The Traditional Elder Huddle is mentioned in How to Train Your Dragon of the Book series.


An Elder Huddle is a decision-making meeting of high-ranking individuals from one or more tribes. The members consist of the tribe's chief as well as senior or high-ranking warriors, or those that hold a high position in the Tribe. Due to its informal nature, an Elder Huddle can be convened anywhere to pass judgment or make a decision that effects the Tribe or Tribes involved.

How to Train Your Dragon describes an Elder Huddle as looking like a "rugby scrum".


How to Train Your Dragon

The hunting dragons of the Viking Initiates create a huge fight amongst themselves during the Final Initiation Test on Thor'sday Thursday, when they were supposed to be demonstrating their obedience. None of the boys of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe or the Meathead Tribe are able to gain control of their dragons. This fiasco leads to an Elder Huddle comprising of Stoick the Vast, Mogadon the Meathead, Terrible Tuffnut, the Vicious Twins, Gobber the Belch, the Hairy Scary Librarian, and possibly a few other unnamed individuals.

The Elders consulted for a long time. Mogadon got angry at one point and swung a fist a Tuffnut. A twin held on to each of his arms until he calmed down again.
  — Book 1  

Ultimately, the Elder Huddle decided that all the boys failed the Initiation Test, and were to be banished.

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