Tsar Pea

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Tsar Pea (Russian: Царь Горох, Tsar Gorokh) is a character from Russian folklore, a fictional tsar whose name literally means "pea".


Appellations to this name are used in a number of expressions as a reference to times immemorial, such as "during the times of Tsar Pea". It is used in some preambles of Russian fairy tales . In common speech it often bears an ironical sense, as an indication to unbelievable or obsolete circumstances.[1]

Actual character[edit]

There is a number of narratives, folklore and literary, where Tsar Gorokh is an actual character, rather than a simple time frame reference.


  1. ^ A footnote in "A Life Under Russian Serfdom", by Savva Dmitrievich Purlevskii, Boris B. Gorshkov, 2005, ISBN 963-7326-15-4, p. 44
  2. ^ War of Mushrooms, fairy tale
  3. ^ Wikisource: Tsar Gorokh by P. Vyazemsky, (Russian)