Friday, March 12, 2010
The Luck of the Irish - Postcard Friendship Friday #2
The name Leprechaun is derived from the Irish word leipreachán, which means "a pigmy, a sprite, or Leprechaun".
The earliest known reference to the leprechaun was in a fairytale from the Middle Ages titled The Adventure of Fergus son of Léti. The story begins with the good King of Ulster who falls asleep on the beach, only to awaken to find himself being dragged into the sea by three lúchorpáin. He captures his abductors, who grant him three wishes in exchange for release.
The leprechaun is said to be a solitary creature, about three feet tall. He makes and mends shoes and loves a good practical joke.
In ancient times it was said the leprechaun wore red, not green. The leprechaun's jacket was rather distinctive, with seven rows of buttons, seven buttons to each row. He wore a cocked hat, and when he was up to anything unusually mischievous, he would leap on to a wall and spin, balancing himself on the point of his hat with his heels in the air. The Leprechaun is rumored to live at the end of the rainbow, guarding his pot of gold.
Marie gave me permission to let you all know that she will not be doing PFF anymore. Due to a condition she was born with, she's losing her eyesight. This brave lady has two young children and is learning Braille. I am honored and privileged that she has asked me to permanently host PFF . I will do my very best to fill this wonderful woman's shoes.