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Dandin the Swordcarrier


Place of Origin:Redwall Abbey
Weapon: The Sword of Martin, Long Dagger
Death: Unknown
Appears: Mariel of Redwall, The Bellmaker
Mentioned: Martin the Warrior

Dandin the Swordcarrier was said to be the great-grandchild of Gonff the Mousethief and Columbine, grandson of Gonff II, distantly related to Abbess Bryony, and the ancestor of Bisky, Samolus Fixa, the Gonfelin Thieves, and Andio. Brother Hubert gave Dandin a flute that once belonged to Gonff, which was given to Gonff by Abbess Germaine.

He was chosen by the Spirit of Martin the Warrior to wield his Sword.


In Mariel of Redwall

During his childhood at Redwall Abbey, he was great friends with Saxtus and Durry Quill. Dandin was also the "Bellringer" of the Abbey, before the Bell Tower was built. The "Bell" was in fact a hollow log, beat upon with two sticks. Later, he befriended Mariel Gullwhacker and traveled along with her, Durry, and Tarquin Longleap Woodsorrel to the isle of Terramort. He was nearly drowned in the swampdark land, and also took part in the dive for the swallow compass, protecting Mariel with his sword from the lobster. Along the way, Dandin and Durry were captured by searats and taken to Terramort as slaves. They were later freed by Joseph the Bellmaker and became members of the Trag, who defeated Gabool the Wild.

In The Bellmaker

After contributing to Gabool's downfall, Dandin and Mariel quested to Southsward and beyond. With the aid of the other creatures, they saved Queen Serena from Urgan Nagru the Foxwolf and were captured while doing so. Later they escaped with Gael Squirrelking and helped to rid Southsward of Urgan. Dandin then went with Mariel and Bowly Pintips to seek adventure aboard the Pearl Queen. His fate is unknown.


  • Bryony and Dandin have both been described as being the great-grandchildren of Gonff, however as Outcast of Redwall takes place chronologically before Mariel of Redwall, it is more likely that Bryony is the real great-grandchild, and Dandin is just a descendant. See the Family Tree page for more information.

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