The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish

After taking this photo I thought about this old Russian tale about Fisherman and the Golden Fish. Alexander Pushkin wrote it for all of us to enjoy and it even been animated. Here is link to old Russian animation of this story. I grew up knowing this story, so I asked my wife if she knows it as well and she did not. So I guess since Disney didn’t adopt it, most folks growing up here would never hear about it.

The main moral of this tale is that greed will get you nothing. The old wife of the fisherman learned that he cached and released a gold fish. He released it when the fish spoke to him in human voice and pleaded for her life in exchange for any gift he wanted. The old man didn’t want any gift and he released the fish. His wife had different idea, she wanted new things, new washing machine at first, then better house, then a palace, then to be the queen and finally to be the most powerful queen of the entire ocean, including the golden fish. You can guess how the story ends.

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59 thoughts on “The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish

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  1. Hi,
    A very nice photo, beautiful grounds, and I love the architecture of the building a lot of work went into it, it is stunning. 🙂

  2. Awesome! Perfect caption for your fairytale image 🙂 We have a woodcutter and axe version of the same story here in India 🙂

  3. What a dynamite photo, which I might add fits perfect with the fairy tale you outlined … the only thing missing here is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (not really a part of the fairy tale, but should be included with the rainbow 😉 )! I see, you did include the fish … Great post! 🙂

    1. yes, it is Biltmore House in Asheville NC. More photos from that night are coming soon. I processed a few of them at the same time and will publish over the next week or so.

  4. Thank you for posting the link to that incredible animation; I love this story and have an old illustrated book from Soviet Russia, that I’ve had since childhood – it brings back many fond memories!

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