日本語

二人兄弟

ENGLISH

The two brothers


昔、二人の兄弟がいて、一人は金持ちで、もう一人は貧乏でした。金持ちは金細工師で心の悪い人でした。貧しい方はほうき作りをして生計をたてていて、善良で心の清い人でした。この男には子供が二人いて、双子の兄弟で水の2滴のようにお互いにそっくりでした。二人の男の子は金持ちの家に出たり入ったりして、よく残り物をもらって食べていました。あるとき貧しい男がほうきの木をとりに森へ入って行こうとしていたとき、すっかり金色でこれまで出くわしたどの鳥より美しい鳥を見ました。小さな石を拾って投げて、うまく鳥に当たりましたが、1枚の金の羽根だけが落ちてきて、鳥は逃げてしまいました。男は羽根をとって兄のところへもっていきました。兄はそれを見て、「純金だ。」と言って、羽根と交換してたくさんのお金をくれました。次の日、男は樺の木に登り2,3本枝を切り取ろうとしたとき、同じ鳥が飛んで出てきました。それで男が探すと巣があり、中に1個の金でできた卵がありました。男は卵を持ち帰り、兄のところへ持っていきました。兄は今度も「純金だ。」と言って、その卵に相当する金額をくれました。最後に金細工師は「本当に、鳥そのものが欲しいなあ。」と言いました。貧しい男は3回目に森へ入って行き、また金の鳥が木に止まっているのを見ました。それで石をとって鳥を打ち落として、兄のところへ持って行きました。兄はそれと交換に山盛りの金をくれました。男は、「これでやっていけるな。」と思い、満足して家へ帰りました。

男はおかみさんを呼ぶと、「私に金の鳥を焼いてくれ。それで鳥の何もなくさないように気をつけてくれよ。全部自分で食べてみたいんだ。」と言いました。ところで、その鳥は普通の鳥ではなく、それの心臓と肝臓を食べた人はだれでも毎朝枕の下に一枚の金貨があるというとても不思議な種類なのです。

女は鳥を支度して、串に刺し、焼きました。ところがそれが火にかかっている間に、女が他の仕事のため台所から出なくてはいけなくなり、貧しいほうき作りの二人の子供たちが走って入ってきて、串のそばに座り、1,2回串を回しました。その瞬間に鳥の小さなかけらが2つ鍋に落ちて、男の子の一人が「この2つを食べようよ。僕はとてもおなかがすいてるし、だれもこれが惜しいと思わないよ。」と言いました。それで二人はそのかけらを食べましたが、女が台所へ入ってきて、二人が何か食べているのを見て、「何をたべているの?」と言いました。「鳥から落ちたかけら2つだよ。」と二人は答えました。「それは心臓と肝臓だったにちがいないわ」とすっかりびくついて女は言いました。そして夫がそれらがないことに気づき起こらないように、急いで若い雄鶏を殺し、心臓と肝臓を取り出し、金の鳥のそばにおきました。用意ができると、おかみさんは金細工師のところに持って行き、男は全部一人で食べてしまい、何も残しませんでした。ところが、次の朝、男が枕の下をさぐって金貨を取り出そうと期待しましたが、いつもと同じように金貨はありませんでした。

二人の子供たちは自分たちの運命にどんな幸運が下ったのかわかりませんでした。次の朝起きると、何か床にチャリンと鳴って落ちたので、拾ってみると2枚の金貨でした。二人が父親のところに持っていくと父親は驚いて「どうしてこんなことが起きるんだ?」と言いました。次の朝も2枚見つけ、毎日続くので、男は兄のところへ行き、不思議な話をしました。金細工師は、どうしてそれが起こったか、また、子供たちが金の鳥の心臓と肝臓を食べたということをすぐにわかりました。そして仕返しをするため、また、嫉妬心が強く心が冷たいので、父親に、「お前の子供たちは魔物と仲間になっているぞ。金をもらうな。子供たちをもう家においてはだめだ。魔物が子供たちを支配しているし、お前も破滅させるだろうからな。」と言いました。父親は魔物を恐れたので、辛いことでしたが、双子を森へ連れていき、悲しみながら、そこへ置き去りにしました。

そうして二人の子供たちは森を走り回って、また家へ帰る道を探しましたが見つけられなくて、ますます迷ってしまいました。とうとう二人は猟師と出会い、猟師は「お前たちはどこの子だね?」と尋ねました。「僕たちは貧しいほうき作りの子です。」と二人は答え、毎朝枕の下に金貨があるから父親はもう自分たちを家に置かないんだ、と話しました。「さあ、お前たちが正直で怠けるのでなければ、それはそんなに悪いことではないよ。」と猟師は言いました。親切な男は子供たちを好きになり、自分の子供がいないので、自分の家へ連れて帰り、「私がお前たちの父親になって大きくなるまで育てるよ。」と言いました。二人は猟師から狩猟を習い、目覚めたとき見つかる金貨は将来必要になる場合に備えて二人のためにしまっておかれました。

二人が大きくなったある日、育ての父親は二人を森の中へ連れて行き、「今日はお前たちに試し撃ちをしてもらおう。それでお前たちを見習いから解放して、猟師にするからな。」と言いました。二人は猟師と一緒に獲物を待ち伏せに行き、そこにしばらくいましたが、獲物は現れませんでした。しかし、猟師は見上げて、雁の群れが三角形の形になって飛んでいるのを見、一人に「それぞれの角から1羽撃ち落としてごらん。」と言いました。その子はそれをやり、試し打ちを成し遂げました。

それからまもなく別の群れが数字の2の形で飛んできて、猟師はもう一人の子にそれぞれの角から1羽撃ち落とすように言い、その子の試し打ちも同じように成功しました。養父は、「さあ、これで見習いは終わりだ。お前たちは技術のある猟師だ。」と言いました。それで二人の兄弟は一緒に森へ入って行き、お互いに相談してあることを計画しました。夜に夕食の席に着くと、二人は養父に、「お父さんが私たちの要求を認めてくれるまでは、食べ物に触れないし、一口も食べません。」と言いました。養父は、「じゃあ、要求って何だ?」と言いました。二人は、「私たちはもう修練を終えました。それで世間で自分を試さなくちゃいけないと思うんです。私たちが旅に出ることを許してください。」と答えました。すると年とった男は嬉しそうに、「お前たちは勇敢な猟師のように話すな。お前たちの望んでいることはずっと私の望みだった。でかけな。お前たちには万事うまくゆくさ。」と言いました。それからみんなで一緒に楽しく飲み食べました。

約束の日がくると、養父は一人一人に良い鉄砲と犬をくれて、蓄えておいた金貨を好きなだけ持たせました。それから道の途中までついてきて、別れるとき、ピカピカのナイフをあげて、「もしお前たちが分かれるなら、分かれる場所の木にこのナイフを刺しなさい。一人が戻った時、離れている兄弟がどうなっているかわかる。もし死ねば行った方向に向けられるナイフの面が錆びるが、生きている限り光ったままだ。」と言いました。二人の兄弟はさらに進んで行き、森に着きましたが、とても大きい森なので一日で抜け出ることができませんでした。それで森の中で夜を過ごし、狩猟袋に入れておいたものを食べました。しかし二日目も同じように歩いて、やはり森を出られませんでした。何も食べるものがないので、一人が、「何か撃ち殺さなくちゃ。そうしないと腹がへっちゃうよ。」と言って鉄砲に弾を詰め、あたりを見回しました。年とったウサギが走って近づいてきたので、肩に銃をかけねらいましたが、ウサギは「猟師さん、お願いだから殺さないで。子供を二匹さしあげます。」と叫び、すぐやぶに飛び込み、二匹の子ウサギを連れてきました。しかし二匹の子ウサギはとても楽しそうに遊び、とてもかわいいので、猟師たちは殺す気になれませんでした。それで一緒においておくと、子ウサギは歩いてついてきました。このあとまもなくキツネがそろそろ歩いて通りすぎました。二人が撃とうとしたとき、キツネが「猟師さん、お願いだから殺さないで。子供を二匹さしあげます。」と叫びました。

キツネも二匹の子ギツネを連れてきました。猟師たちは子ギツネも殺したくなくて、ウサギの仲間にすると、子ギツネはあとからついてきました。まもなく狼がやぶから出てきました。猟師たちが撃つ準備をすると狼は「猟師さん、お願いだから殺さないで。子供を二匹さしあげます。」と叫びました。

猟師たちは二匹の狼を他の動物たちのそばに置き、狼は二人のあとについてきました。それから熊が来て、もう少し長く歩きたいと思って、「猟師さん、お願いだから殺さないで。子供を二匹さしあげます。」と叫びました。

二匹の子熊が他の動物に加わえられて、もう八頭になっていました。それから誰が来たか?ライオンがきて、たてがみをふりました。しかし猟師たちは恐れず、前と同じようにねらいをつけました。しかしらいおんもまた「猟師さん、お願いだから殺さないで。子供を二匹さしあげます。」と言いました。

ライオンは二頭の子供を連れてきて、これで猟師たちには、二頭のライオン、二頭の熊、二匹の狼、二匹のキツネ、二匹のウサギがいることになりましたが、二人のあとについてきて、仕えました。その間、これで二人の空腹はおさまらなかったので、二人は、キツネに「なあ、忍び歩きクン、何か食べるものを手にいれてこいよ。お前たちは抜け目がなくずる賢いからね。」と言いました。二匹は「ここから遠くないところに村があります。そこからもうたくさんトリをもってきましたよ。そこへいく道を案内しましょう。」と答えました。そこでその村へ入って行き、食べ物を買い、獣たちにも食べ物をあげ、旅を続けました。キツネたちはこの土地についてとてもよく道やトリ小屋がどこにあるかを知っていて、猟師たちを案内できました。

