My brother went hunting one day and didn’t return. I nearly wept myself blind! Then, when I could no longer stand it, I went out into the forest to search for him. After I had gone a long way, I became tired. I had to find someplace to rest. I looked around and what did I see but a lion standing nearby. He seemed friendly, so I sat down on his back and he carried me along.
What a lovely beast! He kept stroking me with his switching tail and cooling my cheeks!
Princess Who Rides a Lion in The Lion and the Frog, Grimms. Illustration by Arthur Rackham.