Challeges fullfilled: Fairy Tale Challenge
Friday, January 21, 2011
Fairy Tale Friday-Ruslan and Ludmila
This week I decided to try out a Russian Fairy Tale. I found Ruslan and Ludmila which was originally an epic poem by Alexander Pushkin. It is a very interesting tale in which Ludmila is to wed Ruslan. On their wedding night she disappears in a puff of smoke and their marriage is anulled. Ruslan along with a few other young men set out to find her for whoever should find her with then have her hand in marriage. They fight each other and encounter other obstacles they must fight through to find her. This story includes witches/wizards, a giants head, and of course fighting. It turns out that Ludmila was kidnapped by a wizard named Chernomor. He has a magic hat that allows her to disappear and hide from him. But after a while he tricks her into thinking he is Ruslan and when she finds out it is not Ruslan she fall unconcious.In the end Ruslan rescues her and they marry again.It is a rather interesting tale and a while it has some familiar elements to most fairy tales this one really is not your typical tale. I think that might have to do with the fact that it was an epic poem. It is a long one but rather enjoyable. I give it 3 and half out of 5 stars.