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Frog Friend in the Underworld

The queen did not wish to stay in the underworld, and who could blame her? It was a dismal place inhabited mostly by dragons, reptiles, and ravens. A fairy in the shape of a lion kept her imprisoned there. She asked me how she might escape, and I didn’t know, so...

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...

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...

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...

King with a Wild Daughter

My daughters asked me if I would bring them gifts when I returned from my tour of the country. I was only too happy to oblige, of course. My youngest daughter asked for a wreath of wildflowers, which seemed simple enough to find. However, neither the markets nor the...