by Anastasia Rea
One upcoming holiday is Saint Patrick’s Day. On March 17th we celebrate an infamous Irish tradition. And what better way for us at Bear Pause to celebrate then share some of the best myths about the little mascot? Today I will share with you some of the best Leprechaun myths.
A good one to start with is the appearance. They are often described with beards and
dressed in green. Today they are thought to wear the iconic green top hat with a shiny gold buckle and slick black band. However, before the 20th century, they were always depicted wearing red. And let’s not forget to mention that they are short. Exactly how tall is a little shady but on many sources I found three feet.
One of the things leprechaun are most known for is that they guard a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. The tale goes something like this; long ago Vikings lived in Ireland stealing others’ gold. However, the leprechaun’s found this gold and knew that it was stolen. Because it was stolen by humans they didn’t want to trust any other human, Viking or not. The leprechauns guard their treasure at the end of rainbows and devote their lives to not letting humans get it.
There are also many stories about what happens if you catch a leprechaun. If you take him in as your prisoner then he may try to barter his freedom for many things. In some tales, he grants you three wishes. The problem with that in all of those stories is that people would drive themselves insane debating on what to wish for. Sometimes he would try to get his freedom for a magic coin or amulet. But be careful though because if you take your eyes off of him he might disappear.
One uncommon myth in Ireland is that leprechauns are shoemakers. It is told that leprechauns had to learn to make their own shoes because they danced so much they wore them out much too quickly. If you travel out into the Irish countryside then you will hear the tap tap tap of nails being hammered into the soles of shoes.
All in all these beloved creatures have grown to be quite the story. People make leprechaun traps to catch them and honor them on St. Patrick’s Day. So if you see a leprechaun this March be sure to get your wishes.