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the-redwaller:

shiftingpath:

redscarfstars:

Redwall fandom, I have a question: Does anyone else have love for Martin the Warrior II/ Jnr? As in, Mattimeo’s son Martin? Because I think out of all the Warriors I’ve read of so far, I think I like him best. I just feel he’s very mature and considerate and generally quite sweet. He seems to take to the Warrior role very well. I just wish there were more books besides The Pearls of Lutra that involve him…

So yeah, any more Martin II love?

Out of the characters in Pearls of Lutra, I think he’s one of the less interesting (I just love Grath and Piknim&Craklyn and Tansy so much AUGH), but he is in Lutra which is my favourite book, so he’s still like head and shoulders above a lot of other characters from the series in my opinion?

Favourite Martin II moment: That even though Grath wasn’t present to get her revenge on Ublaz, Martin said her holt’s name as Ublaz lay dying. Also that he completely saw through all of Ublaz’ lies and promises ahhh okay Martin II was really cool I love Pearls of Lutra so much dang

Less interesting, perhaps — but I kind of see him as the standard of moral goodness in Pearls. Like, you have Grath, who is wrestling with vengeance and hatred, and you have Inbar, who, despite his considerable skills, is a baby with real warfare. You have Viola, who is learning to be selfless and mature even in her youth. Many characters surrounding Martin are in place of growth. He, on the other hand, is already in his prime as a warrior. Of course, people are always growing and changing. But it seems to me that Martin’s character almost serves as reminder of what is good and just in a book that is filled with growing, learning, sometimes confused young warriors. I love the moment where he shouts a battlecry for Grath — he gives her the victory instead of claiming it for himself and Redwall. Martin is confident, selfless, experienced, and wise — all things the creatures around him need to (and do) become. 

I think that Martin’s standard of quiet maturity has sort of faded into the background when I look at my favourite characters from Lutra. I’ve always been blown away by Grath’s tragic story, but if she’d faced Ublaz, she would have fallen for his trap, overwhelmed with fury and grief… or if she’d triumphed, would have pulped the guy into a bloody mess (probably terrifying poor lil Inbar in the process). When you look at who was present, Martin’s really the only contender as a mature and fully-trained warrior but also in a way as a diplomat. Redwall Warriors might be wielders of deadly weapons, not the least of which is the Bloodwrath, but they’re also Redwallers, and so that rage is always channelled in service of justice and peace. He did exactly enough damage, saw that Ublaz was taken out by his own vanity and showmanship, and bowed himself out of the fight, knowing his work was done. I love Grath (so much, sooooo much) but the sort of victory she would have had on her own terms would have matched the crime done to her family, and I can’t see that fitting with the spirit of Redwall books.

As a kid I was always pissed for her that she didn’t get to kill Ublaz herself, but now I can see why Martin was the one chosen to finish the book off. The very fact that he seemed sort of more forgettable for me than the strong personalities like Grath and Viola and so on showed how he was influencing them by example. DANG COOL the more I think about Lutra the more I love it

It wouldn’t have been right for Grath to kill Ublaz, as per the points you made above: She would have done it wrong. While no doubt she is a skilled warrior, when it comes to it she is really just a little girl who’s just lost her whole family and is blinded by her rage. She’s not just out to take revenge; she’s on a rampage, and probably when she woke up from her bloodlust (if she’d been the one to kill Ublaz) she’d be horrified at what she’d done. And yes, the type of victory she had would have been a far cry from what Martin would have been taught was a good win.

Now in Martin’s case, as Warrior of Redwall, he’s been taught how to fight and do it properly. And yes, while he gets Bloodwrath-y, it’s the feeling that it occurs as part of his desire for justice and a need to protect others that makes it acceptable. Also, as you said, the fact that Martin is somewhat forgettable is maybe the entire point: it’s exactly what he would have wanted, because in the end, he doesn’t fight for himself: He fights for others, particularly in this case, Garth. He wouldn’t want the glory for himself- it would defeat the purpose of killing Ublaz.

Wow, I’m getting philosophical. I love it.

riverdoge:

redscarfstars:

Redwall fandom, I have a question: Does anyone else have love for Martin the Warrior II/ Jnr? As in, Mattimeo’s son Martin? Because I think out of all the Warriors I’ve read of so far, I think I like him best. I just feel he’s very mature and considerate and generally quite sweet. He seems to take to the Warrior role very well. I just wish there were more books besides The Pearls of Lutra that involve him…

So yeah, any more Martin II love?

