Random Buzzers Q&A with Christopher Paolini – Part 1

Christopher Paolini recently sat down to answer hundreds of fan-submitted questions in a forum style interview with Random Buzzers. The questions varied from the obvious “when does Book 4 come out?” to the not-so-obvious, netting us dozens of fresh and exciting answers from our favorite author. We spent hours collecting and sorting the hundreds of questions and answers from this interview and will be offering them for viewing in a series of posts here on Shur’tugal!

Part one of our compilation includes questions specific to the individual books, including our “Eragon and Eldest questions” section, “Brisingr questions” section, “Book 4 questions” section, and a small section dedicated to questions regarding the Inheritance movies. Christopher took time to answer a wide range of telling questions (and also took time to “No comment” many of the more revealing questions), including the revelation that we should expect to see more of Murtagh and Galbatorix in Book 4, more “awesome” scenes with Angela, new creatures, new characters, character deaths that made Christopher shed tears, and much more. Christopher also answered the standard “how close are you on Book 4?” questions, revealing that he is very close to the end. Keep reading for part one for many exciting answers from Christopher!

Eragon and Eldest Questions

I am very curious, where did you draw the inspiration to have the silver palm?
Not a clue. It just popped into my head when I was writing the scene where Eragon first touches Saphira.

Why did you originally write Eragon?
Eragon started as a story I wanted to tell just to entertain myself. When I first set pen to paper, I never thought that it would be published.

How did you come up with the whole idea? Was it a simple idea that you expanded upon?
The idea for Eragon was very simple originally: what would happen if a young man my own age found a dragon egg while hunting in the mountains? I’ve spent eleven years trying to answer that question.

I was wondering why Sophira’s egg did not hatch for Eragon for more than a week?
Usually it didn’t take so long for a dragon egg to hatch. However, (and I believe I said this in one of the books) Saphira had been Galbatorix’s captive for so long, she was afraid that Eragon’s presence might have been just another trick. So, she waited just to make sure. Also, I think that, after a century of waiting, Saphira decided to take charge of the situation herself. She wasn’t about to leave her fate solely in the hands of this young farmboy who had found her.

In Eragon, Angela tries to prove that toads don’t exist, is it true? Are there only frogs?
Well, as I believe she said, all toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads. (This is true by the way.)

In Eragon, Murtagh called Nasuada a Princess. Did he have some feelings for her? And if so does he still?
See Book Four. 🙂

Brisingr Questions

In Brisingr, there were two theories behind why the sword Brisingr sets on fire when its name is called by Eragon; that he imbued a part of himself into the sword when he helped make it or that he uncovered the sword’s true name. But if it was the latter, wouldn’t anyone be able to set the sword on fire by calling out its true name, or are there special circumstances to consider, like maybe Eragon’s intentions of the word Brisingr when he was naming the sword?
Book Four will shed some light on this.

Will we ever find out what it was that Murtagh said? (From the bit where Eragon is invisible and he hears the two Empire soldiers talking)
You’ll have to read Book Four to find out. 🙂

Is the “God” summoned at Orik’s Coronation in Brisingr actually a god, or just an illusion created by magic?
That’s something many of the dwarves would like to know as well.

In Brisingr, you show that spells can be put on a objects to activate when certain stimuli are present (for instance the anti-scrying spell on Eragon’s necklace).  If this is the case, isn’t it at least theoretically possible that Tenga had set up a spell that would automatically start the fire when he reached out with his mind, thus avoiding the dangers of not saying the spell out loud?  How did Eragon know that this wasn’t what was happening?
That’s entirely possible . . . and maybe Tenga was just trying to impress Eragon. Either way, he just succeeded in scaring Eragon off.

Before the announcement of the title of Brisingr, you said that there were two names you and the publisher had been discussing… Any chance you could reveal the alternate choice?
I’d rather not say. The other title we were considering wasn’t as good as Brisingr. Perhaps I’ll discuss this once the series is finished.

I was wondering, in book three when Eragon makes his rounds to visit the villagers and Joed, he pays the tanner Geddrick for the hides he took. He didn’t pay his family’s debt to Horst the smith for the meat bought from Sloan at this time when he visits him. Was this omission intentional or accidental?
Heh. I actually meant to have Eragon give Horst an orb of gold. However, I was writing by hand in that section (and very fast to boot) and . . . well . . . I forgot. Eventually I remembered, but by then, the book was already published.

Argh!

So, you can either assume that Eragon *has* repaid Horst in some way (as you said, Eragon wouldn’t forget the debt), or, we can say that Roran’s time working in Horst’s forge after Garrow’s death was suitable repayment. I actually lean toward the latter explanation.

Oh well, we all make mistakes. 🙂

If possible, could you tell us what it actually was that Tenga was looking/searching for?  Was he still trying to find out if the rocks in the Beor Mountains are affected by the moon stages or whatever it was (can’t remember what it was off the top of my head), or is it something different?
Tenga was searching for something much more important than whether the rocks in the Beor Mountains are affected by the stages of the moon. However, it’s not something I want to go into at the moment. Rest assured, though, I will return to it.

The Ra’zac are amazing characters, they seem to be the perfect minions of an evil king; near the beginning of Brisingr, Eragon kills the two original Ra’zac (I believe, I’m sorry but there’s a lot to remember and it’s been a while ^^;;) I was wondering if we’ll ever see more of them.
No comment. (Glad you like the Ra’zac, though. I do too.)

