•about this critter•
"The HUMPDUMPLE." - A shy, cyclopean, warty-potato-shaped-near-sighted dwarf who galavants around the deep woods before dawn: "he stumbles and stamps along—thump, thump, clumpy clump!" – making deep holes in the paths that guides worked so hard to make flat… he has abnormally heavy, paving stone-like feet.
•history and early appearances•
its another fearsome critter from 1925s “yearns of the big woods.” - this one was (jokingly) used to explain why humps and deep holes would suddenly appear in forest paths overnight.
Bigfoot, eat your heart out. (Notably: bigfoots name as we know it was coined was in 1950s.) so he predates that story by quite a bit.
there are similar yokai which behave similarly to humpdumple as well. (Ippondatara specifically Leaves odd foot prints and has one singular eye)
…The name is likely is just a pun on Humpty Dumpty which dates back to the late 1700s! No connection aside from the name.
there’s really not much else to say other than what I’m sure you’re thinking: humpdumple also predates “mr potato head” by about 30 years!
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