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King With a Slipper

When I was out hunting a boar one day, I ran down a hill in my sandals and caught a thorn in my foot. The thorn festered and my foot became so swollen and sore than I couldn’t put any weight on it. I heard about an illustrious physician, and I summoned him to my...

Dorani Who Goes Home at Night

The weight of my hair had become unbearable, and so one day, I cut off a lock, wrapped it in a leaf, and threw it into the river. It was found by a prince who asked me to marry him. I consented but I made him promise to allow me to go home every night. He did, and we...

Grethari the Orphaned Prince

After we fought the shark, Geirlaug sprinkled some white powder over us, and the next thing I knew we were outside the palace of my parents. I hadn’t been there since I was a tiny child, but I remembered the surroundings. Geirlaug told me not to drink anything...

Troll’s Daughter

The young man swims down to me in my glass palace at the bottom of the sea. My father, who is a powerful troll, has trapped me here. He has made everybody dependent on him—all the kings in the country are in his debt, and all the creatures of the forest rely on him...

Heartless Man’s Wife

I watched the old wizard wave his wand and turn my sisters and their lovers into stone statues. He spared me because I didn’t have a partner. He took me into his cottage and made me his wife. He explained that he was terribly lonely in the deep wood. I asked...