'The Tinderbox' tells the story of a poor soldier who meets a witch on his return from battle. The witch promises him gold if he recovers an old tinderbox from a hollow tree. After a quarrel he makes off with the gold without handing over the tinderbox and sets himself up in a neighbouring town. His generosity enables the town to flourish but when his fortune dwindles he is left only with the friendship of the poor and the tinderbox.
He uses the tinderbox to summon three hounds who are ready to grant his wishes and sets about helping the princess, imprisoned in the castle by the king because she would marry a humble soldier rather than a noble prince.