Third Q&A With Christopher Paolini – Fifth book?!

What’s this? The longest, most detailed question and answer session with Christopher Paolini to date? Yes! The wait is over and our third Q&A with Christopher Paolini, who sat down to answer a series of fan-submitted questions for the third month in a row, is now live. This month’s interview covers a vast number of tough topics, including the possibility of a prequel following Brom’s past, a possible fifth Inheritance-set book, the Rock of Kuthian, Galbatorix and his dragons, scrying, and much more! You may also submit a question (or two, or three, or …) for our fourth Q&A with Christopher in the post below. Don’t miss one of our best interviews to date – check it out now!

  • Eragon

    In the Fourth book, are we going to find out how Angela gets her information so fast and in so much detail? Also, could you possibly estimate a date for when the fourth book will be released?

  • Cecalae

    CP,

    Throughout the books the identity of Nasuada’s mother has not been revealed. Does the ambiguity around her mother have a purpose?

    If so, will she be revealed in Book IV?

  • anomoys

    Does anyone know if CP has written any other books? and i think that he’s gonna end it at book #4

  • Vampires?we’vegotdragons

    Just wondering if there has been any new news on book #4 thanks

  • Maddie

    OMG! I love christopher’s books! Is it true that there will be two more books? 4 and 5 right?

  • shadowgriffin

    Some people are asking when book four will come out, so i thought i’d tell you that the author hasn’t even finished writing it yet (i’m sure we’d be notified when he does finish). So, there is no release date set yet. I just wanted to clear that up, so. . .

  • Dave

    hello MR. Paolini,

    I would like to know more about Werecats!

    Many thanks

    Dave

  • Bhen

    Can I ask when the next Q & A will be posted?

  • jeff

    hey does anyone know when the fourth book is comming out ?

  • araya123

    does anyone know when the fourth book is coming out i have been waiting like FOREVOR for it if anyone knows please let me know in any way shape or form thanks

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    have the q/a answers been published?

  • LordRand

    In the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, Naegling was the name of Beowulf’s sword when he fought the Dragon. In the midst of battle, Naegling shattered on the Dragon’s snout. Though Naegling did not shatter as in Beowulf, it fell from Oromis’ grasp, which seperated Oromis from his one advantage over Murtaugh, the repositories of energy stored in the sword’s pommel. Did the failure of Naegling in Beowulf foreshadow failure of Naegling for Oromis? If so, do other names borrowed from Anglo-Saxon or Norse mythology (Hrothgar, brisingr) reflect, to some extent, the nature of the people or objects from which they originate? Thanks.

  • Evarinya

    Pretty sure they are black.

  • saphirafire

    Are Shruikans scales really black? or are they like that from the dark magic Galbitorix used on him?

  • drottingu

    are there going to any more Q&A with the athure? there hasn’t been one for a while, and i’ve got a question.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “does anyone know how the dragon coulouring system works?”

    According to the author, there isn’t really any dominant thing that determines color, though it is sometimes possible for a dragon’s color to change if they really want it to, as mysterious things are bound to happen around dragons.

  • Evarinya

    Didn’t CP say something about their colors reflecting their personalities?
    If not.. then I’m pretty sure they get their colors at random. It isn’t based on a system or anything.

  • Dragoncolours?

    does anyone know how the dragon coulouring system works?

    Is it just in the shade of normal colours? Like different shades of blue and red and stuff?

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “i wonder what the name “shruikan” actually means anyway.”

    Well, within the book, it could be just a name for a dragon that has no real meaning, or mean really anything. In the real world, Shruikan quite obviously comes from shuriken, the Japanese throwing star.

  • kendy.kendy

    The interview we’ll have it as soon as possible, HB.
    (read the messages Mike has written in the link ‘Brisingr Deluxe Edition – REVIEW!’ )

  • HB

    any news on the interview?

    i dont think it says anywhere in the book that Shruikan’s scales changed colour. i think i probably would have remembered something like that. so unless its been stated in a previous interview or something….

    i wonder what the name “shruikan” actually means anyway.

  • kendy.kendy

    We’ll have to wait little more..

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    A REALLY good question that (unfortunately) I have no answer,George!Only Mike or Chris Addison could answer that.

  • Evarinya

    Nope!

  • George

    Hey guys do you know when CP’s answer for the fourth Q&A will be published in the site?

  • Evarinya

    No problemo George!

  • kendy.kendy

    George, ‘P.S. Sorry for my awfull english’
    It’s not that bad!

  • George

    No Shruikan turn in black after Galbatorix make him to deserve him.

    P.S. Sorry for my awfull english

  • Blodh1abr1du1Edocsil

    I think that Galbatorix CHOSE Shruikan BECAUSE he was black

  • Evarinya

    Kendy
    You’r quite welcome!

    Yeah.. I think his scales have always been black.

  • saphirafire

    was Shruikans scales always black or were they a different colour?

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Yes, the purple thing is the Lethrblaka, as drawn by John Jude Palancar.

  • kendy.kendy

    Evarinya:
    ‘@Kendy:
    Hahaha, it IS the worst subject ever 😉 ‘

    Ok, thank you dear!

  • mufajir01

    i think the thing on the home page is the lethrblaka cause it doesnt seem exactly like a dragon and also

  • George

    CAn anyone tell me who is the purple dragon in the home page of shurtugal.com???

    …Please…

  • paulie14wyh

    wow site is now purple would have rather get the interview

  • Evarinya

    Thats a really good question..
    I know I honestly have no idea :S

  • mufajir01

    also guys question for the next interview!!
    how much energy does an eldunari get in a day relative to a dragons strength in a day!!

  • mufajir01

    kendy
    yeah i agree the ending was really bad but if had been all war, unless nobody had died, i dont think it would have fit in with the story!!

  • kendy.kendy

    …well, yes you’re right AHEM. Many of the things you said evidence Selena’s dead… but we’ll have to wait to know the true,

  • Evarinya

    @Kendy:
    Hahaha, it IS the worst subject ever 😉

    SolembumRulesTheEarth:
    I know everyone is loosing patience.. but these guys are doing the best they can. Just cut them a little slack, they have lives too.

    AHEM and everyone else who mentioned this:
    I think that with the whole gem thing, is that it sort of works like a balloon filling with water. It can hold quite a bit, and when it reaches a certain point, it can expand to hold more. The gem will not expand of course, but it probably works something like that. It can hold enough energy untill it is completely to the bursting point.

    About Selena being dead or not.. Didn’t the book specifically say that she was dead? And even if she was alive, why would she want to stay hidden? Wouldn’t she want to find her sons? Her Love?
    And what is this about Selena being a dragon rider? I think thats a little silly. Would you not notice a dragon flying around? It probably wouldn’t stand being isolated in the Spine.. So where would it stay? I think people would notice.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “there are many reasons why she could be alive! For example is CP wanted her to be dead, then he would probably have said that Brom saw her DEAD.. But he didn’t.”

    Brom arrived at Morzan’s Castle just hours after Selena died, before they would have buried the body. He wouldn’t have accepted that she was dead until he saw some solid proof, and Brom would never be fooled by any degree of faking or induced sleep. Though it was never explicitly stated, I think it is clear that he saw the body, or otherwise extracted the memory of her death from one of the healers that he questioned. He wouldn’t have accepted her death so easily if he hadn’t confirmed it himself.(More information is in Brisingr, chapter “Two Lovers Doomed” page 611.)

    “If Murtagh is against Eragon, she could probably be the ‘neutral’ side.”

    Selena was never neutral. She was originally completed committed to Morzan and the Empire, and later became totally committed to Brom and the Varden after her True Name changed.

    If she did somehow come back, I don’t think that Murtagh would believe it. The last time he saw his mother was when he was about three, and he’s lived his whole life believing that she was dead. Eragon might be a little more open to such possibilities, Murtagh is just too cynical and savvy. He’d probably think it was a trick of the Varden’s to get his guard down or something.

    “Also, she could tell Eragon lot of things about Brom’s past… And if she isn’t alive, who will solve the mystery of Selena? Why she left? What happened then? Why did she do that?”

    I think Oromis’ explanation was the most we’ll learn about Selena’s motives and history. Her backstory would be better served by being moved to a prequel or something than crammed into the remaining Cycle. CP already has a big enough book with more than enough story already, he doesn’t need to try to cram Selena into Book IV, too.

    Like I said, it isn’t impossible, but I really don’t see it happening in the last book. The odds are too steeply against it.

  • kendy.kendy

    AHEM, ok. Emm, I would really like Selena to be alive.. YES! now I understand… there are many reasons why she could be alive! For example is CP wanted her to be dead, then he would probably have said that Brom saw her DEAD.. But he didn’t.

    Also there’s the thing about Murtagh and Eragon being half-brothers and she’s their mother. So (I am not saying Murtagh is with Galbatorix.. NEVER) If Murtagh is against Eragon, she could probably be the ‘neutral’ side.

    Also, she could tell Eragon lot of things about Brom’s past… And if she isn’t alive, who will solve the mystery of Selena? Why she left? What happened then? Why did she do that? Or whatever…

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “touché ahem, i apologize for my comments made earlier”

    Accepted.

    “I’ve a doubt; It’s about Eragon’s mother, Selena. Is she really dead?”

    Probably. I’ll admit that it is possible, albeit farfetched, that Selena could still be alive, but it seems pretty unlikely to me. Her death was (supposedly) confirmed by Morzan’s best healers, and if she had survived, Brom would have tried to find her. If she had survived, actually, Brom wouldn’t have lost his will to fight and retired in Carvahall.

    Her being a Rider, however, does not make sense. The only Dragon Eggs still in existence in Alagaesia are in Galbatorix’s horde, and two of the three have now hatched. Selena was far too young to have lived during the time of the Riders and still be Garrow’s sister and Cadoc’s granddaughter, while ALSO escaping Galbatorix’s rampage during the Fall. If the green egg had hatched for her, then she wouldn’t have been Morzan’s servant, but rather one of Galbatorix’s champions, as Murtagh is now.

    Also, the main reason why Selena’s family has so many Riders in it seems to be the inclusion of “Rider Blood” e.g. Morzan’s blood for Murtagh, Brom’s for Eragon . . .

  • fedupwiththeseposts

    touché ahem, i apologize for my comments made earlier

  • Dragom

    Seriously were the heck is the interview if they are never going to post it, then why dont they say so!

  • kendy.kendy

    I’ve a doubt; It’s about Eragon’s mother, Selena. Is she really dead? Ok, I think she’s dead.. but a friend of mine yesterday told me that maybe she’s not really dead as the only evidence about this is the story that Brom told Eragon in Brisingr. She also add that Eragon’s dream leaving Alagaesia could be with Selena. What do you think? I disagree with her as she don’t have evidence to prove what she’s saying… Can you give me a hand by telling me how to answer her that she’s wrong?
    This made me think that the other day I saw an interview made to CP that mentioned something about women riders. Could be that Selena was a rider? It could be really amazing a family of riders. I don’t think so… But it’s just a nice dream of mine..

  • kendy.kendy

    mufajir01, really? I think the ending disappointed me… Too happy, I wanted a war! Not a ‘leaving happy for ever…’ Just my opinion..!

  • mufajir01

    ha ha
    i personally enjoyed that series!!

  • kendy.kendy

    Emm, I don’t mean to be rude with the ones that enjoy reading the Twilight Saga .. That’s just my opinion

  • kendy.kendy

    AHEM, ‘That being said, I hope CP doesn’t do anything that would make the Inheritance Cycle become similar in any twisted way to the abomination of literature known as the so-called Twilight “Saga.” ‘

    Oh, yes! The ‘perfect Edward’ with the happy ending with the nonsense story.. YES, I’ve read it.. It’s simply a waste of time…
    I hope CP does not turn into his fantastic work in that! (I really don’t think that could happen as he’s a good writer..)

  • mufajir01

    also
    chris, mike
    any news on the interview??

  • mufajir01

    also is steph meyer really making twilight again from edwards pov!!

  • mufajir01

    however another discrepancy!!
    when eragon was charging his belt with energy of animals when they were gettiing butchered he stated that (and im paraphrasing cause i dont have the book with me) since the belt seemed to have an unlimited potetial he got up and went to do something. this could support ahem’s theory that he was just guessing when he first said that it would take a few days to fill the gems.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “one problem!
    eragon specifically said that it would take him a few days to fill up the diamonds and the zarroc when he had it”

    I wondered about that too, which was why I asked about Aren’s ridiculous energy potential in an earlier interview. The only answer that makes sense is that the diamonds in the belt aren’t quite as special as Aren, and thus have a noticeable limit.

    As for Zar’roc, it is possible that it has the same limit as Aren, but that Eragon didn’t know that yet. After all, we haven’t yet seen him fill the jewel to bursting levels, so neither we nor he can be sure about the limits of Zar’roc’s ruby. Eragon could very well have assumed, since he didn’t know about “special” gems like Aren and Naegling’s jewels, that Zar’roc had an upper limit just like the diamonds seemed to.

    On the other hand, it could also be that Zar’roc does not have the same kind of unbounded potential as Aren or Naegling, and that Oromis’ sword was simply unique among Riders’ weapons. Maybe Riders get a special gem to put in their sword when they’ve been a Rider for 500 years or something. No one can really say for certain.

    “Naturally I could be wrong here, but I believe that metal can, to some degree, hold energy. It can’t hold as much as a jewel, but it can hold enough to shock a person when they touch it.”

    Metal usually cannot hold any energy at all, only the actual mechanisms to put energy to use. When metal that can hold energy is used, it is very inefficient and ineffective at retaining that energy for storage. According to our good friend Oromis:

    “Very few materials are suitable for storing energy; most either allow it to dissipate or become so charged with force that when you touch the object, a bolt of lightning drives through you. The best materials we have found for this purpose are gemstones . . . That is why Riders’ swords always have a jewel set in their pommels. It is also why your dwarf necklace–which is entirely metal–must sap your strength to fuel its spell, since it can hold no energy of its own.”–Eldest, chapter “The Obliterator”, page 392.

    “I can see a sort of twilight *shudders in horror* similarty if he does a fifth book thats before the rest of the series… you know how Stephinie Meyer is making Midnight sun… not that i like twilight!”

    Midnight Sun actually is contemporary with the first book(simply called “Twilight”), taking place at the same time. It is not a prequel, but rather the first book retold from a different point of view.(Edward’s.) If CP wrote a fifth book that took place before the four in the main series, it would be quite a bit different compared to Midnight Sun, which is a retelling.

    That being said, I hope CP doesn’t do anything that would make the Inheritance Cycle become similar in any twisted way to the abomination of literature known as the so-called Twilight “Saga.”

  • TheOneAndOnly

    I can see a sort of twilight *shudders in horror* similarty if he does a fifth book thats before the rest of the series… you know how Stephinie Meyer is making Midnight sun… not that i like twilight!

  • :)

    In book 1 how does saphira know who the the ra zac are?

  • Glorfindel

    Naturally I could be wrong here, but I believe that metal can, to some degree, hold energy. It can’t hold as much as a jewel, but it can hold enough to shock a person when they touch it.

  • mufajir01

    ahem
    one problem!
    eragon specifically said that it would take him a few days to fill up the diamonds and the zarroc when he had it

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Drat! On my last post, I meant to say “Gannel’s necklace” not “Gannel’s ring.” I must have been thinking of Aren or something . . .

  • kendy.kendy

    Ah, thank you AHEM .. (BTW I knew you were going to answer me) and also thanks to you Alagaesiawanderer..!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Ahhh. Thanks A.H.E.M.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    All right . . . here we go.

    “Actually it puzzles me the fact that Oromis (crippled) and Glaedr (powerful as he may be…) alone manage to overcome Murtagh.”

    Firstly, let me get this one thing straight. O and G did NOT “overcome” Murtagh and Thorn. The fight had not yet ended, and both still had some energy left. There were references to both of them running out of energy, their wards failing, and their dragons suffering from numerous wounds. The battle wasn’t over yet when Galbatorix intervened, and it seemed pretty evenly matched before that. If the battle had continued, it could have gone either way. I personally think that Murtagh would have come out on top, seeing as how the seizure Oromis had a moment later would have given him an opening even if Galbatorix hadn’t intervened.

    The energy in Naegling is(or at least, was) much greater than that in Aren. It’s quite a bit more impressive to move a mountain than to tear a castle apart. Besides, Naegling had been beefed up for the past century, while Aren was only getting energy for about 15 years.

    According to the author, Aren can only hold the amount it can because it is a special sort of artifact/gem that was created by the elves, and able to hold much more energy than an ordinary gem. I’d assume that the same is true for Naegling, and possibly Zar’roc/Brisingr and other Rider’s Swords.

    Glaedr is about three times Thorn’s size, and presumbably has a larger store of personal energy, though he is obviously slower and is disadvantage by the loss of his leg, the two things that proved to be his downfall.

    “I really don’t understand the thing about the energy.. Like, for example how do people keep energy there or how they can give a sword energy (..or a ring) Haha, It’s a fantasy book.. but I don’t get it!”

    Energy is not being transferred into the sword or the ring. Metal is not designed to retain energy, resulting in it dissipating overtime or blasting out when transferred to it. Metal can only hold spell mechanisms. An example of this is Gannel’s Ring, the sight guard. It holds a spell that thwarts scrying, but has no energy of its own, so when it is used, it draws upon the strength of whoever is wearing it.

    When energy is given to a Rider’s sword or a ring, the energy is actually being stored in the gemstone set into the sword/ring. Oromis explained that gemstones, particularly perfect diamonds, retain magically given and stored energy better than anything else.

  • Alagaesiawanderer

    @ AHEM

    I’m currently reading book 5 of The Wheel of Time and I do agree with you 110%. 😀
    It’s an amazing series even if sometimes a bit too detailed and lengthy, but worth every second spent on it.

  • Alagaesiawanderer

    @ Kendy,

    I think that the gems and other similar artifacts store magic the same way a capacitor stores electricity. You “push” electricity into it till its full capacity. The energy remains stored till you “tap” into the capacitor by connecting it to a circuit. The energy is then released.

    @ All

    I don’t know whether it has already been discussed before but I’m happy the topic of the swords was brought up.

    Actually it puzzles me the fact that Oromis (crippled) and Glaedr (powerful as he may be…) alone manage to overcome Murtagh. Were not for the interference of Galby and the seizure of Oromis the outcome of that battle would have been altogether different. If the power that Oromis demonstrated comes from his sword than I’d say the magic stored in it was far greater than Aren and at least as powerful as let’s say, two or three Eldunari (assuming that Murtagh wouldn’t have gone to battle counting only on his and Thorn’s strength). Unless, of course, Glaedr was some 10 times more powerful than Thorn.

    What do you say, guys?

  • kendy.kendy

    mufajir 01, ‘any comments on the thing about the enrgy in the swords?’ Let’s AHEM talk about it..! Well, okay here’s my opinion..

    I really don’t understand the thing about the energy.. Like, for example how do people keep energy there or how they can give a sword energy (..or a ring) Haha, It’s a fantasy book.. but I don’t get it!

    And about Oromis sword, I hope Eragon could find it.. If not there’ll be more problems! (Emmm, thinking it better I’d like that… more problems = longer book)

    I’ll be looking forward to reading your answers!

  • kendy.kendy

    EVARINYA: ‘AHEM, that was very well stated. Nice job. Haha, I know I couldn’t have done that much math X_X Worst subject in the world..’

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! the worst subjet when I was at school! XD

  • mufajir01

    ahem
    well stated!
    any comments on the thing about the enrgy in the swords??

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    Evarinya:

    have some patience? It’s been over a month. Our patience is wearing thin.

    Oh my gosh, did you guys read the new post? the Guide is going to have a picture of Galbatorix in it! I can’t wait…….

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “galbatorix has hundreds even thousands of eldunari under his command,”

    The canonical estimation is “several hundred” though it could possibly be higher or lower. Thousands is unlikely.

    “aren is a powerful ring that has incredible amounts of energy inside it that can kill an entire army with a fraction of it\’s strength.”

    Aren can “tear down a castle.” Even a weak spellcaster can theoritically kill an entire army if they know the correct death words. That’s nothing special.

    “so in speaking, the elven spellcasters werent able to direct their full energy to eragon because eragon and saphira were thousands of feet above the ground when they fight murtagh.”

    Eragon and Saphira were deliberately staying as close to the elves as they could to maintain efficiency. These are master spellweavers, keep in mind. They wouldn’t have severely lost effectiveness unless they were casting spells on targets miles away.

    Furthermore, the distance limit only implies when you’re using magic directly on something that is at a distance. The elves were not casting spells at Murtagh or Eragon directly, except for one point where they healed Saphira’s wing. They were channeling their energy into Eragon’s body through telepathy, which effectively prevented any of the energy from being wasted or losing efficiency. The outcome would have been largely the same if it had been Eragon and the elves on the ground against Murtagh.

  • Brisineo

    I\’d like to comment on the Eragon vs. Eldunari theory,
    many of you are saying that Eragon if he wanted to, could have used both aren and the twelve spellcasters to his own advantage against Murtagh and his eldunari and could easily trap or kill him.

    But this is not the case. . .

    one thing about the magic in alagaesia is that the farther you are from the place you direct the spell, the more energy it required. so in speaking, the elven spellcasters werent able to direct their full energy to eragon because eragon and saphira were thousands of feet above the ground when they fight murtagh.
    now, if the spellcasters were somehow closer to murtagh and eragon, like if the elves rode on saphira with eragon, which would slow saphira down a bit but can easily overpower murtagh on thorn through sheer numbers. OR somehow get murtagh on the ground in the middle of the battlefield.

    now about aren. . .

    aren is a powerful ring that has incredible amounts of energy inside it that can kill an entire army with a fraction of it\’s strength.
    but in the book, as it says, eragon compleatly forgets about aren during battle scenes, and discovers that he could have used it to finish the battle sooner. so in this case, it\’ll be a long while before it will become a habit for eragon to use aren in battle.

    now about ol\’ Galby. . .

    galbatorix has hundreds even thousands of eldunari under his command, all he has broken mentally and made them swear oaths in the ancient language. so unless eragon comes up with some sort of counterspell to release these oaths, eragon\’s only chance to defeat galbatorix would to be to break all of galbatorix\’s eldunari (which acording to evedence in the book, galby has them somehow implanted into his own body by magic) which seems impossible right now, so we will have to wait until the 4th book comes out.
    and just so you know ANYTHING can and will happen in the 4th book so we do not know for sure.

    Atra Esterni\’ ono thelduin!

  • Evarinya

    It will be here when it gets here! Sheesh people.. have a little patience.

    AHEM, that was very well stated. Nice job. Haha, I know I couldn’t have done that much math X_X Worst subject in the world..

  • In

    Wheres the interview

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “Ah, AHEM you crack me up. :-)”

    “Seriously, mate, how long does it take you to come up with those essays? No, being rude, AHEM, but I was just curious.”

    “Hahahaha!:) A.H.E.M., you rock. You just completely pwned everybody.:D”

    “AHEM, Just.. WOW! ;)”

    Thank you, thank you, everyone, for your compliments and typed out smiling faces. I’m glad to share my essays and equations with the rest of the people here. The facts of Alagaesia are serious business to me, and require at least someone to give it all the attention it deserves.

    As to how long I spend on my “essays” I’m not exactly sure: I don’t time myself. If I was to hazard a guess, though, I’d say 10-15 minutes. The essays are actually a little bit shorter than they appear at first, since I copy and paste whatever I’m responding to before I respond to it.

    “I didn’t know you read The Wheel of Time! I’ve only read up to the second one, and I thought men were’nt allowed to use magic. I knew Rand could, but…”

    Yes, it’s actually one of my favorite series. A little slow and heavily detailed at times, but very rewarding by the end. I think Rand al’Thor is my #3 favorite fictional character of all time.(You all probably know who #1 is . . .)

    I’m currently reading book 8, The Path of Daggers. I don’t want to spoil too much for anyone else, but the whole “men aren’t allowed to channel” thing, while still in place, isn’t going to stop several male characters from doing so, Rand amonst them. He reaches the height of his power, when he can channel at will any time he wants with no chance of failure, early in book 5. And that’s a good thing, because Rand is just that awesome and it wouldn’t do for him to just go on through the story without mastering his powers, like some characters(e.g. Terry Goodkind’s Richard Rahl) do.

  • kendy.kendy

    AHEM, Just.. WOW! 😉

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Hahahaha!:) A.H.E.M., you rock. You just completely pwned everybody.:D

    I didn’t know you read The Wheel of Time! I’ve only read up to the second one, and I thought men were’nt allowed to use magic. I knew Rand could, but…

    Ok, then.:)

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Seriously, mate, how long does it take you to come up with those essays? No, being rude, AHEM, but I was just curious.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ah, AHEM you crack me up. 🙂

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    mufajir01:

    I never said that Eldunari don’t recharge. Sure, if you took some energy from an Eldunari, it would gain it back over time. However, that says nothing about the total energy in an Eldunari.

    I’m very well aware that the energy necessary for a task is the same for different people, but we still don’t have an estimate as to how much destruction a person could cause with just the energy in their body before becoming exhausted. Also keep in mind that elves have much greater stamina than humans and can cast a lot more magic before becoming exhausted. The exact limit of the elves’ advantage is never explicitly stated, other than that they are much stronger than humans.

    “also Aren has a lot more energy than thirteen elves because Aren has energy from brom from over 16 years in carvahall (the time it took for eragon to grow up) and when eragon who has the strength of the elves got tired the energy in the ring was barely diminished when he used it to reenergize. so if he had used aren from the beginning he would have been able to beat murtaugh!”

    Actually, Brom was in Carvahall for 15 years, not 16.

    Anyway, Eragon was not totally exhausted when he drew the energy from Aren, just a little tired. Also, keep in mind that Eragon, powerful though he is, only has the strength of one elf in his body. That isn’t much compared to the combined power of 13 elves and a dragon plus his own strength.

    “also if what i assume is true( that the energy an eldunari gains in a day is equal to the energy a dragon has in a day) then an eldunari would be waaaay more powerful than Aren even the small ones!”

    I don’t think that’s the case. A dragon takes all the energy left in its body into the Eldunari when it enters into it, but nothing even implies that an Eldunari would gain as much energy in a day as a dragon normally has in its body in a day. After all, that body is no longer living.

    And if an Eldunari increased its power by the same amount of energy that is in a dragon’s body every day for five years, that would be an insane amount of energy. A little math:

    D = amount of energy one dragon has in a day.

    D = 1 1 x 365 = 366

    365 x 5 = 1825(1826.67 if spare time in a year is counted)

    1825 1 = 1826. 1826.67 1 = 1827.67.

    Strength of average Eldunari = 1827.67 D

    If what you say is correct, then the average Eldunari in Galbatorix’s horde has the strength of over 1800 live dragons. And Galbatorix has several hundred of these.

    1827.67 D x 500 = 913,835 D

    1827.67 D x 750 = 1,370,752.5 D

    1827.67 D x 1000 = 1,827,670 D

    Therefore, if your theory is correct, Galbatorix has the strength of at least several hundred thousand dragons as his personal reserves, and at most nearly two million. So, figure that if a huge nation of dragons got together and were struck with the inspiration to use magic, and unleashed it all in one gigantic wave, that would be about equal to what Galbatorix is capable of.

    Good luck, Eragon. You’re pretty much fighting a god, now.

    So, given this estimate, I think it is safe to say that Eldunari are probably not as strong as that, otherwise just one Eldunari would be the literary equivalent of a “game breaker.” Murtagh could have overpowered thousands of elite elves with one average Eldunari!

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    The new dragon and cover for Book 4 will be emerald green.

  • Arnar

    what colour will the new dragon be? and will the new book have the new dragon on the cower if there wil be one?

  • mufajir01

    oh and HB i wondered the same thing cause eragon said it would take him a couple days to fill up zarroc however oromis has been filling up his sword for decades and it still isnt full. and they are both riders swords after all without much difference except for the color and the way it was made.

  • mufajir01

    also A.H.E.M
    they tell us in the books that the strength of the magic depends on its user. so if you want to lift something the amount of enrgy taken to lift it would be the same as if you were actually lifting it.

    in some other fantasy novels this is not the case and the magic has the actual power not the user.

  • mufajir01

    also if what i assume is true( that the energy an eldunari gains in a day is equal to the energy a dragon has in a day) then an eldunari would be waaaay more powerful than Aren even the small ones!

  • mufajir01

    i think that once an eldunari is full the energy from it can be taken and then it starts refilling again.
    i also assumed that the energy that an eldunari gets is the same amount of energy that the actual dragon would have had in a day.
    also Aren has a lot more energy than thirteen elves because Aren has energy from brom from over 16 years in carvahall (the time it took for eragon to grow up) and when eragon who has the strength of the elves got tired the energy in the ring was barely diminished when he used it to reenergize. so if he had used aren from the beginning he would have been able to beat murtaugh!

  • HB

    is there a maximum amount of energy one thing, like the gems on the belt of Beloth the wise and Aren? does it have a limit?

    because i thought that there was, but it says that aren has a tones of energy stored in it.

    so is there a limit, and Aren is just special, or have i made that up and there is no limit?

  • ItsSeriouslyStillNotUp

    If I was privileged enough to get a monthly interview with a leading contemporary author, and therefore the implied privilege to post said interview, I think that I would take advantage of it. If you’re going to advertise monthly interviews, then stay true to your word and post it so that we can ask more questions. If you’re going to take responsibility for it, then do it. Otherwise, direct the author to a site that’s not so swamped with other priorities.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    If Eragon had used Aren INSTEAD of the elves, it would probably have had the same result as using the strength of the elves, with a strong possibility of the total energy being a bit lower and thus giving Murtagh a strong chance of victory. This is just conjecture, but I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch to assume that twelve elves could tear apart a castle if they wanted to. It all depends on how powerful magic really is in Inheritance, which has never been exactly qualified. I’ve seen greater feats done with magic in other fantasy novels than destroying castles, before.

    For example, Rand al’Thor(the protagonist of the Wheel of Time series) can blast entire cities into ruins with one attack, by himself. Of course, the One Power is a good deal more potent than most fantasy magic systems, certainly more so than how magic is practiced in the Inheritance Cycle.

    However, if Eragon had used the ring and the elves, then his combined power would have exceeded what Murtagh had at his command at that point. He could theoritically have overpowered him and Thorn with it, but I would say that if that happened, Murtagh would probably have found a way to escape anyway.

    “AND eragon and saphira and the elves were able to defeat murtagh, even barely. they still had energy left thought, however much, since the elves and saphira sustained eragon whilst attached to the ‘letta’ spell on murtagh, when he was, if i read correctly, over a mile away.”

