A ‘dull’ Rom is left behind with his parents while his brothers go out into the world. He sets off to the king’s (or earl’s) estate and by playing the flute he makes three piglets dance in front of the palace, arousing the king’s daughter’s curiosity and greed. One by one he gives her the piglets; in return she has to lift her skirt first up to her knees, then to her stomach and finally over her head. Eager to have the piglets, she agrees. The boy can see two symbols on her breast, the sun and the moon. When the king announces that his daughter will be given to the man who is able to guess the symbols on her breast, the ‘dullard’ knows the answer but has earlier revealed it to a blacksmith in exchange for a golden plough that will be forged for him later. Now the blacksmith is the second person who can tell what the symbols on the breast of the girl are.
Since there are now two suitors who have solved the riddle, the daughter is to marry the one whom she embraces the following day. When the blacksmith has to relieve himself in a bucket because there are no toilets available in the castle and he does not know how to dispose of his faeces, the Rom advises him to conceal them under his clothes. Naturally, the next morning the bride embraces the Rom and not the stinking blacksmith. So, the Rom takes her for his wife. The blacksmith has to forge the golden plough, which results in his economic ruin.