An Estonian fairy tale, this version was published in ‘Fairy Tales from the Soviet Union’ in 1986.
It was a bad year for the fishing vllage. The catches had been poor ever since autumn, and by spring the larders were empty. Fish is to the fisherman what grain is to the peasant. When there is no fish, the whole village goes hungry.
The fishermen gathered together and racked their brains. What could they do? It was too early in the year to go out to sea, but to stay at home would mean certain ruin.
So they thought and thought, then resolved to try their luck.