Geralt of Rivia is a monster slayer in the magical saga The Witcher. The show is based on a series of books from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski which later adapted into role-playing video games. When Netflix adapted the franchise into a Live-action version premiering in 2019, it became an instant hit and got the quickest renewal for season 2. The world of The Witcher is a myriad of characters, each reeking magic, and mystery. One familiar mystery is Geralt, and why is he also called The White Wolf.
The Witcher had three core characters, namely Geralt of Rivia as Henry Cavill, the necromancer Yennefer as Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan as princess Ciri; the show did not have the bandwidth to introduce every character’s backstory in season 1. All three core characters were shown at different points in time which later conjectured into the one-time frame. People who did not read the books or played the game had no clue why Geralt is called The White Wolf.
One part of this name threads back to when he became a Witcher in Kaer Morhen. This is a place where witchers of the House of Wolf got their training and combat skills. Geralt, swordsman Eskel, and fellow Witcher named Lambert — all were trained here in Kaer Morhen. Later, Ciri was also trained here.
In quest of becoming mutated immortals, aka witchers, the young learners at Kaer Morhen had to go through a brutal and fatal test known as “The Trial of the grasses or Herbs.” This training affected the nervous system as the learners had to drink an alchemical elixir that mostly killed 60 percent of apprentices.
Only the toughest survived and, in the process, acquired quick reflexes, yellow eyes, and superhuman mutations. Geralt, at his time, was made to undergo more tests which resulted in him developing silver locks and vampire-like skin earning the name “Gwynbleidd”, which in Elder Speech means “White Wolf”.
The White Wolf made an appearance in the season 1 finale’s opening credits. We can anticipate listening to this nickname in season 2, with makers hopefully diving deep to explore his backstory and the time he became a witcher.
Here is an extract from a book of the Witcher where the Trail of Grasses is explained:
Finally, came the seventh day. He make awake and opened his eyes, and his eyes were those of a viper
-Blood of Elves