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How to Train Your Dragon Live Journal Community by Various Contributors
  • Recommended by J Blaze
  • Comments: A fairly active, as of this writing, community devoted to the How to Train Your Dragon fandom. Helpfully sorted by character and type of fanwork via the nifty links in the sidebar. Features lots of projects, both oneshots and chapters fics, from a variety of authors, including some gifted artists as well. Beware the tagging, for some fic falls decidedly into the Not Safe for Work category.


  • Recommended by Saphruikan, Symphonic Gryphon, Fiwen9430, Ms Ami Classified
  • Comments: An exceptional writer of various one-shots and two multichapter stories. Rift-Raft's one-shots are usually horror and very, very chilling, but there are happy ones too. Seriously worth every second of your time.


  • Recommnded by Marcus S Lazarus
  • Comments: A fascinating author who has written a wide variety of fics that push all the characters to their limits in a range of ways, works including canon A Us where Hiccup was disinherited, modern A Us putting them in unconventional situations, or just divergences from canon.

LJ9 also has a profile on Archive of Our Own

  • Recommended by Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Comments: Three stories of note, all complete, and all crossovers with Brave
    • A Distant Star, A Burning Sun: Hiccup and Merida help each other find a way home.
    • Stórmerki, Undur: Merida and Hiccup help each other find a way home. The companion to "A Distant Star, A Burning Sun" (hence the same terrible summary).
    • Through the Storm We Reach the Shore: A few years have passed, and this time Merida's the one who's requested a gathering. Maybe with a wider guest list she'll have a better chance of finding a husband.

    General Fics 
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

"Gear Shift" by FinalArc

  • Recommended by lyra_dhani
  • Status: Complete
  • "Synopsis": The people around Hiccup begin to realize that not all his wounds can be fixed by a trip to the forge, and his metal leg is the least crippled thing about him. Vikings and Dragons aren't known for delicacy, but they do their best to right past wrongs and heal scars.

"Dragons: The Humagon" by RedDiend

  • Recommended by Bender Rules 34
  • Status: Complete
  • "Synopsis": When a dragon raid resulted in Hiccup being bitten by a Night Fury, it left him in a coma for two months. He awakens to find that he has powers of a Night Fury but now he must use that power to stop the Red Death while also keeping them a secret from Berk.
  • Comments: This seems to be an AU type of fanfic because of some changes made and with combining elements from both the movie and book series but I highly recommend you all to read this fanfic because at first it starts out a bit rushed but it paces itself as it goes on. It expends on several story arcs with it never getting old and I will say it will make you wish that Hiccup was half human and half dragon.
    • This troper has only read the first few chapters, but must slightly disagree with this recommendation. The story does not follow basic grammar rules, such as starting a new paragraph for each speaker. Hiccup is too angry and resentful, to the point of being OOC. Some of that could be attributed to his hybridization. The story may get better later on as pointed out, but the writing so far is So Okay, It's Average.

Resurfaced and a Dragonstone, and its sequel The Dragonstone Tribe by UnknownBlackHand

  • Recommended by Mikowmer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: New Chief of Berk, a new Chief of Dragons, a little Divine intervention, a wonderful treasure, and an old enemy. Set a little bit after the events of HTTYD2. It's going to be big.
  • Comments: This was an enjoyable read. While Gobber may be slightly OoC at one point, Unknown Black Hand takes the time to set up the characters and the plot, making this a piece I would recommend to anyone interested just an easy read to fill up their hours.

The Fiersome Chronicles by GuardianDragon98

  • Recommended by dragonridr55
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Zenna is one of Berk's best young warriors. But of all the people she chooses to be best friends with, Zenna chose Hiccup the village runt. And what if there were TWO Night Furies instead of one? Contains HTTYD, Legend of the Bone Knapper Dragon, Book of Dragons and Gift of the Night Fury. All told in Zenna's POV.

Nightfall by Le'letha

  • Recommended by Jillie_chan, Mycomp, A Random Stranger
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Canon-divergent: 20 years after Chief Stoick's wife and son were lost in a dragon raid, the Vikings of Berk shoot down a Night Fury…and its rider, a feral youth who believes he is a dragon. Crossposted on Archive of Our Own.
  • Comments: A great look at what Hiccup would be like if he had been raised by dragons. His thoughts are wonderfully alien and the conversations with Toothless are very basic (i.e. "fish, fish, you, fish, you") the writer takes great care to elaborate WHY his thoughts are like this. The points of view from Stoick and Astrid are just as interesting as they examine the dragon-boy and his companion, and their characters (as well as other supporting characters) are complex, three-dimensional, and human. They feel really alive and relatable. Both heart-wrenching and heartwarming, the prose is gorgeous and the battle descriptions will have you at the edge of your seat. Highly recommended.

How To Train Your Dragon: Legends of Berk by DJChef7

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU Movie, Hiccup is the worst Viking ever. But when he meets two new friends they help him to become not only a hero but a legend of Berk.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Novelization by Stone-Man 85

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A young Viking's life is changed when he befriends the one thing Vikings were born to fight: A Dragon. Hiccup & Astrid. OCs and plot change.

Two Misfits and a Night Fury by AnimationNut

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Being a social outcast in Berk is hard. But Hiccup knows it would be even more difficult if he didn't have his best friend and fellow social outcast, Sunset Hockerson, by his side. Join the two misfits as they encounter a Night Fury, learn how to accept themselves, and most importantly, how to train a dragon.

