I first came to know grief, pain, and loss in loving and saying goodbye to Roger Koeval. He has haunted my dreams such that I’ve woke up questioning whether he’s still alive. Memories of our time together provoke melancholic reverie and have made me acutely aware of death’s sting. However, these troubles whittle away when I dwell on the truth he imparted to me. His last lesson was that with love comes sacrifice, and I realized there are multiple ways this notion is threaded throughout the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy.

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