Definition of Erl King in English:

Erl King


  • (in Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin who lures little children to the land of death.

    • ‘Erlkings often exercise a fatal influence, especially on children by means of alluring promises or visions that led to destruction.’
    • ‘Who is the shadowy Erlking?’


Late 18th century: from German Erlkönig alder king a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge king of the elves.


Erl King

/ˈərl ˌkiNG/