Leprechauns: Facts About the Irish Trickster Fairy …

An unidentified man in a St. Patrick’s Day parade waving at the crowd wearing a green leprechaun hat and laughing March 17, 2012, Cork, Ireland. Credit: Peter O’Toole/Shutterstock

“Leprechauns are often described as wizened old men with pots of gold.

But there is much more to the Irish folk legend.

Leprechauns are a type of fairy, though it’s important to note that the fairies of Irish folklore were not cute Disneyfied pixies; they could be lustful, nasty, capricious creatures whose magic might delight you one day and kill you the next if you displeased them.

In their book “The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures,” John and Caitlin Matthews trace leprechaun legends back to eighth-century legends of water spirits called “luchorpán,” meaning small body. These sprites eventually merged with a mischievous household fairy said to haunt cellars and drink heavily.”

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Enjoy your Leprechauns and St Patrick’s Day

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