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A fanfic made by Finmonster, a Fusion Fic between Brave and How to Train Your Dragon.

Political marriages are nothing new. Times are hard even in the harsh Northlands, with dragons and marauders in abundance and allies few and far between. But when Hiccup and Merida are forced together to forge an alliance between Berk and the Highlands, will the result be heartbreak or will unexpected feelings defeat an ancient evil that threatens to turn the world to ash?


There are 40 chapters and the story is completed.

Takes place after Heaven's Light and before When the Cold Wind is a Callin' and The Legend of Gobber the Belch.

This fanfiction series contains examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst: When Stoick explains that the helmet he gives Hiccup was his mother's breast-plate, all Merida can feel is self-conscious by the comparison.
  • Absurd Cutting Power: For a saber, Bemühen can cleave through a wooden training sword pretty easily.
  • Abusive Parents: Gobber's father was fond of stealing, killing, and raping, so it's not surprising that he wasn't a great parent.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon: Multiple aspects of the story, namely from Brave, is changed for the sake of the story
    • Merida's triplet brothers speak here when they did not in Brave
    • Instead of being an actual demon bear, Mor'du is now a massive, inhuman barbarian warlord.
    • Instead of just Hiccup being named champion, all the students are.
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    • Merida is the one to bond with the Deadly Nadder instead of Astrid, and names her Boudica. The dragon that Astrid bonds with (and thus names Sotrmfly) is a Timberjack.
    • Because Fishlegs is on friendlier terms with Hiccup earlier in the story, he's in on the dragon training.
  • Action Dad: Merida and Hiccup's fathers, Fergus and Stoick, are both hardened warriors and are shown to be very skilled.
  • Action Duo: Merida and Hiccup. Stoick and Fergus make a pretty good team when they try to fight off Mor'du as well.
  • Action Girl: Merida's great with a bow and arrow, Astrid carries around a waraxe, and Ruffnut is no pushover with a hatchet and knife.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Snotlout asks Hiccup if he can lead the team to impressed his father.
  • Almighty Mom: Elinor prevents Fergus and Stoick from tearing each other apart, and by extension helps prevent another war from breaking out between the Highlanders and Berk Vikings.
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  • Alpha Bitch: In the earlier chapters, Astrid is very mean and spiteful and looks down on just about everyone.
  • Alternate History: Merida is a descendant of Boudica, who was a real life leader in ancient Britain and fought the Romans.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Ever wonder what it would be like if Brave and How to Train Your Dragon took place in the same world?
  • All Myths Are True: All of the Gods of the world were actually spirits, many of them in multiple roles. Loki himself states that he's also been called Prometheus, Vulcan, and Agni.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Hiccup, and Fishlegs have been looked down on their whole lives for their intellectual ways, and Merida is treated poorly at first for being a Highlander. It is revealed in the past Gobber faced this for being half-Highlander, though except for a few individuals, he is largely accepted by the village.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Fishlegs's mom, Ribbon Ingerman, was in the stands waving enthusiastically to her son. Much to his humiliation, especially when she makes herself "presentable" in front of Princess Merida.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Just like the movie, Hiccup loses a foot in the final battle. The story goes into more detail about it.
  • An Axe to Grind: Mor'du and Astrid prefer waraxes, and Ruffnut uses a hatchet.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Hiccup is given the sword Bemühen by Hilde, who is later revealed to be Hiccup's distant grandmother.
    • Stoick gives Merida his wife's sword "Dragonsbane" as a token of trust.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Elinor gives one to Merdia after their argument over Merida trying to kill Hiccup to escape the arranged marriage.
    • Later on, she gives one to Stoick as well, when he said I Have No Son! to Hiccup. Stoick was kind enough to let it slide, but warn her that if a woman ever slaps a man they get hit.
  • Arranged Marriage: Between Hiccup and Merida. One of the driving aspects of the plot.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Mor'du, who can hold his own against both Fergus and Stoick, is the defacto leader of the Vendal.
  • Author Appeal: Like most of Finmonster's work, The Dragon and the Bow is a crossover story.
  • Babies Ever After: The ending of the last chapter flashes forward years into the future showing that Hiccup and Merida have children.
  • Beard of Barbarism: Mor'du sports one of these, as does Stoick.
  • Bears Are Bad News: While they're not actual bears, The Vendal wear bear pelts, wield clubs tipped with bear claws, and tend to rip people apart. Their leader, Mor'du, is also known as the Demon Bear. There's enough of a theme to get the point across.
