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High and Mighty Tower

I am a landmark in this country. People can see me from miles away. A high and mighty princess inhabits my high apartments, and she can see the whole kingdom through my twelve windows. Through the first window she can see more clearly than any human being, in every...

Tailor Who Solves a Riddle

The princess has announced that she won't marry any man who can't solve her riddle. My two clever tailor friends think they'll have the riddle sewn up in no time. They think I'm useless, and that I should stay at home, but I'm going too, no matter what they think....

Reluctant King

I looked all around the world in search of fear, because I didn't know what fear was. I wasn't afraid of the living or the dead. One day, I came into a large town square crowded with people. A pigeon had been set loose over the crowd and he landed on my head. The...

Dummling with a Goose

You will think my story is dumb. Of course it is. All my stories are dumb! I'm always making a goose of myself. The important thing is, I made a princess laugh. A very serious princess. Until she met me she had not met a man who could her make her laugh because she...

Princess Hadvor Killing the Giant

The stone floor is heaving. The giant is coming up from below, shaking the house and raging like a thunderstorm. I run to my maids. "Come with your cauldron of pitch! Make haste!" The earth splits and we pour the pitch into the widening crack. I can see the three...

Black Bull of Norroway

"Now, my Lady, you wait here," I told her. It was a dark glen and not a place she was used to. Not like the castles where we had stayed with my relations. There was more I needed to tell my new wife. "Sit yourself on that stone," I said. "And don't move a hand or a...

Knight Who Uses a Mirror to Meet a Dragon

The princess, bound to a tree, was waiting for the dragon to come and destroy her. I borrowed a horse and rode in with a huge mirror. I put it against the trunk of a tree, took the maiden's veil, and covered the mirror with it. I told her to hide behind the mirror,...

Hummingbird

I flew beside him, hoping he would think of me. He was in a race with a cunning witch who kept slipping past him. But he had the power to change his shape. He wished himself into a pigeon, then a crow, and then a hawk, but still, he fell behind. His eyes grew dim and...

Tiniest Mouse of All

The cat has caught the king of mice, and he isn't going to let him go until we find the magic ring. I'm the tiniest mouse in the castle but I stepped forward and I said, "I know where the ring is because I live in the room of the princess. Every night, she takes the...