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Der Erlkonig 1 by AsheRhyder Der Erlkonig 1 by AsheRhyder
A prequel in three parts. 1/3. Happy holiday.



Erlkönig is a mythological character and belongs to everyone and no one. The poem quoted here is Goethe's.
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uh oh
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EvanescentIdeas Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Aaah, I love this poem and song... it's been running through my head this whole time that I've been binge-reading your comic XD
...and also had me come to realise that the three characters I got the most excited about are all various incarnations of death...
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thebattydragon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Just found out today, that the translation of Goethe's version into English, was Sir Walter Scott's first bigger project :D
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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LatyreDKaos Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Ah, so many memories of Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, and of my own progress through Lieder's enchanting, yet demanding, journeys. Well done on making all fans of German lore, Goethe, and lieder simultaneously sigh, and some of them burst into song. (Just for the Erlkönig, mind)
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Fell4 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!
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AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I love this song/poem. <3 you introduced it to me originally and then we listened to it in my Music appreciation class this summer. <3
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DanniDarkness Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
OH GODS THIS SONG!!! It made me cry the first time I heard it....now you turned it into a comic. *tears* 
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Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This one is Beautiful!
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SirUrquhart Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
You missed a line. That aside, it's awesome.
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lazybones1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS RENDITION OF THIS POEM!
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UnbekanntesPferd Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Uuuh, creepy! (in a good way)
I had to learn this poem by heart for class once. Ah, Goethe, how we love thee...
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Thunder-Star Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love /love/ how you've drawn this in pencil, rather than with your pen! It adds a lot, I think. X3
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I have this song on my ipod =w=
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theatrelover205 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love it but what's he saying?
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The translation should be somewhere on the same page.
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:icontheatrelover205:
theatrelover205 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks it's a little hard to make it out though
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Ethala1000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh no... Jareth.
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net-and-tinsel-gown Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Oh hell yes. I love love LOVE the smudgy pencil without ink; it adds to the misty flashback tone.
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RosesRed4Ever Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Wait, that kid looks like Jareth! Was Jareth originally a child stolen away from his parents? If so, that would be cool and tragic :)
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BeautifulPsychosis Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Oooh. This poem has always given me chills, and these illustrations are brilliant.
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Mossshadow13 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
//feels awesome, can read without the English translation//
The last panel on the right is simply amazing to me, the depth with just (from what I can tell) a pencil. Your just such an amazing artist :D
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Nanenna Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohgravythispoem! D: It's so sad and creepy!
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Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks incredible :)
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Aisling66 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love how you incorporated the poem into the art work.
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NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very cool to read a comic with a literary german masterpiece. I adore this poem and his creator.
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Topologist Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
In case anyone is curious, here's one of the most renowned Lieder singers performing it-
[link]
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Silva-Adrianiel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Jesus..... this art......
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Angel-of-Dawn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Ah... The poetry of Erlkonig. Never thought I will see that in the comic. And in its own language too. However, can you ink the comic? It was a bit hard to read the poetry. >>;
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At this stage, I can't, primarily because of health (and by the time that clears up, I will be backlogged sooooo badly.) However, the translation I used is the one on Wikipedia (shhh, don't tell!), so it should be easily accessible if you're curious.
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Angel-of-Dawn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Hope you will get better soon. >:

As for the poetry, I did read it from that website since he made his appearance. LOL XD However, it's nice to see the poetry. And uh... you just kinda told everyone where you got the translation from. >>;
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Dragonrose36 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Der Erlkönig is one of my favorite Schubert pieces.
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PamelaIsley Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this song! This comic is exactly how I pictured it when we went over it in Music Appreciation!
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nitro1989 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Who rides there so late through the night dark and drear?
The father it is, with his infant so dear;
He holdeth the boy tightly clasp'd in his arm,
He holdeth him safely, he keepeth him warm.

"My son, wherefore seek'st thou thy face thus to hide?"
"Look, father, the Alder King is close by our side!
Dost see not the Alder King, with crown and with train?"
"My son, 'tis the mist rising over the plain."
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thoughtfulillusion Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I heard this as music before I read it as a poem. I adore it as a song. ^.^ I got excited when I realized you're illustrating it
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Asatira Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, this poem. I remember first hearing the song/opera version of this.
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Kiyoko-mai Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
this arc is gonna be interesting
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curleyblue92 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I've always loved this poem! And I adore your art style for this! It looks both cool and creepy!
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Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O_o Erlkonig, you creep...
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thalle-my-honey Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's also a song and the singer had a ... funny voice and even funnier expressions ! XD
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the-black-bunny-13 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I know this poem! This is good!
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