Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Half Title
 Title Page
 List of Illustrations
 The Rabbit's Bride
 Six Soldiers of Fortune
 Clever Grethel
 The Death of the Hen
 Hans in Luck
 The Goose Girl
 The Raven
 The Frog Prince
 Cat and Mouse in Partnership
 The Wolf and the Seven Gosling...
 Faithful John
 The Wonderful Musician
 The Twelve Brothers
 The Vagabonds
 The Brother and Sister
 The Three Little Men in the...
 The Three Spinsters
 Hansel and Grethel
 The White Snake
 The Straw, the Coal and the...
 The Fisherman and his Wife
 The Gallant Tailor
 The Mouse, the Bird, and the...
 Mother Hulda
 Little Red Cap
 The Bremen Town Musicians
 Prudent Hans
 Clever Else
 The Table, the Ass, and the...
 Tom Thumb
 How Mrs. Fox Married Again
 The Elves
 The Robber Bridegroom
 Mr. Korbes
 Tom Thumb's Travels
 The Almond Tree
 Old Sultan
 The Six Swans
 The Sleeping Beauty
 King Thrushbeard
 The Knapsack, the Hat and...
 The Golden Bird
 The Dog and the Sparrow
 Fred and Kate
 The Little Farmer
 The Queen Bee
 The Golden Goose
 Back Matter
 Back Cover


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Household stories
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 Material Information
Title: Household stories
Uniform Title: Kinder- und Hausmärchen
Frog prince
Hansel and Gretel
Little Red Riding Hood
Bremen town musicians
Tom Thumb
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and the seven dwarfs
Rumpelstilzchen (Grimm version)
Physical Description: x, 269, 3 p., 11 leaves of plates : ill. ; 19 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859
Crane, Lucy, 1842-1882
Crane, Walter, 1845-1915
Macmillan & Co
R. & R. Clark (Firm)
Publisher: Macmillan & Co.
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: R. and R. Clark
Publication Date: 1882
Edition: Crane ed.
Subjects / Keywords: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Fairy tales -- 1882   ( rbgenr )
Children's stories -- 1882   ( lcsh )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1882   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1882
Genre: Fairy tales   ( rbgenr )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
General Note: Illustrated title page; head and tail pieces.
General Note: Publisher's advertisements follow text.
Statement of Responsibility: from the collection of the bros. Grimm ; translated from the German by Lucy Crane ; and done into pictures by Walter Crane.
 Record Information
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 026795836
oclc - 62628030
System ID: AA00011876:00001

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page i
        Page i-a
        Page ii-b
        Page i-c
    Half Title
        Page ii
        Page iii
        Page iv
    Title Page
        Page v
        Page vi
    List of Illustrations
        Page vii
        Page viii
        Page ix
        Page x
    The Rabbit's Bride
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Six Soldiers of Fortune
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    Clever Grethel
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    The Death of the Hen
        Page 12
        Page 13
    Hans in Luck
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
    The Goose Girl
        Page 20
        Page 20a
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
    The Raven
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
    The Frog Prince
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
    Cat and Mouse in Partnership
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
    The Wolf and the Seven Goslings
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
    Faithful John
        Page 42a
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
    The Wonderful Musician
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
    The Twelve Brothers
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
    The Vagabonds
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
    The Brother and Sister
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 72a
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
    The Three Little Men in the Wood
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
        Page 81
    The Three Spinsters
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
    Hansel and Grethel
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
    The White Snake
        Page 92a
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
        Page 96
        Page 97
    The Straw, the Coal and the Bean
        Page 98
        Page 99
    The Fisherman and his Wife
        Page 100
        Page 101
        Page 102
        Page 103
        Page 104
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
    The Gallant Tailor
        Page 109
        Page 110
        Page 111
        Page 112
        Page 113
        Page 114
        Page 115
        Page 116
        Page 117
        Page 118
        Page 119
        Page 120
        Page 121
        Page 122
        Page 123
        Page 124
        Page 125
    The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
        Page 126
        Page 127
    Mother Hulda
        Page 128
        Page 128a
        Page 129
        Page 130
        Page 131
    Little Red Cap
        Page 132
        Page 133
        Page 134
        Page 135
    The Bremen Town Musicians
        Page 136
        Page 137
        Page 138
        Page 139
    Prudent Hans
        Page 140
        Page 141
        Page 142
        Page 143
        Page 144
    Clever Else
        Page 145
        Page 146
        Page 147
        Page 148
    The Table, the Ass, and the Stick
        Page 149
        Page 150
        Page 151
        Page 152
        Page 153
        Page 154
        Page 155
        Page 156
        Page 157
        Page 158
        Page 159
    Tom Thumb
        Page 160
        Page 161
        Page 162
        Page 163
        Page 164
        Page 165
        Page 166
    How Mrs. Fox Married Again
        Page 167
        Page 168
        Page 169
        Page 170
    The Elves
        Page 171
        Page 172
        Page 173
        Page 174
    The Robber Bridegroom
        Page 174a
        Page 175
        Page 176
        Page 177
        Page 178
    Mr. Korbes
        Page 179
        Page 180
    Tom Thumb's Travels
        Page 181
        Page 182
        Page 183
        Page 184
        Page 185
    The Almond Tree
        Page 186
        Page 186a
        Page 187
        Page 188
        Page 189
        Page 190
        Page 191
        Page 192
        Page 193
        Page 194
    Old Sultan
        Page 195
        Page 196
        Page 197
    The Six Swans
        Page 198
        Page 198a
        Page 199
        Page 200
        Page 201
        Page 202
        Page 203
    The Sleeping Beauty
        Page 204
        Page 205
        Page 206
        Page 207
    King Thrushbeard
        Page 208
        Page 209
        Page 210
        Page 211
        Page 212
        Page 212a
        Page 213
        Page 214
        Page 215
        Page 216
        Page 217
        Page 218
        Page 219
        Page 220
        Page 221
    The Knapsack, the Hat and the Horn
        Page 222
        Page 223
        Page 224
        Page 225
        Page 226
        Page 227
        Page 228
        Page 229
        Page 230
        Page 231
        Page 232
        Page 233
        Page 234
        Page 235
    The Golden Bird
        Page 236
        Page 236a
        Page 237
        Page 238
        Page 239
        Page 240
        Page 241
        Page 242
        Page 243
    The Dog and the Sparrow
        Page 244
        Page 245
        Page 246
        Page 247
    Fred and Kate
        Page 248
        Page 249
        Page 250
        Page 251
        Page 252
        Page 253
        Page 254
        Page 255
    The Little Farmer
        Page 256
        Page 257
        Page 258
        Page 259
        Page 260
        Page 261
    The Queen Bee
        Page 262
        Page 263
        Page 264
    The Golden Goose
        Page 265
        Page 266
        Page 267
        Page 268
        Page 269
        Page 270
    Back Matter
        Back Matter 1
        Back Matter 2
        Back Matter 3
        Back Matter 4
    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
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HANS IN LUCK, Headpiece
THE RAVEN, Headpiece.
Tailpiece .

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S 139


CLEVER ELSE, Headpiece
TOM THUMB, Headpiece
Tailpiece .
How MRS. Fox MARRIED AGAIN, Headpiece
THE ELVES, Headpiece
MR. KORBES, Headpiece
Tailpiece .
OLD SULTAN, Headpiece
Tailpiece .
Tailpiece .

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Tofacepage 198
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ROLAND, Headpiece
FRED AND KATE, Headpiece
THE QUEEN BEE, Headpiece
Tailpiece .

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To face page 236
S 243




HERE was once a woman who lived
with her daughter in a beautiful
cabbage-garden; and there came a
rabbit and ate up all the cabbages.
At last said the woman to her daughter,
"Go into the garden, and drive
out the rabbit."
S "Shoo shoo !" said the maiden;
"don't eat up all our cabbages, little

rabbit !"
"Come, maiden," said the rabbit, sit on my tail and go
with me to my rabbit-hutch." But the maiden would not.
Another day, back came the rabbit, and ate away at the
cabbages, until the woman said to her daughter,
"Go into the garden, and drive away the rabbit."
"Shoo shoo !" said the maiden; "don't eat up all our
cabbages, little rabbit !"
"Come, maiden," said the rabbit, "sit on my tail and go
with me to my rabbit-hutch." But the maiden would not.
Again, a third time back came the rabbit, and ate away at
the cabbages, until the woman said to her daughter,
"Go into the garden, and drive away the rabbit."
"Shoo shoo !" said the maiden; "don't eat up all our
cabbages, little rabbit!"
"Come, maiden," said the rabbit, "sit on my tail and go
with me to my rabbit-hutch."
And then the girl seated herself on the rabbit's tail, and
the rabbit took her to his hutch.


"Now," said he, "set to work and cook some bran and
cabbage; I am going to bid the wedding guests." And soon
they were all collected. Would you like to know who they
were? Well, I can only tell you what was told to me; all
the hares came, and the crow who was to be the parson to
marry them, and the fox for the clerk, and the altar was
under the rainbow. But the maiden was sad, because she
was so lonely.
"Get up! get up !" said the rabbit, "the wedding folk
are all merry."
But the bride wept and said nothing, and the rabbit went
away, but very soon came back again.
"Get up 1 get up !" said he, "the wedding folk are wait-
ing." But the bride said nothing, and the rabbit went away.
Then she made a figure of straw, and dressed it in her own
clothes, and gave it a red mouth, and set it to watch the
kettle of bran, and then she went home to her mother.
Back again came the rabbit, saying, "Get up! get up !" and
he went up and hit the straw figure on the head, so that it
tumbled down.
And the rabbit thought that he had killed his bride, and he
went away and was very sad.


HERE was once a man who was a
Jack-of-all-trades; he had served in
the war, and had been brave and bold,
but at the end of it he was sent about
his business, with three farthings and
his discharge.
I am not going to stand this,"
said he; "wait till I find the right man
to help me, and the king shall give me
all the treasures of his kingdom before he has done with me."
Then, full of wrath, he went into the forest, and he saw
one standing there by six trees which he had rooted up as if
they had been stalks of corn. And he said to him,
"Will you be my man, and come along with me ?"
"All right," answered he; "I must just take this bit of
% ood home to my father and mother." And taking one of
the trees, he bound it round the other five, and putting the
faggot on his shoulder, he carried it off; then soon coming
back, he went along with his leader, who said,
"Two such as we can stand against the whole world."
And when they had gone on a little while, they came to a
huntsman who was kneeling on one knee and taking careful
aim with his rifle.
"Huntsman," said the leader, "what are you aiming
at ?"
"Two miles from here," answered he, "there sits a fly on
the bough of an oak-tree, I mean to put a bullet into its left
ey) e."


"Oh, come along with me," said the leader; "three of
us together can stand against the world."
The huntsman was quite willing to go with him, and so
they went on till they came to seven windmills, whose sails
were going round briskly, and yet there was no wind blowing
from any quarter, and not a leaf stirred.
"Well," said the leader, "I cannot think what ails the
windmills, turning without wind;" and he went on with his
followers about two miles farther, and then they came to a
man sitting up in a tree, holding one nostril and blowing with
the other.
"Now then," said the leader, "what are you doing up
there ?"
"Two miles from here," answered he, "there are seven
windmills; I am blowing, and they are going round."
Oh, go with me," cried the leader, "four of us together
can stand against the world."
So the blower got down and went with them, and after a
time they came to a man standing on one leg, and the other
had been taken off and was lying near him.
"You seem to have got a handy way of resting yourself,"
said the-leader to the man.
"I am a runner," answered he, "and in order to keep
myself from going too fast I have taken off a leg, for when I
run with both, I go faster than a bird can fly."
Oh, go with me," cried the leader, "five of us together
may well stand against the world."
So he went with them all together, and it was not long
before they met a man with a little hat on, and he wore it
just over one ear.
"Manners! manners !" said the leader; "with your hat
like that, you look like a jack-fool"
I dare not put it straight," answered the other; if I did,
there would be such a terrible frost that the very birds would
be frozen and fall dead from the sky to the ground."
"Oh, come with me," said the leader; "we six together
may well stand against the whole world."
So the six went on until they came to a town where the
king had caused it to be made known that whoever would
run a race with his daughter and win it might become her


husband, but that whoever lost must lose his head into the
bargain. And the leader came forward and said one of his
men should run for him.
Then," said the king, his life too must be put in pledge,
and if he fails, his head and yours too must fall."
When this was quite settled and agreed upon, the leader
called the runner, and strapped his second leg on to him.
"Now, look out," said he, "and take care that we win."
It had been agreed that the one who should bring water
first from a far distant brook should be accounted winner.
Now the king's daughter and the runner each took a pitcher,
and they started both at the same time; but in one moment,
when the king's daughter had gone but a very little way, the
runner was out of sight, for his running was as if the wind
rushed by. In a short time he reached the brook, filled his
pitcher full of water, and turned back again. About half-way
home, however, he was overcome with weariness, and setting
down his pitcher, he lay down on the ground to sleep. But in
order to awaken soon again by not lying too soft he had taken a
horse's skull which lay near and placed it under his head for a
pillow. In the meanwhile the king's daughter, who really was
a good runner, good enough to beat an ordinary man, had
reached the brook, and filled her pitcher, and was hastening
with it back again, when she saw the runner lying asleep.
"The day is mine," said she with much joy, and she
emptied his pitcher and hastened on. And now all had been
lost but for the huntsman who was standing on the castle wall,
and with his keen eyes saw all that happened.
"We must not be outdone by the king's daughter," said
he, and he loaded his rifle and took so good an aim that he
shot the horse's skull from under the runner's head without
doing him any harm. And the runner awoke and jumped up,
and saw his pitcher standing empty and the king's daughter
far on her way home. But, not losing courage, he ran swiftly
to the brook, filled it again with water, and for all that, he
got home ten minutes before the king's daughter.
"Look you," said he; "this is the first time I have really
stretched my legs; before it was not worth the name of running."
The king was vexed, and his daughter yet more so, that
she should be beaten by a discharged common soldier; and


they took counsel together how they might rid themselves of
him and of his companions at the same time.
"I have a plan," said the king; "do not fear but that we
shall be quit of them for ever." Then he went out to the men
and bade them to feast and be merry and eat and drink; and
he led them into a room, which had a floor of iron, and the doors
were iron, the windows had iron frames and bolts; in the room
was a table set out with costly food.
Now, go in there and make yourselves comfortable," said
the king.
And when they had gone in, he had the door locked and
bolted. Then he called the cook, and told him to make a
big fire underneath the room, so that the iron floor of it should
be red hot. And the cook did so, and the six men began to
feel the room growing very warm, by reason, as they thought
at first, of the good dinner; but as the heat grew greater and
greater, and they found the doors and windows fastened, they
began to think it was an evil plan of the king's to suffocate them.
He shall not succeed, however," said the man with the
little hat; I will bring on a frost that shall make the fire feel
ashamed of itself, and creep out of the way."
So he set his hat straight on his head, and immediately
there came such a frost that all the heat passed away and the
food froze in the dishes. After an hour or two had passed,
and the king thought they must have all perished in the heat,
he caused the door to be opened, and went himself to see how
they fared. And when the door flew back, there they were all
six quite safe and sound, and they said they were quite ready
to come out, so that they might warm themselves, for the great
cold of that room had caused the food to freeze in the dishes.
Full of wrath, the king went to the cook and scolded him, and
asked why he had not done as he was ordered.
"It is hot enough there: you may see for yourself,"
answered the cook. And the king looked and saw an immense
fire burning underneath the room of iron, and he began to
think that the six men were not to be got rid of in that way.
And he thought of a new plan by which it might be managed,
so he sent for the leader and said to him,
If you will give up your right to my daughter, and take
gold instead, you may have as much as you like."


