Sixth Q&A with Christopher Paolini Now Available!

Our sixth Q&A with Christopher Paolini, in which we task Christopher with answering questions submitted by Shurtugal.com visitors, is now available online! The newest Q&A is by far one of the best so far! Check out Christopher Paolini’s official answers on a variety of topics, including elven houses, dragon hatchlings and the resulting complications, immortality of Dragon Riders, magical potency of the people in Alagaesia, Shades, Urgal army figures, Brom, Murtagh, dwarf castles, and more! The interview’s conclusion even includes content deleted from Brisingr during the editing process. Don’t miss out on this awesome interview session with Christopher!

Click here to view the entire sixth Q&A interview with Christopher Paolini! Haven’t read our first five Q&As? Check out the Q&A with Christopher Paolini archive!

  • scififantasylover

    Not sure where to write this so I am sorry if I have put it in the wrong place… Anyway, I just want to ask the shurtugal staff whether the fourth book will be released on the same date in the UK as the USA. I don’t think I could bear it if others were reading it and I couldn’t get hold of a copy. Thanks 🙂

  • Turkey

    It has been over 2 weeks since we submitted questions for Q&A 7, and we still haven’t got the interview. Surely even if CP is very busy writing, he would have been online at least once in 2 weeks to reply to this Q&A. Are you Admins forgeting to check your emails or something?

  • Glorfindel

    I haven’t been on here in awhile, which is just as well, I suppose. Another comments thread has gotten shut down, not due to digression, but because people have just reverted to insults.
    If you’re going to digress, do it in a civil, logical, educated, polite manner, please.
    If you wish to win someone to your point of view, address them politely, and with respect. No one closely examines the opinions of another who refers to them as “stupid”.

  • Galbatorixmother

    You mentioned that Galbatorix had brothers and sisters so I would like to know the following (a) How many sibblings (b) how old were they when they died (c) how did they die?

  • aryaprincess

    @Glaedrocks (Guest): oh. I should’ve paid better attention. Sorry.

  • oromismaster

    @Glaedrocks (Guest): ya i guess, it just seems like hes always making stupid mistakes,but i guess he will get wiser as he gets older.

  • Glaedrocks

    @oromismaster (Guest): ofcourse he will he’s already smarter than when saphira hatched for him.

  • oromismaster

    does anyone think eragon will get smarter by the end of this series?

  • Glaedrocks

    @aryaprincess: no his original dragon’s name was jormunvosk adn it was a female dragon.

  • aryaprincess

    on pg. 169 in Eldest, Nary sings about arya: “Menoa’s scion is safe tonight” what does that mean?

  • aryaprincess

    does anyone know if it’s possible for 2 dragons to hatch for 1 rider?

  • aryaprincess

    here’s a wacky theory: If you look on pg. 393 in Eldest, it said that Saphiras father was bound to a rider. Is it possible that Saphira’s father was Galbatorix’s original dragon? Just a theory, people.

  • HeXrider

    no, because it allready gives the awnser: the moment you are obliterated, you have the time to retaliate. IF you know who and where your opponent is. So that would be the hard part then, to disguise yourself from Galby’s magic

  • Glaedrocks

    @Glaedrocks (Guest): i meant asking

  • Glaedrocks

    i believe that i have found the answer to the question a lot af you guys have been answering. “cant eragon just swear in the ancient (sorry about the spelling) language to kill galbatorix?” Read the top of page 348 in Eldest and you’ll find out the answer.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    This is a tribute to the bonds that this site has given to us all, thanks to Mike and all the staff for running it. This is our past, and I want to honor it with a few old posts from the Shurty of three years ago. This Terminator, Daniel (Blackfang), and myself of old, our tease about the spam that used to plague our lower boards. I beg that you do not ban me, this is merely our rememberance of our memories here, please bare with our sentimentatilty:

    I liked the interview…AAARRRGGGGHHHH!!!! Spam!!

    *Jumps out of doorway, head held high*

    *Slashes wand angrily*

    Avast ye malicious boardeaters! Verily, I tell thee come and face thy death!

    *Ducks as curse is aimed at head*

    *sticks tongue out, and kills the nearest boardeater with a killing curse, laughing madly*

    Is that ye can do?

    *is cornered and fell several others before one of the boardeaters raises wand and a spell soars between arms, hitting right over the heart*

    *sinks to knees, wand falling from hand*

    And here dies Padfoot the Unewraith Slayer, enemy of the boardeaters…………

    ……….and Terminator jumps out from behind the wall he transported too, only too late to find that his friend has already been killed.

    “Barzul” he shouts defiantly and lets loose a wave of lead.

    All around him Boardeaters drop, blood gushing from wounds punctured in their sides,

    Screams erupt and pandemonium ensues.

    Terminator is victorious! He throws a can of C4 to get rid of any remains, and sorrowfully picks up his fallen comrade.

    This has been a victory of yet one battle;

    The war rages on, yet with one less member in it…….

    He screams in agony, and throws down his gun; tears in his eyes……..

    “I’ll bring ’em down, I’ll bring ’em down! I SWEAR UPON YOUR GRAVE!!!”

    ….He throws a grenade just to make sure…..

    He goes behind the same wall he appeared from; there’s a blinding flash of light, and then all is still…….

    *Using the healing power of the Slayers’ Blade, Daniel resurrects Padfoot and Terminator.*

    “Now the Boardeaters must die!!!” he screams.

