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al guide advert copyTo kick off 2015, Christopher Paolini is releasing a whole host of new Inheritance Cycle content as part of’s “Language Week”! Up first: he has released the entirety of the Ancient Language dictionary and Dwarf Language dictionary, both featuring everything you’ll need to read, learn, and master these two Alagaesia-based languages, including grammar rules, language to English translations, and English to language translations.

As big Inheritance Cycle fans ourselves, we’ve decided to take this massive amount of exciting content and turn this month into “Language Month”! On week three, the true fun will begin:

  • Week Three (Jan. 18 – 24): We’ll test your knowledge of the Dwarf Language with a tough quiz! Plus, we’ll ask fans to share their self-invented phrases to win cool prizes!
  • Week Four (Jan. 25 – 31): You thought the Dwarf Language was tough? Our new Ancient Language quiz will test just how well you know the powerful magic language! Plus, like week three, you’ll have a chance to share your phrases, spells, and more to win cool prizes!

Be sure to head over to to begin navigating your way through these two languages, their guides, and their dictionaries to prepare for the quizzes and competitions ahead!


christmasbannerChristmas has come and gone, and with it, the opportunity to enter our 12 Days of Inheritance Christmas giveaways! Fortunately for any who may have missed out, we’ll be doing giveaways all year round!

Winners have been announced on their respective pages (links below). Winners were contacted by email for information required to ship the items. As mentioned in our initial announcement, winners should allow our packaging elves up to 45 days to deliver the goodies! Please be sure to respond right away, as those who do not get back to us will be disqualified to allow another fan a chance to win.

Did you win any of the giveaways? View each closed giveaway page for a list of winners (and be sure to check your email, as all winners of closed giveaways have already been contacted!)

Giveaways aren’t all we have up our sleeves. 2016 will usher in even more new and exciting content as our team works on crafting more articles, projects, and giveaways for the Inheritance Cycle community!

If you aren’t already, be sure to follow Shur’tugal on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, updates, and content exclusive to our social media accounts! Additionally, (the Paolini family’s official website) is a fantastic source of new Cycle-related material, news, and more, and a collection of their various social media accounts can be found on their website.

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Today is the kick-off day to what we’re dubbing the “Twelve Days of Inheritance Christmas” – we’re giving away a huge batch of goodies, including signed books, signed book plates, signed illustrations, and more!

Each day leading up to and including Christmas will offer our visitors a new chance to win one of many goodies! Conditions to enter will vary day to day, but each daily giveaway will allow for all fans to participate in a number of ways. (Please note: while we are making every effort to include international fans in each giveaway, we may have to limit a few of our giveaways to residents of the United States.)

We will not be posting a new blog entry announcing each day’s giveaway, so you’ll want to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out when our next giveaway hits! Alternatively, you can check on our 12 Days of Inheritance Christmas page, which we will update daily to include the latest giveaway.

Today’s giveaway: a signed copy of the 10th anniversary collector’s edition of Eragon!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to our 12 Days of Inheritance Giveaways page to enter to win your signed copy!


We’re proud to offer the only Inheritance Cycle-related merchandise out there – shirts, hoodies, and more! As book fans ourselves, we know what us fellow geeks want to wear. From quotes from our favorite characters (Angela, Brom, and more) to the yawë, we’ve got it all! Best of all:

Use the coupon code “XMASTWO” at checkout for FREE shipping when you buy two or more items! This deal is active now through Tuesday, December 2nd!

What sort of shirts and merchandise do we offer? Here’s a preview:

You can view all of these products, choose the color of your shirt, and more on the Shur’tugal store!



brewfest-headerBrewfest is the first community-designed Alagaësia holiday! Inspired by Oktoberfest and other holidays celebrating the fall season, Shur’tugal and the Inheritance Cycle community set out to invent stories, recipes, games, and more to make this holiday a true and organic part of the world.

Announcements Throughout the World
As Brewfest draws near, heralds and barkers spread word of the holiday’s impending arrival by posting flyers around villages, towns, and cities. From the halls of Tronjheim and the woods of Ellesméra, and even in cities throughout the Empire, children and adults alike brew with anticipation of the celebrations to come as decorations begin to be hanged. The barkers’ flyer promoting the holiday’s arrival and all that it entails can be viewed in our gallery.

Brewfest’s Lore: Holiday’s History and Storytellers’ Tales
Brewfest originated as two separate holidays meant to celebrate the fall season and the year’s harvest. The elves first began to celebrate the changing of the trees as fall began to take hold, venturing into the forests to celebrate the life within. The dwarves – well, their holiday is a bit more rowdy, loud, and entertaining. Over the years, humans began to pull from and combine the two races’ traditions to form their own Brewfest celebrations. Dragon Riders would travel long and far to celebrate, and their dragons always joined in on the festivities. Read the storytellers’ tales of the holiday’s rich history, stories of laughter, horror, and caution of a terrible evil represented in the holiday’s burning effigy.

Brewfest’s Drinks: Mead, Teas, and More!
From hearty brews to herbal healing teas, there is something for all ages to hoist in their mugs! The dwarves’ brews are known throughout the land and the elves’ magic-infused tea can be enchanting. Both are largely the source of the holiday’s merriment and fun. Thanks to the likes of Horst, Oromis, and more, we’ve compiled a guide, including stories, to some of Brewfest’s most renowned drinks!

