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haVe also obtaineda diamondring." And theni̅he laughed. Lodor showed hisrespect aund
saidi̅sadly, "Ifyou aue able to get me out of this demon"s caVe, Iwill giVe you this
precious gem ring." The old manlion answeredlaughing, "What is there to be
discouragedabout?"Thentheoldmanrolledoverandassoonashedidthishebecame
the lion as white as snow. He sat Crouchedontheground. WhenLodormountedthe]ion,
the lion yelled and flew into the sky arriving at the edge ofi̅the cave. The youth (thenl)
destroyed the big rock with his golden axe aund the lion delivered him outside of the caVe.
As soon as he aurnVed outside the cave the lion became the old man and said to the youth,
"Got Go to the kings city t y ou will meet a person who will give you happiness." Lodor
was touched and went toward the city quickly (lit., with big steps) .
"The chief steward saved the clever and beautiful princess, " the villagers heard,
and the king and queen both were in the front of the palace in the midst of many peop]e
to we]come the chief stewad as the princess"s groom. The peop]e were extremely happy,
crowding into the front of the door of the palace, some carrying ceremonial scarves in
their hands, others carrying flasks of beer, and others dancing and singing songs with
]oudand c]earvoices. Thefrontofthemaindoorofthepalacehadtheappearanceofa
festiVal with the bodyguard troopslined up grandly in two rows. The king and queen,
smi]ing happily, sat on top of (their) thurones.
i̅ The chief steward threw out his chest and proudly climbed the stairs step by step.
T he king himse]f gaVe the chief stewardi̅precious things such as go]d and silVer, the outfit
of a lord"s clothes, and a sword. At that time, the queen ordered the palace serVants to ask
Princess Drelha to come and (decreed) that (shei̅will) marry the chief steward in front of
all. At that tirne, when happy sounds fi]led the air, Princess Drelha came down firom the
palace. When she saw that it was not theyouth who had been wounded by the demon"s
blood but only the chief steward all dressed up, only then did she understand that she had
been tricked by the chief steward. She got extremely angry and suddenly fainted and fell.
i̅ i̅ The king ordered the maidservants to propuptheprincessquickly, andwhenthey
inquired as to the reasons for this, a very ugly person he]d upi̅the princess"s diamond ring
high in the airwith his two hands and came to the king. He did the show ofrespect and
said, "Probably the princess lost this diamondring (so) ICame quickly to giVe iti̅ (to her) .
Princess, please take it." After he said that the youth gave (her) the ring and decisively
retuurned (started to leaVe) . The chief steward was stunned and stayed staring wide-eyed
to the ]eft andright. The princess carefully looked andrecognized the youth and said
repeatedly, "As for him. As tor him. As for him. The person who savedme (lit., my


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