    *awesome rock guitar solo starts, reminiscent of disguising mistakes with goodbyes*

    *Daniel slashes the boardeaters and pumps them full of electricity*

    I’m back! In flesh! I can feel my hands!!! SWEEET, thanks, bro, lol.

    I am in your debt, Daniel the Wielder of the Slayer’s Blade.

    *bows respectfully, and gives a bark of laughter*

    LET’S GO GIT SOME BOARDEATERS!!!

    *furiously loads AK and grabs a .45 and a 357. Pistol.*

    Wait forgot somethin’.

    *grabs a huge bag of C4 and a sticky grenade.*

    LET’S KILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *laughs manically*

  • aryaprincess

    I don’t know whwre to post this either. Does anyone know if there’s some type of afterlife in whatever world Algaesia is in? Just a thought.

  • xhuggybearx

    @commentator (Guest): why would you ask if nobody knows, no one knows anything until they announce and obviously the newshas been the same for some time now, it really doesnt take that much time or energy to scroll down the page with news to see that we dont know anything about the next q&a because they didnt announce it until now, lets use some common sense for a minute

  • Chris

    I activated jayhawk09

  • commentator

    @xhuggybearx (Guest): Stupid is a relative term. I asked about the Q&A b/c they said that they would reuse the questions for the 6th Q&A, not the 7th. Please, think before you talk.

  • xhuggybearx

    @commentator (Guest): like i said they would let us know when the next one was, i dont know if you know but people ask about the q&a’s all the time and obviously we dont know until THEY say something

    p.s. if u dont want people to be rude, dont ask stupid questions

  • commentator

    @xhuggybearx (Guest): As you were saying about the Q&A?

    p.s. don’t be rude to other posts

  • Glorfindel

    I haven’t been on here for awhile. There’s no point in coming on here, because it’s a waste of time.
    This is not a slam directed towards Mike, Chris, Robert, and the others. I understand, there isn’t any news, so you can’t post anything.

    No one on these comments has anything interesting to say. Most people aren’t even posting theories. It’s a bunch of spammers all talking back and forth about nothing.
    I suppose this seems a bit rich coming from me, who started a three hundred comment long discussion on something totally inappropriate for a fantasy comment board, but at least it was a real discussion. If you’re going to cover a comments board with unrelated comments, please make it worthwhile to read, for the sake of the people who want to read something interesting that someone has to say, but has to sift through four hundred comments of unmitigated tripe.

    This isn’t directed towards any one person in particular. I’m not trying to slam any one of you guys.

    Just out of curiousity, how is “bearjew” offensive? I’ve never heard the term before.

  • xhuggybearx

    @commentator (Guest): they have already said before that they are using left over Q&A questions for this month because they had so many to pick from from the last time they posted something about it. and for everyone who keeps asking when the next one will be… NOBODY KNOWS THEY HAVENT ANNOUNCED IT YET AND WHEN THEY DO WE WILL ALL KNOW BECAUSE THE NEWS HERE ONLY CHANGES ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS OR SO, SO PLEASE STOP ASKING ITS REALLY ANNOYING AND THEY HAVE ALREADY SAID EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!

  • commentator

    @Robert Cox: If you guys have nothing to do except making sure comment pages turn into to a forum, then just prepare for the next Q&A. You haven’t even asked for questions yet. “Monthly” Q&A?

  • Tulkas

    @Robert Cox: Why, may I ask, is it so important that we only post news comments? I like it best when it’s a forum…

  • oromismaster

    @Dude (Guest): ya me too

    does any one know when the next QA is? or even a new posting site?

  • Bob

    It had turned into a forum and away from news comments.

  • Dude

    they disabled the comments on the newsletter! they had well over 600. Im so sad.

  • Were176cRider

    @Baboo: Ha LOL

  • elias123

    is joed part of that secret cult he mentioned at eragon in brisingr?

  • J.C.

    i want to submit a question for the next Q&A,does anyone know where i can do that?

  • ziggy0279

    @The.one: Yes Brom talked to Saripha when Eragon was unconsious for a couple days when he threw the urgals with magic and that was the chapter after they left Joed.

  • The.one

    @ziggy0279: No but when Brom talked to saphira about his life it was when eragon was unconsious for a coupole days. and that was before joed

  • ziggy0279

    @The.one: Actually they encounter the urgals right after they leave Joed

    @fuzzyworm: Good catch I never noticed that.

  • The.one

    @fuzzyworm: No, they didnt meat Joed yet.

  • fuzzyworm

    I don’t know where to post this, so might as well post it here:

    something I noticed when reading brisingr again, was that in saphira’s brom memory, it mentions aren glittering on brom’s finger. this was right after eragon threw the urgals, so Jeod still should have had aren. strange.

  • Tulkas

    ShurtugalLiam- Yes, zipcode is post code.

  • chap

    @Chris Addison: ok i used JayHawk09 even though im jewish and i love inglorious bastards

  • Dennis

    @Chris Addison: What happened to the new post???

  • brisingr999

    @DarkDragonRider:

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @Baboo: Ahh i have signed up for it now thank you 😀 it asks for my zipcode (im guessing that means post code?) but mine wouldn’t register on a US website would it? :S ahh well lol 🙂

  • xhuggybearx

    i was reading down in the comments awhile ago and a few people said that eragon would get banished to keep the peace cause of what angela said, i think that when he does leave al he’ll be an old man cause she told him that he will live a long life

    btw, i also tried to register but never got the activation, the username was huggybear

  • Chris

    @chap (Guest):

    Register an appropriate username for the site and I’ll activate your account then.

