The Devil With The Three Hairs
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Once upon a time, there was a boy who was prophesied to marry the king's daughter. The king didn't approve of this, so he tried to kill the child twice, failing. When the boy was old enough, he married the king's daughter. The king wanted him dead, so he came up with a plan. If the boy wanted to stay wed to his daughter, he had to fetch him three golden hairs from the devil. Maybe then would he finally die!
When the boy started on his journey, he stopped at a town. A watchman there asked him why the wine in their well was drying up. He told the man that he would answer him when he came back from his journey.
He found another town as he was traveling along, and the gatekeeper asked him why the apple tree there did not grow apples anymore. The boy told the man he would answer the question when he came back.
When he finally arrived at the river that he had to cross, the ferryman asked the boy why he was never set free from his job. Again, the boy told him he would answer when he arrived back from his journey.
When the boy arrived to hell, the devil's grandmother agreed to help him get the hairs. She coaxed the devil to sleep, and when he did, she pulled out his hair. When he awoke in pain, she told him she'd had a bad dream as an excuse. She then asked the devil the questions each of the townsman and ferryman asked, helping the boy get his answers. She did this twice more, pulling out all three hairs. She gave them to the boy and wished him well.
When the boy headed home, he told the ferryman the only way to be set free was to give the oar to someone else. He told the gatekeeper that the reason why the apples wouldn't grow on the tree was because there was a mouse chewing on the roots of it. Then, he told the watchman that there was a frog in the well, so the wine wouldn't flow. When he got back to the castle, he gave the king the golden hairs and told him that he must take the ferry to the other side of the river to retrieve a grand treasure. The king did so greedily, and the when he got to the river, the ferryman gave him the oar. Because of this, the king was trapped forever, and the boy and his wife lived happily ever after.
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