Bylina “Sadko” in brief summary

Sadko – a young guslar from Veliky Novgorod At the beginning of the story, he is poor, proud and proud. His only asset is the ragged gusli, on which he plays, passing from one merry feast to another.

However, the day comes, and after him another, the third, when Sadko is not invited to an honest feast. The pride of the hero is hurt, but he does not show offense to anyone. He goes alone to the Ilmen Lake, sits down on the white-fuel stone on the shore and takes out the treasured gusli. Sadko plays, taking away the soul in music. From his game, the water in the lake “fluttered”. Not paying attention to this, Sadko goes back to the city.

Soon the story repeats itself. Sadko again is not invited to the feast – once, another, third. He again goes to the Ilmen-lake, again sits down on the fuel stone and begins to play. And again the water in the lake wavers, something foreshadowing.

When Sadko comes to Ilmen-lake for the third time, a miracle happens.

After his play, the water moves apart on the harp, and the sea king himself shows himself from the abyss of the lake, who addresses the hero with the following words: “Well, you, Sadko Novgorod! / I do not know what will be your welcome / For your joy for greatness, / Al countless gold treasury? .. “

The sea tsar gives Sadko advice: to fight with the merchants that he will fish in the lake – gold feathers. The king promises to throw these fish into the net to Sadko.

At the next feast the musician follows this advice. In the circle of heavily drunken merchants, he proposes a dispute, showing off that he knows “a miracle wonderful in Ilmen-Lake.” He offers his rivals who laugh at his stories: “Let’s strike a big mortgage: / I’ll lay my storm on my head, / And you patch the shops of the goods of red.”

Three of the merchants agree. The dispute ends in the complete victory of Sadko. Throwing the net three times, he pulls out three goldfish. The merchants give him three expensive merchandise.

From this moment Sadko begins to grow rich rapidly.

He becomes a successful merchant, receives “great profits”. His life is changing, he is overgrown with luxury, giving free rein to his whimsical fantasy. In his white-stone chambers Sadko arranges “everything in heavenly”: “In the sky the sun and in the chambers the sun, / In the sky a month and in the wards a month, / In the sky of the star and in the chambers of the star.”

He asked a rich feast, which invited the most famous Novgorod citizens. At the feast, everyone eats, gets drunk and begins to boast to each other – who is valiantly removed, who is countless treasury, who is a good horse, who is a noble family, who is a beautiful wife. Sadko keeps silence for the time being. Guests are finally wondering why the owner does not “boast” of anything. Sadko’s important answer is that his superiority is now too obvious to run into a dispute. And in proof of his power he claims that he is able to buy up all the Novgorod goods.

He does not have time to say this, as all guests strike him “oh great mortgage,” offended by so exorbitant pride. They decide that if Sadko does not keep his word, he will give thirty thousand rubles to the merchants.

The next day Sadko wakes up at dawn, wakes up his brave squad, gives each volunteer a lot of money and one single instruction: to go to the trading rows and buy everything in a row. He himself also goes to the drawing room, where he buys everything indiscriminately.

The next morning the hero again gets up early and again wakes up the squad. In the trading and living rooms, they find the goods twice as good as before and again buy everything that comes to hand. Stalls and rubble are emptying – but only until the new day. In the morning Sadko and his warriors see an even greater abundance of goods – now here three times, and not twice as much as before!

Sadko has nothing left to think about. He understands that it is not in his power to pick up goods in this wonderful trading city, he admits that overseas goods will also arrive in time for goods from Moscow. And no matter how rich the merchant is, glorious Novgorod will be richer than anyone. So a vain hero gets a good lesson on time. After losing Sadko humbly gives rivals thirty thousand, and for the remaining money he builds thirty ships.

Now Sadko is a gambling and a bold one who decides to see the world. Through the Volkhov, Ladoga and the Neva, he goes into the open sea, then turns to the south and swims to the possessions of the Golden Horde. There, he successfully sells the goods he has seized with him, and as a result his wealth is multiplied again. Sadko pours in the barrels of gold and silver and turns the ships back to Novgorod.

On the way back the caravan of ships gets into a terrible storm. Waves beat the ships, the wind tears the sails. Sadko understands that this is his old acquaintance – a sea king who has not been paid tribute for a long time. The merchant appeals to his squadron with an order to throw a barrel of silver into the sea. But the element does not calm down. Ships because of the storm can not get out of the way. Throw a barrel of gold – the same result. Then Sadko understands: the sea king demands “a living head in the blue sea”. He himself offers to throw his lot to his warriors. They throw twice, and both times the lot falls on Sadko.

And Sadko the merchant gives the last orders, before sinking to the bottom. He bequeaths his estates-to the churches of God, to his young wife and impoverished brethren, and the rest to his brave warriors. Saying goodbye to his comrades, he takes the old lizard goose and remains on the same board on the waves. At the same moment, the storm subsides, the ships break away and disappear in the distance.

Sadko falls asleep on his raft in the middle of the sea. He wakes up in the possessions of the sea king. In the white-stone underwater palace, he meets with the king himself. He does not hide the triumphs: “The century you, Sadko, traveled the sea, / Me, the king, did not pay tribute, / but the non-all came to me in the gift.”

The king asks the guest to play him on the harp. Sadko begins a dance melody: the king, unable to stand, starts to dance, more and more entering into excitement. Sadko plays the day, then the second and third – without a break. The Tsar continues his dance. On the sea from this dance a terrible storm has risen. Many of the ships sank and crashed, flooded the banks and sat down. The people prayed all over to Mikola Mozhaisky. It was he, the saint, who shoved Sadko in the shoulder, silently and severely explaining to the gusliar that it was time to end the dance. Sadko retorted that he had an order and he could not disobey the tsar. “And you punch up the strings,” the gray-haired old man taught him. And he also gave such advice. If the sea king orders to marry, do not argue with him. But from the hundreds of proposed brides choose the most recent – Chernavushka. Yes, on the wedding night not to commit fornication with her, or he will forever be left at the bottom of the sea.

And in one movement Sadko breaks the coveted strings and breaks his favorite harp. The storm subsides. Grateful for the music, the sea king offers Sadko to choose a bride. Early in the morning, Sadko goes to the bride. He sees three hundred written beauties thrice, but misses them all. Behind everyone goes, lowering his eyes, the girl Chernavushka. Her Sadko also calls his tutelage. After the wedding feast they remain alone, but Sadko does not touch his wife. He falls asleep beside Chernavushka, and waking up, discovers that he is in Novgorod, on the steep bank of the river Chernavi. On the Volkhov he sees his suitable purposeful ships. There his wife and his team remember Sadko. They do not believe their eyes when they see him alive, meeting them in Novgorod.

He embraces his wife, then greets his friends. Unloads its wealth from the ships. And he builds the cathedral church of Nikolai Mozhaisky – as his holy one asked about it.

Since then, “Sadko did not go any more on the blue sea, / began to live Sadko in Novi Grad.”

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Bylina “Sadko” in brief summary