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Vital Statistics
Name Gothi
Race Human
Gender Female
Height 4'2"[1]
Hair color Gray[1] (Black formerly)[2]
Eye Color Blue[1]
Dragon(s) Terrible Terrors
Occupation Village Elder/Healer
Friends/Allies Stoick the Vast, Gobber, Hiccup, Astrid
Faction Hairy Hooligans
Status Alive
Out-of-Universe Information
Voiced by Unknown
First Appearence How to Train Your Dragon

Gothi is a character seen in the first movie of How To Train Your Dragon. She's the Village Elder. Her roles include appointing Vikings for important events and roles, such as being the chief and slaying a Monstrous Nightmare, healing the Village of deadly diseases and marking a chief with a crest. She is very small and does not speak in the final, on-screen product, although she had a much larger part in the earliest film concepts, when there was a lot of magic and things of that nature. Gothi 'speaks' by writing in the ground with her staff, in perhaps an old writing that few Vikings can read.


Gothi is an elderly lady possibly in the eighties. She has a short and scrawny figure and an obvious hunch. She has thick wavy gray hair. She wears a leather vest with an old belt strapped around it and she also has paddings over the wrist. Most of the time, she is seen with a small, rather flat helmet and an old staff made of bones. She uses her staff mainly to execute healing practices such as hypnosis and defending herself. She has a scar from a Snow Wraith's bite on her left arm too and a few faint, blue tattoos of dragons on her shoulders.

Behaviour and personality

Gothi is a woman of little words but is wise and highly respected. Most Vikings approach her for help when in urgent need. Gothi is very fond of Terrible Terrors and she has plenty in her hut. This is familiar to a 'Cat Widow" stereotype in which old women or widows own numerous cats to keep them company. Gothi enjoys eating Gobber's home-made Yak Noodle Soup.

Gothi also has a mischievous side, such as whacking people with her staff. She also uses quite a big of language in her writing when mad and even made Fishlegs, as Thor Bonecrusher, drink spiced yak bladder as payback for breaking her staff. In her youth, Gothi was quite adventurous and always looking for something new, a quality not unlike Hiccup's.

Despite her size and age, Gothi is surprisingly strong and athletic. She is able to hit others hard with her staff as a form of defense and hike up the mountains of Glacier Island.

In Film Franchise


When Gothi was a teenager, She and two other vikings went to Glacier Island to look for it's healing water. However, Gothi and her party then came under attack by the Snow Wraith. Gothi survived its attack by hiding in a snow drift.[2]

In How to Train Your Dragon

It is her job to choose the most promising young Viking to fight the Monstrous Nightmare in the arena for the Final Exam, and if the child wins, he/she becomes a full Viking in the society. She's the one who chooses Hiccup for the graduation ceremony in the movie over Astrid. She is also seen comforting two children when the whole tribe is preparing for the battle at the Dragon's Nest.

In Riders/Defenders of Berk and Race to the Edge

In the Riders of Berk TV series, she appeared in two episodes. The first time was when Stoick and Gobber go to her for her expertise to predict a major storm. She says that there will be a storm, referencing to Bucket's bucket, which is said to predict bad weather.[3]

She made a brief appearance in In Dragons We Trust when Stoick announced there would be no more dragons on Berk.

When the dragons are falling mysteriously ill, Gobber suggests to go to Gothi. She says (by writing with her staff) that the dragons are allergic to something new that has just come to the island, and tells them to get rid of everything that was new.[4]

Gothi then went with Hiccup and the others to Healer's Island to collect ingredients and make the right medicine against the eel pox.[5]

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Gothi's scar from the Snow Wraith attack

Three years after the end of the war with the Berserkers, Gothi, despite her fear, went with Hiccup and the other riders to Glacier Island to get a Snow Wraith's tooth. Despite it's ferocious attacks, Gothi was able to use her staff to get a tooth from the Snow Wraith.[2] Gothi then tried to hypnotize Fishlegs into believing that he was not allergic to Meatlug. Unfortunately, Fishlegs became Thor Bonecrusher and broke Gothi's staff in half and tossed it into the ocean.[6]

In Dawn of the Dragon Racers

Gothi particpated in the first Dragon Race, signaling the start of race.

In How to Train Your Dragon 2

Gothi watched the dragon races next to Stoick, Spitelout, and Gobber at the beginning.

When sleeping with a flock of Terrible Terrors, they fly away when the Alpha arrives at Berk, waking her. Later, when the Alpha loses Toothless's challenge and leaves, she welcomes the return of her flock of Terrible Terrors, who quickly smother her. Finally, when Hiccup accepts taking over the role of Chief from his father, Gothi uses soot to draw the crest on Hiccup's forehead to officially name him so.


  • Gobber is able to read Gothi's writing, as he was the only person who could translate Gothi's scribbles in her two Riders of Berk appearances. Fishlegs is another Viking who can read Gothi's writing. In Eel Effect (Se, E16), Fishlegs translates Gothi's writing to English when they are on Healer's Island.
    • As revealed in the Race to the Edge episode, "Crushing It," it is possible that Hiccup is able to read Gothi's writing as well. However, when speaking, Hiccup does not pay attention to her writings, so it is possible that Hiccup was guessing what she was saying, however, Hiccup did remark about an obscenity that Gothi had written.
  • Gothi has two tattoos, one on her right arm and on on her right hand. The one on her appears to be a Whispering Death.
  • Gothi says absolutely nothing, she just gestures and writes in the dirt.
  • It is said that Gothi can tell when you will die by looking at your tongue.
  • Gothi was the Viking who discovered the Snow Wraith.
  • It can be questioned if Gothi is mute or not, because, In HTTYD 2, She still makes sounds, such as frustrated growls, gasps and screams, all with an elderly woman's voice. While she doesn't speak in the movie, one can't make any noise at all if they're mute. Therefore, she may have forgotten how to talk or she can't talk the language.
  • With the release of her Terrible Terrors, it is revealed in Dragons: Rise of Berk, that Gothi can in fact speak. However, she chooses to speak Dragonese and not Norse.
  • She loves Gobber's Yak Noodle Stew.


External Link

Dradon site logo Gothi in the Viking Guide.


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