The Oak And The Linden

The Oak And The Linden

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  • Come on Hermes!
  • "Begone, beggars! We don't want your kind around here!"
  • On a hill in Phrygia there are two trees. They are their for a reason. The land they are on is not there for man or animal, but it wasn't always this way.
  • "Welcome to our home."
  • One day, many years ago, Zeus wanted to leave Olympus and go to earth for a visit. He wanted to take, his son, Hermes with him. Zeus wanted to see how much kindness the people had.
  • We will make this a temple for you.
  • Zeus and Hermes changed clothes so they would look like beggars.They knocked on many doors asking and begging for food, but the answer to the knocks were not so nice. The people did not want to help two poor strangers. This made Zeus very angry.
  • Zeus and Hermes finally came to a cottage where the people were kind. Baucis and Philemon were the people's names. They welcomed Zeus and Hermes and even invited them into their home. They even quickly prepared a meal for the strangers. They did eventually figure out that Zeus and Hermes were gods and were very surprised. Zeus was very pleased to know that there were kind people in the world.
  • Zeus was so pleased with the kind people he gave them a beautiful castle when he destroyed the rest of the people and animals in the land. They were very grateful and even said they would make this castle a temple for Zeus. Again, Zeus was pleased.
  • Zeus asked if there was anything else he could do for them and they thought of one more thing. They had been together for a long time now, and didn't want to be separated, so they asked if they could die together so they wouldn't mourn and be lonely. Zeus granted them this wish and Hermes and him left and went back to Olympus. A few years later, Philemon and Baucis were older and one day they started seeing bark growing on their skin. This happened at the same time. A little while later they were trees, and their wish came true.
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