how to ride a dragon's storm


Night Fury and Rider.
When I uploaded my “Night Fury on a Cliff #4″ painting, I never expected it to blow up the way it did. It might be my most shared piece of art ever on tumblr, and of course I am super glad that it did so well! BUT… I was never really satisfied with the painting, so I decided to redo it now that I am much more confident about my digital art. I am pretty happy with how this turned out this time around!

HTTYD books: first & last lines


New HTTYD book covers, what do you think?


Accidentally found these and I thought it was pretty cool to have a coloured version of Cressida’s illustrations on the covers, although I do not like the How to train your dragon font. It feels a bit generic-fantasy-book-ish.

I’m especially fond of the first, fifth and ninth cover. I also love the handwritten titles <3

(But I am also that person that wants their books’ covers to match and thus passes)


That night she dreamt she was Rhaegar, riding to the Trident. But she was mounted on a dragon, not a horse. When she saw the Usurper’s rebel host across the river they were armored all in ice, but she bathed them in dragonfire and they melted away like dew and turned the Trident into a torrent. Some small part of her knew that she was dreaming, but another part exulted. This is how it was meant to be. The other was a nightmare, and I have only now awakened.
George R.R. Martin - A Storm Of Swords

jayalaw  asked:

If you have time, and I know time is money; what is your favorite thing about the Httyd books as a writer?

For me it’s the prologues and the epilogues.

Typically in literature I’m not a fan of a first person narrator looking back on their life and speaking of the story you’re about to read (or, have just read). There’s something innately blatant and over-the-head about that method. It’s often not necessary to the story content itself and doesn’t always add too much that you couldn’t have done from within the rest of the pages. I prefer messages that ebb quietly but naturally into the flow of story - where you don’t have a narrator saying through their reflections “And this is what we learned today, folks!” I like stories where you feel the message inside you, but you have to sit back and think about how it’s presented - how it’s shown through growing situations and natural dialogue between characters - rather than just be GIVEN it to you through less nuanced means.

But. The thing that Cressida Cowell does so well is take many writing devices that are often overdone, or done faultily… and turn them into something masterful. Lots of her writing devices aren’t new but feel new. In the case of the opening prologues and epilogues, we get some POWER and BEAUTY.

Most of How to Train Your Dragon, being written in the third person about a boy growing up, has a childish style to match. Cowell does this intentionally. She even made sure her illustrations started childish and then matured throughout the series, just as Hiccup himself matured. The content of the stories start out youthful and then become plagued with grimmer experiences. And of course the dialogue that Hiccup and his friends say to one another, while thoughtful for their age, is going to reflect their age. We get some great quotes in the narration and from characters like the Wodensfang, yes, but there is also a wonderful childlike charm resplendent in Cowell’s writing.

The prologues and epilogues, though, are written from the perspective of an old man who has grown through wisdom. Even in simple words, he says the most eloquent things, and transforms the content we saw in the main story. He creates poetic monologues about very thoughtful, powerful, evocative topics. The things he speaks about are true to the heart and speak to my heart as well.

I mean, these are the sections where the most beautiful, emotional, and thought-provoking quotes from HTTYD come from!