"Certainly, my lord king," answered the man; "let me have
as much gold as my servant can carry, and I give up all claim
to your daughter." And the king agreed that he should come
again in a fortnight to fetch the gold. The man then called
together all the tailors in the kingdom, and set them to work
to make a sack, and it took them a fortnight. And when it
was ready, the strong man who had been found rooting up
trees took it on his shoulder, and went to the king.
"Who is this immense fellow carrying on his shoulder a
bundle of stuff as big as a house ?" cried the king, terrified to
think how much gold he would carry off. And a ton of gold
was dragged in by sixteen strong men, but he put it all into
the sack with one hand, saying,
"Why don't you bring some more? this hardly covers
the bottom !" So the king bade them fetch by degrees the
whole of his treasure, and even then the sack was not half full.
Bring more !" cried the man; "these few scraps go no
way at all!" Then at last seven thousand waggons laden with
gold collected through the whole kingdom were driven up; and
he threw them in his sack, oxen and all.
"I will not look too closely," said he, "but take what I
can get, so long as the sack is full." And when all was put in
there was still plenty of room.
"I must make an end of this," he said; "if it is not full,
it is so much the easier to tie up." And he hoisted it on his
back, and went off with his comrades.
When the king saw all the wealth of his realm carried off
by a single man he was full of wrath, and he bade his cavalry
mount, and follow after the six men, and take the sack away
from the strong man.
Two regiments were soon up to them, and called them to
consider themselves prisoners, and to deliver up the sack, or be
cut in pieces.
"Prisoners, say you?" said the man who could blow,
" suppose you first have a little dance together in the air," and
holding one nostril, and blowing through the other, he sent
the regiments flying head over heels, over the hills and far
away. But a sergeant who had nine wounds and was a brave
fellow, begged not to be put to so much shame. And the
blower let him down easily, so that he came to no harm, and


he bade him go to the king and tell him that whatever regi-
ments he liked to send more should be blown away just the
same. And the king, when he got the message, said,
Let the fellows be; they have some right on their side."
So the six comrades carried home their treasure, divided it
among them, and lived contented till they died.



HERE was once a cook called Grethel,
who wore shoes with red heels, and
when she went out in them she gave
herself great airs, and thought herself
very fine indeed. When she came
home again, she would take a drink of
wine to refresh herself, and as that
gave her an appetite, she would take
some of the best of whatever she was

cooking, until she had had enough ;-" for," said she, "a cook
must know how things taste."
Now it happened that one day her master said to her,-
"Grethel, I expect a guest this evening; you must make
ready a pair of fowls."
"Certainly, sir, I will," answered Grethel. So she killed
the fowls, cleaned them, and plucked them, and put them on the
spit, and then, as evening drew near, placed them before the
fire to roast. And they began to be brown, and were nearly
done, but the guest had not come.
If he does not make haste," cried Grethel to her master, "I
must take them away from the fire; it's a pity and a shame not
to eat them now, just when they are done to a turn." And
the master said he would run himself and fetch the guest. As
soon as he had turned his back, Grethel took the fowls from
before the fire.
"Standing so long before the fire," said she, "makes one
hot and thirsty,-and who knows when they will come! in the
meanwhile I will go to the cellar and have a drink." So down


she ran, took up a mug, and saying, "Here's to me !" took a
good draught. "One good drink deserves another," she said
"and it should not be cut short;" so she took another hearty
draught. Then she went and put the fowls down to the fire
again, and, basting them with butter, she turned the spit
briskly round. And now they began to smell so good that
Grethel saying, "I must find out whether they really are all
right," licked her fingers, and then cried, "Well, I never! the
fowls are good; it's a sin and a shame that no one is here to
eat them !"
So she ran to the window to see if her master and his
guest were coming, but as she could see nobody she went
back to her fowls. "Why, one of the wings is burning !" she
cried presently, I had better eat it and get it out of the way."
So she cut it off and ate it up, and it tasted good, and then she
"I had better cut off the other too, in case the master
should miss anything." And when both wings had been dis-
posed of she went and looked for the master, but still he did
not come.
Who knows," said she, whether they are coming or not?
they may have put up at an inn." And after a pause she
said again, Come, I may as well make myself happy, and first
I will make sure of a good drink and then of a good meal,
and when all is done I shall be easy; the gifts of the gods are
not to be despised." So first she ran down into the cellar and
had a famous drink, and ate up one of the fowls with great
relish. And when that was done, and still the master did not
come, Grethel eyed the other fowl, saying, "What one is the
other must be, the two belong to each other, it is only fair that
they should be both treated alike; perhaps, when I have had
another drink, I shall be able to manage it." So she took
another hearty drink, and then the second fowl went the way
of the first.
Just as she was in the middle of it the master came back.
"Make haste, Grethel," cried he, "the guest is coming
directly!" "Very well, master," she answered, "it will soon
be ready." The master went to see that the table was properly
laid, and, taking the great carving knife with which he meant
to carve the fowls, he sharpened it upon the step. Presently


came the guest, knocking very genteelly and softly at the front
door. Grethel ran and looked to see who it was, and when
she caught sight 'of the guest she put her finger on her lip say-
ing, "Hush make the best haste you can out of this, for if
my master catches you, it will be bad for you; he asked you
to come to supper, but he really means to cut off your ears!
Just listen how he is sharpening his knife !"
The guest, hearing the noise of the sharpening, made off
as fast as he could go. And Grethel ran screaming to her
master. A pretty guest you have asked to the house !" cried
"How so, Grethel? what do you mean?" asked he.
"What indeed! said she; why, he has gone and run away
with my pair of fowls that I had just dished up."
"That's pretty sort of conduct !" said the master, feeling
very sorry about the fowls; he might at least have left me one,
that I might have had something to eat." And he called out
to him to stop, but the guest made as if he did not hear him;
then he ran after him, the knife still in his hand, crying out,
" Only one only one !" meaning that the guest should let him
have one of the fowls and not take both, but the guest thought
he meant to have only one of his ears, and he ran so much
the faster that he might get home with both of them safe.

The DEATH of the HEN"

NCE on a time the cock and the hen
went to the nut mountain, and they
agreed beforehand that whichever of
them should find a nut was to divide it
with the other. Now the hen found a
great big nut, but said nothing about
it, and was going to eat it all alone, but
the kernel was such a fat one that she
could not swallow it down, and it stuck
in her throat, so that she was afraid she should choke.
Cock !" cried she, "run as fast as you can and fetch me
some water, or I shall choke !"
So the cock ran as fast as he could to the brook, and said,
"Brook, give me some water, the hen is up yonder choking,
with a big nut stuck in her throat." But the brook answered,
" First run to the bride and ask her for some red silk."
So the cock ran to the bride and said,
"Bride, give me some red silk; the brook wants me to
give him some red silk; I want him to give me some water,
for the hen lies yonder choking with a big nut stuck in her
But the bride answered,
"First go and fetch me my garland that hangs on a willow."
And the cock ran to the willow and pulled the garland from
the bough and brought it to the bride, and the bride gave him
red silk, and he brought it to the brook, and the brook gave
him water. So then the cock brought the water to the hen,
but alas, it was too late; the hen had choked in the meanwhile,


and lay there dead. And the cock was so grieved that he
cried aloud, and all the beasts came and lamented for the hen;
and six mice built a little waggon, on which to carry the poor
hen to her grave, and when it was ready they harnessed them-
selves to it, and the cock drove. On the way they met the
Halloa, cock," cried he, "where are you off to?"
To bury my hen," answered the cock.
"' Can I come too?" said the fox.
Yes, if you follow behind," said the cock.
So the fox followed behind and he was soon joined by the
wolf, the bear, the stag, the lion, and all the beasts in the wood.
And the procession went on till they came to a brook.
How shall we get over?" said the cock. Now in the
brook there was a straw, and he said,
I will lay myself across, so that you may pass over
on me." But when the six mice had got upon this bridge, the
straw slipped and fell into the water and they all tumbled in
and were drowned. So they were as badly off as ever, when
a coal came up and said he would lay himself across and they
might pass over him; but no sooner had he touched the water
than he hissed, went out, and was dead. A stone seeing this
\as touched with pity, and, wishing to help the cock, he laid
himself across the stream. And the cock drew the waggon with
the dead hen in it safely to the other side, and then began to
draw the others who followed behind across too, but it was
too much for him, the waggon turned over, and all tumbled
into the water one on the top of another, and were drowned.
So the cock was left all alone with the dead hen, and he
digged a grave and laid her in it, and he raised a mound
above her, and sat himself down and lamented so sore that at
last he died. And so they were all dead together.


ANS had served his master seven years,
and at the end of the seventh year he
Master, my time is up; I want to
go home and see my mother, so give
me my wages."
"You have served me truly and
faithfully," said the master; "as the
service is, so must the wages be," and
he gave him a lump of gold as big as his head. Hans pulled
his handkerchief out of his pocket and tied up the lump of gold
in it, hoisted it on his shoulder, and set off on his way home.
And as he was trudging along, there came in sight a man riding
on a spirited horse, and looking very gay and lively. "Oh !"
cried Hans aloud, "how splendid riding must be sitting as
much at one's ease as in an arm-chair, stumbling over no stones,
saving one's shoes, and getting on one hardly knows how !"
The horseman heard Hans say this, and called out to him,
"Well Hans, what are you doing on foot?"
I can't help myself," said Hans, "I have this great lump
to carry; to be sure, it is gold, but then I can't hold my head
straight for it, and it hurts my shoulder:"
"I'll tell you what," said the horseman, we will change; I
will give you my horse, and you shall give me your lump of gold."
With all my heart," said Hans; but I warn you, you will
find i't heavy." And the horseman got down, took the gold,
and, helping Hans up, he gave the reins into his hand.
"When you want to go fast," said he," you must click your
tongue and cry 'Gee-up !'"


And Hans, as he sat upon his horse, was glad at heart,
and rode off with merry cheer. After a while he thought he
should like to go quicker, so he began to click with his tongue
and to cry "Gee-up!" And the horse began to trot, and Hans
was thrown before he knew what was going to happen, and
there he lay in the ditch by the side of the road. The horse
would have got away but that he was caught by a peasant who
das passing that way and driving a cow before him. And
Hans pulled himself together and got upon his feet, feeling
ve'r vexed. "Poor work, riding," said he, especially on a
jade like this, who starts off and throws you before you know
where you are, going near to break your neck; never shall I
try that game again; now, your cow is something worth having,
one can jog on comfortably after her and have her milk, butter,
and cheese every day, into the bargain. What would I not
give to have such a cow !"
Well now," said the peasant, "since it will be doing you
such a favour, I don't mind exchanging my cow for your
Hans agreed most joyfully, and the peasant, swinging him-
sell into the saddle, was soon out of sight
And Hans went along driving his cow quietly before him,
and thinking all the while of the fine bargain he had made.
'" With only a piece of bread I shall have everything I can
possibly want, for I shall always be able to have butter and
cheese to it, and if I am thirsty I have nothing to do but to
milk my cow; and what more is there for heart to wish!"
And when he came to an inn he made a halt, and in the
joy of his heart ate up all the food he had brought with him,
dinner and supper and all, and bought half a glass of beer with
his last two farthings. Then on he went again driving his cow,
until he should come to the village where his mother lived.
It was now near the middle of the day, and the sun grew hotter
and hotter, and Hans found himself on a heath which it would
be an hour's journey to cross. And he began to feel very hot,
and so thirsty that his tongue clove to the roof of his mouth.
"Never mind," said Hans; "I can find a remedy. I
will milk my cow at once." And tying her to a dry tree, and
taking off his leather cap to serve for a pail, he began to milk,
but not a drop came. And as he set to work rather


awkwardly, the impatient beast gave him such a kick on the
head with his hind foot that he fell to the ground, and for
some time could not think where he was; when luckily there
came by a butcher who was wheeling along a young pig in a
"Here's a fine piece of work!" cried he, helping poor
Hans on his legs again. Then Hans related to him all that
had happened; and the butcher handed him his pocket-flask,
"Here, take a drink, and be a man again; of course the
cow would give no milk; she is old and only fit to draw
burdens, or to be slaughtered."
"Well, to be sure," said Hans, scratching his head. "Who
would have thought it? of course it is a very handy way of
getting meat when a man has a beast of his own to kill; but
for my part I do not care much about cow beef, it is rather
tasteless. Now, if I had but a young pig, that is much better
meat, and then the sausages !"
"Look here, Hans," said the butcher, "just for love of
you I will exchange, and will give you my pig instead of your
"Heaven reward such kindness !" cried Hans, and hand-
ing over the cow, received in exchange the pig, who was
turned out of his wheelbarrow and was to be led by a string.
So on went Hans, thinking how everything turned out
according to his wishes, and how, if trouble overtook him, all
was sure to be set right directly. After a while he fell in with
a peasant, who was carrying a fine white goose under his arm.
They bid each other good-day, and Hans began to tell about
his luck, and how he had made so many good exchanges.
And the peasant told how he was taking the goose to a
christening feast.
"Just feel how heavy it is," said he, taking it up by the
wings; "it has been fattening for the last eight weeks; and
when it is roasted, won't the fat run down !"
"Yes, indeed," said Hans, weighing it in his hand, ver)
fine to be sure; but my pig is not to be despised."
Upon which the peasant glanced cautiously on all sides,
and shook his head.
"I am afraid," said he, "that there is something not


quite right about your pig. In the village I have just left one
had actually been stolen from the bailiff's yard. I fear, I
fear you have it in your hand; they have sent after the thief,
and it would be a bad look-out for you if it was found upon
you; the least that could happen would be to be thrown into
a dark hole."
Poor Hans grew pale with fright. "For heaven's sake,"
said he, "help me out of this scrape, I am a stranger in
these parts; take my pig and give me your goose."
It will be running some risk," answered the man, "but
I will do it sooner than that you should come to grief."
And so, taking the cord in his hand, he drove the pig quickly
along a by-path, and lucky Hans went on his way home with
the goose under his arm. "The more I think of it," said he
to himself, "the better the bargain seems; first I get the
roast goose; then the fat; that will last a whole year for bread
and dripping; and lastly the beautiful white feathers which I
can stuff my pillow with; how comfortably I shall sleep upon
it, and how pleased my mother will be !"
And when he reached the last village, he saw a knife-
grindJer with his barrow; and his wheel went whirring round,
and lie sang,
My scissors I grind, and my wheel I turn;
And all good fellows my trade should learn,
For all that I meet with just serves my turn."

