A Treasury of Forgotten Fairy Tales: Part 12 – The Enchanted Pig to Prâslea the Brave and the Golden Apples


In some fairy tales, you’ll find a Beauty and the Beast or Frog Prince setup. Of course, the many of these tales exist is because of arranged marriages, especially among the upper classes. After all, back in the day, most people didn’t marry for love like we do today. So many of these tales were devised to get people used to the idea. And while we’re used to the beast figure, the beast in question can even be an animal who helps the beauty’s dad out and only demands a daughter for his services. By the way, these stories usually have a female beauty and a male beast dynamic. Anyway, in this installment, I give you another 10 forgotten fairy tales. First, are Romanian story of an enchanted pig and a prince and golden apples. Second, are 5 Grimm tales about a unique lark, two princes, a raven, 3 dogs, and a blue light. Third, is an Italian story of 3 sisters. Then we come to a Scottish tale of 3 princesses. And finally, we look into a Norwegian fairy tale of 3 princesses of Whiteland.

111. The Enchanted Pig


The Enchanted Pig is a Romania fairy tale in which a princess is wed to a pig to her dismay. He’s not bad but he’s actually a handsome man under a curse. And he could’ve been fine if she didn’t screw things up.

From: Romania
Earliest Appearance: Collected in Rumanische Märchen and by Petre Ispirescu in Legende sau basmele românilor
Best Known Version: The Marchen and Ispirescu version, obviously.
Synopsis: Before going to war, a king tells his daughters that they may go anywhere in the castle except one room. One day, they disobey and find an open book in it, saying that the oldest will marry a prince from the east, the second a prince from the west, and the youngest a pig from the north. Naturally, the youngest is horrified, but her sisters manage to convince her that it’s impossible. When the king returns and discovers what he had done from the youngest daughter’s unhappiness and resolves to face it the best he can. After her older sisters get married, the youngest becomes more distressed. A pig comes to woo her and when the king would’ve refused his consent, the city fills with pigs. The king tells his daughter there’s something strange about this pig and think magic’s at work. And if she agrees to marry the pig, it might be broken.

As part of the plan, she marries the pig and goes off with him. Fortunately, he’s a nice guy and turns into a man at night to avert any bestiality situations that he wins the princess’ heart. Eventually, she asks a witch what happened to her new husband. But the witch tells her to tie a thread to his foot to free him. When the young wife does so, her husband and tells her that the spell would’ve expired in 3 days but thanks to her, he must remain in this shape. And that she won’t find him without wearing out 3 pairs of iron shoes and blunting a steel staff. She sets out. She gets herself 3 pairs of iron shoes and a steel staff. She wanders far until she comes to the house of the Moon. The Moon’s mother lets her in and gives birth to a son during her stay. Unfortunately, the Moon doesn’t know where her husband is but she can go to the Sun. But the Moon’s mom gives her a chicken and instructs her to use all the bones. After pitching the first worn pair of iron shoes, the princess puts on another and goes to the Sun. The same things happens minus the childbirth and that the Sun’s mom sends her to the Wind. And at the Winds house, his mom tells her she lives in a wood where no axe can cut through it. She then gives her a chicken, tells her to save the bones, and sends her on her way. The princess goes on the Milky Way where she finds the castle where the pig lives and the bones stick together forming a ladder to let her in. When she’s one bone short, she cuts off her pinky. Her husband returns and the spell is broken. He reveals himself as a prince, that he killed the dragon and his witch mom who tied the string to keep him a pig. They set out for his dad’s kingdom and return to her dad’s place.

Other Versions: Included in Andrew Lang’s The Red Fairy Book.
Adaptations: Made into an opera by Jonathan Dove.
Why Forgotten: Not sure why.
Trivia: N/A

112. The Singing, Springing Lark


The Singing, Springing Lark is a Grimm fairy tale about a guy and servant who try to catch a lark for his daughter. But once a lion threatens to kill them over it, the guy agrees to give him the daughter who requested it.

