Crystal Ball

It is almost impossible to find me, I am hidden so deep. I am buried in the yolk of an egg that is buried in the womb of a bird that is buried in the belly of a bull. Who will cut through the bull to reach me? I break all spells and delusions. Hold me in the face of...

Mirror of the Spellbound Princess

I sit on the dresser in the dark room of a spellbound princess. When she picks me up, I reflect her beauty, as it is in truth. She weeps when she sees herself. She is reminded of everything she knows to be true. Yet to others she appears as a decrepit old woman....

Magic Egg

I am an egg that contains a palace, or rather, I am a palace that has been contained in an egg. In any case, I am an underworld marvel made into a miniature so that I can travel to the upper world. He who has the magic to turn me back into a palace will be able to...

Princess in a Copper Palace

Someone was coming to my copper palace! I laid out a fine dinner and made my guest a comfortable bed. Later when I came down to the dining room, I saw that the food had been eaten. I went upstairs and found my guest resting in bed. I said, “Thou who art in my...

Prince Who Fights a Beast

My two older brothers think I’m a fool and a simpleton. But our father has become very anxious because some beast has been getting into his deer-park and killing animals every night. Nobody knows who’s doing it but my father suspects the Norka. If it is...

Water King Who Demands a Princess

My son WILL marry Princess Martha, make no mistake about it. I’m WATER.  I ALWAYS GET MY WAY! Fetch my messenger! You know the one I mean. He’s bigger than a nail, and his beard is a foot and a half long. He’ll tell her that if she doesn’t show...