- 1. Long ago, the great Frith made the world.
- 2. He made all the stars...
- 3. and the world lived among the stars.
- 4. Frith made all the animals and birds...
- 5. and, at first, made them all the same.
- 6. Now, among the animals was El-ahrairah,
the Prince of Rabbits.
- 7. He had many friends...
- 8. and they all ate grass together.
- 9. After a time,
the rabbits wandered everywhere...
- 10. multiplying and eating as they went.
- 11. Then, Frith said to El-
- 12. "Prince Rabbit, if you cannot
control your people...
- 13. "I shall find ways to control them."
- 14. El-ahrairah would not listen,
and said to Frith:
- 15. "My people are the strongest
in the world."
- 16. This angered Frith, so he determined
to get the better of El-ahrairah.
- 17. He gave a present
to every animal and bird...
- 18. making each one different from the rest.
- 19. When the fox came,
and others like the dog and cat...
- 20. the hawk and weasel...
- 21. to them, Frith gave a desire to hunt
and slay the children of El-ahrairah.
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- 23. El-ahrairah knew that Frith was
too clever for him, and he was frightened.
- 24. He had never before seen
the Black Rabbit of Death.
- 25. "My friend," said Frith,
"have you seen El-ahrairah?
- 26. "For I wish to give him a gift."
- 27. "No, I have not seen him."
- 28. So, Frith said,
"Come out, and I will bless you instead."
- 29. "No, I cannot. I am busy.
The fox and weasel are coming.
- 30. "If you want to bless me,
you will have to bless my bottom."
- 31. "Very well. Be it so."
- 32. And El-ahrairah's tail grew shining white,
and it flashed like a star.
- 33. And his back legs grew long and powerful.
- 34. He tore across the hill
faster than any creature in the world.
- 35. "All the world will be your enemy,
Prince with a Thousand Enemies.
- 36. "And whenever they catch you,
they will kill you.
- 37. "But first, they must catch you...
- 38. "digger, listener, runner.
- 39. "Prince with the swift warning.
- 40. "Be cunning and full of tricks...
- 41. "and your people
will never be destroyed."
- 42. Along the edge of that wood, there.
Enjoyed many a game pie from it, too.
- 43. You can't hold back progress.
- 44. It's gone 8:00, and I told Elizabeth
we'd go into Newbury this evening.
- 45. Old sun sets so late in summer,
it's morning before...
- 46. I think it's safe now, Fiver.
- 47. There's still something strange
about the warren this evening.
- 48. Is it dangerous?
- 49. It's not exactly danger. It's...
- 50. I don't know. Something oppressive.
- 51. Like thunder.
It seems safe enough now, though.
- 52. Come on, see if you can find me
a coltsfoot. If you can't, no one can.
- 53. - What's going on?
- It's only that runt, Fiver.
- 54. Jumping at bluebottles again.
- 55. - Come on. Hurry up.
- Fiver found it, Toadflax.
- 56. And we'll eat it.
- 57. Coltsfoot are for Owsla. You know that.
- 58. Tell you the truth,
I'm getting sick and tired of it.
- 59. Sometimes I feel like
clearing out of the warren altogether.
- 60. Never mind. Let's forget it,
and try to enjoy the evening.
- 61. Hazel?
- 62. Hazel, this is where it comes from.
- 63. I know now that terrible thing is coming.
- 64. - What do you mean?
- 65. The field! The field!
- 66. - It's covered with blood!
- Blood? Don't be silly.
- 67. All right, Fiver. It's getting dark.
- 68. - We should get back to the burrow.
- Back to the burrow?
- 69. It'll come there. Don't think it won't.
- 70. It's all around us.
- 71. Now, stop it, Fiver.
- 72. We've got to go away from here. All of us.
- 73. - Go away? What, the whole warren?
- Yes, before it's too late.
- 74. You're being silly.
- 75. They'll think you're out of your mind.
- 76. You must listen to me, Hazel.
Something very bad is going to happen.
- 77. We'd better try and see the Chief Rabbit.
You can tell him about it.
- 78. I don't expect he'll like the idea at all.
- 79. We've got to go away from the warren!
All of us!
- 80. - Go away?
- Yes, before it's too late.
- 81. Is something wrong?
- 82. - What's the matter?
- Is there danger?
- 83. Come on. Let's find out what's happened.
- 84. - Hazel? It is Hazel, isn't it?
- It is.
- 85. - What are you doing here?
- We want to see the Chief Rabbit, Bigwig.
- 86. "We"? You mean
he wants to see him, too?
- 87. - Yes.
- I must.
- 88. - What's it all about?
- Bigwig? What do they want?
- 89. - They want to see the Chief Rabbit.
- What for?
- 90. - I have to...
- Send them away.
- 91. I'll take care of it, Holly.
- 92. Look, Bigwig, when have I ever asked
to see the Chief Rabbit before?
- 93. All right.
- 94. Wait here.
- 95. Excuse me, sir. These two outskirts
have asked to see you.
- 96. Is it all right if I bring them down?
- 97. Come on, then, though I'll probably get
my ears chewed off for this.
- 98. Now, Walnut.
- 99. - It is Walnut, isn't it?
- No, sir. Hazel.
- 100. I knew your mother well. And your friend?
- 101. - My brother, sir. Fiver.
- Your brother.
- 102. Now, do tell me how I can help you.
- 103. Well, he says there's a bad danger
coming to our warren.
- 104. A bad danger.
- 105. How very upsetting.
- 106. Now, what sort of danger, I wonder?
