The Witcher debuted at Netflix last week and is already being considered one of the platform's best series in 2019. With a magical plot, epic battles and a great rendition of Henry Cavill, the production is a big hit.
The series features several supernatural creatures that were inspired by mythological figures from around the world.
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The Witcher has an impressive duel between Geralt and a terrible creature in his early scenes. The beast is Kikimora, a creature that resembles a giant spider.
The name Kikimora comes from Slavic mythology, but the description of the picture is quite different. In folklore, the Kikimora is a creature that invades people's homes entering through the keyhole, always bringing bad news, nightmares and sleep paralysis. Kikimora's appearance is a mixture of old woman and bird.
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In The Witcher, Striga is the daughter of a Queen, cursed for her mother's sins. In the series, the curse can be destroyed if the creature does not return to its grave before dawn.
The Striga (or Strzyga) that inspired The Witcher's character comes from Polish folklore and is considered one of the most dangerous creatures in the region's folklore. According to legend, Strigas are people born with two souls. One of the souls detaches from the body and becomes a kind of flying monster, with blue skin and black feathers. The creature can also turn into an owl to suck the victims' blood.
In The Witcher's world, Sylvan are a race of hybrid creatures between humans and goats. The Sylvan are peaceful and prefer not to intrude on the human world.
Sylvan is a term related to woods and forests. The character's appearance is similar to creatures of various mythologies, such as the South Asian Yakshas, the English Puck, and Pan, the Greek god of the woods.
In The Witcher, Djinn appears quickly and unites the fates of Geralt and Yennefer. The magical being comes from Arabic mythology and Islamic stories.
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According to Islamic mythology, Djinn are spirits made of smokeless fire, and they can change any way they want. The wish-fulfilling aspect of the "geniuses" became famous only in the eighteenth century, with the addition of several modern stories to the Thousand and One Nights anthology.
Halfway through the first season of The Witcher, the series introduce the Doppler, a dangerous shapeshifter that can take any desired shape.
The creature is inspired by the concept of "doppelgänger", or double. However, according to German folklore, doubles cannot change shape, and are associated with a particular person. Thus, each pair represents an almost perfect copy of a specific individual.
In the fourth episode of The Witcher, the story features an adaptation of the Grimm brothers' Hans My Hedgehog. In legend, Hans is born with human legs, body and head of hedgehog. Years after being banished by his family, he meets 2 kings and ends up winning the hand of a princess in marriage.
This is exactly what happens to Duny, the cursed knight who wins his wife's hand under the Law of Surprise.
In The Witcher, Brokilon Forest Dryads are powerful warriors who exemplarily protect their territory. In the series, the characters always appear armed and with natural armor.
The Dryads come from Greek mythology and are identified as a species of Nymph always associated with a particular forest or wood. The creatures were not known for their fighting skills, but could turn into trees.
Renfri's story, killed by Geralt, is inspired by Snow White's original tale. In the tale, Renfri's stepmother sees in her mirror a scene of the character killing someone.
At Stregobor's request, the Queen sends Renfri to the forest to be killed, but the character survives after being raped and robbed. She also establishes a gang of criminals and is nearly killed by a poisoned apple sent by the Queen.
In the episode “Rare Species” Geralt and Jaskier join a group of warriors competing to kill a dragon. Dragons are creatures found in mythologies on almost every continent.
In the West, creatures can represent nobility and power as well as extreme evil, being associated with the Devil. In the East they always represent divine honor and avatars.
In The Witcher, the Ghouls appear in the episode "Much More." The creature is inspired by a figure of Arab folklore.
According to mythology, the Ghouls live in cemeteries or battlefields and feed on decaying human flesh. They can also take the form of beautiful women to attract the victims.
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