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Hello! If you are here I presume it is because you have read or are reading my How to Train Your Dragon fanfiction Nightfall on or Archive of Our Own.

If not, and you have stumbled across this journal by chance, and would like to read some How to Train Your Dragon fanfiction, here is the summary and two hyperlinks to the same story.

Canon-divergent: 20 years after Chief Stoick’s wife and son were lost in a dragon raid, the Vikings of Berk shoot down a Night Fury…and its rider, a feral youth who believes he is a dragon.

On Archive of Our Own:…

Here is where you can find Nightfall-related media, namely the soundtrack, a fanart directory, and random trivia! I have posted this on deviantART for two main reasons: one, deviantART does not eat hyperlinks like some sites I could mention, and two, I can update it without having to reupload entire chapters.


This is the order I like them in, and the order I listen to them in while I'm writing, but it's not the order they were suggested in. If I have moved your song of choice away from where you believe it belongs, I don't mind what order you put them in. All links are to YouTube and I have tried to connect you to videos with the lyrics included, in case you are like me and absolutely have to know the lyrics to any song you listen to.

1. Chapter One: Theme for 'Nightfall': "Skyfall" - Adele

2. Chapter Two: Castaways: "Long, Long Way from Home" - Foreigner

3. Chapter Four: Hiccup and Toothless: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" - The Hollies

4. Chapter Five: Hiccup and Astrid: "Myth" - Beach House

5. Chapter Seven: How To Train Your Dragon Boy: "Forbidden Friendship" - John Powell

6. Chapter Eight: Something Wrong Here: "The Battle of Endor, Part One" - John Williams

7. Chapter Nine: Valka: "Memories" - Within Temptation

8. Chapter Nine: Valka's Sons: "You'll Be in My Heart" - Phil Collins

9. Chapter Ten: Stoick Grieves: "End of All Hope" - Nightwish

10. Chapter Eleven: Flight in the Storm: "SkyWorld" - Two Steps from Hell

11. Chapter Eleven: Nightmare Summons: "Enter Sandman" - Metallica

12. Chapter Twelve: Astrid in Battle: "Vox Populi" - Thirty Seconds to Mars

13. Chapter Thirteen: This is Who We Are: "I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme)" - John Rzeznik

14. Chapter Thirteen: Leaving Tonight: "Bernini's Angels" - Kerry Muzzey

15. Chapter Fourteen: Up to the Dragons' Den: "Heart of Courage" - Two Steps from Hell

16. Chapter Fifteen: Death of Dragons: "I See Fire" - Ed Sheeran (Peter Hollen's cover version is also excellent)

17. Chapter Fifteen: Escape from the Lair: "Juggernaut" - Two Steps from Hell

18. Chapter Sixteen: The Edge of a Knife: "Run Boy Run" - Woodkid

19. Chapter Seventeen: To the Sanctuary: "Reignite" - Malukah

20. Chapter Seventeen: Coming Home: "After the Storm" - Mumford and Sons

21. Chapter Seventeen: One of the Flock/The Storytellers: "Qui de nous deux" - M/Mathieu Chedid

22. Chapter Seventeen: We Have to Go Back: "Bones" - MsMr

23. Chapter Seventeen: The Trap Breakers: "Dreams" - Van Halen

24. Chapter Seventeen: Against a Monster: "Hearts on Fire" - John Cafferty

25. Chapter Eighteen: Use What We Have: "Land of Confusion" - Genesis

26. Chapter Nineteen: Crusade: "Ride of the Valkyries" - Richard Wagner

27. Chapter Nineteen: Battle in the Volcano: "Through the Fire and Flames" - Dragonforce

28. Chapter Twenty: The Raid Goes Wrong: "We Want Glory Freedom" - Instrumental Core

29. Chapter Twenty: End of the War: "This is War" - Thirty Seconds to Mars

30. Chapter Twenty: Stoick and Cloudjumper: "Things We Lost in the Fire" - Bastille

31. Chapter Twenty: Dragonheart: "Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)" - King Kobra

32. Chapter Twenty: Victory: "Wanderlust" - Nightwish

33. Chapter Twenty-One: The Compromise: "Two Worlds" - Phil Collins

34. Chapter Twenty-One: Fly With Us: "Electric Daisy Violin" - Lindsey Stirling

35. Chapter Twenty-One: Freedom of the Skies: "Where No One Goes" - John Powell & Jonsi

Thank you to Pyrophoricity, Malik the Night Angel, Fireball the golden Night Fury, SkySorrow, Adm. J. Kirk McGill, Queen Jellybean, Storylover Vodhr- Dux Ducis, and my brother for recommending songs to me! I can always add more to this list if you tell me about a song and where it could go - and if I agree with it.