- 107. I don't know. But it's bad. It's so bad.
- 108. Well, now. What ought we to do?
- 109. - Go away. All of us. Now.
- Now? In May?
- 110. The mating season?
And where would we go to?
- 111. He's had these feelings before,
and he's been right again and again.
- 112. I shall have to consider this very carefully.
- 113. Perhaps we'll discuss it later,
in the summer.
- 114. We can't wait!
- 115. It's been good of you to come, Walnut.
- 116. Bigwig!
- 117. - Bigwig.
- 118. - What was that all about?
- Well, sir...
- 119. Your duty as an officer is
to protect this burrow.
- 120. - Yes, sir.
- Those two lunatics...
- 121. Yes, sir.
- 122. - Who's that?
- It's me.
- 123. - Dandelion?
- No, Blackberry.
- 124. Dandelion told me
you were leaving the warren tonight.
- 125. - If it's true, I'd like to come along.
- We'd like to come along, too.
- 126. - I don't much like the look of things.
- We must get everyone.
- 127. That Toadflax fellow followed me
down the run.
- 128. It could mean the Owsla
has been turned out tonight.
- 129. Then the sooner we're off, the better.
- 130. It's the Owsla. They're coming.
- 131. - There aren't many of you left, are there?
- Bigwig? Are you off duty?
- 132. Off duty, and likely to remain off.
I've left the Owsla.
- 133. Fiver, I've been thinking about
what you said.
- 134. - We're leaving.
- Leaving? All of you? Where to?
- 135. We don't know exactly. But we're going.
- 136. - You're all under arrest!
- Under arrest?
- 137. - What do you mean?
- What for?
- 138. Spreading dissension, inciting to mutiny.
- 139. - There's a bad danger coming.
- It's not good.
- 140. You'll all come with me.
- 141. Is he alone?
- 142. I am captain of Owsla.
- 143. Go, now, or we'll kill you.
- 144. It's you who'll be killed.
- 145. - Bigwig!
- Yes, you know me.
- 146. - He'll come back with the Owsla soon.
- Right. Well, I think I'll come with you.
- 147. Hazel, we'll have to stop here.
- 148. Fiver and that other half-size, we're all in.
They need to rest.
- 149. He's right, Hazel.
- 150. Look. Once we're beyond the woods...
- 151. we'll really be clear of the Owsla.
We can rest then.
- 152. I've never been in a wood before, Hazel.
It looks dangerous.
- 153. Follow me.
- 154. A lendri!
- 155. This way.
- 156. - It had just killed. I saw blood on its lips.
- Lucky for us, it had.
- 157. Otherwise, it might have been quicker.
- 158. - We shall have to cross it.
- Cross it? Who's going to cross it?
- 159. - What do you want to cross it for?
- Are you sure about this?
- 160. Yes. But I don't think I can swim, Hazel.
I'm worn out.
- 161. - Pipkin is even worse off than me.
- We can't just sit here.
- 162. I know what we ought to be looking for.
- 163. A high, lonely place with dry soil...
- 164. where we can see and hear all around,
and men hardly ever come.
- 165. - There's a dog loose in the wood.
- Well, that does it.
- 166. - A dog?
- Come on.
- 167. What do you think will happen
when he picks up our scent?
- 168. Those that can swim, swim.
- 169. The others will have to make out
the best they can.
- 170. That's not good enough.
- 171. We got into this together,
we'll get out of it together.
- 172. Hazel, look.
- 173. It floats.
- 174. That's it. That's it!
- 175. Fiver, get on, quickly.
- 176. Silver, Bigwig, get your nose under it.
Push it out.
- 177. Quickly!
- 178. Keep still!
- 179. - Are you all right?
- Of course.
- 180. That was a good idea of yours, Blackberry.
- 181. Yes. Let's try to remember it.
Might come in handy again.
- 182. - Does anyone know where we're going?
- Hazel does, I'm sure.
- 183. I've never seen anything like that before.
- 184. - The man-thing killed it.
- A man-thing?
- 185. A hrududu. It runs on it.
- 186. - The what?
- The hrududu.
- 187. - It runs on it?
- Yeah, faster than we can.
- 188. - It's dangerous, then. It could catch us.
- No, no.
- 189. It won't take any notice of us at all.
I'll show you.
- 190. Watch this.
- 191. See? It's not interested.
- 192. What are you waiting for?
- 193. Well? Come along, then.
- 194. They need to rest, Hazel.
- 195. Something's up ahead.
- 196. A warm, friendly burrow, perhaps?
- 197. No, not a burrow. A field.
- 198. A great field of scented plants
that will cover us until we're rested.
- 199. You're beginning to
sound like a chief, Hazel.
- 200. - Hazel-rah.
- 201. That'll be the day I call him chief, that will.
- 202. Violet's gone.
- 203. We'd better keep moving.
- 204. We'll have to stop soon, Hazel.
They're frightened and tired.
- 205. Over there. We'll rest there.
- 206. Can't rest there. That's a man-place.
- 207. There are no men there now.
- 208. It looks all right.
- 209. What's happening back home, I wonder.
- 210. Think, when we lived in our own burrows:
- 211. Dry, soft, warm bodies.
- 212. - Now, look, we can't go on like this.
- It gets worse the further we go.
- 213. Where are we going?
- 214. It won't be much longer.
Then we can all rest.
- 215. - How much longer?
- We never should have left.
- 216. - Suppose Fiver's all wrong?
- We want to go back and find out.
- 217. Go back? After all we've been through?
- 218. And probably get killed for wounding
Captain Holly, an Owsla officer?
