How to Train Your Dragon is a series of twelve children’s books, written by British author Cressida Cowell. The books are set in a fictional Viking world and focus on the experiences of protagonist Hiccup as he overcomes great obstacles on his journey of Becoming a Hero, the Hard Way. The books were published by
Children’s Books in the UK and by Little, Brown and Company in the US. The first book was published in 2003 and the last one in 2015. As of 2015, the series has sold more than seven million copies around the world.
The books have subsequently been made into a franchise consisting of two films of the same name, several short stories and an animated television series all produced by DreamWorks Animation. A third and final movie is due to be released on February 22, 2019
Horrorcow (in books 1–3, 5, 7, 9, 12) is Fishlegs’s hunting-dragon of the Basic Brown species. She is named ‘Horror’ for effect and ‘Cow’ because she is not dangerous and sleeps a lot. Fishlegs suspects she is a vegetarian. She is three times the size of Toothless and is his best dragon friend. She spends much of the series clinging in fright to Fishlegs’ head. When she climbs down from Fishleg’s head during Book 9, she is not mentioned again until the end of the final book, explaining that she hated the violence of the war and so hid underground until it was all over.
Fireworm (in books 1–3, 5, 8-9) is Snotlout’s completely immodest and temperamental dragon. She is a red Monstrous Nightmare and immensely dislikes Toothless, often jeering in Dragonese, prodding and attacking him. She joins the Dragon Rebellion in Book 9.
Stormfly (in books 6–12) is Camicazi’s dragon. Stormfly is a Mood-Dragon, allowing her to change color depending on her mood; when angry, she will turn blue-black, and when lying, she turns purple. Stormfly is unusual in that she speaks in Norse, but she is, as Fishlegs calls her, a pathological liar making it apparent when she is lying. Toothless develops a crush on Stormfly when he meets her for the first time and throughout the series there are many scenes that involve the two dragons subtly flirting (Stormfly lies a lot in these conversations).
Windwalker (in books 5, 8-12) is fiercely loyal to Hiccup, even through terrifying situations. His type of dragon enters a chrysalis stage. It is unknown what happens to them after that.
Wodensfang (in books 9–12) is an ancient brown dragon, living from when Hiccup Horrendous Haddock I lived. He is a wise dragon, whom Hiccup the Third meets while getting the Crown. He is able to understand and speak (happens in the 11th book) Norse and helps Hiccup in his quest to stop the Rebellion. In the eleventh book it is revealed that he is an extremely ancient Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus.
Patience, Innocence and Arrogance (in books 10-12) is a triple-headed Deadly Shadow dragon. He can camouflage. He is an Air dragon. He was Termagant’s (Fishlegs’s mother’s) riding dragon, and he swore to look after Fishlegs when he was a baby and set out to sea. The two are reunited in book 10 and he officially becomes Fishlegs’s dragon. The three heads have individual personalities.
Furious (in books 8-12) is a Seadragonus Gigantus Maximus that started and is the leader of the Dragon Rebellion and continually tries to chase down Hiccup. He was the Dragon-Brother of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock II, and becomes Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III’s blood brother at the end of the final book, shortly before his death from the poisoned Stormblade sword, which Alvin’s mother thrust into him. His death is what finalizes the peace between Vikings and dragons.
by Simon schofield