llya Muromets-the most notorious of the legendary bogatyrs!
But was he real or just a fairy-tale?
According to legend, Ilya Muromets was born near the city of Murom in the village of Morivsk in Karacharovo. Ilya was plagued from birth with a severe disability; he could not walk. He would spend his days lying on a Russian oven, called a pechka. But at the age of thirty three, two pilgrims visited him and miraculously healed him from his aliment. Ilya then sets out to Kiev to become a bogatyr under Prince Vladimir. While travelling, he meets an old giant knight named Svyatogor. Svyatogor dies soon after and gives Ilya some of his super-strength.