Gnomes live in the ground and are famous for their stubbornness and their wisdom. Gnomes are practical, down-to-earth, deeply rooted in reality, and disapprove of anything airy-fairy. Unfortunately, a gnome is also prone to being a stick-in-the-mud and can get bogged down with inertia. The thoughts of the gnome tend to be very precise… but also very slow. A sentence might take a whole year to speak (or in the case of certain gnomes, an entire century). Gnome jokes are not very funny because they never get to the punch line. — Good Faeries Bad Faeries, by Brian Froud.