erlking

erlking

[url-king]
noun (in German and Scandinavian mythology)
a spirit or personified natural power that works mischief, especially to children.

Origin:
1790–1800; < German Erlkönig alder (tree) king, J. G. von Herder's mistrans. of Danish ellerkonge, variant of elverkonge king of the elves

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erlking (ˈɜːlˌkɪŋ)
 
n
German myth a malevolent spirit who carries children off to death
 
[C18: from German Erlkönig, literally: alder king, coined in 1778 by Herder, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge king of the elves]

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