Second Q&A with Christopher Paolini – Transcript!

The answers to our second question and answer session with Christopher Paolini are now available! This time around, Christopher tackles the races and genders of the Forsworn, the dangers and limitations of magic, Eldunari, elven children, and a possible hidden ability of Eragon’s… This month’s answers are sure to be the beginning of many wild theories! You can read all of Christopher’s questions to our second Q&A here! (Don’t forget, the transcript of our first Q&A with Christopher is also available).

Didn’t get a chance to submit questions for the first two Q&As? Never fear! We’re now taking questions for our third Q&A. Head over to this news post to read the questions submitted so far and to contribute your own. Remember: question submissions for our third Q&A close soon but there will be more chances in the future!

  • Clayton

    Has no one thought about Oromis’s sword that fell right before he died? Did Murtagh take it?

  • Faldy15

    i was wondering, what is the formation on the map right below Helgrind? it looks almost like a door or archway with hills around it.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Stenrgarm:

    There is no reason why Paolini can’t drop hints about who the green rider WILL BE without them having already been chosen. Haven’t you ever heard of foreshadowing?

    There’s also nothing in the excerpt about Eragon and Arya that suggests that Arya is already a Dragon Rider. The only thing it foreshadows is Eragon’s lust for her.

    Now, I don’t mean to be rude or stomp on your theories or anything, but the idea that the green dragon has already hatched based on a random detail at the Stone of Broken Eggs is quite frankly absurd.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Eka elrun ono Chris!I was a bit worried bec. it was such a delay!
    I totally agree with Shadeslayer70 about the 3rd egg.Also,think about it;The last dragon egg is in Galbatorixs tower,in Urubaen.So,if the last dragon had ALREADY hatched,then hows it possible the dragon and his rider be in Vardens side?They would have been bonded by several promises in the AL(and with their true names).

  • Chris

    I’m going to be going through the questions now. The third interview will be up tomorrow. I mean, I picked out the questions for it over 2 weeks ago, there has just been delays that were out of our hands.

  • Daethdr

    yea i wish they would post the questions that are going to be answered

  • borgan

    shadeslayer 70

    #1 was on time so i dont think that there are any kinks really , i think that after 1 went well more people jopined asked alot more questions and the work load got to big and mike didn’t have the heart to say he cant to this and that he would prefer a bi monthly vertion, mike invented these new reasons for being late

  • Elzeth

    I don’t care if they do it monthly or bi-monthly I just wish they could post it already! Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s not Shur’tugal’s fault that the answers aren’t up yet, but that doesn’t stop the suspense from killing me. Plus it would help if the posted up the questions for us to see like they did last time (took away some of the thrill but not all of it, and if i wasn’t keen on spoilers I wouldn’t be reading the interviewees 😉 !)

  • Shadeslayer70

    borgan:
    Agree to disagree then.

  • borgan

    this is actually the 3rd time so ya mabey working out kinks for #1 and mabey a little for#2 but #3 thats just crazy

  • Shadeslayer70

    borgan:
    They are just working out the kinks. This is the first time they’ve ever done this, there are bound to be a few problems. And if you want them to be bi-monthly, then why is it such a problem that a couple are late? Sorry i just think it’s really cool having them every month.

  • borgan

    shadeslayer:

    i am just saying that with these problems that keep quote-unquote mysteriously arising, it might be easyer to make it every 2 months

    also it must be alot of work so i would think that instead of instead of having all of these”mysteriously arising problems” makeing it bi monthly would take off some of the work load

  • Shadeslayer70

    borgan:
    If you would have already read through the comments you would know the delay isn’t the site’s fault. They had sent in the questions before the start of this month, but there has been some trouble contacting people at Random House. The next interview will be up soon, just be patient. And I like them a lot better as monthly interviews, than as bi-monthly.

  • borgan

    dude you said that number 3 would be on time and it has taken almost as long for it when there were not even close to the same amount of questions, like come on dude, like everyone is going “oh thank you thank you” and being to apresiative and ya its nice what your doing but ether hurry up or make it every 2 months so that it can be on time

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  • Stenrgarm

    i think the Eldunari are already bound to Galbatorix’s mind. They are a part of it.

  • joehall

    In Brisingr when Eargon is fighting Vraugh he wraps his mind around Vraughs to prevent him attacking Arya and Saphira. Why then can’t Earagon use this same technique on Galbatorix and sever his contact with the eldunari. Then Earagon would be able to slay him at will assuming Mutagh and Thorn are out of the picture.

  • Stenrgarm

    What elves don’t say is often more important than what they do.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, the only way I could see is if Oromis made her swear in the AL, but I do not think he would. If the dragon had hatched and Oromis had made her swear, she would still need to stay with the hatchling so that would learn to be Dragon and Rider. Or her mother could make her swear, I mean, I think Islanzadi is a control freak.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    As will I, if it has hatched, and I think that it’s highly improbable. And supposing Arya will be the next Dragon Rider, why wouldn’t she tell? Havn’t we noticed that she’s ABSOLUTELY devoted to the Varden?! She endured months of torture without saying a thing against them.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Stenrgarm:
    Again not trying to crush your theory or anything, and i will admit it is possible that it has already hatched, but i am standing firm on i think it is very improbable to have already hatched. The exerpt that you gave could have just been hinting even more that Arya will be the next rider, it doesn’t nececarily mean the egg has already hatched for her. And if it had, then why hasn’t she said anything to Eragon, or the varden? Though also if it already has hatched for her, i will be thouroughly interested in Poalini’s explanation for it.

  • Stenrgarm

    Mike said something about the people he contacted at Random House not being available. It should be out soon.

  • ThethirdQandA

    hey, where are the answers to the third round of Q and A to Paolini? Half of August is over and we don’t have it yet?!

  • Stenrgarm

    And Paolini said he heavily hinted who the next Rider would be in Eldest. How could he unless the dragon had already hatched?

  • Stenrgarm

    I am not only refering to the egg segment he stepped on.

    “A tingle of awe and joy shuddered along Eragon’s spine. This was where he belonged, as a Rider. Of all the things in Alagaesia, he had been lucky enough to be joined with this. The wonder of it brought tears in his eyes and a smile of wild exalution that dispelled all his doubts and fears in a surge of pure emotion.
    Still smiling he mounted the hill and took his place by Saphira as they surveyed the new day.
    Arya looked at him. Eragon met her gaze,and something lurched within him. He flushed without knowing why, feeling a sudden connection with her, a sense that she understood him better than anyone other than Saphira. His reaction confused even him, for no one had affected him in that manner before.”

    Eldest, pg 155

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Elzeth:

    No, Eragon was not comparing Arya to human women. Read what I posted again, taken straight out of the first book. “She was taller than MOST MEN.” Since Eragon had never seen an elf before, he must have been comparing her to human men, who are generally taller than human women. If Eragon had observed that she was taller than most women, then I would agree with you, but he didn’t. He said men, emphasizing how tall Arya really is compared to humans.

    Arya > human men > human women.

    While Arya’s height could possibly be average for an elf, that doesn’t have any baring on how tall she is compared to Eragon.

    I do, however, agree that Eragon wasn’t completely finished growing at the time he was stated to be of “middling height.” Still, at that point, he’d have to do some serious growing to catch up with someone who’s taller than most men.

    Roranson:

    Saphira was, at the very most, 6 months old at the time of the Battle of Farthen Dur. Don’t believe me? Just ask ol’ Brom.

    “They couldn’t breathe fire until they were about five to six months old, which was about when they could mate. The older a dragon was, the longer it could breathe fire.”

    Eragon, chapter “Tea for Two,” page 53.

    If you want further evidence and a analysis on Saphira’s exact age, go to the Inheritance Wiki here(under “Information” I believe) and search for, “Timeline of Eragon,” a lengthy counting of days, months, and events compiled by yours truly.

    Shadeslayer70:

    Complete and total agreement about the green egg, with all of your points. I always have, and still do, believe that the theory of the green egg having already hatched was completely bogus, nothing more than some people overreacting to a minor detail put there for color.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I know, I was going insane without them!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yes, i know thats so cool! Thanks for fixing that guys, its nice to have the numbers back.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    WE HAVE NUMBERS AGAIN!!!