  • Beta Couple: Since Hiccup has Merida in this story, Astrid gets paired up with Fishlegs instead.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hiccup and Fishlegs, Snotlout and Tuffnut found out the hard way in chapter 8
  • BFS: Mor'du wields an obsidian claymore that's as big as he is.
  • Big Bad: The Red Death, an giant intelligent dragon who destroyed the united Viking kingdom centuries ago.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": What Snotlout gets from Hiccup after teasing him too much about how much Merida hates him.
  • Black Swords Are Better: Mor'du's claymore and axe are made of obsidian for maximum coolness.
  • Blade on a Stick: Tuffnut prefers a double-bladed spear during dragon training.
  • Blade Reflection: Bemühen's surface is surprisingly well-polished for its age.
  • Breath Weapon: Each species of dragon has a unique breath weapon, ranging from simple fireballs to purple blasts of lightning. It's also mentioned that dragons can only use their breath attacks a certain number of times before having to rest.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Fishlegs stands up to his father Fishguts for the first time after he insults Hiccup and Merida. Hiccup also makes it clear in chapter 8 that he doesn't appreciate Gobber's unsupportive attitude. Gobber does apologize for it.
  • Cat Fight: Between Merida and Astrid in chapter 7.
  • Chekhov's Gun:Black powder and Hiccup's crossbow are mentioned separately in the story, and are later used to defeat Mor'du.
  • Child by Rape: Gobber's mother was taken from her Highland home during a Viking raid and brought back to Berk by Gobber's father. She gave birth to the man's child and did her best to raise Gobber properly.
    • Also implied that the union between Hilde and the Red Death that made Mor'du was less than a pleasant one for his mother.
  • Clean Cut: Hiccup's saber Bemühen cuts through a wooden training sword with surprisingly little effort.
  • Creepy Souvenir: The Vendal tend to take the heads of those they've killed during their raids.
  • Crush Blush: Hiccup and Merida.
  • Darker and Edgier: Moreso than either films, especially when it involves battling the Vendals.
  • Death by Adaptation: Angus and Hilde (the Witch), both were killed by Mor'du.
    • Valka (referred to by her book name, Valharama) is killed by Alvin the Treacherous in this continuity, instead of kidnapped by a dragon.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Astrid, over the course of the series.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • When Merida is trying to kill Hiccup to get out of her Arranged Marriage, Hiccup is able to defuse the situation by asking And Then What?, prompting her to realize that, even if she succeeded, she'd still be stuck on an island full of pissed off Vikings who'd most likely kill her and her family in retaliation, thus sparking another Viking-Highlander war.
    • During dragon training against the Hideous Zippleback, the students quickly realize that, even though they've doused the sparking head and taken fire breath out of the equation, they've still got to deal with something that's several times their size, has razor-sharp teeth, poisonous saliva, and is pissed.
  • Disappeared Dad: Astrid is especially bitter about her father's death in the war between the Berk Vikings and the Highlanders, and takes it out on Merida.
  • Double Weapon: Tuffnut uses a double-bladed spear.
  • Drop the Hammer: Fishlegs uses a warhammer to fight a Grunckle head-on, and Snotlout carries around a mace. Hiccup also smacks Snotlout and Tuffnut with his blacksmith hammer after they've thoroughly insulted him.
  • Dual Wielding: Mor'du can use his claymore and war axe at the same time. Ruffnut also uses a knife and hatchet for dragon training.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The Vendals are defeated, Vikings and Scots are at peace, Dragons are now part of their community, and Berk now has a team of Dragon Riders to help defend them. But man it took a while to get there, even costing Hiccup and Merida his leg and most of her hair. And Angus still died in the process.
  • Engagement Challenge: Hiccup has to go through a ceremonial one to win Merida's hand.
  • Evil Is Bigger: At twelve feet tall, it's no wonder Mor'du is known as the Demon Bear.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: The Highlanders and Vikings certain didn't expect how Hiccup and Merida would appear, respectively.
  • Eye Scream: Hiccup kills Mor'du by shooting him in the eye with an explosive arrow.
  • Fat and Skinny: Fishlegs and Hiccup
  • Funetik Aksent: How the Highlander accent is written.
  • Fusion Fic: Between How to Train Your Dragon and Brave.
  • Genius Bruiser: Fishlegs can stand toe-to-toe with a Gronckle and reads more than any other Viking in Berk.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: At the end of the story, Loki warns Hiccup of a great shadow spirit that threatens the whole world.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Gobber is half-Highlander and suffered from a large amount of discrimination on Berk when he was young. He still suffers it from some people and he wonders if Hiccup and Merida's child(ren) will suffer from it as well.
