First Q&A With Christopher Paolini – Transcript!

The first in our once-per-month series of question and answer interview sessions with Christopher Paolini has taken place and the transcript is now online! All of the questions asked during the interview were submitted by fans on Shur’tugal and hand-picked by Shur’tugal staff. If your question wasn’t answered during this month’s interview with Christopher, don’t fret – we’ll be making a news post within the next week looking for our next round of questions to ask Christopher! This month, we asked Christopher all about Murtagh and Saphira points-of-view in Book 4, Eldunari (or Eldunarya), Eragon’s debt to the Menoa tree, Brom, Oromis, Aren, half-elves, and more! Check out the full interview now!

  • elfgirl

    i finished the second book last year but is the third better aNd is there a forth?

  • PARTH

    in your last interview you said that it is almost impossible for a person to reach another persons mind from a long distance and supply energy then howcome oromis helped eragon in farthen dur after he had killed Durza?

  • vishaal

    if you like eragon than visit my site at

    eragonfansite.webs.com

    you wont be dissapointed

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Ah,and I think ITS TIME FOR ALL OF US TO MOVE TO THE 2ND Q&A COMMENT guys(or every time to the new Q&A comments).

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Yes-alagaesiawanderer-I have thought it so many times(although I had never got the opportunity to post it).That would solve the problem of the running time(growth,train,skills etc).But -for me- it would be better the last egg and be in the final battle-its much cooler!Of course,a god(C.P.)knows what he has in his head,so,if he wants the last dragon to be in the final battle(against Galbatorix),Im sure he ll find the way!

  • alagaesiawanderer

    Well, it seems we are all betting our chips on this last egg to hatch on time for the final battle.
    What if CP is intending it to hatch after everything is already over?
    Maybe all the pieces that should take part in the last confront are already there set on the board…

  • Xelba

    I think that the last dragon will be on the Varden’s side. What do you guys think?

  • alagaesiawanderer

    I thought I read some post saying that Paolini had confirmed that the cover of the 4th book would sport a green dragon. Maybe that was a rumor as well…

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Actually,we dont know.Paolini hasnt said anything about the cover.So,everything is possible.

  • Xelba

    So the cover will not have a green dragon on it?

  • Mike

    For anyone who is curious, I’ve checked directly with the source and the rumor was false.

  • summer

    Am I the only one that thinks Angela is a half-elf? She has the whole extended life thing. She knows the ancient language. Some of the elves know her. Werecats usually stay with elves, and she has Solembum (sp?).

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Aye,thats true Mike.

  • Mike

    Hi all,

    Until I’m able to determine the accuracy of M194’s comments, I’d appreciate it if everyone could limit that discussion to this comment thread. I’ve gone ahead and removed the rumor from other comments as well as our forums until I have it confirmed/denied.

    As usual, my advice is to take every rumor with a grain of salt. It’s very easy for someone to come on here and “claim” that Christopher has told them something or that they have “sources”. In most cases, they’re 100% false.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Oh okay, it’s alright, you are not the only one that gets confused, mate.

    Interesting.

  • M194

    Omg plp read the commets completly my source is secret heh sry but am not sure if its true but that cp announced i say announced that the cover is finish read the commets right not just little details

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Ah,nothing Padfoot.I was just confused.You know when I see a very large amount of comments,I sometimes get confused.Forget it.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Huh? I did not say anything about the Sith! Please quote me, I have no idea what you are talking about!

  • Xelba

    M194: How did you find out about the cover? And did you say that C.P. did it, or did John Jude Palencar do it?

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Really?Are you sure M194?But even if I hadnt seen it here,I was almost sure that the next cover would show a green Dragon.And,Padfoot,what do you mean by saying sth for Eragon,Aang & swords?I dont really understand…

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Didn’t he already promise a green dragon cover?

  • M194

    I just found out that (cp) has the cover finished and it will be a green dragon he announced in a libary in montana

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Actually,I have never thought about it Xelba although I dont think it would be neccesary.Yeah M194,I think youre right about Saphira but when I thought it,I couldnt not write it. I enjoy very much exchanging theories(even if my theories maybe proved stupid).

  • Xelba

    Do you think Shruikan took over Thorn’s body when Galbatorix took over Murtagh’s mind?

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yea. Poor Murtagh. Imagine having Galby stuck in your head!:)

  • Shrikan

    But remember when Orimos was able to contact Eragon in Farthen Dur for Ellesmera, Gallbatorix is probably strong enough to reach Murtagh, who would most likely have to let Gallbatorix into his mind due to the oaths

  • M194

    ah i misread you were saying if saphira transfer herself too hmm nah her no i doubt it but who knows

  • Xelba

    I don’t think Saphira transferred herself into her eldunari. If she had, wouldn’t she have told Eragon?

  • M194

    fireswordshurtugalalfakin i said it may not be true but eh and if i was galby i woulnt waste so much energy to conttrol murtagh and raise thorn and glaedr high up the sky but eh may be true may be not plp state ur opions its crazy heh

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    M194;Its possible,but Galbatorix does know their true names already & because of all these Eldunarya that he controls,he could easily reach Murtaghs & Thorns minds & break their defenses. But its possible.Also,do you think that Saphira has been transferred in her Eldunari?Maybe aye,bec. when she heard the fate that would be for a Dragon trapped in his Eldunari,she felt really badly(but she said nothing),& she asked if there was a way for a trapped Dragon to free himself from his prison.But Im not sure about it.What do you say?

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    Tis true, very possible. nice theories!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, it is.

  • Xelba

    It is very probable that Galbatorix has Thorn’s eldunari.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Maybe, you might be right, that is plausible because of how much control he has over them, even if they swore oaths, the oaths would not give him the ability to stop them falling or making him able use Murtagh as the mouth of Galbatorix, it is illogical, I think you might be right.

  • M194

    i know this dosent sound true but eh tell me about

    wat if galby has thorns eldunari. after failing twice to capture eragon thats how he controll murtagh cause isint he in urbaen andmurty in gilead

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Maybe.

    Glorfindel, ganga eom our Shur’tugal.

  • Glorfindel

    Perhaps it’s that he has a difficult time “grasping” the magic. Remember how Brom says that for him, “it gets a little harder every time”. And how it’s difficult for Eragon to maintain it when he first tries. It’s through that barrier in your mind that you have to reach it, and maybe Oromis has a hard time reaching it and holding it.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I think I asked that question in the Q&A thing, maybe we will get the answer to Oromis’s illness!

    I remember that during their last battle, Glaedr mentioned something about it.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Aye,I think it to, Xelba(even if it isnt a curse).I just cant think the way that they injured him…Other ideas?What you say for my 2 previous comments(ideas)?

  • Xelba

    fireswordshurtugalalfakin: I think Oromis is unable to cast powerful spells because when he was captured by two members of the Forsworn, they broke him and probably permanently injured him in some way. That is why he is also called the Cripple who is Whole.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    1.Have you got any idea about what Oromis illness is and why cant he control large amounts of magic?
    Do you think that is a curse or sth else?I belive it would be very nice to learn about Oromiss & Glaedrs past in the 4th book like we learnt Broms(and Selenas) past in “Brisingr”.
    2.Arya in “Brisingr” wrote;Adrift upon the sea of time,the lonely god wanders from shore to distant shore,upholding the laws of the stars above.Is the lonely god Eragon whom fate is to leave Alagaesia forever?What do you believe?

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    shreksarnik77;a really cool theory!Also I just noticed in “Brisingr” sth that it was said in the unit “SOULS OF STONE” that I think noone else had mentioned it;Eragon shared his recollection with Saphira and said,”Those must have been the Eldunarya I have sensed…I wonder where Murtagh put them?Thorn carried no saddlebags,and I didnt see any odd bulges in Murtaghs clothing”.”I dont know”,said Saphira.
    How can Murtagh absorb their strength,if he hadnt them near him?Perhaps the Vault of Souls could provide this “freedom”.What do you say guys?
    P.S.Dont call me Firesword bec. I noticed that there is sb else with that name & if he writes here Ill have a problem.If you want,you can write down the 1st letter of each word (f.s.a)or whole.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    That is actually what I thought too, but I don’t think I ever posted it on here.

  • Xelba

    shreksarnik77: It’s definitely possible. I’m not sure, but I think it might have been mentioned in earlier posts.

    I agree with lots of people here. I wonder how C.P. will cram everything into one book.

  • shreksarnik77

    i havent read through all of the posts on here, so i apologize if im not the first to come to this conclusion and post it on here, but i think that the vault of souls/ rock of k or whatever you want to call it, is the mountain in the middle of the hadarac. i know that it seems way to obvious, and that it would occur to galbatorix to look there, but what if it will only reveal itself to a specific person? what if the dragons used some sort of magic to make it only accessable to the person who is supposed to save them from extinction? it could be like the blood oath ceremony when the dragons changed eragon.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I hope he does a epilogue too.

    No, it is not Roran’s fault, I agree.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    as for theories, i think Eragon and ( obviously ) Arya will go to Alalea, which is where the elves came from originally. where that is though, i have no idea. across the ocean, perhaps. probably. i just hope CP does an epilogue of XX-years into the future when Eragon’s left Alagaesia.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    alagaesiawanderer-
    i think you are pretty much right, but all in all, i hate Birgit. its not even Roran’s fault Quimby died, technically its Galbatorix’s. ( by much extension)
    If he hadnt betrayed the riders eragon finding the egg wouldnt have been a secret which wouldnt have brought the razac which wouldnt have made roran leave which wouldnt have made them come back to capture Roran which wouldnt have made the soldiers get drunk which wouldnt have made them throw the pitcher at Quimby which wouldnt have led the Razac to eating him. so you see, Birgit must be on crack because its not Roran’s fault.
    Sorry for the long-winded-ness!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I hope I can, but usually I live no where near them.
    I have already told all of mine. 🙁

  • alagaesiawanderer

    Hi Solembum, it seems this topic has not yet been covered, so there it goes: What about Birgita’s vendetta against Roran? As I can see these are the possibilites:
    1 – She’s going to kill Karina (after the baby is born);
    2 – She’s going to kill the baby;
    3 – She’s going to kill Karina and the baby;
    4 – She will plan to do something of this sort but in the end she will not have the guts to lay her hand on any innocent and will settle her vendetta in another way.
    When I say “she’s going to kill” I mean that she will at least try to do it. God knows what CP has in mind to settle this plot.
    Now take your pick. Or if you prefer add your pick to the list if it’s not there… 😉

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    cool! when Book IV comes out, though you should totally try to make it to a book signing. i went to a one for Brisingr and it was awesome!
    anyone got any more theories to toss out there?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    No, I want to, I have been to the midnight releases of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but that is the closest I have gotten.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    hey Padfoot, have you ever been to a book signing? like for Brisingr?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, I like Firesword.
    I know my name is long too, but I always tell people to just call me Padfoot, it is loads easier.
    Hahaha, I know, it would kill most of us!

