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Sheep are common livestock seen on Berk. The Vikings are willing to do a lot to protect them.

Description

Sheep (Ovis aries) are domesticated herbivorous mammals. They have cloven hooves and move well on rocky terrain. Sheep may or may not have horns, or even a double set of horns, depending on breed. In the How to Train Your Dragon Franchise, most sheep appear to not have horns, or have thin spiraled horns. It is unclear if the horns indicate gender differences or not.

Sheep on In How to Train Your Dragon appear to be wool sheep, as opposed to milk sheep or hair sheep. They have a thick dense coat that is sheared for textiles. They come in white and the rarer black color.

Behavior

Sheep are herd animals and are often seen on a flock or not to far off from each other in the How to Train Your Dragon Franchise. Because of the herd instinct, they can also make decent pets. Sheep are naturally afraid of Dragons as predators, but after the events of "Animal House", appear to have realized that tame dragons mean no harm.

In the Franchise, Sheep appear to tolerate a large number of activities that they most likely would not off-screen, such as being launched into the air with Snotlout's Sheep Launcher, sitting in a predator's mouth, or generally tossed around.

Function

The function of Franchise sheep seen to be largely for wool collection. However, there are numerous references to Mutton - meat of an adult sheep - for eating, as well as lamb - baby sheep - for eating. There are also a few pet sheep featured in the How to Train Your Dragon Franchise such as Fungus and Phil. Later in the Franchise, Sheep are used as part of sports such as Dragon Racing.

In actuality, sheep can also be raised for dairy, but this is not in evidence in the Franchise.

Appearances

How to Train Your Dragon (film)

At the onset of the first film, Sheep are seen being snatched by Dragons to feed to the Red Death.

Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon

In Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, Gobber has a pet sheep named Phil, who journeys with him to find the mythical Boneknapper Dragon.

Book of Dragons

At the onset of this short film, recaps from the How to Train Your Dragon movie were shown, including dragons attacking Berk and stealing Sheep.

We do meet Willie, the pet Sheep of Bork the Bold. In the movie short, Willie finds the lair of a Hideous Zippleback, which at that time was classed in the Fear Class.

Dragons: Riders of Berk

In "Animal House", the sheep (along with the other livestock) make peace with the dragons. Before, they were really afraid of them and just collapsed now that dragons started being more prolific on the island.

In "How to Start a Dragon Academy", Hiccup ran after a flaming sheep that was accidentally ignited by a dragon.

In "Worst in Show", Meatlug is seen with a sheep she likes to toss around with Fishlegs. The sheep doesn't seem to mind this, or being in Meatlug's mouth.

In "Thawfest", it is revealed that carrying sheep on one's back and running towards a finish line is an event at the Thawfest games. This event appears to be rather challenging.

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 4

In the episode, "Midnight Scrum", Hiccup is captured by Bounty Hunters and is taken to Sleipnir Island to trade to Viggo Grimborn. At one point Hiccup escapes and uses local Sheep as a diversion. It is unclear if they are feral or a roaming owned flock.

Dawn of the Dragon Racers

In Dawn of the Dragon Racers, sheep are used for points in Dragon Racing. A white sheep is worth one point, while the one and only black sheep is worth ten. It's shown that Berk's sheep continue to not fear dragons or mind being carried around in their mouths: they just don't like being snatched from the ground at high speed and will thus run away if targeted for Dragon Racing.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Sheep are seen at the beginning of the film as part of the Dragon Racing sport. As in Dawn of the Dragon Racers, a white sheep is worth one point and the black sheep is worth ten points.

Games

How to Train Your Dragon (game)

The player must collect lamb to feed to a Gronckle in order to train it. This game indicates that rack of lamb is a Gronckle's favorite food.

Dragons: Rise of Berk

Sheep appear minimally in the Game, Dragons: Rise of Berk. They are seen wandering about on Berk along with Vikings. If you tap on one, it will bleat and fall over. There are a few quests and achievements that involve sheep, such as the Achievement "Sheep Attack!" for knocking over 10 Sheep.

School of Dragons

Sheep are an animal players can purchase to populate their farm with. Wool is harvested and used for various "Farm Jobs". Sheep also appear in some player quests, such as "Shrinking Sheep!" wherein Snotlout discovers that wool clothing may shrink in the rain, but wool on live sheep does not.

A sheep product - lamb chops - appear in the Quest "A Thoughtful Gift". Astrid wants to make a sandwich for Hiccup and asks the player to get "meat" from Fishlegs. The item that goes into the player's inventory is a lamb chop. Other sandwich ingredients are kelp and bread.

Other Mentions

Look And Find: How to Train Your Dragon

Sheep appear in the children's activity book in the first scene in which dragons are attacking Berk and stealing sheep to take back to the Red Death. The seventh image also includes sheep in the mouths of dragons.

Trivia

  • The same model used for the How to Train Your Dragon movie sheep was used in the Penguins of Madagascar movie.
  • Four sheep with the same model appeared along with Oh in a DreamWorks' Home movie poster.

References

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Sheep on Wikipedia

Sheep uses Creative Commons Licensed content from the Rise of Berk Wiki page Achievements. The list of authors can be found on the page revision history (view authors). ROBWiki Logo
Sheep uses Creative Commons Licensed content from the Dreamworks School of Dragons Wiki page Farming. The list of authors can be found on the page revision history (view authors). SODWikiLogo
Sheep uses Creative Commons Licensed content from the Dreamworks School of Dragons Wiki page Shrinking Sheep!. The list of authors can be found on the page revision history (view authors). SODWikiLogo

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