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The Firebird by MiloNeuman The Firebird by MiloNeuman
This is the first in a short series I'm doing.

PART 2: [link]
PART 3: [link]


Once upon a time there was a tsar named Berendey, who had three sons. The tsar's palace was surrounded by a beautiful orchard, and among the trees in the orchard was a wonderful apple-tree which bore golden apples. One day the tsar discovered that someone was getting into the orchard and stealing his golden apples. He was furious, and sent his guards to catch the thief. But though they watched all night they were quite unsuccessful.
The tsar was so upset at the loss of his golden apples that he lost his appetite too. His sons tried to comfort him, and the eldest told him: "I will go and guard the orchard against the thief tonight, father."
And he went off to the orchard. But although he arrived there quite early in the evening and walked about for some time, he saw no one. So he lay down on a grassy bank and soon fell asleep. Next morning his father asked him:
"Well, have you good news for me? Did you see the thief?"
"No, father," his son answered. "I did not sleep a wink all night, I did not even close my eyes. But I saw no one."
The following night the tsar's second son went to guard the orchard. But he, too, slept all night, and next morning he told his father he, too, had seen no sign of a thief, although he had not closed his eyes.
Now it was the turn of the youngest brother, Prince Ivan, to guard the orchard. And he was so anxious not to miss the thief that he was afraid even to sit down, let alone to lie down. When he felt he was getting drowsy he washed his face with dew, and this made him wide-awake again. About halfway through the night he thought he saw a light in the orchard. It grew brighter and brighter, until all the trees were lit up. Then he saw that the light was coming from a Firebird, which was sitting on the apple-tree and pecking at the golden apples.
So he crept up very quietly to the tree and caught hold of the bird by the tail. But the Firebird spread its wings and flew away, leaving only one tail feather in Prince Ivan's hand.
Next morning, when he went to report to his father, the tsar asked him:
"Well, Ivan, did you see the thief?"
"Dear father," Ivan answered, "I cannot say I caught him, but I have found out who is eating our apples. And I have brought you a tail feather in proof. It is the Firebird."
The tsar took the feather and looked at it, and no longer felt sorrowful; but he thought a great deal about the Firebird, and one day he sent for his sons and told them:
"My dear children, I want you to saddle good horses and ride forth into the world to see whether you can find and bring back the Firebird."
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MargoDraws Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I love the engraving-like textures you've got going on here!
MiloNeuman Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Why thank you!
KJanuary Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous work, Milo. I love the texture and life you've brought to Russian folklore over the years, from Anja and the Baba Yaga to everything with Ivan and Bartok. You're so inspiring!
MiloNeuman Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Kelly, you will make me blush if you don't stop with this silly flattery. :P
MadameMacabre87 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Firebird You can found in russian book "hunchback horse" too.
TheBuggiest Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous.
MiloNeuman Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks Buggy!
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