When the King of Sweden gave orders to cut down the haunted wood, no man had courage enough to obey his command. But I, being bolder than the rest, took my axe and went in to the forest of Tontlawald.
I struck my axe into a tree but my blow was followed by a stream of blood and shrieks as if a human creature were in pain.
Terrified, I fled as fast as my legs would carry me, and after that, neither orders nor threats would drive any one to enter that enchanted place.
Woodcutter in an Enchanted Forest in A Tale of the Tontlawald, Violet Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.