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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, who writer Dimitri Pisarev regarded "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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The Southern Reporter

The Southern Reporter
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:37:30 -0800

The 25-year-old from Oxton has received rave reviews for his portrayal of Nikolai Rostov in Andrew Davies' adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace, which concluded its six-episode run on BBC1 on Sunday evening. In the costume drama, which is being tipped ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Mon, 04 Jan 2016 18:08:44 -0800

One wrote on social media: '15 mins into #WarAndPeace and I'm not really having aristocratic Russians with British accents to be honest...' while another added: 'War And Peace, demonstrating Americans trying to use British accents to portray Russians...'.

Marie Claire.co.uk

Marie Claire.co.uk
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:34:08 -0800

Fickle, brattish, spoiled, Nikolai Rostov (played by Jack Lowden) spent most of the series using his poor cousin Sonya's heart like a stress ball. He'd make soppy moon eyes across the drawing room at her, draw her into corridors and tell her they'd be ...

World Socialist Web Site

World Socialist Web Site
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:37:30 -0800

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Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:18:45 -0800

... Count Rostov (Adrian Edmonson), and a couple of marriages with Pierre Bezukhov (Paul Dano) and Natasha Rostova (Lily James) finally getting together and Nikolai Rostov (Jack Lowden) and Marya Bolkonskaya (Jessie Buckley) eventually tying the knot.


Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:41:15 -0800

In the opening episode, viewers gasped as Nikolai Rostov (Jack Lowden) rode into battle for the Russian army against Napoleon's troops on a white charger, before a bullet sent both horse and rider crashing to the battlefield floor. Director Tom Harper ...

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:00:13 -0800

Master of destruction: Matthieu Kassovitz as Napoleon. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/BBC. What's that? Nikolai Rostov is passing by a country estate and it just happens to be where Princess Marya is? And what's this? Nikolai has gone to Voronezh and ...

Scottish Daily Record

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:29:48 -0800

Jack Lowden , 25, stars as Russian Nikolai Rostov, who goes to fight France in the Napoleonic Wars. His role in the adaptation of Tolstoy's epic novel is just the latest in a list of top performances for the actor. In 2014 he won an Olivier Award for ...

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