There are both external conflicts and internal conflicts in "The Interlopers."
Ulrich von Gradwitz patrols a narrow strip of woodland where there is much game, the strip of land that has caused a feud between the two families that dates back to their grandfathers. He hopes to discover his enemy, Georg Znaeym, whom he considers a "game snatcher" and a "raider" of this disputed "border forest." Znaeym also thirsts for the blood of von Gradwitz. In their animosity, they both hope that misfortune will strike the other.
When the men encounter each other in the woodland, "a deed of Nature's violence overwhelmed them both." Lightning strikes a large beech tree, which sends large branches falling upon the two enemies and causes them to be helplessly pinioned beneath this tangle of branches.
As the men are entrapped by the branches, they resolve their disputes as they put aside their enmity for one another. However, they do not solve their conflicts with nature as wolves approach them before either of their men do.
Both von Gradwitz and Znaeym wrestle with their consciences as they lie pinioned under the tangle of branches. Ulrich von Gradwitz begins to feel "a throb of pity" for his enemy. Finally, he offers his flask of wine to Georg Znaeym. Further, he offers friendship to his old enemy by telling him, "I've come to think we've been rather fools....I will ask you to be my friend." After some thought, Znaeym says, "Ulrich von Gradwitz, I will be your friend."