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|The Black School|
|Source: Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts by D. L. Ashliman||Editor:
It happened once that three Icelanders went to this school, by the name of Saemundur the Learned, Kalfur Arnason, and Halfdan Eldjarnsson; and as they all arrived at the same time, they were all supposed to leave at the same time. Saemundur declared himself willing to be the last of them, at which the others were much lightened in mind.
So when it came time to leave and Saemundur mounted the staircase that led to the upper world, the Devil came for him. When he was near the top the sun shown down on him and cast his shadow behind him. He said "I am not the last. Do you not see who follows me?" and the Devil seized the shadow, mistaking it for a man, and Saemundur escaped with a blow on his heels from the iron door (saying: "That was pretty close upon my heels," which words have since passed into a proverb).
But from that hour he was always shadowless, for whatever the devil took, he never gave back again.
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