NameThatStoryFilter: Following the King's (?) flute
July 5, 2010 7:24 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to remember a story that involves finding a castle/king, and following the sound of a flute to get there.
posted by niles to Writing & Language (4 answers total)
In this story (as I remember it), the king is out in the middle of a large forest. To find him, one must simply follow the tune of his flute. However, if you follow one of the numerous other flutes that can be heard in the forest, you will meet an untimely end. In the course of the journey to find the king, each person is allowed one companion. Most adventurers choose to bring a mighty knight to defend against the dangers of the other flutes. Our hero, however, brings a poor musician _ a flute player, in fact. At the end of the story, it is revealed that (aha!) the simple companion is indeed the king's son, and thus the hero has become intimately acquainted with the royal song.
Anyone recognize this story?