|“||Pug-nosed, wide-eyed and drooling, Hobgobblers would be cute — if they weren't so destructive! They love to devour everything in their paths like airborne piranhas.||”|
The Hobgobbler's name was revealed at the 2018 Annecy Film Festival preview of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. They were pictured and mentioned again by Dean DeBlois on a Twitter post. According to Dragonpedia, the Hobgobbler's ability to eat anything while in a feeding frenzy is based off a piranha.
Hatchling to Adult
Hobgobblers are small, plump dragons with a rounded appearance. They possess a single nasal horn, short legs, small spines on their back, and a mouth that takes up a large amount of their physical size. Their coloration is mainly purple with darker stripes and yellow undersides. Dean DeBlois describes them as looking like "a beachball" and "little round dragon that's sort of a cross between a bullfrog and a French bulldog".
Behavior and Personality
As their name suggests, Hobgobblers possess a huge appetite, and they tend to devour almost anything they see. Hobgobblers also seem to be rather mischievous, which is indicated when an individual is seen bathing in a cauldron of soup. Dean DeBlois also stated that Gobber the Belch, a seasoned Viking warrior, is "terrified" of the Hobgobbler, lending credence to possible mischievous antics.
The slobber of the Hobgobblers possess incendiary properties that can burst into flames.
When Hobgobblers are hungry, they will enter a state of frenzy and will devour almost anything in their path. A flock of Hobgobblers is capable of munching down an entire ship into nothing within a short period of time.
Hobgobblers possess a powerful set of jaws that enables them to chew and devour almost anything.
Later on, the Hobgobbler somehow ends up swimming in a cauldron of soup that has been placed within the Great Hall, and a startled Gobber deems its behavior "unsanitary". Toothless then comes and imposes his authority to the small dragon, which quickly gets out of the cauldron and runs away.
- According to the Urban Dictionary, the Hob Gobbler is a creature from Appalachia folklore that grants wishes as well as plays tricks on humans. It also can turn into a turkey.
- The name "Hobgobbler" may also be derived from a type of fairy or goblin from the folklore of the British Isles called a Hobgoblin. This spirit or creature resided in homes and was helpful to the resident family, but could also wreak havoc if they were offended. Though the Hobgoblin is not specifically mentioned, elves and fairyfolk and other such beings do figure in Norse Mythology.
- The Hobgobbler is the second dragon to be categorized into two classes, with the first being the Submaripper.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Oh, hey, I'm fine! How are you? I checked my notes, and the Shadow Wing belongs in the Stoker Class. This goes for both the Large Shadow and Small Shadow binary breeds. Not sure why that wasn't public knowledge, but here's a handy class chart we use to keep 'em all straight:" (Date Posted - December 8, 2018). Twitter.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Giardina, Carolyn. (Date Published - June 14, 2018). 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World': Director Dean DeBlois Reveals New Details. The Hollywood Reporter.
- ↑ "Almost there!". (Date Posted - September 7, 2018). Twitter.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "HTTYD3 Pannel: A Long Summary" (Date Posted - June 17, 2018). Tumblr.