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The Little Red Riding Hood: Summary and Symbols Explained

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Let's explore this famous fairy tale.

Let's explore this famous fairy tale.

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!

A vintage illustration of our heroine.

A vintage illustration of our heroine.

First, let's see what you already know!

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. How old is the story of Little Red Riding Hood?
    • About 50 years.
    • Around one hundred years.
    • It can be traced almost a thousand years ago.
  2. Which author was the first to use a red color for girl's hood?
    • Charles Perrault
    • Brothers Grimm
    • Frank Baum
  3. According to some folklorists, Red Riding Hood represents ...
    • A child
    • Mary Magdalene
    • The sun

Answer Key

  1. It can be traced almost a thousand years ago.
  2. Charles Perrault
  3. The sun
Learn what happens in two versions of the tale.

Learn what happens in two versions of the tale.

Red Riding Hood Summary

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.

source: archive.org, author unknown (1860)

source: archive.org, author unknown (1860)

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.

Illustrated by Arpad Schmidhammer

Illustrated by Arpad Schmidhammer

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?

Seemingly small details of the story can actually hold deeper, hidden meanings.

Seemingly small details of the story can actually hold deeper, hidden meanings.

Little Red Riding Hood Symbolism (The Hidden Meanings)

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 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?).

Red Cap by Albert Anker, source: Wikimedia, PD licence

Red Cap by Albert Anker, source: Wikimedia, PD licence

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."

This story can be examined through many different lenses.

This story can be examined through many different lenses.

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.

In this drawing by Walter Crane, the wolf really resembles a pregnant lady ... source: archive.org, PD licence

In this drawing by Walter Crane, the wolf really resembles a pregnant lady ... source: archive.org, PD licence

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 . . .

In This Illustration by Walter Crane Little Red Riding Hood Flirts With the Big Bad Wolf...source: Wikipedia.org, PD licence

In This Illustration by Walter Crane Little Red Riding Hood Flirts With the Big Bad Wolf...source: Wikipedia.org, PD licence

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!

Comments

Hi on August 25, 2020:

"yeah" I'm sorry to break it to you, but a lot of fairytales were actually originally dark and sometimes didn't have a happy ending. "The Little Mermaid" is a perfect example, where the mermaid didn't necessarily have a perfectly happy ending and story. She died because she didn't want to kill the prince, and every step she took felt like needles. :) Plus, fairytales have many hidden symbolism and many, like myself, enjoy finding these little details and try to decipher them. They were, of course, made to teach children lessons under a disguise of usually happy endings and friendly (or not so friendly) animals.

Walter on April 26, 2020:

Walter

oumnia on December 10, 2019:

good

yeah on November 07, 2019:

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!

:) on November 07, 2019:

dont ask who joe is

Skylar on August 19, 2019:

Skylar

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on April 28, 2019:

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

Merie on April 22, 2019:

Who is the author of this article?

me on March 08, 2019:

bonjour

Daniel Kelly on February 12, 2019:

An excellent analysis Tolovaj, hope it's okay but i've linked to it for my ballad about the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1977NhEonVw

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on April 11, 2018:

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 on April 07, 2018:

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

Reshawnda on March 09, 2018:

Wow..really!! The comments...the belief in all of this non sense...just blows my mind. Time spent on nothing...If you want to have REAL KNOWLEDGE THAT INPOWERS...TRANSFORM THE SPIRIT...PEACE..JOY...AND LOVE...READ THE HOLY BIBLE...A REAL TOPIC THAT CONVICTS AND SAVES THE SOUL'S WHOM CALL ON THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR..MY KING! AND MY CREATOR WHO MADE ALL AND IS IN ALL...GOD MY FATHER!! HE IS THE LORD OF HOST! HE IS MORE THEN ENOUGH! MAY THE EYES BE OPENED TO THOSE THAT ARE YOURS FATHER GOD! THANK YOU MY CHRIST!

notanon.fujo on November 18, 2017:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 27, 2017:

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

Chanse Kyllonen on August 01, 2017:

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.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on January 24, 2017:

We have both, monica:)

monica on September 03, 2016:

i donot want that i only want a explanetion

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on October 14, 2014:

Who doesn't? ;)

Alexander McQueen the best on October 13, 2014:

I love this book

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on July 28, 2014:

@VioletteRose LM: Glad to hear that!