From: Germany
Earliest Appearance: Collected by the Grimm Brothers. It’s basically the German version of Beauty and the Beast with lions and possibly acid.
Best Known Version: The Grimm version, naturally.
Synopsis: Before a man leaves on a journey, he asks each of his 3 daughters what they’d like him to bring back. The oldest wants diamonds, the second pearls, and the youngest a singing, springing lark. Though he finds the diamonds and pearls, he can’t locate the lark. On the way home, the man sees a lark in a tall tree and orders his servant to catch it. A lion springs out threatening to kill them both. In exchange for their lives and the lark, the lion demands that the man bring him the first thing to meet him when he returns home. The man fears it might be his daughter but his servant is like, “well, what are you going to do? Might as well go with the lion.” Unfortunately, once he gets home, his youngest daughter greets him first. When her dad reveals his promise, she consoles him and sets out the next morning to meet the lion. At the lions’ castle, other lions greet her, only to turn human at night. She marries the lion who gave her dad the lark and lives with him, sleeping by day. One night, the lion tells his wife that her oldest sister is getting married and offers to send her with his lions. She goes and her family’s happy to see her. When she returns, the lion tells her that her second sister’s marrying and says he must go with her and their kid. But lets her know that if any candlelight falls on him, he’ll turn into a dove for 7 years. The youngest daughter has a room built to protect him but she makes the mistake of including a green wood door which warps and makes a crack. So when her sister’s wedding procession goes by, candlelight falls on him, and the lion turns into a dove. He then tells his wife that every 7 steps she takes he’ll drop a feather and a drop of blood. Perhaps she can track him by that and he flies off.

When the 7 years are nearly up, the youngest daughter loses the trail. She climbs up to the Sun and asks of the white dove. It doesn’t know but gives her a casket. She asks the Moon who doesn’t know either but gives her an egg. She asks the Night Wind, but he can’t help but tells her to wait for the others. The East and West Wind can’t either. But the South Wind says that the dove is a lion again and is now fighting an enchanted princess dragon in the Red Sea. The Night Wind advises her to strike the lion and dragon with a certain reed to allow the former win and both creatures to regain their true form and then escape on a griffin’s back. It then gives her a nut that will grow a nut tree in the sea for the griffin to rest. The youngest daughter stops the fight but the princess also regains her true form, abducts the former lion, and stows away on the griffin (not cool). The daughter follows until she finds a castle where the princess and her husband are to be married. She opens the casket and finds a dazzling dress inside which she brings to the castle. The princess buys it from her in exchange she could spend the night in her husband’s bedroom. But it’s to no avail since the princess roofies him with a sleeping draught. Though the daughter pleads with him, the guy just thinks it’s the whistling wind. The next day, she opens the egg holding a chicken with 6 golden chicks. The princess buys them at the same price. But this time the husband asks the page of last night’s wind and the page confesses to the draught. He doesn’t drink the second night. So he and his wife flee on the griffin back home.

Other Versions: N/A
Adaptations: Adapted into a musical. Retold by Patricia McKillip as “The Lion and the Lark” and as a picture story by Elle Skinner in Erstwhile.
Why Forgotten: The second half of this tale gets really weird.
Trivia: N/A

113. The Three Sisters


The Three Sisters is an Italian fairy tale of a young woman who marries a prince who she has to see in secret. Yet, once her sisters find out, they try to sabotage the girl’s happiness.

From: Italy
Earliest Appearance: Collected by Giambattista Basile in the Pentamerone in 1634.
Best Known Version: The Basile version, naturally.
Synopsis: A woman has 3 daughters. Two are very unlucky but the youngest, Nella is quite fortunate. Except she marries a prince who has to hide her away from his wicked mom and visit her in secret when she throws powder in the fire, which turns into a crystal road. Her sisters discover this and break the road, fatally injuring the prince coming to her. His dad proclaims that whoever cures him will either marry him or get half the kingdom depending on gender. Nella hears this and sets out. Hiding in a tree, she hears an ogre discuss the illness with his wife and how only the fat from their bodies could cure the prince. Nelle climbs down and presents herself at the door as a beggar. Greedy of her flesh, the ogre persuades his wife to let her stay. But when they sleep, Nella kills them and takes their fat. She brings it to the king and cures the prince. However, the prince claims he can’t marry her because he already has a wife. Nella asks whether he’d want to marry the person responsible and the prince blames her sisters. Nella reveals herself as his wife. The sisters get thrown into the oven.

