With the help of my friend the raven, I killed the three giants who had held the maidens hostage. Then the raven instructed me about how to get the ladies down from the high rock where the giants had lived.
The raven only asked for tobacco by way of thanks. I wanted to give him all my tobacco, not just a piece, for he had earned it. But he said, “No, give me just one piece. You know what is behind you, but you have no knowledge of what is before you.”
Taking the tobacco in his beak, the raven flew away.
Ian, the Soldier’s Son in Ian the Soldier’s Son, Orange Fairy Book. Painting by Odilon Redon.