From "Dummling and the Three Feathers": Once upon a time there
lived a King who had three sons; the two elder were learned and
bright, but the youngest said very little and appeared somewhat
foolish, so he was always known as Dummling.
When the King grew old and feeble, feeling that he was nearing
his end, he wished to leave the crown to one of his three sons, but
could not decide to which. He thereupon settled that they should
travel, and that the one who could obtain the most splendid carpet
should ascend the throne when he died.
So that there could be no disagreement as to the way each one
should go, the King conducted them to the courtyard of the Palace,
and there blew three feathers, by turn, into the air, telling his
sons to follow the course that the three feathers took.
Then one of the feathers flew eastwards, another westwards, but
the third went straight up towards the sky, though it only sped a
short distance before falling to earth.
Therefore one son traveled towards the east, and the second went
to the west, both making fun of poor Dummling, who was obliged to
stay where his feather had fallen. Then Dummling, sitting down and
feeling rather miserable after his brothers had gone, looked about
him, and noticed that near to where his feather lay was a trapdoor.
On lifting this up he perceived a flight of steps, down which he
went. At the bottom was another door, so he knocked upon it, and
then heard a voice calling . . .
|Country of origin:
Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm
||229 x 152 x 11mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards
Genre fiction >
Myth & legend told as fiction
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