And Hans stood and looked at him; and at last he spoke
to him and said,
You seem very well off, and merry with your grinding."
Yes," answered the knife-grinder, "my handiwork pays
very well. I call a man a good grinder who, every time he
puts his hand in his pocket finds money there. But where
did you buy that fine goose?"
I did not buy it, but I exchanged it for my pig," said Hans.
And the pig?"
That I exchanged for a cow."
And the cow?"
"That I exchanged for a horse."
And the horse?"
I gave for the horse a lump of gold as big as my head."


"And the gold?"
"Oh, that was my wage for seven years' service."
'"You seem to have fended for yourself very well," said
the knife-grinder. "Now, if you could but manage to have
money in your pocket every time you put your hand in, your
fortune is made."
"How shall I manage that?" said Hans.
"You must be a knife-grinder like me," said the man.
"All you want is a grindstone, the rest comes of itself: I have
one here; to be sure it is a little damaged, but I don't mind
letting you have it in exchange for your goose; what say you?"
"How can you ask?" answered Hans. "I shall be the
luckiest fellow in the world, for if I find money whenever I
put my hand in my pocket, there is nothing more left to
And so he handed over the goose to the pedlar and
received the grindstone in exchange.
"Now," said the knife-grinder, taking up a heavy common
stone that lay near him, "here is another proper sort of stone
that will stand a good deal of wear and that you can hammer
out your old nails upon. Take it with you, and carry it
Hans lifted up the stone and carried it off with a con-
tented mind. I must have been born under a lucky star!"
cried he, while his eyes sparkled for joy. I have only to
wish for a thing and it is mine."
After a while he began to feel rather tired, as indeed he
had been on his legs since daybreak; he also began to feel
rather hungry, as in the fulness of his joy at getting the cow,
he had eaten up all he had. At last he could scarcely go on
at all, and had to make a halt every moment, for the stones
weighed him down most unmercifully, and he could not help
wishing that he did not feel obliged to drag them along.
And on he went at a snail's pace until he came to a well;
then he thought he would rest and take a drink of the fresh
water. And he placed the stones carefully by his side at the
edge of the well; then he sat down, and as he stooped to
drink, he happened to give the stones a little push, and they
both fell into the water with a splash. And then Hans,
having watched them disappear, jumped for joy, and thanked


his stars that he had been so lucky as to get rid of the stones
that had weighed upon him so long without any effort of his
"I really think," cried he, "I am the luckiest man. under
the sun." So on he went, void of care, until he reached his
mother's house.


HERE lived once an old Queen, whose
husband had been dead many years.
She had a beautiful daughter who was
promised in marriage to a King's son
living a great way off. When the time
appointed for the wedding drew near,
and the old Queen had to send her
daughter into the foreign land, she got
together many costly things, furniture
and cups and jewels and adornments, both of gold and silver,
everything proper for the dowry of a royal Princess, for she
loved her daughter dearly. She gave her also a waiting gentle-
woman to attend her and to give her into the bridegroom's
hands; and they were each to have a horse for the journey,
and the Princess's horse was named Falada, and he could speak.
When the time for parting came, the old Queen took her
daughter to her chamber, and with a little knife she cut her
own finger so that it .bled; and she held beneath it a white
napkin, and on it fell three drops of blood; and she gave it to
her daughter, bidding her take care of it, for it would be needful
to her on the way. Then they took leave of each other; and the
Princess put the napkin in her bosom, got on her horse, and set
out to go to the bridegroom. After she had ridden an hour,
she began to feel very thirsty, and she said to the waiting-woman,
Get down, and fill my cup that you are carrying with
water from the brook; I have great desire to drink,"
Get down yourself," said the waiting-woman, and if yot
are thirsty stoop down and drink; I will not be your slave."

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To face age 20


And as her thirst was so great, the Princess had to get
down and to stoop and drink of the water of the brook, and
could not have her gold cup to serve her. "Oh dear !" said
the poor Princess. And the three drops of blood heard her,
and said,
If your mother knew of this, it would break her heart."
But the Princess answered nothing, and quietly mounted
her horse again. So they rode on some miles farther; the day
was warm, the sun shone hot, and the Princess grew thirsty
once more. And when they came to a water-course she called
again to the waiting-woman and said,
"Get down, and give me to drink out of my golden cup."
For she had forgotten all that had gone before. But the wait-
ing-woman spoke still more scornfully and said,
If you want a drink, you may get it yourself; I am not
going to be your slave."
So, as her thirst was so great, the Princess had to get off
her horse and to stoop towards the running water to drink, and
as she stooped, she wept and said, Oh dear !" And the three
drops of blood heard her and answered,
If your mother knew of this, it would break her heart !"
And as she drank and stooped over, the napkin on which
were the three drops of blood fell out of her bosom and
floated down the stream, and in her distress she never noticed
it; not so the waiting-woman, who rejoiced because she should
have power over the bride, who, now that she had lost the
three drops of blood, had become weak, and unable to defend
herself. And when she was going to mount her horse again
the waiting-woman cried,
"Falada belongs to me, and this jade to you." And
the Princess had to give way and let it be as she said. Then
the waiting-woman ordered the Princess with many hard words
to take off her rich clothing and to put on her plain garments,
and then she made her swear to say nothing of the matter
when they came to the royal court; threatening to take her
life if she refused. And all the while Falada noticed and
The waiting-woman then mounting Falada, and the Prin-
cess the sorry jade, they journeyed on till they reached the
royal castle. There was great joy at their coming, and the


King's son hastened to meet them, and lifted the waiting-
woman from her horse, thinking she was his bride; and then
he led her up the stairs, while the real Princess had to remain
below. But the old King, who was looking out 6f the window,
saw her standing in the yard, and noticed how delicate and
gentle and beautiful she was, and then he went down and
asked the seeming bride who it was that she had brought with
her and that was now standing in the courtyard.
"Oh I" answered the bride, "I only brought her with me
for company; give the maid something to do, that she may not
be for ever standing idle."
But the old King had no work to give her; until he be-
thought him of a boy he had who took care of the geese, and
that she might help him. And so the real Princess was sent
to keep geese with the goose-boy, who was called Conrad.
Soon after the false bride said to the Prince,
"Dearest husband, I pray thee do me a pleasure."
"With all my heart," answered he.
Then said she, send for the knacker, that he may carry
off the horse I came here upon, and make away with him; he
was very troublesome to me on the journey." For she was
afraid that the horse might tell how she had behaved to the
Princess. And when the order had been given that Falada
should die, it came to the Princess's ears, and she came to the
knacker's man secretly, and promised him a piece of gold if
he would do her a service. There was in the town a great
dark gate-way through which she had to pass morning and
evening with her geese, and she asked the man to take Falada's
head and to nail it on the gate, that she might always see it
as she passed by. And the man promised, and he took
Falada's head and nailed it fast in the dark gate-way.
Early next morning as she and Conrad drove their geese
through the gate, she said as she went by,
0 Falada, dost thou hang there ?"

And the head answered,
Princess, dost thou so meanly fare?
But if thy mother knew thy pain,
Her heart would surely break in twain."


But she went on through the town, driving her geese to the
field. And when they came into the meadows, she sat down
and undid her hair, which was all of gold, and when Conrad
saw how it glistened, he wanted to pull out a few hairs for
himself. And she said,
0 wind, blow Conrad's hat away,
Make him run after as it flies,
While I with my gold hair will play,
And twist it up in seemly wise."
Then there came a wind strong enough to blow Conrad's
hat far away over the fields, and he had to run after it; and
by the time he came back she had put up her hair with
combs and pins, and he could not get at any to pull it out;
and he was sulky and would not speak to her; so they looked
after the geese until the evening came, and then they went
The next morning, as they passed under the dark gate-way,
the Princess said,
O Falada, dost thou hang there?"
And Falada answered,
Princess, dost thou so meanly fare ?
But if thy mother knew thy pain,
Her heart would surely break in twain."
And when they reached the fields she sat down and began
to comb out her hair; then Conrad came up and wanted to
seize upon some of it, and she cried,
O wind, blow Conrad's hat away,
Make him run after as it flies,
While I with my gold hair will play,
And do it up in seemly wise."
Then the wind came and blew Conrad's hat very far away,
so that he had to run after it, and when he came back again
her hair was put up again, so that he could pull none of it out;
and they tended the geese until the evening.
And after they had got home, Conrad went to the old King
and said, "I will tend the geese no longer with that girl !"
"Why not?" asked the old King.


"Because she vexes me the whole day long," answered
Conrad. Then the old King ordered him to tell how it was.
"Every morning," said Conrad, "as we pass under the
dark gate-way with the geese, there is an old horse's head hang-
ing on the wall, and she says to it,
0 Falada, dost thou hang there?"
And the head answers,
Princess, dost thou so meanly fare?
But if thy mother knew thy pain,
Her heart would surely break in twain."
And besides this, Conrad related all that happened in the
fields, and how he was obliged to run after his hat.
The old King told him to go to drive the geese next morn-
ing as usual, and he himself went behind the gate and listened
how the maiden spoke to Falada; and then he followed them
into the fields, and hid himself behind a bush; and he watched
the goose-boy and the goose-girl tend the geese; and after a
while he saw the girl make her hair all loose, and how it
gleamed and shone. Soon she said,
O wind, blow Conrad's hat away,
And make him follow as it flies,
While I with my gold hair will play,
And bind it up in seemly wise."
Then there came a gust of wind and away went Conrad's
hat, and he after it, while the maiden combed and bound up
her hair; and the old King saw all that went on. At last he
went unnoticed away, and when the goose-girl came back in
the evening he sent for her, and asked the reason of her doing
all this.
That I dare not tell you," she answered, nor can I tell
any man of my woe, for when I was in danger of my life I
swore an oath not to reveal it." And he pressed her sore, and
left her no peace, but he could get nothing out of her. At
last he said,
If you will not tell it me, tell it to the iron oven," and
went away. Then she crept into the iron oven, and began to
weep and to lament, and at last she opened her heart and


Here I sit forsaken of all the world, and I am a. King's
daughter, and a wicked waiting-woman forced me to give up
my royal garments and my place at the bridegroom's side, and
I am made a goose-girl, and have to do mean service. And
if my mother knew, it would break her heart."
Now the old King was standing outside by the oven-door
listening, and he heard all she said, and he called to her and
told her to come out of the oven. And he caused royal
clothing to be put upon her, and it was a marvel to see how
beautiful she was. The old King then called his son and
proved to him that he had the wrong bride, for she was really
only a waiting-woman, and that the true bride was here at
hand, she who had been the goose-girl. The Prince was glad
at heart when he saw her beauty and gentleness; and a great
feast was made ready, and all the court people and good
friends were bidden to it. The bridegroom sat in the midst
with the Princess on one side and the waiting-woman on the
other; and the false bride did not know the true one, because
she was dazzled with her glittering braveries. When all the
company had eaten and drunk and were merry, the old King
gave the waiting-woman a question to answer, as to what such
an one deserved, who had deceived her masters in such and
such a manner, telling the whole story, and ending by asking,
"Now, what doom does such an one deserve ?"
No better than this," answered the false bride, that she
be put naked into a cask, studded inside with sharp nails, and
be dragged along in it by two white horses from street to street,
until she be dead."
"Thou hast spoken thy own doom," said the old King; "as
thou hast said, so shall it be done." And when the sentence
was fulfilled, the Prince married the true bride, and ever after
they ruled over their kingdom in peace and blessedness.


HERE was once a Queen and she had
a little daughter, who was as yet a babe
in arms; and once the child was so
restless that the mother could get no
peace, do what she would; so she lost
patience, and seeing a flight of ravens
passing over the castle, she opened the
window and said to her child,
"Oh, that thou wert a raven and
couldst fly away, that I might be at peace."
No sooner had she uttered the words, than the child was
indeed changed into a raven, and fluttered from her arms out
of the window. And she flew into a dark wood and stayed
there a long time, and her parents knew nothing of her. Once
a man was passing through the wood, and he heard the raven
cry, and he followed the voice; and when he came near it
"I was born a King's daughter, and have been bewitched,
but thou canst set me free."
"What shall I do?" asked the man.
"Go deeper into the wood," said she, "and thou shalt
find a house and an old woman sitting in it: she will offer
thee meat and drink, but thou must take none; if thou eatest
or drinkest thou fallest into a deep sleep, and canst not set me
free at all In the garden behind the house is a big heap of
tan, stand upon that and wait for me. Three days, at about
the middle of the day, shall I come to thee in a car drawn by
four white horses the first time, by four red ones the second


time, and lastly by four black ones; and if thou art not
waking but sleeping, thou failest to set me free."
The man promised to do all she said.
"But ah !" cried she, "I know quite well I shall not be
set free of thee; something thou wilt surely take from the old
But the man promised yet once more that certainly he
would not touch the meat or the drink But when he came to
the house the old woman came up to him.
My poor man," said she to him, "you are quite tired out,
come and be refreshed, and eat and drink."
"No," said the man, "I will eat and drink nothing."
But she left him no peace, saying,
Even if you eat nothing, take a draught out of this cup
once and away."
So he was over-persuaded, and he drank.
In the afternoon, about two o'clock, he went out into the
garden to stand upon the tan-heap and wait for the raven. As
he stood there he felt all at once so tired, that he could bear
it no longer, and laid himself down for a little; but not to
sleep. But no sooner was he stretched at length than his eyes
closed of themselves, and he fell asleep, and slept so sound, as
if nothing in the world could awaken him.
At two o'clock came the raven in the car drawn by four
white horses, but she was sad, knowing already that the man
would be asleep, and so, when she came into the garden, there
he lay sure enough. And she got out of the car and shook
him and called to him, but he did not wake. The next day
at noon the old woman came and brought him meat and drink,
but he would take none. But she left him no peace, and
persuaded him until he took a draught out of the cup. About
two o'clock he went into the garden to stand upon the tan-
heap, and to wait for the raven, but he was overcome with so
great a weariness that his limbs would no longer hold him up;
and whether he would or no he had to lie down, and he fell
into a deep sleep. And when the raven came up with her
four red horses, she was sad, knowing already that the man
would be asleep. And she went up to him, and there he lay,
and nothing would wake him.
The next day the old woman came and asked what was


