January 14, 2008
Notes from reading redwall books for the first time since childhood.
Narrator: Some of this feels familiar.
Aragorn: Hi, I’m Aragorn.
Martin: I’m Martin.
Aragorn and Martin: I’m here to reforge my broken sword so I can lead an army against the tyrant threatening my people. I live in a world of moral absolutes and racist undertones.
Narrator: It startled me when characters mentioned Satan.
Redwall: “By Satan’s whiskers…”
Redwall mentions God, Jesus 0 times.
Redwall mentions Satan, The Devil 4 times.
Narrator: Harry Potter protesters, take note.
Narrator: Even as a kid this bothered me: Why does everyone leave critical secret messages as simple riddles? It’s silly to assume the intended recipient will be the only one to find and solve them. I would do things differently.
Mouse: The inscription is a message from Martin!
Old Mouse: What does it say?
Mouse: Hang on, it’s encrypted with my public key.