My annual holiday card for 2017. Every year I make a piece for the holidays, inspired by the gnomes of Danish folklore. I am born and raised in Denmark and I always adored the creatures of Nordic folklore. It’s been a great source of inspiration to me.
It had been a long day between brushing the cows, and keeping the chickens from eating his hat. Nissen was looking forward to a good night’s sleep. Tired and cranky he climbed the ladder to the attic. There was no sign of porridge today, not even a waft! UNACCEPTABLE. “May-hap tomorrow…” He thought to him. “Maren, the finest of the cows, would come down with a terrible cold, or perhaps the chicken pen would be left open for the fox!” That would show that ungrateful family to forget his porridge!
As he moved in the darkness towards his bed, he suddenly bumped his head and fell right onto his behind. Swearing and cursing under his breath, he stood back up and fumbled his way to the bed. He lit a candle, and turned to see what he collided with. There it was; a brand new bottle of brandy!
The next morning Maren the cow gave even more milk than usual.