How to train your dragon

Topics: Dragon, Dragon 32/64, All That You Can't Leave Behind Pages: 139 (31915 words) Published: November 2, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon
(The Heroic Misadventures
of Hiccup Horrendous
Haddock III #1)
Cressida Cowell
CONTENTS
A Note from the Author ........... l
1. First Catch Your Dragon. ...... 2
2. Inside the Dragon Nursery 14
3. Heroes or Exiles ............................................. 31 4. How to Train Your Dragon 46
5. A Chat with Old Wrinkly, 6l
6. Meanwhile, Deep in the Ocean ........ 67
7. Toothless Wakes Up 69
8. Training Your Dragon the Hard Way, 81
9. Fear, Vanity, Revenge, and Silly Jokes 89
10. Thor'sday Thursday 103
11. Thor is Angry 127
12. The Green Death.............................................145 13. When yelling doesn't.........................................156 14. The fiendishly clever plan................................. 166 15. The Battle at Death's Head Headland 177

16. The Fiendishly Clever Plan Goes Wrong ............... l82

17. In the Mouth of the Dragon................................ 186 18. The Extraordinary Bravery of Toothless ... 190
19. Hiccup the Useful, 200
20. Epilogue by the Author 211
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[Map: Isle of Berk]
vii
[Map: Meathead islands ]
viii
[Page Blank]
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A Note from the Author
There were dragons when I was a boy.
There were great, grim, sky dragons that nested on the cliff tops like gigantic scary birds. Little, brown, scuttly dragons that hunted down the mice and rats in well-organized packs.
Preposterously huge Sea Dragons that were twenty times as
big as the Big Blue Whale and who killed for the fun of it.
You will have to take my word for it, for the dragons are
disappearing so fast they may soon become extinct.
Nobody knows what is happening. They are crawling back
into the sea from whence they came, leaving not a bone, not a fang, in the earth for the men of the future to remember them by.
So, in order that these amazing creatures should not be
forgotten, I will tell this true story from my childhood.
I was not the sort of boy who could train a dragon with a
mere lifting of an eyebrow. I was not a natural at the Heroism

business. I had to work at it. This is the story of becoming a Hero the Hard Way.
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Chapter 1 FIRST CATCH
YOUR DRAGON
Long ago, on the wild and windy isle of Berk, a smallish
Viking with a longish name stood up to his ankles in snow.
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir
to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, had been feeling slightly sick ever since he woke up that morning.
Ten boys, including Hiccup, were hoping to become full
members of the Tribe by passing the Dragon Initiation
Program. They were standing on a bleak little beach at the
bleakest spot on the whole bleak island. A heavy snow was
falling.
"PAY ATTENTION!" screamed Gobber the Belch, the
soldier in charge of teaching Initiation. "This will be your first military operation, and Hiccup will be commanding the team." "Oh, not Hic-cup," groaned Dogsbreath the Duhbrain and
most of the other boys. "You can't put': Hiccup in charge, sir, he's USELESS."
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the
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[Image: Gobber]
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Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, wiped
his nose miserably on his sleeve. He sank a little deeper into

the snow.
"ANYBODY would be better than Hiccup," sneered
Snotface Snotlout. "Even Fishlegs would be better than
Hiccup."
Fishlegs had a squint that made him as blind as a jellyfish, and an allergy to reptiles.
"SILENCE!" roared Gobber the Belch. "The next boy to
speak has limpets for lunch for the next
THREE WEEKS!"
There was absolute silence immediately. Limpets are a bit
like worms and a bit like snot and a lot less tasty than either. "Hiccup will be in charge and that is an order!" screamed
Gobber, who didn't do noises quieter than screaming. He was
a seven-foot giant with a mad glint in his one working eye and a beard like exploding fireworks. Despite the freezing cold he was wearing hairy shorts and a teeny weeny deerskin vest
that showed off his lobster-red skin and...
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