    I’d like to point out that, conversely, Murtagh and Thorn weren’t out of juice yet, either. They retreated, so they must have begun to run low, but Thorn was still able to fly, and Murtagh could still augment his voice with magic. If it had been a fight to the death, both sides would still have had a little more to give. Since Murtagh was the agressor who was driven off, you could say he was “defeated” or “thwarted” but if it had been a battle to the death, it would really have been a 50/50 deal, which Murtagh obviously wasn’t willing to risk.

    “all hail emperor murtagh, i dont think the elves were some of the most powerful whod ever lived, because didnt islanzadi say that shed disbatched TWELVE OF her finest spellweavers, which implies she has more, and im pretty sure oromis is counted, since he is an elven spellweaver.”

    I didn’t say that they were bar none the BEST of all elves, or that they were the only elven spellweavers, just that they were among the best. Islanzadi called them some of her best, so they were obviously very elite even among the elves. Islanzadi very obviously has more where that came from, no one disputes that.

    However, I’d like to point out to you that Oromis was a terrible spellcaster. Skilled and experienced, yes, but fatally crippled and unable to handle most spells without giving himself and seizure. The only reason why he could be considered “the best” was because he has a sword with an OMGHUGE amount of energy inside.

    “and for serious, did it ever occur to you that murtagh and eragon are brothers? eragon would be the person murtagh would tell his TN to, and probably would if he could.”

    Yes, Eragon and Murtagh are wonderful, close, loving brothers. Just like Solid Snake and Liquid, Romulus and Remus, Cain and Abel, Mufasa and Scar, etc. Brothers who are currently mortal enemies who have battled each other before. If I was Murtagh, I wouldn’t trust my True Name to someone who had tried to kill me in the past, especially considering that if Eragon failed to wrest Murtagh away from Galbatorix, he’d probably want to put that True Name to use in getting rid of the Empire’s NO. 2 man.

    “what do you think would happen to murtagh if both galby and eragon knew his true name, and made murtagh swear in the ancient language, conflicting orders? such as, galby make murtagh swear he wont talk to eragon, and eragon makes him swear that he will constantly talk to eragon? would it render both harmless or what? if it did, and eragon could find murtaghs true name, then he could ‘release’ murtagh from his oaths, by uttering ‘counter-oaths’? please tell me your thoughts.”

    Well, this gets into the whole True Name control vs. Ancient Language oaths paradox, and from there it is mostly speculation. It’s like an unstoppable force(True Name manipulation, which can’t be resisted) trying to overpower an immovable object(Ancient Language Oaths, which cannot be broken). I already posted several posts back what the author himself commented on this.

    Personally, I think that Galbatorix would win out such an engagment, if only because he has already sealed Murtagh’s loyalty with AL oaths. I think the Ancient Language’s oaths would trump True Name control, after a fashion. After all, when you control someone with their True Name, you can compell them to do anything, but I doubt you could compell them to do something that is impossible for them under normal circumstances, and swearing an oath in the AL makes something impossible for you unless you unshackle yourself of the identity you carried when you swore the oath. If Eragon had Murtagh’s True Name and tried to force Murtagh to break his oaths to Galbatorix, I think that Murtagh would struggle with all his might to break the oaths, but would ultimately be unable to, no matter how hard he tries or is compelled to.

    Unless, of course, the primal power of a person’s True Name is enough to break the binds that swearing in the AL puts on a person. Or, if by using one’s True Name, you can force a person to change that Name. After all, if you have the word for something in the Ancient Language, you should be able to control and mold it into a different form. That’s more speculation though, which isn’t entirely likely to be true.

    I think True Names and Ancient Language oaths are more deeply connected then we may realize. After all, changing your True Name affects the oaths you’ve sworn, by releasing you from all of them. Such a ripple effect may imply a connection.

  • nathon

    yeah they might be strong, but earilier in the book, eragon figured out there actually was energy in aren, and commented that there was enough energy to tear apart a castle. and that was after using aren to wash away his aches and pains and restore him, from singing arya a loivassa er whatever. to be honest, i think that the energy in aren is equal to or more than an eldunari. im not sure whether 12 elves could tear apart a castle, but id think not, even if they are twelve of the finest of islanzadis spellweavers, since eragon commented that galby had probably given murtagh some eldunari, AND eragon and saphira and the elves were able to defeat murtagh, even barely. they still had energy left thought, however much, since the elves and saphira sustained eragon whilst attached to the ‘letta’ spell on murtagh, when he was, if i read correctly, over a mile away. all hail emperor murtagh, i dont think the elves were some of the most powerful whod ever lived, because didnt islanzadi say that shed disbatched TWELVE OF her finest spellweavers, which implies she has more, and im pretty sure oromis is counted, since he is an elven spellweaver. and for serious, did it ever occur to you that murtagh and eragon are brothers? eragon would be the person murtagh would tell his TN to, and probably would if he could. but your right, galby wouldve planned for that and made murtagh oaths to not divulge his true name…. anyone wanna share thoughts about how long it would take to change your TN? im guessing a short time, days maybe, if your utterly devoted. i say this because it says in brisingr that morzans wife, selena, and brom, eragons father, fell in love, and the love changed selena to such a degree that it changed her true name. since it doesnt specify that time it took, im guessing days, cause it also said she was rarely in any place too long, for morzan sent her on missions alot. also, i have a very good question to pose. first, disregard all the oaths murtagh has made, willingly or not. then, id like to ask, what do you think would happen to murtagh if both galby and eragon knew his true name, and made murtagh swear in the ancient language, conflicting orders? such as, galby make murtagh swear he wont talk to eragon, and eragon makes him swear that he will constantly talk to eragon? would it render both harmless or what? if it did, and eragon could find murtaghs true name, then he could ‘release’ murtagh from his oaths, by uttering ‘counter-oaths’? please tell me your thoughts. btw, if you read all this, your a trooper. thanks for your time XD

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    “If Eragon had used Aren, he would have easily subdued and captured Murtagh. (I think.)

    You better think.:) Hahaha, I’m just teasing. But seriously, If Eragon had used Aren instead of 12 ELVES, I repeat, 12 ELVES, VERY STRONG ELVES, I doubt he could have beat Murtagh.

  • Barty

    “Well, firstly I’d like to point out that it wasn’t twelve elves that beat Murtagh. It was twelve of the most powerful elven spellweavers who’d ever lived, the elven princess(who was also a very powerful spellcaster), a Rider who was drawing on power stored in the Belt of Beloth the Wise, and a dragon’s own formidable reserves. Even then, it was barely a victory. They only managed to drive Murtagh off, not kill or capture him, and even that took all of their power. Half the elves, and Eragon himself, fainted from using so much magic, and the rest were heavily exhausted and barely had any strength lift.”

    Later, Eragon reflected that if he had used the energy in Aren, he could have easily subdued and captured Murtagh. (i think)

    So this makes me wonder, exactly how much energy is in Aren. Is it equal to an eldunari, more, less? (sorry if this has already been discussed)

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “doesnt murtaugh have eldunari that have stored up energy over a long time??
    then why were the elves able to beat him.
    i mean 13 elves a dragon and a rider are hardly good enough to beat 5 years of dragon power stored in an eldunari.
    now the obvious response to that would be that galby took the energy out of the eldunari before giving it to him. but even then then it takes at least 2-3 days to travel from urbaen to where they fought murtaugh had 5 eldunari he should have beat them. and lets not forget thorn!!”

    Well, firstly I’d like to point out that it wasn’t twelve elves that beat Murtagh. It was twelve of the most powerful elven spellweavers who’d ever lived, the elven princess(who was also a very powerful spellcaster), a Rider who was drawing on power stored in the Belt of Beloth the Wise, and a dragon’s own formidable reserves. Even then, it was barely a victory. They only managed to drive Murtagh off, not kill or capture him, and even that took all of their power. Half the elves, and Eragon himself, fainted from using so much magic, and the rest were heavily exhausted and barely had any strength lift.

    Now, unto the Eldunari, we have no idea how many Murtagh possessed. He could have only been given one of the smaller ones for all we know.

    However, according to Oromis, it seems that each Eldunari has a finite limit to its power, and does not simply get more and more bloated with magical energy over the years once they reach a certain point, which is proportional to the size of the individual Eldunari.

    “Whatever the answer, it has been proven that when a dragon undergoes body death and their consciousness takes up sole residence in their heart of hearts, they bring with them however much spare strength was available within their body when it ceased to function. Thereafter, their store of energy increases at a steady pace for the next five to seven years, until they attain the height of their strength, which is immense indeed. The total amount of energy an Eldunari can hold depends upon the size of the heart; the older a dragon, the larger their Eldunari, and the more energy it can absorb before becoming saturated.”-Brisingr, chapter “Souls of Stone” pages 635-636.

    A “steady pace” is a tricky measurement, not at all indicative that the energy within the Eldunari would increase exponentionally every year. Also, the size of the Eldunari limits the amount of energy. Murtagh could only be carrying some of the smaller ones, which are limited to less massive amounts of energy. All the combined power of thirteen elves, a Rider, and a dragon is a pretty formidable amount, and could probably match a couple of the smaller Eldunari wielded by a Rider.

  • Shadeslayer70

    mufajir01:
    Well, I think what happened there, was that Galbatorix gave Murtagh just enough energy to beat Eragon and Saphira, and probably not much more than that. But I think what the main thing was that they caught Murtagh off guard, I don’t really think he was expecting Eragon to be that powerfull, but I’m afraid that he most likely won’t make that mistake again.

  • mufajir01

    just wanted to make myself clear
    murtaugh having 5 eldunari is just a guess!!

  • mufajir01

    alright new question
    doesnt murtaugh have eldunari that have stored up energy over a long time??
    then why were the elves able to beat him.
    i mean 13 elves a dragon and a rider are hardly good enough to beat 5 years of dragon power stored in an eldunari.
    now the obvious response to that would be that galby took the energy out of the eldunari before giving it to him. but even then then it takes at least 2-3 days to travel from urbaen to where they fought murtaugh had 5 eldunari he should have beat them. and lets not forget thorn!!
    any ideas??

  • kendy.kendy

    No more talking about the age stuff then…

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh: ‘Tends to happen when you have such a vast intellect’ Good answer! But do not fight any more! This is a forum to discuss matters of the book, not some to get angry with others.. (But, good answer! yeah..)

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “Well I’m not quite sure which scene you are talking about, but I’ll have to look it up because it could be pretty interesting.”

    It’s pretty hard to find, but if you want to find the part where Eragon dreams about the girl singing in the ruins, go to page 252 of Brisingr, the last page of the chapter, “A Feast with Friends.”

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “ahem… you have an ego. I mean guess your age? really? take the stupid compliment that you sound smart dont turn it into a stuck up game that only inflates that ego of yours”

    ROFL!!! These childish insults never fail to amuse me. “That ego of yours” . . . priceless! Go ahead, Fedupwiththeseposts, insult me all you like. All you’re doing is providing me with entertainment.

    But yeah, I guess I do have a bit of an ego. Tends to happen when you have such a vast intellect. Being so smart must have really gone to my head, or something.

    TheWhiteRider:

    Know, I don’t mean to be rude, but I’d like to point out that none of us has actually given out any facebook information on here yet. I don’t go on facebook, and I probably wouldn’t be giving it out on any site I visit if I did.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    yeah, seriously, telling your age is no big deal. its not like handing out where you live or anything. heck, I don’t even know your first names! again…no big deal. this is just for fun while we patiently bide our time for the next Q&A…

    wow! you guys think i’m a dude? thats weird. for i am a she! : ) and i am 13. ( 14 in February…. ;D )

  • Evarinya

    Well said Barty.

    AHEM.. Really? 17? Wow.. you just seemed alot older.

    SolembumRulesTheEarth
    14? 15? eh??

    Padfoot:
    16/17 ;]

    What lonely girl in a ghost town?? I don’t remember that part..

  • Shadeslayer70

    Padfoot: Lol thats fine.

    About the age thing, like i said i was just doing it for fun, it’s perfectly fine with me if you don’t tell me your age, or your facebook information, i didn’t mean to offend anyone, and I can completely understand why you wouldn’t want to share that information. Personally I don’t think its that big of a deal but im not going to pressure anyone. But enough of this ‘off topic’ nonsense, back to business. 🙂

    TheWhiteRider (Guest):
    Well I’m not quite sure which scene you are talking about, but I’ll have to look it up because it could be pretty interesting.

  • Barty

    fedupwiththeseposts- Chill, it was just a game. Someone asked, and then a few people guessed. It’s not like he was bragging or showing off, just having fun

  • TheWhiteRider

    First off, age shouldn’t be an issue here. I mean honestly, this is an Eragon forum, not a hook-up chat room. I’m also 17, and it’s depressing to know kids my age are handing out facebook information and other such stuff just because they are of the same age.

    on another note, I think everybody should take the ACT’s. I live on the east coast and they’re not big here, but I only got a 2020 on SAT and got a 32 on ACT… so it’s a lot easier for me, depends on which way your brain works. I recommend everyone try.

    By the way, on an Eragon-related note, Is anyone else curious about the lonely girl in a ghost town described by Eragon in Brisingr? It seemed like on of his sleep-premonitions, and I’m wondering if it’s Elva (or anyone else for that matter) in Doru Areaba. Does that mean we’ll finally get to see Vroengard? I certainly hope so.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Wow, the guess was close, but I’m NOT TELLING! 😀

  • fedupwiththeseposts

    ahem… you have an ego. I mean guess your age? really? take the stupid compliment that you sound smart dont turn it into a stuck up game that only inflates that ego of yours

  • kendy.kendy

    Don’t tell your age..! Don’t you know the big number of problems that could cause if you tell your age? (Just telling you…)

  • Saphorn

    “I bet I sound like a kid on here”

    I actually am a kid! You probably couldn’t guess my age, I haven’t been on here very long.

  • Shadeslayer70

    AHEM:
    Wow, really seventeen? Thats a coincidence I guess. Im seventeen too, no joke. I turn 18 in April 🙂 If you have a facebook or anything It’d be nice to talk to you and whatnot, you seem pretty cool. But if you don’t feel like doing that then, its cool, i understand.

    SolembumRulesTheEarth:
    I’d have to say, your about 15 years old, and a boy. Just my guess.

    Glorfindel:
    I’d probably have to say that you’re about 17 or 18 too if I had to guess. And jeez, you’re upset about getting a 28 on the ACT? That’s a really good score, I don’t even want to say mine. (It’s a bit lower.) But yes, i completely get what your talking about with the science section, the time was my main problem on that too.

    PadfootUnewraithSlayer:
    I would also say that you are about 17 or 18, (perhaps a little younger) judging from the way you type.

    (Sorry if any of these age guesses offend anyone, im just doing this for fun)

    And if anyone else has a facebook or anything that they want to get together and talk, or whatever, then please, I would love to do that. But again, I completely understand if you don’t wish to reveal that information, you guys are all just really fun to talk to.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    And everyone just ignores me….. 🙁

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “so if murtaugh told eragon his true name eragon could fight galby.
    whats this a new theory!?!?!
    haha”

    That’s a pretty big if. I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing Murtagh’s character and figuring him out, and I honestly can’t see him telling Eragon his True Name in the Cycle to come.

    If Murtagh were to tell someone else his True Name, then they’d have a huge weapon to use against him that he couldn’t fight. I don’t think he’s going to be too eager to dispense that information to anyone. If Murtagh had a choice, he’d probably want Galbatorix to die as the only person, besides possibly Thorn, to know his TN. Keep that secret to himself that way.

    Murtagh would only do anything like that as a complete last resort, and even then, there’s a few problems to consider. Murtagh has already sworn very comprehensive oaths to Galbatorix, which could prevent him from divulging information that might give the Varden a chance to deprive Galbatorix of his best servant. In addition, if Eragon and Galbatorix were wrestling control of Murtagh between themselves, those AL oaths would give Galbatorix the edge he’d need to win that struggle. Of course, Eragon ordering Murtagh to abandon Galbatorix leads back to the True Name vs. Ancient Language Oaths paradox.

    In addition, now that Murtagh knows that it is possible to change his True Name, he has a last lifeline that might work, and probably isn’t going to try any desperate maneuvers that might make things even worse for him when he has this possibility of escape.

  • Glorfindel

    And yes, I guess A.H.E.M.’s use of proper punctuation and proper spelling DOES single him out.
    A.H.E.M., thank you for refraining from using IM shorthand in your posts. I can’t stand it when everything is abbreviated, like people somehow don’t have enough time in their busy lives to spell it, “tonight”, rather than “tonite”. I mean, you save, what, .2 seconds?

  • Glorfindel

    Guess how old I am. and I don’t know if I want to discuss MY ACT scores. I got a lousy twenty eight.
    Thirty four on English, twenty four on science.
    Haha, does anyone score well on science? You have exactly 52.5 seconds for each question. Totally lame. What’s the point of constricting time so much?

  • mufajir01

    so if murtaugh told eragon his true name eragon could fight galby.
    whats this a new theory!?!?!
    haha

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    how old and what gender do i seem like? since you guys thought AHEM was in their 20s.

    btw, you can find out a lot of the questions you might have by checking out youtube for interviews and whatnot. just to help!

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Found it! Here’s what CP himself has to say about this issue of True Names:

    “Again, there’s a lot more about True Names in Brisingr . . . there’s a LOT more in Brisingr, as I keep saying. If you know the True Name of someone, you can use that True Name to control them. If anyone else knows the True Name, they can use it as well. So, it would be like having two masters, if you will, controlling the same person. Umm . . . which actually I suppose could even be used as a defense. Like, if you knew that your enemy had learned your True Name, and you had any amount of free will, you could tell your True Name to someone you trusted, and they could use that to sort of wrestle control of you back from your enemy.”

    That’s the best transcript I can type up just from listening. For the actual video where he says this, go to this site:

    They talk about this at around 1:55 to 2:50.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “ok, I’ve got a question. What do you think would happen if more than one person found out someone’s true name. I the two name-knowers gave the person contradicting orders, what would the result be?”

    I think I remember hearing CP talk about the possibility in an interview in the past, before Brisingr was released. I’ll see if I can find it and get back to you later.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I bet I sound like a kid on here!

  • Barty

    Well, for a new topic, I posted this earlier, but if anyone’s interested, here it is again:

    “ok, I’ve got a question. What do you think would happen if more than one person found out someone’s true name. I the two name-knowers gave the person contradicting orders, what would the result be?

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Heck yeah.:)

    17?! You seem way older!:D Don’t take it offensively, you are just REALLY smart!!

    Anyway… New topic?

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “and also eragon placed wards around Roran and put in them a certain amount of energy
    they were not taking the energy from Roran otherwise they would not have been depleted until he died.”

    I suppose that could have been the case as well. I checked the books, and I couldn’t find any confirmation of where the energy came from. It just said that Eragon had spun “a cocoon of charms” around Roran to create wards, not where the energy came from. The text does seem to indicate that there was a finite amount of energy around Roran, but that energy could just as easily have been extracted from Roran and then put into the spell, rather than depend entirely on the strength of his body(e.g. wards don’t collapse until all Roran’s energy is gone).

    Also, keep in mind that wards can be adjusted or made to weaken when a person’s energy goes low. This is exactly what Oromis and Murtagh did during their fight. As the battle went on and their reserves became depleted, their wards gradually adjusted to become less extensive, so they would draw on less energy at the price of protecting against a smaller range of attacks.

    “also i guess the thing about the structure is pretty likely but i just dont see eragon dying in the near future.”

    Unfortunately.

    “also the imperial army does not use this tactic otherwise they would not have died with one sword stroke(not eragons) or fire from saphira.”

    I think that the wards placed around the Empire’s soldiers are designed specifically to repel magical and mental attacks, rather than physical ones. If they were still protected from physical attacks, then enchanted swords(such as Zar’roc) should still effect them, given the tendency of magic swords to cut through wards fairly easily.

    Remember that wards seem to grow weaker as the energy of the person who they depend on is expended. If a soldier who was protected by wards got into a physical skirmish, my guess is that he would be protected from the first few attacks, but as the wards absorbed more damage, he would start getting hurt after several blows.

    But yeah, overall, I have to agree that it’s fairly unlikely that the Empire does this. It would take a lot of effort for their magicians to put a unique spell on each of their 100,000 soldiers to draw specifically upon that soldier’s strength, rather than just casting a magic-blocking web over large groups at a time.

    “the effects would have been seen as the fire going around the soldier then when his energy was depleted then he would burn.”

    Not necessarily. Wards can block an attack, such as fire, in several different ways. Murtagh and Thorn’s wards seem to work by deflecting fire around them, but other sorts of fire-deflecting wards have been seen. For example, during the final battle of Eldest, Eragon used to ward to shield him and Saphira from Thorn’s fire. “The conflagion swirled around them but did not scorch Saphira’s scales.”(Eldest, chapter “Eldest”) This indicates that they were hit by the fire, but the process of the heat and flames transferring to them was blocked.

    So, if a group of soldiers were protected in this way and Saphira breathed fire on them, the appearance would be of them walking through the fire unharmed, but their wards would quickly fade away from blocking all that heat. They would start to feel heat, then it would get stronger, then stronger, and then they’d burn. It’d be a pretty horrible way to die, I think.

  • mufajir01

    A.H.E.M
    any counter-arguments to my counter-arguments of what you said earlier??

  • otherguy

    any news on the interview?

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    i know i am foolishly repeating myself but…gosh it has been so long… what happened to the interview?

  • mufajir01

    wohoo my guess was closest
    haha 😀

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Hehehe, interesting guesses. It’s kind of surprising to be figured to be in my twenties. Do I really sound like that?

    I’m actually seventeen.

    I have absolutely no idea how old you are.

  • Evarinya

    Im gonna say 21, 23, or 27 😛

    Psh.. I bet I sound like a little kid on here

  • Shadeslayer70

    AHEM:
    Well, I’d say that you are definatly out of high school. Possibly attending or graduated from college. If you are attending college I’d say you are either a junior or senior. But if you have already graduated college, then I would say that you are around your upper twenties to lower thirties. If i had to put an exact age on it I would have to say… 28? In any case, you have probably always been a gifted student in school, probably skipped a grade or two, and got relativly high on your ACT or SAT. But again if i had to make a guess, you would be around 28.
    So how old do you think i am? 🙂

  • Barty

    ok, I’ve got a question. What do you think would happen if more than one person found out someone’s true name. I the two name-knowers gave the person contradicting orders, what would the result be?

    If eragon was to find out Murtagh’s true name, would he be able to free him from his bonds to Galbitorix?

  • mufajir01

    vanir is actually one of my favourite characters!!
    first off he says what he wants to like with eragon. eragon was a cripple( ok it wasnt his fault but people are bound to get pissed off, i mean he was the hope every one had been waiting for) and then when he sees his mistake he apologizes. i think that if eragon had spent some more time in ellesmera he would have become gr8 friends with Vanir

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    yeah….im not a fan of Arya. she kinda bugs the carp out of me. in my opinion, she ranks with the Twins and Vanir. who are my least favorite characters.

  • mufajir01

    yep i think that if Arya and Eragon were to get married Eragon would jump on saphira and just fly off from time to time!!

  • HB

    does anyone else think that Eragon and Arya should not be a couple?

    its just my opinion, but i personally dont like arya, she irritates me and i dont think that they would make a good couple.

    anyone with me on this?

  • mufajir01

    A.H.E.M
    my guess would be 16
    and also eragon placed wards around Roran and put in them a certain amount of energy
    they were not taking the energy from Roran otherwise they would not have been depleted until he died.
    also i guess the thing about the structure is pretty likely but i just dont see eragon dying in the near future.
    also the imperial army does not use this tactic otherwise they would not have died with one sword stroke(not eragons) or fire from saphira.
    the effects would have been seen as the fire going around the soldier then when his energy was depleted then he would burn.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Shadeslayer70:

    Thank you for the compliments. It’s quite gratifying to be singled out for having well thought out posts, to the point where some people here wonder about my age and experience.

    I’m not offended by the inquiry, but before I say anything, how about a few of you guess my age? I have to admit I’m curious as to how old I appear to others who read my comments here.

  • Evarinya

    Im gonna guess mid 20’s.. lol ;]

  • Shadeslayer70

    AHEM:
    Would you mind me asking how old your are? It’s just that whenever you post something the answers are well thought out, alalytical, and educated, that im wondering where you have learned all of this. If it is just information gathered through the years of your life, or you just happen to be really smart. lol.
    I understand if this happens to be too personnal a question, i am just curious to how old you are. 🙂

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    If I remember correctly, Eragon placed wards around Roran that would draw from his energy rather than Eragon’s, and also placed wards around Sloan that drew on his energy to prevent beasts from killing him and making it easier for him to get food. He also had the spell placed on Elva draw upon her strength rather than his own. Given this evidence, it seems likely that putting a ward around a soldier is perfectly possible. It may even be the imperial army’s preferred tactic.

    However, keep this in mind. While the spellcaster who placed the wards might not lose energy, it might depend on their magic to maintain the mechanism that drives the wards. That is, if they were to die, the ward(the structure of which comes from their magic) would fade away, because the person who was maintaining the mechanism of the ward no longer exists. This kind of reverse ontological inertia is quite common in fantasy magic systems.

  • mufajir01

    yeah but for the wards to be overwhelmed the opponent would have had to deal many blows that would have otherwise have struck him and possibly injured/killed him.
    also i dont think spellcasters can have any effect on the wards placed around another person.

  • Veneficus

    I think it would be possible, but it could be dangerous. If the wards are overwhelmed then the soldier dies. If a magician was more powerful than the soldier, then they would be able to overwhelm them and kill them. It is an interesting possibility, perhaps if you could do so with a large group of soldiers, then you could do some damage.

  • mufajir01

    alright i got one
    is it possible for spellcasters to place wards around soldiers that will take the energy from the soldier??
    cause itll make the soldier last longer!

  • Evarinya

    Thats not entirely true.. But whatever

    Any other subjects??

  • Veneficus

    No, you misunderstand me. I do not mean that a person is forgiven by their regret, simply that if they feel that regret that they are not evil. I believe a person is only evil when they feel nothing but perhaps joy or happiness over those they have killed. Eragon feels regret and thus while he is not absolved of his actions, he can acknowledge them as wrong and deal with that. Like I said before, it’s all a matter of opinion.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “except,! that if the ability to take energy from plants was such a great secret amongst elves wouldnt Arya not have used in such a cavalier manner??”

    What’s the point of an ability, even a highly powerful and dangerous one, if you never use it? I think the grass ship was actually a pretty clever use of magic.

    Anyway, keep in mind that Arya was out in the wilderness at the time she made the ship, while away from any watching human eyes except for Eragon, who already knew this secret. Even if someone had seen her use it, it’s extremely unlikely that they would have been able to discern that the source of the energy driving the ship came from the plants, and from that deduce the secret of being able to draw energy from living things.

    Finally, we have no real proof that Arya is unusually uptight or secretive about these things. For all we know, she could be infamous for her frivolous uses of magic. In fact, I think she’s a bit show-offy, boasting about her magical abilities to Eragon and wearing leather in defiance of traditional elf beliefs.

    “It is not a question of whether or not someone enjoys killing or not, more of a question that one feels remorse.”

    I’d have to disagree with that. I would find it a bit of a stretch to forgive someone for a crime simply because they felt bad about it. Not very many criminals would be imprisoned these days if someone only needed to admit remorse for a crime to be proven innocent. If a person goes on a rampage and kills a bunch of people, it won’t bring those people back to life if they regret doing it.

    Also, on the topic of Galbatorix’s remorse, he commented to Oromis in “Shadow of Doom” that he admits that he comitted terrible crimes that he regrets.

    Murtagh was completely justified in the killing of Torkenbrand. This was an immoral slaver who had tried to enslave, had ruined an incountable number of innocent lives with his raids, and was dangerous in the present situation. Murtagh is very sensible in knowing when to kill and when not to, something that I believe Eragon lacks.

    . . . Dang, you all got me arguing about morality again! Aren’t we over this trifling matter of opinion?

  • Veneficus

    Perhaps, Murtagh did feel bad, it honestly would not surprise me in the least, Murtagh has shown that he is not like his master. He does not want to fight Eragon, he wants them to join up under Galby. Such relationships are so similar to those of Star Wars, Murtagh is Vader as I see it and in the end Vader sacrifices himself so that his son might live, whether Murtagh’s act of redemption will be as dramatic is yet to be seen, but I have a feeling it will be. Regardless of that, Murtagh seems that he is still good somewhere inside and if that is the case, then perhaps Galby isn’t so all powerful after all.
    New topic for discussion, what name do you think the Ra’zac was talking about when it said the Galbatorix has almost found it?

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    Just for the record, I would’ve killed Torkenbrand too. He completely deserved it.

    That isn’t to say, however, that I would’ve liked it. It clearly says in the chapter “Mercy, Dragon Rider” that Eragon felt horrible for killing the soldier- even though he had to and even though he did. Who knows, maybe Murtagh DID feel bad for killing Torkenbrand, but never admitted it.

    *sigh*

  • Evarinya

    I thought we were over this subject!

  • Veneficus

    It is not a question of whether or not someone enjoys killing or not, more of a question that one feels remorse. Galby is evil because he feels no remorse over anyone that he kills, that’s an assumption, but it may be true. Murtagh had no choice in his killing of Torkenbrand, but at the same time he does not feel remorse, even for a moment. I believe it comes down to a matter of opinion. Eragon feels remorse for the suffering he has caused, but he believes that he will find repentance in the destruction of Galbatorix, and to that end he can justify what he does. It keeps him sane, whether he is good or bad.

  • Stenrgarm

    U r right, Meghan. I definately would have killed Torkenbrand. Murtagh did the sensible thing.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Ok, I’m sorry, I know you guys are going to get mad at me, but I have to bring up Eragon being evil again.

    It’s not that he’s evil, just kind of hard to figure out. I don’t think he ENJOYS killing, just, as AHEM pionted out, convinces himself that everything he does is good.

    As for Murtagh killing Torkenbrand, WHY does everyone always jump to Murtagh when Eragon is being accused?! Personally, I say Torkenbrand deserved what he got! And there are tons of reasons why Murtagh just killed him, first and formost that Torkenbrand would’ve went and gave away thier existance!!

    Did anyone not see Eragon do THE EXACT SAME THING IN BRISINGR?! To that soldier in the Chapter, Mercy Dragon Rider?! Murtagh is just smart to do the same thing a little quicker!

