Where are the leprechauns in Ireland
Of goblins and gold treasures
Ireland has some landmarks and symbols that can be found not only in stories, myths or tales in pubs, but also in every tourist shop these days. On the famous Irish national holiday, St. Patrick's Day, many people dress up as leprechauns.
The Irish Leprechauns - Leprechauns. What a word. The leprechaun has clearly established itself as the greatest myth in Ireland. Even I was confronted with a story like this in a pub. But what exactly is it about these beings?
The name "Leprechaun" means goblin translated. This probably developed in the 17th century from the word "leipreachán", which in turn is derived from the Central Irish word "luchorpán". This alludes to the dwarfish growth of the mythical creature, because "lu" stands for small and "corp" for body. For this reason, goblins are often called "the little folk". There are of course other interpretations of the word, e.g. that it was derived from a Gaelic word. The alternative spelling “leithbrágan” is made up of the Irish words “leith” and “brogan” - half and shoe. This name could allude to the portrayal of the leprechaun as a shoemaker.
Wherever the name comes from, legends claim that the goblins existed before the Celts. The first specimens are said to have been sighted on the island as early as the 8th century. As already mentioned, goblins are sometimes portrayed as shoemakers or generally as craftsmen for fairies. From this he would also get his magical powers, so the legends.
This also says that every leprechaun has a pot of gold. He bequeaths this pot of gold to the people who manage to elicit where it is hidden. It should be hidden at the end of the rainbow. But catching him is not easy. This only works if you grab him by the shoulders and then don't let him out of your sight, so that he can't disappear again. Kobolds are stingy creatures. He collects his gold and - understandably - does not want to give it away so easily. That's why he acts tricky, it is difficult to outsmart him.
Sometimes goblins are portrayed as grouchy creatures, but he is generally considered very generous, especially towards those who have already helped him.
He is dressed elegantly - with a white shirt, green suit, black belt. The red hair and the beard are striking. How typically Irish ...
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