St Patricks Day 2010: Leprechaun Pictures, Coloring Pages
St Patricks Day 2010: Leprechaun Pictures, St. Patrick's Day Coloring Pages: First a History of the Folklore of Leprechauns
St. Patrick's Day of course is associated with Leprecahuns and people often look for, Leprechaun pictures and Leprechaun coloring books and St. Patrick's Day 2010 is no different.
But before getting to that a quick history of the sometimes lovable, sometimes sinister Leprechauns.
Leprechaun and St. Patrick's Day Coloring Pages (printable)
Leprechauns are of course mythical creatures, there history is mixed with Irish mythology, folk lore and legendary tales.
The earliest known reference to the leprechaun appears in the medieval tale known as the Echtra Fergus mac Léti (English: Adventure of Fergus son of Léti).The text contains an episode in which Fergus mac Léti, King of Ulster, falls asleep on the beach and wakes to find himself being dragged into the sea by threelúchorpáin. He captures his abductors, who grant him three wishes in exchange for release.
The leprechaun is said to be a solitary creature, whose principal occupation is making and mending shoes, and who enjoys practical jokes
Other accounts say the Leprechaun is the offspring of a mythical race who flew to Ireland thousands of years ago.
leprechauns are descendants of the Tuatha De Danaan, who were the people of the Goddess Danu. The Tuatha De Danaan were a group of magical beings led by Lugh the Long-Armed Warrior, who used a rainbow as a sling weapon.
The Tuatha De Danaan arrived in Ireland aboard flying ships hundreds of years before the Celts invaded the island. After winning horrendous battles with the Fir Blog, the people who had inhabited Ireland before their arrival, the Tuatha De Danaan lived on Irish soil until the Celts invaded the island some 2,500 years ago.