  • Hero of Another Story: In chapter 9, Rapunzel and Quasiomodo from Finmonster's other fanfic Heaven's Light make an appearance.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Hiccup prefers the light weight of his saber Bemühen over more traditional, and heavy, Viking weaponry.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Merida and Hiccup, the two redheaded heroes of the story, eventually fall in love.
  • Horny Vikings: Most of the Berk vikings are described wearing horned helmets.
  • I Have Many Names: The spirits have been recognized as a god by one civilization or another. Loki's been known as Prometheus, Vulcan, and Agni, whislt Thor has been known as Zeus and Raiden.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Hiccup just wants to be respected by his village and his father.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Vendal not only love to raid and plunder, but also enjoy munching on the occasional villager.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Whereas Stoick is a stocky warrior who fights dragons, Hiccup is a scraggly blacksmith who usually gets by with his smarts. Similarly, Fishguts scolds his son Fishlegs for reading too much and spending his time with Hiccup and Merida.
  • Knife Nut: Ruffnut uses a knife along with her hatchet when in dragon training.
  • Large and in Charge: You can tell Mor'du is the leader of the Vendal because he's the biggest and strongest among them.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Mor'du can keep up with Merida, fight two people at once, and block arrows all at the same time. Night Furies are also renowned for their speed and powerful plasma breath.
  • Loser Gets the Girl: Snotlout fights tooth and nail to get Astrid's attention, only for her to fall for Fishlegs instead.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Gobber describes shields as the most essential equipment for a would-be dragonslayer, and against most attacks, his advice proves true. Inverted, however, when a Gronckle's fireball blasts Merida's shield to splinters.
  • Marriage Before Romance: Somewhat, as Merida and Hiccup are engaged before they meet one another.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Whereas Merida is great with a bow and sword, has a fiery temper, and doesn't mind a little danger, Hiccup prefers to work on gadgets and his sketches.
  • Missing Mom: Hiccup's mother is dead by the beginning of the story having been murdered years ago by Alvin the Treacherous.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Gobber's mother originated from the Highlands, and his father was a Berk Viking.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Although she's a lithe teenager, Astrid seems just as strong as some of the more built Vikings in Berk. Handwaved as due to her being a descendant of Asterix.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: Merida sings a song together with a Nadder, which has the effect of making it docile and nonviolent.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The name of the story is taken directly from Brave's working title, which was "The Bear and the Bow."
    • Hiccup and Fishlegs being best friends is a nod to the original book series. Same for Hiccup and Snotlout being cousins.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Witch (Hilde) and the Highland lord's sons (Will, Andra, and Boyd).
  • Named Weapons: As Hilde mentions, any weapon worth its salt has a name. The saber Bemühen is one such weapon.
    • After some thought, Merida names her yew bow Sealgair, which is Gaelic for "hunter." Fishlegs, not wanting to be left out, considers naming his hammer after a famous Viking jarl.
    • Val's sword, Dragonbane, which Stoick gives to Merida.
  • Never Found the Body: The Vendel have a habit taking their dead with them when retreating from a battle.
  • Noodle Incident: Hiccup just mentioning an unspecified incident with an invention of his called the Borer is enough to make Gobber shudder. In a later case, Fishlegs bursts into Gobber's smithy with a large chunk of dragon dung. He immediately forbids Hiccup from asking him where he got it or how he found it.
  • No, You Go First: Happens comically between Hiccup and Stoick. Hiccup attempts to tell his father he's no longer interested in dragon training, and Stoick tries to tell Hiccup that he's decided to let him take part in the lessons.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: Mor'du prefers to wield his massive weapons in one hand, so he can use both at the same time.
  • Original Character: The spirit who takes the guise of Loki.
  • Our Gods Are Different/Our Spirits Are Different: Loki claims that the Gods that the vikings worship are merely spirits that oversee the natural elements of the world, and are worshiped by other cultures under various different names.
  • Papa Wolf: Gobber, as Snotlout and Tuffnut found out in chapter 8.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Not at first mind you but throughout the story Hiccup and Merida grow closer and by chapter 20 they have their first kiss.
  • Poisonous Person: This story remembers what Fishlegs said about Zippleback's having venomous saliva. Later, Ruffnut has the bright idea to have Barf lick her knife, giving it this quality.