- 219. - Talk sense, for Frith's sake.
- We must go on, until we reach the hills.
- 220. Those that go back will not...
- 221. Not safe...
- 222. I don't believe you know
where you're going.
- 223. Now, listen to me,
you bunch of mole-snouted, muckraking...
- 224. It looks like you've come a long way.
- 225. Do you live here?
- 226. Yes, this is our warren.
- 227. We need to stay here for a while.
- 228. Why not? We supposed you would.
- 229. But I don't think there are enough of you
to live very comfortably on your own.
- 230. There are enough of us
to protect ourselves.
- 231. Don't get upset.
- 232. Who are you? What do you want?
- 233. My name is Cowslip,
and I don't want anything.
- 234. Yeah, what about the others?
- 235. We have plenty of empty burrows,
if that's what you mean.
- 236. And now, if you'll excuse me,
I hate the rain.
- 237. Funny smell.
- 238. We ought to have nothing to do
with that Cowslip, or his warren.
- 239. It might be drier in there.
- 240. Whatever will he think of us
if we don't go in?
- 241. - I'll tell you. He'll think we're afraid.
- Afraid? Who's afraid?
- 242. He seemed friendly enough.
- 243. What has he got to gain
by asking us to join him?
- 244. We can't sit out here like fools.
- 245. Well, come along then.
- 246. They think I'm mad,
but you know I'm not...
- 247. and you still won't listen.
- 248. Hazel?
- 249. Come along, Fiver.
- 250. There's that smell again.
- 251. It's almost like man.
- 252. Oh, it's you, is it? How nice.
I'm so glad you've come.
- 253. This is rather a big warren.
- 254. Yes. Please, help yourself to flayrah.
- 255. There are fresh roots here daily.
The man throws it out.
- 256. Man? What man?
- 257. A lot of the burrows are lying empty,
- 258. so you're all welcome
to any that you choose.
- 259. Where are all the others?
- 260. Please, eat all you like.
We'll leave you to your...
- 261. Where are they all?
- 262. Where? Try asking Cowslip
- 263. They seem sad.
- 264. Like trees in November.
- 265. Well, I still think we've made
a big change for the better.
- 266. Do you think the man puts the food
out there because of a kind heart?
- 267. It's not poison.
- 268. There's something unnatural
and evil and twisted about this place.
- 269. It feels like mist.
- 270. Like being deceived, and losing our way.
- 271. Some of us are gathering
and suggesting stories.
- 272. - We're hoping you'll tell one.
- Hazel can tell you about our adventures.
- 273. How we had the good luck to join you.
- 274. Surely, there's no harm in that.
- 275. Dandelion, why don't you tell us
the story of El-ahrairah?
- 276. El-ahrairah and his trickery don't really
mean very much to us, charming as it is.
- 277. Rabbits will always need tricks.
- 278. No, we need dignity,
and above all, the will to accept our fate.
- 279. As one of our poets is fond of saying,
if I may quote...
- 280. - Yes, of course.
- Please, do.
- 281. "Where are you going, stream?
- 282. "Far, far away
- 283. "Take me with you, stream
- 284. "Take me on your dark journey
- 285. "Lord Frith, take me far away
To the hearts of light
- 286. "The silence, I give you my breath
- 287. - "My life, the silence"
- I've had enough!
- 288. - Where are you going?
- Away, to the hills.
- 289. By yourself, alone? You'll die.
- 290. - You're closer to death than I.
- Determined to ruin it for us, aren't you?
- 291. No!
- 292. Me, me, me. All the time.
"But, I'm in a mist."
- 293. - Bigwig!
- "Everything's bad!"
- 294. - No!
- "I've a funny feeling in my toe."
- 295. - No, no!
- I'm finished with you.
- 296. What's more,
I'm going to make sure everyone else is.
- 297. Bigwig, listen. You're in a snare. A snare.
- 298. Now, what did they tell you in Owsla?
- 299. No good biting wire.
- 300. Run to the warren and get the others.
Blackberry, Silver and Cowslip.
- 301. Be quick. He'll die.
- 302. Blackberry! Dandelion! Come quickly!
- 303. Come on. Hurry up. It's Bigwig.
- 304. He's still breathing. What can we do?
- 305. - We've got to loosen the wire somehow.
- Yes, but how?
- 306. - Is Cowslip coming? Maybe he knows.
- He wouldn't come.
- 307. - He told me to stop talking about it.
- He told you what?
- 308. This is it. The wire's on a peg.
We've got to dig it out.
- 309. The peg's narrower down there. It tapers.
- 310. I can't get my teeth into it.
- 311. Pipkin, you go in.
- 312. The splinters prick you.
- 313. It's hard to breathe.
The peg's nearly through.
- 314. Fiver, you go in.
- 315. I can't hear him breathing.
- 316. It's broken in two. It's free.
- 317. Bigwig, the peg's out. You're free.
- 318. I think he's gone.
- 319. We've got you out, Bigwig.
- 320. You're free.
- 321. - Bigwig, please don't die.
- It's no use.
- 322. We got you out.
- 323. What shall we do without him?
- 324. "My heart has joined the thousand
For my friend stopped running today"
- 325. You pay for it. The food, the warren. But
no one must ever ask where anyone was...
- 326. or speak of the wires.
The whole place is snared, everywhere.
- 327. - They left Bigwig to die.
- Silver's right.
- 328. Let's drive them out,
take their warren and live there ourselves.
- 329. Yes. Back to the warren.
- 330. - Back to the warren.
- Embleer Frith, you fools!
