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Princess Who Tries to Make Herself Small

We set off into the world together, myself and my friend the bull. I rejoiced that we were out of danger at last. No fear of the evil queen finding us! But then we came to a forest. All the trees and plants and flowers were made of copper. We could not go around it....

Youth in Search of Secrets

In my youth I had a great thirst to know things that other people didn't know and didn't care to know. After I had learned to understand the language of birds and other creatures, I had the sudden revelation that many things took place in the dark, invisible to mortal...

Seagull

I met John after he had returned from the war. I was mending my net in my hut when I heard him come up to the house and sit on the steps. I invited him in, poured him some wine, and cooked him some fried fish. He told me how he'd nearly been beaten to death in a...

Maleen

After a desperate search for work, my maid and I were given positions as scullery maids. We worked in the kitchen of a castle where a wedding was taking place. The bride ate her meals in her room, and I brought them to her, so I knew what she looked like. The poor...

Dorani’s Invisible Husband

The gardener asked me why I was looking so sad, and I told him the reason. "My wife Dorani is as lovely as the stars, but she won't speak to me. Every night she leaves me, and goes back to her father's house." The old gardener gave me six small packets of powder and...

Moon Over the Spring

I watch from the sky as the old night-owl flies to the window of the mountain hut. He cries, "Uhu!" three times to summon the old woman's daughter. She steps out into the night air and walks over the meadows and into the valley. She comes to a spring with three old...

Lindworm

I was the firstborn prince, but from the moment of my birth, my mother denied my existence. I made my way to the hills and lived off the land. I ate mice, and then I ate rodents, and then I ate lambs, and then I ate children. When my brother set off to marry and take...

Hands

We were once lords and ladies but now we're just hands. That's all you see. Our bodies have been invisible ever since our dear mistress was turned into a cat. Still, we do our best to serve, here in the castle, hidden in the Forest of Gloom. Someone has sounded the...

Invisible Prince

When I was born and my future was foretold, my parents were so upset by my life of perilous adventures that a Fairy comforted them by giving me a little pebble. Whenever I put the pebble in my mouth, I would become invisible. I met many ordeals and escaped the worst...

Poor Knight Rosald

My father is a poor knight with a great many children, and we have never had enough to eat. One day, I went to town to do some business, and I met Geirald, the son of a rich man. We got along very well, and he proposed that we should travel together. I said, "There is...