Fermald the Ancient

Place of Origin:Redwall Abbey
Death: Old age
Appears: Pearls of Lutra

Fermald the Ancient, was a very old female squirrel of Redwall Abbey who was exceptionally introverted in her old age and chose to live alone in the Abbey's attic. She became seemingly senile and was usually content being alone and would often recite cryptic riddles and rhymes. Fermald quite enjoyed fishing on the Abbey pond, chasing after Grimjaw. She also carried with her an exquisitely carved wooden spoon.

When Graylunk arrived at the Abbey with a terrible head wound, Fermald befriended him, and he lived with her in the attic. She cared for him before he died, and she also hid his stolen treasure, the six Tears of all Oceans, throughout the Abbey after his death, while also writing a short but difficult riddle for each individual pearl. She also gave her wooden spoon to him.


  • Although she does not appear alive in the story, the aftermath of her actions before her death creates the impetus for much of the plot in Pearls of Lutra.
  • Because of her extreme age, she must have been alive during the events of Mattimeo. Furthermore, certain characters younger than her, who were in both Mattimeo and Pearls of Lutra, mention memories of her. However, she did not participate in any of the events of Mattimeo, which likely means she was already living as a hermit at the time and simply did not come out until the fight with Ironbeak was over.