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Princess Who is Taken Aboard

I asked my father to allow me to go to the port so I could see the ship of Ivan the merchant's son. To be honest, I was just as interested in Ivan as I was in his ship. I took my nurses, governesses and maidservants with me, and they lingered on deck while Ivan showed...

Crow Who Saves a Prince

When I was flying over the forest I saw a freshly killed ox lying in the clearing. What good fortune! I swooped down, landed on the carcass, and began to peck at the flesh. Just then a fox caught me in his mouth and ran with me to a lion who was sitting at the...

Queen Who is Taken to the Underworld

I was bored sitting in that dusty old castle, waiting for my husband to end his wars. Several times I went out on the hunt, riding in a small carriage drawn by two horses. One day when the hunters went after a wild boar, I turned my horses in the opposite direction. I...

Boy Who Wants to Know His Father

When I was only two years old, my mother took me with her into the woods to gather branches for the fire. It was spring-time and I can still remember the delight I took in the flowers that carpeted the forest. Then all of sudden, two men sprang out of the thicket, and...

Tailor Caught on the Horns

When I heard the commotion, I rushed out of the hut where I had spent the night. A huge stag was confronting a bull, and they were engaged in a violent struggle. They rushed at each other with such rage that the ground shook with their trampling and the air resounded...

Heartless Man’s Wife

I watched the old wizard wave his wand and turn my sisters and their lovers into stone statues. He spared me because I didn't have a partner. He took me into his cottage and made me his wife. He explained that he was terribly lonely in the deep wood. I asked him,...

Kay

Nothing looked beautiful to me anymore. Everything I looked at was flawed! I only liked snowflakes. They were perfect and regular. Then one day I got caught in a snow storm, and a great lady drove up to me in her sled. Her fur and cap were made of ice, and she shone...

Flower Queen’s Daughter

The queen of the Isles, who is the most powerful of all queens, envied my beauty. She could not bear to have me around, and so my mother, queen of the Flowery Isles, shut me inside our castle. She wanted to protect me from the dark magic of the queen of the Isles, and...

Princess Rosalie

I have been snatched by the Lord of the Air and imprisoned in a huge, unfamiliar palace. He is demanding that I marry him, but I will not, no matter how much he storms around. He has left in a fury. What is this? A pen is rising over the desk, and hovering. Now it is...

Rubezahl’s Princess

In a moment, the ordinary wood had become enchanted, and I was enticed to swim in a sparkling pool. My friends and I stepped into the water, and, while they bobbed on the surface like corks, I sank down into its depths. Before I could become frightened, water nymphs...

Sister Who Lives in a Tree

My brother and I made our homes in trees when we were children, but after my father went to war and my mother fell ill and died, our tree forts became our homes. We lived happily for some time in our hollow oaks. Then one day, a wild ogress came along and uprooted us....

Overtaken Queen

I was playing with my two-year-old son on the boat deck while my husband and the crew napped below. We were having a lovely afternoon when I noticed something black coming toward us from the sea. As it approached, I saw that the figure was a fearfully ugly witch...