The setting of the story, a dark forest at night, shows that this story is a gloomy one. Also, being set in winter is another proof. Ulrich and Georg are two completely different names, one Russian and the other German. This story was written during World War I, and Russians and Germans were enemies, like the case of the two men. The Carthapian mountains are located in the borders of Russia and Germany, which makes the setting even more interesting and related to the story about enmity. These men were going to kill each other with their rifles but the storm made the branches fall on them, pinning them to the ground. Nature here can be said as the interloper, because it came in between the men's fight. The men keep talking about how their men will come first and leave the other man alone to die. However, Ulrich finally sees that the feud is pointless and decided to end the feud. Georg accepts because he has the same opinion. Feuds are generally pointless because they are long ago and last for generations and the next generations mostly don't even know what the feud is about, or don't know how serious it is. After a while, they hear voices and think it is their men, when in fact it is the wolves. Wolves can also be considered as the interlopers, or the intruders. Generally, nature is the interloper in this story.
Enmity for a long time is pointless, and conflicts don't benefit anyone. Forgiveness is best way to achieve peace and the easiest. People should not make the past interfere with their present, and they should continue on their life without making this feud disrupt their life unnecessarily.