さて二人はしばらく旅をしましたが、二人一緒にいられる職を見つけられませんでした。それで、「こいしていても他になにもないよ。分かれなくちゃいけないな。」と言って、動物たちを分けました。それで二人のそれぞれがライオン、熊、狼、キツネ、ウサギを一頭ずつ持ち、お互いに別れを告げ、死ぬまでお互いを兄弟として愛し合うことを約束し、養父がくれたナイフを木に刺し、そのあと一人は東へもう一人は西へ行きました。

弟は動物たちと一緒に黒いちりめんが一面に下がっている町に着きました。宿屋へ入り、主人に動物たちが泊れるかと尋ねると宿の主人は家畜小屋を貸してくれました。その小屋には、壁に穴があり、ウサギは這い出て、キャベツをとって食べ、キツネはめんどりをとって食べ、食べてしまうとおんどりも食べましたが、狼と熊とライオンは大きすぎるのででられませんでした。それで宿の主人がたまたま草の上にいる牛のところへ連れて行かせたので、満足に食べることができました。猟師は動物たちの世話が終わった時、町はどうしてこのように黒いちりめんがさがっているのか?と宿の主人に尋ねました。「明日王様の一人娘が死ぬことになっているからです。」と主人は言いました。猟師は「死ぬ病なのか?」と尋ね、「いいえ、元気で健康ですよ。それでも死ななければならないんです。」と主人は答えました。「どういうことだ?」と猟師は尋ねました。

「町の外に高い山があり、そこに竜が住んでいて、毎年清らかな乙女を食べなくてはいけないのです。そうしないと竜は国全体を荒らすのです。乙女が全員竜にもうあげられてしまい、もう王様の娘の他はいません。だけど慈悲はありません。娘は竜にあげなくてはいけないのです。それが明日行われます。」「どうして竜を殺さないのだ?」と猟師は言いました。「ああ、たくさんの騎士がやってみましたよ。だけど、みんな命を落としました。王様は竜を退治した人には娘を妻に与え、自分が亡くなったあと王国を治めさせると約束しています。」と主人は答えました。

猟師はこれに対してもう何も言いませんでしたが、次の朝、動物たちを連れていき、一緒に竜の山を登りました。山のてっぺんに小さな教会があり、祭壇になみなみと注がれている杯が三つあり、「杯を飲み干す者は地上で最も強い男になり、戸口の前に埋められている刀を使うことができる」と書いてありました。猟師は飲まないで外に出て地面の刀を探しましたが、その場所から動かすことができませんでした。それで中に入り、杯を飲み干しました、今度は猟師は強くなり刀を取り上げることができ、手が全く簡単に刀を扱うことができました。

乙女が竜に渡される時がくると、王様、長官、宮廷の人たちが王女に付き添ってきました。王女は遠くから竜の山にいる猟師が見えて、自分を待ってそこに立っている竜だと思い、そこに登っていきたくありませんでしたが、そうしなければ町中が滅ぼされるので、仕方なく死への旅をしなければなりませんでした。王様と宮廷の人たちは悲しみでいっぱいになりながら帰りました。しかし、王様の長官はじっとして遠くから全てを見ることになっていました。

王様の娘が山の頂上に着くと、そこに立っていたのは竜ではなく若い猟師でした。猟師は、王女を慰め、自分が救ってあげると言い、教会の中に入れて、錠をかけました。まもなく、7つの頭をもった竜が大きく吠えてそちらへやってきました。竜は猟師に気付くと驚いて、「ここの山に何の用だ?」と訊きました。猟師は「お前と戦いたいのだ」と答え、竜は「大勢の騎士がここに命を捨てたぞ。すぐお前もお終いにしてくれるぞ。」と言って、7つのあごから火を吐きました。

火は乾いた草を燃やし、猟師は熱と煙で窒息してしまいそうでしたが、動物たちが走ってきて、踏んで火を消しました。それから竜は猟師に襲いかかってきましたが、猟師はピュッと音がでるほど速く刀を振り回し、竜の頭を三つ切り落としました。それで竜は本当に怒り狂って空中に昇ると猟師に炎を吐き、猟師の上から襲いかかろうとしましたが、猟師はもう一度刀を抜き、再び三つの頭を切り落としました。怪物は弱り、下へ落ちました。

それにもかかわらず、竜は猟師に襲いかかることはでき、猟師は最後の力を振り絞って尻尾を切り落としたときはもうこれ以上戦えなくなったので、動物たちを呼びよせました。すると動物たちは竜をずたずたに引き裂きました。戦いが終わった時、猟師が教会の鍵を外すと、王様の娘が床に倒れていました。戦いの間に苦痛と恐怖で気を失っていたのです。猟師は王女を抱えて外に出し、王女がもう一度正気に返って目をあけると、ずたずたに切られた竜を見せて、もう大丈夫だ、と言いました。王女は喜んで「それではあなたは私の大切な夫になります。父が竜を殺す人を夫にすると約束しているのですから。」と言いました。そうして王女はサンゴの首飾りをはずしてごほうびにするため動物たちに分け与えました。ライオンは金の留め金を受け取りました。しかし、自分の名前があるハンカチは猟師にあげました。猟師は行って竜の7つの頭から舌を切り、ハンカチに包むと注意深くしまいました。

それが終わると、猟師は炎や戦いでとても弱って疲れていたので、乙女に「僕たちは二人とも弱って疲れている。少し眠ろう。」と言い、王女が、はい、と言ったので、二人で地面に横になりました。そして猟師はライオンに「見張りをしてろ、寝ている間にだれもおどかさないように。」と言って二人とも眠りました。ライオンは二人の横に見張りをして横になりましたが、自分も戦いでとても疲れていたので熊を呼び、「おれの近くに寝てくれ、おれは少し眠らなくちゃいけない。なにか来たら起こしてくれ」と言いました。それで熊はそばに寝ていましたが、自分も疲れていたので狼を呼び、「おれの近くに寝てくれ、おれは少し眠らなくちゃいけない。なにか来たら起こしてくれ」と言いました。それで狼はそばに寝ていましたが、自分も疲れていたのでキツネを呼び、「おれの近くに寝てくれ、おれは少し眠らなくちゃいけない。なにか来たら起こしてくれ」と言いました。それでキツネはそばに寝ていましたが、自分も疲れていたのでウサギを呼び、「おれの近くに寝てくれ、おれは少し眠らなくちゃいけない。なにか来たら起こしてくれ」と言いました。それでウサギはそばに寝ていましたが、自分も疲れていて、見張りを頼む誰もいなかったので眠ってしまいました。それで、王様の娘、猟師、ライオン、熊、狼、キツネ、ウサギのみんながぐっすり眠っていました。

しかし、長官は、遠くから見ていることになっていたのですが、竜が乙女と一緒に飛び去って行くのがみえなかったし、山全体が静かになってしまったのがわかって、勇気を出して登ってきました。竜が地面にずたずたに切り刻まれ倒されていて、そこから遠くないところに王様の娘と猟師が動物たちと一緒にいて、みんなぐっすり眠っていました。長官は神をおそれない悪い人間だったので、刀を抜き、猟師の頭を切り落とし、腕に王女を抱えて山を降りました。それで王女が目を覚ましびっくりしましたが長官は「姫は私の手の中だ、竜を殺したのは私だと言え。」と言いました。

「そんなことできません。やったのは動物と一緒の猟師ですもの。」と王女が答えました。すると長官は刀を抜いて、従わなければ殺すと脅し、強いて約束させました。それから長官は王女を王様のところに連れて行きました。王様は、怪物に引き裂かれてしまったと信じていた愛する娘に生きて再び会えたとき、喜びをどう抑えたらよいのかわかりませんでした。長官は、「私が竜を殺し、乙女とまた国全体を救いました。従って、約束通り、姫を妻に迎えたい。」と王様に言いました。王様は娘に「言ってることは本当か?」と言いました。「あ、はい。本当に違いありません。だけど、1年と1日経つまで結婚式を行うのは認めません。」と娘はいいました。その間に愛する猟師について何か聞くこともあるだろうと思ったからです。

ところで、動物たちは竜の山で死んだ主人のそばでまだ寝て眠っていました。そして大きなブンブン蜂が来て、ウサギの鼻にとまりましたが、ウサギは手で払いのけて眠り続けました。ブンブン蜂が2回目にやってきましたがウサギはまたしても払いのけ眠り続けました。3回目に来て鼻をさしたので、ウサギは目を覚ましました。

目が覚めるとすぐキツネを起こし、キツネは狼を、狼は熊を、熊はライオンを起こしました。ライオンが目覚めて、乙女がいなくなって主人が死んでるのを見ると、恐ろしい吠え声をあげ始め、「誰がやった?熊や、お前はどうしておれを起こさなかった?」と叫びました。熊は狼に「お前はどうしておれを起こさなかった?」と尋ね、狼はキツネに「お前はどうしておれを起こさなかった?」、キツネはウサギに「お前はどうしておれを起こさなかった?」と尋ねました。かわいそうなうさぎだけはどう答えたらよいかわからなくて、ウサギのせいになりました。それで他の動物たちはウサギに襲いかかろうとしましたが、ウサギはみんなに命乞いして、「殺さないでください。また主人を生き返らせますから。口に入れると病気やどんな傷も治す根が生えている山を知っています。でもその山はここから200時間旅をしたところにあるのです。」と言いました。

ライオンは、「24時間でそこへ行って戻ってきて根をもってこなくてはならない。」と言いました。それでウサギは跳んで出かけ、24時間で戻り、根を持ってきました。ライオンは猟師の頭をまたくっつけウサギが根を口に入れると、すぐに全部つながって猟師の心臓が脈打ち、命が戻りました。それから猟師が目覚め、乙女が見えないので驚いて、「私と別れたくて眠っている間に行ってしまったにちがいない」と考えました。ライオンは大慌てで主人の頭の向きを間違ってつけてしまいましたが、猟師は王様の娘のことを考えて気持ちが沈んでいたので気がつきませんでした。

