In the book that started it all, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the smallish Viking with a longish name, tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan by catching and training a dragon. Can Hiccup do it without being torn limb from limb? And when a new terror threatens to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk, can he save the tribe and become a hero?
Follow Hiccup, Toothless, and a cast of zany characters from book 1 all the way to book 12. Then check out THE COMPLETE BOOK OF DRAGONS, a guide to every dragon known to exist in the land of Berk and its surrounds. Once you have studied up on your dragon-knowledge, you can record your own dragon doodles and heroic musings in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: A JOURNAL FOR HEROES.
Before leaving with his fleet to find and destroy the dragons' nest, Stoick enters Hiccup in a dragon-fighting class taught by Gobber with fellow teenagers Fishlegs, Snotlout, twins Ruffnut and Tuffnut, and Astrid, on whom Hiccup has a crush. Failing in training, Hiccup returns to the forest and finds the Night Fury trapped in a cove, unable to fly because Hiccup's bolas tore off half his tail fin. Hiccup gradually befriends the dragon, naming him 'Toothless' after his retractable teeth, and designs a harness and prosthetic fin allowing Toothless to fly with Hiccup riding him.
Learning dragon behavior from Toothless, Hiccup is able to subdue the captive dragons during training, earning admiration from his peers but suspicion from Astrid. Stoick's fleet returns home unsuccessful, though he is gladdened by Hiccup's unexpected success in dragon training. Hiccup is judged the winner of his training class and must kill a dragon for his final exam. He tries to run away with Toothless, but Astrid ambushes him in the forest and discovers the dragon. Hiccup takes Astrid for a sunset flight to demonstrate that Toothless is friendly, but Toothless is hypnotically drawn to the dragons' nest. There, a gargantuan dragon named the Red Death summons the smaller dragons to feed it live food to avoid being eaten themselves. Realizing the dragons have been forced to attack Berk to survive, Astrid wishes to tell the village, but Hiccup advises against it to protect Toothless.
In his final exam, Hiccup faces a captive Monstrous Nightmare dragon and tries to subdue him to prove that dragons can be peaceful. When Stoick inadvertently angers the dragon into attacking, Toothless escapes the cove to protect Hiccup but is captured by the Vikings. After Hiccup accidentally reveals that Toothless knows the location of the dragons' nest, Stoick ignores his son's warnings about the Red Death and disowns him, setting off for the nest with Toothless chained to the lead ship as a guide. Hiccup is devastated, but Astrid prompts him to realize that he spared Toothless out of compassion, not weakness. Regaining his confidence, Hiccup shows Astrid and their friends how to befriend the training dragons, and they set out after Toothless.
Stoick and his Vikings locate and break open the dragon's nest, awakening the Red Death, which soon overwhelms them. Hiccup, Astrid, and their friends fly in on the training dragons, distracting the Red Death. Hiccup attempts to free Toothless from the damaged ship; the two nearly drown, but Stoick rescues them, reconciling with his son. Toothless and Hiccup lure the Red Death into a dive before firing a fireball down its throat, killing it. In the ensuing explosion, Toothless shields Hiccup, but Hiccup loses his lower left leg and faints.
Both Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times and A. O. Scott of At The Movies felt that character and story development had been sidelined in favour of the visual spectacle. Ebert criticised the lengthy "aerial battles between tamed dragons and evil ones", but did note that "[the film] is bright, good-looking, and has high energy". Similarly, Scott commended the cinematography, observing that the "swooping and soaring [was] worth the price of a ticket." Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers, giving it three out of four stars, wrote that the film "works enough miracles of 3-D animation to charm your socks off."
A fan fiction of how to train your dragon (2010) with a shameless original male character as hiccups younger twin that trains a very ironic dragon and has a very interesting friendship with a certain other male character that is living with a familiar blonde haired maiden.
Clearly, the Hero of How to train your dragon is not happy here. A walking toothpick in a village of testosterone, he gets zero respect. Even his own father, the viking of all vikings, has Hiccup pegged a hopeless case.
Not allowed in dragon training with the other kids, Hiccup is desperate to prove himself. Using brains instead of non-existent muscles, the toothpick manages the unimaginable. Hiccup shoots the most dangerous dragon there is.
Instead of a ton of information, we get a simple cut between two relevant scenes, telling us all we need to know. Furthermore, this moment in How to train your dragon is a great plot-point in itself, presenting an eye-opener for our hero.
The screenwriters of How to train your dragon master the art of showing vital information at a quick pace. The montage of Hiccup and Toothless approaching one another and letting their guard down is both informative and strikingly heartfelt. 781b155fdc