  • Stenrgarm

    I agree that there are as many facts that support the theory as facts that don’t.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Stenrgarm:
    Yes, i know what hints you are talking about but i still don’t think the thrid egg has hatched yet. I mean just think, the last egg hatching has been one of the things that fans have most been looking forward to as well as finding out who the rider is. For one, I don’t think Christopher would have that have already happened. Two, if it had already hatched, for either side, then they would have been using it to win battles already. Three, again if it had already hatched for either side, especially the for Arya, or the varden, we would have at the very least heard something. And four even if it hatched for a third unknown party, and Galbatorix is trying to keep that information hidden, why would it and it’s rider be hiding in this time of war? I just think it is extremely improbable that the last egg has already hatched. I don’t mean to crush your theory or anything, and im not saying its impossible, i just don’t think its hatched yet.

  • Xelba

    If you think the green egg already hatched, where do you think the dragon is?

  • Stenrgarm

    If you look close enough in Eldest there are hints that the thrid egg might have hatched. Which would be a great help to the Varden.

  • Roranson

    if the last egg has hatched, then the dragon will be old enough to fight in the coming battles. however if the dragon hatchet in the begining of the book it won’t be ready until, lets say urbaen, because there is no way the varden can move through the empire very quickly. saphira was ready to fly by…? a few months? she started to breath fire in the first battle of farthen dur, which was if i’m not mistaken 7-9 months after she hatched and Eragon has ridden her long before that so i think that the last dragon will be ready for urbaen, and some minor battle before that. though i may be wrong. in addition if the rider is arya eragon wont have to teach her anything, exept dragon care and interaction with her dragon so, i think they should be ready to fight

  • Xelba

    Yeah, what did Murtagh say? Eragon was wondering about that in the beginning of the book as he was running back to the Varden, but I don’t think that question was ever answered. Was it?

  • Daethdr

    its possible but i dont think that is the case, but i think something to do with what Murtagh said while Eragon was in the empire has to do with the last egg

  • Stenrgarm

    I think the green egg already hatched

  • Elzeth

    In comment on Eragon/Arya’s height:
    Women are usually shorter than men, at least in humans (or haven’t you noticed that there are different shoe sizes for men and women, foot size is directly proportional to height). So naturally Eragon would be comparing Arya to human females- plus she’s the only elf he’s ever seen at that point. In fact, I imagine compared to elves she is of a more average height (elves are always tall in these sorts of fantasy novels) plus I imagine that male and female elves are closer in height. And to top it all off, even if Arya was taller that Eragon at the beginning of the series we have to remember that he was ONLY 16! and at that point human boys have not yet finished growing (whether they are considered men or not). So, all things considered- I see Eragon and Arya about the same height.

  • Xelba

    Yeah, I’m still finding it hard to see how C.P. will be able to cram all the answers to everyone’s questions into one book. I think that the last dragon will be on the Varden’s side. But even if it hatches in the beginning of book 4, it probably won’t be old enough to participate in any battles throughout the book… unless C.P. does one of those “three months later” things or something. I hope he doesn’t do that.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Again,eka elrun ono Mike!Youre doing so much for us!And you posted the comment by the time I had started to wonder about the 3rd interview…good timing!
    alagaesiawanderer mentioned in another comment page the possibility for the last dragon egg not to hatch until the fight against Galbatorix has ended.In my view,its very possible bec. it would solve the problem of the running time,but it would be much cooler if the last dragon take part in the final battle(especially in Vardens side).What do you say mates???

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Thanks Mike!:D

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Eka elrun ono, Mike!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Thanks so much for the update Mike, I can’t wait for the next interview!

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Thank you very All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh for that piece of information.I was just wondering about that bec. in Eragons 1st vision it had been mentioned;”2 tall…”.It seems that the one is as tall as the other & I remembered sth that Eragon was in average height and Arya tall so…I got stuck.Yeah that you said about the Agaeti Blodhren is probable.I have thought it too.
    @ A.H.E.M. again;Personally,I dont take your opinions personally(and anyone else).I remember when I had written my 1st comment (about the title of the book 4)and heard S.R.T.E answer,I fealt like I was insulted,but when I thought it some days later I couldnt find a reason to feel that feeling again!(That was the first and the last time I felt sth like that).The only advice I can give you is to “transfer” your opposing theory a bit more slowly(eg;Thats an interesting theory but …that reason… I dont thing it stands/its possible but,I believe…/personally,I… etc).If sb uses his/her language with those tenses of “diplomacy” they wont have a problem.And the main thing;FORGET THAT FEELING!!!When the others answer you,they only answer you “strongly”.Nothing more.Continue to be seen here with your interesting theory and always think positively!

    Thank you Mike for the information.

  • Stenrgarm

    Thanks Mike! The interviews are great:)

  • Mike

    Just to let everyone know, the current delay with the third transcript is out of my hands. Both of my contacts at Random House have been out of the office. I expect to have everything up early this week.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Byrd:

    That’s quite alright, I didn’t take any offense from your earlier posts. On the contrary, I enjoy hearing and debating various theories and interpretations of Alagaesia. What annoys me is when people tend to take my opinions personally and act like I just insulted them for some reason. That’s why I hardly ever go to the forums anymore.

    fireswordshurtugalalfakyn:

    Book I(Eragon), chapter “Arya’s Test”, page 458.

    “She (Arya) was taller than most men, and her stance was perfectly balanced and relaxed.”

    Book II(Eldest), chapter “Az Sweldn Rak Anhuin”, page 102.

    “At the most, doorways were five feet high, and they were often only four and a half. Eragon was of middling height, but now he felt like a giant transported unto a puppet stage.”

    Arya is much taller than Eragon, who is only of average height. Of course, Eragon might have become taller after the Blood-Oath Celebration, but nothing regarding height was mentioned.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    I also hope we get to know Thorn better. I think he’d make a great character, but we have seen nothing of his point of view or even speech. which sucks.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Aye,a happy end would be the best.But I am afraid that it will be not like that.
    Do you know if Eragon is shorter,taller or as tall as Arya?At first-I know-it sounds stupid,but Im considering sth about the height in Eragons 1st vision(in “Eragon”).

  • SquallLeonhart

    How’s this for what happens to Murtagh and Thorn.
    It’s the start of book 4, Murtagh (still under Galbatorix’s control) and Thorn either attack the elves or are attacked by them and are overwhelmed by the shear numbers. Thorn is killed but Murtagh manages to escape and returns to Uru’baen. Once there and free of Galbatorix’s control he discovers his true name has changed, overcome with grief he steals the green dragon egg and flees, intending for it hatch for him to fill the void left by Thorn. He is however captured, either by the elves or Eragon and Saphira, they take the egg from him and imprison him, for his own safety as well as others.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yes, though if Thorn were to die in the last book then i at least hope we get to know him a little bit. We haven’t heard him talk the entire series, so hopefully still neither of them will die. But if Thorn does die, i wonder who it will be that kills him? I mean i want it to end up so that in the end Murtagh and Eragon are friends again, but i can’t see anyone more capable of killing Thorn than Eragon and Saphira, with the exeption perhaps of the last unknown rider. But I’m hoping that will be Arya, so… I don’t know, I know this sounds cleashe(SP?) but i kind of want a happy ending all around.

  • Stenrgarm

    Yes, if Murtagh does not die I think that will happen. But I hope Thorn’s Eldunari will not be destroyed so they can become a pair of Indlvarn(sp?) and still communicate to each other.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    That does make sense Roranson.

  • Roranson

    i think that murtaugh will not die but thorn will. because that could solve everything, killing thorn would change murtaughs true name releasing him from galby. as well as it fulfilling Eragon’s oath to avenge the dwarf king. i think the dream Eragon has of a man crying on a beach while two riders and dragons sail away is, murtaugh on the island crying because thorn died and he is isolated and eragon will prob have put a spell on him to prevent him from taking his own life, which is horrific for murtaugh because he no longer has his dragon. and the two sailing away are of course Eragon and hopefully Arya

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    ;D

  • Shadeslayer70

    fireswordshurtugalalfakyn:
    Yea that would be nice if we got a little background info on what happened to everyone after they defeat Galbatorix. Kind of like how Harry Potter did. Who knows maybe he’ll do a little foreshadowing on his next books? Or we might get a look at Eragon and Arya’s kid? (If they get together and have one.) And maybe their kid will become a rider.
    Regardless it would be kind of cool to find out what happens to everyone in the years to come. 🙂

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    @ SolembumRulesTheEarth;
    Yeahhh,that would be an amazing ending!Excellent idea!

