OUR STOLEN CULTURE, VOLUME I: NATIVE RELIGION OF THE EUROPEAN RACES, PART 4: TALES OF FREYA, CHAPTER 12: HATED MAN AND THE DOGS 1: There was once a cold, frozen forest, in which there was no food to be found for either man or beast. Then a man sprouted like a tree from the ground. He was called "Hated Man". Hated Man had no father or mother, but was birthed from the earth itself. From the frozen earth, Hated Man formed a great iron cauldron, and his cauldron was soon blessed by three gods. 2: First, Odin touched the cauldron with his spear, and this gave the cauldron the ability to answer truthfully any question which was asked of it. Then, Freya touched the cauldron with her torc. This did not give the cauldron the power to create anything. However, it gave the cauldron the ability to expand to any size, and to change the form of any object placed within it, to a form more useful to the person who had placed the object within it, although it was limited in the extent of the transformations it could produce. 3: Then, Thor touched the cauldron with his hammer, and this gave the cauldron the ability to spit out on command, any item which was requested of it. However, the cauldron's creative powers were not unlimited. There was a limit to how much it could bring forth each day, although come the following morning, its powers were always renewed. 4: For a time, Hated Man lived in luxury and splendor, owing to the powers of his magic cauldron. However, in a nearby land there lived a peculiar race of dogs. These dogs were most strange, because they walked on their hind legs, and spoke as do men. Thus from afar they gave the appearance of being men, although on closer examination, one could plainly see that they were only beasts. 5: Now, these dogs had no magic cauldron to feed them, and the land in which they lived, though not quite as barren as the forest from which Hated Man had sprouted, still did not provide them with anywhere near the luxury, splendor or ease of life as Hated Man enjoyed by means of his magic cauldron. For that reason, two of the dogs, one male and one female, went to Hated Man and begged him to feed them, lamenting that they would starve if they stayed in their own land. 6: Now, Hated Man was quite kind at heart, and so he commanded his cauldron to spit out meat for the two dogs to eat, which of course the cauldron did. For a time, Hated Man and the two dogs lived quite happily together in the forest, and every day, Hated Man simply commanded his magic cauldron to spit out meat for his two guests. 7: This meant that the cauldron could not spit out quite as many things for the enjoyment of Hated Man, but that was perfectly fine because the cauldron's creative powers were quite vast. Then one day, the she-dog bore four pups to the he-dog. Then some time later, those four pups produced eight more pups, and so the dogs began to multiply. 8: Soon four became eight, eight became sixteen, sixteen became thirty-two, thirty-two became sixty-four, and so on and so forth. Thus as time passed, Hated Man was forced to command his cauldron to spit out ever more and more meat each day for the dogs, and to spit out ever less and less of everything else. 9: One day, when the dogs had multiplied to quite an immense number, the cauldron simply refused to spit out enough meat to feed all of them. Although it did spit out some meat for them, the amount of meat which it gave them was a bit too little to go around. You see, the magic cauldron was now at its limit of how much it could produce in any day, and it simply could not produce any more. 10: At this the dogs became quite angry, because they knew that the amount of meat produced would not be enough to feed all of them. Therefore they turned to Odin, the god of truth, and demanded to know why the cauldron would not spit out any more meat for them. Odin then replied, truthfully, that the cauldron simply was not able to spit out any more meat that day, and that the dogs would have to make do with what they had. 11: The dogs were very angry at this, and so they viciously chased Odin away with much barking and snapping. No sooner had Odin departed, than the magic cauldron ceased to give a truthful answer to any question which was sufficiently important. Whenever a trivial question was asked of the cauldron, the cauldron would answer truthfully in order to trick the asker into thinking that the cauldron was still honest. However, whenever any sufficiently important question was asked of the cauldron, the cauldron would always reply with as cunning and mischievous a lie as one could possibly imagine. 12: Angry that the cauldron still wasn't providing them with enough meat, the dogs then went to Freya and asked her what to do. Freya explained to the dogs that the reason why they did not have enough meat to eat, was because they had forgotten how to hunt, instead allowing themselves to become dependent on the magic cauldron for their meals, and had simultaneously allowed their number to increase beyond the number of dogs for whom the cauldron could provide enough meat. 13: Freya then told the dogs that in order to solve their problem, they must either reduce their population to a number which could be adequately fed by the cauldron, or else re-learn how to hunt so that they would not need the cauldron. Now, the dogs most resented hearing this, and so they went to the magic cauldron, which they still considered to be completely honest and trustworthy, and demanded that the magic cauldron tell them the true cause of their troubles, and offer them a true means of alleviating the same. 14: Now, with Odin gone, the magic cauldron was most mischievous and deceitful. Thus it told the dogs that while they had been sleeping one night, Freya had secretly forged countless invisible, magic chains with which to bind them, and that during the night while they all slept, Freya had secretly fastened one of those magic chains around the necks of each of the dogs. 15: The magic cauldron then also told the dogs that the invisible, magic chains were the reason why the cauldron could not provide them with as much meat as they desired, and that if they could rid themselves of Freya, then the invisible chains would all fall away and the cauldron would provide them with anything and everything they could possibly desire. 16: Now, even though the chains didn't actually exist, and were supposedly invisible anyway, the dogs suddenly began to see, and feel, their non-existent chains weighing heavily around their necks nonetheless, and began to hear them clanking loudly everywhere they went. Now feeling quite bitter and resentful, the dogs went and found Freya, and then angrily chased her away just as they had afore chased Odin away, although now the dogs were angrier, and so their barking and snapping was more fierce. 17: Before the dogs had chased Freya away, the cauldron had always spat out the best and most wholesome meats imaginable. Now with Freya gone, the cauldron continued to spit out just as much meat each day as before, but all the meat was now quite tough and rancid, so that it was quite hard for the dogs to eat it, and so that it made them sick whenever they tasted it. 18: Now even angrier, the dogs went to Thor and demanded that he save them from their predicament. Whereas Freya had previously suggested that perhaps the dogs should re-learn to hunt, so that they would no longer be dependent on the cauldron for their meals, Thor now offered to teach the dogs how to hunt. 19: Unfortunately, the dogs were quite incensed by this offer, thinking it most unfair that they themselves should have to work to free themselves of the invisible, non-existent chains which no one had actually forged and which weren't actually around anyone's neck. After all, the only person who could rightfully be asked to remove the non-existent chains which no one had forged and which weren't around anyone's neck anyways, was the very person who hadn't actually forged them and who hadn't actually put them around anyone's neck. Was that not true? 20: Feeling quite resentful of the answer they had received from Thor, the dogs consequently went back to the magic cauldron and again asked it what they should do, for they knew that the magic cauldron could be trusted to provide them with an answer more pleasing to them than the one Thor had given them. This time, the magic cauldron told the dogs that because Thor was offering to help the dogs free themselves from the non-existent chains which Freya hadn't actually put on them, that meant that Thor was conspiring together with Freya to keep the dogs weighed down by their chains, and that consequently the dogs should rid themselves of Thor as well. 21: Thus the dogs viciously chased Thor away, with even more anger than they had previously chased Freya away. Now with Thor gone, the magic cauldron could no longer be made to bring forth anything. Thus the dogs all gathered around the magic cauldron and very angrily demanded to know why it would no longer feed them at all, but this time the magic cauldron said nothing, but only grinned at the dogs mischievously, and then melted back into the frozen earth from whence it had come. 22: It was not long before the dogs had totally devoured every little scrap of meat which remained from the cauldron. Afterward, for a time they lay around in hunger and misery, unsure what to do next, but once their hunger had grown sufficiently great, they all fell viciously upon Hated Man, violently rending him limb from limb and devouring him as the ravenous beasts which they truly were, and the dogs were most resentful, for they hated Hated Man for having brought Odin, Freya and Thor to them. 23: With Hated Man gone, the dogs again lay about in hunger and misery for a time, still unsure what to do, but when their hunger again grew sufficiently great, they soon began arguing with one another over which of them had been the most mistreated by Hated Man. As time passed and the dogs' hunger grew, their arguing about which of them had been the most mistreated, also grew, and they all feel viciously upon one another, tearing apart and devouring one another just as they had previously done to Hated Man. 24: Soon only one of the dogs remained, for he had devoured all of the others. When his hunger again became sufficiently great, he began gnawing off and devouring each and every part of his own body which his jaws could reach. When this last dog had nothing left of himself to eat, he laid himself back down on the frozen ground, and there he soon died. After that, a long time passed, and eventually all memory of the dogs was forgotten. Then one day, Hated Man spontaneously sprouted once again from the earth, just as he had previously. Interpretation: 1: How then is this tale meant to be interpreted? I will tell you. Hated Man is all those people of the races native to Europe who are or have ever been true to Europe's native gods and goddesses. The magic cauldron is all the countries and institutions built by said people. Odin is the courage to seek the truth no matter how much you dislike it. 2: When Odin touched the magic cauldron with his spear, that was Europe's scientific revolution, in which logic, reason and evidence triumphed over faith, dogma and superstition. Freya is the courage to face the consequences of your own actions. When Freya touched the magic cauldron with her torc, that was the emergence of the free market, in which liberty triumphed over tyranny, freedom triumphed over slavery, and self-reliance triumphed over dependency. 