The griffin


El Grifo

There was once upon a time a King, but where he reigned and what he was called, I do not know. He had no son, but an only daughter who had always been ill, and no doctor had been able to cure her. Then it was foretold to the King that his daughter should eat herself well with an apple. So he ordered it to be proclaimed throughout the whole of his kingdom, that whosoever brought his daughter an apple with which she could eat herself well, should have her to wife, and be King. This became known to a peasant who had three sons, and he said to the eldest, "Go out into the garden and take a basketful of those beautiful apples with the red cheeks and carry them to the court; perhaps the King's daughter will be able to eat herself well with them, and then thou wilt marry her and be King." The lad did so, and set out.
When he had gone a short way he met a little iron man who asked him what he had there in the basket, to which replied Uele, for so was he named, "Frogs' legs." On this the little man said, "Well, so shall it be, and remain," and went away. At length Uele arrived at the palace, and made it known that he had brought apples which would cure the King's daughter if she ate them. This delighted the King hugely, and he caused Uele to be brought before him; but, alas! when he opened the basket, instead of having apples in it he had frogs' legs which were still kicking about. On this the King grew angry, and had him driven out of the house. When he got home he told his father how it had fared with him. Then the father sent the next son, who was called Seame, but all went with him just as it had gone with Uele. He also met the little iron man, who asked what he had there in the basket. Seame said, "Hogs' bristles," and the iron man said, "well, so shall it be, and remain." When Seame got to the King's palace and said he brought apples with which the King's daughter might eat herself well, they did not want to let him go in, and said that one fellow had already been there, and had treated them as if they were fools. Seame, however, maintained that he certainly had the apples, and that they ought to let him go in. At length they believed him, and led him to the King. But when he uncovered the basket, he had but hogs' bristles. This enraged the King most terribly, so he caused Seame to be whipped out of the house. When he got home he related all that had befallen him, then the youngest boy, whose name was Hans, but who was always called Stupid Hans, came and asked his father if he might go with some apples. "Oh!" said the father, "thou wouldst be just the right fellow for such a thing! If the clever ones can't manage it, what canst thou do?" The boy, however, did not believe him, and said, "Indeed, father, I wish to go." - "Just get away, thou stupid fellow, thou must wait till thou art wiser," said the father to that, and turned his back. Hans, however, pulled at the back of his smock- frock and said, "Indeed, father, I wish to go." - "Well, then, so far as I am concerned thou mayst go, but thou wilt soon come home again!" replied the old man in a spiteful voice. The boy, however, was tremendously delighted and jumped for joy. "Well, act like a fool! thou growest more stupid every day!" said the father again. Hans, however, did not care about that, and did not let it spoil his pleasure, but as it was then night, he thought he might as well wait until the morrow, for he could not get to court that day. All night long he could not sleep in his bed, and if he did doze for a moment, he dreamt of beautiful maidens, of palaces, of gold, and of silver, and all kinds of things of that sort. Early in the morning, he went forth on his way, and directly afterwards the little shabby-looking man in his iron clothes, came to him and asked what he was carrying in the basket. Hans gave him the answer that he was carrying apples with which the King's daughter was to eat herself well. "Then," said the little man, "so shall they be, and remain." But at the court they would none of them let Hans go in, for they said two had already been there who had told them that they were bringing apples, and one of them had frogs' legs, and the other hogs' bristles. Hans, however, resolutely maintained that he most certainly had no frogs' legs, but some of the most beautiful apples in the whole kingdom. As he spoke so pleasantly, the door-keeper thought he could not be telling a lie, and asked him to go in, and he was right, for when Hans uncovered his basket in the King's presence, golden-yellow apples came tumbling out. The King was delighted, and caused some of them to be taken to his daughter, and then waited in anxious expectation until news should be brought to him of the effect they had. But before much time had passed by, news was brought to him: but who do you think it was who came? it was his daughter herself! As soon as she had eaten of those apples, she was cured, and sprang out of her bed. The joy the King felt cannot be described! but now he did not want to give his daughter in marriage to Hans, and said he must first make him a boat which would go quicker on dry land than on water. Hans agreed to the conditions, and went home, and related how it had fared with him. Then the father sent Uele into the forest to make a boat of that kind. He worked diligently, and whistled all the time. At mid-day, when the sun was at the highest, came the little iron man and asked what he was making? Uele gave him for answer, "Wooden bowls for the kitchen." The iron man said, "So it shall be, and remain." By evening Uele thought he had now made the boat, but when he wanted to get into it, he had nothing but wooden bowls. The next day Seame went into the forest, but everything went with him just as it had done with Uele. On the third day Stupid Hans went. He worked away most industriously, so that the whole forest resounded with the heavy strokes, and all the while he sang and whistled right merrily. At mid-day, when it was the hottest, the little man came again, and asked what he was making? "A boat which will go quicker on dry land than on the water," replied Hans, " and when I have finished it, I am to have the King's daughter for my wife." - "Well," said the little man, "such an one shall it be, and remain." In the evening, when the sun had turned into gold, Hans finished his boat, and all that was wanted for it. He got into it and rowed to the palace. The boat went as swiftly as the wind. The King saw it from afar, but would not give his daughter to Hans yet, and said he must first take a hundred hares out to pasture from early morning until late evening, and if one of them got away, he should not have his daughter. Hans was contented with this, and the next day went with his flock to the pasture, and took great care that none of them ran away.