Two Dragon Trainers and a Night Fury by AnimationNut

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sequel to Two Misfits and a Night Fury. Hiccup and Sunset are back with their dragon Toothless. Now that Berk has made peace with dragons, new adventures arise - as well as new challenges. But with their friends, family, Toothless and each other, Hiccup and Sunset are ready to face any problems thrown at them.

A Downed Dragon is a Dead Dragon by almne

  • Recommended by J Blaze
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Post movie, NOT A DEATHFIC. Hiccup and Toothless are invincible in the air. But if they lost their prosthetics, how strong would they be?
  • Comments: This is the first ever fic of this movie I read, and it got me convinced that there's some talent in this fandom, just from it alone. Grittier and more political than the movie, almne delves into what the question of what a war-like people like the Vikings would do with access to fire-breathing and flying weaponry. She also pays close attention to Hiccup's handicap, yet still manages to have him be an active protagonist when he's completely disabled. Very in-character, and reads just like a sequel to the movie.

The Dragon Journals by Contralissimo

  • Recommended by Jesajew, Fiwen9430, Piearty, A Random Stranger
  • Status: DeadFic
  • Synopsis: Penny for a dragon's thoughts? The movie as chronicled by the beasties themselves.
  • Comments: There are quite a few "the movie through Toothless's POV" fics in this fandom, and tons of general dragon POV fics, but this fic sets itself apart by really playing up the Humans Through Alien Eyes potential in that premise, with great results. The dragons' simple, inhuman(but still highly intelligent) thought processes are very interesting to read.
    • 'Nother note-There are various scenes that are expanded on or have different focuses due to being seen through the eyes of a dragon, but they so fit the characters and the continuity that you'll barely even notice. You really can imagine every single one of them happening. Tis great.

To Soar into the Sunset: A Night Fury's Odd Memoir by Fjord Mustang

  • Recommended by Jesajew, Zelenal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: HTTYD with a Robert Heinlein twist. Not AU. A skilled flying warrior is shot down on a spy mission. Trapped and unable to fly, his one hope for survival and success is to attempt communication with the alien who shot him down. Can they be allies?
  • Note: Written before Word of God announced the genders of Hookfang, Meatlug and Red/Green Death.
  • Comments: Yes, another "the movie through Toothless's eyes fic", but...well, read the synopsis. This clever, snarkily-narrated epic adds so much to the original story that you could almost forget it's a retelling, but still ties in nicely with the movie's plot.
    • It has some in-story inconsistencies, some characters are slightly OOC and some parts come off as anvilicious and overly dramatic, but all in all it's a good read.

Hitchups by The Antic Repartee

  • Recommended by Smash Genesis, Jonshine MC Ham Guy, Twirling Feather, Point Blank, Crystal Blue, Saphruikan, Kris Mahai, Laluzi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hiccup didn't see the point in stopping Astrid as she ran off towards his village—towards his father—with his most desperately protected secret. He was leaving anyway. Deviates from movie. Borderline bromantic-comedy.
  • Comments: Well, this is certainly an interesting idea. As a "what-if" scenario, the what-if here is "What if the thing that caused the last third of the movie to happen the way it did didn't happen, but instead, just the opposite?" And at first, it actually feels like it could be the end of the movie. Unfortunately, this feeling dissipates when Hiccup's hot guardian angel comes in and he develops a crush on her and finds out that both his destiny and Toothless' are coming to fruition and they will end the war between humans and dragons. I guess this is cannon, but it still feels out of place for HTTYD. Still a great fic, where everyone is very much in character. Worth your time.
    • Look. It's Hiccup when he decides to leave, then manages to steal from pirates repeatedly, chill out classily with naked benevolent mermaids without them killing him for being perverted, and rides IN A SEA SERPENT'S MOUTH. That's just the first ten chapters. There are thirty. And there will be more. Each of them is just as incredibly awesome as the first ten. Seriously.
    • While this is a great read and has a lot of wonderful things going for it, such as differences in language, lots of Norse Mythology and a new spin on the characters in the story, sometimes the story strays too far away from the original feel and turns into a different world entirely. Whether this is good or bad is up to you, but I will say one thing; you will have fun.
    • This fan-fic has clearly evolved as each chapter progresses; first starting out as a generic "What-If?" scenario into something more of a Norse Epic. The figures from both Mythology and History are blended in so well that It would seem that you are still in the HTTYD universe. After 35 chapters (and still continuing), this story has shown potential to an amazing degree. Whether you like the changes made or not, you will definitely have a wonderful ride.
    • This is an awesome, amazing story, with plenty of twists and turns, history and movie!reality smashed together into a very, very compelling fanfic that reads more like an actual published novel! Read this story, this author is fantastic, you won't regret it!
    • Jiven: Has a trope page.

Helheim's Gate by Inquisitive Tea

  • Recommended by Jonshine
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Something is wrong with Toothless. Hiccup will go to Hel and back to fix it. Told with a twist on Norse mythology.
  • Comments: Well written, a piece rather on the 'serious' side, and delving into Norse mythology. Complete. Has an equally good sequel, The Only Good Fight (Complete)

I Hear Him Scream by Rift-Raft

  • Recommended by Symphonic Gryphon, Fiwen 9430}}, Forkinyoureye, Ms Ami Classified,A Random Stranger
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hiccup is the first Viking to shoot down a Night Fury. Unfortunately for him, it has terrible consequences. Dragon!Hiccup.
  • Comments: There aren't many good 'Hiccup turns into a dragon' fanfictions out there, so this one was a surprise. Among other things, it's serious, it has thorough, in-depth character development, and the sheer amount of thought put into each detail makes it an incredibly great read. To make it even better, it takes place in the first scene of the movie; so, when the deed is actually done, Hiccup is immediately exiled. Simply put, it's a very well-written piece that is well worth your time.

