1797, in Scott's translation of Goethe, from German Erl-könig, literally "alder-king," Herder's erroneous translation of Danish ellerkonge "king of the elves." Cf. German Eller, Erle "alder" (see alder).
Examples from the Web for erl-king
Perhaps the Erl-King has an unlimited supply of those deceitful daughters of his!The Romance of the Woods|F. J. Whishaw
It is of the "Erl-King" style, but highly original and tremendously fierce and eerie.
And as for poor Schubert, well, Goethe ignored him, and actually thought he had misinterpreted the Erl-king!A Day with Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy|George Sampson
There is a German superstition, which eight or ten years after I read, of the Erl-king and his daughter.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)|Thomas De Quincey
Such works as Schubert's "Erl-King" show what can be 351 done.