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Bylina "Volga and Mikula Selyaninovich": a summary

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.

Meeting of the Volga with Mikula

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The prince's acquaintance with a simple peasant lies inbased on the story of the epic "Wolga and Mikula Selyaninovich." The summary tells how the nephew of the Kiev prince was born, matured and thought about acquiring worldly wisdom and strength. Wolga asked Vladimir for a squad of 30 men to go with her for a tribute. The Prince of Kiev for this purpose allocates three cities to his nephew: Orehovets, Gurchevets and Krestyanovets.

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.

Incredible power of plowman

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Having learned that he will have to meet withreal robbers, Wolga asked Mikula to go with him, because his army is not prevented by such a strong man who alone coped with several townspeople. The prince was seriously concerned that his squad could be killed and drowned in the Smorodino River. Bylina "Wolga and Mikula Selyaninovich" tells that the peasant agreed to go to the city for tribute, but having already driven a decent distance from the field, he remembered that he did not pull out of the ground and threw his sokh from behind the raketite bush.

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.

Heroes of the Russian epic

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And then the prince and the peasant come to the city. The men immediately recognized Mikula, who beat them alone, when they tried to take salt from the plowman, and came to the riders to bow and apologize. Wolga saw with his own eyes what respect his new acquaintance enjoyed, so he decided to give him three towns with peasants. The prince made the plowman his governor and instructed him to collect tribute from the peasants.

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.

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