1. "
Dragon Boy" by SlateDragon at…

2. Feral child by Tithenannisss at…

3. Astrid covered in Terrible Terrors by drive-by anon at

4. Clever paws/human hands by Shrinking Riot/IOU_Superglue at turbulentwavesofasians.tumblr.…

5. "Nightfall" by Rchavakiah/australet789 at…

I've never had fanart for any of my stories before! I was so excited that I had to run and text my best friend about it. Thank you all very much indeed!

Things I Know About Nightfall that You Possibly Don't (but that Do Contain Spoilers):

1. Nightfall had two working titles for a couple of hours, "The Island Book" and "How to Train Your Dragon Boy", both obviously based on the main influences. Mercifully, I changed the title after a quick trawl through my screensaver file, where an image called "At Nightfall" caught my attention. I didn't even look at it too closely once I had registered the word, but now that I have looked at it again and tracked it down, it turns out that the original artist had just called it "Nightfall".

2. In my imagination the voice of the Bewilderbeast is played by the incomparable Sir Patrick Stewart. Because who's your voice of command?

3. In chapter 10, the twins 'sneak' around the village in a very conspicuous way. There was no possible way I could incorporate the infamous "Mission: Impossible" theme music, but that is what you should be hearing as they 'sneak'. As that's an inside joke, it didn't make it into the soundtrack.

4. The lead trapper in Valka's flashback chapter is indeed Eret-father-of-Eret.

5. The emphasis on the nest of the Red Death/Queen as an active volcano was inspired by one of my favorite quotes of all time: "She, they, all his allies were wiped out when the volcano exploded. The rebels won. It's a story with a clear moral: don't be such a psycho." ~ "Or if you are, then don't build your palace on an active volcano." ...It's from the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor novel Father Time, and a fantastic moral, too.

6. Everyone's favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe trickster-villain managed to sneak into the edges of the story several time under the excuse of legitimately being a Norse god, despite my repeated threats to sic the Avengers - or possibly the scary fangirls - on him if he didn't go play with someone else who has time for his games.

7. Hiccup's war paint in chapters 17, 19, and 20, at least when applied to him, is blatantly stolen from San's in Princess Mononoke/Mononoke-hime.

8. While I'm admitting to cribbed ideas, dragons bringing Valka a beehive - with bees still in it! - was inspired by a similar scene in C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew.

9. In case you were imagining soft white sand and palm trees, the shoreline/beach that Hiccup and Toothless camp out on closely resembles the shoreline of Newfoundland. Here are many pictures of that area that are not mine and were taken by someone whose blog I randomly found on the Internet.

10. Gobber's accent - at least the way I write it - does not actually belong to him. I'm a lifelong Star Trek fan. I'm writing Scotty, who Trek authors have been figuring out how to write for decades now.

11. The blue glass Astrid brings for Hiccup to play with in chapter seven is probably a larger version of my blue-crystal necklace that I've been wearing for years.

12. Hiccup's 'colors' are real existing varieties of iron ochre, which comes in red, purple, brown, and yellow; many European cave paintings are primarily iron ochre. His source of black is simply charcoal; of white, chalk.

13. Throwing the twins in the well is borrowed from Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series; plant mage Rosethorn is always threatening to hang her student Briar (and later his student Evvy) in the well if he doesn't behave, although I don't believe she ever actually gets to.

14. I slipped R.A. Heinlein's truism "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" (often rendered TANSTAAFL) into Chapter Ten.


Thanks, Raberba girl.

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JeskaGrace Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Just finished reading Nightfall, and it's easier to comment here than there.

Brilliant. I don't often go back to fics if they're incomplete when I first stumble across them, but I just had to read the rest.
I love how you write Toothless and Hiccup (tt-(click)-th-puh-sss, sorry). So often dragons and other not-quite-humans are either indistinguishable from humans, or basically just dogs or cats. But those two are both endlessly different from humans, while still being cunning and intelligent. Well done.
Astrid's efforts to communicate, and seeing that from both sides, was another favourite. It looks like one thing from Hiccup's view, and a completely different from Astrid's, while still being recognisable as the same events.
le-letha Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No problem, everyone has their favorite platform.

