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Fair Helena Who is Married to Prince Fickle

I am married to Prince Fickle.  He did nothing to deserve me, nor has marriage stopped his wandering eye. But because he is fickle, I can bring his attention back to me with no more than a kiss on the left cheek. It’s all it takes for him to remember who he is and who...

Princess Who Marries a Pig

I knew from the moment I heard him speak that he was not an ordinary pig. But he was still a pig! And he had come to the castle to marry me. I had no escape. The street was full of pigs. All the pigs in the world had come to the castle that day. What could I do? It...

Princess in a Copper Palace

Someone was coming to my copper palace! I laid out a fine dinner and made my guest a comfortable bed. Later when I came down to the dining room, I saw that the food had been eaten. I went upstairs and found my guest resting in bed. I said, "Thou who art in my house,...

Queen Who Gives Birth to a Donkey

I wanted a child, and when the child didn’t come, I lamented day and night. “I am like a barren field!” I cried. At last, my wish was granted, but what did I give birth to? Not a human child, but a donkey! Then I wept in earnest. I told my husband to throw it into the...

Maiden Betrothed to Bearskin

My old father came home beaming with happiness. He had paid the landlord. How? A man had helped him, and now, he said, we can help the man. My two sisters and I waited for my father to lead the man into the house, and when we saw him (and smelled him) we recoiled! He...

Hermose, Daughter of the Swan Fairy

My mother called me to come to her room and look in the mirror that would show us the whereabouts of King Lino. There he was, chained in the prison tower of a powerful magician. Still, he was alive—and in every way as noble a man as I had imagined him to be. Then we...

Prince of Gnomes

I have gone down into my underground palace to look into my three great mirrors. They are known as the Cabinets of the Years, and they reflect the past, the present, and the future. My question is: Did she ever love me? Does she love me now? Will she love me in the...