from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In German and Scandinavian poetical mythology, a personified natural power which devises and works mischief, especially to children.
But in the boy's brain the Erlking has already raised his enticing whisper.
See, father, see the Erlking draws near!
When Mr Whishaw talks of the 'erlking's myrmidons,' he should remember that the erlking was not introduced into German folk lore till long after the period of his tale.
This word is a part-translation of German Erlkonig literally ‘alder-king’, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge ‘king of the elves.’