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    i think Firesword is fine. believe me, its murder with these long names! i had to get this one just to make sure no one else had taken it!
    Padfoot, you are right, i would be happy, but the wait would KILL me!

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Aye,it would be better for Christopher to write a 5th book in order not only to see,but to learn more about the characters & so forth.To tell the truth,I would rather the story to be continued.I dont want the story to end very quickly bec. it will be not very well-written.
    I am thinking to shorten my name(Firesword instead of fireswordshurtugalalfakin).Perhaps,Ill help you to decide by saying the meaning of firesword-shurtugal-alfakin(firesword-dragon rider-elf).Please tell me,will I remain as fireswordshurtugalalfakin or doing it just Firesword???

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha, I would love that also, but the waiting, it would be murder!

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    i have to admit, i would be really happy if there was a 5th book. i mean, theres nothing wrong with extending the series, its just to tell the story better. heck, thats one more book signing i get to go to!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Kvertha, fricai!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    No clue mate.:) Sorry.

    Hey Padfoot!:D

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, ’tis true!

  • Glorfindel

    Yeah, to be perfectly frank, I don’t see how this is going to be wrapped up in one more book. There’s just SO MUCH that still has to happen. I wish he would do a fifth one, if not doing so will rush the story and make it not as good.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, mate, you do! ;D

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    you know, when you think about it, Book IV is going to be REALLY long ( yay! ).. because they have to take the time to ( in no particular order ) get the last egg, wait for it to hatch, lay waste to Gilead, Dras-Leona and whatnot, all the in between stuff, go to the Rock of K, the Vault of Souls, deal with Sloan, find out about Angela’s past, deal with that weird lady who Angela told the fortune for, either kill or change Murtagh, kill Galbatorix, find out if Nasuada and Murtagh really liked each other, leave alagaesia forever, ………and so much more! ( i sound like a commercial….)

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    I have heard so many theories about the rock of kuthian.A god(C.P.)knows what it really is!I cant wait about learning the truth about the rock of kuthian & the vault of souls!!!

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    its possible that the Rock of K is the eldunari of that one dragon whose name couldnt be expressed in any language….but then theres the problem of the language………..its a real brain buster all right…..

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    well, whatever the Rock of Kuthian is, i think that the vault of souls has got to be an eldunari stash….it makes the most sense

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    I think youre right m194.I dont think so that the Rock of Kuthian could be an Eldunari either.Thats why I thought the theory about the spirits.Also,the point that you told about(if the Rock of Kuthian would be a forsworn Eldunari,how can Eragon,Saphira & Solembum remember it?)With the Banishing of the Names these Dragons lost ALL their names.
    As far as for youre theory,Shrikan3,I doubt about it.Sloan love Katrina,but his love is cruel,he wants her only for himself.Even though,as I can understand,he loves ONLY Katrina & thats not good.His power is being driven by his overprotective feelings for his daughter.But now he has nothing,so he has no power & his vision is lost.A dragon would never choose a man like him.I believe Arya is the most suitable.She is loyal to the fight against the empire(we saw it in Gilead),powerful,intelligent.She would need very little training(she is an elf).Time is very important now & the egg would choose her bec. of that.

  • m194

    heh well i agree with the open and rock now then but i still dont really think its a eldunari

    ok now explain this one so the biggest theory has more info.

    If its a forwsworn eldunari how come eragon saphria and solubum can say the name rem the banishing of the names?

    forgive my spelling, text too much its a habit now

  • Shrikan3

    Heres a theory that i dont think anyone has thought about. What if Sloan is the next dragon rider. He now lives with the elves so he could slowly learn magic and once the third dragon egg is stolen, wheres it ganna go? To Ellsmerra were sloan is sitting being all bored and such. Also i think thats its a cool twist and could be the thing that redeems him so he can see his daughter, because he would do anything for his daughter.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Everything is possible.Why not?I just thought that Solembum might have meant that the Vault of Souls would contain spirits(& not Eldunarya) or that it would be the “home ” of the spirits,sth like that.If you think carefully about it,you will notice that the words “SOULS”& “SPIRITS” have a similar meaning if not the same(in a dictionary).Solembum can easily confuse everybody if he wants.Perhaps the spirits could help Eragon to defeat the empire.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Eka elrun ono,*InsertNameHere*, eka elrun ono fram seeing what I was saying.

  • *InsertNameHere*

    @M194, Yes it says ‘rock’ but when Eragon recieves Glaedr’s HoH, it is described as a “… giant gold jewel…”. I personally picture the eldunari as a diamond-like, and I have often heard of diamonds being called “rocks”. Part of me recalls Brom refering to Saphira as an over-grown lizard. Just because somebody says something doesn’t mean that is exactly what they mean.

    And as Padfoot said, open does not always mean to physically adjust so that the insides are accessible, it could be used in a figurative sense. For example, when somebody says to ‘open your mind’ or ‘open up to others’, they don’t mean split your body open, but welcome the idea, or allow yourself to meet new people.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Well, you would not think a snitch from Harry Potter would open either, but it does. It also might not mean literally open either, it could also mean reveal or something like that.

  • M194

    I really doubt that The Kuthian rock is a eldunari plus its says ( rock) and also a dragons heart is going to open? and open a gateway to souls? A lttle odd huh?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Oh, I hope they have the interview up soon! Maybe they will have is up tomorrow for the 4th?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Interesting, theory!

  • *InsertNameHere*

    Hmm, thats a good point FireSword, I completely forget the speak your name part. Perhaps the RoK is still the eldunari of the fore mentioned dragon has been waiting for Eragon(we know that others have had premonitions in the past, maybe Vrail had one of the current events in Alagaesia and told the dragon of it [After all, if anyone were to know just what the RoK was/is, it would be the lead Dragon Rider]) and upon confirming his identity, Eragon will be told by the dragon the location of a great source of power, – “opening” the “Vault of Souls” – maybe a very ancient eldunari or something?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I can’t wait to see what it is.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    *InsertNameHere*-A very interesting theory!The only that about I am confused is;Solembum said;… “speak youre name to the Rock of Kuthian in order to open the Vault of Souls…”(sth like that).It sounds like The Rock of Kuthian is the “thing” from which the Vault of Souls opens.Can an eldunary be the “door” of the Vault of Souls?Even if its true,I doubt that Galbatorix would leave anyone(except for himself)to have access to the Vault of Souls just by saying his true name.
    As far as how Galbatorix managed to make the elves forget the Rock of Kuthian(& if its not an eldunary),perhaps when he was fighting to defeat the riders & the elves were fighting him,invented a spell in order to make the elves forget the Rock of Kuthian & the Vault of Souls.He was very powerful since then.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    OK,I understood.Agreed.(to SolembusRulesTheEarth)

    Which character(s) (of Inheritance of course),is youre worst?For me,Islazandi & Elva.Elva bec. is strange(and so on) & Islazandi for the reason she is too “tight” & wants everything to be under her own control.
    Also,I believe that if we have an idea about what could the Vault of Souls (might)
    be,maybe we could find out what is the Rock of Kuthian.Do you think that the Vault of Souls could be a place where the Eldunarya are hidden or sth similar?Anyway,what do you think that the Vault of Souls could be?

    Its very nice writing here & sharing ideas and theories!!!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    That sounds interesting!!

  • *InsertNameHere*

    Hey, don\’t know if this has been suggested before, but what if the \’Rock of Kuthian\’ is in fact the eldunari of the dragon whose name can\’t be spoken(Kuthian)? Explains why Kuthian sounds famialar but nobody remembers where its from, nobody has ever spoken the dragoon\’s name, they only describe like Glaedr did!

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    Fireswordshurtugalalfakin—–when i said that the title of the books are normally 1 word, i meant the Inheritance ( you know, Eragon, etc.) are always one word. i.e.-Eragon, …Eldest….Brisingr

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Um, Saphira was around eight months in Eldest and Brisingr did not seem to take maybe a little more than a month, I think they also said she was overdue.
    Glorfindel, is that you that has an account on the other Shuty?

  • Glorfindel

    Okay, another question: Is it supposed to log me out every time I post a comment?

    And, what time is this clock running on? My clock says 8:03, and it’s on Eastern Time. Even if your’s was on Pacific Time, which is the most extreme in the U.S. from Eastern Time, it would be 3 hours EARLIER than mine. Where is this website based?

  • Glorfindel

    Okay, I could be wrong here, but this makes no sense. In Eragon, Elain is pregnant at the start of the book as soon as Eragon finds the egg right? or at least as soon as his legs get scraped up when Saphira’s just a few months old, and he’s staying in Horst’s house. Yet, after he sets out with Brom, stays in Ellesmera to be trained, and comes back, Elain is still pregnant. I think we can agree that it’s much longer than nine months from the time it first mentions Elain’s pregnancy to the end of Brisingr when she’s still pregnant.
    Anyone?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Kitkat, good question!
    fireswordshurtugalalfakin, aye, no problem,mate! None at all! I just could not really remember so I looked it up. By the way, I know my name is long and if you want most people just call me Padfoot.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Oh,really?Horst told Eragon to help Elain?Im sorry.Thank you for correcting my mistake PadfootUnewraithSlayer.

