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In the fable of Sadko, a man appearing to be a poor psaltery
player, has talents which are neglected by the merchants of the
City of Novgorod. However Sadko, was indeed a very talented
person. This was the reason that the beautiful Sea princess,
Volkhova, daughter of Tsar Morskoi, the King of the Sea, was
charmed by Sandko's music and songs. Eventually, the princess
Volkhova fell in love with the psaltery player.
Princess Volkhova gave Sadko a chance to redeem himself when
betting on the incidence of golden fish in Lake Ilmen. Sadko
won his wager, which had been his life against the wealth of all
merchant ships. He took the ships and asked the townspeople to
take care of his wife, Lubava, and set sail.
On his journey, Sadko visited Venice, Scandinavia, Egypt, India
and many other countries. But, as the ships sailed back to
Russia, the wind ceased and the ships could not move. It was
that then Sadko realized that because the people had not made
proper sacrifices to the Tsar Morskoi, king of the Sea, the
ships now stood still. In order to save the sailors Sadko
sacrificed himself and jumped into the water. Instantly a brisk
breeze filled the sails of the ships and they sailed away
Sadko fell to the bottom of the sea and found himself in the
palace of the Tsar Morskoi. The King and Queen of the Sea had
heard about Sadko's musical talents and asked him to play and to
sing for them. They were overjoyed and decided to make Sadko
stay in Sea Tsardom and promised Volkhova to be his bride. But
Sadko told Volkhova that he couldn't marry her, as he still
loved his wife, Lubava. Upset, but still loving the psaltery
player, she helped Sadko to pluck away with the help of a flock
of sea-horses which took Sadko back to the shore of Lake Ilmen.
Tired form the journey, Volkhova sings a lullaby to Sadko and he
falls asleep. Volkhova kisses him quietly and disappears into
the mist, thus becoming the river Volkhova which flows from Lake
Ilmen to the sea.
Sadko's wife, Lubava, who was waiting for her husband all that
time, was overjoyed to see her beloved husband again.
They lived happily aver after.