Watership Down | Study Guide

Richard Adams

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Watership Down | Lapine Glossary | Summary



This glossary helps readers to understand the words that are used by the rabbits to describe themselves, their habitat, their friends and enemies, and their daily lives. There are also nicknames used for some of the rabbits, which have meanings based on what the rabbits look like or what they do.


The author created a language for the rabbits in order to further separate them from humankind. His reliance on references that describe rabbit lives and behavior are reflected in the words he chooses to include in the glossary. For example, there are words for objects in the world of humans only to the extent that rabbits encounter them. Rabbits have no words for anything else about humans because they don't interact with them except for trying to stay away from them and their pets and vehicles.

There are also words that describe the animals the rabbits encounter, and a general word for creatures that harm them, elil. There is a distinction between food that is readily available and food that is stolen from gardens, so there is a word for each type of food. There are even words for insults, which are usually based on the qualities of one of the rabbits' enemies. This language helps immerse the reader into the world of rabbits, understanding more of their lives and thus making the story that much more meaningful.

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