Vestige by Contralissimo

  • Recommended by daazihopper
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Post-movie. After a long hunting exercise with Spitelout, Hiccup & co. return to find Berk deserted...but not empty. Can they survive long enough to find their tribe? T for violence, scariness, booze, mortality. It's gonna get ugly...
  • Comments: Just how it sounds, the six teens and Spitelout suddenly find themselves in a fight for their lives while trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Berk. A rare example of brilliantly-executed Darker and Edgier. But while the plot is bleak and the suspense will pull you in like a black hole, there is still a fair amount of charm and humor dropped in to balance things out, to beautiful success. And even in the most far-flung and unexpected circumstances, everyone is still magnificently in-character. The story is incredibly well-written, and it reads like a dream. Definitely worth a look!

Cursed by Angelus-alvus

  • Recommended by NotJMKeynes
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU. When the Vikings first came to the island of Berk, they killed almost all dragons that lived there, however, one of them made sure to leave a parting gift to the viking leader.
  • Comments: A rather decent HTTYD fic. The writer is kind of simplist (the author uses English as a second language) but the fic manages to be entertaining because the author explores more the differences and similarities between humans and dragons, the result is that the secondary human characters are Demoted to Extra, while Dragon OCs are abundant ( and the dragons aren't slaves of Red Death, until they decide to wake her up to make her wipe out the humans), but they are well developed. Hiccup's journey stars when he has seven years ( also Toothless does not appear in this fic, rather Hiccup is toothless) so his character develops different from the movie. Again, it is a very interesting reading, if you'd like to see things from the dragons' POV.

Dragonoid by Dearing

  • Recommended by KaoruSailorZ
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A Sci-fi remake of the film. It's been three hundred years, but we haven't forgotten the day the Dragonoids came. Now humanity has been reduced to a few pockets of civilisation, struggling to survive. But for the people of The Dome, the war will continue. Crossposted on Archive of Our Own.
  • Comments: There are a number of remakes of the film in fanfic and some are modern portrayals of the said film. It's very well-written with a certain flare but still retained the spirit of the movie. Started having regular updates on November 19th, 2017, and was completed on March 2nd, 2018. It includes... Mecha, I tell you. Humongous Mecha.

How to Foil an Outcast's Plan by psychicsaphie

  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: When Hiccup goes on a diplomacy run to Hopeless to discuss the dragons in his father's stead, his prying into the strange goings-on there land in him in some serious hot water. Can his friends save him before his life and sanity are forfeit and before the dragon-training knowledge falls into the hands of Berk's enemies? (taken from fanfiction)
  • Comments: Stated from the get-go to go AU midway through Dragons: Riders of Berk, this story nevertheless stays true to the series and even raises a few points like "What exactly has Stoic said of Hiccup leading to the moniker 'Stoic's embarrassment'? or "What do other tribes think of the dragons?". Additionally, the idea that Alvin was a member of Berk at one point and knew (and may even been in love with) Hiccup's mother gives surprising motivation to the character and makes him surprisingly scary. Everyone is in character in the midst of the story and the OCs are quite well done. Worth a read.
  • Triggers: Torture with intent to escalate.

How to Train Your Dragon: Toothless's Tale by Chocobo Scribe

  • Recommended by Zabilac
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: He was the most feared of Dragons. No one dared face him. Until one day, by a strange chance or whim of fate,the elusive Night Fury befriended a young Human named Hiccup. This is Toothless's Tale told from his eyes.
  • Comments: An well-written fun piece and offers an interesting perspective into Toothless' mind as the events of the film unfold. Has an equally good companion fic, I'm Still Here: Hiccup's Tale, which tells the film from Hiccup's viewpoint.

Game of the Gods by Jeff 20

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Freya likes her heroes dead. Loki torments the living. Thor rewards courage. Why does Astrid become protective of Hiccup? How does she become "future daughter-in-law" of Stoick? What does our favorite blonde-haired shield-maiden learn that will involve her village, the entire known world... and more important... her chosen man? Starts near end of 1st movie. Spoilers of 2.
  • Comments: I think this might be one of my favorite HTTYD fanfics of all time.

Fly to Live: Chronicle of an Exiled Viking Boy by Eretsonoferet

  • Recommended by: Captain Barbarossa
  • Status: Hiatus
  • Synopsis: What if Astrid managed to reach Berk after fleeing the cove to report his sin? Hiccup's "little vacation" with Toothless is now off to a very bumpy start. Proclaimed a traitor, he escapes in exile. This is the tale of a boy and a dragon, their struggle for survival, and their quest for a place they can call home. But what if that place was Berk all along?
  • Comments: For the most part, this is just like any other 'Hiccup leaving' story, but the things it does, it does well. It does a very good job of showing how Hiccup - a boy who, as the chief's son, never really had to worry about food or a place to sleep - struggles to survive on his own. The author has stated that he will not use any huge time skips, try to keep the story as down-to-earth as possible, (no divine interventions here) and that Hiccup will not just suddenly show up on Berk a few years later as a badass dragon rider who will single-handedly save the village. He has also done a lot of world building, including a detailed world map, and it really shows just how much thought he put into this story.

