Eisenhans by Robert Bly, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Iron John is a German fairy tale found in the collections of the Brothers Grimm, tale number , about a wild iron-skinned man and a prince. The original German title is Eisenhans, a compound of Eisen “iron” and Hans . In , Robert Bly analyzed the story in Iron John: A Book About Men. Bly’s reading analyzes the story. Iron John: A Book About Men is a book by American poet Robert Bly published Bly believes that this fairy tale Iron John contains lessons from the past of great.

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The King sends more men into the forest where they each meet with the same fate. No one is allowed to set the wild man free or they will face the penalty of death. 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.

The original German title is Eisenhansa compound of Eisen “iron” and Hans like English Johna common vly form of the personal name Johannes.

Iron John also tells the prince that if he ever needs anything, simply to call the name of Iron John three times. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He releases the wild iron-skinned man who reveals his name to be Iron John or Iron Hans depending on the translation. It represents Aarne—Thompson type”The wild roberh as a helper”. The story also became the basis for the book Iron John: InRobert Bly analyzed the story in Iron John: Shweder January 9, He calls upon Iron John who gives him a horse, armor, and a legion of iron warriors to fight alongside him.


Eisenhans : Ein Buch über Männer

The prince obeys at first, but begins to play in the well, eventually turning all his hair into gold. The man and his dog are allowed to enter. Iron John too comes to the wedding. Retrieved from ” https: Years later, the young prince is playing with a ball in the courtyard. Though the prince catches eisemhans golden apple and escapes, and does so again on two more occasions, he is eventually found.

Most people see the story as a parable about a boy maturing into adulthood. The king hopes that the eisenhand knight who saved the kingdom will show himself for such a prize. A king sends a huntsman into a forest nearby and the huntsman never returns. As they come to a lake in the middle of the forest, the dog is dragged under water by a giant arm. Bly’s reading analyzes the story for lessons about masculinity applicable to 20th-century men, and eiaenhans a major work of the mythopoetic men’s movement.

This page was last edited on 13 Septemberat In celebration, the king announces a banquet and offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to any one of the knights b,y can catch a golden apple that will be thrown into their midst.

A Book About Men. The prince travels to a distant land and offers his services to its king. For the book, see Iron John: They find a naked man with iron-like skin and long shaggy hair all over his body. The prince is returned to his former station, marries robetr princess, and is happily reunited with his parents.

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Eisenhans in the cage. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. They capture him and he is locked in a cage in the courtyard as a curiosity.


As it turns out, Iron John is a powerful being and has many treasures that he guards. Iron John reveals he was under enchantment until he found someone worthy and pure of heart to set him free. 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. When war comes to the kingdom, the prince sees his chance to make a name for himself.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales German folklore German fairy tales. 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 prince successfully defends his new homeland, but returns all that he borrowed to Iron John before returning to robett former position. Again the prince asks Iron John for help, and again Iron John disguises the prince as the mysterious knight.

Since he is ashamed of his golden hair, he refuses to remove his cap before the king and is sent to assist the gardener. The king proclaims the woods as dangerous and off-limits to all. Eisenhhans Read Edit View history.