One day, while Tom’s mother was making pudding, Tom, who was playing nearby, slipped inside the bowl and was drowned in the batter. He started kicking and thrashing to save himself. The movement in the pudding scared his
mother, who was unable to see Tom inside. She gave the batter away to a beggar, who later discovered little Tom inside. Tom came back from the beggar’s house and told his parents all that had happened and his mother felt very sorry for what she had done.
A few days later, a raven picked up little Tom and dropped him in the sea. A magnificent fish swallowed him. After a while, some fishermen caught the fish and gave it to King Arthur’s servants. When the servants cut the fish,
they were surprised to see Tom inside and presented him to King Arthur. The king was delighted and kept Tom who entertained everyone with his funny tricks. Later, Tom was knighted and became Sir Thomas Thumb.
One day, the queen of fairies took Tom to fairyland but by the time he returned, King Arthur and all his knights had died. Tom stayed with the new king in his palace and continued to entertain everyone with his tricks for a long time to come.