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Mother of a Great Son

My child, my wonderful child! How could have he have come from me? He was not like the other children. He grew quickly into a tall, strong boy who spoke like a grown man. He did not speak often.  One day I asked him, "My child, by what name shall we know you?" He...

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...

Skillful Huntsman

I learned the trade of a locksmith from my father, and when I was ready to go and seek my fortune, he gave me some money for my journey. I found some work, but after a time, I decided to look for another trade. I liked to hunt in the forest, so one day, in my rambles,...

Powerful Troll

If you ask me for something I don't have, I don't have to go out and get it. I can get it from my own self. If you want broth for soup, I'll cut you some pieces of my head. If you want a light for the candle, I'll set my two fingers on fire. I don't have to buy fish,...

Hazelnut Child

My mother is a worrier. She doesn't think that anything could possibly become of me. I am so little. But I know what I'm meant to be. And I know how to get around. Of course I don't use my own feet. I use the horse's feet. I get up under the saddle and prick the horse...

Red-Cap’s Grandmother

After that fiasco with the wolf, I truly regretted giving my granddaughter that little red velvet cap. It suited her, though, and she continues to wear it. She won't wear anything else. When she came for a visit the other day, I asked her, "Aren't you afraid of...

Youth Who Speaks with Wild Dogs

The lord of the castle permits me to stay overnight in the old tower, but he warns me that it is full of wild dogs. They bark without stopping, and will devour a man in the wee hours. I have no fear of dogs because I know their language. I ask the lord of the castle...