Fanfiction that combines elements, characters, etc. from two or more different franchises.

Two Worlds One Dragonrider by Nocte Furorem

  • Crossover with Dragon Riders of Pern
  • Recommended by Tropers/Mikowmer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: (from story) Hiccup gets blown out of the sky over Berk and wakes up in another world where he must learn his place. Is there a dragon in his future? Slightly A/U. Chapter 35 is up. Please leave a review after reading. Thanks.
  • Comments: While this story had a little bit less action and adventure for my tastes, it is none the less an intriguing tale. To those who have never read the Dragon Riders of Pern series, do not worry. Hiccup is just as much as clueless as you are, and things do get explained very well. While the villains do end up having the same sort of shtick to them, the story itself is a good read.

A Stranger On Berk by LCAAS

  • Recommended by Gamma Cavy
  • Status: Completed
  • Crossover with: Silmarillion
  • Summary: It was one of those rare sunny autumn days on Berk when the stranger arrived.

How to Be Brave by Time.To.Vaporize.A.Maths.Teach

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: The Vikings are at war with Dragons AND the Scottish! But the dragons become too much, so the Scots and Vikings decide to make a truce, which needs to be agreed by the Royals of Scotland and the tribes chief. Upon meeting, Merida and Hiccup befriend each other fast and both help to train Toothless and go on the journey to protect dragons, themselves and allow their feelings to grow. Post-Brave, How to Train Your Dragon'' AU
  • Comments: An awesome How to Train your Dragon AU story with Merida in the mix.

The Lady of the Loch by Dinosaur Barbecue

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hiccup has never believed in magic, but when he's enlisted in a fierce princess's attempt to change her fate, they both must fight against forces darker then they'd ever imagined. Post-How to Train Your Dragon, Brave AU.
  • Comments: An awesome Brave AU story with Hiccup in the mix.

The Curse of the Night Fury by Dinosaur Barbecue

  • Recommended by fruistripegum
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Five years after the death of Mor'du, tragedy strikes the Vikings of Berk and a startling revelation threatens everything Hiccup ever knew to be true. Meanwhile, Dun Broch is threatened on all sides by restless kings and ancient sorcery, forcing Merida, Hiccup, and Astrid to once again unite in the face of a powerful foe. Sequel to The Lady of the Loch.

Bravely Tangled Up with Dragons by x-X-The D'Arch Angel-X-x

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Dormant
  • 'Synopsis: This is a three-way crossover between Tangled, Brave, and How to Train Your Dragon''. The day before Hiccup's final dragon training test, Astrid never finds him in the woods. He suits up, packs up, and heads for the sky. Across the ocean, princess Merida runs away, wishing for anything in the world to change her fate. A hop, a skip, and a boat ride away, Rapunzel with her magic hair just can't wait to be finally free.
  • Comments: This is a awesome crossover with Three Popular Movies.
  • It has its own tropes page, here.

Ice Fury by Piero217

  • Recommended by Marcus S Lazarus
  • Crossover with: Frozen
  • Status: Complete
  • 'Synopsis'': A year after Elsa's coronation, Arendelle is once again covered in snow overnight. The Snow Queen could be the first suspect, but there's something different about this mysterious winter weather. Elsa is determined to find its source, but in doing so, she will not only meet a kindred spirit but also find herself in the middle of a terrible war.
  • Comments: A fascinating way to bring these two worlds together with a relatively minimal amount of 'tweaking' to accommodate their different time periods, creating an engaging new dragon in the form of the titular Ice Fury and giving Hiccup and Elsa a rather touching sibling-esque dynamic.
  • It has its own tropes page, here.

The Dragon and the Bow by Finmonster

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 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? How to Train Your Dragon and Brave fuse.
  • Comments: This is one of the best Brave and How to Train Your Dragon crossover I every read.
  • It has its own tropes page, here.

Fight Smarter Not Harder by Earth Star

  • Recommended by Mort 08
  • Crossover with: Megamind
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hiccup goes to train to become stronger, only to receive advice from an unlikely source.
  • Comments: A oneshot crossover with How to Train Your Dragon. Megamind and Minion accidentally end up in Berk and meet a pre-movie Hiccup, who has discovered the spare part their time machine needs to make the return trip. In an attempt to get it back, the ex-supervillain strikes up a conversation with the boy and...well...this is Megamind we're talking about. Bizarre premise aside, it's actually quite well done. Hiccup is a bit dull at points, but Megamind and Minion are both spot-on. And while most of the story features witty back-and-forths between the characters which result in near-criminal levels of humor, the true centerpiece of it is a conversation between Hiccup and Megamind which connects the two films in a surprisingly clever and heartwarming way and leaves the reader with the feeling that our two heroes are grateful for the encounter. All in all, a fun and enjoyable read for fans of both movies.

Kindred by eza.xo

  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: In which a curious adolescent Nightfury stumbles across a recently orphaned human child, Hiccup and becomes the boy's reluctant guardian. A Dragon with no experience with humans and faced with being the last of his species, and a child scarred by the loss of his family. Join them as they rediscover family together and forge a friendship that will change the Viking world.

