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This week’s podcast is a Russian folktale from The Barefoot Book of Knights. In “The Three Journeys of Ilya Murom,” a heroic knight goes on a ride with his horse and comes to a crossroads where a sign reads that each path promises something different: death, marriage or riches. Tune in to see which road Ilya Murom chooses, and read on to win!

In “The Three Journeys of Ilya Murom,” Ilya must choose to explore one of three roads. What would your ideal road lead to? Let us know by sharing a comment, and you will be entered to win a copy of The Barefoot Book of Knights. The contest closes Tuesday, February 7 at midnight EST and Wednesday, February 8 at 5am GMT.

Here are some more fun facts related to the history of Ilya Murom:

  • According to legend, Ilya Murom was a bogatyr for Prince Vladimir in the 10th century. A bogatyr was a Russian folk hero who protected Russia from foreign invaders.
  • The legends surrounding Ilya Murom vary in their time period, from the 10th century to the 12th century C.E.
  • Some legends claim Ilya Murom was born to a farmer, and due to illness, was unable to walk until he was 33 years old.
  • Ilya Murom is the only hero canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church.

We look forward to hearing what you think, thanks for sharing a comment and good luck to all!

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