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January 2, 2020  

Legend 1 - St Joseph in the Forest

There was once upon a time a mother who had three daughters, the eldest of whom was rude and wicked, the second much better, although she had her faults, but the youngest was a pious, good child. The mother, however, was so strange, that it was the eldest daughter that she loved, and she could not bear the youngest.

January 1, 2020  

The Golden Key

In the winter time, when deep snow lay on the ground, a poor boy was forced to go out on a sled to fetch wood. 

January 1, 2020  

The Boots of Buffalo Leather

A soldier who is afraid of nothing, troubles himself about nothing. One of this kind had received his discharge, and as he had learnt no trade and could earn nothing, he traveled about and begged alms of kind people. 

January 1, 2020  

Maid Maleen

There was once a King who had a son who asked in marriage the daughter of a mighty King; she was called Maid Maleen, and was very beautiful. As her father wished to give her to another, the prince was rejected...

January 1, 2020  

The Crystal Ball

There was once an enchantress, who had three sons who loved each other as brothers, but the old woman did not trust them, and thought they wanted to steal her power from her.

January 1, 2020  

Old Rinkrank

There was once upon a time a King who had a daughter, and caused a glass mountain to be made, and said that whoever who could cross to the other side of it without falling should have his daughter as wife.

January 1, 2020  

The Grave Mound

A rich farmer was one day standing in his yard in inspecting his fields and gardens. The corn was growing up vigorously and the fruit trees were heavily laden with fruit. The grain of the year before still lay in such immense heaps on the floors that the rafters could hardly bear it. Then he went into the stable...

December 31, 2019  

The Ear of Corn

In former times when God himself still walked the earth, the fruitfulness of the soil was much greater than it is now; then the ears of corn did not bear fifty or sixty, but four or five hundred.

December 31, 2019  

The Drummer

A young drummer went out one evening quite alone into the country, and came to a lake on the shore of which he perceived three pieces of white linen lying. "What fine linen," he said, and put one piece in his pocket.

December 31, 2019  

The Master Thief

One day an old man and his wife were sitting in front of a miserable house resting awhile from their work. Suddenly a splendid carriage with four black horses came driving up, and a richly dressed man descended from it.

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