In Brisingr, in the Trial of the Long Knifes, it says that tradition dictated a maximum of six cuts per arm. What happen if both contestants of the trial managed to get six cuts on both arms?
You’d start on your shins, I suppose.

In Brisingr, Eragon and Saphira have been separated from each other twice. How long were they apart from one another both times?
No longer than two weeks each time. I don’t have the exact chronology in front of me.

In Brisingr, when Eragon and Arya meet the group of spirits, when the one comes over to Eragon and enters his mind, it says it pretty much swept his defenses away like a leaf in the wind or something along those lines.  If spirits are so powerful, how are sorcerers able to control them at all?  Other than a select few, such as Oromis, Galbatorix, etc, nobody is as strong as Eragon, and even he can’t stand up to them, so how are they (sorcerers) able to?
Sorcerers take extreme precautions. Also, they only try to control a few spirits at a time. A whole host of them swept through Eragon — too many for anyone to have any hope of resisting.

In Brisingr, when Blodgharm and the eleven other elves meet Nasuada, she (Nasuada) asks about Blodgharm’s pelt, he said that shape pleased him.  Then he said something like, “Who knows, maybe in another hundred years I shall decide that the fish of the sea embody all that is good, at which time I shall grow a tail and some fins and never again be seen in Alagaesia.”  If he were to do this, and lose his vocal chords, etc, would he be able to change himself back, excluding “wordless” magic?
He would, because the ancient language still works if you sub-vocalize it, or even just think it. If nothing else, Blödhgarm could always find another elf to transform him back.

In the movie version, a dragon will die too if the Rider dies. But in Brisingr, Glaedr doesn’t die immediately after Oromis is killed. So, canonically (your books are canon, the movie is NOT), is it true that a dragon dies if their Rider is killed?
NO. A dragon does not have to die when his or her Rider dies. Brom was speaking in general terms when he said that in Book One. Most dragons do die when their Riders do, or else they go mad. But not all. OR, they choose to live on in their Eldunarí. Brom just didn’t want to say anything about the Eldunarí then. A more nuanced explanation of this was given by Oromis and Glaedr when discussing the heart of hearts with Eragon and Saphira.

I read on a couple of blogs how some readers believe that Nasuada is over-reaching in her power (as far as whipping Roran, etc). Do you think she did the “right thing?”
I think she did the hard thing. She may have overreached a bit, but, then, you don’t hold on to command of a fractious army/alliance by being nothing but sweetness and forgiveness. Keep in mind, if Roran had been in a modern army, he would probably have been court-martialed for what he did.

Book 4 Questions

Do you know approximately when the fourth book is going to be released?
I’m getting pretty close to the end of Book Four. I can’t give you an exact timetable quite yet, but I can tell you it won’t be *too* much longer. It’s pretty exciting for me. . . . After almost eleven years, I’m finally going to be able to finish this story!

The best places to look for updates as to the status of Book Four are alagaesia.com and shurtugal.com

Book Four will be published just as soon as I can finish it . . . and I’m getting pretty close to the end. For up-to-date news about the series, visit alagaesia.com and shurtugal.com.

I’m getting darn close to the end.

Also, In Brisingr on page 253, Intersecting Sagas, it describes a woman and her daughter who came to talk to Angela.  Saphira calls them “Wild Ones” and “Wolf-Eyes”. Angela calls the woman “Bladesinger.” Who are they and will we learn more about them in book 4?
You’ll have to read Book Four to find out!

So are there any secrets can you tell us from the last book?
I can’t tell you much about Book Four, other than it’s going to have a green dragon on the cover and that there are a whole lot of exciting battles throughout.

WHAT IS THE TITLE FOR BOOK IV??????
Sorry, can’t tell you the title for Book Four yet. But I have named it!

Could you please tell us loads of information about Book 4 but keep it all as cliffhangers so it drives us insane?
Beware of red-eyed rabbits.

When do you think you’ll be able to release the title of the fourth book (and any idea when it will be published)?
Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer before Random House announces the title of Book Four.

For up-to-date news about the series, go to alagaesia.com and shurtugal.com

How will Brom’s seven words to Eragon show up in the fourth book, also I think Solumbum’s riddle will come in again, right?
You’ll have to read Book Four in order to find out what happens with Brom’s seven words and Solembum’s riddle.

Will Brom’s sword come into play at all in the next book? What did it look like?
Undbitr, like Brisingr, was blue, just as Brom’s Saphira was blue. Other than that, I don’t want to say more.

Given that we have yet to see one die in the series, do elves have any special ceremonies for death. If so, what are they?
Read Book Four.

Have we finally learned all of Brom’s secrets?
Never. 🙂

Will we learn more about Angela and the two women in the 4th book?
Yup, we’ll see them again, but I can’t say more than that.

Will Solembum’s riddle come into play during Book 4?
No comment. 🙂

Will we learn anything new about what happened between Eragon’s mother and father?
Maybe.

Is it possible that there might be some wild dragons hiding somewhere?
No comment.

Is it possible that there might be more riders hidden in the world that Eragon could run into?
Only Galbatorix.

Will Murtagh be saved?
No comment. I know that many of you are very fond of Murtagh, but you’ll have to read the book to learn what happens to him.

