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The Three Billy-Goats Gruff Short Story

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An Introduction to The Story

The Three Billy-Goats Gruff is a famous story that is always liked by the kids. It is a Norwegian folktale. The storyline is based on three goats and a mean and hungry Troll who lives under a bridge. He was always a hungry Troll and used to kill goats who crossed his bridge to eat fresh green grass. Read the full story to know what happened to three goats and the giant Troll. The whole story is very interesting to read.

The Story of  The Three Billy-Goats Gruff

Once upon a time, there lived three Billy-Goats Gruff in a field in a green valley. They were Little Billy-Goat, Middle-Sized Billy-Goat, and Great Big Billy-Goat. They like to eat sweet and green grass. But sadly, the fields they used to eat grasses have turned into brown and barren fields. They were still hungry even after eating every last blade of grass.

The Three Billy-Goats Gruf.

The Three Billy-Goats Gruff

They saw a field full of lush sweet scrummy grass in the distance. But there was only one path to get to it which was over a rickety bridge over a stream.

Little Billy-Goat crossing the bridge.

Little Billy-Goat crossing the bridge

A terrifying terrible Troll named Trevor used to live under the bridge. He was always hungry too. For him, it would be a good meal to eat nice juicy Billy-Goats.

A terrifying terrible Troll named Trevor.

A terrifying terrible Troll named Trevor

Firstly, the Little Billy-Goat reached the bridge. He silently put his hoofs onto the bridge. He tried hard to walk slowly but as it was very rickety, his hoof made the sound of the walking of a goat. He heard a loud roar suddenly. He was asking who was trapping over his bridge.

Little Billy-Goat Gruff quaking in his hooves replied with fear, “ I am here to look to get some grass to eat.” 

Troll said, “Oh nice! You are going to be my breakfast, lunch, and tea!’. 

Terrified Little Billy-Goat Gruff said, “You should wait for my brothers because I am just Little Billy-Goat Gruff and my brothers are bigger and much tastier.” 

Hearing this the greedy Troll decided to wait. Till then, Little Billy-Goat Gruff skipped over the bridge and started eating the fresh green grass on the other side.

The other goats became jealous after seeing the Little Billy-Goat Gruff eating the fresh green grass. So Middle-Sized Billy-Goat Gruff went down to the bridge to cross the stream. After hearing the sound of the trip, trap, trip, trap of hooves of the Middle-Sized Billy-Goat Gruff, the Troll loomed out.

He roared, “Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?”

Middle-Sized Billy-Goat Gruff said in his softest voice,  “I am following my brother, Little Billy-Goat Gruff so that I can also eat the sweet grass.”

Troll said, “Oh nice! You are going to be my breakfast, lunch, and tea!’.

Middle-Sized Billy-Goat Gruff, “We both are not enough for you Mr Troll. You should wait for my big brother because he is the biggest and much tastier than us.”

Again greedy Troll started waiting for Big Billy-Goat Gruff and when he came, the Troll attacked the Big Billy-Goat Gruff who bent his head and bravely charged at the Troll, catching him up in his horns and tossing him into the stream below. At last, the greedy Troll got the result of his greed and has never seen again as he disappeared under the rushing water. After Troll ended up in the river, any animal could cross the bridge and enjoy the sweet green grass with the Three Billy-Goats Gruff.


The above article of ‘Three Billy-Goats Gruff Short Story’ is very interesting to read as it describes the risk of the life that goats take. Kids like to hear it at their bedtime. In the end, the Troll disappears and goats live happily eating grasses in the green field.

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FAQs on The Three Billy-Goats Gruff Short Story

1. What is the moral of the story “Three Billy-Goats Gruff Short Story”?

The moral of the story “Three Billy-Goats Gruff Story” is not to be greedy. The troll ended up in the river under the bridge where he used to live for a long time because of his greed. He could have had a hearty meal with the first and second goat but he waited for the Big goat because of his greed. He did not have their meat and lost his home also.

2. Why did Three Billy-Goats Gruff cross the bridge?

The Three Billy-Goats Gruff crossed the bridge in the search of green fresh grasses. The field they all used to graze has dried up and become barren. There was no fresh grass in that brownfield. Hence, they together planned the crossing of the bridge.