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Reincarnation | Hiccup I, II, III by bruisedbrightly Reincarnation | Hiccup I, II, III by bruisedbrightly
"Hiccup!" I cry longingly. "Hiccup! Come back to me, Hiccup...."

And I hold out my arms.

"Don't worry!" he calls. "I will come back. I promise..."


"He said something I have never forgotten, though it seemed a little strange to me at the time. He said: 'History is a set of repeating circles, like the tides. The wind does blow through the ruins of Tomorrow. But it is more of a question of two steps forward, one step back. Humans and dragons make the same mistakes, again and again, but things do get better over time.'" - Hiccup III


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Spoilers from books 1-10!

A timeline of the three Hiccups from the How to Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell

I have a lot of say about this one so I'll start at the beginning.

First of all, I sketched this out before How to Betray a Dragon's Hero was released. There are a few things that the new book directly contradicts that I had already finalized too late. If you've read it, you probably know the spoilers, but just in case I won't detail them here. You can private message me if you want to be sure. (They really shocked me!) 

I drew inspiration from the movie designs for a lot of this, namely the designs of the giant Seadragons (Furious, Merciless) which in the book as I understand look like a typical dragon, but sized like a mountain. The three eyes and coral helms are movie flair. It's what I pictured when I first read about Furious, so it's what I drew. Again, spoilers came after....

I could not figure out the color of the dragons. There are a LOT of dragons and some colors were never stated, others stated three different ways in cover art or book text or extras and recolors. I picked my own colors as I saw fit and kept what I could to the book: all I know for sure is that Toothless is green, and similarly that Hiccup III has red hair and Hiccup II has blonde hair, blue eyes. (You can read and see more on my headcanons and designs of Hiccup II at my tumblr, under this tag. Basically I draw him as wild, long hair, dirty, since he was raised feral.) I kept Hiccup I similar in looks to movie!Hiccup because their stories are very similar. Etc. There's a TON of creative licence here, it's by no means correct.

Finally, I personally like to think of the Hiccup boys as reincarnations. I may be wrong? But even if it's stated that I am...that's just how I think. They have too much in common, not just in actions but down to using the exact same words in the exact same situations. And I think there's something really beautiful in imagining Hiccup the II in his new life, meeting the wreck his brother has become and trying to reason with him...Wodensfang having to face his mistakes and regrets directly to the incarnation of his beloved Hiccup I...the irony of Hiccup II in a sense being able to hear his father's apology in his next life....etc. I find it fascinating and sweet...maybe I just want a happy ending for the poor babies. They have to go through a lot. 

Anyway, reincarnation was what I had in mind when I drew this. I tried to make it all loop together, as if their lives were starting over directly in the mess of their previous life, picking up from the end of one circle into the next. One step forward, two steps back, crossing lines in certain sections, reliving others, fixing some mistakes and doing others all over again. 


Scenes from top to bottom: 

(dragons hunt humans era)
-Hiccup I rescues Wodensfang from death
-Hiccup I stitches up his wounds
-Hiccup I fights off Merciless with the dragon jewel
(dragons and humans at peace era)
-Hiccup I dies, leaving Wodensfang to be enslaved
(humans enslave dragons era)
-Hiccup II and Furious are kidnapped from their adopted dragon family and brought to Grimbeard
-Grimbeard raises Hiccup II
-Grimbeard kills Hiccup II thinking that he has betrayed him
-Furious' heartbreak
-Grimbeard sets fire to Tomorrow in repentance
-Hiccup III befriends Toothless
-Hiccup III finds Wodensfang guarding Hiccup II's intended crown
-Furious attacks Hiccup III
(dragons hunt humans era, revisited)
-Hiccup III at crossroads is both a slave and a King


Colored with Copic sketch markers. Do not repost, please. If you want to share on tumblr, like this post.)
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TabbyKat32 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is beautiful and it makes so much sense
rrshywolf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This...this actually hurts. Physically hurts. This is making me hurt emotionally and physically. And I love it (and sort of hate it because I'm almost crying. Not quite there yet though)

This is amazing. I'm only on book 6, but this is brilliant. 
Tavush Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done. Scrolling through it takes me through the books again.
CatwingAnimations Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student General Artist
Oh god yes
InstantDoodles13 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
purplecruiser Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
This is . . . so beautiful . . . it makes so much sense, but it also hurts so much . . . I can envision this, not just for Hiccup but for the real world, as well . . . Great work!!
Luckysweep Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
Three Hiccups whose tales were so similar and different.
lotrprincess Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
I reblogged this on tumblr a while back, but I forgot to give it some love over here, too ^_^

This is an amazing piece! The parallels and the symbolism are incredible, and I especially love how each little scene bleeds into the next (sometimes quite literally).
mopjeflauwmopje Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found your picture a while ago but didn't read your explanation because I haven't read all the books yet. Now I've finally finished them all so I decided to look up your work again.
It just fits so perfectly with the story (even if there have been some inconsistencies in the books).
It sums up everything so brilliantly and so artistically!
I love it! Great job!
IntergalacticAuthor Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
I saw the shorter version on tumblr and instantly came here to see the full picture. It's absolutely gorgeous
TyrantRainfire Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
omfg this amazing

it made me cry rip
Enderheart5911 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
This really isn't getting the credit or popularity it deserves... I can safely say that this is one of my favorite works on deviant art, period. Words cannot describe how amazing it is.
gnihtoNdnAgnihtyrevE Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
FeuerKnight Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
sdd-sketches Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student General Artist
This is beautiful and a great way to express all the Hiccups that have existed in the HTTYD universe.
Hiccup H. H. II was my favorite part of this whole drawing, to be frank, and honestly the one that hits me in the feels the most. :,D
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student
Dude, all of these happened in the book series?

