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Appellations to this name are used in a number of expressions as a reference to times immemorial, such as "during the times of Tsar Gorokh". 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. Referenced in the first pages of "Crime and Punishment" to indicate Raskolnikov's peturbed thoughts.
There is a number of narratives, folklore and literary, where Tsar Gorokh is an actual character, rather than a time frame reference.
- War of Mushrooms, a folk fairy tale, mostly known in the literary redaction of Alexey Tolstoy
- Tsar Gorokh, an ironic poem by Pyotr Vyazemsky (1792-1878)
- A Fairy Tale about Glorious Tsar Gorokh, Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak
- "Кто такой царь Горох?" ("Who Is Thar Gorokh?"), Анатолий ЖУРАВЛЕВ, доктор филологических наук, заведующий отделом этимологии и ономастики Института русского языка РАН, «Учительская газета», №40, October 6 2009 (in Russian)
- A footnote in "A Life Under Russian Serfdom", by Savva Dmitrievich Purlevskii, Boris B. Gorshkov, 2005, ISBN 963-7326-15-4, p. 44
- War of Mushrooms, fairy tale
- Wikisource: Tsar Gorokh by P. Vyazemsky, (in Russian)
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