Mikula Selyaninovich

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Bogatyr Volga and Mikula Selyaninovich, by Ivan Bilibin

Mikula Selyaninovich (Микула Селянинович, Mikula the Villager's Son) is a Russian epic hero, a bogatyr - plowman, from the Novgorod Republic bylina cycle.[1][2]

A common plot trope in bylinas involving Mikula is that another bogatyr of warrior type turns out to be weaker than Mikula: cannot pull his plow out of the soil, cannot lift his bag, cannot race him, etc., because Mother Earth loves him. [2] [1]

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