindictive. If you anger them, they’re not good enemies to have. This is according to the legends I’ve heard and from my grandmother’s tales. I’ll keep my eyes open for any Ohio Valley gnome sightings and let you know.


  18. Hello guys my name is Luis Fernando. I live at Panama (the small country). Gnomes are famous here in Panama in the parts away from the capital, where I live. Me and my friends love camping and going to the beach and as well, we know a lot of people there that have talked to us about them and other creatures. Surprisingly all the descriptions are alike. Before I tell my own story I want to say that I used to read a lot about witchcraft and other cults, not to practice but to know because I value knowledge more than anything, anyway for having this occult knowledge and books and stuff lets say I used to have problems with negative entities and I know by heart the feeling you get when something is getting weird really close to you. Now the story: Me and my friends were in my friend’s beach house which, since this is Panama *tropical country* there are forests everywhere even close to the beach, the thing is me and and my 2 best friends always lose something in that house and no matter how much we look for it or how good we remember the last place we put it just gets lost. In my case, my silver necklace which I had left wrapped in a towel under a chair to go play soccer in the yard *this happened at night* Disappeared it was gone and I recall the towel being folded way differently. My friends have also lost coins and a zippo and other stuff. Let’s its a theif well hes a hella good of a thief because to get to my necklace he would have had to pass right infront of us or somehow climb the electric fence that protects us from the woods.. Risk your life for a necklace I dont think so… The next night I was playing soccer by myself and I see this big grown man, whose face i didn’t get to see, He gave me a really weird feeling he was walking in front of the house the long street where my friend’s house is at and the closest house is 150meters away. I kicked the ball a little bit too strong and it got to the street so I ran and was outside probably 15 seconds later. When I look for the man he was not there and the street is very illuminated I thought I was hallucinating but I had that weird feeling for a couple of seconds and then later I just thought to my self oh he must have gone to the woods to get some wood for a fire.. And went back in thinking this was a normal thing to see at .. 12 in the night.. I told this whole story to a friend and he encouraged me to read about gnomes on the internet he said the man thing had nothing to do tho. but now that I see that the legends say the can confuse you and also shapeshift I believe its a possibility..
    Keep Jesus in your heart. Love him and do not let this sort of this corrupt his imagine. That’s how I got away from the demonic attacks.

    • Wow, Luis. That’s an interesting story. I’ll have to give that some thought before I can respond. It’s my birthday today and I’ve had mucho cervezas, so I’ll respond when I’m a little clearer in my mind.

      Buenos dias,


  19. just reading what billy says about gnomes “not knowing jesus.”

    …these creatures aren’t evil per se, but powerful in their own right, and their power does not come down from god, but rises up out of the earth.

    they existed before christianity, and therefore christianity has demonized them. happened to all the irish goddesses…turned beautiful powerful goddesses into evil witches, or if the culture would not let go of them, turned them into saints. bridgid is a good example. the only way the new religion can succeed is if it demonizes and marginalizes the old gods or else incorporates them. in order to be understood these entities have to looked at without the intervening distortion of christianity.

    also want to mention hunt for the skinwalker…read it through the first time in an effort to understand the more paranormal aspects of my sightings. read it through a couple more times, and saw the possibility that hoaxing had occurred, which i had not even considered on my first read through.

    discussion recently about trolls in sweden led me to your site which i really enjoyed. thanks

    • T’mara — I have to say that I agree with you. Billy is entitled to his opinions, but I personally do not think that belief in such creatures is any kind of affront to God, or that these beings are necessarily evil at all. A reader commented on my ‘Stone Circle‘ article suggested that I read a book titled The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans-Wentz. I searched for it and found several chapters online, and it basically says the same thing that you’re saying: Christianity either demonized or incorporated them into its beliefs. I think we also tend to fear things those things that we don’t understand.

      Glad you like the gnomes article, thanks. And thank you for posting this comment.

  20. Hi, I am so amazed at all the stories. I believed on the gnomes because my Aunt from the Philippines has been sharing her stories. They used to sing and play a ukelele to her.
    Now, I have another family who have “gnomes” as his friends. My family has proven to me
    many things that they really existed. I have to asked permission from them if I can elaborate my stories.

    • Edith – Thanks! I’d love to hear more about your Aunt’s stories of gnomes in the Philippines, if she’s okay with your sharing them. I find it fascinating to hear so many similar stories of gnomes and little folk from all over the world. My best friend’s girlfriend is from the Philippines too. I’ll have to ask her if she’s heard any folk tales or knows of anyone who has had experiences with gnomes over there.

  21. John, as you said, these things may have no affront to God or anything of the like, but remember, if you tend to be wary of things like elves, trolls, gnomes, Hobbits, goblins, and such things. There is the Huge possibility that there are demons. Not gonna get religious or anything, but if these things truly exist, and have the powers people say they do, then its no far fetched thing to say that they aren’t really gnomes or little people, but demons taking the form of these little people. Im not stating it as fact, but it would be a very good way to sway people from things like god

  22. John, we also have a legend about little people in Montana. My boyfriend and his family are Northern Cheyenne and believe strongly in them. He tells me that the little people live in the hills and come out at night. He said they are very, very strong with wicked sharp teeth and have horrible tempers. I was told that people leave out tobacco products as a peace offering. I was also told that you were to never look them in the eye if I was too see one because they might kill you. Honestly I’m one of those people that has to see it to believe it but his family believe so strongly in them that sometimes it makes me wonder. Also, reading about little people stories from around the world really gets me thinking about them!

    • Hi Rosa – When I began to research this I was struck by the similarities between the northern European tales of gnomes, tomtar, nain, etc. and the Native American folklore of similar little folk. In some cases they’re described as being simply mischevious, and other times as being dangerous. Here in New Jersey the native Lenape people have legends of a little people called the Wematekan’is. I’ve also received stories from people in Asia and Africa of these small humanoids. It makes you think, doesn’t it? Are they all just folklore and fairytales, or is there something more to it? Thanks for telling me about Cheyenne legend. Do you know what they Cheyenne people call these guys? I’d be interested in knowing, if you can tell me.


  23. Hey John, Happy Holidays ! My niece is leaving for Ireland and I came across you/read posts here. Great stuff. Our reality, is a very sordid but fascinating existence to ponder. And you’re fortunate if you’re one of the few who’ve had extraordinary experiences. Truth is, we’re intended to pass thru this (human) life largely in the dark, and under unfair circumstances. Intelligences may intervene for better or for worse, but I don’t believe in any God that is thinking about you or that your life is worth saving. Earth is just a brief stop, on our soul’s journey. In Britain, as you know, if you disturb a fairy circle, you may be killed by the fae. Spirits have harmed and killed people. Non-human entities of unknown sorts I’m sure have also. We are at a disadvantage. Even aliens, of certain races/nations, have killed humans. We are part of a biological existence, spiritual existence, and interdimensional one. There is no fairness or rescue, and there is both good and bad fortune in regards to what entities may do for you. My friend’s relative in the Philippines was born with deformed tiny feet, and a “duende”/gnome (less than 12” tall) took interest and resides in her home. It’s helped her to prosper financially as long as she does not speak of him. I’d mention that just because there are similarities between little folk and greys, that doesn’t mean they are the same entity. Nature spirits are energies with intelligence in their own right, and we will never be able to catalog all that exists. Too few human beings have supernatural experiences anyway. You’re fortunate if your eyes have been opened. In regards to demons, I’m sure they exist in one form or another..whether it be indifferent/hostile aliens, thoughtforms we’ve created/constructed/energized thru cult worship, negative human spirits imitating ugliness, nature spirits trying to scare you off, or the uglier “relatives” of nature spirits (goblins etc.). It’s unfortunate the whole of humanity is ignorant, but apparently, that’s how it’s intended to be. I’m sure a knome walks into our dimension, as easily as you walk into your kitchen. It’s not their objective to make themselves known to the masses. They simply possess a bigger stomping ground (more than one dimension) than we. I was Catholic all my life, but I can see how Christianity has labeled everything the devil. Even aliens. That’s asinine. If some aliens are our enemies, then they’re just like us, a biological life form that has motives. Noticeably, most situations come down to WILL. Whether it be using your Will to drive out an entity from your home, or to fight for your life. But unfortunately, it’s only you that will save you. We’re naturally weak and afraid, so we prefer to call on a God. But in my opinion, Creation doesn’t require a thinking person thinking about you. We’re apart of an incomprehensibly vast network of sentient life, impacting each other at various stages of our existence. Today I kill you, and you move on, and tomorrow you kill or help me. We, and all the various entities in creation, grow together. The tragedy is the horror and torture that is a part of that progression. I think fairies and knomes are most often friendly, and endearing creatures. I think man’s nature is fixed and he will always be the source of atrocities. I also believe that after you die, you still don’t know everything, and then you have a kind of gentle death into a next life, and a next. Unfortunately, right after Earth, you’re probably the same jerk you were, just before you bit it. As I said, it’s a progression. Long speech huh? If you’re interested John, there’s a movement picking up steam again, of the physical materialization of spirits. Where your loved one returns to laugh, cry, and embrace you, warm flesh, pulse and everything. Of course we know, most are fakes, but I can offer you some very real and gifted individuals to assess. Sometimes nature spirits and elementals and even alien life, find their way into seance. Some spirits speak on them! Anyway, here’s the site: Not everyone who posts there is as balanced or skeptical as you and I. But there are genuine Mediums on whom you’ll find current news, (like Patrick McNamara of, and Kai Muege of Germany (, and Tom/Kevin of Robin Foy of the Scole Experiment started the site, and partial materializations have already been filmed live. They’re all looking forward to the near future when a full materialization will be filmed. Of course, unless you have advanced as a seeker, as you appear to have, you’ll call it Photoshop. Check it out…it’s but another way down the path toward the wee little people !

    • Thank you, Rand. Happy holidays to you too. That was a great, well thought-out comment. And thank you for the links; I’ll check those out today. I was raised Catholic too, and while I’m still a practicing Christian, I still have some doubts and disagree with much of what is taught in the Church. The idea of a God that is personally interested in us as individuals and somehow pulls the strings of our lives is a difficult concept for me to accept. I do find it easier to think that we are indeed a part of a large web of life throughout the Universe, and that most often (if not always) those things that happen to us — good or bad — is just “stuff that happens”. Honestly, I don’t think it’s a very good or healthy belief that every positive thing or misfortune that befalls us is due to God’s direct intervention and will. I think that’s an unhealthy attitude and counterproductive to becoming a spiritually/emotionally mature human being. Sometimes things just happen, good and bad, and often times it’s a result of our own actions and behaviors. You can’t put God in the middle of everything. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in Him (or Her, if you prefer): I just don’t look at His/Her presence in our lives in that way. Nor do I think that belief in other intelligent entitities who interact with us is a silly, or somehow blasphemous. And I don’t think all (or even many) of them are necessarily evil or agents of the Devil. Like you say, they probably have their own motivations much as we homo sapiens do.

      Thanks again, Rand. Please keep feel free to comment again any time. Btw, once your initial comment is approved, any future comments that you contribute to the site are added immediately.

  24. THIS IS YOUR “MERRY CHRISTMAS-BIGGEST END-OF-THE-YEAR” POST ! Dear John, it was nice to receive your reply. I appreciate the openminded view we share. I’m very to the point. For me, the ultimate betrayal on my part was for me to abandon God. And it’s very lonely. But that can change. Some people I know, have wonderful companions, others have spirits as companions. Without love, life is monotanous. After 46 years, I realize, that there is no God. And whatever Creator/System there is, matters only to the extent that you can perhaps tap into some supranormal energy, for good use. The very idea that it is excusable or acceptable that a God would put down a group of insecure monkeys into a competitive situation, with a few alpa males tossed in, and not expect atrocity to be forever routine, is ridiculous and cruel. Especially since we inherently are murderers. Or violent, if you like. That said, I feel that whether or not this life continues, our most important reason for worth, and both minimal and noblest purpose, is to, if you possess strength, to ease the suffering of others. Particularly children. Frankly, as of yet, I do not trust spirit in seance. From their extraordinary autonomy and complexity, they do appear to be your loved ones, and, sometimes imposters, but indeed intelligent autonomous beings, not products of group energy. But why, in hundreds of cases I’ve researched, I do not find them exalting the need to rescue those who are weaker. On occasion it’s been implored by some, and many say ‘to do God’s work,’ but for the most part, the emphasis is on YOU; your soul’s journey. Let me state, that I do not believe that this beautiful Earth and all the grandeur of this immense Universe, is one grand stage, for the petty happenings of my life. A divorce, job loss, a death in the family or any other event we experience, really to be expected while living precariously on a rock hurdling thru space. From my research, I state that it does appear that life continues. But I’d be disgusted to believe a child could be molested and then murdered, and left to cry alone and haunt the site of the crime, which is so often presumed. My horror, would be to have to face the possibility that, if this life was unfair, who’s to say the next isn’t also ? ! I say, You and I are adults, we can handle pain and even terminal illness. But there’s no greater pain than to see a child suffer, whether or not he is your own. I cannot think of anything more important, beyond providing for yourself and your own family, than to place yourself in the presence of a child or other, who needs you. Children have been physically harmed by the supernatural. I’ll kick the as* of any entity that would hurt a child. If it kills me, I’ll continue kicking it’s as* in the afterlife. One Medium I know well, believes that child spirits are never trapped here, but may visit the place they knew and be spotted, or that we create thoughtforms of the child we expect to be haunting a locale, or sometimes a mischeivious entity imitates the child for attention or interaction. I hope this is true. I would prefer there be no afterlife, than to have a child scared and wandering. Most ghosthunters are readily accepting of such a predicament, and believe they have a mission to rescue them/sending them into the light. I say bullsh*t. Here’s a cut to a real story: When I was about 7 or 8, my brother and I slept on a bed facing the open door to the hallway. Most of the wall behind us, was a huge window. The room was never extremely dark. Over 3 nights in a row, I saw just a few feet from the foot of my bed/just inches past the doorjam, fully dimensional shadow people wandering in and out of the walls. Same as if you would remove the clothes from a department store mannequin, and paint it pitch black. They seemed to be unaware of their surroundings, would pause, and then continue walking as if in a daze, not down the hall, but, across it and into the wall. After 2 nights, my brother sarcastically asked me to wake him if they came again. They did. And I did and saw his reaction. For about 20 years he wouldn’t talk about it, and finally admitted he’d seen them shoot down the hallway as a mist. A few years after his admission, my cousin who lived downstairs at the time, happened to mention that our grandmother with whom I lived upstairs had always held seances before we moved in. That she, her mother, and my father’s first cousin, could all levitate a table with ease. My father verified this. This was taught by my great great grandmother (1850-1950) who was Yaqui Indian. The Yaqui’s culture/view of creationism is totally based in magic, and communication with relatives passed is routine. Those ‘shadows’ are believed to be a kind of astral shell left behind by persons after they die, and in time, will dissentigrate. They have a minimal consciousness, and natives (of all kinds, hawaiians etc.) and witches have used them to carry out missions. It does also appear to me, that in some cases, complete individuals do haunt certain locales. I believe, for now, that if one chooses not to move on, then one may linger, without a sense of time, and may even experience the etheric copy of a building they once knew, that’s now a ruin, and abide there. It appears that in some cases, they may also be confused or stuck/remaining here, but if I say that, then I have to say it’d be the same for children, and I don’t want to say it. I’m at a loss. I’ll close with a link to my friend Patrick’s site, where in a very short video, he demonstrates the existence of the etheric double. A person holds a small bouquet, and spirit assists as Patrick strokes the etheric double of the flowers, causing the bouquet to rotate. This is NOT telekinesis. Patrick can see the energy. In public demonstrations, many people have seen the energy. This modest little video, is monumental, because it proves that everything has a ‘spirit copy,’ just like us. Furthermore, on the subject of your site, the etheric double or spirit copy or spirit energy of the flower, is the stuff nature spirits are made of. Elements of nature, have a consciousness. Even the ancient Hawaiians would ask a heavy rock for permission to move it. Everything that lives has to an extent some level of a consciousness. That which living things emanate are either the source and/or are intrinsically intertwined with the intelligences known as the fae and gnomes, etc. who are their guardians. Just as we presumably have guardians/spirit guides. Here’s the link…at THE VERY END John, note when Patrick stops participating, Spirit takes over entirely and rotates it most dramatically:
    Same, on YouTube:
    Regards, Rand

  25. p.s. Here are a few very short stories of little people I appreciate:
    The 1st is my mother’s, and the other 2 I’ve come across….

    In that same upstairs bedroom, my parents and baby brother slept in a larger bed next to ours. One morning my mother woke first, as she usually did to make the baby’s bottle, to find two small child age knomes at that same bedroom door, which was closed. They stood as high as just under the doorknob, had slightly tan colored faces, and wore plain peasant clothes and a tight fitting skull cap coming down to the sides showing only their face (no pointed hat). They seemed to be talking to each other about her, chattering away but she couldn’t really hear them, and no matter how much she rubbed her eyes, they remained. Till they just disappeared. I can see now, how my grandmother’s activities had opened a portal in that upstairs apt. (My cousins living downstairs have always heard noises like people walking or jumping up and down, when there was no one home up there).
    Early summer morning, 1967, my Christian Conservative uncle who is Irish, was hunting in the woods. As he aimed his rifle at a buck in the distance, he heard whistling. He looked down and went into complete shock. A little man, about knee-high, walked right across his path only a few feet in front of him. He was wearing old fashioned farmer’s clothes, holding an axe or some sort of tool over his shoulder, dark tan face, old looking, with a pointed hat. He didn’t look at my uncle and didn’t say anything, just whistling as he walked by. My uncle put down his gun and left the woods for the day.
    The only thing he could think it could be was a “hobbit”…. he had heard nothing about little people other than hearing about the Tolkien book.
    Summer, 1987. A 10 year-old friend of mine, also Irish, was out hunting partridge with his grandfather and they came to a stream. My friend looked into the stream and saw what he thought was a GI Joe doll that someone had left in the water. As he moved closer, he saw that it was alive and moving. It was a little green man, maybe 8-10 inches tall, completely green and naked. He called his grandfather over to look at it and asked him what it was. His grandfather stared in shock for quite a while, and pulled his grandson back away from it and said, “You just leave that alone. It’s not bothering you. You just leave that be,” and he never spoke of the incident again until 1996.

  26. I am 26 years old, and saw a real knome when I was younger, and did not know what it was until last night, when a well versed friend in metaphysics asked me about what happened, and I described what I saw, and I ended up having him send me a website with a drawn picture that looked identical to what I saw.

    When I was about 7 or 8 I woke up in the early morning around sunrise (blueish glare from the window) and I was sleeping in the same bed as my mother and in an attached bed with my brother who was about a foot lower then me.

    I woke up and looked through the door that was open in the room I was sleeping in(never left the bed) and saw the thing. It just starred. I thought I was sleeping and rubbed my eyes, and it was still there. I then took one of the pillows I was sleeping on and put it under my stomach (if i woke up later and it was under my stomach, I would know I was awake) and I turned around, then looked back over and it was still there, just starring at me. Sure enough, I woke up and the pillow was under my stomach. It was real.

    I told my mother and she said it was a protector of me and that people had a gift to see things, she told me it was a good thing and I was too freaked out and it was real, not some fake headcased gift you would see in a movie, this thing was real. anyway, I remember a priest coming over and putting holy water on the windowcill after that so that was weird.

  27. Merry Christmas Robert ! I liked your story. It’s identical to my Mom’s. I’ll have to share it with her. You’re very very lucky. So few see them. What State did that happen in ?

  28. I have not seen the gnomes or aliens, I’m Panamanian, and every country I suppose has it’s stories of creatures. I heard the story of the gnomes in Panama from my family older generation aunts,uncles and my grandpa.
    From what I heard is that the gnomes were known to abduct children, for reasons I do not know, or can’t remember. Family members had sightings of them i would guess numerous times. My aunts were out playing and they came across some gnomes i don’t remember an exact number of them, and my grandmother told them that if they are near them to pretend to dig in their butts and eat their own feces, this would detour them, the claim is the gnomes become disgusted and go away. So my aunt and whoever was with her did this and the gnomes went the other way. Other family members seen them as well.

    But around 6 months ago at a family function in Atlanta, we were all gathered talking about ghosts , and I brought up the gnomes, to my aunt. She said ask your grandpa he seen them the most. So in a kitchen about 20 of us all family, he tells us that these ‘gnomes’ were evil, and they would come to him for favors, such as doing nasty evil things to people, i think even as harsh as killing people. While my grandfather refused they would beat him and other things, he was very hesitant and serious about this particular experience , which happened to him more than once. I took him very serious and it’s not like he was trying to spook us. I wish he said more about the subject but we could tell it was very difficult for him to even talk about.
    In my opinion, according to the stories from family members is that the gnomes perhaps are hyper dimensional humanoids. The connection to the abduction and especially children being the victims.Also I read somewhere that some ‘aliens’ are thought to be super hypochondriacs, this would fit into the ‘digging in one’s rectum and pretend to eat your own feces’ to detour them. (Im not making this up). And the finally the horrible beatings they did on my grandpa asking him to hurt people for them.

    So that’s the story, please don’t criticize this in a negative manner. Trying to see what anybody else thought about it.

    • Very interesting, Mario. No, I wouldn’t criticize anyone. I have some strange stories myself that a lot of people probably wouldn’t believe.