I always liked that Martin II was (at the time of his plot) older than most all of the other Warriors/Wielders of the Sword, I always pictured him as being more middle-aged than the usual young warriors we got. It was cool to have a book with an older, more experienced Champion who helped the main character instead of being the main hero.

I concur absolutely! It was great to see someone actually comfortable with the role of Warrior rather than having to “find himself” to feel worthy or something. Of course Arven seemed ok, but that is a post for another time… (Later today maybe)

shiftingpath:

redscarfstars:

Redwall fandom, I have a question: Does anyone else have love for Martin the Warrior II/ Jnr? As in, Mattimeo’s son Martin? Because I think out of all the Warriors I’ve read of so far, I think I like him best. I just feel he’s very mature and considerate and generally quite sweet. He seems to take to the Warrior role very well. I just wish there were more books besides The Pearls of Lutra that involve him…

So yeah, any more Martin II love?

Out of the characters in Pearls of Lutra, I think he’s one of the less interesting (I just love Grath and Piknim&Craklyn and Tansy so much AUGH), but he is in Lutra which is my favourite book, so he’s still like head and shoulders above a lot of other characters from the series in my opinion?

Favourite Martin II moment: That even though Grath wasn’t present to get her revenge on Ublaz, Martin said her holt’s name as Ublaz lay dying. Also that he completely saw through all of Ublaz’ lies and promises ahhh okay Martin II was really cool I love Pearls of Lutra so much dang

(On a side note, Piknim and Craklyn uh, yes, what cuties!)

You’re right though, out of all the characters in Lutra, and perhaps beyond, he definitely stands out above them all, at least to me! (And I love you, Lutra is my fav book so far! Haven’t read them all yet so can’t pass judgement!)

And how he revenges Grath is the best! He could have shouted for “Redwall!”, and for Rollo, and for everything Ublaz did that effected him and his friends, but no- he did it for Grath, and he hardly knew her, but he knew that what Ublaz did for her was something he couldn’t not revenge.

Just Pearls of Lutra in general is a fabulous book

raphcrow:

redscarfstars:

Redwall fandom, I have a question: Does anyone else have love for Martin the Warrior II/ Jnr? As in, Mattimeo’s son Martin? Because I think out of all the Warriors I’ve read of so far, I think I like him best. I just feel he’s very mature and considerate and generally quite…

I love him a lot! He’s basically Martin without the crippling angst. My headcanon is that he’s known in Dark Forest and welcomed there as Martin III

"Martin without the crippling angst" What an apt description! Crying about the Dark Forest now, please don’t remind me he’s dead ughhhh

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SENSE OF PLACE - Swimming in the Rain: My sister in the south of Chile. We are sitting at home next to the fireplace in our southern lake house when it suddenly began to pour uncontrollably. Had to rush into the lake to take this snapshot! (Camila Massu/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #

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You spelled real wrong.

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the-redwaller:

redscarfstars:

Redwall fandom, I have a question: Does anyone else have love for Martin the Warrior II/ Jnr? As in, Mattimeo’s son Martin? Because I think out of all the Warriors I’ve read of so far, I think I like him best. I just feel he’s very mature and considerate and generally quite sweet. He seems to take to the Warrior role very well. I just wish there were more books besides The Pearls of Lutra that involve him…

So yeah, any more Martin II love?

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I LOVE THAT DUDE

Seriously I don’t say it enough. He seems so chill. Unless he’s, you know, Bloodwrathing. But that goes without saying. He’s kind and pretty sassy and adaptable and I love his relationship with Rollo and Tansy and I just can’t say it enough. I love Martin Jr. 

SOMEONE ELSE WHO LOVES HIM, LET ME LOVE YOU TOO! 

AAAAaaaaa this makes me so happy! You’re right he is totally chill and ugh yes I love him I can’t express that enough. You’re right too, he must have been the coolest kid too, compared to Mattimeo’s personality, but if you double-cross him like Oh-Hoo you’re getting it now mate.

Sorry, but I do love him. He’s totally the best. Martin Jr.


On August 25, 1999, The Bad Beginning was published for the first time.

On August 25, 1999, The Bad Beginning was published for the first time.

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