  • There were dragons when I was a boy. How to Train Your Dragon
  • How can you make a fresh start in a New World when you are carrying with you on your boat all the same problems, the same frustrations and inequalities of the Old World? How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm 
  • The Slavemark has been a great burden to bear, and made my task so much harder. But Thor was right to give me the Slavemark. I could never rub it away, never forget the promise that I made, because there it was, in indelible purple on the side of my head. Maybe all Kings should bear the Slavemark, to remind them that they should be slaves to their people, rather than the other way around. How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm 
  • History is a ghost story. How to Break a Dragon’s Heart
  • Great things are only made out of love and out of pain. How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero
  • A great sword must be made out of the very best steel. But what truly makes the sword great is what happens to the sword after it is made. We call this the “testing” of the sword. The sword is bashed and hammered and hollered into shape by the bright hammer. It is thrust into the fierce heat of the fire, where it softens, and then it is quickly quenched in water, where it hardens again. The higher the temperature, the fiercer the fire, the tougher and greater the sword eventually becomes. The whole testing process can make a sword, or break it. The same could be said for the making of a Hero. How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero
  • It may not look like it, as he lies there, broken on the beach, having lost the things, having lost Toothless, having lost everything, but this was the moment the Hero was made. He is ready to take on his destiny now. How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero
  • You may look like a corpse, but you are in fact a King. How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero
  • Adieu, Snotlout. I could not have done this without you. I carry you with me, every step I take, every decision I make. You are part of my blood, and I would never have gotten this far without you. We shall meet again, in a better world than this one. How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero
  • I began to wonder whether I had really changed the world sufficiently that it would be safe for dragons in the future when I am gone? And I know that human nature has not changed enough, yet. So, in that, I failed. But as the Wodensfang and the Dragon Furious said, perhaps it is a noble failure, and history is a succession of these noble failures. How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury
  • In my beginning is my end… There were dragons when I was a boy. How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury

And I need quotes with these sorts of messages in my life, written in such ways! They’re powerful and can give me chills.

These epilogues and prologues take an already-good story and turn them into something wise and emotional. They are used to take the emotions and messages already in the books… and take them a step further. Make the messages an increment greater. Yeah, these aren’t youthful ideals that Hiccup is talking about… they’re far more nuanced… but despite that - BECAUSE OF THAT - they’re such great messages. Things like history haunting us through time and reaching into present circumstances. Things like leadership being a powerful burden, and the worst burdens we bear end up making us more sensitive leaders and people. Things like greatness is only achieved through pain. Things like how the worst times in our life feel like nothing but horribleness, but they can in truth be forging us into someone better afterwards. Things like history is a set of noble failures - no one making it quite to what they reached, but still take us a step further forward, and that’s a good thing.

So that’s my favorite writing element from within the HTTYD books.


Prince Rhaegar Targaryen ‣ “she dreamt that she was Rhaegar”

That night she dreamt that she was Rhaegar, riding to the Trident. But she was mounted on a dragon, not a horse. When she saw the Usurper’s rebel host across the river they were armored all in ice, but she bathed them in dragonfire and they melted away like dew and turned the Trident into a torrent. Some small part of her knew that she was dreaming, but another part exulted. This is how it was meant to be. The other was a nightmare, and I have only now awakened. [A Storm of Swords. Daenerys III]


The Descendants of Ice and Fire

Rhaella Targaryen

Much like her father Rhaella inherited her fathers looks and sense of honor. Rhaella is more wolf than dragon. Called the winter rose of King’s Landing Rhaella is the first born child of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. The future queen of Westeros Rhaella is protective of her family especially siblings. Closest to her twin brother Robb they were the only ones born in the north after the great war. Spending most of her childhood in Winterfell growing up Rhaella has a special place in her heart for the north. Gifted in both archery and strategics thanks to her aunts Arya and Sansa Stark Rhaella is beloved by northerns and southerns alike. When she isn’t in training to be queen she is either found riding her horse alongside her direwolf Snowstep or training her dragon Vexes

Robb Targaryen

Dubbed “the quiet dragon” for his fierce fighting skills and cool nature Robb is the most reserved out of his siblings. The first to successfully train and ride his dragon Redclaw Robb is the most like his mother. A dragon through and through Robb inherited the traditional targaryen look. Unlike his sister who’d rather be in the north Robb prefers the warmth of the south. Seen with either his siblings or among the common folk Robb is respected among his peers. When he’s not watching over his siblings Robb spends his free time taking care of both his dragon and direwolf Greywind who was named after his uncle Robbs fallen direwolf.