      I’ve heard some people say that these gnomes are evil and other say that they’re basically benevolent, so long as you don’t do something to make them angry. Sounds like your grandfather’s experience was much more on the negative side. The abduction part of the story makes me wonder about the connection with alien abductions. Stories of spirits, faeries, little people, etc. that abduct people or spirit them away are found in pretty much every culture on the planet. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

  29. To somewhat support Mario’s posting, it should be noted that most Mediums do not encounter nature spirits in seance, but that those who practice witchcraft, often do. The famous witch Isabel Gowdie of Scotland, on trial in 1662, who fully confessed/never contradicting herself to her death/execution, had no doubt that fairy tribes were hosts of hell, and identifiable with the demonic spirits at coven meetings. She stated that like her, the fae were evil; in the business of murdering men. Personally, I imagine there are those who intend no harm, but how do you find that out, unless you engage them?
    I recall reading of a family in Maine, who encountered a friendly family of knomes traveling at night. They said that the “Uns” as they called us, were crowding them out, and that they were moving Northward toward more secluded lands (toward Canada). Note that they referred to us humans, as “the Uns,” (as taken from the word, humans, dropping the h,m, and a. : ) I like that.

  30. You know what, I do think that my grandfather was dabbling in black magic. I’ve also heard stories of real life witches, succubus like women, all he experienced. My family has a lot of stories, I don’t know if it’s my conditioning to believe them. But for a strong sense I feel this gnome thing, is very real. Thanks for posting back guys.

  31. You’re welcome Mario. I’ll add…that psychic abilities are the natural attribute of human beings, but that magic belongs to nonhuman entities, not us. When we humans practice magic, we are actually using our psychic abilities to reach those creatures, in order to have them work their magic for us. Witches are individuals who possess above average psychic abilities, and who call both spirits and nonhuman entities (knomes, etc.) to accomplish their objectives. If your grandfather practiced magic, then yes, he most likely invited the presence of knomes. You stated “black magic,’ …thus, malevolent knomes were attracted and/or summoned by his dark spells and rituals. Such spells in their reciting, explicitly call upon nature spirits to come forward. I would love to hear more of your family’s stories ! Thank you for sharing.

    • My mom had above average psychic abilities in the form of precognitive dreams and premonitions (in one case she even received a visit from her dead sister) and she used to jokingly refer to herself as a “witch”. I wrote about that a couple of years ago in one of my earlier articles.

      Yes, I agree Rand: I think dabbling in dark magic and the occult can invite evil entities into one’s life — one of the reasons I stay away from ouija boards! It could be that Mario’s granddad did (knowingly or unwittingly) let this creature enter his world.

      Mario: same here! I’m with Rand — feel free to share any other of your family’s stories if you’d like to. We’d all love to hear them.

  32. Well I was just inferring it was some kind of black magic. I had a hunch he was doing something like that from what I’ve heard. Because, my family members would tell me he would see / experience the most off the wall things. I don’t think he was doing any blood libels, all out satanic stuff. I really don’t know, I dont think I will ask him. But i just always had a feeling he did some stuff in his past. I did research a list of known witches in history, and a couple of stories , said that the witch/practitioner were sometimes beaten by these fairies/entities and threatened. And when they spoke about them they were scared because they knew they were watching.. Spooky …But it’s a little late to go in on about his experiences from what I was told. Maybe sometime later. Thanks again.

  33. Dear John, I enjoyed reading the article just now about your mother. She does look so radiant and loving. I’m sorry she could not live 100 years. And if only everyone.. could have a mother like her. She’s the kind of person every person on Earth dreams about. I hope that there is an afterlife, and that you enjoy so much more time together. Yes, her abilities were impressive. She was open, to the channels of communication. Fortunately, the essence of who she was, is expressed in you, and so, still contributing to the Earth. This place needs people like you. Thank you for a very pleasant site, and rich discussions. There’s nothing wrong with a little talk of “magic” to brighten our lives.
    Here is a personal account posted by a woman in October 2004, that I’ve liked reading:
    “When I was 8yrs old, my stepbrother Todd had captured a flame-like man in a glass jar. He had been talking about it for at least a week and finally showed it to me one night when we were getting ready for bed. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.

    It was this bright flaming orange figure. I could see facial features, legs, and arms. It was thrashing about in the jar, hitting the sides in a rage. I could see the anger and emotion in his face. I told Todd to set it free. I went to touch the jar and I was burnt. He grabbed the jar and said “No!” and confessed to having caught him a week ago at his mother’s house. He tightened the lid and set it high upon the shelf that was above his bed. The angry little thing frightened me, but I felt his fear and anguish.

    Todd had eventually fallen to sleep. As I went to reach for the jar, I was interrupted by at least a dozen balls of light that sped around my head like a swarm of bees. I almost dropped the heavy jar on Todd’s head. I sighed with relief, but immediately gasped with disbelief as my entire room lit up into the most spectacular light show. The most beautiful orb-like, iridescent globes of all sizes filled the ceiling space.

    I sat the jar down on my bed. Out of one of the orbs this dainty girl floated towards the glass jar. She put her tiny little fingers on the glass and so did the fiery figure. She had this grief-stricken look on her face and kept staring at me with her brilliant sad blue eyes. I saw her eyes meet with the fiery figure and they met with mine too. Tears filled my eyes. I felt their sadness. I picked up the jar to open it. It didn’t burn me this time. Todd had made it so tight !

    I finally got it open. The little fire man was whisked away with a flash of light. The next night, the balls of light came back. They seemed to be chasing each other around, playing and giggling. They sped into my closet. When I went to open it, the girl from the night before was right in front of my face floating. Todd tried to catch her with his glass jar. I slapped the jar out of his hands and it went crashing to the closet floor.

    I screamed to leave them alone. He pushed me down to the floor. Just then, the balls of light started to shock Todd on the back of his legs. Todd fell to the ground and all the balls of light disappeared into the ceiling. We had many encounters after that night. Some would play a knocking game with us, or a blinking game with us. One night my Mom came into the room and asked if we were turning the lights on and off and giggling. We weren’t.

    My mother has witnessed the same balls of lights buzzing around in my baby brother’s room. We are all normal, drug-free, intelligent people, who live simple lives. I stumbled across your web site by accident. I am so happy to have read about other people’s experiences. We all can’t be CRAZY! All these years have gone by and now I’m a mother. I wish I could find the right words to describe the beautiful sound these beings made, or the brilliant yet soothing light that filled every dark corner of my world that night. I felt special, chosen and unique. I felt no fear, I wanted answers. I still want answers WHAT THE HECK??? My family will never forget, nor will I.” T.M. Orange Co. Calif.

    • Thank you, Rand. My mother was a wonderful person and I hope I do get to see her in the afterlife. I believe I will one day. Great story too! I love to hear about things like this. Really fascinating.

  34. Well Rand, while doing some research on that witch Isobel Gowdie, I found something interesting on a different witch. This has to do with the connection with my grandpa and the witchcraft and the gnome beatings. and I quote:

    In 1588, Alison Pearson of Byrehill was accused of invoking demonic spirits. She was also accused of having a faerie familiar. This faerie familiar was deceased physician cousin William Sympson who had been kidnapped by a Gypsy. Pearson had met her cousin in his faerie form when she was sick. He came to her as a green man and told her he would help her if she would be faithful to him. Then he vanished and reappeared with a group of faeries, who got Pearson to take part in their merrymaking.

    Sympson would tell her when the faeries were coming, and that they usually arrived in a whirlwind. He also told her how to use herbal remedies, and that the Devil tithed one-tenth of the faeries away to hell every year. However, although Pearson was now comfortable in the company of faeries, whenever she spoke about their doings to others, “she was tormented with blows that left insensitive spots on her skin”

    end of quote.

    Really interesting thanks guys

  35. Wow, that was great Mario. I love to hear historical excerpts on topics such as this. Thanks for that ! You wonder to what extent these things are true, and yet you have a modern account like the one I just posted. So there can be truth to Alison’s story; of the evil sort. I wonder how her cousin transitioned to a fairy? And then this mention of the Devil; you think, well is there a Devil ? So confusing. I recently was reading a book, apparently dictated by the spirit of a 20 yr. old young man who died in battle. He was told about the lower astral planes and how the collective evil there, generate an intelligent and real persona, personifying all the evil. Guess that’s him; the Devil. The story I posted describes the fae as such loving and appreciative creatures. Guess there’s good and bad in all forms of life. (Where there’s a consciousness, there’s choice). Would love to research the association with gypsies and how one becomes a fairy. I’ve heard that they’re known to show up at times of illness or desperation, just as when Alison was ill. But they’re more rare than the Jersey Devil ! You rarely hear of a true encounter. I understand that witches call them sprites. And a witch will either negotiate with them, or enslave them. Of course, it’s the witch’s Spirit Guide that is the power behind her and doing the enslaving. That Guide would be a demon. It’s said the fae were the less powerful/bottom rung of angels that fell with Lucifer, and not as evil as the rest. But still, a part of the hosts of hell, though not bad enough to go there, and so landed here in the in-between place. I believe that they are the personified consciousness of the living things of nature (trees, flowers, etc.), can assume any size, but most of the time, I’ve heard, may be microscopic. They only take a similar human form, because that is how we prefer to perceive them. Or maybe it serves them to be human-esque in their own dimension where there’s society and family. I can see how a strong spirit can take dominance over them, just as malevolent spirits do over us. We shouldn’t demonize all of them. Thanks for sharing your research.
    Here’s a sweet story… makes me laugh every time…
    “I’m 19 years old I know fairies are real because, when I was 5 years old living in Wales, I was coming back from a birthday party with my mum, and we were walking down the lane when I saw a fairy sitting on a rock in a puddle of water. I sat down next to her and gave her some of my cake, she waved and flew off. My mum also saw her, and ever since that day I have never seen a fairy again.” Ha ! Cheers to You, & John.

  36. Well I was thinking that these faeries are probably, dead people. Or the spirits of the dead, maybe some. On some of those ghost shows on TV they mention Orbs being a spirit. Perhaps these orbs are the faeries. Maybe these orbs are all around us. Watching us, and as well can transform or inhabit animals/plants etc. This might have something to do with the UFOs and the orbs as well, being ‘demonic’ or higher dimensional beings.

  37. I think my grandpa is coming back to the states. And I will probably get the courage to ask him about the gnomes…. sigh. It’s gonna be tough.

    William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, wrote in his journal about the plains devils:
    “In a northerly direction from the mouth of this creek, in an immense plain, a high hill is situated, and appears of a conic form, and by the different nations of Indians in this quarter, is supposed to be the residence of devils: that they are in human form with remarkable large heads, and about 18 inches high, that they are very watchful, and are armed with sharp arrows with which they can kill at a great distance. They are said to kill all persons who are so hardy as to attempt to approach the hill. They state that tradition informs them that many Indians have suffered by these little people, and, among others, three Maha men fell a sacrafice to their merciless fury not many years since. So much do the Maha, Sioux, otos, and other neighboring nations, believe this fable, that no consideration is sufficient to induce them to approach the hill.”

    HERE IS AN EXCERPT RE: The Menehune in Hawaii, ordered by their King, to leave (on a saucer?), but some didn’t want to leave the Hawaiian women they’d intermingled with: “…the surviving menehune feasted and played before leaving on a double-decker floating island. Sound far-fetched? Perhaps, but consider that the limited Hawaiian vocabulary refers to airplanes as mokulele, literally “jumping islands.” After the mass exodus, some menehune men, not wanting to leave their Hawaiian wives, hid in Wainiha Valley, where a census in the early 1800s recorded 65 menehune still living here.”
    “There are tales of hikers wandering thru the 118,000 acres of wilderness followed by 3-foot-tall elf-like creatures called rock people….” They play pranks on people. They have extremely wrinkled faces; looking as if they’re over a hundred years old. Pretty ugly.

    …AND THAT’S HOW MY FRIEND DESCRIBED THEM…… Her and her 30 year old niece went hiking in one of the valleys there, and saw standing beside them one of these creatures. She said when you looked directly at it, it would split in two and disappear. They both saw them, when she said, “Do you see what I see?” Both of them looking at it standing there, out the corner of their eyes. Also, when her niece had gone in her own direction and sat to read a book, one came and placed his finger onto the page. She looked up at him, and he instantly disappeared. After the trip, my friend was back home in So. California, and in the office of a gas station looking out, saw the creature standing outside in the rain, waiting for her. Another time she had taken a nap in her car, and was awakened by a tapping on her window, and it was the creature standing there outside her car getting her attention. She went to a white witch to remove him, and who explained that these beings will attach themselves to you to go on a little adventure, but will eventually turn malevolent, so it’s best to get rid of them. Anyway, true story, and apparently when they had seen the creatures in the valley, and gone to a diner up there, they asked the waitress: “So what’s with this valley of yours?” To which she replied, smiling, “Oh, you’ve seen our little people.” I suppose if you seriously go looking for them in Sedona, taking a powerful Medium with you to call them, and meditating, …with some luck, you could probably see one ! How do you like that? John and Mario. : )

  39. Hello–I’ve enjoyed your stories–interesting to me because I am in the process of gathering information to write a book on Trolls. What befuddles me is that some authors say gnomes are related to trolls, others say they are not the same at all. Any idea on whether gnomes should be part of a book aimed at junior high readers?

    • My understanding of trolls are that folklore say they are bigger than gnomes — and sometimes very large, and often more molevolent characters than are gnomes. Gnomes may be more mischievous and can be vindictive if you anger them, but aren’t generally considered evil or dangerous. I don’t know that they’re necessarily akin to one another. Sure, I think gnomes would be of interest to junior high readers. Judging from the number of emails and blog comments that I get relating to gnomes, I think there’s a lot of interest in them worldwide and across all age groups. My gnomes/tomten article is by far the most-viewed post on this site. Good luck with the book!

      • Hi John,at the end of November and December I was coming from the store we live in the outskirts of my home town about 7-7:15 at night the route crossing over a creek then along side on a joggers trail , maybe 40 yards ahead out of a field I saw a very small type of person about 2to2-1/2 ft tall,it scurried across the path in front of me into a couple of bushes his head is round short dark hair ,now I’m not one to believe in fokelore but because the lighting and the street is at the end of the trail it made seeing believing yes the lighting is behind it but I could absolutely see the little person .I spend most of my time outside ,I’m homeless and have seen like some of the others strange things out in our area I told no one for a bit until my significant other And I riding home on our bikes she in front around the same time she turned and said hey did you see that it was a little person ran in front of me,I told her yes it’s the second time I’ve seen it, since then I’ve seen it 5 times and 3 times for her, I’ve investigated the field and came to the conclusion that it is living under ground ,2017dec-2018 Jan I know I saw it I’m not a nut case, people these things are not just stories to scare children they do excist, my home town is growing towards the hills and country. like the animals I believe they have no where to go we’re inproaching where they live ,if you pay attention to your soroundings you just might be surprised what you’ll see.sincerly Steven Barrientos/ Gilroy CA.

        • Hi Steven — Sorry for the slow reply. I’m always fascinated to hear accounts of encounters and sightings of the little folk. I do believe they are out there, although I don’t know their nature or origin. Maybe they are nature spirits or are physical beings that can traverse different planes of reality. I don’t know if we’ll ever know what they are or where they come from, but I do believe that they exist. Let me know if you see one again.


    • I know a bit about this, but I’ll check it out the YouTube videos. I’ve always found the concept of hallucinogens expanding consciousness to be a very interesting one, although I’ve never dabbled in it. I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to try that stuff. I’ll probably stick with beer.

      • Dont bother. Nothing good comes out of it. Talking from my own experience and then whats even worse you cant tell what was teal and what wasnt. Doubt everything even more.

        • Good advice, Cat. Nah, no desire to try that stuff. I actually think that it’s a dangerous practice to attempt to open up oneself to spiritual forces and entities through the use of hallucinogens, occult practices, or any other means. That’s just dangerous and foolish.

  40. Oh c’mon John. Try it. Cary Grant dropped acid over 100 times. : )
    Here’s a funny quote of his:
    “Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.”

  41. I think I’ve captured gnomes, or similar beings with my phone digital camera. If you’d like to see it e-mail me. Serious replies only.

  42. How A Human becomes a Fairy: The Fairy Dwelling on Selena Moor, in W. Bottrell’s Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, published between 1870 and 1880.

    A man named Noy (in Cornwall, England) had attempted to take a shortcut through the moor, but had got lost. Eventually he saw lights in the distance and heard music, and thought he had come to another farmhouse, where they were holding a harvest home supper. His horse and dogs would not go on, however, and so he had tied them to the thicket. He then went on through an orchard towards a house. Outside the house were hundreds of small people sat drinking or dancing. One girl was taller than the others, and played the tambourine. She gave this to an old fellow next to her, and went inside to get some ale. She then asked him to come with her, and went they went out into the orchard. There he recognised her as an old sweetheart, Grace Hutchens, who he believed had died three or four years previously. She told him to follow her into the garden, and remain behind the house. He was to remain out of sight and should not touch either fruit or flower. She also warned him against even touching her. Coming back from bringing beer and cider to the other fairies, she took him into a bowery walk and explained to him how she had come to be in fairyland.

    She had been out on Selena Moor looking for a stray sheep, when she’d heard Noy calling to his dogs. She tried to take a shortcut towards him, but had got lost in a place where the ferns were above her head. She then crawled on all fours to an orchard where there was music. She tried to get out of the orchard, but had continued to wander around as deliberately misled by the pixies. Eventually she stopped, and through hunger and thirst plucked and ate a beautiful golden plum from one of the trees. This, however, dissolved into bitter water as she ate it, and she collapsed and fainted. When she regained consciousness, she was surrounded by a crowd of small people. They were delighted at having a neat girl to bake and brew for them and look after their babies. She was not dead, and what had been buried in her place was a changeling or likeness of her body. Although trapped there, she could also take the form of a small bird. She was happy to do this, as it allowed her to fly about near him. Noy attempted to rescue her and him by turning his gloves inside out and throwing them among the fairies. They all disappeared, including Grace, and he was alone in a ruined barn. Then something appeared to hit his head, and he fell on to the ground.

    The elderly members of Noy’s community were not surprised at his story and considered that Grace had actually not told him anything they didn’t already know. The people there believed that many of those, who had died entranced, were not really dead but had merely been changed into fairies.

  43. I have seen, in close proximity, a gnome or in Spanish a duende. My daughter was sleeping in my bed between my husband and I. She woke me up because I guess she was fussing.. I woke up an automatically picked her up, sat on the edge of the bed and started to breast feed her. She didn’t want to feed and fell right back to sleep. I stood up, turned around, bent over and laid her back in bed. I felt something like when you can feel someone staring at you. I raised my eyes up and just about paralell to my eye level standing beside the side of the bed my husband was sleeping ( on his stomach) was a gnome , staring at me. I didn’t break eye contact, i couldn’t even blink, i just stared at his eyes. I couldn’t move and I didn’t. we just looked at each other. He had a gentle, kind expression, he was so small and in proportion, so tiny boned, with a very thin , long fine nose, a beard and a hat, suspenders and a plaid type shirt. As i stared at him he tilted his head to the right and then his shoulder, I didn’t know what he was doing…and then he gently left, he went under bed. I never looked under the bed; I was so very afraid. In retrospect I believe he was with my daughter and woke her up. I am embarrassed to tell this story but it’s true.

    • That’s an amazing story. Can I ask where this took place? Please, don’t be embarassed. You should read some of the comments on this blog and see some of the emails I get! Some of my own stories are seemingly pretty “out there”, but they’re all true.

  44. One more comment to add. The video footage looks like a man, he’s too thick, awkward and fat. The gnome i saw moved gently …oh and the gnome i saw, i think, his hat wasn’t pointy/ standing up.

    • Hi Fredrik — Thanks again for your email. Going forward, any additional comments that you make on the site will be posted automatically and without delay, provided you’re using the same email address.

  45. Hello John, After reading these posts, I realized something strange from the past, here goes; I am from Texas and am now 43 years old, but My wife and I moved to Colorado in 1990, We lived there for 8 years, In 1996 we were living in Loveland, Co., You could see the Devils backbone from our front yard in the foothills, and sometimes you could see Indian’s performing rituals there, this is in the foothills on backroads – only 2 or 3 miles from the highway entry to the Roosevelt Forest, on your way to Estes Park(you know where the Stanley Hotel is) through the Big Thompson River Canyon, anyway one morning in 1996 probably April or May of that year, I woke up before sunrise probably about 5:30 AM, and as soon as I opened my eyes there was this strange Goldish/yellow colored little old man with a hat on, I was instantly in shock, he was sitting/ or hunched down there with his/it’s back against the wall, only about a foot or so tall, he was not clearly defined as it was all 1 Goldish hazy color, but I could see it was an old man wearing some kind of old hat, and it never looked at me, just stared straight ahead! Well I thought I would have a heart attack, I couldn’t speak, and just rolled over clumsily trying to wake up my wife who was asleep on the other side of the bed, I always thought it was a ghost or something, but now I believe it must have been one of these little people, there were alot of rocks in the back yard of this 2 story home- probably limestone – and I mean tons of them in the ground and a large number of them exposed where the soil was washed away like an embankment, with a small river down the hill below, man really weird stuff though, also my wife and I once saw a long telephone cord rise in the air and dance around in the same home, we just looked at each other in disbelief, I was raised in a Christian home and had never seen anything like this before, I have since moved back to Texas, one other thing about Colorado, I was picking my wife up from the Summit Restaurant where she worked at about 9:00 PM in 1998 shortly before we left Co., and pulled out on this same highway that was about 4 miles up the road from the entrance road/highway to the Roosevelt forest in Loveland, we had just pulled out on the road, and a Giant White Owl at least 3 feet or more tall landed in the road in front of our car, I mean I had to stomp the brakes and come to a complete stop, it’s eyes were freaking huge! Bigger than Silver dollars and glowing bright yellow – very surreal, I couldn’t believe what I / We were seeing, I honked the horn, and it just sat there for a minute or 2, which seemed like a long time, it finally flew away, but no one believes how huge it was, but I know what we saw! Anyway, hopefully this seems interesting to someone, if you need any more details – feel free to ask, Thanks, Charles

    • Hi Charles — What I’m finding particularly interesting is the fact that there were those large rocks on (and under) your property. I’ve gotten other comments and emails from people who have said they’ve seen these small humanoids in areas where there were large rocks and boulders nearby. I’m wondering about the significance of this, if there is one. So what happened after you awoke your wife? Was it still there, or did it disappear? Any other sightings of this entity by you or your wife, or physical evidence such as footprints? Just curious.

