Ivan Popyalof (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

Once upon a time there was an old couple, and they had three sons. Two of these had their wits about them, but the third was a simpleton, Ivan by name, surnamed Popyalof. For twelve whole years Ivan lay among the ashes from the stove; but then he arose, and shook himself, so that six…

Marya Morevna (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

In a certain kingdom there lived a Prince Ivan. He had three sisters. The first was the Princess Marya, the second the Princess Olga, the third the Princess Anna. When their father and mother lay at the point of death, they had thus enjoined their son:—“Give your sisters in marriage to the very first suitors…

The Norka (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

Once upon a time there lived a king and queen. They had three sons, two of them with their wits about them, but the third a simpleton. Now the King had a deer-park in which were quantities of wild animals of different kinds. Into that park there used to come a huge beast—Norka was its…

The Mizgir (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

In the olden years, long long ago, with the spring-tide fair and the summer’s heat there came on the world distress and shame. For gnats and flies began to swarm, biting folks and letting their warm blood flow. Then the Spider appeared, the hero bold, who, with waving arms, weaved webs around the highways and…