Each chapter of Watership Down bears an epigraph, a quote from some other source which is relevant to the chapter at hand. In the epilogue (and nowhere else?) there are two epigraphs, one from Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well whose relevance is clear, and one from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass:

He was part of my dream, of course -- but then I was part of his dream, too.

In Through the Looking-Glass, this refers to the Red King, who sleeps throughout the chess game and is said to be dreaming of Alice even while she is dreaming of him, creating a cyclical paradox. What is the relevance of this paradox to Watership Down or its epilogue?

  • An obvious connection that you don't mention, is that the quotation appears right at the end of "Through the Looking-Glass".
    – mikado
    Dec 5, 2020 at 11:46

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I'm just guessing here, but I think it may have something to do with that the myths of El-Ahrairah become intertwined with Hazel’s reality and his death. I'm not sure of its exact meaning but I love how it keeps you guessing its meaning.

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  • Please explain in words how "the myths of El-Ahrairah become intertwined with Hazel’s reality and his death" relates to the paradox in the question. (Also, the rest of your answer doesn't contribute information; please make your answers to-the-point)
    – bobble
    Dec 14, 2023 at 0:53

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