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Thirteenth



There was once a father who had thirteen sons, the youngest of whom was named…. Thirteenth. The father had hard work to support his children, but made what he could gathering herbs. In order to encourage the kids to work faster the mother would say to them, "The one who comes home first shall have herb soup." Thirteenth always returned first, and he always got the most herb soup. Because of this his brothers hated him and planned to get rid of him.

Now, close to the town where Thirteenth stayed, there lived a terrible, wicked, nasty Ogre! One day, the king issued a proclamation in the city - Whoever is brave enough to steal the ogre's blanket will receive a sack of gold.

Thirteenth's brothers went to the king and said, "Majesty, we have a brother, named Thirteenth, who is confident that he can do what you wish."

The king said, "Bring him to me at once."

They brought Thirteenth, who said, "Majesty, how is it possible to steal the ogre's blanket? If he sees me he will eat me!"

"No matter, you must go," said the king. "I know that you are bold, and this act of bravery you must perform."

Thirteenth departed and went to the house of the ogre, who was away. His wife, the ogress was in the kitchen. Thirteenth entered quietly and hid himself under the bed. At night the ogre returned. He ate his supper and went to bed, saying as he did so,

"I smell the smell of human flesh; Where I see it I will swallow it!"

The ogress replied, "Be still! No one has entered here."

The ogre began to snore, and Thirteenth pulled the blanket a little. The ogre awoke and cried, "What is that?"

Thirteenth began to mew like a cat. The ogress said, "Scat! scat!" and clapped her hands, and then fell asleep again with the ogre. Then Thirteenth gave a hard pull, seized the blanket, and ran away. The ogre heard him running, recognized him in the dark, and said, "I know you! You are Thirteenth, without a doubt!"

Thirteenth received his sack of gold and was happy. Soon after the king issued another proclamation - Whoever steals the ogre's horse and brings it to me will receive another sack of gold.

Thirteenth again presented himself and said, “ I’ll need a silk ladder and a bag of cakes.”

With these things he departed, and went at night to the ogre's house and sneaked into the stable. The horse neighed, but Thirteenth offered it a cake, saying, "Eat this old nag. It’s yummy! If you will come with me, my master will give you these for the rest of your life."

Then he gave it another cake, saying, "Let me mount you and see how we go."

So he mounted it, kept feeding it with cakes, and brought it to the king's stable.

Another mission accomplished, Thirteenth received another sack of gold. The king issued another proclamation - Whoever steals the ogre's pillow and brings it to me will receive another sack of gold.

Thirteenth said, "Majesty, how is that possible? The pillow is full of little bells, the ogre will wake up!."

"Whatever!," said the king. "I wish it at any cost."

That night Thirteenth went and crept under the ogre's bed. At midnight he stretched out his hand very softly, but the little bells all tinkled. "What is that?" said the ogre.

"Nothing," replied the ogress, "perhaps it is the wind that makes them ring."

But the ogre, who was suspicious, pretended to sleep but kept his ears open. Thirteenth stretched out his hand again. The ogre put out his arm and seized him. "Now you are caught! Just wait! I will make you suffer for your first trick, for your second, and for your third."

After this, he imprisoned Thirteenth in a barrel and began to feed him on raisins and figs to fatten him up for the pot. After a while, he said, "Stick out your finger, Thirteenth, so that I can see whether you are fat."

Thirteenth found a mouse's tail and stuck that out.

"Ah, how thin you are!" said the ogre; "and besides, you smell disgusting! Eat more raisins and figs, and get fat soon!"

After a few more days the ogre told him again, “Put out your finger,” and Thirteenth stuck out a twig.

"Eh, wretch! are you still skinny? Eat, eat, and get fat soon."

At the end of a month, Thirteenth had nothing more to stick out and had to stick out his finger. The ogre cried out in joy, "He is fat, he is fat!"

He called his wife "Quick, my ogress, heat the oven. We will make a fine banquet of Thirteenth."

