How to Train Your Dragon

Dragons with a penchant for chewing off limbs and burning down houses plague the Viking village of Berk in How to Train Your Dragon. The first amputee character introduced is Gobber, a burly veteran; in peacetime he’s the village blacksmith and informal prosthetist, in wartime (which is pretty much all the time) he’s the chief’s right-hand man, and teaches Viking striplings their way around a dragon.

Gobber likes to tell his drinking buddies about the time he had his hand in a dragon’s mouth, boasting that he could have ripped out its heart, but the dragon decided to eat it before he had a chance. That dragon must have found him tasty and spread the word, according to Gobber, because another dragon ate his leg in a later battle. Fortunately Gobber could devise his own prosthetics with interchangeable attachments made of leather and iron, with the help of his apprentice Hiccup.

Gobber the Viking with his homemade prosthetic stone hammer.

Hiccup, the scrawny son of Stoick the chief, has been deemed unsuitable for dragon-fighting duty by the rest of the village. He tries building novel projectile weapons to compensate for his apparent weakness, but when one actually downs a dragon mid-flight he doesn’t have the heart to finish the job. Instead, he brings food to the injured dragon and the two begin observing each other.

Realizing the dragon he has mistakenly dubbed Toothless can’t fly in a straight line without the stabilizing fin on its tail, Hiccup devises a foldable one. He rigs up a mechanism to control it with his foot during flight, and the two nearly get themselves killed, and discovered, practicing. Hiccup convinces Toothless to bring him along on a trip to the volcano the dragons call home, and discovers they’re being oppressed by a much larger dragon who requires regular feedings of sheep, cattle, and people to remain quiescent.

Stoick gets wind of the nest and decides to launch an all-out attack. Hiccup, Toothless (and several other newly-trained dragons) join the melee, but are knocked unconscious by a fall from great height. He wakes up back in his hut to discover that he’s lost a leg. A momentary look of resignation crosses Hiccup’s face, then he gets out of bed to practice walking on the prosthetic that Gobber has already fashioned and put on for him. Supported by Toothless, Hiccup walks outside to the acclaim of the village, tease Gobber about his workmanship, and discover that his new prosthetic easily interfaces with the controls for Toothless’ prosthetic tail fin.

Based on the book How to Train Your Dragon Book 1, this movie must have offered many opportunities for merchandising tie-ins, such as the Adult/Child Costume Accessory Viking Helmet and Horns, the How To Train Your Dragon Movie Mini Talking Plush Night Fury, and of course the How to Train Your Dragon Milk Chocolate Dragon Eggs. Sadly, they didn’t think to market any branded leather-and-iron Viking prosthetic limbs. And even more sadly, the producers of the How To Train Your Dragon video game, set after the events in the movie, did not see fit to depict Hiccup as an amputee.

The How to Train Your Dragon DVD is properly captioned and has an audio description track, and even the DVD extras are subtitled. Kudos to Dreamworks for their accessibility features!

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  1. Dear Director,

    I’m so glad to know about your organization to develop the spirit of people with disabilities. Still today disabled people are survive without humanity and suffering by bonds, barriers and border of attitude of humanity. Who are really in critical position to come out from the home without accessible social en environment. There is no dignity as being of disabilities and they have a lot of pain of life and it became valuable literary for the world. There is not come out their voice without helping hands.
    In this condition, our organization connecting people with disabilities authors or creative people who have extra ordinary ability to achieve their goal.

    I am going to give them based on helping hands to connecting writers and I found one of courageous, extra talented multi-disability person in Rural district of Nepal.

    I have her English version manuscript which is famous book in Nepal, and I would like to publishing in USA too from the literary organization.
    Even I have one of the book drama and it is real voice of disabilities in the 3rd world’s disabilities.
    It is going to complete in English very soon and also like to publishing and distribution too.
    But I have not sufficient resource media to cover it so I need your helping hands. If you agree to help us I will come to you with original script of books.

    I’m Hasta Gautam, originally from Nepal too and permanent resident of US. I live in Austin Texas.
    I’m effected by polio since my child hood and I am wheelchair bounds. I am native Author and 40 years old man. I have family and 2 kids too with me.

    How I can publishing and distribution this 2 books please let me know in this matter.
    I have more books for publishing so I can work with you if you wish to associate with your mission.
    I am disabled individual and willing to make this world “Free from the Bounds, barrier and borders free world” and to encouraging the all human spirit by our creation and contributions.

    Miss. Jhamak was born with cerebral palsy and writes with her left foot. She is columnist at the Kantipur Newspaper. She had been awarded with the Madan Puraskar (the most popu8lar award given to the writer for his or her contribution in Nepalese Literature) for her Auto-biography “Jiwan Kanda ki Phul”
    And same book I we translated in English version and I would like to come to you with this book to publishing and distribution’s purpose. Autobiography>Jeenvan Kaanda Ki phul (Life is Thorn or a Flower” the title of book. She is fine artist too.

    Jhamak Ghimire – A poet and writer from Nepal who has won many awards for her writing of literature. Jhamak Ghimire is Nepal’s equal of Helen Keller. Born in 1980 with cerebral palsy, Ghimire’s desire led her to learn to read and write. She went on to become one of the leading and well respected literary figures of Nepal. She has also become a symbol of courage to people with disabilities around the world.
    It is the main purpose to publishing from you so please let us know about your support and please see the link too about her.

    1.^ ASMITA: Who is Jhamak? (August 2002)
    2.^ Famous People With Cerebral Palsy: Jhamak Ghimire
    3.^ Deccan Herald: Bold tales by brave women (2010).
    4.^ Nepali Times. Of Poverty and Poems- Jhamak Kumari Ghimire (by Manjushree Thapa). August 2002.
    5.^ Nepali Times: A renegade child of the hills – For Jhamak Ghimire writing is everything, and everything is literature (by Rabi Thapa). September 2009.
    The Kathmandu Post
    1- I have summit some link of Disable writers in Nepal

    I have I will get your helping hands towards my dream project..

    Thanking you

    Hasta Gautam Mridul
    Assistive Aid for Nepal
    13105 Lipton Loop
    Del Valle, TX 78617

    we would like to make flim about her life

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