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Little Red Riding Hood

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Author: This is the story of a girl and a wolf.

Chorus: Good girl, good little girl;

Bad wolf, big, bad wolf;

Good little, good little, good little girl,

Author: This is the story of a good little girl,

Chorus: Good little, good little, good little girl.

Author: This is the story of the good little girl

Who listened to her mother

Most of the time.

Chorus: Good girl, good little girl,

She listened to her mother

Most of the time.

Author: This is the story of a girl and a wolf.

And they called her Little Red Riding Hood.

Chorus: Little Red, Little Red Riding Hood;

Little Red, Little Red Riding Hood.

How did she ever get a name like that?

Author: Like what?

Chorus: Like Little Red Riding Hood.

How did she ever get a name like that?

Author: She always wore a hood on her head,

A Little Red Riding Hood.

Her Granny made it for her

And she wore it all the time.

Little Red Riding Hood was a good little girl

Most of the time.

Chorus: Good girl, good little girl,

She listened to her mother

Most of the time.

Author: Her mama said, “Go” – she went,

Her mama said, “Stay” – she stayed,

Her mama said, “Sit” – she sat,

Her mama said, “Play” – she played.

Chorus: Her mama said, “Go” – she went,

Her mama said, “Stay” – she stayed,

Her mama said, “Sit” – she sat,

Her mama said, “Play” – she played.

Author: Little Red Riding Hood was a good little girl

Most of the time.

Chorus: Was she good?

Author: Yes, she was.

Chorus: Was she very good?

Author: Yes, she was.

Chorus: Did she listen to her mother?

Author: Yes, she did.

Chorus: All of the time?

Author: Most of the time.

Little Red Riding Hood was a good little girl

Most of the time.

One morning Little Red Riding Hood was sleeping.

She woke up when she heard her mother’s voice.

Mother: Wake up, wake up, it’s time to get up.

Little Red Riding Hood: M-m- m, something smells like peanut butter,

Something smells like chocolate –

Chocolate peanut butter cookies,

Chocolate peanut butter cookies!

Mother: Please, sit down,

Eat your breakfast.

These cookies are for Granny.

She’s home alone

And sick in bed.

Please, visit her this morning.

Chorus: For Granny – what a shame,

Home alone and sick in bed,

For Granny – what a shame,

Home alone and sick in bed.

Little Red Riding Hood: For Granny. All alone –

Of course, I’ll go to see her.

Mother: Now, Little Red Riding Hood, please, sit down

And listen to me carefully.

Little Red Riding Hood: Yes, mama, I‘m listening.

Mother: Go straight to Granny’s house.

Little Red Riding Hood: Yes, mama, I will.

Mama: Don’t stop along the way.

Little Red Riding Hood: No, mama, I won’t.

Mother: Don’t talk to strangers.

Little Red Riding Hood: No, mama, I won’t.

Mother: Be very careful.

Little Red Riding Hood: Oh, mama, I will.

Author: So, Little Red Riding Hood kissed her mother good-bye.

She took the basket of cookies

And walked along the path in the woods to Granny’s house.

She was keeping along happily

When suddenly a big wolf came out of the woods.

Chorus: Watch out of the wolf, watch out, watch out!

Watch out of the wolf, watch out!

The wolf is big, the wolf is bad,

Watch out of the wolf, watch out!

Author: But Little Red Riding Hood forgot everything her mother said about not talking to strangers.

When the wolf spoke to her, she spoke right back.

Wolf: Good morning, my dear. How are you this morning?

Little Red Riding Hood: I’m fine, thank you. How are you?

Wolf: Just fine, my dear. What’s your name?

Chorus: Don’t tell, don’t tell: mama told you not to tell!

Mama told you not to tell and not to talk to strangers.

Little Red Riding Hood: My name is Little Red Riding Hood.

Wolf: I’m very happy to meet you.

I’ve heard so many nice things about you.

Little Red Riding Hood: You have?

Wolf: Oh, yes. Everyone says you’re a good little girl.

Little Red Riding Hood: They do? Thank you very much. You’re very kind.

Wolf: What’s that smell?

Chorus: Don’t tell, don’t tell!

Wolf: What’s that smell? What’s that smell? Do I smell cookies?

Little Red Riding Hood: Yes, you do – chocolate peanut butter cookies,

Mama made them for Granny.

She’s home alone and sick in bed.

I’m on my way to see her.

Chorus: Home alone and sick in bed,

Mama told you not to tell.

Wolf: What a nice little girl.

Where does Granny live?

Is it far from here?

Chorus: Don’t tell, don’t tell: mama told you not to tell!

Little Red Riding Hood: Granny lives in a little pink house,

The little pink house at the end of this path.

Wolf: I know the house. I have an idea – look over here.

Look at the flowers. Why don’t you pick them for Granny?

Stop for a while, stop for a while. Pick some flowers for your Granny.

Little Red Riding Hood: What a good idea!

Chorus: Don’t stop; don’t stop, mama told you not to stop,

Mama told you not to stop and not to talk to strangers.

Author: Little Red Riding Hood thought the wolf’s idea was just fine.

She stopped and picked the flowers while the wolf ran as fast as he could to Granny’s house.

He knocked three times on the little front door. (—)

Granny: Yes? Who’s there?

Wolf: It’s me, your Little Red Riding Hood with a basket of cookies from mama.

Granny: Come in, my dear, come in.

Come in and see your Granny.

Author: So, the big bad wolf opened the door, found old Granny sick in bed and gobbled her up in one big

bite. Then he went to the closet and put on some of Granny’s clothes. The big bad wolf climbed

into bed to wait for Little Red Riding Hood. He pulled the covers up around his chin, and sat, and

waited, and sat, and waited.

Wolf: Where is that girl? What’s the matter with her?

