Collected Item: “"The Seven-Headed Serpent.” The Yellow Fairy Book, new impression, edited by Andrew Lang, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1906, pp. 60-63.”
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The Seven-Headed Serpent.” The Yellow Fairy Book, new impression, edited by Andrew Lang, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1906, pp. 60-63. (common Minos variant)
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The Fairy Book Series, London: Longmans, Green, And Co.
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Longmans, Green, And Co.
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What is special about this version of the tale?
It is a new version created by Andrew Lang in 1906 based on the old Greek version. Conforming more towards English culture.
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In this story, a king and his men set sail and discovered a bountiful island. In this island laid a large population of lions who attacked the king’s men. The men were able to defeat the lion but at a great cost of the majority of them. They set about exploring the island, stumbling upon three rivers flowing with silver, gold and pearls. After filling their nap sacks full of the precious commodities a nearby lake told them of the king serpent who ruled the land and how they must please him in order to be spared. The men placed their clothes down, so the serpent had a soft ground to move on. Upon seeing them he orders that every year they must bring 12 maidens and 12 young men as a sacrifice. The king obliged and so did his people. The queen in the meantime, childless, eats an apple that gives her a son and throws the pit out the window where a horse eats it and also gains a son. These two grew up together and decided to fight the serpent. They went to a nun who explained to them they have to sneak into the serpent’s room. Clog the bells with cotton and only use the sword that hangs above the bed to slay the beast. He then slayed the beast and freed his country.
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Originally for a Greek fairy tale “Die Siebenkopfige Schlange”
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