Esteemed Readers, I offer you another pretty thriller Russian tale named “The Tsarevna Frog”. This version is similar European stories where the main hero is turned into a beast due to some mysterious reasons.
Again it narrates about Ivan Tsare’vich’s adventures happened due to his irresponsibility. Unlike other tales, there are two main chapters which make the plot more intense: the beginning where he meets the frog destined to become his wife & the end where he defeats Koschei the Immortal thanks to Baba Yaga‘s animals’ help.
This tale enchants with more obvious presence of the magic as Tsarevna Frog turns out to be a beautiful, wise maiden who knows various skills. There is little violence in it, no matter Ivan Tsarevich‘s long journey through a deep forest & no dark personnages except Koschei. I cannot say that this story is about a fight between the Good & the Evil. This is more a kin story, telling about particular problems in the family. Certainly, this is the one about maturity of the main hero: a light-minded Ivan Tsarevich becomes the real man passing all his misfortunes & quests. While the end of the story proves that he is even wise as did not deny the frog as a wife.
So, dear gentlemen, never judge a woman by her appearance. Who knows what a princess is waiting for you…if you manage to appreciate her rich inner world. 🙂
Here is the full text:Russian Folk Tale 8
The Source: Folk Tales From the Russian, by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal, 1903