从前有一位王后，她有一个还在怀里抱着的小女儿。 小姑娘总是调皮不老实，妈妈只能顺着她的性子劝她，可是小姑娘就是不听话。 后来，妈妈不耐烦了，正好看见一群乌鸦在皇宫四周飞翔，她就打开窗户狠狠地说："你要是一只乌鸦的话，你还会飞走，我就可以安静一会儿。"没想到她的话音未落，小姑娘就变成了一只乌鸦，从她的怀里飞出了窗外。 它飞进了黑糊糊的森林里，在里面呆了很久，从此父母亲再也没有得到小姑娘的任何消息。 有一天，有一个人在森林中赶路，他听到了乌鸦的哭声，便随着声音找寻，他走近后，乌鸦哭着说："我是国王的亲生女儿，现在被妖魔附身，只有你可以救我。""我能作什么？"他问道。 她告诉他："继续往前走，在林子深处你会发现一栋房子，里面坐着一位老妇人，她会给你吃的喝的，可是你千万不要接受。因为一旦你吃了或者喝了她的任何东西，你就会立刻进入睡眠状态，这样你就无法解救我了。在房子后面的花园里有一大堆树皮，你要站在那堆树皮上等我。连续三天，每天下午二点，我都会赶着马车去。头一天拉车的是四匹白马，第二天是四匹栗色马，最后一天是四匹黑马。如果你没醒着，而是睡着了，我可就无法逃脱啦。"那男子保证按她的话去做，可是乌鸦却悲伤地说："天哪！我早就知道你救不了我，你会接受那妇人的东西。"然而那男子再次许诺乌鸦无论是吃的还是喝的，他都决不碰一下。 当他进了房子，老妇人便招呼他："可怜的人儿，看你都累成什么样了，快来吃点儿喝点儿，补充一下体力。""不，"那人拒绝说，"我不吃也不喝。"可是她纠缠不停，劝道："你不吃也行，可是这杯水你得喝了，一杯水算不了什么。"最后，他实在无法拒绝，就把水喝了。 下午二点之前，他走进花园，到树皮堆上等待乌鸦。 他站在那里，立刻感到困意袭来，而且越来越困，使他无法抵御，于是就躺下来想小歇一会儿，但不想睡着。 然而当他一躺倒，眼皮就自动合上，立刻睡着了，他睡得如此深沉，世界上任何事物都不能叫醒他了。 二点整，乌鸦驾着四匹白马拉的车来了，她感到了深深的忧伤："我知道他在睡觉。"当她进入花园，发现他确实躺在树皮堆上睡着觉。 发现她从马车上下来，走到他身边，摇他，叫他，可他就是醒不了。 第二天快到中午时分，老太婆又来了，并给他带来食物和水，可他即不吃也不喝。 老太婆仍旧纠缠不休，结果他又喝了一杯水。 近二点时分，他到花园的树皮堆上等待乌鸦，此刻他感到睡意浓浓，四肢乏力，他实在是无力坚持，便倒在地上，深深地睡去了。 当乌鸦赶着四匹棕色的马来时，她又是满心悲伤地说道："我知道他在睡觉。"她走到他身边，仍发现他躺在那里睡觉，无论如何也唤不醒他。 第三天，老太婆问这是怎么回事？ 他为什么不吃不喝，是不是想死？ 他回答："我不能吃喝，而且我也不想。"可是她把一碟食物和一杯酒摆在他面前，他抵制不了那香喷喷的味道，便大大地喝了一口酒。 时间到了，他来到花园中的树皮堆上，等待国王的女儿。 可是他感到比昨天还要困，于是躺下像一块石头似的睡了过去。 二点钟，乌鸦乘着一辆由一个黑车夫赶着四匹黑马拉的黑车来了。 她别提有多难过了，说："我知道他睡着了，救不了我。"她走到他身边，他睡得正香甜。 她摇晃着他，叫着他，可是她无法唤醒他。 无奈之际，她在他的身边放了一条面包，一块肉和一瓶酒，他可以随时享用，能吃多少就吃多少，而它们不会减少。 然后她从手指上取下一枚刻有自己名字的金戒指，戴在他的手指上。 最后在他的身边，她放了一封信，信里写到她给他的东西都是永远不会减少的。 她还写道："我非常清楚在此地你是永远也救不了我，如果你仍愿意的话，就请去斯特朗堡的金宫，我百分之百地相信那里蕴藏着你的力量。"当她把这些东西都放妥当后，便坐上马车向斯特朗堡的金宫驶去。
There was once upon a time a Queen who had a little daughter who was still so young that she had to be carried. One day the child was naughty, and the mother might say what she liked, but the child would not be quiet. Then she became impatient, and as the ravens were flying about the palace, she opened the window and said, "I wish you were a raven and would fly away, and then I should have some rest." Scarcely had she spoken the words, before the child was changed into a raven, and flew from her arms out of the window. It flew into a dark forest, and stayed in it a long time, and the parents heard nothing of their child. Then one day a man was on his way through this forest and heard the raven crying, and followed the voice, and when he came nearer, the bird said, "I am a king's daughter by birth, and am bewitched, but thou canst set me free." - "What am I to do," asked he. She said, "Go further into the forest, and thou wilt find a house, wherein sits an aged woman, who will offer thee meat and drink, but you must accept nothing, for if you eatest and drinkest anything, thou wilt fall into a sleep, and then thou wilt not be able to deliver me. In the garden behind the house there is a great heap of tan, and on this thou shalt stand and wait for me. For three days I will come every afternoon at two o'clock in a carriage. On the first day four white horses will be harnessed to it, then four chestnut horses, and lastly four black ones; but if thou art not awake, but sleeping, I shall not be set free." The man promised to do everything that she desired, but the raven said, alas, "I know already that thou wilt not deliver me; thou wilt accept something from the woman." Then the man once more promised that he would certainly not touch anything either to eat or to drink. But when he entered the house the old