      Interesting about owl too. I’m sure you’ve probably heard about owl sightings being associated with missing time incidents and alien abduction. Was there any unaccounted loss of time when you saw this huge owl? I know that the North American Great Horned Owls can be up to two feet in height/length, but three feet is unusually large. Also odd that it was white. I know that there are white owls, but as far as I know, the Great Horned Owls aren’t normally white. Since they’re the largest species I’d assume that’s what it was — if it was a “real” owl. When I was doing our old podcast show we had a couple of interesting talks about large bird sightings. I’ve always found these stories fascinating.

      If anything else comes to mind, please let me know! I appreciate your sharing this.


  46. Hello John, Thanks for the quick reply, when I managed to awaken my wife, the thing(Golden little old man) was no longer there, And as I said – I was badly shaken for a couple hours, even days as I remember, we noticed a few strange things in the house through the time we were there renting the place, as for the rocks, there are tons of giant boulders as you go into the Thompson Canyon, I mean giant walls of them, cliff looking areas, I mean we’re talking the Rocky Mountains here, there’s stones in the ground everywhere around there, but anyway as far as the Owl, It was a completely White Owl – like a snow Owl – think of the front cover of Rush-Fly By Night 1974 Album Cover, but gigantic – seriously over 3 to 4 feet Tall! The size of a 7 or 8 year old healthy child, I know it’s hard to believe – but it is the truth as I know it, funny thing is years before on a road miles from the area at night(still in Northern Colorado), we saw a giant white owl fly off of a tree in front of us on an old back road(black top) which was very similar to the one we encountered in the highway, the same owl – I don’t know how many Giant white Owls there are there, but the odds aren’t that good for there being a bunch of them! I hope it wasn’t a cover for alien abduction as you brought up, missing time I don’t recall as we had no pressing engagements on the the night in question, but I certainly hope not, I would be really worried if I thought that were the case, anyway , hope that answers your questions, your welcome to ask more, Thanks, Charles

    • Great! Thanks, Charles. I’m planning to start doing a monthly podcast soon and I’d love to speak with you.

      Sorry, didn’t mean to worry you concerning the owl sighting. Sounds like a legitimate sighting of a very unusually large bird. But, owls are often a “screen memory” when missing time incidents are involved, which is why I had to ask. Curiously, I am listening to Rush’s Fly By Night album right now. Spooky!

  47. Opps, forgot to say that, as far as Footprints, I never noticed any, but I never really looked for footprints, because I had assumed that it must have been a ghost or guardian angel or something like that I had seen, but it scared the you know what out of me! And as for the Giant White Owl, My wife Tammie saw this giant owl on both occasions with me, so I know I’m not nuts, you can interview her sometime if you want, I can send you my personal phone number through e-mail if you like, Thanks, Charles

  48. Wow Jon, I’ve been enthralled for the past hour or so reading your post and all the comments. Personally I feel we attract certain types of elements into our lives. For some those elements are bad, for others good and for even others a wild mix of the two. I also feel we can protect ourselves through keeping our control and not giving it over to others.

    Like you, I feel good and evil are relative and not a certainty. There’s just so much that could be said here. Thanks for the wonderful blog! Hugs, Elaine

  49. I had an occurrence/sighting about 3 weeks ago, in Northern California while driving the Coast Highway. I wouldn’t pursue trying to find out more about this, at first I wasn’t sure myself, however I can not get it out of my mind. I was in a forested section of the highway, driving north, and as I rounded the corner, I swear I saw a small man type figure (gnome?), no more than about 2 -2.5 ft tall, dressed in dark pants, coat, and hat (not pointy) step from the side of the road into the bushes, simply disappearing. I don’t look for such things, but my mind instantly recorded it as a possibility. As I was not sure of what I saw, i delayed asking my wife, who was sitting right next to me, and has had paranormal experiences herself; she didn’t see anything. I guess I’m not absolutely sure about what I saw, but I know it was unusual. Charlie

    • Charlie — I get enough emails and comments on the blog about such sightings that I have to believe that there’s something to it. If these beings exist, then they’re either of a paranormal nature (perhaps physical beings that can cross through their plane of reality into ours) or they’re a race of humanoid creatures that have co-existed with humans throughout our history and have managed to have effectively concealed their presence through the years, outside of the occasional sighting. The third possibility of course is that these are all lies, hoaxes, mistaken identification of existing animals, etc. But given that tales about the presence of little folk go back thousands of years and exist in every culture throughout the world, I’m led to think that it’s possible that they may exist.

      Thanks for letting us know about this. By the way, any other strange sightings or odd/unexplained occurrences happen to you recently or at any other point in your life? I find that a lot of people, when they think about it, recall that they’ve had other strange unusual events happen to them at least once. Just curious.

      Than ks again — John

  50. Back when my daughter was born (1997) my husband saw a gnome looking down our daughter in her crib. He turned on the light late at night to check on her and their he was. His back was against the wall and his arms were holding himself up on top of the crib side. He didn’t look scary but it was almost look like he was checking on her. When the gnome saw my husband he pushed himself up, raised his arms up in the air and down he went. He ran to get a flashlight to look under the crib but couldn’t find him. Never saw him again. My husband still recalls the events, his clothing and the expression on the gnomes face to this very day. Freaky. I know he wouldn’t make that up. We live in Florida.


  51. I believe that these types of encounters will incease in frequency, the closer we get to 2012 and beyond. The planets frequency is being raised, and more love will come into the world. That day where it is so that humanity nolonger oppresses, suppress, hate, or hunt beings different from ourselves, many beings that have been hidden from us for centuries, or even millennia, will once again be visible. But only good such beings will be seen, the evil ones will not even be able to appear to our eyes anymore.

    • Manindra — That may very well be. I’ve heard others express similar thoughts about a spiritual change on the horizon and it’s possible effects on our perception. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  52. John, the comments by Charles Yancey, about a huge white owl seen on two occasions by him and his wife, could have been a psy-ops kinda thing akin to the type in the movie “The Fourth Kind”, where victims of supposed Sumerian “Gods”/Annunaki type of Extraterrestrial abduction all saw an owl (can´t recall if it was white, though), that was sitting outside of their homes, prior to extremely scary events, that had some of them crippled, and at least two people dead. Several people went missing, simply dissapeared. This owl later is stated as thought to be unreal, to simply not exist, but somehow being induced into the minds of people in that scenario which the movie is based on. A kind of psy-ops owl, if you will, psychologically induced into the minds of hapless victims.

    CNN ran a story years back about it, maybe it was all true, I have no idea. But I find it likely that some powers that be could find it usefull to mess with peoples minds, to induce fear, and use it against them for ulterior purposes. Such as with 9/11 2001, which has been proved dozens of times by experts worldwide to be a false-flag operation started by intelligence agencies in the US for si´nister purposes (a controlled demolition made to look like a terrorist attack – plenty of Youtube videoes on it). Here is the link to a Wikipedia article on that movie:

    One of the scariest movies I ever saw, until I found another article on the internet (I cannot find it anymore, though), in which it was explained that it was not at all Extraterrestrials who were behind the horror the movie depicts (the movie claims that the story is based on real events), but Goverment Agents trying to put a fear of such into innocent people, for sinister reasons, by sending first sleeper gas into their homes, after which they messed so badly with their minds in the unconscious state through hypnosis, pychological warfare, that the victims thought later that they had been visited, operated on, by real ET beings, when instead it was just some psychos from one of the many covert military programs that whistle blowers have been talking about for years.

    The article I read (it has vanished from the Google search results), also stated that in addition to using sleeper gas, the people behind the false-flag operation used covertly obtained anti-gravity technology with magnetic tractor beams-tech mounted on stealth helicopters to steal the child of one of the victims, a psychologist who interviewed several of the victims (as portrayed in the movie by Milla Jovovich. In the movie, one thinks it´s a UFO that does it. Could be, could have been in the real past scenario that the movie claims to mimick. I do not know if the US Government has been in bed with evil ET´s to abduct humans. Maybe, for actually some sources on the internet have stated that there has been a programme of abductees-for-advanced ET Tech programme.

    But if so, I do believe it has been stopped, or will be, by much more powerfull good ET´s. I think, though, that whomever were behind that horror, would be fully capable of “appearing” UFO´s where they want even though they may not have been real. It is also known as stage-craft, which is supposed to be part of false-flag operations that seek to create mass-panic in populations worldwide in order to get people to support wars for instance. Today, based on what I know now, I believe that the events depicted in that movie, could have been merely experiments on a smaller scale as preparations for psy-ops on a much larger scale.

    All this about covert programs (I included it, because I found it relevant as part of this thread, where there are many reports of sightings of otherworldly beings since I think that at least some of these could be fakes by powers-that-be) have now been nearly fully exposed publicly by worldfamous UFO Authority #1, Steven M. Greer, in his book Hidden Truth Forbidden Knowledge. And also in countless interviews with him by media worldwide, and also during numerous UFO Conventions, to having been behind the covert theft of upwards 2.4 Trillion Dollars over decades to fund a subversion of the American Constitution for a worldwide Fascist Nazi Fourth Reich take-over as also forewarned of constantly by Alex Jones over on I followed both or years, and I can see that that which they warn of actually happens.

    And, the good news, it is being countered, stopped, killed in infancy, by citizens everywhere, who are waking up! But the only place where that is being told is on the internet. Because, many say, the media is so heavily controlled and manipulated, that it would never come out on tv.

    Richard Dolan talks of this specifically in the Youtube movie about the secret space program, where he shows how it was discovered that all of that money had gone missing, unaccounted for. Greer and his team has over 500 witnesses who formerly worked for these programs, and who got enough of the secrecy, and defected. There are live videostreams of the first internet conference from 2001 in the New York Press Club, where he and 20 such witnesses came forth and out of the secrecy for the first time.

    In order to plan and carry-out all of that, Greer has stated several times, and based off of direct interviews with inner circle people, and the people who worked for those covert programs, they had to create their own Shadow Government, free from all oversight, and checks by the Congress, Military, people etc. as forewarned of by President Eisenhower in his farewell speech in 1954 about the dangers of disastrous misplacement of power by the Military Industrial Complex. It is posted directly on mainpage as text and video). So beware! Be prepared. Don´t be fooled!

    In case, it wasn´t a psy-ops owl, then it is possible that it came from the Inner Earth through hidden airshafts inside the mountains (didn´t Charles Yancey write that he saw the huge white owl in a mountaineous area?), and out on the surface to do whtever it wants to do.

    A Clairvoyant woman once told me that she could feel that there are living Dinosaurs inside our Earth, living under our feet, in what could be a legendary Shangri-La, sequestered away from us surface dwellers until a time where love rules the world again, and not hate or fear with what it makes people do to eachother. Pre-historic Pterodactyls are said to be flying around in remote areas of the world, where they can live undisturbed by people who may want to make money off of the sensation their proved existence would give them, or who might want to put them in a Zoo.

    The worldfamous Explorer David H. childress wrote an article on the internet about this Cryptozoologic topic, where he stated that he thought that these fantastic birds live in the Chilean desert, the Atacama Desert I think it is called (never been there or to the US, so sorry for any errors), where the remoteness of the wilderness there would allow for them to live autonomously. I once read that such predator birds have been known to attack motorists on highways in the southern most part of Argentina. As for the article by Childress, I have read many of his books, and he is right about a lot of what he asserts on mostly ancient cities around the world. Here is the link to that article:

    Here is another link, to a Youtube video called Living Dino Tribute which shows what must be an authentic, downed Pteranodon or Pterodactyl:

    A Yogi whom I know, said to me a couple of years ago that one of this friends has seen living Pterodactyls flying high in the Himalayas, and that they use Black Magic. Maybe to conceal themselves, when not wanting to be seen, like Gnomes may do?

    A woman whos name is Laura M. Eisenhower (grandchild of U.S. President Eisenhower) states in a Youtube interview, that we need to free ourselves from FEAR, as this is being used heavily to incapacitate us all to not discover our true spiritual potential (for reasons of power and control), and so rather than being imprisoned by fear, we should boldly endeavour to be positive, take care of our bodies and minds, and become strong so none of all of that low-frequency satanic stuff done by stupid men and women who apparently in their insanity think they can stop the New Age of Light (dimensional shift hinted at in my first comment) through grotesque manipulations of people worldwide.

    Then I am sure that many things that we see will be interpreted right, and not wrong, as through fear. We really only have to fear…fear itself. About taking care of our bodies, I think she means to not take things into it that will harm it or weaken it, such as the poisons of alcohol, excessive sugar from soft drinks, candies, symptom-controlling drugs instead of causally healing herbs etc. Alcohol has done a lot of damage to myself, and I am done with it for good.

  53. Hello, I just read your article about gnomes and some of the legends and also saw that mummified gnome and wanted to tell you that my husband and I had an encounter with what I can only describe as a gnome . It lived in an old shack on the property that we were living on . The old shack was just creepy and none of the animals domestic or wildlife would go near it and my husband and I heard a huge fight or something going on in the shack and my husband went to see what was happening as it sounded as though a cat were trapped in a rat trap or something and when he went in he found a cat lying in a corner that looked as though it had been put through a meat grinder , when he went back in to take the cat to bury it the cat was gone and there was no way it got up walked out and we never saw anyone or anything come out of that shack . We saw it at night , well early in the morning actually usually around 3 in the morning and it had the most evil chuckle I have ever heard . It wore maroon colored pants that were baggy , a yellow shirt brown vest type thing , a waist coat I think it is called and a red pointed hat . It would sit at the pond in our front yard and I believe he was catching the Coy fish that I put in the pond . I believe that he would look through our windows at different times and that was just the creepiest feeling . It would imitate our voices and make it sound like we were calling to each other when we weren’t. We have two year old twin daughters and I was always worried about them . You know how as children we hear things about children being abducted by mythical creatures and I always worried that the creepy creature would steal one or both or our daughters in the night . Needless to say we didn’t get much sleep while living there . We just recently found out about another family who lived in the same house and had similar experiences with the creepy gnome thing and she and I went to the house just to make sure we were talking about the same place . We had thought we might take pictures of that shack but it was torn down and the woman who lives there now didn’t want to talk to us about it . I can honestly tell you that that was one of the most if not “the most”frightening thing I have ever dealt with . My husband and I are both military , I was in the Army and my husband was in the Marines and we both served in Iraq and Afghanistan and we both saw combat but even that didn’t seem as frightening as the experience we had with that creepy gnome creature . The other lady who had the experience with the creepy creature also had children and she and her little boy who was 4 I think saw the thing one evening as they returned home from shopping . It did the same creepy grin and chuckle that it did to us .One thing that really made that thing look sinister and evil were it’s teeth , it had long jagged teeth and seemed to love to inflict fear by showing them . I never really thought about these things still existing , I believe they did at one because the legends and lore had to start some where . If some one else had told me that they had experienced what we did I would not have believed them but seeing it for myself I know they are out there and having met some one else that lived in the same house and had the same exact experience tells me I’m not crazy and didn’t dream it all . After we started seeing that creature I went on the internet and looked up everything I could find about them and then on youtube I saw several videos of gnomes . There was a couple that seemed to be more convincing than others . I just hope that I never experience anything like that again . I still would like to know where they come from and how did they get here . I have a couple of little girls that live by me and they keep insisting that there are real fairies in my garden by my pond . They are so sincere and since my experience I don’t want to tell them that fairies don’t exist as they very well may exist .
    Thanks for reading this

    • Hi Charlie — I receive a lot of interesting comments on this blog and emails from people with all sorts of strange experiences, but yours is definitely among the most fascinating that I’ve heard. I do believe that these beings exist. They may be a race of creatures that have co-existed with man throughout history, but have remained, for the most part, wary of us and in hiding. Or, they might be interdimensional / paranormal types of creatures that enter or world from another parallel reality. Whatever the case may be, I do think that they’re real.

      Just out of curiosity, can you tell me what state this took place and the time frame (years) that this occurred? It sounds as if it was a fairly rural, isolated area, but I’d like to get a better idea of the surroundings. You may have come across some of Jason Offut’s articles, but he had one on his blog that seemed somewhat similar to yours. I believe it took place in California. If you Google ‘jason offut gnome’ you can find some of his articles. His blog is and he wrote an interesting article here:

      I recently interviewed a man who grew up nearby here in northeastern NJ who claimed to have been terrorized by a gnome-like creature when he was a child. His brothers all have described seeing the creature and being frightened by it as well. I’m left to believe that there’s something to these stories. Thanks again for sharing this with me. If you think of any other details, I’d love to hear about them. A final question, if I may: have you or your husband had any other strange encounters or experiences during your lives? Doesn’t necessarily have to be gnome- or creature-related, just things that were strange or unexplainable. I find that often people who have one odd experience often have others when they think about it. They may seem unrelated, but my feeling is that they are not. Thanks again, Charlie. — John

  54. Charlie Epps, you wrote:

    “I still would like to know where they come from and how did they get here.”

    My reply:

    These beings that you have described could be Dero´s, short for Detrimental Robots, which I first read about in a book catalogue published by Adventures Unlimited Press. I read about it in connection with a listed book about a man called Ray Palmer and the Shaver Mystery.

    I didn´t read the book itself, but on the internet there is a number of articles on it, which explain that he too had had encounters with evil gnome-like beings. He thought that they lived in the deep underground, and that they used ancient machinery to create havoc on the surface world. In the article I read, there was mention of a psychic woman who had showed someone who these beings were and that they had cities underground. Hard to believe for some, who have been raised on the belief that we are the only dwellers on the planet save for animals, plants and insects etc. But that is a lie propagated for personal reasons by the Establishment, I believe.

    I have had direct encounter with one of these, but I do not fear them as much as others may do as I would rather get curious, or angry, than scared. I saw one such being, black like coal, out of the corner of my eye, one day in the Spring of this year. I was in a garden in Copenhagen, when I felt this presence, and could see peripherally, out of the corner of my eye, that something was watching me, on a roof to my left. When I turned to see what it was, it vanished! It felt mean, with malicious intent, but it apparently chose to dissapear.

    Upon viewing a video on Youtube about Tesla Lightwall Teleportation technology, I believe that these gnomes sighted around the world are coming from a secret and very ancient civilisation that had to retreat underground long ago thanks to issues pertaining to the Sun´s rays that made it lethal to them. But in order to reach the surface faster than normal travel through tunnels and caves allow, they have developed teleportation technology to reach the surface very fast. Otherwise, the being that I saw, could not vanish like it did. For it was surely there, I both felt it and saw it.

    I believe that they can see us on the surface, from where they live, and that they can pinpoint any point on the surface with their technology, and then lock on to it, and lo and behold, they are teleported to that point. And back again from it to where they came from if they need to get away quickly. Reason I believe they teleport, and not interdimensionally shift, is because beings of such mean intent, cannot go to any higher dimensions above our 3. Dimension, and if they come from any lower dimension I find it incredible if they could even shift from that to ours being as lowfrequency as they must be. Hate begets crudeness which begets low vibration which begets low dimension. So they teleport, not phase shift. They cannot. Not easily at least.

    Teleportation is to disintegrate matter and rearrange it. Phase shift, or dimensional shifting, is to raise or lower ones vibration so one is visible only where the phased into frequency rules. Like a tuner on a radio, the higher or lower you go, the more “channels” you hear. So, like there is the FM and AM frequency modulation band, there is the the dimensional frequency band too. They cannot use that, since they are too low in frequency to rise higher. Unless technology can protect them from the high vibes of our dimension and then allow them to stay for certain periods of time and then being forced to dissapear. With next years Photon Bell pass-through by our planet, I think their days of visiting us are over, as we will all go up at least one dimension higher than now. I think that they will blow up or simply die if they try to ascend up the dimensional ladder higher than the 3. Dimension.

    In the Norwegian movie, the Trollhunter, it is being stated that Trolls (meaning Monster, and it clearly not the real name of these beings, but a term given to them out of fear by early colonizers in Norway and other Scandinavian countries) will explode or turn to stone, if they are exposed to direct sunlight. I find it highly likely, that these Gnomes that you write of, are from the Dero race underground, and that there are many types of such Dero creatures. And I think that they are also what the Scandinavian ancient peoples called Trolls.

    One needs to be protected from such beings, which various types of spiritualists know how to get.

    Recently, we had two extremely strange accidents, near where I live, where cars crashed in ways that simply defy gravity. One with a woman inside it crashed into first one car, then a truck, which lifted her car up, punctured the chassis, and ripped the entire side open, with the loading ramp impossibly holding her car suspended in the air one side of it “glued” to th ramp, released it, with the right frontwheel being completely destroyed too when the car landed.

    Being on the scene of the accident when it happened, at first only hearing clearly first the crash, then nothing for a full two second, then another crash, then silence – I noticed near zero damage to the two cars that she hit, and I still cannot explain how it was possible for it to happen since there was no protruding part on the loading ramp which could so hold her car up in the air like that before it released the car.

    The other accident happened a couple of weeks later. Here, two cars hit eachother knocking the entire wheel shaft off of one of the cars, with there being damage from several, not one, impact on BOTH the cars, and with people on the scene wondering what the happened for hours. Nobody could explain how the two cars could crash in such a gravity defying way. For, if the one car hit the other, how can there be double impact damage on BOTH sides of BOTH cars seen so clearly, with also the wheelshaft knocked clean off?

    My conclusion is that somehow, somebody were remote-controlling the cars to crash in that otherwiseimpossible way. And it could well be that it was done by forces from the underground. We currently know nothing about the probably level of technology of any probably underground civilisation. Hence, we have no way of telling whether or not they could pull off such accidents. I believe that magnetic tractor beams were used to pull all of the involved cars into eachother, in both the accidents. And the ones using the beams, could see what happened on the surface while they did it, using remote viewing technology.

