Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Der Erlkonig 3 by AsheRhyder Der Erlkonig 3 by AsheRhyder
A prequel in 3 parts. 3/3. Happy holiday.

Erlkönig is a mythological character and belongs to everyone and no one. The poem quoted here is Goethe's.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconanimerunaway:
animerunaway Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Some one wanna tell me what movie this guy is from
Reply
:iconscarlettkingston:
ScarlettKingston Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You can listen to Schubert's "Der Erlkönig" if you want to listen to something that is enchanting and frightening . . . if you really get into it. I recommend the performance by Philippe Sly.
Reply
:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Scandinavian/Germanic folklore; he's probably best known for a poem by Goethe or a piece of music inspired by it. It's easily available on the internet these days.
Reply
:iconthechinasorrows:
TheChinaSorrows Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
That was just so beautiful. The style is so perfect for it.
Reply
:iconmali-chan:
Mali-chan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that I can comment again. I already told Ashe in a note about my story with the Erl-king. But maybe someone else wants to read it. (Yeah. Right. Delusions of importance. ^^;)


OK. So I worked as a librarian/IT in a Hungarian community center for a time. That place held an annual poetry recitation competition (those are a thing in Hungary) they were angsty and boring and generally something I could really live without, but my ex-boss downright loved them. Now one participant in the first I had the misfortune to witness chose this poem... oh yeah... the competition was held for school children so the boy reciting it was 10 or so years old. My brain went for the mundane interpretation as a reflex... at that day anything else would be way too much. :iconscaredplz:
Reply
:iconindigo-night-wisp:
Indigo-Night-Wisp Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Wait, a ten year old was reciting Erl-king poetry?
Reply
:iconmali-chan:
Mali-chan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Short answer: Yes.
 
Longer answer: And the sad part is his performance was one of the better and less depressive ones. You can imagine what kind of a depression/angst/bore fest the competitions was. ^^;
Reply
:iconindigo-night-wisp:
Indigo-Night-Wisp Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Eurgh.
Reply
:iconcrazykitty2222:
Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok that is depressing but I must know where this is going!
Reply
:iconcrazykitty2222:
Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait Wait Wait!That child looks alot like little Jareth :gasp: Could it be him?!
Reply
:iconbluesun777:
bluesun777 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Holy crap. I am excited to see where this is going.
Reply
:iconjansesu:
jansesu Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Not something to read before bed....
Reply
:iconlerta3:
Lerta3 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
This is one of my favorite poems ever.
Reply
:iconindigo-night-wisp:
Indigo-Night-Wisp Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Rushed through the whole prequel. Oh my lord, I'm all tinglyexcited now. This arc is going to be fantastic.

Gorgeous, by the way. Completely, allover gorgeous.
Reply
:iconunbekanntespferd:
UnbekanntesPferd Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Wow, this... this is awesome. Especially the expressions in the last few panels. I actually got a chill.

(and, since I have an anti-drama circuit built into my brain and thought of this immediately: there's a parody version of this (one of many), where the last lines go: "Erreicht den Hof mit Mühe und Not/Das Kind das lebt/Das Pferd ist tot.")
Reply
:iconthunder-star:
Thunder-Star Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a pretty dang epic way to do a prequel! I applaud you~
Reply
:iconmayaegyptkezi:
mayaegyptkezi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
NOOOO NOT THE KID!!! T_T
Reply
:iconethala1000:
Ethala1000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh man, I'm tearing up. This is fantastic.
Reply
:iconavalonrae:
AvalonRae Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Der Erlkonig didn't mean to kill the child, though... :cries:
Reply
:iconrosesred4ever:
RosesRed4Ever Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Poor kid! Your art is just breath-taking!
Reply
:iconetile:
etile Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
cool poem
Reply
:iconatemozzarella:
AteMozzarella Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing!
Reply
:iconkendermouse:
kendermouse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
He looks like he's actually upset about it... how strange.
Reply
:icontwo-tailed-cat:
two-tailed-cat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aaaaand, strangely i never realized until this page just how terrifying erlkonig was... child killer....
Reply
:icontavata:
Tavata Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Music in the back "Erlköning" with Bryn Terfel =3
Reply
:iconrubyoftrinity:
RubyOfTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
NICE. Those final few panels came out fabulous.
Reply
:iconnanenna:
Nanenna Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I'm gonna cry.
Reply
:iconphoneix-faerie:
Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is incredible, fantastic work
Reply
:iconmae-rose:
MAE-rose Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
First time I ever saw this poem was in an English translation in a literature book that belonged to one of my uncles---circa 1940s or early 1950s. Just the poem and a woodcut of the father riding with the child clutched to his chest . . .