The man Tenga, will we be seeing more of him?
No comment.

The man that lost his sight during the battle and started seeing weird things; like Murtagh’s Eldunari that he had with him, will he be used possibly to help Eragon find the Vault of Souls (which I believe just holds some Eldunari)?
No comment.

On the length of Book 4:
Book Four will be done just as fast as I can finish it. And (fingers crossed) I don’t think it’ll be quite as long as Brisingr.

Longer than Eragon. Probably longer than Eldest. I hope to high heaven not longer than Brisingr.

Will the topic of the true name of the ancient language play a part in book 4 even if it is just a passing by sentence?
Great question. Can’t answer it. I know, it’s irritating — me not answering the really interesting questions.

Can you tell us the name of the green dragon?
Nope. Haven’t named it yet. Dragons are *hard* to name.

Can you please give me a small hint as to the fate of Murtagh and Thorn, I’ve always liked them and would love to see them change their true names and join the Varden.
Hmm . . . Afraid I can’t say much of anything on this point. They are going to have a lot more screen time (so to speak) in Book Four.

What color is the stolen rider’s sword Galbatorix is using?
And I’ve been waiting eleven years to show you guys, but, again, you’ll have to wait until the next book to see.

Will you be introducing lots of new characters to the book, or just the old ones?
Lots of old ones, some new ones.

Will there be any new races or animals in book 4 or is it a surprise?
There’ll be some new creatures, but it’s a surprise.

I heard somewhere that you were going to do a couple of chapters of Murtagh’s POV! Is that true?
No comment about Murtagh’s POV. I actually had some chapters like that in the original version of Eragon.

Will we see more of Galbatorix in Book 4?
I don’t want to say too much, but, yes, Galbatorix is going to have a *much* bigger presence in Book Four.

After you finish with the manuscript, about how long does the publishing normally take for that size book?
It doesn’t matter about the size of the manuscript; publishing houses have a schedule that they like to adhere to with every book, regardless of size. Usually about six months to a year, but it can be faster in special circumstances.

PLEASE elaborate on the whole Eragon hanging bloodied from manacles thing!! That is, if you can, of course. I’m going insane thinking about this.
Nope. Can’t. But please don’t go insane.

You hinted that there will be another death in the fourth book (I’m assuming other than King Galbatorix). Did you shed any tears? 😉
More than one. And yes, a few tears.

Does the piece of green dragon egg shell that Eragon found at the Stone of Broken Eggs in book 2 have anything to do with the green dragon that will be on the cover of book 4?
Nope. It was just a coincidence.

Movie Questions

How did you feel about the movie version of your book? Did you feel it did Eragon or did it fall short?
The movie reflected the film-makers’ vision of the story, even as the books reflect mine. Few books are ever adapted into movies, so I’m pleased that Eragon was one of them. Also, the movie introduced many new readers to the series, which is great! Ultimately, an adaptation is always going to be different than the source material. That’s just the nature of the process, and you have to make peace with that when signing on the dotted line.

When if ever will we see an Eragon movie reboot?
I hope Eragon gets remade at some point, but I’m not exactly sure what’s happening on the movie front at the moment.

  • Pcostarica09

    OMG, I can’t wait till the 4th book comes out, I’m so excited and this interview didn’t help at all, in fact it made me even more anxious. My only comment is about the movie. People are just WAY too critical about book-based movies. The book will ALWAYS be better than the movie because you can write anything but there are visual and temporal limitations. if you would all remember the same thing happened with Harry Potter, they had to leave out a lot of stuff because the boks were simply way too detailed and long do fit it all in. Eragon the movie was a very good movie and apart from the ending I think it did a fairly good job of telling the story

  • houdini

    Brom’s sword=Sword that Galby is using. Just saying

  • Mimz128

    Well since the title is decided and the book is going to be released ‘soon’, it’s possible that they’ll give the title and release date together

  • cole risley

    if eragon finds the vault of souls will glaedr tell him or does tegna or someone else you mentioned him once he has to mean something. i think tegnas question might be if he can kill galabatorix by by taking away his heart of hearts because he could know about them. or maybe glaedr might know a hint about the vault of souls. what a tricky werecat solubum

  • cole risley

    if eragon finds the vault of souls will glaedr tell him or does tegna or someone else you mentioned him once he has to mean something. i think tegnas question might be if he can kill galabatorix by by taking away his heart of hearts because he could know about them. or maybe glaedr might know a hint about the vault of souls. what a tricky werecat solubum

  • cole risley

    if eragon finds the vault of souls will glaedr tell him or does tegna or someone else you mentioned him once he has to mean something. i think tegnas question might be if he can kill galabatorix by by taking away his heart of hearts because he could know about them. or maybe glaedr might know a hint about the vault of souls. what a tricky werecat solubum

  • H.A.

    How much books from this serie had been sold worldwide?
    I would realy like to know…

  • Fed up already.

    Ugh I love this series, but I’ve gotten so frustrated with it. It has taken CP so long to finish the last book that I try to forget about the whole series for a while before rechecking this site for a release date. Every 6 MONTHS or so, I’ll come on here and it says the same thing… Book 4 doesn’t have a title, cover art, or release date. Nothing that would indicate it is on the way. And still, all CP says is that it will come out “soon”. What a lie. I would have rather he told us to move on to another series for a decade so he could finish his own writing. So when he says that book 4 is coming out soon, I say yeah right, whatever CP. I’ll believe that when I see it. And I really hope this series has only 4 books because I think I will donate my Inheritance books if he says he’s writing Book 5 since it wouldn’t be released until I’m old enough to retire. CP reminds me of Auel in how long it takes him to write a book.