しかし、昼に何か食べようとして、頭が後ろ向きになっているのがわかり、わけがわからなくて、眠っている間に何があった?と動物たちに尋ねました。それでライオンは、疲れから自分たちも眠ってしまい、目が覚めたら主人が頭を切りとられて死んでいました、、ウサギが命をよみがえらす根をもってきて、自分が急いだため向きを間違えて頭をささえていたんです、でも間違いを直しますから、と言いました。それからライオンは猟師の頭をまた切りとって向きを変え、ウサギが根で治しました。

しかし、猟師は悲しくて、世界を旅してまわり、動物たちを人々の前で踊らせました。そうしてちょうど1年の終わりに、たまたま王様の娘を竜から救った同じ町に戻ってきました。今度は町に赤い布が賑やかにたれていました。それで猟師は宿の主人に「これはどういう意味だ?去年は町には黒いちりめんが一面にかかっていた。今日の赤い布は何を意味してるのだ?」と言いました。主人は「去年は王様の娘を竜に渡さなければならないことになっていました。だが、長官が竜と戦い殺したので、明日二人の結婚式が行われるのです。それで今日お祝いのために赤い布でおおわれているのです。」と主人は答えました。

次の日、結婚式が行われようというとき、猟師は昼に宿の主人に「ご主人、今日私はここにいる間に王様のテーブルのパンを食べてみせようというのを信じるかね?」と言いました。「いや、そうならないほうに金貨100枚かけますよ。」と主人は言いました。猟師は賭けを受け入れ、ちょうど同じ数の金貨が入っている財布を置きました。それからウサギを呼び、「ウサギよ、行って王様が食べているパンをもってきてくれ。」ウサギは動物たちの中で一番低い地位だったので、この命令を他のだれかにひきつぐことができなくて自分の足に頼るしかありませんでした。「ああ、こんなふうに一人で道を通っていたら、殺し屋の犬はみんな追いかけてくるだろうなあ」とウサギは考えました。予想があたり、犬たちが追いかけてきて、ウサギの上等な皮に穴を開けようとしました。しかし、ウサギは、あんなのはみたことがないくらいに、ぴょ~んと跳んで逃げ、兵士が知らないうちに歩哨の小屋に隠れました。それから犬たちがきて、ウサギをだそうとしましたが、兵士はいたずらを理解せず、銃の台尻で犬たちをなぐりました。それでとうとう犬たちはキャンキャン啼いて逃げていきました。ウサギは道に邪魔ものがいなくなるとすぐ宮殿の中へ走って、まっすぐ王様の娘のところへ行き、椅子の下に座ると、王女の足をひっかきました。すると王女は、「あっちへ行って」と言い、自分の犬だと思っていました。ウサギは足を二回目にひっかきました。王女はまた「あっちへ行ってよ」と言い自分の犬だと思っていました。しかしウサギは目的からそれることはできなかったので、3回目にひっかきました。すると王女は下を覗いて、首輪であのウサギだとわかりました。

王女はウサギを膝に抱きあげ、自分の部屋に運び、「ウサギさん、ご用は何?」と言いました。ウサギは「竜を殺した私の主人がここに来ていて、王様が食べるようなパンを貰ってくるようにと私を送ってよこしました。」と答えました。それで王女はとても喜び、パン職人を呼んでこさせ、王様が食べるのと同じパンをもってくるようにと命じました。ウサギは「だけど、殺し屋の犬たちが私に何もしないように、パン職人はそこへも運ばなくちゃなりません。」と言いました。パン職人が宿の戸口まで運ぶと、ウサギは後ろ足で立って、前足でパンを受け取り、主人のところへ持って行きました。すると猟師は、「見てごらん、ご主人、100枚の金貨は私のものだ。」と言いました。主人は驚きましたが、猟師は続けて、「そうさ、ご主人、パンはあるが、今度は王様の焼き肉も欲しいな。」と言いました。「確かにそれを見てみたいものですな。」と主人は言いましたが、もう賭けはしませんでした。猟師はキツネを呼び、「かわいい狐クン、行って王様が食べるのと同じ焼き肉を持って来てくれ。」と言いました。

赤ギツネは脇道をよく知っていて、犬に見られないで、穴や角を通って行き、王様の娘の椅子の下に座り、足をひっかきました。すると王女は下を見て、首輪であのキツネだとわかり、一緒に部屋へ連れて行き、「キツネさん、ご用は何?」と言いました。キツネは、「竜を殺した私の主人がここに来ていて、私を使いに出しました。王様が食べているような焼き肉を求めるようにとのことです。」と答えました。それで王女はコックを来させ、王様が食べるのと同じ焼き肉を用意させました。そしてコックは戸口までキツネのために焼き肉を運ばなくてはなりませんでした。それからキツネは皿を受け取り、肉にとまったハエを尻尾を振って追い払い、主人のところへ運びました。「ほら、ごらん。ご主人、パンと肉はあるが、今度は王様が食べているのと同じ適当な野菜も欲しいな。」と猟師は言いました。それから狼を呼び、「狼クン、そこへ行って王様が食べるのと同じ野菜をもってきてくれ。」と言いました。

それから狼は、だれもこわくないので、宮殿へまっすぐ行き、王様の娘の居間に着くと、王女のドレスの後ろを引っ張り、それで王女は振り向かざるをえませんでした。王女は首輪で狼を覚えていて、自分の部屋へ連れて行き、「狼さん、ご用は何?」と言いました。狼は、「竜を殺した私の主人がここに来ていて、王様が食べるような野菜を求めてくるように、とのことでした。」と言いました。それで王女は、コックを来させ、コックは王様が食べるのと同じ野菜を準備して戸口まで狼のために運ばなければなりませんでした。それから狼はコックから皿を受け取り、主人のところへ持って行きました。「ほらね、ご主人、パンと肉と野菜があるが、王様が食べるような練り菓子も食べてみたいものだな。」と猟師は言いました。それから熊を呼び、「熊クン、お前は甘いものを舐めるのが好きだよな。行って王様が食べるようなお菓子をもってきてくれ。」と言いました。

それで熊は宮殿へ走って行き、みんなが道をよけましたが、番兵のところへくると、銃を出して、どうしても王宮へいれようとしませんでした。しかし、熊は後ろ足で立ちあがって、何発か右左と前足でなぐったので番兵たちはみんな散っていきました。それでまっすぐ王様の娘のところへいき、王女の後ろに座ると、少しグルルルと唸りました。それで王女は後ろを振り返り、熊を知り、一緒に部屋に入るように言いました。そして、「熊さん、ご用は何?」と言うと、熊は「竜を殺した私の主人がここに来ていて、王様が食べるようなお菓子を求めてくるように、とのことでした。」と答えました。それで王女は菓子職人を呼び、王様が食べるお菓子を焼かせ、熊のために戸口まで運ばせました。それから熊はまずたれていた好物を舐めあげ、まっすぐ立つと皿を受け取り、主人のところへ運びました。「ほらね、ご主人、これでパン、肉、野菜、菓子がそろったが、王様が飲むようなワインも飲もう。」と猟師は言って、ライオンを呼び、「ライオンくん、おまえだって酔っぱらうまで飲みたいよな。行って王様に飲まれているワインを持って来てくれ。」と言いました。

それでライオンは通りを歩いて行き、人々はライオンから逃げて、番兵のところに来ると、道をふさごうとしましたが、一度ウオ―と吠えただけでみんな逃げてしまいました。それからライオンは王宮の部屋へ行き、尻尾で戸をたたきました。すると王様の娘が出てきて、ライオンを見て一瞬怖がりましたが、ネックレスの金の留め金であのライオンだとわかり、一緒に部屋に入るように言いました。そして「ライオンさん、何が欲しいの?」とききました。ライオンは、「竜を殺した私の主人がここに来ていて、王様に飲まれているようなワインを求めるように、とのことでした。」と答えました。それで、王女は酌取りを呼ばせ、王様に飲まれるようなワインをライオンに渡すように言いました。ライオンは、「私が一緒に行って、正しいワインをもらうか確かめます。」と言って、酌取りと一緒に貯蔵庫へ降りて行きました。下にくると、酌取りは王様の家来に飲まれていた普通のワインを注ごうとしましたが、ライオンは、「待って、先に私が味見しよう。」と言って、容器の半分を注ぎ、一飲みでそれを飲みました。「いや、これじゃないな」とライオンは言いました。酌取りは横目でライオンを見ましたが、先へ進み、王様の長官用の別の樽から注ごうとしました。ライオンは「待った、先に私にワインを味見させてくれ。」と言って、容器の半分注ぎ、飲みました。「これの方がいいワインだな。だけどまだ違うぞ。」とライオンはいいました。それで酌取りは怒って、「お前のような間抜けな動物にどうしてワインがわかるか?」と言いました。しかし、ライオンは耳の後ろをガツンとなぐったので、酌取りはドンと床に倒れました。そしてまた起きあがった時、酌取りは全く口を言わないで、離れたところの小さな貯蔵室へつれていきました。そこに王様のワインがあり、そこからは誰もこれまで飲んでいなかったのです。ライオンはまず容器の半分を注ぎ、ワインを試しました。それから、「これが多分王様のワインだな。」と言って酌取りに6本詰めさせました。

それでまた上に上がりましたが、ライオンが貯蔵庫から外に出たとき、あちこちふらふらしてかなり酔っぱらっているので、酌取りはライオンのため戸口までワインを運ばせられました。それからライオンはかごの取っ手を口にくわえ、主人のところへ持って行きました。猟師は、「ほら、ご主人、王様が食べるパンと肉と野菜と菓子とワインを手に入れたぞ。では私は動物たちと食事しよう。」と言って、座り、飲んで食べ、ウサギ、キツネ、狼、熊、ライオンにも食べさせ飲ませて、ご機嫌でした。というのは王様の娘がまだ自分を愛しているとわかったからです。食事を終えると猟師は、「ご主人、私は王様が食べ飲むのと同じに食べ飲んだ。それで今度は王様の宮廷へ行って、王様の娘と結婚するとしよう。」と言いました。主人は「王女様にはもう婚約者がいて、結婚式が今日行われるのに、いったいそれができますかね?」と言いました。すると猟師は、王様の娘が竜の山でくれた、怪物の7枚の舌をたたんでいれてあるハンカチを取り出して、「この手にもっているものが、そうさせてくれるよ。」と言いました。それで宿の主人はハンカチを見て、「何でも信じるとしても、それは信じませんよ。私の家と庭を喜んで賭けますよ。」と言いました。しかし、猟師は1000枚の金貨が入っている袋をとって、テーブルの上に置き、「これを賭けるよ。」と言いました。

