In Irish mythology, a leprechaun is a type of
male faerie said to inhabit the island
of Ireland. They are a class of "faerie folk" associated in Irish mythology
and folklore, as with all faeries, with the Tuatha De Danann and other
quasi-historical peoples said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of
They usually take the form of old men who enjoy partaking in mischief. Their
trade is that of a cobbler or shoemaker. They are said to be very
rich, having many treasure crocks buried during war-time. According to legend, if anyone keeps an eye
fixed upon one, he cannot escape, but the moment the eye is withdrawn he
Leprechauns rarely appear in what would be classed as a folk
tale; in almost all cases the interest of these
stories centres round a human hero. Stories
about leprechauns are generally very brief and generally have local names and
scenery attached to them. The tales are usually told conversationally as any
other occurrence might be told, whereas there is a certain solemnity about the
repetition of a folk-tale proper.
In most tales and stories leprechauns are depicted as generally harmless
creatures who enjoy solitude and live in remote locations, although opinion is
divided as to if they ever enjoy the company of other spirits. Although rarely
seen in social situations, leprechauns are supposedly very well spoken and, if
ever spoken to, could make good conversation. However, if you watch these films
your views of these creatures will certainly change.....
Among the most popular of beliefs about leprechauns is that they are
extremely wealthy and like to hide their gold in secret locations, which can only be revealed if a
person were to actually capture and interrogate a leprechaun for its money.
You should not get in between a leprechaun and its gold.....or else.....