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

For the book, see Iron John: The King sends more men into the forest where they each meet with the same fate. Retrieved from ” https: They find a naked man with iron-like skin and long shaggy hair all over his body.

As they come to a lake in the middle of the forest, the dog is dragged under water by a giant arm. Shweder January 9, The hunter returns to the forest the next day with a group of men to empty the lake. Views Read Edit View history.

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.

Most people see the story as a parable about a boy maturing into adulthood. 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. Iron John also tells the prince that if he ever needs anything, simply to call the name of Iron John three times. Again the prince asks Iron John for help, and again Iron John disguises the prince as the mysterious knight. The prince is returned to his former station, marries the princess, and is happily reunited with his parents.


Eisenhans : Robert Bly :

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 prince rboert to a distant land and offers his services to its king. No one is allowed to set the wild man free or they will face the penalty of death. He calls upon Iron John who gives him a horse, armor, and a legion of iron warriors to fight alongside him.

Bly’s reading analyzes the eiaenhans for lessons about masculinity applicable to eisnhans men, and became a major work of the mythopoetic men’s movement. 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.

InRobert Bly analyzed the story in Iron John: It represents Aarne—Thompson type”The wild man as a helper”.

In celebration, the king announces a banquet and offers his daughter’s hand in marriage risenhans any one of the knights who can catch a golden apple that will be thrown into their midst. Though the prince catches the golden apple and escapes, and does so again on two more occasions, he is eventually found. When war comes to the kingdom, the prince sees his chance to make a name for himself. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The king proclaims the woods as dangerous and off-limits to all. 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.

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.


As it turns out, Iron John is a powerful being and has many treasures that he guards. The eisenhand hopes that the mysterious knight eisenhahs saved the kingdom will show himself for such a prize. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikisource has original text related to this article: The prince obeys at first, but begins to play in the well, eventually turning all his hair into gold.

A Book About Men. Eisenhans in the cage. 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. The King sends all his remaining huntsmen out as a group, but again, none return. The story also became the basis for the book Iron John: This page was last edited on 13 Septemberat Years later, the eisenhnas prince is playing with eienhans ball in the courtyard.

This time, he is seen without the shaggy hair or iron skin that made him frightening. Iron John too comes to the wedding.

Eisenhans : Ein Buch über Männer

A king sends a huntsman into a forest nearby and the huntsman never returns. The original German title is Eisenhansa compound of Eisen “iron” and Hans like English Johna common short form of the personal name Johannes. The prince successfully defends his new homeland, but returns all that he borrowed to Iron John before returning to his former position. He states further that the only key to the cage is hidden beneath the queen’s pillow. They capture him and he is locked in a cage in the courtyard as a curiosity.