The Crystal Ball

magic crystal ball

magic crystal ball

This story tells us about the brotherhood between the three brothers who helping each other. Their good attitude finally can overcome all obstacles that must be faced. The end of the story is happy, when the third son defeated the power of magic and freeing the captive princess with the help of two other brothers.

The Crystal Ball

by Brothers Grimm

Once upon a time, there was a witch lady who has three kids who loved each other as brothers, but that old witch woman does not trust her own sons, and thinks that her three sons want to steal her power away from her. The witch then change her eldest son into a Falcon, who was forced to live in the Rocky Mountains, and is often seen flying through the sky. The second, was struck so that turned him into a whale that lived in the deep sea, and sometimes seen on the surface of the sea spitting out a great shower in the air. Both of these children are still could change his shape into humans for only two hours every day. The third son, because he fears that his mother will turn him into a beast, then he leaves his mother secretly.

While in the center of the Kingdom, he heard about a King’s daughter who was struck and imprisoned in the Palace of the Sun, and waiting for helping hand. Those who trying to liberate the Princess, risked their lives because the duty to rescue the Princess is not easy. Already dozens of people who tried but failed, and now no one is daring to rescue the Princess anymore.

The Third Son strengthen his heart to try to save the Princess. Then, he traveled in search of the palace of the sun in a long time journey without being able to find it. Once, he arrived accidentally in a large forest, and become lost. Suddenly, he saw in the distance, two giants waving their hands to him, and when he came to the giants, they said, “We are arguing about a hat, who are among us has the right to have it, because we were both equally strong, none of us are more stronger than others. Little humans more clever than us, then, we leave the decision to you. “

“How can you fight just because an old hat?” said the third son.

“You do not understand the magic hat! It is a hat that could grant the wishes of us; Whoever wore it, and hope to go to any place he wants, in an instant he will arrive at the venue. “

“Give me the hat,” said the third son, “I would stand there, when I call you, you have to race, and this hat will belong to the person who is first to arrive there.” Then the third son wearing a hat and run as fast as he can, and when the two giants run, the third son thinking about the Princess, forget about the giants and go on. Finally he sighed in his heart and grieving, “Ah, if only I could arrive at the Palace of the Sun,” and suddenly the third son is already standing on a high mountain right in front of the gate of the Palace of the Sun.

He then entered and checked all the rooms, and when he came to the last room, he found the King’s daughter. But he was surprise when seeing the faces of the Princess. Her face is pale gray full of wrinkles, myopic eye, and redheads. “Are you the daughter of the King, that your beauty is famous around the world? ” he asked.

“Ah,” she replied, “this is not my true form, the human eye can only see me in a state of bad as this, but you might be able to see my true form. Look through the mirror, because this mirror will not be wrong and will show my true face.”

Then, she gives him a mirror, and the third son saw a reflecting image in the mirror, he saw the most beautiful face in the world, and he saw the tears rolling on the cheeks of the Princess.

Then the third son asked, “How can you be exempt? I’m not afraid of danger.”

The Princess said, “He who gets the crystal ball, and held it up before the witches, would destroy her magic, and she will return to her true form.” Ah, “she added,” so many man have tried and failed, you are so young, I was very sad when you have to face the great danger. “

“No one can prevent me from doing that,” said the third son, “tell me what I should do.””

“You need to know everything,” said the princess, “when you’re down the mountain where the castle stands, you will find a wild bull near a spring, and you have to fight the bull. If you can kill him, a bird fiery will appear which carries a burning egg, and a crystal ball which lies in the egg, the bird will not let the eggs apart unless forced to do so, and when the egg falls on the ground, all of them will ignite and burn everything which is close to the egg, and with the crystal ball all your problems will be solved. “

The young man then went to the spring, where the bull snorted wildly and shouting angrily at him. After a long struggle, the third son managed to thrust his sword into the animal’s body which eventually fell off. In that instant, a fire bird appeared and was ready to fly, but the brother of the Third Son transformed into a falcon, swooping down, chasing the fire bird to the sea, and hitting it with his beak until the Fire Bird release the eggs. The eggs do not fall into the sea, but to a fishing hut that stands on the shore and the hut on fire immediately.

Then, suddenly came the sea waves as high as houses, the shack struck up and the fire be extinguished. Apparently, there is another brother of the Third Son in the form of whale, which have encouraged and created a wave of the sea. When the fire was extinguished, the Third Son looking for the eggs and be very happy when he found it. The egg shell is cracked and broken due to the heat that suddenly turned cold when scalded, so the crystal ball in it taken by the Third Son. When the Third Son went overlooking the Witch and held up the crystal ball in front of her, the Witch says, “My magic powers have been destroyed, and from this moment, you’re the king in the palace of the sun. With a crystal ball, you have returned the form of your brothers to human form as before. “

The third son was rushed to the Princess, and when he entered the room, he found the Princess standing there with all her beauty, and not long after, they get married and live happily forever.


a witch lady witch is a person with magical powers.
a falcon falcon is a large hunting bird.
a whale The larger fish (cetacean mammals) having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head.
struck affected by something overwhelming.
imprisoned hampered and not free; not able to act at will
the venue venue is the place where an event or meeting is happening.
sighed The sound that you make when you exhale loudly to show frustration, boredom, or relief is called a sigh.
grieving sorrowful through loss or deprivation.
exempt freed from or not subject to an obligation or liability.
snorted a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
shack A shack is a tiny, crude shelter that one person might be living in. It’s not well maintained, and it probably has peeling paint and a leaky roof.
extinguished of a conditioned response; caused to die out because of the absence or withdrawal of reinforcement.


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