  • kitkat

    whats going in the deluxe version of Brisingr?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    It was Horst that asked! here is it on page 275 of Brisingr:
    “So they are, Eragon. So they are. However, I convinced the captain who’s in charge of this part of the camp to let me work closer to our tent.” Horst tugged at the end of his beard. “It’s on account of Elain, you know. This child, it goes hard with her, and no wonder, considering what we went through to get here. She’s always been delicate, and now I worry that… well…” her shook himself like a bear ridding itself of flies. :maybe you could look in on her when you get a chance and see if you can ease her discomfort.”
    “I’ll do that,” Eragon promised.

    I would hate to see Horst, Albriech, and Baldor if Eragon forgot about Elain and she died because of it.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I thought Horst did! Anyway, I still their relationships will the strained. I am going to look that up, I was almost positive Horst asked too.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    I cant say youre wrong(SolembumRulesTheEarth)as far as that a title of a book is usually by 1 word,but there are many exceptions about that.Examples;the titles of Harry Potter,the titles of the lord of the rings etc.Anyway,its up to Christophers opinion about that.
    (for the rock of kuthian)
    Perhaps the rock of kuthian & the vault of souls are sth quite different as we all imagine & C.P. has put us to think about them in the wrong direction…I dont think that sth so important whould be so seeable.Unfortunately,I havent thought sth else until now.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    That you say is right.Even if Horst dont hurt Eragon,their relationship will be not the best bec. Horst will blame Eragon for the situation.Also,that can cause many problems among the Varden,if you understand what I mean.But the fact is,that Roran asked Eragon to help Elain,not Horst(maybe Horst doesnt know that Roran said sth like that to Eragon yet).Also,I read a Paolinis older interview that he said it hasnt passed so much time as we think.

    Whats your opinion about the tittle “the Fall”(which Ithought)?For further information see on the few first comments.
    What do you think about the tittle “Brains” which was given by C.P. for a unit in book 4?Has anybody any idea of what could be contained?

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    ahh, as for theories….. i think that the rock of kuthian might be one of the names of the Forsworn’s dragons, which would be why everyone recognizes it but doesn’t know where they remember it from. remember, Solembum is magical. that might be why he remembers it. as for what the rock of Kuthian is, ….i have no idea.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    the Horst theory is pretty likely. i never thought about that. as for Book IV being named ‘The Fall’, its a good title but normally the books are 1-word titles.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    All I know is that Horst is probably going to be angry at Eragon. Remember, Horst asked Eragon to check up on Elain, to see if he would ease her discomfort a bit, but he does not go. I don’t know if anyone else saw that, but I did and so did Daniel I know. I know that if Elain dies because of him not helping her, Eragon is going to have a hard time getting over it, also the fact that Horst will probably want to hurt him will come to play. What do you think?

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Until now,I have run out of theories.But…what do you think about naming the book 4 “the Fall”?That tittle could show Galbatorixs fall or dragons/elves/dwarves/dragon riders etc(but I dont want to see elves etc fall.It would be very sad!!!
    Whats your opinion about that tittle?
    Anyone theories?

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    got any theories?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    You are most welcome!

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    why thank you! : )

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    It would be a good title!

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    I think Wyrda would be a really good title for Book IV. because iin English it starts with F and is 4 letters.( just like Brisingr in english ) and since its the end of the series ( waaah!) Fate would be a fitting title. I wouldnt be surprised if CP named it that.
    CP rulez Twilight sucks!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Meghan, Hahaha.

    I know, I hate that!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yea, sometimes that happens to me. Just log out and come back on. Gets REALLY annoying though…

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    this whole type in code from image thing just to post a comment is extreeeeeemely irritating. ill type it in just right and it still wont let me post sometimes…..its so stupid.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    It does.::D hahaha!:)

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    It does doesn’t it? ;D

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Hahaha!;D

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahahaha! It looks like we finished each other’s sentence, Meghan! ;D
    That is funny!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    It’s possible…

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Maybe….

  • Brisingir

    Hmm. Mabye the Rock of Kuthian is a secret to releasing a dragon’s soul from their eldunari….

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I don’t know, if younger the power might be more concentrated, like a baby snake’s venom, but also a dragon’s power grows as dragon grows, so either way seems likely though I think the older would be more powerful.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Wonder if a dragon’s eldunari is more powereful if it is younger or older.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    ;D

  • Evarinya

    Hmm.. thats a fantastic theory..
    And if that was the case, wouldn’t the dragon’s eldunari be VERY powerful?
    Since it would be several centuries old?

  • Padfoot

    Interesting.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yea, that’s what I was thinking when I thought that the Rock of Kuthian could be a Dragon’s eldunari, but I didn’t think it would be a forsworn’s dragon…. great theory! Makes more sense than mine!:)

  • Xelba

    I never thought of that…

    It’s very possible.

  • AlagaesiaWanderer

    Hi all,
    Sorry for jumping without any invitation but these last comments about the Rock of Kuthian clicked something in my mind: what if Kuthian is the name of one of the Foresworns’ dragons? That would explain why the name sounds familiar but nobody seems to remember anything else…

  • Xelba

    Do you remember how Oromis didn’t think he would find the Rock of Kuthian mentioned in elvish writing? Maybe an urgal would know what it was, or a dwarf. It might be an eldunari, though.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Good idea, I never thought of that!

    I dunno, what is the name of the large rock out in the middle of the desert?

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    :O Oh my God. I never thought of that!:) It’s very possible. And does anyone else think that the Rock of Kuthian could be a dragon’s eldunari?

  • Xelba

    Do you think Angela might have been the person who healed Murtagh’s back after it got cut open by Morzan? I mean, she already healed Roran and Eragon’s backs, and CP likes patterns.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I know!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Alright! That would be awesome if he answers it!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I will!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Hahaha! We could ask him that in the new interview!:)

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Meghan:
    Hahaha 😀

    I wonder if CP has ever sparred?

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Padfoot:

    Hahaha! My friend and I never used very sharp swords, but he still managed to bloody me up!;)

  • feanarang

    @jandwell:

    To answer your question about how Galbatorix is able to draw on the energy from the many eldunarya that he possesses, I (and everyone except CP) would have to say that I honestly don’t know. Murtagh is obviously also able to remotely access the eldunarya that the king has granted him.

    Now about Glaedr. Yes, I believe that Glaedr knew everything that Oromis knew about the AL and magic. However, because dragons cannot use magic at will, it might be tough for our favorite gold dragon to aid Eragon and Saphira other than through the use of his strength contained in his eldunari. Glaedr might be able to continue to instruct Eragon and Saphira, but (I believe) in a much more limited capacity.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Interesting….

  • jwandell

    im kinda new to the inheritance cycle so bear with me,in brisingr glaedr and oromis r fighting with murtagh and thorn, glaedr is killed, ect ect ect, now at the end of the book ayra says some stuff over his hoh, and it like glows and they talk about how to beat the king, eragon only felt glaedr’s mind when he was touching the hoh. how would the king keep that many hoh’s on him at one time to be that powerful? and if there dead does glaedr have all the knowlage that oromis had posessed? like his knowlage of the AL? and can he still use his memories to teach them without being able to show them?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha
    Evarinya, ganga eom Shurty!

  • Evarinya

    🙂

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thank you, Evarinya, and ditto, Feanarang!

  • feanarang

    @Evarinya:

    Right. I don’t read books because they remind me of real life. I read books because they are exotic, exciting, and excruciatingly awesome (How’s that for alliteration? I know, I’m a nerd.).

  • Evarinya

    A.H.E.M
    Thank you very much for clearing that up. Its nice to know.

    I think that Eragon became so good at it was mainly because of Brom. I mean, he wasn’t ever the nicest person on the planet.. 😉 and he never went soft on him.
    Plus Im pretty sure Eragon had some natural skill considering what Padfoot said about the farming life and working with a bow.
    It is still a bit unrealistic, but seriously.. who is going to be reading the book thinking, “I can’t believe Eragon learned all that in only 4 months.. it should have taken longer. Im going to praddle on about this to everyone!”
    Right 😉

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Just think, if Eragon was not a natural, we would have to hear about more bruises Brom gave him, plus all the extra training he would have had to do!

    Haha, okay, we have not done that, I have only gotten bloodied once, but that was enough for my Mum, got my knuckle cut, my finger, and my arm. I think it was my fault though, we were using rather sharp sticks! ;D I have two long sparring sticks I made, but I did not have them with me.

  • feanarang

    AHEM: I completely agree with that. The protagonist is usually granted some fantastic learning speed or strength of some kind. However, I understand why it happens. People don’t read books to think more about real life. Books are an escape, another world in which they can immerse themselves. In this world, it’s ok to have a little unrealisticness (is that even a real word?) for the sake of the story.

    @Meghan and Padfoot:

    I totally know what you mean. Three or four years ago, some buddies of mine would come over every week and we would swordfight with wooden dowels. By the end of the two hours we spent together each day, our knuckles would be all red and bruised. The swelling would just have gone down by the time they came back next week (or I went to their place), and we would hurt ourselves all over again. It took forever to learn how to hold the stick properly so that we wouldn’t lose the use of our hands for several days. Anyway, random story of the day.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    This is one thing that annoys me about reading fiction: Realism is thrown out the window like a moldly old shoe for the sake of powering up the protagonist or for “convenience.”

    It would have been much better, IMO, if Eragon had had some sword experience before the Cycle actually began, and kept working on it constantly even through Brisingr. Even under those circumstances, however, Murtagh would have trounced him in real life. This is a person who, by his own word, has spent his life studying and practicing swordplay. Since he’s eighteen when the Cycle begins, and since it wasn’t uncommon during the medieval period to start fencing instruction as early as age seven or so, he should have at least eleven years of experience. If Eragon didn’t have his Sue-learning, he’d have been in deep trouble whenever he crossed swords with Murtagh. ; )

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, he would.

