The last post was about that classic Russian story: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. In which a simple man, much maligned for his simplicity, goes out to prove he is more capable than his brothers.
Archetypes fill stories. This one is no less full of them, a greedy Tsar, a beautiful daughter and unlikely companions. And like many tales this one also has the ancient one. Sometimes an old woman, sometimes a man. Scorn them at your peril for they usually hold the key to wisdom.