Once upon a time, there was an emperor who had three daughters. They were all very beautiful but the second born was fairer than words can tell. Many princes wanted to marry them but the emperor wouldn't let them.
One day, three young men came and asked for their hands. As the emperor wouldn't listen to them, they kidnapped the girls and they all vanished. The emperor had it rumoured throughout the land that those who would find the princesses would get them in marriage. In a village of the empire, there lived a man who had three sons. Two were just passable bu one of them was downright foolish. The three brothers decided to go and seek the girls. After they walked days and nights, they had a break and one of them had to stay on guard to keep the fire burning while the others were sleeping. On the first night the eldest one was guarding and he had to fight a three-headed giant and killed him. On the second night, the second one fought a four-headed giant and killed him too. On the third night, Calin fought an eight-headed giant, he killed him too but the fire died out. Very upset he started to seek fire. While he was walking he met Late-at-night, then he met Midnight and finally Day-break. As he was afraid that the day would come, he tied them all and then he arrived at a place where he saw fire. There were 12 giants and their mothers. He tried to take fire and all the food but, by mistake he woke a giant up. To let him go, Calin promised to bring them the Red Emperor's daughter.
They agreed and when they arrived at the castle he cut their heads and
their tongues, but one of the giantesses escaped. Then he got in the castle,
kissed the girl and took her ring. Then he got back, lit the fire but that
before he had released the three men. The day came and Calin left by himself
to find the girls. In the Golden forest he found the eldest daughter who
was cooking lunch for the giant. When the giant came, he fought him and
killed him. Then he went to the Silver forest where he fought another giant
and he took the second girl with him because he fell in
Then Calin returned to the castle and there he mat his son. At last his two brothers died because of their mistake and Calin married the second girl, the one that he was in love with. There was a wedding that no one had ever seen before and Calin with his wife and son lived happily ever after.