    Meghan, hahaha, I know! The sad thing is, when I fight, it kind of looks like Sam fighting Aragorn, and I would be Sam!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    @Padfoot

    Hahahaha! I know what you mean. It took me a good while to finally beat my friend Chris without injuring my thumb.:)

  • Xelba

    jwandell:

    Yes.

  • jwandell

    ive been reading the cycle and would murtagh be eragons 1/2 brother?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, I LOVE IT! I do not do it much, and I have been banned because Prongs and I get too rough and I end up with scars, but I love it!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yea, fencing ROX. It’s one of my favorite sports. I suppose C.P. needed Eragon to be experianced with something else than a bow.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    True.

  • Xelba

    I think he got good at swordplay really fast because you can’t have a hero who is utterly defenseless.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Haha, I love swordplay! My friend Prongs and I used to fight a lot! I do believe it to be kind of unrealistic but it depends on natural skill and and ability to move. I mean, most likely the reason that Eragon caught on so fast is that his work on the farm that built up strength and his ability with hunting with a bow would have done the same along with making his reflexes better as well. He also is the son of Brom.

  • feanarang

    Haha, AHEM. You’re right, Eragon’s four-month mastery of the sword is extremely unrealistic. I actually have experience in the field of swordplay (both fencing and otherwise) so I know that it takes more than four months to master it. Indeed, it often takes more than ten years. But anyway, I think that it’s a 50% chance either way. Depends what kind of factors are added in.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha, I think it would… I dunno, like think both of them are well matched.

    I hope no either!

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Further on the topic of Eragon vs. Murtagh:

    I guess Eragon has the advantage if you factor in that he’s the main character and probably won’t die.(Though Book IV would be 100 times more awesome if he and Saphira did.) Based on Angela’s prophecy, he will(unfortunately) have a long life. However, that doesn’t mean that Murtagh can’t still defeat him. He could very well defeat Eragon, capture him, and bring him to Galbatorix. He’s been ordered not to kill Eragon, remember?

    When Eragon fought Murtagh for the first time, they were both pretty much at the “peak” of their abilities. Eragon hasn’t grown any better since then. This was evidenced when he fought Oromis who said something along the lines of, “You are as good a swordsman as I have ever seen. I have nothing more to teach you, and that which I have and you don’t, I cannot give you.” When they fought again at the Burning Plains, Eragon commented that Murtagh’s technical skill was “Better than Vanir’s and as good as Eragon’s.” So, they are both at the same level of actual skill, and neither is advancing.

    (Personally, though, I think Eragon’s four-month sword mastery was rather unrealistic. It was more due to Eragon’s Sue-ness than to any actual talent.)

    Now, if it was just a pure swordfight with no magic, then yes, Eragon would have the definite upper-hand, but that would only be because of his *coughdeusexmachinacough* transformation in Ellesmera. If Murtagh had the same enhancement, the battle would be evenly matched.

    I agree that Eragon and Murtagh are pretty much evenly matched. I’m not saying that Murtagh’s experience would make him win by a massive landslide. However, when two warriors of similar skill fight it out with everything they have(both trying to kill or injure the other; not just practice sparring), the battle still ends pretty quickly. Even the most evenly matched duels are quickly decided by chance or by the slightest mistake, so a even swordfight between Murtagh and Eragon would pretty much be a coin-toss; it could go either way. However, if I had to pick one of them, I’d give a slight edge to Murtagh based on his experience, maybe a 55% chance of victory.

    (Glad to discuss this with you too, feanarang.)

    Evarinya:

    Eragon was first published in 2002, I believe, and republished by Knopf in 2003. Eldest was published in 2005, and Brisingr in 2008. So, it took about the same amount of time for CP to write both books, unless he didn’t start working on Eldest until after the republishing deal, wherein it would have taken less time than Brisingr.

    Hopefully Book IV won’t take as long as either of those. Waiting is not cool. >: (

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye.

  • jwandell

    thank you very much phoenixlord

    i think that he would win. and it even said in eragon ” if you ever went up agenst some one with that kind of training they would tear you apart” and now eragons got that training and he has the gift of the dragons, and he has a new sword that he has the true name of. he would have to win

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I have no idea about the time either.

    Aye, Eragon would win.

  • Phoenixlord

    Brisingr is better than zarroc and eragon is a better swordsman thanks to the dragons gift. If eragon and murtagh have a pure hand to had battle with no magic undoubtedly eragon would win. i cant say anything about galby since he is very unmentioned in the books

  • Xelba

    Evarinya:

    I have no idea.

  • Xelba

    Actually, I’m hoping that book four will come out in the next two years, if not less. My reason for thinking this is that CP already started writing it before he finished Brisingr, and before he made the trilogy into a cycle.

  • Evarinya

    Maybe.. Didn’t it take longer for CP to write Eldest than he did Brisingr?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Longer I think, I think like two years?

  • jwandell

    i was hoping before i leave for basic training, mabye september? or november? thats makes it about a year right? it was a year between each of the other books wasent it?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hopefully within about three years. I mean, he has to write it, then make sure that all of the plot and stuff makes sense and is what he wanted. He has to check all of his facts, making sure he follows his own rules. And he has to proofread A LOT and that is a lot to proofread! Then he has to go through the whole distribution stuff and the publishing stuff, so that is a lot to do!

  • jwandell

    when do u think that book 4 will come out?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Maybe, it might be.

  • jwandell

    i think i know what broms ring is made of, his saphrias egg. its just a theory but it could make sence…

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I have no idea, that elf is odd and is a smith, so she might have, I mean, she the a smith for elves, I am sure that most higher elves’ blade are decorated, especially those that use magic.

  • jwandell

    yea i just read the passage and it said it did have a stone but my question is where did it come from? does she just have presious gems laying around a shop? wouldent it have been more fitting if eragon have found and shaped the stone himslef?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Oh, were you talking to me about the profile thing? No, I am not a member, just a nuisance that has been on here for about two years now.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I think Brisingr had a sapphire, I don’t remember, I think all Rider swords have them to store energy.

  • jwandell

    i cant remember, it says that zar’roc has a ruby in the hilt. did eragons new sword?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hello, Feanarang. Ganga eom Shur’tugal.
    I think you are right.

  • jwandell

    lol ok do u have a profile on this website?? and if they die then the book dies and then a whole bunch of people get mad lol…

  • feanarang

    AHEM, welcome back! It’s always good to see another person who uses logic and evidence from the books to back up their viewpoints. However, in a “pure swordfight,” no weapons, no Eldunarya, no magic, and no elven enhancements, I believe that Eragon and Murtagh would be evenly matched. The reason?

    In Eragon, when Mrutagh and Eragon first spar, neither of them can gain an advantage (despite Murtagh’s extra years of studying swordplay), and they both know it. If I were to make an argument for either character, it would actually be in Eragon’s favour, for he became Murtagh’s equal after less than a year of studying the art of the blade. If both Riders have continued at their current rate of learning, Eragon will have surpassed Murtagh by now. That said, both of them are masters of the sword, and I believe that neither would have an advantage (though Brisingr is a better fit for Eragon’s fighting style than the falchion or even Zar’roc was). Those are just my opinions, and I know better to think that I’ll convince you to my point of view.

    Anyway, good to see your posts again.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I’m not tellin’, mate!!! ;D
    Sometimes it is better for them. If one of the main people die in books though, I always want them to go out fighting, dying for someone else is, I think, the best way to die like that.

  • jwandell

    ive noticed that u say mate, r u from the us? and i know they die its just that it wouldent make much sence if the m.c died lol

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I know, I was just saying that sometimes main characters die.

  • jwandell

    yea but what about the prof.? i mean he cant die if he sees saphaira flyin around a ship with himslef can he?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Jwandell, main characters die too, mate.

  • jwandell

    i dont agree, i think that eragon would beat murtagh hands down, and my reason behind it would be hes the main character lol he cant lose, and not to mention that if ayra does hatch the green dragon hes got that and her power with his, so thats 2 dragons agenst one with the elfs help and his new sword i think that hell win any battle

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “but if eragon got all the Eldunari fromthe rok wouldent he be stronger than murgoth?>”

    MurTAGH. Are you thinking of Morgothal, the dwarves’ god of fire?

    If Eragon got all the Eldunarya, then he would probably be able to beat Murtagh on a premise of pure strength. However, any speculation on which of the two would win in any situation other than the current ones is just speculation. It really depends on what they are using to help them in the actual fight.

    Murtagh with Eldunari pwns any Eragon without Eldunari, unless he has help from a dozen elf spellcasters and/or Aren, wherein Eragon has a slight advantage. Without his uber transformation from Ellesmera, Eragon gets beaten by Murtagh whether he has the Eldunari or not.

    In a pure swordfight, the advantage goes to Murtagh, because he’s been training in swordplay for 10 years, and his extra experience would really be the decisive factor between two swordsman of equal skill.(He severely injured Eragon during their swordfight in “Fire in the Sky” to the point where Eragon needed immediate healing.) If Eragon had his elf-traits and Murtagh didn’t have his Eldunarya, Eragon would probably win. Without the elf-powers or any Eldunarya, Murtagh would beat Eragon, if only by a slight amount.

    If they both have Eldunari, it really comes down to who has more at the time. If they had about equal numbers . . . inconclusive. Eragon has the Belt of Beloth the Wise, the jewel in Brisingr, and Aren for extra strength, but Murtagh has a much more complete knowledge of magic-including dark magic-and more natural talent.(He advanced to an extremely competent level in less time than Eragon.) Murtagh also possesses the ability to create a “crackling shaft of ruby energy” that has so far been shown to be unblockable.(Several dwarf magicians joining power couldn’t stop it.) Eragon’s best attacks, like the Death Words, have been shown to be fairly easy to block with wards. Unless Murtagh holds back this power, perhaps because he’s not supposed to kill Eragon, then I see this as being the decisive factor that will knock Eragon and Saphira out for the count.

