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King Who Never Tasted Salt

An audacious fellow came in today and presented me with something he called “Russian salt.” He wanted to trade it in the city. I’d never heard of such a thing as salt. It looked like nothing more than a pile of white sand. I sent him away but later...

Princess Who Gives Away the Magic Stone

He did the impossible for me. He built me a palace of ice, which was kept warm by fires in every room. The whole palace was filled with a rosy, pink glow, and the rarest singing birds in the world. Surely that should have been enough for me! But then a peddler came to...

Heart of a Rich Farmer

My door had been closed for a long time. Then one day I heard a knock, and a voice spoke to me. It said: “You are the heart of a rich man. What have you done with your wealth? Have you used it to do good things for your family? Have you considered the...

Generous Tailor

I told the goldsmith he shouldn’t do it! But he wouldn’t listen to me. He insisted on going back to the place where the little folk were dancing. We had found them once, and they sent us away with coal in our pockets. By morning, the coal had turned to...

Little Grey Man

The lad who came to chop wood in the forest was very well equipped with food and drink. I could smell the sweet cake in his pocket, and I asked him if he would share a bit of it with me. And maybe a few swigs of his wine. “Ah,” said the clever boy,...