  • Margaret

    Wait, when was Eragon hanging bloodied from manacles?

  • Siera Sushi

    Re-guarding the movie…
    I think Arya was the worst, She had the right ‘look’, with high check bones and whatever, but could the film-makers not even dye her hair black and pop on some pointy ears?
    Eragon shouldn’t have been blond with curly hair… and he was kinda chubby, hehe.
    Brom was perfect!! He had the right attitude, look, voice, everything. Well done.
    Murtagh was good too, I liked his longish black hair, it really made me feel with his character in the book; that wild, free feeling.
    Durza was brilliant! Almost exactly how i pictured him.
    Raz’acs… Oh no… I believe the book said ‘With beetle-like skin,’ not ‘beetles crawling all over the skin.’ And why do they look like Mummies?
    Who else… Roran, Garrow, and Galbatorix were Okay.
    Saphira! I just loved Saphira! I liked her voice, attitude, and her look. Exactly how I pictured her, which i am thankful for.
    Lether-blaka (Sorry i probably spelled that wrong…) I did Not picture them as a flying piece of smoke… But they did add some frightful battle scenes with the movie.
    Overall i think it sucked. lol. 😉 It would be great if you haven’t read the books yet, But if you had read the books, and then watch it,(like me)You would probably have been crying during the movie from sheer disappointment.
    -Solenklier <3

  • Gadget

    Eragon, they way the film was made the first time round leaves alot to be answered or made up. So they can not continue from the previous film, How could Roran travel to surda via Jeod if Eragon never met Jeod and he thinks brom is dead? I hope they remake it with the whole series in mind. It has to be able to flow from one to another.

  • Anon

    So in Book 4 we witness elvish funerary customs, deaths that were “tearful” for CP, and the death of a main character… oh man… I’m afraid (very afraid) that Rider or not, Arya is going to die. I hope that that doesn’t happen, but IF it does, NOTHING will stop Eragon. Saphira said that if he succumbed to bloodlust even Galbatorix would fear him…

  • Cotton

    I wouldn’t mind if book 4 is longer than Brisingr as long as the darn thing gets published. I’m getting tired of reading the first three over and over, not really. Never had a book, series, etc hold my attention like this set has; ready for more though.

  • Ssbgwwjd

    Okay, I’m blank on Tenga. Can someone give me chapter or page number so that I can reread that portion?

  • BDzierwa

    maybe ill just make the movie myself 😉

  • aidan

    galbatorix is using broms sword.

    • Jshields1493

      with galbys sword, the elves werent always hidden reunon could have been outside ellesmera when she created galbys sword

  • person12345

    They really messed up the Eragon movie, and I hope it gets re-made. It had so much more potential! The movie had great actors, but not great lines…

  • Willgall_19

    oh and the red eyed rabbits comment he made hes either joking or hes actually making something out of angela saying how else would i get a sweater with such and such spell protecting me against mad rabbits and then goes on to say that a lot of great magicians have died from being bittin by a mad rabbit… im kinda thinking hes joking because i dont think mad rabbits have any place in a series like this and i dont know how he could go about killing a character with something that sounds so alice in wonderland

  • Willgall_19

    Before the announcement of the title of Brisingr, you said that there were two names you and the publisher had been discussing… Any chance you could reveal the alternate choice?
    I’d rather not say. The other title we were considering wasn’t as good as Brisingr. Perhaps I’ll discuss this once the series is finished.

    This was one of the top questions and answers… and i could be wrong but i dont know why he didnt just say it because im almost positive its on the copyright page of my hardback edition its says: Brisingr, or, The Seven Promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular… sooo am i wrong or is it just one of those things he doesnt even know the publisher did?

  • Glaedr

    I need a release date!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “Darn close”, just doesn’t cut it!

  • Jshields1493

    with galbys sword, remember that elves werent always hidden reunon could have been outside ellesmera when she created galbys sword

  • nayanika

    What is he crossing his fingers about??? I hope that that the book will be longer than 3000 pages.

  • Apollod790

    Galby is using broms sword

  • Molly1357

    I really hated the movie the first time I saw it, since so many things were different from the book…but after re-watching it about four times, it’s one of my favorite movies. I love Murtagh 😀 I really hope they make more movies.
    Just sharing, I guess 😀

    • Pcostarica09

      Thank you! I completely agree! I was the same way with the Harry Potter movies because I didn’t like how they changed things, but the movie is always different than what you perceive when you are the reader and the book will always be better than the movie.

  • Dan

    CP inspired me to write a book- its awsome!!!!

    • Laxplayer

      haha same here, i want it to be kinda like eragon, but different if you know what i mean

  • Yes the movie was bad but the funny thing for me is when i saw the trailer for this movie i read Eragon for the 1st time so the movie brought me into the series

    • Laxplayer

      same here

  • MOJOITO :)

    Hey- Jeff Niu…. “Don’t be hatin” …. everyone has their insperations. Just because you’rs
    have not panned out like Eargon has done for Christopher. With 3 HUGE books and working on 4 going to 5, and a movie to boot . Gorge Lucas had his insperations whether you were alive to know them or not.

