The Three Golden Apples -- The Pomegranate Seeds -- The Chimæra -- The Golden Touch -- The Gorgon's Head -- The Dragon's Teeth -- The Miraculous Pitcher -- The Paradise of Children -- The Cyclops -- The Argonauts -- The Giant Builder -- How Odin Lost His Eye -- The Quest of the Hammer -- The Apples of Idun -- The Death of Balder -- The Star and the Lily -- (Edited by Hamilton Wright Mabie.)
oung men, who desired to do a braver thing than any of their fellows, set out in quest of this fruit. Many of them returned no more; none of them brought back the apples. No wonder that they found it impossible to gather them! It is said that there was a dragon beneath the tree, with a hundred terrible heads, fifty of which were always on the watch, while the other fifty slept.
In my opinion it was hardly worth running so much risk for the sake of a solid golden apple. Had the apples been sweet, mellow, and juicy, indeed that would be another matter. There might then have been some sense in trying to get at them, in spite of the hundred-headed dragon.
But, as I have already told you, it was quite a common thing with young persons, when tired of too much peace and rest, to go in search of the garden of the Hesperides. And once the adventure was undertaken by a hero who had enjoyed very little peace or rest since he came into the world. At the time of which I am going to speak, he was wandering through th