Just saw HtTyD today. Heartbreak, love it.
I don’t love Valka though. I should, because a lot of the reasons I love Hiccup are things he ‘got from her’.
But I think if her going onto the battlefield and interfering with the defender of her home. Yes she saved a dragon- a dragon that was actively attacking her village and probably went onto continue destroying and raiding her village.
There’s refusing to fight, and there’s sabotage. She went for the latter, because she just didn’t want the violence.
Except that the Vikings are defending their home and livelihood. She doesn’t know about the Death, she’s never seen proof that dragons are capable of kindness, reason or even of friendliness.
She just stopped a warrior of her tribe from killing a savage beast that was a danger to their people and land. That’s a bit more than an unpopular opinion.
I liked the second part of that scene- but I would have preferred if she’d just been horrified/disgusted with the fighting, and on her way to Hiccup. That would have been just as valid.
May I say something here?
You have very valid points, but the thing is, we don’t know her story. We don’t know her past. I mean, what if a dragon had showed her kindness when she was younger? Maybe the dragon saved her life or something.
And another thing, Hiccup said killing a dragon was everything around Berk. Yeah, the Vikings were only defending themselves, but they also captured dragons and used them as training tools for the younger generation. I get that they needed to learn how to defend themselves against the dragons, but even then, they were still reduced to objects. Who knows how many were killed in the hands of the generations before Hiccup’s during dragon training.
Which leads me to another point. Stoick the Vast didn’t seem to hate dragons as much as people perceived him to. As the chief of the village, it was his duty to protect his people. He said that if he and his fleet were to find the dragon’s nest and destroy it, he assumed that the dragons would find another home. He didn’t seem to want to kill the dragons out of cold blood. However, who knows about what the chiefs before him have done. Maybe the chiefs before him did hate dragons. Enough that maybe they captured dragons, tortured them and left to rot in their cells. (Speaking hypothetically, of course) Maybe Valka saw them being horribly treated and just thought it was wrong.
Maybe I’m just making assumptions here, but with the way Valka addressed things and Hiccup saying that dragon killing was everything, it just sounded like Valka had come from worse times for dragons.