The Tomte is famous in the world of Scandinavian folklore and shares a lot of the features of the traditional gnome which is why they sometimes get confused for each other. They are typically found on people’s homes and farms and are thought to keep these and the adults and children of the place safe.

A Tomten has a red hat, long white beard and their body shape is similar to a gnome and these things are why they are often mistaken for gnomes.

They have been featured in some literature over the years such as Viktor Rydberg‘s pre-1900s poem called ‘Tomten’ which is often read at Christmas time.

What are Swedish gnomes called

Swedish gnomes are called Tomte.

What is the difference between a gnome and a Tomten?

Whilst they are similar, the main differences are that they look slightly different to traditional gnomes and that they originate from Scandinavian countries whilst gnomes originate from Germany and were taken around Europe.

What does Tomten mean in Swedish?

‘Tomten’ means Santa Claus/Father Christmas in Swedish.

What does Tomte do for families in Sweden?

The Tomte is thought to protect families in Sweden by guarding their homes and farmland. It is a popular figure in folklore and, whilst shares a number of physical features with gnomes, is considered to be a different creature. They are also thought to bring good luck to their owners.

What is a Christmas Neesa?

The Christmas Neesa is thought to be a creature from Nordic folklore. People like to hang them on their trees and place them on their windows and are often seen wearing a red suit similar to Santa Claus.

Are Tomtes just for Christmas?

They are not only just for Christmas but are associated with being near their owners all year round as they protect them, their families and their land from evil.

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