Before many hours had passed came a servant from the palace, and told Hans that he must give her a hare instantly, for some visitors had come unexpectedly. Hans, however, was very well aware what that meant, and said he would not give her one; the King might set some hare soup before his guest next day. The maid, however, would not believe in his refusal, and at last she began to get angry with him. Then Hans said that if the King's daughter came herself, he would give her a hare. The maid told this in the palace, and the daughter did go herself. In the meantime, however, the little man came again to Hans, and asked him what he was doing there? He said he had to watch over a hundred hares and see that none of them ran away, and then he might marry the King's daughter and be King. "Good," said the little man, "there is a whistle for thee, and if one of them runs away, just whistle with it, and then it will come back again." When the King's daughter came, Hans gave her a hare into her apron; but when she had gone about a hundred steps with it, he whistled, and the hare jumped out of the apron, and before she could turn round was back to the flock again. When the evening came the hare-herd whistled once more, and looked to see if all were there, and then drove them to the palace. The King wondered how Hans had been able to take a hundred hares to graze without losing any of them; he would, however, not give him his daughter yet, and said he must now bring him a feather from the Griffin's tail. Hans set out at once, and walked straight forwards. In the evening he came to a castle, and there he asked for a night's lodging, for at that time there were no inns. The lord of the castle promised him that with much pleasure, and asked where he was going? Hans answered, "To the Griffin." - "Oh! to the Griffin! They tell me he knows everything, and I have lost the key of an iron money-chest; so you might be so good as to ask him where it is." - "Yes, indeed," said Hans, "I will do that." Early the next morning he went onwards, and on his way arrived at another castle in which he again stayed the night. When the people who lived there learnt that he was going to the Griffin, they said they had in the house a daughter who was ill, and that they had already tried every means to cure her, but none of them had done her any good, and he might be so kind as to ask the Griffin what would make their daughter healthy again? Hans said he would willingly do that, and went onwards. Then he came to a lake, and instead of a ferry-boat, a tall, tall man was there who had to carry everybody across. The man asked Hans whither he was journeying? "To the Griffin," said Hans. "Then when you get to him," said the man, "just ask him why I am forced to carry everybody over the lake." - "Yes, indeed, most certainly I'll do that," said Hans. Then the man took him up on his shoulders, and carried him across. At length Hans arrived at the Griffin's house, but the wife only was at home, and not the Griffin himself. Then the woman asked him what he wanted? Thereupon he told her everything;--that he had to get a feather out of the Griffin's tail, and that there was a castle where they had lost the key of their money-chest, and he was to ask the Griffin where it was?--that in another castle the daughter was ill, and he was to learn what would cure her?--and then not far from thence there was a lake and a man beside it, who was forced to carry people across it, and he was very anxious to learn why the man was obliged to do it. Then said the woman, "But look here, my good friend, no Christian can speak to the Griffin; he devours them all; but if you like, you can lie down under his bed, and in the night, when he is quite fast asleep, you can reach out and pull a feather out of his tail, and as for those things which you are to learn, I will ask about them myself." Hans was quite satisfied with this, and got under the bed. In the evening, the Griffin came home, and as soon as he entered the room, said, "Wife, I smell a Christian." - "Yes," said the woman, "one was here to-day, but he went away again;" and on that the Griffin said no more.

