Vol. 14 (2020): XIV International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : The Silk Road Countries` Folklore
Folklore and Literary Text

For folkloric basis of “Hermit” by Ilia Chavchavadze

Eka Vardoshvili
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Published 2020-10-20


  • Folkloric,
  • Basis,
  • Poem


Ilia Chavchavadze wrote “Hermit” in 1882-1883. In 1883 it was published complete in “Iveria”. However, during working he changed the title three times and finally named it “Hermit” – Legend. With this subtitle Ilia points out that the basis of the poem is to be sought in folklore and folkloric sources and not in European literature. However, we think that Western European literature may be a source of some impetus.

There is some conformity between narrations of Mokhevis and Ilia’s poem.

Ilia had a close contact with Khevi. The folkloric legend of Khevi became the basis for a difficult poem, such as “Hermit”.