Andrew Lang (1844 – 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. Lang was also a prolific author of fiction works; he wrote his own fairy tales such as Prince Prigio (1889) and Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia (1893), and wrote numerous historical texts. Andrew Lang was great friends with Robert Louis Stevenson and H. Rider Haggard, with whom he wrote The World's Desire (1890). Preferring romance over realism, he admired their works as well as those of Alexandre Dumas Père, Henry Fielding, William Makepeace Thackeray, fellow Scot Robert Burns and many others.
Once upon a time there was a young man. He was bored of sitting at home and one day he went out for get some adventures. He strolled for a long time and finally he saw in the distance a wild mountain, half covered with a dense forest, and thinking that this promised well at once took the road that led to it. He climbed that mountain, it was hard, he felt tired and preferred to stay on it till the morning. He made a simple hovel and fell asleep there. Suddenly, in a middle of a night, he heard a strange noise… What was it? Read the story to know!