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Златовласка (THE GOLDEN HAIR GIRL)
Many, many years ago there was a great magician, Poloza, who was
known for as keeper of the Ural mountains' treasures. This
magician had hundreds of guards who watched over all his gold,
silver, and jewels he had. But living among such valuable
possession, he treasured most of all his daughter the Golden
Hair Girl, whom Poloza was guarding more than all his material
Once upon a time Golden Hair met a handsome, nomad from the
Bashkirian tribe, who was hunting nearby Poloza's Palace. They
fell in love, decided to get married, and to go to live in the
However, Poloza was against letting his daughter live in the
forest with the simple-folk Hunter-nomad and refused the
marriage. Despite Poloza's refusal, the young Hunter decided to
abduct Golden Hair. When he did so, the father twice returned
his daughter back to the Palace using his magical powers.
The young hunter then went to seek advise from the magic wise
owl, which lived deep in the forest. The owl explained to him
that there was only one place where the magical powers of Poloza
could not reach, and that was the large island, located in the
middle of the Lake.
For the last time the young Hunter abducts the Golden Hair girl
from her father's palace and takes her to the Island in the
middle of the Lake. This time the magic powers of Poloza were
unable to take the daughter away from the Hunter.
On this beautiful Island the couple found meadows and forests,
herds of horses and sheep, wonderful gar-dens with flowers in
bloom all year round, plenty of food, and all manners of comfort.
However, there was one condition that the magic wise owl told
the hunter, and that was that both he and the Golden Hair girl
were to be captives on this Island for eternity. Knowing this
they still decided to live on this island.
Although, many centuries have passed, since these days even
today the old folks living nearby the Lake say that sometimes at
dawn, couples, walking along the bank of the Lake bank, can see
the Island and the beautiful maiden sitting on a stone at the
water's edge. She lets her hair down, and the water turns into