This page is a resource of Frequently Asked Questions that fans tend to have about Redwall - these questions were answered by Brian Jacques in some manner during his lifetime.


How big is Redwall?

The size of Redwall is dependent entirely on your imagination.

"The creatures in my stories are as big or small as your imagination wants them to be" - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 1

"Everything in the Redwall world is as large or as small as your imagination would like it to be." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 4

If there are no cows in Redwall, how does cheese, milk, and dairy products exist?

"Greensap milk is my solution. The sap of many plants can be used to make vegetarian versions of milk, cream, butter and cheese." And what is greensap milk? "If you squeeze a green plant you can extract sap. Thus, greensap milk." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 3.

What is meadow cream?

"Meadow cream is cream flavoured with the honey and sweet herbs of the meadow, or any alternative you want to try." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 2.

What were Brian Jacques' thoughts on video games? Would he approve of The Lost Legends of Redwall?

Brian Jacques originally was against the concept of a Redwall video game, however he later evolved.

In Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 1, Brian Jacques stated "I really dislike such things!" in regards to an inquiry about video games. At that time, a Redwall CD was a potential project, and in the same Q&A session, said that "there will be no 'Game' element" to it. (It was later shelved.)

In Ask Brian, Volume 4, he replied "No" in response to another question about the creation of a Redwall video game. However, much later he changed his mind, and "was fully part of the original contract deal" and "on-board before he passed" for The Lost Legends of Redwall. The game series was made in collaboration with the Jacques estate.

Worth noting, Brian Jacques initially also opposed a "Redwall" cookbook and a "Redwall" comic.

Is there religion in Redwall?

No, there is not religion in Redwall.

"I try not to have any religious connotations at all, therefore no comparisons are intended. I have creatures die and to my mind they go on but who knows where? Dark forest is meant to be mysterious rather than menacing." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 1.

"There is no religion in my stories and no hidden meanings. What you see is what you get. The Abbey is just a place of peace and comradeship, where creatures choose to live together." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 2.

"I chose an abbey because it is a place of peace and tranquility, where ordinarily the cares of a busy and frantic world do not intrude." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 2.

"I have no wedding ceremonies because to do so would indicate a religious bias which I try always to avoid." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 3.

Are there humans in Redwall?

No, there are no humans in Redwall.

"There are no humans, my first book Redwall did mention the horse and cart but no humans are ever in the stories and I don't intend that they should ever be." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 1.

"Redwall was my first novel, I didn't expect it to be published! After Redwall I decided not to include reference to humans again." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 4.

Why is Redwall so different than the other books, with a horse?

Redwall was never intended to be published. The concept evolved after Redwall's overnight success story.

"There are no humans, my first book Redwall did mention the horse and cart but no humans are ever in the stories and I don't intend that they should ever be." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 1.

"Redwall was my first novel, I didn't expect it to be published! After Redwall I decided not to include reference to humans again." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 4.

Can there be grey characters in Redwall? Was Veil a grey character?

"The goodies are good and the baddies are BAD, no grey areas." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 1.

(in reference to the above) "Good will always shine through in the end." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 4

"As to Veil and his final motives, I deliberately left that for the reader to decide. I have had many opinions and the jury is still out." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 2. In Tribes of Redwall Mice, it is stated that Bryony comes to learn that "inborn evil is irreclaimable."

What is the difference between good and bad characters?

"The bad creatures are those which are traditionally bad in European folk lore and have come to be regarded as sly or mean or evil. The good creatures are mostly small and defenseless, with the exception of the badgers." - from Redwall.org's Ask Brian, Volume 1.

How do you pronounce Brian Jacques?

Brian Jacques is pronounced as if it rhymes with "cakes." Hear Brian Jacques pronounce his name:

Brian Jacques pronouncing his name (file info) —
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