Why is there a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?
Credit:Deborah HarrisonPhotographer's Choice RFGetty Images
Q:

Why is there a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?

A:

Quick Answer

In Irish mythology, the pot of gold is hidden at the end of a rainbow by a small member of the fairy family called the leprechaun. Humans who are lucky enough to spot a leprechaun by following the rainbow may still have problems catching him because the fairies bestowed upon leprechauns the magical ability to disappear.

 Know More

Full Answer

In Irish mythology, the leprechaun is considered a trickster who often appears at night and is the cause of small mishaps around the house. The leprechaun is most often depicted as a very small old man wearing a leather apron and dressed in green. He usually has large silver buckles on his shoes. Although wary and mistrustful of humans, the leprechaun is known to occasionally ride sheep or even the family dog for sport. All leprechauns love gold and have their very own pot. Even though the rainbow tells people where the pot is, humans have to catch the leprechaun first in order to find it. Since fairies granted leprechauns the magical ability to grant three wishes or disappear, it is next to impossible for a person to actually find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Nevertheless, seeing a rainbow is still considered by many to be a sign of good fortune or luck.

Learn more about Folklore

Related Questions

  • Q:

    When did the U.S. stop using the gold standard?

    A:

    According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, the official end to the U.S. Gold Standard came in 1971 when President Richard Nixon announced that the government would no longer redeem dollars for gold. This political move was the last in a line of policies designed to increase purchasing power.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What is the Story of Princess Urduja?

    A:

    Princess Urduja was an ancient warrior-princess who was also widely known as a heroine of Pangasinan. She was the daughter of Tawalisi, the king of a land of the same name. She is also found in Ibn Battuta's travel account from 1304 to 1377 AD.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the summary of "Hansel and Gretel"?

    A:

    Hansel and Gretel is the story of two German children who discover a house made of confections in the woods near their house. The candy house is inhabited by a witch who feeds the children sweets so she can cook and eat them. When Gretel is asked to light the fire in order to cook Hansel, she pushes the witch into the oven instead and slams the door.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the difference between Beowulf and Grendel?

    A:

    In the Old English epic poem, Beowulf is the name of a heroic warrior from Scandinavia who journeys to Denmark to assist the king, and Grendel is the monster with which he does battle. After chronicling the struggle between Beowulf and Grendel, the poem goes on to tell the tale of the rest of Beowulf's life.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore