The queen did not wish to stay in the underworld, and who could blame her? It was a dismal place inhabited mostly by dragons, reptiles, and ravens.
A fairy in the shape of a lion kept her imprisoned there. She asked me how she might escape, and I didn’t know, so I consulted my magic cap.
I took it off, laid in a box, and threw in some sprigs of juniper, some capers, and two peas. Then I murmured a few magic words.
A voice spoke from the cap. “Fate, who rules all, forbids you to leave this place until the time when certain things are fulfilled. Instead, a gift will be given to the queen that will comfort her in her trouble.”
The queen didn’t know that she was about to have a baby because she had been so distraught, but in a few days, she had the most beautiful child in the world lying beside her!