The only two noteworthy points about this story (apart from having a named protagonist) were the fact that Ferdinand gets a magic flute to summon a magic fish and.... only uses it when he drops his pen in the lake... Wow, I can't help but to fell bad for the fish, I bet it thought it would be doing something actually important in the story.
The other noteworthy thing is that Ferdinand has to find a maid for the King, but she loves Ferdinand and shows she has the power to cut off a head and sow it back on like nothing happened and tries it out on Ferdinand and then asks if the King wants to have a go.... Gee, I wonder what will happen? Yep, she claims to have forgotten the spell and the King dies and she marries Ferdinand.
This fairy tale is a Franken-monster of a bunch of other Grimm Fairy Tales, I know I've said this before, but this one takes the cake, it's not only the longest tale I've read so far, but the most unnecessarily long story I've read, specially since you can tell when one tale ends and the other starts. It doesn't even end at the wedding and has to pull a Golden Children ending just to make it a page or two longer.
I won't give a quick summary this time, because you've literally heard it before, it barely even changes the details from the tales they steal from!
A third brother meets a old man in the woods and shares his meal (obviously the other two were jerk) and is told to cut down a tree and find a golden goose, which eventually leads him to meet a princess, whose King sends him on crazy tasks, but the old man helps him, he drink all the wine in the King's cellar (he really didn't think this one through) and then eat a mountain of bread.
They married and lived happily ever after, albeit they were pretty thirsty without anything in the cellar drink.
A fisherman catches a golden wish grant wishing fish (it's been a while since the last wish fish) and the wish says he'll get a castle with magical cupboard of food (this is a staple by now), but the moment he tells anybody about it, it will go away.
So obviously the wife won't leave him alone until her tells her, even though she know it will go away the moment she knows, but it doesn't matter because the fisherman caught the wish fish again!
And the wife forced him to tell the truth AGAIN! The next time he catches the wish fish, the fish just gives up and says to feed two pieces to his wife, two to his horses and plant the other two.
The horses give birth to two gold colts, two golden lilies sprout from the ground and the wife gave birth to two golden children.
When they grow up the boy leaves on an adventure with his golden horse saying to look at the lily, because it will wilt if he's in dire peril or dying. He meets a maiden she marries, but the father doesn't approve of him and golden boy leave on a hunting trip to prove his worth, but he meets a witch that turns him into stone. The sister knows immediately thanks to the lily and goes out to find him and threatens the witch with a gun and apparently that's enough to get a witch to undo the curse? Happy ending!?
Typical abusive stepmom makes two kids runaway and find a set of cursed ponds while the brother is dying of thirst and instead of doing the cool thing and drinking from the pond that turns you into a tiger, the silly goose drinks from the one that turns him into a deer.
They continue to live "normally" except the "dear brother" can't help but to rush out when he hear a hunting horn and ends up attracting the King who marries the sister. The story become a bit like the last with the evil stepmom trying to replace the queen and the king breaks the spell... the usual.
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