- 331. That warren's nothing but a death hole.
Let's help ourselves to a roof of bones.
- 332. Who killed them?
- 333. Bigwig! You're alive!
- 334. - Are you all right?
- We thought you were dead.
- 335. - Let him alone. Let him rest.
- I don't have to rest.
- 336. - What do we do now, Fiver?
- Go away from here.
- 337. Look. Look.
- 338. That's the place for us. High, lonely hills...
- 339. where the wind and the sound carry,
and the ground's as dry as straw in a barn.
- 340. That's where we ought to be.
That's where we have to get to.
- 341. Pipkin.
- 342. Pipkin.
- 343. Pipkin!
- 344. Why don't we go
and look around the farm?
- 345. Farm, Hazel? What for?
- 346. - Cats and dogs.
- I've got a little plan.
- 347. - Won't it be dangerous?
- Of course not.
- 348. - Is it safe?
- Of course.
- 349. - Let's all go.
- 350. Just you and me.
- 351. I think I see a dog.
- 352. Where? It's tied up.
- 353. Give it a wide berth. We don't want it
to wake up the whole farm.
- 354. This is the BBC Home Service.
- 355. They are up. Hazel?
- 356. - Let's go back.
- Just a little further.
- 357. Rabbits. So, that's your secret plan.
- 358. I'm going inside to take a look around.
- 359. Is it safe in there?
- 360. Of course. You wait here.
- 361. - But if you see a cat...
- A cat?
- 362. - You will let me know at once, all right?
- 363. I'm Hazel.
- 364. Hazel.
- 365. My name's Clover.
- 366. - Where do you come from?
- Far away.
- 367. My friends and I live as we please.
- 368. We eat grass, lie in the sun.
- 369. - Do you ever get out?
- Oh, yes.
- 370. Sometimes, a child takes us
out on the grass.
- 371. - Would you like to join us?
- Join you? But how?
- 372. How can we join you?
- 373. Hazel! There's a cat outside.
- 374. I must go back to my friends.
- 375. But we'll be back, and any of you
who wish can come along with us.
- 376. - Where is it?
- There. I think it smelt us.
- 377. - I'll get you away.
- Thank you.
- 378. - Just follow me closely.
- 379. - And run when I do.
- Run when you do.
- 380. You look hungry.
Rats getting too clever, I suppose.
- 381. I bet you can't run at all.
- 382. You pie-eyed, saucer-licking scrap-scraper.
Can you run?
- 383. You'll see.
- 384. I think not.
- 385. What's all that, then?
- 386. Tab? Tab!
- 387. Let them alone. Cruel thing.
- 388. What is it?
- 389. There's something coming up
the line of the hedge.
- 390. - Can you see it?
- I hear it. It's something big.
- 391. - A cat?
- I don't know.
- 392. Bigwig!
- 393. Quiet. I want to listen.
- 394. Bigwig!
- 395. Bigwig!
- 396. It's the Black Rabbit of Inlè!
- 397. Don't talk like that. They'll go tharn.
- 398. We go by the will of the Black Rabbit.
- 399. - When he calls you, you have to go.
- Stay where you are.
- 400. - Who's there?
- All dead!
- 401. All gone!
- 402. It's Captain Holly!
- 403. - Holly, it's me, Bigwig.
- I found you.
- 404. I found you.
- 405. He's been hurt.
Look at that wound on his shoulder.
- 406. I remember you.
- 407. - You're the one that saw it coming.
- But what happened?
- 408. Our warren, destroyed.
- 409. Destroyed? How?
- 410. Men came. Filled in the burrows.
- 411. Couldn't get out.
- 412. There was a strange sound.
- 413. You see, the air turned bad.
- 414. Runs blocked with dead bodies.
- 415. We couldn't get out.
- 416. Everything turned mad.
- 417. Warren, herbs, roots, grass...
- 418. all pushed into the earth.
- 419. - Men have always hated us.
- 420. They just destroyed the warren
because we were in their way.
- 421. They'll never rest
until they've spoiled the earth.
- 422. I tried to find you.
- 423. I wandered for days.
- 424. The Efrafans wouldn't let me go.
- 425. They ripped my ear.
- 426. Ripped it.
- 427. I tried to find you.
- 428. Efrafans? What's he talking about?
- 429. Holly.
- 430. Let him be.
- 431. He's had a bad time.
- 432. He can tell us about it when he's rested.
- 433. A young doe has a request, sire.
- 434. A doe wants to see me?
- 435. Says she represents a group, sire.
- 436. I see.
- 437. - Your name?
- Hyzenthlay, sir.
- 438. Don't be frightened. You're safe here.
- 439. Get on with it!
- 440. Sir, several of us proposed
an expedition to start...
- 441. a new warren somewhere else.
- 442. - A new warren? Out of the question.
- But, you don't understand.
- 443. The system is breaking down.
- 444. Explain that.
- 445. We can't produce litters.
- 446. I want no further discussion.
- 447. - We'll go as far as you like.
- Here or anywhere else.
- 448. Thank you, sir.
- 449. Campion, have her watched.
- 450. That's it, Hazel.
That's where we have to be.
- 451. Let me get this straight, Fiver.
- 452. - You want us to climb this, is that it?
- 453. Come on, Pipkin!
- 454. Come and look.
You can see the whole world!
- 455. I found a burrow, Hazel.
Under that beech hanger...
- 456. with a great hall
and no smell of death or disease.
- 457. Frith on the hills!
- 458. He made it all for us!
- 459. Frith may have made it, but Fiver found it.
