Leprechauns: The Creature That Literature Enhanced
- Irish Mythology
A lot of us do not know the true story behind the true Irish Mythological creature known as Leprechauns. The original version of these creatures in Irish Mythology was actually not really that crazy. They were said to be small people who were primarily known for cobbling shoes and playing practical jokes. The problem is that this changed due to how they were used in literature.
There have been several different spellings of the word “Leprechaun” in English or Middle-English, which resulted eventually in the word we mostly use today. That seems to be where a lot of the problems began. They were used in stories where they were said to be very small, and eventually even connected to the Roman Festival of Lupercalia. This festival was said to have been in play to get rid of evil spirits. That caused the magical portion.
This was only aided by Thomas Dekker’s comedy An Honest Whore, where he describes them as lustful spirits. Eventually, they were connected to gold and enjoying the idea of hiding it from others. Technically, Leprechauns from Irish Mythology are quite possible as just being little people who made shoes. Of course, also enjoying pranks. It is literature that we need to blame for actually enhancing the creature to the “unreal” status.