In the middle of the night when the Griffin was snoring loudly, Hans reached out and plucked a feather from his tail. The Griffin woke up instantly, and said, "Wife, I smell a Christian, and it seems to me that somebody was pulling at my tail." His wife said, "Thou hast certainly been dreaming, and I told thee before that a Christian was here to-day, but that he went away again. He told me all kinds of things that in one castle they had lost the key of their money-chest, and could find it nowhere." - "Oh! the fools!" said the Griffin; "the key lies in the wood- house under a log of wood behind the door." - "And then he said that in another castle the daughter was ill, and they knew no remedy that would cure her." - "Oh! the fools!" said the Griffin; "under the cellar-steps a toad has made its nest of her hair, and if she got her hair back she would be well." - "And then he also said that there was a place where there was a lake and a man beside it who was forced to carry everybody across." - "Oh, the fool!" said the Griffin; "if he only put one man down in the middle, he would never have to carry another across." Early the next morning the Griffin got up and went out. Then Hans came forth from under the bed, and he had a beautiful feather, and had heard what the Griffin had said about the key, and the daughter, and the ferry-man. The Griffin's wife repeated it all once more to him that he might not forget it, and then he went home again. First he came to the man by the lake, who asked him what the Griffin had said, but Hans replied that he must first carry him across, and then he would tell him. So the man carried him across, and when he was over Hans told him that all he had to do was to set one person down in the middle of the lake, and then he would never have to carry over any more. The man was hugely delighted, and told Hans that out of gratitude he would take him once more across, and back again. But Hans said no, he would save him the trouble, he was quite satisfied already, and pursued his way. Then he came to the castle where the daughter was ill; he took her on his shoulders, for she could not walk, and carried her down the cellar-steps and pulled out the toad's nest from beneath the lowest step and gave it into her hand, and she sprang off his shoulder and up the steps before him, and was quite cured. Then were the father and mother beyond measure rejoiced, and they gave Hans gifts of gold and of silver, and whatsoever else he wished for, that they gave him. And when he got to the other castle he went at once into the wood- house, and found the key under the log of wood behind the door, and took it to the lord of the castle. He also was not a little pleased, and gave Hans as a reward much of the gold that was in the chest, and all kinds of things besides, such as cows, and sheep, and goats. When Hans arrived before the King, with all these things--with the money, and the gold, and the silver and the cows, sheep and goats, the King asked him how he had come by them. Then Hans told him that the Griffin gave every one whatsoever he wanted. So the King thought he himself could make such things useful, and set out on his way to the Griffin; but when he got to the lake, it happened that he was the very first who arrived there after Hans, and the man put him down in the middle of it and went away, and the King was drowned. Hans, however, married the daughter, and became King.
Érase una vez un Rey - jamás he sabido dónde reinó ni cómo se llamaba - que no tenía hijos varones, y su única hija estaba siempre enferma, sin que ningún doctor acertara a curarla. Profetizaron al Rey que la princesa sanaría comiendo manzanas, por lo que el Monarca mandó pregonar por todo el reino que quien le proporcionase manzanas que la curasen, la recibiría por esposa y sería rey a su vez. Oyó el pregón un campesino que tenía tres hijos, y dijo al mayor:
- Sube al granero, llena un cesto de las manzanas más hermosas, de piel bien colorada, y llévalas a la Corte; tal vez la princesa se cure comiéndolas, y así te casarás con ella y serás rey.
Obedeció el muchacho y púsose en camino. Había andado un trecho cuando se encontró con un hombrecillo canoso, el cual le preguntó qué llevaba en el cesto. Respondióle Ulrico (tal era el nombre del mozo):
- Patas de rana,
A lo cual le replicó el enano:
- Pues patas de rana son y serán - y se alejó.
Al llegar Ulrico al palacio, anunció que llevaba manzanas para curar a la princesa. Alegróse el Rey y mandó que llevasen a Ulrico a su presencia. Pero, ¡oh, sorpresa!, al abrir el cesto se vio que en vez de manzanas contenía patas de rana, que aún se movían. Indignóse el Rey y mandó que lo arrojasen de palacio. Ya en casa, contó a su padre lo que le había sucedido, y entonces el hombre envió al hijo segundo, el cual se llamaba Samuel. Pero a éste le ocurrió lo que a su hermano mayor. Topóse también con el mismo hombrecillo y, a su pregunta de qué contenía el cesto, respondió: - Cerdas.
- Pues cerdas son y cerdas serán - replicó el enano.