さて、王様は王宮の食卓に座っていて娘に「あの動物たちは何の用があったんだ?お前のところにきて、宮殿から出たり入ったりしていたが。」と言いました。娘は「私は言えないわ。だけど、使いをやってこれらの動物たちの主人を連れてこさせればよりしいでしょう。」と答えました。王様は家来を宿屋に送り、その見知らぬ人を招待しました。家来は、猟師が宿の主人に賭け金を置いたちょうどそのときに来たので、猟師は「ほらね、ご主人、王様が家来をよこして私を招待しています。でも私はこんな風には行きません。」と言いました。

そして猟師は家来に「私に王家の服と6頭立ての馬車と私に仕える召使をよこしてくれるよう、王様にお願いしたい。」と言いました。王様は返事を聞くと、娘に「どうしようか?」と言いました。娘は「その人が望むとおりにそろえたらよろしいでしょう。」と言いました。それで王様は王家の服、6頭立ての馬車、仕える召使を送りました。猟師は望んだものが届くのをみて、「ほらね、ご主人、望んだようにそろえられましたよ。」と言って、王家の服を着て、竜の舌が入っているハンカチを持ち、馬車に乗って王様のところへいきました。王様は猟師が来るのを見て、娘に「どう迎えようか?」と言いました。娘は「迎えに出ていくのがよろしいでしょう。」と答えました。それで王様は猟師を出迎えて中に入れました。そして動物たちはあとについていきました。

王様は猟師を自分と娘の近くに座らせ、長官は花婿として向かい側に座りましたが、もう猟師を覚えていませんでした。そうしてこの瞬間に竜の7つの頭が見ものとして持ち込まれ、王様が「長官が7つの頭を竜から切りとった。それで今日娘を妻にあげるのだ。」と言いました。すると猟師は立ち上がり、7つの口を開け、「竜の7枚の舌はどこですか?」と言いました。それで長官は驚いて青ざめ、何と答えたらよいかわからなくて、しまいには苦し紛れに「竜には舌がありません。」と言いました。猟師は「嘘つきには舌がないでしょうな。しかし竜の舌は、竜に勝った者の印です。」と言って、ハンカチを広げました。その中には7枚の舌が全部ありました。それから舌をそれぞれ口に入れるとぴったり合いました。それから猟師は王女の名前が刺しゅうされているハンカチをもって、乙女に見せ、「これは誰にあげましたか?」と尋ねると、乙女は「竜を殺した人に。」と答えました。それから猟師は動物たちを呼び、それぞれの首輪とライオンの金の留め金をとり、乙女にみせ、「これらはだれのものでしたか?」と尋ねました。乙女は「首飾りと留め金は私のものでした。でも竜を退治する手伝いをした動物たちに分け与えました。」と答えました。それで猟師は「私が、戦いで疲れ、休んで眠っているとき、長官が来て私の頭を切り落としました。それから長官は王様の娘を連れ去り、竜を殺したのは自分だと名乗ったのです。しかし、長官が嘘をついたことは、舌とハンカチと首飾りで証明します。」と話しました。

それから猟師は、動物たちが不思議な根で自分を治したこと、1年間動物たちとあちこち旅をしたこと、そしてとうとうここに来て、宿の主人の話しで長官の裏切りを知ったことを語りました。すると王様は「この男が竜を殺したのは本当かね?」と尋ねました。娘は「ええ、本当ですわ。もう長官の悪事を明かすことができます。私が黙っていなくても明るみにでてしまいましたから。というのは長官はおどして私に黙っている約束をさせたからです。そのため、私は結婚が1年と1日行われないよう条件を出しました。」と答えました。それで王様は12人の相談役を呼んで、長官に対する判決を決めさせました。相談役たちは、長官が4頭の雄牛にバラバラに引き裂かれる刑を申し渡しました。

それで長官は処刑されましたが、王様は猟師に娘を与え、猟師を国全体の総督としました。結婚式が大喜びで祝われて、若い王様は自分の父と養父を呼んでこさせて、二人にたくさんの宝物をもたせました。若い王様は宿の主人もまた忘れていませんでしたが、使いをやって主人を呼び、「ほらね、ご主人、私は王様の娘と結婚しましたよ。あなたの家と庭は私の物です。」と言いました。主人は「はい、法に従えばそうです。」と言いました。しかし、若い王様は「情けに従ってやることにしよう。」と言い、主人が自分の家と庭を持っているようにと話して、1000枚の金貨もまた与えました。

そうして、若い王様とお妃はとても幸福で、一緒に楽しく暮らしていました。若い王様は楽しみなのでよく猟にでかけ、忠実な動物たちはいつも王様について行きました。ところで、近くに森があり、そこには化け物がでて、森へ入っていっただれも簡単には二度と出てこれないと言われていました。しかし、若い王様はその森で猟をしてみたくてたまらなく、年とった王様をせっついて、とうとう猟をする許しをもらいました。

それで若い王様は大勢の従者をつれて馬ででかけました。森へ着くと、雪のように白い雌鹿を見て、家来に「私が戻るまでここで待て。私はあの美しい動物を狩りたいから。」と言って、その鹿を追いかけて森の中へ走っていき、王様の動物たちだけがあとについていきました。従者たちはそこに止まって夜まで待ちましたが王様は戻らなかったので馬に乗って帰り、若いお妃に、若い王様は白い雌鹿を追って魔法の森へ行き戻ってこなかった、と告げました。それでお妃は王様のことをとても心配になりました。

ところで、若い王様はその美しい動物を追いかけてどんどん走り続け、追いつくことができないでいました。狙いをつけられるくらい近くなったと思うとすぐ、鹿は遠くまで跳びはねて逃げていってしまい、とうとうまったく見えなくなってしまいました。そうして気付いてみると、森の奥深くまで入り込んでいて、角笛を吹きましたが、返事はありませんでした。というのは従者たちには聞こえなかったからです。夜になってきたので、王様はその日は帰れないとわかり、馬から降りて木の近くで火を燃やし、そこで夜を過ごそうと決心しました。火のそばで座っている間、動物たちも王様のそばで寝ていました。王様は人間の声が聞こえたように思って、周りを見回しましたが、何も見つかりませんでした。それからまもなく、王様は上から呻き声が聞こえたように思い、上を見上げるとおばあさんが木にすわっていて、「うう、うう、うう、なんて寒いんだ」と絶え間なく嘆いていました。王様は「寒いなら降りて来て温まりなさい。」と言いましたが、おばあさんは、「だめ、あんたの獣たちがわたしをかむよ。」と言いました。王様は「こいつらはあんたに危害を加えないよ、おばあさん。さあ降りてきなさい。」と答えました。ところがおばあさんは魔女でした。そして、「木から枝を落とすよ。あんたがけものの背中をその枝で打てば、けものは私になにもしないよ。」と言って、小さな枝を投げてよこしました。王様が動物たちをそれで打つとすぐ、動物たちはじっと動かなくなり、石に変えられてしまいました。魔女は動物たちから安全になると跳び下りてきて王様も枝で触れ、石に変えてしまいました。そうして魔女は笑い、王様と動物たちを貯蔵庫に引きずって行きました。そこにはもうもっとたくさんの石がころがっていました。

若い王様が全く帰ってこないので、お妃の苦しみと心配はだんだん大きくなっていきました。ちょうどそのころ、兄弟が別れたとき東に向かった兄がこの国へたまたまやってきました。兄は職を求めていたのですが、何も見つからなくて、あちこち旅をして、動物たちを踊らせていました。それでふと、分かれるとき木の幹につき刺したナイフを見に行って、弟がどうなったか見てみようと思いました。そこに着くと、ナイフの弟の側が半分錆びて、半分光っていました。それで兄は驚いて、弟に大きな不幸がふりかかったにちがいない、だが、多分まだ救うことができるのではないか、というのはナイフの半分はまだ光ってるではないか、と思いました。兄と動物たちは西にむかって旅をしました。そして、町の門に入ると、番兵が兄を出迎えて、若いお妃さまにお取次いたしましょうか、と尋ね、若いお妃さまは王様がお留守だったので二、三日とても悲しんでいらして、魔法の森で殺されたのではないかと心配していらっしゃいました、と言いました。番兵は、兄が若い王様自身だとしか思っていませんでした。というのは兄は弟にそっくりで、後ろに走っている動物たちを従えていましたから。それで兄は番兵たちが弟のことを話しているとわかり、弟のふりをして通す方がよいだろう、そうしたらもっと簡単に弟を救うことができる、と考えました。それで番兵に付き添われてお城に入り、大喜びで迎えられました。若いお妃は兄を自分の夫だと本当に思い、どうしてこんなに長く留守にしたのですか、と尋ねました。兄は、「森で道がわからなくなりこれより早く抜け出る道がわからなかったんだ」と答えました。夜に兄は王宮のベッドに連れて行かれましたが、自分と若いお妃の間に両刃の剣を置きました。お妃はそれがどういう意味かわかりませんでしたが、あえて尋ねませんでした。

