There is a certain version of "Little Red Riding Hood" that some authors claim to be "the original" version. For example in the Sandman comic:


Or from the movie Jin Roh.

A quick search on Wikipedia seems to dispell those claims, but I still wish to ask: Is there such a thing as the original version of "Little Red Riding Hood", that later becomes the modern version of red riding hood (assuming we could agree on what the modern version is).

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    While the author is correct, it's from 1695, so seventeenth century. It's the oldest written account, but not necessarily the original version. – Mario Jan 27 '18 at 6:47
  • I think it's better to call such stories as common european folklore. – Drakonoved Jan 30 '18 at 12:21
  • The oldest version we can track of date back from around 1000... You can find its story in the Well laden ship, a medieval collection of children stories: amazon.com/Well-Laden-Ship-Dumbarton-Medieval-Library/dp/… That is the oldest account I am aware of that story. Elsewhere we can track the red riding hood first in Perrault, which lead to fairly interesting psycholanalytic debates on the "origin" of the story as rooted in oral tradition Fact is, Perrault's version is. – Gibet Feb 8 '18 at 8:19

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