Ivan Tsarevich

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Viktor Vasnetsov: Ivan Tsarevich riding the Gray Wolf

Ivan Tsarevich (Russian: Иван Царевич or Иван-царевич - literally John the Prince) is one of the main heroes of Russian folklore, usually a positive hero, often engaged in a struggle with Koschei.

He is often, but not always, the youngest son of three. In the tale "The Three Kingdoms", he is a son of Nastasya the Golden Braid. Different legends describe Ivan as having various wives, including Yelena the Beautiful, Vasilisa the Wise and Marya Morevna.

Ivan Tsarevich and the Firebird on a magic carpet

Ivan is sometimes depicted with magic abilities and has the Sword Kladenets.

Tales about Ivan Tsarevich include "Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf", "Tsarevna the Frog", "The Sea King and Vasilisa the Wise", "The Tale about Rejuvenating Apples and the Life Water", and "The Death of Koschei the Immortal (also known as "Marya Morevna")."

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