Russian Folk Tales

Russia is the world's largest country and covers more than a ninth of the Earth's land area.

Until recently most of the inhabitants were peasants, who had a rich tradition of oral folklore and were also highly superstitious. Animals also played a very prominent role in their stories.

Our collection of tales has been compiled from a variety of sources.

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An man went to plough, telling his three daughters to bring him food by following a trail of wood shavings, but a bear changes the path to lead to his den.
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A peasant finding a sleeping bear, cuts off one of the paws so that his wife can make him soup. When the bear awakes he goes in search of his missing limb.
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A cock digs up a bean and starts to choke after swallowing it. His mistress goes in search for butter to help swallow it and this leads to a long journey.
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A dog and a cock leave their peasant master searching for food. At night they rest in a tree, in the morning a fox hears the cock crowing and visits them.
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A fox who has fallen into a hole tricks a blackbird into bringing him food and water, and to help him escape. But the fox does not get all he wishes for.
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A peasant no longer able to feed a goat and ram sends them away. They find a wolves head and put it in a bag which along with their wits saves their lives.
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A wolf is in search of a meal, but is tricked. First by a ram who butts him, then a horse who kicks him and finally a pig who leads him into the village.
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A girl is abandoned in the forest to die of cold, but King Frost finds her and realizing she is a good girl feels sorry for her and brings her presents.
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A rich merchant wishes to learn the meaning of the songs of birds. His son Ivan hears this and is always thinking of how to find out, to please his father.
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A peasant who has no family invites a bear to help him in growing food. They agree the man will eat the roots and the bear the tops, but this is a trick.
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A peasant woman tells her husband to make a straw ox covered with pitch. Once the ox is made many wild animals become stuck and pay handsomely to be saved.
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Ivan Tsarevitch is the younger brother, one day their father bids them fire an arrow and where it lands they will find a bride. Ivan's is caught by a frog.

Sources And Further Reading

Project Gutenberg More Russian Picture Tales by Valery Carrick Translator: Nevill Forbes [1914]