Author: He didn’t have to wait very long. In a few moments he heard Little Red Riding Hood knock at the door. (—)

Little Red Riding Hood: Yoo-hoo, Granny, it’s me. It’s me, Little Red Riding Hood.

Wolf: Come in, my dear, come in.

Come in and see your Granny.

Little Red Riding Hood: Where are you, Granny?

Wolf: I’m here, in bed.

Come in, my dear. Come in and let me see you.

Chorus: Oh, no! Don’t go! ‘tis not Granny, don’t go!

Author: Little Red Riding Hood walked into the bedroom with her arms full of cookies and flowers.

She stopped when she saw the wolf in bed.

Wolf: Come here, my dear.

Chorus: Look at those ears!

Wolf: Here, near your Granny.

Little Red Riding Hood: Oh, Granny, what big ears you have!

Wolf: The better to hear you with.

Come here, my dear!

Chorus: Look at those eyes!

Wolf: Here, near your Granny.

Little Red Riding Hood: Oh, Granny, what big eyes you have!

Wolf: The better to see you with.

Come here, my dear!

Chorus: Look at those teeth!

Wolf: Here, near your Granny.

Little Red Riding Hood: Oh, Granny, what big teeth you have!

Wolf: The better to eat you with!

Author: And just as he spoke, the wolf jumped up and gobbled Little Red Riding Hood up in one big bite.

Chorus: Oh, no! Oh, no! We told you so! We told you so!

Author: Now, the wolf was full. So, he climbed back into Granny’s bed and fell fast asleep.

Then he began to snore. He snored louder and louder.

A friendly hunter walking by the house heard the noise and stopped.

Hunter: What’s that sound?

I’ll stop and see

Author: The hunter knocked (—) but no one answered.

He opened the door and went in.

He heard someone snoring in Granny’s bedroom,

So, he peeped into the bedroom

And saw the big bad wolf in Granny’s bed.

Hunter: Look at that wolf in Granny’s bed!

I think he gobbled her up.

Author: The hunter cut a hole in the wolf’s stomach.

To his great surprise out popped Little Red Riding Hood.

The wolf didn’t even wake up. He just thought he was having a very bad dream.

Hunter: Good heavens! Who are you?

Little Red Riding Hood: I’m Little Red Riding Hood.

Hunter: But where’s your Granny?

Granny: Here I am.

Author: And out climbed Granny, tired but happy.

Little Red Riding Hood, Granny: Oh, my! What a day!

Little Red Riding Hood: Quick! Quick!

Let’s put some stones inside the wolf.

They will make him heavy, so he can’t get up.

Hunter: Good idea!

Granny: Great idea!

Author: And they filled the wolf’s stomach with heavy stones. He was dreaming a dream about girls and

grannies and when he woke up, he had such a terrible stomachache! He fell right down and died.

Little Red Riding Hood: Is he dead?

Hunter: Oh, yes. Yes, he is. He’s dead

Granny :Are you sure?

Hunter: Oh, yes. Yes, I am. He’s dead. He’s dead. He’s dead. The wolf is dead.

The big bad wolf is dead. Hurrah!

Chorus: He’s dead! He’s dead! The wolf is dead! The big bad wolf is dead! Hurrah!

Author: And this is the end of the story of the girl

Who listened to her mother

Most of the time.

Chorus: Good girl, good little girl

She listened to her mother

Most of the time.

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Красная шапочка и серый волк

(By R. Dahl)

As soon as Wolf began to feel
That he would like a decent meal,
He went and knocked at Grandma’s door.
When Grandma opened it, she saw
The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
And Wolfie said, «May I come in?»
Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
«He’s going to eat me up!» she cried.
And she was absolutely right.
He ate her up in one big bite.
But Grandmamma was small and tough,
And Wolfie wailed, «That’s not enough!»
«I haven’t yet begun to feel
That I have had a decent meal!»
He ran around the kitchen yelping
«I’ve got to have another helping!»
Then added with a frightful leer,
«I’m therefore going to wait right here
Till Little Miss Red Riding Hood
Comes home from walking in the wood.»
He quickly put on Grandma’s clothes,
(Of course he hadn’t eaten those.)
He dressed himself in coat and hat.
He put on shoes and after that
He even brushed and curled his hair,
Then sat himself in Grandma’s chair.
In came the little girl in red.
She stopped. She started. And then she said,
«What great big ears you have, Grandma.»
«All the better to hear you with,» the Wolf replied.
«What great big eyes you have, Grandma,»
said Little Red Riding Hood.
«All the better to see you with,» the Wolf replied.
He sat there watching her and smiled.
He thought, I’m going to eat this child.
Compared with her old Grandmamma
She’s going to taste like caviare.
Then Little Red Riding Hood said, «But, Grandma,
What a lovely great big furry coat you have on.»
«That’s wrong!» cried Wolf. «Have you forgot
To tell me what BIG TEETH I’ve got?
Ah well, no matter what you say,
I’m going to eat you anyway.»
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head
And bang, bang, bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, «Hello, and do please note
My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.»

