Mmm yeah, for the third act of the movie most of the characters got shafted in favor of Hiccup and Toothless, but they’re the main characters and there isn’t as much time to develop the others in a film so it doesn’t really bother me. Still, I love her so and there definitely could’ve been more Valka presence in the later battle scenes, or at least I wish they didn’t cut the original intro where you actually got to see her be the awesome vigilante dragon warrior that she is :c I wouldn’t say she had almost nothing even though she didn’t have a lot of action scenes; a huge chunk of the middle part of the movie was devoted to her and her relationships with Hiccup and Stoick. She was the emotional center of the movie, which I thought was great.
Valhallarama…hoooo boy. Again, she has the benefit of getting developed over several books so there are a lot more layers to her. Hiccup in the books has got some serious mommy issues over her absenteeism that wasn’t explored in the movies, and so she’s portrayed a little less kindly at first but it does allow her to go through a character arc. Interesting how in the movies Valka recognized Hiccup while he didn’t recognize her, while in the books it was the other way around where Valhallarama didn’t recognize Hiccup but he recognized her. But then in book 11 it was Hiccup who doesn’t recognize her! (though tbf, she was in disguise) Oh these two. They do love each other, but the fact that they still don’t quite get one another makes my heart ache. Valka’s and movie!Hiccup’s shared passion allow them to bond quickly, whereas Valhallarama’s and book!Hiccup’s identical goals keeps them apart or gets in the way.
Not to mention that they have different approaches to reaching the same goal, and Valhallarama often relies too much on herself to get things done, rather than trusting others.
I’m as frustrated with Valhallarama as Hiccup is in Book Ten, because a lot could have been avoided if they had been able to communicate better and if she had actually trusted her son the second time they encounter each other in Book Ten. There’s a lot she doesn’t say, and she regrets later not taking the opportunity to mend their ties. Though we do know that they reconcile at some point, so something good happened.
Oh yes, good pointing out that she’s too reliant on herself! Even though she declares her son the true King, marks herself with the Slavemark, and effectively kicks off the resistance for his cause, the next book she’s like “ok my son the one true heir to the throne and finder of items of priceless value that I couldn’t obtain in years of questing, hide in this tree for a month while I go get the Things from Alvin myself” lol.
I think while their relationship is mended, Valhallarama isn’t going to the be solid anchor in Hiccup’s life that Valka will seem to be. Valhallarama’s very independent, which can be a hard habit to break, and we know she eventually dies in battle at an old age when questing. Older Hiccup speaks of her admiringly though, so while he’s not as close to his mother in the movie version, I like that he still has a lot of love and respect for her.
I know, lol and not so lol. There was no method of communication in war, so he had been hiding out for a month while he was to wait for the Doomsday of the Yule. Her plan would have worked if Hiccup hadn’t trusted Snotlout, which makes me suspect of the whole book’s argument that allowing Snotlout to redeem himself was for the best in the end, since he could die a hero.
Oh no, she won’t be an anchor. Too much of a questing hero by nature. But perhaps she and Hiccup have found time together, to make up for the time they lost in his early years.