Grimm Brothers Collection
There was a man who had three sons, the youngest of whom was called Dummling, and was despised, mocked, and sneered at on every occasion.
It happened that the eldest wanted to go into the forest to chop wood, and before he went his mother gave him a wonderful pastry and a bottle of wine so that he might not suffer from hunger or thirst.
When he entered the forest he met a little gray-haired old man who bade him good day, and said: ‘Do give me a piece of pastry out of your pocket, and let me have a sip of your wine; I am so hungry and thirsty.’ But the clever son answered: ‘If I give you my pastry and wine, I shall have none for myself; so forget it!’ and he left the little man standing and went on.
But when he began to chop down a tree, it was not long before he made a false stroke, and the axe cut him in the arm, so that he had to go home and have it bandaged. And this was the little gray man’s doing.
After this the second son went into the forest, and his mother gave him, like the eldest, a fresh pastry and a bottle of wine.