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Когда захотелось покушать волчаре,
Немного задумался серый вначале,
Но вспомнив, что близко старушка живёт,
Он понял, в ком скоро поживу найдёт.
В старушкину дверь негодяй постучался.
«Войдите!» — в ответ её голос раздался.
Но бабушку ужас мгновенно сковал:
Увидела волка свирепый оскал.
Успела вскричать она только одно:
«Конец мой!» и в обморок рухнула, но
К несчастию, так и случилось потом:
Её проглотил негодяй целиком.
Но волку сухой показалась добыча,
Решил он: «Мне нужно поесть поприличней!
К бабушке внучка с прогулки придёт,
Мне на десерт в самый раз попадёт!»
Быстро накинув одежду старушки,
Лёг на диван, прислонившись к подушке,
И приготовился девочку ждать
(Ведь надоест ей когда-то гулять!)
Вот, наконец, появилась и внучка.
Волк облизнулся: «Хорошая штучка!
Красный, с нашивками комбинезон,
Супер-кроссовки — последний фасон.
Видно, за модой девчонка гонялась,
Мне ж на обед очень кстати попалась!»
Внучка, меж тем, в изумлении встала:
Длинные уши она увидала.
«Бабушка, бабушка, что за беда?
Длинными сделались уши когда?»
Но отвечает злодей лицемерно:
«Внученька, можешь сказать мне, примерно,
Сколько ты новых словечек и фраз
В дом из компаний приносишь за раз?
Чтобы за речью твоей уследить,
Уши свои мне пришлось удлинить!»
Внучку другое теперь удивляет:
«Бабушка, странно и страшно сверкают
Ваши глаза в полумраке ночном.
Может быть, завтра послать за врачом?»
Это услышав, злодей произносит:
«Внученька, где ж допоздна тебя носит?
Ты возвращаться привыкла давно
Только, когда за окошком темно.
Я ж привыкаю ночами не спать,
Внучку мою в темноте различать».
Но у девчонки вторая натура —
— К тряпкам внимание, серую шкуру
Вдруг увидав, принимает за мех,
Что на тусовках приносит успех.
Волк уж, однако, терпенье теряет,
Сладость добычи своей предвкушает.
Встал он с дивана и клацнув зубами,
К ней обратился с такими словами:
«Что же не спросишь, коль я тебе люба,
А для чего мне огромные зубы?
Так уж и быть, объясняю опять:
Чтобы скорее тебя разжевать!»
Но постарались не зря феминистки:
Не допуская дистанции близкой
Оскалила зубы в усмешке девчонка,
Блеснула во рту золотая коронка,
Мелькнул «парабеллум» в девичьей руке —
— Три пули засели у волка в башке!
Недавно в лесу я опять её встретил:
Она проносилась на мотоциклете.
Проехала, пыли подняв облака,
Одетая в куртку из шкуры волка.

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Little Red Riding Hood
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Main subject impostor,
  • cautionary tale
  • fable
Country of origin
  • 10th century
Publication date
  • 1020s (after 1024, disputed, Jan M. Ziolkowski, Marianne Rumpf, De puella a lupellis seruata)
  • 1697 (Le Petit Chaperon rouge)
  • 1812 (Rotkäppchen)
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Little Red Cap: the Fairy Tale, Historic Background, and Symbolic Power

The Little Red Riding Hood story is among the most popular fairy tales in the world. This is a story about the never-ending fight between good and evil, a story about greed and hope, a story about responsibility and second chances . . . Red Riding Hood, or Red Cap, is an old fairy tale, known in many different variations, and each one of them can be interpreted in many different ways.

I invite you to join me on the exciting journey through the deep woods to learn the history of the story of Red Cap and its hidden meanings. We’ll start with the summary of Little Red Riding Hood and see where this brings us. It is one of the most-studied fairy tales, and I can promise you many interesting findings if you don’t stray from the path like she did!

First, let’s see what you already know!

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Once upon a time, there was a little girl. Her grandmother gave her a red riding hood, and the girl loved it so much she wore it all the time—so everybody started to call her Little Red Riding Hood.

One day, her mother told the girl her grandmother had fallen ill. Because she lived alone, deep in the woods, she would probably be happy to get some food and a visit from her granddaughter. Mother gave a basket with food and a bottle of wine to Little Red Riding Hood and told her: «Don’t stray from the path!»

The girl promised but soon forgot about her mother’s warning. After a while, she met a wolf in the woods. He asked her where she was going, and she told him about her granny’s bad health and where she lived. The wolf tricked her into stopping and picking some flowers. She did that, and in the meantime, the wolf ran to the granny’s house.

The wolf, pretending to be the granddaughter, entered the grandmother’s house and ate the lady. Then he dressed in her nightgown and waited for Little Red Riding Hood.

When she came in, the famous dialogue about great arms, great ears, and great teeth followed. After that, the wolf ate the girl and took a nap.

Soon after, a huntsman came by the house and heard snoring. He entered cautiously, saw the sleeping monster in granny’s bed and guessed what happened. Then he opened the sleeping wolf’s stomach with a knife.

Granny and Red Riding Hood came out and helped the huntsman fill the wolf’s stomach with stones. When the wolf woke up, he tried to run away, but the stones were too heavy. He fell down and died. Grandmother, granddaughter, and huntsman lived happily ever after.

Warning: This Happy Ending Isn’t in Every Version of the Tale!

Our short summary is of the Brothers Grimm’s Red Cap, not Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood. Perrault’s is the most popular version of this fairy tale in the world, but many parents still don’t think it is appropriate for today’s children. It is pretty cruel indeed, and a certain percent of kids can have nightmares after hearing or reading this version.

So let’s take a look at Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood (Le Petit Chaperon Rouge)!

What Is Different in Perrault’s Version?

The summary of Red Riding Hood is basically the same in both versions. The main difference is the absence of the hunter in Perrault’s story: In this case, the story ends when the wolf eats the girl. We read only a conclusion in verse saying not to trust strangers.

Well, this is not the only difference! I will present just a few—some may be negligible at first sight, but if we take a few moments to think them over, we’ll notice that every single detail can make a huge difference.

Compare Perrault’s and Grimm’s Red Cap

  1. In the beginning of Perrault’s story, the mother gives the daughter a basket and sends her to her grandmother with the words: «Do not talk to strangers!» The warning about not leaving the path was an addition by the Grimms.
  2. The messages of both fairy tales differ. Perrault warns us not to trust strangers and the Brothers Grimm emphasize how important is to stay on the trail.
  3. The content of the basket is not the same in both cases. Psychoanalysts were especially excited over a bottle of wine added by William Grimm. It is supposed to have a strong symbolic meaning—and we will deal with that later!
  4. Perrault’s Red Riding Hood takes her clothes off and gets into bed with the wolf. The implications are obvious. This version is not appropriate for kids, and it really never was intended for a young audience in the first place. The Grimms’ Red Cap doesn’t do that: She just approaches the wolf and gets eaten.