    Highly abusive of course, to use technology for such purposes. But the level of mischief that these Dero´s seem to want to do to us implies that they would likely not give a darn what they do with their machinery so long as it can harm us. And now that I have seen one of them, well almost if one count out the peripheral perspective, I am totally convinced that they exist. And seeing that this sighting of mine took place AFTER I had read the story about Ray Palmer and the Dero´s, it only lends even more credence to it. Try looking up Phil Schneider on Youtube. He told a similar story about a very scary and fatal encounter with such beings in the underground by the U.S. Military in the 70´ties since covered up. Phil Schneider was killed after holding public seminars about his findings following the incident. His widow thinks he was killed becasue he knew too much. But killing him will not keep the truth untold.

    Curiously, I read somwhere, that there are people who call on special teams of paranormal experts, to cleanse, rinse their houses of the rays coming from the underground which had so far caused lots of trouble inside these houses to the residents. Ray Palmer believed firmly in that these beings meant him harm, and had taken his precautions against these evil creatures, I would recommend that you read about him. Search for it in Google or use the Big Brother-free surveillance safe search engine called

    The 13. Dalai Lama and his Court were said to have lots of trouble with these evil beings as well. Every time they passed over certain areas of the Gobi Desert, their horses would drop dead. It was said to be because of such harmfull rays from the underground.

    • Interesting points, Manindra. Thank you for checking in with them. I’ve heard the Phil Schneider seminars on YouTube before, but I’m listening to them again now. I’ve long been interested in the idea of underground bases and civilizations and I’ve been reading up on the subject quite a bit recently. I’ll look up Ray Palmer as well.

      Have you read my post about the Skinwalker Ranch? The idea of the ranch being over one of these underground civilizations might make some sense, if there are such things. I’ve always leaned toward the interdimensional theory, but you could be correct about such beings teleporting from some hidden place within our own dimension.

      Regarding the trolls vs gnomes — my grandmother who was from Sweden always differentiated the gnomes (or “tomtegubben” as she called them) from trolls. Gnomes could be mischievous but were generally friendly and helpful, where the trolls were larger, more aggressive, and basically evil.

      Of course, all this stuff could be nonsense and simple folklore, but I’ve gotten so many emails and comments on this blog from people like yourself that sound very sane and sincere and claim to have had sightings of small humanoids. It’s very difficult to dismiss all of them just because this sort of thing might not fit into one’s view of the world. I, personally, do believe that there are other intelligences that interact with us human beings, although I couldn’t say why they do so or where they come from. The underground theory is a fascinating one though, and something I’m eager to learn more of.

  55. John, I think that we should not forget that when there was no tv or radio, or internet for that matter, people could not communicate with eachother in the way we can today. The point is that, in those days you could have a troll, or a gnome, walk any road in any country, and being seen by a few people, and then when the people who had seen them wanted to tell others about it, it could happen only locally, not nationally, or internationally as is possible with the internet today. And so started folklore: word of mouth narration about sightings of strange beings that noone knew who were, or how could even be. So one should not so easily dismiss folklore.

    Certainly there is always exaggerations, as people can always get carried away being too emotional or scared! But I believe that there is a core of truth to what you relate that your grandmother told you, perhaps she was telling you the plain truth without any exaggeration at all. The people of her day surely knew what they were talking about, for they lived to see it all when these beings felt more comfortable and safer moving among us surface dwellers, which they probably don´t today thanks to the violent direction our society has taken.

    When tv, and radio, and internet came to our world, it was suddenly possible for everyone to receive information much easier (and folklore died out). And for the ones controlling it, to blatantly withhold whatever parts of such information they cared to withhold, except perhaps as regards the still free internet, which has instead been infected with lots of disinformation.

    The bottomline is that we need to meet these beings ourselves, instead of talking with eachother about it! And I think it will come to be so more and more.

    I do believe in what your grandmother told you, that the Gnomes aren´t the same as the Trolls. Kind of like the Goblins and the Orks in the LOTR Universe that Tolkien invented. He had it all from myths and legends. And as Cate Blanchett relates in the opening sequence of the first LOTR movie by Peter Jackson, “History became legend, legend became myth, and for two and a half thousand years the Ring passed out of all knowledge”. So with the passing of time, all that had once been was forgotten. We don´t even know what really happened 200 years ago, since we cannot remember it ourselves, we have to look in up in history books that have been written by people whom we may or may not be able to trust!

    So there could have been lots of Trolls roaming about on the surface then, or Gnomes for that matter, but I think they have now felt it better to stay underground for fear of being captured or killed by Police or Military once people who freaked out seeing them and hysterically called “the cops” to get somebody to “remove them”. I can vividly imagine all of this, for even if a Brazillian Tarantula finds it way over here with the Banana shipments into a local supermarket, there is a huge commotion of fear and panic, and with police arriving on the scene within half an hour after the incident. Imagine what people would do then, if they saw a ten foot Troll strolling down the street in big city!

    So they stay out of sight, that is better for them if they want to live at least as things are now with the fear-programmed population that sits glued to tv´s and not realizing what it is doing to them. I have had my wake-up call! The media is incredibly loaded with programmes that do harm to us. But i´t is done in an incredibly subtle way, in order for people not to find out! But they can soon not keep it concealed much longer. Our planet is being raised up, and with it the consciousness of many is being raised too!

    I have seen huge Trolls strolling by windows where I was, wearing some kind of invisibility gear, so I could only etherically sense them. But they were there. Also saw them where I live. I was shown them, and I know who showed them to me. But that is another story. And they are the most powerfull beings I have ever seen. The Norwegian legend of the Dovre Troll speaks of this Troll that was so powerfull that it took over 40 of a Norwegian Kings men to hold him and put him in irons. He was then saved by the Kings son, and Dovre took this boy into his care, safe from the wrath of his father, until the King had died, and he could retutn to claim the Throne for himself.

    History as it really was, is fascinating. We must all endeavour to dispell the darkness of the many lies, fabrications that have been propagated over the years to keep us from thinking ourselves. By seeking the truth, praying that it may be shown to us so we are nolonger deceived. I did, and some of it was shown to me. It truly set me free. But also gave rise to even more questions.So I keep seeking more answers. I think that the reason why the LOTR movies, and the upcoming Hobbit movie, receives such great attention, is because there is a very very great need with people to know the true history. And within we all know some of it, and so love to have it shown on film as it probably was. Just a theory, but I don´t think I am too far off.

  56. So lets follow the premise that they do in fact existed and for 1,000 of years they were only seen once an while, in fact that there were several species of them, like many other life forms. They been able to keep hidden all these years, but now man has slowly encroached on their territory until they were forced out, do you think they maybe mad and dangerous to humans? Then if they are here wouldn’t they be-like any other living creature and bring along with them their own diseases, and parasites could this be a major threat to humans, Also, the one found in a mountain, what if he in fact possessed the ability or they do to travel through rock and many other materials because they operate at a higher frequency, this would explain why we only see them under certain conditions and why they could exist right next to us in ground structures or mountain ones or trees even. If they in fact could travel through most materials how would you catch them? We have seen many depictions in drawings and paintings of them in tree homes, caves, under trees under then ground, maybe they were just mine workers brought here to help retrieve minerals from our planet and now there becoming more active again because their boss’s are coming back! Lots of probing questions come to the surface in light of such a premise don’t you think, the fact is there could be many dangers in actually encountering one or capturing one. Food for thought I always remember the Hippies on-top of the building below the spaceship waiting and preparing for the their homeis to come home, I mean Gnome…LOL

    • Randy — I think it’s dangerous to assume such creatures are all benevolent. And I also agree that they might have good cause not to like us big folk. Most of the stories I’ve received from people about these sightings have said something about experiencing a strong sense of dread and fear. Interesting too that there are still reports of diminutive people being seen in Indonesia, Sumatra, and the Flores Islands where the so-called “Hobbit” skeletons were found (Homo floresiensis). And there has never been a good explanation for the mummified humanoid found inside that Pedro Mountain, Wyoming cave. The Native Americans tell a lot of tales of diminutive humanoids, but we’re always very quick to dismiss all the folklore of America’s native peoples as nothing more than fantasy. It could be that there has been a race (or several different races) of these little people that have co-existed with us Homo Sapiens for our entire history. Whether or not they’re magical or of a paranormal nature, I don’t know. I’d be hesitant to discount the possibility of their existence, however.

  57. Thanks, John. Will check it out right away.

    I would like to comment to Randy that I think the whole mystery of the Gnomes, Trolls, Dero´s has it´s explanation in simply lost history! Lost races, that nolonger figure in any history book, save for those written by independent researchers that relate how myths tell of them, legends similarly.

    I believe that the Trolls were a highly advanced race that lived here way before we ever came, but who fought devastating wars with high technology that wiped a lot of them out, if not almost all of the rest of them out as Nature responded back on their insane war in the form of a Pole Shift where you have boulders the size of mountains fly through the air, oceans being displaced from their very basins, forests that are burned down in minutes, new mountains created out of flat land as the Earth´s crust folds with Earthquakes reaching 15 on the Richter scale or higher and most living beings on the surface dying a quick death. Or a very slow one, left over to themselves in a destroyed surface world. Forcing them underground, where they may have lived most of the time ever since. They may have been forced to stay there after probable changes to the Sun, after such a pole shift.

    A war which must have been the one that is said to have destroyed Atlantis and Lemuria, mentioned by Michael Tsarion in his lecture on Youtube called Origins of Evil. The war between the two Divine Races. Sounds to me like some ethnic groups in the prehistoric world that exalted themselves to divine status, and when that wasn´t enough they fought for dominion over one another instead, destroying eachother in the process.

    Tsarion states in th videos that it was a war started by Lemurians, as they sought to vanquish an evil race of rulers in Alantis that had tried to subjugate them in a kind of global enslavement through hideous genetic manipulation, which they violently resisted once it dawned on them what had been done to them. It could well be, that, if he is right, the very evil rulers of Alantis could be the Dero race known to be evil and thought to use machines in the underground to cause harm above like I think I have personally witnessed as mentioned in my previous replies in this thread. The Trolls, always known to be huge in stature, could then have been the Lemurian Giants, who have been mentioned throughout all of recent research history by unorthodox researchers. Now hideous and dangerous, most likely thanks to degeneration of their genes throughout the ages in the post-cataclysmic world. I don´t think I am far off. In case Michael Tsarions scenario isn´t what happened, then I think it could be that the Trolls, Gnomes, Dero´s and other lost races fled a sinking Atlantis in the last of those upheavlas that finally destroyed her. They may have then settled in among others Scandinavia, Canada, North America, South America, and multiplied from there until they occupied quite large territories which they may have ruled over for millenia. Thousands of years later they could have been forced underground, by colonizers who, seeking new lands to occupy, and who were better equipped than them, seeing that any civiliation tends to degenerate over time cyclically and so also its technology, virtually overran them and forced them on the run.

    Look here for proof of Giants in prehistory –

    or search in Google for it.

    Beware of misinformation though such as uncorroborated, unverified finds. I always use specific sources for referral when someone states or shows something on the internet about prehistory. And then intuition which can be a great help sometimes in finding the right information.

  58. Randy, forgot to write that I do not think that the Trolls or Gnomes exist at a higher frequency. They cannot since they are cruder than us, at least the Trolls. They, at least the Trolls, exist t a lower frequency, and so they must use invisibility gear and teleportation tech to get around unseen. Since they are an older race than us, which they must be since they were said to have been here already when we arrived as newcomers to new lands, they have had this technology for ages where we have only recently understood it harnessed it through the many secret military programs such as related by Steven M. Greer over at I do not think we could get affected by any diseases coming from them. For they are lower in dimension than us, and therefore the vibes they send out cannot touch us. Not unless we go as crude as them through hate and violence which we are certainly capable of. That is why I had enough of all of the violence in the media, and refer to go higher in vibration by staying away from viewing it.

  59. John, I have now read your article on the Gorman ranch incidents. I have posted my comment in the Comments section under it – the article´´ s name is: Giant Wolves, UFOs, and Invisible Monsters.

  60. Interesting points, Manindra. I’ve visited Steve Quayle’s site and heard him on C2C many times. He’s a guy I’d love to interview. Giants have always been a subject that has interested me.

    I’ll check out your comment on the Skinwalker Ranch article. Sorry for the delay in replying, been a busy week on the job.

  61. Hope not to late to enter here.
    In 1995 I was talking my daughter (then aged about 5) and dog for a walk in a wood about five miles North of Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, England one Sunday afternoon. We had gone along a path running in but at the side of the wood (which is large by English standards but stands alone surrounded by farmland) a little while when I suddenly found a small hat lying in the middle of the path.

    It was similar to those hats worn by pilgrim fathers and quakers in the 17th C – black made of felt with a leather strap around it and a buckle on the belt – it contained no manufacturers mark or details of country of origin. It was about four to five inches in width (including brim) and about 3 inches in height to crown. It was completely clean with no mud on it (although the path was quite muddy).

    I took the hat and held it and after examining it I placed it about nine inches off the ground on a bush.

    Of course it could have been a doll’s item but we had not seen any other people that day and it was certainly not the kind of place to be pushing a buggy or pram. It could have blown there but it is remote and the item was not dirty in any way.

    I remain perplexed! One thing of interest but not necessarily relevant…Shakespeare places Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Forest of Arden (admittedly he also puts it near od…Athens but that is poetic licence!)..This wood…would once of formed part of the Forest of Arden and remains one of the larger remaining fragments…

    On another matter…I don’t know if you hve heard of an english author called The writer and artist, BB (Denys Watkins-Pitchford) was born on 25 July 1905 in the village of Lamport, deep in the Northamptonshire countryside.
    Denys Watkins-Pitchford’s books have been written under the pen name ‘BB’, although the illustrations have always been signed with his real name, giving the impression that the author and illustrator are different people.

    He wrote and illustrated over 60 titles of which some 20 are children’s stories – the two most well-known being Brendon Chase and The Little Grey Men, the later winning the Carnegie Medal in 1942. In addition, he illustrated over 30 books by other authors with his distinctive black and white scraperboard illustrations and colour plates.
    His genius and contribution to literature was officially recognised in 1989 when he was awarded the MBE. He died in 1990 at the age of 85.

    The Little Grey Men tells the story of the last dwarves in England. He came to write it following a childhood incident which he describes as follows:
    “The seeds of the idea for The Little Grey Men were sown when, as a small child, BB saw ‘a diminutive being.3 It had a round, very red, bearded face about the size of a small crab apple. It wasn’t a dream I can still see the little red astonished face.'”
    For more information:

    • Andy — Very interesting, and thank you for the link to the BB website. I’m going to read through that today. I’ve had one or two other people tell me that they’ve found small hats, I find your account that much more compelling. I’ve also had a fair number of comments and emails sent to me privately of experiences with small, gnome-ish or dwarf-like beings. I’m always fascinated to hear of these. Maybe my fascination with the subject stems from my love of Tolkien’s books. I secretly hope that there really are hobbits about. But seriously, these stories of encounters with diminutive creatures are worldwide and go back centuries and right up to the modern day, and that makes it difficult for me to dismiss them all as being false. I think we shared (perhaps still share) this world with other intelligent beings, and the fact that they’re adept at avoiding us is understandable.

      Thanks for contributing your experience to the blog.

  62. my son saw a gnomes he was at the time 13 or 14 years old .That night we went to bed it was around 10:20 to 10:30pm my husband and i heard noises coming in front of our house he just thought it was the neighbors so we went to sleep my daughter saw bright lights from her window now keep in mine all are widows is facing our parking lot now my son he looks out of the window and saw 3 little men they were working on a work bench they look at my son and smile at him of course he got freak out and ran to my room and want to sleep in our room he didnt want to tell me why.All week he saw gnomes in a store on TV i had a gnome in front of my house but he throw it away till today he’s 21year old he dont like to see or talk about gnomes i have books about fairies and gnomes he get mad at me when i bring my books out so they are REAL Im a believer

  63. my family has many tales but the older i get the more i find out that most all of what the old people told me as a child was true. I suggest that you look around the cactus. my family is all over the states, but we started in texas.both of my grandmothers had 20 children each. my family always lived in texas before it was texas and to this day, crystal city texas & some in brownsville but i was never to go to deep into the cactus fields because the little men would come out and take me. i was told to never try to catch one because they would cut me up, i’d say with what and they would say with their knives. our parents were a different kind of parents than the whites. they prepared us for the world be throwing us in it and seeing if we could swim, i died once this way, but that’s another story. my point is look around the cactus fields and the dessert areas.i learned a lot & the old people talked the most if you’d ask them.

    • I’ve never heard of little men occupying cactus fields. Thank you for telling me about this. Is your heritage Mexican American or Native American? Just wondering where these traditions came from.

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  65. When I was six years old my younger sister was very poorly with measles and I had been moved out of the bedroom I shared with her to a smaller bedroom next door.I was awoken in the night by what can only be described as a gnome like creature, who was making a growling like noise and moving the bed. I was absolutely terrified and ran out of the bedroom into my parents room, who moved up in their bed to let me in as I was so terrified. Dad did get out of bed to investigate, but there was nothing there . This was understandable because this being had followed me into my parents beroom and was standind at the side of their bed. We moved from this house sortly after this incident and i havent spoken about it since,but i have always remembered it .
    Since this visit I have had numerous experiences some of which have been shared by relations and friends who have been visiting me at the time. These experiences have ranged from smells of tabbacco to moving saucepans . to knowing that family members have been born and when family members have died.These experiences have happened through numerous house moves and have affected both my husband and daughter. I really don’t like discussing these things with other people as they will undoubtedly think I am a raving looney , so it is lovely for be to be able to pass on these experiences to you,and to get it all off my chest. I hope you don’t think i am barking mad, believe me I am not, Its just such a relief to be able to tell you what I have genuinely gone through.

    • Hi Ginette,

      Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us. One of the purposes of this blog is to provide a forum where people can talk about these sort of things openly and without having to feel that they’re being judged. It’s just amazing to me that so many sane, reasonable people from all different walks of life have encountered strange & unexplained phenomena. The trouble is, it’s often difficult to talk about them without fear of being ridiculed, or at the very least, dismissed.

      Gnome-type stories are always particularly interesting to me for some reason. Perhaps that has something to do with my early “night terrors” and memories of seeing these small beings. That was a tough thing to have written about, and I can completely relate to the feeling of being labeled a looney! Nevertheless, I think I’m a pretty grounded and level-headed guy despite the fact that I’ve had some incidents of high strangeness in my life. And since beginning this blog in 2009, I’ve heard from many, many people who have both isolated encounters and an ongoing relationship with the paranormal. Makes me feel a bit less of an oddball to know that so many seemingly regular folk have had similar (and often much more intense and frequent) experiences. You can take some comfort in that fact too.

      Please feel free to keep in touch through this blog or by email at Thanks again, Ginette, and best of luck. — John

  66. Hi John im from Scotland and have never seen or heard of them until i read your article.I enjoyed reading it.I think Scotland might be to cold,wet,windy and dull for them haha.I am curious now.Think theres something in the short apeman story of Sumatra.I have been there and the jungle is so consuming,anything could be in there hideing.

  67. I have an aunt in Guanajuato, Mexico. She and many other of my relatives have encountered these type of beings in the past. They are treated as any other type of paranormal entities such as ghosts. My aunt spoke of a gang of gnomes or “duendes” visiting her at night while she slept. She would hear giggling and small footsteps on a nightly basis. On some occasions they would even pull the blankets off the bed while she slept. She did not mind them being in the room (which I found odd), but began getting quite frustrated with the lack of sleep she got because of them. So one night when they pulled the blanket off of her, she yelled at them as if disciplining a child. Once she did that, she witnessed that their facial expressions became very sad in a way and they walked off as if they just had been punished. They never came back after that. She did not really describe them much, other than being small maybe 3 feet tall at the most and the facial expressions. I have told this story to many people and they remain skeptical about it, but I have heard that these actions are not uncommon of gnomes.

    • Hi Joe — I’ve heard of mischievous behavior being attributed to gnomes. Stories of the duende are common in Mexico and throughout Central and South America. Interesting how these accounts of little people span different cultures in so many countries and over such a long period of time. My grandmother from Sweden was very convinced of their existence. Here in New Jersey USA the indigenous Native Americans, the Lenni Lenape, tell of the Wematekan’is who were a race of little folk who lived in the forests. They were also said to be quite mischievous. I think there’s something more to these accounts than legend and folk tales.

  68. Hey John, thanks for the reply. I was wondering if you’ve ever heard of these gnomes carrying some sort of magical dust, amnesia dust if you will. I don’t know if that’s just a myth in Mexico. I have also been warned by my cousins, never to look them directly in the eyes and they were very serious about that.

    Should I be so frightened of these beings? When I visit my family in Mexico that is all I could think about at night. I don’t even know what I’d do if I encountered a gnome. Is it just the Hispanic culture that makes gnomes sound so dangerous?

    I’d appreciate if you could get back to me on this.

    • No problem, Joe. References to fairy dust and magical powder is pretty common throughout folklore, especially in the British Isles. I always find it interesting that there are so many similarities to these stories between different cultures that are geographically so far removed from each other. I’ll do some research and see if I can find out anything else pertaining to gnomes and magical dust or powder.

      Most of the people who have commented on this article or have emailed me privately have said that these little people sightings were accompanied by an almost unreasonable fear, and that their feeling was generally that these were evil and aggressive beings. That kind of goes against the cute-and-cuddly image that most of us have of gnomes. From what I’ve read and the stories my grandmother used to tell, the little folk can be benevolent and helpful, or very evil. Often they’re described as being very unpredictable, mischievous, and vindictive. If you do the wrong thing or mess with them, in other words, they can get angry and may try to get even or retaliate.

