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Der Wolf und die sieben jungen Geisslein (Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm)

The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids Ulven og de sju geitekillingene
Margaret Hunt unknown author
English Norwegian

There was once an old goat who had seven little ones, and was as fond of them as ever mother was of her children. One day she had to go into the wood to fetch food for them, so she called them all round her. "Dear children," said she, "I am going out into the wood; and while I am gone, be on your guard against the wolf, for if he were once to get inside he would eat you up, skin, bones, and all. The wretch often disguises himself, but he may always be known by his hoarse voice and black paws." - "Dear mother," answered the kids, "you need not be afraid, we will take good care of ourselves." And the mother bleated good-bye, and went on her way with an easy mind.

It was not long before some one came knocking at the house-door, and crying out: "Open the door, my dear children, your mother is come back, and has brought each of you something." But the little kids knew it was the wolf by the hoarse voice. "We will not open the door," cried they; "you are not our mother, she has a delicate and sweet voice, and your voice is hoarse; you must be the wolf." Then off went the wolf to a shop and bought a big lump of chalk, and ate it up to make his voice soft. And then he came back, knocked at the house-door, and cried: "Open the door, my dear children, your mother is here, and has brought each of you something." But the wolf had put up his black paws against the window, and the kids seeing this, cried out, "We will not open the door; our mother has no black paws like you; you must be the wolf." The wolf then ran to a baker. "Baker," said he, "I am hurt in the foot; pray spread some dough over the place." And when the baker had plastered his feet, he ran to the miller. "Miller," said he, "strew me some white meal over my paws." But the miller refused, thinking the wolf must be meaning harm to some one. "If you don't do it," cried the wolf, "I'll eat you up!" And the miller was afraid and did as he was told. And that just shows what men are.

And now came the rogue the third time to the door and knocked. "Open, children!" cried he. "Your dear mother has come home, and brought you each something from the wood." - "First show us your paws," said the kids, "so that we may know if you are really our mother or not." And he put up his paws against the window, and when they saw that they were white, all seemed right, and they opened the door. And when he was inside they saw it was the wolf, and they were terrified and tried to hide themselves. One ran under the table, the second got into the bed, the third into the oven, the fourth in the kitchen, the fifth in the cupboard, the sixth under the sink, the seventh in the clock-case. But the wolf found them all, and gave them short shrift; one after the other he swallowed down, all but the youngest, who was hid in the clock-case. And so the wolf, having got what he wanted, strolled forth into the green meadows, and laying himself down under a tree, he fell asleep.

Not long after, the mother goat came back from the wood; and, oh! what a sight met her eyes! the door was standing wide open, table, chairs, and stools, all thrown about, dishes broken, quilt and pillows torn off the bed. She sought her children, they were nowhere to be found. She called to each of them by name, but nobody answered, until she came to the name of the youngest. "Here I am, mother," a little voice cried, "here, in the clock case." And so she helped him out, and heard how the wolf had come, and eaten all the rest. And you may think how she cried for the loss of her dear children.

At last in her grief she wandered out of doors, and the youngest kid with her; and when they came into the meadow, there they saw the wolf lying under a tree, and snoring so that the branches shook. The mother goat looked at him carefully on all sides and she noticed how something inside his body was moving and struggling. Dear me! thought she, can it be that my poor children that he devoured for his evening meal are still alive? And she sent the little kid back to the house for a pair of shears, and needle, and thread. Then she cut the wolf's body open, and no sooner had she made one snip than out came the head of one of the kids, and then another snip, and then one after the other the six little kids all jumped out alive and well, for in his greediness the rogue had swallowed them down whole. How delightful this was! so they comforted their dear mother and hopped about like tailors at a wedding. "Now fetch some good hard stones," said the mother, "and we will fill his body with them, as he lies asleep." And so they fetched some in all haste, and put them inside him, and the mother sewed him up so quickly again that he was none the wiser.

When the wolf at last awoke, and got up, the stones inside him made him feel very thirsty, and as he was going to the brook to drink, they struck and rattled one against another. And so he cried out:

"What is this I feel inside me

Knocking hard against my bones?

How should such a thing betide me!

They were kids, and now they're stones."

So he came to the brook, and stooped to drink, but the heavy stones weighed him down, so he fell over into the water and was drowned. And when the seven little kids saw it they came up running. "The wolf is dead, the wolf is dead!" they cried, and taking hands, they danced with their mother all about the place.

En gang var det en geit som hadde syv små kje, og hun var så glad i dem som bare en mor kan være. En dag skulle hun ut i skogen etter mat, men før hun gikk, ropte hun alle ungene inn til seg og sa: - Kjære barna mine, jeg må ut i skogen etter mat til dere. Nå må dere passe dere godt for ulven, for hvis han slipper inn i stua, eter han dere alle sammen med hud og hår. Det verste er at han kan skape seg om på så mange måter. Men dere kan alltid kjenne ham på det grove målet og de svarte føttene hans.

