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He releases the wild iron-skinned man who reveals his name to be Iron John or Iron Hans depending on the translation.

Eisenhans : Ein Buch über Männer

They capture him and he is locked in a cage in the courtyard as a curiosity. Grimms’ Fairy Tales German folklore German fairy tales. The King sends all his remaining huntsmen out as a group, but again, none return. The prince obeys at first, but begins to play in the well, eventually turning all his hair into gold. Bly’s reading analyzes the story for lessons about masculinity applicable to 20th-century men, and became a major work of the mythopoetic men’s movement.

Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 13 Septemberat Iron John also tells the prince that if he ever needs anything, simply to call the name of Iron John three times.

No one is allowed to set the wild man free or they will face the penalty of death. Eisenhas represents Aarne—Thompson type”The wild man as a helper”.

Again the prince asks Iron John for help, and again Iron John disguises the prince as the mysterious knight. A Book About Men. Wikisource has original text related to this article: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The story also became the basis for the book Iron John: For the book, see Iron John: Since he is ashamed of his golden hair, he refuses to remove his cap before the king and is sent to assist the gardener.


Some years later, a wandering explorer accompanied by a dog hears of these dangerous woods and asks permission to hunt in the forest, claiming that he might be able to discover the fate of the other hunters. The king proclaims the woods as dangerous and off-limits to all.

He states further that the only key to the cage is hidden beneath the queen’s pillow.

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Though the prince catches the golden apple and escapes, and does so again on two more occasions, he is eventually found. As they come to a lake in the middle of the forest, the dog is dragged under water by a giant arm.

Retrieved from ” https: Shweder January 9, eidenhans The king hopes that the mysterious knight eisennhans saved the kingdom will show himself for such a prize. InRobert Bly analyzed the story in Iron John: He accidentally rolls it into the cage where the wild iron-skinned man picks it up and will only return it if he is set free. In celebration, the king announces a banquet and offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to any one of the knights who can catch a golden apple that will be thrown into their midst.

As it turns out, Iron John is a powerful being and has many treasures that he guards.

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The King sends more men into the forest eisenuans they each meet with the same fate. Eieenhans original German title is Eisenhansa compound of Eisen “iron” and Hans like English Johna common short form of the personal name Johannes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Iron John reveals he was under enchantment until he found someone worthy and pure of heart to set him free.


The man and his dog are allowed to enter. This time, he is seen without the shaggy hair or iron skin that made him frightening. The prince fears he will be killed for setting Iron John free, so Iron John agrees to take the prince with him into the forest.

Bpy hunter returns to the forest the next day with a group of men to empty the lake. Most people see the story as a parable about a boy maturing eisenhana adulthood.

The prince successfully defends his new homeland, but returns all that he borrowed to Iron John before returning to his former position.

The prince is returned to his former station, marries the princess, and is happily reunited with his parents. The prince travels to a distant land and offers his services to its king. Iron John too comes to the wedding.

He sets the prince to watch over his well, but warns him not to let anything touch it or fall in because it will turn instantly to gold. Years later, the young prince is playing with a ball in the courtyard. Eisenhans in the cage. Though the prince hesitates at first, he eventually builds up the courage to sneak into his mother’s room and steal the key. When war comes to the kingdom, the prince sees his chance to eisenyans a name for himself.

A king sends a huntsman into a forest nearby and the huntsman never returns. He calls upon Iron John who gives him a horse, armor, and a legion of iron warriors eisenhana fight alongside him.