Justin- it had been a long winter with lots of snow Food had been hard
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Justin- it had been a long winter with lots of snow. Food had been hard to find and the Four Billy-goats Gruff were very thin. Do you know what a goat is? A goat is any of various hollow ruminant mammals related to the sheep but of lighter build and backwardly arched horns, a short tail and usually straight hair. But now the snow had gone from the pasture and the grass was looking fresh and green.
Heath - I shall go to the top pasture today
Justin – Said the first Billy goat gruff who was also the smallest.
Heath – The grass is always much greener and sweeter up there.
Joey – Take care the troll does not catch you.
Justin – Said his bother who was pushing and playing with the other goats.
Ben – We will follow you later.
Justin – To get to the top pasture the four Billy goats gruff had to cross a stream. The water was deep and cold and the only way over it was by the humpy-backed bridge. Underneath the bridge, in the dark and the damp lived a bad-tempered troll. Do you know what a troll is? A troll is a dwarf or giant in Teutonic folklore inhabiting caves, hills or bridges. The troll had eyes as big as saucers and a nose as long and as sharp as a poker. Everyone was afraid of him and there was nothing he liked better than eating goat for dinner. The troll was splashing his feet in the stream and trying to catch a fish with his toes when he heard, tip…tap…tip…tap… above his head.
Tom – Who is that walking over MY bridge?
Heath – It is I
Justin – Called the first Billy-goat Gruff trembling like a leaf.
Tom – Then I will have you for my dinner
Heath – Please don’t do that,
Justin – Pleaded and begged the First Billy-goat Gruff.
Heath – I am very small and thin. One mouth full and I would be gone. My brother is much fatter than I.
Tom – Then I will wait and have him for my dinner instead of you now be on your way before I change my mind.
Justin – The first Billy goat gruff did not need telling twice. He skipped off to the pasture as fast as his legs would take him. The bad-tempered troll went back under the bridge and teased the toads while he waited for his dinner to come. Presently, he heard more footsteps tapping across the bridge tip…tap…tip…tap.
Tom – Who is that walking over my bridge?
Brad – It is I.
Justin – Called the second Billy goat gruff.
Tom – Then I will have you for my dinner.
Brad – please don’t do that.
Justin – Pleaded the second Billy goat gruff.
Brad – It has been a long hard winter. I am still very bony and thin. My brother will be coming this soon; he is much fatter than I.
Tom – Then I will wait and have him for my dinner instead of you. Now be on your way before I change my mind.
Justin – The second Billy goat gruff did not need to be told twice either, and he quickly joined the first Billy goat gruff in the pasture top. The troll went back to teasing the toads and trying to catch when the troll heard tip…tap…tip…tap…
Tom – Who is that walking over my bridge?
Ben – It is I.
Justin – Cried the third Billy goat gruff with fear.
Tom – Then I shall eat you for my dinner.
Ben – But why if would wait longer you could have a bigger better meal. My brother who is much, much fatter then I will be along shortly and you could eat him.
Tom – Then I will wait and have him for my dinner. Now be on your way before I change my mind.
Justin – The third Billy goat gruff ran off as fast as he could to join his other two brothers in the nice green pasture. The troll sat under the bridge in the damp and dark and waited. He was getting very hungry and more and more bad tempered. He tried to catch a fish but couldn’t. And he couldn’t tease the toads because they had hidden. He waited and waited.
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Scandinavian folklore, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Species, The Troll, Troll, Fiction, Cinema of the United States, Goat
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