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Old Witch in the Tower

Of course, I know where the Bird of Truth can be found. It's locked up in a castle that is guarded by a fierce giant. You want to know the name of that castle? It's called Come-and-Never-Go. I will only tell you the way to the castle if you promise to bring me water...

City Swallow

When I flew to my nest in the forest, I met a country sparrow who had made her nest next to me, under the eaves of an abandoned hut. I had inherited the nest from my parents, and they had left it to me, so I hoped to make it my home. I asked the country sparrow how...

Spiteful Aunt

I meant to destroy that nephew of mine. It was either that, or he would destroy my son. When he had grown tall, strong, and handsome, I sent for my nephew. I said, “Manus, I know a bride who will suit you well. She is the daughter of a mighty earl.” I promised him the...

Witch Who Makes a Mask

Oh, I've lived a long time, so I have developed quite a bit of magic skill. I like to prepare concoctions and I have acquired a good number of useful tools over the years. One of them is a magic mirror through which I can see anyone, and by which I can take their...

Isuro the Rabbit

When I was a young rabbit, I lived in a hot country, far away, where the forests were very thick and dark, and the rivers ran swift and strong. My best friend was a baboon named Gudu, and we were inseparable. Then one day Gudu decided he needed to find a mate, so he...

Maleen

After a desperate search for work, my maid and I were given positions as scullery maids. We worked in the kitchen of a castle where a wedding was taking place. The bride ate her meals in her room, and I brought them to her, so I knew what she looked like. The poor...

Evil Enchanter Disempowered

How did he do it? That nothing of a boy must have found the princess I shut into The Castle of the Golden Sun. How did he get there? It wasn't on any map. And why would he listen to the princess? She wasn't attractive. I had turned her into a withered old crone. Yet...

Sack of the Thief

Haha! We've stolen a lot of things, but never a parson and his clerk! My master, who's a master-thief, went into the church just after the clock struck twelve. He had me in hand, and he marched up to the pulpit and began to cry out in a loud, piercing voice: "Hearken,...

Sly Fox

Here's what I said to the young suitor: "You want to outwit a high and mighty princess? You'll need a sly fox!" He's already used up two out of three of the three chances she gave him. He hasn't been able to hide from her. The raven concealed him in her egg, and she...

Sack of Wisdom

Sack of wisdom. Ha! I’m just an old murderer’s sack that’s been slung up a tree. Normally the mob uses me to carry dead men from one place to another, but my carrier is alive and well, and clever to boot. He’s managed to get a smart fellow—a scholar, no less—to take...

Scholar About to Get Sacked

I came along, riding my horse and singing a merry song when all of a sudden I heard a voice say: “Welcome! You’ve come at just the right time.” I looked around but couldn’t figure out where the voice was coming from. “Who’s calling me?” I said. “Lift your head. I’m up...

Queen Who Beheads the King

I had been put in a castle far away, on the other side of sea filled with giants and birds who would peck out the eyes of anyone who dared to sail through their territory. The king's outrider, a handsome lad named Ferdinand, came for me. He fed the giants, and they...

Unfaithful Ferdinand

I met Faithful Ferdinand riding by on his white horse. When he told me his name, I said, "What do you know about that? I'm Ferdinand, too. Unfaithful Ferdinand." We rode together to town. He was impressed by the fact I knew everything that people were thinking, and...

Old Woman Who Keeps the Ring

Oh, if you must have a ring, look for the pretty ones, pretty girl! Look how they glisten and glimmer. Choose a ruby or a sapphire, but stay away from the plain ring, that's mine. Come on, now, choose! Any one of those rings will keep you comfortable for the rest of...

Devil Who Claims a Soul

According to popular opinion, the Devil (oui, c'est moi) steals souls, but permit me to change your impression. I merely claim the souls that are already mine. Take, for instance, the innkeeper. I have been keeping an eye on him for some time. I employed three...

Giant Who Loses His Inheritance

I'll admit it. Little men have quick wits and giants aren't too swift. Me and my two brothers had inherited a sword that cuts off many heads at once, a cloak that makes a person invisible, and a pair of boots that will transport a person anywhere he wants to go. We...

Saint Peter

Every now and then you encounter a chap who breaks all the rules and still gets into heaven. When Brother Lustig came to heaven's door, I opened it and he recognized me at once. We had been friends on earth. We had met on the road, and I had given him my magic...

Mild-Mannered Queen

Our realm is not large. In fact, it is so small that you can easily walk round it in one day. We are a simple people and we listen to all our subjects, without exception. For that reason it is often difficult to decide on anything. Our son Petaldo is different. He...

Kooshy Ram

Ho ho! The Beeka Mull is the worst thief in the market! That's what I told the unhappy merchant that I befriended today. The foolish fellow gave the Beeka Mull a box of jewels for safekeeping. Of course, when he went to retrieve it, the Beeka Mull no longer recognized...

Goblin’s Mirror

I was made by a goblin who was at the height of his career when he created me. Everything that looks into me, however beautiful—appears ugly, defected and worthless. Pure genius! The demon was so amused by me that he started a goblin school. Goblins spirited me up...

Twin Sister

Our stepmother hates me and my twin brother. She beats us and drives us out of the house. We don't dare tell our father how cruel she is. Father wouldn't believe us, and besides, he needs her to look after the house. She was very kind to us this morning. She said,...

