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The Singing Ringing Tree

Part Four

Thwarted once more, the Dwarf destroys their cave home and sits in wait for the Princess. When she arrives, the Dwarf tells her that the Bear, mean and cruel, has destroyed the house as he was jealous of her Castle. She finds this hard to believe as the Bear has only ever shown kindness. The Dwarf says that he will help her to escape, for if the Bear finds them together, he will surely kill them both. She is still reluctant so the Dwarf conjures images of her home and fine things. But no, she will not leave the Bear. Finally the Dwarf says that her father is on his deathbed and is asking for her. She reluctantly leaves the mountains and the bear behind.

The dwarf destroys the cave It is blamed on the bear

He shows her belongings back at the castle Still she does not want to go

Once at the Castle, no-one recognises her. She discovers that her father is not dead, but has been looking for her for a year. She concludes that the Dwarf was lying to her about everything. She hears a soft tinkling sound. In the garden, her little tree is singing and ringing and she realises that the Bear must, in fact, be the handsome Prince. Picking up the tree she sets off for the mountains.

The Bear is distraught. Their house is destroyed and the Princess has gone. The bridge across the ravine collapses.

She realises that the dwarf has lied to her She finds the tree in the garden

The bear is all alone now The stone bridge collapses

The Princess finds her way blocked by a huge hedge with thorns that cuts her hands. She calls for help and the horse/deer jumps her across the barrier. Again the Dwarf tries to stop her by flooding the valley. Hearing her call, the fish allows her to climb on its back and then swims across. The Dwarf causes the waters to recede trapping her in the ravine but the birds form a garland to fly her out. The Princess accuses the Dwarf of being a filthy liar but he snatches away the singing and ringing tree. The Dwarf does not want the little tree to sing in fairyland so he surrounds it in flames. Thinking that he has finally stopped her, he flies around laughing.

The dwarf creates a huge hedge wall to stop the Princess She cuts her hands

Flying horsey to the rescue Have lost out with the hedge the dwarf creates a water barrier

Fishy to the rescue The dwarf steals the tree and places it behind a wall of firee

The Princess braves the flames She reaches the tree

The Princess braves the flames, walking through the fire to embrace the little tree. The tree sings and rings. The flames die away and the Dwarf falls into a huge hole. The dried up valley becomes green. The Bear returns and changes back into the handsome Prince. The Prince and Princess embrace. His horse gallops towards them and the Prince lifts her onto its back and leads her away. The Prince and Princess decide to leave the singing and ringing tree in fairyland to bring luck to whosoever finds it.

The dwarf realises he has been beaten He vanishes into the ground

The evil broken, the bear reverts back to.... ....the Prince

Ain't that nice !!! They leave the tree for others to see

The End

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