Queen Trapped in a Mountain

Koschei the Deathless is not mortal and I doubt that he can be killed. But Prince Ivan is stronger than any mortal I have ever met. He came to my house in the mountain where I was trapped and he picked up Koschei’s sword. It weighs two thousand pounds! Not only...

King Who is Left Alone

What am I to do? My wife, the mother of my sons, has been taken away by Koschei the Deathless. My two elder sons have gone off to search for her and they haven’t returned. And now my youngest, Ivan, is asking for my blessing to go on his own search. How can I...

Baba Yaga Waits for a Guest

Ha! Where will you find me? Beyond thrice times three lands, in the thirteenth kingdom, on the other side of the fiery river! You wonder where Koschei the Deathless got his magic steed? I’ve got mares who fly so fast I can fly round the earth in a single day. A...

Koschei the Deathless in Pursuit

Why does he even try? Poor foolish Ivan! He keeps coming back for Marya Morevna. It’s easy work for me to get her back from him. Just ask my steed. Ask him how fast he can run to catch them! He’ll tell you: “It is possible to sow wheat, to wait till...

Ivan Who is Cut to Pieces

He can’t take her from me! I don’t care if he’s Koschei the Deathless! I don’t care if he cuts me to pieces. I will go back for her. I can’t live without Marya Morevna! As it happened, he did chop me to pieces. He put the pieces of me in...

Bee Who Knows How to Help

Prince Ivan, he comes to pieces so easily! He sat on a stone by the sea and wept while Baba Yaga’s mares stood in water up to their necks. We herded them with our stingers. Ivan didn’t see a thing, he was so lost in his own torment. After the sun set I...