Once there was this boy who lived in a small house in the middle of the forest. He had magic powers, but only within the forest. He stayed young for years. He was told not to venture out of the forest or else his powers will wear off and he would grow old.
He kept that in mind and he stayed in the forest for years. One time, he went playing outside his house and he was enjoying himself that he didn’t notice that he already left the forest. He tried to find his way back, but he eventually got lost.
He arrived at a certain village. There was an old couple that didn’t have any children and they took him in as their child. The boy didn’t have any more powers; so he grew up to be a handsome young man.
One day, the man was hunting in a field and he finally found the forest he lived in when he was just a little boy. He noticed the forest was darker than it was when he remembered it before. He figured out that the forest was scattered with evil, and all the living things inside it were suffering. He arrived at the entrance of the forest, seeing that there was a certain stone in front of it. When he got there, there was a pretty fairy in front of the entrance of the forest. She said that no one can save the forest but him, but first he must kill the giant on a hill beyond.
In order to kill the giant, it must not be from physical ability, but from intellect. He must gather all his wits to defeat the giant. When the giant is killed, the man is to cut open the giant’s head and inside will be an egg. He should then bring it back to the fairy. He must not break the egg or else he would forget his mission to save the forest.
He went up the hill, but it was so steep that it took him a long time to get up the hill. He eventually got up the hill and proceeded to go the giant’s house. The giant came out swearing to kill the man with his bare hands, but the man told him that he could kill the giant with just his mind.
They battled wits, but the man’s mind was too strong for the giant. The giant was too overwhelmed with his defeat that he fell down dead. The man took out the egg from the giant and proceeded to go down the hill. Accidentally, he dropped the egg when he was nearing the bottom of the hill.
Out from the egg emerged a beautiful princess. The man instantly fell in love at the sight of her, and she told him a story of being trapped inside the giant for so long. She offered him marriage to her, a big palace and riches, so the man totally forgot what he was meant to do to save the forest.
Back at the entrance of the forest, the fairy was wondering what happened to the man. She went and followed the tracks of the man to get to the hill. When she reached the bottom of the hill, she saw the broken eggshells and realized that the man has failed in his task. It turned out that the princess was the evil witch that caused evil to seep in the forest and was more powerful than before because of getting out of the eggshell.
The fairy had secretly fallen in love with the man the first time they met, and she set out to free him from the evil witch princess’ clutches. She brought three walnuts with her, and disguised herself as an old maiden. She arrived at the castle where the evil witch resided and she broke open the first walnut. Out came the most wonderful cloth made of bronze.
It was shimmering so bright that the witch princess saw it from her window. She called out to the fairy and asked for the price of the cloth. The fairy mentioned that she would like to sleep with the witch’s husband. The princess consented readily, since the man was always drugged to sleep every night with poisoned wine, and he wouldn’t be bothered.
Thus, that is what happened, the man was asleep all night while the fairy cried out and shook him awake. It was all to no avail. When morning came, the fairy was outside the castle again, and this time she opened the second walnut. Out came a cloth made of silver.
The princess saw it again, and wanted it for her own, so she consented with the old maiden’s request to sleep with the man. The same thing happened as the day before, with the fairy crying out and to no avail.
The old maiden took out the third walnut and out came a cloth made of gold. The princess wanted it too, so she agreed again to the old maiden’s wishes. Now, the man was getting tired of drinking wine every time he went to sleep, so he decided to skip drinking it on the third night.
While he lay there, he heard the door opening. He figured it was his wife, but then he heard a soft voice telling him of the mission he failed to do and how she loved him. All of a sudden, all the things that happened before he met the princess came back. He sat up and saw the fairy. They embraced and planned to escape.
As they attempted to escape, the evil witch tried to detain them with poisoned arrows. The fairy was able to ward off some of the witch’s powers, but when they got back to the forest; the fairy was badly hurt by a poisoned arrow she missed. While she lay there dying, the fairy told the man that in order to destroy the evil witch; he must smash the stone at the entrance of the forest.
The fairy died, and the man was so consumed with anger and hurt that he smashed the stone into smithereens before the evil witch could gain on him. The witch came out screaming and faded into dust. Suddenly, the man’s lost powers when he was a boy came back and the forest was back to its old self.
The only thing left was the dead fairy. He came toward her and carried her. He cried with grief and some tears fell on her cheeks. She started coming to life, and in a few seconds, she was smiling up at the man. “I wouldn’t have lived if it wasn’t from tears of true love,” she said. They married and lived in the forest for the rest of their lives, which was forever.