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Leprechauns: At the End of the Rainbow Lies Richness for Irish Folklore

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By Alicia McDermott


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I'm curious if Rumplestilskin (sp?) comes from these legends as well?

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Hi Shani, Rumpelstiltskin is thought to have originated in Germany and is one of the characters from the famed Brothers Grimm. Some say that the basis for the devious elf from their tale can be dated back to the 1500s. While there are some similarities with tricskter leprechauns (such as having a moral to the story – in this case to not be a braggart), it is more likely the two were not really connected except perhaps by the “collective unconscious.”




Really interesting stuff. Somehow I always found leprechauns to be interesting mythological creatures, even thou I have no connections to Ireland whatsoever. I even did a small project recently about Ireland for my local community, presenting an abridged version of it’s rich culture. I always thought if there was one thing everyone associates with Ireland, it’s leprechauns.


Lugh isn't pronounced luck, it's more like Luke(old Irish) or loo(modern Irish).

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