The Prince showed the tiara. The Princess is surprised but gracious in defeat. The Prince and Princess are married, and the Prince continues to invent riddles for his wife. The Servant fell in love with a handmaiden. They all lived happily ever after.
The next morning, the Princess announced the answer to the riddle: ‘A Raven ate from a dead, poisoned horse and died of it. Then twelve robbers ate the raven and died from that’. The prince declared that the princess did not solve the riddle, but rather questioned him in his sleep. There was a commotion, and the townsfolk asked for proof.
The Prince pretended to be asleep and the Princess asked him to answer the riddle. After he revealed the answer, the Princess departed. She left her tiara behind.
Frustrated she could not solve his riddle, the Princess snuck into the Prince’s room to see if he revealed the solution while talking in his sleep.
The Princess is unable to solve the riddle. She graciously invited them to stay in her castle while she thought about it.
Continuing on, the Prince and his Servant next came to a town. Here lived a Princess who would marry any man able to ask her a riddle she could not solve.
The Prince kindly refused and told the daughter to keep it. She was overjoyed. ‘Thank you kind sire, but please take food for your journey’. She kissed him on the cheek, and the Prince and Servant left.
Overjoyed at the death of the thieves, the Innkeeper brings his daughter out of hiding. The Prince becomes fond of the daughter and she shows him the thieves hidden stash of loot.
The thieves returned to the inn and, smelling stew, help themselves. After eating a few bites of the raven soup, the thieves all fell down dead from poison carried in the Raven’s body.