XXVI THE TASK IS RESOLVED: 

solution


**Always remember that both the hero and the false hero are attempting to carry out the difficult task. Forms of solution correspond exactly, of course, to the forms of tasks. Certain tasks are completed before they are set, or before the time required by the person assigning the task. Thus the hero finds out the princess' distinctive marks before he is requested to do so. 


1. The hero eats a certain number of oxen or wagonloads of bread or drinks a great deal of beer.


2. The hero bathes in a red-hot iron bathhouse or boiling water after eating the oxen or bread or drinking all the beer.


3. The hero guesses the riddle or poses an unsolvable riddle or recounts and interprets a dream; the hero explains the meaning of the ravens' croaking at the tsar's window, and how to drive them away; the hero finds out  the distinctive marks of a tsar's daughter.


4. The hero selects sought-after persons among twelve identical girls (or boys).


5. The hero hides self so that discovery is impossible.


6. The hero kisses the princess in a window.


7. The hero jumps up on top of the gates.


8. The hero endures a princess who chokes him at night or squeezes his hand; the hero picks up the heads of a decapitated dragon,  breaks in a horse,  milks a herd of wild mares;  defeats an Amazon, or a rival (false hero) in direct combat.


9. The hero spends seven years in the tin kingdom.


10. The hero supplies a medicine;  obtains a wedding dress, a ring, shoes;  delivers the hair of the king of the sea; delivers a flying boat; delivers life-giving water; supplies a troop of soldiers; obtains seventy-seven mares; builds a palace during one night, a bridge leading to it; brings "the mate to my unknown one to make a pair." As tasks of manufacture, the hero: sews shirts; bakes bread.  The hero dances better than the false hero.


11. The hero picks berries from a certain bush or tree; crosses a pit on a pole; finds someone "whose candle will light by itself".