    Again, I apoligize for my outburst. I just needed to get it out and clear things up. Sorry.:) Ok… Calming down.

  • Saphorn

    Is Luthivira on the Alagaesia Map? How do you know it is Oromis’s hometown? Also, how do you know that it was a primarily elf city? Also, does it ever say that Arya got the energy for the ship from energy-leeching?

  • Elzeth

    Seriously, it is officially October and the September interview has not come out yet!

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    lalalalala,

    Chris or Mike-
    do you have ANY idea when the Q&A will be up? like before the end of the world?

    this is ridiculous!!!!! gaaaaar!

  • mufajir01

    ill think up some other questions and come back to you guys!!
    lol

  • mufajir01

    makes sense
    except,! that if the ability to take energy from plants was such a great secret amongst elves wouldnt Arya not have used in such a cavalier manner??

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “alright here goes, why doesnt galby know the location of du welden warden when there were elves in the forsworn.(this is shown when durza questions arya about the location of the elves)??”

    Galbatorix knows about Du Weldenvarden. He knows the elves are inside. He knows there are cities in there. He was told about them. From Oromis’ account, however, he does not know the specific location of Ellesmera and other elven cities, as he was never shown them before Jarnonvosk was killed. The whole forest itself is quite a bit general area to search, however, let alone attack with an army.

    The elves in the Forsworn did not necessarily know the exact location of Ellesmera. I hate this general assumption that every average elf knows all of the secrets of the elven nation and Alagaesia as a whole.

    Contrary to what everyone seems to think, there WERE elf cities outside of Du Weldenvarden. Oromis’ home city, Luthivira, is/was an example. It was situated on the edge of Luke Tudosten, which is in the far south of Alagaesia and closer to Surda then to Du Weldenvarden. It is highly possible that the elves Galbatorix recruited were not raised within Du Weldenvarden and had no more information about Ellesmera than a general idea that it was within Du Weldenvarden.

    I’d like to point out that Galbatorix did find some elf cities during the Fall and sack them. Again, Luthivira was an example. Perhaps Kialandi or someone was raised there, like Oromis, which explains how Galbatorix knew about that city, but not Ellesmera.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “Arya knows how to take energy from plants( this is shown when she makes the boat that runs on the energy of the plant) and there were elves in the forsworn right!! so why doesnt galbatorix know how to take energy from plants??????!!?!?!?!?! Oromis clearly stated that he didnt btw”

    “Maybe All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh can answer you, he really makes good deductions!”

    I have been invoked. I answer.

    Oromis stated that drawing energy from things other than your own body was “One of the greatest secrets of magic, one that even Galbatorix may not know.”(Eldest, Chapter Visions Near and Far, page 539) He did not state that Galbatorix did not know. For all we know, he could know.

    Oromis stated(Chapter “On the Crags of Tel’naeir”) that the secrets he would teach Eragon were “reserved for the wisest of the riders.” He only taught Eragon how to draw energy from other entities after Eragon had perfected his mind-projection abiliities and was able to hear and discern the thoughts of everything around him, but not necessarily understand it.(“Comprehension will come with age.”)

    Oromis then declared that a Dragon Rider was not considered a full member of their order until they reached this level. He said that he couldn’t teach Eragon this secret until they could do this.

    Jarnonvosk was killed shortly after Galbatorix completed his training, at age 19. Since he had completed his training, he must have progressed to the level of mental finesse that Eragon had.(In fact, given Galbatorix’s masterful abilities with telepathy and having nearly ten times as much experience as Eragon at the time, I’d say his abilities at 19 dwarfed Eragon’s at his strongest mental potential.) At this point, Galbatorix was certainly powerful enough to learn how to leech energy. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Elders saw fit to teach it to him.

    Oromis never gave a conclusive answer on when Riders were shown how to leech energy. A fully trained Rider should be considered to have the ability and skill to be aware of all the minds around them, they would not necessarily know this secret. Oromis did teach Eragon how to do it as soon as he reached full-Rider telepathy level, but then, he was teaching Eragon all the secrets he could in as short a time as possible, and he showed him the secret as soon as he was advanced enough to possibly learn it. For all we know, during the age of the Riders, it could have been a requirement to have 50 years of experience as a Rider before learning this. After all, it was supposed to be reserved “for the wisest of the Riders.”

    If Galbatorix(or any of the Forsworn for that matter) had been taught this secret, which they could have or could not have, he would have told Eragon for certain that Galbatorix did possess this ability, which he did not.

    Contrast with Arya. Not only is she one of the Elves’ best spellcasters, but she is the elven princess, who was entrusted with an extremely dangerous task, and has several decades of experience with magic. Her learning this super-secret, even in a limited amount, is quite likely, even if it wasn’t very well known among young Riders before the Fall.

    Therefore, as long as the elves in the Forsworn weren’t Elders or otherwise extremely old and wise, there is a very good chance that neither Galbatorix nor the Forsworn knew this secret at the time of the Fall. Conversely, Galbatorix may have discovered the secret himself in the 120 years he has studied magic and honed his talent.

    Hope that answers your question.

  • Veneficus

    Perhaps he does know the general location, but he cannot penetrate the wards around Du Weldenvarden. If he could he probably would have by know.

  • mufajir01

    new question for the discussion cause i think the old ones pretty much been answered!!
    alright here goes, why doesnt galby know the location of du welden warden when there were elves in the forsworn.(this is shown when durza questions arya about the location of the elves)??

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    It might have even been that the others learned it after Galby’s first dragon was killed. He might not have covered that subject yet.

  • sirsimon

    happy first of october everyone, any news on the September interview? thanks

  • HI

    interview?

  • Evarinya

    Maybe Galby doesn’t even know???
    Lol.. I doubt this, but I just wanted to put in another point.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Perhaps it was found after Galby was taught.

  • mufajir01

    but wouldnt the forsworn elves already know how to take energy from plants, unless youre talking about the elves in which case that would make sense!! hmm

  • Veneficus

    Perhaps it is similar to the secret of the Heart of Hearts secret: they only teach them about the plant trick after they are determined to be responsible enough.

  • 1076

    mufajir01, that’s a good question. I don’t know… Maybe All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh can answer you, he really makes good deductions!
    (Or anyone else, of course..)

  • mufajir01

    oh and in case any ones wondering this is a question for the discussion not for cp.

  • mufajir01

    very important question!!!
    Arya knows how to take energy from plants( this is shown when she makes the boat that runs on the energy of the plant) and there were elves in the forsworn right!! so why doesnt galbatorix know how to take energy from plants??????!!?!?!?!?! Oromis clearly stated that he didnt btw

  • GalbatorixFTW

    Galbatorix Technically isnt evil, he went insane after the death of his dragon and what he does is justified in his pov

  • Evarinya

    By grief, I mean the thought of killing people.. lives.. ect ect.

  • Evarinya

    AHEM. Thank you for answering me..
    Although I know your making sense, but Eragon is only repressing his empathy so that he doesn’t go mad from the grief. I would do the same thing.. Try not to linger on unpleasant things :]

    Anyways! New topic?? Please?? Anyone??

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Evarinya:

    Repressed conscience. I didn’t say Eragon was sadistic or a madman. He merely suppresses what sympathy he would feel for others. His dreams are his conscience protesting, and he desperately tries to convince himself that what he’s doing is not wrong, hence his elaborate justifications and his complete lack of empathy.

    I really don’t want to get into an extended debate over something like this. I just wanted to articulate my misgivings over Eragon when I was asked when I disliked him so much. I don’t like arguing over characters, especially in areas as controversial as this.

  • HB

    i’m sure the interview will be released as soon as its ready. hopefully soon!

  • guy

    the interview is probably like a week away, they have been taking there sweet time

  • Saphorn

    This is kind of random, but I actually got my mom to read Inheritance, and she normally disapproves of books!!!
    Also, when is that interview coming??????

  • Daniel

    I agree Evarinya. If he was a sadistic madman that loved killing and seeing others suffer he wouldn’t have dreams of terror, more than likely.

  • Evarinya

    *sigh*
    Still not answering my questions..

    “If you read between the lines in “Around the Campfire” it makes clear that Eragon enjoys killing, but refuses to admit it to himself to preserve his self-image.”

    If he likes killing so much, why does he wake up in the middle of the night screaming?
    Seriously..

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    what happened to the interview? did it got posted and i somehow don’t see it? or is it (sniff) stil not posted?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Just take a deep breath, AHEM. Breathe deeply.
    Feeling better? 😉

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “Though you didn’t answer one of my questions. Why are you a fan of the series if you hate Eragon so much? How can you stand reading the books when 80% of them is from Eragon’s POV? Or do you NOT hate Eragon, and simply just think he is interesting? Just curious to see why your still reading these books is all.”

    I wish I wouldn’t have to repeat this point so often.

    Just because I hate one character, or even several characters, doesn’t mean I’m going to hate the whole series. Books, especially fantasies, are made up of a multitude of different areas and factors–story, plot, characterization, dialogue, premise and resolution of conflict, how each character behaves, etc–and since I try to take all of these things into account when I form an opinion of a book, it is pretty likely that there will be something about it that I dislike. But then, I can’t very well condemn a whole series as horrible just because of one or two areas when all the rest are good, can I?

    There are bound to be some characters I detest out of the huge casts in novels. I can think of quite a few characters in fiction, both heroes and villains, that I despise, but that has never stopped me from liking the series as a whole. I still enjoy the storytelling, writing, characterization, etc. of the Inheritance Cycle, even if some members of the main cast are rather unsympathetic to me at times.

    BTW, I did not page counts of the books, and while Brisingr is about 80% Eragon-centered, Eldest was only about 67% from Eragon’s perspective. Incidentally, Eldest was my favorite book in the Cycle. ; )

    “And you’re probably going to gripe at me for this one, but do you recall the incident with the slaver Torkenbrand? There was no reason for Murtagh to kill him, they could have let him go like the rest of the slavers.”

    Now this is one thing that particularly irks me. It seems sometimes like declaring that Murtagh is my favorite character was a mistake. Whenever I critique another character of the Inheritance Cycle or give a negative opinion on them, someone always brings up Murtagh, and tries to prove that Murtagh did something worse or is just the same. Why? MURTAGH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ERAGON’S MORALITY.

    Now, I’d like to go on record that I don’t think Eragon is pure evil or just a mindless killing machine. I do think, however, that he is misguided and shows definite signs of a deeply disturbed invidual. The “regret” you seem to have seen only signals to me the signs of a conscience that Eragon is at pains to repress, hence his elaborate justifications on why he’s justified in killing his latest victim, and the complete lack of any apparent action to change his unethical, bloodthirsty actions. If you read between the lines in “Around the Campfire” it makes clear that Eragon enjoys killing, but refuses to admit it to himself to preserve his self-image.

    But anyway, I’m not trying to start an argument over morality. I’m aware that it’s a very controversial area partly founded in each individual’s own perceptions, opinions, and personal morals, never good things to argue over. I was just trying to explain why I didn’t like Eragon. But then, most of the things I discuss here tend to be similarly controversial. Since I tend to read deeply into books and rarely take anything at face value(e.g. the general assumption that Eragon is good and Galbatorix is evil), I tend to develop some rather unconvential opinions about certain things, and I don’t mean to offend anyone with them.

    I’ll stop here, because I’d rather avoid a long, drawn out debate over Eragon’s morality.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    sorry, by ‘him’ I mean Eragon.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    AHEM-

    i really dont see why you would even like the books if like, 90% of the series is about him.

  • Sapphiron

    I found it very hard to believe that Eragon could not give a speech to the Varden. But, then, if he didn’t have a problem like that one, alot more people might expect him to take over the Varden.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    AHEM, oh, honestly, Eragon is not that bad! HE could not even bloody well speak to the Varden!! He most of the time does not think of himself as a hero. If he did, he would not have his nightmares.

  • Evarinya

    I also have to say that I disagree with you AHEM.
    About Eragon being honored as a hero.. That is completely out of his control.
    He doesn’t get to choose what people think of him. They make up their own minds about him..
    And honestly, I doubt he even likes all the attention. Didn’t he say somewhere in Eldest that he would rather Saphira had not come to him? Im sure he did.
    Shadeslayer70
    Well said mate. You have a very good point.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Wow, A.H.E.M. I think that is one issue we are just going to have to agree to disagree on. Because i in no way see Eragon as being Evil. (That doesn’t necessarily mean that i think that Galbatorix is evil, either.) I mean, as being the protagonist of the story, he can’t just be constantly called out on all of his stuff, it wouldn’t make for a very good story. And with that, yes, i can see why you like Elva.

    But i have no idea where you came up with, him going around killing anyone he wants to, because he most certainly doesn’t. He goes out of his way to avoid killing if he can. (Example, the soldiers who first showed up after he broke out of his cell in Gilead, he told Murtagh to avoid killing them.) And he also most certainly shows regret for his actions (maybe not as much so as Roran, but if you read between the lines you can see that he does regret the sins that he has committed. I don’t have a book right in front of me, so i can’t quote where, but i specifically remember a few times where he does.)
    And you’re probably going to gripe at me for this one, but do you recall the incident with the slaver Torkenbrand? There was no reason for Murtagh to kill him, they could have let him go like the rest of the slavers. There is one example that i can think of right now (there are several others, where the text doesn’t just come out and say it) that shows that Eragon has a good heart. And im not trying to debate right now whether what Murtagh did was just/right or not, im simply using that as an example as to Eragon’s personality.
    But like i said, we’re probably going to have to agree to disagree on this one, lol, i don’t really see either of us changing our minds.
    Though you didn’t answer one of my questions. Why are you a fan of the series if you hate Eragon so much? How can you stand reading the books when 80% of them is from Eragon’s POV? Or do you NOT hate Eragon, and simply just think he is interesting? Just curious to see why your still reading these books is all.

  • Jakob

    I would’t say he kills when ever he feels like it, I would rather say he kills when he have to, and Sloan is prof that he has a good heart. In that case maybe a too good heart but a good heart, it’s the same with the man Murtagh killed.

    Of course they both deserve to be killed (My opinion).

    AHEM It sound kinda like “Join the dark side!” when reading your commets xD

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “it seems to me that they were unlikey trained in ilirea because that was also the elvish capital before the fall”

    Bear in mind that after the Palancar Crisis, Ilirea became the human capital. It was formerly an elven city, but not the elven capital. It was abandoned before the Dragon Riders were formed, after the dragons burned it in the war. If Riders were indeed trained there, it wouldn’t have started until about 700 years before the events of the books, and the Dragon Riders were established almost 2000 years before that.

    “I’m saying is: what is everyone’s problem with Eragon? Sorry, I just don’t get how you can be a fan of a series without liking the main character. And please don’t just list out all of his flaws, i know them, he is self righteous, and narrow minded at times, and all of that stuff, but what is your real problem with him? I don’t mean to be rude, im just curious is all.”

    Like I said in an earlier post, there are two different kinds of flaws a character can have. You can’t excuse a character from being a bad character by just saying “He has flaws! They make him more realistic!” By that line of reasoning, you could say that characters such as Sauron, Voldemort, and Emperor Palpatine are good characters and aren’t really evil, because they just “have flaws.”

    It isn’t so much that Eragon is “flawed” it’s that he’s never treated as being flawed. Though a few characters occasionally complain about his stupidity, he’s never called out on a moral ground. He goes about, passing judgement whenever he wants, killing someone any time he feels like it, and yet he is stilll trumpeted as the highest bastion of virtue by the Varden and the elves. He’s a misguided, egomaniacal, psychopathic terrorist, and yet everything he does is treated as right and moral, because he’s a dragon rider, and not because of his actions. Does he ever show regret for the evil he does? No, he merely comes up an elaborate justifiction, or says that its for the greater good(the same justification that Hitler used) and keeps on doing it. He’s treated as the hero, while the real heroes(Roran, Murtagh, Orik, etc) get shoved out of the limelight. In fact, I think Eragon would make a pretty good villain, as a sort of deconstruction of the traditional “chosen one/hero who can do no wrong.”

    The only evidence to support that Eragon “has a good heart” is that we’re repeatedly told so in the text, while what actually happens in the books clearly shows us otherwise. At the very best, Eragon is a misguided maniac who has a sort of conscience, but is repeatedly supressing his empathy and morals with his elaborate justifications so he can keep performing actions that he knows, deep down, are deeply depraved. This conclusion is rather strongly supported if you read deeply enough into the text.

    The problem with Eragon is that he’s evil, and treated as the hero. That’s my problem with Eragon.

  • Jakob

    Shadeslayer70:

    I completly agree with you, and speaking of his flaws, that’s were Saphira steps in and helps him or corrects him. Eragon and Saphira is my favorite characters after Brom. 😀

  • Hidarn

    does anyone know where the riders were actually trainedi have looked it up and it says ilirea and doru araeba, i’m not sure which one it is or if it is both.

    it seems to me that they were unlikey trained in ilirea because that was also the elvish capital before the fall

  • dragonmaster

    also does anoyone know how the colour of dragons work?

    are they all in different shades of different colours and stuff cause then half of the dragons would be the same blue and that would decrease a riders sense of individuality

  • Hopefulauthor

    ok i have no idea how to ask C.P a question so i am hoping he will read this. if not can someone tell me how to ask the question.

    Anyway i would like to know where C.P came up with the Ancient Language and i would like to know all of the stuff C.P has so far, i am a big fan of Eragon and i am curious. As to how he came up with all of this stuff also i have a fea theories that some may have guessed but i believe them to be correct

    anyway C.P if you are reading this can you please comment back or post somethiing in the update section thank you.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ok long, post coming up, ahhh.
    One: I personally like Nasuada. I think that she thinks logically, which is how i think. She knew that she couldn’t kill Roran, and she knew that he would be important to the Varden in the future, but still had to be punished in a way. I will agree with everyone that 50 lashes was probably way too much, and she should have realized that he deserved some special care, not just for being Eragons cousin, but because he had also just saved a lot of lives. But really i don’t think she’s that bad.

    Now on to Elva. Personally Im not really sure what to say about Elva. I mean i respect her for her using her gift/curse to her advantage, and telling everyone off, but at the same time, i’m pretty weary of her. She could prove to be a powerful enemy. And yea, she is definatly pretty creepy.

    As for Eragon, I suppose im a bit of a loyal fanboy when it comes to him. Yes i see his flaws, but he is definatly learning, he is smart, and he has a good heart. And if he didn’t have the flaws he has, then he probably wouldn’t make for that good of a protagonist right? I guess what I’m saying is: what is everyone’s problem with Eragon? Sorry, I just don’t get how you can be a fan of a series without liking the main character. And please don’t just list out all of his flaws, i know them, he is self righteous, and narrow minded at times, and all of that stuff, but what is your real problem with him? I don’t mean to be rude, im just curious is all.

  • ILikeEragon

    When did C.P hint that the varden might turn against Nasuada?

  • Evarinya

    AHEM
    If your talking about Eragon when he first put the curse on Elva as being irresponsible.. thats not true. It was merely ignorance.
    If not, then never mind.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Kendy:

    It’s interesting to note that at the end of Brisingr, Eragon still doesn’t have a clue what happened with Roran and the case of insurbordination. I wonder how he’ll react when he hears. What I’m hoping for is that the Varden turns against Nasuada(as CP has hinted) because they become convinced that she’s no better than Galby.

    Elva disgusting? Why do you say that? Creepy yeah, but disgusting? I haven’t seen her do anything that’s really repulsive or anything, except vomiting whenever someone’s in pain, which is certainly no fault of her own.(It’s caused by Eragon’s magic trying to force her to help others.)

  • 1076

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh , I really think that Nasuada isn’t a good character! And about the whipping I hope that someone tell Eragon what she had done to Roran, and then he takes revenge =D that would be terrific!
    And Elva… ‘she’s living proof of how irresponsible Eragon is’ well, I agree with that.. but I don’t like her at all… She’s a little disgusting… Just my opinion!

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    correct me if i’m foolish ,but the interview still hasn’t been released, right? or has it and i somehow can’t see it?

  • Rex

    I also wonder if Christopher Paolini can speak any of his languages fluently. It would be interesting if he could and it would show he has given them a lot of thought.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “also, please forgive me if i’m wrong but i dont have a copy of the book with me, but doesnt she say that Roran should have been hanged for what he had done?”

    There were three possible penalties for mutiny in the Varden. Death, 50 lashes, or 30 lashes dischargement from the Varden. Contrary to all the idiotic pro-Nasuada comments that seem to be floating around, she was NOT going easy on him. I probably wouldn’t be as furious with her if she had been.

    “also, she might feel threatened by Roran, because of the control he has over the carvahall villagers.”

    There’s a golden example of Nasuada’s meglomania and power-hungry arrogance right there. Someone besides her in the Varden is doing good and gaining respect, and she has to beat them down to make sure she’s still in the spotlight and no one gets more respect than her.

    “would you guys be so cut up about his whipping if it wasnt Roran, but someone we didnt even know? or we didn’t know what had happened?”

    Well, if I just heard, “Nasuada gave some bloke 50 lashes” then I wouldn’t really be able to forment much of an opinion, because I’d have no idea why that person got that lashes or if they deserved it.

    With the circumstances, however, I don’t really care who it was. Nasuada overreacted and treated Roran’s insubordination as a full-scale mutiny, despite that he made no effort to steal the position of his already incompetent captain and that he saved her organization a crippling loss. That it was Roran, rather than a random soldier, only made it worse.

    “remember, Nasuada is still only young, she may have been brought up to lead the varden, but mistakes are made by everyone. maybe this is just a case of lack of experience.”

    That’s no excuse. The narrative and the characters themselves constantly tell us how mature for her age Nasuada is, and how Ajihad trained her to be the leader of the Varden all her life. At the same time, she has a whole council of advisors and officers who could have pointed out her lapse to her. But did she take any advice for them or even hear them out? No. If Nasuada isn’t “experienced” or “mature” enough to be trusted with decisions like this, then she shouldn’t be the leader of the Varden in the first place.

    “And,about Elva I dont like her.OK, it was Eragons fault for the curse but that doesnt explain why she behaves so badly to Eragon and the others by using their weaknesses against them for everything.”

    Elva rocks. She annoyed me a bit in Eldest, but after Brisingr, she gained a huge load of respect from me. For starters, she’s living proof of how irresponsible Eragon is and what a blight he is to others no matter what he does. Secondly, she’s the only character who really calls him out on his arrogant, self-righteous, Richard Rahl-esque tendency to think of himself as the absolute arbiter of right and wrong no matter who he hurts. Her quote in Brisingr says it best:

    “What you were about to do was evil, Eragon. Are you the judge of the world? Will you condemn me in the absence of wrongdoing merely because you do not approve of me? That way lies the depraved pleasure of controlling others for your own satisfaction. Galbatorix would approve.”

    Any who can downtalk Eragon, confront him with his self-righteous bulls*** to his face, is freaking epic. Not to mention that she has that awesome aura of ambiguity to her, where she isn’t beholden to any faction, and more than willing to let anyone who tries to control her have what’s coming to them. She throws all of Nasuada’s ridiculous “suffer for the greater good!” back in her face, and remains ambivalent to the various factions. She kind of reminds me of Murtagh, in that way.

  • 1076

    Rex, I think we’ll learn more about him in the IV book.

  • Rex

    I was wondering if we would learn more about Gûntera in the fourth book. I mean will we learn if he is actually a god or if he is something else like a grey folk since it said his mind seemed very old or something to that effect. So thats what I was wondring and hopefully there will be something about him in the next book or maybe Christopher Paolini will talk about him in one of his interviews before then.

  • 1076

    HB, ‘and just a general question for you all:
    would you guys be so cut up about his whipping if it wasnt Roran, but someone we didnt even know? or we didn’t know what had happened?’

    In my opinion, It depends. If we don’t know what had happened I wouldn’t feel… so angry? But if was another person but we know what had happened I would be as angry as I am now..! And, of course, we’re talkning about Roran..! In my opinion, maybe she’s young, her father is dead or whatever you want to add… But she’s not a good character (Just my opinion guys)
    I really don’t understand why do you like her… But don’t worry, maybe I don’t like her ’cause my favorite character is Roran, and what she had done to Roran was so terrible that made me hate her..!

  • HB

    i quite like Nasuada. she does what she can in the situation. not many people would cut themselves up for something.

    also, please forgive me if i’m wrong but i dont have a copy of the book with me, but doesnt she say that Roran should have been hanged for what he had done?

    giving him a whipping was a good thing and bad thing, bad because it was Roran and he did what he could have done, but good because it would dissuade others from going against her, and kept the others in control.

    also, she might feel threatened by Roran, because of the control he has over the carvahall villagers.

    remember, Nasuada is still only young, she may have been brought up to lead the varden, but mistakes are made by everyone. maybe this is just a case of lack of experience.

    and just a general question for you all:

    would you guys be so cut up about his whipping if it wasnt Roran, but someone we didnt even know? or we didn’t know what had happened?

    i cant think of anything else right now.

  • Lorifice

    I agree… Nasuada aggravates me. She’s too morally driven to save the Varden and suspends any real human emotion to uphold law. She doesn’t come across as very realistic.

    As for those who don’t like Elva, I have to say she’s one of my favorite characters (up there with Murtagh and Blodhgarm). She doesn’t have some unrealistic desire to fight for the Varden and put herself through pain. She is concerned chiefly with her own needs, and despite her situation, feels like a real person.

  • Stenrgarm

    I can see some of your reasoning on liking Galbatorix. But Murtagh is my favorite character so my sympathies go to him first. I only feel sorry for Galby that he lost his dragon. Other than that he was a jerk. I can’t see how someone thought him brilliant for bending dragons to work for him, killing all the Riders, stealing a dragon and enslaving him. From what we saw of Murtagh in the chapter Fire in the Sky something clearly happened to him in Uru’baen after not bringing back Eragon.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Saphorn:

    I agree, on the points about Eragon and Nasuada, at least.

  • 1076

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh : ‘Nasuada SUCKS. She is the worst character in the whole Cycle. Her authoritianism is every bit as bad as Galbatorix’s(probably worse), and she really lost all sympathy from me after the whipping of Roran. I personally hope that Nasuada dies a horrible death in Book IV.’

    I AGREE WITH YOU..!!!!!

  • Saphorn

    These are my favorites:

    1. Brom

    2. Oromis/Angela

    3. Arya

    4. Saphira

    5. Murtagh

    Eragon as a character is TOTALLY SUCKISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!(his name is cool though)

    I also hate Nasuada

  • mufajir01

    haha!!
    nice to know some people support the other side. personally i like the side of the good guys but as u said the mindset of the villian is pretty interesting!!

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Hahahahah . . . I just knew everyone was going to be surprised at my choices. I have to admit that my choices in character are rather unconventional, to say the least.

    Thorn willingly bonded to Murtagh. That shows me that this dragon is smart, and probably has some personality traits similar to Murtagh. I’m probably giving him the benefit of the doubt in some areas thought, since we haven’t really seen much of his personality. Once more of his mindset is revealed, he could potentially go down.

    Brom just narrowly misses out on the list. It was pretty much a toss up between him and Jeod. Though Brom’s a pretty good character, he loses points for fathering Eragon . . . he did Alagaesia a big disservice there, lol. Brom’s NO. 11, I guess. Maybe 10, if I’m willing to disassociate him with Eragon.

    Oromis, well, he’s okay, but well, he is an ELF, after all. He’s a bit less preachy and more respectful of other views than most elves, and is a pretty wise fellow . . . but he is an ELF. He also loses points for his rather immature behavior towards Galbatorix at the end of Brisingr.

    I’m probably going to get chewed out for this, given that the canoically view seems to be that the king is pure evil, but GALBATORIX ROCKS!!! I’ve always had a curiousity with villains, why they’re doing what they’re doing and if they really are evil, and I’m not convinced that Galbatorix is one mite evil. He’s just pure awesome. The poor guy gets hounded on way too much by people who just take him at face value. “He’s the evil king! He’s the villains! He’s Evil with the capital E!” Bah.

    I’ve always sympathized with Galbatorix to quite an extent, and in my opinion, his story is much more interesting than Eragon’s. His speech at the end of Brisingr really emphasized what an epicly awesome character he is.

    Nasuada SUCKS. She is the worst character in the whole Cycle. Her authoritianism is every bit as bad as Galbatorix’s(probably worse), and she really lost all sympathy from me after the whipping of Roran. I personally hope that Nasuada dies a horrible death in Book IV.

  • mufajir01

    the reason that i think Galbatorix could be likeable is cause he has a do what i want attitude.
    for example when the council refused to give him another dragon he took it. also he is very smart because whatever anyone says about him using eldunari to defeat the riders was pure genius.
    other than that we havent really seen him too much so i dont know whether i like him or not!!

  • 1076

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh, YEAH I REALLY FIND VERY BORING NASUADA….!And I don’t like at all her personality

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Yeah I liked Broms character but he was killed.I liked Oromis character and he was killed too…Gah! And about Murtagh I consider him neither good nor bad.But AHEM,would you explain why you like Galbatorix? I understand, perhaps you feel pity for him bec. Jarnunvosk died, but I still dont understand the reason why.And why dont you like Nasuada.And,about Elva I dont like her.OK, it was Eragons fault for the curse but that doesnt explain why she behaves so badly to Eragon and the others by using their weaknesses against them for everything.I imagine Galbatorix has a similar character too.I really feel that she is extremely dangerous for Eragon and the Varden and can betray them to the Empire…

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Brom!!!! He is my favorite!!! I did not want him to die!! (‘course, every time I don’t want someone to die in book, they usually do….) 🙁

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    Broooooooooooooommmmm!!!!!!!!!!

    have I made my point?

    AHEM- what exactly do you have against Nasuada? i personally really like her. and how could you like Galbatorix and Jeod more than BROM?!

    *gasps from sudden rise in blood pressure*

    other than that, though…..pretty good picks.

  • Evarinya

    Surprising AHEM!
    Oromis isn’t in your top list? Or Brom?
    curious..

  • Daniel

    AHEM, we haven’t really seen much of Thorn’s character, so is there a specific trait about him that appeals to you other than him being Murtagh’s dragon? I’m just curious.

  • Stenrgarm

    @ AHEM

    I have to know your reasoning on liking Galbatorix. Especially with Murtagh being your favorite character. Other then that one I almost completely agree with your list, especially the first two. 😀

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    For those curious about how I feel about characters beyond “GO MURTAGH!!!” here’s my top ten:

    1: Murtagh

    2: Thorn

    3: Galbatorix

    4: Roran

    5: Elva

    6: Rhunon

    7: Orik

    8: Katrina

    9: The Ra’zac

    10: Jeod

    And the absolute worst character in the whole Cycle is . . . NASUADA.

