OK, so after a recent essay about this was made (which was very well thought out), I decided to make my own based on my perspective. Here goes.
First Era: 1986-1993
This was the early era and arguably the "classic" one. It gave us what are probably the strongest books of the series, with tons of classic characters, ranging from Matthias, Cornflower Fieldmouse, Basil Stag Hare, and Queen Warbeak, to Gonff the Mousethief, Chibb, and of course, Martin the Warrior. The ideas were fresh and new at this point, and each book serves a bit of a purpose.
Redwall introduces us to the world of the series and sets the bar for the rest. With Mossflower the series truly settles into itself, and tells us the legend behind the first book, which is a fantastic i…Read more >
Disclaimer: This is an opinion analysis on the character of Groddil, the fox magician in Ungatt Trunn's Blue Hordes. Feel free to write a rebuttal if you disagree with me.
First, I'll attempt to fill in the gaps in his backstory. We are told that Trunn killed a family of foxes except for one who he crippled and brought alive. It is implied that the wildcat only spared Groddil because of his abilities as a magician. Although we don't know the backstory, it is likely the wildcat was either looking for recruits for the Blue Hordes or conquering the region and gave them orders to vacate. Groddil's family was killed instead of becoming part of Trunn's horde. Although we aren't told what Groddil's family was like, they refused Trunn's orders…
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- In the Redwall series, Bloodwrath is a phenomena that "causes the afflicted to go berserk with anger for a short period of time, enabling him (or her) to cause a fantastic amount of damage during battle and withstand an almost unreal amount of battle damage" (Excerpt from Bloodwrath). It is common in many badger characters, but it has not been restricted to them. There are many notable examples (in my opinion, I just think most of the characters claimed to experience it are just in a state of rage. Brian Jacques never came out and said they experienced it, but it is assumed. As it is assumed, I can have my own opinions about this.)
As stated on the page about Bloodwrath, it seems to have been related to Viking Berserkers. Before spring break, I …
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After reading through the entire Redwall series I decided to split it up into chunks that I saw delineated different points in the evolution of the series.
1. Early Period (Redwall - Outcast of Redwall)
The Early Period of the Redwall series saw the birth of the series as well as many of its most classic novels and characters. Unlike most series that last twenty-plus books, the Redwall series found itself relatively early on, falling into a pattern from which future books in the series rarely deviated. This period is further divided into two smaller sub-eras. The first of these sub-eras spans from Redwall through Mattimeo. During this time, the basic good and evil species are established, along with the series’ rustic western European settin…
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You see, in the Redwall series, they have said many times that hares have served badgers for as long as anyone could remember, but why? Hares aren't low-class beasts, so why would they serve anyone? That's what I'm about to find out!
In Redwall, there are dozens of cases in the books in which hares befriend/serve badgers. Here are a few of the examples
Lord Brocktree -between Dotti and Brocktree
The Long Patrol -between The Long Patrol and Cregga
Triss -between Sagaxus and Bescarum
Loamhedge - between Lonna and The Long Patrol (in the epilogue)
Mariel of Redwall -between Rawnblade Widestripe and The Long Patrol
There are many more examples, but I just picked these.
In the Webster Dictionary, "mutualism" is described as "any organism relationship in whi…
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Ok, so I know I'm not the first person to think about this, but what is Shadow, really? As a character article, he's a rat. And he's in the rat category. But I have an argument against this. Shadow shows intelligence rats just don't possess. I mean, I'm not saying that rats can't be intelligent (ex. Cluny the Scourge), but many rats show that they are just dumb soldiers. But Shadow seems to act more like a mercenary. Next, is his reliability. Cluny, when he hires Shadow, talks as if he has a history with Shadow. And he probably does. Shadow appears to be an expert thief, spy, and mercenary. If Cluny succeeded in capturing the Abbey, he probably would have made Shadow his right-hand-man. Or rat. Or weasel. Or whatever. Third, is his speed, …Read more >
As the title of this essay states, this essay is to help you imagine Redwall in real Life!
