The forest is full of trees with dried branches. The king’s palace is seen far in the distance.
There was once upon a time a king who had a great forest near his palace, full of all kinds of wild animals. One day, a huntsman went into the forest with his dog.
A huntsman and his dog go into the forest. They come to a lake in the middle of the forest. A naked arm reaches out of the water, seized the dog, and pulled it under. The huntsman see a wild man lying on the bottom of lake.
When he emptied the lake, he could see there lay a wild man whose body was brown like rusty iron, and whose hair hung over his face down to his knees on the bottom of the lake. The huntsman bound him with cords and led him away to the castle.
The wild man is locked in a cage.
The king had him put into an iron cage in his courtyard, forbidding, on pain of death, the cage door be opened. The queen herself was to safe guard the key.
A golden ball falls into the cage. The wild man picks it up. A prince comes to the cage.
“Give me my ball.” The prince said. “Not until you have opened the door for me,” answered the man,” The key is under your mother’s pillow. You can get it there.” The wild man stated further. Though the boy hesitated at first, finally he built up the courage to sneak into his mother’s room and stole the key.
The boy gets the key from his mother’s pillow beneath.
The boy opens the door of the cage. The wild man steps out of the cage and gives the golden ball to the boy.
The boy became afraid. He cried out, “Oh, wild man, do not go away, or I shall get a beating.” The wild man picked him up, set him on his shoulders, and ran into the woods.