Ilya Muromets and Yegor-Svyatogor
Illustration by Ivan Bilibin
In this sumptuous illustration, Bilibin depicts a scene from the bylina (Russian oral tradition) known as 'Ilya Murumets
Yegor-Svyatogor, like Ilya Muromets, is a mythical bogatyr (medieval Knight of the Kievan Rus).
The tale tells of how Ilya set off to challenge Svyatogor soon after being made a bogatyr by Prince Vladimir the Fair Sun.
Despite warnings from pilgrims, Ilya is determined to meet Svyatogor and, on the road, he finds a giant asleep on a giant
horse. Striking at the giant with his mace, Ilya only manages to be caught and put in the giant's pocket - all while the
giant remains asleep. Upon the giant waking, Ilya introduces himself and learns that his captor is Svyatogor. The two
become friends and journey onwards together before they arrive at a giant stone coffin (both have a premonition that
it is for Svyatogor). The premonitions come true, but before being sealed in the coffin for eternity, Svyatogor passes part
of his strength to Ilya through his final breath.
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Code: IB IMYS C1 SGC
Detail (for reference)