Picture if you will walking down the highways and byways of Mossflower (where mossflower is I'll let you discern), and suddenly you see Redwall Abbey in front of you, gates open wide for you. Once inside, you see the human forms of everyone from the Redwall universe (pick any novel) greeting you making you feel at home. This is the type of thing happening to you in real life. The times you'd have, right? Now, picture if you will, at some point Martin telling you that it's destiny that you save the Abbey from danger! What do you do? Save the abbey or let it burn? Obviously, you'd save the abbey, but what if you had zero combat training, like me? Would …Read more >
- It started several years back, around the year 2006. Our family lived in
Jacksonville, North Carolina, at the time. My older brothers were into this book series
called Redwall that a few other families attending our church were also interested in.
These books told tales of brave and heroic animals such as mice, fighting for peace and
freedom against evil, cruelty, and tyranny. These tales revolved around an old sandstone
fortress called Redwall Abbey—a place of safety for those in need of a shelter. Redwall,
a haven of peace surrounded by the vastness of Mossflower woods; an envied dream to many
defeated warlords. It might sound childish, but my brothers loved it, and because I
wanted to do what they did, I tried to like this Redwall ser…
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Ah, Rufe Brush. The squirrel who was so infamously "strong and silent" in Mariel of Redwall...and then inexplicably turned into a complete wimp in The Bellmaker. Who could forget him. Or shall I say, them?
I'm here to analyze Rufe's strange personality change, and what may have been Jacques' reason for it. I remember totally liking Rufe when I read Mariel of Redwall, so when I heard he was going to be on the quest in The Bellmaker (yeah, I sorta looked ahead), I was excited to see him again. But...I was disapointed, yet could not figure out why. It wasn't until someone pointed out the HUGE difference between the Rufe in Mariel of Redwall to the Rufe of The Bellmaker that I realized why. Heck, even this wiki points it out! It offers a possible explan…Read more >
I'm here to talk about Martin II. When, in Mattimeo, we first here about him being the newborn son of Tess Churchmouse and Mattimeo, it is a great setup for the story of a new hero. Martin II sounds like a very promising warrior-to-be.
But when we got to know him years later in Pearls of Lutra, he was a huge disapointment! No, it wasn't because he was a bad warrior---he was as courageous and strong as his namesake, Matthias, Mattimeo, and every other hero in the series. No, it was because he was so flat out BORING AND UNORIGINAL.
First off, there is his name to consider. Upon reading about "Martin", it is just weird reading about a mouse who feels like he should be Martin the Warrior, but isn't. Second, he had no distinctive personality. He was …Read more >
It's sad that the Redwall series has only gotten two direct sequel books---we frequently have to keep adjusting to new casts of characters, although during the later books it got particularly bad, as Jacques didn't seem to want to bring anybody back. Still, in the sequels, in which the same cast did return, Jacques still failed to bring back the entire cast.
Mattimeo managed to include most of the cast of Redwall that survived, although there were two very glaring omissions---Dunwing and Mr. Squirrel. In the final chapter, the former is confirmed to have survived, and the latter is implied to have. Yet neither is even so much as mentioned---it's as if Jacques forgot about both. Whereas someone pointed out that sparrows might age quicker than other…Read more >
The Redwall series is one of, if not the, longest running series of 300+ page books by just one author that I am aware of. Although I consider Brian Jacques a fantastic writer, I personally find it strange that he continued writing them for so long. I suppose I should go over the series to explain what I mean.
Redwall, published in 1986, was a fantastic book for kids. Brian did write a direct sequel three years later, but before that, he did something unexpected---he gave us a prequel telling us the history of how the Abbey came to be. Over the next decade or so, Brian continued to give us more fantastic prequels and did another sequel (to one of the prequels). But, post 2000, things started going rather downhill.