the matter with him, and if he wanted to die, that he would
neither eat nor drink; but he answered,
I neither can nor will eat and drink."
But she brought the dishes of food and the cup of wine,
and placed them before him, and when the smell came in his
nostrils he could not refrain, but took a deep draught. When
the hour drew near, he went into the garden and stood on the
tan-heap to wait for the king's daughter; as time went on he
grew more and more weary, and at last he laid himself down
and slept like a stone. At two o'clock came the raven with
four black horses, and the car and all was black; and she was
sad, knowing already that he was sleeping, and would not be
able to set her free; and when she came up to him, there he
lay and slept She shook him and called to him, but she
could not wake him. Then she laid a loaf by his side and
some meat, and a flask of wine, for now, however much he ate
and drank, it could not matter. And she took a ring of gold
from her finger, and put it on his finger, and her name was
engraven on it. And lastly she laid by him a letter, in which
was set down what she had given him, and that all was of no
use, and further also it said,
"I see that here thou canst not save me, but if thy mind
is to the thing, come to the golden castle of Stromberg: I
know well that if thou willst thou canst" And when all this
was done, she got again into her car, and went to the golden
castle of Stromberg.
When the man waked up and perceived that he had been
to sleep, he was sad at heart to think that she had been, and
gone, and that he had not set her free. Then, catching sight
of what lay beside him, he read the letter that told him all.
And he rose up and set off at once to go to the golden castle of
Stromberg, though he knew not where it was. And when he
had wandered about in the world for a long time, he came to
a dark wood, and there spent a fortnight trying to find the way
out, and not being able. At the end of this time, it being
towards evening, he was so tired that he laid himself down
under a clump of bushes and went to sleep. The next day
he went on again, and in the evening, when he was going to lie
down again to rest, he heard howlings and lamentations, so
that he could not sleep. And about the hour when lamps


are lighted, he looked up and saw a light glimmer in the forest;
and he got up and followed it, and he found that it came from
a house that looked very small indeed, because there stood a
giant before it. And the man thought to himself that if he
were to try to enter and the giant were to see him, it would go
hard but he should lose his life. At last he made up his
mind, and walked in. And the giant saw him.
"I am glad thou art come," said he; "it is now a long
time since I have had anything to eat; I shall make a good
supper of thee."
That may be," said the man, "but I shall not relish it;
besides, if thou desirest to eat, I have somewhat here that may
satisfy thee."
If that is true," answered the giant, thou mayest make
thy mind easy; it was only for want of something better that
I wished to devour thee."
Then they went in and placed themselves at the table, and
the man brought out bread, meat, and wine in plenty.
"This pleases me well," said the giant, and he ate to his
heart's content After a while the man asked him if he could
tell him where the golden castle of Stromberg was.
"I will look on my land-chart," said the giant, "for on it
all towns and villages and houses are marked."
So he fetched the land-chart which was in his room, and
sought for the castle, but it was not to be found.
Never mind," said he, I have up-stairs in the cupboard
much bigger maps than this; we will have a look at them."
And so they did, but in vain.
And now the man wanted to pursue his journey, but the
giant begged him to stay a few days longer, until his brother,
who had gone to get in a store of provisions, should return.
When the brother came, they asked him about the golden
castle of Stromberg.
"When I have had time to eat a meal and be satisfied, I
will look at the map."
That being done, he went into his room with them, and
they looked at his maps, but could find nothing: then he
fetched other old maps, and they never left off searching until
they found the golden castle of Stromberg, but it was many
thousand miles away.


"How shall I ever get there?" said the man.
"I have a couple of hours to spare," said the giant, "and
I will set you on your way, but I shall have to come back and
look after the child that we have in the house with us."
Then the giant bore the man until within about a hundred
hours' journey from the castle, and saying,
"You can manage the rest of the way by yourself," he
departed; and the man went on day and night, until at last
he came to the golden castle of Stromberg. It stood on a
mountain of glass, and he could see the enchanted Princess
driving round it, and then passing inside the gates. He was
rejoiced when he saw her, and began at once to climb the
mountain to get to her; but it was so slippery, as fast as he
went he fell back again. And when he saw this he felt he
should never reach her, and he was full of grief, and resolved
at least to stay at the foot of the mountain and wait for her.
So he built himself a hut, and sat there and waited a whole
year; and every day he saw the Princess drive round and
pass in, and was never able to reach her.
One day he looked out of his hut and saw three robbers
fighting, and he called out, Mercy on us !" Hearing a voice,
they stopped for a moment, but went on again beating one
another in a dreadful manner. And he cried out again,
"Mercy on us!" They stopped and listened, and looked
about them, and then went on again. And he cried out a
third time, "Mercy on us!" and then, thinking he would
go and see what was the matter, he went out and asked them
what they were fighting for. One of them told him he had
found a stick which would open any door only by knocking at
it; the second said he had found a cloak which, if he put it
on, made him invisible; the third said he was possessed of a
horse that would ride over everything, even the glass mountain.
Now they had fought because they could not agree whether
they should enjoy these things in common or separately.
"Suppose we make a bargain," said the man; "it is true
I have no money, but I have other things yet more valuable
to exchange for these; I must, however, make trial of them
beforehand, to see if you have spoken truth concerning them."
So they let him mount the horse, and put the cloak round
him, and they gave him the stick into his hand, and as soon as


he had all this he was no longer to be seen; but laying about
him well, he gave them all a sound thrashing, crying out,
Now, you good-for-nothing fellows, you have got what you
deserve; perhaps you will be satisfied now !"
Then he rode up the glass mountain, and when he reached
the castle gates he found them locked; but he beat with his
stick upon the door and it opened at once. And he walked
in, and up the stairs to the great room where sat the Princess
with a golden cup and wine before her: she could not see him
so long as the cloak was on him, but drawing near to her he
pulled off the ring she had given him, and threw it into the
cup with a clang.
This is my ring," she cried, and the man who is to set
me free must be here too !"
But though she sought through the whole castle she found
him not; he had gone outside, seated himself on his horse,
and thrown off the cloak. And when she came to look out
at the door, she saw him and shrieked out for joy; and he
dismounted and took her in his arms, and she kissed him,
"Now hast thou set me free from my enchantment, and
to-morrow we will be married."


N the old times, when it was still of some
use to wish for the thing one wanted,
there lived a King whose daughters
were all handsome, but the youngest
was so beautiful that the sun himself,
who has seen so much, wondered each
time he shone over her because of her
beauty. Near the royal castle there
was a great dark wood, and in the wood
under an old linden-tree was a well; and when the day was hot,
the King's daughter used to go forth into the wood and sit by
the brink of the cool well, and if the time seemed long, she
would take out a golden ball, and throw it up and catch it
again, and this was her favourite pastime.
Now it happened one day that the golden ball, instead of
falling back into the maiden's little hand which had sent it
aloft, dropped to the ground near the edge of the well and
rolled in. The king's daughter followed it with her eyes as it
sank, but the well was deep, so deep that the bottom could
not be seen. Then she began to weep, and she wept and
wept as if she could never be comforted. And in the midst
of her weeping she heard a voice saying to her,
"What ails thee, king's daughter? thy tears would melt a
heart of stone."
And when she looked to see where the voice came from,
there was nothing but a frog stretching his thick ugly head
out of the water.


Oh, is it you, old waddler?" said she; "I weep because
my golden ball has fallen into the well."
"Never mind, do not weep," answered the frog; "I can
help you; but what will you give me if I fetch up your ball
again ?"
"Whatever you like, dear frog," said she; "any of my
clothes, my pearls and jewels, or even the golden crown that
I wear."
Thy clothes, thy pearls and jewels, and thy golden crown
are not for me," answered the frog; "but if thou wouldst love
me, and have me for thy companion and play-fellow, and let
me sit by thee at table, and eat from thy plate, and drink from
thy cup, and sleep in thy little bed,-if thou wouldst promise
all this, then would I dive below the water and fetch thee thy
golden ball again."
"Oh yes," she answered; "I will promise it all, whatever
you want, if you will only get me my ball again."
But she thought to herself, "What nonsense he talks as
if he could do anything but sit in the water and croak with
the other frogs, or could possibly be any one's companion."
But the frog, as soon as he heard her promise, drew his
head under the water and sank down out of sight, but after
a while he came to the surface again with the ball in his mouth,
and he threw it on the grass.
The King's daughter was overjoyed to see her pretty play-
thing again, and she caught it up and ran off with it.
"Stop, stop !" cried the frog; "take me up too; I cannot
run as fast as you I"
But it was of no use, for croak, croak after her as he
might, she would not listen to him, but made haste home, and
very soon forgot all about the poor frog, who had to betake
himself to his well again.
The next day, when the King's daughter was sitting at
table with the King and all the court, and eating from her
golden plate, there came something pitter patter up the marble
stairs, and then there came a knocking at the door, and a voice
crying "Youngest King's daughter, let me in !"
And she got up and ran to see who it could be, but when
she opened the door, there was the frog sitting outside. Then
she shut the door hastily and went back to her seat, feeling very


uneasy. The King noticed how quickly her heart was beating,
and said,
My child, what are you afraid of? is there a giant stand-
ing at the door ready to carry you away?"
Oh no," answered she; "no giant, but a horrid frog."
"And what does the frog want ?" asked the King.
0 dear father," answered she, "when I was sitting by
the well yesterday, and playing with my golden ball, it fell
into the water, and while I was crying for the loss of it, the
frog came and got it again for me on condition I would let
him be my companion, but I never thought that he could
leave the water and come after me; but now there he is out-
side the door, and he wants to come in to me."
And then they all heard him knocking the second time
and crying,
"Youngest King's daughter,
Open to me!
By the well water
What promised you me?
Youngest King's daughter
Now open to me! "

"That which thou hast promised must thou perform," said
the King; "so go now and let him in."
So she went and opened the door, and the frog hopped
in, following at her heels, till she reached her chair. Then he
stopped and cried,
Lift me up to sit by you."
But she delayed doing so until the King ordered her.
When once the frog was on the chair, he wanted to get on the
table, and there he sat and said,
"Now push your golden plate a little nearer, so that we
may eat together."
And so she did, but everybody might see how unwilling
she was, and the frog feasted heartily, but every morsel seemed
to stick in her throat.
I have had enough now," said the frog at last, "and
as I am tired, you must carry me to your room, and make
ready your silken bed, and we will lie down and go to


Then the King's daughter began to weep, and was afraid
of the cold frog, that nothing would satisfy him but he must
sleep in her pretty clean bed. Now the King grew angry with
her, saying,
"That which thou hast promised in thy time of necessity,
must thou now perform."
So she picked up the frog with her finger and thumb,
carried him upstairs and put him in a corner, and when she
had lain down to sleep, he came creeping up, saying, "I am
tired and want sleep as much as you; take me up, or I will tell
your father."
Then she felt beside herself with rage, and picking him up,
she threw him with all her strength against the wall, crying,
"Now will you be quiet, you horrid frog !"
But as he fell, he ceased to be a frog, and became all at
once a prince with beautiful kind eyes. And it came to pass
that, with her father's consent, they became bride and bride-
groom. And he told her how a wicked witch had bound him
by her spells, and how no one but she alone could have
released him, and that they two would go together to his
father's kingdom. And there came to the door, a carriage
drawn by eight white horses, with white plumes on their heads,
and with golden harness, and behind the carriage was standing
faithful Henry, the servant of the young prince. Now, faithful
Henry had suffered such care and pain when his master was
turned into a frog, that he had been obliged to wear three
iron bands over his heart, to keep it from breaking with
trouble and anxiety. When the carriage started to take the
prince to his kingdom, and faithful Henry had helped them
both in, he got up behind, and was full of joy at his master's
deliverance. And when they had gone a part of the way, the
prince heard a sound at the back of the carriage, as if some-
thing had broken, and he turned round and cried,
"Henry, the wheel must be breaking I" but Henry
The wheel does not break,
'Tis the band round my heart
That, to lessen its ache,
When I grieved for your sake,
I bound round my heart."


Again, and yet once again there was the same sound, and
the prince thought it must be the wheel breaking, but it was
the breaking of the other bands from faithful Henry's heart,
because it was now so relieved and happy.


CAT having made acquaintance with a
S mouse, professed such great love and
friendship for her, that the mouse at
last agreed that they should live and
S keep house together.
"We must make provision for the
winter," said the cat, "or we shall
suffer hunger, and you, little mouse,
must not stir out, or you will be caught
in a trap."
So they took counsel together and bought a little pot of
fat. And then they could not tell where to put it for safety,
but after long consideration the cat said there could not be a
better place than the church, for nobody would steal there;
and they would put it under the altar and not touch it until
they were really in want. So this was done, and the little pot
placed in safety.
But before long the cat was seized with great wish to taste it.
"Listen to me, little mouse," said he; "I have been asked
by my cousin to stand god-father to a little son she has brought
into the world; he is white with brown spots; and they want
to have the christening to-day, so let me go to it, and you
stay at home and keep house."
Oh yes, certainly," answered the mouse, "pray go by all
means; and when you are feasting on all the good things,
think of me; I should so like a drop of the sweet red wine."
But there was not a word of truth in all this; the cat had
no cousin, and had not been asked to stand god-father: he


went to the church, straight up to the little pot, and licked the
fat off the top; then he took a walk over the roofs of the town,
saw his acquaintances, stretched himself in the sun, and licked
his whiskers as often as he thought of the little pot of fat;
and then when it was evening he went home.
"Here you are at last," said the mouse; I expect you
have had a merry time."
Oh, pretty well," answered the cat.
"And what name did you give the child?" asked the
"Top-off," answered the cat, drily.
"Top-off!" cried the mouse, "that is a singular and
wonderful name is it common in your family? "
What does it matter ?" said the cat; "it's not any worse
than Crumb-picker, like your god-child."
A little time after this the cat was again seized with a
"Again I must ask you," said he to the mouse, "to do
me a favour, and keep house alone for a day. I have been
asked a second time to stand god-father; and as the little one
has a white ring round its neck, I cannot well refuse."
So the kind little mouse consented, and the cat crept
along by the town wall until he reached the church, and
going straight to the little pot of fat, devoured half of it.
"Nothing tastes so well as what one keeps to oneself,"
said he, feeling quite content with his day's work. When he
reached home, the mouse asked what name had been given to
the child.
"Half-gone," answered the cat.
"Half-gone !" cried the mouse, "I never heard such a
name in my life! I'll bet it's not to be found in the calendar."
Soon after that the cat's mouth began to water again for
the fat.
"Good things always come in threes," said he to the
mouse; "again I have been asked to stand god-father, the
little one is quite black with white feet, and. not any white
hair on its body; such a thing does not happen every day, so
you will let me go, won't you ?"
"Top-off, Half-gone," murmured the mouse, "they are
such curious names, I cannot but wonder at them !"


