Esteemed Readers, today I present you another almost thriller fairy-tale dedicated to Koschei the Immortal, our hero of the day. This sort of a tale is closer to those we comprehend as traditional ones, as it contains adventures, an abduction & other nasty events one can find in the Russian Fairy Tales.
The main hero is Ivan Tsar’evich, a rather common one too. In fact, there are two Ivans as main characters in our fairy tales: either Ivan Tsar’evich (son of the Prince) or Ivan Dur’ak (the Stupid). Both of them are smart enough to pass their quests, however I’d like to notice that Ivan Dur’ak is usually more active, more intelligent & more innovative. Ivan Tsar’evich gets too much in the beginning & loses it, so the need pushes him to his adventures. Ivan Dur’ak faces other circumstance: other people or a simple wish to help involve him in his quests.
There are several old women, all of them alike reflections of Ba’ba Yag’a, they fulfil the same duty. Animals & birds serve Ivan Tsarevich too together with his beautiful lady & the white magic. Kosch’ei the Deathless is not represented as a true evil in this version, however seeking for his death is a breathtaking enterprise indeed.
Here is the full text: Russian Folk Tale 6
For Koschei’s admirers: There is an old Russian movie with English subtitles in youtube: “Koschei the Deathless” 1944. It’s very impressive!
The Source: Curtin Jeremeah, “Myths & Falk Tales of the Russians, Western Slavs & Magyars”, Boston 1903