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The Warlord Guide: What and What NOT to Do For the Aspiring Conqueror #4: The Company You Keep
Hello, everyone out there who is still out there. On a whim I decided to check out this site again and read through my old blog posts for the nostalgic value. This series here was definitely my defining moment on this site, and I did have some neat insights, but I don't think I came up with enough.
I've come a long way as a writer since then, but my frustration with the ineptitude of Redwall Villains has stayed the same, or, if anything, intensified. I'm not sure if I really feel the initiative to continue this series, but I do have enough left in me to write another guide for all of you aspiring conqueror's out there.
After having read through my o…Read more >
Hello. This page is one of several that I've wanted to make for a while now. In this page, I hope to express my thoughts on the parts of the book that either impress me(as being well-written and coordinated) or don't make sense to me. Essentially, this is a critique/appraisal.
I will first start off by saying that whatever I might say about the book Triss that is derogatory, I still think it is a very fine book and one of Brian Jacques' "classics". I strongly recommend it as an overall well-written book.
- The first point I want to make about the book, that I consider is a/the confusing paradox of the book, involves the abilities of the character Trisscar herself. My query is this: if Princess Kurda had grown up around and using sabres and all…
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I've long noticed that in the U.S., the illustrations for the books often are of things that have little meaning to do with the chapter. This is especially the case in the earlier books. Sure, there are frequently ones of characters, but considering Jacques' love for numerous, untitled chapters, there are just as many that seem rather irrelevant.
Take, for example, in Redwall, Chapter 10 of Book Two: "The Quest". In the U.S., the chapter heading is an illustration of a dog, even though those don't exist in the Redwall universe. Or what of chapter 10 of Mariel of Redwall, which appears to show a monkey in a chef's hat?
Things got better when Allan Curless took over, but they still weren't as good as the Russian illustrations. For example, what …Read more >
A good story is something that needs to stick the main storyline, without getting sidetracked by things that are of little to no relevance. Yet, Brian Jacques' books, which are generally regarded as good stories, seem to do the exact opposite.
This was nicely averted in his first two books. Yes, he would show what different characters were up to. But they always connected back to the main storyline, the first being Cluny's siege on the Abbey and the Redwallers' mission to drive him away, and the second being Tsarmina's reign on Mossflower, and what the woodlander's would do to stop her. Admittedly, there was something of a side-story here, but it was relevant in that it led to the woodlanders trusting Gingivere, the first real grey characte…Read more >
Well, here's what everyone's been waiting for: Part 2 of my essay! :) before I go any further, I'd just like to thank everyone for all the positive feedback. Always nice to hear. Anyway, where was I? Oh! The essay!!!
This is a section of my essay I want to put special emphasis on; as this is pivotal when writing fanfictions or just writing in general. Now, in Brian Jacques' original Redwall series; villains tended to have simple goals to drive their ill-matched visions of power and ambition, and villain backgrounds and personal information tended to be fairly rare. When writing your fanfiction this does not have to be the case.
When writing your fanfiction, it would help if you made your characters' goals especially personal; even the villa…
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This essay is written to comment on some villain deaths that were the result of luck, and why the villain should have won.
In the final battle, Tsarmina is shown to be a proficient fighter, as she struck Martin down twice. With near-fatal injuries, the severity of which should have prevented him from fighting, even with the aid of Bloodwrath, he forced Tsarmina into the deep end of the lake, where the wildcat queen was finished.Given the flow of this battle, it makes it obvious that Tsarmina should have won. The twist ending to the battle and the classic "hero-was-dead-but-got-revived-and-killed-the-baddie" act makes this ending grossly cliché.
Gabool the Wild was renowned as a proficient fighter, as well as Rawnblade Widestripe, so the outc…
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It has come to my attention recently that a lot of people are simply unfamiliar with United States copyright law.
I've developed this simple primer to help educate and inform on the matter, and hopefully answer some questions along the way.
Intellectual property is something created by the mind, which can include literature, artwork, advertising graphics, and more.
The world of Redwall, inclusive of all characters, is a literary work conceived by the mind of Brian Jacques, thus it is his intellectual property.