  • SquallLeonhart
  • chap

    @Chris Addison: Username was bearjew, and thanks i appreciate it.

  • Baboo

    @Baboo: Sorry for double posting but I can’t figure out how to add to my last comment.

    I’m not exactly sure how you sign up for it. If I remember correctly, back when they released the “Light and Shadows” chapter of Brisingr (it was actually just part of “Assault on Helgrind”) they had a copy of it availible online at alagaesia.com, but you had to sign up for it or something like that, so I think that’s where they got my email address.

    It’s a very infrequent publication. I usually get one around Christmas time saying “Happy Holidays” and one other random one per year. Shurty is a much more frequent source of info.

    The good news is that he says “This is going to be a newsworthy year for the Inheritance cycle, with lots of big announcements coming up”. So my fingers are crossed.

  • The.one

    @Baboo: oh ok

  • Baboo

    @ShurtugalLiam: I think so. I recieved it in an email from:

    The Desk of Christopher Paolini ([email protected])

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @Baboo: I agree, i have subscribed to the newsletter on shurty but i have not received any such thing… do we need to receive the newsletter directly from Alagaesia.com? 🙂

  • The.one

    @Baboo: No i dont get those news letters. how do u get them?

  • Baboo

    @Eldest13:

    CP explixitly addressed the notion of the children of former Riders becoming Riders in a Q&A. Basically it said that it is very uncommon and that the only reason that Eragon and Murtagh were chosen specifically was because the dragons felt that it was fitting to have the son of Brom (founder of the Varden) and the son of Morzan (first to join the Forsworn) decide the fate of Alegaesia.

    In my opinion it doesn’t make sense to have another child of a Rider as the next Rider since the representatives of the 2 sides have already been covered. Maybe the child of Shruikan’s original Rider, but that would be a stretch.

    Based upon the logic that CP provided it would probably make more sense to have a representative of a race. Arya makes the most sense since elves are part of the pact and only quazi-represented at the present time (through Eragon’s transformation), but it could possibly be a Dwarf (Orik), Urgal (Nar Garzhvog), Wandering Tribesperson (Nassuada), Werecat (Halfpaw/Solembum) or member of some other race. It could also be some representative of the “common people” (Roran), but frankly I think Eragon already covers that.

    —————

    ON ANOTHER NOTE:

    Did anyone else get the CP newsletter. He drops hints about the section that he’s presently writing, it contains:
    – a one-sided game of knucklebones
    – an evil assassin
    – bags of flour
    – a water-born battering ram
    – streets lined with lead
    – a knife in the back
    – the death of a character

    Any thoughts?

  • The.one

    @Chris Addison: yay

  • Chris

    I imagine we’ll have a new post soon. 😉

  • Guest11010

    i believe eragon will leave alagaesia to seek out where his people came from after defeating galby. The new rider will go with him in order to train and help bring back the dragon race. I\’m hoping the next dragon rider will be a dwarf but that\’s just me hoping orik got through to his people. I also believe that eragon will use the transportation spell to move the edunari from either galby or murtaugh in order to weaken them and thus win.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @Eldest13:

    CP has said in a previous interview that lineage is very uncommon in Riders. Eragon and Murtagh are 2 of the very few.

  • Eldest13

    I am inclined to believe that the next rider will be the son/daughter of another Rider, because so far it seems like Eragon and Murtagh have inherited there parents legacy. Just my personal thought.

  • jijiji

    wen the f is the new book coming out shouldnt we at least know the title? holy crap

  • mrr`

    i hope that in the next book there are epic battles and maybe roran is next rider? that might be cool, but roran is like mrr. it would be beast if brigid was the rider and she tries to kill roran and there is a massive fight between eragon and roran against brigid

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @DarkDragonRider:

    I am pretty sure even if she could, she wouldn’t. She believes that all her useful tools are beautiful and shouldn’t be surprised. Also, I believe that if she could, she would have done so to Tamelain to help Eragon.

  • The.one

    @Chris Addison: Hey Chris, is shurty gonna apost something new? I mean Whats posted is really good, but, we havent heard anything for a while now.

  • The.one

    @Brom88: maybe it wasnt oromis but i rememebr someone saying that.

  • Chris

    @chap (Guest):

    Tell me what username you tried to register and I can manually activate it.

  • Brom88

    @The.one: Really i don’t recall that… what i do recall is that Oromis said that it was Eragon’s duty for him to train the next Dragon Rider. Its in Brisingr before Eragon leaves for the last time and Oromis decides to go and help the Elves I think.

  • The.one

    @Brom88: I dont understand, think it was oromis or somebody but they said that the riders will never come back and that the age is over.

  • DarkDragonRider

    If we can here’s mine.
    Can Rhunon melt old Rider’s swords and extract the brightsteel and use it over again for new Rider’s swords when they begin to show?

  • DarkDragonRider

    When can we begin posting questions again?

  • Brom88

    @chap: make sure that your login name has the capitilization that you used first and if you cant remember check your email where they shurtugal.com first emailed your username and password.

    @ShurtugalLiam: i dont think that they will ask Eragon to leave Alagaesia because then who would train the next dragon rider and the rider after that?…. But thank you for agreeing with me about Arya being the next rider.