  • Jshanik

    CP Said ” Can you tell us the name of the green dragon?
    Nope. Haven’t named it yet. Dragons are *hard* to name.”

    If he is almost done with the book and hasnt named the green dragon yet, that means the new dragon and rider dont play a part in the end of the story

    • Laxplayer

      well he can be using a place holder

    • Donatello

      Or the dragon’s name is ‘Hard’ in the ancient language. Literally, the word ‘hard’, like Glaedr’s meant something… Saphira is basically Sapphire. Anyone?

  • Jeff Niu

    YOU SUCK CHRISOTPHER GO F*CK YOUR SELF YOUR A TERRIBLE AUTHOR AND ARE JUST REWRITING OTHER CLASSICS. ANYONE WHO HAS EVER SEEN STARWARS OR READ ANY LITERATURE CAN TELL THAT NONE OF YOUR IDEAS ARE ORIGINAL. YOU ARE G*Y

    • EternalShade

      Im sorry, this is not the place for that discussion. If you would like to discuss that please go here– http://www.shut-the-****-up,com/

    • iLoveSaphira

      this is a place where you write nice comments, not stupid ones
      go fuck yourself b4 you fuck him
      THE BOOKS AWESOME!!!!! WOOT!!!!

    • Rootrot

      Yes, I’m sure you would be willing to say this directly to his face, wouldn’t you? If you’re not able to do that, then don’t write inscrutable, meaningless messages. Thank you.

      He’s also mentioned that he was influenced by these other authors, so we fans don’t see the harm in that?

      Authors and creators of THOSE classics have been influenced by other classics and originals too. I suppose you didn’t realize that, did you?

  • aaa

    the rider of the green egg is orik, arya dies, eragon defeats galby(defeats not kill) then they find wild dragons, and leave the land, like Angela’s future telling for eragon? agree?

  • aaa

    how do we ask him questions?

  • Supateka

    the movie eragon butched the great story!!!
    CP needs to hurry up 11 year series! hurry up kiddo !!!

    Book 4 looks amazing and it kept us all in suspense CP hurry up!!!!! lol I dont want to wait another year!

  • OneGreatGuy7

    A good scene to sum up my disgust for the movie Eragon is the part where Saphira flies into the sky a hatchling, gets struck by lightning, and flies out a fully grown dragon. I guess i missed that detail in the books.

    • Pcostarica09

      I agree but the book is so jam-packed with information and storyline that the scenes where she is growing up would only take up time and their only purpose would be to further enhance the growing relationship between Eragon and Saphira, and that is very clearly shown in the rest of the movie.

  • Laxatck

    i think that Galbatorix’s sword is brom’s

    • Jahooty **

      what about vraels?

    • Jahooty **

      what about vraels?

  • Amethyst Rose

    I too hope the movie is redone… and if it is, I hope it’ll be computer animated or something along the animation lines… ‘Be real cool if it was done in Japanese Anime style!

  • Post

    If they do remake Eragon and continue on with the rest of the series I would like to see it done in the style of James Cameron’s Avatar. It was all that fancy cg and whatnot, but I think then with all the elves, dwarves, dragons, werecats, etc. with differing heights and appearances it would work out great. It would be better than seeing all the live action with the cg put in.

    • Willgall_19

      haha who wouldnt that movie was absolutely amazing… i mean its the highest grossing film in history and thats by a landslide its made over a billion and counting… maybe james will pick up the series and decide he likes it and try to buy the rights to it… i probably wouldnt leave the theater for a couple days

  • Mikemangum10

    yea i was dissapointed in the movie. it was NOTHING like the book. the book was way better! i hope they make a remake of it. they can do alot better job than that im sure.

  • ZachyD

    You guys keep forgetting this isn’t a Shurtugal q&a, this was on Random Buzzers. C.P. was on there for five days answering questions. Mike posted that it was going to happen a week before, it’s too late to ask questions now. We’ll have to wait until the next Shurtugal q&a, though most question have already been answered for now dont you think?

  • Please hurry up with the other two parts, I really enjoy your interviews with Christopher Paolini! Nice to get some information cleared up about the series. When will the next Q&A be? I really have some bothering questions that I want answered, even if the answer is *No Comment*.

  • Xenolith

    hey so is the Almanac worth buying? im interested in getting it jst wanna hear from ppl who bought it and have read it thanx

    • Hess

      Well to ask this question in the forum of the AUTHOR is a bit of a biased drop….but honestly…..

      yeah its pretty good. Very succint. Basically an A to Z of everything ‘important’ as a refresher so that we can go into the fourth book not having forgotten some potentially important details from the first three. I spent 12 bucks on it and don’t regret it.

      • To be fair, even the unimportant stuff is included. 😛 I didn’t leave any person, place, or thing out (intentionally, at least).

        • unkown

          The only problem I have with the book is that somewhere it was said that surda was formed by orrin but truthfully in brisingr it said somewhere that orrins father was against galbatorix in secret and also oririn is only a few years older than nassuada and can’t possibly have seperated surda from the empire a hundred years earlier

  • brom is a baller

    how can i submit queestions to be asked?