"That's because you are always sitting at home," said the
cat, "in your little grey frock and hairy tail, never seeing the
world, and fancying all sorts of things."
So the little mouse cleaned up the house and set it all in
order. Meanwhile the greedy cat went and made an end of
the little pot of fat.
"Now all is finished one's mind will be easy," said he,
and came home in the evening, quite sleek and comfortable.
The mouse asked at once what name had been given to the
third child.
It won't please you any better than the others," answered
the cat. "It is called All-gone."
"All-gone!" cried the mouse. "What an unheard-of-
name! I never met with anything like it! All-gone! what-
ever can it mean I" And shaking her head, she curled
herself round and went to sleep. After that the cat was not
again asked to stand god-father.
When the winter had come and there was nothing more
to be had out of doors, the mouse began to think of their
Come, cat," said she, "we will fetch our pot of fat, how
good it will taste, to be sure !"
"Of course it will," said the cat, "just as good as if you
stuck your tongue out of window !"
So they set out, and when they reached the place, they
found the pot, but it was standing empty.
"Oh, now I know what it all meant," cried the mouse,
"now I see what sort of a partner you have been Instead
of standing god-father you have devoured it all up; first Top-
off, then Half-gone, then "--
"Will you hold your tongue! screamed the cat, "another
word, and I devour you too !"
And the poor little mouse, having "All-gone" on her
tongue, out it came, and the cat leaped upon her and made
an end of her. And that is the way of the world.



HERE was once an old goose who had
f- seven little ones, and was as fond of
Them as ever mother was of her
children. One day she had to go into
the wood to fetch food for them, so
S. she called them all round her.
~- "-' "Dear children," said she, "I am
going out into the wood; and while I
am gone, be on your guard against the
wolf, for if he were once to get inside he would eat you up,
skin, bones, and all. The wretch often disguises himself, but
he may always be known by his hoarse voice and black paws."
Dear mother," answered the goslings, "you need not be
afraid, we will take good care of ourselves." And the mother
bleated good-bye, and went on her way with an easy mind.
It was not long before some one came knocking at the
house-door, and crying out,
"Open the door, my dear children, your mother is come
back, and has brought each of you something."
But the little geese knew it was the wolf by the hoarse voice.
"We will not open the door," cried they; "you are not
our mother, she has a delicate and sweet voice, and your
voice is hoarse; you must be the wolf."
Then off went the wolf to a shop and bought a big lump
of chalk, and ate it up to make his voice soft. And then he
came back, knocked at the house-door, and cried,
"Open the door, my dear children, your mother is here,
and has brought each of you something."


But the wolf had put up his black paws against the
window, and the goslings seeing this, cried out,
"We will not open the door; our mother has no black
paws like you; you must be the wolf."
The wolf then ran to a baker.
"Baker," said he, "I am hurt in the foot; pray spread
some dough over the place."
Andwhen thebakerhad plastered his feet, he ran to themiller.
"Miller," said he, strew me some white meal over my
paws." But the miller refused, thinking the wolf must be
meaning harm to some one.
"If you don't do it," cried the wolf, "I'll eat you up!"
And the miller was afraid and did as he was told. And
that just shows what men are.
And now came the rogue the third time to the door and
knocked. "Open, children!" cried he. "Your dear mother has
come home, and brought you each something from the wood."
First show us your paws," said the goslings, "so that we
may know if you are really our mother or not."
And he put up his paws against the window, and when
they saw that they were white, all seemed right, and they
opened the door; and when he was inside they saw it was the
wolf, and they were terrified and tried to hide themselves.
One ran under the table, the second got into the bed, the
third into the oven, the fourth in the kitchen, the fifth in the
cupboard, the sixth under the sink, the seventh in the clock-
case. But the wolf found them all, and gave them short
shrift; one after the other he swallowed down, all but the
youngest, who was hid in the clock-case. Ahd so the wolf,
having got what he wanted, strolled forth into the green
meadows, and laying himself down under a tree, he fell asleep.
Not long after, the mother goose came back from the
wood; and, oh! what a sight met her eyes I the door was
standing wide open, table, chairs, and stools, all thrown about,
dishes broken, quilt and pillows torn off the bed. She sought
her children, they were nowhere to be found. She called to
each of them by name, but nobody answered, until she came
to the name of the youngest.
"Here I am, mother," a little voice cried, "here, in the


And so she helped him out, and heard how the wolf had
come, and eaten all the rest. And you may think how she
cried for the loss of her dear children. At last in her grief
she wandered out of doors, and the youngest gosling with her;
and when they came into the meadow, there they saw the wolf
lying under a tree, and snoring so that the branches shook. The
mother goose looked at him carefully on all sides and she noticed
how something inside his body was moving and struggling.
Dear me !" thought she, can it be that my poor children
that he devoured for his evening meal are still alive ?" And
she sent the little gosling back to the house for a pair of
shears, and needle, and thread. Then she cut the wolf's body
open, and no sooner had she made one snip than out came the
head of one of the goslings, and then another snip, and then
one after the other the six little goslings all jumped out alive
and well, for in his greediness the rogue had swallowed them
down whole. How delightful this was so they comforted
their dear mother and hopped about like tailors at a wedding.
Now fetch some good hard stones," said the mother, "and
we will fill his body with them, as he lies asleep."
And so they fetched some in all haste, and put them inside
him, and the mother sewed him up so quickly again that he
was none the wiser.
When the wolf at last awoke, and got up, the stones inside
him made him feel very thirsty, and as he was going to the
brook to drink, they struck and rattled one against another.
And so he cried out:
"What is this I feel inside me
Knocking hard against my bones?
How should such a thing betide me !
They were geese, and now they're stones."
So he came to the brook, and stooped to drink, but the
heavy stones weighed him down, so he fell over into the water
and was drowned. And when the seven little geese saw it
they came up running.
"The wolf is dead, the wolf is dead!" they cried, and
taking hands, they danced with their mother all about the place.


To facr fiage .43


HERE was once an 'old King, who,
having fallen sick, thought to himself,
"This is very likely my death-bed on
which I am lying."
Then he said, "Let Faithful John
be sent for."
Faithful John was his best-beloved
servant, and was so called because he
had served the King faithfully all his
life long. When he came near the bed, the King said to him,
Faithful John, I feel my end drawing near, and my only
care is for my son; he is yet of tender years, and does not
always know how to shape his conduct; and unless you pro-
mise me to instruct him in all his actions and be a true foster-
father to him, I shall not be able to close my eyes in peace."
Then answered Faithful John, "I will never forsake him,
and will serve him faithfully, even though it should cost me
my life."
And the old King said, Then I die, being of good cheer
and at peace." And he went on to say,
"After my death, you must lead him through the whole
castle, into all the chambers, halls, and vaults, and show him
the treasures that in them lie; but the last chamber in the
long gallery, in which lies hidden the picture of the Princess
of the Golden Palace, you must not show him. If he were
to see that picture, he would directly fall into so great a love
for her, that he would faint with the strength of it, and after-
wards for her sake run into great dangers; so you must guard
him well."


And as Faithful John gave him his hand upon it, the old
King became still and silent, laid his head upon the pillow,
and died.
When the old King was laid in the grave, Faithful John
told the young King what he had promised to his father on
his death-bed, and said,
"And I will certainly hold to my promise and be faithful
to you, as I was faithful to him, even though it should cost
me my life."
When the days of mourning were at an end, Faithful John
said to the Prince,
"It is now time that you should see your inheritance; I
will show you all the paternal castle."
Then he led him over all the place, upstairs and down-
stairs, and showed him all the treasures and the splendid
chambers; one chamber only he did not open, that in which
the perilous picture hung. Now the picture was so placed
that when the door opened it was the first thing to be seen,
and was so wonderfully painted that it seemed to breathe and
move, and in the whole world was there nothing more lovely
or more beautiful. The young King noticed how Faithful John
always passed by this one door, and asked,
"Why do you not undo this door ?"
"There is something inside that would terrify you,"
answered he. But the King answered,
I have seen the whole castle, and I will know what is
in here also." And he went forward and tried to open the
door by force.
Then Faithful John called him back, and said, I promised
your father on his death-bed that you should not see what is
in that room; it might bring great misfortune on you and
me were I to break my promise."
But the young King answered, I shall be undone if I do
not go inside that room; I shall have no peace day or night
until I have seen it with these eyes; and I will not move
from this place until you have unlocked it."
Then Faithful John saw there was no help for it, and he
chose out the key from the big bunch with a heavy heart and
many sighs. When the door was opened he walked in first,
and thought that by standing in front of the King he might


hide the picture from him, but that was no good, the King
stood on tiptoe, and looked over his shoulder. And when he
saw the image of the lady that was so wonderfully beautiful,
and so glittering with gold and jewels, he fell on the ground
powerless. Faithful John helped him up, took him to his
bed, and thought with sorrow, "Ah me! the evil has come
to pass; what will become of us?"
Then he strengthened the King with wine, until he came to
himself. The first words that he said were,
Oh, the beautiful picture whose portrait is it ?"
"It is the portrait of the Princess of the Golden Palace,"
answered Faithful John. Then the King said,
My love for her is so great that if all the leaves of the
forest were tongues they could not utter it! I stake my life
on the chance of obtaining her, and you, my Faithful John,
must stand by me."
The faithful servant considered for a long time how the
business should be begun; it seemed to him that it would be
a difficult matter to come only at a sight of the Princess. At
last he thought out a way, and said to the King,
All that she has about her is of gold-tables, chairs, dishes,
drinking-cups, bowls, and all the household furniture; in your
treasury are five tons of gold, let the goldsmiths of your king-
dom work it up into all kinds of vessels and implements, into
all kinds of birds, and wild creatures, and wonderful beasts,
such as may please her; then we will carry them off with us,
and go and seek our fortune."
The King had all the goldsmiths fetched, and they worked
day and night, until at last some splendid things were got
ready. When a ship had been loaded with them, Faithful John
put on the garb of a merchant, and so did the King, so as the
more completely to disguise themselves. Then they jour-
neyed over the sea, and went so far that at last they came to
the city where the Princess of the Golden Palace dwelt.
Faithful John told the King to stay in the ship, and to wait
for him.
Perhaps," said he, I shall bring the Princess back with
me, so take care that everything is in order; let the golden
vessels be placed about, and the whole ship be adorned."
Then he gathered together in his apron some of the gold


things, one of each kind, landed, and went up to the royal
castle. And when he reached the courtyard of the castle there
stood by the well a pretty maiden, who had two golden pails
in her hand, and she was drawing water with them; and as
she turned round to carry them away she saw the strange man,
and asked him who he was. He answered,
I am a merchant," and opened his apron, and let her look
within it.
"Ah, what beautiful things !" cried she, and setting down
her pails, she turned the golden toys over, and looked at them
one after another: then she said,
"The Princess must see these; she takes so much plea-
sure in gold things that she will buy them all from you."
Then she took him by the hand and led him in, for she
was the chamber-maid.
When the Princess saw the golden wares she was very
pleased, and said,
"All these are so finely worked that I should like to buy
them of you."
But the faithful John said,
"I am only the servant of a rich merchant, and what I
have here is nothing to what my master has in the ship-the
cunningest and costliest things that ever were made of gold."
The Princess then wanted it all to be brought to her; but
he said,
"That would take up many days; so great is the number
of them, and so much space would they occupy that there
would not be enough room for them in your house."
But the Princess's curiosity and fancy grew so much that
at last she said,
"Lead me to the ship; I will myself go and see your
master's treasures."
Then Faithful John led her to the ship joyfully, and the
King, when he saw that her beauty was even greater than the
picture had set forth, felt his heart leap at the sight. Then
she climbed up into the ship, and the King received her.
Faithful John stayed by the steersman, and gave orders for the
ship to push off, saying, "Spread all sail, that she may fly
like a bird in the air."
So the King showed her all the golden things, each sepa-


rately-the dishes, the bowls, the birds, the wild creatures, and
the wonderful beasts. Many hours were passed in looking at
them all, and in her pleasure the Princess never noticed that
the ship was moving onwards. When she had examined the
last, she thanked the merchant, and prepared to return home;
but when she came to the ship's side, she saw that they were on
the high seas, far from land, and speeding on under full sail.
Ah !" cried she, full of terror, I am betrayed and carried
off by this merchant. Oh that I had died rather than have
fallen into his power !"
But the King took hold of her hand, and said,
"No merchant am I, but a King, and no baser of birth
than thyself; it is because of my over-mastering love for thee
that I have carried thee off by cunning. The first time I saw
thy picture I fell fainting to the earth."
When the Princess of the Golden Palace heard this she
became more trustful, and her heart inclined favourably to-
wards him, so that she willingly consented to become his wife.
It happened, however, as they were still journeying on the
open sea, that Faithful John, as he sat in the forepart of the
ship and made music, caught sight of three ravens in the air
flying overhead. Then he stopped playing, and listened to
what they said one to another, for he understood them quite
well. The first one cried,
"Ay, there goes the Princess of the Golden Palace."
"Yes," answered the second; but he has not got her safe
yet." And the third said,
"He has her, though; she sits beside him in the ship."
Then the first one spoke again,
"What does that avail him? When they come on land
a fox-red horse will spring towards them; then will the King
try to mount him; and if he does, the horse will rise with him
into the air, so that he will never see his bride again." The
second raven asked,
"Is there no remedy ?"
Oh yes; if another man mounts quickly, and takes the
pistol out of the holster and shoots the horse dead with it, he
will save the young King. But who knows that? and he that
knows it and does it will become stone from toe to knee."
Then said the second.


