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erlking

(ˈɜːlˌkɪŋ)
n
(European Myth & Legend) German myth a malevolent spirit who carries children off to death
[C18: from German Erlkönig, literally: alder king, coined in 1778 by Herder, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge king of the elves]
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Melancholy had been one of the formative features of German Romanticism, most prominently exemplified in the tragic play Faust or the winter poem, The Erlking, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, himself known to have suffered from depression and possibly bipolar disorder (Holm-Hadulla et al.
about a father struggling to protect his son from the Erlking, a malevolent spirit that preys on children.
The total effect is to suggest other worlds and, drawing from his country's dramatic landscapes and deep-rooted Norse mythology, Frans' paintings feature strange dogs and winged horses - one of a horse and a rider in a wasteland is like a scene plucked from Goethe's spooky poem The Erlking.
During the Romantic period, especially in the fairy-tale adaptation by the Brothers Grimm, the legend is then once again clad in an aura of demonic mystery and is understood as folk myth due to the Piper's relationship with such figures as the Nordic spirit of the Erlking, who also abducts children.
Dana is a pawn to be used and then discarded by the Erlking once he has taken what he wants.
Christopher, the giant who transports the Christ child across a river to safety, is a mirror inverse of the Erlking who, based on the king of the elves and immortalized in Goethe's ballad Der Erlkonig, kidnaps and kills his young victims.
Coached to "let the weak disappear" by a pedophiliac black marketeer, a kind of Nazi Erlking who was once his schoolteacher, the child poisons his ailing father and then kills himself, less out of contrition than despair.
The latter is nicely characterized between the narrator, boy, father and Erlking, but Berg maintains the intimate lieder quality without making it operatic, as is sometimes the case with young singers.
19), the miller talks to the river and the river talks back to him, seducing him with sweet words (it comes to mind that the Erlking might be similarly represented by Schubert as an hallucination of the sick child in Erlkonig).
After gathering the finest sand he could find at an Oregon beach, Zelkowicz crafted and filmed ``The ErlKing,'' a five-minute adaptation of an 18th-century German poem by the same name.
Stan Mellor is another trainer to hit a purple patch and Erlking (2.
Tim Easterby landed a pair in Scotton Green and Silly Money, who was left clear when leader Erlking catapaulted Chris Webb into the air in a last-hurdle blunder.