    Also,at the end of the book 4,I would like C.P. mention what did each main character in their lives,after the fight against Galbatorix.I HATE POOR ENDINGS!!!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    @Padfoot, A.H.E.M., and Stenrgarm

    Axactly!!!

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    hey, no offense to Murtagh, because he’s awesome and all, but Eragon really should be the one to kill Galbatorix.

    Now….if Eragon and Murtagh killed him together…..that would be fantastically awesome. Fighting as two brothers bringing down the guy who a) employed Murtagh’s father and b) led to the death of Eragon’s…..that , in my opinion, would be quite a tasty ending, would it not?

  • Byrd

    A.H.E.M

    If I was one of those people I do apologize I was just trying to expand on what I thought, I didn’t mean anything by it or to offend you. You have an opinion just as I do, neither are better or worse than the other. I was trying to explain why I thought Murtagh would die. One problem of comment boards is that there are only words and some things might read differently then they were meant. Again, I do apologize.

  • Stenrgarm

    Well, who doesn’t like power? This is probably the first time in his life were he felt a little bit of control.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I think he should at least help defeat Galby, I do not know how, but if he hates him as much as he says then he would want to be the one to kill him. I do not think him bad, but I do not see him very willing to let go of the power Galby has given him.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “Would you want him the die a sniveling coward that tries to save his own hide only to be murdered where he hid? I don’t think so, or do you want to die the blood-thirsty, demented servant like Basta?”

    Of course not. I was thinking in proportion to the series as a whole. It would be a horrendous cliche, not to mention completely out of his character. Sure, I’d like to see some more of the”good”Murtagh, but not to the point where it simultaneously contradicts his established outlook AND takes the story down a ridiculously Star Wars-esque ending.

    Can’t I even express my preference for how a character will turn out without being treated like a pariah, even by other people who like Murtagh? Just because I don’t think that Murtagh would selflessly sacrifice himself doesn’t mean that I think he’s evil, or a coward, or a bloodthirsty maniac. On the contrary, he’s actually my favorite character and I do hope that he’ll eventually break free of his bonds to Galbatorix. He’s too awesome to waste.

  • dragonfan

    MeghanSwiftSword-

    I completely agree.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thanks, Chris, now I remember! Page 195 of Brisingr.
    “‘How is it.’ he asked, ‘that Durza was able to ambush you, Glenwing, and Faolin with Urgals? Didn’t you have wards to protect yourself against physical attacks?’
    ‘The arrows were enchanted’
    ‘Were the Urgals spellcasters, then?’
    Closing her eyes, Arya sighed and shook her head. ‘No. It was some dark magic of Durza’s invention. He gloated about it when I was in Gil’ead.'”

  • Kenneth

    Are you plsning to do book signings in other parts of the worl because I Moved to Norway a year ago and ther are some Eragon Fans here and im sure they would like to meet you I know I would. Can I meet Sophira PLease.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Oh, yeah! Thanks, wasn’t it in the scene when Arya was opening up to Eragon, the campfire scene?

  • Chris

    Ahhh, I read recently that the arrows used in the ambush were magically enchanted by Durza. It’s in Brisingr somewhere.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Interesting theory, mate.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    you guys are going to all think I’m crazy, but i got a theory.

    What if Blodgharm is actually Vanir in disguise?

    now….before you totally go like, “what?!thats impossible, and theres no point,”…..just listen.

    Vanir was quite a big character in Eldest. more than i expected out of him, at least. If Blodgharm was in the guise of a wolf, Eragon wouldnt be able to tell it was him, because Vanir could even change his voice. And as far as I remember, Eragon never checked the 12 elves’ minds himself, so he would have never been able to tell it was Vanir.

    Also, did Eragon not swear that he saw an elf exactly like Blodgharm at the Agaeti Blodhren, and Blodgharm denied it? he doesnt want Eragon to know he’s actually Vanir…..(dramatic orchestra comes in at theis point.)*dum-dum….DUM!!!*

    now, granted, its not an important plot point, but Vanir had such a role in Eldest, im thinkin’ we’ll be seeing him again.

    sorry for such a long post!

  • Byrd

    My bad, and I didn’t do it just once, I did like 6 times, thats the bad thing. Sorry guys. : )

    And just for the record I do not want Murtagh to die. I think he is probably the most layered and interesting character in the cycle. Im really hoping Chris will come up with a way where he can regain his honor without dying, and I know he probably will.

    Shadeslayer70

    You have a very good point that the elves probably did have their guards down, and I to forgot about the twins involvement.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Meghan
    I was thinking the exact same thing with spiderman 3. Though if Murtagh does die at the end of the series i think thats kind of how it would be. But i still really don’t want him to die.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yeah, I know what you mean mate. The series is so huge that sometines you forget some main points in it.:)

    As for Murtagh, I will admit one thing before I begin; I think he is the most awesome character ever in any book series whatsoever. I could go on and on about how completely awesome he is, but I don’t think I will because it would take A LOT of space up. And it’s NOT just because he’s hot. He is, but there’s a ton more about him that contributes to how awesome he is.

    I don’t think he’s evil, he’s got a good heart, but he’s more of an independant sort of character, and now that he’s got all this power and respect, he’s kinda changing a bit, but he’s still good.

    As for him dying, I really hope not. It would be too Star-Warsish, not to mention a repeat of Spider-Man 3, what with Harry Osborn and everything. Plus, I think a lot of fans, including me, would be VERY angry, and couldn’t bear another character that is brilliant to die.

    Thorn we havn’t met yet, but he’s Murtagh’s dragon, so I guess that’s why some of us feel kinda fond of him too.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    True, I had forgotten about that Twins.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Also you have to realize that the elves haven’t been attacked in ages. As smart and in tune as the elves are they have been doing this same rutine for the past century or so (that may be a little off, but you get it). My point is, is that they couldn’t have even began to expect that they might have been ambushed. After all it was only through the twins information that, the ambush was able to happen in the first place. They thought that they were completely safe within the forest, and had no way of knowing that there were traitors in the varden with their location. Also, the twins also may have even been able to provide their attackers with the loopholes in the magic they would have needed to take them down. But again i am just speculating. And am very glad that Roran disposed of the twins at the end of Eldest.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    They might have had the same protection as the Ra’zac.

  • Stenrgarm

    There might be some sort of spell which can hide a mind.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    no offense Byrd, but its “traitor”…not trader.

  • Byrd

    Morzan was a trader, Murtagh grew up being known as the son of a trader, redeemed himself at Farthen Dur, then became a trader himself on the Burning Plains. Murtagh is not all bad, pretty much everyone agrees with that, but he has committed attrocites that call for his death. The elves and the dwarves will make sure of it if they get the chance. He has spilt the blood of powerful and important people. So in my opinion, he will either survive by fleeing and be known as a trader forever, die a trader or die a hero. Now, something entirely different will probably happen and it will probably be better than any of those possiblities. I look forward to finding that out. But I dont think that Murtagh will want to inherit his father’s title as a trader forever.

    Now, I could be completely making this up, but wasn’t their something in Brisingr that mentioned urgal arrows penetrating wards? If so that would answer that question. But I to am curious about why the elves did not sense the minds of the Urgals and Durza, even a shielded mind can be sensed.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, Durza was intelligent, he might have been able to equip the arrows with magic so that they were not what the wards were suppose to guard against, or it could have been a mistake of the elves who placed the wards as well, remember, you have to think of everything they can so that they will be protected, they could have forgotten to protect themselves against certain things.

  • Shadeslayer70

    That is a good question, but yes i do think Durza being there had a lot to do with everything. I mean, with everything Christopher has told us about shades, they are pretty dangerous, and i seem to remember something about “rivers of blood” whenever a shade was seen. So yea, i think that had a lot to do with the elves getting ambushed.

  • brightscales

    After finishing “Brisingr”, I’m a little confused now with the “Prologue” from “Eragon”. It seemed like Arya and the other elves in the “Prologue” fell so easily into the Shade’s Trap. Was the Shade able to control every living thing within a large area that the they were unable to sense any danger? And the elves seemed to not have any wards protecting them- Faolin died from the first wave of arrows- were the Urgals arrows made the same way Zar-roc and Brisingr were, so that they could counter any ward?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Would you want him the die a sniveling coward that tries to save his own hide only to be murdered where he hid? I don’t think so, or do you want to die the blood-thirsty, demented servant like Basta?

