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【书籍搬运】The Woodcutter’s Wife 樵夫的妻子 卷1

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原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:The_Woodcutter%27s_Wife

作者:莫拉格之子-莫根

翻译:花溪流萤

据传说记载,从前有一个樵夫在哀怨之森深处建了一座小屋。他希望能在那里和他的家庭一起过平和安宁的生活。

一段时期内,樵夫和他的家庭过的还算幸福美满,直到某天天气毫无预兆的变得寒冷,(受其影响)收成也差了。很快,他们的存粮就消耗殆尽,一家人整天只能忍饥挨饿。

一个风雪交加的夜晚,一位想要进屋避寒的旅行者叩开了小屋的大门。宽厚仁慈的樵夫连忙将客人迎入屋中,并因自己没有食物款待而向客人致歉。

来者微微一笑,脱下斗篷,露出里面穿着的法袍。就在樵夫全家看过来的时候,这位神秘的来客从他的小包里拿出了一个银边镶嵌的卷轴,随后立即展开并大声读了出来,随后一桌异常丰盛的晚餐凭空出现。那晚,樵夫小屋里的人都吃的饱饱的。

时间一天天的过去了,雪越积越厚。每天晚上,法师都会从包里取出一个卷轴并且读取上面的文字,而且每次晚餐都有不同花样。(终于)在第15天晚上,樵夫的妻子摇醒了睡梦中的丈夫,同他讲出了自己对这位魔法师客人的顾虑。“一定是那样的没错”,她辩称,“我们所有人都会为这夜复一夜的魔法晚餐付出什么代价”

樵夫丝毫不以为意,比起食物匮乏到接近饿死,他的家人现在吃的很好。“这些食物是神赐的礼物”,他解释道,“别傻了,我们不应该质疑神的智慧。

不过樵夫的妻子并没有被说服,每天晚上,她的恐惧感和绝望感都在增长。她很确定,她的家人已经被卷进一场恶魔的交易之中。而那个法师很快就会向他们要一些不可告人的东西,来作为这份礼物的回报。

某天,当小屋里所有人都睡下之后,她悄悄的溜下床,拿起了她丈夫的伐木斧。悄悄的移动到旅行者的房间,一斧劈下法师的脑袋。

突然,那颗分家的头颅被惊醒了。当他注意到自己的头和身子已经分家的时候,眼睛一下子睁的滚圆,随后发出了一声尖锐的叫喊。

樵夫被这可怕的叫声惊醒了,他和他的孩子们冲进这个房间。并看到了法师身首异处的可怕景象。

旅行者用最后的一口气给樵夫的妻子下了一个可怕的诅咒。在她凡世生命终结之后,她将被再度唤起,并永远独自徘徊于森林之中,每当太阳升起之时,都会被烈火焚烧。

从此,夜里路经哀怨森林的人都会讲起这样一个故事,一个女人在树林的缝隙中哭泣。可怕的是,她的手里还拿着一把染血的斧子。

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The Woodcutter's Wife
Volume 1
by Mogen Son of Molag
A story of mistrust, murder, and magic


Legend tells of a woodcutter who built a shack deep within the pine forest. There, he hoped to live in peace with his family.
The woodcutter's family lived well for a time, but without warning, the weather turned bitterly cold and spoiled the harvest. Before long, with their meager supply of food all but gone, the family was starving.
Late one snowy night, a traveler knocked on the cabin door seeking shelter from the biting cold. Always generous of heart, the woodcutter welcomed the stranger into his home, apologizing that he had no food to offer.
With a smile, the traveler cast off his cloak to reveal the garments of a mage. As the woodcutter and his family looked on, the mysterious visitor reached into his satchel and withdrew a scroll tied with a silver ribbon. No sooner had the wizard unfurled the scroll and read the words aloud, when a great feast appeared from out of thin air. That night, nobody in the woodcutter's cabin went hungry.
Day by day, the snow piled up. Every night, the mage produced another scroll from his bag and read the words, each time summoning a new feast. On the fifth night, the woodcutter's wife awoke her husband to confess her mistrust of their magical guest. Surely, she argued, there was some price to pay for the magical feasts that everyone enjoyed night after night.
The woodcutter would have none of it. After nearly dying from the lack of food, his family was eating well. The divines had sent them a gift, he explained, and it was foolish to question their wisdom.
But the woodcutter's wife would not be persuaded. Every night, she grew more fearful and more desperate. She was certain that the family had entered into a devil's bargain, and the time would soon come when the mage would ask for something unspeakable in return for his gifts.
While everyone in the cabin slept, the woodcutter's wife snuck out of bed and took her husband's axe in hand. She crept into the traveler's room and with one swing, lopped off his head.
Suddenly, the wizard's disembodied head awoke. His eyes opened wide and when he beheld his maimed body, he let forth a terrible cry.
Awakened by the horrified scream, the woodcutter and his children rushed into the room and gasped at the terrible sight of the decapitated mage.
With his last gasp of breath, the traveler laid a fearful curse on the woodcutter's wife. After her mortal death, she was damned to rise once again and walk the woods alone only to burn at the rising of the sun.
To this day, those who walk the pine forest late at night tell tales of a weeping woman glimpsed between the trees. She carries a bloody axe, the stories say, and is terrifying to behold.

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