Once upon a time, there lived a king who had to go off and wage war. Before he left, he told his daughters that they may go anywhere in the castle except for one room. One day, they disobey the king’s command and find an open book in the forbidden room. It was a book that foretold the fates of the three sisters.

The book foretold that the oldest would marry a prince from the east, the middle would marry a prince from the west and the youngest would marry a pig from the north. The youngest is absolutely horrified by the prophetic words of the book. Her elder sisters, however, convince her that it is impossible that such a dreadful event would ever come to pass.

When the king returns from war, he discovers, from the unhappiness that he sees in his youngest daughter face, what the three sisters had done in his absence. The king resolves to face it the best he can.

The prophecy, however, begins to come true.

A prince from the east marries the oldest and a prince from the west marries the middle child. It is at this point that the youngest becomes distressed. A pig arrives to woo her into marriage. When the king refuses to give his consent to marry his youngest daughter, the city is overrun and overcome with pigs.

The king then tells his daughter that there is something truly strange about the pig and that magic must be at work. He believes that marriage may break the spell that has been cast upon the poor little pig.

Eventually, the youngest marries the pig and goes off with him. When she arrives home, he becomes a man every night. He is so kind to her that he wins her heart. Adamant in wanting to break the curse, the new bride asks a witch what happened to her husband. The witch tells her to tie a thread to his foot in order to free him.

The young wife does as she is told. When her husband wakes, he tells her that the spell would have fallen from him in three days, but because she tied the thread, he must remain in this shape for good. Her husband then flees the house.

In order to find her husband again, she will have to wear three pairs of iron shoes and blunting a steel staff and embark upon an impossible task.

She sets out as soon as can and gets herself three pairs of iron shoes and a steel staff. She begins the journey of finding her husband again.

She wanders far and wide until she arrives at the house of the Moon. The Moon’s mother lets her in, and while she is there, she gives birth to a son. The Moon’s mother tells her that the Moon could not tell her where to find her husband, but she can go on, to the Sun. She also gives her a chicken and tells her to keep every one of the bones.

The princess thanks her, throws away one pair of shoes, which was worn out, and puts on another.

She makes her way to the Sun’s house and the Sun’s mother lets her in. She hides her, because the Sun tends to have a foul temper whenever he returns. He is, but his mother soothes him, and asks about her husband. He cannot tell her, so his mother sends her on, to the Wind. She, too, gives her a chicken and tells her to keep care of the bones.

Here, the youngest princess throws out the second pair of shoes.

At the Wind’s house, his mother discovers that her husband lives in a wood no axe could cut through. She sends her to it, with a chicken and instructions to keep every bone. The princess goes on, although her third pair of shoes wears through, on the Milky Way.

She finds the castle where her husband lives and the bones stick together to form her a ladder to let her in. She is one bone short. To compensate, she cuts off her little finger to complete the ladder. Her husband returns and the spell on him is broken.

He reveals that he is a prince, who had killed a dragon, and the dragon’s mother, who is a witch, had turned him to that shape and then advised her to tie the string to keep him in it.

They break the spell and set out to his father’s kingdom and return home.

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