This magnet pictures an illustration by HJ Ford from the late 1800s. It appeared in The Crimson Fairy Tale Book by Andrew Lang accompanying a tale from Iceland, The Horse and the Sword.
The illustration pictures Prince Sigurd and Helga as playmates. Later in the story they are wed, after Sigurd equips her fathers sword, Gunnfjoder the Battle Plume, and rides off on her father's horse, Gullfaxi Golden Mane, to save his stepmother, Queen Ingiborg and revive his father, the King. And all that's just the 2nd half of the story, lol! Don't know what his father-in-law had to say about the theft of his sword and horse, or why a peasant came to have such things.
Andrew Lang (1844 - 1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, Homeric scholar and historian. He is best known for folklore anthologies, particularly for 12 Fairy Tale Books published from 1889 to 1910.
British artists Henry Justice Ford (1860–1941) and Lancelot Speed (1860-1931) became famous as illustrators of Lang’s Fairy books.