Gnomes Island
Gnomes Island.

The Gnome's Island is surrounded by fast moving water on all sides. There are three bridges onto the island, and all are guarded by a big Troll. The Troll wants a trade to get onto the island, and he'll take just about anything valuable. If you pay him, you are allowed safe passage across the bridge, but just that time. The next time you want to cross, you have to give him something else.

Troll Being Pushed Off Bridge
Troll Being Pushed Off Bridge.

Rather than having to pay the Troll each time you want on or off the island, it's better to eliminate him from guarding the bridge all together. (After all, you're not the only person in Daventry—maybe someone else will want to cross one day). So, to do you and everyone else a favor, get ride of the Troll. This can be done by getting the goat to follow you to one of the bridges guarded by the troll. When you begin to cross the bridge, the Troll will come out to demand payment. However, when you goat sees the Troll, he'll immediately butt him into the water. That will be the last you will have to deal with the Troll in the game.

Only after you make it past the troll can you visit the Gnome in the center of the island. He is busy wheedling something and is sitting next to a spinning wheel that looks like he's been turning hay into gold.

Talking to the Gnome
Talking to the Gnome.

If you remember your Fairy Tales, there was another gnome that spun hay into gold—the Gnome from the story Rumplestiltskin. The spinning wheel is your clue to what happens next.

If you talk to the Gnome, he will want you to try and guess his name and he will give you three tries. He'll make it worth your while whether you guess his name or not.

The Gnome's name is not Rumplestiltskin, although if you guessed that, he will tell you that you are close. Another hint, a note that can be found in the Witch's House, tells you to that it is sometimes wise to think backward. Apply that here and you will come up with the Gnome's real name—Nikstlitselpmur, which is Rumplestiltskin spelled backward. It's a good idea to write this down as it is a tough word to type from memory.

Your reward for guessing the Gnome's name are some magic beans. Remembering Fairy Tales is helpful, and you may recall Jack and the Beanstalk and what magic beans are good for. Planting the beans and growing a beanstalk is your gateway to the Gaint's Cloudland.

If you do not guess the Gnome's name after three attempts, he will give you a key instead of the magic beans. The key will open the door in the side of the mountain (E7). This will also you passage to the Gaint's Cloudland, although you get a little less experience points for solving the game with this method.

From Teri

California, USA

January 06, 2005 at 1:18 PM

In the original version of this game, typing Rumplestiltskin backwards did not work... someone discovered that if you wrote down the alphabet forwards and then wrote down the alphabet backwards underneath, you could use the corresponding letters (R = I, U = F, etc.). This way, the gnome's name is "Ifnkovhgroghprm" - which still works as a viable answer in the VGA version.

From sammybobammy


February 11, 2009 at 11:25 PM

the gnome wont talk to me :-(

From Lakawak


December 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Teri is right, and why the original games were SO much better than the silly point and click remakes that eliminated the main challenge of these games which was knowing what to type. Or in this case, dumbing it down. That was a puzzle that took a long time to figure out as a kid, even if we heard it through the grapevine that it was Rumplestiltskin backwards, it took awhile to figure out what that meant. God forbid we have difficult games anymore. Kids would give up today.

From Simon

August 19, 2014 at 3:20 AM

I'd rather take my chances with dumbed down puzzles to be honest; that's so obscure as to be unsolvable.

From Nick Papa Georgio


August 17, 2015 at 12:32 AM

I like how some of the answers to these threads are like several years a part rofl.

From your name


December 22, 2015 at 4:46 PM

^ me too xD

From repesteeltje

France, europe

December 11, 2016 at 7:15 AM

Just to add another comment in 2016 :)

From Greg


March 17, 2017 at 5:13 PM

2017, may as well keep it going Once a year :P

I also like the old style games more.  Part of the fun was typing in all kinds of random things, walking, and yes there was a sense of "I don't know what the hell I'm doing (but I'm going to try some stuff)..." and it was a little uncomfortable but fun.  A lesson for life hidden within these games that a younger generation may never feel.

From Sarah

Denmark, Europe

May 05, 2017 at 11:24 AM

I could NEVER get they gnomes name spelled right, always close,?my thinking was right but not quite there....

Well my kid, for one, Will be playiong this one with me AS soon AS She is just that little bit older :) time well spent together I think.

From Charles


August 25, 2018 at 9:44 AM

This is the game that I will always remember. So simple yet so mush fun. This game thought me so much. Being french, I remember playing with a dictionary and constantly looking up words.

From skkc

April 08, 2019 at 1:09 AM

keep the years ticken off. hell yea those and the spacequest games were awesome and a pain. its called problem solving. doesnt exhist invames anymore

From Adonnenniel


February 04, 2020 at 11:35 PM

Keeping the tradition alive in 2020

From Rick

Santa Rosa Beach FL

July 19, 2020 at 12:00 AM

The comment early on from Teri about typing the name backwards not working is spot on!  That was exactly what I remember running into myself playing the original version.  I found the solution in PC magazine way back then...  It’s so amazing to read this now...

From Mark Unger

Melbourne Australia

September 12, 2020 at 1:00 AM

Just wanted to say hi to be part of history and keep adding to this thread ;)

From Randy

Boston, MA, USA

April 27, 2021 at 1:11 PM

One more comment for 2021.

From lakawak


May 20, 2021 at 10:16 PM

The fact that you are using the "new" version of the game for screenshots triggers me.

From lakawak


May 20, 2021 at 10:21 PM

As far as the gnome's name being too hard to figure out on your Only to dumbed down players who don't want to ACTUALLY pay attention when they play graphics adventure games. The clue about it being backwards was very clear. So yes, like everyone else, I tried Nikstlitselpmur first. And when they didn't work, I tried Nikstlitslepmur, thinking maybe I spelled it wrong. But when that didn't work, it really wasn't that big a stretch to figure out what "think backwards" meant, and my friends and I got it within a day or two. But then again, I liked to be challenged. I didn't just want to waste time playing a game that was a guaranteed win, no matter how bad I was.

Anyone whining about this must have cried to their mommies in Space Quest 2 no not being able to figure out Put gem in mouth.

From Chuckturss

September 13, 2021 at 10:36 PM

It took me a week to figure out I could walk up the walls at the very start of space quest II.  I was 7 lay off me!