  • feanarang

    I don’t know, I’m going to have to rock the boat and say that my favorite character is Saphira, hands down. The opportunity to see several chapters written from her perspective in Brisingr was awesome. She thinks so much differently from any human, dwarf, or elf, and her different perspectives bring so much more to the story.

    After Saphira, I’d have to go with Murtagh. There’s so much internal conflict going on in his life right now, and I’m anxiously awaiting Book IV so I can know whether or not Murtagh finds a way to survive/evade his oaths to Galbatorix.

    After Murtagh (but not very far behind) would be Angela. There’s so much we don’t know about her, but the fact that she seems to be tied to another saga taking place in Alagaesia makes her extremely interesting to me. I’m always interested in little (or not so little) sidestories, because they add so much more to the overall plot of the story of the entire land. I’m the kind of person who would read Domina Abr Wyrda just so I could learn about the history of Alagaesia.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    hmm…..I definitely have Brom in my top three, along with Angela and Solembum*cough, who shall rule the earth.lol*

    And….Oromis, and Saphira…..and…..I guess Eragon? not that i dont like Eragon, he just isnt my personal favorite. Brom was, in my humble opinion, by far the best character. His backstory kicks ace, and his personality rocks.

    Now, if we knew Angela’s backstory, that would be awesome, since we really only know a little bit about her.

    WWBS-What Would Brom Say?

  • Daniel

    My least favorite is probably Nasuada, but not always. At other times I really like her character.

  • Evarinya

    Saphira, Eragon, Arya, Oromis, Brom, and Angela all tie in my opinion x]
    I just love em all.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Brom is my favorite! Then Angela!!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Well Id have to say my favorite character is Saphira, very closely followed by Eragon and Arya. Though I really like Angela and Murtagh too, their personalities are so cool. And also of course (the character who im very surprised no one’s mentioned yet, lol) Brom.

  • 1076

    Stenrgarm: Yeah,, I like him ’cause he’s very misterious! And of course smarter than Eragon…. I’d like to read more about him in book IV

  • Stenrgarm

    My favorite character is Murtagh. He is so mysterious and, as someone said earlier, complex. He’s definately smarter than Eragon when it comes to…just about everything. 😀 But arrogance and power are his flaws.

  • Ruydragon

    So………is beyond borders contest dead?

    Woah, that’s alot of comment pages. You guys must be really bored, like me.

  • Xelba

    I know for sure that in the first book, Murtagh was my favorite character by far. In Eldest, I still think he was my favorite. I’m not so sure about Brisingr.

  • Daniel

    People don’t give them much credit, but the Urgals aren’t all dumb. Sure, some are weak-minded and easily manipulated (especially by magic), but some of the more prominent ones seem very intelligent and rival scholarly humans and dwarves. They’ve a really in depth culture.

  • mufajir01

    definately hope theres a lot more about them in the 4th book!!

  • mufajir01

    yeah nar garzvhog is a good one
    the urgals in general are an interesting race although they are like the boogeymen.

  • 1076

    Yeah, good choices..! And I agree with the ones that said Murtagh was a very good character..! (He’s the second in my list 😀 haha)

  • Daniel

    Here’s my Top Ten:

    1. Glaedr
    2. Saphira
    3. Arya
    4. Eragon
    5. Orik
    6. Rhunon
    7. Murtagh
    8. Angela
    9. Narz Garhvog (I know that’s spelled wrong but I don’t feel like looking it up… :D)
    10. Nasuada

  • Daniel

    I think my favorite character would have to be Glaedr. He has a similar personality to some of my characters from my book: firm, level-headed, and kind. It’s a bit of a strange mix but I like it. I’m sure CP had a lot of fun writing about him.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    I’m pretty sure everyone knows who my favorite character is. There are too many reasons why Murtagh is the best to list here. There are no words in the English language to express the full and terrifying extent of how awesome Murtagh is without a huge essay.

  • KevMo

    I would have to say my favorite character is Angela. She maybe a little crazy — ok a lot crazy lol — but she is wiser than any human in Alagaesia. She is also not afriad to say what she is think and is not afriad to kick a little butt when the time calls for it. She also has the coolest “pet” in alagaesia. I put that in quotes because we all know Solembum isn’t a pet. He just allows Angela the pleasure of his company where ever she goes lol.

  • mufajir01

    welll
    one of my favourite characters is Jormundur but id have to say my favourite character is Murtaugh because of how complex his character is.
    also Roran is definately a great character in the sense that his great strength is a source of great speculation like a theory that he might be half elf. also if he were to be a good leader he would not like to rule but he might do it for the good of everyone cause at heart he is just a simple farmer
    and now we build on that !!!:p

  • 1076

    For example… My favorite character is Roran.
    • He is always in danger to protect Katrina. He really loves Katrina.
    • He’s also very adventurous and passionate.
    • His cousin is Eragon… With that I tell you everything.
    • He does not kill for pleasure, not a murderer … And he regrets what he did (although it’s not wrong)
    • He is a perfect leader. I would love Roran to be the king of Alageasia.
    • He’s mature and a good fighter.
    • With the little that he had he led to many people by a long way to protect them.
    Hey! Those are only some points..! I really like his personality. But he’s not the only one I like very much. So, Who’s your favorite character??

  • 1076

    mufajir01:
    ‘while we wait for the interview lets start a discussion.
    any bright ideas??’

    Haha, it would be wonderful if any of us open a discussion here! But, what about? We’ve already talked about who could be the next rider, who could be the next king, the ones who are against elves, etc…
    Don’t really know what to talk about now..! Em, let me see… Who’s your favourite character??? haha, I don’t know..

  • BromRockz

    Sorry totally confused xP

  • BromRockz

    Dont understand that wrong and dont stress

    but it would be cool to open a new side for submitting questions for the next q&a session.

  • KevMo

    I agree with Glorfindel that we should not complain so much and i agree with mufajir01 that we should start a start a meaning full discussion. but here is a direct quote from an earlier announcement:

    “We’re excited to announce the start of our series of interviews with Christopher Paolini happening once a month, every month until the release of Book 4! At the beginning of each month, we will make a news post taking questions from our visitors that you would like Christopher to answer”

    by saying this they pretty much are making a promise to post an interview once a month. that is the last thing i will say about the subject and let the meaningful discussion begin lol

  • rider111

    harsh as it is, i completely agree Glorfindel

  • Evarinya

    Listen guys. Its not always shurty’s fault you know.
    They have to rely on CP, getting everything set up, and like Glorfindel said, They do have lives.
    Have a little patience please. They are working as fast as they possibly can :]

    Good job Mike, Chris, and other staffers. You guys are the best. Thanks for everything you do! Keep up the good work.

  • Stenrgarm

    Honestly, I enjoy the wait. It gives me something to look forward to each month.

  • Glorfindel

    Sorry, that last bit was a little harsh, but I’m really sick of this.

  • Glorfindel

    Are you guys serious? They have absolutely no responsibility to any of you. No, they do not “get paid with the information”. They owe you nothing, they promised you nothing, and you have no right whatsoever to complain because you think that the interview wasn’t posted when you thought it should be.
    And I’m not trying to regulate what people post.
    All I’m saying is that you have no right to be complaining. Mike and Chris and the others do this voluntarily, and they don’t owe you dust.
    So quit whining, and get a life.

  • paulie14wyh

    ive been here since at least before the eragon movie came out so i dont know if you consider that “new” but i do realize that they are always like this but i still get a little upset over it. i would not consider any thing i said rude only an opinion based on my experience. and it has been getting further and further behind though 20th did look like it was popular date (dates being the 1st 19th and 20th

  • feanarang

    @paulie14wyh (and everyone who’s mad at the Shurty staff):

    Wow, you must be new to Shurty if this is getting you all fired up. Those of us who have been here right from the get-go (ok, I’ve been on and off, I admit, but I’ve never totally missed an annoucement) know that this is how the site operates. I want the interview as much as anyone. The staff do have lives, though you know, and those lives take precedence over a fictional work (no matter how good that fictional work is). Swearing at the staff, getting mad at them, and any other form of abuse is not going to get you anywhere. Please show a little common courtesy when you post here.

  • mufajir01

    also paulie
    the monthly interview could be every 20th of the month which is when i thought it would come out but yeah i get your point

  • mufajir01

    while we wait for the interview lets start a discussion.
    any bright ideas??

  • 1076

    Agree with you too KevMo..! 😉

  • 1076

    Glorfindel, Evarinya; I agree with you. There’s nothing we can do about it. But, I don’t say it for others, but I need to ‘express’ my feellings… Just that! Ok, Ok, I also hope the new interview comes soon..!

  • KevMo

    While i agree with Glorfindel that swearing at the staff and pressuring them will not make the interview come fast. all i was trying to say was that they should at least give us an update on how it is going or say why it has taken so long to get here.

  • TogiraIkonoka

    Hear hear paulie14wyh! I agree with paulie they do have a reponsibility to this website. Some of the ppl that post here seem a little self entitled to me, telling others what they should or should not post. Its true vulgarity will get us no where, and its not something I personally do, but everyone is entitled to their opinions/thoughts. Another thing we do have to remember thoe is that we dont know how old are the ppl on this site, so we should show some consideration with what we post here.

  • paulie14wyh

    glorfindel this may not technically be a job for mike and crew in the sense that you go to it daily and bring home a pay check every week but there is a level of responsibility attached to an operation like this
    ie while they don’t get paid they do get all kinds of special treatment in the form of doing these interviews and such with a writer they like. they get to do these interviews because we the shurtugal.com community come here to see the news about the books us coming here and seeing the ads has allowed them to grow to this point where they are the largest inheritance fan site and have i would guess the most interviews ect with chris. so they get “paid” in the news and in having o i ran the largest fan site for a series for 5 years(judging by the copyright date) on their resume. all of this does give them a level of responsibility to be at least relatively true to what they say. so a monthly q/a and u know one comes out on the 3rd of the next month one on the 7th but really they should not be more then a week or so behind.

  • Glorfindel

    Thank you, Evarinya, it’s nice to know that someone agrees.
    @r.i.p.ajihad: I can also guarantee that swearing won’t make it go faster. Have you ever considered that the staff on shurtugal.com DO have lives? They can’t give themselves over to something that really doesn’t matter in the slightest.
    Lay off, and give them some time. Putting something like that together takes a long time.

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    What the hell is taking you so long?!?!

  • Evarinya

    Well said Glorfindel

  • Glorfindel

    And people, let’s calm down here. We’ll get the interview when Mike and/or Chris are done, and no sooner. I can guarantee that griping at them is not going to make it go any faster.

  • Glorfindel

    @Mufajir, yeah, kind of, in that one. But there have been others. And I still love arguments.

  • 1076

    Ooh..! Yes, I’m also looking forward to have the guide to Alageasia =D

  • mufajir01

    Glorfindel
    didnt you argue both sides of the last argument??
    haha :p

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ahh, only 31 days till Brisingr deluxe edition. Though the only reason i might get it is for the two extra passages, and i bet i could just find those online. Not saying anything bad about it, i just like my copy i have alot.

    But what i’m really looking forward to is Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia, I really really want to see all of the pictures, and especially the text of the Ancient Language! Man thats going to be awesome!

  • 1076

    Wow, I missed a lot! Hi, guys! I’ve been with some ‘computer problems’ … But I see we continue writing comments in the same link! No more information?

  • KevMo

    where is the new interview? its been a month since the last one. what is the deal? at least let us know if the interview has happened. its getting close to october now.

  • TogiraIkonoka

    Its been way too long. I need my Inheritance fix now! ….Please

  • Daniel

    I need the interview. I’m stuck watching YouTube videos in computer class.

  • Glorfindel

    *sigh* I love nothing more than a good heated debate where I crush the opposition with blinding logic.

  • mufajir01

    not be rude or anything but as someone stated earlier
    WE WANT THE INTERVIEW!!!!!
    WE WANT THE INTERVIEW!!!!!
    WE WANT THE INTERVIEW!!!!!
    WE WANT THE INTERVIEW!!!!!
    WE WANT THE INTERVIEW!!!!!
    haha i hope no one takes this the wrong way:P

  • Evarinya

    Haha x]

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Not really, Glorfindel.

    Hahaha.

  • Glorfindel

    I think I read it in 7-8 hours.
    Have there been any good arguments I’ve missed? I haven’t been on in a few days.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    riot! woot!

  • Daniel

    AHEM, would you like to help start a riot about the interview with me? 🙂

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    It has been one year since Brisingr was released . . . and a whole month since the last Q and A.

  • PadfootUnewarithSlayer

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRISINGR! ;D Hahahahaha

  • Evarinya

    Nah, not dumb at all.

    Padfoot
    Okay! xD

  • Daniel

    This may seem kind of dumb, but, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRISINGR!

  • Maco
  • HeWhoIsAFool

    call me a fool but i think that the interview is taking so long because it is a really good one. it fits this way…or at least i hope it does

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hi, Evarinya! Ganga eom onr Shur’tugal!

  • Evarinya

    Wow.. really has been a long time :S

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Darn it! Still no interview!

    Well, I suppose it would be fitting to release it tomorrow, the one-year aniversary of Brisingr’s release. Kind of hard to believe it’s been that long.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Lol, yea, me like almost everyone else also went to the midnight release for it, but there isn’t really a bookstore near where i live, so i had to go to a walmart, where they weren’t really making it into a big thing. I had to ask them to go get it out of the back! lol.

    rutscbk1:
    Try gmail, hotmail doesn’t work.

  • rutscbk1

    Any updates on the interview? The wait is killing me lol. Also i never got my activation email lol.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha, cool! I got the book several days after it was released because I was distracted and did not notice the date. ;D

  • Chris

    Man, I was at the midnight release thing in NYC…A year ago this sunday. I was so tired that I barely read any of it for a couple of days lol.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hi!

    Go on our Shurty!!

  • Evarinya

    Hello Padfoot :]

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    Daniel-

    I know what you mean! when brisingr came out, i stayed up to go to the midnight release, then stayed up an extra 4 HOURS reading til i was passing out. i finished it in like, 3 days because i was so obsessed, no matter what i did to try and preserve it.

    man, i am dying for this next Q&A!

  • Daniel

    I waited for Brisingr like this, and read it like this. I read it the night I got it until I literally dropped the book and fell asleep. I made a feeble attempt to get the book but I was too stiff and exhausted. 🙂

  • Stenrgarm

    @ heyy,

    Was meinen Sie?

  • heyyy

    der dieb der nacht war eigentlich der gescheite, verstehen sie das?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hello, Evarinya!

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    Hahaha, this interview is more anticipated than most I’ve seen. I don’t think we even waited for Brisingr like this.

  • Evarinya

    lol!

  • iHateElves

    With all due respect of course 🙂

  • mufajir01

    hahaha
    😀

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    This website is full of patient people. You gotta be damn patient if you read books. Patience is the name of the game here. However, nobody ‘s patience is perfect. So, griping is outta the question. We ain’t complaining we’re just politely asking Chris to:

    GET ON WITH IT! WE WANT INTERVIEW! WE WANT INTERVIEW! WE WANT INTERVIEW! WE WANT INTERVIEW! WE WANT INTERVIEW! WE WANT INTERVIEW!

  • Evarinya

    Who’s griping?

  • saphira13

    If you are going to gripe about it then gripe to somone else.Just wait be PATIENT, it’s not that bad and anyway if you love the series it doesn’t matter how long i have to wait i will any devoted fan would do that and not gripe about it.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahahaha.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Yea, I just call you Chris, and CP, Christopher. Its pretty simple. But i do have to catch myself when im typing sometimes to make sure i’m writing about the right Chris, lol. But thanks for the update, i can’t wait for the interview. Shurtugal.com ROCKS!

  • Chris

    Wow, you’re so smart. No one ever calls him Chris, huh? lol

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “Doesn’t it get rather confusing with me having the same first name as the author?”

    Not really. Christopher Paolini is always Christopher, never Chris, or CP for short. For simplicity’s sake, you are always referred to as Chris. It’s that simple.

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    @A.H.E.M:

    You’re probably right. It could even be a 1k page book. There are many loose ends to tie up. What might the price be, I wonder?!

    Not that it’ll affect me buying it!

  • marcus

    i think the next Q&A will be posted on saturday at 3pm pacific time

  • Daniel

    It is extremely confusing at times, though I call the author Christopher or CP and you Chris.

    Thanks for the update. I’ve been needing something to cheer me up. ive been reading and writing a report on “The Scarlet Letter” for 6 hours!

  • Chris

    Doesn’t it get rather confusing with me having the same first name as the author? hahaha

    It’ll be released in full soon.

  • Daniel

    ShadeSlayer70, I meant it as a joke, nothing more, and certainly not something to offend Mr. Addison.

  • Evarinya

    Oi!
    That would be HORRIBLE! Having to wait all those years just to finish the series..
    Wouldn’t be able to stand it..
    lol

  • Shadeslayer70

    Umm, i think chris was just kidding guys. I mean Daniel, thats kind of rude don’t you think? Chris is the one thats going through all of our questions and submitting them into Christopher. Don’t worry guys, the interview will get here, just be patient.

    On a side note, I would DEFINATLY not want to wait till I’m an old man to finish inheritance. Lol, really i don’t even want to wait another month for the book to come out, ahh, but alas, they have yet to invent the machine that can write down our thoughts as fast as we think them, and perfect them into a mavolous work of fiction. 🙂 Lol, that would be cool wouldn’t it.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Hahahahahaha!:D

    But seriously, lets be patient. The staff on Shurty work their butts off.:)

  • mufajir01

    hahahaha
    the final page is read to me by one of my relatives while im in my grave
    me: yesss i knew it would be the menoa tree that would tell eragon to “leave and never come bak” (Smeagol to gollum) haha :p

  • mufajir01

    haha 😀
    nope i think i might like to be alive when im reading it!! :p

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “How would you feel if CP released his book, a chapter at a time? or a page at a time? Not fair, Chris!”

    Brandon Sanderson did that with his novel Warbreaker. A chapter at a time, released on his website, I think.

    Even so, I have to agree. Posting the interview one question at a time is NOT OKAY.

    “Ya, you’d like to read a book for 400 or 500 months, wouldn’t you? At a page per month!?”

    Book IV is probably going to be even longer than that. It could very possibly be twice that.

    400 months would be about 33.33 years, and 500 would be 41.67 years. Going with the possiblity of doubles, that means a possibility of reading Book IV over a period of 66.67-83.33 years. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d rather not wait until my senior citizen years to read the end of the Cycle.

  • Daniel

    You don’t even have the interview do you, Chris? If you do, prove it and post it. 😉

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    referring to my earlier comment:

    Ya, you’d like to read a book for 400 or 500 months, wouldn’t you? At a page per month!?

  • KylarStarfire

    In the second Q&A, you said that Galbatorix listened in to the last dragon eggs thoughts to determine it’s gender. Well, since dragons are taught to speak by their Riders when they hatch, what was Galbatorix listening to? The dragons emotions? How would a males differ from a females, at that young age, and how would Galbatorix know the difference? I would have thought that an unhatched (if that is a word) dragon wouldn’t have much to speculate about besides finding their rider, and even so, wouldn’t the dragon in turn sense Galbatorix?

  • Rikus

    i was curious if it was possible to set a spell on a weapon or around a weapn to absorbe the energy of someone/something one kills into a gem on or near the weapon and if so could Eragon with his knowledge do it? Or if Eragon could take super small portions of energy from everything around him and store it. No more then a fraction of a fraction from something as small as a bacterium.

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    How would you feel if CP released his book, a chapter at a time? or a page at a time? Not fair, Chris!

  • Nightslayer234

    Or! You could do a dramatic and unexpected twist and release the whole interview at once.

  • Chris

    Maybe I’ll just release the interview one question at a time. Hmmm

  • Evarinya

    True true!

  • HB

    well better late than never i suppose!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    hahahaha

  • JarJar

    i second that

  • Daniel

    I disagree Chris.

  • Chris

    Better to be a complete surprise

  • EBH

    couldn’t they post the questions up beforehand like they did with the second interview? the suspense is killing me!

  • /\/\/\/\/\

    It’ll probably come out around the 20th like the past few have.

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    Interview, please! With my question in it!

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “I think AHEM is talking about the Eldest Deluxe edition.”

    Correct.

  • Evarinya

    SOooo excited for the interview!!

  • Nightslayer234

    So, when is the interview coming up?

  • PadfootUnwraithSlayer

    Wow, everyone is being so loquacious today! ;D

  • Shadeslayer70

    mufajir01:
    I think AHEM is talking about the Eldest Deluxe edition.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Haha, thanks. :*)

  • mufajir01

    A.H.E.M doesnt brisingr deluxe edition release in (look on the left of the screen)??

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ah, come on padfoot, I can honestly say that i don’t personally know anyone who can draw like that. I especially like the dragon pictures, they are really cool!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    C’mon, guys, I am not THAT good. Now you are making me blush!!

  • Evarinya

    She really is!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Don’t mention it mate! You really are good.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thanks, MeghanSwiftSword.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Ahh. Good to be back. 🙂 Man, I just started school and I missed out on all about 11 pages of discussion…:D

    @Padfoot

    Your fan-art RULES!! You should seriously consider being an artist!

    I’m writing a novel too!! Can’t say what it’s about, but I’ve been working on it for about a year… Well it fits into the medieval fantasy type.

    If any of you are writing books, let me know! You guys are awesome!!

    Can’t wait for the next interview!!:D

  • Shadeslayer70

    Eh, well for a new character for the last one i was more just talking about anyone really even if they didn’t get very much face time at all. But yea that is a valid point and i get what your saying. I was just thinking out loud. lol, well thinking out typing.

  • Chris

    Actually since it was made into to parts, the final part of the story may not introduce anymore new character. Brisingr is basically just one big set up for the climax of the series. Introducing anymore characters would be austere because they would have so little face time.

    No clue on the interview at the moment though.

  • IAmEragonBromSon

    A.H.E.M.

    Oh, you have the deluxe version. I guess that makes sense then, I just have my hardback copies that I bought when they first came out haha. Never thought to buy the deluxe editions. And also now I remember Glaedr talking to about that with Eragon. That is where I first assumed that eventually the Humans’ lives would get greatened, but I might be wrong to assume that. Thanks a lot haha, because I thought Brom said it so I was like reading Eragon all over again lol.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Padfoot:
    Lol, yea, i bet you have, it is a popular concept, but gundam wing takes it so much further.

    So odd question to everyone, who do you think will be a new character in the last book? I am just assuming there will be a new character because Christopher has put at least one new one in each book so far even if they are minor roles. (Ex: Eldest, the council of elders and the messenger boy Jarsha. Brisingr, blawdgarm SP? and the urgal chief.) Just curious is all.

  • Evarinya

    Ah, I hope you get to publish it A.H.E.M.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I saw a movie kind of like that.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “I agree with that too,A.H.E.M.You write a book?”

    Yup. Well, I’m in the process of writing one.

  • Shadeslayer70

    It is really good, it takes place in a futuristic space environment, and there are these guys that fight in these gigantic robotic suits. Think basically transformers, that you can get inside and pilot yourself. It is a really good series.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Nope, what is that one about?

  • Shadeslayer70

    Padfoot:
    Sounds interesting, i’ll have to look into it. Have you ever watched gundam wing?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Shadeslayer70, it is about these wolves that were thought to be extinct. They had really used magic to make them look like humans. They try to find the place called Paradise.

    You can look it up on Youtube.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Glorfindel:
    Sorry, i was just typing in what i was thinking and my hands skipped over “are any more important”. lol. Thanks for clearing that up AHEM, yes that is what i mean.

    Padfoot: Hmm, maybe i’ll check it out sometime. What is it about?

    HB (Guest):
    We don’t yet know when the next interview will be up, but never fear, they will most likely have it up soon.

  • HB

    anyone know when the interview is going to be done?

    not meaning to be rude or anything, im just so curious to know the answers!

    i appreciate all the work you guys do for this site, its amazing!

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    I agree with that too,A.H.E.M.You write a book?

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Evarinya:

    Yes, it is fantasy.

    Nightslayer234:

    Yes, Oromis was referring to a Rider carrying the Eldunari of their dead dragon, after that dragon’s body had passed on but the Eldunari remained.

    Glorfindel:

    I think what Shadeslayer70 meant was, “I don’t think Katrina or her family are really more than Christopher Paolini has made them out to be.” That is, they don’t think there’s something extremely special about them or deep secret of their family going to be revealed, like one of them going to become the next Rider or Ismira having already been a former Rider. I’m inclined to agree with that.

  • TogiraIkonoka

    I finally figured out what the Rock of Kuthian is.

    It is an Eldunari! When the book comes out, if I am correct email me at [email protected] . I am pretty convinced that my theory is right or at least close to it. I am doing this just for the heck of it.

  • Glorfindel

    Shadeslayer70:
    “i don’t really think Katrina or her family than Christopher makes her out to be”.
    What does that even mean?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    It is very good!! It has a fair bit of mild swearing, but it is really good!!!

  • Nightslayer234

    This isn’t a question for Chris but for you guys.
    In Brisingr, when Oromis and Glaedr are telling Eragon and Saphira about the Eldunarya they mention Idlvarn.
    Is that when a Rider is still with a dragon while the dragon is in its Eldunari? Like, if Glaedr transferred his consciousness into his Eldunari but Oromis survived and Glaedr died a body death.
    Just wondering, that was a little confusing to me.

  • Shadeslayer70

    AHEM:
    Lol, thats fine, i get it. Your book really does sound interesting, i love long books.

    Padfoot:
    No, i haven’t watched it but ive heard of it before, is it any good?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Random question: Have anyone on here ever watched an anime called Wolf’s Rain?

  • Evarinya

    A.H.E.M.
    Is your book fantasy? Or something else?

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “I don’t suppose you’d be willing to tell us what the name of the one you are working on now is would you?”

    Not until it’s copyrighted and approved for publication. Besides, the title I have in mind might not be 100% definite.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    i hope the next interview will as in-depth as the last one…… that was awesome.

  • Shadeslayer70

    AHEM:
    I don’t suppose you’d be willing to tell us what the name of the one you are working on now is would you?

    And this is just my opinion, but i don’t really think Katrina or her family than Christopher makes her out to be. I mean obviously Sloan would be afraid of the spine, its where his wife died. But again this is just my opinion.

  • Glorfindel

    Mufajir:
    No, not all humans were bonded with dragons. Being bonded is what Eragon and Saphira, Oromis and Glaedr, and Murtagh and Thorn are.
    That’s bonded.
    The other’s are just able to become riders.
    The spell did not, I don’t believe, enhance humans in any way, other than allowing them to become riders.
    A.H.E.M.:
    I didn’t know. I’ve never read the deluxe edition.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Glorfindel, IAmEragonBromsson:

    Dates are given for various events in the history of Alagaesia in the deluxe edition of Eldest. The events of the Inheritance Cycle begin at around 8000 AC(After Creation). The Fall ended in 7900 AC with Vrael’s death. Du Fyrn Skulblaka ended in 5296 AC, and according to Glaedr, the Dragon Riders were created nine years after the end of the war, in 5305 AC. To be perfectly precise, the Dragon Riders were created 2595 years before the Fall, and 2695 years before Eragon found Saphira’s egg. These dates are all exact and canonical.

    This means that everyone’s favorite elf smith, being older than the Riders, has clocked in at over 2700 years in age by the time Eragon meets her.

    I’ll admit that I fancy myself a bit of a scholar when it comes to timelines and implied information. I even made several documents expanding on the timeline of the events of the books themselves. You can find those on the “Inheritance Encyclopedia” here on Shur’tugal by searching for “Timeline of Eragon” “Timeline of Eldest” and “Timeline of Brisingr.” The Inheritance books are easy; if you want a complicated timeline, try the Legend of Zelda.

    “I could be wrong, but saying that all humans were will have there lifespan eventually extended by the bonding of a few of their kind with the dragons, seems to be going out on a limb a bit? Where is this said?”

    I don’t think humans have had a very far advanced age. Eragon indirectly mentioned(In the chapter “Tea for Two”) that the average human only lives for 60-70 years, and over 100 is considered an extremely long lifetime.

    However, Glaedr did mention a few things about this in the chapter “The Beginning of Wisdom”(Eldest) that being included in the spell “gentled humans from the rough barbarians that first arrived in Alagaesia, though they have begun to regress since the Fall.” He also noted that humans were only an addition to the spell long after it was cast, and “it has never had as long to work on them.”

    Kendy:

    Well, there’s not much more about it I can say without beginning to talk about the plot or the characters or some other heavy part of the novel that will require a whole essay to sum up. It’s probably going to be releashed in a couple of years, and when it’s finished, it will be longer than Brisingr and Eragon combined. Of course, that’s the first in the series. I’m not sure yet what the other novel is going to be called or how long exactly it will be.

  • 1076

    Premonition, It’s a good point. Don’t know if Katrina’s mother was a dragon rider… But maybe she’s very important. Who knows?

  • mufajir01

    Glorfindel
    all of the humans were bonded with the dragon not only a few, however only a few were selected by dragons to ride them. all of them were eligible for this position but the final choice was with the dragons.

  • Premonition

    Do any of you think that Katrina’s mother could have been a dragon rider? Why would Slain fear the Spine so much otherwise? Paolini has said how she died by going over the waterfall in/near the spine but he never went into detail over the event. Just some curious thoughts.

    I noticed some of you have been mentioning that you’re working on some books. I’m working an a few myself. My best advice is write as much as necessary, don’t limit yourself to word count. I’ve got a book in the works that is 51,000 words right now and it’s only about a third done. Keep in mind editors/publishers will advise cutting parts, so never leave something out that is relevant to the audience and yourself during the writing process.

  • mufajir01

    Roransfan
    the mystery woman didnt appear in the other books so shes out of the question.
    also have any of u read the series of a song of ice and fire. A.H.E.M you said that your book had many pov and this was the first book that popped in my mind of the sort haha if u havent already u should read it.
    its gr8

  • IAmEragonBromSon

    Glorfindel, at this point I can’t even remember if it was something that I read or something that popped into my mind. I’ll have to re-read the books and see if I can find a quote.

    A.H.E.M. I too am interested in how you figured that the elves were bonded with the dragons for 2600 years before the fall. I didn’t think it was that long. Care to elaborate?

  • Glorfindel

    I could be wrong, but saying that all humans were will have there lifespan eventually extended by the bonding of a few of their kind with the dragons, seems to be going out on a limb a bit? Where is this said?
    You would think that there would be some signs of increasing longevity if humans have been Riders for seven hundred years.
    A.H.E.M.:
    Where did you get the number two thousand six hundred? Was this something you figured out approximately, or is it said?

