I did not want to marry the lindworm! He had eaten his two other brides!
I did nothing to deserve being wed to such a monster. I ran to my mother’s grave and I prayed earnestly for her help. Then I became very peaceful and fell asleep. When the sun woke me in the morning, I felt truly happy and light-hearted. I knew what I had to do. I also knew that I would be helped in every way. All I needed was courage.
The Maiden Betrothed to a Lindworm in King Lindworm, Pink Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.