how to train your dragon factsThis week, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" swoops into theaters and, trust us, it's a treat (our review will be running later this week). It's the tale of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), a young dragon rider who was introduced in the first film, this time dealing with the reemergence of his long lost mother (played by Cate Blanchett) and the threat of an evil maniac back by a fearsome dragon army (Djimon Hounsou). This one is deeper, darker, and more emotionally intense. It's also a whole lot of fun.

And it made us think about some of the things that you might not know about Hiccup and co., which has already risen to the crop to become one of DreamWorks Animation's most beloved franchises. Read on to find out things that you probably don't know about the imaginary world of Vikings and dragons!

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How To Train Your Dragon 2
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Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless must save their people from a power-hungry invader. Read More

How to Train Your Dragon
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After bonding with an injured dragon, a Viking teen learns that the creatures are friends, not foes. Read More