THE STORY OF SKUTT THE MOOSE BULL AND THE LITTLE PRINCESS TUVSTARR
"HOLD ON FIRMLY TO MY HORNS WITH BOTH HANDS AND THEY WILL HAVE NO POWER OVER YOU"
In the fairy tale, the little princess Tuvstarr goes on adventures from the castle and the safe, but oh so boring, court. She wants to be free to explore and experience the outside world. She has the moose Skutt to help her. Wise and experienced, he tries to warn Princess Tuvstarr that the world is big, cold, and inhospitable; that the deep forest is full of evil dangers. But despite Skutt's advice, the treacherous fairies take Tuvstarr's crown, and the Mistress of the Forest take her dress. Finally, she drops her necklace with a golden heart in the deep dark forest pond and remains forever at its shore. The elk begs and begs Tuvstarr to come home with him, but she remains there by the water searching for her lost heart, forever staring down into the pond.
The pictures of John Bauer were published with "The tale of the elk bull Skutt and the little princess Tuvstarr" by Helge Kjelli in among gnomes and trolls in 1907.