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The Billy Goats Gruff


The Billy Goats Gruff cross a bridge to find better grazing, but a dreadful TROLL stands in the way!


There were once three Billy Goats who lived in a meadow at the foot of a mountain, and their last name was Gruff. There was the Big Billy Goat Gruff, and the Middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff, and the Little Billy Goat Gruff. They all three jumped about among the rocks and ate what grass they could find, but it wasn’t very much.

One day the Littlest Billy Goat Gruff looked up at the high mountain overhead, and he thought to himself, “It looks like there’s lots of yummy grass up on the mountain.“

So off the Little Billy Goat Gruff went without telling his brothers a word about it. He ran along, tip-tap, tip-tap, tip-tap, until at last he came to a wide river, with a bridge over it.

Now the Little Billy Goat did not know it, but this bridge belonged to a great, terrible Troll, and the little goat had not gone more than halfway across when he heard the Troll shouting from under the bridge.

“Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?” shouted the Troll in his great loud voice.

“It’s me, the Little Billy Goat Gruff!” answered the Little Billy Goat.

“Oh! it’s the Littlest Billy Goat Gruff, is it? Well, you won’t go much further, for I’m the Troll that owns this bridge, and now I’m coming to eat you up.” And with that, the Troll looked up over the edge of the bridge.

When the Little Billy Goat Gruff saw him, he was very frightened.

“Oh, dear, good Mr Troll, please don’t et me up,” he cried. “I’m such a very little goat that I would scarcely be a mouthful for you. I have a brother who is much bigger than I am; wait till he comes, for he’d make a much better meal for you than I would.”

“But if he’s much bigger than you are he may be tough.”

“Oh, no, he’s just as tender as I am.”

“And a great deal bigger?”

“Oh, yes, a great deal bigger.”

“Very well then, I’ll wait for him. Run along!”

So the little goat ran on, tip-tap! tip-tap! tip-tap! across the bridge, and on up the mountain to where he was safe.

Soon after, the Middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff began to think he’d like to go up on the mountain too. Off he went, all by himself. After a while, he came to the bridge where the Troll lived, trap-trap! trap-trap! trap-trap!

He’d barely reached the middle of it when the Troll began shouting at him in his great, terrible voice, “Who’s that going across my bridge?”

“It’s me, the Middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff,” answered the Middle-sized Billy Goat

“Oh, it is, is it? Then you’re the very one I’ve been waiting for. I’m the Troll that owns this bridge, and now I’m coming to eat you up.”

The Middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff was terrified. “Oh, dear Mr Troll, good Mr Troll, please don’t eat me up! I have a brother that’s much much bigger than I am. Just wait till he comes along. He’d make a much better meal for you than I would.”

“Much bigger?”

“Yes, MUUUUCH bigger.”

“Very well then, run along and I’ll wait till he comes. Only the biggest goat there is, is fit to make a meal for me.”

The Middle-sized Billy Goat hurried across the river and up the mountain as fast as he could go!

The Big Billy Goat Gruff begin to think he’d like to go up on the mountain too. “I think that’s where the Little Billy Goat Gruff and the Middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff have gone,” said he to himself. “If I don’t look out they’ll be growing so

fat up there that they’ll be as big as I am. I think I’d better go and

eat the long green mountain grass too.”

So the next morning off he set in the pleasant sunshine.

After a while, he came to the bridge where the Troll lived, and out he stepped on it, trap-trap! trap-trap! trap-trap! The Troll that lived under it was in a fearful rage. “Who’s that going across my bridge?” he bellowed, and his voice was so terrible that all the little fish in the river swam away and hid under the rocks at the sound of it.

But the Big Billy Goat was not one bit frightened.

“It’s me, the Biggest Billy Goat Gruff,” he answered, in a voice as big as the Troll’s own.

“Oh, it is, is it? Then just stop a bit—for you’re the one I’ve been waiting for. I’m the Troll that owns this bridge, and now I’m coming to eat you up!”

And with that, the great grey Troll poked his head up over the bridge, and his eyes looked like two great mill-wheels, and they were going round and round in his head with rage. But still the Big Billy Goat was not one bit frightened.

“So you’re a Troll, are you! And you own this bridge, do you? And now

you’re going to eat me up? We’ll just see about that!

“I have a forehead as hard as stone,” he cried, “And I’ll mash you all up, body and bone!”

The Troll jumped up on the bridge and put down his big, bushy head and ran at the Billy Goat, and the Big Billy Goat put down his head and ran at the Troll,

and they met in the middle of the bridge. But the Billy Goat’s head was harder than the Troll’s, so he knocked him down and thumped him about, and then he took him up on his horns and threw him over the edge of the bridge into the river below, and the Troll sank like a piece of lead and never was seen or heard of again.

The Big Billy Goat went on up the mountain. His two brothers were glad to see him again, and to hear that the great wicked Troll was gone from under the bridge.

And after that, they all stayed up on the mountain together, and the smaller goats ate so much grass and grew so fat and big that after a while no one could have told one Billy Goat from the other.


QUIZ TIME!

Multiple Choice Questions:

  1. What were the names of the three Billy Goats?

  • A) Big, Bigger, Biggest

  • B) Big Billy Goat Gruff, Middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff, Little Billy Goat Gruff

  • C) Large, Medium, Small

  • D) Strong, Stronger, Strongest

  1. Why did the Little Billy Goat Gruff want to cross the bridge?

  • A) To meet the Troll

  • B) To find his brothers

  • C) To eat yummy grass on the mountain

  • D) To play with the Troll

  1. What did the Troll say to the Middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff when he met him on the bridge?

  • A) "I'm going to make a meal of you!"

  • B) "You are too small for me to eat."

  • C) "Wait for your bigger brother!"

  • D) "Run along, I'll eat you next time."

  1. How did the Big Billy Goat Gruff defeat the Troll?

  • A) He tricked the Troll into falling into the river.

  • B) He fought the Troll and threw him over the bridge.

  • C) He scared the Troll away with a loud roar.

  • D) He ran away and hid from the Troll.

  1. What happened to the Troll in the end?

  • A) He became friends with the Billy Goats.

  • B) He moved to another bridge.

  • C) He sank into the river and was never seen again.

  • D) He apologized to the Billy Goats.

Answers:

  1. Answer: B) Big Billy Goat Gruff, Middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff, Little Billy Goat Gruff

  2. Answer: C) To eat yummy grass on the mountain

  3. Answer: C) "Wait for your bigger brother!"

  4. Answer: B) He fought the Troll and threw him over the bridge.

  5. Answer: C) He sank into the river and was never seen again.

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