The Snow Maiden

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

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Love her voice - so huge and heavy and awesome

Mezzo Elena Obraztsova sings Lel’s third aria from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden

Fun fact: You can’t tell from this video, but Lel is actually a pants role!

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Galina Vishnevskaya and Ivan Kozlovsky sing The Snow Maiden

Vishnevskaya passed away today.

Stag and the Maiden- chapter 14

Rating: M (violence and some language)

Chapter Rating: M (language and some gore)

Pairing: Kristanna and Snow Sisters

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[FFN] [AO3]

His hooves beat the earth like a war drum, pounding such a powerful rhythm it shook clinging snow and icicles from the tree branches around him as Kristoff raced through the forest. It was so unlike him and such a shock to his senses to move so swiftly on four legs that for a few blind seconds he forgot the reason why he was barreling through the snow-dusted forest like a golden-furred arrow. Then Kristoff heard the wolves howl, searching for their distressed packmate, and doubled his already god-like speed with a boisterous bellow that didn’t sound even remotely human.

At first the stag-man’s running had been for the benefit of Anna. The anguish and despair on her face had touched him to his core. He knew how much Elsa meant to her; he knew the amount of love the sisters’ shared between them despite past arguments and growing pains, and seeing the redhead fall to pieces at his feet was too much to bear. She didn’t have to beg him, she didn’t have to plead. He’d run through hell and back if it meant she was happy and healthy. So the stag-man had made the impossible decision to leave the safety of Tree Spring and ultimately thrown caution to the wind. But now, with that same wind in his face and the cold air in his lungs, he was running for only one person: himself.

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The Snow Maiden

Many years ago, in a distant Russian village, there lived a peasant, by name Akem, with his wife Masha; they lived in a small wooden hut, where they spent their days in love and harmony; but children had they none. This was a very sore point with both of them, they used to sit by the window or at the door of their little hut looking at their neighbours’ children playing about, and wished that they had some of their own; but finding that it was no use wishing, they at last became sad in their old age.

One cold winter’s day, when the snow lay thick upon the uneven country roads, and the little village boys were running about throwing snowballs to keep themselves warm, and making snowmen and women, old Akem and Masha sat by their window looking at them in silence. Suddenly Akem looked up at his wife, and said, laughing, “Masha, what do you say to coming out into the road and making ourselves a snowman or woman, like those little boys yonder?”

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S podrúzhkami po yágodu khodit from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden, sung by Krassimira Stoyanova.

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Irina Arkhipova sings Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden)

mythology studies edit: yuki-onna

yuki-onna is a japanese snow spirit who kills travelers in snowstorms by freezing them with her breath, or drawing them out to die of exposure. sometimes, though, she has a softer side, and lets her would-be victims go. the most famous example is the fairy tale of “the snow maiden,” which uses her image.

in “the snow maiden,” yuki-onna spares a man named minokichi, a young woodcutter, after killing his father, and tells him she’ll kill him as well if he repeats this story to anyone. years later minokichi married a beautiful women with whom he had several children. mysteriously, she didn’t age, and one day he told her she reminded him of another woman he met in a storm in his childhood. yuki-onna reveals herself as his wife, but spares him for their children, and melts to nothing.

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Animatic for movement one of the independent animation I will be working on in my animation class for the next few semesters. Enjoy.

Music: The Snow Maiden Suite- Rimsky Korsakov

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Estonian soprano Margarita Voites unleashes a polar vortex of her own in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden (1977)