I might've underestimated the books....
re1kojote Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have never seen a better picture based on the how to train your dragon books, even Marlet Himself didn't manage to bring so much story in just one tiny (ok not that tiny) picture!

It's also my favourite cite of the books you use:
“History is a set of repeating circles, like the tide. The wind does blow through the ruins of tomorrow. 
But it is more a question of two steps forward, one step back. 
We do make the same mistakes, again and again, but things do get better over time.”
lovelyjuliexo Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student General Artist
omg-WHY T-T
Kaigaazuko Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Such tragedy. I also love to imagine the Hiccups as reincarnations. I's fun.
paconidas Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
you deserve a clap
SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh god this is so perfect it gave me shivers. I can't stop scrolling up to look at it again, just... augh. Wow. 
littlefoot21676767 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Grim beard  aka  red  death  
SashikobroAyumu Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
wow cool
JaneChong Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Need more fanart on book!Hiccup.

I'm staring at this wonderful artwork for hours and keeps scrolling up and down to reminisce Book 1- 10.
Movie Hiccup does have a very similar story with Hiccup the First. I always picture Hiccup I looks like Hiccup in the movie too.
It is amazing how Cressida Cowell can change one hopeful situation into 180 degree turn to despair. Following the story is like riding a roller coaster, you never know what is going to happen next.

Love your art, do draw more!
TheSweedishFish Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god this is just amazing!
Mirdu Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Both slave and a king. What does that mean?
bruisedbrightly Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014

He's the rightful King of the Wilderwest, takes responsibility for his position as a leader, but at the same time he's banished and given the slavemark and loses all his rights. 

I love this part in the books, it's such a chaotic mix of extremes~
Mirdu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Ok, thank you.
MollyTheWanderer Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely. Colors are amazing, progression of story is great. I like the reincarnation idea too.
QAtheAuthoress Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Intense. I remember reading the Hiccup legacy stories and just.... wow.
Wolves77 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Yesss! I love the history in the books, and you drew this very well.
SuiseisekiShadAria17 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely love this! This is what made me want to read the books (if I could find them), the way you portrayed each story is amazing. I love the tale of all three Hiccups! Splendid work, really captures the emotion, well done!
sakurasapprentice Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
This is so powerful
I love the books and your interpretation of the three Hiccups
I really hope that our Hiccup will have a happy ending - both the book and movie
I'm on the 10th book and it's looking pretty grim
Everything about this is amazing - you obviously spent a lot of time on it... Magnificent!! 
Jettara Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
I love this idea and is actually something I totally agree with as a big believer in reincarnation.  I can totally see the three Hiccups as reincarnations of the past one and their dragons also being tied together.  I haven't read all the books yet but just from what I have read they seem too much alike not to be.  It's unfortunate that they don't film and series doesn't touch on this.
winterStorm42 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
I really, really love this, your art work is great
aiemopsychokeks Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
I can't explain how much i like this
1WolfieFrost1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Holy shit. this is the most beautiful thing that I've ever seen. I love this. I can't get over how you capture the history of the three so perfectly. And it kinda ties into the movie in a way too. I can't help but think the first dragon looks like Toothless from the movie. and then the Sea Dragon he defeats in the movie too.


It's just so perfect and beautiful

Eisnap33 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
WHAT THE HECK YOU BROKE MY HEART I really need to read the books now...mi absolutely adore this! Well done!
Stratoc Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so beyond beautiful. I haven't read the last book yet, but oh god this is so unbelievably AMAZING I LOVE YOUR STYLE

wolvesofthebeyond0 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013

cool! I've been going back and forth about the reincarnation thing, or if its just means something else X3

nice picture!!

Nippo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm crying,this is so beautiful~~~!!!TwT

while i was commenting,have u read the 11th book yet?...
Nippo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Oops u've already!sorry!
bruisedbrightly Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
ahah, yes I have! It was amazing ;o; those plot twists!
Nippo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
And damn it i like Snotlout now damnitdamnitdamnitttttttt ;_______;
capnquills Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student General Artist
ah yes! I love seeing fanart from the novels. they're way too under appreciated.
lovely job <3
EvArts Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! :D
KaiDarknight Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
crud.... those books... I cried
I've finished reading the 11th book while I'm still waiting for the 12th book....
ShelbsTheGing Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, these are beautiful.
I'll definitely have to check this book series out!
shunke-kan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
u amazing
WhiteRuth Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Incredibly badass work you've got here.

I like your looks for the different Hiccups, they fit the Hiccup bill but have their own kind of character.

Also, is the new book out already? Where I looked it said it would be released late December. If so, I gotta make a run to the closest bookstore!
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