3: Thor is the strength to overcome any challenge. When Thor touched the magic cauldron with his hammer, that was the industrial revolution, in which iron tools triumphed over sweat and blood, and profit making machinery triumphed over back breaking labor. All the countless, wondrous items spat out by the magic cauldron, were all the wondrous and useful things created by the scientific method, the free market and the industrial revolution. 4: The peculiar dogs which walk on their hind legs and talk like men, are all the Jews, Negroes, Central American Indians, and all the other countless races of people not native to Europe, for with rare exceptions they are generally not capable of being true to Odin, and therefore are not truly men but only a sophisticated form of beast. Likewise, the dogs are also all those people of the European races who are or ever have been untrue to Odin, for there are many of those as well, and consequently they too are not men but only beasts. 5: The immense multiplication of the dogs which was enabled by the meat given to them by the magic cauldron, was the immense multiplication of persons of the non-European races, as well as of persons who were of the European races but who also lacked the capacity to be faithful to Europe's native gods, all enabled by the immense prosperity produced by the scientific method, the free market and the industrial revolution. 6: When the dogs chased Odin away for informing them that the magic cauldron could not give them any more meat that day, that was the institution of paper currency which governments could print willy-nilly in as large quantities and denominations as they pleased, so as to trick people into thinking themselves wealthier than they actually were. The lies which were told by the magic cauldron after Odin's departure, were all the countless lies told by the educational establishment, the entertainment industry, the news media, governments, the Jewish Marxists who infect countless positions of power, and so on and so forth. 7: The countless invisible, non-existent chains which no one actually forged and which weren't actually fastened around anyone's neck, were all the countless ways in which people of the European races are falsely accused of harming or inhibiting people of other races. Thus when the dogs chased Freya away for informing them that their hunger was caused by them having increased too greatly in numbers and by them having forgotten how to hunt, this was the denial of genetic inequality both between and also within the various races, the denial of the reality of the declining genetic quality of all races and of humanity as a whole due to dysgenic fertility, the denial of the resulting steady decrease in the number of productive persons and steady increase in the number of dependent persons, and the utter refusal to do anything about any of it. 8: When the dogs chased Thor away for offering to teach them how to hunt, that was the collapse of productive industry under the overbearing weight of countless laws meant to impose equality between inherently unequal races. Then when the cauldron refused to spit out any more meat for the dogs, and instead melted back into the earth from whence it came, that was the inevitable collapse of the economies of the countries of the European races, which will be brought about by the eventual refusal of foreign countries to accept their worthless, fraudulent currencies in trade. 9: When the dogs all killed and devoured Hated Man, blaming him falsely for all of their problems, that was what all the races not native to Europe are going to do to the races native to Europe once there are no longer enough people of the races native to Europe to babysit all the other races of people. Likewise, when the dogs all broke into a big argument over which of them had been the most mistreated by Hated Man, and then all killed and devoured one another because they were hungry and could not resolve their dispute, that was what all the races of people not native to Europe will do to one another and to themselves once they have killed every person of the races native to Europe whom they can kill, and there is consequently nobody left to babysit them at all. 10: The long time which passed after the deaths of the dogs, was the long period of barbarism and savagery which will follow the vanishing or at least the significant decline of the races native to Europe. Lastly, the eventual re-sprouting of Hated Man from the earth yet again, is the eventual re-emergence of people of the European races who will be true to their native gods, which will eventually be brought about by Darwinian natural selection for the same reasons as it was brought about by that method previously. 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OUR STOLEN CULTURE, VOLUME I: NATIVE RELIGION OF THE EUROPEAN RACES, PART 4: TALES OF FREYA, CHAPTER 11: A THIEF ROBBED 1: There was once a thief who stole a great and valuable treasure from someone in his village. Afterward, everyone in the village was searching desperately for the stolen treasure, for it was quite important and all desperately wanted it returned. The thief feared that someone would find the stolen treasure, and that when they found it, they would discover that it was he who stole it. 2: Therefore the thief was desperate to rid himself of the stolen treasure as quickly as possible. However, the thief wondered where he might hide the stolen treasure, where no one else might find it, but where he could in time return for it after the other people of the village had forgotten about it. 3: Now, the thief knew of a dark, secluded cave far from the village, where no one ever went. Therefore the thief said to himself "I will go and hide the stolen treasure in that cave, and leave it there until the others have stopped searching for it. Thus the stolen treasure will be safe from them, and they will not learn that it was I who stole it. Then when they have forgotten about it, it will be safe for me to retrieve it." 4: Thus in the dark of the night, while the rest of the village slept, the thief took the stolen treasure and crept out of the village, far away to the secluded cave. Upon reaching the cave, he went in, and went to the deepest part of the cave. There, he hid the stolen treasure behind a large rock so that it might not be seen. 5: Feeling rather smug at his own cleverness, the thief crept silently back to the village, went back to his house, and went to sleep in his bed so as to make it appear that he had done nothing. Then the thief began to wait for the others in the village to forget about the stolen treasure, so that it would be safe for him to go and retrieve it. 6: At first the thief waited for a few days, but then days became weeks, weeks became months, and eventually months became years. In time, the others in the village did indeed give up searching for the stolen treasure, and did indeed forget about it. Therefore eventually, some years after the thief had hidden the stolen treasure in the cave, he at least decided that it was safe to go and retrieve it. 7: Thus on yet another dark night, the thief again crept silently out of the village and out to the dark, secluded cave where he had afore hidden the stolen treasure. Upon reaching the cave, he again went in and returned to the exact place where he had afore hidden the stolen treasure. 8: Upon reaching the exact place where he had hidden the stolen treasure, the thief peered behind the exact same rock, expecting to see the stolen treasure waiting for him. However to his horror, he found that the stolen treasure was now missing. Frantically the thief searched all around the cave, yet to his dismay, the stolen treasure was nowhere to be found. 9: You see, unbeknownst to the first thief, there had been a second thief in that same village, and that second thief had stolen something different. The second thief had likewise feared that someone would find that which he had stolen, and that upon finding it, they would discover that it was he who had stolen it. 10: Therefore the second thief had gone out to the same dark cave to hide that which he had stolen, and had thought to hide it in exactly the same place as had the first thief. However, upon reaching the cave and going to the deepest part of it just as the first thief had, the second thief had thought to hide his own stolen treasure behind the exact same rock as had the first thief, and in doing so, had inadvertently discovered the treasure which had been stolen by the first thief. 11: Upon discovering the treasure which had been stolen by the first thief, the second thief, being a thief, had naturally stolen that treasure as well. Thus all the best laid plans of the first thief, which had outwitted all the good, honest people of the village, were nonetheless spoilt by fate, all because the very cave which attracted the first thief, also later attracted a second. Moral: 1: Whatever sort of person you are, you will tend to find yourself going to similar places and doing similar things as others who are similar to yourself. Therefore if you are a good person who does good things for others, you will tend to find yourself surrounded by good people who will do good things back to you. Likewise if you are a bad person who does bad things to others, you will tend to find yourself surrounded by bad people who will do bad things back to you. 2: Because the first thief was a thief, he was naturally inclined to look for a safe place where he could hide the treasure he had stolen, so that no one would discover that he had stolen it. However, the exact same place which offered the first thief a good means to hide the treasure he had stolen, also offered the exact same means to a second thief as well. It was for that reason that the second thief was inclined to go to the exact same place as was the first thief, and it was that which caused the second thief to steal the exact same treasure which the first thief had formerly stolen from someone else. 