I think gnomes, for me, are one of the unplayable player classes in RPGs. Its not because I don't like them, but rather because I can't quite get my mind around a larger than gnome sized gnome. Gnomes too me are fey, both powerful and dangerous, filled with humor and joy. Quick to anger, easy to placate, they are the raw emotions of us all.
But they are small and playing them become tough.