History Literature / TheErlKing

2nd Dec '16 11:09:40 PM Xtifr
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'''"The Erl-King"''' or "The Alder King" ("Erlkönig" in German) is a [[GermanMedia German ballad]] written by Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe in 1782.

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'''"The Erl-King"''' "The Erl-King" or "The Alder King" ("Erlkönig" in German) is a [[GermanMedia German ballad]] written by Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe in 1782.
8th Sep '16 3:31:48 PM Aquila89
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* One episode of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' is titled Erlkönig.
25th Jun '16 11:04:18 AM porphyre77
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* ''Le Roi des aulnes'': a 1970 novel written by Michel Tournier



* AdultFear: Having your child dying in your arms



%% * TheFairFolk

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%% * TheFairFolkTheFairFolk: The Erl-king and his daughters



* NotNowKiddo: How the father initially disregards the boy's fears



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30th Dec '15 11:08:19 AM Aquila89
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%% * DownerEnding

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%% * DownerEndingDownerEnding: By the time the father arrives home, his son has already died.
16th Dec '15 1:42:59 PM henry42
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* ItsProbablyNothing: The father repeatedly insists that what the boy sees and hears are from mundane sources, e.g. a tree or the wind.
9th Dec '15 1:45:35 PM LordGro
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For a literal translation of the ballad, visit the [[Synopsis/TheErlKing synopsis page.]] A rhyming translation (as "The Alder King") can be found [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Alder_King on Wikisource.]]

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For a literal translation of the ballad, visit the [[Synopsis/TheErlKing synopsis page.]] A rhyming translation (as "The Alder King") can be found [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Alder_King on Wikisource.]]
5th Dec '15 11:50:06 PM LordGro
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* ImaginaryEnemy: The boy feels he is pursued by a supernatural entity which his father cannot see, and which wants to take him away to a supernatural realm against his will.



* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Inverted -- not so ImaginaryEnemy.

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* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Inverted -- The father believes the Erlking is only a figment of the boy's imagination and keeps telling his son he does not so ImaginaryEnemy.exist, but by the end he "feels a horror" (''dem Vater grausets''), which indicates he (and with him, the reader) is left wondering whether the Erlking is real, after all.
5th Dec '15 11:33:06 PM LordGro
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The poem does not answer the question whether the Erl-King is real or the boy`s fever dream. Goethe himself however ''did'' believe in preternatural beings.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The poem does not answer the question whether the Erl-King is real or only the boy`s dying boy's fever dream. Goethe himself however ''did'' believe in preternatural beings.
5th Dec '15 11:30:32 PM LordGro
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5th Dec '15 11:29:32 PM LordGro
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* HavingAGayOldTime / AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Some of the lines ("Ich liebe dich, mich reizt deine schöne Gestalt" -> "I love you, your beautiful form tempts/attracts/entices me") make the Erlkönig seem more like a creepy pedophile for modern readers. However, during Goethe`s lifetime most of these expressions did not have the sexual undertones they have today.
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