Tifla Teqred Ġganta
Framed mixed medium on wood
Created by Mark Mallia & Farrell
Size: 40cm x 40cm
Tifla Teqred Ġganta
Kien hemm tliet xebbiet li kienu jitolbu ’l missierhom biex jiżra l-ful bħal bdiewa l-oħra. Ta’ għażżien li kien, minflok ma żera l-ful, kielu. Meta l-bdiewa bdew jaqtgħu l-ful, il missier urihom għalqa ta’ ġganta u qalilhom li kienet tagħhom. Waqt li kienu qed jaqtgħu għal xogħolhom, il ġganta ntebħet u ħarġet għalihom. Ix-xebbiet ħarbu, imma l ġganta rnexxilha taqbad liż-żgħira. Sakkritha u ta’ kuljum kienet titmagħha ħafna u titlobha ttiha idha ħalli tara jekk kinitx simnet sew sabiex tikolha. Ix-xebba kienet ittiha id il kelb jew il-qattus, iżda darba dawn ma kinux hemm u l ġgnata ħarġet lix-xebba biex titfagħha fil-forn. Bagħtitha għand il-ġara biex iġġib il-pala. Iżda l-ġara tħassritha u qaltilha x’kellha tagħmel biex tinħeles. Meta l-ġganta qatlilha biex titla fuq il-pala, ix-xebba weġbitha li ma kinitx taf kif u talbet lill-ġganta biex turiha. Malli l-ġganta telgħet fuq il-pala, ix-xebba pront għalqet il-bieba tal-forn u marret tbiddel ħwejjiġha għal meta jiġi l-ġgant. Hekk kif wasal, ix xebba għamlet tabirruħha li kienet il-ġgnata u bdiet tgerger li x-xebba kienet xeħtet l-imsiebaħ fil-bir. Qatltlu biex jinżel għalihom u hi żżommu bil-ħabel. Il-ġgant kontra qalbu, niżel fil-bir. “Għid appa” qaltlu x-xebba. Il-ġgant ried ikun jaf għaliex. “Inti għid appa”, wiġbitu. “Appa!” qalilha! “U l ħabel skappa!” qaltlu waqt li telqet il-ħabel u l-ġgant għereq fil-bir.
The Girl and the Giants
Three sisters used to ask their father to plant beans. He was very lazy and he ate the beans instead. When the other farmers were harvesting, the father showed his daughters the field of a giant and the girls set off to work. The giantess soon realised and came after the girls. She managed to capture the youngest and locked her up to fatten her in order to make a lovely meal. She used to ask the girl to show her her arm and the girl used to show her the dog’s or the cat’s. But one day they were not nearby and the giantess realised that the girl was ready to be eaten. She sent her to the neighbour to ask for the baker’s peel. But the neighbour pitied the girl and told her what she had to do. When the giantess asked her to sit on the peel, the girl told her to show her how it is done. As soon as the giantess sat on the peel, the girl shoved her into the oven and closed its door. She proceeded to change her clothes and pretended to be the giantess when the giant came home. Upon his arrival she started complaining about the girl having thrown all the lamps in the well and told him that he had to go down to fetch them, promising him that she would keep him safe with a rope. When he was down in the well, she spoke to him. Say “woe” she said. “Why?” asked the giant. “Just say it!”, she replied. “Woe” he said. “And of the rope I’ll let go!” And that was the end of the giants.