Daemon Targaryen

Born in King’s Landing and the third eldest Daemon looks up to his father the most and dreams of being like him one day but is unfortunately nicknamed the “Rowdy wolf”. When not causing trouble Daemon can be found either reading about knights or roaming the woods with his direwolf Jade. An amateur adventurer Daemon longs to travel the world like his aunt Arya. The only sibling to not own a dragon Daemon is the wildest out his siblings often causing mayhem for his parents in the red keep. Like his sister Rhaella he prefers the wilderness of Winterfell as well.

Lyanna Targaryen

Though named after her grandmother Lyanna takes after her mother. Born in Dragonstone during a storm like her mother she is refereed as Daenerys Targaryen reborn. Kind and wise beyond her years Lyanna is often seen with her father’s bestfriend Sam learning about history or playing with her direwolf Lukka. The gentlest out of her siblings she enjoys spending time with her aunt Sansa learning how to be a lady. Like her brother Robb Lyanna prefers the warmth of the south and riding her dragon Starspear.

Ok y'all this is my own little take on the children of Jon and Daenerys. Let me know if you like this I might make this into a future fic. A post about Arya and Sansa’s future children will be next.

Update: Here’s the link to the fic

The Queen, the Cavalier and the Dragon

To the galaxy at large, there is nothing suspicious about the two women walking through the busy market street, each carrying a child on their hip, one dressed in faded indigo blue and the other in charcoal grey. They cover their hair and faces but this too is not unusual. They talk quietly to each other before the grey one purchases something from a shopkeeper’s stall. With a bow of her head she turns back to the other woman and hands over a small sachet of candied fruit wrapped in flimsi.

The children on their hips are delighted.

The women continue onwards, carefully meandering through the crowd, standing too close to be anything other than family but looking nothing alike. The blue garbed woman is petite and the occasional glimpse behind her protective scarf reveals a stunning beauty with delicate features and wide brown eyes framed by a loose brunette curls. She looks every inch the mother of the small young girl in her arms.

The grey woman is taller, sharper and there is an air of danger about her movements. Her eyes are blue with bits of green and grey and they are always watching, staring out at the world with lupine wariness. The boy on her hip has hair of golden wheat and his eyes are blue like the sky at noon. It is clear he is not hers and yet he clings to her just as tightly as any child would to its mother.

To the keen eye, they are a family unit and to the clever observer, they are a lady and her knight, on the run from the shadow always nipping at their heels.

“Luke and Leia are getting tired,” the brunette murmurs, reaching out with a soft hand to touch the shoulder of her auburn haired beloved. “Let’s go back to the ship.”

“We’re missing a part to the power coupler,” came the equally tired reply. “I would like to find a replacement sooner rather than later. Why don’t you three go back to the ship?”

“And give you the opportunity to slip away from us?” the smaller woman snorts, shaking her head and wrapping her hand around the other’s. “No. We’ll all find the power coupler or we’ll all return to the ship, Obi-Wan.”

“Not so loud,” Obi-Wan hisses as she looks back at the woman beside her. “We don’t know who’s listening.”

“No one is listening,” the brunette sighs and shifts her child on her hip, the girl yawning and snuggling closer as she chews on her candy. “Come. Let’s go back. You’re getting that look again.”

“And what look is that, Padme?” Obi-Wan sighs, turning her head to kiss Luke on the top of his head as he mumbles his agreement with his mother. “Do you have an exhaustive list of my Looks?”

“We thought about making one,” Padme chuckles softly, for a moment forgetting that “we” is plural and that the other person necessary to make the pronoun work was lost to them. “Please, my love, I’m tired and you look like you want to jump out of your skin. Let’s just head back and leave this place.”

Obi-Wan wants to leave but that power coupler will not handle another convoluted hyperspace jump. They have to stay long enough for her to get the part and replace it.

Time is a luxury they cannot afford.

