Franz Schubert: Erlkönig


The Elfking Who rides so late through the windy night? It is the father and his child. He holds the boy, tight in his arm. He holds the boy, warm and safe. Son, why do you hide your face in fear? Father, do you not see the Elfking? The Elfking with his crown and train? My Son, it’s only the mist. You lovely child come with me. Lovely games we’ll play together. There are flowers on the beach and my mother has golden clothes! My father! My father! Can you not hear what the Elfking promises me? Be calm, be calm my boy It’s only the wind in the leaves Lovely boy, will you come with me? My daughters will wait on you My daughters will sing and dance for you and rock you to sleep. My father! My father! Do you not see the Elfking’s daughters there? My son, my son I see it clearly it’s the old willows shining in the moonlight. I love you I’m aroused by your beautiful form And if you won’t come, I will take you by force! My father! My father! He has grabbed me! The Elfking has hurt me! The father shudders. He rides fast. The groaning boy in his arms. Anxious, he reaches the farm. In his arms, the boy is dead.

67 thoughts on “Franz Schubert: Erlkönig

  • October 25, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    Wer kommt auch von Deutschunterrichten 😂

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  • October 26, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    The son must be real hot

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  • October 27, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    Why did they never play this to us in school?

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    I came here from music class at my school

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  • October 29, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Das ist so wunderschon dass ich weine

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  • October 29, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    What. Do. They. Mean. By. "Aroused"!? What shit translation is that? Genuine question. And one more, what is "train" intended to mean here?

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  • October 30, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    Whoever did this animation did a beautiful but inaccurate job.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    The video looks like the Malaysian wayang kulit.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    Solution: Get a pianist who can play faster so that the horse can reach the courtyard faster before the elf king takes the child's soul.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    mmm

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  • October 31, 2019 at 9:23 am
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    Uuhh, en el 3:28 está la parte que da más miedo. 👻

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  • October 31, 2019 at 10:29 pm
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    I watched this in class

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  • October 31, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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    If you dont understand put subtitles

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  • November 1, 2019 at 7:46 pm
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    I’m never going out riding a horse at night- if I try riding a horse for a day. ;-; wow. Thanks to this horrifying animations.

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  • November 1, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    At 3:38 you can see his soul in the Elf King’s hands 😱😱😱😢😢😢

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  • November 1, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    Spooky

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  • November 2, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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    Why does he sound like my choir teacher wtf

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  • November 3, 2019 at 5:28 am
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    I had to listen to this for music, but now I'm just listening to it because its kinda good, help me

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  • November 3, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    Silent movies?

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  • November 3, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    So sad

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  • November 4, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Ist hier überhaupt einer deutsch

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  • November 5, 2019 at 11:15 am
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    My teacher made us listen to it and describe it on a piece of paper, then let us watch the video. that is freaking CREEPY if you're a KID!

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  • November 6, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    今日これ中学校で聞いた!もしくは見たっていう中学校1年生ますか?

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  • November 6, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    학교에서 음악시간에 계속 보여주는거… 이 곡 말고도 10곡이나 작곡가.. 다 외워서 수행평가 해야하는데….ㅜㅜ

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  • November 6, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    Germans suck. USA all day

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  • November 6, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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    Lyrics
    Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind?
    Es ist der Vater mit seinem Kind;
    Er hat den Knaben wohl in dem Arm,
    Er faßt ihn sicher, er hält ihn warm.

    "Mein Sohn, was birgst du so bang dein Gesicht?" –
    "Siehst, Vater, du den Erlkönig nicht?
    Den Erlenkönig mit Kron' und Schweif?" –
    "Mein Sohn, es ist ein Nebelstreif."

