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* ''Music/SarahBrightman'' - Her song ''Figlio Perduto'' uses an Italian adaptation of this poem for lyrics.
* ''{{Music/Rammstein}}'' - Has a song titled ''Dalai Lama'' which is the Erlkönig [[RecycledInSpace on a plane]].

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* ''Music/SarahBrightman'' Music/SarahBrightman'' - Her song ''Figlio Perduto'' "Figlio Perduto" uses an Italian adaptation of this poem for lyrics.
* ''{{Music/Rammstein}}'' - Has {{Music/Rammstein}} has a song titled ''Dalai Lama'' "Dalai Lama" which is the Erlkönig [[RecycledInSpace on a plane]].



* ''Le Roi des aulnes'': a 1970 novel written by Michel Tournier

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* ''Le Roi des aulnes'': a 1970 novel written by Michel TournierTournier.




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* The eighth of Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin's 12 Etudes in All the Minor Keys, "Erlkönig", is a purely instrumental "setting" of Goethe's poem.






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%%* SupernaturalProofFather %% Zero Context Example* SupernaturalProofFather: The father repeatedly insists that what his son claims to be visions of the Erlking are just streaks of fog, willow trees, and so forth. But when the boy claims that the Erlking has moved from trying to entice him away to trying to abduct him by force, even the father seems uncertain as to whether or not his son is simply hallucinating.


* One episode of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' is titled Erlkönig.

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* One An episode in the fourth season of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' is titled Erlkönig."Erlkönig", and parts of the poem are recited in it.



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* The antagonist of ''Literature/TheDarkestPartOfTheForest'' by Creator/HollyBlack named himself the Alderking, after this poem.


* SupernaturalProofFather: See Its Probably Nothing above.

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* SupernaturalProofFather: See Its Probably Nothing above.%%* SupernaturalProofFather %% Zero Context Example

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* SupernaturalProofFather: See Its Probably Nothing above.

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* Creator/JohnConnolly wrote a short story by this name about a boy who meets and just barely escapes the titular figure. Unfortunately, his infant brother doesn't have the same luck.


For a literal translation of the ballad, visit the [[Synopsis/TheErlKing synopsis page.]] A rhyming translation 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 [[Recap/TheErlKing recap page.]] A rhyming translation can be found [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Alder_King on Wikisource.]]


* DeathOfAChild: A young boy dies.

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* DeathOfAChild: A The poem is about a farmer riding furiously through the night to get his sick son home. The feverish young boy dies.becomes increasingly distraught, claiming that the Elf King is trying to take him. Whether the Elf King is really there and trying to kidnap the boy or if it's just a fever hallucination is [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane left ambiguous]], but by the time the father reaches their home the boy has died.


* DiedInYourArmsTonight: What we have to assume to be the pose of father and son at the end.

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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: What we have to assume to be The last line of the pose of father and son at poem: "In his arms, the end.child was dead."


* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' - A powerful member of TheFairFolk goes by this name and the poem is acknowledge to be about him in universe.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' - A powerful member of TheFairFolk goes by this name and the poem is acknowledge to be about him in universe.in-universe.



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* Of course pathos begets countless parodies (eased by the fact that the poem is so easily recognized even when parodied). To name just one, "König Erl" by famous German comedy poet Heinz Erhardt.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: The Erlking shows his real face after his seductive approach doesn't work on the boy.


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* WouldHurtAChild: The Erlking offers violence against the boy.


* AdultFear: Having your child scream for help and eventually dying in your arms.

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* AdultFear: Having your child scream screaming for help and eventually dying in your arms.


* DeathOfAChild: A young boy dies.



* TheFairFolk: The Erl-king and his daughters.

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* TheFairFolk: The Erl-king Erlking and his daughters.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The poem does not answer the question whether the Erl-King is real or only the dying boy's fever dream.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The poem does not answer the question whether the Erl-King Erlking is real or only the dying boy's fever dream.


* DyingInYourArmsTonight: What we have to assume to be the pose of father and son at the end.

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* DyingInYourArmsTonight: DiedInYourArmsTonight: What we have to assume to be the pose of father and son at the end.

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