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Another httyd book post

(I will add a read more here when possible, because this is a really long and unecessary post, but I’m on mobile right now)

I reread book 7, because I wanted to draw some stuff from it, and it took Hiccup ‘three months, five days and six hours’ to almost reach the coast of North America (probably Canada, but I’ll get to that later) and return to wherever-he-came-from.

Now, there once were a bunch of historians/archaeologists who made an exact replica of a viking ship and sailed from the west coast of norway to Canada in only 28 days. We are told multiple times that Norbert’s American Dream 2 is a super duper fancy dragon-steam powered boat. Which raises the question: What took so long?

The first option is that the historians/archaeologists were incredibly fast, amazing rowers and the winds were favourable. Which is not very likely.

The second option is that either the journey TO North America or the WAY BACK took Hiccup were long.

Steam powered ships from the industrial revolution were not that fast, so maybe Norbert’s boat was slow as well. Norbert, while planning his trip to Nutjob Land, would have chosen the larger, slower ship over the standard drakkar, because he took a whole lot of tribesmen and a whole lot of stuff with him. (Also, Norbert is Extra™ so he would want his special voyage to have a special ship.)

Another option is that the way back to wherever-Hiccup-came-from took a long time. He mainly travelled with the Wanderers and the Wanderers are excellent navigators and seafarers, so the theory that their boats were the slow ones is not that credible. If the Wanderers have ships similar to those of the vikings (and thus are equally as fast), there could be another reason for the long journey. Maybe they stopped somewhere in Wanderer territory to stock food or maybe they wanted to meet relatives. I can imagine Camicazi and Fishlegs (not Hiccup, he’s too polite) ask the Wanderers to return them asap to they can win the swimming competition. Bearcub might have listened, but his grandmother probably wouldn’t.

One could argue that Hiccup took an entirely different route, but that is also unlikely.

We are neved told where Hiccup is from, but he speaks Old Norse, which consists of Old Norwegian and Icelandic (and maybe another language but I’m not sure.)

There was also West Scandinavian, which consisted of Old Swedish and Old Danish. This means that Hiccup is either from Norway or Iceland. (Or maybe the north of Scotland, considering David Tennant reads the audiobooks)

So the Barbaric Archipelago is somewhere around the same place as where those historians/archaeologists set sail. The fastest way to Nutjob Land, according to Norbert’s map, is through the land of the polar serpents. Given their name, they live in a very cold climate. (Duh) Looking at google maps, that would mean The American Dream 2 left someplace between Norway and Iceland, passed through northern waters (which means Greenland on maps) and ended up on the Noth American coast. This means Canada. The United States are too far to the south to be a reasonable destination. Conclusion, Hiccup took the same route as those historians/archaeologists.

My guess would be that it took Norbert around two months to get to America CANADA in his boat loaded with vikings, slaves, dragons, bashyballs, skis and chess boards, and it took a month for thd Wanderers to return Hiccup home.

With a few unfavourable winds and stops in the Wanderer territory and a short flight on a flying machine, that would equal three months, five days and six hours.

There. I answered my own question.

anonymous asked:

What are your favourite quotes from each HTTYD book character?? UNder hiccups narations/prolouges etc. I think Camicazi has some of my favourites

This is the most beautiful question ever. The How to Train Your Dragon book series has some of the most amazing and stunning quotes ever, both in Hiccup’s narration and in what the characters themselves say! I have not listed every character here, but this is a pretty good helping of quotes from some of the lead characters. I would love to hear others’ favorite quotes, as well! There are just so many good ones.

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third: “I know in my heart that you are a Hero in the making. We all make mistakes. We all need second chances and even third, fourth, and fifth chances. Maybe you just needed to have that one last fight with me, and then you’d be able to join our side.” (How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero, p. 274)

Runner-up honorable mention quote from Hiccup: “I would say I’ll met you in Valhalla. But I don’t think you’ll be going there.” (How to Break a Dragon’s Heart p. 211)

More quotes here, as well, for him and the other Hiccups. I basically could quote every prologue and epilogue from Hiccup and call it a favorite. Maybe I should just make a list of favorite quotes from him in a separate post?

