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.
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.
Abel's most sinister side reveals itself primarily in the Erlking, however, that evil spirit of the night and harbinger of the realm of the dead in Germanic mythology.
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.
Her royal father plans to use her to murder members of the court, while the Erlking eyes her, because she will make a much more "tractable servant than Dana" (261).
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.
We come to realize, as it is for Abel's literary precedent the Erlking, that not women but boys are the answer to Abel's quest for fulfillment.
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.