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OUR STOLEN CULTURE, VOLUME I: NATIVE RELIGION OF THE EUROPEAN RACES, PART 4: TALES OF FREYA, CHAPTER 10: THREE BROTHERS IN A FOREST 1: Three brothers became lost in the forest one day. They had in their possession a map and a riding horse. The three brothers all hated one another, and soon fell to bickering about which way they ought to go. After much heated argument, they realized that they could not travel together, and so they agreed to each go their separate ways. 2: The eldest brother, who was haughty and quite selfish, stated that he would take the horse. The middle brother was mischievous and of sharp wit, but not especially wise. Therefore he agreed to let the elder brother take the horse, but insisted on taking the map for himself. 3: Said the middle brother to himself regarding the elder brother: "That bold and blustering fool! Without a map, he could not find his way out of the forest even without a horse. If he then also has a horse upon which to ride, but still no map to find his way, he will be able to lose himself far deeper in the forest than he ever could if he had only his feet to carry him." 4: Thus the mischievous middle brother gladly let the elder brother take the horse, thinking that the horse would be the elder brother's undoing and that he would thus be rid of him. Now, the elder brother was quite proud and so gladly let the middle brother take the map, thinking that he could find his way out of the forest just as well without it. 5: Thus the elder brother rode off bravely on the horse, riding quickly and dangerously with no particular idea where he was going. In contrast, the middle brother stopped for a moment to study his map. On the map, he saw a large and lavish city not too far away. Now as I afore mentioned, the middle brother had cleverness but not wisdom. 6: Therefore he cared only for petty material pleasures and nothing else. He loved to drink, to gamble and to hire whores, and was little interested in anything else, despite being quite cunning and crafty in attaining his foolish desires. When the middle brother saw the lavish city on the map, he said to himself: "Surely in that great place must be all manner of pleasures which I can enjoy.". Thus the middle brother set out on foot toward the lavish city which was shewn on the map. 7: Now, the younger of the three brothers was left with nothing, and naturally felt rather cheated by the other two. However, though he had neither the courage and bluster of the elder brother, nor the mischievous wit of the middle brother, the younger brother nonetheless had a great deal more wisdom than the other two. 8: Therefore the younger brother said to himself: "I know not where the middle brother goes, but since he follows the map, he surely must know. Furthermore, he is a most foolish man. Therefore the place to which he goes must surely be a most foolish place. Therefore I shall go the opposite way as he, and will therefore surely find myself in a better place than he.". 9: I shall now tell you what fate dealt to each of those three brothers. The elder of them rode his horse round and round every which way through the forest at great speed. However, he had no idea where he was going or how to get there, and so the further he rode, the deeper into the forest he went and the more he lost his way. 10: In time the horse tired and could be ridden no more. At last, cold and hunger beset the elder brother, and he died alone in the forest. As for the middle brother, he walked for a long time, guided by his map, and eventually found his way to the great city which the map showed. There sure enough the middle brother found plenty of drinking, gambling and whoredom, and was delighted thereby. 11: Now, the middle brother was a clever cheater and conman. Thus for a time he earned much money by swindling others, and of course squandered it all on drinking, gambling and whores. However, there were also a great deal of other young men of precisely the same sort, attracted to that same city, for precisely the same reasons. Thus the city was filled through and through with the worst sort of rabble imaginable. 12: The middle brother had not been in that city for very long, before he was caught cheating someone in gambling and was consequently stabbed to death in a drunken fight. Thus the middle brother died not much better than the elder. What then became of the younger brother? 13: The younger brother, possessing neither a horse to carry him nor a map to guide him, but with the wisdom to know what sort of place he ought to seek, walked resolutely in the exact opposite way as the middle brother had gone. The younger brother had no reason for doing this save that he knew the middle brother to be quite a bad fellow who would naturally seek out a bad place, and that he consequently wished to be as far away as possible from wherever the middle brother was going. 14: Now, there was another man who had formerly lived in that same lavish city, but who had fled it in disgust in order to escape it's decadence, and had gone to live alone far out in the forest. There he had for many years carried on a humble but honest trade as a woodcutter, and was a good, moral man. 15: In time past, this humble woodcutter had had a quite able-bodied and industrious son with him who had been much help to him in his trade. However, a few years ago the woodcutter's son had grown weary of his father's humble life in the forest, and so had left to seek his fortune elsewhere. 16: The woodcutter was now quite an old man and, finding that his work grew ever more and more difficult as time passed, longed for the return of his son. As fate would have it, the younger of the three brothers happened across the woodcutter as he was struggling with a rather heavy bundle of sticks, and out of kindness, offered to carry it for him. 17: The old woodcutter accepted the younger brother's help, and so the younger brother carried the bundle of sticks back to the woodcutter's hut. There they spoke for a time, and each learned of the other's plight. After that, the younger of the three brothers worked in the employ of the old man, helping him to chop branches, saw wood and the like, and in exchange the old man gave the younger of the three brothers food and lodging. 18: Now, the old woodcutter also had a daughter who was approaching marriageable age. She was a simple but comely young maiden. About her there is little to say save that she was a good, honest and virtuous young woman. In time the woodcutter died, for he was quite old. 19: Upon his death, the woodcutter, his son having long ago abandoned him, left all that he owned to the younger of the three brothers, but on one condition: that the younger of the three brothers had to marry the woodcutter's daughter. This was so that she would not be left without anyone to care for her. 20: Thus the younger of the three brothers married the woodcutter's daughter, and though the woodcutter had not much of an inheritance to leave them, they were able to earn a simple but honest living in the woodcutter's trade with the tools which the woodcutter had left them. Thus the two of them lived a plain, simple but good life together for the rest of their days. Moral: 1: Before you can go anywhere in life, you first need to know how to get there. The elder brother with his horse could easily have gotten wherever he wished before either of the others could have, had he only known how to get there. However, since he knew not how to get to wherever he might have wanted to go, he consequently went nowhere at all, despite going much faster than either of the others. 2: However, even knowing how to get to where you want to go in life, is less important than knowing where you ought to want to go in life. The middle brother with his map was easily able to find his way to the place where he wished to go. However, despite his cleverness at finding the way to his destination, he was actually quite the fool for having chosen such a destination in the first place. 3: In contrast the younger brother, despite not being able to travel as quickly as the elder brother, nor being able to find his way as precisely as the middle brother, nonetheless actually fared far better than either of them, and it was because the younger brother had far more wisdom in choosing where to go, despite being both less clever in choosing how to get there, and likewise much slower on his way. 4: The ability to go far in life is good, the cleverness to know exactly which way to go to get where you want to go in life is better, but the wisdom to know where you should want to go in life is best of all. Another Moral: 1: Whatever sort of person you are, you will tend to find yourself going to similar places and doing similar things as others who are similar to yourself. Therefore if you are a good person who does good things for others, you will tend to find yourself surrounded by good people who will do good things back to you. Likewise if you are a bad person who does bad things to others, you will tend to find yourself surrounded by bad people who will do bad things back to you. 2: The middle brother was a bad man, and so he was inclined to go to the same place and do the same things as other bad men. Thus just as he mistreated others, he found himself surrounded by others who mistreated him. In contrast, the younger brother was a good man, and so he was inclined to go to the same place and do the same things as another good man. Thus just as he did good things for others, the other good man did good things for him as well. 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OUR STOLEN CULTURE, VOLUME I: NATIVE RELIGION OF THE EUROPEAN RACES, PART 4: TALES OF FREYA, CHAPTER 9: LITTLE THUMB 1: Once upon a time there lived a woodcutter and his wife; they had seven children, all boys. The eldest was but ten years old, and the youngest only seven. People were astonished that the woodcutter had had so many children in such a short time, but his wife was very fond of children, and never had less than two at a time. 2: They were very poor, and their seven children inconvenienced them greatly, because not one of them was able to earn his own way. They were especially concerned, because the youngest was very sickly. He scarcely ever spoke a word, which they considered to be a sign of stupidity, although it was in truth a mark of good sense. He was very little, and when born was no bigger than one's thumb, for which reason they called him Little Thumb. 