Esteemed Readers, here is a new, almost thriller story, about Ivan Tsarevich’s adventures and the most interesting is that it touches very dark hidden aspects. I would call it “Ivan Tsarevich’s dark nature” if I had been the author.
As always Ivan Tsarevich sets off for an unwanted journey, but this time besides stupidity he gets involved into robbery, black magic & deceit. And the grey Wolf, who is traditionally considered as a negative character, helps him so skillfully that the fairy-tale makes a twofaced impression. There is no honour, great deads or even bravery in it. Ivan Tsarevich acts as a villain and gets everything he wants without almost being punished. How much this story corresponds to the state of the present Russia!
Nevertheless it raises the extremely important topic regarding the Russian nation, that is its irrational, dark origins. Our philosophers like to highlight that, besides being a country of great contrasts & an enormous imbalance, the Russian lands keep yet the wild, pagan nature. This fairy-tale make you feel it. All the events happen in woods, Ivan Tsarevich faces the death to obtain a dreadful companion, the grey Wolf. At the background of a weak & a spineless Tsarevich, his wild friend seems to be the only good in this story. He represents a true power, a true source of fight & wisdom, but one must know to use it correctly. Ivan Tsarevich’s adventure show us that “robbery is a mortal sin” & you will pay it sooner or later. Dark deeds are washed with his own blood & only those who serve the darkness (the grey Wolf this time) might help him. If it is worth doing? That’s the key rhetorical question of this tale.
Here is the full text: Russian Folk Tale 7
The Source: Afanasiev A.N. “Russian Folk-Tales”, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, Ltd. London. 1915