The Charcoal Burner
is a Norwegian fairy tale
, collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen
and Jørgen Moe
Published in the book Norwegian Folk Tales 1 (1990) ISBN 82-09-10598-1
It is similar to the Grimm Brothers tale known as Doctor Know-all , and is classified as Aarne-Thompson Type 1641, "Being in the right place at the right time". Another tale of this type is Almondseed and Almondella.
A charcoal burner becomes a parson by means of various tricks.
Unintentionally he detects some thieves in the king's castle, gains a prophetic reputation in the church, passes a test set by the king, and predicts the queen's having twins.