The Forge in the Forest  by Padraic Colum

No sooner had he finished than the second story-teller was ready to begin. The King, the hammer in his hand, stood by the anvil; he watched the fire that was now deep in the coals, burning around the iron that had been put into it. Before the apprentice-smith blew with the bellows, and before the fire had mounted up, the second story-teller told: