Other Word Forms of Erl-king
Origin of Erl-king
Partial translation of German Erlkönig alteration and partial translation of earlier Danish elverkonge, ellekonge elf-king (taken by Johann Gottfried von Herder in his translation of a Danish ballad as “alder-king,” influenced by German Erle alder, since the alder is associated with the supernatural in Germanic myth and folklore) elv elf albho- in Indo-European roots konge king
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
A part-translation of German Erlkönig literally "˜alder-king', a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge "˜king of the elves'.
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