"Many heroines in Russian fairy tales are named Vasilisa."

Aleksandr Nikolayevich Afanasyev, the Russian counterpart to the Brothers Grimm, published an immense eight-volume collection of Russian fairy tales by the name of Narodnye russkie skazki between 1855 and 1863.

He recorded several different stories involving heroines by the name of Vasilisa.

In all of them, the character is an enterprising young lady who never waits around to be rescued. She utilizes her intelligence to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks and is, in fact, usually the one providing the hero with much-needed assistance!

Follow the links below to read a few of these fairy tales in their entirety:

Vasilisa outside Baba Yaga's hut in
Public DomainVasilisa outside Baba Yaga's hut in "Vasilisa the Beautiful" - Credit: Ivan Yaklovlevich Bilibin


Vasilisa the Beautiful

Vasilisa the Priest's Daughter

The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa

The Frog Princess

The Sea King and Vasilisa the Wise