"I know further, that if the horse should be killed, the
young King will not even then be sure of his bride. When
they arrive at the castle there will lie a wrought bride-shirt in
a dish, and it will seem all woven of gold and silver, but it is
really of sulphur and pitch, and if he puts it on it will burn
him to the marrow of his bones." The third raven said,
Is there no remedy ?"
"Oh yes," answered the second; "if another man with
gloves on picks up the shirt, and throws it into the fire, so
that it is consumed, then is the young King delivered. But
what avails that? He who knows it and does it will be turned
into stone from his heart to his knee." Then spoke the third,
I know yet more, that even when the bride-shirt is burnt
up the King is not sure of his bride; when at the wedding the
dance begins, and the young Queen dances, she will suddenly
grow pale and fall to the earth as if she were dead, and unless
some one lifts her up and takes three drops of blood from her
right breast, she will die. But he that knows this and does
this will become stone from the crown of his head to the sole
of his foot."
When the ravens had spoken thus among themselves they
flew away. Faithful John had understood it all, and from that
time he remained quiet and sad, for he thought to himself that
were he to conceal what he had heard from his master, mis-
fortune would befall; and were he to discover it his own life
would be sacrificed. At last, however, he said within himself,
"I will save my master, though I myself should perish !"
So when they came on land, it happened just as the ravens
had foretold, there sprang forward a splendid fox-red horse.
Come on! said the King, "he shall carry me to the
castle," and was going to mount, when Faithful John passed
before him and mounted quickly, drew the pistol out of the
holster, and shot the horse dead. Then the other servants of
the king cried out (for they did not wish well to Faithful
How shameful to kill that beautiful animal that was to
have carried the king to his castle." But the King said,
"Hold your tongues, and let him be: he is my Faithful
John,; he knows what is the good of it."
Then they went up to the castle, and there stood in the


hall a dish, and the wrought bride-shirt that lay on it seemed
as if of gold and silver. The young King went up to it and
was going to put it on, but Faithful John pushed him away,
picked it up with his gloved hands, threw it quickly on the
fire, and there let it burn. The other servants began grumbling
again, and said,
Look, he is even burning up the king's bridal shirt!" But
the young King said,
"Who knows but that there may be a good reason for it?
let him be, he is my Faithful John."
Then the wedding feast was held; and the bride led the
dance; Faithful John watched her carefully, and all at once
she grew pale and fell down as if she were dead. Then he
went quickly to her, and carried her into a chamber hard by,
laid her down, and kneeling, took three drops of blood from
her right breast. Immediately she drew breath again and
raised herself up, but the young King witnessing all, and not
knowing why Faithful John had done this, grew very angry,
and cried out,
Throw him into prison !"
The next morning Faithful John was condemned to death
and led to the gallows, and as he stood there ready to suffer,
he said,
He who is about to die is permitted to speak once before
his end; may I claim that right ?"
"Yes," answered the King, "it is granted to you." Then
said Faithful John,
I have been condemned unjustly, for I have always been
faithful," and he related how he had heard on the sea voyage
the talk of the ravens, and how he had done everything in
order to save his master. Then cried the King,
"0 my Faithful John, pardon pardon lead him down !"
But Faithful John, as he spoke the last words, fell lifeless, and
became stone.
The King and Queen had great grief because of this, and
the King said,
Ah, how could I have evil-rewarded such faithfulness I "
and he caused the stone image to be lifted up and put to stand
in his sleeping-room by the side of his bed. And as often as
he saw it he wept and said,


"Would that I could bring thee back to life, my Faithful
John !"
After some time the Queen bore twin's-two little sons-
that grew and .thrived, and were the joy of their parents. One
day, when the Queen was in church, the two children were
sitting and playing with their father, and he gazed at the stone
image full of sadness, sighed, and cried,
"Oh that I could bring thee back to life, my Faithful
John!" Then the stone began to speak, and said,
Yes, thou canst bring me back to life again, if thou wilt
bestow therefore thy best-beloved." Then cried the King,
"All that I have in the world will I give up for thee !"
The stone went on to say,
If thou wilt cut off the heads of thy two children with
thy own hand, and besmear me with their blood, I shall receive
life again."
The King was horror-struck at the thought that he must
put his beloved children to death, but he remembered all
John's faithfulness, and how he had died for him, and he drew
his sword and cut off his children's heads with his own hand.
And when he had besmeared the stone with their blood life
returned to it, and Faithful John stood alive and well before
him; and he said to the king,
Thy faithfulness shall not be unrewarded," and, taking up
the heads of the children, he set them on again, and besmeared
the wound with their blood, upon which in a moment they
were whole again, and jumped about, and went on playing as
if nothing had happened to them.
Now was the King full of joy; and when he saw the Queen
coming he put the Faithful John and the two children in a
great chest. When she came in he said to her,
Hast thou prayed in church ?"
"Yes," answered she, "but I was thinking all the while of
Faithful John, and how he came to such great misfortune
through us."
Then," said he, dear wife, we can give him life again, but
it will cost us both our little sons, whom we must sacrifice."
The Queen grew pale and sick at heart, but said,
We owe it him, because of his great faithfulness."
Then the King rejoiced because she thought as he did, and


he went and unlocked the chest and took out the children and
Faithful John, and said,
God be praised, he is delivered, and our little sons are
ours again;" and he related to her how it had come to pass.
After that they all lived together in happiness to their lives'


HERE was once a wonderful musician,
and he was one day walking through
a wood all alone, thinking of this and
that: and when he had nothing more
left to think about, he said to himself,
I shall grow tired of being in this
wood, so I will bring out a good com-
So he took the fiddle that hung at
his back and fiddled so that the wood echoed. Before long a
wolf came through the thicket and trotted up to him.
Oh, here comes a wolf! I had no particular wish for
such company," said the musician: but the wolf drew nearer,
and said to him,
Ho, you musician, how finely you play! I must learn
how to play too."
That is easily done," answered the musician, "you have
only to do exactly as I tell you."
0 musician," said the wolf, I will obey you, as a scholar
does his master."
'he musician told him to come with him. As they went a
part of the way together they came to an old oak tree, which
was hollow within and cleft through the middle.
Look here," said the musician, if you want to learn
how to fiddle, you must put your fore feet in this cleft."
The wolf obeyed, but the musician took up a stone and
quickly wedged both his paws with one stroke, so fast, that
the wolf was a prisoner, and there obliged to stop.


"Stay there until I come back again," said the musician,
and went his way.
After a while he said again to himself,
I shall grow weary here in this wood; I will bring out
another companion," and he took his fiddle and fiddled away
in the wood. Before long a fox came slinking through the
Oh, here comes a fox !" said the musician; "I had no
particular wish for such company."
The fox came up to him and said,
0 my dear musician, how finely you play I must learn
how to play too."
"That is easily done," said the musician, you have only
to do exactly as I tell you."
0 musician," answered the fox, I will obey you, as a
scholar his master."
Follow me," said the musician; and as they went a part
of the way together they came to a footpath with a high
hedge on each side. Then the musician stopped, and taking
hold of a hazel-branch bent it down to the earth, and put his
foot on the end of it; then he bent down a branch from the
other side, and said : Come on, little fox, if you wish to learn
something, reach me your left fore foot."
The fox obeyed, and the musician bound the foot to the
left hand branch.
Now, little fox," said he, reach me the right one;" then
he bound it to the right hand branch. And when he had seen
that the knots were fast enough he let go, and the branches
flew back and caught up the fox, shaking and struggling, in
the air.
Wait there until I come back again," said the musician,
and went his way.
By and by he said to himself: I shall grow weary in this
wood; I will bring out another companion."
So he took his fiddle, and the sound echoed through the
wood. Then a hare sprang out before him.
"Oh, here comes a hare!" said he, "that's not what I
Ah, my dear musician," said the hare, how finely you
play I I should like to learn how to play too."


That is soon done," said the musician, "only you must
do whatever I tell you."
0 musician," answered the hare, "I will obey you, as a
scholar his master."
So they went a part of the way together, until they came
to a clear place in the wood where there stood an aspen tree.
The musician tied a long string round the neck of the hare,
and knotted the other end of it to the tree.
Now then, courage, little hare I run twenty times round
the tree I" cried the musician, and the hare obeyed : as he
ran round the twentieth time the string had wound twenty
times round the tree trunk and the hare was imprisoned, and
pull and tug as he would he only cut his tender neck with the
string. "Wait there until I come back again," said the
musician, and walked on.
The wolf meanwhile had struggled, and pulled, and bitten,
at the stone, and worked away so long, that at last he made
his paws free and got himself out of the cleft. Full of anger
and fury he hastened after the musician to tear him to pieces.
When the fox saw him run by he began groaning, and cried
out with all his might,
"Brother wolf, come and help me the musician has
betrayed me." The wolf then pulled the branches down, bit
the knots in two, and set the fox free, and he went with him
to take vengeance on the musician. They found the im-
prisoned hare, and set him likewise free, and then they all
went on together to seek their enemy.
The musician had once more played his fiddle, and this
time he had been more fortunate. The sound had reached the
ears of a poor woodcutter, who immediately, and in spite of him-
self, left his work, and, with his axe under his arm, came to
listen to the music.
"At last here comes the right sort of companion," said
the musician; it was a man I wanted, and not wild animals."
And then he began to play so sweetly that the poor man stood
as if enchanted, and his heart was filled with joy. And as he
was standing there up came the wolf, the fox, and the hare,
and he could easily see that they meant mischief. Then he
raised his shining axe, and stood in front of the musician, as
if to say,


"Whoever means harm to him had better take care of him-
self, for he will have to do with me !"
Then the animals were frightened, and ran back into the
wood, and the musician, when he had played once more to
the man to show his gratitude, went on his way.


NCE upon a time there lived a King and
Queen very peacefully together; they
had twelve children, all boys. Now
the King said to the Queen one day,
"If our thirteenth child should be
a girl the twelve boys shall die, so that
her riches may be the greater, and the
kingdom fall to her alone."
Then he caused twelve coffins to be
made; and they were filled with shavings, and a little pillow
laid in each, and they were brought and put in a locked-up
room; and the King gave the key to the Queen, and told her
to say nothing about it to any one.
But the mother sat the whole day sorrowing, so that her
youngest son, who never left her, and to whom she had given
the Bible name Benjamin, said to her,
Dear mother, why are you so sad ?"
Dearest child," answered she, I dare not tell you."
But he let her have no peace until she went and unlocked
the room, and showed him the twelve coffins with the shavings
and the little pillows. Then she said,
My dear Benjamin, your father has caused these coffins
to be made for you and your eleven brothers, and if I bring a
little girl into the world you are all to be put to death together
and buried therein." And she wept as she spoke, and her
little son comforted her and said,
"Weep not, dear mother, we will save ourselves and go
far away." Then she answered,


Yes, go with your eleven brothers out into the world,
and let one of you always sit on the top of the highest tree
that can be found, and keep watch upon the tower of this
castle. If a little son is born I will put out a white flag,
and then you may safely venture back again; but if it is a
little daughter I will put out a red flag, and then flee away as
fast as you can, and the dear God watch over you. Every
night will I arise and pray for you-in winter that you may
have a fire to warm yourselves by, and in summer that you
may not languish in the heat"
After that, when she had given her sons her blessing, they
went away out into the wood. One after another kept watch,
sitting on the highest oak tree, looking towards the tower.
When eleven days had passed, and Benjamin's turn came, he
saw a flag put out, but it was not white, but blood red, to
warn them that they were to die. When the brothers knew
this they became angry, saying,
Shall we suffer death because of a girl! we swear to be
revenged; wherever we find a girl we will shed her blood."
Then they went deeper into the wood; and in the middle,
where it was darkest, they found a little enchanted house,
standing empty. Then they said,
"Here will we dwell; and you, Benjamin, the youngest
and weakest, shall stay at home and keep house; we others
will go abroad and purvey food."
Then they went into the wood and caught hares, wild
roes, birds, and pigeons, and whatever else is good to eat,
and brought them to Benjamin for him to cook and make
ready to satisfy their hunger. So they lived together in the
little house for ten years, and the time did not seem long.
By this time the Queen's little daughter was growing up;
she had a kind heart and a beautiful face, and a golden star
on her forehead. Once when there was a great wash she saw
among the clothes twelve shirts, and she asked her mother,
"Whose are these twelve shirts? they are too small to be
my father's." Then the mother answered with a sore heart,
Dear child, they belong to your twelve brothers." The
little girl said,
"Where are my twelve brothers? I have never heard
of them." And her mother answered,


"God only knows where they are wandering about in the
world." Then she led the little girl to the secret room and
unlocked it, and showed her the twelve coffins with the
shavings and the little pillows.
These coffins," said she, were intended for your twelve
brothers, but they went away far from home when you were
born," and she related how everything had come to pass.
Then said the little girl,
"Dear mother, do not weep, I will go and seek my
So she took the twelve shirts and went far and wide in
the great forest. The day sped on, and in the evening she
came to the enchanted house. She went in and found a
youth, who asked,
"Whence do you come, and what do you want?" and he
marvelled at her beauty, her royal garments, and the star on
her forehead. Then she answered,
"I am a king's daughter, and I seek my twelve brothers,
and I will go everywhere under the blue sky until I find them."
And she showed him the twelve shirts which belonged to them.
.Then Benjamin saw that it must be his sister, and said,
"I am Benjamin, your youngest brother."
And she began weeping for joy, and Benjamin also, and
they kissed and cheered each other with great love. After a
while he said,
"Dear sister, there is still a hindrance; we have sworn
that any maiden that we meet must die, as it was because of a
maiden that we had to leave our kingdom." Then she said,
"I will willingly die, if so I may benefit my twelve
"No," answered he, "you shall not die; sit down under
this tub until the eleven brothers come, and I agree with
them about it." She did so; and as night came on they
returned from hunting, and supper was ready. And as they
were sitting at table and eating, they asked,
"What news ?" And Benjamin said,
"Don't you know any?"
"No," answered they. So he said,
"You have been in the wood, and I have stayed at home,
and yet I know more than you."


"Tell us !" cried they. He answered,
"Promise me that the first maiden we see shall not be
put to death."
"Yes, we promise," cried they all, "she shall have mercy;
tell us now." Then he said,
Our sister is here," and lifted up the tub, and the king's
daughter came forth in her royal garments with her golden
star on her forehead, and she seemed so beautiful, delicate,
and sweet, that they all rejoiced, and fell on her neck and
kissed her, and loved her with all their hearts.
After this she remained with Benjamin in the house and
helped him with the work. The others went forth into the
woods to catch wild animals, does, birds, and pigeons, for
food for them all, and their sister and Benjamin took care
that all was made ready for them. She fetched the wood for
cooking, and the vegetables, and watched the pots on the fire,
so that supper was always ready when the others came in.
She kept also great order in the house, and the beds were
always beautifully white and clean, and the brothers were con-
tented, and lived in unity.
One day the two got ready a fine feast, and when they
were all assembled they sat down and ate and drank, and were
full of joy. Now there was a little garden belonging to the
enchanted house, in which grew twelve lilies; the maiden,
thinking to please her brothers, went out to gather the twelve
flowers, meaning to give one to each as they sat at meat. But
as she broke off the flowers, in the same moment the brothers
were changed into twelve ravens, and flew over the wood far
away, and the house with the garden also disappeared. So the
poor maiden stood alone in the wild wood, and as she was
looking around her she saw an old woman standing by her,
who said,
"My child, what hast thou done! why couldst thou not
leave the twelve flowers standing ? they were thy twelve
brothers, who are now changed to ravens for ever." The
maiden said, weeping,
"Is there no means of setting them free ?"
"No," said the old woman, "there is in the whole world
no way but one, and that is difficult; thou canst not release
them but by being dumb for seven years: thou must neither


speak nor laugh; and wert thou to speak one single word,
and it wanted but one hour of the seven years, all would be
in vain, and thy brothers would perish because of that one
Then the maiden said in her heart, I am quite sure that
I can set my brothers free," and went and sought a tall tree,
climbed up, and sat there spinning, and never spoke or
laughed. Now it happened that a King, who was hunting in
the wood, had with him a large greyhound, who ran to the
tree where the maiden was, sprang up at it, and barked loudly.
Up came the King and saw the beautiful Princess with the
golden star on her forehead, and he was so charmed with her
beauty that he prayed her to become his wife. She gave no
answer, only a little nod of her head. Then he himself climbed
the tree and brought her down, set her on his horse and took
her home. The wedding was held with great splendour and
rejoicing, but the bride neither spoke nor laughed. After
they had lived pleasantly together for a few years, the King's
mother, who was a wicked woman, began to slander the young
Queen, and said to the King,
"She is only a low beggar-maid that you have taken to
yourself; who knows what mean tricks she is playing ? Even if
she is really dumb and cannot speak she might at least laugh;
not to laugh is the sign of a bad conscience."
At first the King would believe nothing of it, but the old
woman talked so long, and suggested so many bad things, that
he at last let himself be persuaded, and condemned the Queen
to death.
Now a great fire was kindled in the courtyard, and she
was to be burned in it; and the King stood above at the
window, and watched it all with weeping eyes, for he had held
her very dear. And when she was already fast bound to the
stake, and the fire was licking her garments with red tongues,
the last moment of the seven years came to an end. Then a
rushing sound was heard in the air, and twelve ravens came
flying and sank downwards; and as they touched the earth
they became her twelve brothers that she had lost. They
rushed through the fire and quenched the flames, and set their
dear sister free, kissing and consoling her. And now that her
mouth was opened, and that she might venture to speak, she


told the King the reason of her dumbness, and why she had
never laughed. The King rejoiced when he heard of her
innocence, and they all lived together in happiness until their
But the wicked mother-in-law was very unhappy, and died