    I don’t want him to die, but if he does I think he should die a noble death or at least show some type of chivalry.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “I think this because I know he is good at heart and he cant die a villian, he has to die a hero and redeem his name.”

    Murtagh dying in a heroic sacrifice after redeeming himself would be REALLY cliched and uninteresting, disgustingly predictable and a waste of a terrific character to boot.

    The last thing I want is for Murtagh to die in that manner. That’d be the worst.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea, and Im also hoping that we will have some Murtagh POV’s in the next book. I would really like to know what he is thinking. And that way we would most likely get to hear Thorn speak as well.

  • WerecatsAwesomeTotally

    I agree

  • shadeslayer92

    I am really loving these books so much. The best story I have ever read. I agree with you guys. Murtagh and Thorn are awesome.

    I hope they don’t get killed off in the 4th book. I think that Eragon and Saphira will somehow help them brake their oaths. I’m also thinking that Murtagh will kinda redeem himself and help Eragon find the last dragon egg and all the Eldunari (i think that the egg and about 3/4 of Galby’s Eldunari are at Vroengard and Murtagh will help Eragon get them all).

    Really can’t wait till the 4th book comes out. Also a question for Chris:

    Will the last dragon egg be moderately easy to find and will Eragon and Saphira be able to teach the new dragon rider enough to survive and fight well in battle and against Galby and Murtagh?

    INHERITANCE RULES!!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I know, I want to hear what he has to say.

  • Xelba

    I hope that we learn more about Thorn’s personality before he dies, if he dies. I mean, we’ve never even heard him mind speak or anything!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    *, Byrd* I meant, sorry I was eating a plum.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    And I in turn agree with you Byrd.

  • Byrd

    I think that Murtagh and Thorn will die. I’m not sure how and by who, but I do think he will die. However, I think his death will be big part in the book. I agree with Padfoot that he has both light and dark in him, but I think in the end he will choose the light and that will be his downfall. I believe he will die for a cause, such as saving Eragon or Nasuada. I think this because I know he is good at heart and he cant die a villian, he has to die a hero and redeem his name.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I do not want them to die either, Murtagh has both light in dark in him, the only thing is, what will he choose?

  • dragonfan

    I totally agree, Padfoot. But there definitely is a chance that Murtagh and Thorn will die, though I’m hoping they don’t.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I really like Murtagh, but I do love him. Each character has to have a certain balance of light and dark, and Murtagh has that balanced, but you have to admit, he is not exactly living in the light. I know it is not really his fault, it is both because of who is sire is and partly because of his oaths, but he is also, I think, starting to enjoy being dark. I think that, even though he hates Galbatorix and being up his command, I think that some part of him would still want the benefits of power that he gets being like he is. If he was free, now that he has had a small taste of power, would he want to give it all up, that is what I fear.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    i also really like Murtagh. but im afraid he may just have to die. i mean, everyone loved Brom, but then, BAM, we had some Ra’zac action going on and he (poof) died, like that. so dont be surprised if Murtagh does indeed die.

    i also feel really bad for Thorn, i hope he does not die, even if Murtagh does ( which would also be bad) but really, could the dragon race afford to lose another dragon? it’s endangered enough as it is.

    man, i havent posted in a while! feels good. : )

  • Stenrgarm

    I honestly don’t think that Murtagh will live past book 4. Even if he freed himself some people (like the dwarves) will want him dead. He will probably be an outcast as long as he lives.
    Don’t get me wrong, Murtagh is the best character in the series, but I think he will die.

  • Shadeslayer70

    SPOILERS!!

    Yes, though i really don’t want them to die, if there is one thing i have learned about stories, it’s that you can’t be afraid to kill off an important character. Im not saying it will be Murtagh, but as Christopher has done in inheritance so far (Brom in “Eragon”, Ajihad and Hrothgar in “Eldest”, and oromis and glaedr in brisingr). So im just hoping that the character that he kills (if he kills anyone) in the fourth book, wont be Murtagh or Thorn.

    SPOILERS!!

  • Xelba

    So far, I really like and feel sorry for Thorn, even though we don’t know alot about his personality yet. I would be pretty mad if he got killed in book 4.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “So what is everyone’s view on Murtagh and Thorn?”

    Murtagh is the single best character ever conceived in the mind of any mortal and put onto paper. There are no words to express how awesome Murtagh is. Thorn I’m not sure of so far, but since he bonded to Murtagh, he must be one smart dragon. ; )

    They are definitely not evil. Murtagh is more of an anti-hero than a hero, for sure. I wouldn’t say, however, that Murtagh is as cold-hearted and amoral as he is generally perceived as, just that his way of viewing the world and structuring his morals and ethics is very different. In the case of serving the Empire and believing that it shouldn’t be cast down, that’s more a mixture of having a different view on the situation than Eragon and being a victim of circumstances.

    In my opinion, Murtagh’s morals and views on the situation make a heck of a lot more sense than Eragon’s. I think he is the most realistic and well-thought character in the entire Cycle. I’d better stop here before I type up a 2,000 word essay on Why Murtagh Is The Best.

    All hail Murtagh!

  • Mike

    Just a few more days until the next Q&A is posted! We’re back on track (thanks to Chris Addison). Should be up some time this week.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Yeah, but like pain, maybe some the magic placed upon Murtagh with cross on their mental link so he might be weakened. Plus, like Saphira when the Ra’zac had captured Eragon right before Brom was stabbed, he might go peacefully in order to stay and protect his Rider.

  • Shadeslayer70

    I agree, i didn’t think about Angela, but now you mention her, i think she will have some part in it if they do eventually capture them. I just think the hard part will be containing Thorn.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, but that does not mean the death penalty, he could have some other punishment. I think Angela will probably have a solution if it comes to that.

  • gaby123

    it does’nt matter if the varden manage to find a way to keep murtagh a captive because eragon swore an oath to avenge the dawf king’s death!!!

  • Daethdr

    That is a good idea. In Brisngr Nasudad said that they did not have the means to hold Murtagh captive but Angela might be the answer to that

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Enchanted sleep, maybe? Like Angela does to Elva?

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yes, if anything i think that Eragon and Saphira will find some way to hold them captive in the varden. Though right now i cant really think of how they would do that. But I just really hope they don’t die.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    That is my opinion too, dragonfan.

  • dragonfan

    I really like Murtagh and Thorn, and I don’t think Murtagh really is evil. It’s not his or Thorn’s fault that Galby is controlling them. Although I think he is starting to like his power a little too much. If it comes to a fight to the death, I don’t think Eragon will have what it takes to kill him.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    He is starting to love his power, though if he manages to survive the war and be freed from his oaths, I think he will straighten out, hopefully.

  • Daethdr

    I personally hope that Eragon and Saphira kill Murtagh and Thorn in their next fight or at least take them captive. I just hate how smug he is even though the only reason he can beat Eragon is because Galby enslaved dragons

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Yeah, I know.

  • Xelba

    I really, really hope that Murtagh and Thorn survive through the last book. It’s not their fault that they have to serve Galbatorix. I especially feel sorry for Thorn. I hope we’ll get to learn more about his personality in book 4.

  • Roranson

    i have mixed emotions on murtaugh and thorn, deep inside i don’t think they’re evil and in that respect i’m quite fond of them, but as Eragon’s enemy i despise them. i hope eragon manages to kill galby freeing both M and T. but then again there is eragon’s dream about him seeing two people one guy one girl and 2 dragons so unless M is the guy then it looks like he’s going to die, or he could be the one screaming because thorn was killed. as for Glaedr i think he is going to contribute by teaching the new dragon because presumably the next rider will be a elf (arya, for both conveinence of not having to teach them magic and all the rules which could take months, all they would have to do is teach the rider and dragon about their bond) but i don’t think glaedr will have as big of a part as in the previous books

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I like Murtagh too, I think he is not all bad though I think he is starting to like the power. Glaedr is probably going to be very drawn in the next book but I think he is going to continue training Eragon and Saphira to the best of his abilities.

