German: Rotkäppchen-Little Red Riding Hood



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The story of the little girl and her fatal encounter with the wolf was recorded by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and first published in 1812 in Berlin, Germany. Various sources referred to the French origin of this tale and claimed that the story was told to the fairy tale collectors by a French member of their household who belonged to the Huguenots, a persecuted Calvinist group in the Catholic France who left France in the 17th century. Brothers Grimm’s version significantly altered the ending of the story: both Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are saved by a hunter, and the big bad wolf dies.

Approximate Publication Year

1812, 1814

Geographical region for language spoken

Berlin, Germany


German Literature | Language Interpretation and Translation


Read by Marina Balina, Professor Emerita of German and Russian Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University.

About the German language: Deutsch is the official language of Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein. German is one of the official languages of Switzerland and Luxembourg. In all its variants, it is spoken by approximately 200 million people worldwide.


Brothers Grimm Kinder- und Hausmärchen [Children’s and Household Tales] 1812 and 1814.

German: Rotkäppchen-Little Red Riding Hood


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