Fair Queen, the answer has always been you, but now the Princess is the fairest in the land.
Magic Mirror, who is the fairest in the land?
The Tale of the Dead Princess - & the 7 Bogatyrs The widowed Tzar married a very beautiful and jealous woman. The Tzar had one daughter, the princess from his first marriage.
Oh thank goodness! I've been wondering forever!
She's so beautiful...
Fair Maiden, if you are lost you can stay here with us!
After the magic mirror told the Queen she was no longer the most beautiful, the queen ordered the chambermaid to take the princess into the woods and abandon her there.
Here Deary, eat this delicious apple!
The princess wondered deep into the woods and came across a small cottage. She was dreaming the whole time about Prince Elisey, that she was engaged too.
4 Quarters of the earth, where is she? Sun? Moon? Wind?
In the cottage lived seven bogatyrs (knights) and they invited her to stay in the cottage.
Seven Bogatyr's cottage
The magic mirror told the Queen the princess was still the fairest, so the Queen sent the chambermaid to poison the princess dressed as an old beggar woman. The princess's dog tried to warn her of the poison and was also killed.
"bark"..."bark".... no! don't eat that!!
When Elisey found her he sobbed. He was so angry he hit the glass coffin and she came to life. They returned home and the queen died of rage, but the two got married and lived happily ever after.