Tronte Nielsen (1953)

A shy boy with freckles. His hairstyle makes him look a little like James Dean. Tronte’s mother, Agnes, is raising him alone. His father is dead — and his mother seems happy enough about this fact.

When Tronte and his mother sublet a room from Egon and Doris Tiedemann, he gets to know Claudia. She likes his hair; she likes everything about the boy. Together, they explore the forests and the cave.

Encountering Ulrich

SPOILER ALERT!

As Agnes and Tronte are on their way to the Tiedemanns’ house, they encounter a strangely attired man close to the Winden Cave. It is Ulrich Nielsen. Agnes’s grandson. Tronte will become his father. Of course, they cannot imagine this.