The text and paintings on The Trowbridge Chronicles are taken from the illustrated journal of Violet Trowbridge, a shrew that once lived in a village deep in the Olympic Rain Forest. Each new post will represent a portion of Mrs. Trowbridge’s journal.

Friday, December 22, 2006


Happy Holidays from Bron Smith and Mrs. Trowbridge!

Thursday, December 21, 2006


The situation at the Giloh Fortress is growing desperate. Shrew Khan recognizes that for the first time in his career as a warrior his defense position could be overrun. Giloh could be lost to the desert marauder, the Phantom Mongol. Our story continues...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


It has been fascinating researching the history behind Mrs. Trowbridge's Shrew Kahn stories. I recently had an amazing email exchange with Professor Wing Wang at Inner Mongolia University in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. An expert in the archeology of Mongolia and China, Professor Wang told me about his most recent expedition to the Eastern Mongolian Steppes.

Just as I have found evidence of past small creature colonies in the Olympic Rain Forest, Professor Wang stated that he and his team have uncovered extensive archeological evidence of small animal colonization in the Mongolian Steppes. They have found actual artifacts, including: a tiny 1/2 inch axe and other tools, numerous pea-sized pot shards, even pebble mounds, presumably the remains of small creature dwellings. After having conversed with Professor Wang, I am all the more amazed as I study Mrs. T's intricate paintings and descriptions of past small animal civilizations in Asia.

When she refers to the Great Northern Steppes, she is undoubtedly referring to the Mongolian Steppes, so the Phantom Mongol would presumably be of Mongolian descent.

And now, Mrs. Trowbridge's story continues...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Mrs. Trowbridge referred to Shrew Kahn frequently when she wrote on historical topics. He was held in the highest esteem by Trowbridge shrews for his might in battle, his courage, and integrity.

Last week, Shrew Kahn and his warriors celebrated and feasted long into the night at the Giloh outpost. But sadly, all good things must come to an end. Mrs. Trowbridge's story resumes...