Why is this important? Essentially, it means that because Brian Jacques created this world, any iteration of it without permission results in a violation of the law. The law states that he should be allowed to profit off of his work, if h…
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Rose of Noonvale, we all know her, we all love her, we all wish she didn't die. Well OK, some of us don't exactly wish that, and are satisfied with the story, I am not. There are two sides to this debate which has been going on since the book was released, why did she have to die. One side, the one which I support has compassion for Rose, and wanted her to survive. The other side, thinks that she should have died, and enforces what is considered "cannon." Many of us have protested about this, but it has not yet been changed. Mainly because it would mess up the series. There are all different reasons as to why she should/shouldn't have survived.
Martin could move on to Mossflower. Martins sword wouldn't be passed on through lineage, a…
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Hello, I'm here to discuss something I noticed as of late, and that is the female characters in the Redwall books, more notably the latest books.
WARNING! This essay contains spoilers from Doomwyte, The Sable Quean, and The Rogue Crew!
Alright, so first off is Zaran the Black. She is a river otter whose mate, Varon and her daughter, Namur were slain by Korvus Skurr and the Doomwytes. She is bent on avenging the memory of both and is armed with her swords that are joined at the hilt. In the final battle between the Wytes and the Gonfelin thieves, Guosim, and several others, she pursues Korvus Skurr, who attempted to flee the battle. It is later said that she caught up with the raven and slew him, thus fulfilling her vow to kill him for having…Read more >
Welcome to philosophy 101. Didn't know falcons could write about philosophy? Think again. ;)
The phrase "I am that is", is partially illogical, but clearly conveys some deeper meaning besides merely being jumbled letters of the name Matthias. Though the words themselves form no coherent phrase, it contains two identities which appear to hold valuable insights.
First: "I am." You may have heard the famous phrase: "I think, therefore I am.". First laid out by the philosopher Descartes, this statement is among the more profound ever to be placed into print. Why? It's because all else follows, once one accepts the statement: "I am." For those of you who have yet to study epistemology (I haven't studied it formally either), one of, if not the mos…Read more >
Redwall is a fictional place. I used to fantasize about what it would be like for it to be real. I would look at my house-- a large, two story, red bricked home, and dream about mice running around making things in mouse-sized ovens; about my mom screaming in horror at all the animals in her kitchen... okay, maybe not that. But I will never forget the beautiful picture of life it brought to my imagination. I still have a unexplainable liking for squirrels (my favorite animal in Redwall).
I am now an adult. I have a job (two, actually). I take courses on contract theory and political philosophy. Suit jackets are a large part of my wardrobe now. All of this is in stark contrast to my childhood thoughts of imaginary worlds. Or is it?
I desired …Read more >
The Warlord Guide 3, What and What NOT to Do For the Aspiring Conqueror: Torture
Hello, once again, you're favorite hyena themed villain enthusiast here with another exciting instalation of the Warlord Guide. Today I'm going to go over some of the most seen idiot moves within the Redwall Villain Corps. Some of these are shockingly stupid, so those of you with weak constitutions may not want to read on.
How many times have you heard, "Jus' cut 'is rations, loss of good food an' water is the best tongue loosener!"? I'll tell you: too many times. Starvation just doesn't cut it anymore. It was cool when it was new, but now we all realize that somehow a hero can survive up to five times longer than a villain without food, even Hares who can't see…
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Do you own fan fiction? Do you want to write fan fiction? Not sure where to start or how to begin? Wondering what this phenomenon is about? What is the canon?
This page is created with the hopes of answering these questions.
There is a variety of ways to begin fan fiction. There is space in times between novels, prior to the series, and following the series. Explore the various gaps that could use a good story; place a well-known character of the series in a different perspective; or even, create a new character and bring new, hidden characteristics out of present characters. Fans have the option of writing original fan fiction or bending the rules. Rule-bending will be discussed shortly.
