Dobrynya and the Dragon::Dobrynya Nikitich


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Dobrynya and the Dragon The bylina starts with Dobrynya's mother telling Dobryana to avoid the Saracen Mountains, to not trample on baby dragons, to not rescue Russian captives, and to not bathe in the Puchai River. Dobrynya disobeys his mother and does all four things.

When he bathed in the Puchai River, he encountered a dragon (sometimes identified as the three-headed Zmey Gorynych). Dobrynya could not defend himself, thinking he would die. Dobrynya then discovers "a hat of the Greek land" and uses it to defeat the dragon.<ref>Bailey, p. 82.</ref>

The dragon plead for Dobrynya to not kill him, and the two made a nonaggression pact. The dragon then flied off and captured Zabava Putyatishna, the niece of Prince Vladimir.

When Dobrynya arrived at Kiev, Prince Vladimir requested him to rescue his niece. He then went off Saracen Mountains to free his niece and fight the dragon.

Dobrynya fought the dragon for three days. On the third day he wanted to give up and leave, but a voice from Heaven tells to fight for three more hours. Dobrynya eventually kills the dragon in three hours.

The dragon's blood did not seep through the ground, and Dobrynya was stuck in it for three days. A voice from Heaven eventually told him to stick a spear in the ground and say an incantation. The blood was then swallowed by the earth, and Zabava was rescued.

Since Dobrynya is a peasant, he could not marry Zabava and gave her to Alyosha Popovich. Dobrynya encountered a polyanitsa, Nastasia, and marries her instead.<ref>Bailey, pp. 81–97.</ref>

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