10 Fun Facts about Leprechauns

Post On: December 29, 2016
By: Agustina

A type of fairy found in Irish folklore is explained on Facts about Leprechauns. Leprechauns are famous due to their mischief character. They are depicted by wearing a hat and coat. The bearded men are very short and small.  The folklore narrates that the Leprechauns have a hidden pot of gold. They will spend their time making shoes. Leprechauns live alone for they are solitary.

Facts about Leprechauns 1: capturing Leprechauns

Leprechauns are hunted by human.  To get their freedom back, Leprechauns will offer the capturer with three wishes.

Leprechauns 1900

Leprechauns 1900

Facts about Leprechauns 2: the Tuatha Dé Danann

The Tuatha Dé Danann is considered as the original of leprechauns and other Irish fairies.

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Facts about Leprechauns 3: the role in Irish mythology

Leprechauns do not earn special status in the Irish mythology. However, in the future folklore, the creatures are more popular.

Facts about Leprechauns 4: the modern representation of Leprechauns

The stereotypes as well as the caricatures of the Irish in 19th century inspired the modern representation of Leprechauns today.



Facts about Leprechauns 5: the Echtra Fergus mac Léti

The Echtra Fergus mac Léti or Adventure of Fergus son of Léti is considered as the first known reference of leprechaun.

Facts about Leprechauns 6: the story in the Echtra Fergus mac Léti

The medieval tale narrated an event where three lúchorpáin dragged the sleeping Fergus mac Léti, King of Ulster to the sea when he slept on the beach. The king captured the lúchorpáin. To get their freedom back from the king, the lúchorpáin gave him three wishes.

Facts about Leprechauns

Facts about Leprechauns

Facts about Leprechauns 7: the personality of Leprechauns

Leprechauns are considered as a degenerate family who was not completely evil or even good based on the point of view of David Russell McAnally.

Facts about Leprechauns 8: the color of clothes

Today, Leprechauns are mostly depicted wearing the green outfit. Before 20th century, Leprechauns wore red ones.

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Facts about Leprechauns 9: the depiction of Leprechauns

Leprechauns were depicted wearing a red square cut coat with buckles, shoes and hat according to Samuel Lover in his writing in 1831.

Facts about Leprechauns 10: the different outfit

The outfit worn by Leprechauns is varied by region. The antique red jacket was seen on the Lurigadawne of Tipperary. The Northern Leprechaun wore high pointed hat with military red coat. The red coat and green vest were worn by The Cluricawne of Monaghan.

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