3: The poor child bore the blame of everything that went wrong in the house. Guilty or not, he was always held to be at fault. He was, notwithstanding, more cunning and had a far greater share of wisdom than all his brothers put together, and although he spoke little, he listened well. 4: There came a very bad year, and the famine was so great that these poor people decided to rid themselves of their children. One evening, when the children were all in bed and the woodcutter was sitting with his wife at the fire, he said to her, with his heart ready to burst with grief, "You see plainly that we are not able to keep our children, and I cannot see them starve to death before my face. I am resolved to lose them in the woods tomorrow, which may very easily be done; for, while they are busy in tying up the bundles of wood, we can leave them, without their noticing." 5: "Ah!" cried out his wife; "and can you yourself have the heart to take your children out along with you on purpose to abandon them?" 6: In vain her husband reminded her of their extreme poverty. She would not consent to it. Yes, she was poor, but she was their mother. However, after having considered what a grief it would be for her to see them perish with hunger, she at last consented, and went to bed in tears. 7: Little Thumb heard every word that had been spoken; for observing, as he lay in his bed, that they were talking very busily, he got up softly, and hid under his father's stool, in order to hear what they were saying without being seen. He went to bed again, but did not sleep a wink all the rest of the night, thinking about what he had to do. He got up early in the morning, and went to the riverside, where he filled his pockets with small white pebbles, and then returned home. 8: They all went out, but Little Thumb never told his brothers one syllable of what he knew. They went into a very thick forest, where they could not see one another at ten paces distance. The woodcutter began his work, and the children gathered up the sticks into bundles. Their father and mother, seeing them busy at their work, slipped away from them without being seen, and returned home along a byway through the bushes. 9: When the children saw they had been left alone, they began to cry as loudly as they could. Little Thumb let them cry, knowing very well how to get home again, for he had dropped the little white pebbles all along the way. Then he said to them, "Don't be afraid, brothers. Father and mother have left us here, but I will lead you home again. Just follow me." 10: They did so, and he took them home by the very same way they had come into the forest. They dared not go in, but sat down at the door, listening to what their father and mother were saying. 11: The woodcutter and his wife had just arrived home, when the lord of the manor sent them ten crowns, which he had owed them a long while, and which they never expected. This gave them new life, for the poor people were almost famished. The woodcutter sent his wife immediately to the butcher's. As it had been a long while since they had eaten, she bought three times as much meat as would be needed for two people. 12: When they had eaten, the woman said, "Alas! Where are our poor children now? They would make a good feast of what we have left here; but it was you, William, who decided to abandon them. I told you that we would be sorry for it. What are they now doing in the forest? Alas, dear God, the wolves have perhaps already eaten them up. You are very inhuman to have abandoned your children in this way." 13: The woodcutter at last lost his patience, for she repeated it more than twenty times, that they would be sorry for it, and that she was right for having said so. He threatened to beat her if she did not hold her tongue. It was not that the woodcutter was less upset than his wife, but that she was nagging him. He, like many others, was of the opinion that wives should say the right thing, but that they should not do so too often. 14: She nearly drowned herself in tears, crying out, "Alas! Where are now my children, my poor children?" 15: She spoke this so very loud that the children, who were at the gate, began to cry out all together, "Here we are! Here we are!" 16: She immediately ran to open the door, and said, hugging them, "I am so glad to see you, my dear children; you are very hungry and tired. And my poor Peter, you are horribly dirty; come in and let me clean you." 17: Now, you must know that Peter was her eldest son, whom she loved above all the rest, because he had red hair, as she herself did. 18: They sat down to supper and ate with a good appetite, which pleased both father and mother. They told them how frightened they had been in the forest, speaking almost always all together. The parents were extremely glad to see their children once more at home, and this joy continued while the ten crowns lasted; but, when the money was all gone, they fell again into their former uneasiness, and decided to abandon them again. This time they resolved to take them much deeper into the forest than before. 19: Although they tried to talk secretly about it, again they were overheard by Little Thumb, who made plans to get out of this difficulty as well as he had the last time. However, even though he got up very early in the morning to go and pick up some little pebbles, he could not do so, for he found the door securely bolted and locked. Their father gave each of them a piece of bread for their breakfast, and he fancied he might make use of this instead of the pebbles, by throwing it in little bits all along the way; and so he put it into his pocket. 20: Their father and mother took them into the thickest and most obscure part of the forest, then, slipping away by an obscure path, they left them there. Little Thumb was not concerned, for he thought he could easily find the way again by means of his bread, which he had scattered along the way; but he was very much surprised when he could not find so much as one crumb. The birds had come and had eaten every bit of it up. They were now in great distress, for the farther they went the more lost and bewildered they became. 21: Night now came on, and there arose a terrible high wind, which made them dreadfully afraid. They fancied they heard on every side of them the howling of wolves coming to eat them up. They scarcely dared to speak or turn their heads. After this, it rained very hard, which drenched them to the skin; their feet slipped at every step they took, and they fell into the mire, getting them muddy all over. Their hands were numb with cold. 22: Little Thumb climbed to the top of a tree, to see if he could discover anything. Turning his head in every direction, he saw at last a glimmering light, like that of a candle, but a long way from the forest. He came down, but from the ground, he could no longer see it, which concerned him greatly. However, after walking for some time with his brothers in the direction where he had seen the light, he perceived it again as he came out of the woods. 23: They came at last to the house where this candle was, but not without many fearful moments, for every time they walked down into a hollow they lost sight of it. They knocked at the door, and a good woman opened it. She asked them what they wanted. 24: Little Thumb told her they were poor children who had been lost in the forest, and begged her, for God's sake, to give them lodging. 25: The woman, seeing that they were good looking children, began to weep, and said to them, "Alas, poor babies, where are you from? Do you know that this house belongs to a cruel ogre who eats up little children?" 26: "Ah! dear madam," answered Little Thumb (who, as well as his brothers, was trembling all over), "what shall we do? If you refuse to let us sleep here then the wolves of the forest surely will devour us tonight. We would prefer the gentleman to eat us, but perhaps he would take pity upon us, especially if you would beg him to." 27: The ogre's wife, who believed she could hide them from her husband until morning, let them come in, and had them to warm themselves at a very good fire. There was a whole sheep on the spit, roasting for the ogre's supper. 28: After they warmed up a little, they heard three or four great raps at the door. This was the ogre, who was come home. Hearing him, she hid them under the bed and opened the door. The ogre immediately asked if supper was ready and the wine drawn, and then sat down at the table. The sheep was still raw and bloody, but he preferred it that way. He sniffed about to the right and left, saying, "I smell fresh meat." 29: His wife said, "You can smell the calf which I have just now killed and flayed." 30: "I smell fresh meat, I tell you once more," replied the ogre, looking crossly at his wife, "and there is something here which I do not understand." 31: As he spoke these words he got up from the table and went directly to the bed. "Ah, hah!" he said. "I see then how you would cheat me, you cursed woman; I don't know why I don't eat you as well. It is fortunate for you that you are tough old carrion. But here is good game, which has luckily arrived just in time to serve to three ogre friends who are coming here to visit in a day or two." 32: With that he dragged the children out from under the bed, one by one. The poor children fell upon their knees, and begged his pardon; but they were dealing with one of the cruelest ogres in the world. Far from having any pity on them, he had already devoured them with his eyes. He told his wife that they would be delicate eating with good savory sauce. He then took a large knife, and, approaching the poor children, sharpened it on a large whetstone which he held in his left hand. 33: He had already taken hold of one of them when his wife said to him, "Why do it now? Is it not tomorrow soon enough?" 