Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a short story in The
Jungle Book (1894)
by Rudyard Kipling about the adventures of a valiant
The story is a
favorite of Kipling fans and is notable for its frightening and serious tone.
Some epic features (heightened prosaic style, songs to the hero) add to the
standard typology of hero defeating villain. It has often been anthologised
and has also been published more than once as a short book in its own right.