ENGLISH

The three feathers

DANSK

De tre fjer


There was once on a time a King who had three sons, of whom two were clever and wise, but the third did not speak much, and was simple, and was called the Simpleton. When the King had become old and weak, and was thinking of his end, he did not know which of his sons should inherit the kingdom after him. Then he said to them: "Go forth, and he who brings me the most beautiful carpet shall be King after my death." And that there should be no dispute amongst them, he took them outside his castle, blew three feathers in the air, and said: "You shall go as they fly." One feather flew to the east, the other to the west, but the third flew straight up and did not fly far, but soon fell to the ground. And now one brother went to the right, and the other to the left, and they mocked Simpleton, who was forced to stay where the third feather had fallen.
Der var engang en konge, som havde tre sønner. De to var kloge og flinke fyre, men den tredie sagde ikke ret meget og var temmelig enfoldig. Han hed Tosseper. Da kongen blev gammel og svag og mærkede, at hans død nærmede sig, vidste han ikke, hvem af hans sønner der skulle arve riget, og han sagde da til dem: "Drag ud i verden. Den der bringer mig det smukkeste tæppe, skal være konge efter min død." For at de ikke skulle blive uenige, gik han med dem udenfor slottet blæste tre fjer op i luften og sagde: "I skal drage i den retning, de flyver." Den ene fløj mod øst, den anden mod vest, den tredie fløj lige op i vejret og faldt ned et øjeblik efter. Den ene gik nu til højre og den anden til venstre, og de lo rigtigt ad Tosseper, som måtte blive hjemme, hvor den tredie fjer var faldet.


He sat down and was sad, then all at once he saw that there was a trap-door close by the feather. He raised it up, found some steps, and went down them, and then he came to another door, knocked at it, and heard somebody inside calling:
Tosseper satte sig ned og var meget bedrøvet. Pludselig så han, at der var en lem lige ved siden af fjeren, og da han løftede den op, var der en trappe, som han gik ned ad. Han kom da til en dør, og da han bankede på, hørte han nogen råbe:


"Little green maiden small,
"Jomfru grøn, jomfru skær,

Hopping,
sprinkelben kær,

Hopping hither and thither;
sprinkelbens hund,

Hop to the door,
sprinkel, vær ej sen,

And quickly see who is there."
se efter, hvem der banker, brug dine ben."


The door opened, and he saw a great, fat toad sitting, and round about her a crowd of little toads. The fat toad asked what he wanted? He answered: "I should like to have the prettiest and finest carpet in the world." Then she called a young one and said:
Døren gik op og indenfor sad der en stor skrubtudse og en hel masse små. Den tykke spurgte, hvad han ville, og han sagde da: "Jeg ville gerne have det smukkeste tæppe i verden." Den store skrubtudse kaldte da på en af de små og sagde:


"Little green maiden small,
"Jomfru grøn, jomfru skær,

Hopping,
sprinkelben kær,

Hopping hither and thither,
sprinkelbens hund,

Hop quickly and bring me
sprinkel vær ej sen,

The great box here."
den store æske hid, brug dine ben."


The young toad brought the box, and the fat toad opened it, and gave Simpleton a carpet out of it, so beautiful and so fine, that on the earth above, none could have been woven like it. Then he thanked her, and ascended again.
Den lille hentede æsken og den tykke lukkede den op og gav Tosseper et tæppe, som var meget smukkere og finere end nogetsomhelst tæppe oppe på jorden. Tosseper takkede mange gange og gik op igen.