Other Versions: N/A
Adaptations: N/A
Why Forgotten: Well, it involves a princess killing 2 ogres and 2 women get thrown in an oven. So this isn’t Disney material.
Trivia: N/A

114. The Two Kings’ Children


The Two Kings’ Children is about a prince who ends up in another kingdom during a hunting trip. The king then has him complete a series of impossible tasks. If he does, he’ll get to marry a princess. If he doesn’t he’ll lose his head.

From: Germany
Earliest Appearance: Collected by the Grimm Brothers.
Best Known Version: The Grimm version, naturally.
Synopsis: Once long ago, it’s foretold a king’s son will be killed by a stag at 16. When the prince reaches that age, he goes hunting and chases a stag. A great king sees this, carries the teenage prince off, and sets him to watch his 3 daughters: one each night. The king tells the boy he’d call on the prince each hour, he could marry his daughter. If not, he’d be killed (wait, I thought this king is supposed to be a great man). Fortunately, each princess enchants a statue of St. Christopher to answer in the prince’s place. Thus, saving him from getting killed. The king says that in order to marry one of his daughters, he has to cut down a whole forest in a day with a glass ax, a glass mallet, and a glass wedge. As expected, the tools break as soon as the prince arrives in the forest. The prince breaks down crying knowing he’ll get the ax any minute. Finally, feeling that he finally outwitted the prince, King Future-Father-In-Law From Hell asks his daughters to bring him some food. The youngest does and asks to let her comb his hair. After the king falls asleep, she conjures up Earth-workers to fell the forest. Astonished at what the prince seemingly done, the king orders him to clear a muddy pond and fill it with fish in a day. The prince tries but his hoe and shovel get stuck in the mud and break. Again, the youngest daughter uses the same set up to save the teenage prince’s ass. Next, the king orders the prince to clear a mountain of briars and put a castle on it. The prince’s glass hatchet breaks and the youngest princess saves his ass yet again.


On each task, the prince gets overwhelmed at their impossibility that youngest princess comes to aid him. Yet, when the tasks are done, the king declares that his youngest daughter can’t marry until her older sisters find husbands. So the couple decides to elope.

Finally, the king declares that his youngest daughter can’t marry until her older sisters are hitched. Hearing this, the couple run off into the night. Along the way, the princess hears her dad behind them. She turns herself into a rose and the prince into a briar. King returns home only for the queen to tell him that the kids were the briar and the rose. King chases after them again. Princess turns herself into a priest and the prince into a church where she preached the homily, which the king listens to. Only to get yelled at by the queen when he gets back that the priest and the church were the children. Tired of her husband, the queen goes after the couple. Knowing this, the princess changes into a duck and turns the prince into a pond. The queen tries drinking from the pool but falls ill and tells her daughter she could come back. The daughter does and the queen gives 3 walnuts to aid her.

The couple goes on. The prince has the princess stay while he goes out to get her a carriage to bring her back in due state. But his mom kisses him and he forgets about the girl entirely. So the princess has to work as a miller. One day a queen seeks a bride for her son. The princess cracks the first walnut and finds a splendid dress inside that she wears to the wedding. The bride declares that she won’t marry without a dress as fine. The princess refuses to give it up unless she spends a night outside the prince’s bedroom. The bride agrees but she has the servants give the prince a sleeping potion. She laments all night long but the prince is too knocked out to hear. But the servants do. In the morning the bride takes the dress and goes to the church with the prince. However, the princess cracks the second walnut which holds a more splendid dress. Once again, bride refuses to marry without one as fine and buys it for the same price. Bride agrees and gives the servants the same order. But the servant gets wind of it and gives the prince something to keep the guy awake. He hears the princess’ laments and is troubled by them. Yet, his mom had locked the door. In the morning, the prince begs her pardon. The princess cracks the third walnut and finds a still more splendid dress, which she wears as her wedding gown. The false bride and her mom get driven off.

