King Brian (Darby O’Gill And The Little People)

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Who is King Brian?

King Brian is a character in Disney’s live-action film “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” which was released in 1959. The film is based on traditional Irish folklore and tells the story of Darby O’Gill, an aging caretaker of a large estate in Ireland, and his encounters with the leprechauns, including King Brian.

King Brian, played by Jimmy O’Dea, is portrayed as the ruler of the leprechauns, a race of mischievous and elusive supernatural beings in Irish folklore. He is known for his intelligence, cunning, and the ability to grant wishes to those who capture him. In the film, Darby O’Gill manages to capture King Brian, and they engage in negotiations and adventures involving the world of the leprechauns.

The character of King Brian is central to the film’s plot and its exploration of Irish mythology and folklore. He embodies many of the traits traditionally associated with leprechauns in Irish culture, including their magical abilities and their inclination to outsmart humans.

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