Origin of Eldritch
From Middle English eldrich, from earlier elrich, equivalent to Old English el- (“foreign, strange, uncanny”) (see else) + rīċe (“realm, kingdom”) (see rich); hence “of a strange country, pertaining to the Otherworld”; compare Old English ellende "in a foreign land, exiled" (compare German Elend "penury, distress" and Dutch ellende "misery"), Runic Norse alja-markir "foreigner".
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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