  • 1076

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh then tell me more about your novel… It’s quite interesting to talk with writers who know about many things! (and are not like others that I’m not going to mention who write the first thing they think)

  • 1076

    Kendy, you’re a regular fantasy/literary enthusiast, aren’t you?

    Oh! yes..! EVERYTHING!! (and tahnk you for the information =D)

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahahahaha, well, I have stuff like then different books have different main characters.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Kendy, you’re a regular fantasy/literary enthusiast, aren’t you?

    If you’re that interested, I’ll be sure to mention on this sight if any of my works are published. Right now, I’m spending most of my time revising my 370,000 word series-beginner, and plan to write and publish the standalone before it, so it will probably be a couple of years, at least, before anything written by myself is publicly available.

    My huge novels tend to be really huge projects. I’ve been working on my main novel for over a year, and I’ve gotten most of it done, but there’s still a lot of work and revisions left before it’s finished. Have to polish everything as much as possible.

    “It is of the high fantasy genre and it has different main characters so it is hard to explain….”

    I can sympathize with that. My story currently has 11 POV characters, each who has at least one chapter from their own point of view. It’s really daunting to even begin to talk about any of them.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    The longest one of mine so far is 95 pages, but the one that I need to type will be more than that I think. Mine are kind of too long to be short stories, but shorter than a normal novel…..

  • Shadeslayer70

    Right now its not very long, maybe a few thousand words or so, but i am hoping to make it to around maybe 400 pages, im not sure yet though, but it is going to be a novel. i haven’t worked on it in a while though, with school starting back up i’ve been a little preocupied, and im having a bit of writers block, but i’ll push through it eventually. 🙂

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Yep, I know those two points well. Wikipedia is a writer’s friend! ;D

    Hahaha, I know what you mean, you have to make them believable. I can sometimes be horrible to my characters, but I do not just torture them or delight in being horrible to them. Part of mine are dark, but it is not just my main character that gets it! ;D

    By the way, how long is yours?

  • Shadeslayer70

    Padfoot:
    Yes i know exactly what you are talking about if there is one thing that i have learned about writing is that you have to know what your talking about. For instance my sci fi novel deals with a little bit of military ranking, and i didn’t know that much about it so i had to spend some time researching it.

    Though if there is something else i have learned about stories in general, is that you can’t be afraid to kill off an important character, or be a sadist to your main one.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    It depends really, it depends how much you already know of what you want to write, how long it will be, stuff like that.
    Example: one of mine took about a year, while the one have just finished the first draft to took me two months, but is only 253 handwritten pages.
    It really depends on what you want and what you know in way of plot and characters.

  • 1076

    PadfootUnewraithSlayer; I can’t wait reading yours! Emm, I’ve a question: how long does it takes to write a book?

  • 1076

    Shadeslayer70, Oh! yes I love reading 😉
    And of course let me known when you publish your book!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    It is of the high fantasy genre and it has different main characters so it is hard to explain….

  • Shadeslayer70

    Wow, kenedy, you sure do love to read don’t you? Lol, I guess all of us on this sight do. Well right now the story im in the process of writing is more science fiction than fantasy, but i do already have the groundwork layed out for my next book which definatly will be fantasy. I don’t have anything published yet, but i will let everyone on here know if i do eventually publish something.

    Padfoot, i think you told me once before, but what is the story you are working on right now?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Okay, I shall.

  • 1076

    Haha wonderful..! So, when they’re published tell me!!!!!! hahaha, I’m sure you must be a good writer..! =D

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha, calm down, mate. They are not published yet, but they are fantasy.

  • 1076

    PadfootUnewraithSlayer, I heard that before! Haha, Are you a writer? FANTASTIC! ’cause I love reading books. What do you write? I specially enjoy reading fantasy books… And, do you publish a book?? (If not, I will wait for it =D )

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hahaha, alot of us are writers. I am a writer too, but I do not have a website like Daniel.

  • 1076

    I agree with Daniel. Don’t believe that Chritopher is going to read the questions. Sorry if I dissapoint you…..

  • 1076

    Daniel, WOW! Now I’m going to buy that books! Really can’t believe you’re a writer! I just sign up in the website..! =D

  • Daniel

    THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO POST QUESTIONS!
    THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO POST QUESTIONS!
    THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO POST QUESTIONS!
    THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO POST QUESTIONS!
    THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO POST QUESTIONS!

    I just wanted to make sure everyone saw that. Thank you. That is all. 😀

  • giorgio2025

    When I read about Durza in Eragon and Varaug in Brisingr I had some questions about the Shades.

    Question number:

    1:A Shade is more powerfull if he have a lot of spirits inside his body? In other words was Varaug more powerfull than Durza?
    2:Can you became a GOOD Shade. For example if you trap into your body spirits like these ones that Eragon found when he was with Arya at the begining of Brisingr and that spirits are still happy you will be a GOOD Shade?
    3:If you so much energy from your spirit/s which is/are inside of you will that spirits die?
    4:Can you summon spirits to get energy from them without the danger to became a Shade?
    5:Is any possibility for the spirits to let you to be their master? In other words to control them without the danger to became a Shade? I believe that this is possible to happen if you free some spirits by killing a Shade and then the spirits to thank you they will let you to control them.
    6:Is any possibility for Eragon to find spirits in the Vault of Souls? If the spirits are what exist from the people that have die (in other words their souls) the Vault has the write name!

    P.S. Please answer at least in one of my question!!!

    P.S. 2 I love your books I can’t wait to be published the fourth book.

    P.S. 3 Is there any possibility to travel to Greece? Please answer especially to that question!

  • giorgio2025

    Hi Christopher. I I have post that question and at the fourth Q&A but Iwant to be sure that you will answer it. When Eragon the First found Bid Daum’ s egg (sorry if Ispell it wrong) and became a Dragon Rider his weapon ( I guess that it was a sword) was made by who? I don’t remember to read that Rhunon was alive that time. And anyway where is that weapon now?

    P.S. Please answer to my question!!!

  • giorgio2025

    HI Christofer. First of all I want to say thay I love your books and I wish to write and a fifth book for the Inheritance Cycle. When I was reading Eldest (not for the first time) and I saw that Arya told to Eragon that not all the prophecies is turned right.
    I can’ t tell you the page because I have your books in the british edition because I live in Greece. That’ s the reason for my bad english. Now if the prophecies can be false Eragon can live to Alagaesia forever whatever Angela told to him in Teirm. So, Eragon is not forced to live Alagaesia forever.

    P.S. I love your books. I hope that after the Inheritance Cycle you will write and other books.

  • Roransfan

    i think that alot of different things are going to happen. i think that Nasuada is going to die and either roran will take over or eragon is gonna take it and give it to roran. also i believe that muratagh is going to die fighting the king to save his brother. but i cant wait to find out who the next rider is… is it elva, arya, or the mistory girl who had her fortune read with her mother by angela?

  • Daniel

    Kendy, go to fangquest.com and click on the “Links” tab. Go to the forum and sign up and I’ll be there.

  • 1076

    Daniel, Do you publish a book ??!! Um, I really like to read it!
    Sorry if I get amused when any of you say you’re writers! (haha, it’s because I’m didn’t get used to this website)

    Daniel, tell me more about your book! =D

  • Daniel

    AHEM, you have me beat on word count! My first book that I published was 28,000 words, though the second installment in the series is shaping up to be about 75,000-100,000 words. If anyone would like to look into it just Google “FangQuest” and it’ll pop up.

  • 1076

    ‘I’d rather no give out any more pre-release details about my writing projects, but if I ever publish one of them, I’ll let everyone know.’

    Oh! Yes..! 😉 Maybe in a year or more I will be reading that book!

    And, well… The question that I asked you about the dwarves is just because I found them little boring. I prefer elves, but that’s just my opinion. Thank you for answer always!
    (And your theories are quite interesting also..!)

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “can you do more rants of elf hate please AHEM. you could even write a book called ‘10000’ words of elf hate” that would be brilliant.”

    Sorry, but I’m done arguing. I’ve already made most of my points against the elves already, thank you very much.

    BTW, 10,000 words is kind of short for a book. Pretty freakin’ long for something typed up here, but no book. It would have to be several times that length to be a novel, and I don’t think that even I could write that much elf-hate.

    “Although, would the bonding of a few out of thousands of elves with dragons, make all of the elves immortal?”

    Well, it wasn’t quite just a few elves. Only a few elves were chosen to become Riders, but the spell itself was designed to meld both races together, to allow all elves to become Riders. At the time of the fall of the Riders, the elves and dragons had been joined for nearly 2600 years.

    In contrast, the humans were an addition to the spell. They were not part of the original spell itself, but rather were able to become Riders because of an amendment to the ancient magic. At the time of the fall, humans had been Riders for less than 700 years.

    IAmEragonBromSon:

    Yes, I guess I am logos-minded, at least in regards to debates like this. But then, that’s where logic and reasoning belongs.

    Kendy:

    Dwarves are awesome. Much cooler than elves. Yeah, they’re probably just as used as elves, but they’re still awesome. Partly because they’re the complete antithesis to elves. ; )

    The first book I’m writing is still unfinished, and quite a ways yet from being published. The storyline is too massive and convulated to even begin to attempt to summarize even the barest gist of it. The unfinished product is longer than any of the Inheritance books, and I still have 18 chapters left to go. According to my wordcount, it measures about 370,000 words in all.

    To put that into perspective, Eldest was just over 210,000 words long, and Brisingr was about 250,000 words.

    The other book, which will be a standalone, I’m still laying the groundwork for, working out the characterization and plot and everything. It will be quite a bit shorter, I think.

    I’d rather no give out any more pre-release details about my writing projects, but if I ever publish one of them, I’ll let everyone know.

  • dragonfan

    Wow! I have missed a lot since I’ve last been on! This site is turning into a soap opera. 😀

  • 1076

    When is a new interview coming..? XDDD

  • mufajir01

    A.H.E.M
    and glorfindel
    yeah i think that what Glaedr meant by what he told eragon/saphira (cant remember which) was that all of the elves were affected with the bonding cause it really made all elves eligible to be riders as long as the dragon chose them. also i think that the same was meant for humans however it will take a while and also they probably arent as powerful as the elves were bak then so itll probably afect them less as well.

  • 1076

    Oh, yes? (I’m ‘new’ here… Just a became a member few weeks ago) So, are here many writers??? If you’re a fantasy-writer I’d like to buy ALL of them if you publish it..! =D

  • legendarywarrior

    can you do more rants of elf hate please AHEM. you could even write a book called “10000 words of elf hate” that would be brilliant.

  • Shayzlan2

    So does anyone have any clue as to what the name of the fourth book might be?

    – Jordan*

  • Glorfindel

    But, sorry to betray A.H.E.M. and iHateElves, I still kind of like the Elves in Inheritance.

  • Glorfindel

    IAmEragonBromSon:
    Haha, no problem, there are a LOT of posts to read.
    Padfoot:
    I assume you’re talking about how I said I wasn’t a huge Elf Fan but I have an Elf name?
    I mean Inheritance Elves, not LOTR Elves.
    LOTR Elves rule.
    I’m thinking of going Haldir, cause he’s one of the sweetest elves ever.
    But in general, I like Elves as a whole. They’re just cool. Fast, strong, deadly, they have awesome weapons. Just some of the elves from Inheritance get on my nerves.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thanks, Chris! ;D

    Hahahaha, wow, we have ALOT of authors here!! ;D

  • yetanotherwriter

    I have just finished writing a fantasy novel called 50

  • IAmEragonBromSon

    IAmEragonBromSon:

    Excuse me? I was more or less with A.H.E.M.

    I’m not a big Elf fan either. -Glorfindel

    Oh sorry Glorfindel, there are just too many posts in between all the arguing and stuff I didn’t read all of them. I probably missed one of yours saying that you agree with A.H.E.M. or something along those lines. I apoligize if I offended you or anything :D. And damn straight, it’s all about the dwarves haha :D. Dwarves are my favorite race.

    A.H.E.M.:

    Point taken about the dragons.

    Although, would the bonding of a few out of thousands of elves with dragons, make all of the elves immortal?

    Arya says that they became immortal, and then “lowers her head and refuses to elaborate”.

    Since Eragon is a rider himself, one would think that she could tell him if it was as simple as the dragons giving it to them.

    Who knows? I could be wrong. -Glorfindel

    I don’t think it matters whether or not an elf was bonded with a dragon. I remember Brom or someone else saying that when the dragon’s and elves performed the spell that bonded them with the dragons, it was the elves that were the most affected. Since that spell was for ALL elves, it gave ALL elves their superhuman strength and longevity. I also remember reading somewhere that after human’s were added to the spell their lifespan was a little longer than it was before. So maybe given a couple hundred years or so, humans will start living to the ages of 100-200 or something? It’s a stretch haha :D.

    -IAmEragonBromSon

  • Chris

    We’ve got some good new fan art up…There’s something wrong with our sort function so it’s being placed in the middle of stuff instead of at the end though. Whoopsies.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Padfoot:
    I have just recently discovered that i really do like writing. I am right now writing a story for my creative writing class, and in the big picture am kind of working on a type of space adventure story.

    I think its so cool that so many people on here are writers also. lol.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    But your name is Glorfindel……………..

  • Evarinya

    Hurray for Chris!
    Thanks for the updates!
    And all you other staffers out there :]
    Great job guys.

  • iHateElves

    Dwarves are my second favorite race in the inheritance (second to humans).

  • Glorfindel

    Sorry, that was badly worded. I meant to say that only a few elves bonded with dragons, out of the thousands of elves that did not.

  • Glorfindel

    IAmEragonBromSon:
    Excuse me? I was more or less with A.H.E.M.
    I’m not a big Elf fan either.
    A.H.E.M.:
    Point taken about the dragons.
    Although, would the bonding of a few out of thousands of elves with dragons, make all of the elves immortal?
    Arya says that they became immortal, and then “lowers her head and refuses to elaborate”.
    Since Eragon is a rider himself, one would think that she could tell him if it was as simple as the dragons giving it to them.
    Who knows? I could be wrong.

  • Chris

    Dude…quit spamming your site in all our comments, please.

  • OrimisFan

    Guys i found this realy cool site eragonfansite.webs.com

    just copy and paste its so cool

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Oh nevermind, I just got what you said, nevermind.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Kendy, alright, another writer!!!!! ;D
    Alot of people on here are writers.

  • 1076

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh:

    ‘Funny you should mention writing, because that’s exactly what I do. I write every day, and am currently in the midst of writing a fantasy-style novel.’

    Oh, really? I’d like to read it! I love any fantasy novel (If it’s good writen, that I think it is) Tell me more about it!

  • 1076

    emm, a question for the ones that ‘hate’ elves or don’t like them at all… Do you like DWARVES? I think those parts of the books are so… boring. Well, I like orik but some of them are very boring!! What do you think?

  • 1076

    Daniel… YES YES!! I put that of Arya in first two books… In brisigr she’s so much nicer..! That why I’m in the ‘elves team’

  • IAmEragonBromSon

    Haha I just love it. A.H.E.M I agree with you 100%. Although I don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t like Murtagh as much as you probably do, I agree with your views. You are probably Logos minded correct? I am too. Those Pathos and Ethos people annoy me to no end. It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s been funny watching everyone gang up on A.H.E.M. just because he takes time to rationally contemplate what he says before he types it out. A lot of the people that post on this site should resort to using proper English and punctuation like the rules state you should. Now enough of all this bickering and petty arguing(although it was entertaining) and besides Mike even said to stop haha. 😀

    -IAmEragonBromSon

  • Shadeslayer70

    1. Wow, i sure missed alot while i wasn’t on here. But its good to be back and reading everyones comments.

    2. AHEM thanks for answering my question, you brought up a lot of really good points. If anything i think Murtagh will find someway to escape Galbatorix and not join the varden but perhaps at least provide them with some usefull info or something.

    3. On the subject of elves- I don’t really hate them, i kind of like them, but i think thats mainly because i really like Arya. They aren’t all that bad in my book, but i completely understand everything you guys are saying that you don’t like about them.

    4. Also thanks for the update Chris, I’m really interested in seeing which questions you picked out.

    5. Really guys enough arguing, its pointless. Padfoot brought up an extremely good quote “what would brom say”

    6. Another reason Orik can’t be the next rider is because dragons can’t hatch for dwarves remember.

    7. Ahhh, good to be back talking to you guys.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “Enough of the stupid arguing.”

    I agree. I believe I can say with confidence now that all hostile feelings are dispensed or at least ignored? I’m cool with everything now, if everyone else is.

    I’d like to thank Gavz, r.i.p.Ajihad, and Kendy for their positive comments.

    “you should name yourself ‘all.hail.emporer.roran the way you argue and talk to others lol”

    Why? Because I have Roran’s knack for loooong, charismatic speeches? Hahaha, not quite. Roran is a great character, but not quite Emperor material. He can be the king of the Brodding Kingdom, after he and the rest of Alagaesia submits to the righteous authority of Emperor M.

    mufajir01:

    I’m not even going to respond to the first part of your post. As far as I’m concerned, the argument is over, all right?

    “why do elves distrust humans for wht galby did??
    werent there elves in the forsworn??”

    I don’t know the elves’ reasoning, but I believe they consider humans to be morally corruptible. Ajihad mentioned that the elves were “reluctant” to let any humans handle Saphira’s egg “for the fear that it would hatch for a human.” Vanir voiced some of the elves’ opinions when he was talking down Eragon.

    As for elves in the Forsworn, yes. CP mentioned in an earlier interview that Kialandi was an elf.

    “The Elves did not exactly “leech” power from the dragons. If the Elves “became immortal” as Arya tells Eragon, they must have had power already. And if they were to “track the dragons to their nests and shatter their eggs”, as Saphira says, they must have had power already.”

    Well, I never said that they got all of their power from the dragons, just a good bit of it. Glaedr commented that immortality, great strength, and vaulted grace were only aspects of the elves after their joined at the dragons. Obviously, they were still able to use magic before joining with the dragons, but they didn’t have superhuman strength or extreme longevity then.

    “You must an extraordinarily patient person. You clould be a good writer one day. With the right storyline, you could make a fortune. I would definitely be interested in your literature.”

    Thank you. Yes, I try to be as patient as possible. It doesn’t do my arguments any good if I dissolve into cursing and ranting while spitting my point across. Calm, logically structured paragraphs tend to be much more positively responded to.

    Funny you should mention writing, because that’s exactly what I do. I write every day, and am currently in the midst of writing a fantasy-style novel. Writing two different fantasy novels, actually. A stand-alone, and the first in a separate series. I plan to get both published, eventually.

    Double thanks for the praise. It’s one of the best compliments a writer can get to be said he’d be a good writer when nobody knows that he is.

  • Daniel

    Thanks for the update Chris!

  • Glorfindel

    It seems to fall to me to look at both sides here.
    The Elves did not exactly “leech” power from the dragons. If the Elves “became immortal” as Arya tells Eragon, they must have had power already. And if they were to “track the dragons to their nests and shatter their eggs”, as Saphira says, they must have had power already.
    Yes, the Elves are rather disagreeable as a rule. Not all of them. This is true of anyone.

    Murtagh, as A.H.E.M. points out, is flawed. A.H.E.M. never said that Murtagh was a perfect character.
    By the way, a “rant” is almost never “cold logic”.

  • mufajir01

    oh and for whoever thinks nasuada will be the next rider
    she hates magic!!!
    so not gonna happen

  • mufajir01

    oh and i would have said something a lot sooner had i not signed up with hotmail and had to do it again

  • mufajir01

    alright for all the elf haters out there
    elves rock. alright they may be a bit too perfect but thats no reason to hate them. and besides in case youve forgotten elves speak the ancient language and you cant lie in that language. not being able to lie is crazy this must really have affected their whole interaction with society cause they cant lie to be polite for example if they dont want to do something they cant just say oh im busy. so they had to find a way to say it so that it was interpreted the right way and yet they could still say it in the AN
    also jst a question for anyone,
    why do elves distrust humans for wht galby did??
    werent there elves in the forsworn??

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    right. So, our interview is a week or two away, if I am not mistaken.

    A.H.E.M – Excellent use of English without resorting to bad language there. You must an extraordinarily patient person. You clould be a good writer one day. With the right storyline, you could make a fortune. I would definitely be interested in your literature.

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    haha Chris told you guys…… 😀

  • Chris

    Enough of the stupid arguing.

    I’ve selected a set of questions for the next interview. Really hard to even find ones that were usable, much less good. Lots of people asked questions that have already been asked, or the answer is already in the books. I went pages before picking one out sometimes. People should check out the first interview we did with Christopher after Brisingr came out. We asked a lot of questions then that some people may not be aware of (I saw a lot of questions about stuff he already said he wouldn’t talk about during that interview).

  • Evarinya

    Im soooo excited!
    I bet this new interview will be even better than the last..

  • Gavz

    all.hail.emporer.murtagh – man your funny.. i laughed at that last part you wrote:

    Must . . . resist . . . urge . . . to . . . type . . . 1000 . . . word . . . rant . . . of . . . elf . . . hate.

    hahah crack up.. if anything.. you should name yourself ‘all.hail.emporer.roran the way you argue and talk to others lol

    nice 1 🙂

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    this is just like Star Wars-

    the best part is the arguing.

    however, we all do have better things to do. right?

    ……right?

    jk. while elves may be snooty and arrogant at times, *cough*VANIR*cough* they are an asset to winning the war.

    thats all i have to say for now.

  • Daniel

    Yeah! The locals are getting restless! 😉

  • iHateElves

    Hey Chris, any updates on the interview?

  • Evarinya

    Im happy that she did..

  • Daniel

    Now, I never said Arya sucks. I said she was mean. And in Brisingr she became a whole lot nicer.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Somewhere within the inky pages of the world of books. Brom is watching this and laughing……. *shakes head*

  • 1076

    Daniel… HAHAHAHAH, yes I agree with you.. ARYA SUCKS!

  • 1076

    Sorry if I said something annoying. Well, so we stop doing this 😉 Now we have to talk about something else… It’s just that I can wait!! I’m looking forward to reading the IV book!
    And, All.Hail.Emperor.Mustagh: Okay, now I see you’re really a fan. Sorry if you were annoyed. And YES! I read all your comment (little long… but quite interesting point of view)

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “AHEM, myself and a friend who wishes not to be mentioned, would just like to point out that in you arrogant, biased rants that plague this website, you’ve become what you hate. You’ve become elvish in your actions and everytime you post an argument against the elves you become more like them, self-centered, self absorbed, mean, biased, and stuck in hateful beliefs. Have a good day.”

    ROTFLOL!!! Thank you, Daniel, and thanks to your friend as well. I think that might be the most amusing example of someone’s demonizing opinions of me that I’ve encountered on this website yet.

    Arrogant? Bah. That’s a good way to demean someone in an argument. Call their argument and point of view arrogance. It doesn’t have much of a basis in truth, though.

    Arrogance is defined as an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner, presumptuous claims, and looking down on others.

    When have I ever claimed that I am somehow higher than the rest of the people commenting here, and used that as a basis to support my arguments? I don’t recall doing so.

    When have I insulted someone because they had a different opinion or theory than myself? I don’t recall doing so.

    When have I stated that my theories are unarguable and 100% true, and that all other theories are worthless? I don’t recall doing so.

    When have I ever said that anyone else was below me and less worthy of having their thoughts and theories being heard and considered? When have I tried to stifle someone else’s opinions or theories on the grounds that they are not good enough to make them? I don’t recall doing so.

    The point of my “hateful rants” is to state my opinions and deductions in the most logical, clear, and understandable way. I have never stated an opinion or a theory to be absolute fact: I’ve always explained how I feel about it, and what I believe to be most likely and/or correct. I, unlike yourself, admit that areas of debate such as this are subject to interpretation and personal opinion, and I don’t spite others for coming to different conclusions than myself. I’ve stated this several times in several different places whenever someone(no, you’re not the first) accuses me of being arrogant and biased.

    How, exactly, does having an opinion make me self absorbed and biased? By that line of reasoning, every single person on this sight is just as biased as I am just because they have a favorite character, or would prefer one plot twist to come to fruition rather than another. You yourself, by calling me out and supporting the elves, are being as biased as I have ever been.

    What makes me self-absorbed and self-centered, besides following the human pattern of having my own opinions and stating them? What makes me “mean”? Who have I insulted, besides the elves? Would you declare me a sadistic monster for the simple fact that something exists that I do not like? What makes me “stuck in hateful beliefs”? Do you assume that simply because I don’t like the elves I must spend my days doing nothing but sitting around, wallowing in hatred 24/7?

    I am sorry if I sound arrogant to you–I don’t mean to be–but I simply don’t have time for such immaturity. If you cannot answer my opinions logically, the way an intelligent and reasonable human being would, and must resort to petty insults and slander to try to lower me, you only broadcast your own close-mindedness and two-dimensional view of the world. And I am supposed to be the arrogant one?

    Anyway, this isn’t really the place for this kind of discussion. Its going too far and wasting too much space. I apologize to all the rational posters here who’s time I’m probably wasting. I don’t mean to rant and ramble, only answer to those who challenge and insult me.

    (I’d also like to thank iHateElves for supporting my so-called “hateful rants.”)

  • Daniel

    Oh, I never said I liked the elves, but I have nothing against them. Arya is a b–well you know where I’m going with that.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “I think that if you hate them SO MUCH, then Why did you make an account here? And why do you like very much the books?”

    Did you read the rest of my post? The elves are not the heart and soul of the Inheritance Cycle. Can’t you grasp that someone can dislike or even hate part of a series of books, and yet still like them as a whole?

    I didn’t make an account on here just to complain about the elves and cheer Murtagh on. I’m certainly not some petty hater who just came on her to complain. I like the story and most of the characters(especially one particular character whom I’m sure you all are familiar with), even if I dislike the way the elves are portrayed. There are other things in the books besides elves, y’know?

    (FYI, I don’t much like Eragon either, elf-traits and all.)

    “I’d love to give AHEM a piece of my mind but I would be banned from the comments…”

    Chill, dude. Much of what we’re talking about the elves is based on opinions. Let’s try not to get too flamed up over opinions, okay? I’m trying to articulate my feelings on elves, not insult people who actually do like elves. Its nothing personal. At least, it’s not supposed to be.

    “Alright now, this is getting childish!!!”

    “Now, could we please end this thing about Hating elves or loving them?
    Its getting silly, and we should move on to more important matters concerning the book.”

    As tempting as the consideration of typing out another essay is, I find that I have to agree. We’re getting a bit too deep into our personal feelings about elves, and it’s about time we moved on, now. So, Kendy, Daniel, let’s all calm down and agree to disagree.

    Must . . . resist . . . urge . . . to . . . type . . . 1000 . . . word . . . rant . . . of . . . elf . . . hate.

  • Daniel

    AHEM, myself and a friend who wishes not to be mentioned, would just like to point out that in you arrogant, biased rants that plague this website, you’ve become what you hate. You’ve become elvish in your actions and everytime you post an argument against the elves you become more like them, self-centered, self absorbed, mean, biased, and stuck in hateful beliefs. Have a good day.

  • Evarinya

    Of course we have better things to do.

  • iHateElves

    We obviously have nothing better to do seeing as the 4th book hasnt come out…

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    *busts our laughing*

  • Daniel

    I’d love to give AHEM a piece of my mind but I would be banned from the comments…

    I really don’t see what’s wrong with the Elves other than being bland. They’re extremely book smart, though not so street smart and could contribute a lot to helping regain the Empire from the clutches of Galbatorix.

    To the person who said “Who would win in a fight, Chuck Norris or Eragon,” well Blackfang Timburwolfe would win. 🙂 You can’t hit someone that can speed up his reflexes to breakneck speed and if you were to use magic, he could stop you with a bolt of electricity before you could form the thought to create a spell to kill him.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thank you for those who agree with me!
    Honestly, what would Brom think???

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    A.H.E.M.-

    impressive rant. you really told Elzeth.

    on a second note, however, this is a bit ridiculous. Overall, i agree with Padfoot.

    im not an elf-lover or elf-hater. they’re kinda neutral in my book. some of them are really awesome, like Rhunon. others, like Vanir, are total JERKS. some of them simply have a petty hatred for humans.

    whatever.

  • Evarinya

    I adgree completely with Padfoot.
    *sigh*
    This whole thing is getting rediculous..
    Now, could we please end this thing about Hating elves or loving them?
    Its getting silly, and we should move on to more important matters concerning the book.

  • 1076

    Ha ha,
    ‘I always finish book series that I start, even ones that I don’t really like. Even if I hated the books, which I don’t, I would still be reading them to the end, if only for the closure.’
    Well, maybe you don’t like some characters..

    Okay, that also happen to me often, but I also keep on reading. I think that if you hate them SO MUCH, then Why did you make an account here? And why do you like very much the books? ..And don’t forget Eragon is in many ways like the elves (What happend to him in Eldest) That’s just my point..

  • 1076

    I agree with you Elzeth..! How can they like this books if they hate elves???!! It doesn’t make sense…

    And also agree with you PadfootUnewraithSlayer..!

    Why can’t you just say ‘Okay, we don’t like elves at all’ But, do you really hate them?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Alright now, this is getting childish!!!

  • iHateElves

    I agree… With everything…

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Elzeth:

    All right, I’m going to take the time to debunk your ridiculous post. Uber-long rant beginning here.

    “If you hate that much bout the elves (realizing they make up 1/3 of CP’s world) and the Varden (who are the good guys) you can’t like the books to much, i realize that you are entitled to your opinions,but now your just cluttering up the comments board with your petty and hateful complaints about characters that aren’t even real (sorry I had to say that but you people needed to be brought back to reality).”

    When did I say that I didn’t like the books? When did I say that I didn’t enjoy reading them? When did any of us say we hated the books just because of the elves?

    I, for one, enjoy the books, though I hold some rather unconventional opinions about the characters in factions. It doesn’t ruin the experience of reading the books just because I hate the elves. Sure, I’d like it if there were fewer portions of the book devoted to their Mary Sue perfection and their ridiculous speech patterns, but that doesn’t mean I hate the books.

    Saying “if you don’t like it, then stop reading!” is a lousy argument. I always finish book series that I start, even ones that I don’t really like. Even if I hated the books, which I don’t, I would still be reading them to the end, if only for the closure. Would you move out of a house because you found a section of the wall where the paint was chipped? No? Then why would you stop reading a book series that you like just because it has elves in it?