    Also, I’d like to point out that Murtagh is probably storing energy in the ruby in Zar’roc, much as Oromis did with Naegling. Since he carries the constantly recharging HoHs with him wherever he goes, he has access to a much larger reserve of energy at one time than Eragon. If he’s half as smart as the Cycle has shown him to be so far, he’ll be transferring large quantities of that into the sword, letting the Eldunarya recharge, and then doing it again. That might present a bit of a problem to Eragon.

    That’s how Eragon’s strength compares to Murtagh, I think. It really depends on the resources each has at his disposal.

  • jwandell

    but if eragon got all the Eldunari fromthe rok wouldent he be stronger than murgoth?>

  • PadfootUnwraithSlayer

    Yeah, unless Murtagh grows arrogant, I do not see Eragon using Murtagh’s personality as a weakness.

  • cama900

    Murtagh was stronger than Eragon but that was because Murtagh had an eldunari (99 % sure).

    “Better to tear out my hearts,” Murtag replied,…

    Eragon watched from above as Murtagh removed a small round object from his belt and pressed it against Thorn’s shoulder. Eragon sensed no surge of magic from Murtagh, but the object in his hand flared and
    Thorn’s broken wing jerked as his bones snapped back in place and muscles and tendons rippled and the tears
    in them vanished. Lastly, the wounds in Thorn’s hide sealed over.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Jwandell:

    ZOMGZS, did you just say that Eragon should be stronger than Murtagh?!!!!!!!! I’ll try to rein myself in and respond logically . . .

    Brom was weaker than a Forsworn, such as Morzan. However, he managed to beat them using unconvential techniques and more cunning thinking, such as by trying to figure out what made them tick before he fought them. Morzan was also, from what Oromis said(Chapter: Two Lovers Doomed?), prone to making hasty mistakes “in his impatience,” and overlooking crucial details in spells. This was the weakness that Brom exploited.

    Murtagh, however, is a whole different sort of beast to fight. He stated that he was “stronger than Morzan ever was” in the chapter “Inheritance,” and his power is rapidly growing. He was even able to fight thirteen elves, a rider, and a dragon into exhaustion with no help from anyone by Thorn, something not even three of the Forsworn together could accomplish. He has inherited Morzan’s skill and natural talent with magic, but he also supplements that with a more tempered outlook. He’s very cautious, very thorough, and very intelligent. Eragon, quite frankly, is nowhere near intelligent or sneaky enough to out-think Murtagh the way Brom out-thought Morzan.

    Also, the strength of two Riders is determined just by the strength of their parents. It’s more to do with the individual. From the speed with which he reached such a level of mastery with magic, I’d have to say that Murtagh is the more exceptional and talented Rider here.

    Bottom line: Without a dozen elves to babysit him, Eragon gets owned by Murtagh.

  • jwandell

    if dragons get as big as houses and hills , would there Eldunari be like as big as a horse?

  • alucard

    And in answer to Xelba’s question, I doubt it. When she later talked to Oromis and Glaedr, Saphira said she knew that she had an Eldunari, but implied that she wasn’t aware of its purpose. So unless she was lying to them (doubtful), I don’t think she knew. Saphira may just have felt touched about how Eragon feels the same way as her. On the other hand, Glaedr may have told her about her Eldunari sometime during her training in Eldest, and she WAS aware of it.

    Good discussion question, I propose that we ask Paolini in the next In’terview.

  • alucard

    Could we have audio versions of future interviews, like the one before Brisingr came out? I’d much rather hear what Chris has to say directly out of his mouth, instead of just a transcript of the interview.

    Not that I’m complaining, I still think its great that shurtugal can interview him at all. But with just a transcript, we miss out on a large piece of the interview. We could get so much more out of it if we could hear his voice; written dialogue just doesn’t convey his mood and feelings as well.

  • Xelba

    Do you think Saphira was aware of what her Eldunari was capable of before Oromis and Glaedr told her? In Brisingr, on page 372, it said;

    “Saphira blinked and flicked out her tongue, and he sensed a strange shift in her emotions. What? he asked.

    I…She blinked again. I agree. I wish we could remain in mental contact when we were at great distances from each other.”

    This was just before Eragon had to go to Farthen Dur. Do you think she was thinking about her Eldunari?

  • jwandell

    yea but eragon had 2 force the magic arend zar’roc but when he name his sword thats its true name

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Maybe it is Eragon, but both sword lit up for him. I have no idea, I just thought it was interesting. I mean, the flames save for their color sound the same to me.

  • jwandell

    i dont get the connection… like bewteen the two swords?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I just found some that I had never noticed before. You know that when Eragon says “Brisingr” while holding the sword it always bursts into flames, listen to when Eragon is fighting Durza, I just remembered it.
    “All his pain and rage focused on one word:
    ‘Brisingr!’
    Zar’roc blazed with bloody light, heatless flames running along it…
    He lunged forward…
    And stabbed Durza in the heart.”

    I just made that connection when I was reading, has anyone else noticed it?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Brom said he beat them because he used his head and brawn, not just brawn. He seemed to have not beat them so much by way of being stronger, just being a better thinker. That might come in handy for Eragon. But Morzan was strong and so is Murtagh, Murtagh also has Eldunari or Eldunarya, but know Eragon has Glaedr.

  • jwandell

    cuz if broms eragons dad wouldent that mean that he should be stronger that murgoth? like brom beat the forswarn so he was stronger that them, so shouldent eragon be sronger than murgoth?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, why?

  • jwandell

    broms eragons dad right?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I have no idea.

  • jwandell

    and another thing i kinda found out.. cp says that the hermit in book 3 knew magic, now it said he was human but anglea was with him for years right? if she was with him and she was one of the grey folk would that make him one too? or r they just like liveing for a long time?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Your guess is as good as mine, mate.

  • jwandell

    i mean she says shes been going to the elves place long before they started testing people. and the twins wouldent go into her mind cuz she could break them with a thought….

  • Evarinya

    @Jwandell
    It could always be a possibility.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I have no idea, mate.

  • jwandell

    am i the only one who thinks that angela could be one of the grey people? it says they faded, couldent they have just kinda melted into culture?

  • .

    when will we be able to post new questions?

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Davidg:

    I believe the girl you are thinking of, who was cursed to protect others, was Elva.

    Anyhow, I don’t think it would be possible to put two souls into an Eldunari. Glaedr said something in the chapter, “The Beginning of Wisdom”(Eldest) that was something along the lines of, “If your dragon/Rider is in pain, you must resist the urge to take their soul into your body and shelter it there, for that would result in both your deaths. Even if it were possible, it would be an abomination, having two souls in one body.”

    Since one body cannot house two souls, it stands to reason that an Eldunari has a limit of one soul as well. Dragons and Riders are already linked between their souls, from what Glaedr said, but not to the point where they can permanently go into each other’s body. Their link only extends to feeling the other’s body and mind, though it seems to be possible for one of them to enter the other’s body while retaining a small link to their own flesh. This was seen in the chapter, “Through a Dragon’s Eye” when Saphira allows Eragon to enter her body. During this time, Eragon’s human body was still alive, but in a sort of a trance.

  • Davidg

    Forgot about that argument, its been a while since i read eragon and yes there is the proof of not being able to summon anyone but like i said im not talkin about them becomming a spirit i know they dont.

    It still dosent cover a dragons eldunari! or the thought of willingly putting a living riders soul combined with the dragons in the eldunari. That i think might still be a possibility seeing as eragon used magic to cause …. what is the girls name? the one who felt the urge to help others? he used magic to tie he soul and being into helping others, why not tie a dragons and their riders with magic then put the dragons soul in the eldunari? that might work as long as they both are willing. and still the eldunari might be enough for a dragon to power the inanimate body even if he is the only one in it. what you guys think.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Finally, a compromise, thank you, mate.

  • feanarang

    @Davidg: Your arguments about the amount of energy required for such a feat (trapping the spirits of dead people in an inatimate object) make sense. However, PEOPLE (Elves, humans, dwarves, urgals or othewise) DON’T BECOME SPIRITS WHEN THEY DIE!

    Eragon, pg 147-148: ” ‘Still, if it’s possible to fix your arm, could I bring someone back from the dead?’

    The question surprised Brom, but he answered quickly, ‘Remember what I said about projects that will kill you? That is one of them. Riders were forbidden to try to resurrect the dead, for their own safety. There is an abyss beyond life where magic means nothing. If you reach into it, your strength will flee, and your soul will fade into darkness. Wizards, sorcerers, and Riders – all have faild and died on that threshold. Stick with what’s possible – cuts, bruises, maybe some broken bones – but definitely not dead people.’ “

    So here is the evidence against what you are proposing.

    1. In this series of books, people do not become spirits after they die. They go to “an abyss beyond life where magic means nothing.” There is no way to contact the dead (because they don’t become spirits!), and there is no way to bring them back.

    2. As I’ve stated before, no amount of magical strength can be used to bring someone back from the dead. And no amount of magical strength can be used to summon a dead person’s spirit and trap it in the living world, because there is no such thing as a spirit of a dead person (human, elf dwarf, etc.). You can’t summon what doesn’t exist.

    It’s an interesting theory, Davidg, but it simply isn’t possible for it to take place.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I get where you are coming from now, but I do not think Eragon would do it.

  • Davidg

    Im not spacifically tryint to say bring back the dead! No! But if you could summon a spirit or someone who died not alive no rez just have them be there some how that dosnt seem impossible. You should be able to trap that energy or whatever it is in a crystal of somesort! Therefore creating a eldunari effect.

    No on the body, you remember how eragon used magic to get the gold and used magic to make 3 balls? ok no dont think full blood tissue and all that just think a solid object like a tree trunk, carve a statue or something and infuse it with the crystal or eldunari. Then place a spell of movement and link it to the eldunari or crystal and to the soul inside so they can move it.

