"I am afraid of the desert of misery."
Translation:Ik ben bang voor de woestijn van ellende.
Ellende is cognate with Old English 'elland', it literally means el- (other, foreign, alien, strange) + land. The prefix only seems to survive in the Lovecraftian 'eldritch', a distortion of 'elrich', or 'strange-kingdom.' The word 'elland' or 'ellende' or German 'Elend' originally referred to Exile, a well documented and sorrowful punishment. The meaning of sorrow comes from this.