Rodrigo Raubein und Knirps, sein Knappe (Rodrigo Roughneck and Knirps, his Varlet)

Knirps is convinced that he has the makings of a real robber baron. That is why he is determined to apprentice himself to the notorious Rodrigo Roughneck. The latter, however, first demands a test of courage. When Knirps comes across Princess Flip's carriage, he sees his chance has come – for can there be anything more dangerous and thus more courageous than a princess robbery? Little does he know that the powerful wizard Rabanus Rochus and his dragon are also out to get the princess ...

Published as a novel fragment by Michael Ende and now, twenty years after his death, completed by Wieland Freund, Rodrigo Roughneck is a brilliant fairy tale and knightly adventure for children of 6 years and older!


  • First publication: Thienemann 2019
  • Translations:
    Czech, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian
  • Current German edition (= original edition):
    Rodrigo Raubein und Knirps, sein Knappe (illustrated by Regina Kehn)
    Hardcover, 202 pages, Thienemann Verlag 2019


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Audio Book

  • Rodrigo Raubein und Knirps, sein Knappe
    Unabridged reading by Christoph Maria Herbst, Silberfisch 2019