34: "Hold your chatter," said the ogre; "they will be more tender, if I kill them now." 35: "But you have so much meat already," replied his wife. "You have no need for more. Here are a calf, two sheep, and half a hog." 36: "That is true," said the ogre. "Feed them so they don't get too thin, and put them to bed." 37: The good woman was overjoyed at this, and offered them a good supper, but they were so afraid that they could not eat a bit. As for the ogre, he sat down to drink, being highly pleased that he now had something special to treat his friends. He drank a dozen glasses more than ordinary, which went to his head and made him sleepy. 38: The ogre had seven little daughters. These young ogresses all had very fine complexions, because they ate fresh meat like their father; but they had little gray eyes which were quite round, hooked noses, and very long sharp teeth, well spaced from each other. As of yet they were not overly mischievous, but they showed great promise for it, for they had already bitten little children in order to suck their blood. 39: They had been put to bed early, all seven in a large bed, and each of them wearing a crown of gold on her head. The ogre's wife gave the seven little boys a bed just as large and in the same room, then she went to bed to her husband. 40: Little Thumb, who had observed that the ogre's daughters had crowns of gold upon their heads, and was afraid lest the ogre should change his mind about not killing them, got up about midnight, and, taking his brothers' caps and his own, went very softly and put them on the heads of the seven little ogresses, after having taken off their crowns of gold, which he put on his own head and his brothers', that the ogre might take them for his daughters, and his daughters for the little boys whom he wanted to kill. 41: All of this happened according to his plan, for the ogre awakened about midnight and, regretting that he had put off until morning that which he might have done tonight, he hastily got out of bed and picked up his large knife. "Let us see," he said, "how our little rogues are doing! We'll not make that mistake a second time!" 42: He then went, groping all the way, into his daughters' room. He came to the bed where the little boys lay. They were all fast asleep except Little Thumb, who was terribly afraid when he felt the ogre feeling about his head, as he had done about his brothers'. Feeling the golden crowns, the ogre said, "That would have been a terrible mistake. Truly, I did drink too much last night." 43: Then he went to the bed where the girls lay. Finding the boys' caps on them, he said, "Ah, hah, my merry lads, here you are. Let us get to work." So saying, and without further ado, he cut all seven of his daughters' throats. Well pleased with what he had done, he went to bed again to his wife. 44: As soon as Little Thumb heard the ogre snore, he wakened his brothers and told them to put on their clothes immediately and to follow him. They stole softly down into the garden, and climbed over the wall. They kept running nearly the whole night, trembling all the while, and not knowing which way they were going. 45: The ogre, when he awoke, said to his wife, "Go upstairs and dress those young rascals who came here last night." 46: The ogress was very much surprised at this goodness of her husband, not dreaming how he intended that she should dress them, thinking that he had ordered her to go and put their clothes on them, she went up, and was horribly astonished when she saw her seven daughters with their throats cut and lying in their own blood. 47: She fainted away, for this is the first expedient almost all women find in such cases. The ogre, fearing his wife would be too long in doing what he had ordered, went up himself to help her. He was no less amazed than his wife at this frightful spectacle. 48: "What have I done?" he cried. "Those wretches shall soon pay for this!" He threw a pitcher of water on his wife's face, and, having brought her to herself, cried, "Bring me my seven-league boots at once, so that I can catch them." 49: He went out, and ran this way and that over a vast amount of ground. At last he came to the very road where the poor children were, and not more than a hundred paces from their father's house. They saw the ogre coming, who was stepping from mountain to mountain, and crossing over rivers as easily as if they were little streams. Little Thumb hid himself and his brothers in a nearby hollow rock, all the while keeping watch on the ogre. 50: The ogre was very tired from his long and fruitless journey (for seven-league boots are very tiring to wear), and decided to take a rest. By chance he sat on the rock where the little boys had hid themselves. He was so tired that he fell asleep, and began to snore so frightfully that the poor children were no less afraid of him than when he had held up his large knife and was about to cut their throats. 51: However, Little Thumb was not as frightened as his brothers were, and told them that they immediately should run away towards home while the ogre was asleep so soundly, and that they should not worry about him. They took his advice, and soon reached home. Little Thumb came up to the ogre, pulled off his boots gently and put them on his own feet. 52: The boots were very long and large, but because they were enchanted, they became big or little to fit the person who was wearing them. So they fit his feet and legs as well as if they had been custom made for him. He immediately went to the ogre's house, where he saw his wife crying bitterly for the loss of her murdered daughters. 53: "Your husband," said Little Thumb, "is in very great danger. He has been captured by a gang of thieves, who have sworn to kill him if he does not give them all his gold and silver. At the very moment they were holding their daggers to his throat he saw me, and begged me to come and tell you the condition he is in. You should give me everything he has of value, without keeping back anything at all, for otherwise they will kill him without mercy. Because his case is so very urgent, he lent me his boots (you see I have them on), that I might make the more haste and to show you that he himself has sent me to you." 54: The good woman, being sadly frightened, gave him all she had, for although this ogre ate up little children, he was a good husband. Thus Little Thumb got all the ogre's money. He returned with it to his father's house, where he was received with great joy. 55: There are many people who do not agree with this last detail. They claim that Little Thumb never robbed the ogre at all, that he only made off with the seven-league boots, and that with a good conscience, because the ogre's only use of them was to pursue little children. These folks affirm that they are quite sure of this, because they have often drunk and eaten at the woodcutter's house. 56: These people claim that after taking off the ogre's boots, Little Thumb went to court, where he learned that there was much concern about the outcome of a certain battle and the condition of a certain army, which was two hundred leagues off. They say that he went to the king, and told him that, if he desired it, he would bring him news from the army before night. The king promised him a great sum of money if he could do so. 57: Little Thumb was as good as his word, and returned that very same night with the news. This first feat brought him great fame, and he could then name his own price. Not only did the king pay him very well for carrying his orders to the army, but the ladies of the court paid him handsomely to bring them information about their lovers. Occasionally wives gave him letters for their husbands, but they paid so poorly, that he did not even bother to keep track of the money he made in this branch of his business. 58: After serving as a messenger for some time and thus acquiring great wealth, he went home to his father, where he was received with inexpressible joy. He made the whole family very comfortable, bought positions for his father and brothers, all the while handsomely looking after himself as well. Moral: It is no affliction to have many children, if they all are good looking, courteous, and strong, but if one is sickly or slow-witted, he will be scorned, ridiculed, and despised. However, it is often the little urchin who brings good fortune to the entire family. 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OUR STOLEN CULTURE, VOLUME I: NATIVE RELIGION OF THE EUROPEAN RACES, PART 4: TALES OF FREYA, CHAPTER 11: A THIEF ROBBED 1: There was once a thief who stole a great and valuable treasure from someone in his village. Afterward, everyone in the village was searching desperately for the stolen treasure, for it was quite important and all desperately wanted it returned. The thief feared that someone would find the stolen treasure, and that when they found it, they would discover that it was he who stole it. 2: Therefore the thief was desperate to rid himself of the stolen treasure as quickly as possible. However, the thief wondered where he might hide the stolen treasure, where no one else might find it, but where he could in time return for it after the other people of the village had forgotten about it. 3: Now, the thief knew of a dark, secluded cave far from the village, where no one ever went. Therefore the thief said to himself "I will go and hide the stolen treasure in that cave, and leave it there until the others have stopped searching for it. Thus the stolen treasure will be safe from them, and they will not learn that it was I who stole it. Then when they have forgotten about it, it will be safe for me to retrieve it." 4: Thus in the dark of the night, while the rest of the village slept, the thief took the stolen treasure and crept out of the village, far away to the secluded cave. Upon reaching the cave, he went in, and went to the deepest part of the cave. There, he hid the stolen treasure behind a large rock so that it might not be seen. 5: Feeling rather smug at his own cleverness, the thief crept silently back to the village, went back to his house, and went to sleep in his bed so as to make it appear that he had done nothing. Then the thief began to wait for the others in the village to forget about the stolen treasure, so that it would be safe for him to go and retrieve it. 6: At first the thief waited for a few days, but then days became weeks, weeks became months, and eventually months became years. In time, the others in the village did indeed give up searching for the stolen treasure, and did indeed forget about it. Therefore eventually, some years after the thief had hidden the stolen treasure in the cave, he at least decided that it was safe to go and retrieve it. 7: Thus on yet another dark night, the thief again crept silently out of the village and out to the dark, secluded cave where he had afore hidden the stolen treasure. Upon reaching the cave, he again went in and returned to the exact place where he had afore hidden the stolen treasure. 