And then you see the figure of the Erl-King in the background, and he is HUGE. LOOMING. Not at all clear-cut, just a suggestion of pale eyes and a crown and an outstretched hand, but once I spotted him my reaction was basically, "GAHHHHH!" That thrill and cold feeling has been part of my gold standard for (pleasurable) horror ever since.

And I'm having that thrill and cold feeling right now.

Gold standard work, Ashe.
Reply
:iconfractalblaze:
FractalBlaze Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I love that thrill and cold feeling! Those cold, dark villains that can induce that pleasurable horror- I keep looking for them. Shall we share our lists of horror characters sometime?
Reply
:iconks-claw:
ks-claw Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I remember reading a modern interpretation of this poem once. Or rather, someone wrote a story along with the poem (if that makes sense).
Reply
:icondantemew:
Dantemew Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Beautiful! Wonderful! (This makes me so afraid and excited for the new arc! Conflicting, I know. Sorry.) But now I wonder, did this truly happen to the Erlkoenig and Goethe heard about it (and wrote it down)? Or did this happen to the Erlkoenkig because Goethe wrote it? (The latter leads me to think that this is when the Erlkoenig starts to rebel against the boundaries a story can have. And since the child looks so much look Jareth (and seems to be around the same age -comparatively so, that is), the Erlkoenig could have started plotting for him after this occurance. He does look so suprised by the blood on his hand!) A side note: right above the Erlkoenig hand there looks to be a faint outline of the crystal balls Jareth uses, was this intentional? (I'm sorry for the long comment; it got away from me.)
Reply
:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I admit nothing...
Reply
:iconltflame:
LtFlame Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Writer
That kid...he looks suspiciously like Jareth...Beautiful shading and loved that last panel with the Erlkoenig.
Reply
:iconjadesparrow33:
jadesparrow33 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Beautiful work. Amazingly emotive.
Reply
:iconnikimaweird:
NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, I always have to cry at this part.
Reply
:iconladydesmoria:
LadyDesmoria Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This brought tears to my eyes. It's so beautifully done. I guess we know where Jareth got the baby napping tendencies from. But this pierced my heart. I truly believe that he wasn't trying to kill the child. Maybe he wanted a son.
Reply
:iconelsa-the-immortal1:
elsa-the-immortal1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Erlkonig is one of my favorite poems, especially for those dark and stormy nights.
Reply
:iconsnigepippi:
Snigepippi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice illustration of the old poem. I remember reciting it in German class....
Reply
:iconlilricki:
LilRicki Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
GAH I mostly know this poem through Schubert's setting of it and I could hear his music while reading this and WOW. Very powerful. Thank you for this treat.
Reply
:iconzicoxite:
Zicoxite Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a song based on this story called Figlio Perduto. The lyrics are almost identical aside from being in Italian instead of German.
Reply
:iconmali-chan:
Mali-chan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Which Lord King used as ringtone in "Such Stuff...". :meow:
Reply
:iconzicoxite:
Zicoxite Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true, I had forgotten that. ^_^
Reply
:iconmali-chan:
Mali-chan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... I'm unhealthily obsessed with this comic. ^^;
Reply
:iconzicoxite:
Zicoxite Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I sympathize.
Reply
:iconbellelorage:
BelleLorage Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks.. Surprised to have killed the child? Hm...
Not at all what I thought up when I read the poem. I mean, the kid did die of course, but I always thought of it as the kid was bewitched by the Erlking and was happy to die.
A very interesting interpretation. Top notch as always
Reply
:icontornasunder7916:
TornAsunder7916 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... Beautiful and tragic.
Reply
:iconfionavanyel:
FionaVanyel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautifully done, Ashe. :heart:
Reply
:iconitamiyumi:
Itamiyumi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I remember having to memorize and recite this poem in front of the class for German III. It was fun to hear how the individual interpreted the voices for each part. One guy did an amazing growling voice for the "evil Erlkonig"
I loved going through this again! Thanks!
Reply
:iconcaseva:
caseva Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]!

This is the creepiest performance of the Schubert version of that poem that I've ever seen. No lyrics, but the mood is a perfect match.

I can't remember, I may have commented this one before.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×
Download JPG 1269 × 1643




Details

Submitted on
June 16, 2013
Image Size
924 KB
Resolution
1269×1643
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
8,919 (1 today)
Favourites
255 (who?)
Comments
98
Downloads
31
×