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Warrior Princess Who Becomes a Man

I dressed like a man, and I went to serve the old Emperor who had been my father's enemy. The Emperor sent me on one mission after another to prove his love for the beautiful Iliane. Finally, Iliane gave the Emperor one more test: to bring back the holy water of...

Prince Who Fights a Beast

My two older brothers think I'm a fool and a simpleton. But our father has become very anxious because some beast has been getting into his deer-park and killing animals every night. Nobody knows who's doing it but my father suspects the Norka. If it is the Norka it...

Honest Little Jack

I left home with a sore heart. I would have stayed with my mother after my father died, but she didn't want me. She said there wasn't enough work for me to do in the house. My brothers Martin and Michael took everything she had in her larder, but they didn't want me...

Girl Who Wears a Wreath

After a hard day's work chopping wood in the forest with my father, we got home, and then my father said, "Oh, no, I left my axe in the forest!" He asked my stepmother if she would send her daughter out. She hadn't worked all day in the cold and the heavy rain,...

Samba

When all was said and done, I found my courage and I met my enemy head on. But do not commend me—were it not for a brave princess who showed me how to meet my fears, I would still be in a dark cellar cowering behind earthenware grain pots! Samba in Samba the Coward,...

Princess Hadvor Killing the Giant

The stone floor is heaving. The giant is coming up from below, shaking the house and raging like a thunderstorm. I run to my maids. "Come with your cauldron of pitch! Make haste!" The earth splits and we pour the pitch into the widening crack. I can see the three...

Ungrounded Prince

From the time I was born, no one would allow me to touch the ground lest I fell into the power of something very wicked. I myself developed a great fear of the earth. One day, while out hunting, my saddle broke and I crashed to the earth. Moreover, I went through the...

Youth Who Speaks with Wild Dogs

The lord of the castle permits me to stay overnight in the old tower, but he warns me that it is full of wild dogs. They bark without stopping, and will devour a man in the wee hours. I have no fear of dogs because I know their language. I ask the lord of the castle...

Tiniest Mouse of All

The cat has caught the king of mice, and he isn't going to let him go until we find the magic ring. I'm the tiniest mouse in the castle but I stepped forward and I said, "I know where the ring is because I live in the room of the princess. Every night, she takes the...

Bluebeard’s Wife

Bluebeard, my new husband, told me that he had to go away for six weeks, and while he was gone, I could do what I pleased and invite my friends to our fine country house. He gave me the keys to two great wardrobes where he kept his finest furniture, along with another...

Honest King

The rightful heir to my father's dominion is my stepbrother Alphege, but he has disappeared and is now thought to be dead. I wear the crown now, but it appears that Alphege's family is plotting against me. My mother thinks I should have them put to death, but it's...

Ball-Carrier

My people say that a witch lives on the other side of the wood, near the great river. She steals children. She flings her ball in the direction of a child's home, and when the child starts to chase it, she reels in her prey. The child is never seen again. It is all...

Simple Son of a Man with Strange Eyes

My father has strange eyes. One is a laughing eye, and the other is a weeping eye. My two older brothers and I have grown up afraid to ask him why he has such strange eyes. Well, we're grown men now, getting ready to find our fortune, and we'd like to know. My older...

Crow Princess

I spend my nights in a ruined castle, where I live alone in the only habitable room. Terrible things happen at night, but I have promised not to scream or give any indication that I am terrified. Strange beings come down the passage and into the room. They set a huge...

Ring Seeker

I set out in search of King Solomon's ring because it was our only hope of destroying the dragon who was consuming the whole world. I walked toward the sunrise because I knew that all the old wisdom comes from the East. After travelling for a few years, I met a famous...

Cinderlad

My brothers call me Cinderlad because I like to tend the fire. Well, they may call me what they will, but they were too scared to spend St. John's night in the barn, and watch to see how the grass disappeared. I got into the barn and lay down, and after about an...

Prince Employed by a Giant

I'm the youngest of many sons of the king, and When I grew into manhood, I was determined to go out into the world and try my luck. It took a long time to persuade my father, but I persisted and at last he was forced to let me go. I traveled around for several days...

Fearless Youth

My older brother was clever. He knew how to manage everything, but I seemed to be stupid. I couldn't understand what people were saying. I didn't seem to be able to learn anything. I heard people say, "He will be a burden on his father!" Whenever something had to be...