  • Thorn:P

    if the movie is redone I’m expecting Lord of the Rings quality or better don’t disappoint me Hollywood 😛 also I’m thinking the vault of souls is where the wild dragons kept their Eldunarí also could Galbatorix be using brom’s sword?!?!?!?

  • unkown

    I really liked this q&a but I was told part 2 was coming out yesterday and part 3 out today?? Does that mean we get both of em today or r we just going to have to keep checking the internet every hourfor the next week?… that’s how good these q&a’s are

    • If you were told, you were told wrong. I was considering releasing them Friday, Saturday, Sunday but decided they’d be better spread out every other day. Part two will be today, part three will be Tuesday, and part four (summary) will be Wednesday or Thursday.

      • Anonymous

        Really? Today?!

        Oooh Can you say what time? PLZZZZZZZ

        Thx man!

      • Siridh1056

        Why hasn’t part two been released?

        • Siridh1056

          i take that back

  • Bibliophile

    I love how he answers none of the book 4 questions!! You’d think that he won’t answer them because of spoiler alerts but I and apparently most of the questioners just can’t stop from asking them. I was annoyed about waiting for another book when he spilt book 3 into two books but reflecting back Brinsingr is amazing and my favorite overall. I wonder what happens to Sloan?? Ugh book 4 PLEASE come out asap I’m praying for either a summer 2011 or fall 2011 release. All I know is that I’m going to the midnight release party and staying up all night to read it. Thank you Christopher Paolini for this amazing, addicting, and insanity inducing series. To everybody writing a story: “Keep writing!!” And release each book immediately after I read the last one hahahah jkjk!!

    • Mr. Anonymous

      Brisingr is actually my favorite after Eragon as well.

    • Willgall_19

      i dunno im kinda secretly hoping there will be 10 books i know that will never happen but im dreading reading the last sentense of the last book and knowing its done

  • Bibliophile

    I love how he answers none of the book 4 questions!! You’d think that he won’t answer them because of spoiler alerts but I and apparently most of the questioners just can’t stop from asking them. I was annoyed about waiting for another book when he spilt book 3 into two books but reflecting back Brinsingr is amazing and my favorite overall. I wonder what happens to Sloan?? Ugh book 4 PLEASE come out asap I’m praying for either a summer 2011 or fall 2011 release. All I know is that I’m going to the midnight release party and staying up all night to read it. Thank you Christopher Paolini for this amazing, addicting, and insanity inducing series. To everybody writing a story: “Keep writing!!” And release each book immediately after I read the last one hahahah jkjk!!

  • Anonymous

    thats settles it; the rider’s sword that galby stole and is using is broms blue one, if its not i’ll eat my hat!

    • Mward004

      Salt and Pepper?

  • sirsimon

    I for one am looking forward to the fight between Galbatorix and Eragon

    • brom is a baller

      really? the thought hadnt even crossed my mind

    • aaa

      haha yea i didnt tink of it, who do you tink the new rider will be, roran, orik, arya???!!!

      • Jeff

        I think that the new rider will be aria because the dragon is the color of your magic and aria’s magic is green

      • Jeff

        I think that the new rider will be aria because the dragon is the color of your magic and aria’s magic is green

      • Gadget1986

        I think roran will be the new dragon rider

  • Eragon-Maniac

    I personally think that Arya is going to die for some reason and I must regret it but if you look up on the Q&A for book four about the elves “Given that we have yet to see one die in the series, do elves have any special ceremonies for death. If so, what are they?”
    Paolini Replies “Read Book Four”

    • jumpergirl93

      Maybe. I think that Islanzadi is more likely to die, though. We’ve seen a heck of a lot of rulers or authority figures die and pass that title to the next generation. Ajihad died and passed the throne down to Nasuada, Hrothgar died and passed the throne down to Orik, and Oromis died and passed his position (i.e. teaching the next rider/being leader of the riders) down to Eragon. If Islanzadi died and Arya became queen it would fit very nicely with the whole inheritance theme we have going here.

      • jumpergirl93

        And Morzan died, passing his position down to Murtagh. Sorry, forgot about that one.

        • Eragon-Maniac

          How ever true that might be, if Arya is the next Rider the chances of her being killed are more likely than islanzadi since their in the front rows and not the back. Plus the Queen wouldn’t have any reason to die unless Murtagh came to kill her but that would be insane since that would leave Eragon wide open on Galbatorix or some other thing…

          • Eragon-Maniac

            Or actually I just thought that I could be wrong since they have not done anything with Oromis yet, so there is a big possibility that a special ceremony for not only the dragon rider but the Elf as well will have some sort of ancient Buriel

    • Hess

      I guarantee there is going to be a procession for Oromis. Not only was he revered to an extent that we cannot comprehend by the elves, but as the Varden saw Eragon’s power increase exponentially in between the times when he was going back and forth between Du Weldenvarden and the Varden camp (except the time he went in secret after visiting the dwarves), I would imagine that the truth is going to get out to lay-folk as well, as there won’t be a reason for the secret to be continued in its keeping. Ergo, all races will begin to awe at the legend of Oromis, as the harbinger of their bastion of hope – Eragon.

      You never can tell who is going to die and who isn’t – I didn’t see Dumbledore’s death coming in the HP series (although I should have, I suppose). Still, I don’t think Arya is going to die.

