A word invented by Edward Bulwer Lytton, famous novelist,
politican and occultist, to describe a kind of psychic energy.
It was featured in his book Vril Power of the Coming Race (1871),
which told how Vril enabled a race to reach a high degree of
civilization and develop a Utopian society without poverty, inequality,
or war. Lytton himself had some connections with occultism
and received the magician Éliphas Lévi at his house.
The idea of Vril was very much in tune with ideas of magical
power that Lytton had previously espoused in his books and
which continue to be used by occultists to the present time. In
prewar Germany there was a Vril Society founded in Berlin.
Lytton, Edward Bulwer. Vril Power of the Coming Race. Edinburgh;
London W. Blackwood and Sons, 1871.