Many gnomes live in Mahakam along with the dwarves and some near-extinct werebbubbs, while others inhabit the Tir Tochair mountain range. Some gnomes also used to reside on Mount Cremora as evidenced by the Citadel, the mountain fortress they built there, but by the 1240s it was already in possession of the mage Ortolan who made it his laboratory.
They are famous alchemists, craftsmen, talented smiths and metallurgists forging gwyhyr swords which are considered the best in the world although they can excel at other enterprises.
Gnomes are shorter and weaker than dwarves, but just as resilient and more agile. They can be easily distinguished from dwarves and halflings by their more slender shape of a body, exceptionally long noses and pointed teeth.
Another defining factor is a beard. Unlike dwarves who always have beards, gnomes either cut theirs short or don't have them at all. Even an exceptionally large and strong gnome with a well-groomed beard cannot be confused with a dwarf because of aforementioned noses which are twice as long as those of humans and dwarves.
Little is known about gnomish religion apart from the fact it allowed some of the gnomes, including Percival Schuttenbach, to avoid conscription by claiming a religious exemption leading to speculation that their religion advocates peace over war. This religion might also somehow be connected with the advanced gnomish alchemy, especially where Sephirot is involved, which are said to be the ten elements of the Tree of Life.
Gnomes are known to be particularly clever. They excel as smiths and metallurgists and use ancient techniques, patterns and methods to create gwyhyr, which are considered the best in the Northern Kingdoms, Nilfgaardian Empire, and the nearby parts of the world. Another profession typical of them is a miner.
Gnomish communities live in human cities as well, where their members work as jewelers, artisans, and pawnbrokers. Immature gnomes often work as gofers and office boys for dwarven banks. Some gnomes, on the other hand, tend to prefer less reputable ways of life and become burglars or highwaymen. During the Northern Wars, a number of gnomes became upset by the prejudice, pogroms, and higher taxes and joined the Scoia'tael as a result.
They are also quite fun-loving, which is indicated by a saying "stir up trouble like a tipsy gnome".
Notable gnomes Edit
For a full list of gnomes, see :Category:Gnomes.
"Gnomes are secretive and mysterious. Most of them live in Mahakam and are allied with the dwarves; they seldom interact with humans. Gnomes are talented craftsmen, miners and inventors. Their technology is superior to that of humans, and gnome weapons can be equalled by no others. They are also considered the eldest race on the continent."
Source EditJarre where he is describing this elder race:
- Gnomes also feature in other works of Andrzej Sapkowski. In The Eye of Yrrhedes role-playing game they are peculiarly hated by kobolds and in a constant state of war with them. Two gnomish burglars appear briefly in Chapter 7 of The Ceasless Light novel, the third part of his Hussite Trilogy.
- In The Witcher, if one does not count Kalkstein who is only speculated to be part-gnome, they aren't present. Though there are posters advertising "Schuttenbach Jewellers" here and there on the walls in Vizima.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Baptism of Fire
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Last Wish
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni
- ↑ Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Russian interview with Andrzej Sapkowski (unofficial translation)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Blood of Elves
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Tower of the Swallow
- ↑ Season of Storms
- ↑ Sword of Destiny
- ↑ The Lady of the Lake
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 The Witcher
- ↑ Time of Contempt