8: Upon reaching the exact place where he had hidden the stolen treasure, the thief peered behind the exact same rock, expecting to see the stolen treasure waiting for him. However to his horror, he found that the stolen treasure was now missing. Frantically the thief searched all around the cave, yet to his dismay, the stolen treasure was nowhere to be found. 9: You see, unbeknownst to the first thief, there had been a second thief in that same village, and that second thief had stolen something different. The second thief had likewise feared that someone would find that which he had stolen, and that upon finding it, they would discover that it was he who had stolen it. 10: Therefore the second thief had gone out to the same dark cave to hide that which he had stolen, and had thought to hide it in exactly the same place as had the first thief. However, upon reaching the cave and going to the deepest part of it just as the first thief had, the second thief had thought to hide his own stolen treasure behind the exact same rock as had the first thief, and in doing so, had inadvertently discovered the treasure which had been stolen by the first thief. 11: Upon discovering the treasure which had been stolen by the first thief, the second thief, being a thief, had naturally stolen that treasure as well. Thus all the best laid plans of the first thief, which had outwitted all the good, honest people of the village, were nonetheless spoilt by fate, all because the very cave which attracted the first thief, also later attracted a second. Moral: 1: Whatever sort of person you are, you will tend to find yourself going to similar places and doing similar things as others who are similar to yourself. Therefore if you are a good person who does good things for others, you will tend to find yourself surrounded by good people who will do good things back to you. Likewise if you are a bad person who does bad things to others, you will tend to find yourself surrounded by bad people who will do bad things back to you. 2: Because the first thief was a thief, he was naturally inclined to look for a safe place where he could hide the treasure he had stolen, so that no one would discover that he had stolen it. However, the exact same place which offered the first thief a good means to hide the treasure he had stolen, also offered the exact same means to a second thief as well. It was for that reason that the second thief was inclined to go to the exact same place as was the first thief, and it was that which caused the second thief to steal the exact same treasure which the first thief had formerly stolen from someone else. 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OUR STOLEN CULTURE, VOLUME I: NATIVE RELIGION OF THE EUROPEAN RACES, PART 4: TALES OF FREYA, CHAPTER 10: THREE BROTHERS IN A FOREST 1: Three brothers became lost in the forest one day. They had in their possession a map and a riding horse. The three brothers all hated one another, and soon fell to bickering about which way they ought to go. After much heated argument, they realized that they could not travel together, and so they agreed to each go their separate ways. 2: The eldest brother, who was haughty and quite selfish, stated that he would take the horse. The middle brother was mischievous and of sharp wit, but not especially wise. Therefore he agreed to let the elder brother take the horse, but insisted on taking the map for himself. 3: Said the middle brother to himself regarding the elder brother: "That bold and blustering fool! Without a map, he could not find his way out of the forest even without a horse. If he then also has a horse upon which to ride, but still no map to find his way, he will be able to lose himself far deeper in the forest than he ever could if he had only his feet to carry him." 4: Thus the mischievous middle brother gladly let the elder brother take the horse, thinking that the horse would be the elder brother's undoing and that he would thus be rid of him. Now, the elder brother was quite proud and so gladly let the middle brother take the map, thinking that he could find his way out of the forest just as well without it. 5: Thus the elder brother rode off bravely on the horse, riding quickly and dangerously with no particular idea where he was going. In contrast, the middle brother stopped for a moment to study his map. On the map, he saw a large and lavish city not too far away. Now as I afore mentioned, the middle brother had cleverness but not wisdom. 6: Therefore he cared only for petty material pleasures and nothing else. He loved to drink, to gamble and to hire whores, and was little interested in anything else, despite being quite cunning and crafty in attaining his foolish desires. When the middle brother saw the lavish city on the map, he said to himself: "Surely in that great place must be all manner of pleasures which I can enjoy.". Thus the middle brother set out on foot toward the lavish city which was shewn on the map. 7: Now, the younger of the three brothers was left with nothing, and naturally felt rather cheated by the other two. However, though he had neither the courage and bluster of the elder brother, nor the mischievous wit of the middle brother, the younger brother nonetheless had a great deal more wisdom than the other two. 8: Therefore the younger brother said to himself: "I know not where the middle brother goes, but since he follows the map, he surely must know. Furthermore, he is a most foolish man. Therefore the place to which he goes must surely be a most foolish place. Therefore I shall go the opposite way as he, and will therefore surely find myself in a better place than he.". 9: I shall now tell you what fate dealt to each of those three brothers. The elder of them rode his horse round and round every which way through the forest at great speed. However, he had no idea where he was going or how to get there, and so the further he rode, the deeper into the forest he went and the more he lost his way. 10: In time the horse tired and could be ridden no more. At last, cold and hunger beset the elder brother, and he died alone in the forest. As for the middle brother, he walked for a long time, guided by his map, and eventually found his way to the great city which the map showed. There sure enough the middle brother found plenty of drinking, gambling and whoredom, and was delighted thereby. 11: Now, the middle brother was a clever cheater and conman. Thus for a time he earned much money by swindling others, and of course squandered it all on drinking, gambling and whores. However, there were also a great deal of other young men of precisely the same sort, attracted to that same city, for precisely the same reasons. Thus the city was filled through and through with the worst sort of rabble imaginable. 12: The middle brother had not been in that city for very long, before he was caught cheating someone in gambling and was consequently stabbed to death in a drunken fight. Thus the middle brother died not much better than the elder. What then became of the younger brother? 13: The younger brother, possessing neither a horse to carry him nor a map to guide him, but with the wisdom to know what sort of place he ought to seek, walked resolutely in the exact opposite way as the middle brother had gone. The younger brother had no reason for doing this save that he knew the middle brother to be quite a bad fellow who would naturally seek out a bad place, and that he consequently wished to be as far away as possible from wherever the middle brother was going. 14: Now, there was another man who had formerly lived in that same lavish city, but who had fled it in disgust in order to escape it's decadence, and had gone to live alone far out in the forest. There he had for many years carried on a humble but honest trade as a woodcutter, and was a good, moral man. 15: In time past, this humble woodcutter had had a quite able-bodied and industrious son with him who had been much help to him in his trade. However, a few years ago the woodcutter's son had grown weary of his father's humble life in the forest, and so had left to seek his fortune elsewhere. 16: The woodcutter was now quite an old man and, finding that his work grew ever more and more difficult as time passed, longed for the return of his son. As fate would have it, the younger of the three brothers happened across the woodcutter as he was struggling with a rather heavy bundle of sticks, and out of kindness, offered to carry it for him. 17: The old woodcutter accepted the younger brother's help, and so the younger brother carried the bundle of sticks back to the woodcutter's hut. There they spoke for a time, and each learned of the other's plight. After that, the younger of the three brothers worked in the employ of the old man, helping him to chop branches, saw wood and the like, and in exchange the old man gave the younger of the three brothers food and lodging. 18: Now, the old woodcutter also had a daughter who was approaching marriageable age. She was a simple but comely young maiden. About her there is little to say save that she was a good, honest and virtuous young woman. In time the woodcutter died, for he was quite old. 19: Upon his death, the woodcutter, his son having long ago abandoned him, left all that he owned to the younger of the three brothers, but on one condition: that the younger of the three brothers had to marry the woodcutter's daughter. This was so that she would not be left without anyone to care for her. 20: Thus the younger of the three brothers married the woodcutter's daughter, and though the woodcutter had not much of an inheritance to leave them, they were able to earn a simple but honest living in the woodcutter's trade with the tools which the woodcutter had left them. Thus the two of them lived a plain, simple but good life together for the rest of their days. Moral: 1: Before you can go anywhere in life, you first need to know how to get there. The elder brother with his horse could easily have gotten wherever he wished before either of the others could have, had he only known how to get there. However, since he knew not how to get to wherever he might have wanted to go, he consequently went nowhere at all, despite going much faster than either of the others. 