In stark contrast to Hazel, Fiver first appears in the novel as "less at ease" than his brother, and emits ‘a kind of ceaseless, nervous tension.” Appearances are not always accurate. This diminutive, frail and unassuming rabbit has a prophetic gift and as such, is aware of dangers before they come to pass. If there is not a danger, Fiver strives forward, utterly fearless. Fiver isn't frightened of pylons, and bridges, even if his Lapine (the language of rabbits) name is "little thousand" (Hrairoo) which means that he was the smallest rabbit of at least five in his litter, since rabbits cannot count above four! It is Fiver that pushes aside fears without substance.
In much the same way as William Moorcroft allowed the horrors of the red-hot blasts of trenches to wash his Hazeldene design with an amber tide, so too, Emma Bossons FRSA allows a ‘red mist’, depicted in the television adaptation, to roll over the hills. The Moorcroft designer’s use of pathetic fallacy goes further still, and Hazel is placed in a stormy environment with trees bending in the wind and leaves tumbling past him to create a sense of uncontrollable foreboding. A storm is approaching, not only relating to the weather but also to their lives. Cleverly crafted by Moorcroft designer, Kerry Goodwin, Hazel sits in full realisation of the horrors of the future, shaking and terrified Fortunately, Hazel-Rah knows that this is not merely irrational nervousness but a tiny, vulnerable creature, weak to defend himself alone, but able to help all escape a horrific reality.
- Dimensions: H 17.50 x W 12.50 x D 12.50 cm
- Availability: Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery
- Product Width12.50cm
- Product Height17.50cm
- Product Depth12.50cm
- Designer:Emma Bossons FRSA & Kerry Goodwin
- Collection:Watership Down Collection
- Design Window (Style):Animals