The Fairy Bear

The Normans are exclusive bastards.

The fairy bear.

Well then. Here’s the story of Hereward and the Fairy Bear. Basically, before becoming a hero in the Fens, Hereward the Wake lived at his godfather’s castle for a while, in order to learn how to be a knight. (Also because they’d kicked him out from home because he was a massive douche, beating up monks and the like.) Said castle contained a, lots of Normans, and b, the Fairy Bear, who everyone’s afraid to kill because it’s a bloody huge bear and also because they think  the bear might be related to Earl Siward, the lord of the land, because he has a bear as his coat of arms. Or something. Maybe his late wife particularily looked like a bear, I don’t know.

So anyhow, one day, the bear escapes from its cage, and all the Normans go and hide in the castle. Except, cowardly fellows that they are, they leave behind a little girl. Hereward, having been out riding, comes back just as this is going on, and kills the bear, by the sheer power of his manliness. Then, Hereward and the girl tell the Normans it’s safe to come out, and after much deliberation they open the door. But! Hereward, being the height of hillarity, has placed the bear carcass in the front of the door, so the Normans, being stupid as well as cowards, are so scared by it they just slam the door shut again. Repeat ad nauseam, or until Hereward gets bored.

And that’s the tale of the Fair Bear.

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