No no, this is an other type of troll. The cool kind, not the bullying kind ;)
I've neved understood the thing. How could you ever want such a horrid little creature near your house? :l
There's plenty of them around at Christmas, can't move for the things in the shops (especially ÖoB!)
What other translations of "tomtar" are accepted? Kobolds, brownies, fairies?
I don't think gnome is a fair translation of a tomte, they are somewhere in between an elf and a sprite
I disagree - it's obviously hard to translate perfectly, but "gnome" is a standard translation and one which carries across the general folkloristic meaning decently.
Yeah, I really wish there were...
We accept "elves" and "brownies" as well, by the way. Neither is particularly great, but they're not much further away than "gnome" is. :)