    Also I think that Eragon will have no choice but to kill murtaugh because of him being practically a slave to Galbatorix. So then everyone will welcome him to stay in alagaesia and to mantian the peace.
    What do you guys think?

  • chap

    @… (Guest): no CP said the last book cover was going to have a green dragon looking left basically telling you that the dragon will be green

    again when i try to log in the screen says account has not been activated, but i have not received an email to activate it. Can someone help me please?

  • another thing thats bugging me is that people are saying that the last dragon egg is green. it might be but it was the shard of a green egg that eragon found, and thats what started the whole thing

  • good point, but wasnt that a premonition and not a fortune telling. Might be the same might not. Also I don’t really think eragon would like to change that and mabye galby can’t cause if he did the fortune would say something different. Remember i think that oromis or someone said short of killing urself you cant do much to change the future and also this post is getting way to long

  • The.one

    @… (Guest): but theres no saying that the fourtune will rule ou. rememeber (again) that story arya said?

  • um has noone remembered that angela predicted eragon living a long time or somthing like that when she read his fortune, kinda saying hes gona win

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @sirsimon (Guest):

    Bid’Daum was white. I don’t remember where I read this, but I know I read it somewhere.

  • The.one

    @The.one: jk not sure where that came from

  • The.one

    @ShurtugalLiam: haha…hey long time since u posted…(its banned for ever.) so yeah i agree.

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @Brom88: i agree that would be much better than “Oh Ayra’s a rider, already stronger than Eragon but now she has a beasty green dragon and already knows most of the dragons history etc etc” …. that would suck tbh but i dont think CP has choice at this point, he would need another book (because he’s awesome) to introduce, fully explain the next rider, then go into detail about their training, the riders background etc etc and also their personal challenges…

    I think after Eragon defeats Galby,. the races of Alagaesia will be so fed up of dragon riders (varden hating galby and murtaugh, the empire hating eragon) that they will just “kindly” ask eragon and his fellow rider (and murtaugh if he lives) to leave Alagaesia forever to actually keep the peace…

    those are my thoughts on eragon leaving Alagaesia … xD

  • The.one

    @leondb (Guest): and..why would that be qweaome?

  • Brom88

    I personally wished that instead of Arya being the next Dragon Rider (thats is IF she will be) there would be another character in the story so we can compare the times where eragon barely began to train to become as a dragon rider to the new Dragon Rider, but then again it would help the relationship between Arya & Eragon because throughout the story Eragon complains that they could never be together because of she being a princess and Eragon being a Rider. What do you guys think?

  • leondb

    It would be awesome if Mr. Paolini wrote a book Domia Abr Wyrda!

  • sirsimon

    Delilah: I believe Murtagh inherited off Morzan, his father, since it is possible Murtagh inherited his castle, that his where the green egg is being kept. I believe in chapter nine or ten, Eragon and co will capture Murtagh and Thorn, while Eragon attempts to change his true name and learn how to enter the castle, Saphira and Thorn will have a heart to heart chat.

    Afterwards, I suspect Murtagh will be released against Nasuada’s words, out of pity.

    FednerLauture:

    Personally, I don’t think Thorn knew the danger he was putting himself into, he could barely just walk, let alone understand the bond between dragon and rider. Another possibility is that Galbatorix forced him to choose Murtagh.

    I think Eragon has premonitions and so does every other rider. They serve them as forwarning an upcoming danger or event, these will be in the form of dreams. But Eragon’s are sort of unique because they are the only ones we witness.

    No one yet knows of Bid’daum’s true name or colour. But I think he was silver or white.

    joe32455:

    I think Arya was about to say that she cares deeply about him and that she would be heartbroken if he perished, not only for the feelings between them but that the glint of hope for Alagaesia is now gone.

    Finally, I have no clue on how Paolini is getting on, but I believe he is putting everything into this, and I believe he will have finished by September 2010. For a Mar/ Apr 2011 release next year.

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @joe32455 (Guest): I was wondering about that myself buddy … seeing as she was speaking in the ancient language, i think she didn’t want to tell Eragon she cared about him because he would know she was telling the truth 🙂

    Thanks guys lol 😀 i don’t really follow football, but its good to know England is facing the US early :L 😛

  • Delilah

    I have a question for Q&A 7 (if that’s still happening):

    In Book 1, when Eragon first sees Murtagh, he says he looks like someone who is accustomed to money. Also, when Murtagh rescues Eragon from Gil’ead, he says he ‘has paid a steep bribe’. Where did Murtagh get all that money from? Did he steal it, inherit it or was he given some kind of allowance by Galbatorix?

  • The.one

    @FednerLauture (Guest): I dont think that his magic was red.

  • The.one

    @Robert Cox: aww man i love football….actually i play for my town…but what was the commenter problem?

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @FednerLauture (Guest):

    I feel like I am taking Chris’s job on this one, but what part of no questions don’t you understand?

    @joe32455 Same goes to you

  • Tulkas

    All I know is that this year the Americian football team from my home city lost in the Super Bowl to New Orleans, and that I have never heard of a football (soccer) team above the local level.

  • Bob

    @chap (Guest): What username did you register?

  • chap

    @ShurtugalLiam: yes the U.S. has a team they play england in the fist game lol

    also i created an account but never received the email. Can i get some help with this please?

  • joe32455

    On page 316 in the hardcopy of Brisingr it says \’Also in the ancient language, Arya said, \”Be careful, Eragon. I would not want to see you broken by Murtagh. I…\” It seemed as if she were going to say more, but she hesitated, then removed her hand from his leg and retreated to stand by Blodhgarm.

    what was she going to say?