The two others had, however, looked on their youngest brother as so stupid that they believed he would find and bring nothing at all. "Why should we give ourselves a great deal of trouble to search?" said they, and got some coarse handkerchiefs from the first shepherds' wives whom they met, and carried them home to the King. At the same time Simpleton also came back, and brought his beautiful carpet, and when the King saw it he was astonished, and said: "If justice be done, the kingdom belongs to the youngest." But the two others let their father have no peace, and said that it was impossible that Simpleton, who in everything lacked understanding, should be King, and entreated him to make a new agreement with them. Then the father said: "He who brings me the most beautiful ring shall inherit the kingdom," and led the three brothers out, and blew into the air three feathers, which they were to follow. Those of the two eldest again went east and west, and Simpleton's feather flew straight up, and fell down near the door into the earth. Then he went down again to the fat toad, and told her that he wanted the most beautiful ring. She at once ordered her great box to be brought, and gave him a ring out of it, which sparkled with jewels, and was so beautiful that no goldsmith on earth would have been able to make it. The two eldest laughed at Simpleton for going to seek a golden ring. They gave themselves no trouble, but knocked the nails out of an old carriage-ring, and took it to the King; but when Simpleton produced his golden ring, his father again said, "The kingdom belongs to him." The two eldest did not cease from tormenting the King until he made a third condition, and declared that the one who brought the most beautiful woman home, should have the kingdom. He again blew the three feathers into the air, and they flew as before.
De to andre brødre havde imidlertid tænkt, at den yngste bror var sådan et fæ, at han slet ikke ville prøve på at finde noget. "Hvorfor skulle vi gøre os nogen videre ulejlighed," sagde de, og af den første den bedste bondekone købte de et af de grove tørklæder, hun havde på, og bragte det til kongen. På samme tid kom Tosseper med sit smukke tæppe. Kongen blev meget forbavset, da han så det, og sagde: "Ja, hvis jeg skal være retfærdig må riget jo tilfalde dig." Men de to andre blev ved at forestille ham, at Tosseper, der ikke havde forstand på nogen verdens ting, umulig kunne blive konge, og bad ham stille en ny betingelse. "Så skal den arve riget, som bringer mig den smukkeste ring," sagde kongen, gik ud med sine tre sønner og blæste igen tre fjer op i luften. De to ældste drog atter mod øst og vest, men Tossepers fjer faldt igen lige ned ved siden af lemmen. Han lukkede den op og gik ned til den tykke skrubtudse og bad om ringen. Hun lod straks sin store æske hente og gav ham en ring, som strålede af ædelstene og var så smuk, at ingen guldsmed på jorden kunne lave mage til den. De to ældste lo ved tanken om, at Tosseper skulle finde en guldring, og gjorde sig ingen ulejlighed, men bankede sømmene ud af en vognring og bragte den til kongen. Da Tosseper kom med sin guldring sagde kongen igen: "Riget tilhører ham," men de to ældste blev ved at plage kongen, til han satte endnu en tredie betingelse. Den, der fandt den smukkeste brud, skulle arve riget. Han blæste igen de tre fjer op i luften og de faldt som før.


Then Simpleton without more ado went down to the fat toad, and said: "I am to take home the most beautiful woman!" - "Oh," answered the toad, "the most beautiful woman! She is not at hand at the moment, but still thou shalt have her." She gave him a yellow turnip which had been hollowed out, to which six mice were harnessed. Then Simpleton said quite mournfully: "What am I to do with that?" The toad answered: "Just put one of my little toads into it." Then he seized one at random out of the circle, and put her into the yellow coach, but hardly was she seated inside it than she turned into a wonderfully beautiful maiden, and the turnip into a coach, and the six mice into horses. So he kissed her, and drove off quickly with the horses, and took her to the King. His brothers came afterwards; they had given themselves no trouble at all to seek beautiful girls, but had brought with them the first peasant women they chanced to meet. When the King saw them he said: "After my death the kingdom belongs to my youngest son." But the two eldest deafened the King's ears afresh with their clamour, "We cannot consent to Simpleton's being King," and demanded that the one whose wife could leap through a ring which hung in the centre of the hall should have the preference. They thought: "The peasant women can do that easily; they are strong enough, but the delicate maiden will jump herself to death." The aged King agreed likewise to this. Then the two peasant women jumped, and jumped through the ring, but were so stout that they fell, and their coarse arms and legs broke in two. And then the pretty maiden whom Simpleton had brought with him, sprang, and sprang through as lightly as a deer, and all opposition had to cease. So he received the crown, and has ruled wisely for a length of time.
Tosseper gik lige ned til den tykke skrubtudse og sagde: "Jeg skal vinde den dejligste kvinde i verden." - "Ja," sagde skrubtudsen, "hun er jo ikke sådan at få fat på, men du skal have hende alligevel." Hun gav ham en udhulet gulerod, forspændt med seks mus, og Tosseper sagde ganske bedrøvet: "Hvad skal jeg dog med den?" - "Sæt en af mine små skrubtudser op i den," sagde den tykke. Han greb en af dem på må og få, men næppe havde han sat den i den gule karet, før den blev til den dejligste pige, guleroden blev til en vogn og de seks små mus til heste. Han kyssede hende da og bragte hende til kongen. Lidt efter kom hans brødre, som aldeles ikke havde gjort sig nogen ulejlighed, men taget den første den bedste bondepige. Kongen sagde øjeblikkelig, at riget skulle tilfalde Tosseper. Men de to ældste tudede ham igen ørerne fulde og sagde, de umuligt kunne finde sig i, at Tosseper blev konge. Til sidst fik de ham til at bestemme, at den skulle være konge, hvis kone kunne springe igennem en ring, som hang i salen. "Bondepigerne er så stærke, så de kan nok tåle det," tænkte de, "men den fine, lille pige slår sig ihjel." Men da bønderpigerne skulle springe bar de sig så klodset ad, at de faldt og brækkede arme og ben. Men Tossepers dejlige brud sprang så let som en hind, og nu måtte brødrene bøje sig. Tosseper blev konge og regerede længe og klogt.





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