After the birth of a great lord’s daughter, astrologers announced the child’s fate: Talia (disney’s Aurora) would be later endangered by a splinter of flax. For the girl’s protection, her father made it known that no flax would be allowed into their home. Years later with the prophecy forgotten, Talia sees a woman spinning flax on a spindle, and like any curious young woman would, she asked to be taught to spin as well. The woman nodded, and the inevitable happened; a splinter of flax got under her fingernail, and Talia drops to the floor, apparently dead.
Unable to bear the thought of burying his only daughter, the lord puts her in one of his country estates, away from civilization.
Some time later, a king, hunting in nearby woods, follows his falcon into the house Talia slept in. He finds her, tries unsuccessfully to wake her up, then has sexual relations with her while unconscious. The king left and returned to his kingdom and the queen that awaited for him. When nine months time was set, however, Talia gave birth to twins, still in deep sleep. One day, one of the twins couldn’t find his mother’s breast and suck on her finger instead, drawing the splinter out.
At the same moment Talia’s eyes shot open. She names her twins Sun and Moon, and lives with them in the same house until the king returns, only to find the girl he assaulted wide awake and raising two of his children. He calls out the names of Talia, Sun, and Moon in his sleep, and his wife, the queen hears him.
The woman has Talia’s children brought to court, and convinces the cook to kill the twins and feed them to the king, but being the good man he was, the cook hid them, and used two lambs instead.
If not enough, the queen had Talia brought to court as well, and commands that she must be thrown into the flames. The queen agrees to let Talia take off her fine garments first, and as she undresses, the girl lets out utters screams of grief with each piece of clothing. The king hears her voice, and as the truth unfolds, he commands the death of both the queen and secretary; the cook was given mercy, for he managed to explain how Sun and Moon were saved before the feast. He was awarded with the title of royal chamberlain, and Talia married the man who’d raped her, the king.
The last line of the fairy tale – its moral – is as follows: "Lucky people, so ‘tis said, He who has luck may go to bed, And bliss will rain upon his head."