Kobold: The world is filled with little people
German mythology has many fascinating tales of human-like creatures of miniature stature commonly known as Kobolds. There are three main types of Kobold. The house dwelling, the cave dwelling and the Ship dwelling. The house dwelling are known to wear clothes of peasants. The cave dwelling often appear haggard and ugly. The Ship dwelling Kobold are usually seen wearing the clothes of sailors. They are also known to be quite mischifus. Especially if they feel they are being mistreated or abused by the human inhabitants of their chosen abodes.
Ancient times around the world tell tales of these trickster creatures. The Japanese have the Yokai, the Russians have the Domovoi, the Scottish Brownie and of course the Irish have the Leprechaun, the Clurichaun and the Far Darrig. The world round there are ancient accounts of little malicious human-like creatures that cause havoc where ever they are found. Are these stories just folk lore, allowing people to use these mythical creatures as excuses for getting drunk and wrecking their own property, or is there some validity to these claims?
Then there is the little people. These are different from the miniaturized people creatures mentioned above. There are Faeries, Sprites and Pixies. Made famous in the JM Barrie story of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell is known to be extremely loyal to Peter. When I was young my mother told me that Tinker Bells name came from Irish travelers, that lived out of wagons back in the day. They had bells on their wagons to ward off or attract Tinkers or Faerries, hence Tinker Bell. I'm not sure if it's true but it is definitely one of my favorite stories my mom told me about the little people when I was one.
In an upcoming episode of RedMercury we will dive into the interesting topic of the little people of the world. Be prepared to learn why your wine cellar is always missing a few bottles of Merlot or why your kids bedroom is always in shambles, almost like some little monster tore the place apart.