"She looked in the window and then peeped through the keyhole; seeing nobody in the house, she lifted the latch." -Goldilocks and the Three Bears
In the original tale, three bachelor bears live together in a house in the woods. The
bears are described as very good-natured, trusting, harmless, tidy and hospitable. Each
bear has his own porridge bowl, chair and bed. One day, an old woman discovers the
bears' dwelling. The old woman eats the Wee Bear's porridge, then settles into his chair
and breaks it. Prowling about, she finds the bear's beds and falls asleep in Wee Bear's
bed. The climax of the tale is reached when the bears return. Wee Bear finds the old
woman in his bed and cries, "Somebody has been lying in my bed - and here she is!" The
old woman starts up, jumps from the window and runs away never to be seen again.
The antagonist was later changed from an ugly old woman to a pretty little girl named
Goldilocks. In addition, the bears changed from bachelors to a family of a mother and
father bear and a bear cub. Goldilocks' fate varies in the many retellings: in some
versions, she runs into the forest; in some' she is almost eaten by the bears but her
mother rescues her; in some, she vows to be a good child; and in some, she returns
Episode 2, "Bears Will Be Bears," pulls clear themes from the original tale of Goldilocks.
The young woman does escape from the home by jumping out the window after
breaking in and indulging (although she's joined in "testing out the bed" by a young
man, who gets kidnapped by the young male bear). However, the Jagerbar creature and
the ceremony of Roh-Hatz is a concept original to the show.