Jay Denali

A mountain man with a naturally rough exterior who had an influence over the brothers, influencing the eventual establishment of the northern kingdom. They met him in  Wyoming when the means of their magical transport dysfunctioned and they had to stay the night in his hut on the windswept plains. He and his wife invite them in, and given them food and play music with them that night after swapping stories and tales. One of the stories he tells is of the land of the north and the scale covered monster he saw that breathed fire, but had kind and wise eyes.

He ends up giving them a lift to the next settlement where they are to join up with a wagon train.