Now shall we delve into the symbolism of the story?

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Let’s go from top to bottom:

The Hood Covering the Hair

If the girl in the story is wearing a hood (or cap), she is obviously covering her hair. Hair, especially women’s, plays an important role in many cultures in the world. When a girl reaches the age in which she turns into a woman, her hair is considered one of her most powerful tools for attracting the opposite gender. With covering (or cutting) her hair, she sends a message she is not available yet (or anymore).

The Color Red

When the girl gets a hood from her grandmother, we can say the life forces are passing from older (going) to younger (coming) generation. The red color is, of course, the color of life and blood. It can be easily associated with menstrual blood.

The red color of the hood is an invention of Charles Perrault, and we should know that in the 17th century, a decent woman would never wear a red hood because red was the color of sin. Only ladies with really bad reputations wore red dresses, and Perrault’s insinuations were obvious.

The Color Gold (Yes, Gold)

Before the 17th century, the story was already well known. In some versions, the hood wasn’t any particular color, but in some, it was gold. Gold, of course, represents maturity and responsibility and at the end of the day, we can say this is what is Little Red Riding Hood all about.

The Message of Red Cap

Perrault’s «Don’t talk to the strangers!» and the Grimms’ «Don’t stray from the path!» are really two expressions of the same message: «Be responsible, or you shall pay the toll!»

The Forest

In many fairy tales, the main character (the protagonist) must go in the forest. It seems trees are an endless source of inspiration in folklore. There are many speculations why the forest is so important but we can also stick to the obvious: Most people in medieval or pre-medieval times lived near forests. People’s existence have been closely related to the woods for practically forever, but forests also represent unknown, although very serious, danger.

In psychoanalysis, a forest symbolizes unconsciousness. Leonard Lutwack goes even further and labels it as untamed feminine sexuality. Why? The forest is a very fertile place, but it is also wild, uncultivated, and unpredictable. It is not a coincidence that so many popular heroes and heroines (Red Cap, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks) must get lost in the woods just to come back as more responsible (and we can say domesticated) persons. The transformation role of the forest is obvious.

Even if the main character doesn’t enter the woods, something important can happen there. For instance: The name of Rumpelstiltskin is hidden in the woods, and the Goose Girl lost her identity in the forest. In some cases, the forest represents the enemy itself (remember Sleeping Beauty and her rescuers?).

The Basket and the Bottle

What was in Red Riding Hood’s basket? Charles Perrault opted for a cake and butter, while the Brothers Grimm gave her some cakes and a bottle of wine.

Erich Fromm explained the bottle in Red Riding Hood’s basket as a symbol of virginity. The shape of a bottle is phallic, but as a bottle it is also fragile and breakable. In a dream analysis, a bottle can also represent suppression of feelings: Instead of letting them out, they are bottled. The bottle also has to be opened (or broken) to release the trapped spirit. Considering that red wine stands for passion, you might say the case of decoding Little Red Riding Hood is almost closed . . .

Remember: The Symbols (and Their Meanings) Vary

If we want to explore the hidden meanings of fairy tales, we should never forget how they were collected, written, rewritten, and published. Initially, they were oral stories, varying from mouth to mouth, village to village, valley to valley. Collectors were unreliable, always writing and tweaking the material in accordance with their personal beliefs and norms of the society they belong.

For example, the history of Red Cap (this translation is more accurate to Perrault’s or Grimm’s records) clearly shows us bottle of wine is present only in one of the hundreds of known versions. We will never know for sure what the Grimms thought when they incorporated it in the basket, but as Siegmund Freud stated: «Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar.»

Interpretations, Theories, and Analysis

Let’s look at Little Red Riding Hood through these different lenses:

  1. theories about the story’s absent father (where is he, anyway?)
  2. Red Cap as an allegory of resurrection
  3. Red Cap as a story about pregnancy
  4. Red Cap as a story about rape

Theories Behind the Tale’s Absent Father

Everybody familiar with the Brothers Grimm is already aware how many absent fathers are in their fairy tales. We have a missing father in both the Grimms’ and Perrault’s versions of Red Riding Hood.

There are two explanations:

  • The role of the father is played by the huntsman. He saved the girls, defeated the beast, and did what every good father would do. He protects and serves.
  • The other explanation is slightly more complicated. The father of the Red Riding Hood is split into two characters. First is the good, protective, civilized, and already-known huntsman. The second is more primitive, brutal, dangerous . . . in short: male! This is represented by a beast—the wolf.

In both explanations, the father is really not missing; he is just in disguise.

The case of missing father is similar to the role of the stepmother in fairy tales. In a child’s imagination, the confrontation of the huntsman and the wolf is equal to the confrontation of the child and his «bad father» (sooner or later, every child experiences negative emotions towards his father). In this story, the huntsman does the dirty work, so the child doesn’t feel guilt over the killing of the beast. Good defeats evil and everybody is happy. Similarly, the character of the evil stepmother can serve as a punching bag for children redirecting their negative emotions toward their real mothers.

But folklorists have some second thoughts on the theory of absent fathers too. At least, we can easily find older versions of Red Riding Hood with a present father and without a huntsman. In these versions, father kills the beast, but there is one more important difference . . .

An Allegory of Resurrection, Death, and Rebirth

An extremely important part of Little Red Riding Hood is the ending, where the huntsman opens the wolf’s stomach and saves the girl and her granny. This can be explained as an allegory on resurrection in Christianity. Both women died but are saved by a higher power, represented by the huntsman. When Red Riding Hood and her grandmother come out of the stomach, they arere symbolically born again—and we know Perrault and the Grimms were zealous Christians.

