If you had your choice of guardian who would it be? Godzilla? Santa Claus? A power ranger? A bigfoot like man? You know you would pick the bigfoot like man.
Once upon a time there was a king. He sent a huntsman into the nearby forest to bring back some game, well, the huntsman never came back. So he sent another huntsman. That guy didn’t come back either. He sent a third huntsman and that guy also didn’t come back. So he declared the forest was off-limits and forgot about it for a while. After some time, another huntsman came and asked him to go into the forest. The king told him it was too dangerous, but the huntsman was like, “Look I can do this.” The king agreed. The huntsman went into the forest with his dog. He saw a pool of water, there he saw a great hand reach out of the water and grab his dog. When he saw this, he knew he needed to come back with reinforcements.
He told the king and the king sent him back with a bunch of men. There they drained the pond and found a large man at the bottom. He was very hairy and the hair was the color of rust. They took him back to the castle and put him in an iron cage. Only the queen had the key. They left him there. One day the young prince was playing ball and his ball happened to go into the cage. The prince asked the creature in the cage to give him the ball back, but the man said no. He said he would give him the ball if the prince unlocked the cage. The boy said he could not do this. For two more days the boy asked for his ball. The man told him the key was under his mother’s pillow and he should take it. The boy did as instructed. He unlocked the door and let the man out. The man gave him the ball. The prince asked the man not to leave because everyone would be mad at him when they found out. The man told the boy that wasn’t going to happen because he was going to take him along.
The man put the boy up on his shoulder and walked away with him into the woods.There he made a bed of moss for him and treated him very well. He showed him a pool of water. He told him that his job was not to let anything fall into the water and taint it. The boy was good at his job for a while, but one day he hurt his finger and stuck it in the water. When he withdrew it, his finger was gold. The man knew that the prince had put his finger in the water. He said he would let it slide this one time. The next day the prince accidentally let a piece of hair fall into the water. The man knew. He said he would forgive the prince again. The next day, the boy was so entranced with his reflection in the water that he leaded over and his hair fell into the water. It turned to gold. The man said this was the last straw. He knew the prince was mainly good, but he couldn’t stay with him in the forest anymore. He told him to go out into the world and make his own way. He told him that whenever he needed or wanted something, he should go into the forest all call for Iron Hans.
The boy went on his way and got a job at a castle. There he was a kitchen boy. He always wore a cap because he didn’t want to show his golden hair. He served food to the king’s table and was told it was rude to leave his cap on. He said he had a bad sore and could not take his hat off. He was soon switched to the garden where he would dig and plant. One day his cap was off and the princess happened to be watching. She asked for a bouquet of flowers. He took her wildflowers. The gardener told him that he couldn’t take wildflowers to the princess, but the prince was like, “Yes, I can they smell better.”
He took the flowers to her and she pulled of his cap. Afterwards she gave him gold ducats, which he then gave to the gardener so his children could play with. She asked for a bouquet again. Again he made her one up. Again she tried to pull off his cap, but she wasn’t as successful as the first time. She gave him golden ducats again, again the prince gives them away. The third time the prince doesn’t let her pull his cap off, but she gives him money anyway.
There soon came to be a war. The prince wanted to fight. They told him he was only a gardening lad and couldn’t fight. If he wanted to fight he better go and find his own horse. He went to the stable and there was nothing left but a hobbled horse. He rode this horse to the forest and called out, “Iron Hans,” three times. Iron Hans appeared and asked him what he needed. He said he needed a good horse, some armor and some men. Iron Hans granted it all. The boy was able to help the king defeat his enemies, but no one knew who had done it because no one recognized the prince. Hans had asked for his crippled horse on the way back to the castle.
