Q. When is an elf disgruntled? A. When he is a gnome on a donkey entertaining delusions of grandeur.
Just look at this kitsch ceramic little figure. Even the donkey looks put-upon. Tolkien never wrote about anything so comically adorable, although this pair does resemble a couple of reluctant adventurers.
I don’t recall how I stumbled upon this figurine on Etsy, but it sure tickled my fancy. I already owned a small stone carving of a donkey/mule/horse that I had bought in the Rif Mountains of Morocco, and decided this little pair would look darling sitting nose to nose with it on my windowsill: a study in contrasts.
They came from the quaint Etsy store Betty And Dot, named after the owner’s two grandmothers. The lovely owner Sherri, surmises the figurine is most probably of 1960s Japanese origin. She very carefully packaged it for a long journey over the ocean, and the figurine arrived safely, tied up with blue ribbon and cushioned amongst the bubble wrap. Sherri included a lovely handmade note (I loved the vintage rainforest photograph) and a vintage posy of berries –a personal touch that makes all the difference with impersonal online shopping. She also has a second Etsy store, Sew Betty And Dot, specialising in vintage sewing supplies.
Here are the donkeys on my windowsill, becoming acquainted. Hee-haw!