- 460. - I've never seen anything like it.
- It's some kind of a bird.
- 461. Are you hurt?
- 462. Bigwig, I've got an idea.
- 463. - See if you can find some worms.
- Worms? Me, dig for worms?
- 464. What for, for Frith's sake?
- 465. I get up plenty soon.
- 466. - He's hurt and we want to help him.
- A bird? What for?
- 467. We help you.
- 468. Piss off!
- 469. What for help me?
- 470. What happened to you?
- 471. Damn cat jump me, farm cat.
- 472. We know her.
- 473. We take you to burrow.
- 474. Go away. Wing no good,
but I walk plenty good.
- 475. - Is long way?
- Where you come from?
- 476. From big water.
- 477. My home by big water.
- 478. We go.
- 479. I thought everything would be fine
once we got here, but it's not.
- 480. Because now we've got here,
I find it's not that simple.
- 481. What do you mean?
This place is as safe as Fiver said it was.
- 482. I think we've done very well for ourselves.
- 483. - But we don't have any does.
- 484. Does.
- 485. Not one, and that means no kittens.
- 486. - And after we're gone, no warren.
- So that's why you went to that farm.
- 487. I thought we'd be able to get
some hutch rabbits to join us.
- 488. What's to be done then, Hazel?
Set off again?
- 489. And where?
- 490. There's not been a sniff
of another rabbit since we got here.
- 491. The bird, Kehaar.
- 492. We'll get the bird to search for us.
- 493. What home? This hole?
- 494. Where are mates? Where are chicks?
- 495. Mate make eggs, mate sit on eggs...
- 496. hatch eggs, many eggs. We feed chick.
- 497. Egg robbers come, we fight.
- 498. You stupid bunnies!
- 499. You got no mates!
- 500. Where are mates?
- 501. Where are chicks?
- 502. Plenty trouble for you.
- 503. You need mates!
- 504. It's working, Hazel.
- 505. You got no brains. You no plan.
You need mate for plan.
- 506. Listen.
- 507. I got plan for you.
- 508. Wing better, I go fly.
- 509. Fly for you.
- 510. I find mates.
- 511. What a splendid idea, Kehaar!
- 512. How clever of you to think of it.
You very fine bird.
- 513. When will you be able to fly?
- 514. I fly any time. Stand back.
- 515. When I fly... Stand back.
- 516. Stand back. Back, back.
- 517. I need room.
- 518. Wings good.
- 519. Feathers clean.
- 520. I soar!
- 521. I glide!
- 522. I circle.
- 523. Then, I soar!
- 524. Bigwig said you couldn't make
a friend out of him.
- 525. - He's probably gone back to the big water.
- I think you're right.
- 526. Blackberry, I want you to get Dandelion...
- 527. and meet me here
after the others are asleep.
- 528. - It's no good asking you not to go.
- It'll be perfectly safe, Fiver.
- 529. I'll take the greatest care.
- 530. Clover.
- 531. Clover!
- 532. Who's that?
- 533. It's me. We're back.
- 534. Hazel.
- 535. - What are you doing up there?
- I've come to let you out.
- 536. Will you come with us?
- 537. - We're all right here.
- 538. Good.
- 539. Come on.
- 540. Come on, move.
- 541. - Lucy's rabbits are out, look.
- Let's get them in, quick.
- 542. There's a wild rabbit, look.
- 543. There he goes.
- 544. Keep the torch on them.
- 545. I don't know, John,
whether you hit it or not.
- 546. - I reckon he's in those nettles.
- Have a look, then.
- 547. I hit him, all right.
That's blood down there, see?
- 548. That don't signify.
He might be a long way off by now.
- 549. I reckon you've lost him.
- 550. No, we ain't.
- 551. Fiver, there's been some trouble.
- 552. Hazel's been shot.
- 553. No.
- 554. The Black Rabbit serves Lord Frith...
- 555. but he does no more
than his appointed task.
- 556. Hazel's not dead.
- 557. Perfect landing.
- 558. Hazel's been wounded.
The farm man shot him.
- 559. Come on, follow me.
- 560. Come on!
- 561. - You get black stones out?
- What do you mean?
- 562. Always with gun is coming
little black stones.
- 563. You never see?
- 564. Take out black stones, he get better.
- 565. Let me see leg.
- 566. Many stones.
- 567. Did you find anything on your flight?
- 568. - Efrafa.
- Can you guide us there?
- 569. Many rabbits.
- 570. Too many rabbits.
- 571. We wouldn't be enough
to fight one of their patrols.
- 572. What do you mean?
- 573. You see this? They did it to me.
- 574. It's an identification mark.
Tells you when you can be above ground.
- 575. - What do you mean? Who's to stop you?
- Their Owsla.
- 576. Their chief is called Woundwort.
- 577. I don't think even you would
match up to him, Bigwig.
- 578. Under him are captains,
each one in charge of a mark.
- 579. If you're found above ground
at the wrong time...
- 580. they take you before the council
- 581. Some of them must get away.
- 582. They caught one trying to run away
when I was there.
- 583. Blackavar was his name.
- 584. When they'd finished with him,
both his ears were ripped to shreds...
- 585. worse than this one of mine.
- 586. He was lucky not to have been killed.
There was another one, a doe, Hyzenthlay.
- 587. I couldn't have escaped without her help.
- 588. - Why didn't she go with you?
- She wouldn't go without the others.
- 589. Then some might be persuaded to leave?
- 590. Yes, but you'd never get them
out of Efrafa.
- 591. You got out.
