Emmerich Himmelsbach
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LEFT: Emmerich Himmelsbach RIGHT: Lloyd

appearing in Chapter 15 of 'An Author's Odyssey

Biographical Information
World Our World
Title(s) Unknown
Also known as Masked Man's son
Physical information
Species Human, part fairy
Gender Male
Age Approximately 10
Hair colour Dark
Eye colour Unknown
Other Traits Pale skin
Family information
Family Members Little Bo Peep (mother), the Masked Man (father), Fairy Godmother (grandmother), Alex Bailey (cousin), Conner Bailey (cousin), Charlotte Bailey (aunt), John Bailey (uncle), Frau Himmelsbach (adoptive mother), Grandfather (spoken of in past tense, most likely deceased)
Affiliation Unknown
Land of Stories
First Appearance A Grimm Warning, ch 12
Appeared in Book(s) A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, An Author's Odyssey


Emmerich Himmelsbach is an original character from The Land of Stories series.

Emmerich is boy from Hohenschwangau, Germany, and approximately ten years old. He first appears in A Grimm Warning. He helps Conner and Bree get into Neuschwanstein castle and ends up joining Conner on his adventure to save the Land of Stories. In Beyond the Kingdoms, he turns out to be of magical descent himself.

Appearance and Personality

"He was very young, no older than ten, and had dark hair and very pale skin. He was skinny although his cheeks were plump and rosy, making him look like a puppet that lived in a cuckoo clock."[1]

At first, Emmerich comes across as a very naieve boy, eager for adventure. He likes superheroes and says he is saving up his pocket money to visit "Gotham City".

Conner and Bree tell him they are spies from the United States who need to hide a secret weapon inside the castle, and Emmerich offers his help. When Conner tells him the truth about who they are, he admits to knowing already- he just pretended to believe them because he thought it would be fun to hang out with them.[2]

He says he is quite lonely, as he doesn't have any friends and all the kids he meets are only in town for a day to visit the castle.

Emmerich speaks German, English, French and Danish.[3]

After his adventures from A Grimm Warning, he is given "dishwashing duty" until he's sixteen.[4]


Emmerich lives in the small town of Hohenschwangau with his (adoptive) mother, who works at a giftshop there. His grandfather used to give tours of the castle. He never knew his father. He goes to school in the town of Füssen, but says he has no real friends there.

At the end of A Grimm WarningMother Goose tells Conner that the only way Bree and Emmerich could have gotten through the portal in less than 200 years is if they have some kind of magic in their blood and they may be descendants of Wilhelm Grimm.[5]

In Beyond the Kingdoms, Emmerich's father is revealed to be none other than the Masked Man himself, who is also revealed to be Lloyd, Alex and Conner's uncle. Emmerich was placed in the Otherworld for his own safety by the request of his mother Little Bo Peep, and was brought there by Hagetta, who swore never to reveal his whereabouts. The Masked Man does not know he has a son until An Author's Odyssey.


1. The Wishing Spell


2. The Enchantress Returns


3. A Grimm Warning

Emmerich helps Conner and Bree get inside Neuschwanstein. He is sucked into the portal along with Conner and Bree. Conner sends him and Bree along with the royals on the hidden path to keep them safe. After the battle, he returns to his own world, promising to keep fairytales alive on his side of the portal.

4. Beyond The Kingdoms

Emmerich and Bree communicate over the phone about how they wish they could go back to the Land of Stories. They both start to realize that they must have magical blood, or they would not have been able to go to the Land of Stories in the first place. Emmerich is kidnapped by Morina, because he is actually the Masked Man and Little Bo Peep's son and Morina wants to use him as leverage to control the Masked Man.

5. An Author's Odyssey

Emmerich is now in The Land of Stories tied to a tree where The Witches are camping. He is very scared and overhears the Snow Queen's plan to turn Alex into a weapon. Lloyd (The Masked Man) "rescues" him and takes him away from the Witches. He tells Emmerich that he is Alex and Conner's uncle. They run through the Dwarf Forests from the creature that is turning people into stone and eventually arrive in The Eastern Kingdom where Lloyd saw Morina cross over to the Otherworld. Lloyd plays the pipe but it doesn't work, Emmerich informs him that it needs to be played by a person of magic blood. Lloyd lets Emmerich try and he succeeds to open a portal to the otherworld. Emmerich and Lloyd arrive in Neuschwanstein Castle at the same time Bree and the Sisters Grimm are there. Lloyd reveals his true colours and forces them to take him by plane to where Alex and Conner live. They find Conner and Charlotte at the hospital and Lloyd reveals he wants to transfer Emmerich's blood into his body so he can get magic back. They all accidentally fall into Bree's story 'Cemetery of the Undead'.

6. Worlds Collide

Emmerich makes no appearance in this, but he is mentioned to have returned to Germany and reunited with his mother. He and his mother move to Australia to get away from the Neuschwanstein Castle.


"My mom would kill me if I missed dinner, even if it was to help save the world."[6]


  1. TLOS III, ch 12, p. 222
  2. TLOS III, ch 12, p. 234
  3. TLOS III, ch 14, p. 255
  4. TLOS IV, ch 2, p. 41 - If Emmerich is 10 years old, has done dishes for the last 146 days and his mother wants him to do about 2000 more, that sums up to 5,8 years of punishment, read "until he's 16".
  5. TLOS III, ch 30, p. 451
  6. TLOS III, ch 12, p. 226