Gnomes are one of the humanoid races. They were the oldest sentient race on the northern part of the Continent and, along with dwarves and elves, they're known as one of the Old races.

Many gnomes live in Mahakam along with the dwarves[6] and some near-extinct werebbubbs,[2] while others inhabit the Tir Tochair mountain range.[7] 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.[8]

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.

Appearance Edit

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[1] and pointed teeth.[9]

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.[5]

Culture Edit

Their society is said to be similar to dwarven clan structures,[5] though apparently less authoritarian, resembling large communes lead by people's assemblies and respected individuals.[3]

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[10] leading to speculation that their religion advocates peace over war.[3] 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.[11]

Personality Edit

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.[7] Another profession typical of them is a miner.[6]

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[3] or highwaymen.[2] 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.[6]

They are also quite fun-loving, which is indicated by a saying "stir up trouble like a tipsy gnome".[12]

Notable gnomes Edit

For a full list of gnomes, see :Category:Gnomes.

Part-gnomes Edit

The Witcher Edit

Glossary entry Edit


"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 Edit

The World of the Witcher Edit

There is a quote from Jarre where he is describing this elder race:
Gnomes, though shorter than dwarves and not as strong, are equally resistant to hardship and much more agile. This ancient and noble race is characterized by their long, pointy noses, in which they take great pride ... Like dwarves, they. love their handiwork, and are particularly adept at the arts of the metallurgist, the armorer, the jeweler, and the goldsmith. Not many, however, elect to ply their trade beyqnd their native lands, since their grand mastery, and the profits which it brings, 'inevitably becomes the object of envy and thus human aversion, which ends in slander at best and pogroms at worst. Reverend Jarre of Ellander the Elder, "The Truthful Description of the Elder Races"

Notes Edit

  • 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.

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