Cressida Cowell has a new book in her How to Train Yor Dragon series. After seeing the above tweet and the accompanying trailer (voiced by David Tennant), I rushed to Amazon to purchase the final installment of the adventures of 14-year-old Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third and his Common or Garden dragon Toothless, only to find this isn’t the final book. Rather, it’s a compendium of dragon species, drawn from Hiccup’s boyhood notebook.
[Note: This post is about the How to Train Your Dragonbooks, not the movie. Although the names are recognizable, the stories are quite different. I love both versions.]
I finished reading How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel last night. It’s the tenth (and latest) book in Cressida Cowell’s “How to Train Your Dragon” series. At the end of every book, adult Hiccup writes an epilog. Its style is quite different from the rest of the book. Being written in first person (the stories are told in third person), they are often profound—and quite poetic.
This epilog has a very old Hiccup reflecting that the story is really about mothers. Hiccup’s mother, who up until now, had appeared in only a couple of the books, proves to be a mighty warrior and Hero. And Hiccup’s best friend, the orphaned Fishlegs, learns his mother loved him and had not abandoned him, but had died before she could be reunited with him. [It’s such a beautiful but heartbreaking tale, I tear up thinking about it.]
Is this a sign I should write about my mother? It’s something I’ve been thinking about. She has an interesting story to be told. Perhaps I should get busy telling it.