German - A princess of Brabant. Sister of Gottfried. Wife of Lohengrin. Ortrud, wife of Frederick who was Elsa's foster-father, changed Gottfried into a swan and Elsa was accused by Frederick of having murdered her brother. Lohengrin arrived on a swan, defeated Frederick in single combat and rescued her. She married him without knowing his name but, prompted by Ortrud, demanded to know who he was. Having satisfied her curiosity, he left her but, before leaving, he restored her brother to human form. Also commonly called Elsa, Else or Else.

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