      Have you ever seen one or dreamed of them while at your aunt’s in Mexico? Wondering if you had an encounter that you’re repressing because you seem more frightened of them than you should be for someone who hasn’t encountered them directly. Just a thought.

  69. John, you read right through me! I have never told anyone at the thought of being ridiculed, but i heard tiny footsteps while staying there. A kind of very small thuds and the crackling of plastic of a 24 pack of bottled water near my bed, which I tried to associate with rats. One morning I searched for any evidence of rats in the 12×14 foot room. I flipped the bed over, moved furniture, and checked the walls for tiny cracks. I found nothing. No rat feces…nothing. Even the door has a very tight seal. The home is well built (and recently renovated) out of brick. Most rooms are scattered across the property. So once i found no evidence of rodents, I brought a small dog, a known rodent hunter, in the room and let sniff around. The dog didn’t act strange as if there where rats. So I let him out, since my aunt does not allow the dogs indoors. That night as I slept the noises again woke me. So I turn the lights on check around and found nothing. At this point I thought I was going crazy. I turned the lights off and drifted back to sleep. That was pretty much the end of it. Days went by with no activity and I came back to Chicago.

    As for dreams, I had a quite vivid one when I was about 7 or 8. I was running around my house with some friends and somehow I became separated from my them. I got to the front of my house, I turned to the right and saw a group of small human-like creatures. I wouldn’t call them gnomes. They were more like just heads with arms and legs. Human-like faces with long pointy rigid noses and a prominent brow. Their hair was an odd bowl cut. Their bodies had a very bright glow and they were all different colors, red ones, yellow ones, green ones, purple ones and blue ones. Once I made eye contact with them, they began to chase me to the back of my house. They were lunging at me as I swatted them away. I got to the back door, I ran in and slammed the door behind me and locked it. I felt safe and that’s all I remember about the dream. I hadn’t heard of gnomes or gnome tales before this dream.

    I am a very skeptical person myself, I tend to be very logical about these type of situations. My friends even seem to make fun of me for finding a logical reason in situations where most people seem to cry paranormal activity.

  70. I’m also from Panama (the little country), and have heard the folktales of the gnomes abducting kids. My mom used to always tell me that if I was ever approached by any to run home as fast as possible. I heard a story when I went to Chiriqui about the gnomes living under the bridges and how common they were. A lot of different locals talked to us about them. I live in VA now and haven’t ever experienced a gnome incident, but I have seen a demon with a huge smile on it’s face staring at me as I was laying in bed. Definitely not a dream, I know it was real. Very interesting that people all over are experiencing these things. Great article.

    • Thanks, Rob. In Central and South America they’re called duende, correct? Or is that a different type of creature? Stories of them is that part of the world are common.

  71. Glad to see more posters here; I check time to time. So Rob — I know it’s off track a bit, but can u fill us in on the smiling creature you saw?

  72. I’m from South Wales, UK, and when I was about 6, I saw a gnome-like, or goblin-like creature on my window sill. My dad and my sis also saw it.
    It was about 12 inches tall, it has a pointy hat, it smiled but it didn’t seem particularly friendly, and it scared me.
    I’ve never seen it since, but I remember it distinctly. If my dad and sis hadn’t also seen it, I would have, probably by now (I’m 42), decided I’d dreamt the entire experience. But I didn’t.

    • Hi Rachel — It’s much harder to dismiss these things when family members claim to have same the same creature. I’d probably chalk up to a dream or my childhood imagination too if I didn’t have others that confirmed the sightings. I recently interviewed (story to be coming soon on the website) a local man here in New Jersey USA who saw a small, gnome-ish creature in his home as a child. His was one of four boys and his brothers all say that they encountered the same being. None of the gnome stories that I’ve received from people seem to indicate that they’re the cute, friendly little people that are often depicted. Mention of an evil grin also comes up in many of the reports I’ve received. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing that. –John

  73. Actually John, you’ll recall in one of my posts….like the Dec. 22, 2010 one, that one morning my Mom saw two sweet little child aged gnomes standing just as high as under the doorknob, at the bedroom door for some time, apparently chatting about her. Over 25 years later, we found out that my grandmother had held powerful seances back then in that upstairs apartment before we had moved in. I am sure many are friendly, and just curious. While others are sinister and horrible. Same as people. In the famous Mediumship of Minnie Harrison, her sister who often materialized in spirit, verified that now that she was ‘on the other side,’ she saw the little people, and so finally knew for sure, that they were real.

    • Hi Rand. Good to hear from you again. I’ve no doubt you’re correct in assuming that some of these little people are good and some are evil (or at least temperamental or mischievous) just as are us Big Folk. I’ve heard enough of these stories to believe that these little people do exist, however — of that I have little doubt. Perhaps they occupy a different or parallel plane of existence and traverse between it and ours. I have noticed that in the majority of the reports I’ve receive they’re described as being unfriendly or the person will say that they sensed that they were evil or had a very strong reaction of fear when in their presence. The idea of friendly gnomes is more pleasant though, and I’m sure that those kinds are are out there as well. Thanks for adding to the discussion! — John

  74. Thanks for your assessment John. I’m sure you’re correct, since you have a much more extensive body of stories you’ve reviewed. I guess that’s what makes “the good ones” …good ones. Because they, leave us alone. Whereas, the bad ones, most often, show their ugly faces. ha! I spoke to a man in the Philippines last year, who said he never believed in them, but one afternoon, he saw a few of them, about 20 feet from him. There were 3 in black clothing, and one in white clothing. The one in white, had his wrists bound to a rope, that the others pulled him along on, walking in front, and behind him. Walking in a line like that, they all approached a tree, and a white light then emanated from the tree trunk, and they entered into it. He was paralyzed in his tracks, with fear, and it scared the hell out of him, and now he knows that they’re real. I got the impression it was traumatizing. In that culture, there are ones that wear black (bad), white (good), and red (may be either good or bad). Point is, unlike most stories, which are just sightings, this is the first that I had heard… that demonstrates that they have problems too! They’re clearly an interdimensional being, they get pregnant/bear children, have quarrels, are more psychically advanced than humans, and for the most part, keep to their own plane. It’s not impossible to contact them. This is achieved thru the art of magic, and also seance. I know someone who when he was a young man in England, knew the elderly owner of a bookstore who practiced the occult, and who told him to look under the table where they were chatting, and he saw the outline of a figure standing there. The owner explained that it was a gnome, of which he was accustomed to, and that it came because my friend was “open” to seeing them. I think seeing a small creature is by our nature, scary. I would prefer to see a child gnome, than an old, wrinkled one. I wouldn’t be afraid of a child one, and would very much enjoy it. Then again, perhaps not. LOL

    • Rand — I’m sure at least part of the perception of these entities as being evil probably comes from our own fearful reaction at seeing something so far outside of our normal concept of reality. In other words, we may be just be projecting the idea that they’re malevolent because of our fear and distress at seeing them. Both the stories you’ve just related are very fascinating. I have some trepidation about engaging in seances and “inviting” (purposely or inadvertently) these types of beings into my life. I’ve never done anything like that and I’m hesitant to do so, as curious as I am about the subject. I’ve heard of too many bad outcomes resulting from people engaging these practices.

  75. Hey John, I thought I’d endorse your last remark. I too, think that both seance and the Occult are not to be messed with. On rare occasions, with well developed, gifted and pure hearted Mediums, seance can be a beautiful experience. Whereas the occult (practitioners of genuine Magick etc.) is concerned, that’s often a path down a slippery slope. Occultists look down on Mediums and seance, because to them, it’s elementary contact with spirits, and represents the least of their abilities. There’s much more breadth to what they involve themselves in, thru spirit or entity assistance, and without it (such as creating their own thoughtforms). I just find it interesting to discover what unbelievable things are true, and then you want to know what more is true. Most people will live their whole lives and die, and never experience/take a serious look at the paranormal; mostly due to fear. To me, that is herd mentality, and a childish choice to die in willful ignorance. Man-made religions in their construction made us subservient and powerless, and in a position to beseech authority for help. There may be truth in the idea that as you grow/break free, spiritually, you assume some of your natural abilities as a co-creator and may be able to make a supernatural contribution toward shaping your life in a positive way and being able to help humanity a great deal more. It’s worth exploring. And I’d rather die an Explorer, than a slave to convention.

    • Well said, Rand! For some who is fascinated by the unknown and writes about these things, I’ve never seriously explored them. I read, collect stories/accounts from others, but have never sought out direct experience. Part of the reason for this is fear I’ll readily admit. I would never engage in Occult practices, but have considered seeking out a Medium. There’s a gentleman who lives in my immediate area here in the northeastern part of New Jersey named Craig McManus, who’s a well known psychic medium. I’ve considered contacting him — and actually plan to, because I’d like to interview him once I update this website (coming soon). I lost both my parents in the past three years, my father just last month, and I’ve thought about hiring him for a session or reading, or whatever you’d call it. I’m not sure if I’d go any further than that, however.

  76. Dear John, I’m so very very sorry to hear about your losses. Today, I was thinking of mentioning in my writings to a friend, my present fear of such loss. It’s devastating to think about. I cannot yet conceive of how you’re coping with it all. My Mom is 81, and I try to open her mind a bit, and would love to find the opportunity to show her the paranormal, so she can be strengthened the way I want to be, and want her to be, in approach to death. After me being a good Catholic all my life, I’m no longer interested in blind faith. Man perverts church. And your spirit powers are not of the Devil. They’re as natural as your right hand. Would you be afraid of your own right hand? They, (the Establishment) taught us to be. I don’t know on what criteria you rate McManus so well. I’m not sure if I’d heard of him before. I think that personal experience is essential to one like yourself who has done so much research. And, you may be fortunate, and experience something extraordinary. I’ve learned many things are real. And so my standards move up. I find that America doesn’t produce very many genuine Mediums. Lots of psychics of varying ability it does, but lots of those psychics fancy themselves to be Mediums, because it’s considered a higher status. They delude themselves, and are actually reading you using their own ability, and not getting it from a relative standing next to you. The only real proof of a genuine Medium, is where they give 1st Class Evidence, meaning….they tell you something which you presently do not know, and are able to verify later. This means they are not reading your thoughts. (You carry your past and present thoughts with you day to day in your electro-magnetic field and psychics are like T.V. picture tubes, converting your signal into information/pictures). I’ve had alleged Mediums read my thoughts word for word exactly to the letter, and tell me that the information is coming from my guide or relative. Not true. It’s very difficult to find a genuine and proper Medium. He/she must be exceptionally gifted, and without ego, and highly aware that most often lying spirits come in as imposters. They must have a long proven successful relationship with their Guide, who’ll fend off such deceivers. If you sit with Michael, he should have you say nothing. He can start off giving you personal details about a parent, but you won’t know if the reading was worthwhile until some time later when you discover….that something he said that you couldn’t verify at the time…turns out to be true. Like if he says…your mother says she’s with her baby sister now…and you find out later from a relative…that your mother had a still born baby sister. Tape the session if permitted. And Good Luck ! (Again, my condolences are very sincere, and I am afraid to be you. I don’t want to be there. I hope I can mature enough spiritually in time, to handle such loss. Sometimes there’s beautiful things to see [spirit lights, etc.] that help us to open our minds to the relief and reality that life does continue, and that we never really lose anyone). I want to be there. From what I’ve already learned, Life most likely continues. In seeking to see more, I’m a good Christian who’s let go of the demented religious authorities and lemmings, and who does not pathetically and medievally see the devil in everything. The Bible is a book of superb timeless wisdom; a manual for man to follow. But it is not infallible and man has corrupted it with sexism, bigotry, and intimidation. We are still not highly evolved, and when we learn for example, that Christ healed using his natural god given abilities, saying we too can do the same… THEN, we will no longer fear ourselves and will see our connection with our Creator’s Spirit. It’s about Identity. And helping others, and yourself, and not taking life or death too seriously. The greater part of Life, is likely on the other side. Find out something now. Without fear. We are Adults. And it appears, we are more than what goes to the grave. We possess a divine aspect. Though many suffer agony here, the Earth is beautiful. That is the 1st proof that someone cherishes us. If there is an Afterlife, then that is the Final proof that ‘Someone’ loves us.

    • Thanks very much, Rand. It has been a difficult few weeks, and really, a difficult several years. It’s hard to watch your parents decline physically and see the quality of their lives lessen so much. And of course, my father has missed my mother terrible since she passed in February 2009. And that has been sad to see. I was just glad that my wife and sons and I were able to spend a lot of time with him and to give him the support that he’s needed as his health declined further over these last three years.

      My mother was a very devout Catholic and my brother and sister and I were raised as Catholics, although my father was a Lutheran (he converted to Catholicism twenty-one years ago). I’m sure that some of my superstitions and reluctance to delve into the more non-traditional, esoteric pursuits stems from my religious upbringing. Also, I am rather wary and skeptical of many of these people who claim to be psychics or mediums. For a person who runs a blog about the unknown, I think I view these subjects with a pretty health dose of rational skepticism.

      Thanks again for the positive thoughts and kind words.

  77. Hi John,
    I was born in Lima Peru and I grew up listening to stories about duendes. We live in the capital and we come from a middle class educated family but there are no doubts duendes are real. I heard stories of houses where these little creatures let the people see them all the time and play tricks on them. As a matter of fact in my grandparents housr, my aunt and uncle saw one in different ocassions (not the little one but like the one seen in Argentina) also my cousin saw the little tiny one in the same house. My brother saw one last year in our housein Lima last year. He says he was dressed in green and orange. And my nephew saw one in my house here in the US, coming out of the shadows in my kids room. Unfortunately I have never seen one but I am sure I have one in my house since things are hidden for months And then found in the same place were left months ago or in weird places like my watch found inside a shoe after months.

    • Hi Mili,

      I’ve had several other people from Central and South America contact me with their stories of seeing the duende, or little people. I also recently interviewed someone who grew up nearby where I live here on the east coast of the USA who was regularly visited, along with his brothers, by some small, human-like entity as a child. There are a lot of educated, sane people who have seen these creatures and believe in them and in many countries (Iceland for example) their existence is taken for granted as fact. Personally, I think that they do exist, but I often wonder if that they exist here in our plane of reality and are simply an undiscovered species that has managed to stay undiscovered by modern human beings, or if they dwell in some kind of alternate dimension or universe but have the ability to cross over into ours.

      I’m curious to know if your family considers them evil or dangerous, or only mischievous? Thanks for letting me know about your experiences with these little folk. — John

  78. Hi John,
    According to my mom, these duendes are nature elemental beings same as fairies and ondines…that is why they are seen mostly in the woods. They do not live in this plane of reality or dimension but they have the ability to choose when to be seen and by whom. It has been said to me that the veil that separate dimensions is getting thinner so it is not uncommon that more people have these experiences. We donot fear them since we do not think they are evil but rather mischievous. Although I can tell you that when I get visits staying at my house that when they act up…and I think they have broken things in my house. I always talk to them and ask them to keep and eye on my housewhole I am away and to bring good fortune my way. I also heard they like honey and shiny coins or little objects to be left hidden for them. Thank you for reading my post and for replying.

    • Thanks, Mili. That’s my impression and understanding of them too. This also is similar to what my grandmother used to say about the Tomten back in Sweden (tomten, duende — I imagine we’re discussing the same or very similar creatures). I appreciate the follow up. — John

  79. Hi. I wanted to share my story with you. I came across this article through google because of a conversation I had with my father about my step mother whom now has passed on. my step mother was a very high spirited and lovely woman. She had developed her third eye chakra Im told my father. My father says that she would see “little people” and that they would take her jewelry and hide it from her and she would end up finding it in the most unusual places in the house! My father says that at first when she saw them, they were in her bathroom and that she freaked out. After some time she accepted this situation and would even laugh whenever she ended up finding a piece of her jewelry or other item in some place. I find this so bizzare but cool at the same time. He’s also mentioned her encounter with God or some God like creature of some sort as well and that she had a high spiritual frequency. What does this mean?? any answers? especially about these little people in her home? Thanks.

    • Hi Laleh. So sorry for the long delay in replying. I do try to follow up with everyone who leaves a comment or emails me, but been a bit swamped lately. I wish I did have an answer for you, but I can only offer some thoughts. These are either physical creatures that inhabit our world, but simply choose to stay hidden from us; OR, they are interdimensional or perhaps spiritual beings that can move back and forth at will from their plane of reality or dimension to ours. If your mother was a highly sensitive/spiritual person then it’s not surprising that she had encounters with little people. I think they reveal themselves to those kind of people, or perhaps those whose psychic powers are acute can see them more easily. Whatever the case may be, I do believe they exist. Stories of little people are found in every culture throughout the world over thousands of years. Even today many have described strange encounters with these entities. I’ve got quite a few emails and comments on my blog about such sightings and encounters.

      I suppose there is the possibility that these beings could fall into the “cryptid” class and are simply another type of humanoid that has the intelligence and capability to have remained hidden from us, but I’m more of the opinion that they might be able to occupy different dimensions and can travel into our world and into others. It sounds pretty far out, but I think this interdimensional idea explains a lot of what we think of as paranormal and supernatural.

      Thanks for telling us of your mom’s encounters. Feel free to keep in touch, love to hear from you again.

  80. I saw a gnome when I was probably 6 when I was sitting on the porch with my dad drinking a beer. It jumped from a tree and I saw the dark figure with a pointy hat. Years later I confessed this to my mother and before I was born, she was pregnant with my older brother and she described seeing the thing in our kitchen and she waved her hands through it and told it to leave and she said she never saw it again. What’s unusual about the entire event looking back through my childhood is I used to sleep walk into my brothers room and sleep on his floor. Not sure why I did this but maybe there’s some connection to the gnome and when she was pregnant with him. I hated that house and always have a eery feeling about it. Its built on an old plantation and the tree the gnome jumped out of has a hand built stone well right below it. I often wonder if the little bastard is under there now.

    • Hi Steve. Thanks for letting us know about your experience. As I just said to Laleh, the person who commented just before you, I think these beings could either be cryptids – i.e., an undiscovered species – or creatures that can move at will between different planes of existence (or dimensions, if you prefer). Some of the modern scientific findings point to the idea that we occupy a multiverse rather than a universe, so the idea of different planes or reality holds some validity. Could there be entities that can move from their dimension into ours? Maybe that’s where angels, demons, aliens, gnomes, etc. originate from. Perhaps not all from the same place, but they could all share the ability to travel between dimensions. I’d tend to lean toward that answer rather than thinking the creature you described is an undiscovered species. But honestly, I have no answers and all I can do is speculate.

      Thanks again for sharing your experience.

  81. Hi John, I believe in “tomtar”! My paternal grandfather´s father did see a little person on their farm. They where hard working people with no paranormal belief. But he was so convinced that it was a little tomte he saw. My grandmother saw things that we other didn´t and she saw them too! Later on the man in my life told me that he saw a tomte when he was about 10 years old. That might be around 1970 in Gunnarskog, in the western of Sweden. He was visiting his grandparents and his grandfather and him went out to the carpentry workshop where they used to make different things, birdhouses and more. The grandfather just went out in an arrend and Bosse were there by himself. Suddenly something grey, about 60-70 cm high ran past him. He could see that it was just like a little man, fully dressed in grey, with a woolen cap on it´s head. I have always heard that on Christmas Eve you should bring out a dish of rice pudding for tomten as a thank you for taking care of the farm during the year. When we were children, my sister and me did so but I suspect that the one who got the most porridge in the stomach was the fox, we saw his tracks…
    It´s very interesting to read your texts! Continue please!

    • Thanks for the great stories, Maria. Very interesting! Yes, my paternal grandmother was very insistent that these were real beings and told the same stories of leaving out food for them on Christmas Eve. I have a new article that I’m writing about a man who grew up in my region of the eastern USA and claims that he repeatedly saw a small human-like creature when he was a boy. His four brothers supposedly saw the same thing. Been behind on updating my blog, but check back soon and I’ll have that and some other new articles. Thank you again for sharing your grandparents’ experiences. — John

  82. Hi! I came across your article while searching for the plural of tomte…and many thanks to John of Sweden for the definitive clarification! The Tomten visits our house every Christmas! He plays tricks such as hanging pictures upside down, setting the clocks to the wrong time, putting soap on toothbrushes, filling boots with newspaper, replacing lightbulbs with carrots, etc. We look forward to it every year and the person who can find the most things wrong wins a small prize. We take turns playing tomte, and it’s one of our favourite activities to celebrate our Swedish heritage. 🙂

  83. It’s a gnome No question. What people fail to realize is gnomes are also sharpshooters answer can basically turn into a speck on the ground or a leaf or Whatever. I have been having experiences with gnomes for some time now. They mainly stay in trees or wooded areas. Believe me or don’t but I’ve actually spoken to a gnome. He didn’t speak but through sign and images he showed me. Gnomes are real. The one I spoke to wrote his name. It was Jim. Don’t care if u believe it. It’s true. I have over a hundred pics of them in undeniable form. People are just so scared to believe God forbid there really be something out there that They don’t fully understand. Anyone wanna see pics email me.

  84. HEY Derek, that’d be great to see your photos. I’ve posted a lot here, and my Mom saw the little people, and I know others who have also. John’s site & this Topic here, is superb and a great help! My email is:

  85. Thank you for this post. I just (last night) had an encounter with something I can only describe as a gnome. It didn’t feel “evil” but how does one process seeing something that they don’t believe in? Where does that fit in our version of reality? Anyway, I now believe that these beings do exist… Perhaps in a parallel world or dimension, and some of us are more sensitive to those realms. Glad I’m not alone.

    • Hi Karen — I’d be interested in hearing more about this. Where did this take place? Was it on your property or in you home? What did it look like? Did it speak to you or make any kind of noise? I’d love to hear some details about the encounter, if you’re willing to share. Or feel free to email me at if you don’t want to discuss it publicly. I agree with the parallel world/alternate dimension theory. I think that’s where these unexplained encounters originate from.

