The Blessing of El-ahrairah
Mon 27th Jul 2009 at 22:51:28
Box canvas 40x60” (100x150cm)

The painting illustrates the creation of the rabbit and a representation of the Thousand, the rabbit’s enemies.
Lord Frith decided to control the spreading of El-ahrairah people. He gave each animal a different gift. To the stoat, the fox and the weasel he gave the desire to hunt and eat the rabbits. They had cunning hearts and sharp teeth while the cat received silent feet and eyes that can see in the dark and they were now after El-ahrairah children.
The stoat, the fox, the weasel and the cat are mentioned in The Story of the Blessing of El-ahrairah while the owl and the badger are mentioned in The Trial of El-ahrairah.
When the swift told El-ahrairah the news, he was scared and began to dig a hole in the hill side and tried to hide. So Frith found him digging, with his bottom sticking out the half dug hole!

Part 1 The Journey
From Chapter 6: The Story of the Blessing of El-ahrairah.

By kind permission of Richard Adams

Frith felt himself in friendship with El-ahrairah, because of his resourcefulness, and because he would not give up even when he thought the fox and the weasel were coming. And he said, “Very well, I will bless your bottom as it sticks out of the hole. Bottom, be strength and warning and speed for ever and save the life of your master. Be it so!” And as he spoke, El-ahrairah’s tail grew shining white and flashed like a star: and his back legs grew long and powerful…
...He came out of the hole and tore across the hill faster than any creature in the world.

And Frith called after him, “...All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”

- Aldo Galli -