Dill is a Brownie. I thought he was a Troll, but he corrected me as we worked together to build his special Faerie House together. I had a different picture in my head of what a Brownie should look like, but Dill informed me that I am quite incorrect.
He is a warrior and he is a strong woodsy character. His full name is Dillanno, but he is affectionately known as Dill by everyone he knows (and by some who know only of him by reputation).
He carries a large crewel needle for a weapon. he can kill a rat or a mouse that attacks him with the embroidery needle, but it isn’t really sharp enough for protection. He does use it to kill the beetles and grubs he sometimes resorts to eating (when he can’t raid a human pantry). For the most part, he uses the needle to snag the treasures he piles into his little brown bag and brings home: rings, necklaces, earrings, cufflinks… The needle has a long yarn rope for snagging those tidbits of food and dragging them back to himself without having to step out onto the linoleum where the house cat is standing guard. The needle is also very handy for poking the house cat when it sticks its paw under the refrigerator and attempts to claw Dill or another Brownie. The needle is just long enough to keep Dill away from the deadly cat claws and just slender enough that a cat can’t get a grip on it.
I discovered Dill’s secret stash place. He hides his treasure in a broken pot in a mossy place. He has a little fire ring where he can heat up his food or drink, a little fungi table, and a little treasure chest that is overflowing with shiny treasures.
He uses a grappling hook to climb: he can throw it quite a ways to catch onto a loose drawer or an open jewelry box, and then, with a little hand-over-hand, Dill climbs up and fills his little brown bag.
I caught him just as he returned to his treasure trove. He howled in surprise and wielded his needle, but it was too late: I clamped a plate down onto his terrarium and trapped him. His grappling hook is still attached to the lip of the terrarium, so he has plenty of air. I can toss him cheese bits and bread, and even offer him water for his little stein, but it is best for the pair of us if Dill stays trapped.
A potted plant placed on the plate would probably ensure that Dill will never escape.
There is much more greenery and moss in the terrarium than when the photos were taken, but this is basically the Faerie House. (Click on the photos for a larger view)
Everything is glued in place except the plate, the grappling hook and the hanger.
$55 plus shipping and handling. I didn’t make the macramé hanger: it came with Dill’s terrarium. Obviously, he’s been using the macramé to climb up and down.