- 592. Only because Lord Frith
sent one of his great messengers.
- 593. I didn't see what happened to them.
- 594. It must have cut them down.
- 595. It's not going to be easy,
but we don't have much choice.
- 596. - We'll start off as soon as I'm fit to travel.
- I don't like this idea of yours at all.
- 597. Holly, I want you to stay here.
- 598. You're known to them
and it could be dangerous for you.
- 599. I've been in Efrafa, and I tell you
you're making a bad mistake...
- 600. that might very well get you all killed.
- 601. There's a homba.
- 602. No one move. Keep still, all of you.
- 603. - What's he up to?
- Trying to draw it off, I suppose.
- 604. Frith and Inlè!
- 605. Come on, let's get out of here.
- 606. Come on, hurry!
- 607. - Aren't you wounded?
- Never better! Let's go!
- 608. - What was that all about?
- I just lost my head, Hazel.
- 609. I've been strung up all day,
thinking about Efrafa.
- 610. Anyway, I feel a lot better now.
- 611. Why did you cry out, if you're all right?
- 612. I didn't. I just stopped limping,
you know, ready to run really fast...
- 613. when I bumped into
a group of rabbits, face to face.
- 614. I tried to warn them about the homba,
but all they did was try to stop me.
- 615. One of them said, "You stay here."
- 616. So I knocked him down, I had to,
and raced off.
- 617. - Next thing I heard was this squeal.
- So the homba got the other rabbit?
- 618. He must have.
After all, I led them right into it.
- 619. But I never saw what happened.
- 620. It's not to rest here, they come.
- 621. A patrol?
- 622. Yeah, is coming for find you, is go!
- 623. You go to river, then they not find you.
- 624. All of you, under that bridge
unless you want your ears chewed off.
- 625. Yeah, come along.
- 626. By other side iron road.
- 627. I think maybe they no like
for go across iron road.
- 628. Hazel, you go on.
This may be my chance to get into Efrafa.
- 629. But it's too...
- 630. All right, take care.
- 631. Now, Kehaar will meet you tomorrow,
in that kale field.
- 632. Tell him what you've worked out.
- 633. Mr. Hazel, what wait for?
- 634. He's right, Hazel, you must go now.
- 635. We'll go down to the river and wait there
for you to tell us what to do.
- 636. I want you to find some way
to keep them from following us.
- 637. Go on now, before we're all caught!
- 638. It's a wide patrol. Be careful, Hyzenthlay.
- 639. Sir, we've picked up this hlessi
and brought him in.
- 640. - Who are you?
- My name is Bigwig.
- 641. "Bigwig, sir!"
- 642. - What were you doing?
- I've come to join Efrafa.
- 643. - Why?
- Surprised you ask...
- 644. sir.
- 645. Is there anything odd
about wanting to join?
- 646. I'll ask the questions. What can you do?
- 647. I can run and fight.
- 648. - Fight, can you?
- I've been an officer in an Owsla.
- 649. So, you came to join us.
- 650. I thought you might have
some use for me.
- 651. Well, for the time being,
you'll be assigned a post in the patrol.
- 652. You'll take orders from Captain Campion.
- 653. If you want a doe,
you have your choice here.
- 654. You're not an officer for nothing.
- 655. Thank you, sir.
- 656. And...
- 657. you'll be identified by your mark.
- 658. Those Efrafans will be fast and savage.
- 659. I need to find a way
to get away from them.
- 660. If what Holly says is true,
we couldn't possibly stand and fight them.
- 661. Then we'll have to find another way.
- 662. What on earth is that, Kehaar?
- 663. Him fish.
- 664. Hazel, come and look at this.
- 665. What is it?
- 666. Is boat. Man make them go on water.
- 667. It floats, Hazel.
- 668. It floats.
- 669. Aren't you going to silflay?
- 670. I don't silflay at this time, sir.
- 671. Tell him why you're here, Blackavar.
- 672. I come here for the mark to...
- 673. I come here for the mark to see me...
- 674. how I've been punished
for trying to leave the warren.
- 675. The council were merciful.
- 676. He keeps trying to run away.
- 677. Captain Campion caught him this time.
- 678. His ears were ripped
and he is to show himself...
- 679. at every morning and evening silflay
as an example to the others.
- 680. If you ask me, he won't last much longer.
- 681. He'll meet a blacker rabbit
than himself one of these nights.
- 682. That doe over there, what's her name?
- 683. Fancy her, do you?
- 684. She's called Hyzenthlay,
but look elsewhere, she's a troublemaker.
- 685. The council's got their eye on her.
- 686. You go now, talk to Bigwig.
- 687. Yeah, I go talk to Mr. Bigwig.
- 688. He'll be in field by arch on the iron road.
Go find him.
- 689. By the iron road? Yeah, I go and find him.
- 690. He'll tell you the plan.
- 691. He tell me the plan? I know the plan!
- 692. Now don't attract attention.
- 693. Of course not, of course not.
- 694. I be quiet. I be clever.
- 695. They no see me. Kehaar, Kehaar.
- 696. You wait here.
- 697. - Hyzenthlay.
- 698. I want to talk with you.
- 699. I am in the mark
and under your orders, sir.
- 700. Do you remember a pale gray rabbit
called Holly, you helped escape?
- 701. - You've made a mistake, sir.
- Listen, Hyzenthlay, listen carefully.
- 702. I'm from a warren where life is free,
where you can live as you wish.
- 703. I've come to bring you out of Efrafa,
as many as will come.
- 704. You might be a spy, sent by the council.
- 705. You know I'm not.
