For Sake of the Barber

King Oleg had horse’s ears, and nobody knew that except his barber, and the barber did not dare confess it for the sake of his head. And there came sickness to the barber, so that he had to seek a physician, who discovered that a secret was killing him, and he requested the barber to confess it to the earth. And so he did, and became well. And fair reeds grew in that place. And at the time of a high feast the pipers of the Hall of the High King came there and saw the fair reeds, and they cut them and made them into pipes and played them before the king, and they could play nothing but ‘Oleg Grimkel has horses’ ears.’

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