erl-king

noun /ˈɜːlkɪŋ/
in German mythology, a giant who preys on children

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  • Erl-king — 1797, in Scott s translation of Goethe, from Ger. Erl könig, lit. alder king, Herder s erroneous translation of Dan. ellerkonge king of the elves. Cf. Ger. Eller, Erle alder (see ALDER (Cf. alder)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • erl|king — «URL KIHNG», noun. German and Scandinavian Legend. a spirit or personification of natural forces, such as cold or storm, that does harm, especially to children. ╂[partial translation of German Erlkönig alder king, mistranslation of Danish… …   Useful english dictionary

  • erl-king — [ ə:lkɪŋ] noun (in Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin believed to lure little children to the land of death. Origin C18: from Ger. Erlkönig alder king , a mistranslation of Dan. ellerkonge king of the elves …   English new terms dictionary

  • erl-king — n. (in Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin who lures little children to the land of death. Etymology: G Erlkoumlnig alder king, a mistransl. of Da. ellerkonge king of the elves …   Useful english dictionary

  • ERL-KING —    a Norse impersonation of the spirit of superstitious fear which haunts and kills us even in the guardian embrace of paternal affection …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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  • Der Erlkönig — This article is about the poem by Goethe. For the German legend this poem is based on, see Erlking. The Erlking by Albert Sterner, ca. 1910 Der Erlkönig (often called just Erlkönig) is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It depicts the death of …   Wikipedia

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