Moana and her Night Fury by Dolphinheart99

  • Recommended by bbb35
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Moana
  • Synopsis: Little Moana discovered a hatchling Night Fury washed up on the beach at the middle of the night, she and the Night Fury, named Aliikai, grew up together as sisters and work together to save their home from being destroyed.

Resurrection by athingofvikings, PrimedOverlord and ShipMistress.

  • Recommended by Marcus S Lazarus
  • Status: In-Progress
  • Crossover with: Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Synopsis: Hiccup never thought of himself as a religious man, yet he had respect for the gods. Days after having defeated his biggest foe, his world is turned upside down when he learns the truth about his identity. And when faced with an even deadlier threat, he has only one choice to save those he loves: To embrace his Asgardian heritage.
  • Comments: Starting with the 'simple' Actor Allusion of Cate Blanchett being Valka and Hela, this narrative creates a superb exploration of Hiccup coping with the loss of his people and the simultaneous revelation that he is related to the gods of Norse myth.

The Long Road, by Dire Kumori''

  • Recommended by Purple Candlelight
  • Status: Dead (last updated December 2016)
  • Pairing(s): Hints of Hiccup/Astrid; later Hiccup/Jack
  • Crossover with: Rise of the Guardians
  • Synopsis: When a distress call from Father Time turns out to be a trap set by Pitch, Jack ends up lost in a time before the Guardians with only Baby Tooth at his side. The pair are lucky enough to be found by a group of (somewhat) sympathetic teenagers whom they quickly befriend, and even though he is effectively stuck, Jack finds he doesn't mind taking the long road back to the present.
  • Has its own trope page.

Monsters of Berk by Cottonmouth25

  • Recommended by bf2234
  • Status: Complete, prequel Monsters of Berk: War of the Monsters ongoing
  • Crossover with: Monster Hunter
  • Synopsis: Hiccup was born into a tribe that slayed monsters - so imagine his surprise when he befriended Berk's worst enemy and stopped the entire war. Along with his friends and a faithful Gore Magala, Hiccup must now use his strengths to protect his village from any threat and become the Monster Conqueror.
  • Comments: How to make Western Dragons Riders Of Berk cooler? Why, just add monsters from Monster Hunter!

The Dragon and the Butterfly by HotPatooty

  • Recommended by Spectacular Troper
  • Crossover with: Encanto
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III/Mirabel Madrigal
  • Synopsis: The Encanto, a mystical place of wonder made to protect it's inhabitants from the dangers of the outside world... Has been invaded. A young Viking and his Dragon friend have crash landed in a strange, magical village. And they soon find themselves entangled with an incredible family. Especially a certain not-so special girl.
  • Has its own trope page.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

10 years by toothlesslover

  • Recommended by Angel 2002
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What if Hiccup and Astrid left Berk after what happened in the training rig with the Monstrous Nightmare.
  • Pairing(s): Hiccup/Astrid (mostly)
  • Comments Well written, and it's going to keep you hooked. You'll see how the love between Hiccup and Astrid evolves, and you won't regret reading this. Worth it.

Of Hills and Bluebells by Enchantable

  • Recommended by J Blaze, Fiwen9430
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hiccup has a little trouble making it up the hill to his house, fortunately Astrid's there to help and the two of them get a moment to be, well, viking teenagers who saved the world.
  • Pairing(s): Hiccup/Astrid
  • Comments: Fluffy fic adding depth to the romance we see on-screen between Hiccup and Astrid. A nice juxtaposition of the fast and tense pace of the movie with a slow and languid character-driven fic where teenagers just get to be teenagers. Very emotionally evocative. Enchantable sets a high bar for shipping fics in this fandom.
    • TG Geko: Thumbs up for this one. It really explores the implications the movie ended with. Everyone is very much in character it's almost scary.

Crash Courses in Marriage by Funk-tastic

  • Recommended by Eegah, Jiven
  • Status: Official Dead Fic.
  • Synopsis: In a year since the events of the film, Hiccup and Astrid's relationship hasn't advanced past that kiss. Until their fathers arrange their betrothal, and they're both suddenly thrust into married life.
  • Pairing(s): Hiccup/Astrid
  • Comments: Funny and sweet in equal measure, with great portrayals of Astrid's family. The author is also very knowledgable about Viking customs, giving the story a comparatively real world grounding that really works. Some fairly explicit sexual stuff, but it all comes naturally from the story.
    • Funny, really funny. Somme moments are awkward and crispy, it's just bringing a smile to the reader. Sure, the chapters are short, and there is not enough mention of dragons, but it's enjoyable.

Irritation, Hatred, and Something Else by Backroads

  • Recommended by Much Ado About Nonny
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Ruffnut/Fishlegs, Hiccup/Astrid
  • Synopsis: Arranged marriages are common occurrences in Berk. Does that mean it's a good idea to pair up Ruffnut and Fishlegs?
  • Comments: This unusual pairing makes for a really interesting story. Very in character, alternating between hilarious and sweet.

Talking in her Sleep, and the sequel When In Rome by Determamfidd

  • Recommended by Fiwen9430, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Hiccup/Astrid, and in the sequel Ruffnut/Fishlegs
  • Synopsis: Hiccup's been away for six months. When he finally comes home, he's... well, maybe Astrid and Ruffnut shouldn't be blamed for their reactions. And they're not the only ones... The first story focuses on the relationship between Hiccup and Astrid, which is threatened by others who have taken a fancy to Hiccup. In the sequel Hiccup is kidnapped by people who want his dragon training knowledge for themselves.
  • Comments: The first fic is genuinely sweet, everyone is in character and there is quite a bit of tension behind the fluff. The second is pretty epic and more plot-focused, and features Hiccup ending up as a slave in Rome while several others from Berk set out to rescue him. There are a few M rated scenes between Astrid and Hiccup here and there in both, but they fit naturally into the story. It is clear that the author has done a fair bit of research on customs, geography, and history. Both definitely worth a look.

