114 GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
the little tailor, " a beautiful princess and half a kingdom are not to be had every day," and he said to the King,
" Oh yes, I can soon overcome the giants, and yet have no need of the hundred horsemen; he who can kill seven at one blow has no need to be afraid of two."
So the little tailor set out, and the hundred horsemen followed him. When he came to the border of the wood he said to his escort,
" Stay here while I go to attack the giants."
Then he sprang into the wood, and looked about him right and left. After a while he caught sight of the two giants ; they were lying down under a tree asleep, and snoring so that all the branches shook. The little tailor, all alive, filled both his pockets with stones and climbed up into the tree, and made his way to an overhanging bough, so that he could seat himself just above the sleepers; and from there he let one stone after another fall on the chest of one of the giants. For a long time the giant was quite unaware of this, but at last he waked up and pushed his comrade, and said,
" What are you hitting me for ? "
" You are dreaming," said the other, " I am not touching you." And they composed themselves again to sleep, and the tailor let fall a stone on the other giant.
" WThat can that be ? " cried he, " what are you casting at me ? "
" I am casting nothing at you," answered the first, grumbling.
They disputed about it for a while, but as they were tired, they gave it up at last, and their eyes closed once more. Then the little tailor began his game anew, picked out a heavier stone and threw it down with force upon the first giant's chest.
" This is too much !" cried he, and sprang up like a madman and struck his companion such a blow that the tree shook above them. The other paid him back with read) coin, and they fought with such fury that they tore up tree? by their roots to use for weapons against each other, so that at last they both of them lay dead upon the ground. And now the little tailor got down.
" Another piece of luck !" said he,—" that the tree I was