Some are pure fans while others are dissidents. The de…
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- When sunlight tinges the dawn of the day,
- Remember those brave ones now gone.
- We who recall them to mind, let us say,
- They were perilous beasts every one!
- - from Lord Brocktree
It was Christmas, approximately 1995 or 1996, and knowing my tendency to devour books one of the the gifts my parents gave me that year was Mossflower, the Thomas Canty paperback edition.
At almost 400 pages, the size of the book intimidated me initially. I set it aside for almost half the year, until summertime arrived, and I realized there was a novel in my possession I had yet to read, so I cracked it open.
That moment changed my life forever.
The larger than life characters of Gonff and Martin the Warrior leapt off the pages; vivid descriptions of Mossflower Country drew …
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i know there is a Similar essay to this but these are my own questions and i want to ask them( that and i thought it would take up too much space for each to have an individual essay for each so i just made one big one)
More will be added as i think them up.
In the books I've noticed that on the maps the location of Brockhall has changed much, in the sable quean it was south of Redwall, in Triss it was east, in Mossflower( judging on its location from kotir) it was north. i know that they are different artists but they could at least get the location consistent(though i did like that in Triss it said "here there be serpents" that was a good pun and actually accurate) and also how did it get lost in the first place and then again after Triss,…
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Yes, this is sort of the exact opposite of Hyena42's Warlord Guide. So, credit goes to him.
It is clear that in every book, no matter how massive the force, Redwall Abbey never falls, and if it does it is for no more than a few days. However, the good side never comes away without some casualties; and that is the biggest reason for this blog. The abbey could do some small things to prevent death within its ranks.
Usually, the abbey is warned before any significant attack ensues. However, vermin will [at least they should] eventually realize that a blitzkrieg [lightning/fast attack] is the most effective way to storm an abbey, and so there are things that must be taken care of at once, before and during this event.
1:Always have a qu…
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I own a precious few of the Redwall series, but I hold the original masterpieces - Redwall, Mossflower, Mariel of Redwall. It's been a while since I read the other books, and my memory isn't all that great, so excuse me if I include a lot of technical errors.
My thanks to Long Patrol Girl for bringing this to my attention.
Well, it seems that in Redwall, the villains are often a little crazy up there by the end of the story. Often they are plagued by recurring dreams of giant badger guys with bows or mice with swords or whatnot. When they finally face the pursuers (giant badger guys with bows, mice with swords, etc.) they are often too scared to really put up a good fight, not that they really could in the first place.
Tsarmina is, personally…
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I've noticed recently that in each Redwall book, there are two main character deaths, one during the course of the story and one at the end, with a few exceptions. Here are some examples.
During: Brother Methuselah
End: Abbot Mortimer
Boar the Fighter
During: Queen Warbeak
Mariel of Redwall*:
During: Brother Hal
End: Urthstripe the Strong
Martin the Warrior:
End: Laterose of Noonvale
End: Finnbarr Galedeep
(*Exceptions: two characters died during the book, instead of one during and one at the end)
These are just a few examples. Now, my next question is: why did Brian Jacques always kill off at least two main characters? I…
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I believe that may thinking on many matters in Redwall is unorthodox after reading the reaction to my first blog post. In any case, I shall now make the argument that Verdauga Greeneyes, Lord of Kotir, is a gray character. Understand that I am not using the typical Redwall definition of gray. I do not mean a good vermin. I will ignore his species and in turn substitute gray as meaning morally ambiguous. To start there was the matter of driving Luke and his tribe out of St. Ninian's. You can say,"Evil warlord! He drove good woodlanders out of their home!" Yes, but also no. Luke's tribe might have just retreated rather than been forced out. He appears even kinder if he did force them out. Most warlords would have tortured, killed, and enslav…Read more >
I have discovered more and more that the one of the most argued things about the Redwall universe is whether or not Veil Sixclaw is a "good guy" or a "bad guy." He definitely showed a lot of bad traits, but in the end most people agree that he became good, because he saved Bryony's life. But that is basing an entire character off of one deed. To really show what "side" Veil was on, we should look at his entire life.
