Ulrich von Gradwitz
Ulrich von Gradwitz is a wealthy landowner. He has legal right to a disputed stretch of land but knows that Georg continues to hunt on this land. On the night the story takes place, he has organized a group of men to find Georg, whom he plans to kill. He considers Georg his enemy and calls him a ‘‘forest-thief, game-snatcher.’’ After the men get trapped under the tree, Ulrich offers Georg some of his wine and is the first one to put forth the idea of making amends. Ulrich is also the one who sees wolves approaching.
Georg Znaeym comes from a line of small landowners who have refused to accept the judgement of the courts regarding a disputed piece of land. Georg refers to the land as Ulrich's ‘‘stolen forest.'' He later accepts Ulrich's offer of becoming friends, and speaks of the surprise this relationship will cause among the people in the community.