I never really understood the deal with gnomes. Specifically the part where some people exceedingly hate them and others absolutely enjoy them. For me they've always just been "there". I guess that makes me somewhat of an outlier. No strong opinion either way. It is hilarious to watch the fans and anti-fans go at it though. Doubly so when the anti-fans are kobold-huggers. Much in the way of bizarre train-wreck arguments abound.