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In the morning the lords gathered together and the king asked if any of them had tracked the Queen, but none of them could say yes, so he summoned Sleepy John before him.
John said "Gracious King, I did indeed track her and I know that she used up those twelve pairs of shoes upon the green meadow in hell."
The Queen stood forth at once and John took from his knapsack the leaden twig and said,
"The Queen was carried by two dragons towards hell and she came to the leaden forest, there I broke off this twig.
The Queen was frightened."
The king said, "That's no good,you might have made the twig yourself."
So John produced the tin twig from his knapsack and said, "The Queen drove through the tin forest and after that I broke off this tin twig."
After that the Queen grew pale.
The king said "You might have even made this twig."
John reached into his knapsack and produced the silver twig and said "After that the Queen drove through the silver forest and when I broke off this twig she fainted,
and so she was until the devils brought her to life again."
The Queen seeing that all was known cried out "Let the earth swallow me", and she was swallowed by the earth.
Sleepy John got the half of the kingdom, and when the King died, the other half too.