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More famous nowadays for its comic potential, Der Erlkönig is one of the most famous German horror ballads, a textual form we know many English Romanticists read with great ardor.

I had meant to keep this for later, but this video – it is GOOD!

There has been some speculation what kind of monster Der Erlkönig might be. I think it’s an anticipation for another kind of monster; one that would come to dominate 19th century fiction, and from then on, to the present day…