    • Willgall_19

      in what way does that hint at all towards arya?

    • Jeff

      I think it will be islanzadi because all of the other rulers have been killed and replaced in the series except for her and galbatorix

  • Mr. Anonymous

    This is really great. I’m glad always to have new posts on the site just to see that it’s still alive! The Q&A’s give a lot to look forward to. The “No Comment” questions actually tell more than they say. I’m really excited to see how he puts it all together– there’s a lot and said it won’t be that long– considering he’s tying up all loose ends plus more! Can you believe he has actually anticipated all the unanswered questions. Great!

    • We’ve actually been posting more frequently than ever. We’ve also been receiving more traffic than we’ve received since the Eragon movie. Shur’tugal is very alive. 😉

  • SC_6poppin

    I’ll bet the sword Galbatorix is using is Brom’s!

    • Mr. Anonymous

      This was said bout 5000000000 times down on the older ones. It got kind of annoying after a while… no offense.

  • Roy

    Why did they make the movie so terrible? I liked the movie because i didn’t know about the books but i read the fist book this summer and now i Hate that movie :P. It was only good because i know the story about Eragon and started to read it. i hope that they wil Remake the movie and that they also make a movie of the other books. But How manny pages does book 4 have? ps the books of you are the best i’ve ever read. I read them in Dutch 😛

  • Matt Napton

    when will there be part 2,3,4?

    just a thought, the green dragon. might it be a wild dragon. we dont know for certain the last dragon egg is green, or even that galbatorix has the last dragon egg?
    he did say no comment on the wild dragon question

    no surprise there as usaul “no comment”

  • Anonymous

    AAHHHHHh!

    This is torture for me!
    I want book numero 4!

    I wana i wana i wana i wana i wana NOW!

    This is goint to be day one purchase for me!!!

  • Gest1234

    Finaly they came out with a new Q&A. When is the second part comming out.

  • argon

    Where is part 2 already?!

  • alexis

    I hope the movie is redone. The last one was horrible, anything would be better. The only thing they did right was the guy who played murtagh was a good choice. But that is it.

    • Anonymous

      also Brom was perfect.

      • And I’d say Arya was perfect. I liked her, and she already appears automatically in my mind when I think of Arya. It wasn’t Sienna, Edward, and all the other actors’ fault. They only had the job of acting. The people just didn’t give them good parts/lines. It was a waste of their talent.

        • Emera

          Arya was anything but perfect. She was human, he was wearing LEATHER and over all just sucked.

        • tdouglas

          I was so disappointed with Arya. I think the actress’s acting was wonderful, andher face and build looked the part, but that’s about it. Red wavy hair and white costumes were ridiculous, SUCH a disappointment. I read somewhere that it’s because the filmmakers didn’t want her to seem too similar to Arwen in LOTR, but seriously, Paolini’s Arya has nothing in common with Arwen – aside being an elf princess with black hair – and it is a shame the filmmakers couldn’t see that.

          • Shurty

            i wondered if thats why they made arya look strawberry blond instead of raven! but like u said, arwen and arya are so different… plus. arwen has blue eyes when arya has green, and arwen is all flowing dresses, when arya is usually in some black outfit. wearing pants if i remember right. and different attitudes. arwen is clinging to whats his name… aragon, and arya is so duty focused to admit any feeling towards eragon.

        • Murderface_22

          i disagree arya is supposed to have raven hair thats black and she is supposed to be hot and while the actress they got was good looking she wasnt the beautiful raven haired elf described in the book and no pointed ears…………..wtf

          • aaa

            haha so true

          • Vlatkovichka

            i personaly think eragon looked worse than arya… i mean, he is suppose to be a boy, yes, but he looks like a fat teenage american…wtf?

          • Murderface_22

            so true the choice for eragon was horrible i mean a dude with curly blonde hair wtf thats just not how i imagined him and think in eldest joed or maybe it was roran they describe him as having dark hair i may be mistakin though

        • Maybe…. She really didn’t match the description though. That everyone agrees on.

    • jumpergirl93

      I liked galbatorix too. and i agree. brom was beyond perfect.

    • jumpergirl93

      I liked galbatorix too. and i agree. brom was beyond perfect.

    • yeah, there wasn’t even very good action fight scene with urgals and varden. they should do eldest but spend some money so it is actually good.

  • Brisingrwielder

    Hey, if Galby has Brom’s sword, then it is possible that the sword is his weakness, right? What if a sword made for a rider is more powerful than a sword stolen from someone?

  • Brisingrwielder

    I think that Broms sword(Undbitr) is the sword being used by Galbatorix (I love the way the names mentioned feel in my tongue, if you get my meaning)

  • Sahiti65

    Why is the book taking so long? i htought that it will be done by January 2011 so i could have it for my birthday. :((

  • Anonymous

    This might’ve already been discussed but …

    Can you tell us the name of the green dragon?
    Nope. Haven’t named it yet. Dragons are *hard* to name.

    ^ that bothers me because we go through the whole book and Greeni hasn’t hatched yet … i mean i didn’t expect it to until the Varden had reached Uru’baen but still ….

    • I’ve commented on this nearly a billion times now (maybe a slight exaggeration, but still):

      “Christopher could wait until the last day of editing to decide on a name for the dragon if he really wanted to. I’m sure he’s currently using a placeholder name as he writes the book, so once he’s decided on the dragon’s name, all he has to do is go back and change the placeholder name to the new name. Very simple.”