- 706. Will you join us,
and persuade your friends, as well?
- 707. Trust me. My friends are not far away.
- 708. My courage,
my spirit is so much less than it was.
- 709. We can escape from Efrafa, believe me.
- 710. Yes.
- 711. I think I do.
- 712. - Listen carefully.
- 713. We're ready. We leave at sunset.
- 714. Ready good!
- 715. There will be lots of us.
We'll meet you at the iron bridge.
- 716. - When?
- 717. Good! Good. Sunset.
- 718. Then you must guide us to the river.
- 719. - Plenty good trick.
- Trick, what trick?
- 720. Listen, if you see a patrol following us
you must drive them away, terrify them.
- 721. Yeah, I fly at them.
- 722. sunset.
- 723. You plenty good fellow.
- 724. It's set.
- 725. When?
- 726. Get them to the near hind mark at sunset,
just before early silflay.
- 727. - Suppose something happens?
- Nothing will happen. We can do it.
- 728. Yes.
- 729. I think we can.
- 730. Sometimes I can tell when things are true.
- 731. Sometimes I can see it.
- 732. A high down with trees and...
- 733. I've become foolish.
- 734. You'll have to meet this friend of mine.
He talks just like that.
- 735. We'll be ready.
- 736. Sunset, then. And a bird will fight for us.
- 737. - A bird?
- Even Woundwort won't expect that.
- 738. Bigwig!
- 739. That white bird
you were talking to this morning...
- 740. - Talking to, sir?
- You were very close to it. Why?
- 741. Well, I've never been hurt by a bird.
- 742. That's not what I asked.
- 743. To tell you the truth, sir,
I think I was trying to impress you.
- 744. In future, stay in your own mark.
- 745. Sir.
- 746. One more thing:
What do you know about a homba?
- 747. - A homba, sir?
- You led it onto some rabbits?
- 748. I didn't intend to.
I didn't know they were there.
- 749. You didn't report it.
- 750. Everything out of the ordinary
is to be reported.
- 751. I didn't know running from a homba
was out of the ordinary.
- 752. That was a patrol
on the track of a band of strangers.
- 753. Do you know anything about them?
- 754. I saw some tracks,
but I can't tell you anymore than that, sir.
- 755. I'm taking out a wide patrol tomorrow.
- 756. We'll cross the iron road
and try to pick up their tracks.
- 757. I want you to come along.
- 758. Yes, sir.
- 759. Campion, follow him.
- 760. Don't let him out of your sight.
- 761. I've been told to tell you early silflay
has been canceled this evening.
- 762. No one told me anything about it.
- 763. Have a look over there and you'll see why.
- 764. Now, Blackavar.
- 765. The new officer, sir, he's gone.
- 766. Bigwig?
- 767. He's wounded Sherbil
and taken a crowd of the mark with him.
- 768. I'll blind him. I'll blind him!
- 769. - Bigwig, where's the bird?
- He'll be here.
- 770. He'd better!
- 771. Where is that bird?
- 772. What I am doing here?
I am wait for long time.
- 773. Is no sunset. Is no good here.
- 774. Where are they?
They should be here by now.
- 775. Silver, go up to the iron bridge
and see if you can find them.
- 776. They're coming.
- 777. Bigwig, the general!
- 778. What will we do?
- 779. It nearly came off.
- 780. We'll take one or two of them with us
before it's finished.
- 781. Bigwig?
- 782. You traitors!
- 783. Campion, get this miserable group
back to their marks.
- 784. I'll settle with you myself, Bigwig.
- 785. No need to take you back.
- 786. Come on and try,
you crack-brained slave driver.
- 787. Get away, blast you!
- 788. Get away, you damned white bird!
- 789. Straight ahead, to the river.
- 790. Keep going, it's a friend.
- 791. - You did it, Bigwig. You did it.
- I did, didn't I?
- 792. It's not over yet.
- 793. They gone.
- 794. Keep going, down to the river.
- 795. - The general's behind me.
- Where do we go, Hazel?
- 796. I trusted you, Bigwig.
- 797. You can trust me now.
- 798. You'll either go into the river
or be torn to pieces.
- 799. There's nowhere left to run.
- 800. Campion, Lily...
- 801. when I give the word,
we go straight into them.
- 802. - That bird can't save you now.
- There it is!
- 803. What you do now?
- 804. We're going back to our warren, Kehaar.
- 805. Good. You go, I go.
- 806. Is finish here for me.
- 807. - I go to big water!
- Take care of that wing.
- 808. Is winter plenty cold, then I come back.
- 809. Come back anytime.
And thank you, Kehaar.
- 810. Big water!
- 811. Get the holes filled in.
- 812. Everyone underground.
- 813. - What's the matter?
- The general.
- 814. - Where?
- The wood behind us.
- 815. - It's full of Efrafans.
- I'm not going back.
- 816. - Maybe we ought to leave.
- Anyone who wants to can go.
- 817. We went through a lot to get here,
and I'm not leaving now.
- 818. Neither am I.
- 819. If I'm for the Black Rabbit,
one or two from Efrafa will come with me.
- 820. We'll fill in the holes deep.
They'll have to dig us out.
- 821. They can't be out there long
without attracting elil.
- 822. - The Efrafans will never give up.
- Maybe we should leave.
- 823. We're staying.
But there may be a better way.
- 824. - Let me come with you.
- No, they know you too well.
- 825. I'll go alone. Now, get those holes filled in.
I won't be long.
- 826. They'll take us back to Efrafa.
Their Owsla will.
