russian fairy tales

Fairy Tale Meme:

9 Heroines - [Vasilissa]

Now deep in this forest, as the stepmother well knew, there was a green lawn and on the lawn stood a miserable little hut on hens’ legs, where lived a certain Baba Yaga, an old witch grandmother. She lived alone and none dared go near the hut, for she ate people as one eats chickens. The merchant’s wife sent Vasilissa into the forest each day, hoping she might meet the old witch and be devoured.


Boris Zvorykin - Illustration to “The Tale of the Dead Princess and Seven Knights” by Alexander Pushkin, 1890th

That’s good example of so-called “russian style”, that was created in the end of the 19th century. Well, not created - reconstructed.

Zvorykin was the first one who introduced medieval and traditional Russian painting to the modern art.

Okay so this is a silly idea I couldn’t get rid of, so I had to sketch it out ) It’s based on a traditional Russian fairytale, Prince Ivan and The Grey Wolf. The main character, Tsarevitch(=Prince) Ivan has to complete several tasks throughout the story, including stealing the Fire Bird, the Horse with the Golden Mane, and the most beautiful princess of the lands, Elena the Beautiful for three different kings. He’s helped by the Grey Wolf who owes Ivan a debt because he ate the prince’s horse. Each time Ivan messes up and the Wolf has to do evetything himself help him out of trouble, he also helps the prince keep all three of the treasures after it becomes apparent Ivan can’t bear parting with them. At some point the Wolf even turns into Elena to deceive the king who wanted to marry her while Ivan escapes with the princess. Anyway, it was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up and the Wolf was my favorite character, and after I discovered Fables and TWAU I couldn’t help but imagine Bigby as a participant of that story :’D 

Version in Russian here