Fairy-Tale: Tsarevna Frog

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

Maria KethuProfumo

The Source: Folk Tales From the Russian, by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal, 1903


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18 Responses to Fairy-Tale: Tsarevna Frog

  1. Leon says:

    In Polish fairy tales version this frog is a Prince. Princess needs to kiss a frog to take out the evil eye. 😘

  2. Very interesting your way to open the door to new worlds!

  3. wwayne says:

    Anch’io ritengo che l’apparenza inganni. Anche perché la vita mi ha insegnato più volte che, più una persona è stimata da tutti e apparentemente irreprensibile, più è probabile che quella persona sia marcia fin nel midollo. L’avevi realizzato anche tu?

    • kethuprofumo says:

      Grazie per le tue considerazioni! Davvero fiabe ci insegnano molte cose.

      • wwayne says:

        Mi fa molto piacere che siamo sulla stessa lunghezza d’onda. Colgo l’occasione per segnalarti che ho appena pubblicato un post molto ironico… spero che ti strappi qualche risata! 🙂

  4. A most interesting moral to this story, Maria. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Un abbraccio cara Maria🌹

  6. Love all the knowledge – want to read more and more 😊

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