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Hans and the Locked Door

One fine summer morning when I was sixteen, I left my old parents and set off to make my fortune. I had nothing but the clothes I wore on my back. After I had been walking for some time, I met an old, white-bearded man coming along the footpath. Neither I nor the old...

Princess Who Gives Away the Magic Stone

He did the impossible for me. He built me a palace of ice, which was kept warm by fires in every room. The whole palace was filled with a rosy, pink glow, and the rarest singing birds in the world. Surely that should have been enough for me! But then a peddler came to...

King Who Rides to the Forbidden Mountain

My five older brothers could not help themselves. When they took the throne, they were compelled to hunt in the forests of the forbidden mountain. Nobody who goes there ever returns. Now I am king, I have that same compulsion, in spite of all the reasonable arguments...

Nasty Giant

I’m a kind master. Really. Just do what I tell you. If you don’t, I’ll wring your neck. I like putting people in their place, especially young fellows like that prince who came to my house a few days ago. He was willing to be hired, so I brought him...

Witch-Maiden

With the help of King Solomon’s magic ring, I can do all sorts of things. I don’t understand all the secret signs engraved on the ring. But I do know that if I put it on the little finger of my left hand, I can fly like a bird. If I put it on my ring...