21st of June was the day in which Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the series of both short stories and novels about the witcher Geralt of Rivia, celebrated his 70th birthday. Since he hails from Łódź, the local government decided to honor him and his creations by renaming the “Paris Commune Square” to “The Square of The Witcher”. The final decision about this case will be given by the city authorities at the beginning of July during the deliberations of the city councilors.
This is one of these very rare occurrences of fantasy being noticed in Poland, and not being treated as mere children tales, but also as a staple point, a masterpiece, of pop culture. It’s a great and important step towards spreading our interest to a bigger audience, allowing us to be able to approach someone “non-fandom”, able to show and explain exactly what is going on in these circles. Of course, there is no better way to indoctrinate someone into the fantasy fandom than recommending him “The Witcher” - a beloved and highly internationally popular franchise that spread from books to games, and to the soon to come Netflix Original Series.
It’s such a shame though that there were no propositions to name the square “The Square of Geralt of Rivia”, but, really, we can’t have everything at once, can we?
Do you know any streets, squares or other places that are connected to fantasy?