    "Du liebes Kind, komm, geh mit mir!
    Gar schöne Spiele spiel' ich mit dir;
    Manch' bunte Blumen sind an dem Strand,
    Meine Mutter hat manch gülden Gewand." –

    "Mein Vater, mein Vater, und hörest du nicht,
    Was Erlenkönig mir leise verspricht?" –
    "Sei ruhig, bleibe ruhig, mein Kind;
    In dürren Blättern säuselt der Wind." –

    "Willst, feiner Knabe, du mit mir gehn?
    Meine Töchter sollen dich warten schön;
    Meine Töchter führen den nächtlichen Reihn,
    Und wiegen und tanzen und singen dich ein." –

    "Mein Vater, mein Vater, und siehst du nicht dort
    Erlkönigs Töchter am düstern Ort?" –
    "Mein Sohn, mein Sohn, ich seh' es genau:
    Es scheinen die alten Weiden so grau. –"

    "Ich liebe dich, mich reizt deine schöne Gestalt;
    Und bist du nicht willig, so brauch' ich Gewalt." –
    "Mein Vater, mein Vater, jetzt faßt er mich an!
    Erlkönig hat mir ein Leids getan!" –

    Dem Vater grauset's; er reitet geschwind,
    Er hält in Armen das ächzende Kind,
    Erreicht den Hof mit Mühe und Not;
    In seinen Armen das Kind war tot.

    Literal Translation
    Who rides, so late, through night and wind?
    It is the father with his child.
    He has the boy well in his arm
    He holds him safely, he keeps him warm.

    "My son, why do you hide your face in fear?"
    "Father, do you not see the Elf-king?
    The Elf-king with crown and cape?"
    "My son, it's a streak of fog."

    "You dear child, come, go with me!
    (Very) beautiful games I play with you;
    Many colorful flowers are on the beach,
    My mother has many a golden robe."

    "My father, my father, and do you not hear
    What the Elf-king quietly promises me?"
    "Be calm, stay calm, my child;
    Through dry leaves the wind is sighing."

    "Do you, fine boy, want to go with me?
    My daughters shall wait on you finely;
    My daughters lead the nightly dance,
    And rock and dance and sing to bring you in."

    "My father, my father, and don't you see there
    The Elf-king's daughters in the gloomy place?"
    "My son, my son, I see it clearly:
    There shimmer the old willows so grey."

    "I love you, your beautiful form excites me;
    And if you're not willing, then I will use force."
    "My father, my father, he's touching me now!
    The Elf-king has done me harm!"

    It horrifies the father; he swiftly rides on,
    He holds the moaning child in his arms,
    Reaches the farm with great difficulty;
    In his arms, the child was dead.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    Alas, German accent is far away !

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  • November 9, 2019 at 11:59 pm
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    G-senjou no Maou? Anyone?

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  • November 11, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    das wurde einfach im Unterricht in unserer Klasse gezeigt

    alle waren verstört!

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  • November 12, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    What’s the genre of this song?

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  • November 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    Меня в детстве очень пугали эти стихи!!!

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  • November 15, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    ,😭😖🙏👏

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  • November 15, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    Sakamoto brought me here , thank you !!

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  • November 16, 2019 at 6:30 am
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    Anyone from Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

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  • November 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    ¿ALGUIEN SABE LA HISTORIA Y TIENE LA TRADUCCIÓN? Estuve buscando en los comentarios y no encontre en español 😭

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  • November 16, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    My teacher showed us this and we had to do a whole project on it lol. And now it’s in my YouTube recommendations and I don’t know why

    Edit: this is a great piece though his vocal range is incredible and the way he portray each character is amazing

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  • November 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    Bin ich die einzige die es jetzt noch anhören muss für den Musikunterricht??😂

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  • November 17, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    👌🏻

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  • November 17, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    This was initially just a reply to the often noticed theme of pedophilia, but it got so long that I decided to post it as a comment too:

    [The theory of pedophilia] … is a very widespread interpretation. Some scholars say that this poem is the schizophrenic narrative of a pedophilic father, who is BOTH the "Erlkönig", Elfking, and the "Vater", father. A few things point in this direction: 1. The fact that reaching the "Hof", the house, in a sense society, would have been the salvation of the boy and the pressing aim of the caring side of the "Vater", since the presence of the society of the house would have saved the boy of the Erlkönig side of the father, which has appeared when the father was alone in the woods with the boy. 2. The dualistic closeness of the father. The "Vater" holds the boy safely and keeps him warm. The imagery of the video might be misleading in that regard because the original wording of the poem indicates that the father would have held the boy in his lap. This position though also could allow the "Erlkönig"-father to grope the boy. Interestingly Goethe uses the same word, "fassen", for the action of the "Vater", holding him safe, and the "Erlkönig", laying hand on him. And then there is 3. of course the most indicating verse with "I love you, I'm aroused by your form/physique. And if you are not willing, then I'll use force." 
    What does not fit into that interpretation is the seductive verse of the Erlkönig, when he talks about his daughters and his mother having beautiful clothing and so on. I still think it is an extremely dark poem, where Goethe works on multiple themes that might have played a role in his personal life just as well.

