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Reincarnation | Hiccup I, II, III
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Published: November 30, 2013
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"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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weasly-is-our-king12's avatar
weasly-is-our-king12|Hobbyist General Artist
this is quite possibly my absolute favourite httyd illustration of all time!
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TabbyKat32's avatar
TabbyKat32|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is beautiful and it makes so much sense
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rrshywolf|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. 
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Tavush|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done. Scrolling through it takes me through the books again.
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CatwingAnimations|Student General Artist
Oh god yes
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InstantDoodles13|Student General Artist
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purplecruiser's avatar
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!!
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Luckysweep's avatar
Three Hiccups whose tales were so similar and different.
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lotrprincess's avatar
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).
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mopjeflauwmopje|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!
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IntergalacticAuthor's avatar
I saw the shorter version on tumblr and instantly came here to see the full picture. It's absolutely gorgeous
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TyrantRainfire|Hobbyist General Artist
omfg this amazing

it made me cry rip
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Enderheart5911's avatar
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.
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gnihtoNdnAgnihtyrevE|Hobbyist General Artist
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sdd-sketches|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
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TheWatcherofWorlds|Student Digital Artist
Dude, all of these happened in the book series?

I might've underestimated the books....
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re1kojote|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.”
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lovelyjuliexo|Student General Artist
omg-WHY T-T
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Kaigaazuko's avatar
Such tragedy. I also love to imagine the Hiccups as reincarnations. I's fun.
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paconidas|Hobbyist Writer
you deserve a clap
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SycamoreSea|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. 
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Grim beard  aka  red  death  
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