But then again, we must not forget the old, pre-Christian myth about Chronos, in which this kind of ‘rebirth’ also occurred. If we ask mythologists, the story clearly reflects the never-ending game of day and night. Red Cap (it was gold in some older versions, remember?) represents the sun, swallowed by night and later coming back to bring the light to the world again.

Consider the time when Red Cap was first written (the 17th century). There was probably an already-present fear of werewolves. At least two dangers can be joined in a wolf: a magic werewolf as a predator from the woods and a greedy male as a predator in society.

Red Riding Hood Is a Story About Pregnancy (At Least Freud Thought So)

Religions, myths, and psychoanalysis can agree on one thing: Pregnant women have had a special position through all history of humankind. They are bringing new life to this world, but they are also in danger of dying at delivery. A pregnant woman is still a taboo in many societies.

Whether we understand the act of opening wolf’s stomach as resurrection, sunrise, or birth, we can also agree this is a very important moment. Maybe too important to be assisted by anybody, and in this case, the huntsmen looks like greater authority than a father. If we look at the older versions, where the saving was done by the father, it was not done by opening the stomach, but with cutting the wolf’s head!

This supports theories by mythologists (we know some Greek gods were born out of heads) and is also in favor of psychoanalysts’ interpretations, because the pregnant woman is in some cultures considered as a sacred object and her belly should not be touched by man.

A Feminist View: Red Riding Hood as a Story About Rape

The 20th century brought another interpretation of this (probably) most-interpreted fairy tale of all. Feminists see a clear case of rape in the story of the Little Red Riding Hood. The aggressive and active male is preying on passive heroine and her granny. He is, in the end, defeated by another aggressive and active male. Case closed.

Well, not so fast. Feminists have some good points, but we should not forget we are really talking only about two versions of Red Riding Hood here. Both were written at specific times by specific members of society with their own beliefs about roles of genders. The passive heroine and the powerless old lady fit well into their views of the world in the 17th or 19th centuries.

But there are other versions of Red Hoods out there, some from before and many from after the 17th or 19th century. There are Red Caps who defeated the wolf with their ingenuity, deceitfulness, or even their own shotguns! So much for the passive role. And there are also variations of Red Riding Hood in which the main role is played by a boy . . .

A Final Word

In exploring different versions and possible hidden meanings in Little Red Riding Hood, we encounter many possibilities, but the essence of the fairy tale still escapes the rational explanation.

The symbolism of Red Riding Hood is one of the richest of all classic fairy tales. This is one of the main reasons for its popularity. It is undeniably a great fairy tale with dozens of undertones, but sometimes its symbols are more coincidental than a product of collective mind or something similar.

Does that mean our journey into the history of Red Riding Hood was a waste of time? Certainly not. With every fairy tale explored, we always learn something new about our world, our history, and ourselves. Thanks for accompanying me!

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I think that you completely ruined this story for many people including the children. LRRH is supposed to be a simple cautionary tale and by giving all these theories and myths you ruined childhood memories and made it more complex and disturbing for children. I believe this article should be taken down!

dont ask who joe is


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7 months ago from Ljubljana

Hi, Merie, sorry for my late response, I was busy in ‘real’ life. I am the author. How can I help you?


Who is the author of this article?


Daniel Kelly

An excellent analysis Tolovaj, hope it’s okay but i’ve linked to it for my ballad about the story.

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19 months ago from Ljubljana

Yes, it’s partially true. There are many ways to interpret them. Caution is definitely one of them. Thanks, Red Gibson, for stopping by.

Red Gibson

I think that many fairy tales were advice to children disguised as bedtime stories: Beware of things you’re not sure about.




how about a new version where wolf actually likes riding hood and that is why he stalked her? but turns out wrong which ends up in murder and suicide. and the hunter is riding hood father who got angry and went to revenge at wolf? while the mother doesn’t hear any news until a few weeks later. okay, that was weird.

but there is a japanese song where riding hood and wolf fell in love.

also a game where daughter of wolf fell in love with son of ridinghood and the hunter

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2 years ago from Ljubljana

Thanks, Chanse, for your input. I am always fascinated with all the possibilities for an interpretation of seemingly a simple fairy tale.