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  • November 18, 2019 at 8:59 am
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    I came here because of sakamoto

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  • November 19, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    Wie ich einfach wegen der Schule immer noch alles auswendig kann

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  • November 20, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    [SAKAMOTO INTRNSIFIES]

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  • November 21, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    why does everyone have a tongue piercing?

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  • November 25, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    The story behind this is that the son and the dad were sleeping and then the son wakes up the dad and tells him something is going to eat him, they ride out into the night but the dad cannot see the demon. They ride as fast as they can but eventually the demon eats the son inside out, and the dad as to sit there and watch his son get eaten by something he can’t stop or see. This was written in the 1670, scary to think how they made this story up.

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  • November 25, 2019 at 9:57 am
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    Anyone from Nostalgia Op.2 ?

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  • November 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    Это лесной царь, да?

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  • November 25, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    Beginnt 0:10;
    Erlkönig ab 1:40

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  • November 26, 2019 at 4:46 am
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    I don't know german but I know whats going on

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  • November 26, 2019 at 6:30 am
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    Hallo Musikkurs

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:06 am
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    It really bothers me, that the singer tells that the father holds the boy but in the cartoon the boy sits behind the father.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    A znam, to, tylko, dzięki sakamoto. Jak to kultura daję o sobie znać niepostrzeżenie.

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  • November 28, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    I came back after watching the kdrama blood and gap dong. God this song is so good

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  • November 29, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    Wait…
    Are all this comments really by Americans listening to a German song or are the Germans just talking English.
    I’m confused, are Americans learning this in school too?

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  • November 30, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    Who came up with "Elf king" as translation for "Erlkönig"? Cause the English one makes me think of Thranduil and the German doesn't. "Erle" is a tree, not an elf, isn't it?
    Is there an explanation or are people in the comments just… wrong?

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  • December 2, 2019 at 9:54 pm
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    It never fails to sadden me that my knowledge of german is not sufficient enough, to read Goethe in his native tongue, without copious amounts of help.

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  • December 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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    Le doy dislike solo para darle like de nuevo :3

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  • December 4, 2019 at 2:07 am
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    College music class anyone?

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  • December 4, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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    Your beautiful form entices me

    THE ELFKING IS A GAY PEDO CONFIRMED
    edit: Pedo stuff aside, I might have a theory as to WHY Erlkonig kidnapped this kid. We can see he has multiple daughters, but as far as we know, no sons. I bet he didn't kill le child for his "form" but as his SUCCESSOR…

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  • December 5, 2019 at 12:39 pm
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    I saw this in school, and I really liked it. so I'm here.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    This is one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever heard

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  • December 10, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    Fantastic, but wish the image had the boy in his father's arms as they went like it says in the song.

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  • December 10, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    It's scary

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  • December 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    J'ai cliqué sur tant de vidéos liées, à travers tant de paysages insolites, incroyables et étranges… Je me sens comme dans un compartiment sur un chemin de fer, à admirer une succession de scènes folles jamais vues auparavant, des musiques importantes et étranges à travers la fenêtre du wagon… il y a tant de choses à explorer, tellement d'endroits où se poser puis rester dans les ambiances proposées. Cet arrêt en particulier est
    génial !!!

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  • December 15, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    For real now, because this is beautiful and sad, very sad…Is the boy really imagining things because he is sick? Or the Dad can actually see/hear those things and Elfking and is like, trying to tell his Son that there is nothing in there?

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  • December 16, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    Chest compressions?

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  • December 17, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    what is this kind of music? i love it

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  • December 19, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    I came here from Cheese in the Trap. Inho has good taste <3

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  • December 19, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    waaah beautiful anime

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