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About Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
If you're interested in more information on Brian Jacques' other series, Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, see this page.
Redwall is a 22-book saga comprised of fantasy fiction novels, accessories, eBooks and audio books that involve personified animals set in a medieval-esque time period; the first publishing occurred in 1986. The central building in the novels is Redwall Abbey, a commune for peaceful creatures who are often found defending themselves from villains who wish to destroy their ways of kindness. From 1999 until 2002, it was aired as an animated television series.
There have been at least 24 different translations of Redwall.
If you are new to Redwall, it is highly recommended to read the books in Publication Order.
- Author: Brian Jacques
- Illustrators & Cover Artists: Chris Baker, John Barber, Paolo Barbieri, Luděk Bárta, Blacksheep UK, Bret Blevins, Ed Boelaarts, Tom Canty, Gary Chalk, Pete Chiappinelli, Allan Curless, Christopher Denise, Milan Dubnický, David Elliot, Richard Ewing, Douglas Hall, Michaela Helms, Troy Howell, Danny Kerman, Anton Lomaev, Pete Lyon, Philippe Munch, Hans Parlevliet, Sergei Rozhin, Sean Rubin, Peter Standley, Victoria Timofeeva, Dmitriy Timokhin, Herman Tulp, Jonathan Walker, Andrew Warrington, David Wyatt, Russian Illustrators
- Publishers: Penguin Putnam (US), Random House (UK), Puffin (UK), Thienemann (Germany), Bertelsmann (Germany), Mondadori (Italy), Tokuma Shoten (Japan), Kluitman (Netherlands), Azbuka (Russia), Montena/Mondibérica (Spain), Otava (Finland), BonnierCarlsen (Sweden), Hakibbutz Hameuchad (Israel), Daylight Publishing House (China)
- Translators: Veronika Bártová (Czech), Pavel Dufek (Czech), Annemarie Hormann (Dutch), Rachel Aharoni (Hebrew), Alexander Alexandrov (Russian), George Nachinkin (Russian), Yōko Saigō (Japanese)
Types of Characters
For further details and information, please see the Species page.
The following consists of creatures generally considered as protagonists or "good guys":
The following consists of creatures that either don't take the side of good or evil or may vary between both:
The following consists of creatures generally considered as antagonists or "bad guys":
One Hit Wonders
These creatures have only appeared or been mentioned in one Redwall novel:
- Beavers - Redwall
- Choughs - Doomwyte
- Dogs - Redwall
- Dolphins - The Legend of Luke
- Hamsters - Triss
- Jerbilrats (fictional) - Loamhedge
- Plesiosaur - High Rhulain
- Monitor Lizards - The Pearls of Lutra
- Pigs - Redwall
- Sables - The Sable Quean
- Sea Monster - Salamandastron
- Scorpion - Mariel of Redwall
- Shrikes - The Bellmaker
- Stags - Redwall
- Tortoises - Rakkety Tam
- Whales - The Pearls of Lutra
- Wolves - The Bellmaker
- Wolverines - Rakkety Tam
In the Redwall books there is often a set of recurring themes.
The main theme is the battle of Good vs. Evil. Every book contains an epic battle between a hero and a monstrous villain, with the side of good winning each time. In rare cases, there have been grey characters, crossing this good/evil divide, however Jacques maintains that good characters are good and bad characters are bad.
In two of the novels (The Taggerung and Outcast of Redwall), an important character is a "crossover", specifically, a traditionally good beast brought up among bad creatures (Deyna), or the opposite (Veil Sixclaw), and this complexity creates a new theme, or a twist on the old theme of good vs. evil.
Another major theme is that of an underdog rising up to a great challenge that will develop his or her character into maturation.
Inconsistencies & Coincidences
Throughout the books, there are a few inconsistencies, as well as name coincidences
- Gabool the Wild has a gun on the back cover of the original U.S. paperback edition of Mariel of Redwall, when guns do not exist in the world of Redwall.
- In Mossflower there is a mole named Urthclaw; a badger named Urthclaw is mentioned in Salamandastron.
- Gurrbowl is a male in Pearls of Lutra, but becomes female in The Long Patrol and Marlfox. This could be because Brian Jacques confused the genders of Gurrbowl and Diggum.
- Sunflash the Mace's name was known by his mother, Bella of Brockhall, even though the hawk Skarlath gave it to him.
- In Mariel of Redwall there is a character named Petunia, there is also a Petunia mentioned in High Rhulain.
- In Salamandastron there is a hare named Catkin; there is also a Catkin (otter) in The Legend of Luke.
- In Redwall, Martin the Warrior's sword is named "Ratdeath", by Abbot Mortimer. This name is not referred to in any other book.
- In the beginning of Eulalia!, Urthclaw is mentioned as being a lord of Salamandastron, as Urthclaw never was a badger lord, this probably referred to Urthstripe the Strong or Urthwyte the Mighty.
- In Redwall, when Jess Squirrel climbs to the Abbey rooftop, it is said that no other creature had climbed that high before, however, Rufe Brush is known to have done so.
- In High Rhulain there are characters named Urfa and Lugg; there is also an Urfa and Lugg in The Sable Quean.
- In Martin the Warrior there is a character named Buckler; there is also a Buckler in The Sable Quean.
- Check out the Book Cover Gallery for the largest online gallery of Redwall book covers, from all over the world!
- See the Events category to read about some epic events and battles in the saga!
- Navigate to the Family Trees page to see completed Redwall family histories!
- See the Redwall Online Community page to read about the history of Redwall's presence on the internet.
- View important statistics involving Redwall characters and species counts.