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Der Erlkonig 2

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A prequel in 3 parts. 2/3. 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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Angela Carter has written a really interesting series of 'fairytales' based on others, though they're completely new rather than reincarnations. There's one influenced by this - if I remember correctly, it's called Erl-King. Just in case anyone is interested :) 
Fighting-Dreamers-94's avatar
ok I have the feeling that father will curse Erlkonig.
literaryromantic's avatar
So....is it just me, or does the child look like KidJareth who promised Sarah he'd love her forever? Are Goblin Kings made or born?
RageReaper's avatar
Can't say as I'm a fan of your charcoal(?) drawings. It gives it a certain aspect that suits the storyine, but it makes reading the script a damn site harder.
SirUrquhart's avatar
Oh, you're just taking out whole chunks of it to emphasize certain aspects. Hm. Interesting.
Neon-Raven's avatar
OMB I have seen that "Ich Liebe Dich" before.... In the Wild Hunt arc, Erl had it as his flashback/nightmare...

Wow.

Just...

Wow.
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RosesRed4Ever's avatar
Beautiful and haunting - fabulous job!
Pika-la-Cynique's avatar
Sunnuvawitch.

Taking on the original poem done straight and with the slight twists of your own mythos - ambitious! Lovely graphical work here.

I am still too messed up by Subtilior's spin on that tale, mind you. But it does mesh so nicely with the darker hints in Labyrinth...
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two-tailed-cat's avatar
Is it bad that all I can see is Jareth sister and think "AW! Look at her! She's so cute!"
Alternate point, Erkonig says "daughters" as in multiple, not singular. does jareth have other sisters through him? sorry, dumb question.
AsheRhyder's avatar
{{Perhaps he does...}}
I would translate fasst as grabbing, not getting.
Shengirl's avatar
This is a little difficult to read but beautifully illustrated, particularly the second-to-last frame.
k9Glacier's avatar
cute father daughter panel
NikiMaweird's avatar
Beautiful art, sweetheart. But to things. It's "brauche ich", "fasst" and "hat mir ein Leid getan". You know, I am from Germany and I have read this poem for many times, so I have to know it.
werebunny131's avatar
Something about that second panel is just...beautiful.
batwinged-squirrel's avatar
Anybody else getting flashbacks to this page of Roommates? [link]

That was seriously the first thing I thought of when I saw the words "Ich liebe dich".
ImmortalBond's avatar
Oh wow, it's striking how much the father looks like Javert in this page.

I need to go listen to this song again now....
gaoyuqing's avatar
this set panels is especially striking, the face of the child looks genuinely terrified. strikes my heart, being a parent myself. can feel the mix of rage and helplessness of the father.
Minyalos's avatar
Wow, very good foreshadowing to this one in the Wild Hunt- arc. Panel 4 is so alike to page 290 panel 3. And the artwork itself in this one is amazing; so many details and shadows done so well in pencil. You are truly wonderful Ashe.
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"Oh, come, thou dear infant! oh come thou with me!
For many a game I will play there with thee;
On my beach, lovely flowers their blossoms unfold,
My mother shall grace thee with garments of gold."

"My father, my father, and dost thou not hear
The words that the Alder King now breathes in mine ear?"
"Be calm, dearest child, thy fancy deceives;
the wind is sighing through withering leaves."

"Wilt go, then, dear infant, wilt go with me there?
My daughters shall tend thee with sisterly care
My daughters by night on the dance floor you lead,
They'll cradle and rock thee, and sing thee to sleep."

"My father, my father, and dost thou not see,
How the Alder King is showing his daughters to me?"
"My darling, my darling, I see it aright,
'Tis the aged grey willows deceiving thy sight."

"I love thee, I'm charm'd by thy beauty, dear boy!
And if thou aren't willing, then force I'll employ."
"My father, my father, he seizes me fast,
For sorely the Alder King has hurt me at last."
Rakshiel-MoGaidren's avatar
I love the german in this. The voice I am using to speak it in my head is so damned creepy
thalle-my-honey's avatar
it's really creepy ! i always think of the face of the guy , when he sings the Erlkönig ... XD
look : [link]
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