Being unable to redeem their sovereign, they have come with an immense army, and threaten to destroy us if their king is not released without ransom.”
The king armed himself with the magic sword, and going outside the city walls, said to it, as he pointed to the enemy’s camp, “Magic Sword, smite the foe.”
Immediately the sword clinked, leapt flashing in the air, and fell in a thousand blades that threw themselves on the camp. One regiment was destroyed during the first attack, another was defeated in the same way, while the rest of the terrified soldiers fled and completely disappeared. Then the king said, “Sword, return to me.”
The thousand swords again became one, and so it returned to its master’s hand.
The victorious king came home filled with joy. He called Niezguinek to him, loaded him with gifts, and assuring him of his favour, made him the highest general of his forces. In carrying out the duties of this new post Niezguinek was often obliged to punish his brothers, who became more and more enraged against him, and took counsel together how they might bring about his downfall.
One day the king found a letter by his door, and after reading it he called Niezguinek to him and said, “I should very much like to see Princess Sudolisu, whom you wish to bring me.”
“Sire, I do not know the lady, and have never spoken to her.”
“Here, look at your letter.”
“Beyond the nine kingdoms, far beyond the ocean, within a silver vessel with golden masts lives Princess Sudolisu. If the king wishes it, I will seek her for him.
“It is true the writing is like unto mine; nevertheless, I neither composed the letter nor wrote it.”
“No matter,” answered the king. “You will be able to get this princess, as you did the guzla and the sword: if not, I will have you killed.”
Niezguinek bowed and went out. He entered the stable where stood his horse looking very weak and sad, with his head bent down.
“What is the matter, dear horse?