Aarne-Thompson-Uther (ATU) - Types of Folktales

44: The Oath on the Iron

ATU > 1-299: ANIMAL TALES > 1-99: Wild Animals > 1-69: The Clever Fox (Other Animal) > 44: The Oath on the Iron


In a dispute between the fox, the wolf, and the bear concerning the theft of their winter supplies, the fox denies the guilt and swears by touching iron (a trap). The bear follows his example but hits the iron so hard that his paws are caught.

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