A Viking Funeral is a tradition for the various tribes of the Barbaric Archipelago to honor their dead.
|“||May the Valkyries welcome you and lead you through Odin's great battlefield. May they sing your name with love and fury, so that we might hear it rise from the depths of Valhalla and know that you've taken your rightful place at the table of kings. For a great man has fallen: A warrior. A chieftain. A father. A friend. [src]||”|
|— Gobber's funeral speech in How to Train Your Dragon 2|
|“||There do I see my father, my mother, and my brothers and my sisters. They bid me take my place among them in the halls of Valhalla... where the brave shall live forever. [src]||”|
|— Astrid's burial words at the end of Buffalord Soldier|
Race to the Edge
In "Buffalord Soldier", Astrid was infected with the Scourge of Odin after discovering the crew of a fishing boat belonging to Dragon Hunter Chief Viggo Grimborn, all of whom had died except for one, who grabbed at Astrid before dying. After curing Astrid with the saliva of a Buffalord, Hiccup and the other Riders gave the boat's crew a Viking funeral, to honor the fallen crew, but also to incinerate their bodies and prevent the plague from spreading any further.
In "Twintuition", following a disastrous trip to the Northern Markets and the Dragon Hunters' secret base, Tuffnut Thorston gave the handle of his beloved mace, Macey, a Viking funeral at Dragon's Edge.
Following the death of the Hooligan Tribe's chief, Stoick the Vast, at the Battle of Valka's Mountain, Gobber, Hiccup, Valka, and the other riders then gave Stoick a Viking funeral. Using one of Drago's damaged ships and several bows and arrows left behind by his army, Hiccup and the Riders then shot flaming arrows at Stoick's burial ship after Gobber delivered his eulogy.
- A Viking Funeral in miniature is shown in How to Train Your Dragon of the How to Train Your Dragon Book series. When Toothless appears to be dead, the Hooligan Tribe throw him a Viking funeral complete with a small Viking ship, due to his bravery against the Green Death.
- The prayer recited by Astrid in "Buffalord Soldier" and by Tuffnut in "Twintuition", is loosely based on the prayer recited in the film The 13th Warrior:
|“||Lo, there do I see my father. Lo, there do I see my mother and my sisters and my brothers. Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning. Lo, they do call to me. They bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever.||”|
- The film is based on the novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton, in which the prayer is:
|“||Lo I see here my father and mother. Lo, now I see all my deceased relatives sitting. Lo, there is my master, who is sitting in Paradise. Paradise is so beautiful, so green. With him are his men and boys. He calls to me, so bring me to him.||”|
- Eaters of the Dead is a heavily fictionalized version of the Risala, an account by the 10th Century Arab traveler Ibn Fadlan who met a group of "Rus" (widely accepted to be Vikings) traders visiting the court of the King of the Bulgars. Among the customs described to him was the funeral of a great lord, in which a slave girl is sacrificed at the same time, and recites the prayer:
|“||Behold I see my father and mother. I see all my dead relatives seated. I see my master seated in Paradise and Paradise is beautiful and green. With him are his men and boy servants. He calls me. Take me to him.||”|
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