The King and the Wild Man (the theme: 7)
The King's Castle and Forest
Once upon a time there was a king who had a large forest near his castle; game of all kinds ran around in it. But hunters were always disappearing in the forest. Those who had gone into the forest never returned. So the king and his entourage avoided the forest.
The Hunter and the Dog
One day a hunter came and asked the king to be allowed to hunt in the forest. The king warned him, but the hunter would not be dissuaded and insisted that he was not afraid.
With the king's permission, he soon went into the forest. His dog quickly picked up a scent that led him to a dark pond in the middle of the forest.
The dark pond
As soon as he reached the spot, the hunter saw an arm reach out of the water, grab the dog and pull it into the depths. Undeterred, he returned to the castle and fetched three men with buckets. They scooped the water out of the pond.
The wild man, the iron man
At the bottom, a wild, hairy man emerged, brown all over his body. The hunters captured him and brought him to the castle. There was great amazement at the wild man.
The king and the wild man: "To the stocks with him!"
The king, however, had him put in an iron cage in his court and forbade him to open the door of the cage on pain of death. The queen herself had to take custody of the key.
From now on, everyone could go into the forest again with confidence.