  • Shadeslayer70

    And one thing that we haven’t mentioned alot is Glaedr(SP?) I mean, what does everyone think his role will be in the next book? Personally i think he will be pretty important.

  • Shadeslayer70

    So what is everyone’s view on Murtagh and Thorn? Personally I kind of like Murtagh (I don’t really know much about Thorn). I mean its not really his fault that all of this is happening to him. I would really like it if Eragon found a way so that neither of them had to die.

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    so guys, i’m going away to holidays. i hope you keep asking interesting questions and discuss nice topics so that i have a lot of things to read when i come back.

    May your swords stay sharp!

  • Chris

    Well, I’m not sure which ones are being asked. I made a list, and Mike chose some from it. So I’ll be in for a treat as well, haha.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I started laughing so hard when Eragon started Roran on the pebble trick! ;D
    Somewhere unseen, Brom was laughing.

  • raemo

    I was wondering…..Angela and Tenga….they are not completely human, but not evels eather (i think we can count dwarves out) are they at all connected with the Gray Folk? both of them are…..interesting…..and are famillar with “different typs of magic (Angela-healing the wounds on Eragons back and several other things Tenga-used magic without speaking very hard to do)

    Main question- Are they associated with the Gray Folk at all?

  • Shadeslayer70

    Roranson
    Im with you. I personally hope and think that Roran will eventually learn how to use magic.

  • Daethdr

    hey chris, if you guys have decided on the questions for the answers can you please post them just so we can see what will be answered? Thanks

  • Roranson

    hey, here’s a guestion for you guys. do you think Roran will eventually learn to use magic, and if he does hoe successfully? and do you think it’s going to have any importance? it could be the Christopher just Eragon teaching Roran about it because it’s logical if i was in Eragons position i would try to teach my brother, considering how helpful it is. and Roran being such close friends with Carn is convienent, considering the eragon said if you do manage to use magic tell the du vrang gata. personally i hope he does learn magic just for fun

  • Shadeslayer70

    HeWhoIsAFool
    I completely agree with you 100% that is exactly what i was thinking. No offense Stenrgarm but along with everything HeWhoIsAFool has already said, the last dragon egg hatching has been one of the things fans are most looking forward to, along with finding out who the new rider is. I really don’t think Christopher would have it already be hatched. While i will admit it would be a good twist in the story, i just don’t think it is a likely one at all. And im not just saying that because i want it to hatch for Arya, and for her and Eragon to finally get together, but also because it would be to late in the series to bring in a new (very important and crucial) character into the mix. I think (If it isn’t Arya) that it is at least going to be someone that we already know very well.

    And thanks for updating us Chris, I (along with everyone else im guessing) really apprecieate it! It also makes me feel good to know you guys are taking an interest in what we are all saying.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    @ A.H.E.M.

    Thanks mate. No hard feelings.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Oh, okay, I was just wondering. Thanks for answering! ;D

  • Chris

    It depends

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    How do you ask him the questions, Chis? By email?

  • Xelba

    If the last egg has already hatched, where do you guys think the dragon is?

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    i don’t think that it is possible for the final egg to have already hatched. if it had already hatched for a varden-elfkind ally they should have used the new rider , espicially since murtagh is so strong. if it hatched for a galby’s ally he should also have used it. it also seems rather unlikely for the egg to have mysteriously escaped and and to have hatched for a freelance rider . to me the last egg should hatch for arya. after all if the final dragon is to be safira’s mate this would make it easier for eragon and arya’s relationship to take a romantic way( finally). hope my spelling-syntax isn’t too bad.

  • Chris

    No definite time set for the release of the third Q and A. We picked out the questions and sent them off already though. So it’s not a terribly far off time.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Xelba, thanks, no, the closest thing would probably get cave trolls, but they do not have horns, neither do orcs have horns.

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh, no hard feelings, mate! I meant no offense and I know you did likewise so, there you go! ;D

  • Glorfindel

    Wow, guys. I didn’t say that Stefan Fangmeier did an excellent job. I’m just saying that he might not have wanted it to LOOK like he had copied. That’s all I’m saying. And it did not bear any more resemblance to Star Wars than it did to LOTR.
    And AHEM, I’m not talking about more intricate plot points. I’m talking about basic appearances.

  • Stenrgarm

    I think the next dragon could have already hatched. We don’t know exactly what happened when Saphira’s egg was stolen so the green egg could have been sneaked out somehow, too. It could have also been given to Arya but when it hatched they could have kept it’s presence a secret. Nasuada was the one who revealed Eragon’s presence, and if she didn’t know about the other dragon she couldn’t have broadcasted that she had two Riders. Arya could have kept it secret easily enough and they would have had a secret weapon against the Empire. But if they told Eragon, the information might have been revealed if Galbatorix managed to catch him. Galbatoix might not have know if it had hatched.

  • Evarinya

    Well said AHEM

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Padfoot, Meghan, etc:

    Apology accepted. I’m sorry if I overreacted. I guess I’m a bit “sensitive” to the subject. Since I consider myself a logical and level-headed person, it kind of annoys me when(in books or real-life) my gender is portrayed with less sense or as impulsive.

    Glorfindel:

    I disagree. While Inheritance does have loads of similarities to LOTR, I don’t think there would be a riot. Just about every major fantasy film or book nowadays has some influence from LOTR. Harry Potter, for example, had a lot of parallels and inspiritations from Tolkien’s work if you look close enough, but hardly anyone ever says anything about that.

    In fact, I would say that the movie of Eragon was worse in terms of “borrowing” from other sources than the book, especially Star Wars. There were about a half-dozen scenes that were in the movie but not the book that were obviously ripped-off, like Durza killing a lieutenant who displeased him, as well as killing Brom inside the Empire’s fortress(Darth Vader, anyone?), or Eragon looking out at the sun as it sets, while mournful music plays. The kind of stuff that there was absolutely no reason to put in/change and only negatively affected the movie.

    Whatever excuse about Inheritance being too similar to LOTR or other series as is, it is hard to ignore how massively Stefan Fangmeier screwed it up. There were some points where the movie seemed to have been dumbed down just for the sake of being as bad as possible. One of the worst adaptations of a fantasy book I”ve ever seen, IMAO.

    Roranson:

    That’s a popular theory, about greeni already being hatched, but I personally don’t think it’s very likely. The eggshell was most likely just there for color. After all, the only egg that supposedly survived to present day is the third in Galbatorix’s collection, and how on earth could he have lost it and let it hatch?

    On Brisingr:

    I am of the opinion that “Brisingr” is not the true name of the sword, since that would indicate that it “truly is” fire. I’d also wonder why a SWORD of all things would have a True Name. However, it could be part of Eragon’s/the sword’s True Name, such as “Brisingr ____”

  • Xelba

    I agree with Padfoot, the movie makers could have at least added a few curly horns for the Urgals! I haven’t read the Lord of the Rings… is there any species like urgals in there?

  • Roranson

    hey, here’s another theory. could it be that the last dragon has already hatched? cause when eragon visits the cave of broken shells, or somthing along those lines, he finds scales that have lost their color but a fragment of an egg shell colored green(shouldn’t the shell also have lost its color?) as well as the last dragon is going to be green. and loosing an egg isn’t somthing Galbi will go talking about. but then again it might be a form of for shadowing, hinting at that the last dragon will hatch and will be green. i hope and believe that the next rider will be Arya.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, Murtagh and Brom were very good! But they should have followed the rules also. They also should have put horns on the urgals, they looked like Orcs!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Glorfindel:
    Im not saying that they should have copied LOTR (which i still don’t see how that would be possible) But i do think that they could have at least followed the book a bit more. Or they could have at the very least followed the basic rules that Christopher put in his story. Im not saying i didn’t like the movie. It was a good fantasy movie, (I think they portrayed murtagh and brom really well) and i liked it. I was just hoping they would follow the book a little more.

  • Shadeslayer70

    The next interview should be up at the begining of next month.

    Well dragonfan, Im not saying your, or anyone elses theories are wrong, nor am i saying that mine is absolutly right, but i think that the new rider is going to be one of the main characters that we already know (or a random elf) and i am particularly hoping, and really thinking it is going to be Arya.

  • dragonfan

    Here’s a theory, I think maybe the new Rider might be someone else from Carvahall. It wouldn’t be an obvious choice for a new Rider, which makes it more likely. Does that make sense?

