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Bull Protector

I was the father she didn’t have. Her human father, the king, thought of nothing but war and put his daughter at the mercy of an evil queen. She left the princess to starve, and so I provided for her. When the queen found out about me, she became dead-set on putting...

Snuff Box

The fellow who came into possession of me was instantly enchanted because I have the power to make his every whim a reality. Unfortunately, he lost me, but after a long journey (all the way to the sun and the moon!) he found me again. He used me to wish the thief and...

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...

Maiden in the Dark

The drummer has taken my linen shift! My sisters have flown from the lake, and I am stranded here. I have to follow him. But I’m naked! I’ll keep myself hidden, but what else can I do? Without my linen I have no wings to fly back to the castle. I follow him home and...

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...

Elf Maiden’s Husband

My elf wife and I were happy, but every now and then she would disappear. I asked her one day, "What can I do to keep you from vanishing into the other world?" "Dear husband, I am bound to go, even against my will, and there is only one way to stop me. Drive a nail...

Aladdin

One day when I was playing in the streets, a stranger came up to me. He asked me if I was the son of Mustapha the tailor. "I am, sir," I said, "but he died a long time ago." The man put his arms around me and told me he was my uncle. "Go tell your mother I'm coming,"...

Little Green Frog

He is SO irritating! I tell him what to do and he does more than he is instructed. I tell him, go to the stable, get the horse, and lead him out of there. What does he do? He goes to the stable, gets the horse, and decides to put on a saddle. Not what I said! He's...

Well-Spoken Ogre

I came into my castle and right away, I could smell human flesh. What had ill fate brought me? I looked through all the rooms and found nobody. I called out, "Do not be afraid, I will do you no harm." No answer. Silence. "Come out, I tell you," I said. "Your life is...