Cuando se presentó en palacio afirmando que llevaba manzanas para curar a la princesa, no querían admitirlo, diciendo que ya se había hecho anunciar otro necio con el mismo cuento.
Pero Samuel insistió en que traía manzanas y en que le permitiesen entrar. Lo creyeron, al fin, y lo condujeron ante el Rey. Pero cuando abrió el cesto, aparecieron cerdas. Fue tanto el enojo del Soberano, que ordenó arrojar a Samuel a latigazos. Al llegar el mozo a casa, relató su percance y mala ventura. Adelantóse el hijo menor, a quien llamaban siempre el tonto, y preguntó a su padre si le permitiría ir, a su vez, con las manzanas.
- ¡Ésa es buena! - replicó el hombre -. ¡Fijaos en quién pide hacer el recadito! Los listos salen mal parados, y tú pretendes salir airoso.
Pero el pequeño no cejó:
- De todos modos, dejadme ir, padre.
- ¡Márchate de aquí, estúpido! Tendrás que aguardar a ser más listo - replicó el padre, volviéndole la espalda.
Pero Juanillo, tirándole de la chaqueta, porfió:
- ¡Dejadme que vaya, padre!
- ¡Por mí. puedes ir! ¡Ya veremos cómo vuelves! - gritó, al fin, el hombre. Pero el chico pegó un salto de alegría -. Sí, tú siempre haciendo tonterías. Cada día te vuelves más bobo ­ repitió el padre. Pero Juanillo no se inmutó ni perdió por ello su contento.
Como ya anochecía, pensó que sería mejor aguardar a la mañana siguiente. "Hoy no llegaría a la Corte," se dijo. Pasó la noche desvelado, y los pocos momentos en que estuvo amodorrado, soñó con hermosas doncellas, palacios, oro y plata y otras cosas por el estilo. De madrugada púsose en camino, y al poco rato se encontró con un enano gruñón vestido de gris, que le preguntó qué llevaba en el cesto. Respondióle Juanillo que llevaba manzanas para la hija del Rey. Esperaba que comiéndolas se curaría.
- Bien - respondió el hombrecillo, manzanas son y manzanas serán.
En la Corte le negaron rotundamente la entrada, alegando que ya habían venido otros dos pretendiendo llevar manzanas, y luego había resultado que uno traía patas de rana, y el otro, cerdas. Pero Juanillo rogó y porfió, asegurando que no llevaba patas de rana ni mucho menos, sino las manzanas más hermosas que se producían en todo el reino. Y como se expresaba con tanta ingenuidad, pensó el portero que no debía mentir, y le dejaron paso libre. Con lo cual demostró ser muy cuerdo, pues cuando Juanillo abrió su cesto ante el Rey, salieron a relucir unas magníficas manzanas doradas. Alegróse el Soberano y dispuso que se sirvieran inmediatamente algunas a su hija, quedando él en impaciente espera hasta que se le diese cuenta del resultado obtenido. Y, en efecto, al cabo de muy poco rato vinieron a informarlo. Pero, ¿quién pensáis que vino? Pues la princesa en persona, la cual, no bien hubo probado la fruta, saltó de la cama, milagrosamente curada y repuesta. Es imposible pintar con palabras la alegría del Rey. Sin embargo, se resistía a dar a su hija por esposa a Juanillo, y, así, puso por condición al mozo la de que antes le construyese una barca capaz de navegar mejor por tierra que por agua. Juanillo aceptó, regresó a su casa y contó a los suyos su aventura. Entonces el padre envió a Ulrico a cortar madera para fabricar la embarcación, y el muchacho se puso al trabajo con brío y silbando. A mediodía, cuando el sol se hallaba en lo más alto, presentósele un enanillo canoso y le preguntó qué hacía:
- Cucharones - respondió Ulrico.
- Pues bien - replicó el otro -, cucharones serán.
Al anochecer, creyendo el mozo terminada la barca, quiso subirse a ella, pero resultó que eran cucharones y no otra cosa.
Al día siguiente salió al bosque Samuel y le ocurrió lo que a Ulrico. El tercero fue Juanillo, el cual púsose a trabajar con tanto ardor, que en todo el bosque resonaban sus vigorosos hachazos; y, además, silbaba y cantaba alegremente. Volvió a mediodía el hombrecillo, cuando el calor era achicharrante, y le preguntó qué hacía:
- Una barca que navegue mejor por tierra que por agua ­ y, añadió, que cuando la tuviese terminada le concederían la mano de la hija del Rey.