Deceiving Princess

I wish I had the handsome skipper for a husband. I'd much prefer to sail the seas with him than to be pent up on dry land with a boring old soldier king! All I have to do is put the king to sleep. Then I'll call the skipper and we'll throw him overboard. Easily done!...

Gingerbread House

I'm made of sugar and spice and everything nice, but I wish I wasn't so charming and sweet because a witch is using me as a trap. Two little children have come along, a boy and a girl. It's easy to see that they're starved. They shout for joy when they see me, and...

Old Woman in the Robbers’ Hut

Such a handsome lad he was, oh...there was something about him...what's the word? Special. That's it. He'd gotten lost in the woods and he found our little hut. I told him he couldn't stay here—we're all robbers—and the men would kill him. The fellow was bone tired,...

Magician of the Lamp

Once I get ahold of the lamp, I will be all-powerful! All I have to do is find a boy who's fool enough to go down into the earth and get it for me. Oh, I've got a bright idea. A very bright idea! I'll approach that little boy, Aladdin, and I'll pretend to be his uncle...

Godson of Death

I am the youngest son of thirteen, and Death is my godfather. He was there at my christening, and my father says that he promised to make me rich and famous. I did not meet him when I was a child, and then one day, when I had grown up, he appeared to me on the road....

Cobbler

I am just a cobbler but I am very fond of honey. Some people think it’s not easy to find the sweetness in life, but I’ve figured out how. I am basically quite small and lazy, but I have a considerable amount of charm and a pretty good imagination. I live by my wits,...

Skull in the Window

After she had put her sisters' dismembered limbs back together, she prepared for her wedding to Fitcher, the evil sorcerer who had butchered them. She went out and invited all the wizard's friends, and when she came back to the house, she found me on the floor. I...

Careless Maid

Oh, I've done a terrible thing! I was chasing a spider when I knocked the queen's flask off the shelf. Not just any old flask, either—the flask filled with water from the Fountain of Youth! The queen will have my head! I have to think. What will I do? I have to settle...

Tom’s Eldest Brother

Tom is so clever! He got up in the middle of the night, took the golden crowns from the heads of the Ogre's seven sleeping daughters, and put 'em on our heads. Then he put our old bonnets on the heads of the Ogre's daughters. Uh-oh. The Ogre's comin' up the stairs. He...

Drawn Curtain

The old woman, pretending to be a chambermaid, closed me and shut out the light. In the dark, many terrible things happened. The chambermaid took the weakened queen to the bath, and suffocated her in the hellish heat of the fire she made in the room. Then she put her...

Slave Morgiana

My lamp went out so I have gone into the yard to get oil from a pot. As I am leaning over the jar, I hear a voice from inside the jar, whispering, "Is it time?" I stifle a gasp. Then I understand. The oil merchant who is staying with us is a robber, and his band of...

Magic Pin

I'm a particular kind of pin. If I am stuck into the coat of a person, I will put that person to sleep. If I am removed from the coat, the sleeper will wake. I'm not a jabbing pin, you see. I'm not a pin that goes in. I can put you down painlessly. I slip in, ever so...

Princess of the Golden Roof

The merchant took me onto his boat and showed me all the fabulous golden wares that he had made for me. I was so dazzled that I did not notice the ship sail until we were on the high seas! I would rather die than be carried away by a merchant. Yet he seized my hand...

Scolded King

I had been napping below the ship deck when I was suddenly woken by the sound of my little son crying. He could not be comforted. My wife was standing over me, holding him and scolding me for leaving her alone on the deck while the crew slept. She had every right to...

Magic Carpet

I am only six feet square and made of rough stuff, so I don't look like I'm worth anything. But look again, or, better still, sit down on me and make a wish. Then you'll know why I am sold for such an exorbitant price! The Magic Carpet in The Story of Prince Ahmed and...

Sultan of the Indies

My son has been a joy to me, but when he came home from his adventures, he would not tell me the mystery of his good fortune. He said he would visit me frequently, provided I did not seek to know his secrets. He stayed for a few days, and then went away for some time....

Mother-in-Law Who Steals Babies

Who is my son's new wife, anyway? She comes from nowhere. She doesn't deserve to be queen. She can't even speak! She won't speak, that's what I think. She's a schemer, and I'm going to expose her. I know what I'll do. I'll take her baby. She'll go to sleep tonight and...

Witch-Maiden

With the help of King Solomon's magic ring, I can do all sorts of things. I don't understand all the secret signs engraved on the ring. But I do know that if I put it on the little finger of my left hand, I can fly like a bird. If I put it on my ring finger, I am...

Lying Weaver

Come, my friends, look closely at our fabric. The texture and patterns are uncommonly beautiful! See, the clothes that are made of this stuff possess a wonderful property! The threads are so fine that they are invisible to anyone who is not himself fine—that is to...

King’s Equerry

The king has been looking for a wife for some time, and he did not believe that he would ever fall in love until today. We were traveling through the woods when suddenly we heard the most awful shrieking of cats, and then we saw an extraordinary hunt. A lady, mounted...

Escape Artist

It is easy to appeal to the sympathies of tender-hearted men. When the prince came into the room, I used one of my best illusions. I fastened myself to the ceiling by chains, and hung above a boiling cauldron of pitch. I begged the young fellow to throw water on me to...

Troll Hag

When I got into power and married the king, I put a spell on his little son. The boy's name was Ring. I turned him into a dog and he would stay a dog. He could never break the spell. Another prince named Ring would have to befriend him and allow him to sleep at his...