These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Northland Series
Alternative Character Interpretation: Does Koschei actually love Laika? He seems to respect her, he never rapes her (though that isn't really his style in mythology anyway), and he helps the good guys in the final battle, even though the Directions can't force him to.