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Hiccup: "Dad? Are you going to get us a new mom?"
Stoick: "I don't want another. Your mom was the only woman for me. She was the love of my life."[src]
   

Valka is a strong, uncompromising and feral vigilante who turns out to be Hiccup's long-lost mother and the wife of Stoick the Vast. After being taken by a dragon shortly after Hiccup was born, the whole village of Berk assumed she was dead. Valka, however, chose to stay away out of her own accord, believing her family would be better off without her. About two decades later, she accidentally crosses paths with her son Hiccup during his journey to stop Drago Bludvist and finally reunites with her husband Stoick.

Valka's main dragon is a Stormcutter named Cloudjumper, the same dragon that 'abducted' her when she was twenty.

Official Description

Valka is Hiccup's long-lost mother and Stoick's wife who was abducted in a dragon attack twenty years ago. Always an advocate of peace between dragons and Vikings, Valka has since lived among dragons, learned their ways, discovered their secrets and become their fierce protector. She is strong and uncompromising, but at her core still possesses the overwhelming love of a wife and mother.
  Viking Guide  


Biography

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Physical Appearance

Valka is a tall woman - shorter than her husband but two inches taller than her fully grown son - with auburn hair kept in three separate braids behind her back and has pale skin. Unlike most Viking women, she has a slim figure, yet her skills as a warrior are truly amazing. She wears a yellow long sleeve tunic, an orange belt, and brown leggings that appear layered. She has armbands and boots with spikes on the sides. She also has a few layers of cloth wrapped around her waist, with her left leg exposed.

Valka's "dragon" outfit has a chest armor with an attached fur shawl, round shoulder guards, and large armbands with faux talons above her hands. She also wears a red, torn cape and strips of fabric around her waist. She occasionally wears a masking helmet with horns that represent a Bewilderbeast to hide her identity. This disguise is covered in blue and red paint.

In the flashback of her past, Valka was seen wearing a sleeveless green shirt over her tunic, and a fur wrap over that as well. Her belt was also different with a large buckle in the front and brown armbands that covered her forearms.

In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Valka's features have softened slightly after living with humans again over the past year. Her Bewilderbeast-like suit is still used in battle scenarios and she wears more comfortable clothing with basic brown and green tones when in the village. The only difference that is readily visible is the streak of greying hair on the top of her head where it's only just starting to come through, but still this clearly shows she's aged from her debut in How to Train Your Dragon 2 in accordance with the approximate one year time skip into The Hidden World's main story line. She still carries the distinct, rattling staff and still uses it as a tool and communicating device for dragons.

Personality

After years of isolation from other people, Valka may come off as a little awkward, but once you get to know her, she is strong and uncompromising, and is always willing to stand up for those who are helpless.
  School of Dragons website[1]  

Valka initially comes across as more feral than human, given how she has spent half of her life with dragons and distanced from humans. Her years of isolation and dealing with nothing but dragons has made her very distrusting of humans in general. Because of this, she has an absolute and black-and-white, perhaps even fatalistic view about people, believing them incapable of change and that some people are "born different".

Valka is strong and uncompromising in the belief that she can make the world a better place for dragons, treating talk of the Dragon Trappers and their abusive treatment of the creatures with scorn. Despite her bitterness over her fellow man, Valka's past as a wife and mother allows her to possess an overwhelming love for those in her care, succeeding in building good relationships with the dragons she rescues.

When flying with Hiccup, Valka reveals a more liberated side of her personality. Without the fear of hurting others, Valka is strong and unafraid, yet with a sense of feeling free. She shows confidence in herself and proves herself be an incredibly daring woman during her feats of agility on the backs of dragons. Valka can be quite sensitive and is very careful not to upset people, as shown when she is afraid that Stoick and Hiccup are angry with her because she chose not to come home. She also acts as a strong pillar of support for those that need it, always the first, besides Astrid Hofferson, to provide her son with the confidence he needs to achieve his goals.

Abilities, Skills, and Talents

After twenty years living with thousands of wild dragons, she has learned some potentially useful secrets and new bonding skills for almost every dragon.

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Dragon Training and Riding: Valka's most notable trait is her skill to connect with dragons after living among them for twenty years. She does not need words to command them and even moves like one at times. She also makes most dragons calm down through simple gestures and most feel comfortable in her presence. She is a true dragon expert, knowing more about dragon behaviors and abilities than even Hiccup.

