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The Witcher: Centuries-Old Trees in Poland Now Named After Characters in the Franchise

By Rachael Fiddis

August 4, 2021

Seven trees in Poland now bear the name of The Witchers most iconic characters.

If you happen to find yourself taking a stroll through the Polish city of Ostroleka, you could very well come face to face with the woody versions of some iconic Witcher characters.

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Seven historic and centuries-old trees have been named after our most beloved names from The Witcher franchise. The city’s council wanted to initially find a way to treasure the very old trees in order to preserve them for the future as well as “raise their rank in the public awareness.” The precious proposal to name the trees after Witcher characters came forth from Ostroleka’s youth council who wanted to “honour a world-famous work that brought fame to Polish culture and literature.”

The idea that this was being done even caught the attention of The Witcher writer Andrzej Sapkowski which I’m sure helped to sweeten the deal. Although, not all of the council members were in on the plan at all and probably had no idea how big The Witcher actually is.

Yennefer – English Oak

According to Gaming Bible, some council members really didn’t take to the notion of naming historic trees after characters from a book and game whilst another said that they shouldn’t be named after fictional “wizards and rats,” and also due to the trees being male, the names Triss and Yennefer were inappropriate. Someone needs to get grumpy pants in on the books and also a copy of The Witcher 3, pronto.

If you’d like to visit the beautiful old trees in the Polish town, here’s where you can find them as well as each of the tree’s Witcher names thanks to GryNieznanePL:

  • Cirilla – English oak at road Księcia Mieszka I
  • Geralt of Rivia – English oak at the intersection of roads 11 Listopada i Bogusławskiego
  • Dandelion – English oak at road Księcia Mieszka I
  • Regis – common ash tree in the Dr. J. Psarskiego Square at Staszica Street
  • Triss Merigold – English oak on road Baśniowej
  • Vesemir – English oak on road Poprzecznej
  • Yennefer of Vengerberg – English oak on road 11 Listopada

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Rachael Fiddis
@Irish_Soulful

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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