15-Slavic Folklore: Bad Wolf

//15-Slavic Folklore: Bad Wolf

15-Slavic Folklore: Bad Wolf

In this Russian Fairy Tale from the same collections as the stories of Koschei the Deathless, we find a prince who goes on a quest for the firebird. This leads us into a Russian nesting quest situation, where he ends up on a quest-within-a-quest-within-a-quest. We'll also follow his doofus brothers, who decide that taking an extended camping trip getting drunk in their silk party tents is much better than questing.

On the creature of the week, it's a large horse-headed monster who will push you down or trample you...all while giggling like a child.


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"Dew" by Cousin Silas/Black Hill

"Mile Post 1" by Alex Fitch

"Jackbird" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Celeste" by Alex Fitch

"Gondola Blue" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

By |2018-03-15T14:56:19+00:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , |7 Comments


  1. Erik v H April 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Started listening to this show via Spotify. Great way to listen to the show during travels.

    Great speaking voice, humor and seriousness balanced perfectly. Will definitely make sure to listen to all 100+ episodes and hope all will come available on Spotify.

  2. CKingpin April 4, 2018 at 4:41 am - Reply

    interesting podcast! I love listening to podcasts and I love to here folklores. Thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely visit this site for more

  3. Arcanist Lupus December 29, 2017 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Heh. I’ve always loved this story because of how truly idiotic Ivan is. The version that I grew up with didn’t include any reason for grabbing the cage and bridle other than “ooh, shiny!” and included a bit where the wolf warns Ivan that if he tells his brothers what happened then they will kill him. Guess what he does!

    Also, the wolf blackmails the bird to fetch the magic water by grabbing her child and tearing it to pieces (although he does heal it later)

  4. Barrett May 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Do you post bibliographies for each podcast?

    • Jason May 28, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      I should, and I’m planning on it. It’s one of those things where I didn’t do it in the beginning, and I just continued not doing it. I’m getting more and more people wanting to read the stories now, though. I’ll probably start and work my way back.

  5. Jason November 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    He’s just called the Grey Wolf. The Russian fairy tales aren’t big on individual names. Even “Baba Yaga” just means basically “horrifying old woman.”

  6. Ilse.W. November 17, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Hi J
    Does the wolf in this story have a name? Or is it just called the wolf?

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