    By the way, the elves don’t make up 1/3 of Alagaesia. They only hold territory in Du Weldenvarden, which runs along the north side. They are only one of four races commonly found in Alagaesia, along with humans, dwarves, and urgals.(And that isn’t even counting dragons, Ra’zac, or Shades.) Also, elves are stated to be on the wane, less prolific than other races, and fairly few in numbers compared to humans. They represent a much smaller fraction of Alagaesia’s population than 1/3.

    If you want to disregard the masses and just focus on characters we see in the books, elves would be even scarcer. How many POV characters do we have so far that are elves? Zero. How many major characters do we have so far that are elves? Three–Arya, Blodhgarm, and Islanzadi, and only Arya really has more than a secondary role in the series so far. Compare that to the multitudes of major and secondary humans and dwarves we see: Eragon, Roran, Katrina, Murtagh, Orik, Hrothgar, Orrin, Nasuada, Horst, Sloan, the Twins, Ajihad, Brom, etc. And you’re saying that elves make up a third of the world? I don’t think so.

    “BTW you do know that all these broad assumptions you are making about elves would be considered racism if you said them about real people right?”

    When did I say that I hate elves just because they’re elves? I hate elves because of the way that elves in general act, not because they were born with pointed ears. I don’t hold anything against elves that defy the general attributes of their race. Rhunon, for example, who doesn’t act anything like traditional elves, is one of my favorite characters.

    BTW, didn’t you just remind us last sentence that these characters aren’t real? And now you’re pointing out to me that I’m racist? For not liking the general aptitudes of a race that isn’t real?

    “I know the elves have flaws all good characters have flaws, it’s so the reader can relate to them.”

    Obviously you have no understanding whatsoever of how fictional characters are constructed, fleshed out, and made real.

    Character flaws come in two varieties, the kind that makes the audience hate them, and the kind that makes us sympathize with them. Flaws that postively impact characters are the ones that lay bare the fact that they think, breathe, and act as human beings, with the same character problems that real humans would have. These flaws are no so much random vices and marrings in a character, but the acknowledgement that they, like any human, is not perfect.

    I would consider Murtagh’s enjoyment of power and slight selfishness to be good examples.(Murtagh is a treasure chest of positive character flaws.) Murtagh likes it when he gains power, he enjoys being in a high social status, and he puts his own life before anyone else’s.

    These traits don’t necessarily make Murtagh evil or unsympathetic(while, I’m sure they make him that way to some), but they are definitely not good. While they don’t make a person evil, selfishness and love of power are traits that are considered unattractive, things we would wish to rid ourselves of. No perfect, idealized, flawless, incorruptible pure Mary Sue would ever think of themselves before someone else, would they? No. Because these traits are considered unattractive parts of the human psyche, when an idealized character, like just about any elf, is created, they come free of these flaws. Murtagh, however, does not. He has them, and while that doesn’t make him good or evil, it lays bare the obvious truth: he thinks like a human being, and he does what a cynical, realistic person would very likely do.

    The other kind of character flaws are the kind that don’t impact the character and flesh them out, but rather only annoy the audience. The elves are a hodgepodge of these kinds of flaws. They are presented as idealistic, perfect, glorious beings who could do no wrong, and considered superior by everyone. You could consider their arrogance to be a “flaw” but said arrogance does nothing to flesh them out. It only exists.

    If the elves were regarded by humans as arrogant, and called out on it by others, and the theme of their petty views was delved into, then it could become a positive flaw that would flesh them out. However, it doesn’t. No one reacts at all to the elves’ obvious problems, and goes on as if they’re perfect. The audience are the only ones who can see their flaws, and thus, they do not become flaws that flesh out the characters and story, but simply lower the elves.

    You can’t consider every vice a benefit to a character. That undermines the quintessential MEANING of the word “flaw.” By that line of reasoning, you could say that Emperor Palpatine, Lord Voldemort, Sauron, and Darken Rahl are the most human and interesting characters in all of literature.

    “and oh BTW All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh- you’re being a bit of a hypocrite, in case you haven’t coticed Murtagh is leeching more power of of the Eldunarya then the elves ever did”

    At what point did I say that Murtagh was better than the elves because he didn’t steal dragon magic? At one point did I say that Murtagh was a perfect character? At what point did I deny that Murtagh did those things?

    At some points I regret declaring my allegiance to Murtagh so openly. Every single time I criticize a character in the Inheritance Cycle, someone always seems to up and point out to me, “Murtagh is even worse! You’re being a hypocrite!” STOP IT. Trying to rebut me because of my favorite character is like telling an African American, “You’re black, therefore, your argument is wrong.”(No offense meant to any African Americans reading.)

    Firstly, taking energy from an Eldunari is different from what the elves did. The elves joined their entire species to the dragons, allowing all of them to gain superhuman abilities and magic leeched from living dragons, and they used this power to declare themselves the greatest and most advanced race in Alagaesia. Murtagh is taking power from a dead dragon, granting him and only him the abilities necessary to fight and overpower such a being. How, exactly, is putting power into one person “more” than siphoning enough power to amp-up an entire race?

    Also, in case you haven’t noticed, it wasn’t Murtagh’s idea to use Eldunarya. Though he probably enjoys it, it was Galbatorix and only Galbatorix who stole the HoHs, and made Murtagh use them.

    “and in case you haven’t picked it up Murtagh has been acting like an arrogant toerag and a jerk since ERAGON where he cut of a defenseless dude’s head, and in Eldest and Brisiger he did nothing but sneer down his nose at whomever he was fighting- just thought I’d point out the total two-facedness of your argument there”

    So basically, what you’re saying is that the elves aren’t bad because Murtagh IS bad?

    /facepalm.

    Much of what you’re saying is based on opinion. That “defenseless dude” was an immoral slaver who had just tried to enslave Murtagh and Eragon against their will. In both Brisingr and Eldest the only person Murtagh “sneered” down on was Eragon, and that was after Eragon 1) demanded Murtagh let himself be killed for his cause, 2) scorned Murtagh’s methods of magic use, 3) insulted Murtagh’s position, 4) blamed him for being forced to serve Galbatorix, 5) told him that he’d become no better than his father, and 6) told him he had to shift his personality and his very identity to a great degree, blaming him again when he wasn’t able to do it on the turn of a dime.

    Murtagh is only “an arrogant toerag” when the person he’s “sneering down at” actually deserves it. The rest of the time, he’s a perfectly polite, loyal, and intelligent person. The elves, on the other hand, look down on humans because they’re humans, scorn the dwarves just because they’re religious and build temples, and blame all of humankind for what one human(Galbatorix) did, considering them untrustworthy and lower than them.

    How, exactly, is my argument “two-faced”, especially when I haven’t even MENTIONED Murtagh until this post?

    The rant is over. The domination is completed. Elzeth, you just got pwned.

  • iHateElves

    LOL

  • Mack

    When you write about Eragon having his back seizures, are you speaking from experence, ie night seizures, or did you get the idea elsewhere> ps I am speaking from experience, i have night seizures, and they hurt and suck

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    That was quite smart!They re will be consequences from me too bec. I am a dragon rider from the elf kind (ha,ha,ha)!Now,seriously I believe that you say that bec. you have seen some elves that they arent the best characters.But remember, always in every kind there are good and bad characters.E.g. Oromis had a REALLY good personality!In the end I bet if we werent humans but another kind and saw some humans who were not good in character, their impression to us would not be good either. So,there are good and bad characters in every kind and if the race of the elves seems to us bad like black(it means here dark,bad) and the race of the humans for example white(it means here nice,good),I say that every race seems “gray”(it means in the middle) to me.With “gray” I mean that I do NOT judge the race, BUT every person/elf etc by his/her SPECIAL PERSONALITY. We all have our SPECIAL personality.

  • oneoftherealelvesalivetoday

    i find your descriptions of my race, the elves, ‘mildly offensive’. please cease to do this or there will be ‘unpleasant consequenses’. us elves are the superior beings and nothing you grovelling humans say will change that!

  • arguementsettler

    this whole elf arguement is pointless. lets just all agree that elves are even more annoying than zac efron but their overall intentions are good and they are usefull and be done with it.

  • iHateElves

    Elzeth
    Haha… It seems someones in an arguing mood… First off, in case YOU havent noticed, MURTAGH is being FORCED to use the eldunari by GALBATORIX so he doesnt get killed by Eragon and so he can accomplish what Galbatorix tells him to… Second, WHAT is the difference of hating the Urgals or the Elves? Urgals were seen more in the 3rd book than the elves! Third, where did you see us say we hate the books?!?!?!? We love the books or we wouldnt be on this forum, and saying we hate one of the races doesnt change that… And fourth… Murtagh had the rights to sneer down his face (before Galbatorix enslaved him) because he did not have magic nor the assistance of a 2nd party. It was wholly HIS skill. While the elves go into battle protected by hundreds of wards, slaughtering hundreds at a time with magic! Even with their enhanced abilities they cannot come face-to-face their enemy… And fifth, dont try to act all condescending and smug (like an elf) cause, to say it bluntly, everything you said was wholly wrong and refutable… And, as you might say , “I’m not out to offend anybody but some people here really need an attitude adjustment.”

  • chainsawmasacreinellesmera

    if only eragon had a chainsaw… if you held that against wards it would cut through immensly fast. anoher completely stupid and pointless thought-who would win in a fight, eragon or chuck norris, cos eragon can use

  • chainsawmassacreinelesmera

    elzeth,you say if you hate the elves and the varden so much why read the books. the people who put stuff against elves are different people to the guy called varden=terrorist who hates the varden. i dislike elves but i like the varden. think about things before you post them. also, all.hail.emporer.murtagh, nice rant about elves. well done

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    arrogant toerag!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀
    Ah, I have not heard that phrase since I last read the Order of the Phoenix! ;D

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    A.H.E.M – impressive rant there!

    shurtugal.com – At what stage is the interview now, a week away ? two weeks away?

    HB – Oh please! Nasuada and Eragon, its worser than hrothgar and islanzadi a few years ago! How can a man fall in love with his liegelord?!?

  • Elzeth

    geez! all you people who hate the MAIN PROTAGONIST groups of the book- what are you reading the books for? If you hate that much bout the elves (realizing they make up 1/3 of CP’s world) and the Varden (who are the good guys) you can’t like the books to much, i realize that you are entitled to your opinions,but now your just cluttering up the comments board with your petty and hateful complaints about characters that aren’t even real (sorry I had to say that but you people needed to be brought back to reality). BTW you do know that all these broad assumptions you are making about elves would be considered racism if you said them about real people right? But what I’m basically trying to say is that the elves and the Varden are the good guys and therefore make up the majority of the books’ characters so if you hate them you are saying you hate most of the book so why continue reading it (and when you stop reading it you can stop putting elfin hatemail up whee the rest of us have to endure it). I know the elves have flaws all good characters have flaws, it’s so the reader can relate to them.

    I’m not out to offend anybody but some people here really need an attitude adjustment

    (and oh BTW All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh- you’re being a bit of a hypocrite, in case you haven’t coticed Murtagh is leeching more power of of the Eldunarya then the elves ever did [and he unlike the elves is doing it against the dragons’ will] and in case you haven’t picked it up Murtagh has been acting like an arrogant toerag and a jerk since ERAGON where he cut of a defenseless dude’s head, and in Eldest and Brisiger he did nothing but sneer down his nose at whomever he was fighting- just thought I’d point out the total two-facedness of your argument there)

  • HB

    i dont mind the elves in general, i like Oromis. some other elves irritate me. islanzadi and arya both annoy me, and so does Eragon’s fixation with arya. i hope they dont end up together that would just be wrong.

    anyone else think that nasuada and eragon would be more suited together?

  • Varden=Terrorists

    the elves piss me off to, but i think the varden are all murderers. they dont care bout any1 else in the empire and they dont give a shit if every1 dies so they can kill galby and restore ´peace´!

  • chainsawmassacreinellesmera

    as annoying as elves are you have to admit that without them the varden would have a much harder time winning the war(but it might be good if a few thousand of them died horribly) anyway all.hail.emporer. murtagh and ihateelves, just write some fan fiction along the lines of ‘the ellesmera chainsaw massacre’

  • sethsorenson

    has anyone here read the fablehaven series by brandon mull. they are brilliant books and christopher paolini gave them a good review. if you have not read them you should.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thank you for seeing my view, AHEM. I like Legolas, you might like my elves. I like Rhunon the best! ;D

  • Evarinya

    Ugh!
    Seriously people, they aren’t that bad..

  • iHateElves

    A.H.E.M
    Amazing… I wouldnt change a word… You REALLY hit the nail on the head with that tirade…

  • Evarinya

    *Double sigh*
    I shouldn’t have asked.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Padfoot:

    Hmm, I see. What with the changes Eragon has been going through Eragon and his erratically changing viewpoint, it does seem indeed that it would be unlikely that Murtagh or Galbatorix could guess his True Name. Neither of them know him that well. They’d need to do some serious research at least, I guess.

    “What do you all have against elves??”

    What do I have against elves? All right . . . Rant beginning here.

    I hate elves because they’re arrogant prigs. I hate them because they look down their noses at humans and consider themselves superior beings. I hate them because they get heaped with all the powers and abilities and magics around, and why? Because they sucked magic from the dragons like a bunch of malignant leeches. I hate elves because they get all the privileges and unfair advantages for no other reason that that they are elves, just because their ancestors joined in a pact to siphon off the inherent magic of the dragons.

    I hate elves because of their smugly superior demeanors. I hate them because they are all given the powers to turn themselves into the “fair folk” and treat all other races like ugly, undeveloped animals. I hate them because of their stupid “courtesy.” I hate them because they dance around their words and speak indirectly, as if they consider it beneath them to actually say what they mean.

    I hate elves because they’re an oppressive race of vain, self-absorbed snobs and jerks who used the dragons to rule over the rest of Alagaesia.(The vast majority of Riders were elves, and the Riders ruled Alagaesia.) I hate them because they’re an entire race of Mary Sues.

    I hate elves because they’re repeatedly flaunted as infinitesimally perfect and gorgeous and in tune with nature, to the point where freaking birds burst into song whenever elves laugh. I hate them because the sun seems to shine out of their every orifice just because they’re elves.

    I hate them because they’re constantly portrayed as an old, mighty, fey race of superhumans who are eerie and mysterious and arcane to humans. I hate them because of their arrogance, and their close-minded stupidity, and because they’re an entire race of flat-earth atheists who smugly revel in their “logical” superiority.

    That’s what I have against elves. End rant.

    In closing, I’d like to leave you all with some words of wisdom from the One Good Elf:

    “I cannot abide how my race has become. They are too polite, too refined, too precious. Ha! I remember when elves use to laugh and fight like ordinary creatures. Now, they have become so withdrawn, some seem to have no more emotion than a marble statue!”

    Thank-you, Rhunon. ‘Nough said.

    “What about Legolas????”

    Oh, no, Legolas ain’t so bad. Elves in LotR aren’t so bad in general; it’s just the elves in most modern fiction, who have pretty much become a twisted parody of the originals’ worst traits that somehow takes itself seriously.

  • Evarinya

    *Sigh*
    I can’t see how elves, being some of the bravest fighters in this story, could possibly be cowards..
    But if thats your opinion, So be it.
    I just disagree immensely with you.

  • iHateElves

    Lol… Different story :/

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    What about Legolas????

  • iHateElves

    To repeat myself…
    I LOATHE elves. They are ignorant, cowards, short minded, too civilized, self-absorbed, ridiculously beautiful, vain beings.

  • Evarinya

    IHateElves
    What do you have against elves?

  • iHateElves

    Kendy
    Where in the inheritance does it say Elves are very smart? They have quicker thinking cycles as is needed to cope with their enhanced abilities so they may be able to go through something a tad quicker but nothing significant.

  • 1076

    Who’s againts elves? Okay, CP describes them too much, in my opinion. They’re VERY smart, VERY beautiful… But that doesn’t mean they’re bad creatures. I don’t love elves, but I don’t hate them.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thank you for those who liked my theory. AHEM, the reason behind I say this Eragon’s look on his life because of who he thought his father was. When he thought he was Morzan’s son, he was in doubt about everything he thought he knew about himself and his past, much of who he was he doubted upon. But being Brom’s son enlightened him about much of his past and about himself, that is what I meant by a change like that. You brought up Sloan, Sloan would have been a different man before his wife died, the same change went through Eragon, only for the better, he now understands much of what was hidden from him, many of what he was unsure of he is now certain of. That is what I meant, much of his doubts has been calmed, changing who he is. Murtagh neither knows nor understands Eragon and his ways anymore. His education with the elves will have also changed him as well.

  • Evarinya

    *Sigh*
    What do you all have against elves??
    They aren’t THAT bad!!! Its like your saying they are the worse beings in the universe..
    Jeez. Sure they are beautiful, smart, graceful ect.. but thhat doesn’t , mean that they are completely boring people who have no personality!
    They may not show their personalities as much as the dwarves or humans, but they still have em T_T.

  • IAmEragonBromSon

    A.H.E.M at least there are some people on this side not devoid of logic and sense haha. I mean I find it rather irksome with all these ridiculous theroies about who is going to be the next rider. I personally believe that it will be Arya and no one else. I guess we will have to see when Book Four comes out in probably 2 years or so. As for your outlook on elves, I couldn’t agree more. Even though I like Arya and I liked Oromis, elves in general are boring. They are TOO perfect, and it is like that in just about EVERY fantasy novel or series that contains elves. My favorite race in Alagaesia is probably Dwarves. I just like Dwarves in general because they are awesome haha.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    r.i.p. Ajihad:

    No idea? Excuse me, but we have LOTS of ideas. The information CP gives out eliminates just about every possible person, leaving only a select few, and by examing clues and circumstances in the books, we can get an idea of why one is more likely than another.

    Sure, none of us knows for sure who the Rider is, but we’ve got it pretty well narrowed down. At this point, I’d bet my left hand that either Arya, Nasuada, or Roran will become the next Rider.

    Right now, this is how I think the odds stand:

    Arya: 50%

    Nasuada: 33%

    Roran: 12%

    Angela: 2%

    Elva: 2%

    Anyone else: 1%

    Padfoot:

    If Galbatorix is thinking of Eragon as Morzan’s son, than it could very likely throw them off, but I don’t think the identity of Eragon’s father alone would be enough to render Eragon’s TN unguessable to anyone who didn’t know about that. After all, Eragon managed to guess Sloan’s name by piecing together what he knew of him, without knowing all of Sloan’s inner secrets and personal feelings about everything. Also, the revelation that Brom was his father affected Eragon’s outlook slightly, but didn’t cause any noticable changes in his personality that might affect what his True Name is.

    “I LOATHE elves. They are ignorant, cowards, short minded, too civilized, self-absorbed, ridiculously beautiful, vain beings.”

    Total agreement with you, iHateElves! I hate elves too. I spit on elves. Worst race in the whole Cycle. Hopefully they’ll get their comeuppance in Book IV.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    I totally agree with you Padfoot!Im definitely sure about that.And, in “Eragon” and “Eldest”, I believe Arya wasnt kind enoughb but here…What a huge change is this?Well done Arya!That shows us that even the worst person can ” change” their character.

  • 1076

    Emm, yes of course..! Knowing Eragon’s tue name is going to be difficult! Because Murtagh knows little things about Eragon.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I just had an idea by watching you lot argue. When you guys were talking about Murtagh not knowing Eragon’s father, I found a high advantage. The knowledge that Morzan was not Eragon’s father has changed Eragon’s own feelings about himself, Murtagh or Galby, if they tried to find his true name would not know that change had happened so therefore they would not be able to guess his true name! They would no longer know enough about Eragon to guess he true name! ;D

  • 1076

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh: Oh yes! I know they are half-brothers, what I mean was that Murtagh still thinks they are Brothers with the same father… But, Does Galbatorix know that Brom was Eragon’s father?? Or he is still thinking that Morzon was his father??

  • 1076

    Amarante: Oh really? Is sb than appeared in the others three books?

  • 1076

    DO YOU HATE ARYA ?! I mean in the first two books she wasn’t very kind, but in Brisingr she was much more expresive and cheerful than in the others. And yes, I agree with you: Hope the next rider would be a woman!

    r.i.p. ajihad: haha, Nowone knows who will be the next rider, we comment in order to show others our theories…

  • Amarante

    Actually, Xelba, it *isn’t* possible. CP has stated that the new Rider will be somebody that has appeared in all three books.

  • 1076

    hahaha, Yes humans are much more likely than elves! But I don’t really hate them… As every creature in the world they’va good ‘points’ and bad ‘points’

    and, rip ahijad..! Yes, very creative name 😉

  • Xelba

    I’m sticking with my theory that either Arya or Roran will be the next rider. Though it is possible, I highly doubt C.P. will make the last rider be someone completely new.

  • kingOrik

    yea but CP said the new rider will have been in all 3 books so far. so it cudnt be tenga or ajihads ghost (lmao) it cud b G’s son/daughter if they were in it already

  • BadGuysRule

    I also agree with r.i.p.ajihad, but if we can´t discuss this then what is there to do/to discuss?

  • ShurtugalLiam

    has anyone considered Tenga to be the next rider? lol, sorry if this seems far’fetched but i reckon he could have a dragon egg or even an Eldunari hidden away in that old Elven outpost. and no-one seems have considered him, but he DID teach Angela after all. maybe his role will be more important in book 4???

    but again …. R.I.P Ajihad has a point, all very interesting discussing the next rider, but not one of us has a clue who it could be …. till the book comes out XD

  • Ihatearya

    does the new rider have to be someone we now? I mean, CP said there might be a fifth book so he´d have enough time to introduce a new character. Here´s a mad thought:

    the last three dragon riders (ignoring Oromis) are/were Brom, Morzan and Galbatorix and the first two´s sons are both dragon riders. To keep things fair I think the next dragon rider should be Galbatorix´s kid. He/She would also be near the last dragon egg. Whoever it is, I hope it´s a girl!

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    thanks for the praise Kendy! Why are people suddenly commenting like long documents to show again and again that they have no idea whatsoever of who’s gonna be the next rider? For all we know, Ajihad may rise from the dead and become Rider himself!

  • iHateElves

    I LOATHE elves. They are ignorant, cowards, short minded, too civilized, self-absorbed, ridiculously beautiful, vain beings. I love humans. They have a natural cunning, are cruel, attracted to power, manipulative, brave, and depend more upon their own instincts than logic and magic. They are the mean between elves and urgals…

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Kendy:

    Thanks for the praise, but I’d like to point one thing out: Murtagh and Eragon ARE brothers. They have the same mother(Selena). Their different fathers only negates them to being half-brothers, which is still a pretty close relation. True, Murtagh doesn’t know that Eragon is only his half-brother, but they are related.

    As for who will become the next Rider:

    Arya: Most likely. She is an elf, already trained in magic and swordsmanship, is highly knowledgable and experienced, has green magic and eyes, was in all three Inheritance books, etc. Most likely choice, but I also would prefer if someone else became the Rider, so the final revelation isn’t the one most people guessed.

    Nasuada: Not as likely as Arya, but more likely than most. Nasuada was in all three books, has been a pretty important character so far, and being the leader of the Varden, she’s most likely to come into contact with the egg. Plus, CP commented in an earlier interview that her character would undergo a “major change” in Book IV.

    She does have the pressing responsibility as leader of the Varden, but think about it, her temporarily retiring from her post would be a good opportunity for Eragon, Roran, and Jormundr to take on additional responsibility in her absence. Plus, it might make for an interesting plot thread if she is captured by the Empire/Murtagh after Greeni hatches for her.

    Roran: It’s possible, since he was in all three books and comes from a family of Dragon Riders. However, there are several points against him, including that it would downplay his “badass normal” persona, and would prevent him from aging while his family would eventually pass on(unless they became Riders as well). However, though he isn’t quite fit for the role, it is possible for Roran to become a Rider.

    Angela: Possible, but unlikely. While she seems to be able to use magic and fight, and was present in all the books, her character is to eccentric and chaotic for her to fit into the role as the next Dragon Rider so easily. She also is a witch, rather than a magician, which may render her prior experience with magic moot, since it is different from a Rider’s magic.

    Elva: Possible, but unlikely. Elva currently isn’t on either side, and is physically immature as well as untrained in magic. Her signet color is PURPLE, not GREEN. However, due to her being in all three books, it is at least possible for her to become a Rider.

    Katrina: Extremely unlikely, bordering on impossible, due to her inexperience with magic and combat, the hampering effects of her pregnancy, and the reasons for Roran listed above.

    Sloan: Extremely unlikely, bordering on impossible, because of his inexperience with magic, blindness, being on the “bad” side, and currently being a hermit in Du Weldenvarden, thus having no opportunity to have contact with Greeni’s egg.

    Vanir: Impossible. He wasn’t in the the first book or Brisingr. End of story.

    Orik: Impossible. He’s a dwarf, and has a duty to his people as dwarf king. He will not be the next rider.

    Trianna/Jarsha/Nolfravrell/Nar Garzhvog: Weren’t in Eragon, and had little role in Brisingr, and will thus not be the next Rider. End of story.

  • BattleStorm

    I doubt that Roran will be the next rider. One of the reasons his character is so intriguing is because he has none of the special powers or magic that makes Eragon, Murtagh, Galbatorix, and Arya so mighty.

    Remember the chapter in Brisingr where Katrina and Roran are alone? She tells him that she considers his to be more powerful than all the other people in the series because he is just a man. Do you really think he would give that up? It\’s part of what makes his character unique among all the magicians and spellcasters. Besides, he\’s Eragon\’s cousin. Murtagh, Eragon\’s half brother, is one of the other riders, and 75% of all dragon riders can\’t be from that family. Too weird.

    As for who I think should be the next dragon rider, there are a lot of options. Here\’s my narrowing down the topic:

    Nasuada- No. She has to lead the Varden, and there is no one else strong enough to rally them to fight if Nasuada goes off flying on Greenie with Eragon and Saphira. She is also Eragon\’s liegelord, and it would be a bit awkward for them to become fellow Riders.

    Roran- No. See above.

    Elva- Intresting concept. She is young, but she has the mind of someone much greater in age than Eragon. The cool (and suspenseful) part about this is how she is not clearly on one side or another; it is a choice she has yet to make. Her obvious changed demenor around Saphira testifies to her getting along with Greenie, and it would be a great twist in the story.

    Arya- Hmmm…. I know this is a crowd favorite here, but I just don\’t see it happening. I can understand why it would be enticing; her heightened bond with Eragon, her female traits that are thusforth unpressedented, and her (once again) bond with Saphira that would give her chemistry with Greenie. However, I think that her assosiation with the elves (being a princess and all) would unbalance the scales and tie the Riders closer to the elves than the other races (i.e. the dwarves). I admit it is a possiblity though.

    Orik- Maybe. It would be a nice twist, if they could find some loophole in the ancient spells to let the Dwarf Rider remain. The complexity and unlikelyhood of that, though, testifies against such a turn of events.

    Katrina- Let\’s think about this, shall we? A pregnant, married, human woman, who has never uttered a ancient word in her life and wants to leave the Varden after she has given birth (to move somewhere safer). Oh, and she had to wait to be rescued from the Ra\’Zac\’s lair. Do you think she will become a fierce, independent warrior? No.

    Anyone Else- Well, maybe. They would have to have been introduced in an earlier book, and be qualified to be a rider. I\’d like to think, though, that Greenie\’s choice of Rider would be someone that we have a fair background knowledge of.

    All in all, who knows? CP is probably full of suprises. For all we know, Eragon could speak his true name into the Rock of Kunithan (or however it\’s spelled) and revive Brom to be the next Rider! It\’s a mixed up world, Alagasia is.

    BattleStorm out.

  • 1076

    So do I. I’ll buy everything..! emm. Why that nickname? Do you really hate elves?

  • iHateElves

    You know what would be friggin awesome? A prequel from Galbys POV… The downside is that Paolini would have to make like 3 books to get to the beginning of the inheritance… Upside, lots more about magic, dragons, more dragon and rider vs rider and dragon battles… I would buy it…

  • 1076

    Let’s be realistic, do the impossible.. (haha, good phrase)

    MORE BOOKS! MORE THAN FIVE, MORE THAN SIX… NEVER ENDS!!

  • Your’Hopefull’Fan

    Dear Christhopher Paolini,

    please dont stop writing your series because your books are wonderfully interesting and I really dont want them to stop, im sure im not the only one who wants them to go more than the harry potter series!

    Hopfully,

    Your fan

    PS: PLEEEEASE DONT STOP WRITING YOU SERIES PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!

  • SPREADtheword

    People if you want more books and the cycle to never end then post commets on EVRY bullitan that way Christopher Might listen(who knows hopefully)SPREAD THE WORD GUYS(((im morebooks, 98.210.15, and PLEEEEASE…

  • 1076

    emm, what? LOL XDDD

  • morebooks

    wtf its Semptember 5 5:30 or so 2009

  • 1076

    HAHAHA… yes nobody wants to have this excellent cycle finished..!

  • 1076

    Maybe because he didn’t know! Maybe now he decided to write more because he has more ideas…

    Emm, what about next dragon rider?? Here is my opinion .. I think the next rider would be Arya because:

    1 – Roran: He’s married. Dragon riders leave much more years than a simple human, so if he’s the dragon rider, he couldn’t be with his love, Katrina.

    2 – Katrina: She’s pregnant. And, of course, the same as Roran ‘Dragon riders leave much more years…’.

    3 – Nasuada: She has the Varden. She’s a lider. And if she happened to be the next rider, she will have to spend time learning about magic, dragons, and all that. And, this way, she couldn’t be the lider of the Varden.

    4 – Elva: What do we know about her? She’s an important character, without doubt. And, Is she good or evil? Remember what happened with her in Brisingr? Just because she’s important doesn’t mean she could be the net dragon rider. Think, if Eragon was young when Saphira choose him… Elva? She’s almost a baby!

    5 – Orik: In my opinion, it was okay to make him the king. But not more than that! He appeared very little in Brisingr and we know very little things about him. Don’t think he could be a good dragon rider either.

    6 – Angela: One of my favourite characters without doubt. Well, she’s quite misterious… I really don’t think she could be a dragon rider, she’s in everything every time, we don’t know which side is she in. Think she’s in the [i]good side[/i]… But she doesn’t have the soul to be a dragon rider.

    7 – Solembum: Do you really think he could be a dragon rider?! The same as Angela. He’s with her, and is quite misterious. He has nothing to see with a dragon rider!