Crossing The Line by The Antic Repartee, the same author who brought us Hitchups.

  • Recommended by partner555
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Hiccup x Astrid, Hiccup x Camicazi and very minor Astrid x OC
  • Synopsis: It took more than defeating the Green Death for Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III to become the warrior chieftain of lore. There were more eyes to open, more minds to change, and his ambition only continued to grow with the aid of two women.
  • Comments: The quality of this fic is as great as Hitchups, no surprise there considering it's the same author. It has a realistic take on how the Vikings are adapting, by planning to use the dragons in war, which is something Hiccup opposes. Astrid can't understand his views and it causes a rift between them. Hiccup's friend Camicazi consoles him and they end up kissing, which was a line they agreed to not cross. And that was just the first chapter. Do be warned, Chapter 6 has some very... mature content, but the chapter could be skipped as the author suggests if you don't want to read it if that is your preference.

The Choice by Reens.

  • Recommended by Carla, Midoriko-sama
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Hiccup x Astrid
  • Synopsis: Before leading the Viking warriors on a blind mission to Helheim's Gate, Stoick takes desperate measures to secure his son's future. Forcing Hiccup into marriage might be just the thing.
  • Comments: Excellently written, very interesting premise and although the deviation from the main canon might seem like it comes out of nowhere initially, Reens works with it in a way that feels true to the characters and to the spirit of the movie. One of the best HTTYD fanfics out there!

Chasing Thunderstorms and its sequel Stages of Grief by Foxy'sGirl.

  • Recommended by Carla, Midoriko-sama, RoseAndHeather
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Hiccup x Astrid, with some Snotlout x Astrid at the beginning and Hiccup x Heather later on.
  • Synopsis: Astrid Hofferson's life is perfect, but then she realizes that it's not even close. And there's this dorky boy in her Norse Mythology class who she shouldn't feel so strongly about. Modern AU.
  • Comments: One of the very few attempts at translating the HTTYD universe into a modern setting that actually works. Also deals with themes of popularity/peer pressure, parental abuse, and more, which makes the story line pleasingly complex and gives the characters a lot of development and depth.

Becoming Lífþrasir by midoriko-sama

  • Recommended by anitafor
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Hiccup x Astrid, Fishlegs x Ruffnut, Thuggory x Heather, one-sided Snotlout x Astrid
  • Synopsis: People often wondered what kept Hiccup going during those early years. When that single, most-treasured thing is taken from him, there is little left to keep him on Berk. The day Stoick returns, and the day before the best recruit is finally chosen, Hiccup leaves Berk; little knowing that he would one day return under ... strange circumstances. H/A, R/F, rated for violence.
  • Comments: Another one of those 'Hiccup leaves' stories AU cutting half-way through How to Train Your Dragon, but this time at an unusual place. Hiccup leaves the same night his dad comes because because of his 'worst viking line'. It's the first fic I've seen with Hiccup coming back to Berk under a secret identity in order to help them solve a crises they brought on themselves. Very tense, pacing's great, and rather well written. Fun to play the 'clue' game, and the author gives an overview of the hidden plot clues at the end. Has pre-set couples in Ruff/Legs, and some strong Hic/Ast suggestions, but there is more focus on plot than on romance.
  • Triggers: Dealings with dragons, especially the Green Death, are not PG.

Winter in Líf's Holt by midoriko-sama

  • Recommended by Dirka
  • Status: Completed.
  • Pairings: Hiccup x Astrid, Fishlegs x Ruffnut, Thuggory x Heather, Tuffnut x Camicazi
  • Synopsis: The 2nd piece of the Berkian Eddur picks up right after the end of Becoming. The crisis over, Hiccup must deal with the repercussions both personal and political. As the chief's heir and the foremost expert on dragons, he's always needed in four places at once, and the Thing, a meeting of the allied clans on Berk, only adds to the pressure when all he wants to do is take Toothless out for a flight. To top it off, he and Astrid have to come to terms with their feelings for each other and their engagement. Can their blossoming romance survive the constant barrage of doubts, misunderstandings and social pressure?
  • Comments: If you liked the first part, you absolutely must give this one a read. The writing is even more solid (no more rolling shoulders), and the lovely spins and interpretations of the canon characters only get more developed. The author doesn't do things half way; the conflicts always feel weighty and genuine, the funny aspects are absolutely hilarious, the drama can get quite heartwrenching, and I can guarantee that at points you will want to strangle the author, Hiccup, Astrid, or all of the above. I have never come across a better depiction of the trials of young love in fiction. Thankfully, the fic's tongue remains firmly in cheek, which keeps things from getting melodramatic and glurgey. And I can't even say anything about the final battle that wouldn't spoil it all, except maybe three words: Ax-Crazy-Awesome.
  • Triggers: Fairly explicit violence and torture, frequent discussions and mild depictions of physical intimacy.

