Why a Raven is like a Writing Desk


Greetings Universe! I’m Adrianna, or Adri for short. I’m also known, among some in the realm of Legion, as the Hatter. Which is why it is only befitting for my first post to reflect my title and my love for the works of Lewis Carroll.

I also would like to apologize for the lateness of the post. I take full responsibility, as you see, I’m always late.

So I’m sure many of you are curious as to why exactly a raven is like a writing desk, considering Mr. Carroll never did elaborate the answer of such a riddle. (or possibly you sit snickering in your chair, believing you already know the answer)

The riddle is used to make a point in the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s brought up by none other than the Mad Hatter at the insane tea party, celebrating an un-birthday. Usually, when one offers up a riddle they already know the answer, and await for the one hearing the riddle to guess, or more likely be amazed by the witty solution. But what answer is poor Alice given? “I haven’t the slightest idea.” 

This none-existent answer is meant to draw to the fact that, well, this is all mad. Things don’t go by order, and jokes have no pay-off.

But you don’t care about that, do you? So now to what everyone’s been waiting for:

Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?

Truth is: I haven’t the slightest idea.




Jk. (but if you want it to be a secret forever; stop reading)

There are lots of answers, most are quite funny. One that Lewis Carroll had given in the preface of the 1896 version of was:

“Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front”

(Yes yes, nevar was meant to be spelled that way. Lewis Carroll seemed to like himself some puns  *hint* it’s raven spelled backwards )

Here’s one that was proposed in Heartless by Marissa Meyer: (yes I know someone else already covered the Lunar Chronicles here, I just really did enjoy that book. I blame the unicorn)

“Because they both have quills dipped in ink.”

-originally from David N. Jodrey Jr. in The Annotated Alice)

“Because a writing-desk is a rest for pens and a raven is a pest for wrens,”

( -Tony Weston 1991)

In the spirit of nonsense:

“Because there is a ‘b’ in both and an ‘n’ in neither.”

or “Because neither is ever approached without caws”

Though my personal favorite has to be:

“Because Poe wrote on both”


That’s it for now! Till next time, fellow weirdos!