The ogress heated the oven three days and three nights, and then released Thirteenth from the barrel, and said to him, "Come here, Thirteenth, we have got to put the lamb in the oven."

But Thirteenth knew what she was planning; and when he approached the oven, he said, "Ah, mother ogress, what is that black thing in the corner of the oven?"

The ogress stooped down a little but saw nothing.

"Stoop down again," said Thirteenth, "so that you can see it."

When she stooped down again, Thirteenth kicked her into the oven, and then closed the oven door.

The ogre heard his wife’s cries for help and came rushing in. He rushed for the oven, tripping over chairs and tables, making a terrible racket. In the midst of the confusion, Thirteenth ran for the bed, seized the pillow and ran away to the king with the prize under his arm

After this, the king said to Thirteenth, "Listen, Thirteenth. To complete your valiant exploits, I wish you to bring me the ogre himself, in person, alive and well."

"How can I, your Majesty?" said Thirteenth.

He pondered a bit and then said "I see how, now!"

Then he had a very strong chest made, and disguised himself as a monk, with a long, false beard, and went to the ogre's house, and called out to him, "Do you know Thirteenth? The wretch! He has killed our master, but if I catch him, I will shut him up in this chest!"

At these words, the ogre approached, "I, too, would like to help you, against that little weasel. He has made my life a misery!"

"But what shall we do?" said the pretend monk. "I do not know Thirteenth. Do you know him?"

"Yes, sir."

"Then tell me, mighty ogre, how tall is he?"

"As tall as I am."

"If that is so," said Thirteenth, "let us see whether this chest will hold you. If it will hold you, it will hold him."

"Good idea!" said the ogre; and got into the chest. Then Thirteenth shut the chest and said, "Look carefully, mighty ogre, and see if there are any holes in the chest."

"There are none."

"Just wait; let us see whether it shuts well, and is heavy to carry."

Meanwhile, Thirteenth shut and nailed up the chest, took it on his back, and hurried to the city. When the ogre cried from inside, "Enough, now!"

Thirteenth ran faster, and, laughing, taunted the ogre,

"I am Thirteenth, Who carries you on my back. I have tricked you and now I must deliver you to the king."

The ogre roared with rage, but could not escape! When Thirteenth reached the king, The king gave Thirteenth all the riches and treasures he could bestow on him. The king then had an iron chain attached to the ogre's hands and feet and made him gnaw bones for the rest of his miserable life.


QUIZ TIME! 🏰👑

Question 1: What was the name of the youngest son in the family?

  • A) Thirteenth 🌟

  • B) Twelfth 🎯

  • C) Tenth 🎈

  • D) Fifteenth 🎉

Question 2: What did Thirteenth's brothers persuade him to steal from the ogre?

  • A) His crown 👑

  • B) His blanket 🛌

  • C) His sword ⚔️

  • D) His magic wand 🪄

Question 3: How did Thirteenth manage to steal the ogre's horse?

  • A) He offered it a bag of cakes 🍰

  • B) He rode it while the ogre was sleeping 🌙

  • C) He used a magic spell ✨

  • D) He played a song to calm it down 🎵

Question 4: What was the challenge for Thirteenth's third mission from the king?

  • A) To steal the ogre's jewels 💎

  • B) To capture the ogre's dog 🐕

  • C) To bring the ogre's pillow 🛏️

  • D) To find the ogre's secret treasure 🗝️

Question 5: How did Thirteenth manage to capture the ogre himself?

  • A) He trapped the ogre in a magical net 🕸️

  • B) He lured the ogre into a chest and locked it 📦

  • C) He challenged the ogre to a duel and won ⚔️

  • D) He convinced the ogre to surrender peacefully 🕊️

Answers:

  1. A) Thirteenth 🌟

  2. B) His blanket 🛌

  3. A) He offered it a bag of cakes 🍰

  4. C) To bring the ogre's pillow 🛏️

  5. B) He lured the ogre into a chest and locked it 📦

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