Fairy Tales of the World Russia



Russia is a country extending over much of northern Europe and Asia. Russia approximately extends around half of the Northern Hemisphere and covers twice the size of Canada , which is the second largest country in the world. Russia, made 95.79% of land and 4.21% of water, is a country that borders many countries including Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and China. Russia is bordered to the north by the Arctic ocean and to the east by the Pacific ocean. Russia has a coastline of 23,396 miles.


Russia has a largely continental climate because of its sheer size and compact configuration. Russia’s mountain ranges, mostly found to the south and east, block moderating temperatures from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Northern Siberia lacks protection from the strong winds from the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans. Therefore, snow covers most of Russia.

Physical Characteristics

The highest point of Russia is Mount Elbrus.The lowest point of Russia is the Caspian Sea. Russia includes natural resources such as minerals, oil, gas, coal, and timber. Some natural hazards include earthquakes, landslides, storms, hurricanes, forest fires, and floods. Russia's mountain ranges are mostly found in the south and the east. Russia covers 11 time zones and has a great range of latitudes and landforms, from deserts and steppes to forests and Arctic tundra. Russia contains Europe’s longest river, largest lake, and deepest lake. The longest river is the Volga. The largest lake is Ladoga. The world’s deepest lake is Baikal. Arctic deserts are located in the extreme north. Arctic deserts lead to the tundra and then to the forest zones. Forests cover about half of the country, and is located mostly in Serbia.


Russia’s population as of 2014 was 142,470,272. There are about 120 ethnic groups in Russia. About 80 percent of Russians are related to the Slavs who came to the country about 1,500 years ago. Some other major groups include Tatars and Ukrainians.


Customs and Traditions

Folk holidays have become much more popular and have become important aspects of Russia’s culture today. Activities include carnivals on the street that exhibit people entertaining and children in traditional Russian dresses. Boys usually wear a long-sleeved red or blue shirt with a collar for these carnivals and holidays. Girls wear a three-piece dress consisting of a red or green jumper called a sarafan, a long-sleeved blouse that peasants wear, and a headdress called a kokoshnik. Maslyanitsa is the oldest Russian folk holiday that marks the end of winter.This Russian holiday originated during pagan times.


Russia is a multi-ethnic and multi-faith nation. Orthodox Christianity is Russia's largest religion with 75% of the population belonging to the Orthodox Christian denomination. Islam is 5% of the population. Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism and Buddhism are 1% of the population each.


The main language of Russia is Russian, but there are also many other languages spoken by a small number of people. There are 35 different languages which are considered official languages in various parts and areas of Russia. There are over 100 minority languages spoken in Russia today.


Russian food is a collection of various cooking traditions of the Russian people. Food is very diverse in Russia with different specialities from Central Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia. Russian cuisine is defined from its varied character from the vast and multi-cultural expanse of Russia. Russia’s most common foods are fish, pork, poultry, caviar, mushrooms, berries, honey, rye, wheat, barley, millet, and a plethora of different breads and pastries. Soups and stews are centered on storable produce such as meats and fish. Russia’s great expansions during the 16th-18th century brought more refined foods. During this period, smoked meats and fish, pastries, salads and vegetables, chocolate, ice cream, wines, and juice were imported. This opened the doors for the creative inventions of food with traditional Russian dishes.

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

Arthur Ransome


Three brothers all want to marry a beautiful princess. The Czar gives them a challenge. He says that whichever of them builds a flying ship and presents it to him will get to marry his daughter. The three brothers then set out to build a flying ship and marry the princess.

Typical Characteristics

Special Beginning- The special beginning started with an “once upon a time there lived.” This is how fairytales usually start. Beginnings such as this don’t explain the setting well and are very vague.

Good Character- The good character was Simpleton. He was determined to marry the princess and worked his way to that goal with his men. He completed all of the assigned tasks of the Czar and married the princess.

Misguided Character- The misguided character is the Czar. He offered the people of his country his daughter if they could make a flying ship, but he didn’t allow Simpleton to marry his daughter even though Simpleton made a flying ship because he was a peasant. After the Czar gave Simpleton tasks that Simpleton accomplishes, the Czar “commanded him to come to the palace to be married to the princess” (Ransome).

Royalty and a Castle- Royalty and a castle is present in this fairytale. The princess and the Czar show royalty in this fairy tale. Later in the story, Simpleton becomes a part of the royal family because he married the princess. Simpleton and his crew “arrived at the king’s castle, where the Czar was having dinner” (Ransome). The castle is where the Czar and the princess were having dinner and ordered Simpleton to do his impossible task.

Magical Use/Something Magical- An old manikin told Simpleton to stop in front of a tree, bow three times, and strike a tree with an axe; then, he was not to look at it, but to fall to his knees and sleep, and when he should wake up, he should see a flying ship next to him. This is something magical because a tree can’t just transform into a flying ship. Also, there was a man who carried wood. The wood could transform into an army. There was also another man who carried straw that could make places cold.

Problem/Solution- The problem at the beginning was to make a flying ship. Simpleton had to go venture out to find this. On the way, he me a manikin. The manikin gave Simpleton advice on how to make the flying ship. Simpleton followed his advice and made the flying ship. On the way to the castle of the Czar, Simpleton brought men aboard his flying ship. The Czar gave Simpleton impossible tasks. The Czar’s first task was to get healing water from the other side of the Earth. One of the men was able to run across the world very quickly. So, he ran and fell asleep because he was tired of running. Then, another one of the men in ship shot his gun to the tree above where the man who ran was sleeping. The sound startled the man and woke him up. The healing water then got to the Czar. The Czar then told Simpleton to eat twelve oxen and twelve tons of bread. One of the men who never had a full meal ate it all. Then the Czar told Simpleton to drink forty caskets of wine. Another one of the men aboard, who was never able to fulfill his thirst, drank all of it. The Czar then told Simpleton to take a bath in the castle. The Czar tried to burn the crew alive, but one of the men had straw which could protect them from the heat. The next morning, the crew was safe and sound. The Czar had enough. He demanded Simpleton to make an army. The last man on board had wood which could transform into an army.

3’s and 7’s-The use of the number three and seven was shown in this fairytale. First of all, there was “an old couple who had three sons,” all of which wanted to marry the princess (Ransome).Then, Simpleton had to bow to the tree three times. This would help the tree turn into the flying ship. Simpleton also had seven other men with him to help in his journey to marry the princess.

Connection to Russia

This fairytale connected to Russia in a major way. Earlier in Russia, there used to be Czars and Czarinas. They were mostly very harsh rulers who wanted the best for their children. Usually, the parents chose who they wanted their children to marry, and in this story, the Czar made the choice that whoever could make a flying ship could marry the daughter. This connects to Russia in many ways because there were Czars in Russia back in time, and there was also a Czar in this story. In a religious way, the Czar was Christian Orthodox by the way he described himself and the church that he went to. Simpleton and the princess had a marriage that was huge like most Russian weddings.

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