Loundja, the Ogress’ Daughter
Kabyle title is “Lundja yellis n Tamza” (Loundja the ogress’ daughter).
The translation made by the author is “The king and the three girls”.
fact, the tale is about three young girls who met at the fountain and started
dreaming up, so that each of them told what she would be able to do to the king
if he would marry her.
chance, the king was at the fountain to water his horse and he caught the three
girls while talking each other. The first one told: “Should the king agree to
marry me, I would be able to clothe his whole kingdom with just a fleece”. The
second girl told: “Should the king agree to marry me, I would be able to
nourish his whole kingdom with just measure of corn.” The third one told:
“Should the king agree to marry me, I would give him a son and a daughter with
gold and silver hair. Then, the king told that all the three girls were asked to
marry him. He wanted to see their parents and to make a proposal of marriage.
The girls had to go with him to the palace and each of them would have to
fulfill her promise.
first two girls were not able to demonstrate their statements. The third one was
made pregnant by the king, who isolated and put her in a place where she could
not meet anyone. The other two women became jealous of the third and turned to
the sorceress of the village who came on the day of delivery with a box. Just
after delivery, the sorceress takes both babies, a male and a female with gold
and silver hair, and put them into the box, from which she takes out two puppies
and puts them in replacement. Then, the sorceress throws the box into the sea.
The king was astonished by the bad news and ordered to house the woman with the
dogs and that she had to live with them.
box thrown into the sea got to a strand where there were an old man and his wife
dreaming from their marriage about a baby who could alleviate the burden of
their solitude. So, both infants were adopted by the old man and his wife who
took them away. After the death of the old man and his wife, the babies got
bored to be alone and decided to leave. By chance, they arrived at the country
of their parents.
the boy and the girl settled in the country of their parents and many events had
to occur – in particular some adventures of the boy – before they could be
reunited to their mother and father, in spite of all the efforts of the other
two wives of the king aimed at impeding such a reunion with the help of the
sorceress of the village.