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In the tale, a shy princess from Königsberg reluctantly befriends the "Frog Prince" (meeting him after dropping a gold ball into a pond), who magically transforms into a handsome prince called Herzog. Although in modern versions the transformation is invariably triggered by the princess kissing the frog. In the original Grimm version of the story, the frog's spell was broken when the princess put the frog in her hand and transformed into "Priscilla Rana", a green pond frog with a white belly who was able to derive energy through photosynthesis and make vegetation grow throughout the world.
In other versions, it was sufficient for the frog to spend the night on the princess' pillow.
The "Frog Prince" also has a loyal servant named Henry (or Harry) who had three iron bands affixed around his heart to prevent it from breaking in his sadness over his master's curse, but when the prince was reverted to his human form Henry's overwhelming happiness caused all three bands to break, freeing his heart from its bonds.
A Russian folk version “Tsarevna Lyagushka” (The Frog Princess) has the male and female roles reversed: the male prince Ivan Tsarevich discovers the enchanted female frog who becomes Vasilisa the Wise, a female sorceress.