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Erl King

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Pronunciation: /ˈəːl kɪŋ

Definition of Erl King in English:


(In Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin believed to lure little children to the land of death.
Example sentences
  • Erlkings often exercise a fatal influence, especially on children by means of alluring promises or visions that led to destruction.
  • Who is the shadowy Erlking?


late 18th century: from German Erlkönig 'alder-king', a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge 'king of the elves'.

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