Valka beating Spitlout in an arm-werstle

Strength and Fighting Skills: Valka is able to take on and defeat several trappers and has been shown to trying to face Drago Bludvist, although the warlord easily defeated her. She is also seen effortlessly winning an arm wrestle against Spitelout, who is a very strong Viking himself.

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Agility: Valka is shown to be very athletic, able to easily ride dragons while standing on their wings in a display of great balance. She is also able to use her hooks on her staff to swing from one location to another.

Crafting and Inventing: Valka's other notable trait is her skill of crafting. Like her son, she is capable of building various items for herself like her armor, her home in the sanctuary and Hiccup's stuffed dragon toy. She also invented her own staff that she uses for creating vibrating noise for the dragons.

Survival Skills: After being taken by Cloudjumper, Valka has learned to take care of herself outside of Berk by making a home within the caves in the Dragon Sanctuary.

Healing: Valka has been shown to be a good healer as she tended to the wounds of many dragons in her Sanctuary. She was also able to heal Lumie after he was clubbed by the Warlords.

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Relationships

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

Valka hugging Hiccup

Every dragon has its secrets. And I'll show them all to you. We'll unlock every mystery, find every last species, together, as mother and son. This gift we share, Hiccup... it bonds us. This is who you are, son. Who we are. We will change the world for all dragons! We will make it a better, safer place! [src]
  — Valka to Hiccup  

Valka is Hiccup's mother.

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Main article: Hiccup and Valka’s Relationship


Stoick the Vast

Stoick and Valka kissing

You're as beautiful as the day I lost you. [src]
  — Stoick after finding Valka  
I know what it's like to miss someone you love this time of year. But what do we do, when they can't be here for the holiday? We celebrate them! [src]
  — Stoick  

Stoick and Valka were husband and wife. They are Hiccup's parents.

Hiccup-toothless-how-to-train-your-dragon-1.png Main article: Stoick and Valka's Relationship


Gobber the Belch

Her meatballs could kill more beasts than a battle axe. [src]
  — Gobber on Valka's cooking skills  

Not much is explained about Gobber's relationship with Valka, but it can be assumed that they are good friends. Gobber comments that Valka was a bad cook, claiming that her meatballs can kill more beasts than a battle axe.

When Berk is eventually freed from Drago Bludvist's assault, Valka and Gobber work together in removing the armor worn by the dragons that have been freed from the Northern Alliance.

According to Stoick, he met Gobber when he saw him talking to Valka during their younger days.

When Gobber saw that they brought back a Hobgobbler and said that they were bad luck Valka laughed off his comment, dismissing it as nonsense.

Cloudjumper

Cloudjumper never meant to harm me. He must've thought I belonged here. [src]
  — Valka  

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As Valka's dragon companion for the last twenty years since he abducted her from Berk, Cloudjumper shares a very strong connection with Valka to the point she doesn't even need to talk to command him in flight. She explains to Hiccup that when he took her, he never meant to harm her, he just thought she belonged with him. Together, they began rescuing dragons from Dragon Trappers and Drago Bludvist before settling on Berk together.

After two decades together, Valka and Cloudjumper share a relationship unrivaled by other Academy Dragons and their Trainers. Their bond runs so deep that the two can communicate without words - with an unspoken understanding that goes far beyond Dragon and Trainer, Cloudjumper and Valka are family.
  Dragons: Titan Uprising  

A year after Drago’s defeat, Valka and Cloudjumper continued to work together. Following the death of Grimmel the Grisly, Valka decides to send Cloudjumper to the Hidden World, knowing that he will be safer there than with her. The two share a warm embrace and Valka watches sadly as Cloudjumper and all the other dragons fly off to the Hidden World.

Toothless

Oh, he's beautiful! Incredible. He might very well be the last of his kind. And look, he's your age! No wonder you get along so well! [src]
  — Valka takes a liking to Toothless  

Toothless and Valka

Though cautious about her at first due to how they meet, and thanks to Valka's years with the dragons, Toothless quickly accepts and enjoys Valka's company. She helps Toothless unlock his hidden spines, much to his enjoyment. In return, Toothless helps Valka reconnect with Stoick and Hiccup and encourages them all to become a family once again. Even after Toothless fired a fatal blast at Stoick, Valka shows no anger towards him, knowing he was completely under the influence of Drago's Bewilderbeast.

