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Soegard, P. M., I Fjeldbygderne. Christania, 1868. Pp. 17-22.



Ill-treated heroine (by sorceress step-mother) -- Menial heroine (tends cattle)--Helpful animal (ox)--Ear cornucopia-- Step-sister with two magic eyes in neck, sent to spy on heroine-- Pitfall made for helpful animal; cows fall into it--Slaying of helpful animal--Heroine buries bones; gets anything she wishes at the spot--Magic dresses--Meeting-place (church)--Threefold flight--Young man follows heroine; she drops whip and vanishes; second time she drops shoe, which he keeps--Lost shoe--Shoe marriage test--Young roan sinks down into hill where sorceress, Kraake Lange, lives. He is heroine's brother; tells king of her beauty; fetches her to palace. [The tale passes into that of "Bushy-Bride", see Dasent.]--Happy marriage.


(1) Widower and daughter sink through a little hilt to the sorceress, Kraake Lange, who has a daughter.-- (2) Widower marries the sorceress, who ill- treats her stepdaughter, sends her to herd cattle, and tries to starve her. But the less food she gives her the better she seems nourished .-- (3) Sorceress gives daughter a couple of magic eyes to put into her neck, and sends her to spy on heroine. Stepsister discovers that heroine eats from the ear of an ox, and tells her mother. A pitfall is made in the road. Ox, understanding every thing, drives the cows into the trap, and they are killed.-- (4) Then ox says to heroine, "One of us must die; better I than you. When I am dead take and bury my bones, walk over my grave, wish for three things, and you shall get them," heroine does as bidden when ox is slain. She wishes for a horse, a saddle, and three dresses-- a poor one, a middling uric, and a very lovely one. When summer is over heroine is ordered to spin hard.-- (5) The rest go to church. She puts n her poorest dress and rides after them. She enters the church last and leaves first. On her return a young man accosts her and asks her to follow him home. She lets her whip drop; he springs from his horse to pick it up, and she too dismounts. Directly she is on the ground she wishes herself home behind the oven, and is there; for when wearing that dress any wish of hers is instantly fulfilled.-- (6) Next Sunday she wears the middling dress, and on the way home lets her golden shoe drop, and the young man gets it and keeps it. [Third Sunday forgotten.]-- (7) He seeks everywhere for someone whom the shoe will fit. At last he comes to a little hill whence issues agreeable smell of cooking; he sinks down and comes to Kraake Lange. Neither she nor her daughter can get the shoe on, but it fits heroine.-- (8) The young man is heroine's brother, and he serves the king, whom he tells of sister's great beauty. King wants to see her, and brother is sent to fetch her.

[The tale passes into that of "Buskebrud", Asbjornsen, No. LV (Dasent's "Bushy-Bride"), about the girl who is thrown from the ship into the sea by stepmother and stepsister, and comes thrice to the king's castle in the form of a duck.]

Cox, Marian Roalfe. Cinderella: Three Hundred and Forty-five Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap O' Rushes, abstracted and tabulated. London: David Nutt for the Folklore Society, 1893.

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