Fishlegs: “I may be a runt, but I am a runt saved by Fate and the gods, so I have my say nonetheless. And Hiccup is still my King, Slavemark or no Slavemark. Once, I wanted to look for my family. I dreamed I’d show them this, and they would know that it was theirs. But now that I’m grown, I know the Hooligan Tribe is my family. You have been like a mother and a father to me, Hiccup. Time after time, you have put my life before your own. And so I give you this, the greatest gift I have to give. I give it to you as a sign of my loyalty and my faith in you, and in the hope that it will bring you the luck it once brought me, when I was saved from the waves by the will of the gods.” (How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword pp. 286-288) 

Camicazi: “YOU, Norbert, have the mental capacity of a jellyfish with a lobotomy.” (How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm p. 171)

Toothless: “Sorry, b-b-belt. Sorry, top of trousers. Sorry, w-w-waistcoat pocket… Ooh, Toothless is g-g-good at this owning-up business…” (How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel p. 100)

Stoick: “There will be other sons… but none like Hiccup.” (How to Speak Dragonese p. 136)

Valhallarama: “A mark is just a symbol, witch. And symbols can change. This is no longer the Slavemark, but the Dragonmark. I take this Mark as a sign of my love and my faith in my husband and my son.” (How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel p. 336)

Excellinor the Witch: “All’s fair in love and war.” (How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero p. 336) 

Runner-up honorable mention quote from Excellinor: “Checkmate? I think not, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third. The game is not over yet, for I have yet a hand to play.” (How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword p. 254)

The Druid Guardian: “We Vikings are known for our proud independence and our quarrelsome natures. It is the very essence of our beings. But now the dragon has come. We must give up our personal sorrows, our petty blood feuds, and stand together against a common enemy. We can no longer be fighting one another when the future of humanity itself is at peril… There is a time to submit to Fate and the will of the gods, and the time is now.” (How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero p. 338)

Furious: “Look down, Boy, look down at the real world. In this world, my dragon-brothers are everywhere in chains. Humans are enslaving us like dogs… They are riding us like horses… They are removing our fire and clipping our wings and breaking our hearts. There is no longer room on our planet for dragon and human. And so I will call the dragons from far and wide, from the depths of the ocean and the ends of the earth, and we shall fight the final battle before it is too late.” (How to Break a Dragon’s Heart pp. 256-257)

The Wodensfang: “It’s just a story, so that Snotlout can realize that the Slavemark was not always the Slavemark. And how quickly good things can be lost. And how a boy can change from being Speedfast to being Grimbeard the Ghastly… and the other way around.” (How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero p. 108)

Snotface Snotlout: “So the next time I see Gobber, he will know that I am a Hero after all. My father will be proud of me. They will all be proud of me. They will turn their backs around again and look me in the eye, not with disgust but admiration. The Sagas will sing my name, and they will never forget me.” (How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero p. 290) 

Grimbeard the Ghastly/Snotface Snotlout: “I sailed so far to be a King but the time was never right… I lost my way on a stormy past, got wrecked in starless night… But let my heart be wrecked by hurricanes and my ship by stormy weather, I know I am a Hero… and a Hero is… FOREVER! In another time, another place, I could have been a King… But in my castle’s ruined towers the lonely seabirds sing… I burned up my Tomorrows, I cannot go back ever… But I am still a Hero… and a Hero is… FOREVER!” (How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero pp. 299-300)  

How to ride a dragon’s storm - Book 7

Book 6

  • Ow slavery
  • 3 months?? What happened to 5 minutes??
  • Whatever Old Wrinkly said to Hiccup about this ticking thing is something important even tho I didn’t really get what he was implying
  • Ah poor Fishlegs! I know what it feels like to be blind without glasses
  • I want to hear the “I’m-trying-to-stay-calm-but-really-I-want-to-run-around-screaming“ voice
  • The sea swallowed Cami! Now what?
  • I have no idea what’s going on right now
  • HEY WOW! Norbert?? Oh my, Madgut, too?? What are you guys doing here?

