He had been absent ten whole years, but he too knew no more than the rest. When the lad came to the first Princess, she called out to him, and begged him so prettily to come to her, but he passed on as though he saw her not. Then the first—she is the eldest—will call out and beg you so prettily to come and help her; and the second will do the same; to neither of these shall you go; make haste past them, as if you neither saw nor heard anything. 'Not far from here on a moor stand three brothers, who have stood there a hundred years fighting for a hat, a cloak, and a pair of boots; if any one has these three things he can make himself invisible, and if he desires to go to any place, he has but to wish and he is there. With that she knitted a ring among his hair with her name on it, and wished herself home, and was off. So when he had gone a good way, he came to a high hill, and there he met one who was lord over all the beasts of the wood, for they all came home to him when he blew his horn; so the King asked if he knew where Whiteland was. 'If thou wilt do what I tell thee, thou shalt choose among us three,' said the Princess. Do what he would—however he tried with bait and angle—there was never a sprat on his hook. But his father said: “No! A classic Norwegian folk tale told by traditional storyteller Tom Muir from his native Orkney Islands, Scotland. Now, long, long after the rest of the birds came an old eagle, which had been away ten round years, but he couldn’t tell any more than the rest. “Yes;” he was willing enough; so she told him how three Trolls had set them down in the earth there; but before they had lived in the castle up among the trees. `Whiteland,' answered the man, and then he begged the youth to tell him whence he came and what he was going to do, and the youth did so. When the King arrived there he turned the shoes as the Lord of the beasts had bidden him, and they went back. So the man gave him a pair of snow-shoes. You can tell them you wish to try the things, and, after that, you’ll pass judgment between them, whose they shall be.”. A head pops up between the waves and says, "You'll catch lots of fish if you give me what your wife carries under her girdle." So the man called the fish with a blast, but no fish could tell where it lay. When you reach his house, just turn the shoes so that the toes point this way, and they’ll come home of themselves.” So when the King reached the house, he turned the shoes as the lord of the beasts had said, and away they went home of themselves. Now, when he had been at home some days, his mother wished him to go up to the palace and show the King what a fine fellow he had come to be. 'Well, well,' said the man, 'then you shall have the loan of a pair of snow shoes of mine. Then she gave him a ring, which was of that kind that any one who wore it might wish two wishes. much more severely than the first had done but when the lad went out of doors next morning, the Princesses were out of the earth as far as their knees. If you wear them you will get to my brother, who lives hundreds of miles from here. But she was very woeful, and said to him: “Why did you not mind what I told you; and why did you not listen to what your father said? “No, I don’t,” said he, “but I’ll ask my beasts.” Then he blew his horn and called them, and asked if any of them knew where Whiteland lay. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. But his father said: “No! This—only to do what your father begs you to do, and not what mother wishes;” and that he promised. But the third you shall go to, and do what she asks. Hereabouts, on a moor, stand three brothers, and here they have stood these hundred years, fighting about a hat, a cloak, and a pair of boots. Do you know, I scarce think she’s so good-looking as mine.”. Please try again. After that, as was like enough, he caught plenty of fish of all kinds. “To Whiteland,” said the King; and then he told him all that had befallen him. Then one day he begged to have leave to go out with his father to fish; he had a strong desire to do this, he said. After that, he asked again after Whiteland. His Queen did not like this; but at last his heart was so set on it, and he longed and longed so much, there was no holding him back, so she said: “One thing you must promise me. So the man called the fish with a blast, but no fish could tell where it lay. Three Princesses of Whiteland, The. said the youth. 'I will try to see if there is any place where I can learn how to find Whiteland,' he thought, and journeyed forth out into the world. “Whiteland,” said the man, who went on to ask the lad whence he came, and what he was going to do. Yes! Let him do what he might with rod and line, there was never even so much as a sprat on his hook; but when the day was well nigh over, a head rose up out of the water, and said: 'If you will give me what your wife shows you when you go home, you shall catch fish enough.'. Well, the story soon spread, and came up to the castle; and when the King heard the woman’s grief and its cause, he sent down to say he would take care of the child, and see if he couldn’t save it. So the months went on and on, and when her time came the fisher’s wife had a boy; so the king took it at once, and brought it up as his own son, until the lad grew up. Now, I must away home, and as for you, you have had both your wishes.”