Ring did so, and soon the trolls wakened up. The old hag, who was the most frightful of them all, went first to taste tho porridge.
' How comes this ? ' she said ; ■ the porridge is salt! I got the milk by witchcraft yesterday out of four kingdoms, and now it is salt! '
All the others then came to taste the porridge, and thought it nice, but after they had finished it the old hag grew so thirsty that she could stand it no longer, and asked her daughter to go out and bring her some water from the river that ran near by.
' I won't go,' said she, ' unless you lend me your bright gold piece.'
i Though I should die you shan't have that,' said the hag.
' Die, then,' said the girl.
I Well, then, take it, you brat,' said the old hag, ' and be off with you, and make haste with the water.'
The girl took the gold and ran out with it, and it was so bright that it shone all over the plain. As soon as she came to the river she lay down to take a drink of the water, but meanwhile the two of them had got down off the roof and thrust her, head first, into the river.
The old hag began now to long for the water, and said that the girl would be running about witli the gold piece all over the plain, so she asked her son to go and get her a drop of water.
II won't go,' said lie, ' unless I get the gold cloak.' 'Though I should die you shan't have that,' said the hag.
' Die, then,' said the son.
' Well, then, take it,' said the old hag, ' and be off witli you, but you must make haste with the water.'
He put on the cloak, and when he came outside it shone so bright that he could sec to go with it. On reaching the river he went to take a drink like his sister, but at that moment Ring and Snati sprang upon him, took the cloak from him, and threw him into the river.
The old hag could stand the thirst no longer, ami asked her husband to go for a drink for her; the brats, she said, were of course running about and playing themselves, just as she had expected they would, little wretches that they were.
41 won't go,' said the old troll, ' unless you lend me the gold chess-board.'
' Though I should die you shan't have that,' said the hag.