Friday, 7 April 2017

F is for... Father Frost

The character of Father Frost appears in the tale 'The Story of King Frost'; a traditional Russian fairy tale collected by Alexander Afanasyev.

This chilly tale tells of an old woman who has two daughters. One of them is her own daughter by blood, whom shes loves very, very much. The other is her step-daughter, whom she hates passionately.
One very icy day the woman orders her husband to take her step-daughter out into the winter fields and leave her there to die.
Of course he obeys, because fathers always seem to be especially useless in fairy tales.
So the poor girl is led out into the snow, and left all alone with nothing but the very thin clothes she is wearing.
After some time has passed Father Frost (also known as Morozko) turns up and finds the girl sitting in the snow. 
She is very polite and kind to him despite being frightened and freezing cold. In return for her kindness Father Frost gives the girl a chest full of riches and some beautiful, warm clothes.

Back at home, the old woman sends her husband out again to bring back the girls dead, frozen body so that she can be buried (nice of her, huh?).
When her husband brings back her step-daughter still alive and happy, the old woman is shocked and furious. She becomes even more enraged when she sees the presents that were given to the girl by Father Frost.
Sure that if Father Frost met her own blood-daughter he would bestow even finer gifts, she orders her husband to take the other daughter out into the winter fields and leave her there.
The husband obeys yet again, because apparently he has no backbone or sense.
This time when Father Frost shows up, the second daughter is extremely rude to him. Offended, Father Frost freezes the girl to death and leaves her there.
The husband goes out again to bring back the girl and all the gifts the old woman is expecting to recieve, but instead brings back a poor, frozen dead body.
The old woman breaks down into tears.

The moral of the story?

  • Fathers are generally useless. (At least fairy tales ones anyway)
  • If you're polite people give you pretty things.
  • Never anger an ice spirit unless you want to be turned into a popsicle.

Books containing Father Frost:


  1. I like that you have to be nice and get nice things. It's good karma.
    I have The Bear and The Nigthingale on my TBR pile. Are you going to read it too?

    1. I've already read it and thought it was wonderful!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

  2. Haha :D I actually collected some stories in last year's A to Z about good father figures... since they are so rare.
    I do love this story. After Rise of the Guardians came out, I sometimes told it with Jack Frost. Kids loved it :D

    The Multicolored Diary: WTF - Weird Things in Folktales

  3. this has the kind of the same old theme - good prevails and evil doesn't, that kind of thing. but I find the third moral pretty funny & very honest - be nice or else turn into a popsicle.

    have a lovely day.

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  4. You forgot the other moral from many many folk tales: fathers are useless, but mothers are evil!
    A-Z of Printmakers

  5. If only life were that simple eh? Nice girls would come out on top and rude ones be turned into popsicles!

  6. I haven't read that story before, but I know one with a similar motif of the good, downtrodden daughter and the spoilt one.
    Loved the post,
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - Dragon Diaries

  7. I don't want to turn into a Popsicle! I've never heard this story before, so it's good to know... be polite, be polite, be polite!

    Trudy @ Reel Focus
    Food in Film: Fried Green Tomatoes

  8. Love the morals of the story, especially the last one! Makes the ones in my theme look tame by comparison... :P

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  9. I like your take on this old story and those are some interesting things to learn from this story :)

  10. The father (you are right) had zero backbone. Maybe that was the lesson intended, as a warning to fathers. I hope some listened!

    "Female Scientists Before Our Time"

  11. Lol. Your summary of morals is amusing... and probably quite right.