Thursday, March 06, 2008

Thursday Thirteen


13 Facts about Leprechauns

1. In Irish mythology, a leprechaun (Irish: leipreachán) is a type of male faerie said to inhabit the island of Ireland.

2. There is no direct reference to Leprechauns in what are known as "ancient Irish tales".


3. They usually take the form of old men who enjoy partaking in mischief.

4. Their trade is that of a cobbler or shoemaker.

5. Leprechauns have also become self-appointed guardians of ancient treasure (left by the Danes when they marauded through Ireland), burying it in crocks or pots.

6. According to legend, if anyone keeps an eye fixed upon one, he cannot escape, but the moment the gaze is withdrawn, he vanishes.

7. If one captures a Leprechaun he must be truthful and honest and tell you where he has hidden his treasure. The Leprechaun although honest and obeying the laws is crafty.

8. Leprechuans really do exist. They are simply dwarves with an Irish background.

9. By nature, leprechauns are said to be ill-natured and mischievous, with a mind for cunning. Many tales present the leprechaun as outwitting a human.

10. The leprechaun originally had a different appearance depending on where in Ireland he was found. Prior to the 20th century, it was generally agreed that the leprechaun wore red and not green.

11. Yeats, in his 1888 book entitled Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry describes the leprechaun as follows:He is something of a dandy, and dresses in a red coat with seven rows of buttons, seven buttons on each row, and wears a cocked-hat, upon whose pointed end he is wont in the north-eastern counties, according to McAnally, to spin like a top when the fit seizes him.

12. The stereotypical image of a leprechaun bedecked in green is particularly strong in the United States, where it is widely used for a variety of purposes, both commercial and non-commercial.

13. There was also a pyromaniac leprechaun on an episode of The Simpsons, the aformentioned Leprechaun repeatedly told Ralph Wiggum to "Burn them all".


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23 comments:

Chuck said...

ok, miss smarty pants. nice education there for us ;)

love ya and happy TT *Yippee*

ellen b said...

Fun times in March! I love March! happy TT to you...

marcia said...

IRish here through and through Love it Mary. Oh I waved to you when I saw the empire State bldg this weekend:>.

Open Grove Claudia said...

Hurray for the wee people. I got an email saying that I could grow to a massive 9 inches - that must have been from them! ;) (I posted on this today!) Look how the universe provides confirmation.... ;)

Happy TT!

SandyCarlson said...

You know, I think Yeats was describing himself on a different scale, which would completely figure!

This is fun.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

How adorable. I didn't know most of this either. I know you are shocked. Have a great TT Teach. :)

Bond said...

I search for the guy with the pot of gold, and keep finding the guy with a soggy bowl of cereal...

bwahahahahahahahahhahahaaa

HomeandHearth said...

Nice TT!

I spent a lot of time reading myths and faerie tales growing up, and leprechauns always made for interesting tales :)

crazy working mom said...

Great job, full of info I did NOT know. :)

Happy TT.

Gattina said...

I have got the impression (already last year) that St. Patrick's is more celebrated in the States than in Ireland itself. At least there are far more decorations. So far I have never seen an Irish blog decorated for St. Patrick's, lol !

Sanni said...

Excellent and informative TT - thanks for sharing.

My favorite is the Simpson Episode you mentioned... you know I´m a Simpson fan :)

The Mama Bear said...

Very cute, as my novel is about fairies I have learned much of the leprechaun lore.
Love the Simpson's leprechaun though....do we get another St. Patrick's theme next week too?

Jersey - The Furry Diva said...

I hope to meet a leprechaun some day, Miss Mary... doogies are allowed to hope for things like that, aren´t they???

Ivanhoe said...

As per instructions in #7: I must get me a little leprechaun... I'll share the pot of gold!
Happy TT!

Bottles Barbies & Boys said...

I love St. Patty's day! A leprechaun always visits us while we are gone ;)

MamaArcher said...

I guess Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner, I have a different take on it though, since we have a child with a birthday that day, it is all about her and cake and icecream!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I don't remember learning most of this stuff -- but the comment about Irish dwarves almost made me lose it. That was great!

Let me know what you think of The Gilded Chamber. My whole book club loved it.

Corina said...

I can't imagine them wearing red instead of green!

Is anyone old enough to remember the Bonanza episode called "Hoss and the Leprechauns"? It was hilarious!

Celticlibrarian said...

Have you read any of the books by O.R. Melling? In "The Hunter's Moon" there's a leprechaun that drive a car with a lot of shoes in the back seat.

Thanks for stopping by!

Travis said...

I am a regular juggler of leprechauns ya know. It's because the mittened kittens slide around on the floor when you drop them.

LOL!

Julia said...

These are fun and great fact about the Irish and leprechauns!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you visit me again. Have a good Thursday Thirteen. Have a good day
Julia-Yen

MyBellavia said...

I enjoyed reading this! March is such a fun month! We concieved all four of our children in March! I consider them my Pot-o-gold! However, December tends to be a very expensive month.

Jamie said...

Now how did you get through 13 items about leprechauns without mentioning a Scotsman playing an Irish game keeper in one of his first movies: Sean Connery in Darby O'Gill and the Little People. And he sang while doing it:

She's My Dear My Darling One