  • Public Execution: Astrid states that she wished that Merida had killed Hiccup in the arena. It would have given Berk an excuse to have Merida and her family killed.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Snotlout, Tuffnut and Fishlegs (who was only a tagalong) show up to mock Hiccup at the forge after they and Astrid ruin his chance to befriend Merida, Hiccup hits Snotlout and Tuffnut with his hammer before chasing them all away. He then goes on a Calling the Old Man Out/"The Reason You Suck" Speech to Gobber about how no matter what he does, he cannot get any support or respect from anybody and that despite how important the treaty is, he is the only one that is actually trying to make it work. This definitely gets a reaction from Gobber and Fishlegs.
  • Raging Stiffie: Hiccup in chapter 23.
    Merida: Doon boy.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: If his size doesn't scare you away, Mor'du's red peeps surely will.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: Fishlegs can describe any species of dragon in terms of its stats.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Red Death has been sealed in the Nest for centuries by Hilde
  • Scary Teeth: Considering his teeth have been sharpened to points, it's no wonder Mor'du's chompers qualify. Toothless has a retractable pair of sharp teeth as well.
  • Sequel Hook: The story ends with the surviving Vendel being approached by Alvin the Treacherous to join his Outcasts.
    • Loki's message to Hiccup about finding a spirit wandering the mortal realms, and how he is key to fighting a growing darkness.
  • Ship Tease: Between William Macintosh and Ruffnut. Also, Gobber and Maudie.
  • Shout-Out: There are several throughout the story.
    • There are multiple shoutouts to The 13th Warrior. The Vendal are based off of the Wendal, and the Viking prayer is directly from the movie. Chapter five, "Eaters of the Dead," is named after the book's original title.
    • Chapter eighteen is titled A Dance with a Dragon.
    • While the trio are fleeing the Monstrous Nightmare with Fishlegs carrying them, Hiccup looks back and shouts, "Must go faster! Must go faster!"
    • During a funeral for the Vikings killed in a Vendal raid on Berk, Stoick sings "Misty Mountains Cold".
    • Merida sings "Hymne des Fraternisés" to soothe an angry Nadder.
    • The Red Death's Badass Boast is similar to Smaug's from The Hobbit.
    • When Snotlout is smacking the Red Death in the eye:
    Snotlout: Hey, you got something in your eye! (smacks Red Death in eye) It was pain!
    • When Loki mentions how his brother Thor is also known as Raiden, the image he shows is of a man wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat.
    • Hiccups prayer to Loki before the final battle sounds like "I See Fire".
    • When confronted by Mor'Du and his Vendel, Hilde reminds him that she is "no mere conjurer of mere tricks".
    • When Fergus is comforting his seasick grandson at the start of the story, he mentions how he once turned so green with seasickness, his own grandfather mistook him for an ogre.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Chapter eleven and twelve are called "Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble," and "Toil and Trouble" respectively, two famous lines from Macbeth.
    • Which, humorously enough, is set in Scotland.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Because her father was killed in the war with the Highlands, Astrid is initially hostile towards Merida.
  • Song Fic: Type II.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Hiccup and Toothless share a fish (a raw fish... which Hiccup only gets to eat it after Toothless regurgitates some), and thus a friendship is started.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: During dragon training, especially when Hiccup and Merida were allowed to participate.
  • Teeth Flying: During the final battle, Mor'du hits Fishlegs across the face with a backhand and knocks some of his teeth out.
  • The Apprentice: Hiccup is Gobber's apprentice blacksmith.
  • The Bully: Several, but Snotlout in particular goes out of his way to pick on Hiccup.
  • The Dreaded: Stories about Mor'du are used pretty frequently to scare children, and the Night Fury is only spoken about in whispers. The Red Death also qualifies.
  • The Fair Folk: The Wisps. They're also said to have the power to change fate.
  • The Magic Goes Away: According to Loki, he and his fellow spirits were able to freely walk the world of mortals, where their powers were such that they were viewed as gods. However, after a great battle with a rogue spirit, their connections to the mortal realms have been all but severed, severely limiting them in what they can do.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Hiccup shooting down Toothless, the dragon training, the Forbidden Friendship scene, being briefly disowned by Stoick, the final battle with the Red Death, and losing his foot.
  • The South Paw: It takes Merida's insight to show Hiccup that he's left-handed, since he's always been told that using weapons right-handed is the correct way.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The beginning starts with a man telling his grandson the story of Hiccup and Merida to help get over his sea sickness, only to reveal in the epilogue to be Fergus and his grandson Hiccup IV with their family, on their way to Berk to receive his own dragon.


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