Albanian folktales and legends by Robert Elsie

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They kissed one another, said farewell and the two of them departed. On their way, they saw an inn in the distance. The stallion said to the youth, “Do you see that inn? A Moor lives there who always sets a table at the roadside, but no one stops there to eat because everyone is afraid of him. His table is made of gold and so are the dishes, the plates, the spoons and the forks. You won’t even see that much gold at the king’s table. “Now,” continued the stallion, “we are getting closer to the inn.

Before the stallion and the youth had leapt over the walls and galloped off. On their way, they arrived at a house with no doors or windows. A beautiful maiden who had seven brothers lived there. The brothers were off fighting with the king of Russia because he wanted to marry their sister and they had refused to give her up. They had therefore gone to war and had been fighting for five years. When the youth approached the house, which was more like a fortress, he took out his sword and struck the wall with it.

Having said this, she accompanied the governess to the door, went up to her room and began to weep because she didn’t know where to get the money to buy the brooch. The Moor came in as she was weeping and asked what the matter was. ” The Moor reported what the skull had said and the maiden went off happily to the room and filled her pockets with money. The next day, the governess returned and asked the maiden on behalf of her sisters, “Did you speak to your husband? ” “You know, nanny dear,” the maiden replied, “he doesn’t want to spoil my happiness.

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