Mythological Creatures: Earth Elemental (Gnomes)

The elements of fire, water, earth and air are said to be the four building blocks of nature, composing the world in which we live. The Swiss renaissance alchemist known as Paracelsus was the first to bring the concept of the elements to life, calling his mythological beings elementals. Since their conception, elementals have been at the very heart of fantasy literature, folklore and occultism...

MythDen.com - Earth Elemental (Gnomes)

Mythically called Gnomes, earth elementals are known by many names including elves, dwarves and goblins. Gnomes are portrayed as mischievous, grotesque little creatures that are only twelve to eighteen inches tall and dress in green and brown clothing to fit into their forest surroundings. Gnomes control the Earths soils, rocks and trees and are said to be immensely knowledgeable, with Gnome coming from the Latin word gnoma meaning knowledge. Paracelsus claimed that earth elementals "can be seen scampering out of holes in the stumps of trees and sometimes they vanish by actually dissolving into the tree itself".