HE cock said to the hen,
"It is nutting time, let us go to-
gether to the mountains and have a
good feast for once, before the squirrels
come and carry all away."
"Yes," answered the hen, "come
along; we will have a jolly time
Then they set off together to the
mountains, and as it was a fine day they stayed there till the
evening. Now whether it was that they had eaten so much, or
because of their pride and haughtiness, I do not know, but
they would not go home on foot; so the cock set to work
to make a little carriage out of nutshells. When it was ready,
the hen seated herself in it, and said to the cock,
"Now you can harness yourself to it."
"That's all very fine," said the cock, I would sooner go
home on foot than do such a thing : and I never agreed to it.
I don't mind being coachman, and sitting on the box; but as
to drawing it myself, it's quite out of the question."
As they were wrangling, a duck came quacking,
"You thieving vagabonds, who told you you might go to
my mountain? Look out, or it will be the worse for you !"
and flew at the cock with bill wide open. But the cock was
not backward, and he gave the duck a good dig in the body,
and hacked at her with his spurs so valiantly that she begged
for mercy, and willingly allowed herself to be harnessed to the


carriage. Then the cock seated himself on the box and was
coachman; so off they went at a great pace, the cock crying
out "Run, duck, as fast as you can !"
When they had gone a part of the way they met two foot-
passengers, a pin and a needle. They cried "Stop stop !"
and said that it would soon be blindman's holiday; that they
could not go a step farther; that the ways were very muddy;
might they just get in for a little ? they had been standing at
the door of the tailors' house of call and had been delayed
because of beer.
The cock, seeing they were slender folks that would not
take up a great deal of room, let them both step in, only they
must promise not to tread on his toes nor on the hen's.
Late in the evening they came to an inn, and there they
found that they could not go any farther that night, as the
duck's paces were not good, she waddled so much from
side to side; so they turned in. The landlord at first made
some difficulty; his house was full already, and he thought they
had no very distinguished appearance; at last, however, when
they had made many fine speeches, and had promised him the
egg that the hen had laid on the way, and that he should keep
the duck, who laid one every day, he agreed to let them stay
the night; and so they had a very gay time.
Early in the morning, when it was beginning to grow light,
and everybody was still asleep, the cock waked up the hen,
fetched the egg, and made a hole in it, and they ate it up between
them, and put the eggshell on the hearth. Then they went up
to the needle, who was still sleeping, picked him up by his head,
and stuck him in the landlord's chair-cushion, and having also
placed the pin in his towel, off they flew over the hills and far
away. The duck, who had chosen to sleep in the open air, and
had remained in the yard, heard the rustling of their wings, and,
waking up, looked about till she found a brook, down which she
swam a good deal faster than she had drawn the carriage.
A few hours later the landlord woke, and, leaving his
feather-bed, began washing himself; but when he took the
towel to dry himself he drew the pin all across his face, and
made a red streak from ear to ear. Then he went into the
kitchen to light his pipe, but when he stooped towards the
hearth to take up a coal the eggshell flew in his eyes.


"Everything goes wrong this morning," said he, and let
himself drop, full of vexation, into his grandfather's chair; but up
he jumped in a moment, crying, Oh dear !" for the needle
had gone into him.
Now he became angry, and had his suspicions of the
guests who had arrived so late the evening before; and when
he looked round for them they were nowhere to be seen.
Then he swore that he would never more harbour such
vagabonds, that consumed so much, paid nothing, and played
such nasty tricks into the bargain.


HE brother took his sister's hand and
said to her,
Since our mother died we have
had no good days; our stepmother
beats us every day, and if we go near
her she kicks us away; we have nothing
to eat but hard crusts of bread left
over; the dog under the table fares
better; he gets a good piece every now
and then. If our mother only knew, how she would pity us !
Come, let us go together out into the wide world !"
So they went, and journeyed the whole day through fields
and meadows and stony places, and if it rained the sister
The skies and we are weeping together."
In the evening they came to a great wood, and they were
so weary with hunger and their long journey, that they climbed
up into a high tree and fell asleep.
The next morning, when they awoke, the sun was high in
heaven, and shone brightly through the leaves. Then said
the brother,
Sister, I am thirsty; if I only knew where to find a brook,
that I might go and drink I almost think that I hear one
rushing." So the brother got down and led his sister by the
hand, and they went to seek the brook. But their wicked
stepmother was a witch, and had known quite well that the two
children had run away, and had sneaked after them, as only
witches can, and had laid a spell on all the brooks in the


forest. So when they found a little stream flowing smoothly
over its pebbles, the brother was going to drink of it; but the
sister heard how it said in its rushing,
He a tiger will be who drinks of me,
Who drinks of me a tiger will be !"
Then the sister cried,
"Pray, dear brother, do not drink, or you will become a
wild beast, and will tear me in pieces."
So the brother refrained from drinking, though his thirst
was great, and he said he would wait till he came to the next
brook. When they came to a second brook the sister heard it
He a wolf will be who drinks of me,
Who drinks of me a wolf will be!"
Then the sister cried,
Pray, dear brother, do not drink, or you will be turned
into a wolf, and will eat me up "
So the brother refrained from drinking, and said,
I will wait until we come to the next brook, and then I
must drink, whatever you say; my thirst is so great."
And when they came to the third brook the sister heard
how in its rushing it said,
Who drinks of me a fawn will be,
He a fawn will be who drinks of me "
Then the sister said,
0 my brother, I pray drink not, or you will be turned
into a fawn, and run away far from me."
But he had already kneeled by the side of the brook and
stooped and drunk of the water, and as the first drops passed
his lips he became a fawn.
And the sister wept over her poor lost brother, and the
fawn wept also, and stayed sadly beside her. At last the
maiden said,
Be comforted, dear fawn, indeed I will never leave you."
Then she untied her golden girdle and bound it round
the fawn's neck, and went and gathered rushes to make a soft
cord, which she fastened to him; and then she led him on,
and they went deeper into the forest. And when they had


gone a long long way, they came at last to a little house, and
the maiden looked inside, and as it was empty she thought,
We might as well live here."
And she fetched leaves and moss to make a soft bed for
the fawn, and every morning she went out and gathered roots
and berries and nuts for herself, and fresh grass for the fawn,
who ate out of her hand with joy, frolicking round her. At
night, when the sister was tired, and had said her prayers, she
laid her head on the fawn's back, which served her for a pillow,
and softly fell asleep. And if only the brother could have
got back his own shape again, it would have been a charming
life. So they lived a long while in the wilderness alone.
Now it happened that the King of that country held a great
hunt in the forest. The blowing of the horns, the barking of
the dogs, and the lusty shouts of the huntsmen sounded
through the wood, and the fawn heard them and was eager
to be among them.
Oh," said he to his sister, do let me go to the hunt;
I cannot stay behind any longer," and begged so long that at
last she consented.
But mind," said she to him, come back to me at night.
I must lock my door against the wild hunters, so, in order
that I may know you, you must knock and say, Little sister,
let me in,' and unless I hear that I shall not unlock the
Then the fawn sprang out, and Telt glad and merry in the
open air. The King and his huntsmen saw the beautiful
animal, and began at once to pursue him, but they could not
come within reach of him, for when they thought they were
certain of him he sprang away over the bushes and disappeared.
As soon as it was dark he went back to the little house,
knocked at the door, and said,
Little sister, let me in."
Then the door was opened to him, and he went in, and
rested the whole night long on his soft bed. The next morn-
ing the hunt began anew, and when the fawn heard the hunting-
horns and the tally-ho of the huntsmen he could rest no
longer, and said,
"Little sister, let me out, I must go." The sister opened
the door and said,


Now, mind you must come back at night and say the
same words."
When the King and his hunters saw the fawn with the
golden collar again, they chased him closely, but he was too
nimble and swift for them. This lasted the whole day, and at
last the hunters surrounded him, and one of them wounded
his foot a little, so that he was obliged to limp and to go
slowly. Then a hunter slipped after him to the little house,
and heard how he called out, Little sister, let me in," and
saw the door open and shut again after him directly. The
hunter noticed all this carefully, went to the King, and told
him all he had seen and heard. Then said the King,
To-morrow we will hunt again."
But the sister was very terrified when she saw that her
fawn was wounded. She washed his foot, laid cooling leaves
round it, and said, Lie down on your bed, dear fawn, and rest,
that you may be soon well." The wound was very slight, so
that the fawn felt nothing of it the next morning. And when
he heard the noise of the hunting outside, he said,
I cannot stay in, I must go after them; I shall not be
taken easily again i" The sister began to weep, and said,
I know you will be killed, and I left alone here in the
forest, and forsaken of everybody. I cannot let you go "
"Then I shall die here with longing," answered the fawn;
" when I hear the sound of the horn I feel as if I should leap
out of my skin."
Then the sister, seeing there was no help for it, unlocked
the door with a heavy heart, and the fawn bounded away into
the forest, well and merry. When the King saw him, he said
to his hunters,
"Now, follow him up all day long till the night comes,
and see that you do him no hurt."
So as soon as the sun had gone down, the King said to
the huntsmen: Now, come and show me the little house in
the wood."
And when he got to the door he knocked at it, and
Little sister, let me in !"
Then the door opened, and the King went in, and there
stood a maiden more beautiful than any he had seen before.


The maiden shrieked out when she saw, instead of the fawn,
a man standing there with a gold crown on his head. But the
King looked kindly on her, took her by the hand, and said,
"Will you go with me to my castle, and be my dear wife ?"
"Oh yes," answered the maiden, "but the fawn must
come too. I could not leave him." And the King said,
He shall remain with you as long as you live, and shall
lack nothing." Then the fawn came bounding in, and the
sister tied the cord of rushes to him, and led him by her own
hand out of the little house.
The King put the beautiful maiden on his horse, and
carried her to his castle, where the wedding was held with
great pomp ; so she became lady Queen, and they lived together
happily for a long while; the fawn was well tended and
cherished, and he gambolled about the castle garden.
Now the wicked stepmother, whose fault it was that the
children were driven out into the world, never dreamed but
that the sister had been eaten up by wild beasts in the forest,
and that the brother, in the likeness of a fawn, had been slain
by the hunters. But when she heard that they were so happy,
and that things had gone so well with them, jealousy and envy
arose in her heart, and left her no peace, and her chief
thought was how to bring misfortune upon them.
Her own daughter, who was as ugly as sin, and had only
one eye, complained to her, and said,
I never had the chance of being a Queen."
Never mind," said the old woman, to satisfy her; "when
the time comes, I shall be at hand."
After a while the Queen brought a beautiful baby-boy into
the world, and that day the King was out hunting. The old
witch took the shape of the bedchamber woman, and went into
the room where the Queen lay, and said to her,
"Come, the bath is ready; it will give you refreshment
and new strength. Quick, or it will be cold."
Her daughter was within call, so they carried the sick
Queen into the bath-room, and left her there. And in the
bath-room they had made a great fire, so as to suffocate the
beautiful young Queen.
When that was managed, the old woman took her daughter,
put a cap on her, and laid her in the bed in the Queen's place,


gave her also the Queen's form and countenance, only she
could not restore the lost eye. So, in order that the King
might not remark it, she had to lie on the side where there
was no eye. In the evening, when the King came home and
heard that a little son was born to him, he rejoiced with all
his heart, and was going at once to his dear wife's bedside
to see how she did. Then the old woman cried hastily,
For your life, do not draw back the curtains, to let in
the light upon her; she must be kept quiet." So the King
went away, and never knew that a false Queen was lying in the
Now, when it was midnight, and every one was asleep, the
nurse, who was sitting by the cradle in the nursery and watch-
ing there alone, saw the door open, and the true Queen come
in. She took the child out of the cradle, laid it in her bosom,
and fed it. Then she shook out its little pillow, put the child
back again, and covered it with the coverlet. She did not
forget the fawn either : she went to him where he lay in the
corner, and stroked his back tenderly. Then she went in
perfect silence out at the door, and the nurse next morning
asked the watchmen if any one had entered the castle during
the night, but they said they had seen no one. And the
Queen came many nights, and never said a word; the nurse
saw her always, but she did not dare speak of it to any one.
After some time had gone by in this manner, the Queen
seemed to find voice, and said one night,
My child my fawn twice more I come to see,
Twice more I come, and then the end must be."
The nurse said nothing, but as soon as the Queen had
disappeared she went to the King and told him all. The
King said,
Ah, heaven what do I hear I will myself watch by
the child to-morrow night."
So at evening he went into the nursery, and at midnight
the Queen appeared, and said,
"My child my fawn once more I come to see,
Once more I come, and then the end must be."
And she tended the child, as she was accustomed to do,


before she vanished. The King dared not speak to her, but
he watched again the following night, and heard her say,
My child my fawn this once I come to see,
This once I come, and now the end must be."
Then the King could contain himself no longer, but rushed
towards her, saying,
"You are no other than my dear wife! Then she
Yes, I am your dear wife," and in that moment, by the
grace of heaven, her life returned to her, and she was once
more well and strong. Then she told the King the snare that
the wicked witch and her daughter had laid for her. The
King had them both brought to judgment, and sentence was
passed upon them. The daughter was sent away into the
wood, where she was devoured by the wild beasts, and the
witch was burned, and ended miserably. And as soon as her
body was in ashes the spell was removed from the fawn, and
he took human shape again; and then the sister and brother
lived happily together until the end.