Persephone by sunflowerb

  • Recommended by: bibliophile20
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Hiccup x Astrid, minor Snotlout x Ruffnut (with the potential for Eret to be added later); brief Hiccup x Heather.
  • Synopsis: She was meant to be the price for peace; her life in exchange for the mysterious Dragon Master's mercy. Her captor wasn't supposed to be a ghost from her past, and she wasn't supposed to become his ally...or his lover. And when news spreads of a blonde-haired girl at the Dragon Master's side, there will be repercussions for dragons and Vikings alike.
  • Comments: A very well done Sacrifice AU fic, inspired by a prompt over on Tumblr; Hiccup faked his own death and ran away during the course of the movie, and later returned as a mysterious Dragon Master trying to keep casualties on both sides to a minimum. The fic starts when Stoick and the rest of Berk, having grown desperate and Stoick having grown even more bitter in the four years since the apparent death of his son, give up Astrid as a virgin sacrifice to the Dragon Master in hopes that the dragons will stop attacking. From there, things rapidly grow complicated. The plotting is tight, Hiccup's bitterness feels right for his predicament, and the emotional stakes keep ratcheting higher and higher as the story continues. The author calls the growing relationship between Hiccup and Astrid "think medieval Bonnie and Clyde with dragons" and it is highly enjoyable to watch them grow closer and closer.
  • Triggers: The story is rated mature for sex and violence.
    • It has its own Tropes page here

Black as Night by Wolfie-Dragon

  • Recommended by Marcus S Lazarus
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Hiccup x Astrid
  • 'Synopsis'': Both Hiccup and Astrid are eager to prove themselves as worthy dragon killers in a war-torn Berk. How will their lives change when Hiccup is blinded during a terrible accident in dragon training? Will they find what they were really looking for, or will they remain blind to the things that really matter?
  • Comments: A dramatic and moving re-telling of the original film and Hiccup and Astrid's relationship, as a terrible accident forces them both to re-evaluate their relationship with each other.
  • It has its own tropes page, here.

Upon the North by mintyfreshness

  • Recommended by Marcus S Lazarus
  • Status: In-Progress
  • Pairing: Hiccup x Astrid
  • 'Synopsis'': On the death of his father, Hiccup ascends to the Chiefdom of Clan Haddock and the seat of the Duke of Selkirk, becoming one of Scotland’s seven most powerful chieftains. It doesn’t take him long for him to confirm his hatred for power politics, setting him dreaming of new opportunities abroad.
Astrid returns to Scotland after six years in Sweden to support her childhood friend in his grief. Tired and frustrated with the restrictions of her gender, she is desperate to carve out a better space in the world for women like her, a world of choice and prosperity.A journey to a new life in the west ends in disaster when their travelling party is shipwrecked on an island in the north Atlantic with ties to their clan’s history. A thousand-year-old secret is rediscovered. Berk’s history with dragons begins anew.But it is 1907. Tension is brewing across Europe, with a myriad of individual yet intertwined disputes on the brink of tipping over into full scale continental war. There are others who see dragons in a very different light. And the arms trade is the most lucrative business on the planet.This changes everything.
  • Comments: Initially apparently just a 'updated' fic relocating the characters to 1907, the narrative reveals that it actually features the descendants/reincarnations of the original characters, matters escalating when they return to Old Berk and are all reunited with their reborn dragons just in time to face the also-reborn Grimborn brothers...

Trial by FieryArtemis
  • Recommended by Tropers/Mikowmer, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sometimes being chief really sucks. This really hits Hiccup hard during his first major trial as chief of Berk. Some potential spoilers for HtTYD2 so read at your own risk.
  • Comments: A small one-shot that follows after HtTYD2, this piece is excellently written, even if it isn't necessarily historically accurate.

Sanctuary (Race to the Edge Epilogues: Triple Cross) by sarahenany

  • Recommended by: pegiwolf12
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fix-it fic for "Triple Cross." Viggo is rescued and as he lies recovering, the Riders keep watch over him and struggle to accept that Hiccup plans to offer him a place with the team. Convalescence-fic, team-centric.
Without the Dragon Dork by wikelia

  • Recommended by: ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Hiccup is recruited to go fetch dinner, conversation among the remaining riders turns to how much Hiccup has shaped their lives...and them.
  • Comments: This is an interesting one-shot that is a well-done It's a Wonderful Plot, where the people looking at What Could Have Been aren't the ones absent but rather the ones who remain.

Forgive by Luki Dimension

  • Recommended by J Blaze, Zelenal, JabberwockyPie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A thoughtless comment made by Snotlout makes Hiccup doubt the friendship he has with Toothless.
  • Comments: Poignant, reflective piece about the nature of Hiccup's relationship with Toothless and whether or not a friendship only made possible by injury that necessitates cooperation is real or not. Cute and utterly in-character.
    • JabberwockyPie would like to further recommend any other How to Train Your Dragon fics by Luki Dimension, which can all be found at that page. They're pretty much all one-shots and all completely in-character.

Designated Driver by General Zoi

  • Recommended by J Blaze
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Drunk!Ruffnut and drunk!Toothless try their level best to annoy Astrid to death.
  • Comments: Vikings love their liquor. It's only proper that Viking dragons do too. Features an absolutely hysterical drunk!Toothless being "celebrated" by the village for his contribution to the battle. General Zoi's interpretation of Ruffnut — which arguably just takes her characterization in the movie to the logical, and amusing, extremes — really steals the show.

