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Our Top 4 Highlights of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has finally hit theaters and has been receiving widespread praise from its audiences. Though the movie is a roller coaster of fun, frolic, emotions and action, here are our top 4 highlights of the trilogy finale that make this the masterpiece that it is.

1. Stoick the Vast returns…

…albeit in flashback mode. The mighty ex-chieftain of Berk sacrificed his life to protect his son in the previous movie, leaving the viewers in low spirits. But just when we thought Stoick was gone for good (figuratively), How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has brought back bits and pieces of him speaking to a cute baby Hiccup, narrating to him the legends of the Hidden World.

He talks about ships that sailed too close to the Hidden World and dropped off the edge of the world. But those sailors who managed to survive told tales of a great waterfall and mighty dragons guarding the entrance to a Hidden World, home to all dragons. Stoick laughs when Hiccup asks him if ‘scary’ Night Furies also stayed there, and replies in the affirmative. Little did Stoick know then that his dream of one day finding the Hidden World and sealing it up, so that people and dragons would fight no more, was far from happening as destiny had other plans. The Hidden World would eventually be discovered not by Stoick, but by his son, Hiccup, the new Chief of Berk.

2. Toothless’ adorable antics

Toothless has always been intelligent, protective and loyal to Hiccup and his fellow Vikings. He is known to exhibit his feelings towards situations through very evident facial expressions and body language. This facet of Toothless’ personality was there for all to see during his awkward attempts at impressing the Light Fury.

One of the best moments of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has to be a grinning Toothless trying out comical dance moves in front of the Light Fury. With Hiccup encouraging him from the sidelines, Toothless tries his best – he first flaps his wings, uncontrollably goes around in circles and whips up a flurry of dust. Then he looks up at Hiccup and tries to imitate what his best friend shows him, a sort of a dance with hands on his hips. But the best part is when he hops on first one foot and then the other, with his wings spread out, sporting a widemouthed grin after each step. Needless to say, he leaves an embarrassed Hiccup and a somewhat unimpressed Light Fury in his wake.

3. Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye to the people you love isn’t easy. But when you know that it is the best for them, there is no alternative to it. Hiccup and Toothless’ farewell scene in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is one such emotionally gripping moment. The best friends share a hug, then look at each other and as their eyes meet, Hiccup seems to read Toothless’ mind and tells him: "You’re right bud, it is time.”

Hiccup knows that Toothless will be safer in the Hidden World than he could ever be while staying with him. He tells Toothless: “You’ve looked after us for long enough. Now look after yourself.” This bittersweet emotional experience mirrors scenarios in real life – learning to let go of relationships or friendships in order to move forward – that occur with all of us at some point or the other.

4. The Epilogue

Hiccup and Toothless might have said their goodbyes, but 10 years down the line, the two meet again. Hiccup, now married to Astrid, sets sail to the Hidden World from New Berk to meet his best pal and introduce their children to one another. While Hiccup and Astrid have a son and a daughter, Toothless and the Light Fury have three dragon babies – ‘Night Lights’ – of their own. As the Viking kids fly on Toothless and Stormfly, a wave of nostalgia sets in of the times gone by, leaving Hiccup daydreaming of another time when Vikings and dragons can co-exist peacefully again.

Until then, the secret of the Hidden World lies safe with Berk and its inhabitants. Now dragons and humans live happily ever after.