VioletteRose LM on July 28, 2014:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on July 17, 2014:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on July 17, 2014:

@tazzytamar: You are too kind:)

Anna from chichester on July 16, 2014:

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

Richard from Hampshire - England on July 16, 2014:

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.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on May 04, 2014:

@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 on May 04, 2014:

You did a great job of exploring many options. I would add that there are similarities to the story of Persephone. So the time spent in the wolf's stomach is sort of like Persephone's time in Hades. The flower picking then symbolizes a search for self development (flowers opening= personal unfoldment). The wine would tie into that, too, since wine is "developed", transformed, and refers to Spirit, the transpersonal self. Granny and wolf are undistinguishable by LRRH because the adolescent descent into adult sexuality looks frightening, and can "devour" 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.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on January 11, 2014:

@WriterJanis2: Thank you very much!

WriterJanis2 on January 02, 2014:

Returned to pin this.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 27, 2013:

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

anonymous on August 26, 2013:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on July 02, 2013:

@rking96: My pleasure!

Rick King from Charleston, SC on July 01, 2013:

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.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on June 24, 2013:

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

;)

sybil watson on June 23, 2013:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on June 23, 2013:

@soaringsis: Thanks for you visit and comment.

soaringsis on June 22, 2013:

This is so very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on June 21, 2013:

@NibsyNell: Thanks!

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on June 21, 2013:

@WriterJanis2: Thanks!

NibsyNell on June 19, 2013:

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

WriterJanis2 on June 18, 2013:

Pinned again.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on June 14, 2013:

@choosehappy: I hope you enjoyed:)

Vikki from US on June 12, 2013:

Wow. this was fascinating!

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on May 09, 2013:

@WriterJanis2: I appreciate it!

WriterJanis2 on May 07, 2013:

Back to pin this.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on March 03, 2013:

@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.

Felicitas on March 02, 2013:

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.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on February 26, 2013:

@anonymous: :)

anonymous on February 26, 2013:

Great lens!

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on February 22, 2013:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on February 22, 2013:

@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.

VspaBotanicals on February 22, 2013:

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

cmadden on February 22, 2013:

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 :-( )

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on February 18, 2013:

@tonybonura: :)

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on February 17, 2013:

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

TonyB

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on February 05, 2013:

@Michael Oksa: :)

Michael Oksa on February 05, 2013:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on January 30, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks!

anonymous on January 29, 2013:

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.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on January 29, 2013:

@Melissa Miotke: I appreciate it!

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on January 28, 2013:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on December 08, 2012:

@anonymous: :)

anonymous on December 07, 2012:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on December 01, 2012:

@dream1983: Great to hear that!

dream1983 on December 01, 2012:

Very nice lens, nicely done!

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on November 23, 2012:

@sheilamarie78: My pleasure:)

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on November 22, 2012:

Thanks so much for sharing these stories.

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on November 14, 2012:

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

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on November 14, 2012:

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.

TonyB

TonyB

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on October 11, 2012:

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

anonymous on October 10, 2012:

Sharing a ride with and for my friends! :)

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on September 17, 2012:

@anonymous: My pleasure:)

anonymous on September 17, 2012:

Thanks for stopping to look at my lenses

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on September 14, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks:)

anonymous on September 14, 2012:

Brilliant ride... Enjoyed the explanations!

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on September 06, 2012:

@MrMojo01: Thanks!

MrMojo01 on September 06, 2012:

Very nice lens!

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 19, 2012:

@jolou: Thanks or your comment:)

jolou on August 18, 2012:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 18, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for your comment:)

anonymous on August 18, 2012:

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!

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 17, 2012:

@jasminedessy: Thanks:)

jasminedessy on August 17, 2012:

Great fantastic lens

I like it

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 17, 2012:

@WriterJanis2: Thank you, it is appreciated:)

WriterJanis2 on August 16, 2012:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 16, 2012:

@rawwwwwws lm: I appreciate your visit:)

rawwwwwws lm on August 16, 2012:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 11, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks, it is my passion:)

anonymous on August 10, 2012:

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

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 04, 2012:

@akunsquidoku: Glad to hear that...

akunsquidoku on August 04, 2012:

very interesting..:D

Tolovaj Publishing House (author) from Ljubljana on August 03, 2012:

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

alidabdul on August 02, 2012:

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 :)

Nice lens...

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