THE TROLL'S DAUGHTER 253
and therefore I will catch hold of you as I go past, so that you can notice it, and you must then make haste to catch me and hold me fast. You have then answered his first question. His next question will be, "Where is my heart?' You shall then step forward again and answer, "It is in a fish." " Do you know that fish?" he will say, and you will again answer " Yes." He will then cause all kinds of fish to come before you, and you shall choose between them. I shall take gcod care to keep by your side, and when the right fish comes I will give you a little push, and with that you will seize the fish and cut it up. Then all will be over with the troll; he will ask no more questions, and we shall be free to wed.'
When the youth had got all these directions as to what he had to do when he got ashore again the next thins was to remember the words which the troll said when he changed him from a human being to an animal; but these he had forgotten, and the girl did not know them either. He went about all day in despair, and thought and thought, but he could not- remember what they sounded like. During the night he could not sleep, until towards morning he fell into a slumber, and all at once it flashed upon him what the troll used to say. He made haste to repeat the words, and at the same moment he became- a fish again and slipped out into the sea. Immediately after this he was called upon, and swam through the sea up the river to where the troll stood on the bank and restored him to human shape with the same words as before.
'Well, how do you like to be a fish?' asked the troll.
It was what he had liked best of all, said the youth, and that was no lie, as everybody can guess.
The troll then showred him the three bushels of money which he had earned during the past year; they stood beside the other three, and all the six now belonged to him.