In his most recent Alagaësia Newsletter, Christopher Paolini thanks the fans from Shurtugal.com for donating money to “Project Zar’roc,” the sword we had forged for Christopher as a gift for his birthday:
When the UPS or FedEx truck pulls up to my door, I’m often surprised by the deliveries. Two days ago, I received an impressive-sized box and wondered what it could be. To my utter astonishment, it contained a beautiful replica of Eragon’s sword, Zar’roc. This amazing sword has a blood-red blade, the likes of which I have never seen before. The pommel is formed by an enormous red blown-glass gem set in a crown of gold. The handle is wire-wrapped. To complete the package, a mounting board accompanied the sword; its black finish sets off the red blade to perfection.
Christopher also mentioned how the Poetry Contest is coming along:
A word to all who wrote in to the poetry contest. Please be patient! The good folks at Random House have not forgotten you. Your entries have astonished them, both in quality and quantity. Once I complete Eldest, I will put my full attention on choosing the finalists and completing the artwork for the winner.