Fifteen Kennings For "Woman" By nebroadwe

  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Being a girl on Berk means many things, as Astrid discovers by living through them."

  • Characters: Astrid
  • Pairings: Astrid/Hiccup
  • Comments: "A kenning is a Norse poetic trope, a circumlocutory compound that describes a person, place or thing. They can be straightforward (like "ring-giver" for "king") or complex, even riddling." I love it when people bring in stuff they are knowledgeable and passionate about for their fanfiction, and this does, there are footnotes!

This is Berk. This is My Home. By billtheradish

  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Astrid's life has always been about dragons."
  • Characters: Astrid, her mother
  • Comments: Great character study of a female character, great mother-daughter relationship. The theme of to much responsibilty on too young shoulder but also that some thing need to be done even if its hard are both things dear to my heart.

One-Two-Three By Jelly

  • Recommended by Bee 123
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Astrid learns to dance
  • Characters: Stoick the Vast, Astrid Hofferson, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III,Valka
  • Pairing: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III/Astrid Hofferson
  • Comments: Very sweet (a bit sad but in love with live and love truely) with a lovely relationship between Astrid and Stoick.

Kill it With Fire! By BeyondTheClouds777

  • Recommended by Tropers/Infitroper
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hiccup never knew Toothless was afraid of spiders.
  • Characters: Hiccup, Toothless
  • Pairing: None
  • Comments: Largely a "for fun" story, but it is an interesting read since it is told from Toothless's perspective, and the author tries to show the world as a dragon would perceive it. For example, Toothless isn't afraid of spiders because of their looks, but because he literally cannot intimidate them, which, in turn, intimidates him.

familiar (but this time i've had some practice) By aloneintherain

  • Recommended by lyra_dhani
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Every decade, three teenagers are dragged from the future and placed in their younger bodies to give predictions that will set the tone for the next ten years on Berk.But how are three dragon riders supposed to give prophecy to a village full of dragon-hating vikings? (Time travel AU)
  • Pairing: Hiccup/Astrid

    Dark Fiction 
Stories focused on making the series darker, and/or exploring the darker aspects of the series.

Lying to Dragons (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4) by Jayalaw

  • Recommended by Kelnius
  • Status: All Parts Completed.
  • Synopsis: Book!Hiccup (In the Dragons Riders Of Berk universe) is kidnapped by Alvin the Treacherous and interrogated; but finds it hard to hold his tongue once he's forced to drink a truth serum made from the spores of the Loki Tree. Without his stutter or self-control, it becomes impossible to keep his secrets.
  • Comments: I love the characterization here and imagery of this story, it's a great writer at work here. But I am most impressed by how this reinvigorates Alvin as a threatening Villain after his Villain Decay (and eventual Heel–Face Turn in the Dragons Riders Of Berk Finale), just by presenting a realistic portrayal of what a vicious, intelligent Outcast like Alvin is capable of. This story does get a little serious; it's not a dark story, but it's definitely not warm and fuzzy. Some people get hurt and there are realistic portrayals of kidnapping and interrogation, but if you can read that, then the story is worth it by the end.
  • Tags: Trigger Warning for: Kidnapping, Torture, Pain, Eye-gouging & Suicidal Thoughts.

Shot in the Dark by Arcawolf

  • Recommended by: Nausicaa of the Spirits
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Alpha had made him flame . . . something. Wait, where was his rider? And why did the air smell like blood? A What-if based on HTTYD 2. Beware of spoilers.
  • Comments: An AU where Stoick didn't make it in time to save Hiccup from being killed by Toothless from Toothless' perspective, touching in on Toothless' thoughts and denial that Hiccup is not dead, but just unconscious.

     Alternate Universe 
Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

Wild Hearts by Curiosity Redux

  • Recommended by: Half Blood Princess
  • Status: Dormant (last updated May 2017)
  • Seconded by Ragnar The Semi Green
  • Synopsis: She finds him in the woods with an injured Night Fury. Feral and mysterious, the boy names Hiccup claims to be able to end the war that's raged between dragons and Vikings for centuries. Berk's been ravaged for years. She has no choice but to believe him. But that doesn't mean she has to trust him. Or fall for him.
  • Comments: This fic's point of divergence is Valka taking Hiccup with her when she left, and ripples out from there. Deep, thought-provoking, evocative, definitely worth the read (to say nothing of creating a very neat Hiccup x Astrid pairing).

A Thing Of Vikings by athingofvikings (Author AO3 page)

  • Recommended by: Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Hiccup/Astrid, Fishlegs/Heather, Ruffnut/King Magnus the Good of Norway
  • Synopsis: Take History. Add Dragons. Stir until something explodes. Add more Kings, Emperors, Romans, Vikings, Conquerors, Spies, Warriors, Thieves, Knights, Nobles, and one Genius, to taste. Let simmer and take cover. A HTTYD Alt-History fic with a premise of: Take the first HTTYD film as canon, and then set that, gently, in the historical 1040s. And then stand back and watch the fireworks.
  • Has it own trope Page

The Dragon Overlord by George J. Valtom

  • AO3 link here
  • Recommended by bbb35
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The freak. The runt. The weird one. All his life, Hiccup's been looked down on. And when even his father turns his back on him, he finally leaves. After hatching a plan to win the village's esteem, though, Hiccup accidentally finds himself the new leader of the dragons - and feared by everyone he knows. But he's still determined to gain their respect, one way or another…