  86. I have seen little people several times, including wood gnomes, the rock people of Sedona, the gardens of the menehune in Hawaii, and nearly impossible manifestations of rainbows that defy the laws of physics, yet I am still no closer to understanding what I have seen, or why I have witnessed them.

    The one thing all of those events had in common was that they all occurred in very natural settings, which makes a lot of sense, to see nature spirits in natural surroundings. I have never believed nor practiced magic or paganism of any kind, and have always been convinced that magic and sorcery do not really work as forces in the universe, as so many people believe.
    I knew a number of ex-Findhorners who swore by the experience they had at Findhorn with the devas, but even Findhorn never recorded any sightings of the “little people,” only the channellings of information, or the devas work (indirectly) through the gardens. Roc claimed he saw a being, but it was not a “little people,” but Pan instead, which is very different than the beings I have seen.
    Some of these sightings and experiences that I have had lasted for literally hours, and were not just witnessed by myself, and sober at the time. Often they were associated with a state of worship and communion, but not always, like the time when I was 12, and was mowing the lawn and saw a gnome standing next to a tree watching me, with his hands behind his back, and then just sidestepped back behind the tree.
    I laughed, turned off the mower, and went to look behind the tree, but of course, he wasn’t there! That was a very vivid, very clear experience that lasted several seconds, enough to not be confused about what I was seeing. I didn’t see anything for a long time after that, but in my twenties had a profusion of experiences that, to this day, I cannot categorize or generalize.
    I have come to a general conclusion, though, about the spiritual connection to the supernatural experience. Often the mystical experience is equated to the spiritual experience, but I have come to know that seeing supernatural phenomenon is not the same thing as practicing the spiritual life, in doing good for others.
    In other words, seeing gnomes has nothing to do with being spiritual. I could never consider myself to be highly spiritual or overly religious, although I do believe in God and practice a religion in worshipping God the Father and Source of all things, beings, and places.
    So why are we seeing supernormal experiences? I would like to know as much as anyone. Great site, by the way, thanks for the opportunity to share my experiences with you!

    • Hi Dan,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and your insights. It’s interesting that some people seem to have these encounters regularly while many do not at all. I think it might have something to do with mental & spiritual makeup of the individual. Just as my mother was very psychic while her four sisters and two brothers were not at all. I believe some folks are just more “in tune” to different vibrational frequencies.

      Thanks again for contributing your comments. I’m getting ready to relaunch the site soon and I have good little person article that I’ve been sitting on for a while, so check in again.

      Take care,


  87. You see John ! If you look back to my post of JAN. 30, 2011 — I make mention, the same as like Dan Watson’s May 13, 2013, comment here I just now saw… about > the rock people of Sedona!!! I describe how one followed my friend back home to Southern California. Her niece saw it also while sitting and reading in that particular valley, but it didn’t follow her back from Sedona. I don’t think I’d like to see one of those; they’re quite ugly. I’m hoping to meet up with a guy coming from Hawaii in a month, who’s lived there for many years, and says that he KNOWS, that the Menehune are real. I’ll share his experience if its noteworthy, when I hear it. Can’t wait for your NEW Article !!! It’s been a long wait John. Shake a leg! Thanks. : )

  88. When my brother was 6 and I 4, these little people would appear in my grandmothers basement at night. This was in Montana on a reservation where we experience a lot of weird things besides these little people. As I was too little to clearly remember, my brother holds the memories of these encounters. At different occasions someone in my family would hear me downstairs saying I wouldn’t tell or to go before they come. My brother had once been found with a bookshelf knocked over and his shoes underneath, not knowing how he was able to get out. My brother and I were told NEVER to tell or else. My grandma would go to wash laundry and see little red eyes from the darkness of the corner. My brother eventually told what was happening and forced me to tell, not knowing what would happen. Nothing did….we never saw the little people again. Most likely because we exposed them. I just want people to know they are real. They may come in different forms or natures, but these ones were friendly, but angered at the thought of adults knowing. Idk why and I probably never will but now I know that what we experienced goes back thousands of years and to be able to have that is….amazing. Scary, but amazing lol.

    • That is an amazing story, Leti, but I hear a lot of similar ones. Whether or not there are different species of these beings that come from different places, or if they’re all part of the same family is a question I’ve pondered. Do you or your brother recall what they looked like in appearance?

  89. They have beards and sharp teeth with red eyes. They also have hats and gnome like clothing. Some do not wear clothes at all. Their able to make themselves invisible to certain people and they try to get children to go with them. Children have disappeared and they say the little people eat children. However I do not know if that part is actually true.

  90. Hi John,
    Sorry for the long delay! I didn’t see that you had responded to my post. The encounter actually happened in my home at night. I live in Colorado, btw. He, the gnome, did not seem to be trying to speak with me and wasn’t looking in my direction. He was glowing slightly, and like I said, he didn’t feel evil. Also, he wasn’t wearing any sort of hat at all. He was about 3 feet tall and quite stocky. He had a white/grey beard, white thinning hair, and looked quite old. I was so terrified upon seeing a little man in my room, I immediately turned away and closed my eyes. You wouldn’t believe how fast my heart was racing. In my head I was thinking, “This is crazy! There’s a little man in my room and I won’t even turn back to look at him. Why won’t I look at him?” But I wouldn’t. I waited about 15 minutes (about how long it took for my heart rate to return to near-normal) and looked again. He was gone. I couldn’t even figure out what to call him… troll, dwarf… I’m not familiar with these things! Eventually the word “gnome” came to me and felt right, and the following day I found your blog.

    I sincerely feel that there is something to the 2nd dimension; that these “creatures” are to be respected; they are guardians of the earth. I did some drawings of him (I’m an artist) and placed some gnome figurines in my garden. I did so to help me make sense of the encounter, and also to give respect to the gnome. Since then, I have opened myself to the possibility that there are also fairies, sprites and the like. I know this is a public blog, but I really don’t tell very many folks about this encounter. I don’t want to be locked up in a padded room or put on psych drugs. I don’t have any history with mental instability, but I’m sure there are plenty of psychiatrists out there that would immediately diagnose me 100% nuts. Or tell me I was just dreaming, which I can assure you I was not. The interesting thing is, the few people I have felt safe telling about this have, for the most part, had some kind of experience or encounter with the other-world as well. Some much more involved than my one-time gnome sighting.

    I sincerely appreciate your blog and the dialog occurring here. Perhaps if more of us tell our stories, we can eventually bring light (vs. fear) to our understanding of these beings and learn to work harmoniously with them for the improvement of our shared planet.

    I will check back on your blog periodically.

    Thank you again!

    • I nearly never speak of this but, a friend and I saw one together in my bedroom in Florida. Neither of us had been sleeping or drinking or anything of that nature. We were laying on my bed talking with our backs toward one another. I saw something white and mildly glowing jump over us and the bed. There was no sound, at first I tried to explain it away in my mind. I thought maybe headlights through my window or something like that. When I really thought about it, the light wasn’t against the wall it was in mid air. I sat up to see if maybe I could see it and figure out what it was. A small man maybe two feet tall with white clothing and a white pointy hat was glowing and ran around to the foot of my bed then disappeared. I was in absolute disbelief, I didn’t say anything thinking that my friend would believe that I was playing a prank or something. He then asked me if I had seen that! I said I did and he said it was a little man in a white pointy hat! We were scared so badly that we were shaking. It didn’t feel evil or anything, it was just so shocking! I eventually convinced him to jump off the bed and turn on the light, we searched the room but nothing was there. We only occasionally discuss it anymore, that was nearly 26 years ago. I have never seen anything like it since. Like you, the word that we settled on in our minds was Gnome. I’m a very stoic person not given to flights of fancy. I’m also mildly Autistic but, I know for a fact what I saw.

    • I can relate to this. About a year and a half ago while recovering from Lyme Disease, I began having visions and spiritual downloads.

      Often times these are excerpts from various sacred texts such as the Bible & the Bhagavad-Gita. Of course, I was not familiar with these texts when the downloads originally started.

      Almost every morning around 2:30 am now, or sometimes just as I’m falling asleep, the downloads begin.

      The imagery spans many traditions, including Hinduism, Christianity…and passages from the texts are always unfamiliar to me until i look them up the following day.

      Anyway, two nights ago, I had a vision of a gnome walking with his hands behind his back. He had a tall hat on much like the one at the top of this article. He looked like he was pacing, in thought.

      This was brand new to me, as I of course have never researched gnomes, I have never looked them up, I have never known anyone that was “into” them…. but I did recognize the look from sculptured garden gnomes I’ve seen outside houses before.

      Anyway, thought I’d share my experience. I certainly believe people’s experiences I’ve read on here.

      Thanks for your story!

  91. I’ve told this story online so many times, I must sound obsessed with the topic to anyone who’s read it elsewhere. Wish I’d found this site at the outset but for some reason, despite searching for years online for information about these ‘little people’, I’ve never come across this site before

    My experience took place in approx. 1984 in Australia. I’d just arrived home after attending a seminar in New Zealand. I was the only person in the house. A colleague had dropped me at my house and had carried my luggage inside and had turned on the lights. I’d slept all through two plane flights and the hour-long drive from the airport to my home, so was well-rested. I didn’t drink and hadn’t taken any drugs, prescription or other.

    When my colleague departed for his own home, I turned on the tv and made a hot drink. I was planning a quiet night of reading/tv after taking a shower. Half way through my hot drink, I decided to unpack my suitcase which was in the living room.

    To that point, since arriving home, I had remained in the living room and adjacent living-room. Then, with an armload of clothes from my suitcase, I walked down the short hallway to my room and switched on the light. I slid one wardrobe door to the left and hung the clothes inside. Upon opening the wardrobe, I had briefly sensed something strange but did not have time to analyse it because I was overcome by exhaustion/sleepiness so intense that I just had time to stagger backwards to the bed, where I collapsed face up. I noticed the room seemed unusually bright. My last thoughts were of concern in case my shoes made a mark on the bedspread

    My next conscious awareness was of hearing voices, several together, urging each other to ‘hurry’. Clearly my mind was not operating as usual, because I did not experience surprise, fear or any other emotion. Instead, I struggled to raise my head, whereupon I saw several small people who were in the process of trying to pull me from the bed and into the open half of the wardrobe. At that point, the left side of the wardrobe was open, which meant the creatures had pushed both sliding wardrobe doors to the right. When I had staggered to lie down on the bed, the right side of the wardrobe had been open, although I only realised this detail later on

    After noting the small people were attempting to pull me into the wardrobe, I lowered my head to the bed again, telling myself I still had time to sleep a while longer because they were too small to pull me very far. At that point, I must have lost consciousness again

    When I next regained a semblance of consciousness, I looked up to find the small people clustered around me. At that point I was facing the opposite way to earlier, i.e. my head was now down at the foot of the bed, closest to the wardrobe. And my feet were at the head of the bed (where my head had been previously)

    The people didn’t speak. Nor did I. My brain was still not operating properly. I was incapable of thought or emotion, experienced none of the normal shock, fear or surprise I should have felt in that situation. Instead, I functioned basically as a video-camera – my mind simply recorded what my eyes saw. What I saw was a group of small people, male and female. Based on the height of the bed, I afterwards judged them to be approx. 2 feet to two and a half feet tall. One of them, a male who stood closest to me at that point, was slightly taller than the others and seemed to be the leader

    They were Caucasian. Their skin was weather-beaten and wrinkled, coarse – as if they’d spent a lot of time outdoors. They were dressed like peasants I’ve seen in paintings. Their clothes looked home-made, but very well made. The fabric of their clothing was coarse and of dull ‘natural’ colours of tans, browns, greens. The entities’ clothing was inappropriate for the region in which I lived, which was hot and humid. Each of them wore a long-sleeved, high-collared, hip-length jacket over their other clothing. They wore broad belts at their waist. They were sturdy in build; deep chests, broad waists, etc. They appeared to be in proportion, physically. They had strong jaws, noses, cheekbones. Their eyes and mouths were narrow in width, but horizontally wide. Their faces had a ‘squashed’ look. Best way to describe it is to imagine placing a heavy weight on someone’s head which compressed the face and caused the soft tissue features (eyes and mouths) to recede/sink in between all the strong facial bones such as chins, noses, cheek and jaw bones. Although they looked Caucasian, their skin had a weather-beaten, muddy, yellowish-brown cast to it. Each of them wore headgear of some sort. The women wore scarves tied under their chins peasant-style, but for some reason, I can’t remember the details of the men’s headgear

    As I lay there on the bed, they were all staring at me. The larger male who was closest to me did something with his eyes which I’m unable to remember. I just remember that one moment he was looking at me with two eyes, then, seemingly a moment later, he had shifted position so that I could only see one of his eyes, which was staring into mine in a strange way. Something important happened then involving the look he gave me at that point, but I don’t know what it was

    Next, I saw the small people from a different perspective. Now they were clustered together in a group some distance from the bed. Memory indicates I saw them that way from two different directions: one from where I lay with my head at the foot of the bed and again, from a position perhaps in the middle of the bed. There were approximately seven of them, possibly more. Most were middle-aged, judging by appearance. But there were also a couple of youths amongst them, who seemed less confident. I don’t know what was happening to me at the time, or how I appeared to them, but they seemed to be enjoying my predicament. Whilst not exactly sneering, they (and particularly the women) appeared to have a ‘getting even’ expression on their faces, as if to say, ‘ Not so smart now, are you? Not so great now, are you?’ – that sort of expression

    In normal life, I don’t consider myself to be ‘smart’ or ‘great’ and hadn’t done anything to them, so I can only assume their vindictive, gloating expressions were directed at me simply because I was a human being. It would seem, then, that they bore animosity and resentment towards humans generally. And although I don’t know what was happening to me, I must have been placed in a humiliating situation or position – and must have been regarded by them as helpless — which permitted them to reveal their enjoyment and animosity

    In retrospect (because I had no thoughts or emotions at the time and was simply ‘recording’ what my eyes saw) I’ve reached the conclusion, correct or not, that I was merely a ‘job’ to them: a task they were required to do. Also, they and their intellect seemed dulled by overwork. In many respects (once my memory allowed me to see the recording my eyes had made) they reminded me of peasants from past eras who took delight in seeing people flogged or perhaps hanged in public – a little entertainment in their bitter lives – a chance to forget their own misery for a short while by watching someone else suffer

    My next conscious awareness was stirred by the sound of many voices squabbling and again urging each other to ‘hurry’. Once again I struggled to raise my head only to see them again trying to tug me into the wardrobe. This time though, they’d pulled me much further from the bed, to the point my legs were now hanging off the end of the bed. Immediately, I realised that very soon gravity would complete the job for them and all they’d need to do would be to guide my falling body into the wardrobe

    Adrenaline surged through me and I kicked out at them, screaming all the while. Inwardly, I was cursing myself for allowing myself to ‘sleep’ for so long

    Then I leapt from the bed and into the middle of the small room, still screaming at them

    Muttering bitterly to each other, they seemed to accept it was over, they’d failed. Then they filed into the wardrobe, looking back at me with bitter, resigned expressions. They appeared to go down some sort of ramp in the wardrobe

    I remained in the middle of the room, which seemed exceptionally bright. Don’t know how long I remained there, although it feels as if it was only a moment or two. Then I ran from the room and down the short hallway to the living room – a distance of only several metres. Somehow though, in that brief span of time and distance, I went from feeling unafraid to overwhelmingly terrified. There’s no logic to it. I wasn’t afraid of the creatures until after they’d gone. Then, in a few seconds, I became literally terrified to the point I think I was close to losing my mind. It’s impossible to describe the terror. It basically fed on itself in fractions of a second. By the time I made it to the phone to ring for help, I was babbling and doubt I could have told you my own name. It’s the most extreme fear/terror I’ve ever experienced. It’s my belief now that the entities controlled my mind, rendered me ‘unconscious’, placid, unafraid. Then, as they departed, they returned me to normal consciousness at which point my real terror burst forth. I later worked out the entire experience was only of ten or so minutes duration, based on when my colleague left my house and deducting the time it took to make a hot drink, turn on the tv, etc.

    There’s more to the story, but suffice it to say, it’s my belief – until persuaded otherwise – that the creatures were multi-dimensional rather than flesh and blood. It’s also my suspicion that what I believe I saw and experienced that night may not be the truth or even half of it. In other words, I suspect that what I ‘remember’ may have been a false memory, a cover-memory, installed by the entities. To begin with, there’s the overwhelming ‘exhaustion’ I experienced when hanging clothes in the wardrobe, despite my having just slept for several hours on the plane, etc. Then there’s the ludicrous performance of trying to pull me into the wardrobe when it’s clear they were perfectly capable of reversing me physically on the bed as they did

    I know beyond shadow of a doubt that I was not dreaming, nor did I ‘imagine’ the experience. As result of the experience, I am under no illusion the entities were ‘mischievous little gnomes’ or ‘benign little earth spirits’ as some people describe them. No, these were not human-friendly creatures. They used their powers to subdue and manipulate, both mentally and physically and subjected me to abuse, having invaded my home, my mind, my body and almost my sanity. It’s also my belief the government is aware of their existence and seeks to gain information via websites which claim to investigate such experiences and entities. I did relate my experience to one such website which has a home page featuring sweet rainbows, fairies, waterfalls, etc, and was advised by them that currently they were acting as intermediaries between approx. 60 families in the US and resident ‘little people’. The same website advised me that unlike ghosts, the ‘little people’ form attachments to locations rather than to individuals. Investigators connected to the website claimed that little-people, historically and currently, are known to people world-wide: Patagonia, Hawaii, UK, US, Germany, Australia, Pacific Islanders, Inuit, Icelandics, etc. I was advised that ‘although at the far end of the scale’, my experience was not ‘unusual’ (advice which seems contradictory). As a rule, I was told, the little-people do not physically interact with humans, although it was ‘not uncommon’ (again, contradictory) for people to report the little-people had pulled their hair or pinched them

    The experience occurred almost 30 years ago when I was in my mid-30s. It’s possible I might be able to gain more information and clarification as to what actually occurred, via hypnosis. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to do so, however. What the mind buries is usually for our own protection. At the same time, now approaching the Pearly Gates, I’d like to know what is going on here on earth, as it might throw some light on what to expect in the Hereafter. Will leave it at that, other than to say I had absolutely no belief in gnomes, trolls, fairies, etc. prior to the incident. Nor had I been reading about them or watching them on tv, nor had I been thinking about them or discussing them with anyone, etc.

    • I believe you. I believe these things happen to confuse us about what happens in the here-after. I believe your experience was definitely masked to appear as something else. Trust me, God exists, and we are his greatest creation. Don’t ever believe the “little plays” that are put on to deter us from the truth.

      • Thanks, Christianna. “Little plays” — I like that. Good way to put it. Yes, my priest said something similar. He said not to be distracted or disturbed by these experiences, but to focus on God. If they are demonic (and I think that at least some of them are) then it only means that the devil is trying to discourage us and lead us into sin. But ultimately he is impotent because our souls belong to God.

    • Excellent information. Thank you very much for posting about your experience. I find you very credible and a good attempt at intelligent analysis. The government does runs thousands of well known websites covertly and has tight control over the internet.

      Late 1970, I did extensive research about this planet and concluded that the real power structure is hidden, global (NWO) and extends off earth. Earth is covertly possessed and controlled by aliens (for lack of a better word) at least in this physical realm. Back then, I thought I was the only one in the world who thought that. I do not know what the power structure consists of. They would be an advanced and sophisticated military. To achieve that, one needs to conquer the spiritual sciences. The real origin could even originate from the spiritual realm. I am researching the spiritual realm. They created the religions of this world to dumb us down spiritually. You need to approach spirituality with an independent mind. Given the vast amount of disinformation, you need to read between the lines of everything.

      I am trying to understand the spiritual world also. I am trying to avoid incarnating back into this realm again. I would be careful about “going into the light”.

      • Thank you. I have become much more open to the idea that the world that is presented to us through our government and the mass media is not at all representative of what is actually happening. I do believe that an unseen hand is controlling much of what is happening on this planet in order to move us in a particular direction that furthers their agenda.

        • The biggest mistake people make about studying spirituality is neglecting to understand the physical realm they live in. If one is too crippled about understanding how things are run in this realm, one will be too easily deceived and even more crippled in understanding the big picture in the way things operate in the other realms. Much of the matrix is essentially a gargantuan military intelligence/counterintelligence operation. So much of this world is fake. This world is built on lies.

          My thoughts about the Gnomes I see as beings who operate in this physical realm but are mostly invisible to our senses. There is a spectrum of life that exists along the physical and spiritual realms with the type of subtle matter they are made with determining the strata they live. They may be composed of more subtle matter bodies.

    • A childhood friend of mine used to live in an old Mansion here in Missouri with her many Aunts and Grandmother. I met with one of her Aunt’s one evening while I was visiting this friend. Somehow the topic got into the paranormal. Her Aunt began to explain to me in vivid detail the history of this house; how the servants lived and worked in the lower floor and the basement. She explained that the basement used to be used to hold goods, and hay etc for the horses, and that the whole house had quite a history to it and was in some respects, haunted! She then told me of a time when she was a child and she LIVED in the basement. She said that one night she was awoke by the sounds of cursing. She looked out from her covers to see that the closet door had been open and that a little troll had come out from it. She said that he was nasty in demeanor, almost demonic, and that he was dirty, disheveled and was cursing like a sailor. He had no hat, but was dressed like a little man with old-world clothing and had a terrible smell like sulfur and body odor. He was pacing the room as if he was searching for something. Needless to say, she was horrified and hid back beneath the covers. As she peeked out once again, this troll made eye contact with her, she began to scream at it to leave her alone. Just as quick as it came from the closet, it ran back into it and went through a large opening into a carved stone tunnel. She pulled the blankets back over her head and waited some time. I believe her older sister and her went to investigate the closet the next day, however, there was no trace, not even a seem, of a tunnel or doorway to or from the inside of the closet. She did mention that she was Christian and started to pray when the interaction started to happen, she believes that this helped to get rid of this thing. She believes to this day that it was some type of demonic entity. I know from my study of demonology that there are water spirits that can manifest in this form, and that they live by lakes, springs, creeks, rivers and streams. There is a small creek nearby, but I cannot confirm what this thing was, one way or another. One thing is for certain, the power of Jesus Christ AND prayer can certainly compel these creatures to leave, should you wish not to deal with them.