. Download in format Do you know, I scarce think she’s so good-looking as mine.” “Would to Heaven,” said the young King, “she were standing here, then you’d see what she was like.” And that instant there she stood before them. In the same way he passed by the second; but to the third he went straight up. Well, the King did as the North Wind said. This—only to do what your father begs you to do, and not what mother wishes;” and that he promised. Do you know, I scarce think she’s so good-looking as mine.”. With that she knitted a ring among his hair with her name on it, and wished herself home, and was off. So when they asked him he said: “Know it? “What’s all this?” he said to the brothers. You can tell them you wish to try the things, and, after that, you’ll pass judgment between them, whose they shall be.”. At last came an old pike, which they had great work to call home, he was such a way off. One day when he was out fishing he just caught nothing. “Aye, aye!” said the man; “now when you have walked a little farther along the strand here, you’ll come to three Princesses, whom you will see standing in the earth up to their necks, with only their heads out. “Yes;” he was willing enough; so she told him how three Trolls had set them down in the earth there; but before they had lived in the castle up among the trees. “Whiteland,” said the man, who went on to ask the lad whence he came, and what he was going to do. Yes! Then he wasn’t slow; he grasped the sword and slew the Troll; and next morning when he went out of the castle the Princesses stood before him with all their bodies out of the earth. said the North Wind. “Well, well,” said the man, “I’ll lend you a pair of snow-shoes, and, when you get them on, they’ll carry you to my brother, who lives hundreds of miles off; he’s lord of all the fish in the sea; you’d better ask him. So the lad told him all. The next night everything happened in the same way, but the Troll who came then had six heads and six rods, and he beat him. Publication City: London Year of Publication: 1890 Country of Origin: Norway Then go straight on into a little dark room, and make your bed. If you can bear that, you’ll set us free.”, “When you go in,” the Princess went on to say, “you’ll see two lions standing at the gate; but if you’ll only go right in the middle between them they’ll do you no harm. After that, as was like enough, he caught plenty of fish of all kinds. At first the Queen did not know him, because he had grown so thin and pale from having travelled so long and so sorrowfully; but when she saw her ring she was heartily glad, and then the rightful wedding was held, and held in such a way that it was talked about far and wide. À l'Est du Soleil et à l'Ouest de la Lune (French Edition). Then the Troll will come to whip you; but if you take the flask which hangs on the wall, and rub yourself with the ointment that’s in it, wherever his lash falls, you’ll be as sound as ever. Just let me try these things, and I’ll give judgment whose they shall be.”. “Why do you stand here fighting for ever and a day? Once on a time there was a fisherman who lived close by a palace, and fished for the King’s table. 'When you have these on,' he said, 'you will come to my brother, who lives hundreds of miles from here; he is Lord over all the birds in the air—ask him. $91 Add to Shopping Basket The Three Princesses Were Blown Away by a Snow Drift. This—only to do what your father begs you to do, and not what mother wishes;” and that he promised. So he wished himself home, and when he got home his parents could not wonder enough what a grand man their son had become. At first the King wouldn’t hear of it, but at last the lad had his way, and went. “Aye, aye!” said the man; “now when you have walked a little farther along the strand here, you’ll come to three Princesses, whom you will see standing in the earth up to their necks, with only their heads out. All Rights Reserved. But there was no beast that knew. don’t let him do that; if he does, we shan’t have any more joy of him this time.”. “To Whiteland,” said the King; and then he told him all that had befallen him. So when there was an end of him, the King went into the castle, and at first his Queen didn’t know him, he was so wan and thin, through wandering so far and being so woeful; but when he shewed her the ring, she was as glad as glad could be; and so the rightful wedding was held, and the fame of it spread far and wide. If you do this, you’ll have good luck—that’s all.”. “Aye, aye!” said the man; “now when you have walked a little farther along the strand here, you’ll come to three Princesses, whom you will see standing in the earth up to their necks, with only their heads out. But as soon as ever he came, the King caught him by the collar and pitched him out of doors, and then the North Wind caught him up and carried him off. Do what he would—however he tried with bait and angle—there was never a sprat on his hook. “Well, well,” said the man, “I’ll lend you a pair of snow-shoes, and, when you get them on, they’ll carry you to my brother, who lives hundreds of miles off; he’s lord of all the fish in the sea; you’d better ask him. Do what he would—however he tried with bait and angle—there was never a sprat on his hook. 'Whiteland,' answered the man, and then he begged the youth to tell him whence he came and what he was going to do, and the youth did so. Then the Troll will come to whip you; but if you take the flask which hangs on the wall, and rub yourself with the ointment that’s in it, wherever his lash falls, you’ll be as sound as ever.