2: However, even knowing how to get to where you want to go in life, is less important than knowing where you ought to want to go in life. The middle brother with his map was easily able to find his way to the place where he wished to go. However, despite his cleverness at finding the way to his destination, he was actually quite the fool for having chosen such a destination in the first place. 3: In contrast the younger brother, despite not being able to travel as quickly as the elder brother, nor being able to find his way as precisely as the middle brother, nonetheless actually fared far better than either of them, and it was because the younger brother had far more wisdom in choosing where to go, despite being both less clever in choosing how to get there, and likewise much slower on his way. 4: The ability to go far in life is good, the cleverness to know exactly which way to go to get where you want to go in life is better, but the wisdom to know where you should want to go in life is best of all. Another Moral: 1: Whatever sort of person you are, you will tend to find yourself going to similar places and doing similar things as others who are similar to yourself. Therefore if you are a good person who does good things for others, you will tend to find yourself surrounded by good people who will do good things back to you. Likewise if you are a bad person who does bad things to others, you will tend to find yourself surrounded by bad people who will do bad things back to you. 2: The middle brother was a bad man, and so he was inclined to go to the same place and do the same things as other bad men. Thus just as he mistreated others, he found himself surrounded by others who mistreated him. In contrast, the younger brother was a good man, and so he was inclined to go to the same place and do the same things as another good man. Thus just as he did good things for others, the other good man did good things for him as well. 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OUR STOLEN CULTURE, VOLUME I: NATIVE RELIGION OF THE EUROPEAN RACES, PART 4: TALES OF FREYA, CHAPTER 9: LITTLE THUMB 1: Once upon a time there lived a woodcutter and his wife; they had seven children, all boys. The eldest was but ten years old, and the youngest only seven. People were astonished that the woodcutter had had so many children in such a short time, but his wife was very fond of children, and never had less than two at a time. 2: They were very poor, and their seven children inconvenienced them greatly, because not one of them was able to earn his own way. They were especially concerned, because the youngest was very sickly. He scarcely ever spoke a word, which they considered to be a sign of stupidity, although it was in truth a mark of good sense. He was very little, and when born was no bigger than one's thumb, for which reason they called him Little Thumb. 3: The poor child bore the blame of everything that went wrong in the house. Guilty or not, he was always held to be at fault. He was, notwithstanding, more cunning and had a far greater share of wisdom than all his brothers put together, and although he spoke little, he listened well. 4: There came a very bad year, and the famine was so great that these poor people decided to rid themselves of their children. One evening, when the children were all in bed and the woodcutter was sitting with his wife at the fire, he said to her, with his heart ready to burst with grief, "You see plainly that we are not able to keep our children, and I cannot see them starve to death before my face. I am resolved to lose them in the woods tomorrow, which may very easily be done; for, while they are busy in tying up the bundles of wood, we can leave them, without their noticing." 5: "Ah!" cried out his wife; "and can you yourself have the heart to take your children out along with you on purpose to abandon them?" 6: In vain her husband reminded her of their extreme poverty. She would not consent to it. Yes, she was poor, but she was their mother. However, after having considered what a grief it would be for her to see them perish with hunger, she at last consented, and went to bed in tears. 7: Little Thumb heard every word that had been spoken; for observing, as he lay in his bed, that they were talking very busily, he got up softly, and hid under his father's stool, in order to hear what they were saying without being seen. He went to bed again, but did not sleep a wink all the rest of the night, thinking about what he had to do. He got up early in the morning, and went to the riverside, where he filled his pockets with small white pebbles, and then returned home. 8: They all went out, but Little Thumb never told his brothers one syllable of what he knew. They went into a very thick forest, where they could not see one another at ten paces distance. The woodcutter began his work, and the children gathered up the sticks into bundles. Their father and mother, seeing them busy at their work, slipped away from them without being seen, and returned home along a byway through the bushes. 9: When the children saw they had been left alone, they began to cry as loudly as they could. Little Thumb let them cry, knowing very well how to get home again, for he had dropped the little white pebbles all along the way. Then he said to them, "Don't be afraid, brothers. Father and mother have left us here, but I will lead you home again. Just follow me." 10: They did so, and he took them home by the very same way they had come into the forest. They dared not go in, but sat down at the door, listening to what their father and mother were saying. 11: The woodcutter and his wife had just arrived home, when the lord of the manor sent them ten crowns, which he had owed them a long while, and which they never expected. This gave them new life, for the poor people were almost famished. The woodcutter sent his wife immediately to the butcher's. As it had been a long while since they had eaten, she bought three times as much meat as would be needed for two people. 12: When they had eaten, the woman said, "Alas! Where are our poor children now? They would make a good feast of what we have left here; but it was you, William, who decided to abandon them. I told you that we would be sorry for it. What are they now doing in the forest? Alas, dear God, the wolves have perhaps already eaten them up. You are very inhuman to have abandoned your children in this way." 13: The woodcutter at last lost his patience, for she repeated it more than twenty times, that they would be sorry for it, and that she was right for having said so. He threatened to beat her if she did not hold her tongue. It was not that the woodcutter was less upset than his wife, but that she was nagging him. He, like many others, was of the opinion that wives should say the right thing, but that they should not do so too often. 14: She nearly drowned herself in tears, crying out, "Alas! Where are now my children, my poor children?" 15: She spoke this so very loud that the children, who were at the gate, began to cry out all together, "Here we are! Here we are!" 16: She immediately ran to open the door, and said, hugging them, "I am so glad to see you, my dear children; you are very hungry and tired. And my poor Peter, you are horribly dirty; come in and let me clean you." 17: Now, you must know that Peter was her eldest son, whom she loved above all the rest, because he had red hair, as she herself did. 18: They sat down to supper and ate with a good appetite, which pleased both father and mother. They told them how frightened they had been in the forest, speaking almost always all together. The parents were extremely glad to see their children once more at home, and this joy continued while the ten crowns lasted; but, when the money was all gone, they fell again into their former uneasiness, and decided to abandon them again. This time they resolved to take them much deeper into the forest than before. 19: Although they tried to talk secretly about it, again they were overheard by Little Thumb, who made plans to get out of this difficulty as well as he had the last time. However, even though he got up very early in the morning to go and pick up some little pebbles, he could not do so, for he found the door securely bolted and locked. Their father gave each of them a piece of bread for their breakfast, and he fancied he might make use of this instead of the pebbles, by throwing it in little bits all along the way; and so he put it into his pocket. 20: Their father and mother took them into the thickest and most obscure part of the forest, then, slipping away by an obscure path, they left them there. Little Thumb was not concerned, for he thought he could easily find the way again by means of his bread, which he had scattered along the way; but he was very much surprised when he could not find so much as one crumb. The birds had come and had eaten every bit of it up. They were now in great distress, for the farther they went the more lost and bewildered they became. 21: Night now came on, and there arose a terrible high wind, which made them dreadfully afraid. They fancied they heard on every side of them the howling of wolves coming to eat them up. They scarcely dared to speak or turn their heads. After this, it rained very hard, which drenched them to the skin; their feet slipped at every step they took, and they fell into the mire, getting them muddy all over. Their hands were numb with cold. 22: Little Thumb climbed to the top of a tree, to see if he could discover anything. Turning his head in every direction, he saw at last a glimmering light, like that of a candle, but a long way from the forest. He came down, but from the ground, he could no longer see it, which concerned him greatly. However, after walking for some time with his brothers in the direction where he had seen the light, he perceived it again as he came out of the woods. 23: They came at last to the house where this candle was, but not without many fearful moments, for every time they walked down into a hollow they lost sight of it. They knocked at the door, and a good woman opened it. She asked them what they wanted. 24: Little Thumb told her they were poor children who had been lost in the forest, and begged her, for God's sake, to give them lodging. 25: The woman, seeing that they were good looking children, began to weep, and said to them, "Alas, poor babies, where are you from? Do you know that this house belongs to a cruel ogre who eats up little children?" 