The Dragon Manual is a Viking encyclopedia of all dragon species discovered by the Hairy Hooligans tribe. Considered an important piece of knowledge, it is how the Vikings of Berk know the weaknesses and methods needed to take down some of their reptilian attackers.
Language (in film)Edit
The language used in the dragon manual consists of a language that vikings in Berk use to read and write. Some letters share the same symbols such as w, v, u, o, and y; e and i; s and ;, etc. The language lacks punctuation and some letters such as the letter x (using "cs" or "ks"). Few letters, such as the letter q, are unidentifiable because it's not mentioned in the film. Other text consist of symbols that have no meaning or organization. Other than the film, the language appears in animated webisodes.
List of TranslationsEdit
Note that these translations are based off of actual text.
- Extremely dangerous
- Kill on sight
- Burns its victim
- Buries its victim
- Chokes its victim
- Turns its victim inside out
- Rides lightning bolts like an air torpedo in the sky
- Thunder Drum (spelled "Thunderdum" in film)
- This reclusive dragon inhabits sea caves and dark tidepools
- When startled the Thunder Drum produces a concussive sound that can kill a man at close range.
- Timberjack (spelled "Timberjac" or "Timberjak" in film)
- This gigantic creature has razorsharp wings that can slice through full grown trees
- Scauldron (spelled "Scalldron" in film, more reasonable due to the word scalding meaning burning hot)
- Sprays scalding water at its victim
- Gronkle, Hideous Zippleback (spelled "Zippelbac" or "Zippelbak" in film), Deadly Nadder, and Whispering Death
- Night Fury
- Speed unknown
- Size unknown
- The unholy offspring of lighting and death itself. Never engage this dragon
- Your only chance: Hide and pray it does not find you
In animated webisodes*Edit
- These claws are very powerful, one claw can easily support the creature's weight. They have been known to rip through old norse, maple bark. Not a small task to put it lightly
- Referred to as (Glaacs, Claags, Claacs, or Glaags) (Thorn, Thurn, or Thyrn) named after the great warrior, may he rest in Valhalla
*All text in the film appears in the online animated webisodes.
Role In The FilmEdit
The Dragon Manual is given to the students of Dragon Training in order for them to study up on the dragons they will be facing in future sessions. Apart from Astrid and Fishlegs who have already read it, the rest of the group don't appear to be keen to study the Manual.
Later on that same night, Hiccup returns to the village hall to try and find any information on Night Furies, hoping to use the book to try and approach the one he shot down. The Manual proves to be fruitless, only warning him that Night Furies are considered too dangerous to try and kill and should be avoided at all costs.
In Book of Dragons, Hiccup is shown doing the major re-write and update of the Manual, assisted with the personal observations his friends have made with their own dragons
As it is displayed in the movie, the Dragon Manual has many errors throughout it.
- Though Hiccup pronounces the dragon's name Thunder Drum, the book has it written as Thunderdum.
- On the second page of the Thunder Drum, the two lines written consist of "This reclusive dragon" four times on the first line, and "Inhabits sea caves" four times on the second line.
- The Scauldron's page in the dragon manual has a line from the Timberjack's page. "This gigantic creature has razor sharp wings that can slice through full grown trees."
- All of the dragon pages have 'Extremely Dangerous, Kill on Sight, Kill on Sight' where we would normally expect the text Hiccup is reading, most often multiple times across the page.
- After Hiccup reads off the four ways the dragons kill people (while the camera is on him) the second page he lands on has three red drawings and two labels. The label on the left reads 'Extremely' and the one on the right, 'Dangerous'.
- A picture of the Deadly Nadder appears on the opposite pages of the one the camera is pointing at several times.
- Several images of vikings killing the Thunder Drum, Scauldron, and Gronkle appear several times.
- As a fill-in, the extra text, translating as only the traditional Elder Futhark/Anglo-Saxon alphabet, is displayed in mirror image.