Multilingual Folk Tale Database


Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales

157: Learning to Fear Men

      150-199 Wild Animals and Humans

            1-299 ANIMAL TALES

The fox undertakes to persuade the wolf of the frightfulness of men. They see an old man. The fox says this was a man but is no longer one. Likewise a boy (will be a man). Next a man with a gun. The wolf approaches and is shot. He tells the fox he…

Variants

157A: The lion searches for man

A young lion, warned by parents to shun man, asks other large animals if they are man. He meets a man and is scornful of him, but man tricks him into entering a cage and leaves him to starve.

Examples

ATUAuthorYearCountryLanguageTitle
157 Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm / Margaret Hunt 1884 Germany English The wolf and the man
157 Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm / Margaret Hunt 1884 Germany English The sparrow and his four children

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