Where do leprechauns come from?
Leprechauns better known as the “Luck of the Irish” originate from Irish folklore, as a class of “solitary fairies.” They’re typically depicted as mischievous bearded men, who sport a green coat, a top hat and guard hidden treasures. But these teeny creatures didn’t always wear green! Prior to the 20th century leprechauns wore red.
Samuel Lover, writing in 1831, describes the leprechaun as.. “Quite a beau in his dress, notwithstanding, for he wears a red square-cut coat, richly laced with gold, and inexpressible of the same, cocked hat, shoes and buckles.”
Leprechaun's are busy little creatures who like to spend their time making shoes or hiding gold coins at the end of rainbows. They are known to bring good luck, in addition to granting three wishes.. if you can catch one of course! This is where much of the modern fascination comes from finding, and capturing a leprechaun.
Are leprechaun's nice?
According to legend, they’re are not so friendly, or approachable. They live alone, and can be very nasty, and lustful. Although their magic might impress you, it could kill you if you fail to please a wee little leprechaun.
How do you get good luck from a leprechaun? Wear green! It’s not as difficult as one may think. This tradition is associated with a myth that leprechauns will pinch you if you’re not wearing green, hence why green is thought to be such a lucky colour.
Do leprechaun's have any weaknesses?
- Four leaf clover
- Wrought iron
- The destruction of gold
What to do if you see a leprechaun? Catching one is easy, keeping him is the hard part!
- You will be granted 3 wishes, but don’t get too greedy
- Ask for their gold (they have plenty)
- Never take your eyes off of him
- Don’t accept new shoes from him
Can you trap a leprechaun?
Yes, it's possible to trick them by building a secret trap door made from a painted green ladder of sticks, mounted beside a small empty box covered with colourful paper on top. You can hope a curious leprechaun will fall right into your trap and grant you 3 wishes.
With all this knowledge you will be sure to trick a leprechaun this St. Patricks Day, if you can catch him of course!