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February 11, 2012 / dragonscorner

Toothless

Source: How to Train Your Dragon

It’s the week of Valentine’s Day, a time to celebrate the best in our relationships, and the relationship between Toothless and human partner Hiccup is one of the most constructive dragon-human interactions to date. Though they are initially wary of each other, Toothless and Hiccup both come to realize that their assumptions about each other are wrong. The bond that develops between them proves to be highly influential, transforming an entire society.

The interaction between Toothless and Hiccup is marked, above all, by strong mutual support. Hiccup replaces Toothless’s damaged tail fin, without which Toothless cannot fly, while Toothless helps Hiccup discover purpose and confidence. The complex and daring flight patterns that they eventually learn to execute together demonstrate that in the best relationships, both partners learn to soar.

Image: From the 2010 film version of How to Train Your Dragon, copyright Dreamworks Animation.

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