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"With his icy breath, this graceful giant built our nest. A safe haven for dragon's everywhere. We all live under his care and his command."
―Valka explaining the Bewilderbeast's benevolence.[src]


This Bewilderbeast was encountered by Valka in an unknown situation, and has been in service as the king of the dragons' hive where Valka gathers the dragons she has rescued from Drago Bludvist and his trappers.

Biography

Last Days

Valka's Bewilderbeast at least, has been noble and diligent for long enough to create a fine kingdom of his own to provide a heavenly sanctuary to local dragons. At some point in the past (14 years before the first movie), this Bewilderbeast came across Valka. It is not sure whether their first encounter was prior to the creation of the nest. If Valka met the dragon before the nest was created, it means that she could have contributed in assisting the great dragon in doing so.

This Bewilderbeast had also been helping Valka save dragons from Drago's hand (one of saved dragons is Gruff the Hobblegrunt),[1] and this means that this dragon was also holding personal history and conflicts with the antagonist.

He was last seen fighting Drago's Bewilderbeast, who gained the upper hand and bowled him over before piercing his underside with his tusks, killing him. After the Alpha's death the Evil Bewilderbeast takes his place as the new alpha.

Profile

This Bewilderbeast is the master of the Dragon Den where Valka has lived for 20 years. In fact, Valka bows to him as a sign of respect, and even Cloudjumper plays second fiddle to him. Unlike the rule of the Red Death, Toothless indeed lowers his head, not out of fear, but by seeing the mightiness of the kind king. Because Toothless is the only dragon who opposed the rule of the Red Death, this Bewilderbeast's solemnity is enough to make the mighty and fearless Night Fury to bow to a noble, rightful, and respectable king. Dragons

Most notable features above all is that this individual is so warm in heart and is compassionate to smaller races (dragons and humans), thus is an ideal king to all. Under his monarchy, every dragon seemingly spends peaceful life, and baby dragons are not even afraid of playing on the face of the giant dragon and are very attached to him. This Bewilderbeast also welcomes new faces (dragon refugees saved by Valka) to his nest without hesitation.

It is confirmed that the ice caves and glaciers/icebergs functioning as camouflages and strongholds to protect the dragons' sanctuary, was created with the help of this Bewilderbeast (or simply by himself). The king wisely chose a spot and utilized his knowledge and capabilities through careful considerations to create an ideal oasis for giant reptiles[2].

Bewilderbeast's Death

The Alpha is impaled to death by his rival's tusks

Personality

This snowy-white Bewilderbeast seems calm and very gentle, enough to let baby Scuttleclaws play around his face when relaxing. In addition, he seems to not hold any ill emotions towards human beings and will be helpful to friendly humans and other dragons of the nest. Also, this Bewilderbeast is rather playful and may have a sense of duty to aid any allies in danger.

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Valka and Cloudjumper in front of Valka's Bewilderbeast.

The fact that this Bewilderbeast doesn't hypnotize and forcibly control smaller dragons to obey him, despite being able to do so, may indicate this individual has a high level of morality, gaining the loyalty and obedience of his subjects not through fear or force, but through a benevolent, earned respect. He also rules others very impartially and warmly[2]. Saving other dragons from Drago and Eret's forces may have also contributed to gain further respect and love from other dragons[1]. He is generous enough to catch fish for all of his subjects, providing them with plentiful food.

He also appears to be an honorable battler, roaring and smacking tusks with Drago's Alpha as a final warning before they begin to fight. Unfortunately, this proves to be his undoing, as the dark Alpha underhands him, pinning his neck from below without warning, which ultimately led to his demise at the hands of his opponent.

Relationships

Valka

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The Bewilderbeast comes to the battlefield to aid friends

Not much is known about the history of these two, but they have established a good friendship and socialize at least on a daily basis. The Bewilderbeast trusts Valka enough to aid her on wars. When the Bewilderbeast fell, Valka was devastated.

Cloudjumper

Cloudjumper deeply respects this Bewilderbeast as he bows to the king with reverence. He has also been served as an adjutant for long, as Valka's comment "he must have thought I belonged here" indicates that Cloudjumper has been under the Bewilderbeast since in prior to his first meeting with his future rider.

Hiccup and Toothless

"Ha ha. He likes you."
―Valka to Hiccup

Despite the young pair and the Bewilderbeast only meeting once, the Bewilderbeast seems to approve of them. Even the mighty and fearless Night Fury cannot help but bow to this graceful titan. The Dragon used a little ice breath on Hiccup, in order to show his approval. It is possible he knows that Hiccup is Valka's son. Given that dragon's have a keen sense of smell.

Hiccup and Toothless were shocked when the Bewilderbeast has fall by Drago's own Bewilderbeast. But later, Toothless avenged the noble Bewilderbeast's defeat by breaking off the deranged Bewilderbeast's left tusk, and succeeded him as the new Alpha dragon.

Trivia

  • It is unclear how the Bewilderbeast spends daily life, but primarily involves catering to the needs of the other dragons, and helping them get food.
  • It is also unknown whether this individual ever had mates or families before.
  • According to Pierre-Oliver Vincent, this Bewilderbeast is "pure and beautiful, like a polar bear" contrasting to the dark Bewilderbeast's misfortune under Drago's control, depicted as a neurotic, abused, and corrupted creature.
  • When being looked above from under, his face slightly resembles that of Toothless.
  • Scenes of appearances of the two Bewilderbeasts to the battlefield are also counterparts to each other. Valka's Bewilderbeast literally appears from the 'sky' proudly while Drago's Bewilderbeast emerges from under waves menacingly. Both Valka and Drago use similar methods with rods identical to each other to call the dragons.
  • In the movie, after the fight with Drago's Bewilderbeast, the other Bewilderbeast likely killed Valka's Bewilderbeast by impaling its underside with his tusks, and his body was shown before Drago's Bewilderbeast let out a victory roar and take command of all the dragons.
  • In the tie-in children's books, the white Bewilderbeast is "defeated" by Drago's instead of explicitly killed, likely due to violence issues targeted to a younger audience.
  • Like the counterpart, this Bewilderbeast has resemblances of Stoick the Vast: his facial and personal characteristics, and being allied with Valka for so long. Both characters were also killed in the same fight by Drago's Bewilderbeast (Valka's Bewilderbeast was directly killed by it while Stoick was killed by Toothless who was under it's control).
  • In Dragons: Rise of Berk, a Bewilderbeast is added to the game, along with other Legendary dragons. Despite having the same coloring as Valka's, it is unlikely to be the same one, being deceased at this point.
  • Valka's Bewilderbeast is similar to Mufasa from The Lion King, as he is a kind and peaceful ruler (with the ice fortress being similar to Pride Rock) who is usurped and killed by an evil new king (Scar/the dark Bewilderbeast) who is later avenged by a successor (Simba/Toothless).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dradon site logo Gruff in the Dragonpedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dradon site logo Valka's Bewilderbeast in the Dragonpedia.


Preceded by:
Unknown
Alpha Dragon
Succeeded by:
Drago's Bewilderbeast (temporarily)



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