Chanse Kyllonen

Great interpretations here. A lot adds to the present theme I’m about to explain. See, the story is an esoteric analogy of what’s known as «the hero’s journey» symbolized in many kid’s stories. Back in medieval times the «common man» was prohibited from owning books, or writing them. The privelage had to be earned via status with the Royals and the like. Gradually it become «lawful» to write/read children’s books n stories since it helped assist in children going to sleep at bedtime. This is how members of secret & underground groups passed ideas and knowledge over countless regions. The Renaissance and/or the Age of Enlightenment, & Age of Reason happened because of the growth in arcane and Esoteric wisdom. Nothing evil about it, despite the propaganda, which continues to this day, that the Church was spreading. These groups went secret to avoid the cruel, cold, and wicked punishments of the time. These people saw the holes in the accepted teachings and saw them as crystal-clear analogies and metaphors. The latter teaching the Golden Path that can, and needs to, be taken by any individual psychologically willing and strong enough to take on the journey toward spiritual initiation. Most, if not all, forefathers of science, math, chemistry, and philosophy were alchemists (turning the ego within from mundane lead into the pure & rare state of «gold» or Enlightenment), hermeticists, Rosicrucians, etc. At any rate much art and stories were created for those with «eyes & ears» of understanding. Aka, insight of the discerning mind, or third eye. Long story short, Little Red Ridinghood symbolizes the sacred feminine within «Man,» both male and female, also known as Wisdom. The wilderness is the same metaphor that’s spoke of in Scripture. Yeshuah had to travel through it, proverbially, before his ascension. This and other sayings of Scripture is how, and why, members of Mystery Schools saw Yeshuah as nothing more than a mere mortal man whom either played the archetypal role of the Universal and Cosmic Christos, or was a messenger destined to spread the Esoteric Truth to any who had the open mindedness and discipline to listen. The wolf represents Sawtawn—meaning «adversary»— or the ego which enslaves the Mind and Spirit of the common person. Grandma is the Goddess «above», or the Macrocosmic Feminine. The latter being the intangible Truth behind the physical veil of illusion. So in short, the story speaks of the corruption of the Church in keeping the spiritual truth of our divinity as the greatest symbol of the cosmos as a whole (holy), via archetype. (See » Man: Grand Symbol of the Mysteries» by Manly P Hall) Each organ, cell, bone, etc symbolizes a Cosmic «law» both meta- and physical, hence «made in God’s image» (Universal Consciousness: cosmos is the body, Consciousness is the Mind, and vibration/light/energy is the Spirit. In the beginning was the word. sound, light, and/or vibration. Morpheus’s line, in The Matrix, to Neo comes to mind. «Define ‘real.’ If you’re talking about what you can see, touch, smell, then ‘real’ is just electrical signals interpreted by the brain.» Anyway, the church is a wolf in sheep’s clothing acting like it’s the sole bearer of Truth, and Man needs it to connect to Spirit. It disquises itself as the «Grand Mother» by its patriarchal motives and demonizing of women. It wants to enslave or control the minds of the masses, and consume it’s souls. not unlike zombies, vampires, and collective robotic thinking portrayed in Star Trek. Lol, resistance is supposedly futile. In the end the huntsman with the double edged axe, the latter also symbolized as a sword in myths, saves the day via being «The Father.» My explanation is a little rushed since 2% battery remains on this device, so I must end it here. Hope this helps.

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2 years ago from Ljubljana

We have both, monica:)


i donot want that i only want a explanetion

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5 years ago from Ljubljana

Alexander McQueen the best

I love this book

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5 years ago from Ljubljana

@VioletteRose LM: Glad to hear that!

VioletteRose LM

Your articles on fairy tales make me want to read them again and again :)

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5 years ago from Ljubljana

@Richard1988: Well, it can be a cautionary tale, but it can also have a comforting effect (with resurrection).

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5 years ago from Ljubljana

@tazzytamar: You are too kind:)


5 years ago from chichester

This was so interesting — you clearly have a deep interest and extensive knowledge of fairy tales :)


5 years ago from Hampshire — England

This was fascinating. I always thought of red riding hood as a cautionary tale so the not so happy ending makes more sense to me.

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5 years ago from Ljubljana

@Sorcerers Stone: You are right, myth of Persephone fits perfectly in this tale (I explored that option in one of my blogs) and if we look carefully, every single detail can have very special hidden meaning. This is probably the major reason why this particular story will always stay in top 10 by popularity, no matter how many rewritings will be made. Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate that!

Sorcerers Stone

You d us for a time, but in the end it is all a sacred design for the development of human maturity or wisdom. You don’t get much wisdom if you don’t explore the opposite sex! That’s the alchemical perspective anyway! So there are a few of my thoughts on the symbolism.

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5 years ago from Ljubljana

@WriterJanis2: Thank you very much!


Returned to pin this.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@anonymous: Thank you very much, fairy tales are my passion:)


What a treasury of knowledge you have and have researched your subject thoroughly for this obvious labor of love, you have fascinated me.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@rking96: My pleasure!

Rick King

6 years ago from Charleston, SC

I would like to think the story is just a fairy tale, but since not everyone could read and write in those times, we have to know that any of the authors were very intelligent people.The various symbols tell their own story about the time of the story’s origin and authors. Thanks for the detailed background.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@sybil watson: But sometimes a fairy tale is still only a fairy tale.

sybil watson

Wow, I had no idea of the symbolism of Little Red Riding Hood. Very interesting.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@soaringsis: Thanks for you visit and comment.


This is so very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

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6 years ago from Ljubljana


Such a fascinating and comprehensive lens! Really loved reading this!


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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@choosehappy: I hope you enjoyed:)


6 years ago from US

Wow. this was fascinating!

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@WriterJanis2: I appreciate it!


Back to pin this.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@Felicitas: Thee are many versions with happy endings for the wolf, including the Perrault’s mentioned above. I have also seen the ones where wolf stands for his reputation and denies to attack anybody.

And there are of course variants with happy endings for all characters. But they don’t bring the same message. It seems the Red Riding Hood with some kind of warning is the strongest of all.


Again, you’ve offered so many symbolic aspects that I never thought of before. I doubt if there’s a child anywhere who hasn’t heard at least one of the versions. Still, I have respect for the wolf in today’s society. I would like to see a fairy tale that redeems the wolf’s reputation.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@VspaBotanicals: I’ll have to check the movie, it is still on my to-watch list!

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@cmadden: Yes, interpretations can be real fun. Don’t know about likes and other stuff. It’s a big system. Bugs are probably all around. Let’s hope they don’t spread anything serious.


I just love all versions of the story. And I enjoyed the movie. Wonderful lens.


It’s amazing how interpretations can be so different with different people and times — the Red Riding Hood of my childhood was the sanitized version.

(I noticed Tipi’s note about disappearing likes — I’ve experienced the same thing upon occasion recently, and it’s been a while since polls or quizzes registered for me :-( )

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Tony Bonura

6 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

What a great lens you have here! And thank you for the free Kindle book of LRRH.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

Michael Oksa

I can’t add more, but I can say thank you for writing such a wonderful lens. :)

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6 years ago from Ljubljana


I’m so glad I peeked back in, I’m sure I blessed this but have been noticing some likes and blessing have disappeared in a glitch along the way. happy to replace it and scratch my head again about the hidden meanings.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@Melissa Miotke: I appreciate it!

Melissa Miotke

6 years ago from Arizona

Just came back to refresh my blessing on this great lens:)

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6 years ago from Ljubljana


Not really. You just about covered every possible angle. Like ow you dig into the back story and give deeper explanations.

