Meaning of Erl King in English:

Erl King

Pronunciation /ˈəːl kɪŋ/


  • (in Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin believed to lure 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’.