Monday, May 25, 2015

Knight at the Crossroads

Viktor Vasnetsov, Knight at the Crossroads

I would not have guessed this was Russian, which just goes to show what I know.

According to Olga's Gallery, "In many Russian folk-tales there is such an episode when a traveling vityaz (knight) at the crossroads meets a rock with a not-very-much-inspiring choice:
If you go to the right – you'll loose your horse;
If you go to the left – you'll loose your life;
If you go forwards – you'll loose both…
Or a variation of these three."

Thanks, Olga!

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