Snow King

Gustavus Adolphus, of Sweden. (1594, 1611-1632.)

“At Vienna he was called in derision the Snow King, who was kept together by the cold, but would melt and disappear as he approached a warmer soil.” —Dr. Crichton: Scandinavia, vol. ii. p. 61.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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