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Redwall Wiki

Welcome to the Redwall Wiki, the definitive communal information resource for all things Redwall, Castaways of the Flying Dutchman or Brian Jacques-related! Founded in 2005, we currently have 3,388 unique articles.

The Redwall Wiki, also known as www.redwallwiki.com, reports Redwall and Brian Jacques news and publishes feature articles, inclusive of exclusive updates, interviews, and artwork directly from the illustrators.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to create the most comprehensive database for the Redwall saga and Brian Jacques, including all illustrators, publishers, books, items, video games, movies, TV shows, and characters associated with this beloved series. We are committed to preserving and celebrating the legacy of Brian Jacques and his imaginative world, ensuring that his works and contributions to literature continue to inspire and captivate generations to come.

Redwall

What Is Redwall?

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Redwall is a fantasy saga that encompasses 22 fiction novels, accessories, eBooks, audiobooks, a Netflix movie adaptation, a Netflix event series adaptation, an animated television series, and video games that involve personified animals set in a medieval-esque time period; the books were regularly published from 1986 until 2011. 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 way of life. 2006 and 2009 are the only years during the saga that Redwall books were not published.

From 1999 until 2002, Brian Jacques' Redwall aired as a three season animated TV series on PBS. Since 2018, The Lost Legends of Redwall video game series has appeared on Steam.

As of 2021, Netflix is adapting Redwall into a feature film and an event series featuring the life of Martin the Warrior.

The Redwall series was recommended as part of the National Year of Reading's 'Dads and Lads' campaign launched by the UK Prime Minister in 1998.

If you are new to Redwall, it is highly recommended to read the books in Publication Order.

How many translations of Redwall exist?

Redwall is often described as having been translated into 28 or 29 languages across the globe. Based on the Redwall Wiki's research, as verified by the Redwall Wiki's Book Cover Gallery, there are at least 26 translations out there, and those include:

English, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, and Thai.

  • Translators: Veronika Bártová (Czech), Pavel Dufek (Czech), Annemarie Hormann (Dutch), Emmanuelle Lavabre (French), Natalie Zimmermann (French), Rachel Aharoni (Hebrew), Alexander Alexandrov (Russian), George Nachinkin (Russian), Yōko Saigō (Japanese), Raffaella Belletti (Italian), Tamás Gábor (Hungarian), Wojtek Cajgner (Polish)

What reading level is Redwall?

The reading level for Redwall is young adult - the middle school or junior high school demographic.

Is Redwall okay for kids?

Yes, Redwall is okay for kids. The intended age range for the Redwall series is generally 10-14. Adults and older readers can also find enjoyment in reading Redwall.

Is there magic in Redwall?

No, there is not magic in Redwall in the supernatural sense. However, some characters, like Magical Mugwort, Ambrose Spike, and Ballaw De Quincewold are known for their magic tricks and illusions.
"[The heroes] are in the position of the child. They have the potential to be heroic, but not through magic. There's no magic in the books. They do it all through their own initiative." - Brian Jacques, TES Magazine, May 9, 1997

Is Redwall violent?

Yes, the Redwall series can be considered violent. The Redwall novels often feature intense battle sequences involving medieval weaponry like swords, lances, axes, and bows, where characters can die or end up seriously injured. Other times, characters meet their doom via natural predators.

Does Redwall have an ending?

Yes, the Redwall series has an ending. The last published Redwall book is The Rogue Crew, constituting an ending for the series. However, Redwall as a place and setting does not have an ending, it is timeless.

Types of Animals

For further details and information, please see the List of Redwall Species.

Good Characters

The following consists of characters generally considered as protagonists or "good guys":

Neutral/Variable Characters

The following consists of characters that either don't take the side of good or evil or may vary between both:

Bad Characters

The following consists of characters generally considered as antagonists or "bad guys":

Single Species

These characters have only appeared or been mentioned in one Redwall novel:

Redwall Themes

In the Redwall books there is often a set of recurring themes.

The main theme is the battle of Good vs. Evil, or that of a bully who mistreats weaker creatures receiving their comeuppance. 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 (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.

  • In Mariel of Redwall there is character named Shorebuck; there is also a Shorebuck in Salamandastron.
  • In Salamandastron there is a hare named Catkin; there is also a Catkin in The Legend of Luke.
  • In High Rhulain, there is a character named Flibber; there is also a Flibber in The Sable Quean.
  • Gurrbowl is a male in Pearls of Lutra, but appears as female in The Long Patrol and Marlfox. This could be because Brian Jacques confused the genders of Gurrbowl and Diggum.
  • In Redwall, Martin the Warrior's sword is named "Ratdeath" by Abbot Mortimer. This name is not referred to in any other book.
  • 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.

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.

Other Information

  • 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.

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