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Count Nikolai Ilyich Rostov (Николай Ильич Ростов Nikolaj Il'ič Rostov) is a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace.

Brief background[edit]

Count Nikolai is the brother of Vera Rostova, Natasha Rostova and Petya Rostov. At the start of the novel, Nikolai is aged 20 and a university student. He gives up his studies in a zealous desire to serve his country as a Hussar in the fight against Napoleon's French invading forces. He dreams of manly success and glory in battle, although these dreams are somewhat undermined after he falls and is injured in a battle. Nikolai is initially easily influenced and acts out of emotional responses; unlike his childhood friend, the social climber Boris Drubetskoy, to whom Dimitri Pisarev regards Nikolai "as the complete antithesis.[1] He refuses to use his family's contacts to improve his rank in the army, and comes under the influence of the psychopathic Dolokhov, losing large amounts of money to him at cards. Nikolai promises to marry his cousin Sonya but on his first leave home he pays no attention to her, and regularly goes to visit a courtesan. When Nikolai's friend Dolokhov proposes to Sonya and is rejected, Nikolai is easily led to financial ruin and social humiliation by Dolokhov, who manipulates him into again losing a vast sum at cards. Despite Sonya's rejection of Dolokhov, Nikolai later rejects her to marry the rich but plain heiress Princess Maria.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A. V. Knowles, Leo Tolstoy: The Critical Heritage (Routledge, 1997), 114.

External links[edit]

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Radio Times

Radio Times
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:00:00 -0800

Also starring is Stephen Rea as Prince Vassily Kuragin and Adrian Edmondson and Greta Scacchi as Count and Countess Rostov. The Tunnel's Jack Lowden plays Nikolai Rostov, The Musketeers' Tom Burke is Dolokhov, with Mr Selfridge's Aisling Loftus ...
RBTH (blog)
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 02:10:07 -0800

En Nikolai Rostov aparece reflejado en gran medida su propio padre, Nikolai Tolstói, héroe de la Guerra civil de 1812 y teniente coronel del regimiento Pavlogralski (misma denominación con que figura dicho regimiento en la novela); y María Bolkónskaya ...

Screen International

Screen International
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:52:30 -0700

He is also set to star in Assassin's Creed. Jack Lowden shot War And Peace for BBC 1 where he played Nikolai Rostov opposite Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton. He has shot the role of Tommy in the feature Tommy's Honour opposite Peter Mullan, ...


Sun, 28 Dec 2014 06:44:09 -0800

Also in the cast are Stephen Rea (“The Shadow Line”) as Prince Vassily Kuragin, Ade Edmondson (“Blood”) and Greta Scacchi (“Brideshead Revisited”) as Count and Countess Rostov; as well as Jack Lowden (“The Tunnel”) as Nikolai Rostov, Tom Burke ...
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:45:00 -0800

Witness Nikolai Rostov's fearsome pursuit of a French soldier and his realisation that his 'enemy' is just another human being like him. Take a bite out of any chunk of the novel and the juices of compassion seep out like… Actually, this is not a good ...


Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:56:15 -0800

... Blood) and Greta Scacchi (The Falling, Brideshead Revisited) as Count and Countess Rostov; as well as Jack Lowden (The Passing Bells, The Tunnel) as Nikolai Rostov, Tom Burke (The Musketeers, The Hour) as Dolokhov and Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, ...

Toronto Star

Toronto Star
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:56:15 -0700

Kaufman's other favourite is Nikolai Rostov, the eldest son of Count Ilya Rostov, one of Moscow's leading noblemen. Rostov is impetuous and hot-headed, keen to join the hussars to fight the invading French. Kaufman is seduced by Rostov's ability to ...

BBC News

BBC News
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:50:10 -0800

Adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. Two aristocratic Russian families face conflict and upheaval as the nation prepares itself for a huge invasion by Napoleon's forces. Count Pierre Bezhukov, an intellectual and a pacifist, is in love with the ...

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