White Knight (Through the Looking-Glass)

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White Knight
Alice character
White Knight.jpg
1871 illustration by John Tenniel
First appearanceThrough the Looking-Glass
Created byLewis Carroll
NationalityLooking-Glass Land

The White Knight is a fictional character in Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass. He represents the chess piece of the same name. As imagined in John Tenniel's illustrations for the Alice stories he has echoes of John Millais's Sir Isumbras at the Ford.[1]


The White Knight saves Alice from his opponent, the Red Knight. He repeatedly falls off his horse and lands on his head, and tells Alice of his inventions, which consists of things such as a pudding with ingredients like blotting paper, an upside down container, and anklets to guard his horse against shark bites. He recites a poem of his own composition, 'A-Sitting on a Gate', (but the song's name is called 'Haddocks' Eyes') and he and Alice depart.

Film incarnations[edit]


  1. ^ Tom Lubbock, Great Works, The Independent, 17 April 2009
  • "www.cs.indiana.edu/metastuff/looking/ch8.html.gz". cs.indiana.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  • "White Knight (Character)". imdb.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25.