Characters Adapted from Other Works
First Appearance: Tales of Baba Yaga
Creator: Russian folklore, transcribed by Alexander Afanasyev
Nationality: Russia
Species: Hedgehog, formerly a human
Occupation: Prince
Appearing in:

"Slue-Foot Sue and the Witch in the Woods"
by Laura Frankos

Fantasy Pastiche
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Birth: 19th century
House: Romanov

In Russian folklore, Prince Dmitri is captured and transformed into a hedgehog by the witch Baba Yaga, and later works together with a pure-hearted heroine to escape, although the precise details vary from telling to telling.

Dmitri Romanov in "Slue-Foot Sue and the Witch in the Woods"[]

Dmitri Romanov was a Russian prince who was captured and transformed into a hedgehog by the witch Baba Yaga. One day, the American adventuress Slue-foot Sue arrived by accident in Baba Yaga's neighborhood. Although Sue seemed to be winning Baba Yaga's contest of magical strength, Dmitri knew that the witch would never keep her promise to help the lost American return to Texas. He approached Sue and warned her that Baba Yaga was planning her death. When Sue was confused by the presence of a talking hedgehog, Dmitri explained his status as an enchanted prince. Sue said that his being a kindly soul was good enough, which caused Dmitri to wonder why she had mistaken him for a Gudenov rather than a Romanov. Dmitri instructed Sue how to win the obedience of the sentient izbushka where Baba Yaga lived, and they fled to Ukraine, where Sue deposited Dmitri at the Great Gate of Kiev as he had requested.[1]


  1. Did You Say Chicks?! pgs. 26-29.