The Dragon of Wawel CastleIn the clefts of a rock there once lived a ferocious and ruthless monster, which was called Holofagus – the Whole-Eater. The monster was so voracious that he demanded a given amount of cattle a week. People were forced to sacrifice their animals, or else the monster would punish them by slaughtering as many people instead. [Prince] Grakch could not stand this ongoing calamity, and since he cared about his homeland even more than he cared about his sons, he secretly met with them and said, “You are both our favourites and we have raised you the best we could, therefore it is you who should slay the monster. It is only right that you should arm yourselves and take up the fight against the creature, however you mustn’t forget that you are a half of our life and the future heirs of this kingdom. For that reason you should not endanger yourselves too much.”
They answered, “It is true that we might as well be considered as poisoned by hatred and unworthy, if you did not give us such a glorious task. You have the power to command – we have to obey.”
However, after they experienced the hardships of uneven, open battle and failed in every duel, they were forced to devise a ruse. They left calf skins stuffed with ignited sulfur in the place where the cattle was brought to the monster. And when Whole-Eater gorged them down greedily, he was killed by the flames that burst inside him.