n they went to the room of the Princess one morning and found in her dainty lace bed a cow in place of their pretty daughter.
They sent for the old witch at once, for they knew that some magic spell must have caused this terrible change, but the old witch sent back word that the only thing that would change the Princess back to her own shape was a pear from the tree which grew by the mountain of ice.
Now this mountain of ice all the people knew was controlled by a three-headed troll, and the tree which grew near by was the chimney to his home under the mountain.
There was nothing to do but to offer money to the one who would get the pear which would restore the little Princess to her own form.
There was another thing that made it very dangerous to try to get the pear, and this was that no sooner did one attempt to touch the tree than all its branches changed to sharp swords.
To reach the tree the mountain must be climbed, and this being of ice, the ones who tried were in dan