兄は宮殿に2,3日とどまり、その間に魔法の森に関係したあらゆることを調べました。そしてついに「私はもう一度そこで狩りをしなくてはならない」と言いました。王様と若いお妃は行かないように説得しようとしましたが、兄は頑としていうことをきかないで、前よりもっと多い従者を連れてでかけました。兄は森へ入って行くと、弟の時と同じにことが進み、白い雌鹿を見て、家来に「ここにいて、私が戻るまで待ってくれ。私はあの愛らしいけものを追いかけたいから。」と言いました。それから馬で森の中へ進み、動物たちはあとを追って走りました。しかし兄はその雌鹿に追いつくことができなくて、森の奥にとても深く入ってしまったので、そこで夜を過ごさなければいけなくなりました。火をたくと兄はだれか上の方で「うう、うう、うう、なんて寒いんだ」と嘆くのを聞きました。それで兄は上を見上げ、同じ魔女が木に座っていました。「おばあさん、寒いなら降りてきて、温まりなさい。」と兄は言いました。それで兄は上を見上げると、同じ魔女が木に座っていました。「おばあさん、寒いなら降りてきて、温まりなさい。」と兄は言いました。おばあさんは、「だめ、あんたの獣たちがわたしをかむよ。」と言いました。しかし兄は「こいつらはあんたに危害を加えないよ。」と言いました。すると、おばあさんは「あんたに枝をなげるよ。その枝で殴ると、獣は私に何もしないから。」と叫びました。猟師はこれを聞いて、おばあさんをまったく信用しなくなり、「私の動物たちをぶったりしないよ。降りて来い、そうしないとおれが下ろすぞ。」と言いました。するとおばあさんは「何の用があるんだい?私に触らせないよ。」と叫びました。しかし、猟師は「降りてこないと撃つぞ」と答えました。「やってみな。おまえの弾なんてこわくないよ。」とおばあさんは言いました。それで猟師は狙いをつけ撃ちましたが、魔女は鉛の弾に対しては何ともなくて、かん高く笑って、「お前の弾はあたらないよ。」と叫びました。猟師はどうすればよいか知っていて、上着から銀のボタンを3個ちぎって、銃に詰めました。というのは銀には魔法が効かないからです。そして撃つと魔女は悲鳴をあげて落ちてきました。

それから、猟師は魔女を足で踏みつけて、「ばあさんよ、弟がどこかすぐに白状しないと、両手でお前を掴み火に投げ入れるぞ。」と言いました。魔女はとてもこわがって許しを願い、「その人と動物たちは石になって貯蔵庫にあります。」と言いました。それで猟師は魔女を一緒にそこに行かせて脅し、「さあ、ここにある弟と人間全員を生き返らせろ、さもないと火に入れるぞ。」と言いました。魔女が杖をとって石にふれると、弟が動物と一緒に生き返り、商人、職人、羊飼いなど多くの他の人々が立ち上がって、救ってくれたお礼を言って帰りました。しかし双子の兄弟はお互いに再会して、キスしあい心から喜びました。それから魔女をつかんで縛り、火に投げ入れました。魔女が焼け死んだとき、森はひとりでに開いて明るく澄んできて、王様の宮殿が歩いて3時間くらいのところに見えました。

そうして二人の兄弟は一緒に帰り、道すがら、お互いに自分がどうしていたか話しました。そして弟が、自分は王様の代理で国全体を治めていると言ったとき、兄は、「それはとてもよくわかった、というのは私が町に来て、お前と間違われた時、みんなから王様として扱われたからね。若いお妃は私を夫として見ていたし、お妃の隣で食べ、お前のベッドで寝なくてはいけなかったよ。」と言いました。弟はこれを聞いて、とても焼きもちを焼き、怒ったので刀を抜いて兄の頭を討ち落としてしまいました。しかし、兄が死んで横たわっているのを見て赤い血が流れているのが見えたとき、とても激しく後悔しました。「兄は私を救ってくれた。それなのに、私は兄を殺してしまった。」と叫んで、兄が死んだことを声にだして嘆き悲しみました。するとウサギが来て、行って命の根をもってきましょうか、と申し出て、跳びはねて行き、まだ間に合ううちに持って帰りました。それで死んだ男は生き返り、傷のことは何もわかりませんでした。

このあと、二人は道を進んで行き、弟は「兄さんはわたしに似ていて、私と同じく王さまの服を着ている、そして動物たちも私と同じように兄さんについてきている。反対の門から入って、年とった王様の前に両側から同時に着こう。」と言いました。それで二人は別れました。そして一方の戸口からともう一方の戸口から同時に番兵が入ってきて、若い王様と動物たちが狩りから戻りました、と取り次ぎました。

王様は「そんなことはあり得ん。二つの門はたっぷり1マイルは離れているんだ。」と言いました。ところが、その間に二人の兄弟が両側から宮殿の中庭に入ってきて、二人とも階段を上りました。それで王様は娘に「どちらがお前の夫か言いなさい。二人ともそっくりじゃないか、わしにはわからん。」と言いました。

すると娘はとても困り、わかりませんでしたが、ついに動物たちにあげた首飾りを思いだし、探してライオンの小さな金の留め金を見つけました。お妃は喜んで、「このライオンがあとについている人が私の本当の夫です。」と叫びました。それで若い王様は笑いだして、「そうだよ、私が本当の夫だ。」と言いました。それから、みんな一緒に食卓に座り、飲んで食べて楽しく過ごしました。夜に若い王様が寝ようとしたとき、妻が「あなたはどうして幾日も夜私たちのベッドに両刃の剣を置いていたの?あなたが私を殺したがっているのかと思ったわ。」と言いました。それで弟は兄がどんなに誠実だったかわかりました。
There were once upon a time two brothers, one rich and the other poor. The rich one was a goldsmith and evil-hearted. The poor one supported himself by making brooms, and was good and honourable. The poor one had two children, who were twin brothers and as like each other as two drops of water. The two boys went backwards and forwards to the rich house, and often got some of the scraps to eat. It happened once when the poor man was going into the forest to fetch brush-wood, that he saw a bird which was quite golden and more beautiful than any he had ever chanced to meet with. He picked up a small stone, threw it at him, and was lucky enough to hit him, but one golden feather only fell down, and the bird flew away. The man took the feather and carried it to his brother, who looked at it and said, "It is pure gold!" and gave him a great deal of money for it. Next day the man climbed into a birch-tree, and was about to cut off a couple of branches when the same bird flew out, and when the man searched he found a nest, and an egg lay inside it, which was of gold. He took the egg home with him, and carried it to his brother, who again said, "It is pure gold," and gave him what it was worth. At last the goldsmith said, "I should indeed like to have the bird itself." The poor man went into the forest for the third time, and again saw the golden bird sitting on the tree, so he took a stone and brought it down and carried it to his brother, who gave him a great heap of gold for it. "Now I can get on," thought he, and went contentedly home.

The goldsmith was crafty and cunning, and knew very well what kind of a bird it was. He called his wife and said, "Roast me the gold bird, and take care that none of it is lost. I have a fancy to eat it all myself." The bird, however, was no common one, but of so wondrous a kind that whosoever ate its heart and liver found every morning a piece of gold beneath his pillow. The woman made the bird ready, put it on the spit, and let it roast. Now it happened that while it was at the fire, and the woman was forced to go out of the kitchen on account of some other work, the two children of the poor broom-maker ran in, stood by the spit and turned it round once or twice. And as at that very moment two little bits of the bird fell down into the dripping-tin, one of the boys said, "We will eat these two little bits; I am so hungry, and no one will ever miss them." Then the two ate the pieces, but the woman came into the kitchen and saw that they were eating something and said, "What have ye been eating?" - "Two little morsels which fell out of the bird," answered they. "That must have been the heart and the liver," said the woman, quite frightened, and in order that her husband might not miss them and be angry, she quickly killed a young cock, took out his heart and liver, and put them beside the golden bird. When it was ready, she carried it to the goldsmith, who consumed it all alone, and left none of it. Next morning, however, when he felt beneath his pillow, and expected to bring out the piece of gold, no more gold pieces were there than there had always been.

The two children did not know what a piece of good-fortune had fallen to their lot. Next morning when they arose, something fell rattling to the ground, and when they picked it up there were two gold pieces! They took them to their father, who was astonished and said, "How can that have happened?" When next morning they again found two, and so on daily, he went to his brother and told him the strange story. The goldsmith at once knew how it had come to pass, and that the children had eaten the heart and liver of the golden bird, and in order to revenge himself, and because he was envious and hard-hearted, he said to the father, "Thy children are in league with the Evil One, do not take the gold, and do not suffer them to stay any longer in thy house, for he has them in his power, and may ruin thee likewise." The father feared the Evil One, and painful as it was to him, he nevertheless led the twins forth into the forest, and with a sad heart left them there.

And now the two children ran about the forest, and sought the way home again, but could not find it, and only lost themselves more and more. At length they met with a huntsman, who asked, "To whom do you children belong?" - "We are the poor broom-maker's boys," they replied, and they told him that their father would not keep them any longer in the house because a piece of gold lay every morning under their pillows. "Come," said the huntsman, "that is nothing so very bad, if at the same time you keep honest, and are not idle." As the good man liked the children, and had none of his own, he took them home with him and said, "I will be your father, and bring you up till you are big." They learnt huntsmanship from him, and the piece of gold which each of them found when he awoke, was kept for them by him in case they should need it in the future.

When they were grown up, their foster-father one day took them into the forest with him, and said, "To-day shall you make your trial shot, so that I may release you from your apprenticeship, and make you huntsmen." They went with him to lie in wait and stayed there a long time, but no game appeared. The huntsman, however, looked above him and saw a covey of wild geese flying in the form of a triangle, and said to one of them, "Shoot me down one from each corner." He did it, and thus accomplished his trial shot. Soon after another covey came flying by in the form of the figure two, and the huntsman bade the other also bring down one from each corner, and his trial shot was likewise successful. "Now," said the foster-father, "I pronounce you out of your apprenticeship; you are skilled huntsmen." Thereupon the two brothers went forth together into the forest, and took counsel with each other and planned something. And in the evening when they had sat down to supper, they said to their foster-father, "We will not touch food, or take one mouthful, until you have granted us a request." Said he, "What, then, is your request?" They replied, "We have now finished learning, and we must prove ourselves in the world, so allow us to go away and travel." Then spake the old man joyfully, "You talk like brave huntsmen, that which you desire has been my wish; go forth, all will go well with you." Thereupon they ate and drank joyously together.

