Morozko

Morozko

Father Frost

Origin: Russia

Morozko is responsible for the ferocity of Russian winters. Whatever he touches with his staff instantly freezes. Morozko can raise or lower the temperature and cause snow to fall. His daughter is the Snow Queen.

In a famous Russian fairy tale, a step-mother sends her step-daughter out into the forest at night, assuming that Morozko in the guise of freezing weather will kill the girl. Morozko does find the girl, but when he inquires whether she’s cold, the girl answers so politely and bravely that even his cold heart is touched. Father Frost makes her a fire and sends her home with gifts the next morning. The step-mother then sends her own daughter out into the woods at night, presuming that she’ll come home with valuable gifts, too. The spoiled girl whines and complains to Father Frost, who lets her freeze to death.

Morozko is petitioned for snow and for safety from snow.

The 1966 Russian film Morozko features a kinder, gentler Father Frost. He doesn’t kill the step-sister, only humiliates her.

Manifestation: Morozko signals his presence with the abrupt sound of ice cracking or trees snapping from the weight of snow.

Attribute: An icy scepter; anyone who touches his scepter instantly falls asleep and will allegedly never awake.

Judika Illes
From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.