712 Steinbach Nutcracker The Old King
I am the King.
Originally the king was selected by
acclamation. The strongest and most intelligent man was searched for in
games, fights and tests of courage. Being the king this man was given
Later on kings were appointed by popes
and emperors. In former times the king called himself first among
equals. And so let it be with the king in your nutcracker collection.
The king was at all times responsible for the welfare, health and
happiness of his people even the customs officer could turn a blind eye
when the king came through Every day at midnight your nutcracker comes
to life for a couple of seconds and whispers: hail to thee! That gives
you power, strength and health. You have to do just one thing: you must
In Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann’s wonderful
picture book of 1851 the king introduces himself like this: King
Nutcracker is my name, cracking nuts that’s my game, sweet ones they
go down well, but I throw you the shell, because I am the King!
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