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In the fable of Sadko, a man appearing to be a poor psaltery player, has
talents which are neglected by the merchants of the City of Novgorod. However Sadko, was indeed a very talented person. This was the reason that the
beautiful Sea princess, Volkhova, daughter of Tsar Morskoi, the King of the
Sea, was charmed by Sandko's music and songs. Eventually, the princess Volkhova fell in love with the psaltery player.
Princess Volkhova gave Sadko a chance to redeem himself when betting on the
incidence of golden fish in Lake Ilmen. Sadko won his wager, which had been
his life against the wealth of all merchant ships. He took the ships and asked
the townspeople to take care of his wife, Lubava, and set sail.
On his journey, Sadko visited Venice, Scandinavia, Egypt, India and many other
countries. But, as the ships sailed back to Russia, the wind ceased and the
ships could not move. It was that then Sadko realized that because the people
had not made proper sacrifices to the Tsar Morskoi, king of the Sea, the ships
now stood still. In order to save the sailors Sadko sacrificed himself and
jumped into the water. Instantly a brisk breeze filled the sails of the ships
and they sailed away towards home.
Sadko fell to the bottom of the sea and found himself in the palace of the
Tsar Morskoi. The King and Queen of the Sea had heard about Sadko's musical
talents and asked him to play and to sing for them. They were overjoyed and
decided to make Sadko stay in Sea Tsardom and promised Volkhova to be his
bride. But Sadko told Volkhova that he couldn't marry her, as he still loved
his wife, Lubava. Upset, but still loving the psaltery player, she helped Sadko to pluck away with the help of a flock of sea-horses which took Sadko
back to the shore of Lake Ilmen.
Tired form the journey, Volkhova sings a lullaby to Sadko and he falls asleep. Volkhova kisses him quietly and disappears into the mist, thus becoming the
river Volkhova which flows from Lake Ilmen to the sea.
Sadko's wife, Lubava, who was waiting for her husband all that time, was
overjoyed to see her beloved husband again.
They lived happily aver after.
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