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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...

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...

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...