Other Versions: N/A
Adaptations: N/A
Why Forgotten: Makes Meet the Parents seem mild in comparison. Then again, you can say a lot of fairy tales are like this. Also, gets pretty weird as the story goes on.
Trivia: N/A

115. The Raven


The Raven is Grimm fairy tale about a young man who finds a raven princess in the forest. After he couldn’t fall asleep that night, the raven takes off, leaving a ring, provisions, and a letter telling the guy to meet her in a golden castle.

From: Germany
Earliest Appearance: Collected by the Grimm Brothers.
Best Known Version: The Grimm version, naturally.
Synopsis: A queen wishes her naughty daughter turn into a raven and fly away so she could have some peace. She gets her wish and the princess flies away into the forest. There, a man hears a raven tell him she’s an enchanted princess he could save if he goes to a certain nearby cottage and accepts no food from the old woman living there. The raven would drive by in a cage every day for 3 days. If he stayed awake, he’d break the spell. However, the old woman has him sip this drink. So by the time the raven shows up, he’s overcome by weariness and falls fast asleep. On the last day, the raven leaves him a bottle of wine, a loaf, and a piece of meat, all of which were inexhaustible and puts a gold ring with her name on his finger. She also gives him a letter informing him of another way to save her: by coming to the golden castle of Stromberg.


Here the man encounters a talking raven in the forest. He should be lucky she says more than “Nevermore.”

The man wanders searching for the castle and finds a giant threatening to devour him. But the man feeds him with his magical provisions. The giant brings out his map displaying all the towns, villages, and houses in the land but not the castle. He asks the man to wait until his brother came home who’s able to find the castle on an older map but it’s thousands of miles away. Fortunately, the brother agrees to carry the man within 100 leagues of the castle. The man walks the rest. As the man approaches the glass mountain on which the golden castle stands, he could see the princess drive her carriage around the castle and go in. But the glass hill is too slippery to climb. So he spends a year living at the mountain’s foot for a year. One day he meets 3 robbers fighting over 3 magical items: a door opening stick, an invisibility mantle, and a horse that could ride up the glass mountain. The man offers them a mysterious reward in exchange for these items but insists on first trying them out to see if they work as promised. After he mounts the horse, takes the stick, and puts on the invisibility cloak. He hits the robbers with the stick and rides up the glass mountain. He uses the stick and the mantle to get into the castle and throws his ring into the princess’ cup. Despite searching all over the castle, she couldn’t find her rescuer. Until the man finally reveals himself by throwing off his cloak. They later marry.

Other Versions: N/A
Adaptations: N/A
Why Forgotten: Not sure why.
Trivia: Not to be confused with the Edgar Allan Poe poem.

116. The Three Dogs
From: Germany
Earliest Appearance: Allegedly collected by the Grimm Brothers.
Best Known Version: Andrew Lang’s version in The Green Fairy Book.
Synopsis: A dying peasant tells his son and daughter that he had only his house to leave them. They could divide the assets as they wish but must not fight about it (that won’t happen). The brother asks his sister what she wanted and she picks the house. He tells her he’d take the sheep and seek his fortune. He meets a stranger offering to trade 3 dogs for his sheep: Salt, who’d bring him food, Pepper, who’d tear attackers to pieces, and Mustard, whose teeth can bite through iron and steel. The brother agrees and once the trade’s done, he asks Salt for food. Salt abides. He goes and finds a town draped in black. There, he learns of a dragon demanding a maiden every year. And this year’s designated human sacrifice victim is the princess. He goes where she’s left out and sets Pepper on the dragon who swallows it all except the teeth which the man pockets. The princess proposes marriage. But the man opts to spend 3 years traveling the world. When driven back, the coachman tells her that her rescuer’s gone and that he’d kill her if she didn’t admit he killed the dragon and she swears by it. The king declares he’ll marry her to him but puts off the marriage a year since she’s too young, anyway. She then begs him to put it off for a couple more years and a wedding date is set.

The man returns. But when he says he killed the dragon, he’s thrown into prison. He calls Mustard who eats through the bars. He sends Salt for food. Salt goes to the castle. The princess recognizes it, gives it food, and her royal handkerchief. She tells her dad the truth. The king sends a servant to follow the dog. The man produces the dragon’s teeth to prove the story. The coachman is thrown into prison. The man marries the princess. After some time, the man remembers his sister and sends for her. The dogs appear before him and tell him they’d been waiting to see if he remembered her. In turn, they turn into birds and fly up to heaven.