- Pues bien - dijo el enano -: una barca será.
Al declinar el día, cuando el sol se puso entre resplandores de oro, Juanillo había terminado la construcción de la barca y de todos sus accesorios e, instalándose en ella, dirigióse a remo hacia la ciudad-residencia del Rey; y la barca corría como el viento. El Rey lo vio desde lejos, pero siguió negándose a otorgarle la mano de su hija, diciéndole que antes debía guardar cien liebres desde la madrugada hasta el anochecer; y si se escapaba una sola, no se casaría con la princesa. Conformóse Juanillo, y al siguiente día salió al prado con su rebaño, vigilando que ninguna liebre huyese. Al poco rato compareció una de las criadas de palacio a pedirle una de las piezas, pues había llegado un forastero. Pero el mozo, dándose perfecta cuenta de su perfidia, negóse a entregársela, diciendo que el Rey tendría que aguardar al día siguiente para su asado de liebre. La muchacha, sin embargo, no cejó, enfadándose, al final, y dirigiendo improperios al pastor. Entonces le dijo Juanillo que entregaría una liebre, con la condición de que fuese a buscarla la princesa en persona. Volvió la criada con el recado a palacio, y la hija del Rey bajó al prado. Entretanto se había presentado a Juanillo el enano de la víspera, preguntándole qué estaba haciendo. ¡Casi nada! Tenía que guardar cien liebres, procurando que no escapase ni una sola; si lo conseguía, se casaría con la princesa y sería rey.
- Bien - respondióle el enano -; aquí tienes este silbato; si escapa una, no tienes más que silbar y volverá enseguida.
Vino la princesa, y Juanillo le puso una liebre en el delantal; pero cuando se había alejado cosa de cien pasos, el muchacho hizo sonar el pito, y la liebre, saltando del delantal de la princesa, en un abrir y cerrar de ojos estuvo otra vez con el rebaño. Al anochecer volvió a silbar el pastor, y, después de comprobar que no faltaba ninguna liebre, condujo la manada a palacio. Admiróse el Rey al ver que Juanillo había logrado guardar cien liebres sin que se le escapase una sola. A pesar de ello, siguió negándose a entregarle a su hija: antes debía traerle una pluma de la cola del ave Grifo.
Juanillo se puso inmediatamente en camino, andando briosamente en la dirección que marcaba su nariz. Ya oscurecido llegó a un palacio, donde pidió albergue, pues en aquellos tiempos no se estilaban aún las hospederías. Acogiólo alegremente el señor del castillo y le preguntó adónde se dirigía. A lo que respondió Juanillo:
- A la casa del Grifo.
- Conque a la casa del Grifo, ¿eh? Pues me harás un favor, si es cierto que el Grifo lo sabe todo, como dicen. He perdido la llave de un arca de hierro, y quisiera que le preguntases
dónde está.
- Con mucho gusto - respondió Juanillo -. Así lo haré.
A la mañana siguiente, de madrugada, partió de nuevo, y llegó a otro palacio, en el que pasó también la noche. Cuando sus moradores se enteraron de que se dirigía en busca del Grifo, dijéronle que una hija de la casa estaba enferma, y, a pesar de haber acudido a todos los remedios imaginables, no había manera de curarla. ¿Podría él preguntar al Grifo la manera de sanar a la muchacha? Brindóse Juanillo a hacerlo y reemprendió la ruta. Llegó entonces a un río en el que, en vez de una barca, había un hombre altísimo y fornido que conducía a los Viajeros de una a otra orilla. Preguntó también a Juanillo por el objetivo de su viaje.
- A la casa del Grifo - díjole el mozo.
- En ese caso - añadió el gigante -, si consigues encontrarlo, pregúntale por qué se me obliga a llevar a los viandantes a través del río.
- Así lo haré - prometió Juanillo. El hombre se lo echó a cuestas y lo condujo a la orilla opuesta.
Poco después llegaba Juanillo a la mansión del Grifo. Sólo encontró a la mujer; el monstruo estaba ausente. La mujer le preguntó qué buscaba allí, y el muchacho se lo contó todo: Que necesitaba una pluma de la cola del Grifo; que en un palacio habían perdido la llave de una caja de caudales y debía preguntar al Grifo por su paradero; que en otro palacio había una muchacha enferma y deseaban que el Grifo les indicase un remedio, y, finalmente, que a poca distancia de allí, al borde del río, había un hombre encargado de pasar a los viandantes y quería saber por qué se le forzaba a ello.
