St. Patrick's Day, some facts are clear: Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland by wearing green, drinking green liquids, and celebrating the luck 'o the Irish. But what about leprechauns -- do they bring luck or terror to the party? In the movie "Leprechaun," they're seriously scary. But on a box of "magically delicious" Lucky Charms cereal, not so much.On
So what's the history of the tiny Irish fairies? The Oxford English Dictionary defines a leprechaun as a "mischievous elf … usually conceived as a shoemaker and believed to reveal the hiding place of treasure if caught." The leprechaun has been described in Irish folklore as "about three feet high, and is dressed in a little red jacket or roundabout, with red breeches buckled at the knee, gray or black stockings, and a hat, cocked in the style of a century ago, over a little, old, withered face."
Sounds harmless enough.
But these pint-size creatures, which originated in Irish pagan mythology are, as D.R. McAnally pointsRead More »from Leprechauns: Sweet or Scary?