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{April 1, 2012}   Russian Fairy Tales: “Marya Morevna” Part One

I am doing research for a new book that takes place in Kiev, Ukraine. In my search I came across these awesome Russian fairy tales that I will share each day with you. Find the first part of the second story below:

Marya Morevna

Once a long time ago there was a kingdom ruled by a young tsar named Ivan. He had three sisters, Maria, Olga and Anna. Their father, just before he died, asked Ivan to take good care of them.Once when Ivan was walking in the garden with his sister Maria, there was a clap of thunder and a falcon appeared out of the sky. He landed, turned into a handsome young prince, and asked Maria’s hand in marriage. Ivan gave his blessing and the two were married.The same thing happened with his other two sisters: Olga married an eagle and Anna married a raven, and all three girls went away to their husbands’ kingdoms.One day Tsar Ivan decided to visit his sisters. On the way he saw the wonderful palaceof a beautiful warrior-princess named Marya Morevna. He stayed there as a guest for several days.  The two fell in love with each other and married.

One morning Marya Morevna went to fight with her enemies. She gave him the keys to all the rooms in her palace, but warned him, “Don’t go to the dark room in the cellar.” But after she left, his curiosity got the better of him and he unlocked the door.

Inside, he saw Koshchey the Deathless chained to the wall. Koshchey begged him, “Give me some water, please. I am so thirsty.”

The kind Tsar Ivan felt sorry for him and gave him three pails of water. Koshchey became strong, broke his heavy chains and laughed, “Thank you, Prince Ivan. But from now on you will not see your beloved Marya Morevna any more.”

Koshchey flew away like a storm and Tsar Ivan wept.Ivan was determined to find his beloved wife. On his journey he visited his sister Maria and her husband the hawk and told them everything that had happened.

The hawk said, “It will be very difficult to find Marya Morevna and take her from Koshchey. Give us your silver spoon. We will look at the spoon and think of you. If it turns black, we will know something terrible has happened.”

After that Ivan visited his sister Olga and the eagle. He left them his silver fork.

Ivan then went to the home of his sister Anna and the raven and gave them his silver knife. Tsar Ivan journeyed for a year and a day and at last came to the palace of Koshchey, who was away from home.

Marya Morevna was very happy to see Prince Ivan. He said, “I am so sorry that I didn’t listen to you and that I set Koshchey free. But now I want you to go with me; maybe he can’t overtake us.”

But Koschey did overtake them and cut Ivan into small pieces. Koshchey took Marya Morevna back to his palace.At the same time Ivan’s brothers-in-law saw that his spoon, fork and knife had turned black and they knew something terrible had happened to Tsar Ivan.

The hawk, eagle and raven found him and revived him with the Water of Life. He thanked them and went away in search of Marya Morevna again.

(Continued…  https://fairytalesbylediar.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/russian-fairy-tales-marya-morevna-part-two/)

(If you like what you read here, you might also enjoy “Creative Musings” http://creativemusingsoflediar.com/, another blog of creative writing.)



Russian Folklore” http://stpetersburg-guide.com/folk/ilya.shtml

“One of Kyives Oldest Tress” http://explorationart.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/one-of-kyives-oldest-trees/

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