Valka is equally amazed and proud of Toothless' connection with Hiccup and finds him to be a perfect new Alpha.

Valka's Bewilderbeast

He protects us. We all live under his care. And his command. [src]
  — Valka about the Bewilderbeast  

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Valka's long years of saving dragons led her to construct a positive relationship with this king of dragons. She deeply respects the magnificent being since the two of them work together to protect the other dragons from harm, and she was devastated when he was killed by Drago's Bewilderbeast.

Astrid Hofferson

I can see why Hiccup is so fond of Berk and its dragons... and you, Astrid!
  — Valka  

Astrid is Hiccup's girlfriend. When they marry, she becomes Valka's daughter in law.

Hiccup-toothless-how-to-train-your-dragon-1.png Main article: Astrid and Valka's Relationship


Drago Bludvist

You cannot take our dragons! They are controlled by the Alpha! [src]
  — Valka to Drago  

Valka fighting Drago Bludvist

Valka and Drago's relationship is very hostile since she despises him for all the horrible things he had done to dragon kind, to the point she reacts with noticeable alarm when she hears his name. Like Stoick, she believes Drago is incapable of change and is more of a madman than someone who can be reasoned with. It is unknown how many times the pair crossed each other's paths over the years, but it seems they have quite a bit of history in intervening in each other's affairs.

Snotlout Jorgenson

Snotlout: "So, uh, Hiccup's mom, any notes on my bone-crushing assault, or was it pretty much perfect?"
Valka: "Oh, it was... indescribable. And please, call me Valka. It has been a year."[src]
  — Snotlout flirting with Valka  

Snotlout trying to impress Valka

By the time of the third film, Snotlout starts to admire Valka, much to Hiccup's annoyance. He often tries to prove himself to her a few times, and after Grimmel's defeat, she tells Snotlout that Eret may have the muscle, but he's the brains of the group.

Eret, Son of Eret

I'm with Eret. We have to take this threat seriously. [src]
  — Valka agrees with Eret  

When Eret was still a trapper working for Drago Bludvist, he was annoyed by Valka's vigilantism and her constant interferences by freeing all of his trapped dragons. When Eret switched side and joined the Dragon Riders, they became friends and allies who have put aside their past differences.

Similarities to Valhallarama

Valka acts as a replacement to Valhallarama in the films, who is Hiccup's mother in the book series. Both women have a strong love for dragons and have stayed away from their families for long periods of time (though while Valka was abducted, Valhallarama was off questing for years at a time).

They also have a powerful bond with their dragons. Valka is able to ride on Cloudjumper while standing and Valhallarama is able to steer her dragon, a Silver Phantom, with just using her legs. Even while the Dragon Rebellion is going on in the books, the Silver Phantom still stays by his Rider's side. Another thing they have in common is that Hiccup seems to take more after his mother than his father Stoick.

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Trivia

  • The "breastplate helmet" Stoick and Hiccup share are clearly far too large to fit Valka, and even different sizes, though the incongruity may have been played for comedy.
    • It is also possible the armor was softened and altered by a blacksmith (Gobber) when made into the helmets.
  • Valka's mask resembles the helmet worn by the Witch-king of Angmar from The Lord of the Rings franchise.
    • Her mask and disguise are also similar to those worn by the dragon priests, undead, servants of dragons who are enemies in the video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
    • The blue-green paint, crown-like spikes, and Valka's Staff also bear much resemblance to the Statue of Liberty: a fitting analogy, given that Valka seeks the freedom of all oppressed and enslaved dragons.
  • While Valka has blue eyes, they appear to be light-green in some scenes. But when next to Stoick or Hiccup, they are clearly blue.
  • In 2014, Dean DeBlois revealed that Valka was originally going to be the main antagonist of How to Train Your Dragon 2. This role was later changed to be Drago as DeBlois wanted to make her more redeemable and kind. The initial capture of Hiccup is the last remaining scene from this version of her character.
  • Valka is one of the few characters, alongside Eret who doesn't appear in How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming.

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