Guys, I figured it out.
So One thing that always bugged me about How to Train your Dragon is that the Vikings are inexplicably Scottish. Of course, this could just be that Dreamworks felt that the audiences would automatically equate a scottish accent (albeit a drastically displaced one) with a rough-and-tumble culture. But of course that can’t be the case, since that would be “Yellow peril”-level cultural insensitivity.
So, how would you end up with fantasy vikings with scottish accents? The answer comes from a somewhat unexpected source.
Think about it. Why would a people constantly beset by dragons stay in such a place? No matter how tough they were they wouldn’t do it. So they sailed the seas to Scotland. and for a time got a foothold there. But…
They were repelled.
In Brave we learn that the clans united to repel a viking invasion. Clearly the vikings regarded themselves as great warriors, therefore any force that could repel them must have made a huge impression on them. The way that cultures in ages past continually tried to mimic Roman iconography, these vikings took on the trappings of the mighty warriors who defeated them.
And so they became Scottish Vikings.
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