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Izzy Isaacberg, the village blacksmith, agrees to shoe the elf's moose if the elf can make the witch who cast a spell on him remove it. The elf agrees, but when he confronts the witch things get complicated.
The first part of the story alludes to Longfellow's 'The Village Blacksmith'. The story opens with the verse:
Under the village doughnut tree,
The village baker bakes.
With soggy bread and cakes like lead,
The man his living makes.
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