1853 – Storm tries to get a job in the Prussian judicial service in Berlin. Finally he is appointed Prussian court assessor (initially without salary). Apartment in Potsdam. Storm joins the “Tunnel über der Spree”. Acquaintance with Theodor Fontane, Paul Heyse, Franz Kugler, Friedrich Eggers and others.
1854 – Poem Für meine Söhne, novella Im Sonnenschein.
1855 – Storm visits Eduard Mörike in Stuttgart.
1856 – Friendship with the Immensee illustrator Ludwig Pietsch. Appointment as district judge in Heiligenstadt. Relocation to Eichsfeld.
1859 – In the Heiligenstadt creative period, important stories are written, such as the novellas Auf dem Staatshof and Veronica (1861), in which Storm presents his increasingly critical socio-political position.
1862 – Storm writes Knecht Ruprecht, probably his most famous poem. The novella Im Schloss illustrates Theodor Storms democratic convictions.
1864 – As a result of the Second Schleswig War, Prussian-Austrian troops defeat the Danes. Storm is elected bailiff. He resigns from the Prussian civil service and returns to Husum. During this tumultuos period Storm designed a series of fairy tales (Bulemann’s House, Die Regentrude, Der Spiegel des Cyprianus).