    • Back in the late 90’s, a childhood friend of mine used to live in an old Mansion here in Missouri with her many Aunts and Grandmother. I met with one of her Aunt’s one evening while I was visiting this friend. Somehow the topic got into the paranormal. Her Aunt began to explain to me in vivid detail the history of this house; how the servants lived and worked in the lower floor and the basement. She explained that the basement used to be used to hold goods, and hay etc for the horses, and that the whole house had quite a history to it and was in some respects, haunted! She then told me of a time when she was a child and she LIVED in the basement. She said that one night she was awoke by the sounds of cursing. She looked out from her covers to see that the closet door had been open and that a little troll had come out from it. She said that he was nasty in demeanor, almost demonic, and that he was dirty, disheveled and was cursing like a sailor. He had no hat, but was dressed like a little man with old-world clothing and had a terrible smell like sulfur and body odor. He was pacing the room as if he was searching for something. Needless to say, she was horrified and hid back beneath the covers. As she peeked out once again, this troll made eye contact with her, she began to scream at it to leave her alone. Just as quick as it came from the closet, it ran back into it and went through a large opening into a carved stone tunnel. She pulled the blankets back over her head and waited some time. I believe her older sister and her went to investigate the closet the next day, however, there was no trace, not even a seem, of a tunnel or doorway to or from the inside of the closet. She did mention that she was Christian and started to pray when the interaction started to happen, she believes that this helped to get rid of this thing. She believes to this day that it was some type of demonic entity. I know from my study of demonology that there are water spirits that can manifest in this form, and that they live by lakes, springs, creeks, rivers and streams. There is a small creek nearby, but I cannot confirm what this thing was, one way or another. One thing is for certain, the power of Jesus Christ AND prayer can certainly compel these creatures to leave, should you wish not to deal with them.

  92. Too late to edit, but when I wrote: ‘ To that point, since arriving home, I had remained in the living room and adjacent living-room.’ — I meant to say, ‘ I had remained in the living room and adjacent kitchen’

  93. Howdy – Found this site in a google search ” are gnomes good or evil”. I am wondering this because I saw one several years ago out of the corner of my eye, outside in my front yard where my oldest daughter was playing at the time. I was living in Montana, this is a very rural place, with many special paranormal ‘things’ going on. I called it a ‘thin veil’. It was along a creek bottom. My yard was very close to the creek. The “gnome” that I saw darted out of sight behind a shed when it saw that I could see him. He was a little translucent, like you would think of a ghost. I never put two and two together that he was there because of my daughter. He was short, like 3 feet tall, classic red pointy hat, but no beard, curly dark hair. Well, recently my daughter had some energy work done by a reiki master. The reiki master calls herself an intuitive. My daughter was told by the reiki person that she had a gnome by her side who made funny faces at her to help remind her to not take herself so seriously . . . hmmm….. so is he a helper or is he causing mischief ? It is weird because the gnome was described as dark curly hair like the one I saw when she was a child of 4 years old, this is 20 years later. So I am only concerned that if this ‘gnome’ has been at my daughters side all these years, as a sort of helper, is he really helping. Or is he malevolent. My daughter suffers from severe mood swings, somewhat bi-polar in nature. Has always been my belief that enities can cause mental illness. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. Because of the way I saw him it is my belief they exist out of our dimension.

    • Hi Mason — I do agree that they exist outside our dimension. I feel the extra-dimensional hypothesis explain many paranormal happenings and sightings. The question of whether this entity is a benign or a malevolent presence and influence in your daughter’s life is difficult to answer. I think people like your daughter who attract these beings are probably more sensitive, and therefore may have more difficulty adjusting to this world, which could be at the root of her mood swings. It often seems to me that people like her have on foot in this world and one in another which is why these entities are attracted to them like insects to a bright light. So I suppose I’m suggesting that her emotional difficulties might have more to do with her spiritual makeup rather than from a negative influence from this gnome-creature.

      It’s very, very intriguing to me that this reiki master described the gnome exactly as you saw it years earlier. But getting back to your question, I can certainly understand your concern and I wouldn’t want to rule out that this…thing could possibly be an emotionally/mentally disruptive force in your daughter’s life. It’s fun to imagine these creatures as being jolly and fun-loving and benignly mischievous, but I think it’s a mistake to always make that presumption. Nevertheless, I’m also reluctant to label things that I don’t understand as being evil. All-in-all, I try to avoid framing these phenomena in a good-evil view. I also try not to attach any religious meaning to them either (e.g., assuming their “angels” or “demons”). I think they’re unknown (and possibly unknowable) intelligences that, for whatever reason, seem to have an interest in us human beings. And I believe that they’ve been interacting with us one level or another since the dawn of our species. For what purpose, I do not know.

      Sorry if that was less than helpful. I have no answers, only some loose ideas and hypotheses. I wish you luck and all the best to your daughter. I’m always interested in hearing more if you have anything else you’d like to share.

      — John

    • I would search for someone with medium abilities especially clairvoyance. They may be able to verify the entity, find out if there is a problem and what to do about it.

      • That is something that I definitely would NOT do. I will never, ever consult a spiritual medium or participate in any kind of spirit communication, New Age, or occult practices and if anyone asks my opinion I will strongly recommend against doing this. This only opens a person to demonic influences. My view on these things are probably much more theological than your own, but in light of my recent studies after a demonic encounter that I had two years ago, I believe that much (perhaps all) of these so-called paranormal experiences are demonic in nature. Inviting these spirits in through the occult (and mediumship is an occult practice) is very dangerous.

        • You can’t take your particular situation and assume that is the situation is the same for everyone. I don’t think you can paint everything with a black brush. Most beings in spiritual world would generally be no different than humans. There would be a spectrum of good to evil there also. Humans are spirits enmeshed in physical matter. You can’t really say you won’t communicate. You may be communicating when you dream. It would be like me not wanting to communicate in this realm with people. I could try but I would be unsuccessful. When your physical body passes on, you become a spirit. Would you want everyone in this world to assume your demonic.

          One common spiritual problem people can have is Attachments. They are there for many reasons. It can be everything from accidental to benevolent to malevolent. These attachments can happen before birth to later life. Probably it fuels some addictions. From what I can understand, the vast majority can be detached with a competent skilled person. It has been said that there will be the maybe 1% or so that may be very resistant to detachment. That may have been closer to your situation. Finding the right person is the real challenge. A person needs to use there intuition to guide them on what is the right course of action.

  94. Thanks John for your analogy. Everything you say I agree with completely. And yes, you are right, she is a sensitive , as is everyone in this family , arghhh….and it does make life on planet earth extra challenging. A favorite saying in our family is ” Beam me up Scotty” ….so you hit the nail on the head , so to speak. And yes, it really blew my mind when the “gnome” was described as dark curly hair, but he didn’t have a hat on. So apparently they do “leave” their hats places, as an above poster mentioned of finding a hat, that was a weird story. I have many stories of the paranormal type, wouldn’t know where to start ! I did see elves or gnomes as a child also, on Christmas Eve darting around my room under the beds of the room my brothers and I shared. Clear as day…I was quite young. So they are around on Christmas Eve, so maybe it is a wise idea to leave goodies out for them ( winky face ) It just seems as though a gnome sitting next to you making faces at you is being somewhat harassing ? Which lead me on this search and to here. No accidents in the universe. Will check out your website here and comment on other ariticles, etc, another words contribute. Like I said, have lots and lots of stories. Seeing thru the veil comes naturally for this family 🙂

    • Thank you for being willing to contribute your experiences, Mason. I often wonder how many people have similar experiences but are unwilling to share them for fear of ridicule. I think encounters with the unknown happen much more then most people realize, which in turn probably makes people who have these encounters feel isolated and different. I believe it’s often very stressful and if this blog of mine serves any purpose, perhaps it’s to give people a place to talk about these incidents and unburden themselves a bit.

      Yep, I’m definitely seeing some patterns emerging here after almost four years of running this website and hearing countless tales from very sane-and-credible-sounding folk like yourself. I think some people are absolutely more “in-tune” with these other dimensions or higher frequencies, or whatever one cares to call them. My mom had very strong (and accurate) premonitions and precognitive dreams, and told me she was once visited by the spirit of her deceased older sister who had given her a message — which of course was an accurate one. So I know firsthand that some people are more in sync with the spiritual and otherworldly. I think I’ve got a little of that too, though not as much as my mother had.

  95. when i was child in my native country, colombia , south america i heard many stories about gnomes or duendes in spanish, my mother who was scientist and chemical engineer told about the storie of a relative, a woman who lived in a town called yacopi or la palma in the 30s o 40s of 20 century, when this woman was child, a babie she was kidnapped from the house of the town , all the servants, family and people searched the child on the mountains and 2 days after that, the founded the baby on the hills and trees, sorrounded by flowers , fruits and things like these, other storie that i heard was something that told to me an important architect and researcher, hernando camargo quijano, a man who worked and studied in the sorbonne and friend and disciple of corbusier , paulo casals , picasso , my friend told me that when he was a child living in a hacienda o great rural farm in sogamoso town, boyacam, colombia, eastern andes , a liitle girl was molested by a gnome who launched on her little pebbles, the young lady who was a teenager was in hipnotic situation when she was in the yard when someone launched on her pebbles of different colours , my friend who was a child looked that situation when an old woman servant told him about that situation and show him the girl in hipnotic trance and the fall of the pebbles on the yard of the colonial casona or house of the farm or hacienda….

  96. I have seen one on two occasions…both on Wilkinson road in Richmond va..(Henrico county) NOT the only one that has seen this thing..3 feet cloak…black pointy hat..can some one email mail me so I know im not crazy..I am a Christian..but I saw what I…..

    • Bernard — Sorry for the delayed response. That’s really fascinating, particularly because you’ve had more than one sighting in the same location. How many other do you know of who have claimed to have seen this creature in this location?

  97. I was watching alot of duende videos and 4 out of 5 videos show kids playing soccer when this happens. Now alot of them seemed fake or inconclusive, but there ere a couple that were interesting. I’m just wondering if you’ve seen any correlation between children playing abd sightings of gnomes. I know since the duende is the Latin version of gnomes, and Latinos like soccer, it makes sense the kids are playing soccer (not a racist remark, my last mane is Hernandez), just wondering if you have seen a trend between children playing or playing with balls and gnome sightings.

    • Regarding the videos of sighting during children at play, that’s an interesting observation that I hadn’t noted before. I’m not sure what the correlation would be, although that a lot of these South American “duende” (gnome) sightings take place in these Latin American countries where the football/soccer is so popular. It could be that because of the sport’s popularity and the fact that so many people have video cameras and phones with video, they’re filming their children and inadvertently recording images of these creatures. Also, perhaps they’re attracted by the noise and activity and are drawn to children. Children are smaller and may be less intimidating to them. Just a thought, but I don’t really know.

  98. I must also compliment your posting community. Everyone sernd very respectful of everyone else. Nice to know there is a place where you can share stories that may be deemed crazy by the mainstream without fear of judgement. Keep it up John.

    • Thanks, Brian. If this site serves any purpose outside of my own amusement, I like to think that it’s a place where people can share their stories without fear of ridicule. A lot of very sane and normal people have had experiences that are strange in the extreme, and I think it helps to share them. When something happens to a person that is so unusual that it disrupts their entire world view, it can be very disconcerting. If I can give people a place to talk about these things then I’m glad to do it.

  99. Hi John (not sure if I will ever get a response) but thanks for this website/forum, though I basically live in the US now I was raised up in Ghana, West Africa to be precise and my mum and my grandmother used to tell us about stories of dwarves (haven’t heard about gnomes in Ghana though except reading about them in fairy tales)

    my mum and grandmother are devout Christians though yet my grandmother who grew up in her rural town before moving to the city told us vividly about encounters with dwarves and how one of her cousins was taken away/kidnapped by dwarves when he was 7 and brought back after 7 yrs, he came back as a herbalist and could make some of the best herbal medicines. These stories tallied with most accounts of dwarves I had heard about, about them taking children away and teaching them herbal medicine. My grandmother describes how as children also she and her brother were once chased by dwarves, she described them as quite short and ugly and had their foot back to front unlike ours and liked o dwell deep in the forest, next to rivers and big trees.
    As kids we were always told never to whistle at night as these spirits would get attracted to the whistles and steal you whilst you slept, they were said to move in a massive wind and sometimes inhabited farms also where they helped out so far as they got a share of the fruits, my mum told of their attraction to nice beautiful bananas (which kind of coincided with my grandmother’s story of how the dwarves only ate and fed bananas to her abducted cousin whilst they had him) she also said of how they would teach their language to the abducted.

    Now brings me to my personal encounter, when I was like 12, one of my aunts sent me to buy her ointment at a nearby pharmacy like 10 mins away which was place quite on a hill, on my way back the street felt quite deserted (mind you this was a road I had been on quite well), but that day I felt something strange, something short with an old man’s face and a red cloth seemed to be behind me (I still fear relating this story), I thought my mind was making things up so I looked back again and it was still walking about 2 inches behind me, I felt terrified and started running and it started running after me, I could hear the sound of its slippers make super boom like thuds behind me, I ran very scared and even dropped some coin change for my aunt on the street but I never bothered I ran down the hill till I got to the end of the road where I saw a bunch of people and I looked back and there was no one,

    I didn’t even tell my mum tho I know she’d believe me (she’d call in a pastor and have me go through prayers for a spiritual attack or something) and have lived with this story tho it bothers and terrifies me everytime i remember it especially when am alone at home till I found this blog.

    Some years after one of my dad’s (6yrs deceased now tho 🙁 ) who worked with a soccer club (mind you soccer teams in africa are renowned for seeking spiritual help no matter which form to let results swing their way) told me and my cousins and one uncle (and i know he was not lying) about how he was once around a spiritual priest with another friend to get results to swing their way and how the priest called in a dwarf, he said he dwarf’s arrival was like that of a landing plane, a massive whirlwind preluded its arrival and also of a massive fire surrounding it whilst it was consulted, he said he was so terrified to even stare at it but that from what he saw it was as that of a short ugly man with a really long head…..

    * i heard also that due to civilization and city expansions, these beings keep getting displaced and move deeper and deeper into the forests, and my grandmother claimed they were so easily seen during her time than it is nowadays with the naked eye unless specially consulted or abducted……
    note the wind presence that comes with them……… I personally think these beings are most likely the fallen angels that the book of Genesis described, and like the devil have a mind of their own, as i read some people claiming them nice others saying mischievous, there was a tourist area in Ghana under a big tree where our guide told us you could once here talking under the tree but see no one, he said there were dwarves under the tree once but have all left deeper into the forest as humans have started displacing the place (i.e timber cutting, tourists etc) he said the leaves that fell under the tree used to be swept clean every night and yet the place had no personal cleaners) the people would leave bananas under the tree as a token of appreciation to these dwarves….

    Personally I don’t know how I feel about these things judging from my own personal experience….. and hopefully I don’t get any such one again…..

    Thanks John and great website, keep it up….

    • Kwame — Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your experiences! It’s fascinating to me how such similar stories are told throughout the world. Here you relate legends of dwarfs or other small human-like beings that are sometimes helpful, sometimes mischievous, or at other times simply terrifying. These are much like my grandmother’s stories from Sweden, except taking place in Ghana, Africa. Amazing!

      The wind and fire would suggest to me that there’s a spiritual or supernatural component to these beings, as are many of the strange creature sightings that people have related to me. There appears to be both a real, physical presence to them as well as paranormal element to them, which I find very curious. I don’t doubt that many people would agree with you that these could be fallen angels or demonic entities, although they don’t appear to be wholly evil. Or it could be that they are entirely physical beings and are another intelligent species of human(oid) that has purposely avoided contact with our kind. I can’t say for sure, but there are certainly a tremendous number of reported sightings of small humanoid encounters, like the one you described. I’m sure that must have been a terrifying experience, particularly at that young age.

      Thank you so much for sharing you experience with me and with the readers of this blog. I’ll look forward to hearing from you again if you have any other thoughts or experience you’d like to share.

      — John

  100. Hi John,

    I really love Monsters and Mysteries in America and was intrigued by the Gnome in Porterville CA. I myself live in Valenica CA
    Not too far away. I wanted to find out more about gnomes and came across your excellent blog. The reason for the intrtigue is it made me wonder about the experience I had as a child.
    My Grandmother at the time lived in Mexico and when I was young my siblings and myself would stay all Summer long with my Grandparents. When I was Ten years old I was playing in her yard and the ground opend up and these small creatures came out and they were dressed all in black and we would communicate with our minds. When they spoke it sounded like grunts but somehow I understood what they were saying., only now I know it to be Telepathy. But we would play in the Late Afternoon, that is when they came out. When my Grandmother would come out to check on me they would all disappear. and I would get very angry at her for scaring away my friends. I never saw their facial features because they wore black robes and hoods but they were very freindly. They called themselves Momos. Anyways they were there every Summer until I was Twelve. No one else could see them and they would only come out when I was alone. Being a loner as a young girl it was great to have their Company.

    The one thing that I was able to do after my encounter with the Momos is I am able to see peoples Auras. About four layers. I always thought it was a gift from my friends the Momos. My experience with these little people was so very positive and I will never forget my little friends.

    Just wanted t share something positive about Little People.

    • Hi Rose,
      That’s lovely to hear about a positive experience with the little folk. So many that I hear about involve extreme fear. I’m hesitant to pass judgement on whether these beings are benign or malevolent because I hear conflicting reports about them, but perhaps our opinions of them are based on our perceptions.

      — John

  101. I have an odd encounter to contribute. Before my experience I had never heard of the phenomenon of real ‘gnomes/trolls’ nor have I heard the folklore associated with them (other than fairies and children’s stories of trolls under bridges).

    My husband and I live in a cabin in a coniferous forest along a spring fed lake in Northern Canada. We do have neighbors so we aren’t isolated, but the area isn’t densely populated either. There are no street lights, there is a gravel access road with cabins on one side along the lake and thick ‘bush’ on the other and virtually no traffic of any sort, especially at night. About 15 years ago on a very warm summer night (near dawn but still dark – probably about 5am) my husband and I were sleeping with the window open hoping to catch a slight breeze and get some relief from the summer heat. Due to the relentless swarms of mosquitoes and various other woodland creatures we have latched screens on our windows (the kind with the pull tabs on either side). I had woken up (can’t remember why) and could see and feel something sitting on my legs. Our gray tabby cat often slept at the foot of our bed and it took a few moments for my eyes to adjust. When I focused I could see it definitely wasn’t my tabby, I had trouble making any sort of sound but when I did I sat up, I began making the only sort of ‘scream’ I could and began flaying my arms in and out as though It was helping me make the only noises I could. This woke my husband and he too sat up and began to yell/scream. The creature looked at me stunned and startled, my gray cat hearing the commotion came into the room from the hall, jumped onto the bed seemingly to save me and chase away the weird thing sitting on me. The creature watched my cat come into the room and onto the bed, looked at me again, then frantically jumped off of me, onto the window sill and pushed out the screen and jumped outside. My husband and I quickly leaned our heads out the window. I could see the screen down on the grass outside and the creature running fast across our lawn, across the gravel road and vanished into the woods. When it was crossing the lawn the creature seemed to morph into a familiar outside calico cat we had been feeding off and on over the years. Both my husband and I were leaning into the open, screen-less window slowly stopping our weird gasping screams and looked at each other in disbelief. I couldn’t believe what the hell I just saw and I wanted to make sense of it. I frantically asked my husband “what did you just see?!!”. I didn’t want to tell him first, I wanted to make sure that I really saw what I saw! He paused before he answered as though he too couldn’t quite grasp what he just witnessed but finally said “I don’t know! – it looked like a troll! It turned into outside kitty!” – Holy crap! “ME TOO!”. We both took turns exchanging and confirming what we saw. Both of us confirming we each saw the same thing. It was wearing a black hooded cloak which went down to his feet, it had an old creased face and was about 2 feet tall and we both saw him morph into our friendly outside calico cat.

    We have since torn down the old cabin and built a new house. We have never seen the creature again, nor have we seen the outside stray calico cat that we occasionally fed over the years since he was an abandoned kitten. I will never forget the fear I felt, the fear on my husbands face or the surprised look from the creature when I began to scream. I am still not sure what it was that my husband and I saw, but we both saw and experienced the exact same thing. It was Not sleep paralysis – it was real.

    • J — That’s got to be one of the most interesting “little people” stories I’ve heard yet. Thanks for sharing it! This is the first time I’ve heard of one of these beings transforming into an animal, but I’ll have to do some research to see if I can find some other similar reports.

      Okay, here’s the question that I always: Have you and/or you husband had any other type of unexplained experience before or since this happened? Doesn’t necessarily have to be gnome- or troll-related. Just curious.

      Thanks again for sharing your experience and contributing to the Paranomalist blog.

  102. Dear john i wanted to know if there gnome sightings are because i am try to find one in maine the contry please email me if there are am looking for one. And i need a map were they are thank you.

  103. Thank you for the quick response and thank you for this website!
    I want to add that I think I was most afraid of seeing something that wasn’t supposed to exist, it was unnatural and wearing a hooded cloak (which had a pointed peak). Until recently, I have never heard of anyone else seeing trolls and have never told anyone my story until now (except my mom).
    My husband and I have each had one other experience separately, but nothing quite like the troll creature in our room and I don’t feel they are related, but who knows.

