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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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Another interesting contest is the opening two-year-old maiden where Joseph O'Brien's Erlking is the choice.
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.
"An opera singer performed Schubert's 'Erlking.' It was a haunting piece...
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 and the Erlking, who come from legends rooted in medieval folklore, parallel bis own bizarre desire to capture and carry children on his shoulders.
ANSWERS: 1 Don Quixote; 2 The Erlking; 3 Thailand; 4 To produce electricity; 5 The Book of Kells; 6 The Thames froze sufficiently hard for people to walk across it; 7 The Minotaur; 8 The Plough (Ursa Major); 9 Arsenal; 10 Baby Spice.
Eol is reminiscent of the folk legend of the 'Erlking', the forest-dwelling evil elf who ensnares the innocent and unwary; or the Scottish 'Hind Etin' who takes to wife and imprisons the aristocratic maiden who strays in to his forest (as punishment for breaking twigs in his domain).
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.
He's very intelligent and expressive, easily and convincingly changing moods and characters in Schubert's "Der Tod und das Madchen" and the famous "Der Erlkonig." 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.
Part 1, "Scaring," begins with a history of the Bogeyman and related figures of terror from Goethe's "Erlking" to Mr.