This story is The Bird “Grip” from
THE PINK FAIRY BOOK Edited by Andrew Lang
This is a story of a king, his three sons, a bird, and a fox. The king goes blind and needs the bird to get his sight back. The sons set out, one at a time, to get the bird. The first two are jerks and screw up, the third has a bunch of adventures, and screws up a lot, but a fox helps him and in the end he gets the bird and lives happily ever after.
This fairy tale is Rated PG. There is a psychotic innkeeper who likes to murder people, and the brothers attempt to murder the youngest son, plus there is a lot of stealing. But the good guys win!
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