Alike any other folklore, the Russian one if full of its own symbolism & magic. Based on the presented fairy-tales we might highlight its supernatural & too often invisible essence often dark, terrible, interconnected with death. The magic in the Russian tales is never as obvious & comprehensible as in the European ones. It is usually felt in spirit not in flesh. The explanation to this phenomenon might be found in the way Slavs used to live: too long winter, too much struggle with the wild nature keeping plenty of perils, too huge territory to be guarded. Fear & anxiety of the darkness run through the Russian folklore. A human being is represented so weak & helpless before unlimited natural powers. And his magical powers seems to be ridiculous in front of them as he is not yet a master but a child passing his first experience.
Linguistically Russia means a forest, wild lands, – in fact, a root rus (lat.) means a village, – that is the only master of the Slavic minds & lives. Its scary images, odd secrets, plenty of the hidden & the unknown become the basis of the Russian folklore magic. The forest is perceived as a living organism, a supernatural being, putting people on trial. It teaches them to survive, to become mature & strong facing one calamity after another. As well it passes human beings some of its wildness too. Who knows, might it be the quality famous as “a mysterious Russian spirit”?
The magic in the Russian Folk Tales is rarely linked with objects. A magic object is always a means, but never the final goal. It seems that too strong Slavic spirit absorbs or destroys the matter. It is able to create any sort of magic itself as soon as the trial has been over. Passing through the darkness the hero learns to deal with it, to transform it into light. And this way leads him to realizing of his own being, makes him a master & a magician of the whole Universe.