The Black Bull of Norroway is a fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs in More English Fairy Tales. A fairy tale or fairy story is a fictional Story that may feature folkloric characters (such as fairies, enchantments]] often involving Joseph Jacobs ( 29 August 1854 - 30 January 1916) was a literary and Jewish Historian. 
The language, including references to bannocks, would indicate a Scottish teller. Bannock is a flat Quickbread, baked on a griddle and the same thickness as a scone.
It is Aarne-Thompson type 425A, the search for the lost husband. The Aarne-Thompson classification system is a system for classifying folktales. Others of this type include The King of Love, The Brown Bear of Norway, The Daughter of the Skies, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, The Enchanted Pig, The Tale of the Hoodie, Master Semolina, The Sprig of Rosemary, The Enchanted Snake, and White-Bear-King-Valemon. The King of Love is an Italian Fairy tale collected by Thomas Frederick Crane in Italian Popular Tales. The Brown Bear of Norway is a Scottish Fairy tale collected by Fitzroy MacLean in West Highland Tales. The Daughter of the Skies is a Scottish Fairy tale collected by John Francis Campbell in Popular Tales of the West Highlands, listing East of the Sun and West of the Moon is the Norwegian version of an old Scandinavian Fairy tale. The Enchanted Pig is a Romanian Fairy tale, collected in Rumanische Märchen and also by Petre Ispirescu in Legende sau basmele românilor The Tale of the Hoodie is a Scottish Fairy tale, collected by John Francis Campbell in his Popular Tales of the West Highlands. Mr Simigdáli is a Greek Fairy tale, collectd by Irene Naumann-Mavrogordato in Es war einmal Neugriechische Volksmärchen. The Sprig of Rosemary is a Spanish Fairy tale collected by Dr The Enchanted Snake or The Snake is an Italian fairy tale Giambattista Basile wrote a variant in The Pentamerone. White-Bear-King-Valemon is a Norwegian Fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. 
It was included by Andrew Lang in The Blue Fairy Book, by Ruth Manning-Sanders in Scottish Folk Tales, and J. R. R. Tolkien cited it in his essay "On Fairy-Stories" as the example of a "eucatastrophe. For the former National Basketball Association player see Andrew Lang (basketball. Andrew Lang's Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books constitute a twelve-book series of Fairy tale collections Ruth Manning-Sanders (born 1888 in Swansea, Wales; died October 12, 1988, in Penzance, England) was a Welsh Scottish Folk Tales is a 1976 anthology of 18 Fairy tales from Scotland that have been collected and retold by Ruth Manning-Sanders. "On Fairy-Stories" is an essay by J R R Tolkien which discusses the fairy-story as a literary form Eucatastrophe is a term coined by J R R Tolkien which refers to the sudden turn of events at the end of a story which result in the Protagonist 's well-being "
A woman's three daughters in succession ask her to cook them some food so they can go off to seek their fortune and go to a witch woman to discover how they may find it. The woman advises them to look out her back door. The first one, on the third day, saw a coach-and-six come for her; the second one, a coach-and-four; and the third, a black bull. The youngest son is a Stock character in Fairy tales where he features as the Hero.
The daughter is terrified but goes off with the bull. When she grows hungry, he tells her to eat out of his right ear, and drink out of his left. The first night, they arrive at a castle of his old brother, where she is welcomed and given a beautiful apple and told to never break it until she came to the most terrible straits that a mortal could be in, and then it would help her. The second night, at the second brother's, she receives a beautiful pear; the third night, at the youngest brother's, a beautiful plum; and then the black bull takes her to a dark glen. The rule of three is a principle in English Writing that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier more satisfying or more effective than other
The black bull leaves her there because he must go to fight the devil. If everything about her turns blue, he has won, but if everything turns red, the devil has won. She must sit perfectly still until he returns, or he will not be able to find her again.
When everything about her turns blue, she moves because she is so happy, and the bull does not return. She sets out and, searching, finds a glass mountain. A blacksmith tells her that if she serves him for seven years, he will make her iron shoes to climb the mountain. She serves him for seven years, he makes her iron shoes, and then she climbs the mountain.
At the top, an old washerwoman tells her that whoever washed certain bloody shirts would marry the gallant young knight whose shirts they were. The washerwoman had tried, and her daughter had tried, and the shirts remained bloody. They have the stranger woman try, and the shirts became clean, but the washerwoman convinces the knight that it was her daughter. The false hero is a Stock character in Fairy tales and sometimes also in Ballads The character appears near the end of a story in order to claim to be the
The woman breaks the apple and finds it full of gold and jewelry. She offers it to the daughter if she will put off the wedding a day and let the woman into his room at night. The daughter agrees but gives the knight a sleeping-drink, and the woman can not wake him, though she sobs and sings:
She tries the pear, and finds even richer jewelry, but it goes as before.
The next day, someone at the castle asks the knight about the noise in his room at night. He has not heard it, but he does not drink the sleeping potion and so, on the third try, when she buys her way in with the plum's jewelry, is awake to hear her. The rule of three is a principle in English Writing that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier more satisfying or more effective than other
He has the washerwoman and her daughter burnt and marries the woman.