|Series:||Watership Down (1)|
|LibraryThing:||Title:Watership Down WorkId 1537|
What Robin Hood is to the English and John Henry to the American Negroes, Elil-Hrair-Rah, El-ahrairah - The Prince with a Thousand Enemies - is to rabbits. Uncle Remus might well have heard of him, for some of El-ahrairah's adventures are those of Brair Rabbit. For that matter, Odysseus himself might have borrowed a trick or two from the rabbit hero, for he is very old and was never at a loss for a trick to decieve his enemies.
First of what later became its own genre of fantasy; (realistic) animals as protagonists, with their own culture and myths.