- Little Wildrose
Little Wildrose is a Romanian
fairy tale. Andrew Langincluded it in " The Crimson Fairy Book". [Andrew Lang, "Crimson Fairy Book", [http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/249.htm "Little Wildrose"] ]
An old man went in search of a child, so someone would inherit his home. In a dark wood, he found a
hermit, who gave him an apple, telling him to eat half and give his wife half. On the way home, he grew thirsty; there was no water, and he ate the whole apple. He found a beautiful baby girl and carried her home, laying her in a pail to call his wife near his home. An eagle carried the child off for its eaglets to eat, but they nestled up to her instead. A lindwormcame to eat them, but something killed it. The eagle raised her with the eaglet.
One day, an emperor's son saw her. He could not lure her down and grew sick from love. His father asked him what was wrong and, hearing of it, sent about for word of the maiden. An old woman promised to get them the girl. She started to set up a fire beneath the tree and did everything wrong. Little Wildrose tried to tell her how to do it, but she continued to do it wrong; Little Wildrose came down to show her, and the old woman carried her off. The emperor's son married her.
The child in the bird's nest is also found in "
The method of luring the bride down from the tree is also found in "The Golden Stag". More commonly, as in "
Brother and Sister", " The Six Swans", or " Mary's Child", the hero succeeds in luring her away himself.
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