‘It’s so hard to make things sometimes, you know?’
~ The ‘Hi, Stranger‘ Stranger.*
Pudgy Horse and I thank you for your support.
Familial, material, and romantic love all play their parts in this Russian tale, in which Tsarevich Ivan, Tsar Andronovich’s youngest son, discovers the culprit who nightly steals the Tsar’s golden apples: the firebird.
Some more recent retellings have occasionally conflated this tale with that of Koschei the Deathless by casting him as the antogonist, and indeed this was the basis for Stravinsky’s ballet of 1910. Here, the firebird’s brilliant feather, which had torn away in Ivan’s grasp when he attempted to catch the bird, becomes the light which frees Koschei’s prisoners from enchantment and aids Ivan in Koschei’s destruction.
For the 2017 Month of Love challenge, ‘Metamorphoses’
In Greek mythology, Daphne, a naiad, was transformed into a laurel tree after begging for help from her father, the river god Peneus (or from Gaia in some versions) in order to escape Apollo’s amorous advances.