The Laidley Worm

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The Laidley Worm is a story from the North East of England about a jealous Queen who transforms her step-daughter – the princess-  into a giant hideous monster. She then calls her step-son – the prince – back from the crusades to rid his homelands of the hideous monster. In the original version, the prince recognises the princess hiding behind the eyes of the monster when he confronts it, slits the monster open and heads back to defeat the queen by transforming her into a toad. In my version, the princess is stuck as a monster, teams up with her brother, and they defeat the queen together.

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