‘I’m Rumbling Thunder! I’ll tumble you under! I’m Bear Thicklegs!’
Illustration for The Castle of the Fly
, from Myths and Legends of Russia
, collected by Aleksandr Afanas'ev and translated by Norbert Guterman; published by The Folio Society: [link]
I found this short tale irresistible to illustrate. A fly builds a castle in which he is joined respectively by a louse, a flea, a mosquito, a mouse, a lizard, a fox, a hare and a wolf. The tale ends abruptly with the arrival of the bear, who promptly smashes the castle asunder.
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