For many years Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux lived at the end of the Gunflint Trail. She is a professional storyteller and actor and shared her talents with WTIP through “Saturday Morning Story” telling both original and traditional tales.
I married an Irishman and finally have more claim to the wonderful tales of the Emerald Isle. This classic leprechaun story of course has the leprechaun come out on top in the end. But I felt that there is always a silver lining and added my own warm and wooly twist.
This version is from Sweden; in many other forms of "Stone Soup" the traveler takes advantage of the local(s)' foolishness. I prefer the tramp's benevolence and transformation of the old woman's stinginess toward herself. This perhaps my most favorite story to tell.