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Tales From Watership Down (Richard Adams) - Hrududu
In "Tales from Watership Down", there is a chapter called "The Comical Field". When El-ahrairah is walking with his friend Rabscuttle and it says they hear a Hrududu (A rabbit word for car). El-ahrairah was a rabbit on the earth when Frith created it. This would be understandable, because El-ahrairah lives forever. But Rabscuttle did not. So, if Rabscuttle was there in the start, how did he live until the 1900s when cars where invented.
Does anyone else understand this?
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A memory of the first book and early chapters in this one.
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Comments:
Monti writes:
You forget, the tales of El-ahrairah are legends told by the rabbits. The world they know is populated by hrududus. They have no way of knowing that the hrududus are not part of the original creation, the same as foxes and stoats. If you pay attention, you will notice that Hazel's adventures were added into the lore of El-ahrairah by the end. It would make perfect sense, since the tales are merely legends.
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Sarai writes:
Also, if you will read more closely, you will notice that hrududu is the word the rabbits use for every big machine-tractors and cars included.
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Hrair eli writes:
Adding on what the person above me said: Hrududu could also mean wagons or carridges, not necessarily merely engine-driven cars and tractors and the like.
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Angelique writes:
Towards the end of the book, a story about Hazel-rah is retolded as a story about El-ahrairah. That is how El-ahrairah is eternal, and how legends with hrududu become part of rabbit lore. This is just one of the many ways that rabbits adapt to their limited intelligence and short memories. In the same way that El-ahrairah could be any clever rabbit worthy of becoming legend, Rabscuttle is every chief rabbit's faithful companion, an honorable role for any rabbit who does not possess the clever cunning of El-ahrairah.
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Rainbow writes:
The plural of hrududu is hrududl NOT hrududus FYI.
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