Study Guide

War Horse Characters

By Michael Morpurgo

Joey

Yep, War Horse is told from the point of view of a horse. Namely Joey, "a spindly-looking...

Albert Narracott

Joey tells us early on that "only one man was ever [his] master" (1.3). That's one faithful...

Topthorn

Topthorn is everything you would look for in a horse—or a sports car: a "shining black...

Albert's Father

We only have to spend four chapters with Albert's drunk father, but that's more than enough to...

Captain Nicholls

Morpurgo's Author's Note introduces us to Nicholls as though he's a historical figure who painted...

Crazy Old Friedrich

Crazy Old Friedrich is the "kind old gunner" (12.6) in charge of Joey and the rest of the horses...

Emilie

Sold to soldiers and captured by the opposing army, Joey finds himself at the mercy of the...

Minor Characters

Emilie's Grandpapa outlives young Emilie and saves Joey from becoming gelatin in the book's final...

Pale, Thin Men

You want the read moral of War Horse?: never trust a pale, thin man. Like the Gentlemen from...

Other Horses

Other than Joey and Topthorn, most of the horses in War Horse are pretty flat characters. But...