Garden gnomes have been a part of European mythology for centuries. Gnomes are similar to the Irish leprechaun and the dwarves of medieval folklore. They are said to come out at night and help around the garden.
Modern pop culture has continued popularizing garden gnomes. They make their appearances in movies, television, and even video games. Authors have incorporated gnomes into thousands of works of fiction over the centuries.
Garden gnomes have been “sighted” in many parts of the world. As recently as 2007, there were well over a hundred sightings by locals throughout the country of Argentina. Multiple videos of the creatures have been posted on the internet in recent years.