    On the lilly eragon used alot of energy yes, but how long dose it take for a plant to grow that big? thats all the energy it took at one time! To carve a body or mold one from clay would not be that hard. To imbune it like he did with rorans and katrinas rings to use the energy of a crystal or eldunari would not be hard either. You see what im gettin at. Some spells are hard others are not. How much energy dose it take to lift your arm? not much. Now a dragon is heavier and uses more than that ok, but if you make a smaller body somehow they will use less energy and still be able to move.

    What im getting at is more simple than complex a computer is complex like a dragons body the mother board which controlls everything is like the brain, and the code the actions and energy to move a body part. Im saying take a battery and hook it straight to the parts like a hydrolic and use some energy and it moves. It would be the crystal or eldunari the battery and just the main functions being like the electric hydrolic add energy it moves. like that though there are many other examples to use.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, most of us just know each other from here.

    Evarinya, ganga eom our Shur’tugal.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    @SolembumRulesTheEarth

    We all know each other here at shurtugal. Padfoot, All.Hail.Emporer.Murtagh., and me are just familiar with each other on here. There’s tons of people on this site.:)

  • Evarinya

    No problem Padfoot :]

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    Padfoot, Allhailemperormurtagh and maghan swiftsword, do u guys all know each other offline or something?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thank you.

  • Xelba

    To Padfoot:

    Nice point about the lilies.

  • Xelba

    Davidg, your theory may be true, but I doubt Eragon will actually try to make dead people come alive. I think he is too busy trying to defeat Galbatorix to experiment with magic, but it may be possible.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    All I know is what Brom said about bring the dead to life, I do not know other than that what is possible and impossible. David, I dragon’s systems is more complicated than knuckles, all the organs, muscular system, pulmonary system, and all those other systems would have to be made perfectly in order for it to work. If he gets one thing wrong, the body might reject one of it’s own and in turn, kill the dragon. It would take too much energy and time. If you look at the elves, they change there bodies to a certain amount, but you do not see them changing into other creatures, they do not make that much change. Think about when Eragon made that lily grow, remember how much energy that took? A dragon would take ALOT ALOT more than that little lily. And if they made the dragon body and the dragon could live inside of it, they most likely would have to make it small to save energy and they would have better chance of not making mistakes, but the problem to that is that the old dragon would be in a hatchling’s body, like the opposite of Thorn, and if they tried to make it grow like Galby did to Thorn, then the dragon, like Thorn, would be clumsy because of being used to the body. That is just my theory on it, I think it would be other their heads, mate. It could be possible, but I just do not see it.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    THANK YOU, EVARINYA!!!! I OWE YOU ONE, MATE!!! Thanks, Mike for not deleting.

  • Davidg

    I just had another thought, what if what I was asking about with summoning spirits and putting them in crystals or what ever is true and same for animating the makeshift bodys with the energy in those crystals is true. Now imagine if that is what Galby is working on but not only dragons! There are a few people he might want around like the FourSworn! If what i have been asking about is true he might use this to bring them back and wage war on the varden and all of alagasia at one time. Nothing would be able to stop him!

    What you think?

  • Davidg

    If a dragon goes into his eldunari he dosnt get a second chance at life he continues living but unable to do anything outside the eldunari unless he has a spurt of magic kind of moment.

    My question though about the spell to creat or mold a new body is if eragon can make his knuckles swell up and alter his body he can alter other substances like the gold balls he created.

    Well in that case he should be able to use something to mold it with a spell to make a dormant body and cast a spell like he has with the belt of beloth that uses the energy in whatever is the source aka the eldunari to animate the body therefore giving the dragon a new body! Dont you think this should be a possibility after all we have seen spells to do all this seperately just combine them to make it work and there you go a new body for the dragon who through life can go through life as he did before.

    What you think? It makes sense and Galbatorix could be workin on it like you said Xelba (guest) that would make some sense wouldnt it? It would be a big task to creat so many bodys for lots of eldunari and Galby has been missing physically in the story.

  • Evarinya

    Dont worry Padfoot, I got your back. The link is..
    http://www.shurtugalwriters.proboards.com/
    :]
    Please dont delete!!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Please someone from the other Shur’tugal come on! If someone does, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, send my the link for it!!! My internet messed up and got rid of like bookmark for it! I tried to find it on google, but I cannot, please help me someone! Put it one of the older news things so that I do not keep messing up this one.

    P.S. Mike, please, this is really important to me, please do not delete this, I beg of you! Please, it is not my fault and this is the only way I can contact me that can help! Please.

  • Glorfindel

    Official people, I have a question. I got an email saying:
    “brinklerg has sent you a new personal message titled ‘from administrators’.
    you can read this personal message by following the link below.
    (it lists a link. something about inheritance forums
    Regards, the Inheritance Forums Team.”
    (then the link again)

    Is this spam?

  • Sorcerer’sApprentice

    I learned a lot from the interview! I can’t wait until the next Q&A. I got some questions… but everybody except me probably knows the answers. 🙂

  • Xelba

    Glad I could help.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Thanks. I get it now. My friend and I were really confused, and he suspects that Glaedr might come back in the flesh, but I’m not sure about that.

  • Xelba

    MeghanSwiftSword:

    …Sort of. I mean, after they die they can’t use their bodies anymore, but their minds are still alive. So in a way, they do get a second shot at life.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    I’m kinda confused. I thought that dragons got a second chance at life if they went to thier eldunari as they die. Don’t they?

  • Xelba

    Hmph. Well, my problem still isn’t fixed. Oh well, I’ll deal with it.

  • alucard

    Nevermind, someone fixed the problem.

  • Xelba

    Yeah, sometimes I can’t get on this site at all. I’m not sure why.

  • alucard

    Mike- I can’t view this page through Internet Explorer anymore, and a few features are messed up when I look at it through Netscape.

    Is anyone else having this problem?

  • Xelba

    Interesting…

    I’m not really sure if it’s possible, though. If it were, don’t you think Galbatorix would have accomplished it by now? Maybe he would have created an army of the living dead or whatever. I wonder if that could be his next ‘great mystery project’.

  • Davidg

    Well like i was saying in the last post why not summon them not rez them but summon them and talk with them. If ghosts and spirits live in our real world then in a land with magic there has to be a way to talk with those that are dead!

    Another thought, if an eldunari contains the soul of a dragon and after several years reaches its max holding on energy then why not cast a spell that uses the energy in an eldunari to creat or change what you have around you into a body and with the same spell give the dragon in the eldunari the ability to use that body? this would work since all it would do is use the energy that is already in the eldunari. It would give the dragon another chance at life! What about that one?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thank you, I was hoping I had that right.

    Evarinya, gana eom Shur’tugal.

  • Evarinya

    Padfoot is right about that

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I just thought of this, Brom said you can\’t bring the dead back to life or it will kill the person attempting it

  • Davidg

    True but eragon still has more he could learn and when i said reanimate the body i know the spirit would never return to it, but the brain stores all the data of your life. If you could reanimate the body you might be able to get to the knolwdge in the brain of say like oromis! and not only that but like trying to summon back oromis so he can learn more or even brom or his mom to chat a bit. Is that possible? there is bound to be a spell of somesort to contact those that are dead! wouldnt you think!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Davidg, just call my Padfoot, mate, I know my name is long.

    I don’t think it would work like that. If you reanimated a corpse, then it would be like an inferi, the spirit or soul of that person would not return, it would be an empty shell. And if you did get the person to be more than a shell, then that person will not happy or normal (the way they used to be) because they would not belong to the world.

  • Davidg

    PadfootUnewraithSlayer (Guest)
    feanarang

    Once again thank you for the answers. But there has to be a way to contact them even though they are gone! Reanimate a corpse cause of the brain which stores everything they have done and learned or by summoning some way. In Brisngr they magicly creat a look alike of the dwarf god why not use that method and somehow actually bring back someone to chat with or something that you knew?

    How long dose it take to get your confirmation email? I still havnt gotten it and i tried the first post i did.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I have no idea, mate.

  • Xelba

    Spirits are confusing.

    Are they living beings? Were they ever living beings? Are they always around you, just invisible, or do they live somewhere secret and only come when summoned?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I am commenting on that.

    Feanarang, ganga eom (the other) Shur’tugal!

  • feanarang

    Ok, I’ve skimmed through a ton of pages in Eragon (from where Eragon first discovers magic to when Brom dies). I can’t find the spot where Brom would tell Eragon that people don’t become spirits after they die. In fact, I’m fairly certain that that specific part doesn’t exist. So Brom probably told Eragon that in one of the “They traveled on, and Brom continued to instruct Eragon in swordsmanship and magic” sections that don’t give us any details. But anywho, you can’t summon the spirit of a dead person, because people don’t become spirits when they die. So that’s why you can’t summon a person back, David.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Yeah, you are right I think Feanarang.

    Ganga eom Shur’tugal, Feanarang.

  • feanarang

    @David (Guest):

    Brom told Eragon that spirits are not people/dwarves/elves that have died. They are an entirely different kind of being.

    Brisingr, page 215: ” ‘They aren’t human spirits, are they? Nor elf, dwarf, not those of any other creature. We don’t become them after we die.’ “
    Arya confirms this by saying, “No. And please do no ask me…”

    But now I want to know when Brom told Eragon that the other beings of Alagaesia don’t become spirits when they die. I’m gonna find that, now.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Yeah, I think it was kind of better for him to die, he would not suffer any more. 🙁

    That is kind of Necromancy, mate. I don’t think that would be a good thing to do, I mean, once that person is dead, the person no longer belongs to the world.

    Haha, hello, Feanarang.

    Oh, okay, I just thought that they were talking about Shuikan. ;D

    Oh, P.S.

    I know some of you might not want to here it, but ABC Family is premiering Eragon on I think Thursday.