woman came to him and said, "Poor man, how faint you are; come and refresh yourself; eat and drink." - "No," said the man, "I will not eat or drink." She, however, let him have no peace, and said, "If you will not eat, take one drink out of the glass; one is nothing." Then he let himself be persuaded, and drank. Shortly before two o'clock in the afternoon he went into the garden to the tan heap to wait for the raven. As he was standing there, his weariness all at once became so great that he could not struggle against it, and lay down for a short time, but he was determined not to go to sleep. Hardly, however, had he lain down, than his eyes closed of their own accord, and he fell asleep and slept so soundly that nothing in the world could have aroused him. At two o'clock the raven came driving up with four white horses, but she was already in deep grief and said, "I know he is asleep." And when she came into the garden, he was indeed lying there asleep on the heap of tan. She alighted from the carriage, went to him, shook him, and called him, but he did not awake. Next day about noon, the old woman came again and brought him food and drink, but he would not take any of it. But she let him have no rest and persuaded him until at length he again took one drink out of the glass. Towards two o'clock he went into the garden to the tan heap to wait for the raven, but all at once felt such a great weariness that his limbs would no longer support him. He could not help himself, and was forced to lie down, and fell into a heavy sleep. When the raven drove up with four brown horses, she was already full of grief, and said, "I know he is asleep." She went to him, but there he lay sleeping, and there was no wakening him. Next day the old woman asked what was the meaning of this? He was neither eating nor drinking anything; did he want to die? He replied, "I am not allowed to eat or drink, and will not do so." But she set a dish with food, and a glass with wine before him, and when he smelt it he could not resist, and swallowed a deep draught. When the time came, he went out into the garden to the heap of tan, and waited for the King's daughter; but he became still more weary than on the day before, and lay down and slept as soundly as if he had been a stone. At two o'clock the raven came with four black horses, and the coachman and everything else was black. She was already in the deepest grief, and said, "I know that he is asleep and cannot deliver me." When she came to him, there he was lying fast asleep. She shook him and called him, but she could not waken him. Then she laid a loaf beside him, and after that a piece of meat, and thirdly a bottle of wine, and he might consume as much of all of them as he liked, but they would never grow less. After this she took a gold ring from her finger, and put it on his, and her name was graven on it. Lastly, she laid a letter beside him wherein was written what she had given him, and that none of the things would ever grow less; and in it was also written, "I see right well that here you will never be able to deliver me, but if thou art still willing to deliver me, come to the golden castle of Stromberg; it lies in thy power, of that I am certain." And when she had given him all these things, she seated herself in her carriage, and drove to the golden castle of Stromberg.
