Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore Too

In stories by author A. A. Milne, what's the name of Winnie-the-Pooh's donkey friend?

And the answer: Eeyore.

In the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, Eeyore is a grey stuffed donkey, who is generally pessimistic and depressed. He has a poor opinion of most of the other animals in the Forest, describing them as having "no brain at all." To be fair, though, Pooh describes himself as "Bear of Very Little Brain". At least he's self-aware, right?

Winnie-the-Pooh began as stories for A. A. Milne's young son, Christopher Robin. His toys formed the basis for our now well-loved characters such as Piglet, Eeyore and Pooh himself. Christopher Robin is depicted as the kind master of the animals, and often steps in to get the animals out of trouble.

While most Disney adaptations leave the original source in the dust, this children's classic remains a part of the fantastical Winnie-the-Pooh world even today. The subtle (or perhaps not so subtle) complexity of Milne's characters inspired similar depth in their on-screen adaptation, and the two gained popularity alongside the other. What's more is that Milne's original stories were published in at a much-needed moment in British history. The story quickly claimed the hearts of British citizens at the time of his initial 1926 publication. Pervasive post-war sadness yielded to the simple pleasures of Milne's stories and offered great reprieve from gloom. Milne spoke of childhood wonder and British sensibility, and it wasn't long before readers of all ages came to love the kind little bear. After all, Winnie-the-Pooh came from a father's love for his child.

As Milne wrote in 1926, Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!

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