  • FednerLauture

    What color is Bid’Daum?
    What does Bid’Daum mean?
    Why does Eragon have premonitions is it a dragon rider thing or something unique to him?
    What color was Brom’s dragon because in Eragon (the book) his magic was red; Was Brom’s Saphira red?
    What exactly happened to Jeod’s ships?
    What was Murtagh told in Eragon (the book) that would convince Dormand of his truthfulness?
    Did Thorn realize the danger he put himself and Murtagh in by hatching?
    What does Naegling mean or is it just a name?
    What was the Year of Darkness?
    Who was Beloth?

  • BaltimoreBornMyaBell

    I want to know how Galbatorix took Shruiken as his new dragon if Shruiken had hatched for some other rider; does this mean that dragons can bond to someone else if they live through their original Rider’s death?

  • SquallLeonhart

    @ShurtugalLiam: USA does indeed have a football team, England will be playing them in there first Group match of the World Cup.

  • lethrblaka

    is the vault of souls the chamber full with dragonhearts?

  • Bob

    Just realized there was a problem with the @commenter links.

    It’s been fixed.

  • Bob

    @ShurtugalLiam: We were talking about American Football! 😛

    As far as the international use of the term Football, I don’t know about teams. I don’t follow much!

    @grrr (Guest): Personally, I thought the questions were quite good. More good questions coming up in the next Q&A, whenever that happens.

  • grrr

    why does the shurtugal staff pick some of the crpiest questions to ask chris?

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @Robert Cox: me neither rob, its so boring. At the minute theres so many adverts on tv for the world cup in south africa its ridiculous. All this ‘support england’ stuff. I love my country, but im not celebrating it through football haha. Guys, does the USA have a football team or is it individual states? J.w lol.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    Sorry, I meant Robert. lol not really sure why I put Chris.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @Robert Cox:

    HAHA Chris, me too. I do like football, but I love the commercials.

  • Bob

    Eh, I’m not a football fan! I watch for the commercials!

  • The.one

    @Robert Cox: haha!! what about the super bowl? whats ur fav team?

  • Bob

    I know everything…like–like–I know who’s going to win the World Series this year!

  • The.one

    @eragon (Guest): man, people never stop. It will be anounced in due time. all we can do is wait.

  • eragon

    when is book 4 coming out?

  • Chris

    lol, we find out the release date when everyone else does. No secrets here.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @7th (Guest):

    Just a quick question, how does an on line typed comment sound sarcastic? LOL jk

  • 7th

    @Chris Addison: Just have to say it sounds like you know when the release date is since your being very mysterious. It also sounds like a very sarcastic comment.

  • watever

    umm in the Q&A christopher said that shades can control any creature so who to say that there isnt a dragon shade i mean it would have to be like the strongest spiret ever to control a dragonbut that would destroy everything and they already made a shade before so mabye some one has already made one and its somewere in the world

  • Chris

    Haha, well, I’m assuming there will be some kind of announcement about the book’s progress soon. They released a chapter from it already, so it’s obviously near completion at this point. Just sit tight. 😛

  • faolin

    hey Chris, is it possible to ask CP how much progress has been made on the 4th book in the next Q&A? I am going out of my mind with anticipation! I’m just not sure if that’s a question permitted to be asked.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @mufajir01:

    Yes, the Magic is hers, but my original point still stands. She used the magic, but Eragon helped her, thus meaning that her Rider influenced her powers.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @Chris Addison:

    Sorry Chris, I didnt mean to cause frustration, I just really love this site and want to ask some questions, I have no problem waiting though.

  • The.one

    @Chris Addison: hahahaha. 😛

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @Chris Addison: LOL you sound exasperated 😛 but i see your point, guys there were THOUSANDS of comments that didn’t get used in the past 6 Q A’s, let them just select some out of those 🙂

  • mufajir01

    @DuSundavarFreohr: the magic is still hers. eragon does not add any extra power to her. also eragon is special in that he ca influence dragons in ways that allow them to use their power(this has only been hinted at)

  • Chris

    I don’t see what’s so hard to understand about this concept. We’re not changing the way it’s done.

  • Tulkas

    If I may make a suggestion, perhaps you could create a question box at the side here, where we can go at any time and post questions, which also would help keep us from responding to questions and making more comments for you to sort through.

  • The.one

    @SquallLeonhart: uggghh

  • SquallLeonhart

    @The.one: I believe the next Q&A is going to be using questions from previous months, so it’s likely to be at least a month before they ask for more.

  • The.one

    @Chris Addison: when can we post em??

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @Chris Addison:

    Chris, we need to be able to ask more questions, lots of good ones surfacing now.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @mufajir01: \

    You just made my point. Without Eragon, it would have been harder for Saphira to complete the task, thus her having a Rider helped her and made it easier for her to use magic. SO if Eragon was not there, Saphira might not have been able to do it at all.

  • Chris

    Don’t ask questions for Christopher in this thread. I won’t select them.

  • Bill

    Also, a question for Paolini if you guys are still taking them:

    Is it possible that a Rider who’s dragon has died (including their Eldunari) or vice versa, could the Rider or dragon form a similar bond to their previous with another Rider (or not a Rider) or dragon? I know this has happened with Galbatorix and Shruikan, but I was wondering if it could be done without the means of black magic.

