Princess Tuvstarr persuaded Skutt the Moose to take her away from her palace so she could see the world. As they wandered through the dark forest, Skutt warned her to hold on to his antlers with both hands. When they encountered fairies, she reached out to them and they stole her golden crown. The Lady of the Forest stole the princess’s golden dress in the same manner. When she climbed down to take a drink from a tarn, her golden locket fell from her neck into the water. There she sits, looking for her lost heart until this very day.
When I was young, my mother gave me a book of Swedish Fairy Tales with illustrations by John Bauer. Little Princess Cottongrass was my favorite. She looked just like me and she had adventures like I wanted to have and she was trapped like I was.
Years ago, my husband gave me a copy of this book. I tried to read it, but I couldn’t even open the book without crying.