The Lassie and Her Godmother
(Norwegian: "Jomfru Maria som gudmor"; Virgin Mary as godmother) is a Norwegian fairy tale
collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen
and Jørgen Moe
in Norske Folkeeventyr
.George Webbe Dasent, Popular Tales from the Norse
, Edinburgh: David Douglass, 1888.
The Brothers Grimm
noted its similarity to their Mary's Child
, and also to the Italian The Goat-faced Girl
.Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Household Tales
A poor couple had a baby girl. They wished to have the child christened, but could not pay the parson's fees. At last, the father found a beautiful lady who offered to get the child christened, but said that she would keep her as her own child afterwards. The father spoke to his wife about it, and his wife refused, but when the beautiful lady made the same offer the next day, his wife agreed that they should accept if they could not find anyone else. The child was christened, and the lady then took her home and treated her kindly.
When the girl was old enough to know right from wrong, the lady went on a journey, forbidding her to go into certain rooms. The girl could not resist looking into one, and a star sprang out. When her foster mother returned, she was angry with her, and threatened to send her away, but at her pleading, let her stay. The next time the foster mother went away, the girl opened the second door, and the moon sprang out. Again, the angry foster mother was... Read More