Russian folktales

Russian folktales

This page is entirely dedicated to the folk tales of Russia. Tales are the part of culture, traditions, customs and history of people. Many generations of Russian (and not just Russian!) children have been brought up by these glorious and magnificent tales. We hope that you and your children will enjoy them too.In this comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English we meet both universal fairy-tale figures—thieves and heroes, kings and peasants, beautiful damsels and terrifying witches, enchanted children and crafty animals—and such uniquely Russian characters as Koshchey the Deathless, Baba Yaga, the Swan Maiden, and the glorious Firebird.

Baba Yaga


The Bear, the Dog and the Cat

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga (Arthur Ransome version)


The Cat Who Became Head-Forester

A Chapter of Fish

The Dun Cow

Dimian the Peasant

Emelyan, the Fool

The Enchanted Princess

The Flying Ship

Father Frost

The Frog-Tsarevna

Frog Princess


The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

The Golden Mountain

Go I Know Not Whither—Fetch I Know Not What

The Golden Fish

The History of Dwarf Long Nose

The Hairy Man

The Hut in the Forest

Ivanoushka the Simpleton

King Kojata

King Long beard

The Lute Player

The Language of the Birds

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The Little Daughter of the Snow

Little Master Misery


The Muzhichek-As-Big-As-Your-Thumb-with-Moustaches-Seven-Versts-Long

The Muddy Cart

The Norka

The Story of the Tsarevich Ivan, and of the Harp that Harped Without a Harper

The Story of Gore-Gorinskoe

The Soldier and Death


A Tale of the Dead

To Your Good Health!

The Tale of the Silver Saucer and the Transparent Apple

The Wood Sprite

Woe Bogotir

The White Duck

The Witch and Her Servants

Who Lived in the Skull?

Verra Xenophontova Kalamatiano De Blumenthal
Robert Nisbet Bain
Arthur Ransome

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The special interest of this volume of Russian Folk Tales is that it is a translation from a collection of peasant Chap-books of all sorts made in Moscow about 1830, long before the Censorship had in great measure stopped the growth of popular literature.

Story of Lyubim Tsarevich and the Winged Wolf

Story of the most wonderful and noble Self-Playing Harp

The Seven Brothers Simeon

Story of Ivan, the Peasant's Son

Story of the Golden Mountain

Iliya of Murom and the Robber Nightingale

The Renowned Hero, Bova Korolevich and the Princess Drushnevna

The Mild Man and his Cantankerous Wife

Story of the Duck with Golden Eggs

Story of Bulat the Brave Companion

Story of Prince Malandrach and the Princess Salikalla

Story of a Shoemaker and his Servant Prituitshkin

Emelyan, the Fool

The Judgment of Shemyaka

Story of Prince Peter with the Golden Keys, and the Princess Magilene

Sila Tsarevich and Ivashka with the White Smock

Story of the Knight Yaroslav Lasarevich and the Princess Anastasia

The Two Ivans

Authors: Various

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Crimson Flower

Fenist the Bright Falcon

Fox, Hare and Rooster

General Toptigin

Ivan Tsarevitch and the Grey Wolf

Little Straw Bull

Liza the Fox and Catafay the Cat

Magic Ring

Magic Wild Geese

Maria Morevna

Masha and The Bear

Masha and The Bear

Pea-Roll Along 

Peter and Fevronia of Murom

Rusalka (The Water-Nymph)

Daughter and Stepdaughter

Silver Hoof


Sister Alyonushka and Brother Ivanushka

Sister Fox and Brother Wolf


Snow maiden


Stone Flower

Teremok (Little Hut)


The Apples of Youth and the Living

The Cat and the Cock

The Fire-Bird and Princess Vassilissa

The Fly's Castle

The Golden Hair


The Lime Tree

The Little Humpbacked Horse

The death of Koshchei the Deathless

The little round bun (Kolobok)


Twelve Months

Collected and edited by Michael Terletski