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    So when should we expect the transcript from the third q/a or at least when will the qustions for the third q/a be revealed, Mike-Elda, or whoever might know?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    True, but the Nazgul did not have beaks, their mounts did.

  • Glorfindel

    My bad.
    *the
    **two

  • Glorfindel

    Heh heh. I think one of my comments got deleted. Sorry for they very random off topic post.

    And, I would like to speak in the defense of Stefan Fangmeire, or whatever the director’s name was.
    Yes, you might say, the movie was terrible. But, please people, think about it.
    What was he supposed to DO?
    There would have been a riot from LOTR fans if he followed the book exactly.
    You would have had to strangers, who aren’t human, who wear black cloaks, who carry swords, who ride huge Nazgul like beaks, and who have something very much akin to the black breath in LOTR.
    Then you have a beautiful elf with black hair who’s name is Arwen. Oops, I mean Arya.
    Then you have some guy with a white beard and white hair who is really old and powerful, who carries a staff, and who bears every resemblance to Gandalf in both looks and personality.
    C’mon. Think about it. There would have been an outcry when the movie came out, because it would have looked completely ripped off from LOTR.
    Don’t blame the movie-makers.

  • Shadeslayer70

    JamminJamjar:

    All very interesting theories. I am pretty sure Angela read the fortune of both of the girls.
    Also I do think that the eldunari that Galbatorix has will play a big role in the next book, though if they will be involved in his downfall i dont really know. But i suppose its possible. Personally i think that Galbatorix will end up dying at the end. I don’t know why, but i just can’t see him surviving.

  • JamminJamjar

    I too like Roranson’s idea. Sorry I’m kinda joining in here but its a good convo!

    I agree too that the two girls will be of great importance, if only because of Solembum talking to them. We know that he did because Angela would only read someones fortune for them if Solembum had spoken to them. Also Angela read both of their fortunes or just the big one?

    I also had an idea for the ending of the book. Eragon said he wouldn’t kill of his own accord, hence why he couldn’t kill Sloan. And I know he said he would if Orrin or Nasuada ordered it, but what if…. what if at the end when if Eragon finally defeats Galby and sets the Eldunari free, the Eldunari join minds and (obviously they would need some kind of spellcasters influence to use the energy) bind Galby and imprison him for ages using their vast energy. I reckon that would be pretty cool :p.It’s silly I know but oh well.

    Also it occurred to me that Carn, the spellcaster who rides with and the friend of Roran, and many of the lesser magicians in the varden and empire alike run out of energy after casting the smallest of spells. D’ya reckon if they got fitter, and bigger musclewise/stronger, that they would be able to cast more spells? Just a theory again haha.

  • Shadeslayer70

    mo:
    yea, and unfortunatly the release date for the next book hasn’t been released yet, neither has the title. But Christopher is working really hard on them.

    Roranson:
    Yes, your theory is a good one, but i also think arya will be the new rider, (well hoping at least). But i do think the two girls that Angela told the fortune(SP?) of will be explained more thoughroghly in the next book, i don’t think Christopher would have just brought them into the series just for that. But maybe he did just to keep us asking questions. 🙂

    And i also think that yes, Eragon may be able to find a way to slip past galbitorix’s mental defenses, but maybe not in the way you mentioned.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, the movie stunk, I was stinking it was going to be shot like Lord of the Rings, it was actually really horrible!

    fireswordshurtugalalfakyn, hahaha.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yeah, sadly.

  • Xelba

    mo:

    As of now, they aren’t making an Eldest movie.

  • Xelba

    Glorfindel:

    I don’t remember Sloan’s true name actually being stated in the book. What page was that on?

  • mo

    when does the new eragon book come out i heard it comes out in nonember 20th and r they making an eldest movie/

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    @Roranson;
    The theory about one of the 2 women being dragon rider is really interesting(although I believe that Arya will be the next dragon rider).
    Unfortunately I wont be able to discuss with you guys for the next week bec. I am going on holidays!
    And,Padfoot,you thought me as a boy too!(do you understand what I mean?)

  • M194

    *sigh* i alsways have to explain everything

    no i dont meen mentaly i mean by magic and even if he had wards proctecting him it my still cause some damge and if he is i repeat if he is it may be hard to be in combat but not normal thing just like eragon the scar dint make him incappaple of things all the time

  • Roranson

    i have a few ideas, so tell me what you think, we know there will be a new rider, odds are fighting for the varden, which means the last egg must be stolen could it be that the the two girls that eragon blessed while visiting angela are the ones to steel the egg? and in saphiras memory of brom talking to eragon as his father he says somthing along the lines of don’t just bash at your enemies mind slip around it, couldn’t gali’s strength be his weakness i mean if eragon enters the mind of one of the eldunari’s and via them to galbi’s mind? what do ya’ll think?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Maybe they could mentally, but unless they have a burst of magic they are harmless in general, they are stuck to do what is bidden of them.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Well just like a normal dragon would. Thats basically what an eldunari is, just without the body.

  • coralstar

    thats a good theory about the sword. about the eldunari……how would they attack him? mentally?

  • shadeslayer339

    I think that Brisingr is the true name of Eragon’s sword because an of Saphira. The metal was infused with Saphira’s scales and then she breathed actual dragon fire into it, that probably hasn’t been done before and that special fire made the sword resopnd to the name Brisingr.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Well i suppose that might be possible but i doubt it for two reasons. One is that he has most likely already broken the minds of all of the eldunari, as we learned in brisingr, which would make it near impossible for one of them to hurt him. Also, remember in Eragon, how when they were in Dras Leona, it said that Galbatorix was planning on visiting within the week. He wouldn’t leave Uru’baen unless he was fine. At least thats what i think.

  • M194

    And its been like wat? a hundreds of yeaars hes been with them one is bound to jump him heh 🙂

  • M194

    I have a theory but dont overjump me ok is just a theory am not saying its the truth i reap read my words well

    wat if one of the eldunari attack galby and cripple him and for that he is afraid of coming out of urubaen

    i mean been cripple has been going a lot in this series

    tell me wat ya think 🙂

  • Shadeslayer70

    Xelba

    Well i think Brisingr can be the swords true name because, even though it is “fire” so maybe its characteristics are just so much like fire, that it is its true name.

    Though also remember we are not absolutly sure that it is the swords true name (though it probably is) because they said it could also be due to the fact that Eragon himself made the sword. And it didn’t do anything when Rhunon said brisingr with it. But im just speculating.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    @Ruydragon

    I think that Thorn’s name hasn’t slipped from anyone’s mind because it’s not Murtagh or his fault that they are working for Galby. It’s against thier will. So I don’t think they can be considered as Forsworn.

  • Glorfindel

    @Xelba. No.
    Remember how Eragon hears Sloan’s true name on accident, and it’s something: ….Someone walking on my grave.
    Obviously, Sloan isn’t dead, so it must not be literal.
    Just like a human’s true name isn’t, “human.”
    It’s something else that has to do with their personality.
    Of course, you wouldn’t think that a sword has a personality, so who knows?
    I can’t say for sure, as I can’t really claim to have studied Sword-name lore.

  • Stenrgarm

    He was not around when the dragon’s banned the names so his name did not get banned

  • Ruydragon

    If Thorn is among the Forsworn and Banished named, How is it possible for the name Thorn not slip away from Eragon that easily?

  • Stenrgarm

    @Xelba

    I think that Eragon put part of his personality into the sword as Rhunon said and that Brisingr is in Eragon’s true name and refers to him.

  • coralstar

    i remember that *fireswordshurtugalalfakyn*. i might ask my question in the next Q&A session.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I don’t know, I know alfa means elf in the AL, so that does not help. I boy I think, though most think I am a boy too. ;D
    True about the sword’s true name, but what if a Rider’s sword is different because it is so alike to its wielder?

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Im curious about Broms 7 words too.In addition,I believe as well as you Blodhgarm that Galbatorix has found the true name of the AL.And in books, girls are often be showed as “cleverer” than boys. Of course that is not true.It depends the character.I can say that from time to time Im up in the clouds(although the most time Im not up in the clouds).As far as Eragons sword,I think the scene when Oromis said “I wonder…” its really important about the topic.And, my writing seems British English or American English?From my writing again,do I seem boy or girl?