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How can Jon ride Rhaegal?

A popular theory among the fandom is “Jon is going to ride Rhaegal and take down Night King” because he has Targaryen blood. This is as absurd as saying Dany is going to wield a Valyrian sword and kill White walkers because she has Valyrian blood.

My blood is the blood of Aegon the Conqueror, and of old Valyria before him.“ A (Storm of Swords - Daenerys II)

She even promises to give Jorah a Valyrian sword.

I swear to you, one day you shall have from my hands a longsword like none the world has ever seen, dragon-forged and made of Valyrian steel ( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys X)

Fandom won’t even entertain the possibility of Dany using a weapon against ‘Others’, because it takes years of training to effectively use a weapon in the battle. So how is Jon going to ride a dragon to battle? Neither does he have any dragon dreams nor knowledge about riding dragons. Dany actually has prophetic dreams of fighting ‘Others’ on a dragon and winning.

That night she dreamt that she was Rhaegar, riding to the Trident. But she was mounted on a dragon, not a horse. When she saw the Usurper’s rebel host across the river they were armored all in ice, but she bathed them in dragonfire and they melted away like dew and turned the Trident into a torrent. Some small part of her knew that she was dreaming, but another part exulted. This is how it was meant to be. The other was a nightmare, and I have only now awakened.She woke suddenly in the darkness of her cabin, still flush with triumph .( A Storm of Swords - Daenerys III)

The problem with all the ‘ three dragon riders ‘ theory is that it belittles the courage,magic and skill Dany has as a dragon rider. It took Dany, 7 seasons to successfully ride dragons to major battles. She has already used her dragons in Astapor, Meereen, Field of Fire 2.0 and against the army of the dead.

 Jon doesn’t speak High Valyrian. Dany taught her Dragons her own Valyrian commands, cleverly making sure the dragons only respond to her secret language. It is like a password protection to her Nuclear weapons.

Dracarys?"All three dragons turned their heads at the sound of that word……  It means ‘dragonfire’ in High Valyrian. I wanted to choose a command that no one was like to utter by chance.” ( A Storm of Swords - Daenerys I)

Dany’s word is stronger than any magic to bind the dragons. She has bonded with them since they were eggs.

The dragonlords of old Valyria had controlled their mounts with binding spells and sorcerous horns. Daenerys made do with a word . ( A Dance with Dragons - Daenerys X)

One of the popular theory was that dragon will instinctively recognize his rider, ditch Dany and join Jon. Jon spend months with  Dany’s dragons in Dragonstone, they didn’t take any particular interest in him.Jon touched Drogon while Dany was sitting on top of the dragon. Tyrion touched both the dragons when Dany was not around. Tyrion has a greater of chance of riding Rhaegal than Jon, as there is actual foreshadowing in books about the fascination and knowledge he has of dragons. Even when Jon was alone surrounded by enemies, Rhaegal didn’t come to his aid. If touching a dragon is proof for riding, then Dany’s guards also took away Longclaw, so she might have bonded with the sword.

Here is what GRRM said about learning process:

things that Arya is learning. The things Bran is learning. Learning is not inherently an interesting thing to write about. It’s not an easy thing to write about. In the movies, they always handle it with a montage. Rocky can’t run very fast. He can’t catch the chicken. But then you do a montage, and you cut a lot of images together, and now only a minute later in the film, Rocky is really strong and he is catching the chicken…… in real life, you don’t get to montage. You have to go through it day by day.

