"The Folktale Project" Podcast
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The Frog King, or Iron Henry - A Brothers Grimm Folktale


Season: 1 Episode: 479
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In old times when wishing still helped one, there lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful, but the youngest was so beautiful that the sun itself, which has seen so much, was astonished whenever it shone in her face. Close by the King’s castle lay a great dark forest, and under an old lime-tree in the forest was a well, and when the day was very warm, the King’s child went out into the forest and sat down by the side of the cool fountain, and when she was finding things dull, she took a golden ball, and threw it up on high and caught it, and this ball was her favorite plaything.

Now, it so happened that on one occasion the princess’s golden ball did not fall into the little hand which she was holding up for it, but on to the ground beyond, and rolled straight into the water. The King’s daughter followed it with her eyes, but it vanished, and the well was deep, so deep that the bottom could not be seen.

      

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