Asbjørnsen & Moe’s Folk Tales | Kvitebjørn Kong Valemon / White Bear King Valemon
The third Thursday evening the white bear returned. He fought even harder than the other times; eventually the king decided he couldn’t let him put an end to his entire army, so he gave him his third daughter. The bear took her on his back and traveller far and farther than far, and when they had entered the woods, he asked her, as he had asked her sisters:
“Have you ever had a softer seat, or a clearer view?”
“No, never!” she said.
“Then you’re the one,” he said.
And so they came to a castle, which was so grand that it made her father’s palace seem like a farmer’s cottage by comparison. There she was to stay and live well, and she would have no other task than making sure the castle stayed warm. The bear was gone during the day, but at night, in the dark, he came to her bed as a man. Three years passed, and all was well. Every year she bore him a child, but he took it and whisked it away as soon as it had entered the world. The princess grew increasingly unhappy, and asked for leave to go home and visit her parents. Yes, that would not be a problem; but first she had to promise she would heed only her father’s instructions, never her mother’s.
So she went home, and when they were alone with her she told them how of her circumstances. Her mother wanted to send her back with candle, so she could look upon the man’s face. But her father said no; “that would do more harm than good.”
But, the princess had the candle stub with her when she left. The first thing she did when he had fallen asleep, was light the candle and look upon him; he was so beautiful, she thought she would never get enough of looking at him. But, as she gazed at him, a warm drop of wax fell upon his brow, and he woke.
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