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Widow with Idle Sons

I had three sons, and I raised them by myself for the most part. What a disappointment! They were idle and careless. The two eldest weren’t able to keep any sort of job. They kept coming home, expecting me to serve them hand and foot. My youngest was a bit more...

King Who Wants to Glimpse Paradise

I always found it difficult to believe what I could not see. One day, in the prime of my youth, I was out hunting when I came upon a fakeer reading the Koran. He was sitting on a little bedstead in front of a cave in a lonely place on the mountain. He had an old,...

Queen Who Helps Her Son Escape

When our son returned from his long sea voyage, he told us that he had caught the Golden-Headed Fish whose blood would cure his father’s blindness. However, there was no time left to bring the fish home. The physician who knew how to make the salve would be...

Geirlaug Forgotten

When our stepmother came after us, I turned myself into a whale and my beloved friend Grethari, into my fin. Our stepmother turned herself into a shark and we battled in the sea until the water ran red with blood. After a mighty struggle, we killed the shark and she...

Turkish Princess

I’m waiting on the roof. Where is he? I’ve been waiting here for hours. He first appeared to me in my bedroom. I was sleeping. He kissed me and I woke. He told me that he was a Turkish god. He certainly looked the part! He told wonderful stories. He told...