  • Bill

    @bloop (Guest): That is what I was trying to explain, but it was a crude explanation. My apologies.

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @SquallLeonhart: ahh true … but i meant like an object 🙂 just a random thought haha.

  • SquallLeonhart

    @ShurtugalLiam: When Eragon found out Brom was his father Saphira said that Brom had recounted his entire life to her, so in a way he stored his memories in her.

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Hmm…i wonder if it would be possible to store a memory in an object (kind of like a Pensieve in harry potter) That would be good, because that would be cool…Brom storing memories of his life in Aren for example?

  • mufajir01

    @DuSundavarFreohr: the case of isidar mithrim was a special case. also eragon did not strengthen saphira merely made it easier for her to access her power which she would have with or without eragon

  • The.one

    @DuSundavarFreohr: Eragons power has nothing to do with her fixing ithidar something. she said she could do it because of his emoctions

  • Tulkas

    Saphira would kill herself instead.

  • bloop

    @Bill: Actually, I was under the impression that an Indlvarn is a Rider whose dragon’s physical body is dead, but the Eldunari is still alive and in the possession of the Rider.

  • fan404

    when did it first talk about one?

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @Bill:

    Hmm, perhaps you are right. My mistake. But my original point still stands, if A human )or elf) dies after touvhing the egg, but before it hatches, it would most likely have a negative outcome on the dragon.

  • Bill

    @DuSundavarFreohr: If memory serves me right that’s wrong, as I think I am able to recall Oromis explaining to Eragon that a Rider with its dragons Eldunari that has deceased is an Indlvarn.

  • 7th

    @Ruydragon (Guest): remember morzan was old as well

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @SquallLeonhart:

    Really? Because I am fairly certain Brom was Indlvarn, and he didn’t have Saphira’s HOH’s.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @mufajir01:

    A dragon without a Rider would greatly lower the dragons power. Saphira would have never been able to fix Isidar Mithrim without Eragon’s help. His power flows through her and it boosts her own power greatly.

  • SquallLeonhart

    @DuSundavarFreohr: I believe an Indlvarn is a Rider and there Dragon’s HOH’s.

  • SquallLeonhart

    @dragonscale8374 (Guest): That is not possible, if a person is “destined” to be a rider, they will not die before they become one.

  • the chosen one

    @DuSundavarFreohr:

    everyone would die

  • mufajir01

    @DuSundavarFreohr: actually a dragon without a rider has no effects on the power of the dragon, merely the ferocity of the dragon.
    however rider without dragon is much different

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @Nightfuryrider (Guest):

    I am not 100% sure, but I believe I read somewhere that CP has already said that there is no relation between Eragon I and II. I could be wrong on this though, but I am fairly sure. Plus Eragon I, was an elf, that alone would severely resrtrict the possibility that he is related to “our” Eragon, as you so quaintly put it.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @system1988:

    Dragons (regardless of age) cannot use magic at will. Glaedr has stated this to Saphira and Eragon on multiple occasions. Just because they have aged, does not mean they can control their magical abilities any more than a hatchling (flight and fire excluded).

    Dragons do not worship any gods. Saphira (and Glaedr) have both said that they believe dragons to be the mightiest race in Alagaesia, and therefore they would not worship any other being.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @dragonscale8374 (Guest):

    If the human (or elf) died before touching the egg, then I doubt it would effect the dragon. Now if He (or she) died after touching the egg, but before it hatched, it would probably have some negative effects on said dragon. I would say the dragon would either stay in the egg (if it felt it’s rider die) or would hatch and be Indlvarn (either a dragon, or rider without the other) Neither of these outcomes would be good, as a dragon with no Rider is not as powerful as a bonded one, and a dragon egg is just as useless with or without a Rider.

  • The.one

    @dragonscale8374 (Guest): i dont think the dragon egg would die. i think it would either pick someone else or just hatch.

  • dragonscale8374

    IF a dragon’s destined rider died before it came into contact with the egg would the dragon hatchling in the egg just die?

  • The.one

    @Nightfuryrider (Guest): haha our eragon?

  • Nightfuryrider

    Is our eragon any way related to the first eragon?

  • mufajir01

    @system1988: it seems like an interesting question but i dont think this is the place to be asking questions for next q and a

  • system1988

    Could the oldest dragons that eventually got murdered by the Empire use magic at will and not by instict like we have seen so far?

    Do dragons worship any gods? Saphira may have mentioned that she would not worship nothing but herself due to her power and elves do not believe in higher power but could this be possible?

  • Dennis

    I think the green egg hatches at the end of the book…I think in Eragons Dream when they are boarding a ship the woman is holding something in her arms…I think it could be the green dragon

  • DragonPrincess6

    CP, I was wondering if it is possible that if someone found a ring like Aren that had energy stored in it and they had no idea how to use magic, could they draw upon the energy that is in it?

  • Evarinya

    How many interviews are there going to be?

  • The.one

    @Ruydragon (Guest): well, it is like arya and eragon

  • redhearts

    @7th (Guest): She could die, but then that would like kill Eragon, or maybe give him the strength to do something like kill Galbatorix, to avenge her death? (If he killed her)
    You could make a book four theory on it if you wanted, if there’s not one already. (Which there very well might be.)
    It’s an interesting thought though.

  • Ruydragon

    One of the things that gives me a tickle is that how can Selena fall in love with Brom if he’s just………old?