He was the son of the warlord Swartt Sixclaw. While this is not always true, it remains an undeniable fact that a lot of children take after their parents. In my opinion, Swartt Sixclaw was the most evil and savage warlord ever to appear in the Redwall series.
When Redwallers first found him, he bit them. That shows that he was v…
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My rebuttal of the Redwall is Christian and Martin is Jesus argument. FYI, taken from a Christian stand point, so if I offend you with my beliefs of God, you don't have to read this.
Redwall is known for not having a religion. There's no praying or sacrifices, no worship time or any thing like that. I particularly like that BJ is not trying to hype a religion, be it any. There are just straight out children's book, no indoctrination in them. Now, yes, some people might go, "But there's an Abbey!!!!!! That is blatantly Catholic or Monotheistic or Christian or [fill in the blank]!!!!" Okay, so it is called an Abbey. But, do they teach people about God/a god? No. Do they make everybody worship? Not really.
They do, however, enforce a code of basic…
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Many of you may have been asking yourselves this question: Is there any evolution in the Redwall series? Rather not. From the earliest book, to the latest, the primary weaponry (e.g.) consists of blade weapons, BowAndArrow- weapons, and slings. The farthest they technologically made it, was an oversized prototype of a crossbow.
So, what do we conclude of that? Middle Ages, perhaps? Not even that is certain! The Long Patrol, to give an example, seems to be stuck in the modern era (Renaissance to/or Napoleonic; In the end, it depends on the in-book descripions and the illustrators lol). Sure, they have sabres, and fancy uniforms. Yeah, that's it. Strange, that not many others ever brought it to that cultural stage…Read more >
This is an "essay" - more of just a listing - in which I have analyzed the patterns of dynamics between the various antagonists and vermin leaders in Brian Jacques' Redwall series. So, starting right out:
Jacques is finding his ground here, so there aren't any discernible patterns...yet.
- with Redwall. There's really only one bad guy of any significance in this one: Cluny the Scourge. The first Redwall book is unique in several ways, one of which is the way [i]everything[/i] revolves around its central villain. There are some minor villain subplots, mostly involving Cluny's captains duking it out for second-in-command (Cheesethief, Redtooth, Darkclaw, Fangburn, [[Scragg] etc.), but compared to what's going to come later, they're trivial. Asmod…
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Brian Jacques' seventeenth entry into the Redwall series, entitled Loamhedge, is not among the most popular. It has been derided for many reasons: having a weak main villain in Raga Bol, a rather shallow protagonist in Lonna Bowstripe, an utterly implausible and cheesy plot twist with Martha Braebuck suddenly regaining the ability to walk, and not living up to its title and providing more significant background information about Loamhedge Abbey - which, after all, is a Redwall Abbey precursor, the old home of Abbess Germaine and important for Redwall history. I'm sure I wasn't the only one expecting a story that actually took place in Loamhedge Abbey, rather than its ruins. So I'll agree that Loamhedge is not among Jacques' best entries.
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Good versus evil is predominant theme in Redwall. It does not take one long to realize that the good are woodlanders and the bad are vermin. The vermin are almost always portrayed as imbeciles. However, this is a long stretch to say considering I have not read a Redwall novel in quite some time and cannot provide clear-cut examples. However, whenever I think about Redwall I get the feeling that things move along according to a formula. Personally speaking, I find myself ill at ease with the formula because it is predictable. Albeit, one may say predictability is good. It is good to know who is going to win in the end, and to go through that experience and feel the thrills. As of late, though, I am tiring of the predictability and have been …Read more >
Recently, rock band Pearl Jam released a single entitled "The Fixer." Two particular lyrics from this song serve as the inspiration for this article:
- When something's broke, I wanna put a bit of fixin' on it.
- When something's lost, I wanna fight to get it back again.
More than a few years ago, I reflected on whether or not Terrouge had lost the focal point of their e-zine, Redwall.