Jon riding Rhaegal will be like Rocky catching the chicken without any training. GRRM has provided no manual about the actual process of taming a dragon. Dany is doing most of it by instinct and from nuggets of information she knew about her ancestor’s dragons. GRRM used Quentyn as a cautionary tale to show that just mimicking what Dany does to ride a dragon will end in disaster.

The woman, Quentyn realized. He knows that she is female. He is looking for Daenerys. He wants his mother and does not understand why she’s not here.Quentyn wrenched free of Gerris’s grip. “Viserion,” he called. The white one is Viserion. ( A Dance with Dragons - The Dragontamer)

Quentyn also had Targeryen blood and he was burned to a crisp.

The young prince swallowed. “I … I have the blood of the dragon in me as well, Your Grace. I can trace my lineage back to the first Daenerys, the Targaryen princess who was sister to King Daeron the Good and wife to the Prince of Dorne . ( A Dance with Dragons - Daenerys VIII)

The love dragons have for Dany is unconditional. All that dragons want is to be near Dany and the freedom to fly and hunt. They were so happy in Dragonstone, it was their home.

And no matter how far the dragon flew each day, come nightfall some instinct drew him home to Dragonstone. His home, not mine. ( A Dance with Dragons - Daenerys X)

Dragons will give their lives to protect Dany, they will fly to the ends of the world if their mother desires so. She is wedded to all her dragons, just like Bran is wedded to the trees. She says the pyre ritual to hatch her dragons is like a wedding.In the show Dany wears her wedding dress. She states her name and her house name like in a Westerosi wedding custom. Even the vow she says is similar to :“I am his/hers and he/she is mine, from this day, until the end of my days," 

The fire is mine. I am Daenerys Stormborn, daughter of dragons, bride of dragons, mother of dragons.( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys X)

The flames writhed before her like the women who had danced at her wedding, whirling and singing and spinning their yellow and orange and crimson veils, fearsome to behold, yet lovely, so lovely, alive with heat. Dany opened her arms to them, her skin flushed and glowing. This is a wedding, too, she thought. (A Game of Thrones - Daenerys X)

mother of dragons, bride of fire … ( A Clash of Kings - Daenerys IV)

No man is going to take away Dany’s dragons. Only a supernatural force could do that and that too was after the dragon died The bond of dragons with Dany is until the end of their days or Dany’s death.

In all the world, there are only three. Every man who sees them will want them, my queen.”“They are mine,” she said fiercely. They had been born from her faith and her need, given life by the deaths of her husband and unborn son and the maegi Mirri Maz Duur. Dany had walked into the flames as they came forth, and they had drunk milk from her swollen breasts. “No man will take them from me while I live.” ( A Clash of Kings - Daenerys I)

Finally to fight Night KIng and wight Viserion, the rider must have some immunity to heat. Targaryen dragon riders had some amount of heat resistance. Jon has no heat resistance.

He had burned himself more badly than he knew throwing the flaming drapes. ( A Game of Thrones - Jon VIII)

GRRM  tries to lay out in a rational way the endgame of his books. He gave his heroes the weapons to fight in the first book itself. Jon got a Valyrian sword and Dany got 3 dragons.

To make a satisfying story, the protagonist has to solve the problem, or fail to solve the problem – but has to grapple with the problem in some kind of rational way, and the reader has to see that. And if the hero does win in the end, he has to feel that that victory is earned. The danger with magic is that the victory could be unearned. Suddenly you’re in the last chapter and you wind up with a deus ex machina. The hero suddenly remembers that if he can just get some of this particular magical plant, then he can brew a potion and solve his problem. And that’s a cheat. That feels very unsatisfying. It cheapens the work. Well-done fantasy – something like Tolkien – he sets Lord of the Rings up perfectly, right at the beginning. The only way to get rid of the ring, the only way, is to take it to Mount Doom and throw it in the fires from which it comes. You know that right from the first. - GRRM

GRRM has also laid the framework for Dany as Queen of Seven Kingdoms in her Meereen chapters.

