Poems and Songs of Vladimir Vysotsky. A Tale about the Wood Dwellers.

Commentary to “A Tale about the Ill-Fated Wood Dwellers”.

In Russian folklore, K o s c h e y t h e D e a t h l e s s (also known as “Koschey the Immortal”) is a bony, emaciated old man, rich and wicked, who knows the se­cret of eternal life.

I v a n t h e D o l t (known as “Ivan the Fool” or “Ivan the Ninny”) is a stock character of lucky fool — a very simple-minded, but, nevertheless, lucky young man.

The presented text is partly adapted from Anonymous’ translation.

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