For those unfamiliar with it, Watership Down is a novel by Richard Adams anthropomorphising rabbits, which introduces the reader to their culture and then takes her on a adventurous journey as members of a warren try to survive terrors and hardships.
Lord Frith is the sun and the creator of all things. Once, in the time of El-ahrairah, the prince of rabbits, Lord Frith talked with his creations, but then El-ahrairah disobeyed him. El-ahrairah's people spread too far and ate too much and he would not control them, even when Lord Frith asked him to. Therefore Lord Frith played a trick on him.
Lord Frith gave all creatures gifts that made them all different from each other. When he gave gifts to creatures such as the wolf, the fox, the cat and the dog, he gave them a desire to hunt and eat El-ahrairah's people. However, Lord Frith also gave El-ahrairah and his people the gifts of good hearing, speed, cunning and digging and told El-ahrairah that as long as his people used these gifts they would never be destroyed.
Now Lord Frith only communicates with his creations through messengers, the most feared of whom is The Black Rabbit of Inlé who is death and collects all rabbits at their ordained time.
I think I tried to read Watership Down at too young an age when I wasn't ready for some of the stark concepts of the life of the rabbits within it. I must go back and read it again at some point.
Sources: Wikipedia | Watership Down Wiki | Watership Down Film
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