  • David

    PadfootUnewraithSlayer (Guest)
    Xelba (Guest)

    Thanks for responding, but when Oromis and Gladr were fighting Oromis said for Gladr to let him go allowing him to die and Gladr went to attack Murtag and Thorn. Oromis wanted to die! But here then is another question for anyone with an answer:

    If you can summon spirits and creat a Shade! Why not summon one perticular spirit and put their soul in a crystal or in another body that can be repaird or something to get them back?

    this would allow the riders of old to help those of now and help restore peace to alagasia.
    Sorry for the questions but im courious and they are good ones you gotta admit that!

  • feanarang

    Hey Padfoot! It’s been a while! (And it’s my own fault, I know)

    I’ve figured out confusion about Galbatorix’s dragon once and for all.

    Eragon, page 32: “Tragically, during the fight a stray arrow pierced his (Galbatorix’s) dragon’s heart. Without the arts to save HER, SHE died in his arms.”

    This is taken from Brom’s storytelling.

    Now we go to the campfire scene in Brisingr with Eragon and Arya (which I think is one of the most important scenes in the entire book, by the way, because it shows how Eragon and Arya’s relationship has changed, but that’s off the point that I’m making here.).

    So. Brisingr, page 206: “The dragons spared Jarnunvosk, Galbatorix’s first dragon, for it was not HIS fault he was killed by Urgals…”

    From this we see an inconsistancy where CP switches the gender of the dragon from female to male. But really, who the heck cares? The gender of Galbatorix’s first dragon isn’t an important plot point at all. These sections simply show that CP made a mistake, because, well, he’s human, after all.

    So. No more debate about this issue, please. It was simply a mistake on Paolini’s part.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Will you be back on the other site as well?

    Like I said before, I don’t think so either, but you never know.

  • Evarinya

    @Padfoot
    Pretty much, I’ll still be coming on, but maybe not so much as I used to. 😛

    I still can’t quite grasp the theory of Angela being a half elf..
    She just doesn’t quite fit the part in my opinion..

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahahahahaha, well, I can’t help it, I can’t stop imagining Angela as Mrs. Weasley, and I am trying to imagine her as part elf! ;D

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I know, Mike does not have to shake his head and frown at us today! Haha, for once we are being good, Mike!

    I know, because the big climax will be in the last book! I can’t wait, this is almost as bad as the wait for Deathly Hallows, and I have about as much questions that I want answered! ;D

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    And you’ve got me laughing trying to imagine Mrs. Weasley as an elf, mate.:)

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    I know mate! I can’t wait for Book 4, to see all of our predictions and theorys roll out, and to finally find out what happens! Especially after this interview. And you’re right, it is VERY weird that most of us are on topic today.:)

    Have any of you noticed that the Inheritanc books build up more and more questions? It’s kinda funny that after 3 whole books we still have a ton of questions.:)

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Haha, okay, see you then if you remember!

    Wow, I actually am staying on topic today! ;D

    Haha, CP has got me excited to read Book 4 now!

  • jalawood

    I’d like to keep talking, but I g2g. Perhaps I will come back tomorrow, assuming I remember. I might be to engrossed in playing the Elderscrolls 4: Oblivion to remember. 🙂

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    True, but I just can\’t imagine Mrs. Weasley as part elf if you get my meaning.

    Hahaha, you are welcome, I did that because several times I have used it as examples and the person I was talking to was completely confused by my comment, but I am glad I could make you laugh! ;D

  • jalawood

    That is true, but CP did say they would be excellent at blending in. Perhaps she was raised by her human parent?

    The thought that I have not read Harry Potter amuses me, considering what an enormous fan of those books I am. Thanks for making me laugh today, but I understand why you wrote that. How were you supposed to know? 🙂

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    That is also true, that is why I am not sure about her. In a way, she kind of reminds me of Mrs. Weasley figure (from the Harry Potter series if you have not read it). I am not sure, I think she has too rough of a temperement to be part elf, she is kind, but frank and sometimes rather haughty, but who knows?

  • jalawood

    But what exactly is a witch in these books? It’s not exactly clear. Usually it is defined as a practitioner of magic, but Angela’s magic is different from Eragon’s and others like him’s.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Good for you, mate. I think it is a possiblity, but I am not sure, usually witches live along time anyway.

  • jalawood

    Possibly… 🙂 It would depend on the context of why he said so. If it was just because he didn’t think of that possibility, then I would continue holding to it.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Haha, even if CP himself said it was not so?

  • jalawood

    ANGELA IS HALF ELF!

    This I will hold to against all evidence.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Wait, no, that’s not right I don’t think. The only reason that Galby went against the other Riders was because of his first dragon dieing and the elders not granting him another dragon, remember. Shruikan kept HIS name out of all of the Foresworn dragons because he was stolen, you got the dragons mixed up I think. If you think about it, we know Shruikan’s name, he is the dragon of one of the foresworn, but because he was stole as a hatchling, he did not have a choice in the matter. I think Brom was talking about the first one, the dead one, and Arya was talking about Shruikan. I might be wrong, I need to reread the books, that I think I am correct.

  • Glorfindel

    Wow, guys. I’m really sure that there’s nothing “fishy” going on. Paolini probably made a weird mistake. It’s hard for editors to bear in mind every little detail from book one to book three. Give it a rest. I have no doubt that the first dragon was NOT trans-gender.

  • Ruydragon

    Londonxlove, I know what I am reading. In Brom’s story about Glabatorix, he said without the arts to save his 1st dragon, SHE died in his arms. When Arya told about the Banishment of names, Galby’s 1st dragon’s name was spared, because it wasn’t HIS fault. There’s something fishy going around in his writing.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    @Xelba

    Yea, alot of us have noticed that too. I’m guessing C.P. just changed it randomly.

  • feanarang

    I’m also very happy to see that what Glorfindel, A.H.E.M., and I have been saying all along has been backed up by CP himself. The sapphire in Aren is not Brom’s Saphira’s Eldunari. If so, Eragon would have felt that Saphira’s mind within the ring, not just a vast amount of energy.

  • Glorfindel

    Solembum: what doesn’t make sense?

  • Xelba

    I don’t know if I missed something during the books, but did Murtagh’s hair color change? In Eragon, he apparently had brown hair, but in Brisingr it said he had black hair.

  • Xelba

    To sort of answer your question, David, I don’t think a dragon could pull a rider into his eldunari. If they could, wouldn’t Glaedr have tried to pull Oromis into his heart of hearts as Oromis was dying? Good question though.

  • londonxlove

    Ruydragon- Are you sure in the third book Arya wasn’t talking about Galbatorix’s SECOND dragon, Shruikan, being a male?
    Or are you sure Brom wasn’t talking about his own dragon in the first book? Since Brom’s dragon was female…

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    David, that would certainly be interesting, a kind of ghosthood if you think about it. A probably rather dull ghosthood because I doubt they have mobility in a rock, but still they will be with there dragon.

    Oh yeah, Mike or who ever works the fan art. Thanks for putting my knew stuff up, mate!;D

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    *cough*Brom*cough* But that is just my opinion, I mean, he was best mates with Morzan so I am sure he had met him at one point.

  • Ruydragon

    I realised something wierd in the third book. in the first one, Doesn’t Brom say the Galby’s 1st dragon was a she? In the 3rd, Arya says Galby’s dragon was a he?????????? Is there something I don’t understand, or is it a mistake Paolini made? It would of been creepy if the dragon eventually changed gender. Who’s right? Arya or Brom?

  • David

    I want one question that haunts me untill I get some sort of answer, If a dragon can put his very soul into his eldunari and a rider can link himself with a dragon, is it possible for the dragon if the rider is near death or for any reason pull the rider into the eldunari so they are together forever? this would make being alive yet dead more bearable! This question is all I can think about.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Good point! Hiya, Feanarang!

  • feanarang

    @Xelba:

    Wild dragons could be every hue of the rainbow. Some Riders’ dragons were brown (a dull colour). We know this because Rhunon remarks in Eldest that a sword the colour of Saphira would be beautiful, not like those muddy brown dragons. This implies that she had crafted swords for riders with brown dragons.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Saphira’s mum was a wild dragon, right? does it ever say what color she was?

    I understand, Evarinya, are you going to be back now?

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    mmm. Glorfindel, you are right, but it still doesn’t make any sense.
    PS- i am now convinced that angela is a half-elf. and Xelba, to answer your question, elves can change their features to look any way they wnat, like how arya made her ears round in Brisingr.
    PSS-i think the eldunarya thing is a coincidence.

  • Evarinya

    xD
    Hey Padfoot. Sorry Ive been..
    B.U.S.Y.
    I mean.. I barely have any time to DO anything on here!
    Im going to try to get back on the site though..

    Im still mot totally impressed with Angela being the whole.. Half-Elf Half-Human thing..
    It just doesnt click in my mind

  • Xelba

    Does anyone know the answer to my question?

    Are wild dragons brownish green or are they brightly colored like Saphira, Thorn, and Glaedr? It’s a small detail, but I’d like to know.

  • Xelba

    I don’t think Angela’s completely human, but if she was part elf wouldn\’t she have a hint of elvish features? It was never mentioned in the text that she had slightly pointed ears or anything. Maybe she’s a totally different race, like Eragon might be.

  • Xelba

    I noticed that Mr. Paolini doesn’t give very straight answers to most of the questions.

  • Glorfindel

    Solembum: When people talk about Aren being Saphira’s Eldunari, they mean Brom’s dragon, Saphira, not Eragon’s Saphira. And yes, I agree. And I’m glad that Paolini finally stated what I’ve been saying all along.
    “If Aren had been Saphira’s Eldunari, Eragon would have felt it’s consciousness.”
    Kay, very nice. Also, Ligers.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Feanarang! Hi, mate! You have been gone awhile!

    Yeah, I agree that Angela might be a half elf.

  • Kay

    about the eldurnARYA thing: in latin a neuter noun (meaning it has no gender like in spanish) in the plural is changed to having an ‘a’ as an ending instead of something such as ‘um.’ this could be common in other languages such as Old Norse or something, i don’t know. it’s just my two cents to try and prove that Arya’s name has no connection to the HoHs.

    great interview! i really liked the bit about the half-elves. it satisfied my science-geekyness for the day since biologically, that would probably happen in real life as with donkeys’ and horses’ having a mule, and mules cannot reproduce. 🙂

  • kdespina

    I think that was an interesting interview, but there should have been asked more questions. I wish next time he will answer questions like : Angela’s prophecy or how far is he with book 4.Anyway i love his books and his imagination.I do read a lot of books and CP is a great writer!!! Can’t wait for the next interview.

