prince el ahrairah

WATERSHIP DOWN INKTOBER DAY: 5

THE CHILDREN OF FRITH

(3 of 3, triptych)

‘Then Frith said to El-ahrairah, ‘Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to control them. So mark what I say, But El-ahrairah would not listen and he said to Frith, “My people are the strongest in the world, for they breed faster and eat more than any of the other people”. And this shows how much they love Lord Frith, for of all the animals they are the most responsive to his warmth and brightness. You must realize, my lord how important they are and not hinder them in their beautiful lives.’

‘And every evening, when Frith has done his day’s work and lies calm and easy in the red sky, El-ahrairah and his children and his children’s children come out of their warrens and feed and play in his sight, for they are his friends, and he had promised then that they can never be destroyed.’

(excerpts from the rabbit origin story of WATERSHIP DOWN)