Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by George Lucas, and starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, and Billy Barty. Davis plays the eponymous lead character and hero: a reluctant farmer who plays a critical role in protecting a special baby from a tyrannical queen in a sword and sorcery setting. Fearful of a prophecy stating that a girl will be born to bring about her downfall, the evil Queen Bavmorda imprisons all the pregnant women of her realm in the formidable stronghold of Nockmaar. A baby is born in the Nockmaar dungeons and identified as the prophesied one by a birthmark on her arm. Before the black sorceress arrives to claim the baby, the mother convinces her reluctant midwife to escape with the baby. Bavmorda sends her daughter, Sorsha, and General Kael, the leader of her army, after the midwife to retrieve the baby. Her mother is executed. After a long pursuit, Nockmaar hounds finally catch up with the midwife. Knowing she can't escape, she puts the baby on a makeshift raft and sends her downstream, just before she is caught and torn apart by the hounds. The baby washes up on shore near a village inhabited by a race of hobbit-like people called Nelwyns and is found by the children of Willow Ufgood, a farmer and amateur conjurer with latent magical abilities. He is at first reluctant to take in the baby, but eventually comes to care for her.