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Hospitable Blacksmith

One evening, there was a knock on my door, and two tall, astonishingly handsome strangers stood before me. They asked for a night’s lodging. How could I refuse them? Before we sat down to eat our meal, there was another knock on the door. This time, it was a...

Wounded Soldier

I was making my way toward the city when I met an old woman on the road. She noticed that I was badly wounded and asked me where I was going. “I really don’t know myself,” I said. I had heard about the kings’ twelve daughters, and how they had been wearing out their...

Earthworkers

The king’s youngest daughter is our princess, and we serve her. When she comes into the forest and summons us: “Earthworkers, come out!” we appear from under every root and stone. When she asks for help, we ask no questions. If she wants the forest...

Pursuing Prince

Be careful what you pursue, because what you pursue might be pursuing you! I found that out when the stag I had been chasing, suddenly stopped running and turned into a big, lanky man. “Well,” he said, “It’s a good thing I’ve got you now....

Star Dress

I don’t think that the princess has a clue what to wear, or who she is, or who she wants to be! Yet I am her brightest dress. I shine even more brightly than her golden dress, or her silver dress. Why does she keep us hidden in a nutshell? Why does she go around...