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Elegast (elf spirit) is the hero and noble robber in the poem Karel ende Elegast, a Medieval Dutch epic poem that has been translated into English as Charlemagne and Elbegast. In the poem, he possibly represents the King of the Elves. He appears as a knight on a black horse, an outcast vassal of Charlemagne living in the forest. The original Dutch poem uses the name Elegast, while translated versions of the poem commonly use the name Elbegast in German and English, or Alegast in the Skandavian ballad.


Adaptations

Adaptations and translations:

  • Dutch: Karel ende Elegast (modern: Karel en Elegast)
  • Skandanavian: Alegast Vise (Ballad of Alegast)
  • Middle Danish: Krønike by Karl Magnus
  • Norse: Karlamagnús saga
  • English: Ingelheim: Charlemagne the Robber by Lewis Spencer.
  • French epic: Chanson de Basin (a lost manuscript), Vie de Charlemagne
  • German: Karlmeinet
  • West Frisian: Karel en Elegast (translation by Klaas Bruinsma, 1994).





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