    8 – Jeod or Helen: They’re secundary characters, and we know almost nothing about them. Maybe they could be important because of Brom but nothing else.

    9 – Arya: (I think she should be) If she happened to be the next dragon rider it would makes the story so much interesting and Eragon and Arya relationship could be… better. Saphira could also be with Arya’s dragon. And if the cover of the IV book is green it would be fanstastic as green is Arya’s color in many ways.

    What do you think?????

  • silven

    sorry kendy im a fan just like you but im just saying why didnt he say 5 books in the first place?

  • 1076

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh :

    Very good deductions! Well, I agree with you: Murtagh isn’t a bad guy just because he’s with Galbatorix. I bet that he hates Galbatorix.. In Brisingr he sadi to Oromis something like why didn’t he come before? So, this way Murtagh could had been helped!
    So, in fact he doesn’t like Galbatorix. Also, he isn’t with the Varden’s side. (because, as you said, most people hate him…)
    And, he still doesn’t know Eragon isn’t his brother. So, What would happend when this comes out??

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “Obviously you are a big Murtagh fan, and i really like him too myself. But I am curious, what do you think, or hope will happen to Murtagh at the end of the series? Also, do you show the same amout of like for Thorn, as Murtagh?”

    Well, thinking only logically with all personal feelings removed, Murtagh could really swing any way in the final book. He’s currently on the side of the Empire, and does not support the idea of it being thrown down, but he isn’t wholly on Galbatorix’s side either. Thanks to Eragon, he has a small hope of changing his True Name and escaping Galbatorix. He could die, or he could live, or he could flee Galbatorix and become a neutral party, or leave Alagaesia entirely, or remain on the side of the Empire and try to preserve it after Galbatorix’s downfall. It’s really anyone’s guess. Given Murtagh’s neutral nature and outlook, he could really go in any direction.

    The only thing I don’t see happening by any stretch of the imagination is Murtagh joining the Varden. His beliefs are almost antithetical to theirs, and while he doesn’t hate them, he disagrees with their ultimate goal and is hated by a fair number of them, not to mention his new enmity with the dwarves. Plus, with his independent spirit and his bad experiences with Galbatorix, I don’t think he and Thorn would be too eager to swear loyalty to another faction right after escaping Galbatorix’s.

    As for hope, if I could pick what would happen to Murtagh in Book IV, I’d pick him taking control of the Eldunarya after Galbatorix’s death, rebuilding the Dragon Riders under himself, and ruling over Alagaesia as the Head of the Riders and Emperor of the new, universal Alagaesian Empire, which will spread only it devours the whole of the continent, not just the former Brodding Kingdom. I think that this would make the most sense with Murtagh’s beliefs and personality, and it appeals to me on grounds of preference as well. ; )

    If that doesn’t happen, then I hope Murtagh will leave Galbatorix and become a faction independent of the Varden and Empire again.

    Now, as for Thorn. I can’t really say anything with certainty, because Thorn hasn’t really said anything so far. However, he did choose Murtagh as his rider, which implies: A) This dragon is smart, B) He probably has a personality at least similar to Murtagh’s, and C) He recognized that Murtagh isn’t a complete monster, unlike the majority of Alagaesia.

    All three speak well for Thorn, and since he’s bonded to Murtagh, whatever happens to one happens to the other. So, I hope that Thorn will live just as much as I hope Murtagh will. Thorn is officially on the Side of Awesome, now.

    I’m sympathetic to Thorn’s position, and his bond to Murtagh speaks well for him, but at present I’d say that I don’t have enough information to concretly say whether he’s as good a character as Murtagh or not.

  • 1076

    r.i.p. ajihad ! haha, nice nickname! you’re such a creative person!

  • 1076

    NEW INTERVIEW! please..! ♥ haha, Hope a new one is coming!

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    hlo guys, its a new month again, time for a new interview! or do we wait till september 20 for this one as well?!

  • 1076

    nice comment feanarang ..! CP isn’t crazy! And, well I agree with you that making making is not crazy people stuff! But he’s also a good writer… Not the best I’ve ever read… But a very good one.

    For the otrher question I think Roran SHOULD be the next rider as he’s an excellent lider and, also when he dies, his son/daughter will turn into king (or queen). And Nasuada doesn’t have childrend.. In fact, she isn’t married.. That’s my opinion. Roran would be a wonderful king. (and don’t forget he’s Eragon’s cousin)

  • feanarang

    @Silven:

    No, CP is not crazy. He is, in fact, quite the opposite. Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, the fifth book that is mentioned in the headline is NOT a continuation of Book IV. In other words, it is not a part of the Inheritance Cycle proper; it is a different saga set in the world of Alagaesia. This book will likely refer to the events of the IC, but will not be a part of it. So far as we know, Eragon’s story will be completed in Book IV.

    The reason why CP isn’t crazy? He writes for a living. If he writes more books, he makes more money with which to buy food and lodging, to pay his bills (though last I heard, he was still living with his parents, so he doesn’t need it for that), and to supply the rest of his needs and wants. Making more money is smart, not crazy. Just thought I’d let you know.

  • Shadeslayer94

    Hey, what do u think would be better, a sequel to the saga, or a prequel?

  • Stenrgarm

    At first I thought without a doubt that Roran will besome the next Ruler. Then it was made clear that Nasuada was also a good leader. I think Roran will still be King. But I think something will happen to Nasuada for him to get that title. But he might refuse.

  • M194

    MAn am back since like 2 weeks

    Yes i think Roran should be king i said “should”. not “will be” ok people are always changing what i say

    and i kinda will make sense his bloodline could have nobility cause of palancar

  • 1076

    SILVEN: Sorry if I went nuts… Is only what I think…!

    Hey! I don’t who mentioned it, but a few minutes ago I saw a message that talks about who will be the king when galbatorix is dead. REALLY HOPE (and it’s not impossible..) THAT WILL BE RORAN!! What do you think??

    Kisses…!

  • 1076

    HE’S NOT CRAZY SILVEN!!

    He’s a genious! Let me think if you can even write your name in a sheet of paper! If he enjoys writing, let him do it. Most of the ones who write here are CP’S FANS! so, don’t insult him! He’s a very good writer! 😉

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    *Blushes* Thanks, SolebumRulesTheEarth, eka elrun ono, fricai.

  • silven

    i think CP is crazy. first 3 books now 4 then now maybe a 5th???????????

  • silven

    visit this site if you like eragon http://eragonfansite.webs.com

  • SolebumRulesTheEarth

    wow, Padfoot! you really have some talent. your fan art is pretty amazing.
    wish i could draw that good.

  • feanarang

    Hahaha. These just became my quotes of the day:

    “mhermy123 commented on September 3rd at 10:24 PM

    Are the twins that captured Murtagh going to a significant role in book 4?”

    When I saw this, my first thought was “What are you smoking?!?!”

    But then I saw this comment and decided that I didn’t need to rebuke mhermy123. It had already been done in spectacular fashion:

    Gavz (Guest) commented on September 4th at 1:24 AM

    “…and mhermy123.. what are you on about? the twins died in fricken eldest!!!”

    LOL. That’s all I have to say.

    @Shadeslayer70:

    I know you intended this for A.H.E.M., but I really hope that Murtagh doesn’t die as well. I think that Murtagh will find some way to circumvent his oaths to Galby and deliver Greenie’s egg to Eragon and Co. Hopefully.

  • kingOrik

    i dont like murtagh at all so i hope he dies, but i dont want thorn to die cause he is being forced to be bad, and that makes him sad. murtagh seems 2 like what he is doing way 2 much

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    I feel really conceited saying this right now, but part of them are mine so eka elrun ono, Glorfindel.

  • Glorfindel

    Man, some of that fan art is incredible.
    Nice job guys.
    I did notice that a lot of it looks exactly like the bookcovers.

  • Shadeslayer70

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh
    Obviously you are a big Murtagh fan, and i really like him too myself. But I am curious, what do you think, or hope will happen to Murtagh at the end of the series? Also, do you show the same amout of like for Thorn, as Murtagh?

    Personally I REALLY hope murtagh doesn’t die at the end. Though I do see that as a possibility.

    And really this is a question for anyone, I am just particularly interested in what you have to say A.H.E.M.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “gabotorix and murtagh never learned how to take energy from their surroundings, such as naegling they use the eldunari instead..”

    Actually, it’s never been stated that Galbatorix/Murtagh does not know this secret. Oromis commented, when teaching it to Eragon, that it was POSSIBLE that Galbatorix might not know it. Given that he has the minds of at least several hundred dragons in his possession, I think him knowing this information would be fairly likely.

    By the way, Galbatorix can definitely take energy from gems like Naegling. Storing energy in gemstones is not part of the “great secret of magic” that allows someone to absorb energy from their surroundings. It is a separate subject that Oromis taught to Eragon before he considered him ready to learn the “great secret.” The great secret is only used to drain energy by touching the minds of living things; inanimate energy storage is a whole different(and less advanced) art of magic.

    “and mhermy123.. what are you on about? the twins died in fricken eldest!!!”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Maybe the Twins are really triplets, and a third one will come after Roran for revenge? That’s pretty much the only way for anything similar to them having an important role in Book IV.
    Even if Galbatorix didn’t know how to tap gems, do you really think that he could go 100 years of studying and tapping the power of Eldunarya without figuring out that he can tap gemstones for strength, and store energy inside them? He isn’t stupid.

    That’s probably one of the reasons why Galbatorix’s power is increasing, not just by gaining control over more Eldunarya, but also by taking energy from those HoHs and putting them into gemstones. Well, that’s what I think, anyway.

  • Gavz

    I think, if anything, galbotorix would go destroy du welden varden.. after all, murtagh wouldnt know al the spells that stop him and his dragon from flying in, whereas galbotorix would have more of a clue.. and mhermy123.. what are you on about? the twins died in fricken eldest!!!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Thats fine, i was just wondering. And again, thank you guys for doing all of this, it is really cool!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thank for putting up my elf, Chris!!!

  • Chris

    Nope

  • Shadeslayer70

    Hey Chris, just curious, do you or Mike know which questions you are sending in to Christopher yet?

  • Chris

    mhermy123 commented on September 3rd at 10:24 PM

    Are the twins that captured Murtagh going to a significant role in book 4?

    Really?

  • Shadeslayer70

    mhermy123:
    This is not the place to post comments for the next Q&A. Right now those comments are disabled and you will have to wait until they put up another post that says for you to post your questions.

  • Shadeslayer70

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh
    Well, personally I wouldn’t really want to see any part of Du Weldenvarden burn. But I do admit that it would make a good conflict in the series.

    And now that Galbatorix has a new rider at his side, that may be a distinct possibility that he sends Murtagh and Thorn to do that. I would say that I’m surprised that he hasn’t already done that, but then i remembered that he has been holed up in Illirea for a long time and has just recently gotten a new rider.
    Again I would prefer that none of Du Weldenvarden gets burned, but i do recognize that it could be possible.

  • mhermy123

    About Angela’s prophecy: The person Eragon will have a romance with (if it’s not Arya), is she elven or human? And have we read about her already in the series?

  • mhermy123

    Are the twins that captured Murtagh going to a significant role in book 4?

  • mhermy123

    On past Q&A you (CP) told us Shruikan’s link with Galbatorix is not the full, traditional bond, so will Eragon capatilize on this and bring down Galbatorix that way?

  • Nightslayer234

    Well, I think that it’s obvious that who ever the new rider is. He or she will not be ascending to the throne. I agree with everyone who says that an elf would not fit the throne, but I would like to add that it goes the same for dwarves. The people of Alagaesia will not want an immortal to rule. Now, that leaves, Nasuada and Roran. At least in my opinion. But I’m biased to Nasuada because in Brisingr, Eragon tells Saphira that they shouldn’t let Orrin take the throne once Galbatorix is dead, seeing as he would not have been able to unite the Varden like Nasuada has.

  • 1076

    Kendy: Try using a Yahoo! account when you sign up.

    Thank u Daniel !! 😉

  • 1076

    Hey! Don’t you think Galbatorix appears too much in the film..? In the book is just mentioned… He didn’t take part in many things, and in the film he’s involved in everything!

  • Firestone

    Durza/theshade: We do not know, we have not been given a description of hid looks yet. We have only heard his voice before.

  • durza/theshade564

    Is Galbatorix look like John Malkovich?(Galbatorix in Eragon movie)

  • Gavz

    all.hail.murtagh – lol yea i guess how ever as much as it all sounds very.. sound.. gabotorix and murtagh never learned how to take energy from their surroundings, such as naegling they use the eldunari instead.. which is a direct source for magic and if they were to fly around .. then well even eragon could beat the menoa tree, even without fire.. just suck the trees dry of there energy :O now that would be funny, but unfortunately it would never happen, but yea as you said, your argument is viable and i think you win lol..

  • Glorfindel

    A.H.E.M.
    I would love to see the movie where they torch an entire forest.
    And people, no, you can’t submit questions here.
    And this is really random, forgive me.
    @Aussiebra, do you by chance play AOE III ESO?
    I’ve seen either the username, “Aussiebra”, or one very similar to it.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Gavz:

    Maybe the M.T. could win in a direct fight, but what happens if Murtagh/Galbatorix is flying around on their dragon, setting fire to hundreds of places around Du Weldenvarden, which are all rapidly spreading? Not going to be much of a forest afterwards, that’s for sure. They won’t even have to fight the tree directly.

    Even if they had to, do you seriously think that a TREE could beat Galby? Aren, stored with the energy of one strong human over 15 years, could tear down a castle. Naegling, stored with the power of elves for 100 years, could move a mountain. Galbatorix has been gathering Eldunarya and storing energy for the past century. His power will dwarf even those items. Tearing a huge tree apart, or 100, 200, 500, or 1000 trees, won’t be hard for him.

    Of course, I’d prefer it if the bonfire could be confined to around, say, Ellesmera. That would be enough to get rid of the Menoa Tree and the city itself, and wouldn’t wipe out the rest of the forest.

    It would be best if Du Weldenvarden as a whole would survive. That place is probably full to the brim with all sorts of plant and animal species that would go extinct otherwise, not to mention magic. It would be like losing a whole rainforest. After all, it isn’t the forest’s fault that its been taken over by the elven jerks who keep all the resources to themselves.

  • feanarang

    Oh, and Craigh?

    YOU CAN”T BRING THE DEAD BACK TO LIFE!!! Brom explicitly states so on the 147th page of Eragon, “There is an abyss beyond life where magic means nothing.”

    MAGIC means nothing. No matter what the amount of energy fueling that magic is. In the Inheritance Cycle, you most definitely cannot bring dead people back to life. It’s impossible.

    I am so sick and tired of refuting this theory. This is at least the third or fourth time that someone has brought up something of this kind.

    No offence intended, but a little research would go a long way in choosing what questions to ask. Oh, and this is not the spot to post questions for the next Q&A.

  • feanarang

    @eragon4:

    The Inheritance Cycle will conclude with book 4. Thus, there will be no book 5. The fifth book that Paolini may write is set in the world of Alagaesia, but it will likely be something of a sequel to the series. It will not be a continuation of the cycle. When we talk about a fifth book, we are talking about another saga entirely. Please read the interview, don’t just jump to conclusions from the headline.

  • eragon4

    There shouldn\’t be book 5 its stupid. When is book 4 coming out?

  • Craigh

    If with a simple spell like Waise haiil, or however is is spelt, soryy i dont have a book near me, you can bring someone from near death, too close till full health again, surely with a correctly worded spell, and a sufficent amount of energy, you could bring back a dead, i know elves have tried, but they did not have an eldunarii too help, but surely, eragon could bring say, Brom back too life?

    And you say Undbitr is lost, but could it have a spell on it so only the son of brom, or someone important could find it, as im guessing it would be around the place Brom’s saphira died, therefore wouldnt saphira 1’s big dragons carcass be around gil’ead, and findable, so Undbitr can be recovered?

    This is where i post the questions for the Q and A right?? lol sorry if it isnt 😕

  • durza/theshade564

    Could the the injured soldier in Brisingr who is saying that he is seeing lights be the blind degar who Angela told his fortune?

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    I aggree with you ShurtugalLiam.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    ;D Hey, guys, I just submitted fan art last night. It is one of the those elves like Blodhgarm. If it was a real elf, it would be the coolest!!

  • ShurtugalLiam

    tbh, i think eragon will leave because the menoa tree will make him, but i do agree, murtaugh or galby could seriously destory the menoa tree lol, does the menoa tree know about the eldunari? :S if not, then i think she is a little overconfident lol

    and thanks Jim 😀 i was a little confused about the twenty and four thing too lol

  • kingOrik

    yea it wud mean “34” its like 4 plus 30

  • jim

    it means 34. the and is like a sign

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    guys, i have a doubt about the usage of numbers in the book, when they say four- and thirty, do they mean 34 or 430? this is a random number, i doubt it is there in the books.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thank you!

  • feanarang

    Lol. I agree with Padfoot on this one. Ix-nay on the Onfire-bay. Please. Lol.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    All Hail Emperor Murtagh, I would not want to see that!!!! Elves are not favorite, but if they die so does most of the good things of the land! The magic would diminish!

  • iHateElves

    All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Boy do i want to see that bonfire!

    Gavz

    You do realize that with a single spell Galby can rip the Menoa tree to pieces?

  • Gavz

    r.i.p.ajihad – no, lol, if you read the book again for affirmative.. the trees roots come out and are about to squash saphira like a bug.. she is the forest.. the power she has is far more impressive than a dragons.. eragon wouldve died.. galbo and murtagh would get a hiding – within a hiding – man they will get smacked back into last week, serioulsy..

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “Who can fight the whole forest?”

    Murtagh and Thorn, of course! Forests burn, don’t they? Bye, bye, Menoa Tree and Du Weldenvarden . . . Murtagh and Thorn are going to host a really big bonfire.

    Lord, that would be so awesome. Complete and total destruction of the elven nation and the Menoa Tree. Hehehehehe.

    If that ain’t enough, there’s always Galbatorix.

    “I don’t think Islanzadi, will ascend the throne in Illirea.”

    Complete agreement on that point.

  • Stenrgarm

    @ Gavs

    I agree with you. The Menoa Tree will kick him out of Alagaesia along with every elf. I beleive she holds a grudge against them from when she herslf was an elf or she believes they are hurting her forest.

    @r.i.p.ajihad

    Who can fight the whole forest?

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Actually,for these reasons,I bet more to Nasuada. Remember,as she said,her “family” is larger than Rorans.Also,Roran wants to return to Carvahall. He is a good chief though…But I believe Nasuada would be the best.

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    I don’t think Islanzadi, will ascend the throne in Illirea.
    1. The HUMANS would’nt want it. They wouldnt want another immortal to rule them, whether good or bad.
    2. They would want somebody who would die when his time comes, but a strong and valiant warrior like Nasuada, Hrothgar, Orik or Ajihad(Yeah, R.I.P Ajihad!).
    3. Somebody who works for the welfare of their own and does what is best for them.
    4. Somebody who also would not get caught up in politics. Obligations and promises.

    Yeah, baby thats Roran!

  • r.i.p.ajihad

    Why will he have to leave just because the menoa tree told him to, he is a free rider, remember??? with a dragon, that can probably rip out the tree if it wants to!

  • Evarinya

    Obviously!

  • Gavz

    eragon is going to leave because the menoa tree will tell him to, once galbotorix is defeated… thats how the last of the prophet ends.. ta da!!

  • Shadeslayer70

    iHateElves:
    Ok, well there is another reason why Izlanzadi wouldn’t be good for the throne.

  • iHateElves

    Shadeslayer70:

    Why would any HUMAN want an ELF (Izlanzadi) to rule over their HUMAN empire? I HIGHLY doubt the next King/queen of the empire will be an elf, let alone one who is on the elven throne.

  • feanarang

    Just for the record, I too react very quickly to information that has been PROVEN to be false, so I simpathize strongly with A.H.E.M. As long as A.H.E.M. continues to use evidence from interviews and the books to back up his points, I will support him, no matter how harsh-sounding his corrections might be. Even if you haven’t been along for the whole ride on Shurty/IF (which I haven’t, so I’m the perfect posterboy for this), you can still do a little research into why Eragon can and can’t do things with magic/whether dragonriders fall in love with each other simply because their dragons do/any other ridiculous thing.

    Because I am an avid Eragon-Arya supporter, nothing would please me more than to believe that dragon riders fall in love simply because their dragons do. However, CP has said in an interview that this is not necessarily so.

    As CP has written on pages 67-68 of Eldest (after the Trianna incident)” ‘Eragon.’ She finally fixed one great eye on him. ‘We are intimately linked.’

    ‘Obviously!’

    ‘And if you pursue a relationship, with or without my blessing, and become … attached … to someone, my feelings will become ENGAGED as well.” The key word here is engaged. That does not necessarily mean exactly the same.

    A couple of sentences later, Eragon says, “Our bond works both ways, however. If you hate someone, I will be INFLUENCED likewise … I understand your concern.”

    Neither of these words, “engaged” or “influenced” means that the feelings would be exactly the same. However (and this is what gives me at least some hope for Eragon and Arya), the feelings involved in a relationship are influenced by the telapathic partner of one person or the other.

    I have come to hope that Arya will come to love Eragon before the feelings of their dragons become involved (assuming Arya is the next Rider, as seems likely). Such a relationship would not have resulted from true feelings, it would have resulted from the feelings of others “influencing” them. But that’s the romantic in me speaking.

    Ok. Now that that little piece of info is out of my hair…

    @xjustinx

    Eragon can only (at least as far as I understand) draw energy from men who aren’t protected by a spellcaster’s wards. Eldest, pg 629 (during the battle of the Burning Plains) ” ‘You can draw energy from your surroundings if you have to.’

    ‘I won’t, not unless I kill another of Galbatorix’s magicians and can take it from the soldiers. Otherwise, I’ll just be hurting the rest of the Varden, since there are no plants or animals here I can use to support us.’ “

    While it’s not explicitly stated that Eragon cannot draw energy from Galby’s soldiers unless they are without arcane protection, that is how I interpret that passage.

    Wow. Long post. I must really have missed this during the summer.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Galbatorix’s soldiers, probably have wards protecting them from anyone doing just that.

    Also, you have to remember how paranoid Christopher said Galbatorix is. He has probably put enough wards on himself that no one would be able to take the air from around him. That is probably the same with any magic user, and may also be another reason why you have to break into someones mind before attacking with magic, so you know exactly how to counteract their wards.
    Just theorizing.

  • Daniel

    But it would take a lot of time for Eragon to draw the energy from his enemies and he may not have the energy himself to gather theirs all at once, leaving him vunerable during a battle.

  • xjustinx

    Then why doesn’t he do it? He would’nt have to worry about taking to much energy cause they are his enemy.

  • Daniel

    It all depends on how practical the spell would be. Do you think Galbatorix has put wards against the air around him from being moved away to prevent him from breathing?

  • Chris

    Yes, he can take energy from them

  • xjustinx

    Is it possible for Eragon to take energy from Galbys soldiers and use it against them?

  • Evarinya

    I agree
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  • Shadeslayer70

    blinkandyoumissit:
    The Rock of Kuthian can’t be a forsworn dragons name, because the magic that the dragons cast, prevented people from speaking the name too. Though thats not to say it wasn’t something of the same sort of magic.

    Dear Kendy:
    Use a google account, hotmail doesn’t work.

    Chris:
    Thank you so much for working on sifting through all of our questions, we all really appreciate what you guys are doing.

    Also, as i’ve stated before, i am a firm believer that Arya will be the next dragon rider, and like a lot of you also REALLY hope that things do take a romantic turn with them. And I do think that if she was the next rider, it would at least help move things along with them, but not absolutely.

    As for the next ruler of alagaesia, i am betting it will either be 1. Nasuada. Or 2. Roran.
    Not to say Murtagh isn’t great or anything, i just don’t think he would be the perfect one to rule next. I also don’t think Izlanzadi or Orrin should rule. They are good leaders but they are more narrow minded.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    HeWhoIsAFool:

    I apologize if I overreacted. I’m a bit sensitive to faulty information, I guess. I’ve spent so long listening to ignorant drivel I guess I lose tolerance really quickly when I think I spot it. I guess what really set me off was “take them to a more romantic level” with the “take” implying to me that it would instantly change something.

    Anyway, I don’t mean to insult anyone by all that. Insult the ridiculous, faulty theories I often hear definitely, but not the people here or even the people who make those faulty theories.(Though they sure annoy the heck out of me.)

    “finally, it isn’t nice to bark around and call people ignorant simply because according to you they made a mistake”

    Um, no, not according to me. If it was just my personal interpretation in play, I wouldn’t call anyone ignorant. I’d just state my reasons why I don’t think so. The information I stated is not my own: I heard it in an interview with
    CP, which makes it’s canon. If he had said that Riders do instantly fall in love along with their dragons, I would be smiling and nodding my head whenever someone mentioned it.

    “even though Murtagh wouldn’t be my choice for a future emperor. better nasuada/roran”

    Well, since this is a matter of opinion, I’ll try not to bark at anyone. Personally, I’d take a nobly born-and-raised, ultra-awesome dragon rider over either of those anyday. I’d rather not get into any discussion surrounding that at the moment, though, because speculation on the next ruler of Alagaesia tends to dissolve into opinionated bickering over time.

  • Daniel

    Kendy: Try using a Yahoo! account when you sign up.

  • weeeeeson

    mabeh the new rider is that girl that he meets in the camp… that teen one that Angela rolls the bones for… idk just a guess

  • Kendy

    Emily, Really I don’t think that… as many cultures, religions or rites are based on the reading of the bones. Not specifically the one you named in your commentary.

    HEY GUYS! the same problem again… read my last comment below! I need the information as soon as possible…

    KISSES, KENDY

  • Emily

    When Angela tells eragons fortune do you think christopher based the casting of the bones off of the “vodoo religion” that uses oracle bones?

  • Kendy

    MARCUS (GUEST): did eragon ever tell Roran Morzon was his father?

    actually he did it, he also told this to Nasuada and Arya .

  • Kendy

    Completely agree with you All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh ! Eragon and Arya relationship would be in a nice level if Arya is the next dragon rider!

    Hey! I’d like to have an acount here… but I’ve tried many times and I don’t receive any email back! So, What do I have to do?

    Please answer me..! Comment here and put ‘DEAR KENDY…’ thank you very much!!! Love, Kendy

  • marcus

    did eragon ever tell Roran Morzon was his father?

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    @ A.H.E.M. i only meant that a relationship between their dragons will make a relationship between arya and eragon more likely, not 100% bound to happen. the “inevitably” was specifically reffering to arya and eragon because their relationship is already leaning towards being romantic, but even so , there is still a chance of it not happening. finally, it isn’t nice to bark around and call people ignorant simply because according to you they made a mistake. After all, as my name states i am simply a fool, i am not ignorant. no hard feelings A.H.E.M. 🙂 … even though Murtagh wouldn’t be my choice for a future emperor. better nasuada/roran

  • Chris

    Uh, I think he was inferring that if their dragons had a relationship, a relationship between Arya and Eragon would possibly blossom due to the increased time they would spend together. He didn’t say their dragons being together would cause them to get together at all.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Atilla:

    The woman that Angela cast the dragon bones for was not in the first book and only had a cameo in Brisingr. Nothing indicates that she and the smith-arms girl with her had anything to do with the story beyond being a subplot.

    *Holds out hand* Alright, gimme my ten bucks now(Jk).

    “as i said before about the fourth rider, arya seems the best choice. saphira will probably mate with greeni and this inevitably (and fortunately) will take things between arya and eragon to a more romantic level.”

    *Gnashes teeth* Well, lookee here! Someone just voiced the most colossal misunderstanding in the entire Inheritance Fandom.

    Let me state this clearly so anyone who doesn’t know will understand.

    RIDERS DO NOT FALL IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER IF THEIR DRAGONS DO.

    CP stated this in an earlier interview, before Brisingr was released. A relationship between two dragons does not necessarily make their riders enter a relationship as well.

    This confusion is a misunderstanding. The whole dragons and riders falling in love business comes from DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN, not the INHERITANCE CYCLE.

    That’s not to say that Eragon and Arya couldn’t end up in a mutual relationship with their dragons involved as well. It might possibly help the relationship along slightly, but it would most definitely not compell them to love each other. The worst that could happen would be bouts of lust.

    It annoys me how ignorant most people here tend to be about the workings of the Cycle. A little research would really go a long way in this department.

  • marcus

    hey i just thought of something, wouldn’t the green dragon egg be the last ever egg that will hatch for a rider because if Saphira lays an egg it won’t hatch for anyone it will just hatch whenever the timing is right. unless they figure out how to make it hatch for a rider.

  • Chris

    I’m going through the questions now. It’ll be a couple of weeks before it’s up.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    *Sniff*
    Never mind, I was talking about the comments to the old boards, the ones before the sign in thing like you have now. They are gone…..
    Never mind, it does not matter.

  • HeWhoIsAFool

    as i said before about the fourth rider, arya seems the best choice. saphira will probably mate with greeni and this inevitably (and fortunately) will take things between arya and eragon to a more romantic level. after all they will have to spend more time together since eragon will have to train her and this will enhance their relationship even further. by the way does anyone (mike probably) know when we will have the next q/a transcript or at least which questions are selected ( if the selection has already taken place) ?

  • Daniel

    The old comment system was taken off the server a few months back, Padfoot. I already told you.

  • Chris

    What are you talking about?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Mike, did you lot erase the old comments??

  • Evarinya

    Im still convinced that Arya is going to be the new dragon rider.

  • attila

    10 bucks says its one of the women Angela cast a fortune for….

  • Kendy

    Yeah! i found some nice information about book four.. Chech it out!

    What is known:

    The dragon is green (as is it’s egg)

    The dragon is male

    The green dragon will feature on the cover of Book IV

    Where is the Green Egg?

    The main possibilities of the whereabouts of the green egg include:

    Uru-baen – The castle of Galbatorix would be the safest place for him to keep the egg, and the most logical. Also, it is known that all three were in Uru-baen when Saphira’s egg was rescued.

    Dras-Leona or Helgrind – Galbatorix was reportedly going to visit Dras-Leona during Eragon, leaving his castle for the first time in many years. It could have some connection with the egg. Others believe that the Raz’ac were protecting it, but since Eragon didn’t find it in Helgrind, this theory is less probable.

    Morzan’s Castle – As mentioned in Brisingr by Oromis, Morzan’s castle still stands, near the north west coast of Leona Lake, and is being used by Galbatorix. Its isolated position also makes this a possibility.

    Will the Green Dragon’s Rider be on the side of the Empire?