I was proven correct when in 2007, Terrouge effectively admitted this and changed into a general literature publication, Firebird.
When Terrouge announced a return to Redwall in early 2009, I was intrigued: would they really be returning to form like in the early Aughts?
My enthusiasm was short-lived after the following issues still really had little to say in terms of Red…Read more >
Warning This is chock-full of spoilers for The Sable Quean further down...and plenty other Redwall stories besides. If you do not wish to be spoiled, you'd best be heading on.
In the beginning, there was creativity.
In what I call 'The First Decade of Redwall'--even though the books may not have necessarily all been published in the space of 10 years--Each tale was something new to the series. There was no choice, you may say, the series was new. True. But think about how the main plot.
Redwall: Defend the abbey from evil beasts--but you have to find the 'magic' scabbard, shield, and sword to do so!
Mossflower: The unanswered questions of Redwall: How did the Abbey get there? Why is Martin the Warrior so special? What's up with that Mossflower …
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Christanity is the religon of the estemmed author, Brian Jacques. Thus, he would put his religon in his books, as most authors do. Jacques does it in a subtle way, that can easily be overlooked. He did it so subtly that many would fail to notice, becuase it bonds so easily with the story. I shall reveal once again the proof showing Redwall is based on the Christian religon.
- First let me start off with the basics that I failed to mention in my past essay. Redwall is an ABBEY! Abbeys have always been based on the idea of the christian lifestyle. If he wanted his books to have no religon he would more likley make the setting a colony then abbey. Another basic, is all through the christian bible, it reveals God/Jesus showing up in dreams and gi…
Brain Jaques has always refused to put a religion on Redwall, but I believe he has based Redwall culture off Christianity. I think that the Redwaller's Jesus is Martin, but I believe that Luke and Matthias are both portrayed as Martin, therefore Jesus. Let's start with Martin. Martin was born of two parents, Luke and Sayna. I think Sayna is an version of Mary. She and Mary are both kind, gentle and sweet, and they both had to carry there children while on a journey. Another similarity between Martin and Jesus is their signs. Christians feel that the sign of Jesus is the cross, this is known by many, many people, even people who aren't Christians. The sign of Martin is his Tapestry. All Redwallers know that the TOMTW is his sign, and many w…Read more >
Well I have just arrived home from Muscatine Iowa with a full stomach and mix of good and bad memories. I ran into more than I expected not with the convention but the condition of the town I never knew that they were the button capital of the world with their large amounts of clams but now with jobs going over seas the town is pretty much abandon. I would only see a few cars and people around all of the houses were falling apart and I could see the buildings that used to house factories. On my way to the library I saw empty stores "closed, sorry closed, out of businesses, or available for rent" seems like the town is losing what they had and trying to keep the rest. The people there were good enough all the people were from different s…
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UPDATE: Changed wording of several questions to make them more clear. Added two questions.
M'kay, I'm going to try and keep tabs on this, but feel free to leave a message on my talk page if you want to subscribe to this list; I'll update you whenever I add new questions.
Over time, I've come to realize that there are a number of unaddressed background questions about the world of Redwall. For my own amusement and that of the community, I've posted below a list of whatever implied realities or unanswered plot holes I can think of below. If anyone wants to suggest one in a comment, I'll add it to the list and credit you if I think it "works". I'll also strike out any question and credit you if you can provide a definite answer. I'll organize t…Read more >
(This is my first essay and it's in progress, so please be patient.)
If you went for a walk in the woods and ran across Redwall Abbey, how big would it be? Would it be too small for a human to fit inside? Would it be the size of a doll's house? Could you sit down in the Great Hall and enjoy a feast alongside the mice and moles?
Let's look at the size of Redwall inhabitants and compare them to a building.
With the possible exception of wildcats, badgers are the biggest species commonly seen around Redwall. The smallest intelligent (not insects) residents of Redwall would be shrews, which are a bit smaller than mice.