  • Xelba

    I’m sort of confused. How can Eragon’s sword’s true name be Brisingr? Brisingr means fire in the ancient language, so wouldn’t the sword have to be made of fire or something?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    He might have found it’s true name, or his true name, since the sword is his and he helped make it.

    Aye, I want to hear Brom’s 7 words!

  • coralstar

    just wondering…….why do you think that eargon’s sword acted like that when he said the name? has any other rider named their sword something like that in the acient lang.? if they did & nothing happens, does it mean that eargon is special?

  • Shadeslayer70

    Also, thanks for the update Chris, i know we all really excited for the next interview.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Blödhgarm

    Yes, i think i heard, that most of what your asking will be revealed in the fourth book. But yes i too am very curious about the 7 words Brom told Eragon. And yea i also think that it is the name of the AL that galbatorix is searching for. It would be something that he would think makes him all powerfull. Unfortunatly it probably would too.

    Though the thing that i am most curious about is, who the last rider is going to be, and when, in the last book they will be introduced. Personnally i hope it is Arya, and it will hatch for her near the beginning of the book.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    Indeed, i never expected ANY of the Forsworn to be elf, because they seem like they would be a lot harder to persuade and being so in touch with nature and all that. and although its not a great surprise that there were feamles in the forsworn, its still a little odd to me.

  • Chris

    Keep discussion on topic please.

    Also, I’m going through the questions now to ask Christopher for the next chat.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I swear as well, guys. Honestly, mates, most of my friends are guys, I meant no harm.

  • dragonfan

    I apoligize if any guys took offense to what we were saying, I promise I did not intend to sound sterotypical.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I might.

  • coralstar

    wow. this is so cool. i got a lot of info out of this.

    does any1 remember me?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Sorry again.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    @ A.H.E.M.

    I’m not trying to be offensive either mate, and I’m really sorry if I sounded like I was. I’m just trying to be logical. Again, sorry.

  • Stenrgarm

    @Eragonthefirst

    Yeah, most got destroyed in the fall. The Rdier’s swords are just about the only thing that can pierce them.

  • Blödhgarm

    i am still curious about the 7 words in the aincient language that Brom said to Eragon on his death bed? i think that they might be how Eragon can find his true name…? any thoughts?

    also the last Ra’Zak said to eragon that ‘he has almost found the name’ and i think that this mean galbatorix has nearly found the name of the aincient language becasue in Eragon brom says that whoever found the name of teh language would gain control over all that use it.

    just a thought 🙂

  • Eragonthefirst

    It is hard to belive that after the fall of the riders that there were only three eggs left…did some of them get destroyed during The Fall

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea, speaking as a guy, i completely know what your talking about. But i agree it just depends on the person. Sometimes us guys can be just completely stupid, but other times we can come up with some smart stuff. I certainly don’t take offense to it, its just human nature. I mean look at Angela in inheritance, she can be a bit… well off level every now and then, but she is really smart. She is definatly one of my favorite personalities in the stories. 🙂

  • dragonfan

    I was also refferring to books. Some of my best friends are guys, and I’m usually the dumb blonde in the group. I’m hardly ever level-headed. It’s just that most of us, guys included, thought that the Forsworn were men.

  • Stenrgarm

    I think it depends on the person more than the gender. But the girls in stories are usually more level-headed

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hey, I’m not saying anything about boys, most books have blokes as hero’s, and only like one of my loads of favorite characters is female. C’mon, my nickname is Sirius Black. I am one of those girls who are not level headed, I just mostly meant it stories. Arya is the calm one in Inheritance, Hermione is in Harry Potter, and so forth, I mostly meant in stories, mate. No, I know guys who are more level headed than I am, one of my best friends is way more level headed than me most of the time. I am not saying anything, I swear, I apologize if seemed that was my intent.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Shadeslayer70:

    The Rock of KUTHIAN could very well be named after a dragon who’s name was banished, but that raises up the question of how Solembum knew.(Must be some strange werecat power.) I don’t think posing it to CP would do any good, though. I can provide the answer right now: NO COMMENT!

    “(No offence intended, guys. It’s just that girls usually distinguish{sp?} right from wrong better.)”

    “Ur rite girls do seem to know right to wrong better. she rite guys but there is some few crazy chicks heh :)”

    “Because girls usually have better composure and level heads, also no offense, I have seen some girls that would take with the forsworn women. ;D”

    “I agree. No offense guys.”

    Wtf, you four? WTF!

    Blasted stereotyping . . . Saying “no offense” doesn’t mean anything. That’s like saying, “You’re a completely retarded loser, no offense.”

    *Grumbles irritably and stalks away.

  • dragonfan

    I agree. No offense guys.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    😀 Same here.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Because girls usually have better composure and level heads, also no offense, I have seen some girls that would take with the forsworn women. ;D

  • M194

    @ MeghanSwiftSword

    Ur rite girls do seem to know right to wrong better

    she rite guys but there is some few crazy chicks heh 🙂

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yeah, I never imagined the Forsworn as elves because they just seem TO SMART to do that. Same with the girl Forsworn(No offence intended, guys. It’s just that girls usually distinguish{sp?} right from wrong better.)

    Um, new theories…. Anyone think Angela was the wet nurse who healed Murtagh’s back?

  • Shadeslayer70

    Well with the elves as the foresworn, there are bound to be a few odd elves out there, galbatorix just happened to find and persuade them. Remember he was very good at persuading people to follow him.

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    I meant stuff, not staff

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    i stil think that there is something important about Kialaldi (hope i spelled it right) and/or Formora (hope the same). Perhaps they were somehow related to a major character. Kialaldi was Oromis captor, if she was indeed female could she also have been his former love interest?… sorry for repeating my foulish theories, it comes with the name… and YES IT”S TIME TO TALK ABOUT SERIOUS STAFF!!! 🙂

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, elves as the forsworn, just strikes me as odd. I have no new theories.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    ANY THEORIES???(The time to talk for “serious” matters has come.Ha,ha,ha!!!)

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    So do I.The thought of the elves appeals strange to me.Also,it seemed to me most likely that all the
    Forsworn were men,I dont know why.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, I thought they were humans too.

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    me too, it seems quite strange that elves with their passion for prserving nature, they way they are brought up, their knowledge and civilisation would join the ranks of Galby. however, almost the same goes for any dragon rider.

  • Xelba

    Whenever I thought of the Forsworn, I always thought of them all as humans.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    My cat is staring at me right now. ;D

  • dragonfan

    What time zone is this website on? It’s only 10:15 Eastern time.

  • dragonfan

    Yeah, it would be kinda cool to think so, but my cat just randomly stares at things anyways :p

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, I’d like to think so too.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Huh, maybe the AL is more real than we thought, and our animals understand it a little bit. At least i’d like to think so. 🙂

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Yes,I usually greet my bird in the AL & it looks at me for a while.It seems to understand a bit what I do say!But when I talk to it to my language,it doesnt pay any attention to me at aal!Strange,eh?

  • dragonfan

    Yeah, I tried talking to my cat in the AL before. He just sat there staring at me for a few minutes then walked away.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Hahaha!:D Once a bird listened to me when I spoke to it in the AL. It was rather amusing. It cocked it’s head and stared at me for like 2 or 3 minutes. Then I started getting creeped out.;)

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I had tried blocking my mind also and I am trying the learn the AL. I swear, my dogs don’t listen if I yell at them in English, but they do the AL! ;D
    I tell them to stay away from the gate in English they run out, I say it in AL, they listen to me!

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    I agree with Roranson. It is quite likely that the reason that everyone doesn’t know where he/she heard about the rock of Ku…Ku…, bah i forgot it, is that it is the name of a Foresworn dragon. Or maybye Galbi ants to keep it a secret and banished it’s name himself.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Meghan: Well i don’t really talk in the ancient language a whole lot, but i certainly have tried blocking out my mind, and whatnot. 🙂

    Padfoot: Lol, sometimes i don’t think my dog understands any sort of language.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Roranson: Yes, that is exactly what i thought. I even put it in as a question for the next interview. I really hope it gets answered!

  • dragonfan

    Emperor Murtagh:

    I didn’t mean they were smarter than adults. I just meant their imagination was stronger.