- Bare gå du, mor, svarte killingen. - Vi skal nok passe oss. Du kan være helt trygg! Så mekret mor og gikk rolig ut i skogen.

Det var ikke lenge før det banket på døren, og en ropte: - Lukk opp for meg, barn! Mor er kommet hjem og har med noe til dere! Men killingene hørte på målet at det måtte være ulven. - Å nei, vi lukker nok ikke opp for deg! ropte de. - Du er ikke mor vår, for hun er så fin og grann i målet. Du er ulven, det hører vi godt!

Da gikk ulven til landhandleren og kjøpte et stort stykke kritt. Og da han hadde spist det, ble han så fin i målet. Så skyndte han seg tilbake igjen og banket på døren. - Lukk opp, barna mine! Mor er kommet hjem og har med noe godt til dere.

Men han hadde stukket den svarte labben sin like bort ved vinduet, slik at barna så den. Og så ropte de: - Å nei, vi lukker ikke opp for deg, for du er ulven. Moren vår har ikke slike svarte føtter.

Da løp ulven til en baker og sa: Jeg har støtt foten min, stryk litt deig på den! Og bakeren klinte labbene hans inn med deig. Så løp han til mølleren og sa: - Strø hvitt mel på labbene mine!

Men mølleren skjønte at ulven tenkte på noe vondt, og så ville han ikke. Da sa ulven: - Hvis du ikke gjør det, så eter jeg deg! Og da ble mølelren redd og gjorde labbene hans hvite.

Så gikk ulven for tredje gang og banket på: - Lukk opp! Mor er kommet hjem og har med noe godt til dere! Geitekillingene svarte: - La oss først få se labbene dine, så vi ser om du er moren vår!

Da la ulven labbene sine i vinduet. Og da ungene så at den var hvit, trodde de at det var sant alt det den hadde sagt. Så åpnet de døren, men den som kom inn, det var ulven! Nå ble de stakkars ungene redde og ville gjemme seg.

Den ene sprang under bordet, den andre opp i sengen, den tredje inn i ovnen, den fjerde i kjøkkenet, den femte i skapet, den sjette under vaskefatet og den syvende i klokkekassen. Men ulven fant dem etter tur, og han var så glupsk at han slukte dem alle sammen. Bare den minste i klokkekassen kunne han ikke finne.

Men nå var han ordentlig mett også. Derfor ruslet han ut på vollen og la seg under et tre, og der sovnet han.

Like etter kom en geitemor hjem fra skogen. Og hva var det hun så? Døren stod på vidt gap, stoler og benker var kastet om hverandre. Vaskefatet lå i småbiter på gulvet, og tepper og puter var revet ut av sengen. Hun lette og lette etter barna, men kunne ikke finne dem. Hun ropte på dem også, den ene etter den andre, men ingen svarte. Endelig, da hun kom til den yngste, svarte en tynn, liten stemme: - Jeg er i klokkekassen, mor! Geitemor halte ham ut, og så fortalte han at ulven hadde kommet og ett opp alle de andre. Stakkars geitemor, hun gråt og gråt.

Til slutt gikk hun utenfor, og det vesle kjeet løp med. Da de kom ut på vollen, så de ulven som lå under treet og snorket så grenene skalv. Geitemor så nøye på den, og plutselig så hun at noe rørte seg inne i den store, fulle ulvemaven. - Å nei, å nei, tenkte hun, - kanskje de stakkars barna mine lever ennå! Så løp hun inn etter kniv og nål og tråd og skar opp maven på ulven. Og etter som hun skar, spratt killingene ut, den ene etter den andre, til de var der alle seks. De var like levende som før og hadde ikke lidd noe vondt.

Nå ble det vel glede! De fløy rett i armene på mor og hoppet omkring henne, men mor sa: - Gå og plukk sammen mange, mange gråstein, barn. Vi vil fylle maven på ulven mens den sover.

Og så stappet de hele ulvemaven full med stein, så mange som de kunne få inn. Geitemor sydde maven sammen igjen. og ulven merket ingen ting og rørte ikke på seg engang.

Til slutt var ulven utsovet og reiste seg. Men den var blitt tørst av alle steinene i maven og ville gå ned til brønnen for å drikke. Da den begynte å gå, skranglet steinene inne i maven på den, og ulven ropte:

Hva ramler og skramler i maven min? Det skulle vel være geitebein, men jamen kjennes det ikke som stein!

Da den kom til brønnen og bøyde seg utover kanten for å drikke, ramlet alle steinene fremovre og trakk den med seg ned i vannet så den druknet.

De syv små geitekillingene sprang bort til brønnen og ropte: - Ulven er død! Ulven er død! Og så danset de med moren sin rundt brønnen, så glade var de over at den stygge ulven hadde druknet.



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