Mythical Creatures: Leprechaun (Ireland) By Derek Anderson, Joel Anderson, 2024

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Leprechauns are diminutive supernatural beings in Irish folklore, classified by some as a type of solitary fairy. They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. In later times, they have been depicted as shoe-makers who have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Leprechaun-like creatures make only rare appearances in early Irish mythology and only became prominent in later folklore. The leprechaun is said to be a solitary creature, whose principal occupation is making and cobbling shoes, and who enjoys practical jokes. In McAnally's 1888 account, the Leprechaun was not a professional cobbler, but was frequently seen mending his own shoes, as "he runs about so much he wears them out" with great frequency. This is, he claims, the perfect opportunity for a human being to capture the Leprechaun, refusing to release him until the Leprechaun gives his captor supernatural wealth. To celebrate this lucky mythological being, the artists of Anderson Design Group have hand-rendered a vintage-styled poster of the mysterious legend. This classic design is available as a poster print, canvas, metal sign, mini-canvas, or as a notecard or postcard.

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