posted on Feb, 24 2007 @ 11:12 AM
My experience was different, in that I saw several of the gnome-creatures.
Like you, I gained a very detailed impression of their appearance.
Also like you, I did nothing at all to invite the visitation. Clean-living, god-fearing, competent, well-employed, sane, utterly sober, non
drug-user, house neat as a pin and alone at the time of the experience.
Unlike you however, I was rendered literally terrified. Babbling in fear.
My experience took place mid-evening. I was well-rested. House had been empty for a week or more while I was out of the country.
The creatures possessed the ability to manipulate me mentally and physically. They attempted to abduct me. I saw them at very close quarters. Like
you, I could draw them in detail. Those I saw did not have beards. And there were some females amongst them. They spoke to each other in irritable
voices. In the end, I struggled with them and they retreated then disappeared into a wall-cupboard.
An odd aside is: almost 20 years after the event, I reported it to a research group. It was the first time they'd received such a report. Very
shortly afterwards they contacted me to say that by odd coincidence, they'd just heard from a near-hysterical woman a thousand kilometres distant who
reported that several small gnome-type creatures had been running swiftly through her house for some hours and this had been witnessed also by her
adult daughter. When the research group contacted the woman a day or so later to follow up her report, she declined to discuss the matter further but
remained disturbed and afraid.
I've heard of a couple of other events involving the gnome creatures, including a gnome seen ahead of them on a rough track by two women in Central
America on their way to work. One of the women was so badly affected she was transported via ambulance to hospital, where she was treated for
physical and mental shock. Another was a repeated sighting of the creatures (but only their heads were visible) by a young girl in a bedroom she
shared with two sisters. The girl left home in early adulthood. Many years later, when she was in late middle-age, she returned for the funeral of a
parent. She took this opportunity to ask her sisters if they'd ever seen the gnome creatures in their childhood bedroom, as she had. One claimed no
knowledge of the creatures but the elder sister, who'd remained in the parental home all her life, stated that she had seen them, and added: " I
still do. They're still here."
You might be interested in the ELFEN Project, which is run out of Canada by a Professor Butler. I was surprised to learn from him that the gnomes --
far from being European folk-lore, are witnessed all over the globe, including Hawaii, numerous Pacific Islands, North, South and Central America,
Iceland and all throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand.
Professor Butler advised me that gnomes form attachments to dwellings/locations rather than to individuals. He said ELFEN acted as mediators between
familes and gnomes forced to share the same home. Apparently gnomes do interact pysically with a percentage of experiencers but that it is usually
restricted to mild contact such as the stroking of hair, or occasionally throwing things. I was advised that contact such as my own experience,
whilst being within the extreme 10% of cases, is still reasonably common. Butler informed me (approx. 2 years ago) that he was in contact with
approx. 60 families within Canada and the US who were living in homes containing the gnome type creatures.
My own research has revealed that the Native Americans have long been aware and extremely wary of the gnome type creatures. They warn their children
not to communicate with or acknowledge them. The natives traditionally leave offerings/gifts for the creatures, in order they will not destroy or
poison their crops. The creatures are not regarded as benign by the natives.
In the British Isles of course, the gnome type entities are regarded (or at least until relatively recently) as malignant, evil. They are believed to
steal or swap babies and there are recorded cases of Irish women refusing to have anything to do with their baby because they believe it to be one of
the little people in disguise. Fairy-rings are left untouched by farmers and in Iceland in the recent years, construction work had to be re-routed
because it had originally disturbed the little-people who had interrupted construction in retaliation. There's substantial material online regarding
European little-people accounts and lore.
Finally and quite interestingly, there's Charles Bonnet syndrome, so named for the discoverer, a European, whose mother claimed to be able to see
It has since been discovered, quite recently, that some sight-impaired individuals claim to be able to observe 'little people', described
alternately as 'gnomes' or 'elves' wearing, quite often, typical 'elf' clothing complete with hat. (all the gnome-types in my own experience,
male and female, wore some sort of headgear: scarves tied peasant-style in the case of the women and hats/caps on the men. Without exception).
As many of the sight-impaired folk who report seeing gnomes/elves are often elderly, they did not report their experience for fear they would be
judged (by families and doctors) as suffering mental deterioration. They kept it to themselves. No doubt many of these people themselves
feared they were losing their minds.
In a UK hospital specialising in the elderly, the situation came to light and surprisingly, a serious study of the phenomenon was conducted. People
were reluctant quite often to admit they'd seen the little people. When they were granted assurance their experiences would not consign them to
aged-homes or unwanted medication however, they were more forthcoming. And the study discovered that a sizeable number of people -- predominantly
sight impaired -- had seen/were seeing these creatures.
The descriptions provided were quite consistent: small, elf or gnome or leprachaun in appearance, dressed often in green or red, wearing a hat or cap.
The creatures engaged in various activities before the witnesses. Often they were seen more than once, or more than one of the creatures was
The study group discovered that the witnesses were of perfectly sound mind in the vast majority of instances. (cont. next post)