And thank you! I must admit, though, I did base much of their behavior towards Astrid on cats, specifically the feral ones that live around my apartment complex and give me wary looks that seem to mean "I know who you are, and you don't chase me, but...if you take one more step towards me I'm gone." And the fact that they can reason but they don't put sentences together. But I did try to interleave some other behavior patterns in there, and coming up with something intelligent but nonhuman was a lot of fun. I read a lot of sci-fi, and good sci-fi has been trying to come up with believeable alien intelligences for a very long time. (While I also watch a lot of sci-fi, TV and movie sci-fi are a few steps behind in that regard, usually for budget or viewer-attention-span reasons.) I just had a bit of a head start because the movies had done so much of it for me already! And yes, a lot of potential for misunderstanding and misinterpretation between human POVs and dragon POVs, which was one of the reasons I liked writing in both perspectives so much. While I was tempted to do the whole story in dragonish for a very brief time - and I think that was probably my cue to pack up and go to bed for the night - I knew it wouldn't work nearly as well that way.

Thanks very much for reading, and for letting me know that you liked it! I have put a lot of work into this story, so that really means a lot to me.

ShyForever Featured By Owner Edited Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really loved Nightfall, it was awesome.

I have yet to review the last chapter because is being a dough bag and says I already reviewed it; it just peeves me off. So I'll probably end up reading it with the music and reviewing the last chapter as a guest. ^^; 

Love all the fan-art, I'll probably end up submitting some later but as of now I'm still getting used to my tablet and stuff. So that may take awhile...probably two months, especially because of school coming into my life and me finding a part-time job to support these hospital bills my family has to pay. :| 

I loved the pictures you based Toothless' and Hiccup's camp off of. It's so beautiful and now I can just see them in that area. It's sweet! I wanna go to that location one day. :)

Also, beautiful music! You have no idea how happy I was when I saw 'Nightwish', 'Malukah' and 'Lindsey Stirling'! And not to mention John Powell [it's sad, I heard he's retiring!] and Jonsi.  

They're amazing music artists! I especially love Nightwish; the song piece that I love the most from Nightwish is called 'Taikatalvi' [The Magic of Winter] is amazing and so beautiful. I want to sing it as a lullaby so much, and I'm not that great at singing but I think the song is so calming. It's such a beautiful Finnish song. :heart: 

But, for a total rating of your fanfic I'm giving it a 10.5/10! I loved it so much! I love when people add soundtracks to their fics. (: Nightfall was beautiful! Fantastic job! :clap:     
le-letha Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very, very much! (bows gratefully) And don't worry about ff-dot-net, they have issues sometimes. Their latest trick is to stop sending me notifications after 9 PM my time, which is very annoying when I'm trying to carry on a conversation with someone.

Almost all the music in this soundtrack is new to me, actually - most of it was recommended to me. I put on a few songs, including the John Powell/Jonsi "Where No One Goes" but all the artists you mentioned are newcomers in my life and awareness. (Is he really retiring? Isn't he going to do the third movie too? How can he abandon us like this!?) Now that I've encountered them, though, I really do like them! Malukah has a gorgeous voice, and that Lindsey Stirling can not only play the violin but dance too...! I'm really pleased with all the free music on YouTube. I haven't heard that particular Nightwish song, but now I want to go look it up.

They are really beautiful landscapes, although probably colder than I'm comfortable with. I'm from that big ol' oven called Texas...anything that requires long sleeves is too cold for me, but I can walk across town in 100-degree F weather on a regular basis! Newfoundland has some very, very pretty shorelines though, that's for sure, and I kept those images around to fight the lazy part of my brain that went "picture postcard!"

Fanart would be simply lovely no matter when you get time to do it. I wish I could draw, I do. One day I hope to have time to learn.

Good luck with the upcoming semester, and with that job! And good for you for going out and getting it.

raberbagirl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really like that this post gathers all the Nightfall-related extras in one place, especially the fanart and trivia! : D

OH, wow, I find the tidbit about Eret I very interesting...! Is also a possible explanation for why Eret II is particularly interested in Night Furies, other than them just being so rare.

Haha...I'd actually like to see Marvel-Loki in a sort of crossover omake one-shot. :p

Oooh, ooh, I know which Narnia scene you're talking about! XD I love those books so much, they have a lot of influence on me, too. (Such as Bree's reaction to being ridden by a rider he can boss around making me annoyed with the cumbersome dragon saddles in HTTYD2. X'D)

Ah - I'd been imagining the beach as one of those that have a gravelly shoreline close to the water, rough sand farther away, and cliffs on the sides, but it was good to see those pictures (it was way rockier than I'd been imagining!).

