From an early Russian folk tale. A cruel king hears of the birth of the seventh son of the seventh son and of a prophecy has it that this child will grow up to become king of his kingdom. The cruel king decides to kill this 'Luck Child', and throwing the child and Chancellor into the sea, so ends the prophecy. But this is the Luck Child and he survives. Sixteen years later, the king discovers the Luck Child has survived and plots to kill him again. He sends 'Lucky' off to the palace with a letter that has his execution in it; in the forest, Lucky meets the 'Little Man' who drugs him and reads the letter, and the Little Man proceeds to forge new orders. So when the king gets back, instead of Lucky being executed he has instead married the princess. The King quickly says that the marriage can only be when he has the golden feather from the Griffin's back, a man-eating monster. Lucky resolves himself to get it. He meets a ferryman, whose sole job is to ferry people to the island of the griffin, and is unable to release himself from this curse. Lucky promises to find out and in the lair of the Griffin he finds the Little Man, who has become the Griffin's cook. The little man hides Lucky and while he tends to the Griffin grabs the golden feather and finds the secret to releasing the ferryman - all that he has to do is pass his oar over to the next person who will then become the ferryman. Lucky, feather in hand, tells the ferryman this and back at the castle, hands the feather over to the king. When the king hears of the riches of the Griffin's island, he greedily hurries off and on the ferry in his eagerness to get to the island, is offered the oar by the ferryman. And Lucky and his bride? Well, they would live happily. After all, he was the Luck Child.moreless
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