To the Novgorod cycle the epic is the story"Wolga and Mikula Selyaninovich." The brief content of the work allows the reader to compare two different images: the prince's nephew and a simple plowman-peasant. According to some reports, in this epic the main characters are two pagan gods: Mikula is responsible for agriculture, and Volga for hunting. Orest Miller, a 19th century mythologist, found in the work many similar characteristics between the protagonists and patrons of peasants and hunters.
Volga Svyatoslavovich left for the field, hearsthe creaking of the plow and the whistling of the plowman, but he does not see the peasant himself. Long he rode with his squad, only the third day saw a peasant. During the meeting, Volga and Mikula Selyaninovich started talking. The summary tells that the prince told the peasant where and for what purpose he is on his way, and the peasant in his turn warned him of the evil inhabitants of these cities.
In order not to return, Volga sent five of hisWell done, but it turns out that they can not fulfill Mikula's task. Then on the field there are 10 more soldiers, but they can not destroy the plow from the spot, the whole squad took it to pull out, but no result. And then the plowman, as if playfully, pulled it out of the ground and threw it behind a bush. The prince is impressed by the incredible power of his new acquaintance, after that, Volga and Mikula Selyaninovich became friends.
But there is also a slightly different interpretation of the epic "Volgaand Mikula Selyaninovich ». The summary of the work says that the prince in the city was attacked by bandits, and his plowman saved him. Whatever it was, but Mikula Selyaninovich is the embodiment of the national hero.