Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Hen Who Went to Dovre Mountain so All the World Would Not End

Once upon a time there was a hen who flew up and perched in a great oak tree one evening. That night, she dreamed that all the world would come to an end, if she did not go to Dovre mountain. Straightway she jumped down and started on her way.

When she had gone a way, she met a cockerel.

“Good day, Cocky Locky,” said the hen.

“Good day, Henny Penny; where are you off to, so early?” said the cockerel.

“Oh, I am going to Dovre mountain, so that all the world will not come to an end,” said the hen.

“Who has said so, Henny Penny?” said the cockerel.

“I sat in the oak tree, and dreamed it last night,” said the hen.

“I will come with you,” said the cockerel.

So they went a long distance, and then they met a duck.

“Good day, Cocky Locky; where are you off to, so early?” said the duck.

“I am going to Dovre mountain, so that all the world will not come to an end,” he said.

“Who has said so, Cocky Locky?”

“Henny Penny,” said the cockerel.

“Who has said so, Henny Penny?” said the duck.

“I sat in the oak tree, and dreamed it last night,” said the hen.

“I will join you,” said the duck.

So off they went, and went a distance more, and then they met a gander.

“Good day, Gander Lander,” said the duck.

“Good day, Ducky Lucky,” said the gander. “Where are you off to, so early?”

“I am going to Dovre mountain, so that all the world will not come to an end,” said the duck.

“Who has said so, Ducky Lucky?” said the gander.

“Cocky Locky.”

“Who has said so, Cocky Locky?”

“Henny Penny.”

“How do you know this, Henny Penny?” said the gander.

“I sat in the oak tree, and dreamed it last night, Gander Lander” said the hen.

“I want to go with you,” said the gander.

When they had gone a distance further, they met a fox.

“Good day, Foxy Loxy,” said the gander.

“Good day, Gander Lander.”

“Where are you off to, Foxy Loxy?”

“Where are you off to, Gander Lander?”

“I am going to Dovre mountain, so that all the world will not end,” said the gander.

“Who has said so, Gander Lander,” said the fox.

“Ducky Lucky.”

“Who has said so, Ducky Lucky?”

“Cocky Locky.”

“Who has said so, Cocky Locky?”

“Henny Penny.”

“How do you know this, Henny Penny?”

“I sat in the oak tree, and dreamed it last night, that if I do not come to Dovre mountain, then all the world shall end,” said the hen.

“Nonsense!” said the fox. “All the world will not end if you do not go thither. No, come with me to my lair; it is much better, for there it is both good and warm.”

Well, they followed the fox home to his lair, and when they arrived, the fox stoked the fire so that it made them all sleepy. The duck and the gander sat themselves in a corner, and the cockerel and the hen flew up to a perch.

When the gander and the duck had fallen soundly asleep, the fox took the gander, laid it on the embers, and roasted it. The hen sniffed the searing smell; she jumped up to a higher perch and said through her slumber: “Fie! It stinks so, it stinks so!”

“Nonsense,” said the fox. “The smoke is merely blowing down the chimney. Go back to sleep and be quiet!”

So the hen slept again.

The fox had hardly devoured the gander before he did the same to the duck; he took her, laid her on the embers, and roasted her to eat.

Then the hen awoke again, and jumped up to a higher perch. “Fie! It stinks so, it stinks so!” she said; and when she opened her eyes and saw that the fox had eaten them both—both the gander and the duck—she flew up to the highest perch and sat there, looking up the chimney.

“Well, well, look at all those delicious geese flying there!” she said to the fox. Mikkel went out to get himself a new fat roast. Meanwhile, the hen woke the cockerel and told him how things had gone with Gander Lander and Ducky Lucky. Then Cocky Locky and Henny Penny flew up through the chimney; and if they had not come to Dovre mountain, then had all the world certainly come to an end.

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