Erlking


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Erlking

elf king who works mischief on children. [Ger. Folk-lore: LLEI, I: 283]
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A giant of a man who snatches children from their parents, Abel is a mythological hybrid uniting in himself the Piper, the fairy-tale ogre, and the Erlking. As central subtexts the novel explicitly mentions Charles Perrault's Le Petit Poucet and Goethe's poem "Der Erlkonig," thus blending the French fairy-tale tradition with Germanic literature and myth.
(294) The Erlking is a relative of the Pied Piper and his abduction of children is of course the central motif in Goethe's famous poem, in which a child is snatched away from his father riding through the night.
Like Bella, Dana is drawn into unhealthy relationships with Ethan and the Erlking, one who drugged her with magic and nearly cost her life with his scheming and lies, and the other an immortal predator who attempts to maneuver Dana into giving up her body and her faeriewalker powers.
When Ethan is enslaved as part of the Erlking's Wild Hunt and Dana discovers that her half-brother Connor was taken as part of the pack years ago, she attempts to leverage their release by promising to help the Erlking carry a weapon into Faerie to kill the Unseelie and Seelie queens.
[T]he Erlking first attempts to win the child's favor and finally takes the boy from his father's arms and kills him....
Unknowingly mimicking the actions of the Erlking, Abel Tiffauges, due to his oftentimes forceful recruitment of numerous boys to serve in the Napola at Kaltenborn, is labeled the "Ogre of Kaltenborn" by the local Prussians.
19), the miller talks to the river and the river talks back to him, seducing him with sweet words (it comes to mind that the Erlking might be similarly represented by Schubert as an hallucination of the sick child in Erlkonig).
Stan Mellor is another trainer to hit a purple patch and Erlking (2.55) doesn't appear badly treated in the amateur riders' event.
Tim Easterby landed a pair in Scotton Green and Silly Money, who was left clear when leader Erlking catapaulted Chris Webb into the air in a last-hurdle blunder.
The similarities between the siren and the mermaid are more salient than the distinctions: Jung considers them both versions of a magical feminine being, "a siren, melusina (mermaid), wood-nymph, Grace or Erlking's daughter, or a lamia or succubus, who infatuates young men and sucks the life out of them" (25).
In Shadowspell, the second installment of the Faeriewalker series, Dana's life is further complicated by the arrival of the Erlking and his enslaved motorcycle gang, the Wild Hunt.