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Shepherdess Who Marries the Lindworm

How could I marry the monstrous lindworm? He had already eaten his first two brides on their wedding nights! But the king had given his orders. I ran into the woods, tearing myself apart on the thorns, desperate to avoid my fate. Why was I chosen? For my kindness and...

Maiden Who Meets a Dark Stranger

One night, a stranger came riding to our castle. He asked if my brother and I would give him lodging for the night. We granted his request, and the man joined us for supper. He was certainly entertaining. He told amusing stories and my brother liked him so much that...

Princess Who Cooks

Because I would not marry a hideous, foul-mouthed, one-eyed captain, my father ordered me to put on peasants' clothes and leave the castle. He sent me to a potter who taught me to make pots. I sold them in the market. As soon as I set up my stall, my father's horsemen...

Lion’s Lover

The Lion asked me to do something impossible—and by that, I do not mean spinning a cloak for a giant out of the hair of a princess. I did that task, and others that I really suffered to accomplish. But how can I possibly do this task? The Lion has asked me to kill...

Woodcutter

I have nothing but an axe and a couple of mules. Every day I go out into the forest to chop wood, and at the end of the day, the mules carry it to town. I have done this back-breaking work for twenty years. I'm out of bed by five in the morning, summer and winter. My...

Buried Maiden

My brother and I hosted a stranger who came to our door one night. We offered him food and an evening’s rest. He came to my room in the middle of the night and demanded my hand in marriage. I refused, and that is when I learned that he was an evil magician. He lay a...

Fairies’ Child

The fairies have raised me and given me everything beautiful and rare, and yet they confine me in a tower, high in the air. I only know fairies. I have no other companions but a parrot and a dog who can both talk. Yet they can tell me nothing more than I already know....

Aged Maiden Toupette

I am locked in a tower. My guardian, the genius Kristopo, has put me here because I have refused to marry him. I will never consent. I only love Cornichon. The fairies raised us together, and we are intended for one another. However, terrible things have happened. The...