Vuk Stefanović Karadžić (pronounced [ʋûːk stefǎːnoʋit͡ɕ kârad͡ʒit͡ɕ], Serbian Cyrillic: Вук Стефановић Караџић; 7 November 1787 – 7 February 1864) was a Serbian philologist and linguist who was the major reformer of the Serbian language. He deserves, perhaps, for his collections of songs, fairy tales, and riddles, to be called the father of the study of Serbian folklore. He was also the author of the first Serbian dictionary in his new reformed language. In addition, he translated the New Testament into the reformed form of the Serbian spelling and language.
He was well known abroad and familiar to Jacob Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and historian Leopold von Ranke. Vuk was the primary source for Ranke's Serbische Revoluzion ("Serbian Revolution"), written in 1829.
The birth house of Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic was reconstruceted in 1933 on the bases of old village houses in western Serbia. The very first cultural event called "Vukov Sabor" was held in 1933.