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Dobrynya Nikitich rescues Zabava Putyatishna from the dragon Gorynych.

Dobrynya Nikitich (Russian: Добры́ня Ники́тич{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) is one of the most popular bogatyrs (epic knights) from the Rus' folklore. Albeit fictional, this character is based on a real warlord Dobrynya, who led the armies of Svyatoslav the Great and tutored his son Vladimir the Fair Sun.

Many byliny center on Dobrynya completing tasks set him by prince Vladimir. Dobrynya is often portrayed as being close to the royal family, undertaking sensitive and diplomatic missions. As a courtier, Dobrynya seems to be a representative of the noble class of warriors. He is a professional archer, swimmer, and wrestler. He plays the gusli, plays tafl, and is known for his courtesy and cunning.<ref>Bailey, p. 81.</ref>


Dobrynya Nikitich sections
Intro   Dobrynya and the Dragon   Appearances in classical culture  Appearances in modern popular culture   References    Notes   

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