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I don't have to be ashamed of who I am here. I found my home. I found my mother.
Red Riding Hood to Snow White src

The Werewolves' Den, also known as the Wolf's Lair, is an Enchanted Forest location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the seventh episode of the second season.


Before First Curse

In acceptance of her werewolf nature, Anita wishes to raise her daughter, Red Riding Hood, in the same matter, but her mother, Widow Lucas, highly disagrees and takes the child away from her. After this, Anita learns to survive with her own wolf pack and they live together in a den. Some of the group's members include Adair, Adalyn and Quinn. Years later, Red Riding Hood flees pursuing hunters after she discovers her true nature as a werewolf. An enchanted cloak, which keeps her from changing into a wolf, becomes torn, and out of fear of hurting Snow White, Red Riding Hood sends her away. In the morning, Quinn steals her cloak and reveals he, too, is a werewolf. He then leads her to the den, where she discovers Anita is her mother. Welcomed into the pack, Red Riding Hood learns to control and accept her wolf side. Hoping to regroup with her friend, Snow White enters the den in search of Red Riding Hood. Quinn moves to kill her for trespassing, but only with Red Riding Hood's insistence that Snow White is not a bad human, the pack do not harm her. Having found a place with her own kind, Red Riding Hood admits she wants to stay. As they talk, the Queen's knights, who have been trailing Snow White, burst in to apprehend her. The wolf pack fight to defend their home, and in the aftermath, Quinn pays with his life. Blaming Snow White for his death, Anita attempts to kill her, but Red Riding defends her friend. As mother and daughter battle in wolf form, Anita accidentally impales herself. She accuses her daughter of choosing a human over their kind, but Red Riding Hood asserts she chooses herself since neither of them should become murders. After Anita's death, Red Riding Hood and Snow White pay their respects at her grave before they leave together. ("Child of the Moon")

The remaining pack, however, come to hate Red Riding Hood as they perceive she caused Anita's death. Left leaderless, Adair steps up to keep their members on a united front. The Evil Queen wishes their help to hunt down Snow White, and when she asks to speak to Anita at the den, Adair explains the circumstances of her death. He will assist the Queen, only if the wolves gain control of the royal mines as well as freedom from human violence, which she agrees to fulfill. ("Shadow of the Queen")


On-Screen Notes

Novel Notes

  • According to a fairytale described in chapter 12 of Red's Untold Tale, a fair washerwoman was cursed by a jealous queen and forced to live underwater in a spring, which the washerwoman later modified into a lake which became known as Lake Nostos. The washerwoman, seeking revenge, let a giant earthquake (although some storybooks claim it was a giant sinkhole) swallow the castle in its entirety, towers and all. According to writer Wendy Toliver, this is a deliberate reference to the werewolves' den.[1]

Production Notes



  1. TwitterLogo @wendytoliver (Wendy Toliver) on Twitter (May 17, 2019). "Do you want to hear another nugget I had in mind while writing the fair washerwoman fairytale?" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @wendytoliver (Wendy Toliver) on Twitter (May 17, 2019). "The sunken castle.... does that remind you of anything ?" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @WorkingSamuels (Alexander Sison) on Twitter (May 17, 2019). "A certain werewolves' den?" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @wendytoliver (Wendy Toliver) on Twitter (May 18, 2019). "You are GOOD!" (screenshot)
  2. The Official ABC Once Upon a Time Podcast: "Child of the Moon". ABC (2012). (At 08:47)
  3. Norman, Philip (November 20, 2011). Gimme shelter: Rolling into Marrakech, the city that completely enchanted the Stones. Daily Mail. “It was in Marrakech that The Stones tried in vain to seek refuge during the worst crisis of their career. In February 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had been arrested for drug possession by police in Britain and were awaiting a trial that would become the most notorious of the decade, and end with both men being jailed. The trip to Morocco was meant to be a respite before the screaming headlines of the approaching (and, for them, misnamed) 'summer of love'.”

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