When the appointed day came, their foster-father presented each of them with a good gun and a dog, and let each of them take as many of his saved-up gold pieces as he chose. Then he accompanied them a part of the way, and when taking leave, he gave them a bright knife, and said, "If ever you separate, stick this knife into a tree at the place where you part, and when one of you goes back, he will will be able to see how his absent brother is faring, for the side of the knife which is turned in the direction by which he went, will rust if he dies, but will remain bright as long as he is alive." The two brothers went still farther onwards, and came to a forest which was so large that it was impossible for them to get out of it in one day. So they passed the night in it, and ate what they had put in their hunting-pouches, but they walked all the second day likewise, and still did not get out. As they had nothing to eat, one of them said, "We must shoot something for ourselves or we shall suffer from hunger," and loaded his gun, and looked about him. And when an old hare came running up towards them, he laid his gun on his shoulder, but the hare cried,

"Dear huntsman, do but let me live,
Two little ones to thee I'll give,"

and sprang instantly into the thicket, and brought two young ones. But the little creatures played so merrily, and were so pretty, that the huntsmen could not find it in their hearts to kill them. They therefore kept them with them, and the little hares followed on foot. Soon after this, a fox crept past; they were just going to shoot it, but the fox cried,

"Dear hunstman, do but let me live,
Two little ones I'll also give."

He, too, brought two little foxes, and the huntsmen did not like to kill them either, but gave them to the hares for company, and they followed behind. It was not long before a wolf strode out of the thicket; the huntsmen made ready to shoot him, but the wolf cried,

"Dear huntsman, do but let me live,
Two little ones I'll likewise give."

The huntsmen put the two wolves beside the other animals, and they followed behind them. Then a bear came who wanted to trot about a little longer, and cried:

"Dear huntsman, do but let me live,
Two little ones I, too, will give."

The two young bears were added to the others, and there were already eight of them. At length who came? A lion came, and tossed his mane. But the huntsmen did not let themselves be frightened and aimed at him likewise, but the lion also said,

"Dear huntsman, do but let me live,
Two little ones I, too, will give."

And he brought his little ones to them, and now the huntsmen had two lions, two bears, two wolves, two foxes, and two hares, who followed them and served them. In the meantime their hunger was not appeased by this, and they said to the foxes, "Hark ye, cunning fellows, provide us with something to eat. You are crafty and deep." They replied, "Not far from here lies a village, from which we have already brought many a fowl; we will show you the way there." So they went into the village, bought themselves something to eat, had some food given to their beasts, and then travelled onwards. The foxes, however, knew their way very well about the district and where the poultry-yards were, and were able to guide the huntsmen.

Now they travelled about for a while, but could find no situations where they could remain together, so they said, "There is nothing else for it, we must part." They divided the animals, so that each of them had a lion, a bear, a wolf, a fox, and a hare, then they took leave of each other, promised to love each other like brothers till their death, and stuck the knife which their foster-father had given them, into a tree, after which one went east, and the other went west.

The younger, however, arrived with his beasts in a town which was all hung with black crape. He went into an inn, and asked the host if he could accommodate his animals. The innkeeper gave him a stable, where there was a hole in the wall, and the hare crept out and fetched himself the head of a cabbage, and the fox fetched himself a hen, and when he had devoured that got the cock as well, but the wolf, the bear, and the lion could not get out because they were too big. Then the innkeeper let them be taken to a place where a cow was just then lying on the grass, that they might eat till they were satisfied. And when the huntsman had taken care of his animals, he asked the innkeeper why the town was thus hung with black crape? Said the host, "Because our King's only daughter is to die to-morrow." The huntsman inquired if she was "sick unto death?" - "No," answered the host, "she is vigorous and healthy, nevertheless she must die!" - "How is that?" asked the huntsman. "There is a high hill without the town, whereon dwells a dragon who every year must have a pure virgin, or he lays the whole country waste, and now all the maidens have already been given to him, and there is no longer anyone left but the King's daughter, yet there is no mercy for her; she must be given up to him, and that is to be done to-morrow." Said the huntsman, "Why is the dragon not killed?" - "Ah," replied the host, "so many knights have tried it, but it has cost all of them their lives. The King has promised that he who conquers the dragon shall have his daughter to wife, and shall likewise govern the kingdom after his own death."

The huntsman said nothing more to this, but next morning took his animals, and with them ascended the dragon's hill. A little church stood at the top of it, and on the altar three full cups were standing, with the inscription, "Whosoever empties the cups will become the strongest man on earth, and will be able to wield the sword which is buried before the threshold of the door." The huntsman did not drink, but went out and sought for the sword in the ground, but was unable to move it from its place. Then he went in and emptied the cups, and now he was strong enough to take up the sword, and his hand could quite easily wield it. When the hour came when the maiden was to be delivered over to the dragon, the King, the marshal, and courtiers accompanied her. From afar she saw the huntsman on the dragon's hill, and thought it was the dragon standing there waiting for her, and did not want to go up to him, but at last, because otherwise the whole town would have been destroyed, she was forced to go the miserable journey. The King and courtiers returned home full of grief; the King's marshal, however, was to stand still, and see all from a distance.

When the King's daughter got to the top of the hill, it was not the dragon which stood there, but the young huntsman, who comforted her, and said he would save her, led her into the church, and locked her in. It was not long before the seven-headed dragon came thither with loud roaring. When he perceived the huntsman, he was astonished and said, "What business hast thou here on the hill?" The huntsman answered, "I want to fight with thee." Said the dragon, "Many knights have left their lives here, I shall soon have made an end of thee too," and he breathed fire out of seven jaws. The fire was to have lighted the dry grass, and the huntsman was to have been suffocated in the heat and smoke, but the animals came running up and trampled out the fire. Then the dragon rushed upon the huntsman, but he swung his sword until it sang through the air, and struck off three of his heads. Then the dragon grew right furious, and rose up in the air, and spat out flames of fire over the huntsman, and was about to plunge down on him, but the huntsman once more drew out his sword, and again cut off three of his heads. The monster became faint and sank down, nevertheless it was just able to rush upon the huntsman, but he with his last strength smote its tail off, and as he could fight no longer, called up his animals who tore it in pieces. When the struggle was ended, the huntsman unlocked the church, and found the King's daughter lying on the floor, as she had lost her senses with anguish and terror during the contest. He carried her out, and when she came to herself once more, and opened her eyes, he showed her the dragon all cut to pieces, and told her that she was now delivered. She rejoiced and said, "Now thou wilt be my dearest husband, for my father has promised me to him who kills the dragon." Thereupon she took off her necklace of coral, and divided it amongst the animals in order to reward them, and the lion received the golden clasp. Her pocket-handkerchief, however, on which was her name, she gave to the huntsman, who went and cut the tongues out of the dragon's seven heads, wrapped them in the handkerchief, and preserved them carefully.

That done, as he was so faint and weary with the fire and the battle, he said to the maiden, "We are both faint and weary, we will sleep awhile." Then she said, "yes," and they lay down on the ground, and the huntsman said to the lion, "Thou shalt keep watch, that no one surprises us in our sleep," and both fell asleep. The lion lay down beside them to watch, but he also was so weary with the fight, that he called to the bear and said, "Lie down near me, I must sleep a little: if anything comes, waken me." Then the bear lay down beside him, but he also was tired, and called the wolf and said, "Lie down by me, I must sleep a little, but if anything comes, waken me." Then the wolf lay down by him, but he was tired likewise, and called the fox and said, "Lie down by me, I must sleep a little; if anything comes, waken me." Then the fox lay down beside him, but he too was weary, and called the hare and said, "Lie down near me, I must sleep a little, and if anything should come, waken me." Then the hare sat down by him, but the poor hare was tired too, and had no one whom he could call there to keep watch, and fell asleep. And now the King's daughter, the huntsman, the lion, the bear, the wolf, the fox, and the hare, were all sleeping a sound sleep. The marshal, however, who was to look on from a distance, took courage when he did not see the dragon flying away with the maiden, and finding that all the hill had become quiet, ascended it. There lay the dragon hacked and hewn to pieces on the ground, and not far from it were the King's daughter and a huntsman with his animals, and all of them were sunk in a sound sleep. And as he was wicked and godless he took his sword, cut off the huntsman's head, and seized the maiden in his arms, and carried her down the hill. Then she awoke and was terrified, but the marshal said, "Thou art in my hands, thou shalt say that it was I who killed the dragon." - "I cannot do that," she replied, "for it was a huntsman with his animals who did it." Then he drew his sword, and threatened to kill her if she did not obey him, and so compelled her that she promised it. Then he took her to the King, who did not know how to contain himself for joy when he once more looked on his dear child in life, whom he had believed to have been torn to pieces by the monster. The marshal said to him, "I have killed the dragon, and delivered the maiden and the whole kingdom as well, therefore I demand her as my wife, as was promised." The King said to the maiden, "Is what he says true?" - "Ah, yes," she answered, "it must indeed be true, but I will not consent to have the wedding celebrated until after a year and a day," for she thought in that time she should hear something of her dear huntsman.