Other Versions: Included in Ruth Manning-Sanders’ A Book of Dragons.
Adaptations: N/A
Why Forgotten: Perhaps threatening to kill one’s girlfriend if she didn’t say he killed the dragon might be part of it.
Trivia: N/A

117. The Blue Light


In the Grimm fairy tale, The Blue Light, a soldier falls into a well where he finds a dwarf willing to fulfill his desires. It’s basically a variant of Aladdin.

From: Germany
Earliest Appearance: Collected by the Grimm Brothers.
Best Known Version: The Grimm version, naturally.
Synopsis: A soldier gets discharged from the king’s service due to his wounds. He leaves the castle and as night falls, he needs a place to stay. Stumbling upon a witch’s house, he asks for lodging. The witch agrees on the condition he spade her garden the next day. The soldier does but the job takes too long that he must stay another night. In return, she asks him to chop wood. Again, he abides and must stay another night. The following day, the witch requests the soldier go into a well and retrieve her a blue light. When he’s in the process of doing so, but eventually realizes the witch’s tricking him and trying to trap him into the well as soon as he gives it to her. So he keeps the light for himself, not knowing what he is. Yet, she leaves him in the well. The soldier then decides to use the blue light for one last smoke with his pipe. Fortunately, a dwarf comes to grant him whatever he wants. He firsts asks to get out of the well and for the witch to be jailed and hanged.


Indeed, the dwarf appears from the blue light every time a guy takes a smoke. Still, the main character in this fairy tale isn’t necessarily a nice guy.

Still upset about the king, the soldier asks the dwarf bring the princess so he could sleep with her (oh, God) just to anger his majesty. When she wakes up, the princess tells her mom of her strange “dream,” which the queen believes could’ve actually happened. She has the princess fill her pocket with peas and put a small hole in it so that if she gets abducted, they’ll be able to follow her path. However, the dwarf notices and spreads peas all over the city leading everywhere, making it impossible to pin any potential kidnapping on the soldier. The next night, the princess plans on hiding a shoe in the place she’s taken. The dwarf warns the soldier of this, but he doesn’t listen. The next day, the princess’ shoe is found in the soldier’s quarters and he’s put in jail. He sends his friend to fetch the blue light as a final request for a last smoke in his pipe. The dwarf appears and kills the henchmen. The soldier demands the king’s life but spares him when the guy pleads for mercy. He also marries the princess and takes the throne.

Other Versions: N/A
Adaptations: N/A
Why Forgotten: The fact that a dwarf appears the moment the soldier decides to use the blue light for one last smoke might make you wonder what the hell was in that pipe. I’m sure it’s supposed to be tobacco. Also, the soldier wishes to have a witch be jailed and hanged. To be fair, she treated him like shit and was going to kill him, but still. Then there’s the soldier wishing the dwarf to bring the princess so he could sleep with her in an act of revenge against the king. Nonetheless, the protagonist in this tale is incredibly terrible, especially since he basically kidnaps a princess against her wishes.
Trivia: May have inspired Hans Christen Andersen’s “The Tinderbox.”

118. The King of Lochlin’s Three Daughters


The King of Lochlin’s Three Daughters is a Scottish fairy tale about a widow’s son who saves 3 princesses from 3 giants by recruiting special guys in his entourage. Though he spends quite a bit of time with the third giant and has to prove he killed the guys at the end.

