Wednesday, 24 October 2007

A Note on Redwall (1/3)

Brian Jacques' Redwall, the first in the series, contains a number of anomalies: departures from the large and otherwise fairly consistent world which emerges during the series. It's worth briefly collecting the most conspicuous of these.
  • Redwall is the only book in the entire series that makes any mention of domesticated animals. Animals mentioned in this book - but never again in the series - include horse, dog, cow, and pig.
  • Also, the Abbot mentions a "village where the dog and pigs reside", perhaps implying human habitation. In the the books following this, the world of Redwall is inhabited only by wild fauna.
  • Additionally, Methuselah claimed that one of the accounts of Cluny came from a town dog. The horse present in the early chapters was the size of a normal horse, and the wagon it pulled was scaled to the same size - an entire army of rats was able to ride in it. Also there was a mention of cows that trampled through a village. However, Brian Jacques did not expect the book to be published, and excluded references to humans and many larger animals in later books.
  • The beaver in Redwall is the only one to appear in the entire series. Its species has not been mentioned since.
  • Bees can communicate in Redwall, indicated by a statement at the end of the book where the Guerilla Shrews learned to speak the bee language so they could trade and argue. This was not noted in other books.

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