Monday, March 17, 2014

From Rabbit’s Creation Myth

And Frith called after him, “El-ahrairah, your people cannot rule the world, for I will not have it so.  All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you.  But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning.  Be cunning and full of tricks, and your people shall never be destroyed.’  And El-ahrairah knew then that although he would not be mocked, yet Frith was his friend.  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 holes and feed and play in his sight, for they are his friends and he has promised them that they can never be destroyed.

-- “The Story of the Blessing of El-ahrairah”, Watership Down


heresolong said...

I read this when I was much younger (maybe 11) and remember it being very traumatic. I had a very high reading level but I don't think I was ready for this. Haven't tried to reread it just because of how horrific I remember it being. I wonder if I should try again.

Dr. Φ said...

For what it's worth, my 9 y.o. is enjoying having it read to her. But kids today are exposed to a lot higher level of background media violence than when I was that age.