  • Roranson

    hey, don’t know what you guys think, but couldn’t the rock of ku… (forgot the name) but could it be the name comes from one of the forsworn dragons? since both arya and oromis say that the name rings a beel couldn’t it mean that they dont remember the name cause of the banishing of the names but at the same time since the name is attached to this vault of souls that they can use it and remember it but only assosiate it to the vault and not the dragon(did any of the make sense?)

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Aye, Meghan, I do that all of the time, my dogs understand the AL better than they do English.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    @Shadeslayer70

    Yes, I actually have, though I feel rather ridiculus(SP?) when I do.:)

    Though in some cases they seem to work.:D

    Besides tring to cast spells and block your mind, I’ve also talked in the Ancient Language.:) Any of you tried that?

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    I just had an idea.I think that Kialandi and Formora are maybe(both of them) females,bec. I noticed that the name Kialandi ends in -andi and the name Islanzadi ends in -adi.They are almost the same.Also,Formora ends in -ora and the name Tarmunora ends in -ora too.In the end,I think that Formora is an elf too bec. the name seems to me elvish(but thats not quite sure bec. the name Eragon is elvish too).
    I still cant find a reason why C.P. puts all that mystery about the origin of the Forsworn etc.
    And AFreeAlagaesia,a great question!

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  • Shadeslayer70

    Also, have any of you ever tried thinking up a long complex spell without reading it? Or have you ever tried to just concentrate on one thing (like it says in the book to block someone from your mind)?

  • Shadeslayer70

    Well, thats not exactly true. Try to imagine casting a long and complex spell in the ancient language by just thinking it. It would be harder than you think, because, kind of like when you are blocking someone from your mind, if even the tiniest stray thought interupted you, your spell could turn disasterous. I believe there was some mention in brisingr of how it took Carn a few tries to do a spell, imagine if he had been doing that nonverbally. Where as if you are actually speaking the words, then nothing would happen if a stray thought entered your head for a second.

  • Vegtam

    Hey lizard,

    I think Bran’s point is a good one. You’re confusing background thoughts with conscious language-thought. incoming sensory impressions have very little impact on our conscious (“prefrontal cortex”) thoughts, especially if we are forming intelligible words in our mind.

    Even more, when we think a word, our throat muscles move as though we were actually saying it. So casting a spell nonverbally should only take as much concentration as casting it verbally.

    On the other hand, if saying a word out loud causes a particular effect, it requires a level of concentration to visualise the word’s effect. Remember, “Brisingr” had something like 6 different manifested effects according to the magic-user’s desires, so casting a spell verbally should still require an equal level of concentration as nonverbal casting.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    dragonfan:

    I dunno about that. It seems strange that elven children would be smarter or anything, considering that an eleven-year-old’s brain is still in development. And that raises the question of why they dumb down as they grow older . . .

  • lizard

    hey Bran I think your mixing up THOUGHTS and ACTIONS. As you say we are mainly in control of our actions, but as CP said we are not in control of our thoughts. We are constantly observing our surroundings, consciously and subconsciously, and our thoughts are constantly changing with our surroundings. It takes an enormous amount of concentration to be thinking one specific thing long enough to cast magic.

  • Bran

    “Complications” aside, I’m a little concerned about the bit which sings of the inability to control one’s thoughts. I disagree, if we “oftentimes weren’t able to control what went through our minds,” I can think of several subjects, writing in particular, which would be next to impossible to perform. If we often weren’t able to control our thoughts, most people would have problems with something as simple as etiquette. I have problems imagining a bunch of random people blurting out obscenities in a rather busy public place… like a subway. Sorry Chris, most people can control their thoughts and what goes through their minds. The prefrontal cortex regulates this behavior.

  • M194

    When i first saw the questions i was dissapoinded just seein (cp) awser them was nice heh weird 🙂

  • tolkienandpaolinifanatic

    Interesting Q&A. He is obviously not saying much about Formora, though why I have no idea.

    AFreeAlagesia: Nice question, he doesn’t want to say much about that either, does he?

    Glorfindel: I wouldn’t worry about how your comments sound. I type things all the time thast sound bad. I don’t think anybody really cares, and if they do then that’s their problem.

  • alucard

    Complications, lol. Gotta love/hate those one word answers;’;[]\

    Also, Could someone please fix the “%% Comments”?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha, oh I did not see that! ;D Whoops! You see, Glorfindel, we all do it.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakin

    Ah,Glorfindel,I do that alot too.No problem.I remember,when I was writing in the comments where Mike said that the 2nd interview would be delayed a bit,every time I was saying;”Youre doing great job,take as much time as you need,youre doing so much for us” & I was using (especially)the word “great” again and again even in the same comment guy!Dont worry about that!
    Im glad to see one of my questions answered(several people asked;Were all the Forsworn humans?Were all males?)even if it was asked by several people.

  • Panagios

    I wish different questions had been asked but i guess it is some sort of insight.
    While it is interesting to see how many elves had turned against their own kind, i just dont see how it would help figure out anything about book4.

  • Daniel

    And you leave the “s” off the word “it’s,” Padfoot. 😉

    I wonder what CP meant by “Complications in refrence to someone touching a dragon hatchling befor its rider does?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha, it alright, Glorfindel, I do that alot.

  • Glorfindel

    *There

  • Glorfindel

    Man, that was a badly worded commment. I used the phrase, “really cool”, twice in their. It sounds really dumb.

  • Glorfindel

    @HeWhoIsAFool. Umm…… Nope.
    Anyways, thank you very much Mike. That cleared some things up. I think it it would be really cool if he did get into the Forsworn’s past. That would be interesting. I don’t know how he could do it in one book, but it would be really cool.

  • ert

    i think the reason that elf children is so strong is because of the blessings they receive from all the other elfs after birth. oromis says something of this in eldest i think.

  • Helvengurl

    This may sound wacky, but could ordinary salt or sugar hold energy? Is it just specil Gems, or can any crystal hold energy?

    (on SF3 we always joke, ‘Could ordinary table salt be key to Galabatorix’s demise?’)

  • dragonfan

    Emperor Murtagh, I think evlen children are stronger than adults because they have a stronger mind. They can imagine new ways to do spells without taking as much physical energy.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    thanks, mate.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Oh, and padfoot, saw your fan art, its really nice. Saphira looks cool. 🙂

  • scaryviking

    There was maybe one even remotely interesting answer there. Most of that was either implied in the books, stands contradictory to what was said in the books, or was explicitly stated in the books.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yes!! That clears a lot up. Man he just loves to keep us on the edge and wanting to know more! I can’t wait for the next one. Oh, and AFreeAlagaesia, nice question! You really got him thinking. 🙂 And I don’t know if one of the female foresworn were involved with Oromis, but i definatly think we will be learning more about them in the next book.

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    Did anyone else got a feeling from Christopher’s answers ,that one of the female elf forsworn could have been romantically involved with Oromis?

  • Mike

    Birdhouse: Most of those questions/answers were not addressed in the book. I’m not sure which book you were reading but it isn’t the right one. 😛

  • Vegtam

    Well, I don’t know about -your- mind, Chris, but I have a little more focus than that when I’m concentrating on something.

  • Birdhouse

    Are You Kidding Me?!?!?!?! This was such a wasted Q&A, there was only like one question that wasn’t already covered in the book… Come on people we have to do better then this with the questions.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Wow, the knowing whether the egg is male or female answer was simple! We were kind of thick not to figure that one out! ;D

  • Stenrgarm

    Now I can’t wait for him to get out the next book. He’s making more excited by giving vague hints.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I know. Oh, and Mike, thanks for getting the new fan art up too! My computer-drawn Saphira is up now! Thanks!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Yay, the interview is up! Thanks Mike-elda!!!:)

    One of mine was answered, though mentioned as asked by several people, but I’m glad he answered without too much confusion.:D

    Yeah, there’s always the next interview Padfoot.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Yay, it is here, but none of mine were answered…. 🙁 Ah, well, there is always next time.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Hmmm, intriguing.

    I had always figured that Kialandi and Formora were female, but I wasn’t counting on either of them being elves. I figured that elves would be pretty rare among the Forsworn at any rate.

    Since Kialandi is an elf, however, this leaves their gender up to possible interpretation. I’ve observed that male elves sometimes have vaguely feminine names.

    What I’m wondering now is why elf children are stronger than adults . . .

  • Daniel

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!! IT’S FINALLY HERE! Though my question wasn’t answered in more than one word… 🙁