Originally Posted by SomebodyElse
I have a question about catching gnomes.
First make sure it's a gnome and not a goblin, brownie, kobold, leprechaun, Heinzelmännchen, or some form of domestic spirit.
-You really don't want to try catching a goblin or chance making a brownie mad at you.
After you do that, you have to identify the type of Gnome it is (i.e. house, garden, earth, mountain, woodland, siberian, dune, etc.).
You should also identify it's pedigree, as German fey are much different from Irish or Cornish Fey (the type of Gnome or it's clothing might give you a clue as to this - other than that you may have to speak to it, which can be risky).
Then you have to identify the sub-type (i.e garden gnomes have several sub-types: flower garden, ornamental garden, vegetable garden, etc.).
Next you need to find out what sub-sub-type your dealing with, is it a Red Gnome, a Blue Gnome, a Green Gnome? These are often identified by what gang colors they're wearing (hats).
-If it's a Red Gnome you might consider leaving it alone as they are affiliated with the Elves, and Elves can be particularly nasty if they decide they don't like you.
My suggestion is just leave it alone no matter what kind it is, because even if you capture it for it's treasure you won't enjoy using the treasure, as most fey treasures are cursed, and even if it isn't, fey gold often vanishes with the rise of the sun, so you'll need to spend it very quickly and hope no one connects all the vanished gold to you the next day - not to mention if the tax man becomes involved.
If the Gnome is causing problems leave a little milk and bread (or whiskey - especially w/Irish Gnomes) on the back step to appease it.
If you still want to catch it, after you gather all the above information the next thing you need to do is to realize is that the Gnomes you see in your neighbors yards are made of painted plaster or plastic.