Ah, I'd been really curious about why you wrote Gobber's accent the way you did!!! It makes sense now. ^^

Awww, that was such a pleasant shock to see my name at the end. :3 Again, such an amazing story, I'm so glad that we happened to have that particular conversation that gave you the idea! :hug:
le-letha Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Figured it might be easier this way - fanfic dot net is hard on links, and look at all these links! Anyway, sites tend to mess up my formatting if I reupload things too many times. And while I like behind-the-scenes stuff I know not everyone does or cares. This way it's optional, and I'll update it if more fanart happens, or if I hear a song that just has to go on the list.

There are actually a number of Star Trek references scattered throughout "Nightfall", some on purpose, some not. At least one I only spotted on a reread. Subbing Scotty's accent in for Gobber's, because I have no idea how the fandom writes him, is the most obvious. Trek novels have been writing 'craftsman's thick Scottish accent' for ages, some of them better than others, and I have...well, more Star Trek novels than I probably want to admit to.

Narnia is another series that tends to creep into my writing without asking. They're just such pretty fables, and I read them as fantasy novels long before I knew there were religious analogies in there. I still tend to read them primarily as fantasies, but there's so much good stuff in there! (Last year I realized far too late that I'd borrowed the environment for more than half the story out of an episode in "Dawn Treader", which is my favorite of the was the dark island adventure, when they're lost in the cloud and they encounter the island where dreams "not daydreams - dreams!" come true. Whoops...) And yes, some of the dragons could take a few lessons from Bree's 'you are not the driver, stay out of my way' attitude about riders.

Speaking of environments, the beach/shoreline in "Nightfall" isn't an exact match for Newfoundland, but those were the pictures I was keeping on hand to combat the picture-postcard-Tahiti lazy mental image. I'm sure if I spent enough time on the Internet I could find somewhere on this planet that matched up exactly with what I have in my head, but the Internet being what it is, I might break something in my brain first. There was a picture on that blog that was really close, but I forget which one it was exactly.

And if Loki tries to show up in my stories one more time...well, I don't know what I can do about him. I do like him, mostly - he's very funny when he's not in a bad mood, and even often when he is, and his potential to complicate a plot is probably a real gift to writers - but I'm glad he's not my problem! He's one of those characters who are more fun at a distance, and I suspect that if I tried to write him he would end up doing all sorts of things I didn't expect him to and that weren't remotely helpful...tempting to try sometimes, though.

Credit where it's due - a million times thank you for everything! (hugs you too)
mustangboss13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
This is Malik The Night Angel. WHOOOOOOO I never thought I'd see my name in a credits list, makes me feel all special inside xD. Feels great to see this all come to fruition, I just put all this on a playlist for my Ipod that I shall be playing for....oh say the next SEVERAL weeks at least. Glad to see some of my suggestions appear on it! Loved reading this and I plan to read it again while listening to each song for each scene to get the full feel that each scene really has. Keep on writing!
le-letha Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi Malik! Good to see you over here too!
It really is an all-over-the-map playlist, although I warn you that some of it may cause extravagant and ridiculous dancing the same way just about everyone starts dancing when 'Eye of the Tiger' plays for any reason whatsoever...
Of course, the songs do not have the same run times as the scenes, because everyone reads at different speeds, but you can definitely run them in parallel! I spent some time on the internet converting them from YouTube because I am way too cheap to pay for music if I don't have to...and especially if it's by people who are already gajillionaires and household names. On the other hand, the lady who does the piece "Electric Daisy Violin"? Watch that video - she can not only play the violin, she can dance while doing it! Lady has skills. And how could I not like someone who names a piece of music "Electric Daisy Violin"?
And thank you as mentioned for recommending songs.
mustangboss13 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Lindsey Stirling? Already have some of her work on my Ipod as well. Woman is fantastic at that stuff! My favorite is the cover of Imagine Dragon's (Heh, dragons, get it?) Radioactive that she did with Pentatonix. I even prefer that version to the original. But no that woman is phenomenally talented and it was an unexpected (all the same WELCOME) surprise to see her on this list! 
bioazard Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2014
A hell of a show ;)
Thanks again for it, and for the dedicace ! (pyrophoricity here)
Well done for the music's organisation. And bravo for all the artists that made the artwork !
I sure had some though on the Princess Mononoke inspiration !
Anyway, thanks a lot again !

: To whomever puts "Enter Sandman" by Metallica and "dreams" by Van Halen, good job
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