Russian Fairy Tales

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(4.8 stars; 14 reviews)

The existence of the Russian Skazki or Märchen was first made generally known to the British public by Mr W. R. S. Ralston in his “Russian Folk-Tales.” That excellent and most engrossing volume was, primarily, a treatise on Slavonic folk-lore, illustrated with admirable skill and judgment by stories, mainly selected from the vast collection of Afanasiev, who did for the Russian what Asbjörnsen has done for the Norwegian folk-tale. A year after the appearance of Mr Ralston's book, the eminent Russian historian and archaeologist, Peter Nikolaevich Polevoi (well known, too, as an able and ardent Shakespearean scholar), selected from the inexhaustible stores of Afanasiev some three dozen of the Skazki, and worked them up into a fairy-tale book which was published at St Petersburg in 1874, under the title of “Narodnuiya Russkiya Skazki” (“Popular Russian Tales”). M. Polevoi did his work excellently well, and, while softening the crudities and smoothing out the occasional roughness of these charming stories, neither injured their simple texture nor overlaid the original pattern. It is from the first Russian edition of M. Polevoi's book that the following selection has been made. With the single exception of Morozko, a variant of which will be familiar to those who know Mr Ralston's volume, none of these tales had seen the light in an English dress before the publication of the first edition of my book; for though both Ralston and Polevoi drew, for the most part, from the same copious stock, their purposes were so different that their selections naturally proved to be different also. As to the merits of these Skazki, they must be left to speak for themselves. It is a significant fact, however, that scholars who are equally familiar with the Russian Skazki and the German Märchen unhesitatingly give the palm, both for fun and fancy, to the former.
- Summary by Robert Nisbet Bain (5 hr 53 min)


Translator's Preface 2:41 Read by Expatriate
The Golden Mountain 8:37 Read by Expatriate
Morozko 6:24 Read by Expatriate
The Flying Ship 11:44 Read by Expatriate
The Muzhichek As Big As Your Thumb With Moustaches Seven Versts Long 15:11 Read by Expatriate
The Story of the Tsarevich Ivan & of the Harp that Harped without a Harper 29:43 Read by Expatriate
The Story of Gore-Gorinskoe 10:11 Read by Expatriate
Go I Know Not Whither; Fetch I Know Not What 28:36 Read by Expatriate
Kuz’ma Skorobogaty 12:09 Read by Expatriate
The Tsarevna Loveliness Inexhaustible 23:56 Read by Expatriate
Verlioka 8:38 Read by Expatriate
The Frog Tsarevna 12:01 Read by Expatriate
The Two Sons of Ivan the Soldier 20:54 Read by Expatriate
The Woman-Accuser 8:36 Read by Expatriate
Thomas Berennikov 12:17 Read by Expatriate
The White Duck 8:03 Read by Expatriate
The Tale of Little Fool Ivan 31:38 Read by Expatriate
The Little Feather of Fenist the Bright Falcon 15:44 Read by Expatriate
The Tale of the Peasant Demyan 2:44 Read by Expatriate
The Enchanted Ring 23:57 Read by Expatriate
The Brave Labourer 2:27 Read by Expatriate
The Sage Damsel 9:38 Read by Expatriate
The Prophetic Dream 21:56 Read by Expatriate
Two Out of the Knapsack 8:51 Read by Expatriate
The Story of Marko the Rich and Vasily the Luckless 17:21 Read by Expatriate


love the imagination

(5 stars)

complex and satisfying