The king and the princess wanted to know who this mysterious knight was. They decreed that the princess would throw a golden apple and whosoever should catch it was the knight who had aided the king. The prince went back to the forest and asked to catch the apple. Iron Hans said it was pretty much already done. He also outfitted the prince in some new armor. He caught the apple, but gave it away to the gardener’s children. The king was not able to tell what knight had caught the apple or who he was. For two more days, the princess threw an apple and for two more days, the prince caught it.
The king was fed up with this and had people lie in wait on the third day. He told them to pursue the mysterious knight to find out who he was. The prince had to gallop away fast on his horse, but he was not fast enough. Someone caught his cap and saw that he had golden hair. They revealed this to the king. When the king discussed this with his daughter, she knew who the knight was. The prince was called in.
It was verified that the prince did indeed have golden hair. The king was a bit surprised that a gardening boy could do all of this, but the prince was like, “No, I’m a prince. My dad is a king.” The king was like, “Well, in that case, what do you want?” The prince said he would like to marry the princess. The king thought this was a good idea, so they were married. At the wedding this stately king came to the feast and embraces the prince as if he knows him. He reveals that he is Iron Hans and everything that is his will belong to the prince
How does, “I lived in the forest with a hairy man for a while,” go down when you tell your new girlfriend?
Iron Hans kidnapped this prince. I’m pretty sure that’s some sort of crime. You can’t go around kidnapping royal children, although, it’s happened. If you’re a king, or famous, people consider that you have money to spare, so you’ve got money to pay ransom. It’s almost a guaranteed payout. It’s a terrible way to look at it, but it’s logical. Although, Iron Hans didn’t ask for any money, he just straight up took the prince. The story never says he saw his parents again, which is kind of sad.
What did Iron Hans do with the huntsmen who were sent into the forest? He pulled the dog under the water, but what about the men? Did he eat them? How did he live under water? There are so many questions.
Why am I thinking of Elton John? Why? I guess because he’s flamboyant and having golden hair seems like a flamboyant thing to do.
Why is this princess so obsessed with the prince’s golden hair? It seems a little strange that she pays him to look at it. She rips off an item of his clothing and then pays him afterwards. Does that not sound a little prostitution-ish? Does she call him dirty names afterwards and tell him to clean himself up?
The number three just happens all over this story. Three this. Three that. Three blind mice. See how they run. They all ran after the farmer’s wife.
Both Hans’ and the prince’s skills, accomplishments, and wealth do not fit the outward appearance that they possess. Iron Hans is practically a giant, a kidnapping giant I might add, who is hairy like a yeti, or Bigfoot. You wouldn’t think he had tons of money, but he does. He’s got a pond that turns things into gold. He apparently has armor and a lavishly appointed stable. You know who is going to mind right now? That big bear guy from The Hobbit, Beorn. The more I think of Iron Hans, the more I think of Beorn, maybe they’re cousins or something.
Likewise, the prince works as a gardening boy. You wouldn’t think he was a prince and had beautiful golden hair. No, he’s got this secret identity. He goes to the woods to change into his crime-fighting clothes, but completely pretends to be someone else the rest of the time. He treats money like it’s nothing. I’ve got it, he’s Batman. Bruce Wayne has lots of money. You wouldn’t think he spent his nights fighting crime, but, no, it totally turns out that he is Batman. This prince actually fits many of the behaviors that our comic book superheroes possess. In a sense, he is something of a superhero, but with a benefactor. He’s got this benefactor, who is also his kidnapper, who gives him the means he needs to succeed in life. Iron Hans makes the prince into something of a superhero. He’s a protegé in a sense, but a stolen protegé. Steal a kid and raise them up the way you would want them to go, it all makes perfect sense.
There are secret identities galore in this story.
The point is, you may think a person can do A, B, and C simply by looking at their outward appearance, but it turns out the outward appearance is a pretty poor measure of what a person can do. Iron Hans was really a king and the prince was really a prince, even though he looked like a gardening boy. No one would have thought the boy that planted the flowers fought in wars and had beautiful golden hair.
I don’t know– I think the princess in this story is kind of weird.