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by Michelle Tocher

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Giant Who Loses His Inheritance

Themes: Greed | Inheritance | Loss

I’ll admit it. Little men have quick wits and giants aren’t too swift. Me and my two brothers had inherited a sword that cuts off many heads at once, a cloak that makes a person invisible, and a pair of boots that will transport a person anywhere he wants to go. We didn’t know how to divide those things between us. We all wanted all three objects, you see. We couldn’t figure out how to divide everything into three.

When we saw a little man passing by, we called him over, hoping that he could help us figure it out. He took the sword, the cloak, and the boots. Then he made himself invisible and vanished. That solved the problem. He divided us from everything!

Giant Who Loses His Inheritance in The King of the Golden Mountain, Grimms