Multilingual Folk Tale Database


Author: Asbjørnsen & Moe - 1841

Translated into English
  by George Dasent - 1859

Original title (Norwegian):
Hanen og høna

Country of origin: Norway

Story type: Tales in which animals talk (ATU 2075)


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The Cock and Hen

Asbjørnsen & Moe / George Dasent

Hen—"You promise me shoes year after year, year after year, and yet I get no shoes!"

Cock—"You shall have them, never fear! Henny penny!"

Hen—"I lay egg after egg, egg after egg, and yet I go about barefoot!"

Cock—Well, take your eggs, and be off to the tryst, and buy yourself shoes, and don’t go any longer barefoot!"