Geralt/Emhyr

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Pairing
Pairing: Geralt of Rivia x Emhyr var Emreis
Alternative name(s):
Gender category: Slash
Fandom: The Witcher
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Minor
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Geralt/Emhyr is the slash pairing of Geralt of Rivia and Emhyr var Emreis in The Witcher fandom.

Canon

Book and video game

The pairing is based mostly on the books and video game canon, where the relationship between Geralt and Emhyr is mostly antagonistic.

Show

Emhyr did not explicitly feature as a character in the first season of the Netflix adaptation.

Fanon

Before the show

In 2018, when the fandom was small and based exclusively on the book series and the video game adaptations, the pairing was the fandom's second-most popular one (behind canon het pairing Geralt/Yennefer).[1]

This popularity was undoubtedly due to the influence of astolat, who posted the first three Geralt/Emhyr works on AO3 and wrote more than 100,000 words for the pairing in January and February 2017, inspiring others to create their own. Out of the 20 earliest works posted to AO3, 14 are either astolat's stories or translations, podfics, missing scenes, alternate points of view or fanart of those stories.

Even early original stories credit astolat for inspiring them:

2) This is all astolat's fault and you should go read all of her Witcher fic because it's phenomenal.
3) As far as canon goes, I have read half of one of the books and astolat's fics. That's it. So, er, sorry?

End notes to "circling" by xpityx

Fanon interpretations of the pairing are heavily influenced by astolat's fics, featuring themes such as dub-con, hurt/comfort, identity porn and enemies to lovers.

After the show

The Netflix adaptation, released in January 2020, did not feature Emhyr explicitly. The pairing was quickly overtaken by the fandom's new juggernaut ship: Geralt/Jaskier, although it can be safely hypothesized that the wave of interest generated in the fandom did bring new fans to the pairing.

However, as of Sept 2020, the pairing was only the 8th most popular one, having been overtaken by such side pairings as Geralt/Eskel, Geralt/Emiel and Geralt/Reader.

Example Fanworks

Fanfic

Astolat works:

Other works:

Podfic

All of astolat's works have been podficced, most of them by cabloom and/or quietnight, for example:

Other podfics of astolat's stories include:

Other podfics for the pairing:

Fanart

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Resources

References