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Recap / A Thing of Vikings Chapter 2 "The Hero Of Berk"

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Book I, Chapter 2

In the popular imagination, the end of the Viking Era is inevitably tied together with the Hero of Berk, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Despite the hagiographic efforts of both contemporary and subsequent biographers, according to both his own accounts and those of his associates, he was an extremely humble individual throughout his entire life, his journals revealing a man honestly bewildered and disturbed by the adulation. However, his accomplishments do speak for themselves, as a polymath and inventor whose name has become synonymous with both genius and altruism in the subsequent centuries...
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Tropes That Appear In This Chapter:

  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • While everyone sings his praises (literally in the case of Chestnut's saga), Hiccup would much rather attention not be placed upon him under the assumption that the hero people think he is isn't real, giving him a serious case of Imposter Syndrome.
      Hiccup: I feel like a giant fake, and like everyone can see it.
    • According to Chestnut, the same thing happened to Stoick.
  • "The Hero Sucks" Song: When Snotlout requests a saga from Ruffnut, she gives him one.
    Little pup with little paws, lout yap from loud jaws,
    Look at me, look at me! The pup slobbers snot—
  • Mundane Utility: Ever since making peace with the dragons, Hiccup has since taken many of his ideas for war machines and reworked them for less harmful purposes, including the idea of a dragon rookery.
  • Shrinking Violet: Hiccup is very clearly uncomfortable with all of the praise and sagas being told in his honor, having gone so long with the opposite.


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