Erlkönig

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Danish ellerkonge (king of the elves), in which eller- was misinterpreted as German Low German Eller (alder), and which was thus translated into standard German as Erlkönig (Erle +‎ König). This form was spread by Goethe’s famous poem. Low German Eller is from Middle Low German elre, from Old Saxon elis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛʁlˌkøːnɪç/, [ˈɛʁlˌkøːnɪç], [ˈɛɐ̯l-]

Noun[edit]

Erlkönig m (genitive Erlkönigs, plural Erlkönige)

  1. erl-king

Declension[edit]