Leprechauns and Irish Folklore by Mary Pope OsborneMagic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter, they had lots of questions. What are leprechauns? How do we know many of the old Irish stories? How do fairies spend their time? Who speaks the Irish language? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.
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5 Unknown FACTS About Leprechauns - Faery Folklore
Legend Of The Irish Leprechauns
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. While leprechauns are mythical beings, a rare type of insulin resistance, sometimes called leprechaunism, is very real. Leprechauns are often described as wizened, bearded old men dressed in green early versions were clad in red and wearing buckled shoes, often with a leather apron. Sometimes they wear a pointed cap or hat and may be smoking a pipe. These sprites eventually merged with a mischievous household fairy said to haunt cellars and drink heavily. Other researchers say that the word leprechaun may be derived from the Irish leath bhrogan , meaning shoemaker.
They have become renowned all over the world. The mischievous Irish Leprechaun has captured the imagination of millions of people over the years. As a cousin of the Clurichaun, the Leprechaun is known to inhabit Ireland before the arrival of the Celts and can survive hundreds of years. The Leprechaun can only be found in Ireland, in rural areas away from the general population. Burrowed deep in underground caves with entrances hidden as rabbit holes or found in a hollow trunk of a Fairy tree they find safety away from humans who seek to capture them to be granted 3 wishes. The Leprechaun is well-known for their love of Irish music and traditional dance.
They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, they often grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom. Alternative spellings in English have included lubrican , leprehaun , and lepreehawn. He captures his abductors, who grant him three wishes in exchange for release. The leprechaun is said to be a solitary creature, whose principal occupation is making and mending shoes, and who enjoys practical jokes. According to William Butler Yeats , the great wealth of these fairies comes from the "treasure- crocks , buried of old in war-time", which they have uncovered and appropriated.