Ostrołęka, a small city in the northeast of Poland, has named a number of centuries-old trees after characters in The Witcher, thanks to the lobbying of its youth council.
This is part of the city council's endeavour to recognise the trees - six English oaks and one common ash - as "natural monuments" in order to protect them for the future and "raise their rank in the public awareness." Regarding the proposal put forward from the youth council to name them after characters in The Witcher, Teraz Ostrołęka relayed that the group of young people "wanted to honour a world-famous work that brought fame to Polish culture and literature." I imagine the other councillors would have found it difficult to deny the impact of The Witcher books across the world.
CD Projekt Red's series of grimly gorgeous RPGs animated the characters and world that author Andrzej Sapkowski created and the second season of the Netflix show has its viewers on tenterhooks. Recently, it was rumoured that the adaptation will continue for five more seasons which is extremely exciting when you think of the range of stories that could be pulled from The Continent and its histories.
Check out the trailer for The Witcher: Monster Slayer, a mobile game that has you hunting down and dispatching creatures from Leshens to Nekkers to Bruxas.
Sapkowski himself has praised the initiative, and local media site GryNieznanePL has provided a list of the trees' new names and where to find them:
Of the 19 city council members, two officials did not vote on the proposal and one criticised the move to name trees after The Witcher heroes. Law and Justice Party member Ryszard Żukowski took issue with the fact that the names are not Polish names and explained that trees should not be named after fictional "wizards and rats," in his opinion. Furthermore, he claimed that "political correctness" meant that names like Triss and Yennefer were on the table when the trees are actually male.
Bizarre. Anyway, the motion was approved and the trees are now hoped to become tourist attractions as well as highlighting their environmental importance to younger generations.
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