Der Erl-König, oil on wood by Moritz von Schwind, 1830


"Der Erlkönig"

Scott’s translation of Goethe’s famed ballad

is the first poem in the Apology.





Walter Scott’s An Apology for Tales of Terror (1799)



  • Textual history
  • The Scottish-German Nexus
  • Scott and M.G. Lewis



  • Gottfried August Bürger
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • M.G. Lewis
  • Robert Southey
  • John Aikin


       Annotated Text of the Poems


     Appendix: Scott’s "Essay on Imitations of the     

     Ancient Ballad" (1830)


     Bibliography            Acknowledgments