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Looking for folk tales and myths

As part of my brainstorming for a new story idea, I'm trying to read all the fairy tales, folk tales, and myths I can find with these particular types of storyline:

A character has been transformed (into an animal/plant/stone/whatever) and another character (or characters) must do some special thing to untransform them. And that thing should not be "fall in love with" or kiss.

(e.g.--I've just been reading some Grimms--in "The Gold Bird" the MC transforms a fox back into a prince by killing it and cutting off its head and feet; in "Jorinda and Jorindel", Jorindel must find a particular flower)


A character has been cursed to do something (wander/complete an unending task/whatever) and another character (or characters) must do something special to break the curse.

Suggestions, anyone? Any culture, any setting, it's all good. :) A title or a character name will do--I've got lots of books to page through, and good Google-fu if those fail me.
Tags: bitten by a great idea, brainstorming, help!

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