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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A Book About Men. Iron John also tells the prince that if he ever needs anything, simply to call the name of Iron John three times. Though the prince hesitates at first, he eventually builds up the courage robeet sneak into his mother’s room and steal the key. As they come to a lake in the middle of the forest, the dog is dragged under water by a giant arm. Grimms’ Fairy Tales German folklore German fairy tales. A king sends a huntsman into a forest nearby and the huntsman never returns.

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. eiswnhans

Eisenhans : Ein Buch über Männer

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. No one is allowed to set the wild man free or they will face the penalty of death.


InRobert Bly analyzed the story in Iron John: Iron John too comes to the wedding. The prince successfully defends his new homeland, but eisennhans all that he borrowed to Iron John before returning to his former position.

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The king hopes that the mysterious knight who saved the kingdom will show himself for such a prize. The King sends all his remaining huntsmen out as a group, but again, none return. By robeet this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He states further that the only key to the cage is hidden beneath the queen’s pillow.

The King sends more men into the forest where they each meet with the same fate. Again the prince asks Iron John for help, and again Iron John disguises the prince as the mysterious knight. The prince travels to a distant land and offers his services to its king.

They find a naked man with iron-like skin and long shaggy hair all over his body. The 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. Though the prince catches the golden apple and escapes, eisenahns does so again on two more occasions, he is eventually found. For the book, see Iron John: The man and his dog are allowed to enter. He calls upon Iron John who gives him a horse, armor, and a legion of iron warriors to fight alongside him.

The prince obeys at first, but begins to play in the well, eventually turning all his hair into gold. 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.


When war comes to the kingdom, the prince sees his chance to make a name for himself. The story also became the basis for the book Iron John: The prince is returned to his former station, marries the princess, and is happily reunited with his parents. As it turns out, Iron John is a powerful being and has many treasures that he guards.

This page was last edited on 13 Septemberat Years later, the young prince is playing with a ball in roebrt courtyard. 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.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: The hunter returns to the forest the next day with a group of men to empty the lake. He releases the wild iron-skinned man who reveals his name to be Iron John or Iron Hans depending on the translation.

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 eisenhaans. Iron John reveals he was under enchantment until he found someone worthy and pure of heart to set him free.

Eisenhans in the cage.