    So far, the Empire has two Rider’s, the Varden has one. If the egg is to even the balance, it would go to the Varden. However, if Murtagh and Thorn escape Galbatorix’s clutches, the numbers would be reversed.

    It is mentioned throughtout the books how powerful the King is, due to his Eldunari, and if the Green Dragon and its Rider fight for the Empire then the Varden’s chances would be slim indeed.

    It has been confirmed that the new Rider will have been in all three books so far, and we have met very few agents of the Empire in the books, especially in Eragon. This makes the chances of the Rider willingly serve the Empire very small.

    Hope this helps us! see you..!

  • Kendy

    mmm, difficult..! Who’s the next dragon rider?

    1- ARYA: nice one.. she could spend much more time with eragon. Also, saphira would be with the green dragon.

    2- RORAN: I don’t think he would be the best one as he’s with katrina and they’ll have a baby.

    3- ELVA: An important character, but she’s not as nice as others. She’s quite ..umm, repulsive?

    4- NASUADA: Well, she could be… But, if this happend she wouldn’t be with the varden as she have to spend time trying to learn more about dragons.

    5- XXXXX. Maybe we don’t know who is. Maybe is a new character… Who knows?

    So, we’ll have to wait more time to jnow this answers… Can’t wait more..! Please CP write the 4th book as soon as possible…!!!!!

  • tokugawa

    Ok, i doubt any main character is going to brcome the third rider. It would just make the whole story fit in too nicley, and i belive that the egg will hatch for a new or vague character, or none at all.

  • blinkandyoumissit

    something I think everyone is overlooking regarding the rock of kuthian: (includes my best theory…)

    1) oromis vaguely remembered it, but could not remember details. he also believed that he would not find info on the rock of kuthian in elvish writings.

    2) the Banishing of the Names caused whoever heard one of the names of a Forsworn Dragon to forget it quickly, or to not remember what it pertained to.

    3) Solumbum is a Werecat: I believe Werecats have supernatural abilities.

    Here is my theory.

    the rock of kuthian is not a place. it is the eldunari of a forsworn dragon CALLED KUTHIAN.

    eragon can remember the name because it was solumbum, A WERECAT WHO HOLDS POWER, who told him the name. Perhaps, somehow, solumbum imprinted the name into eragon’s mind when he told him about it all.

    as far as the identity of the vault of souls, i do not know. But I do believe that Kuthian was a forsworn dragon. Therefore, the “rock of kuthian” would be his (or her) eldunari!

  • Xelba

    For the third rider, I’m betting on either Arya or Roran. Of course, I may be proven wrong.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Marcus:

    Rhunon did not swear never to make a Rider’s Sword. She swore never to make a weapon. So, a hammer is just as prohibited as a sword. Unless she pulls the same trick she used to make Brisingr, she won’t make Roran a weapon.

    Seven words is a bit long for a True Name, don’t you think? Sloan’s, the only concrete example we have, had only three words in his TN. Also, wouldn’t Brom warn Eragon that using the words before Galbatorix’s spell is thwarted would kill him, rather than telling him to use it in “great need”?

    Even more important: Why did Eragon and Arya talk about Galbatorix’s true name in such a way in Brisingr? Eragon spoke as if he didn’t know it but wanted to, and was surprised to learn that there was a spell preventing it’s use.

    On Roran as a Rider:

    Roran is not a likely candidate for the third Rider, but he is in comparison to other candidates. Even though Roran has many points against him, it is at least possible that he could become a Rider, which most characters couldn’t say for themselves. I’d say he’s third most likely overall, after Nasuada and Arya. However, I wouldn’t put money on it happening for him compared to the other two.

  • sheia

    ..um, nice deduction! well, I think arya will be the next dragon rider.. and galbatorix could take as prisioner eragon.. so Saphira must rescue him with arya and the other green dragon.. (uum, what\’s the name?)

    Well, I don\’t think roran will be next dragon rider, as they live for ever, and he is with katrina… Why not someone from carvahall?? or.. elva? I think she will be quite an important character in the next book…

    so, the next dragon rider is… WHO IS?

  • Shadeslayer70

    fireswordshurtugalalfakyn:
    I completely agree with all of your points. I am not going to say that it is impossible that Roran will be the next rider, but i do think it’s pretty improbable.

    I also don’t think that the vault of souls is where Galbatorix keeps his Eldunari, because if it is, then it would be protected by so much magic, Eragon wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near there.

    Also the words that Brom told Eragon before he died, he also told him their meaning. So i don’t think they are what Galbatorix’s true name is.
    I also don’t think they are the true name of the ancient language. But I do think they are very important.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    @ marcus;
    What an erruption of ideas is this? Anyway, for the most of them I dont have neither a positive nor a negative oppinion,bec. I dont have a new hint about them.But;I still dont believe Roran will be a dragon rider although you mentioned the reason why.I wont say that the time is running out and he wont be able to gain the strength, AL skills etc. because the “greeni” can hatch after the battle against Galbatorix.I believe that Roran will never be a rider because;
    1)He is married with Katrina who is (of course) mortal and theyll have a child.It would be very sad if Christopher chose him bec. he will live forever,but his wife and child will die.And thats quite different from being just cousin with a rider(the relationship between Roran and Katrina is much stronger than Roran with Eragon).
    2)Eragons father was a rider.So,Rorans 1st cousin and uncle(Brom) where riders.Its already unusual a parent and their child be riders,so it would be too much if the father,the son and the cousin would be dragon riders.
    3)Rorans character is very “close” to be a dragon rider.He wants to slew Galbatorix bec. he and his wife(and the villagers but not so much) are in danger.He fights with the Varden,but he fights for his family,not so much for the sake of the rest of the people.In the opposite,Eragon fights for the sake of the more,for all the people who are under Galbatorixs tyranny.Also,for all kinds and for dragons.Every rider has Eragons goals.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Brady, I noticed that too, mate. ;D

  • shinybluescales

    Marcus:

    I think the Rock of Kuthian is where Galbatorix keeps the dragon’s eldunari (dragon’s souls, vault of souls…) so logically I do not think he would keep them near the dwarves – especially since he found out where the varden were hiding. I think it is more likely that the Rock of Kuthian is somewhere else, maybe on Vroengard, where it would be less likely that someone would find them. Also, maybe if the eldunari are on Vroengard, the previous dragon riders used them… but obviously not so many because there would have been so many less dragons dead.

  • marcus

    for some reason i think that when Oromis’s sword fell when he died it landed in a rock and it is like the sword int the stone and nobody can pull it out lol.

  • brady

    chimps dont have tails…

  • marcus

    i also think that the story the leader of the kull told eragon on his way to see Orik become king of the Ulgy urgal who wanted to be pretty and went to the urgal God and the God asked her if she will give her something and the urgal ended up losing her son is a hint. Because the same sort of thing happened to Eragon when the giant tree asked him if he would give her what she wanted and Eragon said yes so he got the ore for his sword.

  • marcus

    i think that the 2 women eragon blessed in book 3 will steal the egg and it will hatch to Roran and and the elf who makes the swords (i don’t know her name) will be able to make Roran his weapon which will be a hammer and since her oath says she cannot make a dragon rider sword but nothing about a hammer she will be able to do it.

    Also on the map of Alagaesia there is a long hill thing that the Ramr river goes around next to Uru’baen which is where i think the Rock of Kuthian is and when Eragon goes to Ure’Baen he somehow figures this out and kills Galbatorix. And maybe there will be more dragon eggs in there and one will hatch for Arya if the green one doesn’t. Or maybe Oromis found out about the rock of Kuthian and didn’t think to tell Eragon and Glaedr will tell Eragon or Glaedr will remember it. And i think that maybe Brom knew Galbatorix’s true name and told Eragon when he died and since saying the name kills you Eragon can’t say it until he figures out Galbatorix’s spell, and Brom only told him because he was going to die anyway.

  • Stenrgarm

    Probably an elf, or Galbatorix. Most likely Galbatorix.

  • eeraagoon

    hey, guys! who will find oromis sword?

  • meeriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    Don’t think CP would tell us more about selena, she’s actually DEAD. I’ve a few questions for you:

    1- When is coming book four?? I can’t wait any more!!

    2- eragon and arya will be together one day?

    3- who’s next dragon rider?

    4- Is murtagh actually a bad guy? ..I don’t think so…

    5- I’ve and interesting question now… Will Isalnzadi die? If that happens it would be very interesting… arya will be much more important than now! she would be a queen!! ..and that make things with eragon a bit more difficult..!

    Ive read very nice comments! hope this page continue making all eragon’s fans a bit less anxious for the 4th book! see you,,, bye bye —

  • feanarang

    @Shadeslayer70

    I don’t believe that CP will be doing a lot more with Selena at all. We learned quite a bit about her during Oromis’ revelations in Brisingr, and I believe that she has mostly served her purpose. Plus, she’s not just perceived as dead, she IS dead. Kinda hard to do anything with a dead character. Here’s my proof:

    Brisingr, page 611: “Morzan’s healers tried to save her, but in spite of their efforts, she passed into the void JUST HOURS before Brom arrived at the castle.”

    Later on that same page we read that “He questioned Morzan’s healers and forced them to describe your mother’s ailments.”

    I can only conclude from this that Brom saw Selena’s body. If I had arrived only hours after a loved one passed away I would go and see the body, if only to know for sure that she was dead. Brom was very well schooled in the machinations of politics and would have known that this could have been a possible blackmail attempt.

    Because Brom was a magician and a former Dragon Rider, he would have had the arts (just as Eragon does) to find Selena’s consciousness if she had still been alive, not merely in a state of magic-induced stasis. Because he did not sense her mind, he would have known that she was dead. Fin. Finito. The end.

    If there was any chance that she was alive, I believe that he would also have mentioned that to Eragon during the time when Saphira shared her memory of Brom speaking to Eragon as a father. Don’t you think that would have been a useful tidbit of information? “Oh, and by the way, Eragon, your MOTHER is alive!” Just guessing there.

    That being said, there is obviously the chance that Brom didn’t see her body (which I think is extremely unlikely) and doesn’t know that she’s alive, in which case Oromis would also have no way of knowing, thus enabling him to tell Eragon that his mother was dead, much in the same way that Murtagh told Eragon that Morzan was their mutual father: he believed it to be true.

    Anywho, long rant, but I hope it helps.

  • Shadeslayer70

    (im talking about christopher not doing a whole lot with selena.
    Im aware that she is percieved as dead.)

  • Shadeslayer70

    Does anyone else think Selena will play a bigger role in the last book. I mean in brisingr he had the big revelation that brom was his father, so im just thinking… he hasn’t done a whole lot with selena.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    MeghanSwiftSword:

    Thank you. Always glad to illuminate any issue that is brought to mind, here.

    Ruydragon:

    Rainbow? There are no rainbow dragons. CP himself stated this in an interview, saying that dragons were solid colors with different shades of the individual colors on their wings, eyes, bellies, etc, and that there were no striped or polka-doted dragons. So, rainbow ones sound pretty impossible, unless it’s the result of one of those “inexplicable” acts of magic that the dragons are known to cause.

    Yerkes01:

    Um, no. The last rider is supposed to have been in all the books. Jarsha was not present in Eragon, and only had a cameo in Brisingr. CP would have given him a larger role if he was setting him up for the last rider and dropping “many hints.”

    Daniel:

    No. If Selena had elvish blood, Eragon would as well, and should by common sense have been born with at least some of the elves’ traits, and he didn’t. Also, I find it kind of hard to believe that a girl born to a family of farmers in Carvahall was actually the child of an ELF. Same goes for Brom. Why would someone with elvish blood be raised among humans, and why would Eragon(a human) be able to defeat him in combat? It doesn’t add up. Neither Eragon nor Brom had elvish blood, unless it was too small an amount to notice.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Glorfindel- “sth” means “SOMETHING” and in order not to be surprised if you see that written somewhere,also “sb” means “SOMEBODY”.Its not an invention of mine,I had found them written like that several times.

  • Ruydragon

    Why should it be green? Why not silver, or bronze, or rainbow? I know green is obvious, but In lots of stories many dragons are and were green. Lacks creativity.

  • Yerkes01

    Anyone think that Jarsha (the messanger boy for the Varden) will have a bigger role in the last book? Possibly the last Rider?

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    @ A.H.E.M.

    Your points are EXREAMLY well thought of!! This is how I got the theory;

    1. When Angela knew his name.

    2. When she healed Roran’s back(I thought it would kind of tie in to the facts that she healed Roran and Eragon’s backs as well.).

    3. She is a healer, so naturally, you have to wonder….

    Well, it’s just a theory, and we won’t know until book 4.

    And A.H.E.M., again, you are really smart! I’ve never seen anyone so observant! Keep it up, and All Hail Murtagh!!!:D

  • PadfootUenwraithSlayer

    I was wondering the same thing, Glorfindel! ;D

  • Glorfindel

    What does “sth” mean?

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    OK SolembumRulesTheEarth!You know,I had asked you about that because I had seen sth for the cover too,but it had been proved a rumor.I just wanted to be sure that it wasnt fake(forgive me if that seemed to you sth negative).

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Oh, THANK YOU, CHRIS!!! I did not know, sorry!! ;D

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    fireswordshurtugalalfakyn-

    for a question you asked me a while ago that i never answered, i knew Book IV was green because i went to a book signing of Brisingr and CP said it would be green.

  • Chris

    I’ve been doing the fan art actually

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Eka elrun ono, Stenrgarm!!! ;D I thank you!

  • Stenrgarm

    @Padfoot,

    The Shrrg is real good!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thanks, for putting up my Shrrg, Mike, or whoever did it!

  • Glorfindel

    Roranson:
    I believe that Oromis mentions Brom’s habit of tapping on a door three times before entering.
    But I believe that it was a superstition or odd custom of the people of Kuasta.

  • Gavz

    does any1 else think that tenga may have a bigger part on this next book.. he is searching for an answer, yes.. as he always is apparent to angela, but what if he’s looking for something important this time?

    Galbotorixs name, (yes i know he had spells o kill any1 who found it) but what if he’s searching for that instead?

    in any case.. Im intrigued as to why Paolini has deliberately put him in the book.. he must have an important role in the next book

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    I dont thnk so…Brom was in Morzans castle as a gardener and not as a healer.
    I dont really find sth interesting about Broms older odd habits.And Kuasta has been until now a place with odd customs etc.
    I agree with you AHEM about Murtagh and Angela.

  • Jakob

    Just a thougt, could Brom be the one that healed Mutagh’s injury?

  • Roranson

    do any of you find it interesting the brom had odd habits? such as tapping door frame 3 times before entering, do you think that it has any significance? a bit of a crazy shot but could brom be one of the grey folk?

  • feanarang

    *flexes fingers*
    Ahhh…. It’s good to be back.

    I can definitely agree with Mike. This interview was well worth the wait. Wow, a huge amount of detail in explaining the way some of his magic works. Really interesting. And the idea of a sequel is very interesting indeed. I’m 99.9% positive that it has something to do with the two women whose fortune’s Angela read and whom Eragon blessed (Brisingr, Intersecting Sagas, beginning on pg 253). That would definitely be cool. I think that those two women, Angela, and Tenga are/were part of another Order, probably devoted to the acquisition of knowledge and to the protection of the people as a whole. Wasn’t there an order of monks in Kuasta devoted to acquiring knowledge?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Never mind, Mike, I found the problem! ;D

  • Glorfindel

    A.H.E.M.,
    Yeah, I knew I had it wrong as soon as I typed it. I didn’t know how else to say it.
    Also, I would like to point out as delicately as possible, that if Angela was indeed Murtagh’s nurse, she would need to already have had a child.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Mike, can you help me with something. I have to submitting fan art and have been using the same program for a long while. I tried to load a picture I drew of a Shrrg and it will not take it? Am I banned or is something else wrong?

  • Daniel

    I was just thinking about when CP mentioned half-elves. Maybe Eragon’s mother was an elf or half elf or perhaps Brom. Has anyone else had the same thoughts?

  • Shadeslayer70

    AHEM:
    All extremely good points. And i could definatly see her keeping that info to herself just for some odd reason of hers. 🙂

    Also i am really hoping that we get some more background on Angela in the last book. She has always been a bit mysterious.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    On Murtagh and Angela:

    Murtagh did not say anything in his story that connects his wet nurse with the healer who healed his back. What he said was, “I was lucky, I suppose–there was a healer nearby who kept me from dying.” (Eragon, page 370, chapter “The Horns of a Dilemma.”) Nothing he said connects her to his wet nurse, who he only mentioned in passing in the later chapter, “Hunting for Answers.”: “I was born in due time and given to a wet nurse so my mother could return to Morzan’s side.”

    Of course, that doesn’t mean that his wet nurse and the healer who fixed his back can’t be the same person, but it should be noted that Murtagh didn’t make any implications to suggest that they were one and the same; he mentioned them apart from each other, as different people.

    However, Angela being in Teirm has nothing to do with this. Murtagh did not say there was a healer in a “nearby town” he just said there was one nearby. Given the severity of his injury and his young age, I’m pretty sure that healer was in the same building/castle at the time, and was on the job immediately.

    Funny, during Brisingr, Angela mentioned to Roran(The Whipping Post?) that she had now worked on serious injuries on the backs of both him and Eragon. She didn’t mention Murtagh, but if she really did heal his back, that means she healed the whole set, so to speak.

    Angela being related in some way to Murtagh’s past seems likely, overall. After all, when Eragon mentioned Murtagh to her(Mandrake Root and Newt’s Tongue), she recognized the name, despite that Murtagh’s birth and very existence was a closely kept secret.

  • RandomDoodle

    50 bucks says that Arya will get the green dragon egg!

  • Stenrgarm

    I know the next cover will be green but if they come out with a fifth book it should be white or purple.

  • Mike

    The fourth book will most definitely be emerald green. It will not be purple, white, pink, orange, etc. It will be green.

    In case you missed it, that’s green.

  • KayJay

    I believe that the 4th book will be green.

  • Xelba

    @MeghanSwiftSword: It’s probable. I had a theory that she was the one who healed Murtagh’s back, but I never considered her as being his nurse as well.

  • shinybluescales

    Quick thought:

    -The eldunari are like the dragons’ souls.

    -We do not know where the eldunari are being kept.

    -There is a place called the vault of souls.

    Anybody else see a connection?

  • dragonlover

    oh my god i have read evrey book 2 date and i love each one i own all3. is it just me r is eragon aming a littlie to high on the girl freind chart. i am a writter and just curius how manny of u guys r writers or d u just read?

    atra du evarinya ono varda,dathedr-vodhr

  • dragonfan

    That is an intresting theory. It seems quite possible.

  • Evarinya

    Eh, who knows?!?!
    We will only know untill the 4th comes out x]

  • Stenrgarm

    I think that theory makes perfect sense. Morzan’s castle is near Teirm and they said that there was a healer in the nearby town that healed Murtagh’s back.

  • Mike

    I think my “Fifth Book?!?!” thing has been a bit misinterpreted. Christopher made it pretty apparent that any “fifth book” would not be a continuation of the series itself as we’ve see so far from 1 to 3, but an off-shoot (like a movie or television spin-off) set in the same world, using a few plot threads he’s slowly spun into the books.

    So we won’t be seeing Inheritance Cycle, Book 5… we’ll be seeing “X Book, Set in Alagaesia” type thing (not confirmed, just what I’ve gathered). And most importantly, he hasn’t said 100% that he plans to do it, but that it *may* happen. We’ll see.

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    I’m sticking with my theory that Angela is the wet nurse who healed Murtagh’s back. What do you guys think??

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    Eka elrun ono,thank you so much Chris!In fact,I was almost(99,9%)sure that the cover of the book 4 would be green.From that,I suppose that the next cover will have the future-male-green-dragon!
    I wish Christopher said sth new in order we to start discussing theories for sth QUITE NEW!!!

    Anyway,until then,ANYONE THEORIES???

  • Chris

    Book 4 is definitely green.

  • fireswordshurtugalalfakyn

    This interview was really awesome!Great questions and even greater answers!I like very much the fact that Christopher “mixes” the unatural (magic) with the natural (chemistry,biology etc). Lets create the 4rth Q&A even better!
    SolembumRulesTheEarth,where did you learn about the cover?I mean,did you read it somewhere for example?Are you sure its not fake?
    A sequel would be just FANTASTIC!Id really like to see what every character will do in the future. And what says C.P. about prequel its true;It would be really nice,but you know better what its going to be done.But anyway,prequel or sequel,Id read it with great pleasure!!!

  • raoranstronghammer

    ive waited 4 ever so
    here r my questions:
    is selena,eragons mother,still alive?
    how od is shruikan?
    and is there really gonna b a fifth book?

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    For anyone wondering what the color of Book IV is going to be, its going to be emerald green. CP said so himself.

  • Kay

    I’m wicked glad that CP has an actual explination to the way his magic works. The fact that it is scientific is even better. This Q&A actually added some depth to the cycle! yayness. Thanks for the great interview Mike, CP, and whoever picked the questions!

  • Stenrgarm

    I think the next color should/would be purple or white.

  • arya16

    Once the main part of the story is over there should only be a ending and theres no reason that he should try to expand the story by adding things he dosn’t need. Once it’s done it’s done . love the story but i mean come on there should a great ending and thats the end .

  • Amarante

    Sorry, I meant *sequel

  • Amarante

    P-P-P-Potential s-s-s-s-seqeul?

    *dies of happiness*

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    I don’t think this “sequel” should really be considered a “fifth book.” After all, it sounds like something that is going to take place after the main events of the Cycle, the war against Galbatorix for example, are over. Thus, it would probably be more of an extended epilogue than the Cycle being expanded even further to become a pentalogy. As for the color or the cover, it could really be anything.

  • Daniel

    What color would the 5th book be? Any ideas?

  • Daethdr

    i would rather read a prequel than a sequel

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Not really, I am writing a series and I thought I was only to have two books, now I have four.

  • Potterinhericycleblogger

    WHAT?! A fifth book! That’s a little crazy don’t you think?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Eka Elrun ono, Chris!

  • Stenrgarm

    I wonder if the Eldunari are still in Du Fells Nangoroth from before the time of the Riders. Gleadr stated that they were stored there before a depository was built for the in Vroengard (sp?) and Galbatorix took all the ones in Doru Areaba (sp?). But the Riders could have moved them all to the city. The book never said if they did or not.

  • Chris

    I just cleared the rest of the fan art

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Glorfindel:

    A series with five books is called a pentalogy, not a pentrilogy. The “tri” part of a word only comes into play when it has something to do with “three” as in trilogy, a series of three books.

  • Solenklier

    What are you talking about!?!?
    A fifth book!?!?!??!?!
    WA!?!?!?
    😀

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Mike, I was just wondering. Is that all of the fan art going to be put up? I had submitted two or three and they are not up. I was just wondering if they were going to be posted. Thanks.

  • RiderT

    The spells that Eragon used to detect if another magician had modified Katrina’s memory, could they have messed up since he didn’t remember them exactly, and have some unknown consequence?

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    I might also go crazy if there was 5th book, but to me, CP’s books are well worth the wait.

    and if it was a XX-years into the future of Eragon’s life, then i think that would be really good.

    but CP’s right- he has been working on the series so long, he probably would like to explore something new after Book IV.

  • Byrd

    Shadeslayer70:

    When Eragon listened in on Joed and Brom speaking I think Brom mentioned something about a vault in Farthen Dur that he left what he found in Gilead. Im thinking that might be the Rock of Kuthian, because Solembum also called it the vault of souls. But if not I think it is on Vroengard.

    I really hope he doesnt turn it into five books. I know I am going to feel sad when I finish all the books but I think I might go crazy if I have to wait for a fourth and fifth book. Im going mad just waiting on the fourth one.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Glorfindel:
    I think he means more of your second option. I am almost certain he will end the main story in this next book, and if he does write a fifth book then it would be after Eragon defeates Galbatorix.

  • TheRivanKing

    Yeah, I only counted nine.

  • Glorfindel

    @Greeni:
    No, because the names of the dragons of the forsworn were not able to be spoken.
    Arya, and some others, speak the name Kuthian.
    If it had been included in the banishing of the names, they wouldn’t have been able to speak it. Remember that Eragon, Arya, Oromis, and maybe Brom say the actual word, “Kuthian”. It’s not just that you can’t remember a banished name, it’s that you can’t speak it.

  • Glorfindel

    When he says, “fifth book” does he mean that he’s expanding the cycle into a pentrilogy?
    Meaning that the “Eragon” books, as we know them, will culminate and finish in a fifth book, not the fourth book?
    Or does he just mean, another book, that deals with time after Eragon has left the land, never to return, something in Alagaesia, but not related to Eragon, Saphira, and all those people?

  • Greeni

    I think that the rock kuthien is a eldourni and the dragons bannashed the name thats no on remember it and maybe the magic does not work on werecats!

  • iHateElves

    I counted only 9 questions… Anyone else count 9?

  • Stenrgarm

    I think it might be in Du Fells Nangroth (sp?) or with the dwarves. The dwarves did say that they had called the Beor mountains a differnet name. I thought that might have something to lead Eragon to the Rock of Kuthian.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Byrd:
    Yea, i am also really curious about the rock of kuthian too, cause it kind of sounds familiar to me too. I know thats probably just my imagination, but still it seems extremely interesting.

    I also have some sort of feeling that it may be something he has already mentioned (not by that name of course) somewhere in the book.
    My theory is, that either its something of the dwarves, because it is a rock. Or it has something to do with Vroengard. What do you all think?

  • Carvahallian

    alucard–Thank you. I’ll keep using it.

  • Serenephile

    Thank you! It was worth the wait. Thanks for your efforts, your hard work, on both arranging this and CP’s thoughtful answers really show 😀

  • SolembumRulesTheEarth

    wow ive never posted before there were 50 comments before! kool

    that was a truly awesome interview. i was shocked by the depth of the answers! Christopher is seriously a genious, i would never have been able to think that far into how telepathy and scrying works. that was an insane amount of detail and description.

    wow.

  • Byrd

    Thanks for asking my question. That answer was amazing. Way more detailed than I though it would be, but thats why it was awesome. It shows that Christopher doesn’t just make stuff up, he thinks about how it works or how it would work in reality. This interview was awesome, and I’m glad that Christopher gave us in-depth answers and not one word answers. Great questions to everyone. Lets make the next one even better.

    Shadeslayer70: Thanks, I wish he would have answered yours because I’m dying to know the answer to that question. I had hoped it would come out in Brisingr. I just want the fourth book to be out!!

    Mike and Chris:

    Thanks again for posting these Q&A’s.

  • Evarinya

    Wow!
    Fantastic interview!
    And great questions… Haha I wonder if Solembum has ever used magic on Eragon without him knowing…

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Holy. . . . That was one freakin’ impressive run-down on how scrying and telepathy work. The only other place I’ve seen such complicated details on magic is in my own “master document” that I use to detail the magic system I use in my own writing.

    I applaud you, Paolini!

    Well, I’m glad we finally have the final word on Jarnonvosk’s gender. It’s curious to learn that she wasn’t black; I’d always figured that had been most fitting. I’m currently thinking that she was silver, but that’s just a guess. I wonder if Galbatorix still has the sword that matched her, and if he managed to find/make/steal/plunder his own black sword, much as Eragon eventually got his own blue sword.

    Hmm, it looks like telepathy isn’t as far-reaching as I thought it was, seeing as how Arya’s statement didn’t relate explicitly to telepathy. One has to wonder how Galbatorix possessed Murtagh while the latter was at Gil’ead and the former in Uru’baen? Inter-Eldunari communciation, I’m sure.

  • DragonInk

    Mr. Paolini-
    You’ve stated that Angela is based off your sister. Are any other characters based of characters you know, and what character do you think you are the most like now?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thanks.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Padfoot:
    Yea, that was a really good question. I hadn’t really ever thought about that too much.
    Byrd:
    Really excelent question. You know you got a good one when he starts giving us that much info!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Whoohooo!!! My question got answered!!!!

  • Shadeslayer70

    Chris:
    Yea, i thought that was pretty funny. I would certainly (probably along with everyone else on this site) love to meet him one day.

  • Shadeslayer70

    Ahh, thank you so much Mike. I have to say, Im not surprised he answered my question like he did, but i still have plenty of good one’s left that i think he can! Thanks for picking my question, and look for more of them in the post you set up. Im sure you’ll find at least one of them fit to send Christopher’s way. 🙂 And if not, oh well i still love seeing him answer questions!

  • Chris

    Christopher included those lines in order to bring out the humor in the fact that he just wrote a big list and kept adding

  • alucard

    @below: nice name!

    @staff: Thanks for the interview, but I was wondering what the bottom few lines were about. Looks like CP’s answers to questions that weren’t transcribed.

  • Carvahallian

    Nice interview! I was away for a while; it was nice to see such a long interview. It’s also nice to know that Christopher Paolini can give such detailed, scientific descriptions of exactly how magic works.

    Not to be rude, but on a side note, chimps don’t actually have tails.

  • Chris

    **Don’t ask questions for the next interview in this comment section. We posted another one specifically for that. I’m going to be picking the questions out again, and I will only consider questions in the appropriate section. **

    Great interview though. Very detailed answers by Christopher, haha.

  • SapphireDragoness

    Thanks for posting the interview! I really waited for it.

    Here are my questions:

    Will Saphira fall in love in Book IV?

    Will the dragons’ magic play an important part in Book IV?

  • Evphrodite

    How long can dwarves live? It is stated that they live longer lives than humans, but that’s a bit vague?

    What are Shruikan’s feelings towards Galbatorix? Even though he is under the influence of dark magic and Galbatorix killed his original rider, does he harbor dislike towards Galbatorix?

    What happened to Eragon I and Anurin, who were leaders of the Riders before Vrael?

    What did Saphira’s parents look like?

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Eka elrun ono, Mike! You know, for posting that… That was awesome! Wow…. there’s a lot more to scrying than just saying a few words!:)

    Fifth book!! That would be awesome…Terrible wait though.:D

    Books on characters would rock! Especially Brom and Murtagh.

  • PhoenixStarr

    Awwwww…there goes my friend’s and my debate regarding dragon genetics. *sigh* Oh well, it was fun whist it lasted.

  • Mike

    I think this interview was well worth the wait. I’ve been sitting on the actual transcript for a few days now because I’ve literally not had even a spare second of free time – sorry! I posted all of these news posts sitting in Logan International airport on my way to the west coast for a few days. Long flight full of work ahead of me!

    Enjoy the interview. I’m looking forward to picking it apart and theorizing with all of you!