Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
*Dnieper (DNYEH-pehr). Major river of the steppe, upon the western bank of which Kiev is built, where Ruslan fights his rival Rogdai, whom he defeats and throws into the water to drown and be taken by the river-maiden, a Russian folk spirit.
Midnight Mountains. Fictional stronghold of the evil wizard Chornomor. Perhaps inspired by travelers’ stories of the Caucasus Mountains and their proud tribes, these fairy-tale mountains are full of perils, including a deadly dragon and a magical dwarf with superhuman strength. The tower of the sorcerer Chernomor is filled with magical delights, but the people within are slaves, whom he has captured through guile.