"Hanen og høna" is quite possibly the shortest Norwegian
fairy tale ever. It is part of Asbjørnsen and Moe
's collected fairy tales "Norwegian Folk Tales
" (1841-1844). The original was found at Project Runeberg
, and then translated to English by me
for E2. (And if anyone can find out what the moral of the story is, please tell
In light of the Mother Goose verse shown in this node, I assume the tale drifted into Norwegian folk tales from that version. Interesting to see that it ends in a completely opposite way... (umm... Can someone tell me where this version went?)
The Hen: "You promise me shoes, year after year, year after year, and I don't get any shoes."
The Cock: "You'll get your shoes!"
The Hen: "I lay eggs, and I do good deeds, and still I have to walk around barefoot!"
The Cock: "So take your eggs and go into town and buy yourself shoes, and don't walk around barefoot anymore!"
More fairy tales, please!