Brewfest’s Foods: Black Jelly
Black Jelly is an… interesting… dwarven delicacy dating back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Either loved or hated – but never in between – this food is fermented for months before being used for a variety of applications. “Black Jelly is a delicacy among the dwarves. The cavefish that live deep in the bowels of the Beor Mountains are fished out from the springs, smoked and dried, then mashed into a paste, excreting a type of yeast that would make the greatest of brews boil in jealousy. The paste is fermented in a cool cellar for a time, ranging from a few months to centuries, depending on how strong a flavor they prefer — and, by Gûntera, do they like it strong! The paste, black as ink, has the consistency of thick butter and the taste of pure salt. The dwarves spread it on thick bread, stuff it in pastries, or eat it on its own. Not for the weak of stomach. Oddly enough, it is loved by Urgals, when they can get their hands on it.” Can you stomach this dwarven delight?

Brewfest Games: The Brewfest Cup, Elven Treeshaping, Urgal Arm Wrestling, and More!
Games are a core part of the Brewfest celebrations, with new ones being added each year and the old, “historic” games spreading throughout the entirety of Alagaësia. While many of the games have evolved in the decades since they were first enjoyed by early Brewfest celebrators, the spirit of each game has remained intact. Learn more about the games, how they’re played, and the rules participants must follow!

Now we ask: What was your favorite part of Brewfest? Which recipe would you like to try most? Which game would you want to play? Let us know in the comments!


Artists and fan artists alike are renowned for their ability to bring the heart and emotion conveyed in text to life through illustrations, as is the case with the following piece of story-driven fan art we’re introducing today.

In this piece based on a scene from Brisingr, Arya comforts Eragon before he rides off to battle atop Saphira. Many fans consider this a pivotal moment in the Inheritance Cycle, as they feel that it’s one of the first times Arya truly shows affection toward Eragon: Continue reading this article…


vroengard-headerSeveral hidden interviews with Christopher have been released in the past, revealing gems and hoards of information about Inheritance and possible future books! This interview in particular is a revealing one, including answers on topics such as where the Riders will settle in the future, how grand their “new Vroengard” will be, and the logic behind abandoning his decision to choose Elva as a Rider. Plus, how long will it take before Alagaesia sees dwarf and Urgal Riders?! All of this and more is covered in this interview with Christopher!

The second half of this interview has already been released on Shur’tugal and included topics ranging from ranging from the Ra’zac’s possible genocide and how dwarf and Urgal Riders will physically look, to new undiscovered creatures on Alagaesia and Sloan’s post-Inheritance fate!. You can read it in a post from October – and you won’t want to miss it! Continue reading this article…


Happy 31st birthday, Christopher!

Today marks our favorite author’s 31st birthday, and what better of a way to celebrate than with a Saphira cake?

saphira birthday cakeChristopher first wrote Eragon when he was just 15 years old. It’s hard to believe that 16 years have passed since he first brought Alagaësia to life! This is just one of many interesting facts about the author…

  • Christopher was homeschooled for his entire education and graduated from high school at 15 – the same year he wrote the first draft of Eragon
  • Christopher applied to and was accepted by Reed College but chose to defer his attendance to promote the self-published version of Eragon
  • Christopher and his family first published Eragon in 2002 through their small company, Paolini International, LLC.
  • Christopher’s books have sold over 35 million copies in fifty-three countries
  • Christopher sat atop the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher Weekly bestseller charts for each of his books
  • Christopher was awarded a Guiness World Record for being the “youngest author of a bestselling book series” (awarded on January 5, 2011)
  • Christopher is colorblind, which influenced the unique way Saphira sees the world
  • Christopher based the early version of Eragon off of himself (and initially named Eragon “Kevin”)
  • Christopher based Brom off of his father, Kenneth, and based Angela off of his sister

Tell us: Which of Christopher’s books was your favorite? How old were you when you first read Eragon? Leave your answers as well as a happy birthday wish for Christopher in the comments!


last week headerThis was an exciting week on, the Paolini family’s official website – in fact, some fans would argue that it was the most exciting week to date! Why so exciting? For the first time since the Deluxe Edition of Inheritance, Christopher has released a new piece of writing from the Inheritance universe! A new deleted scene from Inheritance, “The Swordsman,” was released exclusively through the Paolini newsletter on Saturday and posted on their blog for all fans to access on Monday. Christopher also released a series of writing tips, Talita Paolini released an article in the Washington Post, new Inheritance art prints were announced, and a “Community Highlights” post featured the best of the community’s creativity.

Here’s a summary of this past week’s content:

Deleted scene from Inheritance: “The Swordsman” – A new deleted scene from Inheritance was released! The scene introduces us to a new character: Daras Guildward, second son of Thelmund Guildsward, Lord of Fellworth Manor, and takes place during the Battle of Belatona.

“Thoughts on Writing: Odds and Ends” – Just in time for writers pariticpating in NaNoWriMo, Christopher has released an article filled with various thoughts and advice on writing!

Talita’s Washington Post – Talita Paolini, Christopher’s mother, released an article on the Washington Post’s website discussing homeschooling Christopher and his sister Angela.

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“Community Highlights” – The Inheritance community’s creations and creativity shine in this new article rounding up the best content from the community, including pumpkin carvings, dragon eggs, tattoos, and more!

Continue reading this article…


vroengard-headerInterviews and Q&A sessions with Christopher are largely fans’ only chance to get new content and answers from Christopher regarding the Inheritance Cycle and future books he has planned – including Book 5. We have released dozens of interviews over the past decade, many of which came after the release of Inheritance and contain answers to some of the fandom’s most popular questions. Other interviews shed light on Inheritance‘s ending, potential romance in future books, and hints at what we can expect in Book 5.

While we do not have a specific interview with Christopher scheduled, we will be holding one down the line. Additionally, Christopher looks for frequently asked or burning questions for his monthly Q&A article on For all of these reasons, we’re asking fans…

What question would you like to ask Christopher?

Leave your questions in the comments! If your question is used in an interview, we’ll credit you. Now’s your chance to get your question answered! is © 2004-2014. is owned by Mike Macauley, in partnership with
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