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Bandy-legged Boy

It’s a darn good thing I was a bandy-legged boy because otherwise, I would have been swallowed up by the mountain. It took all the other children in town. The only ones left outside were me, and my limping friend, and another boy who ran into the mountain just as it...

Drakestail Who Goes to Get His Money Back

Take a tip from Drakestail here. If you loaned the king your money and you want it back, take your allies with you. Make room for them in your gizzard, which means cleaning out everything that’s stuck in your craw. I made lots of room in my gizzard. I made a place for...

King Lost in the Woods

I had lost myself in the forest. I couldn’t find my way home. Three times, a stranger came along and offered to show me the way out if I would give him the first thing that came out to greet me when I returned. The first couple of times he made his offer, I thought,...

Giant Friend

One day when my friend and I came into the castle, I smelled a man. It's a distinct odor that some giants find appetizing. We found him in the treasure room, filling his little coat with pieces of gold. "Let's cook him for supper," said my friend. But he was a scrawny...

Lion Prince

During the day I took my rest under a tree in the forest and listened to the lark sing. No one in the world was dearer to me than the lark. Then one day, a man and his servant came along. They saw the lark sitting at the top of the tree, and the man told his servant...

Demanding Beast

The man had come my castle out of a brutal winter storm. Cold, lost, and hungry, he found himself in a wondrous blossoming avenue. He found shelter for his horse. He came into the castle, ate a fine meal, and slept in a comfortable bed. He never met his host, but he...

Slaughterer

I just follow orders, so I ain't gonna give any thought to the fact that I have to slaughter this perfectly good horse. Then the goose girl comes along and gives me a golden coin. She wants me to nail the head of the horse to the bridge gate after I'm done killing it....

Ugly Old Woman

I never met such a happy man! He came boldly into the forest, whistling, and oh, he had the merriest, lightest gait. "Good day," I said, and I asked for something to eat. After he gave me the contents of his pockets, I gave him the contents of my own—that is, the...

Orphan Herd-Boy

I was sitting with my flocks one night when I heard the sound of crying. I got up and followed the sound, and what did I find but a giant who had hurt his foot trying to uproot an oak. He wanted me to bind his foot, and I did, and now he has rewarded me in the most...

Princess Freed from Dragons

Nine draken kept me prisoner in my castle, but Janni has come, and his dogs have slain the dragons. I am free, along with all the other prisoners! I would marry this handsome youth who comes from nowhere, but Janni has put me off. He says, "For the kindness that I...

Poor Knight Rosald

My father is a poor knight with a great many children, and we have never had enough to eat. One day, I went to town to do some business, and I met Geirald, the son of a rich man. We got along very well, and he proposed that we should travel together. I said, "There is...