The Domestic Pig is a livestock animal mentioned in the How to train Your Dragon Book series.
Domestic pigs are heavy four-footed animals with four hooved toes on each foot, two larger ones and two smaller ones on either side of the foot above the larger toes. There is some contention whether the domestic pig is its own species (designated Sus domesticus) or considered a sub-species of the Wild Boar (designated Sus scrofa domesticus). Archaeological evidence indicates that pigs were domesticated from Wild Boar in at least three separate events, the earliest over 10,000 years ago in the Near East.
Interestingly, when allowed to do so, pregnant pigs will create a nest into which to birth the piglets. This behavior is similar to many carnivores, but not other hooved animals. They are also omnivorous as opposed to completely herbivorous like other hooved animals. Pigs are foragers and scavengers, eating leaves, flowers and other plants and plant parts, but also carcasses and even refuse.
In both the Book series and in real life, a pig's primary function is as a food source. Pigs are also used as a descriptor in the Books.
Pig skin can be eaten as well, but also used with various items such as clothing. Some pig breeds are kept as pets, and pigs have been used in scientific research.
When Stoick the Vast is introduced in the first book of the series, he is seen eating a piglet as well as a variety of other items.
Hogs - another word for pigs - are also mentioned in a passage about cowardice.
|“||Your might as well go the whole hog and wear a pale pink jerkin, take up playing the harp, and change your name to Ermintrude.||”|
|— How to Train Your Dragon|
|“||YOU shut up or I will tear you limb from limb and feed you to the gulls, you winkle-hearted, seaweed-brained, limpet-eating PIG.||”|
|— Thuggory to Snotlout|
And again as a derogatory meaning about Snotlout.
|“||That Fireworm dragon and her master who looks like a pig think that Fireworm is going to catch more fish than anybody else at the Thor'sday Thursday celebrations.||”|
|— Hiccup to Toothless|
|“||That's Stoick's son over there - no, not the tall one with the skeleton tattoos who looks like a pig, the small skinny one who can't even control his miniscule dragon.||”|
|— Crowd's thoughts at the Initiation Test|
|“||No pig is ever going to VOLUNTEER to be supper ...||”|
|— Alvin in Book 2|
|“||The centurion hopped from foot to foot, clutching his bottom and squealing like a pig as he tried to catch hold of the nibbling, wriggling, scratching Slitherfang in his underwear.||”|
|— Book 3|
|“||But these were clearly big hairy muscly men in dresses with pigs' bladders stuffed down their blouses instead of bosoms.||”|
|— Book 3|
An image of the First Kidnapper disguised as Bog-Burglars sports a - presumably fake - tattoo saying "The Centurion is a Pig".
Snotlout is once again compared to a pig, this time by One Eye the dragon.
|“||What does Snotlout know about TRUE Leadership? He's just a pig with a whip in his hand.||”|
|— One Eye in Dragonese|
|“||Snotface Snotlout, Is he the tall red-headed boy with a face like a pig?||”|
|— One Eye|
Pigs are also mentioned as food during a big feast at the Hysterics' Great Hall.
|“||The long central table was loaded high with fish, flesh, and fowl cooked in every possible manner, whole stags, entire pigs, and brimming cups of beer and wine.||”|
|— Book 4|
In Book 5, Dogsbreath the Duhbrain is referred to as having "all the grace and charm of a pig in a helmet."