he had said before : ' It is better that one should die than two,' and then climbed up into the tree again.
Minnikin once more begged the cook's leave to go down to the sea-shore for a short time.
' Oh, what can you do there ? ' said the cook.
' My dear, do let me go !' said Minnikin ; ' I should so like to go down there and amuse myself a little with the other children.'
So this time also she said that he should have leave to go, but he must first promise that he would be back by the time the joint was turned and that he would bring a great armful of wood with him.
No sooner had Minnikin got down to the strand than the Troll came rushing along with a great whistling and whirring, and he was twice as big as the first Troll, and he had ten heads.
' Fire !' shrieked the Troll.
' Fire yourself! ' said Minnikin.
' Can you fight ? ' roared the Troll.
' If not, I can learn,' said Minnikin.
So the Troll struck at him with his iron club—which was still bigger than that which the first Troll had had—so that the earth flew ten yards up in the air.
' Fie !' said Minnikin. ' That was not much of a blow. Now you shall see one of my blows.'
Then he grasped his sword and struck at the Troll, so that all his ten heads danced away over the sands.
And again the King's daughter said to him, ' Sleep a while on my lap,' and while Minnikin lay there she drew some silver raiment over him.
As soon as Eitter Red saw that there was no longer any danger afoot, he crept down from the tree and threatened the Princess, until at last she was again forced to promise to say that it was he who had rescued her; after which he took the tongue and the lungs of the Troll and put them in his pocket-handkerchief, and then he conducted the Princess back to the palace. There was joy and gladness in the palace, as may be imagined, and the King did not know how to show enough honour and respect to Hitter Eed.
Minnikin, however, took home with him an armful of gold and silver hoops from the Troll's ship. When he came back to the King's palace the kitchen-maid clapped her hands and wondered where he could have got all that gold and silver; but Minnikin answered that he had been home for a short time, and that it was