    Maybe a year or two before the troll incident I saw a massive huge low flying triangle moving across the night sky while driving home alone from work. There is no doubt in my mind to what I saw. I don’t want to hijack the gnome thread and turn it into a UFO sighting thread so I’ll spare the details (unless you want to hear my story)
    My husband has had a ghost encounter around the same year as my UFO sighting when he was away at University living in an old mansion which had been converted into a few apartments. He would occasionally be woken up by the sound of a chair being kicked over and has said there was a female entity but that is his story to tell as I can’t remember the specifics.

    I too like the weird and unexplained but I certainly don’t seek out to experience them first hand. I have tried to seek a logical explanation before jumping to the conclusion my experience was paranormal however, sometimes there just is no other explanation and until there is, that is what I have to believe.


    • J — That you and your husband both had other encounters with unexplained phenomena is just what I expected. I didn’t ask that question to imply that you’re some sort of paranormal “buff”; most people who have these kind of strange experiences are pretty logical, level-headed and grounded folk who are not seeking out these events. In fact, most people are fairly shaken from having undergone something that is so counter to their world view.

      However, what I consistently find is that people who have one kind brush with unknown usually have had others. Often, they seem like unrelated incidents but my feeling is that there is some kind of underlying thread that connects them. You would not normally relate, say, a Bigfoot sighting with a ghost encounter, or gnome encounter with a UFO sighting, but very often, upon further questioning, these experiencers report at least one other incidence of high strangeness. It could have something to do with the individual themselves. Perhaps you and your husband and others who have these experiences are more sensitive to these kind of phenomena. The more reports I receive, the more I see these patterns emerge.

  104. Dear john or any one am looking for a Gnome at maine lewstion the contry or state anyways if you or someone knows a place were i can find one in maine please email the place and map so i can porve the world that they are real my email is thank you

  105. I agree with you 100% John.
    Even tho the events seems unrelated perhaps somehow they are.
    I also believe some people are more sensitive to ‘something’ that others perhaps just don’t pay attention to or simply just don’t recognize or sense at all due to the convoluted hectic life many of us lead. Maybe it’s a ‘sense’ that is remnant of an ancient ability that humanity has forgotten how to recognize and like any muscle, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Or one that humanity is evolving to develop.

    Its apparent that there is more to our universe than we currently understand. In addition to my own experience, reading the accounts of others who have had similar encounters has opened my mind even more to question what we really know of our true reality and about the world we live. Theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku brings to light many such ideas that allow us to put the unexplained into perspective especially in his discussions on quantum physics, folding time and the multi-verse.

    I have enjoyed our discussion and again, thank you for the awesome website!
    I look forward to reading posts by others with similar experiences.


    • Thanks, J. I’m redesigning the site right now and integrating a forum to facilitate such discussions. Hoping to have that online soon and I have several new articles that I’ll post. Looking forward to talking with you again.

      — John

  106. For years, I have been trying to make sense out of something I saw. I was in the hardwood flooring business in Virginia. My job, when refinishing the hardwood flooring, was sanding the edges along the walls and doorways. We were in an old house, refinishing the floors. I was alone, sanding in a hallway when this creature came out from behind the baseboard. It was only a couple of inches tall. It was flesh colored, but wore no sort of clothing. The thing had long arms, a roundish body and shorter legs. It had hands and feet. The thing had a human like face with a longish nose and human like eyes and when it looked at me with a scowl, I could see it’s teeth.

    Now needless to say, I was stunned as this thing crossed the hallway to the other side. I stopped working as I watched this thing as it looked up and scowled at me. The machinery I was using was very loud and I could understand why this thing was upset. But even to this day, I still ask myself, “What was that?” This was about 20 years ago and I still look for information about what that was that I saw. It definitely was not an insect.

    If anyone has had any similar experience or has any knowledge of what it was that I saw, I would love to hear it. It was one of those experiences that stays with you, and it is one that you normally don’t talk about. There are those that would not understand an experience like that.

    I’ve been searching and searching for an answer and found this forum. This is the first time that I have posted anything about this experience. Although this thing I saw doesn’t seem like the gnomes or little people that are being discussed here, I thought just maybe someone may know what the thing I saw could have been.


  107. I do not know how to explain this but I will try. When I was in my early 20’s my boyfriend and I were driving along a back road enjoying the scenery at night. Another car was in the other lane driving along and when we were just about to pass each other my boyfriend and the driver of the other car slammed on their breaks. I looked up to see why and all I saw was this tiny, maybe about 6 inch tall, two legged, human like thing run across the road between both cars and into the thicket along side the road. It looked like a normal human except for the size and it was wearing what looked like a fur covering of some sort. The driver from the other car looked at us like did you see that and we had the same look on our faces I am sure. We drove off and never spoke of it because well, to be honest, we did not want to sound crazy. I will however never forget that night or the creature. I have tried many times to research what exactly it was I saw and have never come up with an answer!

    • Hi Jennifer — Thanks for sharing that. I love a good “little people” story. Are you in the US or Canada? If so, in what state or province did this take place? If you don’t mind saying so I’m curious to know. Also, was this in a rural area, or suburban or urban?

      Six inches is smaller than I normally hear tell of. One to three feet is more typical, but I do think that there are more than one species of these creatures. Thanks again!

  108. Not a problem and you are very welcome. It was the USA, NY state in the outskirts of a small town called Fonda. It was in the more rural area of the place. This was definitely an adult male. It had a long scraggly brown or black beard. I would really love to know what it was but I do not think anyone knows or will ever know for sure.

  109. Hello, I am from a small reservation called Kawawachikamach, Quebec CANADA. There are alot of sighting of the “Little People” for years now. I heard stories from family and friends.. My friend saw them in the middle of the night when she woke up to go to the washroom and looked out the window and saw them at a neighbors house. At first she thought they were little kids playing and than thought it can’t be at two in the morning. She then said that she could feel someone staring at her and felt scared. Another time my other friend’s neice and a few other kids where playing in a wooded area in the reserve and I guess they got hysterical crying and screaming and people went to them asking them what is wrong with them. My friend said that her neice was hysterical saying that they were still there in front of them but she couln’t see them. Invisaible somehow but the children could see them. The children could have been around 8yrs old at the time. Her neice said they ran away but one of the little people caught her by the leg pulling her to wood and then one of her friends came back and grabbed her pulling her too. She said they were ugly little people. Another time there was a car accident and one of the people involved claimed she was pulled from the car wreck when she was passed out and someone said to her that it must have been the little people. There also stories of the boogie men here.

  110. Wow lots of comments. I was looking up info on a screaming little gnome type man. This sounds very close to what my husband saw. Living off grid in a small cabin in the woods. Arriving home after dark my husband parked the car at the bottom of the hill. As soon as he got out there was a screaming noise very close to him, but he could not see where it was coming from. He ran up the hill to the house, the thing fallowing him screaming. It stood on the hill side next to a tree screaming. He came back outside with a spot light to see what it was. At this time the thing began running up the mountain screaming and stopping once looking back at the house. He had his gun and just decided to put it down and not shoot. My son who was in the house heard the noise when it started and looked out the door to see his dad. Says he saw it clearly. A small man kind of gray angry looking. Lots of deep woods not messed with by man.

    • Thanks for sharing that, Kathy! I get a lot more little people sighting reports than I do of Sasquatch or any other kind of creature. Are you in the USA or Canada? May I as approximately where? Just curious.

  111. I know this article is a few years old but I just found it . I wanted to tell you that several years ago my son , then 3 or 4 saw a gnome . He was not nice in fact looked to be quite evil and did things around the property where we lived . He also harassed another family that had lived on the same property after we left it . More recently I found out that a few of the people that still live where we did near the river have had encounters and my neighbors where I live now were chased out of the river not once but twice by a gnome . The same one ? Anyway we were on a tv show and told about it . Anyone who thinks they are not real or just imagination need to think again . To this day I am terrified that the gnome will show up here where we are as we are only down the street from where we had our encounters with it . I’m not sure he hasn’t been here . We have started hearing some of the same creepy noises and a creepy gurgly weird chuckle at night .

    • Hi Tammy — The show on the Travel Channel’s American Monsters, correct? I saw the episode and recall your story and thought it was very disturbing and frightening. Most of the gnome stories that I’ve received are similar to yours: they’re generally perceived as being creepy, malevolent, and potentially dangerous creatures. Not too much like the impish, mischievous Tomtar that my grandmother told me of. I suppose though that there could be different species and subspecies and that, like we human beings, there might be both kind ones and evil ones.

      I’d be very interested in hearing anything else you might want to share about your experiences or if you have any new encounters. Please feel free to comment on the blog or email me at if you’d care to. Good luck to you, too. I sincerely hope you don’t have a re-occurrence of the situation. It must be truly terrifying.

      Thanks so much for getting in touch and sharing your story. — John

  112. John,

    My sighting occurred many years ago when i was a young child, and even today, 54 years later, I can still picture the encounter in my mind. Here’s what happened: It was 1960 (I think), my family lived in an old house in East Paterson, New Jersey, a house that had been split into two apartments, one on each floor. We lived on the main floor, the kitchen was in the back with my brother’s bedroom off of it. From there, a hallway led to the front, with a bathroom on one side, and a very long room (with a wall to wall closet at the far end), my bedroom was set up in the back third of this room, up to the room’s door. About two feet away from the door was my chest of drawers, then between that and the back wall was a toy chest. On the opposite wall was my child’s bed.

    On the other side of the door there was a big sleep sofa, chairs, a television, and at the far wall, that huge, wall to wall, walk in closet; one who’s doors had to be shut tight each and every night. Also, because I didn’t like to sleep in that large room by myself, (especially in the dark), my parents had placed a night light behind my chest of drawers. That helped calmed me until this one night, a week before Easter in 1960.

    My Mother had gone out with her friends to shop for shoes. My Father had his buddies over to play Poker in the kitchen. It was time for my brother and me to go to bed, my Dad put me in bed first, lifted up the rails (so I wouldn’t roll out), kissed me goodnight, and as he left the room turned on the nightlight before shutting the door. I quickly fell asleep. Some time later I was awakened by a rustling noise near the room’s door. I turned over and looked gor whst caused the sound. That’s when I saw it.

    Clearly visible in the nightlight’s soft glow, a little man moved out from behind my chest of drawers. Then standing between the chest and the door, he watched me, stared at me, not saying a word. Caught in his gaze, I stared right back at him, trying, in my young mind to understand what exactly I was watching. He was close to three feet tall, had a greenish hue to his skin, and his eyes were a bit rounder then normal. His clothes, a dark green suit appeared to be in a much older style, like some of the movies I had watched depicting life in the mid-1800s. And he wore a hat, sort of a flattish derby. And he kept staring at me.

    I moved to my knees, and holding onto the bed rail I realized that part of him was still behind my dresser, and that meant he was more or less flat, and couldn’t be more than three inches from front to back. That’s when I first became frightened, that and the fact that he had only moved a little bit, emerging a few more inches from behind my dresser, that was it. And he kept looking right at me, with what I thought, a rather odd expression.

    When he moved all the way out from behind the dresser in what seemed like a flash, i.e. one second he was still partially behind my dresser, the next he was out all the way, I let go a blood curdling scream. But it didn’t move, it kept staring at me. I kept crying aloud for my Father, louder and louder. Still, that thing kept watching me, staring at me.

    Finally, my Father must have realized that I wasn’t going to quiet down, and he barged into the room, demanding to know why I was crying. I kept crying as I pointed at the little green man watching us by the door. My Father looked, but DID NOT SEE HIM! I kept trying yo get my Dad to see it, but he couldn’t. When my Dad realized that I wasn’t going to stop crying in that room, he lifted me up, and then carried me out to the kitchen. As we passed my dresser, I looked down from the security of my Father’s arms; that creature was still there, but now looking up at me, still staring at me as we walked by it.

    Later that night, after my Mother had come home, she put me to bed. As we walked past the spot I had earlier seen the creature, it was no longer there. It never appeared to me again, not in the next two years we lived there, nor in any house I’ve lived in since.

    What did I see? Was it a Gnome? Was it a Leprechaun? Was it a Ghost? A Shadow person? I don’t know. Oh, I’ve experienced other types of what I would call “paranormal events” – precognition, ghosts, etc., but this event, was totally unique. This was intelligent; that I could sense. And it wasn’t malignant; that I could tell too. But why appear only to me, and why just once. Oh, it wasn’t warning me about anything either as no untoward events followed its appearance.

    • Ken — Very interesting account. I’m always fascinated by reports of little people; they’re a lot more common than many people would think. Two things: 1) It doesn’t surprise me that you’ve experienced other paranormal events. I’ve found that, almost without fail, these are not isolated incidents. May not necessarily be additional sightings of humanoid creatures but may be other types of unexplained events. This leads me to believe that people who have these experiences may simply be more attuned to, and therefore able to see and experiences, the unseen world(s) that surround us. That’s the conclusion that I’m slowly coming to as I field more and more of these reports of high strangeness. And, 2) The glowing greenish hue — I’ve heard that before, in a report that I plan to do a story on very soon. It came from a guy who works as a janitor in the school were my wife taught. He grew up in Hillsdale, NJ and he and his brothers were all menaced by a small being that sounds very much like the one that you saw. This was also probably around the same time period as well. That’s a very interesting parallel.

      Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. — John

  113. Defiantly looks like someone with dwarfism. I can’t help but think it’s a little person messing with people for fun.

    I do not rule out that it could be a gnome. I never use to believe in stuff like gnomes and fairies until I saw weird glowing balls of …fog? in the woods one night. I even pinched myself to make sure it was real.
    So I’m open minded to a lot of myths and legends now.

    • Heather – I experienced floating orbs, smaller, flashing lights, and a glowing mist while camping in a very remote forested area. This happen just a few months ago. Yes, when a person witnesses unexplained phenomena firsthand it sort of changes your perspective on things. It becomes more difficult to dismiss some of the stories that you hear from others.

      The video still fascinates me, but of course you have to consider that it could be a person with dwarfism messing with these kids. Or perhaps these young guys had a friend with dwarfism and staged the whole thing. Certainly more believable than the idea that they caught an actual gnome on video. Either way, it’s very well done and definitely creepy.

  114. i don’t know if any of them are real or not but was watching the video online recently of the one on youtube and my mother said she had seen fairies when she was young in rhode island in the woods near her house.i thought that was very interesting and just wanted to say i guess they are everywhere and not just in england and mexico,but everywhere 🙂

    • I agree, I think that they are. Pretty much every culture around the world has legends of fairy folk and little people. What they are and where they come from is the big mystery.

  115. In my understanding the gnomes are the elemental beings of the earth. like all elemental beings they are the personified forces of nature and work with matter in their own field. Others include syphllys ( air), water spirits ( mermaids) and salamanders (fire) but each group have different sub groups and a variety of them. In the beginning mankind were closely connected with all these elemental beings, there appearance was not scary to us and we lived side by side them learning from them. Gnomes taught men and women how to work with physical matter like wood, metal and stones for example.
    There existence belongs to the ethereal plane, the greater part of creation which unfortunately the majority of mankind has cut themselves off from since our fall, however some are gifted with the ability to perceive this plane(clairvoyance) and some are are able to perceive this plane on occasions.
    It is important to note that these beings do not have free will like we do, they simply work in the will of God like the angels and thus I don’t believe the evil encounters that many have spoken of in the comments had come from them, but rather a demon, dark spirit, phantom or evil thought form which could take on these scary forms that evoke fear.
    Some day mankind will reconnect with these elemtal forces and the animals like we once were before darkness consumed the earth.
    My advice would be to reach out to God almighty and maintain a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit., especially those who had a bad experience. All things happen for a reason and you can use your experience for your own spiritual development. Nature truly reflects the perfection of God and we can learn so much in observance of it and these beings work within it.

    I hope this was helpful to someone. Feel free to comment underneath if you have any questions. God bless you all, I hope all your experiences whether good or bad will lead you to recognition of God and lead you onto a path of spiritual maturity as these sorts of experiences truly to awaken us.

    • I had an encounter with small humanoid beings again in June 2014 (same as those that I described in an earlier post). They were not what I would call Gnomes, but they were short and squat, not much more than a meter tall. My impression and the impression of the other witness was that they were malevolent. Whatever their nature or origin may be, the result for me was that I reconnected with my faith and renewed my relationship with God. So as terrifying as the experience may have been, the ultimate outcome of it was positive.

      • Thanks for the reply, very interesting. I agree The type of entity you speak of wouldn’t be gnome – I would have to have to say would be a type of demon, although I am unfamiliar of the ones you speak of. Yes I believe all things happen for a reason and sometimes we have to experience these horrible things in order to inwardly change, spiritual develop and ultimately recognise God. If we follow God and strive for the good and for love, we need not fear these evil forces. God bless

        • I am of the opinion that they were demons. They were the very same entities that I saw as a child, as I’d mentioned. To me, that is significant. I’ll write about this on the blog soon.
          Thanks for your input.

  116. Wow!!! It was about 1974 in I was about in 4th grade and spending the night at a friends house. His beds were set up on each was so we were about 3 feet apart. I was woken first in the middle of the night. I immediately sat up and looked down towards the floor. In a second my friend also woke up, turned over towards me and too looked towards the floor. The was this little man dressed as an elf (not running) but running with a big stride. He has a pointy hat and curled socks or shoes on. He was dressed in green and I think he had some red in the clothes. He ran under my friends bed. We looked at each other. I said “what was that!!!!?????” He replied “I have no idea but it looked like an elf.” I said it ran under your bed so look for it.” He said”no way you look.” Needlessly to say either of us did.
    With that being said neither of us have had a life of good times. Why my friends and neighbors go on vacations and hire professionals to work on their house, we have had one vacation in 16 years and life pay check to pay check. Hmmmmm……………This was in Arlington Virginia

    • I believe that these entities can have an effect on the lives of those who are exposed to them. It is important to protect ourselves spiritually, and once we encounter these creatures (which I believe are demonic) they can attach themselves to the individual. I’ve found that people who report these experiences often have other strange happenings in their lives, tragic events, and even just plain bad luck. I have some prayers that are approved by the laity that I can post that can help.

  117. I can certainly sympathize with people who are “rational minded” and have the “I’ll believe it when I see it” approach.

    I was one of them the first 41 years of my life : strictly science minded, and an engineer by trade. But when I began having visions of beings such as gnomes, giants, a dragon, and other creatures last year, it really shook my reality to the bone.

    And I know the others on here who have seen such things have the same problems I do – now facing a society that thinks this stuff is only the stuff of fairy tales.

    My current best guess as to why most of us can’t see other beings like this is because as society shifts thru the ages, the focus of our beliefs changes from one of open-mindedness and community to one of self-preservation and fear. And as such, the possibility of seeing these beings manifested in the material world vanishes. I do believe they are still there, but they are there in spiritual, or thought-form.

    My guess is civilizations of yesteryear could see them because they were more in touch with their place in the greater scheme of things, and hence the beings were visible. And this is all coming from the most “rational” person you can imagine.

    So happy my eyes have opened to the REAL truth!

    • Andrew — That’s an entirely plausible viewpoint and one I’ve considered before. I think at some point in human history we perhaps did have the ability to see and experience this other world may have been innate to our nature, but we’ve lost it as society has become more industrialized, science-based, and “rational”. Not that I’m against these things. I am not anti-science, but I do believe that there are many realities that cannot be explained by the scientific method — or at least as it exists currently. Maybe we’ll at some point have the tools to scientifically verify these things that we label as “paranormal” and “supernatural”. It could be that there is an entirely rational, scientific explanation for these phenomena, it’s only that we don’t have the technology to measure them. The other problem with verifying them is, of course, the fact that many people have a materialist view of the universe and therefore simply do not take seriously any claims of personal interaction with the spirit world. Personally, I find that view rather arrogant and misguided, but I also can understand it. I have always found these things easier to accept because I’ve had a lifetime of experiences with the unknown. For someone who has not, it is understandably more difficult to accept this reality.

  118. Hi John and everybody else, I am a city person and have never seen a gnome or fairy, but my 100 year old Mum (born in Portugal, 100 Km north of Lisbon, in a hamlet relatively close to the coast) has recounted this story over and over; it goes like this: one day she went to the fountain to get water for the family and she saw a beautiful young girl coming out of the soil. She ran home and told her mother and her mother said: – Don’t worry, these are the beings that live underground and they are called “moiras / mouras encantadas” (?). There is an article in English here … 🙂 I just wanted to contribute my AUD5c … We cannot all be suddenly mad !!! 🙂

    • Isabel – I think that there is truth to a much of this folklore about little people and earth spirits. I’d never heard of the mouras. I’m going to read up on them. Thanks for sharing your grandmother’s experience.

  119. Hi, can’t believe I’ve only just looked this topic up on the Internet now, but yeah I saw a gnome too when I was a child, he was standing or sitting under a beech tree about 2 or 3 ft tall, he was archetypal gnome like with red hat blue coat with colours so vibrant like a cartoon, I saw him as I was riding a pony through the wood, I was so shocked I looked away and on second glance he’d vanished, to my mind I’m certain he was of another plane of existence with that luminosity and with a bit of research some other accounts seem to confirm that, I’m very close with nature and I feel that seeing one of the earth spirits kind of supports this connection

    • Bonnie — I’m always interested in reports about gnomes and little folk. I know someone who claims that he and his four brothers used to be visited by a gnome- or leprechaun-like being when they were children. He said that it had a luminescence about it. I’ve also heard a lot of reports that they’re often seen in what we’ve come to know as the typical gnome garb — pointy hat and all. Some appear to be benign and others very frightening and evil. Many people do believe that they are earth spirits. I have no idea but these reports span centuries and over just about every culture throughout the world, although the descriptions of these beings vary to some degree. Fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing your encounter. — John


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