那男子醒来后，方知道自己又睡过了头，他后悔不及，说道："她一定来过了，可我没能解救她。"他发现了身边的东西，读过信后，明白了事情的全部经过。 于是他站起身来，上了路，准备去斯特朗堡的金宫，可是他不认识路。 他在世界上转悠了好长时间，后来走进了一座黑沉沉的森林，在里面走了十四天，仍然找不到出来的路。 又是一个夜晚降临了，他疲惫不堪，一头扎在灌木丛中就睡着了。 第二天，他继续赶路，到了晚上，就在他准备躺在树下睡觉的时候，一阵哭喊声搅得他再也睡不着。 这时有人点燃了蜡烛，他看见了一丝烛光，便起身向前走去。 他走到了一栋看起来非常小的房子前，因为门前站了一个硕大的巨人。 他暗想："如果我走进去，让那个大个子看见我，我的命说不定就完了。"
When the man awoke and saw that he had slept, he was sad at heart, and said, "She has certainly driven by, and I have not set her free." Then he perceived the things which were lying beside him, and read the letter wherein was written how everything had happened. So he arose and went away, intending to go to the golden castle of Stromberg, but he did not know where it was. After he had walked about the world for a long time, he entered into a dark forest, and walked for fourteen days, and still could not find his way out. Then it was once more evening, and he was so tired that he lay down in a thicket and fell asleep. Next day he went onwards, and in the evening, as he was again about to lie down beneath some bushes, he heard such a howling and crying that he could not go to sleep. And at the time when people light the candles, he saw one glimmering, and arose and went towards it. Then he came to a house which seemed very small, for in front of it a great giant was standing. He thought to himself, "If I go in, and the giant sees me, it will very likely cost me my life."
后来他冒险走了进去。 那巨人看见了他并对他说："你来了十分好，我已经有挺长的时间没吃东西了，正好当我的晚饭。""我劝你别这样，"那男子答道："我可不愿意被别人吃了，如果你真的饿了，我有足够的东西让你吃饱。""此话当真？"巨人说，"你别紧张，我是一无所有了，才准备吃你。"他们进屋在桌旁坐下，男子取出了永远吃不完的面包、酒和肉。 "这可真不错。"巨人高兴地说，一阵狼吞虎咽。 然后男子问他："你知道斯特朗堡的金宫在哪儿吗？"巨人答："我得看看我的地图，上面标有全部的城镇、村庄和房屋。"他在屋里找出地图，查找金宫，可是没找着。 "没关系！"他说："楼上的柜子里有更大的地图，咱们再找找看。"可是仍旧白费力气。 男子这时准备走了，可是巨人央求他再等几天，说他哥哥出去筹办物资了，等他回来。 等他哥哥到家，他们便问斯特朗堡的金宫在何处，他哥哥答道："让我先酒足饭饱了，再看看地图。"饭后，他们一起去他的卧室，在他的地图上查找，可是没能找到。 于是他又取出更老的地图，找呀找，终于找到了斯特朗堡的金宫，可是有好几千哩远呢。 "我可怎么去呀？"男子叹道。 巨人说："我用两个小时可以把你带到那个地区，但是到了那儿，我就得赶紧回家给我们的孩子喂奶。"于是巨人将男子带到距金宫几里路的地方，对他说："快到了，你可以轻轻松松地一个人去了。"说完他转身离去了。 男子日夜兼程地赶路，最后终于到了斯特朗堡的金宫。 金宫座落在一座玻璃山上，妖魔附身的姑娘赶着她的马车围着金宫的四周转，然后才进入宫里。 他看见她很兴奋，想爬上去见她，可是老从玻璃上滑下来，怎么也爬不上去。 近在眼前而无法接近，这使他焦急万分，最后无可奈何的他只好下决心："住在山脚下等她。"于是他搭了一个棚子，在里面住了整整一年，每天看着国王的女儿在山上驾车游荡，可就是无法靠近。
一天，他在棚子里看见外面有三个强盗在打架，就喊了一声："上帝与你们同在！"他们听到喊声后住了手，可是没发现一个人，于是就又互相打了起来 ，打得你死我活。 他只好又喊了一声："上帝与你们同在！"他们又停了手，还是没看见有谁，便又相互打。 第三次，他又喊了一声："上帝与你们同在！"尔后，他想："我得去看看他们为什么打架。"于是就走过去问他们为何事如此拼死拼活地打架。 其中一个说他找到一根棍子，只要用它敲打任何一扇门，门立即就开。 第二个说他发现一件斗篷，谁要是穿上了它，就会成为隐身人，第三个说得到一匹马，骑上它可以走遍天下，甚至能登上玻璃山。 现在的问题是他们不知道是应该共享这些东西呢，还是分给个人。 男子说："我没钱，但我有更值钱的东西。我给你们一样东西换这三样东西吧。但是首先我得作个试验看看你们是否讲了真话。"然后他们把他举上马背，给他披上斗篷，又将棍子递到他手里，等他把这些东西都弄到手，他们也看不见他了。 这时，他狠揍了他们一顿，边打边喊："你们这群流氓，这是你们活该，满意了吗？"说完，他骑马上了玻璃山。 他到了山顶的金宫前，发现门是关着的，于是用棍子敲了一下门，门立刻开了。 他进入宫内走上楼梯一直到了一间大厅，发现姑娘坐在里面，面前摆着一个盛着酒的金酒杯。 然而她却看不见他，因为他穿着那件斗篷。 他到了她跟前，从手指上摘下那枚她送给他的戒指，把戒指叮咚一声扔进了酒杯。 她叫喊着："那是我的戒指，准备解救我的男子一定在这儿。"他们搜遍了金宫也没有找到他，此时他却走到宫外，骑上马，摔掉了斗篷。 他们到了门前终于发现了他，便高兴地大声叫了起来。 他跳下马背，将国王的女儿一把搂到怀里，她一边吻着他一边说："你终于把我救出来了，明天我们就举行婚礼。"
At length he ventured it and went in. When the giant saw him, he said, "It is well that thou comest, for it is long since I have eaten; I will at once eat thee for my supper." - "I'd rather you would leave that alone," said the man, "I do not like to be eaten; but if thou hast any desire to eat, I have quite enough here to satisfy thee." - "If that be true," said the giant, "thou mayst be easy, I was only going to devour thee because I had nothing else." Then they went, and sat down to the table, and the man took out the bread, wine, and meat which would never come to an end. "This pleases me well," said the giant, and ate to his heart's content. Then the man said to him, Canst thou tell me where the golden castle of Stromberg is?" The giant said, "I will look at my map; all the towns, and villages, and houses are to be found on it." He brought out the map which he had in the room and looked for the castle, but it was not to be found on it. "It's no matter!" said he, "I have some still larger maps in my cupboard upstairs, and we will look in them." But there, too, it was in vain. The man now