Koschei the Deathless
A demon of Russian folklore. This horrid monster is described
as having a death’s-head and a fleshless skeleton
‘‘through which is seen the black blood flowing and the yellow
heart beating.’’ Koschei is armed with an iron club, with which
he knocks down all who come into his path. In spite of his ugliness
he is said to be a great admirer of young girls and women.
He is avaricious, hates old and young alike, particularly those
who are fortunate. His dwelling is among the mountains of the
Koskels and the Caucasus, where his treasure is concealed.
Sources
Ralston, W. R. S. Russian Folk-Tales. 1873. Reprint, New
York Arno Press, 1977.

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