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Царь Салтан (TSAR SALTAN)
Once upon a time in a far away land Tsar Saltan sat listening to
the future plans of three sisters. One of these sisters said
that she wanted to give birth to a great warrior, and employ the
other two sisters in her charge. Tsar Saltan decided to marry
this sister, making the other two sisters become very jealous.
These two women decided to do everything they could to make the
married sister's life unhappy.
Tsar Saltan soon went away to war. During his absence his queen
gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Gvidon. It looked as if
her dream of the future were beginning to be fulfilled, but her
evil sisters wrote to the Tsar and convinced him that his son
was an evil monster. Believing their ridiculous story, the Tsar
then ordered that his wife and son be sealed in a barrel and
cast into the sea.
The barrel drifted for many years, finally washing ashore after
Prince Gvidon had already grown into a man. On this shore Prince
Gvidon performed his first great task, he rescued a swan being
attacked by an evil magician. Having been saved, the swan then
turned into an enchanting princess who promised to help Gvidon
find his father. The Prince then became ruler of the land that
he had washed ashore upon, and his kingdom became famous
throughout the world.
One day a merchant ship en route to Tsar Saltan's country passed
through Prince Gvidon's magnificent land. On arrival to Tsar
Saltan's country the merchant told the Tsar about his son's
great land. Tsar Saltan made plans to travel there, but the evil
sisters talked him out of it. The next time the merchant passed
through the kingdom of Prince Gvidon he saw the Magic Squirrel
which lived in a crystal cage that Prince Gvidon had built for
it. Again the merchant arrived home to tell Tsar Saltan of his
son's magical land, but again the evil sisters interfered. They
told the Tsar that he should instead go to the land where one
can see 33 warriors and Chernomor rise from the ocean.
The Princess Swan explained to Prince Gvidon that these warriors
were her brothers, so when the merchant passed through the land
a third time this feat was performed for him. Having heard this
story the wicked sisters dissuaded the Tsar once more from
traveling to his son by telling him that it would be more worth
his while to find the Magic Princess with the Sea Star above her
Prince Gvidon was sad when he discovered once more that his
father would not come to see him. Little did he know that the
Swan Princess and the Magic Princess were one in the same! The
merchant then returned home a fourth time to inform the Tsar
that his son had married the Magic Princess. The Tsar then
immediately set sail for Gvidon's kingdom where the family was
They lived there happily ever after.