HERE once lived a man and his wife,
who had long wished for a child, but in
vain. Now there was at the back of
their house a little window which over-
looked a beautiful garden full of the
finest vegetables and flowers; but there
Swas a high wall all round it, and no
one ventured into it, for it belonged
to a witch of great might, and of whom
all the world was afraid. One day that the wife was standing
at the window, and looking into the garden, she saw a bed
filled with the finest rampion; and it looked so fresh and
green that she began to wish for some; and at length she
longed for it greatly. This went on for days, and as she knew
she could not get the rampion, she pined away, and grew
pale and miserable. Then the man was uneasy, and asked,
"What is the matter, dear wife ?"
Oh," answered she, I shall die unless I can have some
of that rampion to eat that grows in the garden at the back of
our house." The man, who loved her very much, thought to
Rather than lose my wife I will get some rampion, cost
what it will."
So in the twilight he climbed over the wall into the
witch's garden, plucked hastily a handful of rampion and
brought it to his wife. She made a salad of it at once, and
ate of it to her heart's content. But she liked it so much,
and it tasted so good, that the next day she longed for it



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thrice as much as she had done before; if she was to have
any rest the man must climb over the wall once more. So
he went in the twilight again; and as he was climbing back,
he saw, all at once, the witch standing before him, and was
terribly frightened, as she cried, with angry eyes,
How dare you climb over into my garden like a thief,
and steal my rampion it shall be the worse for you !"
Oh," answered he, "be merciful rather than just, I have
only done it through necessity; for my wife saw your rampion
out of the window, and became possessed with so great a
longing that she would have died if she could not have had
some to eat." Then the witch said,
If it is all as you say you may have as much rampion
as you like, on one condition-the child that will come into
the world must be given to me. It shall go well with the
child, and I will care for it like a mother."
In his distress of mind the man promised everything; and
when the time came when the child was born the witch
appeared, and, giving the child the name of Rapunzel (which
is the same as rampion), she took it away with her.
Rapunzel was the most beautiful child in the world.
When she was twelve years old the witch shut her up in
a tower in the midst of a wood, and it had neither steps nor
door, only a small window above. When the witch wished
to be let in, she would stand below and would cry,
Rapunzel, Rapunzel! let down your hair "
Rapunzel had beautiful long hair that shone like gold.
When she heard the voice of the witch she would undo
the fastening of the upper window, unbind the plaits of her
hair, and let it down twenty ells below, and the witch
would climb up by it.
After they had lived thus a few years it happened that as
the King's son was riding through the wood, he came to the
tower; and as he drew near he heard a voice singing so
sweetly that he stood still and listened. It was Rapunzel in
her loneliness trying to pass away the time with sweet songs.
The King's son wished to go in to her, and sought to find a
door in the tower, but there was none. So he rode home,
but the song had entered into his heart, and every day he
went into the wood and listened to it. Once, as he was stand-


ing there under a tree, he saw the witch come up, and list-
ened while she called out,
0 Rapunzel, Rapunzel! let down your hair."
Then he saw how Rapunzel let down her long tresses, and
how the witch climbed up by it and went in to her, and he
said to himself,
"Since that is the ladder I will climb it, and seek my
fortune." And the next day, as soon as it began to grow dusk,
he went to the tower and cried,
0 Rapunzel, Rapunzel! let down your hair."
And she let down her hair, and the King's son climbed up
by it.
Rapunzel was greatly terrified when she saw that a man
had come in to her, for she had never seen one before; but
the King's son began speaking so kindly to her, and told how
her singing had entered into his heart, so that he could have
no peace until he had seen her herself. Then Rapunzel for-
got her terror, and when he asked her to take him for her
husband, and she saw that he was young and beautiful, she
thought to herself,
I certainly like him much better than old mother Gothel,"
and she put her hand into his hand, saying,
"I would willingly go with thee, but I do not know how I
shall get out. When thou comest, bring each time a silken
rope, and I will make a ladder, and when it is quite ready I
will get down by it out of the tower, and thou shalt take me
away on thy horse." They agreed that he should come to her
every evening, as the old woman came in the day-time. So
the witch knew nothing of all this until once Rapunzel said
to her unwittingly,
"Mother Gothel, how is it that you climb up here so
slowly, and the King's son is with me in a moment ?"
0 wicked child," cried the witch, what is this I hear!
I thought I had hidden thee from all the world, and thou hast
betrayed me !"
In her anger she seized Rapunzel by her beautiful hair,
struck her several times with her left hand, and then grasping
a pair of shears in her right-snip, snap-the beautiful locks
lay on the ground. And she was so hard-hearted that she
took Rapunzel and put her in a waste and desert place, where
she lived in great woe and misery.


The same day on which she took Rapunzel away she
went back to the tower in the evening and made fast the
severed locks of hair to the window-hasp, and the King's son
came and cried,
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel! let down your hair."
Then she let the hair down, and the King's son climbed up,
but instead of his dearest Rapunzel he found the witch look-
ing at him with wicked glittering eyes.
"Aha!" cried she, mocking him, "you came for your
darling, but the sweet bird sits no longer in the nest, and
sings no more; the cat has got her, and will scratch out your
eyes as well! Rapunzel is lost to you; you will see her no
The King's son was beside himself with grief, and in his
agony he sprang from the tower : he escaped with life, but the
thorns on which he fell put out his eyes. Then he wandered
blind through the wood, eating nothing but roots and berries,
and doing nothing but lament and weep for the loss of his
dearest wife.
So he wandered several years in misery until at last he
came to the desert place where Rapunzel lived with
her twin-children that she had borne, a boy and a girL At
first he heard a voice that he thought he knew, and when he
reached the place from which it seemed to come Rapunzel
knew him, and fell on his neck and wept. And when her
tears touched his eyes they became clear again, and he could
see with them as well as ever.
Then he took her to his kingdom, where he was received
with great joy, and there they lived long and happily.


HERE was once a man, whose wife was
dead, and a woman, whose husband
was dead; and the man had a daughter,
and so had the woman. The girls were
acquainted with each other, and used
to play together sometimes in the
woman's house. So the woman said
to the man's daughter,
Listen to me, tell your father that I
will marry him, and then you shall have milk to wash in every
morning and wine to drink, and my daughter shall have water
to wash in and water to drink."
The girl went home and told her father what the woman
had said. The man said,
What shall I do Marriage is a joy, and also a torment."
At last, as he could come to no conclusion, he took off his
boot, and said to his daughter,
Take this boot, it has a, hole in the sole; go up with it
into the loft, hang it on the big nail and pour water in it. If
it holds water, I will once more take to me a wife; if it lets
out the water, so will I not."
The girl did as she was told, but the water held the hole
together, and the boot was full up to the top. So she went
and told her father how it was. And he went up to see with
his own eyes, and as there was no mistake about it, he went to
the widow and courted her, and then they had the wedding.
The next morning, when the two girls awoke, there stood
by the bedside of the man's daughter milk to wash in and


wine to drink, and by the bedside of the woman's daughter
there stood water to wash in and water to drink.
On the second morning there stood water to wash in and
water to drink for both of them alike. On the third morning
there stood water to wash in and water to drink for the man's
daughter, and milk to wash in and wine to drink for the
woman's daughter; and so it remained ever after. The
woman hated her step-daughter, and never knew how to treat
her badly enough from one day to another. And she was
jealous because her step-daughter was pleasant and pretty, and
her real daughter was ugly and hateful.
Once in winter, when it was freezing hard, and snow lay
deep on hill and valley, the woman made a frock out of paper,
called her step-daughter, and said,
"Here, put on this frock, go out into the wood and
fetch me a basket of strawberries; I have a great wish for
Oh dear," said the girl, "there are no strawberries to be
found in winter; the ground is frozen, and the snow covers
everything. And why should I go in the paper frock ? it is so
cold out of doors that one's breath is frozen; the wind will
blow through it, and the thorns will tear it off my back !"
"How dare you contradict me!" cried the step-mother,
"be off, and don't let me see you again till you bring me a
basket of strawberries."
Then she gave her a little piece of hard bread, and said,
"That will do for you to eat during the day," and she
thought to herself, She is sure to be frozen or starved to death
out of doors, and I shall never set eyes on her again."
So the girl went obediently, put on the paper frock, and
started out with the basket. The snow was lying everywhere,
far and wide, and there was not a blade of green to be seen.
When she entered the wood she saw a little house with three
little men peeping out of it. She wished them good day, and
knocked modestly at the door. They called her in, and she
came into the room and sat down by the side of the oven to
warm herself and eat her breakfast. The little men said,
"Give us some of it."
"Willingly," answered she, breaking her little piece of bread
in two, and giving them half. They then said,


"What are you doing here in the wood this winter time in
your little thin frock?"
"Oh," answered she, I have to get a basket of straw-
berries, and I must not go home without them."
When she had eaten her bread they gave her a broom, and
told her to go and sweep the snow away from the back door.
When she had gone outside to do it the little men talked
among themselves about what they should do for her, as she
was so good and pretty, and had shared her bread with them.
Then the first one said,
"She shall grow prettier every day." The second said,
"Each time she speaks a piece of gold shall fall from her
mouth." The third said,
"A king shall come and take her for his wife."
In the meanwhile the girl was doing as the little men had
told her, and had cleared the snow from the back of the little
house, and what do you suppose she found ? fine ripe straw-
berries, showing dark red against the snow Then she joyfully
filled her little basket full, thanked the little men, shook hands
with them all, and ran home in haste to bring her step-mother
the thing she longed for. As she went in and said, "Good
evening," a piece of gold fell from her mouth at once. Then
she related all that had happened to her in the wood, and at
each word that she spoke gold pieces fell out of her mouth, so
that soon they were scattered all over the room.
"Just look at her pride and conceit !" cried the step-sister,
"throwing money about in this way !" but in her heart she
was jealous because of it, and wanted to go too into the wood
to fetch strawberries. But the mother said,
"No, my dear little daughter, it is too cold, you will be
frozen to death."
But she left her no peace, so at last the mother gave in, got
her a splendid fur coat to put on, and gave her bread and
butter and cakes to eat on the way.
The girl went into the wood and walked straight up to the
little house. The three little men peeped out again, but she
gave them no greeting, and without looking round or taking
any notice of them she came stumping into the room, sat her-
self down by the oven, and began to eat her bread and butter
and cakes.


"Give us some of that," cried the little men, but she
"I've not enough for myself; how can I give away any ?"
Now when she had done with her eating, they said,
Here is a broom, go and sweep all clean by the back door."
Oh, go and do it yourselves," answered she; I am not
your housemaid."
But when she saw that they were not going to give her
anything, she went out to the door. Then the three little men
said among themselves,
"What shall we do to her, because she is so unpleasant,
and has such a wicked jealous heart, grudging everybody
everything?" The first said,
"She shall grow uglier every day." The second said,
"Each time she speaks a toad shall jump out of her mouth
at every word." The third said,
"She shall die a miserable death."
The girl was looking outside for strawberries, but as she
found none, she went sulkily home. And directly she opened
her mouth to tell her mother what had happened to her in the
wood a toad sprang out of her mouth at each word, so that
every one who came near her was quite disgusted.
The step-mother became more and more set against the
man's daughter, whose beauty increased day by day, and her
only thought was how to do her some injury. So at last she
took a kettle, set it on the fire, and scalded some yar in it.
When it was ready she hung it over the poor girl's shoulder, and
gave her an axe, and she was to go to the frozen river and
break a hole in the ice, and there to rinse the yarn. She
obeyed, and went and hewed a hole in the ice, and as she was
about it there came by a splendid coach, in which the King
sat. The coach stood still, and the King said,
My child, who art thou, and what art thou doing there ?"
She answered,
"I am a poor girl, and am rinsing yarn."
Then the King felt pity for her, and as he saw that she
was very beautiful, he said,
"Will you go with me ?"
"Oh yes, with all my heart," answered she; and she felt
very glad to be out of the way of her mother and sister.


So she stepped into the coach and went off with the King;
and when they reached 'his castle the wedding was celebrated
with great splendour, as the little men in the wood had
At the end of a year the young Queen had a son; and as
the step-mother had heard of her great good fortune she came
with her daughter to the castle, as if merely to pay the King
and Queen a visit. One day, when the King had gone out,
and when nobody was about, the bad woman took the Queen
by the head, and her daughter took her by the heels, and
dragged her out of bed, and threw her out of the window into
a stream that flowed beneath it. Then the old woman put her
ugly daughter in the bed, and covered her up to her chin.
When the King came back, and wanted to talk to his wife a
little, the old woman cried,
"Stop, stop! she is sleeping nicely; she must be kept
quiet to-day."
The King dreamt of nothing wrong, and came again the
next morning; and as he spoke to his wife, and she answered
him, there jumped each time out of her mouth a toad instead
of the piece of gold as heretofore. Then he asked why that
should be, and the old woman said it was because of her great
weakness, and that it would pass away.
But in the night, the boy who slept in the kitchen saw how
something in the likeness of a duck swam up the gutter, and
"My King, what mak'st thou ?
Sleepest thou, or wak'st thou?"
But there was no answer. Then it said,
What cheer my two guests keep they ?"
So the kitchen-boy answered,
"In bed all soundly sleep they."
It asked again,
"And my little baby, how does he?"
And he answered,
He sleeps in his cradle quietly."
Then the duck took the shape of the Queen, and went to
the child, and gave him to drink, smoothed his little bed,


covered him up again, and then, in the likeness of a duck,
swam back down the gutter. In this way she came two nights,
and on the third she said to the kitchen-boy,
"Go and tell the King to brandish his sword three times
over me on the threshold !"
Then the kitchen-boy ran and told the King, and he came
with his sword and brandished it three times over the duck,
and at the third time his wife stood before him living, and
hearty, and sound, as she had been before.
The King was greatly rejoiced, but he hid the Queen in a
chamber until the Sunday came when the child was to be bap-
tized. And after the baptism he said,
What does that person deserve who drags another out of
bed and throws him in the water?"
And the old woman answered,
No better than to be put into a cask with iron nails in
it, and to be rolled in it down the hill into the water."
Then said the King,
"You have spoken your own sentence;" and he ordered
a cask to be fetched, and the old woman and her daughter
were put into it, and the top hammered down, and the cask
was rolled down the hill into the river.


HERE was once a girl who was lazy
and would not spin, and her mother
could not persuade her to it, do what
she would. At last the mother became
angry and out of patience, and gave
her a good beating, so that she cried
out loudly. At that moment the Queen
was going by; as she heard the crying,
she stopped; and, going into the house,
she asked the mother why she was beating her daughter, so
that every one outside in the street could hear her cries.
The woman was ashamed to tell of her daughter's.lazi-
ness, so she said,
I cannot stop her from spinning; she is for ever at it,
and I am poor and cannot furnish her with flax enough."
Then the Queen answered,
I like nothing better than the sound of the spinning-
wheel, and always feel happy when I hear its humming; let
me take your daughter with me to the castle-I have plenty
of flax, she shall spin there to her heart's content."
The mother was only too glad of the offer, and the Queen
took the girl with her. When they reached the castle the
Queen showed -her three rooms which were filled with the
finest flax as full as they could hold.
"Now you can spin me this flax," said she, "and when
you can show it me all done you shall have my eldest son for
bridegroom; you may be poor, but I make nothing of that-
your industry is dowry enough."