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
Historical Examples of erl-king
Then, like erl-king in the German legends, they broaden out to engulf their opponent.The Johnstown Horror
James Herbert Walker
Such works as Schubert's "Erl-King" show what can be 351 done.Contemporary American Composers
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
O father, my father, and did you not hear The Erl-King whisper so low in my ear?
O father, my father, and saw you not plain The Erl-King's pale daughter glide past thro' the rain?