Thursday, June 2, 2016


Well, Alice Through the Looking Glass opened last weekend, and since the Jabberwock has already been an honoree…

Monster-of-the-Week: …this week let’s honor the frumious Bandersnatch, another creature mentioned in Lewis Carroll’s classic. John Tenniel didn’t do one of his marvelous illustrations of the Bandersnatch, alas, but here’s how the 2010 film depicted it…

And here’s an example of the creature’s frumious mayhem, described in Lewis Carroll’s later work “The Hunting of the Snark”:

     But while he was seeking with thimbles and care,
          A Bandersnatch swiftly drew nigh
     And grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair,
          For he knew it was useless to fly.
     He offered large discount—he offered a cheque
          (Drawn "to bearer") for seven-pounds-ten:
     But the Bandersnatch merely extended its neck
          And grabbed at the Banker again.
     Without rest or pause—while those frumious jaws
          Went savagely snapping around—
     He skipped and he hopped, and he floundered and flopped,
          Till fainting he fell to the ground.
     The Bandersnatch fled as the others appeared
          Led on by that fear-stricken yell:
     And the Bellman remarked "It is just as I feared!"
          And solemnly tolled on his bell…


  1. Carroll also tells us what happened to the Banker after his encounter with the Bandersnatch:

    He was black in the face,
    and they scarcely could trace
    The least likeness to what he had been:
    While so great was his fright
    that his waistcoat turned white -
    A wonderful thing to be seen!

    (Lewis Carroll, from The Hunting of the Snark, 1876)

    Perhaps Carroll got some inspiration from Edward Lear:

    There was an old man of Port Grigor,
    Whose actions were noted for vigour;
    He stood on his head
    till his waistcoat turned red,
    That eclectic old man of Port Grigor.

    (Edward Lear, 1872)

    Best regards from Munich,

  2. Best regards from Phoenix! Thanx for stopping by!