The ELFEN Project might be of assistance to you. It's based in Canada but they conduct research worldwide, re: the type of creature you describe.
You can contact Professor Butler here: mailto
The ELFEN website has a questionaire you can complete online.
The website doesn't reflect what I've personally found to be Prof. Butler's scholarly approach to these creatures.
Like you, I discovered the creatures to be far less friendly than they're typically portrayed.
I'm not sure just when elves/gnomes/little people/leprachauns began to be regarded as cutesy-wootsy little critters filled with love for earth and
All throughout history, until relatively recently, these creatures were regarded in fear and horror or at very least, with extreme caution.
Professor Butler claims ELFEN is in contact with 60 or more families who literally share their homes with these creatures (with varying degrees of
reluctance). According to Butler, the creatures form attachments to locations, rather than to people. Based on this advice, it's possible that were
you to relocate elsewhere, you'd never see another one again. For which you'd probably be grateful !
Apparently, these creatures are known to residents of Hawaii, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, numerous Pacific Islands, Iceland, virtually all of
The Native Americans were well acquainted with them and gave them a wide berth. They instructed their children never to speak with them and to avoid
contact. They also felt compelled to leave gifts amongst their crops, in exchange for which the creatures agreed not to damage the crops.
I honestly don't know what they are. I had never given them a thought until I experienced them for myself. Certainly I didn't believe in their
existence. Only saw them once: that was one time too many.
Professor Butler assured me I was lucky to have had the experience. My opinion differs.
The temptation to gather some friends in order to try to capture the creature you saw must be strong, but I'd advise against it. Even though I think
it deserves to have its backside kicked to hell for torturing the dog.
Based in my own experience of these creatures, they possess the ability to manipulate us physically and mentally. In other words, if my experience is
any indication, they are capable of at least partially paralysing your mind and body. That's not a great position to be in.
You're very fortunate insofar as there was someone with you during your second encounter: you have someone to corroborate your story.
I was alone when I saw them and because there was no easily available information at the time, I wondered if the creatures were actually disguised
extraterrestrials, or if my mind had chosen to 'see' extraterrestrials as gnomes (not that I have any experience of aliens). But ELFEN's Prof.
Butler believed otherwise and said the creatures I saw were in fact the 'little people' he studies.
The whole thing's incredible as I'm sure you'll agree. I'd never reveal my experience to anyone, apart from online, anonymously. I made the
mistake of telling a very close friend once and you could hear the door to her mind clanging shut in a split second. She didn't give me 1% benefit
of the doubt. If her expression had spoken, it would have said: 'Liar. Crazy person. Get away from me ! ' And to be fair, I would most likely
have felt the same if the positions had been reversed. Very few people actually believe in ghosts or extraterrestrials. They enjoy speculating and
discussing them, but it's a different matter if someone claims to have actually experienced them. And these are relatively accepted phenomena these
days. The world just isn't ready for gnomes, leprachauns or whatever they are. And those who do profess to believe in them choose to regard the
creatures as sweet little earth spirits or 'guardian angels' etc.
But as you've discovered for yourself, these creatures are a nightmare. And they tend to specialise in giving humans -- particularly children --
nightmares. They do not like us.
If you have time and the inclination, you can email an account of your experience to ELFEN. It would be welcomed. They're compiling a data base of
sightings, so by submitting your account, you'll be assisting others who have a similar experience. Every bit of information helps.
In closing, I've included an excerpt from a website I discovered the other day while searching for information for another poster who'd also seen
one of the creatures. It was written by yet another witness who'd discovered these little creatures to be frightening.
"When we were on holiday in Cornwall my daughter and I came down a winding lane, and all of a sudden there was a small green man by a gate
watching us. All in green, with a pointed hood and ears.... We were cold with terror. We ran for the ferry below... I don't think I have ever been so
Oh -- and there are several threads about these creatures in these forums: try looking for 'gnomes' or 'little man' etc. Good luck.