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @SquallLeonhart:

    But if he knew her true name, he could stop her from going crazy and killing everyone, or maybe a dragons magic is stronger than a true name, we know they can work magic without the Ancient Language, so maybe a dragon’s magic is more powerful than the Ancient Language.

  • SquallLeonhart

    @The.one: I did say she could die, not that she would.
    It certainly seems like a risk Galbatorix wouldn’t be willing to take.

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @Chris Addison: yes the reply thing is working for me now Chris 😀 awesome guys lol ….

  • The.one

    @SquallLeonhart: If Eragon dies saphira does not die. but if he died she would probobly kill everyone she can until she dies

  • SquallLeonhart

    @DuSundavarFreohr: I would imagine she would interpret an order to attack Eragon in a way that causes him the least possible harm, if however she was ordered to kill him, I don’t think she would have any choice but to attempt it.

    I highly doubt however that anyone, especially Galbatorix, would order her to kill Eragon considering doing so could well result in her death as well.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    @Chris Addison:

    Chris, we really need to be able to ask some new questions, I have one that I really think should be addressed. It has been bugging me for a very long time.

    What would happen if someone figured out Saphira’s true name and ordered her to attack Eragon? Would their bond supercede her true name? Would she kill him? or would she be able to resist it?

  • Bill

    @Robert Cox: Don’t worry about it, I was using a school computer.

  • Glorfindel

    Good, because I’m really hoping mine will get asked.

  • Chris

    For the next Q&A we’ll be using leftover questions. We don’t know when we’ll post another thing to ask questions for yet

  • 7th

    Has anyone ever liked super anaylized eragons prophecy. Because on of the lines was like

    “you will have a love in your life of royal blood. But i cannot see weither it will end in tragedy or success i cannot determine.”.

    My question is if this is possiblly arya it will work out but she will die resulting in a tragedy? Has anyone ever thought of it this way.

  • Yulerule

    CP, you mention many times about information that got cut out from Brisingr, some of it you told us about in these interviews. Can you say all the topics that were cut out? Since they were originally in Brisingr, I don’t think they are too spoiler-ish. Is everything that got cut out (including the stuff that you said here) going to be in book IV? And if you can, can you summarize all the information?

    What is the relationship between cats and werecats?

    If Saphira dies, will Eragon’s lifespan be more like a human Rider’s, or an elf Rider’s?

  • Alagaesiawanderer

    @Mike Macauley: Hey Mike, do you know when we can start shooting new questions for the next Q&A? I would have a couple to post…

  • The.one

    thanks shurty for everything!

  • Glorfindel

    That was a good one. Thanks guys.

  • The.one

    Is it possible to open a dragon egg with magic? mayb thats what galbys doing.

  • zasekr1

    finally registered… again.
    i think that angela could be a rider or one of those people who accidently bonded with a hatchling but my main theory is that she is a decendant of the grey folk.

  • Bob

    @Bill: If you want to shoot me an e-mail with your computer info (web browser, operating system), I’ll see what I can figure out.

  • Bill

    @Robert Cox: Just to let you guys know, for some reason after I use the new ‘reply’ feature, it logs me out of my comment account. I don’t know why? Maybe you guys could have a look into it.

  • Bill

    @Carvahallian (Guest): It wasn’t that chapter, if memory serves it was one of the first chapters after Oromis and Glaedr first revealed themselves, when Eragon was bursting with questions, I believe he asked something like:
    “Who are you? Where do you come from? Are there other Riders?” Or something along those lines.

  • Bill

    @Chris Addison: Not necessarily evil if I can recall. Just that they do not overly appreciate being trapped in ‘hard clay.’

  • Goku

    Chris,do you have another adventure planned for Eragon and Saphira once the war with Galby is over?

  • 7th

    @Carvahallian (Guest):not necessarliy a house could be a clan in other words. Remember elves are like monks only fighting when they defend themselvs. also when i think of clans i think barbaric like the dwarfs. A house encompasses many families.

  • HarryQuacker

    @xhuggybearx (Guest): @7th (Guest): We still can’t make any assumptions like this. It could be that she was a Rider and when her dragon died she lost her ability to do magic the way she could when she was a rider. Oromis called her a very skilled spellcaster if I remember correctly. Things can change over many years. I assume that she used to be better at magic and now is not so good at it for some reason, sort of like Oromis and Brom, both of whom had trouble with magic at times.

  • blooopppp

    @Tony11a3: No, Undbitr has not been found, as far as we know. Eragon inquires about it in Brisingr, and Rhunon says it was lost in the Fall and is probably “under 10 feet of dirt”. Galby may have found it, though…

  • Smiles

    I have a question, when do you think you’ll start taking more for the next Q&A?

  • mufajir01

    it doesnt work for me.
    oh well guess ill get it to work soon enough
    thanks a lot for the interview guys
    reallllly appreciate it.

  • Chris

    You need to log out and log back in to make the reply function work. A reply button will appear at the bottom right of the comment if you hover over it then.

  • Tony11a3

    So there is a question i’ve pondered for a while does Eragon ever find Undbitr ever get found

  • ShurtugalLiam

    guys how do you do the reply thing? i’ve hovered over the comments and even clicked your names (which opens microsoft outlook) …

  • Carvahallian

    @7th (Guest):
    From this interview, it sounds like house and family names are one and the same.

  • SquallLeonhart

    @Brom88: I believe it said in one of the books that only the most evil spirits attempt to control someone, so it would be impossible for there to be a good shade.

