|Kingdom of Skellige|
|Kaer Trolde (?)|
Form of government
|independent kingdom (for a period personal union with the Kingdom of Cintra)|
Head of State
|Kings Bran and Eist|
Jarl Crach an Craite
Panorama view in The Witcher 3
Detail of the The Witcher 3 map
Skellige, or the Skellige Islands, is an archipelago and one of the Northern Kingdoms. The group of six islands is situated in the North Sea, off the coast of Cintra, and southwest of Cidaris and Verden. "Skelligers" or "Islanders" are human inhabitants of the Skellige Isles. Despite living in close proximity to their mainland counterparts, they have developed an entirely different culture than people of Northern Realms.
In the short-stories and earlier novels, the culture of Skellige's people bears quite a resemblance to ancient Irish culture. Since The Tower of the Swallow, their culture has adopted more Scandinavian elements, reflected in Season of Storms, and the video games.
The coat of arms for the Skellige islands is never actually described in the books. This particular coat of arms was designed by our resident heraldry and Witcher expert Mboro. For a different take on the coat of arms, we have the Czech concept.
The flag for the Skellige islands is never actually described in the books. This particular flag was designed by our resident heraldry and Witcher expert Mboro.
Monarchs and royal family:
Major cities and keeps
The Skellige Isles constitute a major region in The Witcher 3.
- The Skellige Archipelago is home to fierce warrior-sailors whom Continentals regards as pirates - and not without reason, for the Isles are barren and their inhabitants' livelihood comes mainly from plundering the seas. The land on these five large isles is divided between its clans, the heads of which are called jarls.
The region holds:
- In The Tower of the Swallow, the residents and the beliefs of Skellige largely resemble the real-world "Vikings" and Norse mythology.
- Skellig(e) derives from the Irish (Gaelic) "Sceilg", which can be translated into "Rock" or "Cliff". There are also Skellig Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, part of Ireland.
- in The Witcher game series
Crossroads (Ard Skellig), The Witcher 3