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Woodcutter in an Enchanted Forest

When the King of Sweden gave orders to cut down the haunted wood, no man had courage enough to carry them out. But I wasn’t afraid. I took my axe and went into the Tontlawald. I struck a tree, and my blow was followed by a stream of blood and shrieks as if a...

High and Mighty Princess

I HATE that he’s so handsome. I HATE that he makes me weak in the knees. Most of all I HATE that I agreed to give him three chances to hide from me. I only give my suitors one chance, and when I catch them, I cut off their heads and stick them on posts....

Witch with Powerful Hair

I live in a fine castle. Light blazes from every window. I sit in the hall on a golden chair, and when young adventurers find me, I turn them to stone. How do I do that? Ha. You wonder, do you? I will tell you this: the power is in my hair. It only takes a single hair...

Goblin’s Mirror

I was made by a goblin who was at the height of his career when he created me. Everything that looks into me, however beautiful—appears ugly, defected and worthless. Pure genius! The demon was so amused by me that he started a goblin school. Goblins spirited me up...

Peasant Who Was Tricked by the Tanuki

I caught the Tanuki and hung the beast from the rafters. Then I told my wife that when I got home from work, we would kill him and cook him for dinner. I was feeling pretty good about myself when I returned to the forest. When I got home, I was ravenous, and my wife...