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Who is the character Fiver in the novel Watership Down?

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Fiver is a small rabbit, a runt, that has visions that come true.  They are often terrible and foretell misfortune for the rabbits of his warren.  He is a seer in a traditional sense, and his older brother, Hazel, trusts Fiver.  But because of Fiver's visions, he leads the rabbits that follow him and Hazel to Watership Down, a place much safer than the old warren.

In mythological terms, Fiver is a Shaman that has a gift and a message for his people, and the people only have to listen in order to get the gift.

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