In the novel and film, the first Chief Rabbit to be seen and encountered was the Threarah (simply referred to as Chief Rabbit in the film). He thought Fiver was incorrect that Sandleford Warren would be destroyed, but was proven wrong. Not much about the Threarah is known, but his name means "rowan tree" in Lapine. His nephew is Silver, who would later go on to join Hazel on his journey.
The second Chief Rabbit to be encountered was Cowslip. Though his official consideration as a Chief Rabbit of the Warren of the Shining Wire was not confirmed until the television series. He has a very easygoing personality, and is convinced that rabbit mythology is mere stories.
Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, and the other rabbits founded their own warren at Watership Down, Hampshire after a great deal of exploring. Hazel was Chief Rabbit. He is a strong leader with a talent for bringing out the best in every rabbit.General Woundwort was the former Chief Rabbit of Efrafa. He was tricked by Bigwig and lost all his does. Later on, Woundwort went to war and attacked Watership Down as revenge and to steal back his does, During the fight, Bob the dog was released from the farm following a brutal fight between Woundwort and Bigwig. Woundwort later went out to fight the dog, but his fate is left uncertain, allowing his spirit to live on as a bogeyman in rabbit folklore. General Woundwort was a cruel and unforgiving tyrant who ruled as a dictator over his miserable warren. Captain Campion, former Efrafan Owsla officer, became the new Chief Rabbit following the defeat of General Woundwort, though much less strict and more sympathetic, allowing for a pact of peace with the Watership rabbits.
In Tales from Watership Down, Vilthuril tells Hazel about a doe named Flyairth who became the founder and Chief Rabbit of a warren called Thinial, which was a warren created and ruled by does. However, she was eventually expelled from the warren due to her growing obsession with the white blindness.
Taking inspiration from Flyairth, Hazel later named Hyzenthlay co-Chief Rabbit of Watership Down
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Noted Chief RabbitsEdit
- General Woundwort
- Captain Campion
- Traditionally, the Chief rabbit would have the Lapine suffix -rah attached to the end of their name, though there are some exeptions, most notably in the TV show.