The History of Tom Thumb" is folk tale collected by Edwin Hartland. The story is set in medieval Britain in the times of King Arthur. It follows Merlin, the most skilled and witted sorcerer of his time. He used to wander under various disguises, and one day, when he was under the mask of poor beggar, he met a countryman. The countryman was so kind that he willingly let the beggar, who was Merlin, to stay and eat at his home. The wizard was pleased with such deed that he decided to solve whatever problem they had.