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6 years ago from Ljubljana

@dream1983: Great to hear that!


Very nice lens, nicely done!

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@sheilamarie78: My pleasure:)


7 years ago from British Columbia

Thanks so much for sharing these stories.

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@tonybonura: Thanks for your visit. Who knows, maybe some day we’ll actually meet:)

Tony Bonura

7 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

You really took this story to levels I had never considered, even as a horny teenager. Red Riding Hood is a favorite in the US. I recently saw a movie titled Red Riding Hood that had the wolf as a werewolf. That is pretty much how I always saw the wolf since my teenage years. Great lens. I have a couple of Squidoo friends who live in Slovinia, and would like to be able to count you as a friend also. I hope to see you around Tolovaj.

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@anonymous: Great, just don’t loose your hats!


Sharing a ride with and for my friends! :)

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@anonymous: My pleasure:)


Thanks for stopping to look at my lenses

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7 years ago from Ljubljana


Brilliant ride. Enjoyed the explanations!

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@jolou: Thanks or your comment:)


I loved this story as a child. I remember dressing up as Red Riding Hood for Halloween. Great information here and photos. :)

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@anonymous: Thanks for your comment:)


Another fairy tale with possible meanings far beyond the face value I took it with as it was red to me or told as a child. I remember being able to visualize it as the story moved along. and Freud certainly never entered in. It seems the classic fairy tale writers hid a lot of meanings into their stories, perhaps to give the great minds something to think about as they read these «harmless» children’s stories to their little ones. I had never heard of Red and Grandma being cut out of the wolf’s stomach and it seems everyone but the wolf lived happily ever after. Fascinatingly done!

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7 years ago from Ljubljana


Great fantastic lens

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@WriterJanis2: Thank you, it is appreciated:)


I really learned a lot here. I love all the different sides you showed of this story. Blessed!

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@rawwwwwws lm: I appreciate your visit:)

rawwwwwws lm

WOW! Thanks for teaching me new things about Red Riding Hood. Thank you for sharing, great lens. I appreciate it.

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@anonymous: Thanks, it is my passion:)


I did not know there were different versions of this story. I like your explorations of the origins of these stories.

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@akunsquidoku: Glad to hear that.


very interesting. D

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7 years ago from Ljubljana

@alidabdul: I hope you enjoyed the lens and find a book.


This tale super popular among children, I do enjoy watching red riding hood cartoon in various version, but I don’t read it coz I don’t have the book :)

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(по сказке “Little Red R >

ran from the path into the forest to gather flowers

remember your manners

saw the hunter standing there with this big gun ready to fire.

stay on the path

who could not do enough for her

a delicious-looking little girl

a good half-hour

Grandmother, as long as I live I will never again leave a path in the woods, and from now on I will always do what mother says.

there’s plenty of time

to bring that all the way here just for me

was out of sight

went out and brought back three big stones which she put in the wolf’s stomach

what a ferocious beast he was

while you pick some flowers

had a long walk ahead of her

he had to get Little Red Riding Hood to stop for a while

hilled, popped her into his mouth and swallowed her whole

to get a nice bouquet of flowers

to shoot the wolf dead

two such good meals on the same day

under three big oak trees

Wakie, wakie, you nasty old wolf!

horribly big mouth

I can eat them both

After all, the flowers are for your grandmother

and a bottle of wine in it

arm, and her right

as if you were going to school

called out to her

don’t sound like yourself

for just a few minutes

go looking into every corner of the house

grandmother had her cake and wine and the hunter had caught his wolf

I’ve never heard the old woman snoring so loudly

if I may be so bold as to ask

Little Red Riding Hood’s head popped out, then her left

lost all track of time

made off for her grandmother’s house

might fall out on the ground

never having seen anything like him before

not to leave the path

pulled the bed covers up over his chin

pulled the curtain on the bed

put her night cap over his head

put the grandmother’s nighty on

stop and pick a few

stumble over a rock

take care of herself

than he sprang from the bed, grabbed the astonished

that fitted perfectly over the child’s head

that looked even prettier

Little Red Riding Hood

Once upon a time there was a little girl who was so sweet that everyone loved her, especially her grandmother 1)__________. She loved her so much. Once she gave the little girl a little a red cap with a hood 2)___________, and the little girl liked it so much that she wore it every time she went out.

After a while everyone for miles around began to call her “Little Red Riding Hood”.

One day the little girl’s mother 3)____________.

“Little Red Riding Hood! Little Red Riding Hood! Come here, I have something to give you”.

“What is it, Mother?”

“Here is a basket with some cake 4)___________for your grandmother. I want you to take it to her today, because she is sick and very weak and cannot 5)___________”.

“Now I want you to leave right away, so it’s not too late when you come back home”.

“I promise to be home before dark”.

“Good. And be sure you 6)___________. Don’t wander around in the woods, or you might 7)___________ and drop the basket and the cake 8)___________and the bottle of wine would break and poor grandmother would have nothing.”

“That would be terrible. I’ll be careful, Mother, I promise.”

“And when you get to grandmother’s house, 9)____________ – be sure to say “good morning”. Don’t 10)_________ first.”

“I’ll be very polite, Mother, don’t worry.”

“Yes, dear, I am sure you will.”

Now Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother lived 11)___________ from the village, so Little Red Riding Hood 12)__________ through the woods. When she had walked for fifteen minutes, she came upon a Big Black Wolf, but 13)___________ , she didn’t know 14)___________ and that he loved to eat pretty little girls when he was hungry.

“R-r-r… Good morning, little girl.”

“Good morning, sir.”

“What’s your name, if I may ask?”

“Little Red Riding Hood, sir.”

“And what brings you into the woods on such a fine morning?”

“Oh, I am 15) ___________ to visit my grandmother.”