  • feanarang

    I also think that the EldunARYA coincidence is just that, a coincidence. For there to be any connection between Arya and the HoHs, she would have to be a HoH or have a HoH inside her or some crazy thing like that. That doesn’t suit CP’s writing style at all. The only possible explanation could be that “Arya” means “heart” or “hearts,” forshadowing her use in an “epic romance” perhaps?

    However, I believe the half-elf comment deserves far more attention. When I read that section, I immediately thought of Angela, who has obviously had a much longer life than any normal human, and seems to have been in Ellesmara. Angela also has spells that alert her when something interesting is going to happen (or so she implies when Blodhgarm and the rest of Eragon’s bodyguard arrive at the Varden’s campsite), so she could also have spells that enable her to blend in with either the human or elf population.

    It’s all spectulation, of course, but I believe that Angela, Tenga, and the women who show up in the chapter of Brisingr entitled “Intersecting Sagas” are from another series Paolini has in mind for Alagaesia.

    In other words, I loved the interview. There were so many teasers and tidbits of information. Keep it up, Shurty!

  • LR

    Eragon is not a hybrid his parents were both humans he may look elvish and have their strength but biological/genetically he is not an elf. If he had a kid with Arya or any other female elf that kid would be a half – elf.

    Angela being a half elf really makes a lot of sense. It would also explain why she has been to the Elf cities before, why she can use magic etc. Makes me wonder who her parents are if one of her parents was an elf that parent may still be a live.

    As far as the name Arya its origin is Sanskrit it can be use for a male or female and it means Noble;great;truthful.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Evarinya!! Merlin’s Beard, where have you been??

    I liked the questions and hopefully some that did not get their questions answered last time will get them the next.

  • Evarinya

    Wow.. those were some amazing questions!
    I cant believe what teasers we got..
    About the whole Angela/halfelf thing.. dont elves have to be.. exceptionally beautiful?
    Even Eragon’s flaws were somewhat changed..
    So wouldn’t Angela have to be somewhat beautiful too?
    Just a stray thought..

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    im sorry but Aren as saphira’s eldunari? that doesnt even make any sense. Brom had that ring before saphira even hatched; it was mentioned in “Eragon”. ive heard some bad theories before but that’s got to top them. at least my theories make sense.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    It could be, you never know!

  • Faolins

    Well , not most likely, just more of a thought …

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Maybe….

  • Faolins

    You know Tenga?

    This has probably been talked about MANY MANY times, I have not checked, but isn’t it most likely he is the blind begger Anglea tolld the fortune for?

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    On EldunARYA connection:

    Arya is a real-life word that means “noble.” I don’t think it is an Old Norse Word.(I believe it comes from a language called Sanskrit.) Therefore, it does not necessarily mean “noble” in the Ancient Language.

    Since “Eldunarya” forms the plural of “Eldunari” then it is most likely that Arya(if it has a meaning and isn’t just a name like “Eragon”) is the plural form of Ari. So, Arya meaning “hearts” is most likely.

    Eldunarya, however, cannot mean “noble hearts” even if Arya is the Ancient Language word for “noble.” It was stated that “Eldunari” means “Heart of Hearts.” Therefore, the plural form(Eldunarya) should simply mean, “More than one Heart of Hearts.”

    I would also like to point out that the ending “Arya” appears a few other times in the Ancient. I believe the A.L. name of the Burning Plains ends with Arya. I don’t have the books with me, but I believe it was said something like “Du vollar Eldervarya” or something similar.

  • taz

    Aren might be the gem from Undbitr, although that’s unlikely.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Wicked, if her name means noble and we are correct about the Arya being a word, then maybe Eldenarya (sp?) means “Noble Hearts”? Remember in the ancient Language, you write a Adjective after the word it modifies so in English it kind of sounds like that. The only problem for that just meaning that is that if I remember correctly the normal word of Heart is Hjarta, but like death, there might be more than one word for it ( Death is Andlat, dauth, Freohr, and maybe more.)

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    God only knows who/what Angela is.:) Total mystery to me. For once, I have no clue or theory.

    P.S.- @london*love and argetalf: I read that Arya’s name meant “Noble”. Fitting in my opinion.:)

  • menoaTREE

    that was a total teaser…helf-elf half-human what was the point of that!!!!! I wish we could know more…i’m dying to find out who the third rider is, and i want to know more about angela. she’s so mysterious. i still think she’s a grey folk person, though. thats why she knows magic, but gets her power from potions and stuff–because she used up her power with the huge anchantment of the grey folk with the ancient language. and i think she knows what the name of the ancient language is–thats why she’s so formidable and so…strange. the other guy…tenga or whatever his name was is probably a grey folk too. that;s how come he has all of those books with compilations of objects and their ancient names.

  • Faolins

    Could be a link ….

  • londonxlove

    argetalf – not necessarily, because when one language is translated into another, it doesnt have to be in the exact order of words. for example, when translating the english phrase “big house” into spanish, you would say “casa grande” not “grande casa”.

  • amyj

    lol wen i read the post and christopher mentioned the half elf/humans extended life span i immeadiately thought angela and apparently nearly everyone else did 🙁 but it seems to b the only way that can truly explain her long life and youthful appearance other than her eating ‘herbs’ as she put it or her being an elf or a rider which are both unlikely. and it maybe explains why solembum stays with her because she is a curious rare being??? i cant wait for book 4

    ANGELA FOR GREENIE!!!! ^^

  • Chris

    I’m thinking Angela would be the half elf, half human…

  • argetalf

    Ooh, good question londonxlove! Only would Arya mean “hearts” then…lol, Idk…I wonder if this is important! You might have just had a breakthrough, lol!

  • londonxlove

    In regards to the EldunARYA “coincidence”….I am not sure if it is. I mean, there are very few coincidences in books. It’s a given that writers pretty much know what they’re doing and saying.

    So if “Eldunarí” means “heart of hearts”…does that mean that “Arya” means “heart”? Hmm…

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahahahahaha

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yea, I agree that he is human. C.P. mentions that he is not a full elf, and he is only a dwarf legally.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I think Eragon is a half breed like race, but his true race is human, so I do not think he meant Eragon when he was talking about half elves. He was born human.

  • asdfg

    i was just wondering if anybody actually knew what race Eragon is? Is he human, elf, or some new race.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yea, I noticed that too. I think it was a coincidence, but that’s something to think about. C.P. may have a reason for it, but i’m not sure.

  • LeDelta

    It might be unimportant, but I noticed something in the question about the eldunarí. The plural is eldunARYA, it’s kind of coincidential but whatever, Anyone else has thoughts on this?

  • GALBY

    ANGELAS A HALF ELF

    SHE TOO OLD TOO BE HUMAN

  • saphirafreak

    just want to point something out, its to do with the hybrid Q&A , if Eragon (*is he a true hybrid?) is a human-elf he wont be having any kids? sucks. so maybe the menoa tree didnt do something to him in that sense?

  • Mike

    Once again, this is NOT the place to ask questions. If you post a question here it will NOT be entered to be asked during out next interview.

  • murtaghfannatic

    will murtagh and nasuada get together in the final book? or anything close to it? since in eragon murtagh shows a liking of nasuada, and nasuada has thoughts about marriage in brisingr

  • murtaghfannatic

    is the flower in eldest, the one faolin made for arya, real? if yes what is it called?

  • manuel

    aww my question were no asked 🙁 but still i want to know if chris is willing to write a book of Brom and the fall and galbys begging of madness and the beggining of the riders it will be great teehee!!!

  • Gilderien

    Sweet, I got three of my questions fully answered….. 🙂 Now I won’t have to continue to bang my head on the wall when I think of them.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    That was very interesting.

  • DanielW

    That was informative. I can’t wait for the next interview.

  • ryuu

    i believe that angela is a half-elf….just my thought

  • Bob

    There’s no audio of this interview and there aren’t currently any plans for audio. If that changes, we’ll be sure to let you know but for now, sorry!

  • Jeremy

    Wow good interview, just highly disappointed on the question’s asked….

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Weird, you can kind of compare Elves and humans with horses and mules! So Elves ARE more different to humans than I thought! Interesting……

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    That is so wicked of you guys to give the names of who asked the questions!

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Are there going to be audio versions of any of these interviews like there was with the first post-Brisingr interview?

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    That was a cool interview. Pretty interesting too. Can’t wait for next month!

  • Mike

    Hey guys – this is not the comment section to ask the questions on. I’ll be making a news post toward the end of this week – that’s where we’ll be taking questions. 🙂

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Ah! Wonderful! I hoped at least one of my questions was asked. That one about Aren was probably one of the most important ones.

    Hmmm, crafted by one of the elves’ best artisans, eh? It’s no ordinary gem, that’s for sure. Whatever gives Aren it’s super-energy-space, it must apply to the gem in Naegling as well, since Oromis had an even bigger store of energy.

    Half-elves . . . interesting. Humans and elves can pro-create, but the offspring is infertile and only has a very long life. That gives me a couple new ideas for questions in the next interview.

  • Ruydragon

    So… This is the comment board to ask questions?

  • Stanislao

    The comment on Elf-Human hybrids says a lot about the two species. If the half-elves are sterile, then elves and humans are two different species, perhaps even genera (plural of genus). It would appear that things are very different then they appear.

    Stanislao

  • Mike

    I thought the interview went great this month. I had so many awesome questions to pick from. I’m sorry if your question wasn’t asked – it doesn’t necessarily mean it was bad, just that I could only pick very few out of a ton of questions!

    We learned a lot of nifty stuff this month. Hopefully we can keep it up with the good questions!