wanted to go onwards, but the giant begged him to wait a few days longer until his brother, who had gone out to bring some provisions, came home. When the brother came home they inquired about the golden castle of Stromberg. He replied, "When I have eaten and have had enough, I will look in the map." Then he went with them up to his chamber, and they searched in his map, but could not find it. Then he brought out still older maps, and they never rested until they found the golden castle of Stromberg, but it was many thousand miles away. "How am I to get there?" asked the man. The giant said, "I have two hours' time, during which I will carry you into the neighbourhood, but after that I must be at home to suckle the child that we have." So the giant carried the man to about a hundred leagues from the castle, and said, "Thou canst very well walk the rest of the way alone." And he turned back, but the man went onwards day and night, until at length he came to the golden castle of Stromberg. It stood on a glass-mountain, and the bewitched maiden drove in her carriage round the castle, and then went inside it. He rejoiced when he saw her and wanted to climb up to her, but when he began to do so he always slipped down the glass again. And when he saw that he could not reach her, he was filled with trouble, and said to himself, "I will stay down here below, and wait for her." So he built himself a hut and stayed in it for a whole year, and every day saw the King's daughter driving about above, but never could go to her. Then one day he saw from his hut three robbers who were beating each other, and cried to them, "God be with ye!" They stopped when they heard the cry, but as they saw no one, they once more began to beat each other, and that too most dangerously. So he again cried, "God be with ye!" Again they stopped, looked round about, but as they saw no one they went on beating each other. Then he cried for the third time, "God be with ye," and thought, "I must see what these three are about," and went thither and asked why they were beating each other so furiously. One of them said that he found a stick, and that when he struck a door with it, that door would spring open. The next said that he had found a mantle, and that whenever he put it on, he was invisible, but the third said he had found a horse on which a man could ride everywhere, even up the glass-mountain. And now they did not know whether they ought to have these things in common, or whether they ought to divide them. Then the man said, "I will give you something in exchange for these three things. Money indeed have I not, but I have other things of more value; but first I must try yours to see if you have told the truth." Then they put him on the horse, threw the mantle round him, and gave him the stick in his hand, and when he had all these things they were no longer able to see him. So he gave them some vigorous blows and cried, "Now, vagabonds, you have got what you deserve, are you satisfied?" And he rode up the glass-mountain, but when he came in front of the castle at the top, it was shut. Then he struck the door with his stick, and it sprang open immediately. He went in and ascended the stairs until he came to the hall where the maiden was sitting with a golden cup full of wine before her. She, however, could not see him because he had the mantle on. And when he came up to her, he drew from his finger the ring which she had given him, and threw it into the cup so that it rang. Then she cried, "That is my ring, so the man who is to set me free must be here." They searched the whole castle and did not find him, but he had gone out, and had seated himself on the horse and thrown off the mantle. When they came to the door, they saw him and cried aloud in their delight.* Then he alighted and took the King's daughter in his arms, but she kissed him and said, "Now hast thou set me free, and to-morrow we will celebrate our wedding."
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