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Weapons of Fantasy and Science Fiction - The dragon and the magical ring - Part 2
Finally, a brave young man set out to defeat the dragon. Since the only known way to defeat that great serpent was by the magical ring, the young man headed to the east, where the magicians said that wise men there might know something about the whereabouts of the ring.
After traveling for a few years, the young man met an eastern magician and told him about the dragon and the ring of Solomon. The magician told him that no man knows where the ring is today but he will open for the young man a source of knowledge that does not come from man and the magician brewed a potion that enabled the young man to understand the language of all birds. Since birds were everywhere, seeing everything, it was conceivable that they might help the young man with his quest to kill the dragon.
Indeed, not much time passed before the young man overheard two birds talking about the monstrous dragon and the ring. The birds said that a witch held the ring and from them the young man learned where he may meet the witch, near a magical pool in the forest.
The young man met the witch and she fell in love with his good looks. She invited him to her enchanted palace and showed him all the wonders of her home. The young man took care to conceal his quest and the fact he needed the magical ring to kill the great dragon. Finally, the witch showed the young man her greatest treasure – the magical ring. She showed him how he could use the ring to lift great weights, become invisible and change his form to a bird.
The young man asked the witch to try the ring on and he turned invisible, moved away and then turned into a bird and escaped from the witch, leaving her crying in her enchanted palace. The young man visited the eastern magician and the magician studied the secret writings on the ring and told the young man how he might defeat the dragon.
The young man returned home but a short time later the dragon started approaching the kingdom. The king, as is customarily done in science fiction and fantasy works, promised his daughter's hand in marriage and probably a large part of his kingdom to any who would defeat the dragon and the young man set forth to do battle, armed with the magical ring and the instructions from the eastern magician.