When he awoke, he heard voices in the distance and he saw two old men, hidden by a cloud, at the top of a cliff. They introduced themselves as inhabitants of the Moon, and invited the prince to accompany them to their home. And so the prince travelled to the Moon, found the princess of his dreams, and married her.
After years of happiness on the Moon, the prince had to return with his wife on the Earth, where they spent many more years of happiness. But then the princess became inconsolably sad, and had to return to the Moon in order to save her life.
Desolate, the prince retreated from the world, but in a cave he met the King of the Salvani, a race of dwarves who lived in caves and dark forests, and made a deal with him. The dwarves would turn moonlight into thread, so that they could clothe the mountains of the Kingdom entirely with the light of the Moon. In return, the Salvani people would be granted a mountain territory of their own. Thus, the prince was able to bring his wife back to the Earth, to live in the Pale Moonlight Mountains, and the dwarfs gained a new kingdom. Today, the Pale Mountains are called the Dolomites, and the Salvani still live in its caves and forests.
Freely inspired by "I Monti Pallidi" by Carlo Felice Wolf