Wild Hunt in the books
08.06.2013 @ 20:48 #1
I'm reading the books, but at this time I only have read the two first (Last Wish, and Sword of Destiny). I was asking myself If the Wild Hunt is mentioned in the books, or as Letho it is a creation of CDRP. In that case, I'm impressed with the mith haha!
08.06.2013 @ 21:02 #4
08.06.2013 @ 21:13 #5
I'm reading the books, but at this time I only have read the two first (Last Wish, and Sword of Destiny). I was asking myself If the Wild Hunt is mentioned in the books, or as Letho it is a creation of CDRP. In that case, I'm impressed with the mith haha! ›››
Half of the saga is focused on wild hunt in detail.
08.06.2013 @ 21:18 #6
08.06.2013 @ 21:22 #7
No worries, bro, Geralt has got your back.
09.06.2013 @ 04:14 #8
The viking version looks a rather hardcore party and a little more witcherish.
09.06.2013 @ 04:27 #9
Now that's a version I've never heard of. Seems to have more in common with legends of Saint Eustace than the usual depictions of the Wild Hunt. The Wild Hunt is most definitely NOT a slavic myth, but a germanic one.
By the way, here's what Sapkowski wrote on the subject in his Memoir found in a Dragon's Cave, a compendium of fantasy literature:
Andrzej Sapkowski said:
In later germanic mythology, the valkyrie procession took on demonic traits, becoming the Wild Hunt (Wilde Jagd) of the goddess Holda or Huldra, wife of Wotan. The procession of the god Gwyn ap Nudd of CYMRIC MYTHOLOGY and pthe procession of HERNE the Hunter are also Wild Hunts.
The Wild Hunt usually rides during the so-called rough nights (Rauchnächte), that is the period between Christmas Eve and the Three Kings Day.
09.06.2013 @ 11:21 #12
OOOOH!! Women fighting among men!!!! What a revolucionary fantasy low-middle age imagination /> Their naked, no need armors... and very evil, of course... Poor men! Hey, I'm kidding about topics which never changed, don't be angry
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09.06.2013 @ 18:17 #13
I was astonished to read Andrzej's quote, I didn't know later germanic mythology says the Wild Hunt is lead by the goddess Huldra. In Scandinavian folklore an ancient female deity living in the forest is also called the Huldra (swedish: skogsrået). One version of the Wild Hunt describes the Hunt as Odin's army of warrior souls from Valhalla, riding above the forest to hunt down the Huldra, which Odin for some reason hates.
The Huldra is known to have played a part in Scandinavian folklore, as well as Norse mythology, but she is likely of an even older origin from when man lived off the forest rather than the fields.