A Story From: Egypt
Read Time: ["10 to 15mins"]
For Ages: 5 to 7yrs., 8 to 10yrs.

The prince's fate is to die by three animals. His wife will not accept it.
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Based on the story "The Prince and Three Fates" from Brown Fairytales, by Andrew Lang, 1904; itself adapted from Les Contes Popularies de l'Egypte Ancienne.

Retold by Elaine L. Lindy. ©2006. All rights reserved.


This ancient story from Egypt is now found in the Harris Papyrus in the British Museum. It was complete when first discovered, but an unfortunate accident partly destroyed it so that the end of the tale is lost. It is supposed to belong to the end of the Eighteenth Dynasty (about 1700 BC). The part where the papyrus becomes extensively mutilated is when the prince, after being saved by his wife from the serpent, faces his next danger - the crocodile.  The papyrus was discovered in the Sudanese region of the Nile River.

Source: Folk Tales of All Nations by F. L. Lee, 1930, p. 401.