How to Train Your Dragon is a Jungian psychological story about an archetypal lightbringer protagonist learning to harness the inarticulate, subconscious side of his personality and articulating his methods for doing so to his tribe. It is an example of the Genius’s Journey story that Bruce Charlton has speculated about.
The war between the Vikings and the dragons represents the Vikings’ self-repression. The apocalyptic “Red Death” which consumes resources and other dragons represents the amalgamated, built-up aggression of their shame-based, Ahrimanic society. As the repressed anxiety of the society grows bigger and bigger, it threatens to break free and release an uncontrolled red vortex of destructive, undirected psychopathic libido. The point of the plot is that geniuses can teach people how to channel their shameful desires rather than denying their existence (denying their right to exist, symbolically) so as to mitigate the destruction caused in these revolutionary, eclipse-style social realignments.
(I’m not saying I agree, just saying that’s what it’s about.)
Ed: Does anyone have a link to that comparison page about Lucifer/Ahriman in Steiner? I need to plug it into the link above. I also need it to make an addendum to the Ocarina of Time analysis, re: Manichean sun cultism vs. moon “lunacy”.