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Princess in a Copper Palace

Someone was coming to my copper palace! I laid out a fine dinner and made my guest a comfortable bed. Later when I came down to the dining room, I saw that the food had been eaten. I went upstairs and found my guest resting in bed. I said, "Thou who art in my house,...

Covan Who Receives His Mother’s Blessing

Before I went on my way, my mother made me a small cake and a large cake, and she gave me a choice. I could have the small cake with her blessing, or the large cake without it. It would appear that she would rather have her sons starve with her blessing than eat well...

Owl’s Wife

My sister and I had gone seeking food because there was scarcely anything to eat in our town. After walking a long way, we made our beds and fell asleep. We slept a long time because we were tired and weak. When we looked up, we saw a great eagle and an owl watching...

Giant Friend

One day when my friend and I came into the castle, I smelled a man. It's a distinct odor that some giants find appetizing. We found him in the treasure room, filling his little coat with pieces of gold. "Let's cook him for supper," said my friend. But he was a scrawny...

Forest Hut Where Food Is Free

I am a simple hut in the forest. I was useful to no one for a long time, except for the occasional band of robbers, or wanderers who happened by. Then one day, I was repaired. I was given a new door and a new window. I was cleaned from cellar to rafters. The hearth...

Starving Cobbler

I couldn't make a living as a cobbler, for all my hard work. My wife and I went without eating, but that couldn't go on forever. Finally I borrowed a neighbor's fishing rod and went out to fish in the stream. I was there for days and didn't hook anything, and then one...

Old Goat Woman

I'm an old widow living in a small village and I haven't any children or relations of any kind. I have my goats, that's all, and I make my living selling their milk. I am strong. I must be strong because if I am too ill to look after my goats, I will have no means at...

Vasilisa the Girl

I lead an idle life, thanks to my doll. My mother gave her to me before she died. She told me to give the doll something to eat. Then I could tell her all my troubles, and she would give me advice. I have had many troubles because my stepsisters hate me and put me to...