What does that mean, he ruled wisely? What were his tax policies? What did he do when two lords were making war on each other? 

Seeing someone like Dany actually trying to deal with the vestments of being a queen and getting factions and guilds and [managing the] economy. They burnt all the fields [in Meereen]. They’ve got nothing to import any more. They’re not getting any money. I find this stuff interesting. - GRRM

I swear it,“ she said in the Common Tongue of the Seven Kingdoms that by rights were hers. ( A Game of Thrones - Daenerys X)

Connections with Essos is going to be crucial in post war period. That is why Dany and Tyrion got priming while exploring Essos.

*slides in a teaser all stealth-like*

“Before we adjourn our meeting, Inquisitor, how would you prefer to exact your influence?” asked Josephine, drawing ink into her quill in preparation for instruction.

Evelia glanced around her party, the demeanor of the room rife with anticipation of her next order.

“Uhhh—” she said, poking at a marker on the table.

“We have acquired several additional experts from our most recent mission,” said Cassandra, shifting her weight and casting a glance to the brooding Commander farthest from the other advisors. She watched as his large, leather-clad hands flexed against the thick wood of the war table—agitation rolling from the peak of his rumbled brow all the way through the extremities of his body—nearly vibrating the table at the end where his hands were braced.

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honestly, i think the Cloudsong is the most underrated region of the Sornieth.

so here we’ve got a bunch of ancient clans, usually big ones since you get the “ancient” from expanding your lair, creating goddamn kites and living in them.

there are dragons living in kites in the sky! think of how they have to design their homes. having to baby proof rooms and areas so the young dragons don’t fall off, and Windsinger forbid it be a poor snapper baby. dragons coming in and out and it being a huge task to import large goods since you’d have to carry them while flying. You gotta take hot air balloon rides to transfer them. Plus, the kites would shift, especially the small ones, so you just gotta be chill with your house sometimes moving. You gotta be chill during storms where lightning is just right next to you. No glass windows because birds.

also: poor snappers. they must be so terrified of trips there.

thepotatoreader  asked:

Book HTTYD/RTTE5 spoilers]Okay, you literally asked for it. Unfortunately, the Johann reveal was spoiled for me ahead of time by... someone... but I am still really excited about it, even though I sincerely liked Johann as a neutral character. The writers of RTTE gave us an Alvin out of nowhere with the same mustache and storytelling cover, same hidden vendetta! Now we have quite the number of Alvins, considering Blood-Traitor Al, Murdering Mildew, and Burnt Viggo. The dragon King should beware!

Hey! That’s sort of fun to make those parallels!

We have Alvin the Treacherous, who is the Chief of the Outcasts, just like Alvin is in the books.

We have Viggo, who fell into a volcano and became disfigured, just like Alvin in the books. And I must say that Viggo falling into the volcano and surviving did feel to me like an intentional book parallel!

And Johann being “an honest trader” who goes undercover and infiltrates Berk? Well, you have a point! That’s a bit like Alvin the Poor-but-Honest Farmer! He only goes to Berk in disguise as a simpler worker, befriends Hiccup, but seeks to learn critical information for his own gain.

“He raised the Axe of Doom above his head with a scream of victory, ready to bring it down on the unarmed boy with the outstretched arms and upturned head. The air above fizzed with electric energy, crackling, bursting, searching, seeking for a path down to sea”

-Cressida Cowell, How To Ride a Dragon’s Storm

For @kingofthewilderwest! Here’s Hiccup and Norbert the moment before the lightning hits the Axe and Hiccup jumps from the wreckage of a ship that’s burning, sinking, and being devoured by a monster. What a scene, what a scene  (feat. Camicazi and Fishlegs watching from the sea). 


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This elusive creature is highly secretive, it is known to ride lightning bolts. Found only during electrical storms that can shoot bursts of white fire.