- in German mythology, a giant who preys on children
Etymology: A part-translation of German Erlkínig literally "alder-king", a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge "king of the elves".
- 1962: This line, and indeed the whole passage (lines 653-664), allude to the well-known poem by Goethe about the , hoary enchanter of the elf-haunted alderwood, who falls in love with the delicate little boy of a belated traveler. " Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
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