8

Is there any source to approximate or say out right the age of Geralt at the moment he gets Ciri? (by "gets" I mean inherits from the Law of Surprise)

Books and/or games accepted, no fan-fiction(except from the games) please!

  • Sure, ask Witcher questions when I'm asleep, why not. – Gallifreyan Jan 31 '17 at 8:34
  • @gallifreyan - I am giving people chances, who knows what might happen! Don't be greedy! – Schneejäger Jan 31 '17 at 11:21
9

At the time of Baptism of Fire, Geralt is "past fifty", according to an interview with Andrzej Sapkowski I found on a Russian fan-site. The nature of Sapkowski's answer makes it impossible to determine his age at the moment of Something More, but we know that about 3 years have passed between their reunion in Something More and Baptism of Fire.

Here's the text in Russian:

Вопрос: Сколько (хотя бы приблизительно) лет Геральту? По нашим подсчетам, около 45...

АС: Ему (в период “Крещения огнем”) за пятьдесят. Но я не признаюсь и никому не скажу, насколько за. Ведьмаки стареют дольше, чем обычные люди и менее заметно, чем обычные люди. Ведьмаку которому лет шестьдесят, тоже никто не даст больше, чем сорок пять. Правда, в Мире ведьмака средний возраст людей больше, чем в “нашем” средневековье, но однако и тут вряд ли бы поручили мокрое дело борьбы с чудовищами “дедку за пятьдесят”. Поэтому Геральт скрывает возраст.

My translation (with input from @scrwtp, emphasis mine):

Q: How old (at least approximately) is Geralt? According to our calculations, he must be around 45...

AS: (At the time of Baptism of Fire) he's past fifty. (At the time of Baptism of Fire) he's past fifty. But he never tells anyone exactly how old he is. Witchers age slower than ordinary people, and they don't age as visibly as ordinary people. A witcher who is 60 years old will appear to be 45. Although in the world of the Witcher average [life expectancy] is slightly higher than in "our" medieval ages, still, no one will hire a "50 year old gramps" to do such demanding task as hunting monsters. So Geralt has to hide his age.

Original Polish text, as archived here from Sapkowski's own website:

Piotr Szczygielski: Ile (choćby w przybliżeniu) lat ma Geralt? Z naszego szacowania wynika, że około 45 lat...

AS: Ma (w chwili "Chrztu ognia") ponad pięćdziesiąt. Ale nie przyznaje się i nikomu nie powiedział, ile ponad. Wiedźmini starzeją się wolniej od zwykłych ludzi i mniej widocznie, niż zwykli ludzie. Wiedźminowi, który ma lat sześćdziesiąt, też nikt nie da więcej niż czterdzieści pięć. W świecie wiedźmina ludzie osiągają co prawda wyższą średnią wieku, niż w "naszym" średniowieczu, ale jednak i tu wahano by się zlecać mokrą robotę, walkę z potworami "dziadowi po pięćdziesiątce". Dlatego Geralt ukrywa wiek.

|improve this answer|||||
  • Actually, while recent interviews portray him as a grumpy old bastard, he's actually very cool according to earlier interviews. At least his views on politics, globalisation, religion, and technology are progressive. – Gallifreyan Jan 31 '17 at 10:42
  • 1
    @scrwtp thanks for improving the translation! – Gallifreyan Feb 20 '17 at 10:45

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.