The animals, however, were still lying sleeping beside their dead master on the dragon's hill, and there came a great humble-bee and lighted on the hare's nose, but the hare wiped it off with his paw, and went on sleeping. The humble-bee came a second time, but the hare again rubbed it off and slept on. Then it came for the third time, and stung his nose so that he awoke. As soon as the hare was awake, he roused the fox, and the fox, the wolf, and the wolf the bear, and the bear the lion. And when the lion awoke and saw that the maiden was gone, and his master was dead, he began to roar frightfully and cried, "Who has done that? Bear, why didst thou not waken me?" The bear asked the wolf, "Why didst thou not waken me?" and the wolf the fox, "Why didst thou not waken me?" and the fox the hare, "Why didst thou not waken me?" The poor hare alone did not know what answer to make, and the blame rested with him. Then they were just going to fall upon him, but he entreated them and said, "Kill me not, I will bring our master to life again. I know a mountain on which a root grows which, when placed in the mouth of any one, cures him of all illness and every wound. But the mountain lies two hundred hours journey from here." The lion said, "In four-and-twenty hours must thou have run thither and have come back, and have brought the root with thee." Then the hare sprang away, and in four-and-twenty hours he was back, and brought the root with him. The lion put the huntsman's head on again, and the hare placed the root in his mouth, and immediately everything united together again, and his heart beat, and life came back. Then the huntsman awoke, and was alarmed when he did not see the maiden, and thought, "She must have gone away whilst I was sleeping, in order to get rid of me." The lion in his great haste had put his master's head on the wrong way round, but the huntsman did not observe it because of his melancholy thoughts about the King's daughter. But at noon, when he was going to eat something, he saw that his head was turned backwards and could not understand it, and asked the animals what had happened to him in his sleep. Then the lion told him that they, too, had all fallen asleep from weariness, and on awaking, had found him dead with his head cut off, that the hare had brought the life-giving root, and that he, in his haste, had laid hold of the head the wrong way, but that he would repair his mistake. Then he tore the huntsman's head off again, turned it round, and the hare healed it with the root.

The huntsman, however, was sad at heart, and travelled about the world, and made his animals dance before people. It came to pass that precisely at the end of one year he came back to the same town where he had delivered the King's daughter from the dragon, and this time the town was gaily hung with red cloth. Then he said to the host, "What does this mean? Last year the town was all hung with black crape, what means the red cloth to-day?" The host answered, "Last year our King's daughter was to have been delivered over to the dragon, but the marshal fought with it and killed it, and so to-morrow their wedding is to be solemnized, and that is why the town was then hung with black crape for mourning, and is to-day covered with red cloth for joy?"

Next day when the wedding was to take place, the huntsman said at mid-day to the inn-keeper, "Do you believe, sir host, that I while with you here to-day shall eat bread from the King's own table?" - "Nay," said the host, "I would bet a hundred pieces of gold that that will not come true." The huntsman accepted the wager, and set against it a purse with just the same number of gold pieces. Then he called the hare and said, "Go, my dear runner, and fetch me some of the bread which the King is eating." Now the little hare was the lowest of the animals, and could not transfer this order to any the others, but had to get on his legs himself. "Alas!" thought he, "if I bound through the streets thus alone, the butchers' dogs will all be after me." It happened as he expected, and the dogs came after him and wanted to make holes in his good skin. But he sprang away, have you have never seen one running? and sheltered himself in a sentry-box without the soldier being aware of it. Then the dogs came and wanted to have him out, but the soldier did not understand a jest, and struck them with the butt-end of his gun, till they ran away yelling and howling. As soon as the hare saw that the way was clear, he ran into the palace and straight to the King's daughter, sat down under her chair, and scratched at her foot. Then she said, "Wilt thou get away?" and thought it was her dog. The hare scratched her foot for the second time, and she again said, "Wilt thou get away?" and thought it was her dog. But the hare did not let itself be turned from its purpose, and scratched her for the third time. Then she peeped down, and knew the hare by its collar. She took him on her lap, carried him into her chamber, and said, "Dear Hare, what dost thou want?" He answered, "My master, who killed the dragon, is here, and has sent me to ask for a loaf of bread like that which the King eats." Then she was full of joy and had the baker summoned, and ordered him to bring a loaf such as was eaten by the King. The little hare said, "But the baker must likewise carry it thither for me, that the butchers' dogs may do no harm to me." The baker carried if for him as far as the door of the inn, and then the hare got on his hind legs, took the loaf in his front paws, and carried it to his master. Then said the huntsman, "Behold, sir host, the hundred pieces of gold are mine." The host was astonished, but the huntsman went on to say, "Yes, sir host, I have the bread, but now I will likewise have some of the King's roast meat."

The host said, "I should indeed like to see that," but he would make no more wagers. The huntsman called the fox and said, "My little fox, go and fetch me some roast meat, such as the King eats." The red fox knew the bye-ways better, and went by holes and corners without any dog seeing him, seated himself under the chair of the King's daughter, and scratched her foot. Then she looked down and recognized the fox by its collar, took him into her chamber with her and said, "Dear fox, what dost thou want?" He answered, "My master, who killed the dragon, is here, and has sent me. I am to ask for some roast meat such as the King is eating." Then she made the cook come, who was obliged to prepare a roast joint, the same as was eaten by the King, and to carry it for the fox as far as the door. Then the fox took the dish, waved away with his tail the flies which had settled on the meat, and then carried it to his master. "Behold, sir host," said the huntsman, "bread and meat are here but now I will also have proper vegetables with it, such as are eaten by the King." Then he called the wolf, and said, "Dear Wolf, go thither and fetch me vegetables such as the King eats." Then the wolf went straight to the palace, as he feared no one, and when he got to the King's daughter's chamber, he twitched at the back of her dress, so that she was forced to look round. She recognized him by his collar, and took him into her chamber with her, and said, "Dear Wolf, what dost thou want?" He answered, "My master, who killed the dragon, is here, I am to ask for some vegetables, such as the King eats." Then she made the cook come, and he had to make ready a dish of vegetables, such as the King ate, and had to carry it for the wolf as far as the door, and then the wolf took the dish from him, and carried it to his master. "Behold, sir host," said the huntsman, "now I have bread and meat and vegetables, but I will also have some pastry to eat like that which the King eats." He called the bear, and said, "Dear Bear, thou art fond of licking anything sweet; go and bring me some confectionery, such as the King eats." Then the bear trotted to the palace, and every one got out of his way, but when he went to the guard, they presented their muskets, and would not let him go into the royal palace. But he got up on his hind legs, and gave them a few boxes on the ears, right and left, with his paws, so that the whole watch broke up, and then he went straight to the King's daughter, placed himself behind her, and growled a little. Then she looked behind her, knew the bear, and bade him go into her room with her, and said, "Dear Bear, what dost thou want?" He answered, "My master, who killed the dragon, is here, and I am to ask for some confectionery, such as the King eats." Then she summoned her confectioner, who had to bake confectionery such as the King ate, and carry it to the door for the bear; then the bear first licked up the comfits which had rolled down, and then he stood upright, took the dish, and carried it to his master. "Behold, sir host," said the huntsman, "now I have bread, meat, vegetables and confectionery, but I will drink wine also, and such as the King drinks." He called his lion to him and said, "Dear Lion, thou thyself likest to drink till thou art intoxicated, go and fetch me some wine, such as is drunk by the King." Then the lion strode through the streets, and the people fled from him, and when he came to the watch, they wanted to bar the way against him, but he did but roar once, and they all ran away. Then the lion went to the royal apartment, and knocked at the door with his tail. Then the King's daughter came forth, and was almost afraid of the lion, but she knew him by the golden clasp of her necklace, and bade him go with her into her chamber, and said, "Dear Lion, what wilt thou have?" He answered, "My master, who killed the dragon, is here, and I am to ask for some wine such as is drunk by the King." Then she bade the cup-bearer be called, who was to give the lion some wine like that which was drunk by the King. The lion said, "I will go with him, and see that I get the right wine." Then he went down with the cup-bearer, and when they were below, the cup-bearer wanted to draw him some of the common wine that was drunk by the King's servants, but the lion said, "Stop, I will taste the wine first," and he drew half a measure, and swallowed it down at one draught. "No," said he, "that is not right." The cup-bearer looked at him askance, but went on, and was about to give him some out of another barrel which was for the King's marshal. The lion said, "Stop, let me taste the wine first," and drew half a measure and drank it. "That is better, but still not right," said he. Then the cup-bearer grew angry and said, "How can a stupid animal like you understand wine?" But the lion gave him a blow behind the ears, which made him fall down by no means gently, and when he had got up again, he conducted the lion quite silently into a little cellar apart, where the King's wine lay, from which no one ever drank. The lion first drew half a measure and tried the wine, and then he said, That may possibly be the right sort, and bade the cup-bearer fill six bottles of it. And now they went upstairs again, but when the lion came out of the cellar into the open air, he reeled here and there, and was rather drunk, and the cup-bearer was forced to carry the wine as far as the door for him, and then the lion took the handle of the basket in his mouth, and took it to his master. The huntsman said, "Behold, sir host, here have I bread, meat, vegetables, confectionery and wine such as the King has, and now I will dine with my animals," and he sat down and ate and drank, and gave the hare, the fox, the wolf, the bear, and the lion also to eat and to drink, and was joyful, for he saw that the King's daughter still loved him. And when he had finished his dinner, he said, "Sir host, now have I eaten and drunk, as the King eats and drinks, and now I will go to the King's court and marry the King's daughter." Said the host, "How can that be, when she already has a betrothed husband, and when the wedding is to be solemnized to-day?" Then the huntsman drew forth the handkerchief which the King's daughter had given him on the dragon's hill, and in which were folded the monster's seven tongues, and said, "That which I hold in my hand shall help me to do it." Then the innkeeper looked at the handkerchief, and said, "Whatever I believe, I do not believe that, and I am willing to stake my house and courtyard on it." The huntsman, however, took a bag with a thousand gold pieces, put it on the table, and said, "I stake that on it."

