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Fjerda is the northernmost nation bordering Ravka to the south. It harbors many mountains.

History[]

Fjerdans perceive Grisha power as dangerous and witch-like, and they train their drüskelle to hunt and kill Grisha. This hostility puts Fjerda at odds with Ravka, who train their Grisha as soldiers. According to Matthias Helvar, Ravka is "Fjerda's greatest enemy."[1] The Fjerdans see Ravka's large number of Grisha as unnatural and dangerous.

Fjerda is well known for their heavy advancements in technology, like engines that power wagons and tanks, steel aircraft that works without Grisha Squallers, all in the span of one year. It is suspected by Ravka that Fabrikators under jurda parem had a hand in their achievements. They are also a proponent of testing jurda parem on the Grisha they capture.

Geography[]

Demographics[]

Northern Fjerda is also home to the Hedjut people.

Settlements[]

Cities[]

Towns[]

  • Engelsberg - A fishing town

Undetermined[]

  • Avfalle
  • Elling
  • Felsted
  • Gäfvalle
  • Gjela
  • Kejerut
  • Hjar
  • Halmhend
  • Overüt

Language[]

Main article: Fjerdan Language

Military[]

  • Ice Court - Military stronghold and seat of the nobility of Fjerda.
  • Drüskelle - Soldiers specifically devoted to hunting Grisha.

Government[]

Fjerda is ruled by the royal Grimjer family.

Culture[]

Appearance and Clothing[]

Typically, Fjerdans have pale complexions, blue eyes, and blond hair. The Hedjut people, who live in northern Fjerda and in the cities and towns along the Stelge River, are an indigenous ethnic group who have tan skin and curly hair. The Sildroher refer to the Hedjut as "fishermen of the North".

Traditional Fjerdan attire includes thick clothing spun of rough materials that is often described as shapeless or ugly by the other nations. When Nina Zenik and Matthias Helvar posed as Fjerdan defectors in Ketterdam, Nina wore a blonde wig, a dress that she describes as "dowdy," and a small knitted vest. According to Matthias, this is an outfit that maidens wear on the first day of Roennigsdjel, a Fjerdan festival. In this scene, Matthias wears a tufted cap and a woolly red vest, clothes that might be representative of what men in Fjerda wear.[2] For Vinetkalla, the women participating are expected to dress in warm but flattering gowns.

Unmarried women are expected to braid their hair, while married women are allowed to wear it down. Fjerdan (male) soldiers, including drüskelle, wear their hair long.[3] Drüskelle are forbidden to grow facial hair until they accomplish a mission on their own and are granted officer status, at which point they are permitted to grow a beard.[4] There do not seem to be rules for men's hair outside the drüskelle, as Magnus Opjer sports a beard.

Daily life[]

Fjerdan villages have village dances.[5]

According to Matthias's description, there is a strict courtship culture in Fjerda. A man asks permission to have a chaperoned walk with the woman he's courting, and that a man is expected to dine with the woman's family at least three times before the two would be left alone together. Matthias says he would bring the woman he courts gifts, such as winter roses and a silver comb.[6]

Fjerda has strict gender roles, which are specifically shown to be limiting to women. Fjerdan women, according to Matthias, speak quietly and do not flirt.[6] There are many social taboos for women such as drinking alcohol or anything that would put their safety at risk. They are expected to marry whether they wish to or not, as lack of marriage is seen as an inconceivable shame. The only exception to many of these rules is devoting their lives to Djel, such as shaving their head and staying celibate.

Individuals[]

Trivia[]

  • Fjerda is based on Scandinavia.[7]
  • The Sildroher, a somewhat subspecies of human, inhabit the waters off of the Fjerdan coasts.

References[]

  1. Crooked Kingdom, Chapter 3
  2. Crooked Kingdom, Chapter 13
  3. Six of Crows, Chapter 6
  4. Six of Crows, Chapter 14
  5. "'Our first kiss would be in a sunlit wood or under a starry sky after a village dance...'" Crooked Kingdom, page 234
  6. 6.0 6.1 Crooked Kingdom, Chapter 15
  7. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/leigh-bardugo-on-re-entering-the-grishaverse-in-six-of-crows/
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