Wonderland (fictional country)
The royal garden in Wonderland
|Series||Alice's Adventures in Wonderland|
|King||King of Hearts|
Coat of Arms of Wonderland
|Alice's Adventures in Wonderland location|
|Notable locations||Rabbit hole, March Hare's house, Queen's Croquet Ground|
|Notable characters||White Rabbit, Duchess, Cheshire Cat, the Hatter, March Hare, Mock Turtle|
In the story, Wonderland accessed by an underground passage, and Alice reaches it by travelling down a rabbit hole, possibly on the banks of the Thames between Folly Bridge and Godstow. While the location is apparently somewhere beneath Oxfordshire, Carroll does not specify how far down it is, and he has Alice speculate whether it is near the center of the earth or even at the Antipodes. The land is heavily wooded and grows mushrooms. There are well-kept gardens and substantial houses, such as those of the Duchess and the White Rabbit. Wonderland has a seacoast, where the Mock Turtle lives.
The land is nominally ruled by the Queen of Hearts, whose whimsical decrees of capital punishment are routinely nullified by the King of Hearts. There is at least one Duchess.
The main population consists of animated playing cards: the royal family (hearts), courtiers (diamonds), soldiers (clubs), and servants (spades). In addition, there are many talking animals. Among the characters Alice meets are:
- Bill the Lizard
- Cheshire Cat
- King of Hearts
- Knave of Hearts
- The Hatter
- March Hare
- Mock Turtle
- Queen of Hearts
- White Rabbit
- Manguel, Alberto; Gianni Guadalupi (2000). The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (Newly updated and expanded ed.). San Diego: Harcourt. p. 712. ISBN 0-15-600872-6.
- Reichertz, Ronald (2000). "The World Turned Upside Down". The Making of the Alice Books: Lewis Carroll's Uses of Earlier Children's Literature (paperback ed.). McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 33–51. ISBN 0-7735-2081-3.
- Pictorial map of "Alice's Wonderland"
- Another map of Wonderland released with the package of Wonderland video game by Magnetic Scrolls.