A king had seven sons and loved them so much he always had to have one of them by him. One day he sent the six older ones out to find brides, and directed them to bring back a seventh for their brother. They met a king with six daughters, and the princesses were so lovely that they forgot their brother, but when they returned, they passed too closely by a giant's home, and the giant turned them all to stone.
When his brothers did not return, the king wanted the youngest to never leave, but the prince finally persuaded him and set out. He gave a raven his food, helped a salmon into the river again, and gave a starving wolf his horse on the condition that it be his steed and help him. The wolf brought him to the giant's house, showed him his brothers and their brides, and told him to go and do what the princess there told him to do.
The princess warned him that the giant did not keep his heart in his body and so could not be killed, but had him hide and begged the giant to tell him where his heart was. He claimed it was under the door sill, but when she and the prince dug there the next day, they found nothing. The princess then adorned it with flowers and told the giant it was to honor the place where his heart lay. The giant told her it was in the cupboard, which was the same, and the princess strewed the flowers again. Finally, he tells her.
- "Far, far away in a lake lies an island; on that island stands a church; in that church is a well; in that well swims a duck; in that duck there is an egg, and in that egg there lies my heart, — you darling!"
With the help of the wolf, the raven, and the salmon, the prince gets the heart. He squeezes it and demands that the giant restore his brothers and their brides; then he squeezes it in half and kills him. They all return to their father, and the youngest princes marries the princess who was the giant's captive, and the most beautiful of them all.
- Clever Crows: One helps the youngest prince.
- Beat Still, My Heart: The giant's heart isn't inside his body, but it still beats.
- Double In-Law Marriage: Of the seventh marriages at this, six of the brides are sisters whose bridegrooms are brothers.
- The Nose Knows: The giant smells the prince
- Our Giants Are Bigger: They can turn people to stone.
- Overprotective Dad: He wants the youngest son to never leave. Though to be fair, his six other sons got turned to stone.
- Noble Wolf: One helps the prince.
- Rule of Seven: Seven brothers.
- Soul Jar: The giant's heart has been removed from his body and hidden in an egg faraway, rendering the giant himself invulnerable.
- Taken for Granite: The giant turns the princes and their brides to stone.
- Youngest Child Wins: Not only does the youngest son save everyone else, he marries the most beautiful princess.