Now the King said to his daughter, at the royal table, "What did all the wild animals want, which have been coming to thee, and going in and out of my palace?" She replied, "I may not tell you, but send and have the master of these animals brought, and you will do well." The King sent a servant to the inn, and invited the stranger, and the servant came just as the huntsman had laid his wager with the innkeeper. Then said he, "Behold, sir host, now the King sends his servant and invites me, but I do not go in this way." And he said to the servant, "I request the Lord King to send me royal clothing, and a carriage with six horses, and servants to attend me." When the King heard the answer, he said to his daughter, "What shall I do?" She said, "Cause him to be fetched as he desires to be, and you will do well." Then the King sent royal apparel, a carriage with six horses, and servants to wait on him. When the huntsman saw them coming, he said, "Behold, sir host, now I am fetched as I desired to be," and he put on the royal garments, took the handkerchief with the dragon's tongues with him, and drove off to the King. When the King saw him coming, he said to his daughter, "How shall I receive him?" She answered, "Go to meet him and you will do well." Then the King went to meet him and led him in, and his animals followed. The King gave him a seat near himself and his daughter, and the marshal, as bridegroom, sat on the other side, but no longer knew the huntsman. And now at this very moment, the seven heads of the dragon were brought in as a spectacle, and the King said, "The seven heads were cut off the dragon by the marshal, wherefore to-day I give him my daughter to wife." The huntsman stood up, opened the seven mouths, and said, "Where are the seven tongues of the dragon?" Then was the marshal terrified, and grew pale and knew not what answer he should make, and at length in his anguish he said, "Dragons have no tongues." The huntsman said, "Liars ought to have none, but the dragon's tongues are the tokens of the victor," and he unfolded the handkerchief, and there lay all seven inside it. And he put each tongue in the mouth to which it belonged, and it fitted exactly. Then he took the handkerchief on which the name of the princess was embroidered, and showed it to the maiden, and asked to whom she had given it, and she replied, "To him who killed the dragon." And then he called his animals, and took the collar off each of them and the golden clasp from the lion, and showed them to the maiden and asked to whom they belonged. She answered, "The necklace and golden clasp were mine, but I divided them among the animals who helped to conquer the dragon." Then spake the huntsman, "When I, tired with the fight, was resting and sleeping, the marshal came and cut off my head. Then he carried away the King's daughter, and gave out that it was he who had killed the dragon, but that he lied I prove with the tongues, the handkerchief, and the necklace." And then he related how his animals had healed him by means of a wonderful root, and how he had travelled about with them for one year, and had at length again come there and had learnt the treachery of the marshal by the inn-keeper's story. Then the King asked his daughter, "Is it true that this man killed the dragon?" And she answered, "Yes, it is true. Now can I reveal the wicked deed of the marshal, as it has come to light without my connivance, for he wrung from me a promise to be silent. For this reason, however, did I make the condition that the marriage should not be solemnized for a year and a day." Then the King bade twelve councillors be summoned who were to pronounce judgment on the marshal, and they sentenced him to be torn to pieces by four bulls. The marshal was therefore executed, but the King gave his daughter to the huntsman, and named him his viceroy over the whole kingdom. The wedding was celebrated with great joy, and the young King caused his father and his foster-father to be brought, and loaded them with treasures. Neither did he forget the inn-keeper, but sent for him and said, "Behold, sir host, I have married the King's daughter, and your house and yard are mine." The host said, "Yes, according to justice it is so." But the young King said, "It shall be done according to mercy," and told him that he should keep his house and yard, and gave him the thousand pieces of gold as well.

And now the young King and Queen were thoroughly happy, and lived in gladness together. He often went out hunting because it was a delight to him, and the faithful animals had to accompany him. In the neighborhood, however, there was a forest of which it was reported that it was haunted, and that whosoever did but enter it did not easily get out again. The young King, however, had a great inclination to hunt in it, and let the old King have no peace until he allowed him to do so. So he rode forth with a great following, and when he came to the forest, he saw a snow-white hart and said to his people, "Wait here until I return, I want to chase that beautiful creature," and he rode into the forest after it, followed only by his animals. The attendants halted and waited until evening, but he did not return, so they rode home, and told the young Queen that the young King had followed a white hart into the enchanted forest, and had not come back again. Then she was in the greatest concern about him. He, however, had still continued to ride on and on after the beautiful wild animal, and had never been able to overtake it; when he thought he was near enough to aim, he instantly saw it bound away into the far distance, and at length it vanished altogether. And now he perceived that he had penetrated deep into the forest, and blew his horn but he received no answer, for his attendants could not hear it. And as night, too, was falling, he saw that he could not get home that day, so he dismounted from his horse, lighted himself a fire near a tree, and resolved to spend the night by it. While he was sitting by the fire, and his animals also were lying down beside him, it seemed to him that he heard a human voice. He looked round, but could perceived nothing. Soon afterwards, he again heard a groan as if from above, and then he looked up, and saw an old woman sitting in the tree, who wailed unceasingly, "Oh, oh, oh, how cold I am!" Said he, "Come down, and warm thyself if thou art cold." But she said, "No, thy animals will bite me." He answered, "They will do thee no harm, old mother, do come down." She, however, was a witch, and said, "I will throw down a wand from the tree, and if thou strikest them on the back with it, they will do me no harm." Then she threw him a small wand, and he struck them with it, and instantly they lay still and were turned into stone. And when the witch was safe from the animals, she leapt down and touched him also with a wand, and changed him to stone. Thereupon she laughed, and dragged him and the animals into a vault, where many more such stones already lay.

As, however, the young King did not come back at all, the Queen's anguish and care grew constantly greater. And it so happened that at this very time the other brother who had turned to the east when they separated, came into the kingdom. He had sought a situation, and had found none, and had then travelled about here and there, and had made his animals dance. Then it came into his mind that he would just go and look at the knife that they had thrust in the trunk of a tree at their parting, that he might learn how his brother was. When he got there his brother's side of the knife was half rusted, and half bright. Then he was alarmed and thought, "A great misfortune must have befallen my brother, but perhaps I can still save him, for half the knife is still bright." He and his animals travelled towards the west, and when he entered the gate of the town, the guard came to meet him, and asked if he was to announce him to his consort the young Queen, who had for a couple of days been in the greatest sorrow about his staying away, and was afraid he had been killed in the enchanted forest? The sentries, indeed, thought no otherwise than that he was the young King himself, for he looked so like him, and had wild animals running behind him. Then he saw that they were speaking of his brother, and thought, "It will be better if I pass myself off for him, and then I can rescue him more easily." So he allowed himself to be escorted into the castle by the guard, and was received with the greatest joy. The young Queen indeed thought that he was her husband, and asked him why he had stayed away so long. He answered, "I had lost myself in a forest, and could not find my way out again any sooner." At night he was taken to the royal bed, but he laid a two-edged sword between him and the young Queen; she did not know what that could mean, but did not venture to ask.

He remained in the palace a couple of days, and in the meantime inquired into everything which related to the enchanted forest, and at last he said, "I must hunt there once more." The King and the young Queen wanted to persuade him not to do it, but he stood out against them, and went forth with a larger following. When he had got into the forest, it fared with him as with his brother; he saw a white hart and said to his people, "Stay here, and wait until I return, I want to chase the lovely wild beast," and then he rode into the forest and his animals ran after him. But he could not overtake the hart, and got so deep into the forest that he was forced to pass the night there. And when he had lighted a fire, he heard some one wailing above him, "Oh, oh, oh, how cold I am!" Then he looked up, and the self-same witch was sitting in the tree. Said he, "If thou art cold, come down, little old mother, and warm thyself." She answered, "No, thy animals will bite me." But he said, "They will not hurt thee." Then she cried, "I will throw down a wand to thee, and if thou smitest them with it they will do me no harm." When the huntsman heard that, he had no confidence in the old woman, and said, "I will not strike my animals. Come down, or I will fetch thee." Then she cried, "What dost thou want? Thou shalt not touch me." But he replied, "If thou dost not come, I will shoot thee." Said she, "Shoot away, I do not fear thy bullets!" Then he aimed, and fired at her, but the witch was proof against all leaden bullets, and laughed, and yelled and cried, "Thou shalt not hit me." The huntsman knew what to do, tore three silver buttons off his coat, and loaded his gun with them, for against them her arts were useless, and when he fired she fell down at once with a scream. Then he set his foot on her and said, Old witch, if thou dost not instantly confess where my brother is, I will seize thee with both my hands and throw thee into the fire. She was in a great fright, begged for mercy and said, He and his animals lie in a vault, turned to stone. Then he compelled her to go thither with him, threatened her, and said, Old sea-cat, now shalt thou make my brother and all the human beings lying here, alive again, or thou shalt go into the fire! She took a wand and touched the stones, and then his brother with his animals came to life again, and many others, merchants, artizans, and shepherds, arose, thanked him for their deliverance, and went to their homes. But when the twin brothers saw each other again, they kissed each other and rejoiced with all their hearts. Then they seized the witch, bound her and laid her on the fire, and when she was burnt the forest opened of its own accord, and was light and clear, and the King's palace could be seen at about the distance of a three hours walk.
Thereupon the two brothers went home together, and on the way told each other their histories. And when the youngest said that he was ruler of the whole country in the King's stead, the other observed, "That I remarked very well, for when I came to the town, and was taken for thee, all royal honours were paid me; the young Queen looked on me as her husband, and I had to eat at her side, and sleep in thy bed." When the other heard that, he became so jealous and angry that he drew his sword, and struck off his brother's head. But when he saw him lying there dead, and saw his red blood flowing, he repented most violently: "My brother delivered me," cried he, "and I have killed him for it," and he bewailed him aloud. Then his hare came and offered to go and bring some of the root of life, and bounded away and brought it while yet there was time, and the dead man was brought to life again, and knew nothing about the wound.

After this they journeyed onwards, and the youngest said, "Thou lookest like me, hast royal apparel on as I have, and the animals follow thee as they do me; we will go in by opposite gates, and arrive at the same time from the two sides in the aged King's presence." So they separated, and at the same time came the watchmen from the one door and from the other, and announced that the young King and the animals had returned from the chase. The King said, "It is not possible, the gates lie quite a mile apart." In the meantime, however, the two brothers entered the courtyard of the palace from opposite sides, and both mounted the steps. Then the King said to the daughter, "Say which is thy husband. Each of them looks exactly like the other, I cannot tell." Then she was in great distress, and could not tell; but at last she remembered the necklace which she had given to the animals, and she sought for and found her little golden clasp on the lion, and she cried in her delight, "He who is followed by this lion is my true husband." Then the young King laughed and said, "Yes, he is the right one," and they sat down together to table, and ate and drank, and were merry. At night when the young King went to bed, his wife said, "Why hast thou for these last nights always laid a two-edged sword in our bed? I thought thou hadst a wish to kill me." Then he knew how true his brother had been.




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