From: Scotland
Earliest Appearance: Collected by John Francis Campbell in Popular Tales of the Western Highlands.
Best Known Version: The Campbell version, obviously.
Synopsis: 3 giants carry off the king’s 3 daughters. According to the shenachy, the only way to get them is through a ship that could travel over sea and land. A widow’s oldest son asks her to bake him a bannock and roast a cock because he’d go cut the wood to build the ship. She offers him a small bannock with her blessing or a large one without it. He takes the large one but refuses to share some with a urusig. When he reaches the trees, every one he cuts down would reattach itself to its roots. His middle brother does the same with the same results. But the youngest took the smaller bannock and gives some to the urusig who tells him to go home but return within a year and a day. When he does, the boat’s floating there with a grew and gentlemen ready to marry the princesses. They meet a man drinking by the river and the youngest son brings him on board. He does the same with the man eating stots in the park and intending to devour them all, and a man who could hear the grass grow. The listener listens and claims this is the place where they keep the princesses. They descend on the creel. The first giant says that they shouldn’t have the king’s daughter until they send a man who can drink as much as he could. The drinker goes against him and the giant bursts before he’s full. The second giant says they shouldn’t have the king’s daughter until they send a man who can eat as much as he could. The stot eater goes up against him and that giant bursts before he’s full. The third giant says they shouldn’t have the king’s daughter until the youngest son agrees to spend a year and a day as his slave. The guy does and sends the servants, gentlemen, and the daughters back. The gentlemen takes them to the king and claim to have rescued them.

At the end of his servants, the giant gives the youngest son an eagle to fly out and meat to feed it. But the meat isn’t enough and the eagle turns back. The giant demands another year and a day. After that, he gives him the eagle and more meat but it’s still not enough. After a third year and a day, the giant sends him off with still more meat that’s still not enough. But the youngest son cuts some meat off with his thigh and the eagle completes its flight and gives him a whistle to summon it. The son goes to work for a smith as a gillie. The princesses demand that he make them crowns like they had as the giants’ prisoners. The smith doesn’t know what such crowns were. But the son has the eagle fetch them. The princesses are astounded and the king wants to know where he learned to learned to make such crowns. The smith confesses that his gillie had made them and the king sends for him. The smith’s gillies roughly throw the guy into the carriage, the youngest son blows the whistle, and has the eagle take him off and fill the carriage with stones so that the king is nearly crushed by their fall and those gillies are hanged. Another set comes who are just as rude and deliver a coach full of dirt. The king’s confidential servant goes, tells the son that the king sends for him and he should wash, and then puts him in the carriage. He blows the whistle to have the eagle fetch him gold and silver clothing from the giant’s castle. There, he tells the king his story. The gentlemen seeking to marry the princesses are hanged. The son marries the oldest daughter.

Other Versions: N/A
Adaptations: N/A
Why Forgotten: I’m not sure why. Maybe because it has so many parts to it.
Trivia: N/A

119. The Three Princesses of Whiteland


In the Norwegian The Three Princesses of Whiteland, a fisherman’s son is transported to a magical land where he finds 3 princesses who are buried up to their necks in sand. To free them, he must let 3 trolls beat the living crap out of him with aid of a magic sword and ointment.

From: Norway
Earliest Appearance: Collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe.
Best Known Version: The Asbjørnsen and Moe naturally.
Synopsis: After a fisherman spends an unproductive day, a head pops up from the water to bargain with him: fish for what his wife carries under her girdle. When he comes home, his wife announces she’s pregnant. So he offers the baby. The king hears of their story and offers to raise his son when he’s born for protection. But when the boy’s grown, he asks to go fishing with his dad for one day. And as soon as he sets foot on the boat, the vessel gets dragged off to a far-off land. He meets an old man telling him he had come to Whiteland. If he walks down to the shore, he’d come up to 3 princesses buried up to their necks in sand. If he passes by the first 2 and speaks to the third, the youngest, he’ll have good luck. He does. The youngest princess tells him that 3 trolls had imprisoned them there. If he goes up to the castle by the shore and let each troll beat him up, the princesses would be free. An ointment flask by the bed would cure all injuries he suffers and a sword would cut off all the trolls’ heads. The first troll has 3 heads and 3 rods. When he falls, the princesses stand in the sand up to their waists. The second has 6 heads and 6 rods. When he gets it, the princesses stand up to their knees. The third has 9 heads and 9 rods and beats the guy so severely that he couldn’t reach for the ointment. The troll throws him against a wall and flask breaks, spilling ointment all over him and he kills it, freeing the princesses entirely.


Armed with a sword and ointment, the fisherman’s son proceeds up to the castle to kill the giants. And it seems he’s traveling on cross country skis.