- Tened presente, amigo - dijo la mujer -, que ningún cristiano puede hablar con el Grifo, pues los devora a todos. Pero si os escondéis debajo de su cama, cuando duerma por la noche os acercáis a él y le arrancáis una pluma de la cola. En cuanto a las cosas que deseáis saber, yo se las preguntaré.
Juanillo se avino a ello y se ocultó bajo la cama. Al cerrar la noche, llegó el ave. En cuanto entró en la habitación, dijo husmeando:
- Mujer, aquí huele a cristiano.
- Sí - respondió ella -, vino hoy uno, pero ya se marchó ­ y el Grifo no insistió.
A media noche, mientras dormía, roncando ruidosamente, acercósele Juanillo, y, de un tirón, le arrancó una pluma del rabo. El monstruo despertóse sobresaltado y exclamó
- Mujer, huele a cristiano, y, además, diría que alguien me ha tirado de la cola.
- Estarías soñando - lo tranquilizó su mujer -, y ya te dije que había venido un cristiano, pero que se marchó. Contóme un sinfín de cosas. En un castillo han perdido la llave de un arca y no la encuentran en ninguna parte.
- ¡Los muy tontos! - dijo el Grifo -. La llave está en la casa de madera, detrás de la puerta, bajo un montón de leña.
- Luego me dijo también que en otro palacio había una muchacha enferma y no encontraban el medio de curarla.
- ¡Los muy tontos! - repitió el ave -. Al pie de la escalera de la bodega, un sapo ha hecho un nido con sus cabellos; si la muchacha recupera los cabellos, sanará.
- Finalmente, me contó que en un río hay un hombre condenado a pasar a los viandantes.
- ¡El muy estúpido! - exclamó el Grifo -. Si dejase a uno de ellos en el centro del cauce, no necesitaría seguir transportando gente.
De madrugada levantóse el Grifo y se marchó. Entonces Juanillo salió de debajo de la cama provisto de su hermosa pluma; además, había oído lo que la prodigiosa ave dijera acerca de la llave, la muchacha y el hombre. La mujer se lo repitió todo de nuevo para que no se le olvidase, y el mozo emprendió el regreso. Llegó, en primer lugar, hasta el hombre del río, el cual le preguntó enseguida qué le había dicho el Grifo. Juanillo le prometió que se lo diría una vez lo hubiese llevado a la otra orilla. Pasólo el hombre, y entonces el muchacho le dijo que en cuanto dejase en medio de la corriente a uno de los que transportaba, quedaría libre de su forzada ocupación. Alegre el gigante en extremo, brindóse, en prueba de agradecimiento, a pasar de nuevo a Juanillo, pero éste le dijo que ya tenía bastante y no quería molestarlo más. Y prosiguió su ruta. Llegó luego al palacio en que residía la doncella enferma. Cargándosela en hombros, puesto que ella no podía valerse, llevóla al pie de la escalera de la bodega y, cogiendo el nido del sapo que había en el peldaño inferior, púsolo en la mano de la muchacha. En el acto saltó ésta al suelo, subiendo la escalera por su propio pie, completamente curada. Sus padres sintieron una gran alegría y obsequiaron a Juanillo con oro, plata y cuanto quiso llevarse. En el segundo palacio, el muchacho fue directamente a la casa de madera, y, en efecto, detrás de la puerta, y bajo un montón de leña, apareció la llave perdida. Llevóla al dueño, el cual contentísimo, recompensó a Juanillo, dándole buena parte del oro que encerraba el arca, además de otras muchas cosas, como vacas, ovejas y cabras.
Al presentarse Juanillo al Rey con todas aquellas riquezas: dinero, oro, plata, vacas, ovejas y cabras, preguntóle el Monarca de dónde había sacado todo aquello, y el muchacho le respondió que el Grifo lo daba a manos llenas a todo aquel que se lo pedía. Pensó el Rey que podía aprovecharse de la ocasión y, ni corto ni perezoso, emprendió el camino de la mansión del ave. Pero al llegar al río, resultó ser el primero en presentarse allí después de Juanillo, y el hombre, al pasarlo, le dejó en medio del cauce, donde se ahogó. Juanillo se casó con la princesa y fue proclamado Rey.

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