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He states further that the only key to the cage is hidden beneath the queen’s pillow. For the book, see Iron John: Eisenhan prince is returned to his former station, marries the princess, and is happily reunited with his parents. InRobert Bly analyzed the story in Iron John: The original German title is Eisenhansa compound of Eisen “iron” and Hans like English Johna common short form of the personal name Johannes. Iron John too comes eisnehans the wedding.

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. Shweder January 9, Iron John also tells the prince that if he ever needs anything, simply to call the name of Iron John three times.

As it turns out, Iron John is a powerful being and has many treasures that he guards. The king proclaims the woods as dangerous and off-limits to all.


The prince travels to a distant land and offers his services to its king. Eisenhasn 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.

Years later, the young prince is playing with a ball in the courtyard.

Iron John – Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. Blj 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. A king sends a huntsman into a forest nearby and the huntsman never returns.

Most people see the story as a parable about a boy maturing into adulthood. Views Read Edit View history. Wikisource has original text related to this article: This page was last edited on 13 Septemberesienhans They find a naked man with iron-like skin and long shaggy hair all over his body. Grimms’ Fairy Tales German folklore German fairy tales. Though the prince hesitates at first, he eventually builds up the courage to sneak into his mother’s room and steal the key.


The prince fears he will be eisenhasn for setting Iron John free, so Iron John agrees to take the prince with him into the forest. This time, he is seen without the shaggy hair or iron skin that made him frightening.

The hunter returns to the forest the next day with a group of men to empty the lake. The King sends all his remaining huntsmen out as a group, but again, none return. Though the prince catches the golden apple and escapes, and does so again on two more occasions, he is eventually found.

Eisenhans : Ein Buch über Männer

He calls upon Iron John who gives him gly horse, armor, and a legion of iron warriors to fight alongside him. A Book About Men. The king hopes that the mysterious knight who saved the kingdom will show himself for such a prize.

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. Again the prince asks Iron John for help, and again Iron John disguises the prince as the mysterious knight.

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