26: "Ah! dear madam," answered Little Thumb (who, as well as his brothers, was trembling all over), "what shall we do? If you refuse to let us sleep here then the wolves of the forest surely will devour us tonight. We would prefer the gentleman to eat us, but perhaps he would take pity upon us, especially if you would beg him to." 27: The ogre's wife, who believed she could hide them from her husband until morning, let them come in, and had them to warm themselves at a very good fire. There was a whole sheep on the spit, roasting for the ogre's supper. 28: After they warmed up a little, they heard three or four great raps at the door. This was the ogre, who was come home. Hearing him, she hid them under the bed and opened the door. The ogre immediately asked if supper was ready and the wine drawn, and then sat down at the table. The sheep was still raw and bloody, but he preferred it that way. He sniffed about to the right and left, saying, "I smell fresh meat." 29: His wife said, "You can smell the calf which I have just now killed and flayed." 30: "I smell fresh meat, I tell you once more," replied the ogre, looking crossly at his wife, "and there is something here which I do not understand." 31: As he spoke these words he got up from the table and went directly to the bed. "Ah, hah!" he said. "I see then how you would cheat me, you cursed woman; I don't know why I don't eat you as well. It is fortunate for you that you are tough old carrion. But here is good game, which has luckily arrived just in time to serve to three ogre friends who are coming here to visit in a day or two." 32: With that he dragged the children out from under the bed, one by one. The poor children fell upon their knees, and begged his pardon; but they were dealing with one of the cruelest ogres in the world. Far from having any pity on them, he had already devoured them with his eyes. He told his wife that they would be delicate eating with good savory sauce. He then took a large knife, and, approaching the poor children, sharpened it on a large whetstone which he held in his left hand. 33: He had already taken hold of one of them when his wife said to him, "Why do it now? Is it not tomorrow soon enough?" 34: "Hold your chatter," said the ogre; "they will be more tender, if I kill them now." 35: "But you have so much meat already," replied his wife. "You have no need for more. Here are a calf, two sheep, and half a hog." 36: "That is true," said the ogre. "Feed them so they don't get too thin, and put them to bed." 37: The good woman was overjoyed at this, and offered them a good supper, but they were so afraid that they could not eat a bit. As for the ogre, he sat down to drink, being highly pleased that he now had something special to treat his friends. He drank a dozen glasses more than ordinary, which went to his head and made him sleepy. 38: The ogre had seven little daughters. These young ogresses all had very fine complexions, because they ate fresh meat like their father; but they had little gray eyes which were quite round, hooked noses, and very long sharp teeth, well spaced from each other. As of yet they were not overly mischievous, but they showed great promise for it, for they had already bitten little children in order to suck their blood. 39: They had been put to bed early, all seven in a large bed, and each of them wearing a crown of gold on her head. The ogre's wife gave the seven little boys a bed just as large and in the same room, then she went to bed to her husband. 40: Little Thumb, who had observed that the ogre's daughters had crowns of gold upon their heads, and was afraid lest the ogre should change his mind about not killing them, got up about midnight, and, taking his brothers' caps and his own, went very softly and put them on the heads of the seven little ogresses, after having taken off their crowns of gold, which he put on his own head and his brothers', that the ogre might take them for his daughters, and his daughters for the little boys whom he wanted to kill. 41: All of this happened according to his plan, for the ogre awakened about midnight and, regretting that he had put off until morning that which he might have done tonight, he hastily got out of bed and picked up his large knife. "Let us see," he said, "how our little rogues are doing! We'll not make that mistake a second time!" 42: He then went, groping all the way, into his daughters' room. He came to the bed where the little boys lay. They were all fast asleep except Little Thumb, who was terribly afraid when he felt the ogre feeling about his head, as he had done about his brothers'. Feeling the golden crowns, the ogre said, "That would have been a terrible mistake. Truly, I did drink too much last night." 43: Then he went to the bed where the girls lay. Finding the boys' caps on them, he said, "Ah, hah, my merry lads, here you are. Let us get to work." So saying, and without further ado, he cut all seven of his daughters' throats. Well pleased with what he had done, he went to bed again to his wife. 44: As soon as Little Thumb heard the ogre snore, he wakened his brothers and told them to put on their clothes immediately and to follow him. They stole softly down into the garden, and climbed over the wall. They kept running nearly the whole night, trembling all the while, and not knowing which way they were going. 45: The ogre, when he awoke, said to his wife, "Go upstairs and dress those young rascals who came here last night." 46: The ogress was very much surprised at this goodness of her husband, not dreaming how he intended that she should dress them, thinking that he had ordered her to go and put their clothes on them, she went up, and was horribly astonished when she saw her seven daughters with their throats cut and lying in their own blood. 47: She fainted away, for this is the first expedient almost all women find in such cases. The ogre, fearing his wife would be too long in doing what he had ordered, went up himself to help her. He was no less amazed than his wife at this frightful spectacle. 48: "What have I done?" he cried. "Those wretches shall soon pay for this!" He threw a pitcher of water on his wife's face, and, having brought her to herself, cried, "Bring me my seven-league boots at once, so that I can catch them." 49: He went out, and ran this way and that over a vast amount of ground. At last he came to the very road where the poor children were, and not more than a hundred paces from their father's house. They saw the ogre coming, who was stepping from mountain to mountain, and crossing over rivers as easily as if they were little streams. Little Thumb hid himself and his brothers in a nearby hollow rock, all the while keeping watch on the ogre. 50: The ogre was very tired from his long and fruitless journey (for seven-league boots are very tiring to wear), and decided to take a rest. By chance he sat on the rock where the little boys had hid themselves. He was so tired that he fell asleep, and began to snore so frightfully that the poor children were no less afraid of him than when he had held up his large knife and was about to cut their throats. 51: However, Little Thumb was not as frightened as his brothers were, and told them that they immediately should run away towards home while the ogre was asleep so soundly, and that they should not worry about him. They took his advice, and soon reached home. Little Thumb came up to the ogre, pulled off his boots gently and put them on his own feet. 52: The boots were very long and large, but because they were enchanted, they became big or little to fit the person who was wearing them. So they fit his feet and legs as well as if they had been custom made for him. He immediately went to the ogre's house, where he saw his wife crying bitterly for the loss of her murdered daughters. 53: "Your husband," said Little Thumb, "is in very great danger. He has been captured by a gang of thieves, who have sworn to kill him if he does not give them all his gold and silver. At the very moment they were holding their daggers to his throat he saw me, and begged me to come and tell you the condition he is in. You should give me everything he has of value, without keeping back anything at all, for otherwise they will kill him without mercy. Because his case is so very urgent, he lent me his boots (you see I have them on), that I might make the more haste and to show you that he himself has sent me to you." 54: The good woman, being sadly frightened, gave him all she had, for although this ogre ate up little children, he was a good husband. Thus Little Thumb got all the ogre's money. He returned with it to his father's house, where he was received with great joy. 55: There are many people who do not agree with this last detail. They claim that Little Thumb never robbed the ogre at all, that he only made off with the seven-league boots, and that with a good conscience, because the ogre's only use of them was to pursue little children. These folks affirm that they are quite sure of this, because they have often drunk and eaten at the woodcutter's house. 56: These people claim that after taking off the ogre's boots, Little Thumb went to court, where he learned that there was much concern about the outcome of a certain battle and the condition of a certain army, which was two hundred leagues off. They say that he went to the king, and told him that, if he desired it, he would bring him news from the army before night. The king promised him a great sum of money if he could do so. 57: Little Thumb was as good as his word, and returned that very same night with the news. This first feat brought him great fame, and he could then name his own price. Not only did the king pay him very well for carrying his orders to the army, but the ladies of the court paid him handsomely to bring them information about their lovers. Occasionally wives gave him letters for their husbands, but they paid so poorly, that he did not even bother to keep track of the money he made in this branch of his business. 58: After serving as a messenger for some time and thus acquiring great wealth, he went home to his father, where he was received with inexpressible joy. He made the whole family very comfortable, bought positions for his father and brothers, all the while handsomely looking after himself as well. Moral: It is no affliction to have many children, if they all are good looking, courteous, and strong, but if one is sickly or slow-witted, he will be scorned, ridiculed, and despised. However, it is often the little urchin who brings good fortune to the entire family. 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