Norwegian fairy tale recorded by Asbjørnsen and Moe in their "Norske folkeeventyr" (1841-1844). The original, Norwegian text ("Ikke kjørende og ikke ridende") was found in Project Runeberg and is in the public domain. Translation to English is done especially for E2 by me.


There was once a king's son who had proposed to a girl. But when they had become good friends, he started thinking he didn't want her, she wasn't good enough for him. And so he thought he'd try to get rid of her, and he said that he'd only accept her if she could come to him

Not driving
and not riding
not walking
and not sliding

Not hungry
and not full
not naked
and not dressed

Not day
and not night

He didn't think she could do it.

She took three grains and bit into them, so she wasn't full, but she wasn't starving; then she threw a woolen net over herself, so she wasn't naked, but not dressed.

Then she sat on the back of a ram, so her legs were dragged along the ground; this way she was not driving, not riding, not walking and not sliding.

And she turned up right at dawn.

When she arrived at the guard, she asked to talk to the prince; they didn't want to let her in, the way she looked. But in the commotion, the prince woke up and came to the window. She dragged herself over there and twisted one horn off the ram. She took it, stood on the ram's back and knocked on the window with the horn. Then they had to open the door and make her a princess.


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