I love to tell the story of the gnome Rubezahl. He did everything he could to win the affection of a princess, but he could not force her to stay with him. With all his power and magic, the king of the gnomes could not change the heart of a woman. He was left in the underworld, lonely and bereft.
Oh, Rubezahl! How I love you, you sweet old gnome!
A Village Storyteller in Rubezahl, Brown Fairy Book. Painting by Edmund Blair Leighton.