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Secret Odin: It's Time for a Dragon-Themed Gift Exchange!

Secret Odin is an online secret Santa for fans of How to Train Your Dragon! Hundreds of dragon fans have signed up to exchange gifts in Secret Odins over the last five years. Whether you're the Secretest of Odins or this is your first time participating, we'd love it if you joined us. Here's how it works:

Until December 10: Sign Up Here

You can sign up for Secret Odin using this form. Here, you can enter in your name, usernames, and preferences for giving and receiving gifts. Your preferences and the communities you belong to will be used to pair you with other fans who share your interests in gifts and characters.

December 11-12: Receive Your Pairing

On the weekend of December 11, you will receive an assignment to another dragon fan using the email address you signed up with. Now you have until December 30 to make a gift for them!

December 30: Gift Exchange!

On December 30, everyone sends their gifts through Tumblr, Twitter, Berk's Grapevine, or whichever online community you have in common with the person you are matched with, and you will finally find out who your Secret Odin is and what gift they have made for you!

Questions? Check the Secret Odin FAQ page, follow the Secret Odin blog, or leave a comment!

Happy gift-giving!

Lacking Dragon Gear? Check Out WeLoveFine's Sale!

If you don't have any of WeLoveFine's shirts, leggings, or dragon mugs, this is the time to check them out! During Nov. 25 – Nov. 28 (Black Friday to Cyber Monday), WeLoveFine is having a 15% sale on all dragon (and non-dragon) gear and a 25% sale for purchases above $100. Now that's a lot of dragon — but if anyone is up to it, it'll be you!

Here are some of our favorites (clickable!):

New School of Dragons Books Released This Week

Until yesterday, School of Dragons was just a game (though "just" is an understatement given how massive and well-developed the game world has become since its release). But just recently, School of Dragons has released two new books called Volcano Escape! and Greatest Inventions!

Like School of Dragons the game, the books mix dragons and science by combining the lives of the dragon trainers and their dragons with concepts in science, engineering, and technology. The books are available worldwide on Amazon [Volcano Escape] [Storm Approaching] as of September 6.

Volcano Escape!, written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, covers concepts geology, seismology, lava, plate tectonics, the structure of the Earth, and describes different types of volcanoes and eruptions.

But it's definitely not a typical science book. Throughout Volcano Escape!, Hiccup, Astrid, Stoick, and the other riders provide witty commentary and facts from Berk. (It turns out that Berk has a volcano of its own! But it's okay, Hiccup tells us that he's sure Stoick will know what to do when it erupts.)

Greatest Inventions by Nancy Castaldo, relates life on Berk to transportation, weapons, timekeeping, and astronomy! Some of these inventions exist in the world of the films, such as telescopes, body armor, boats, lighthouses, catapults, and crossbows. But the book also includes more modern inventions, such as odometers, railroads, cars, and planes.

It even has a whole section devoted to computing, though surprisingly the dragon riders had less to say about computers and video games than boats and body armor. I guess even Hiccup is limited in his ability to foresee inventions of the future.

Both books are available right now! A careful Amazon researcher might also notice that a third School of Dragons book about weather, called Storm Approaching! [Amazon] is available for pre-order and scheduled to be released on January 3.

And of course, if you're a School of Dragons player, all books contains digital codes that allow readers to collect a special dragon egg and a Viking armor set within the game!

Huge thanks to the wonderful School of Dragons team who shared advance copies of the books!

Two More Seasons of Race to the Edge!

It started with twenty episodes of Riders of Berk. Then DreamWorks gave us twenty more episodes in Defenders of Berk. We though it would end there, but then we were surprised by four more season in Race to the Edge. And now we're getting two more seasons of Race to the Edge!

In an interview with EverythingGeekCast, Race to the Edge writer Jack C. Thomas tell us about his experience writing for the show, his opinions on the Dragons universe, and how he got invited in animation. It's a great interview that you should definitely listen to.

And, at the seven minute mark, he lets slip that there are another 26 episodes of Race to the Edge in the works! According to the interview, Race to the Edge was one of the few shows Netflix has ordered more episodes of. This means we have 118 episodes in total, possibly more!

Singetail Images and Concept Art

We know that Stoick is going to battle the Singetail in the next season of Race to the Edge. But other than this, we still have seen relatively little about this new dragon. Here is some exclusive concept art from the Race to the Edge artists that may tell us more about the Singetail!

And don't forget to check out the new clip, "Defenders of the Wing"!

The riders find themselves captured by a mysterious tribe on a mysterious island. Find out if they're friend or foe in an all-new season of Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix June 24.

Photos: DreamWorks Animation. DreamWorks Dragons: Race To The Edge © 2016 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved

Berkathon 3.0: Join Us for Race to the Edge, Season 3

The third season of Race to the Edge will be released this Friday at 12 a.m. PT. Want to watch all 13 episodes back-to-back? Want to chat with other sleep-deprived dragon fans while you do so? If so, join the Berk's Grapevine dragon chat! Here's when Berkathon 3.0 will begin:
If you were at Berkathon 2.0, you know what approximately 5 hours of dragon episodes feels like. The episode names and times are not yet know, but the schedule will be designed so that you shouldn't have to do anything: except for pausing for breaks, just sit back and let Netflix autoplay keep you on track.

— 5 Minute Break After Release —
27. Enemy of My Enemy~22:30
28. Crash Course~22:30
29. Follow the Leader~22:30
30. Turn and Burn~22:30
— 10 Minute Break —
31. Buffalord Soldier~22:30
32. A Grim Retreat~22:30
33. To Heather or Not to Heather ~22:30
34. Styke Out~22:30
35. Tone Death~22:30
— 10 Minute Break —
36. Between a Rock and a Hard Place~22:30
37. Family on the Edge~22:30
38. Last Auction Heroes~22:30
39. Defenders of the Wing, Part 1~22:30

Check back later for an updated schedule!

You're welcome to join at any point during the 5 hour period, whether you decide to stay awake the whole time or jump in during the middle. Just ask Toothless, our lovely dragon bot, for the episode we're watching and the time ("Toothless, time?") so you can sync up.

Above: Hiccup and Toothless help the dragon riders escape from the Cavern Crasher's fiery lair in Season 3 of Dragons: Race to the Edge, coming to Netflix June 24th.

Photo: DreamWorks Animation. DreamWorks Dragons: Race To The Edge © 2016 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Season 3: More Clips and Images!

Are you ready for the next season of Race to the Edge? Friday still feels like a long way away, so we'll be posting new clips and images throughout the week. Here's the season's summary:

Hiccup and Toothless are back along with your favorite Dragon Riders in an all-new action-packed Season 3 of DREAMWORKS DRAGONS: RACE TO THE EDGE. The high-stakes continue as the Riders advance in their hunt for Viggo, Ryker and their expanded Dragon Hunter army. Tune in as the Riders encounter new dragons, a seemingly reformed Dagur, an underground Dragon Fighting arena, and learn along the way that Viggo has a Dragon Eye and dragon fortress!

Here are two clips that DreamWorks has shared with us so far:

Singetail: You can't sneak up on a Singetail, but it can definitely sneak up on you. Will it get the best of Hiccup and Snotlout?

Buffalord: The riders discover the rare Buffalord dragon while searching for a cure for the Scurge of Odin. Turns out moving it is even harder than finding it?

Even more images and concept art coming up later — stay tuned!

Photos: DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Dragons: Race To The Edge © 2016 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved