Swooping from the sky, your might is too strong for them. You take her up into your arms.
She struggles, but it is futile. She will marry you. A purr of pleasure rumbles at the thought.
This time your precious maid will not be taken away.
Zmeu is a humanoid dragon! One of the coolest beings I've come across. They can turn into full dragons and have other shape shifting ability as well. They also can create tools to use.
There is a debate on etymology and that he could be some type of ogre or giant, but why mess with a fire-breathing, maiden-stealing, flying bit of awesomeness!
Of course, the handsome young man (aka Făt-Frumos) has to go rescue the girl from it. Sometimes, he has to travel to the lair of the Zmeu, tarâmul celălalt (other world/realm) to save the maiden from marrying the creature.
They don't always steal girls. They steal other precious things like golden apples or the sun and moon.
There are different versions from all over Eastern Europe. This happens to be the Romanian one.