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Chattering Maidservant

When I was brushing the queen's hair, I told her what I saw by the lake. A handsome man in a suit of green satin came down to the water and got in a boat. He rowed over to the island where the princess lives in her castle, out of the queen's reach. "She must have a...

Esben the Fool

I'm not a big fellow like my eleven brothers. I'm just a little guy. My brothers work in the fields and the forest with my father, while I stay home with my mother. My father is getting old and weak now, and my brothers are biting at the bit to go and seek their...

Laughing Princess

I hadn't laughed in such a long time. There was nothing to laugh about. Then this fellow came along holding a goose, and he seemed to be stuck to it, and then the person behind him had become stuck to him, and the person behind him, and so on until there were seven...

Pitchfork

Evening was drawing near and the giant would be back soon. The princess had told the young man how to use me to clean the stables. Turn me upside down! Use the handle, not the fork! But when he got to work, he picked me up in the ordinary way. What was he trying to...

Witch Who Beheads Her Own Daughter

Last night I took an axe and chopped off the head of my stepdaughter while she was sleeping. I thought, 'Ha, now there will be no more fuss about who gets all the pretty things. My daughter will get them all!' This morning, I called upstairs for my girl. She was late...