The young man marries the youngest and they live happily for several years. But eventually he wants to visit his parents. His wife initially agrees but tells him he must do whatever his dad asks, not what his mom wishes, and gives him a ring that would grant him 2 wishes, one to go home and one to return. He goes. His mom wants to show him to the king while his dad doesn’t. But in the end, his mom has her way. And while at the castle, he wishes his wife was there to compare to the king’s. Boom! His wife appears, takes the ring, knots it with her name on it in his hair, and wishes herself home again. The man decides to see if he could reach Whiteland again on his own and sets out. He comes to the king of all animals and asks if he knows the way. He doesn’t. Neither do all the animals he summons. So he lends the man a pair of snowshoes to reach his brother, the king of all the birds. That king doesn’t know either and neither do his birds but lends him a pair of snowshoes to reach his other brother, the king of all the fish. The king doesn’t know but an old pike, the last fish to arrive, does and that his wife is about to remarry the next day. The king sends him to a field where 3 brothers had fought for 100 years over a magical hat, cloak, and a pair of boots that would make the wearer invisible. He tricks the brothers into letting him try them and sets out to the Whiteland. He meets the North Wind along the way and it promises to storm the castle as if to blow it down when it reaches land after him. He arrives, the North Wind carries off the potential new bridegroom, and his wife recognizes him by the ring in his hair.


After some years with the youngest princess, the fisherman’s son wants to visit his parents. But he somehow summons his wife on the wishing ring. So he has to get home through the winds. When he gets home, his wife recognizes him with the ring she put in his hair.

Other Versions: Included in Andrew Lang’s The Red Fairy Book.
Adaptations: N/A
Why Forgotten: Not sure why.
Trivia: N/A

120. Prâslea the Brave and the Golden Apples
From: Romania
Earliest Appearance: Collected by Petre Ispirescu in Legende sau basmele românilor.
Best Known Version: Well, the Ispirescu version of course.
Synopsis: A king has a magnificent tree bearing golden apples. But he could never enjoy them since they’d get stolen as soon as they ripened every year. None of his guards could catch the thief. His 2 oldest sons try but they fall asleep before midnight. The next year, the youngest son, Prâslea, tries by setting up 2 stakes to prick him should he begin leaning during his sleep. At midnight, he hears a rustling and shoots an arrow that the next morning, a trail of blood leads away and the apples are ripe. This news pleases the king but Prâslea wants to track the thief. He and his brothers follow the blood into a ditch. The older 2 brothers try have the others lower each one of them, freak out, and come back up. Prâslea has them lower him and he finds a copper castle. There, a lovely maiden tells him she’s a princess and that the ogres (Zmeu) had kidnapped her and her sisters and want to marry them. But the sisters put them off with their demands. He fights with the resident ogre and kills him. He then goes to second castle made of silver and kills the resident ogre there and then the third made of gold, which is where the ogre thief lives. However, though Prâslea wrestles with him like the other 2, it’s a longer fight. Prâslea calls on a raven to drop some tallow on him in return for the 3 corpses. This strengthens him and he fights on. Then, both Prâslea and the ogre call on the princess for water. She gives it to Prâslea and he kills the ogre. The princesses show him the magic whip that makes the golden apples and they each take one. Prâslea brings the princesses back and sends them up. The older 2 tell the brothers they’d marry them. Then Prâslea sends up a stone with his cap. The older princes try to kill him by dropping it and marry the 2 older sisters.

Prâslea saves some eaglets and their mother from a dragon. In gratitude, they carry him to the other world. There, he found the youngest princess being pressed to accept a suitor. But she declares that she’ll accept only if she gets a golden self-spinning distaff and spindle since the ogre gave her one. Prâslea goes working for a silversmith tasked with the job and using the golden apple, brings out the one the ogre gave her. The princess then demands a golden hen with a golden chick. When he produces it, she insists he be brought before her because he had to have the golden apple. They recognize Prâslea. He and his brothers go outside and shoot arrows into the air. The brothers’ arrows hit and kill them. But Prâslea’s merely hits the ground.

Other Versions: A similar tale exists in Azerbaijani folklore.
Adaptations: N/A
Why Forgotten: Not exactly sure why. Possibly the violence.
Trivia: N/A

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