European badgers (according to Wikipedia) are about 70 cm long (about 27 inches), not counting the tail. They weigh about 10 …Read more >
Warning!!! MAJOR spoilers for Outcast of Redwall!!!!!
Ah, Veil Sixclaw, the most paradoxical character in the Redwall series. Long debate had been going on about whether he is good or evil. Well here is my opinion (and I've thought about it a lot).
Veil is a ferret, a vermin, and therefore naturally evil. But he was brought up in a place that taught good morals (Redwall Abbey), that little bit of goodness was put inside of him. Then he was outcast and that whole bit, and for most of the book he did very evil things. But then there was the climax.
Swartt Sixclaw meets his son Veil and has finally captured Sunflash the Mace. Bryony has followed Veil all throughout Mossflower and has now met up with him again after finding him twice before, and …
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After reading about the new Penguin release Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook by Sarah Schmelling, I knew immediately that Redwall needed to receive the Facebook lit treatment.
However, the route I went with this is not overly silly or modern (no characters having e-mail, watching movies, etc), it's more along the lines of viewing the story unfold on the Facebook News Feed, with a bit of whimsy thrown in too.
Adapting Redwall to this format and abridging the book was a very interesting and fun experience. It's quite fascinating how entire chapters can be broken down into 1 line of a Facebook occurence. Of course, to fully appreciate it you have to be familiar with the novel. This satire is meant in…Read more >
I noticed some similarities between Martin and these people.
- Between St. Martin de Porres & Martin The Warrior:
St. Martin de Porres is said to have been friends with St. John de Massias [sound familiar?] and St. Rose of Lima.
- Between St. Sebastian & Martin The Warrior:
Martin The Warrior was tied between two posts and left to be killed by the birds in Martin the Warrior (book). St. Sebastian was bound to a tree [much like a post] and, after being shot with arrows, was left for dead. But both of them survived afterward and escaped by the means of someone else; Martin The Warrior by Laterose, Brome, Felldoh, and Grumm Trencher, St. Sebastian by a compassionate older woman.
- Between St. Michael & Martin The Warrior:
Both have appeared in visions to w…
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One of the most controversial acts of the entire series is, in some opinions, the killing of Laterose, the daughter of Noonvale Chieftain Urran Voh, in the book Martin the Warrior. The book shows these two young mice, Martin the Warrior and Laterose, in a light that suggests a blossoming relationship. Throughout their adventures, from the Mirdops to the Gawtrybe, from Noonvale itself to the final confrontation, Martin is great friends with Laterose to the point of young love. In fact, the first time Martin sees Laterose (Rose), he is "thunderstruck." (pg 67) Adding to that mental image is the next description. "He stared silently into the most gentle hazel eyes that ever reflected starlight, lost for words as a quiet smile spread over the mou…
Other than commin beleaf i think you can have spiders as a villain in a fan fic (if you steal my idea......) here is my info sorce to why and how it will be a good bad guy.
There's something about spiders that gives most people the creeps, instilling a sense of fear and loathing upon seeing one. It's as though there's a part of the human brain that perceives the form of a spider as dangerous or threatening. Perhaps those deep dark feelings we get when we see a spider are echoes of an ancient human behavioral response known as instinct. Most of the thousands of species of spiders on this earth carry a venom that is virtually harmless to humans, but there are a few species which carry a deadly venom. Based on primitive human experiences a per…
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Could the Redwall Books have really happened?
The Redwall Books are classified as fantasy, meaning it isn't possible for these things to happen (or have happened) in real life. But how do we know that things like what happens in the Redwall Books actually have happened? Maybe there really was a Redwall Abbey, a Mossflower Woods, a Salamandastron. Maybe Martin the Warrior, Gonff the Mousethief, Lord Brocktree, Matthias, Mattimeo, and so many others actually existed. Just because the characters of these books are animals didn't mean they couldn't have done the things they have done according to Brian Jacques.
I, for one, think it's possible. I have read the Redwall Books over and over and over again, and I think that it is possible that t…Read more >