Throughout the three Redwall books that i have read, (Redwall, Mattimeo, and Mossflower) there are only animals, such as mice, moles, foxes, etc.

Is there any mention of humans in any of the books?

  • ive read all but his last 2 books, and there are no humans, as yohann says there is a horse, and it would seem in redwall itself the thought of humans being around existed in the authors mind because the rats are riding a human sized wagon attached to a horse, but the rest of the books no longer even have horses in them, and everything is scaled down to accurate sizes for the animals. – Himarm May 27 '15 at 13:37

No there aren't.

According the FAQ on Brian Jacques' official Redwall website;

Q: I have just started your books. I have read Redwall and am now working on Mattimeo. At the beginning of Redwall there is the "riderless horsecart" and now in Mattimeo there is mention of a ship that sank. Are there humans somewhere in the realm of Redwall?

BJ: No, 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. The ships are generally crewed by vermin.


I believe that Redwall was the first book published in 1986. Cluny arrives in a large hay cart pulled by a horse. In dialogue later on the elders recall from old records accounts of Cluny's hoard stampeding cattle through villages. Only conjecture on my part, but I think the series evolved quickly to exclude humans all together.


In the original book (Redwall), it is implied that yes, there are humans (the horse and cart). However, Jacques states in an interview that there aren't humans, and later books have no mention.

I suspect that in the first novel that Jacques hadn't fully developed the world (as he didn't expect it to be published), and that he may have intended for there to be humans.

  • This answer doesn't seem to offer any useful info that's not already in the existing answers. – Valorum Jun 5 '15 at 21:55

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