- 827. Listen, we're not finished yet,
not by a long shot.
- 828. You were one of those on the riverbank.
- 829. Did Bigwig send you?
- 830. I'm a friend of Bigwig's.
- 831. What was left unfinished
on the riverbank will be finished now.
- 832. It would be better for both of us
if we could come to terms.
- 833. Terms?
- 834. Very well.
- 835. These are my terms.
Hand over all the deserters immediately.
- 836. We couldn't agree to that.
- 837. But I can suggest something better,
for both of us.
- 838. - You're in no position to bargain.
- We shouldn't be fighting each other.
- 839. We have enough enemies as it is.
- 840. Perhaps we should be together.
A joining of free, independent warrens.
- 841. I have no time for this nonsense.
- 842. - Shall I kill him, sir?
- 843. You take back our terms.
- 844. And you tell your chief, Bigwig,
that if he and Hyzenthlay...
- 845. and the others aren't waiting outside
when I come for them...
- 846. I'll tear out every throat in the place.
- 847. Do you remember the rats in the barn?
We got out of that, all right.
- 848. Yes, we did. We got out of that, all right.
- 849. They're into the beech roots.
Start at this end.
- 850. - How cold!
- What is it? Are you all right?
- 851. I've tried to listen, only I can't hear it.
- 852. I'm going away, Hazel. I'm floating.
- 853. - Cold, how...
- Fiver. Fiver.
- 854. - Can you hear me?
- 855. They have something down there
- 856. Get out, get out!
- 857. They had a great bird
that turned into a shaft of lightning.
- 858. And there was another creature
that took them away down the river.
- 859. - Here, I reckon we ought to go back home.
- Who said that?
- 860. - Nobody, sir.
- You were put there to dig. Get back to it.
- 861. Great Frith, stop him, Hazel.
The others are going tharn.
- 862. Wake up. Fiver, wake up.
- 863. There's a dog loose in the wood.
- 864. There's a dog loose in the wood.
- 865. "We need to cross
because there's a dog loose in the wood."
- 866. "There's a dog loose in the wood."
- 867. Bigwig, I need runners.
- 868. Hyzenthlay can run.
- 869. Good. We've hardly any time.
I've got a plan.
- 870. If it works,
it will finish Woundwort for good.
- 871. When we're gone, block this run
and get everyone back behind the wall.
- 872. Hold them off as long as you can.
- 873. - Don't give in to them.
- Where are you going?
- 874. El-ahrairah will show me what to do.
- 875. Let them go.
It's their chief, Bigwig, I'm after.
- 876. Find their chief!
- 877. Hyzenthlay, you hide here.
- 878. When the time comes,
get back to the warren.
- 879. - It will all depend on you.
- I'll be ready.
- 880. Lord Frith,
I know you've looked after us well...
- 881. and it's wrong to ask even more of you...
- 882. but my people are in terrible danger.
- 883. So, I'd like to make a bargain with you:
My life in return for theirs.
- 884. There is not a day or night
that a doe offers her life for her kittens...
- 885. or some honest captain of Owsla,
his life for his chief.
- 886. But there is no bargain.
What is, is what must be.
- 887. Blackberry, this is where we leave you.
- 888. Stay close and don't move.
Don't break too soon.
- 889. - Are you clear what's to be done?
- 890. You lie in the grass,
just there, opposite him.
- 891. If we meet again, Hazel-rah...
- 892. we'll have the makings
of the best story ever.
- 893. And you'll be the one to tell it.
- 894. Can you run?
- 895. I think not.
- 896. I think not.
- 897. Tab! Tab!
- 898. I told you once,
I was trying to impress you.
- 899. I hope I have.
- 900. And I told you that I would kill you myself.
- 901. There's no white bird here, Bigwig.
- 902. Why throw your life away?
- 903. Hraka, sir.
- 904. Come out.
- 905. My chief's told me to defend this run.
- 906. Your chief?
- 907. Run! Run for your lives!
- 908. Come back! Come back, you fools!
- 909. Come back!
- 910. Come back and fight!
Dogs aren't dangerous!
- 911. General Woundwort's body
was never found.
- 912. It could be that he still lives his fierce life
- 913. But from that day on,
mother rabbits would tell their kittens...
- 914. that if they did not do as they were told...
- 915. the General would get them.
- 916. Such was Woundwort's monument.
- 917. Perhaps it would not have displeased him.
- 918. El-ahrairah knew, then,
that Frith was his friend.
- 919. Every evening,
when Frith has done his day's work...
- 920. and lies calm and easy in the red sky...
- 921. El-ahrairah and his children,
and his children's children...
- 922. come out of their holes
and feed and play in his sight.
- 923. For they are his friends,
and he has promised...
- 924. Hazel.
- 925. That they can never be destroyed.
- 926. Hazel.
- 927. - You know me, don't you?
- I don't.
- 928. Yes, my Lord.
- 929. I know you.
- 930. I've come to ask
if you would like to join my Owsla.
- 931. We shall be glad to have you,
and I know you'd like it.
- 932. You've been feeling tired, haven't you?
- 933. If you're ready, we might go along now.
- 934. You needn't worry about them.
They'll be all right...
- 935. and thousands like them.
- 936. If you'll come along,
I'll show you what I mean.
- 937. "All the world will be your enemy,
Prince with a Thousand Enemies.
- 938. "Whenever they catch you,
they will kill you.
- 939. "But first, they must catch you...
- 940. "digger, listener, runner.
- 941. "Prince with the swift warren.
- 942. "Be cunning...
- 943. "and your people
will never be destroyed."