- a spirit or personified natural power that works mischief, especially to children.
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Historical Examples of erlking
Herr Schubert puffed and blew, and "The Erlking" pranced and thumped.Unfinished Portraits
They found the composer all aglow, reading the “Erlking” aloud to himself.How to Appreciate Music
But in the boy's brain the Erlking has already raised his enticing whisper.
In the heat of fever the boy implores his father to look for the Erlking's daughters.
Erlking has now completely filled the feverish fancy of the child.
- German myth a malevolent spirit who carries children off to death