  • Mike

    He isn’t opening up, we just found the right questions. More “daring” questions would only be a waste of time.

  • Vanandruel

    Maybe try some more daring questions next time… seems like he might be opening up a bit as we get closer and closer :p

  • Tulkas

    Well, my question was cut… Looking at the questions that weren’t, I agree that that was the right thing to do. Next time!

  • 7th

    @Carvahallian (Guest): He probably just said his clan not his specific family name.

  • Brom88

    so then their isnt anything or anyone that isnt a shade that is filled with the good and pure spirits?

  • Chris

    Shades are composed of evil spirits

  • Brom88

    I really enjoyed the QA… good awnsers… anyway i had a question arise when i was reading the awnser to the quetion about shades… can a shade be filled with good and pure spirits insted of bad and demonic spirits?? or is it not a shade anymore, but somthing else?

  • Bob

    @Chris Addison: Update: It’s now available for use for guests.

    This system will add a code to the beginning of your comment that will link to another comment. In order for it to work, make sure you don’t change the code that’s put in, just put your comment after it.

  • Chris

    @Robert Cox: They should like it because it’s super awesome. Almost as super awesome as this new interview!

  • Bob

    @Chris Addison: Let’s see if the commenters like the idea for the reply to people feature. Hover over the comment for the reply button.

    (Hint: It only works if you’re logged into your comments account.)

  • Carvahallian

    7th:
    CP actually did give Oromis’s family name. I forget what it was, but it was in the chapter of Eldest where they are leaving for Surda, I think.

    Nice interview, though. The dwarf info could go on the wikis.

  • tyrvale

    Really good, I always wanted to know if Urgals can become shades. Besisdes the name of Oromis clan. And maybe if someone went through your mind and cast a spell you would become a magician

  • ShurtugalLiam

    A knurlan is a Dwarf 🙂 sometimes just called a Knurla.

    It appears i have a theory …. CP says there were more tricks to learning Magic, could eragon not use Roran’s body to cast a spell? Much like Rhunon did with his body when they were singing magic in the ancient language whilst forging Brisingr. That would appear, i think, to give Roran the ability to detect the flow of magic, or something like that? …

  • Firestone

    A Knurlan is a Dwarf.

  • CPsDragon

    What is a Knurlan?

  • whoaman

    Imagine a shade-dragon. holy crap that would be incredible.

  • Smiles

    YAY!!! Thank you! Do you know when the next q&a will be going? Thank you again!

  • Luke23

    We should get the next Q&A going as soon as possible. Chris is probably really busy so we should get the questions in as soon as we can so he will answer them timely.

  • Ganon:RiderofArgorok

    A highly enjoyable Q&A, and it has thrown up some interesting answers, even if some are only backstory (All of this Iron War and dwarf history are quite intriguing). Also I liked the question about Shades, so they can be anything! I wonder what would happen if a Shade summoned spirits? Would they control them with ease or would it just add more to the ones already in the Shade? Suprised nobody has menioned the ‘all is not well’ between Murtagh and Galby, very interesting (lover’s tiff?)
    @Mike: If you already have the questions saved for the next Q&A does that mean we may have a short wait until the next one? If you don’t have to spend so long taking and choosing questions?

    Thanks for this brilliant Q&A, keep up the good work 🙂

  • Chris

    There’s some interesting answers in here

  • ShadowOfTheMoon

    Heh heh, I chanced upon a new theory for Book 4, a new shade perhaps?

  • Mike

    I had to cut some questions from this interview because the interview was getting too long. I know people like long interviews but these are meant to be fairly short Q&As, not full-blown interviews. I have a document saved with all of the questions I cut from this Q&A. They’ll go into the next one.

  • Tulkas

    I like this one… all that I want to know is: Whatever happened to my question concerning to Wards around Du Weldenvarden? On the other thing you had that as something that you were going to ask… or did I miss it?

  • 7th

    i am just in a all around bad mood sorry

  • yehlad

    u tell them mike, and anywayz do u reckon u could ask in the next Q/A why saphira complains about pains in her wings, its in brisingr i found it weird wen she said it

  • Mike

    I shrug it off by now. There’s always those internet tough guys who are never satisfied with anything simply for the sake of being an internet tough guy.

  • 7th

    sorry for my pessimism.:)

  • 7th

    1.So we can basically say that she wasnt an elf, gray folk, rider, or werecat gone wrong. very enlightening.

    2. Since CP is not courageous enough to give oromis’s family name I am guessing he is the father of someone very influential in the next book or related there of.

    3. Also the fact that he wont give certain techniques for become a magician, i am guessing again that roran or nasuada will become a magician.

    4. Galby may or may not die. great. since his dragon died he will hopefully die in another couple hundred years if eragon fails. Or he might not with dark creepy magics.

    5. The crazy castle in the plain has no signigance at all what a let down :'(

    6. shades can be plants. How awesome is that. now a mere flower can take out eragon. Oh and best of all the elves will fall in love with it.

  • Guest123

    Kinda not what i expected for an answer, but i am glad i asked cause it was a cool bit of history from the books ^^

  • Mike

    I don’t want to see any complaints about not enough questions/answers this time around! 😛

    Great Q&A though, IMO. I was really excited to see his answers.

  • Turkey

    And I thought he wouldn’t answer most of those questions!

  • xhuggybearx

    a lot of good information, but the only thing that really affects the current theories in my opinion is the one about why angela isnt good at magic, so she is not an ex rider