Tomte

2023-08-06 Snargl 3 minutes 11 seconds

Who is a Tomte?

Tomte with a long beard and a long beard wearing a hat and holding a cane in front of a chinese building
Cartoon santa claus standing in a forest with a full moon in the background and a lantern in the sky
Wizard holding a lamp and a lantern in a forest with apples on the ground and a full moon in the sky
Painting of a gnome with a red hat and beard standing in a forest at night with a full moon
Tomte dressed as a santa clause standing in a room full of christmas decorations and gifts
Wizard holding a candle in his hand and a pot of fire in his hand in a dark alley
Santa clause is walking in the woods with a stick in his hand and a hat on his head
Statue of a santa claus standing in a field of flowers with a cloudy sky in the background
Gnome statue standing in the water at sunset or dawn with a red hat and blue beard and a red and white outfit
Tomte with a long beard and a red hat is walking in the snow outside of a house with a christmas tree
Statue of a gnome standing on top of a hill overlooking a city at night with stars in the sky

A tomte is a mythological creature from Nordic folklore that is typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season.

It is believed to guard homes and farms where they live, protect and help people and animals.

He is usually depicted as a small elderly man with a long white beard and a pointed hat of bright color.

In other Scandinavian languages he is also known as Nisse or Tontu.

Tomte are said to be very hardworking, but also very sensitive to the way people treat them.

As a sign of gratitude and respect, he expects to be served a bowl of porridge with butter on Christmas Eve.

If he is abused or neglected he can make trouble or even harm the household.

On the other hand, if handled well, it can bring luck and prosperity to a family.

Tomte is part of a rich and ancient tradition of Scandinavian folklore, and it has influenced many aspects of culture and literature.

Some scholars have suggested that he is related to the cult of the ancestors, or to the god Odin.

He is also been linked to the origin of Santa Claus, who is sometimes called Jultomten (the Christmas tomte) in Sweden.

Today, the tomte is still a popular symbol of Christmas and winter in Scandinavia and beyond, often featured in decorations, fairy tales and songs.

Example of the color palette for the image of Tomte

Picture with primary colors of Cadet, Golden brown, Platinum, Onyx and Old Gold
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 5010-B10G
RAL Classic
RAL 7031
RAL 8001
RAL 9001
RAL 9005
RAL 1012
RAL Design
RAL 240 40 10
RAL 110 90 05
RAL 170 20 20
RAL 080 70 60

Example of the color palette for the image of Tomte

Picture with primary colors of Onyx, Pastel blue, Mordant red 19, Ball Blue and UCLA Blue
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 1060-B
RAL Classic
RAL 9005
RAL 7035
RAL 3020
RAL 5012
RAL 5023
RAL Design
RAL 170 20 20
RAL 190 80 10
RAL 270 40 30
RAL Effect
RAL 180-1
RAL 630-2
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What does a Tomte look like?

Cartoon character with a long beard and a hat on
Statue of a man with a beard and a beard wearing a hat and a leather jacket stands in front of a cityscape
Statue of a man with a beard and a beard wearing a santa hat and holding a bag of gifts
Painting of a santa clause with a beard and a beard ring on his head and a red hat
Painting of a man with a beard and long white hair and a beard wearing a blue outfit and a red hat
Gnome is standing on a rock in the woods with a stream in the background and a forest with mossy rocks
Woman Tomte in a costume standing on a rocky shore at sunset with a house in the background and a lighthouse in the distance

Tomte is a mythical creature from Nordic folklore that is associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season.

He is usually described as a small, old man with a long white beard and a pointed hat, often in red or gray.

Tomte lives on a farm or in a house and helps with the chores and the care of the animals, especially the horses.

He is also known as a nisse, tomtenisse, or tonttu in different Scandinavian languages.

Tomte is generally friendly and helpful, but he can also be mischievous or angry if he is not treated with respect or given a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve.

Example of the color palette for the image of Tomte

Picture with primary colors of Dark electric blue, Bulgarian rose, Dark gray, Auburn and Chestnut
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
RAL Classic
RAL 7031
RAL 3007
RAL 9006
RAL 3002
RAL 3017
RAL Design
RAL 260 40 15
RAL 040 20 19
RAL 140 70 05
RAL 040 40 60
RAL 030 50 50
RAL Effect
RAL 830-2
RAL 440-4
RAL 450-4
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What is the difference between a gnome and a tomte?

Gnome statue standing in the snow in front of a house and trees with pink flowers on the trees
Painting of a gnome holding a staff
Painting of a male Tomte with a beard and a beard wearing a hat and a long beard
Gnome with a long beard holding a large axe and a candle in a forest with trees and rocks
Tomte in a fantasy setting with a sword and a helmet on his head and a beard
Painting of a gnome in front of a window

Example of the color palette for the image of Tomte

Picture with primary colors of Pang, Dark jungle green, Pale robin egg blue, Rose vale and Moonstone blue
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 5020-R60B
NCS S 8005-B80G
NCS S 1040-B60G
NCS S 1550-R80B
RAL Classic
RAL 7015
RAL 8022
RAL 6019
RAL 3033
RAL 6034
RAL Design
RAL 290 30 20
RAL 160 20 20
RAL 190 80 20
RAL 010 40 45
RAL 200 70 25
RAL Effect
RAL 580-5
RAL 730-2
RAL 680-1
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What are the characteristics of the tomte?

Tomte with a long beard and a long beard wearing a blue hat and a blue robe and holding a knife
Cartoon gnome standing in the snow in front of a house with a lantern on it's roof
Gnome with a long beard and a red hat holding a pot and a stick in a forest with mountains
Tomte wearing a hat and sunglasses with a full moon in the background

Example of the color palette for the image of Tomte

Picture with primary colors of Onyx, UCLA Blue, Moonstone blue, Rosy Brown and Chamoisee
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 1550-R80B
RAL Classic
RAL 9005
RAL 5023
RAL 6034
RAL 4009
RAL 1036
RAL Design
RAL 170 20 20
RAL 270 40 30
RAL 200 70 25
RAL 010 60 15
RAL 050 50 30
RAL Effect
RAL 680-1
RAL 490-5
RAL 330-1
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