The Monstrous Crow

Real Name


First Appearance

Original Ditties for the Nursery (1805)

Created by

John Byrom


In the original nursery rhyme, Tweedledum and Tweedledee agreed to have a battle because Tweedledum accused Tweedledee of spoiling his nice new rattle. However, after a monstrous crow frightened them both, they forgot their quarrel.

The Crow is listed as the Red King's bishop, but Alice never encounters it over the course of the story. According to the rhyme, it is "black as a tar-barrel" and of a monstrous size. The Tweedle Brothers (white rooks) are terrified of the Crow, and when the pair see the White Queen's shawl being blown around by the wind at the end of chapter IV, they mistake it for the dread bird and flee through the woods.

Public Domain Appearances


  • Original Ditties for the Nursery
  • Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (mentioned only)
  • A New Alice in the Old Wonderland

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