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Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf monuments

Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf monuments

Fairy-tale square in Krasnoyarsk with a sculptural composition depicting the main heroes of Russian folk tale. Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf monuments

Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf monuments
Russian folk tale “Ivan Tsarevich and the Gray Wolf” – loved by both children and adults. The main heroes of the fairy tale – Ivan Tsarevich – the youngest son of King Berendey, who went in search of the mysterious Firebird for King Berendey. And of course, the Gray Wolf – Ivan’s faithful friend and assistant in his quest to obtain the Firebird for the King. The most important thing is that the wolf protects him from all the dangers that meet him on his way.
Meanwhile, children get acquainted with this fairy tale by both – reading the book (in the version of AN Tolstoy), and watching cartoons. In addition, there are films based on this story. The heroes of this fairy tale, embodied in monuments and sculptural compositions, decorate the parks and streets of Russia and Ukraine.

Painting of the Russian artist Viktor Vasnetsov 'Ivan-Tsarevich on the Gray Wolf'

Painting of the Russian artist Viktor Vasnetsov ‘Ivan-Tsarevich on the Gray Wolf’. 1889

The old king had three sons: Dmitry, Vasily and Ivan. The royal palace had a beautiful garden, where stood a tree with golden apples on the branches. One day the king noticed that someone was stealing apples, and ordered his sons to catch the kidnapper.

The elder princes fell asleep and did not see anything. However, Ivan did not close his eyes until midnight and saw the Firebird that was stealing the Apples. Trying to catch the thief, the prince pulls out only its feather, which, however, glowed in the dark like a torch.

Having learned about what happened and received a feather, the king gives his sons the task: to deliver him a living Firebird. As a reward, the king promises to give the half-kingdom. The princes went for a search, but at the crossroads they choses different paths. Ivan Tsarevich chooses the road on which the index stone says, “he himself will live, but lose his horse.”

The prediction quickly comes true: the next morning after resting, Ivan finds only the gnawed bones of his horse. After long wanderings through the forest, Ivan Tsarevich meets a talking gray wolf. The wolf, having learned of the grief of the young man, says that he ate the horse and offers Ivan help in the search for the Firebird. The wolf and Ivan are embarking on a long journey, in the course of which to receive the Firebird becomes more and more difficult and dangerous.

Ivan Tsarevich and Gray Wolf monuments