Each week Irena @ This Miss Loves To Read hosts Friday is for Fairy-Tales.
It is an opportunity to share a love of the fairy-tale genre throughout the blogosphere and discuss your favourite character, your childhood memories, new authors and all time favourites. You can find out more by visiting her POST.
Ever since I read Marcus Sedgwick’s Blood Red Snow White, I have wanted to read Arthur Ransome’s Old Peter’s Russian Tales. If you’ve read Blood Red, you’ll understand why. If you haven’t, then I suggest you add it to your wish list. I never realised how poetic fairy-tales could be until I read it.
So I am going to read one of Old Peter’s Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome each week and then share it with you here.
Click HERE for link to Posts 1 – 10 of this feature.
Post 11 - A Chapter of Fish
Post 12 - The Golden Fish
Post 13 - Alenoushka and Her Brother
Post 15 - The Hunter and his Wife
The Three Men of Power – Evening, Midnight and Sunrise
This tale is every bit a fairytale of heroism.
It begins with a King who has three wonderful daughters. He builds an underground kingdom for them to live in and protect them from ever being taken from him.
But one day the three princesses read a book which tells of the beautiful sky, a glorious garden and the flowers there. They beg their father to let them see the garden and after a while he agrees. He organises for his soldiers to stand guard around the garden and his maid servants to protect the girls. But even this does not protect them from a great monster. A fierce wind funnels through the garden damaging nothing but whipping up the three princesses inside it and carrying them away.The King sends his soldiers to look for his daughters in case the wind should set them upon the ground but the soldiers find nothing. The same for his servants and so the King asks his people if any are brave enough to search for his daughters. Three brothers answer the King’s call. They are the men of power. Three sons who were born all in one night. They are Evening, Midnight and Sunrise.
The three men are bogatirs – the strongest of men and the most powerful and they set out to save the princesses. The youngest brother Sunrise is the one who achieves the feat. He is almost herculean in power.
This fairytale really reminds me of something but I can’t think what. Perhaps it is a Greek myth. Has it triggered a connection for anyone? Anyway, it is much much longer than I’ve suggested in my summary. There is the part where Sunrise proves himself to be the strongest of the brothers and also the cleverest. It really is charming this one.