East o' the Sun
and West o' the Moon
Sunday the White Bear came and said that now they could set
off to see her father and mother. Off they started, she sitting
on his back, and they went far and long. At last they came
to a grand house, and there her brothers and sisters were
running about out-of-doors at play, and everything was so
pretty 'twas a joy to see.
is where your father and mother live now," said the White
Bear, "but don't forget what I told you, else you'll make
us both unlucky."
No, of course she would not forget! When she had reached the
house, the White Bear turned right about and left her.
Then when she went in to see her father and mother and there
was such great joy there was no end to it. None of them thought
they could thank her enough for all she had done for them.
Now they had everything they wished, as good as good could
be, and they all wanted to know how she got on where she lived.
She said it was very good to live where she did; she had all
she wished. What she said besides I don't know but, of course,
she did not tell any of them about the Bear. However, in the
afternoon, after their dinner, all happened as the White Bear
had said. Her mother wanted to talk to her alone in her bedroom.
She remembered what the White Bear had said, and would not
go upstairs. "Oh,
what we have to talk about will keep!" she said, and put her
somehow or other, her mother got round her at last, and she
had to tell her the whole story. She said that every night
a man came and lay down beside her as soon as she had put
out the light, and that she never saw him because he was always
up and away before the morning dawned. She told her that she
went about sad and sorrowful, for she thought she should so
like to see him, and that all day long she walked about alone
and it was dull, dreary and lonesome.
said her mother; "it may well be a Troll who sleeps by your
side! But now I'll tell you how to see him. I'll give you
a bit of candle, which you can carry home in your bosom. Just
light the candle while he is asleep and you can look upon
his face. But take care not to drop the tallow on him."
She took the candle and hid it in her bosom, and as night
drew on, the White bear came to fetch her away.
When they had gone a bit of the way, the White Bear asked
if all had not happened as he had said?
she couldn't say it hadn't.
remember," said he, "if you have listened to your mother's
advice, you have brought bad luck on us both, and then all
that has passed between us will be as nothing,"
she said, "I have not listened to my mother's advice."
When she reached home it was the old story over again. There
came a man and lay down beside her. But at dead of night,
when she heard he slept, she got up and struck a light, lit
the candle, and let the light shine on him. Then she saw he
was the loveliest prince one ever set eyes on. At once she
fell deeply in love with him and thought that if she couldn't
kiss him there and then she wouldn't be able to live. So she
did, but at the same time she accidentally dropped three hot
drops of tallow on him and he woke up.
have you done?" he cried. "Now you have made us both unlucky,
for had you waited only this one year I had been freed. I
have a stepmother who has bewitched me, so that I am a white
bear by day and a man by night. But you have not kept your
word, and I must set off from you to her. She lives in a castle
which stands east o' the sun and west o' the moon, and there,
too, is a princess with a nose three feet long, and she's
the wife I must now have."
She wept and pleaded, but there was no help for it - go he
Then she asked if she might not go with him?
No, she mightn't.
me the way then," she said, "and I'll seek for you; that surely
I may get leave to do."
you may do that," he said, "but there is no way to that place.
It lies east o'
the sun and west o' the moon, and thither you will never find
morning, when she woke up, both Prince and castle were gone.
She found herself lying on a little green patch, in the midst
of the gloomy, thick wood. By her side lay the same bundle
of rags she had brought with her from her old home.