“And what do you have in the basket there, 16)____________?”

“Oh, that’s for Grandmother, some cake and a bottle of wine. Grandmother’s too sick and weak to take care of herself, so I am taking her something to eat and drink.”

“How sweet. And where does your grandmother live? Very far from here?”

“A good fifteen minutes, I should think. Her house is 17)___________. And there’s a pretty little hedge all around it. You can’t miss it.”

Now the wolf was growing very hungry, and he thought to himself: “M-m-m. What 18)__________, with a red riding hood, she is so nice and tender that she should taste much better than the old grandmother. I must be very cunning, though, so 19)___________.”

“Do you mind if I walk along with you, dear, 20)__________?”

“Not at all, but we must hurry. 21) ___________, you know.”

So the wolf walked away with Little Red Riding Hood who had no idea how wicked the wolf really was. After a while the wolf got so hungry he decided to run ahead to the grandmother’s house and eat her first. But to give himself enough time 22)____________.

“Just a minute, Little Red Riding Hood, there’s no need to go so fast. Look at the beautiful flowers all around us. Why don’t you 23)___________ to take to your grandmother? I am sure they’d make her very happy.”

“They are very pretty, but…”

“You’re walking 24)__________. Stop for a while and listen to the birds singing in the trees 25)____________.”

“But my mother told me 26)____________.”

“It’s all right. Your grandmother’s house isn’t much farther. I am sure your mother wouldn’t mind. 27)___________, aren’t they?”

“Yes, that’s true. And it would make Grandmother very happy 28)__________. But mother told me to hurry, so I get home before it’s very late.”

“Don’t worry, it’s early yet, and 29)___________.”

“Yes, I suppose, you are right. Very well, then.”

So Little Red Riding hood forgot all about what her mother had said and 30)__________.

As soon as she had picked one, she saw another, a little farther away, 31) __________. In this way she wandered farther and farther from the path and 32)___________. The wolf waited and when Little Red Riding Hood 33)__________, he ran as fast as he could to the grandmother’s house and knocked on the door.

“Who’s there? Who’s there knocking at my door?”

“It’s me, Grandmother, Little Red Riding Hood, I’ve brought you some cake and a nice bottle of wine. Let me in.”

“You 34)__________, my dear, what’s wrong with your voice?

“I’ve got a cold, Grandmother, a terrible cold.”

“Oh, I see. Of course, dear. How nice to have come and see me. I am afraid, you’ll have to let yourself in, dear. I am too weak to come to the door. Just 35)___________, dear, and the door will open.”

The wolf opened the door and ran straight to the old woman’s bed and swallowed her whole.

“No! No! Don’t eat me, please!”

Then the wolf 36)____________and 37)____________to cover his ugly face as best he could. He lay back on the big pillows and 38)____________to cover him still more and waited for Little Red Riding Hood.

In the meantime Little Red Riding Hood had picked all the flowers she could carry and 39)_____________. When she arrived, she was surprised to see that the door was wide open.

“Grandmother, are you there?

“Yes, dear, I am right here in bed. Close the door and come in.”

Little Red Riding Hood had a strange feeling in her stomach that something was not quite right. But she did as the wolf said and entered the room.

“How nice to see you, my dear. What have you got there?”

“Some cake and wine, Grandmother.”

Little red Riding Hood walked slowly to the big bed and opened the curtain. The wolf 40)____________to try to hide himself a little better.

“Why, thank you, my dear. How nice of you 41)______________.”

“Grandmother, what big ears you have!”

“All the better to hear you with, my dear.”

“And, Grandmother, what big eyes you have!”

“All the better to see you with, my dear.”

“But, Grandmother, what big hands you have!”

“All the better to hold you with, my sweet.”

“And, Grandmother, what a 42)___________you have!”

“All the better to eat you with, sweetie pie!”

No sooner had the wolf said that 43)_____________.

“No, no, please! Help! Help!”

Now the wolf became very tired, because it wasn’t very often that he had 44)____________. So he crawled back into grandmother’s bed, pulled the covers up over his big bulging stomach and fell fast asleep.

After a short while a hunter walked past the house and heard the wolf’s loud snoring.

“That’s strange. 45)____________. I wonder if something could be wrong with her.”

The hunter went inside the house to see if the old woman needed help. He walked up to the bed and there, to his surprise, he found the wolf 46)___________.

“So, there you are, you old troublemaker, I’ve been looking all over for you. What have you done with the old woman?”

The wolf didn’t answer, of course, because he was in a deep sleep.

The hunter wanted 47)____________, but he decided against it, because he thought the grandmother might be inside him. Instead he took a large pair of scissors out of his bag and cut the sleeping wolf’s stomach open. After the first few cuts he saw a little patch of red. He cut a little further and 48)___________, and soon she was free.

“Oh, Mister Hunter, thank goodness you came to set us free. Cut further, please — Grandmother is still inside. It was so dark inside and I was so afraid.”

The hunter cut into the sleeping wolf some more and soon the grandmother popped out as well.

“Oh, heavens, what an awful place that was!”

While the grandmother explained to the hunter what had happened, Little Red Riding Hood 49)___________. And the grandmother sewed him up with her needle and thread just as if he were a big rag doll.

“Ha-ha-ha! There you are, mister Wolf. We want to see how far you get with those three big stones in your belly.”

And she slapped his face to make him wake up.

“50)_____________Let’s see you try to escape from the hunter now!”

“A-a-a! What are you doing? Stop, stop slapping me, will you, stop it!”

Finally the wolf opened his eyes and 51)_____________, Frightened to death, he jumped up to run away, but the stones were so heavy, he couldn’t move. Instead he fell heavily to the floor and died on the spot.

The grandmother and the hunter were now very happy – 52)_____________. As for Little Red Riding Hood, she sat and thought and thought.

“What are you thinking so hard about, my child?”

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