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Leprechauns are one link in a long chain of mythic tricksters

Leprechauns have been a part of Irish folklore for at least 700 years, but they’ve been tricksters from the start.

The fairy-like creatures first appeared in written stories around the 14th century. Fergus mac Léti, the king of Ulster, is said to have fallen asleep on the beach and wakes to discover that he’s being dragged into the sea by three . . .

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