  • Anonymous

    I was late in reading eragon. Only last year. I ‘m reading Brisingr now. Eragon becoming a shade is disgusting..i dont want him to be one. i’m in love with murtagh! this is an intriguing book. Remake of eragon…i was thinking about it yesterday. i would love to be involved in making it too when i grow up. thanks CP and MIKE for this book and interview!

  • The Eldest Eragon Fan

    When will the eighth shurtugal Q&A with Chris Paolini come out? They are always the most informative. I have been wondering for a while down if it is possible for a dragon to hatch as a twin, and some other good questions posted on that article a few months back.

    • EDITING !

      * for a while now …

  • Cobyjj

    hey random theory… does any one think that maybe there might be some dragons living in the beor mountains? like literally in them and by using one of their random outbursts of strength gaurded anyone from seein there presence? it probably isnt true but the beors seem like a perfect place for dragons just because of their size

    • Jumpergirl93

      Hm… maybe. Personally I’m not a huge fan of Eragon finding a bunch of dragons to help him out because then it’s just a power struggle and he won’t have to use his head like he’s been learning to for the entire series. Brom told him (I believe, I don’t have my copy with me at the moment) that to defeat Galbatorix he would need to outsmart him, not overpower him. However, you do have a point that the Beors would be a perfect place for dragons to hide. I think Saphira says something along the lines of, “They would be a perfect hiding place,” in Eragon.

      • Cobyjj

        maybe not a whole score of them .. probably just 3-4

  • VelvetxXxKing

    I don’t think galby has his own sword, i mean he would have to go to rhunon and show her is fighting style so she could forge it, and galby does not know the location of ellesmera so i doubt he ever went there, also, he was pretty young and never a true rider so i can’t see him getting a sword forged for him considering he could still grow and the sword would not fit him.

  • Slyextreme

    what about oromis sword with all that power stored in it , will it come into play?

  • Waleed Sajjad Khan

    Well that was interesting.

  • Mulvaneyj1221

    dude it would be so crazy if the stolen sword galbatorix has is undbitr…

  • Zeldafreak27

    OMX!!! i cannot wait for book four to come out!!!

    and dont worry Christopher Paolini, when i become rich, funding a remake of the Eragon movie is on the top of my list of things to do 🙂

    • Zach_bousquet

      you better put denzel washington in your movie

  • Fersuree

    I bet the book will be called Undbitr…think about it.

    • Alexpetev

      Ok I’m about sick of hearing titles as swords’s names. He did it once with brisingr but I doubt we will see titles as naegling, undbithr nor that green sword

      • Fersuree

        True, but if the title “Eragon” is compared to “Eldest”, it relates them as the younger and the older. This could mean that Eldest may actually represent Brom. In that relation, Undbitr is the sword of his father, and with all the theories popping up about the importance of this weapon, [galbatorix using it, the role it will play later, Eragon’s inheritance, etc.], wouldn’t it make sense to think Eragon-Eldest relates to Brisngr-Undbitr? Also, we don’t even know what the term “Undbitr” means; just as Brisingr means fire, this other sword name could be of some importance, which would make it that much more likely as a book title. Just an interesting theory though…

        • Kandivya

          Eldest was probably referring to how Murtagh is Eragon’s Eldest brother :/

    • aaa

      why does everyone asking this questions!! no one knows for sure and discussing wont do anything! LET HIM NAME IT!!

  • Domanick james brian

    i believe the riders color of magic relates to the color of their dragon so wath for someone with green magic…..other than arya that is

    • phoenix323294

      doesn’t anyone think it’s possible for Arya to be the next Rider??

  • Sinisterd616

    Sorry..I didn’t read down before I posted, Undbitr has already been brought up ha ha.

  • Sinisterd616

    I think Galbatorix’s sword is Undbitr..right when i read CP’s answer I immediately thought of Brom’s sword Undbitr. Does it make sence?

  • Mr. Legit

    Im willing to bet without a doubt Galbatorix is using Broms sword, Tenga and Gallabatorix seek the name of the ancient languages true name, Angela is in some relation with Eragons mother, and the kuthian will possible be a way to open the Vault of souls and it will be filled with eldunari. Also Whenever Eragon leaves Alagaseia Im willing to bet he either wont be the only rider leaving or wont be the only rider where he’s going.

  • twilighthoneybabe123

    Same here! I just thought they didn’t give the book any justice, especially how Arya seemed flittery with her emotions, in the book she never lets on to liking Eragon as more than a friend. Hope they finally get together in the fourth book! : )

  • XxxX

    BREAKING NEWS
    BREAKING NEWS
    Breaking NEWS
    the last Ra’zac said Galbatorix is searching for the name
    probably the ancient languages name
    We assume Tenga is also searching for the ancient language’s true name
    SOOOOOO
    what if Tenga and Galbatorix are the same person!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rozzzor

    “Could you please tell us loads of information about Book 4 but keep it all as cliffhangers so it drives us insane?
    Beware of red-eyed rabbits.”

    Gaaah! Beware of the shade-bunny xD Sounds actually pretty nasty ;/

  • sirsimon

    If Paolini has yet to choose a name for the green dragon, then this means that the name of the green dragon won’t be the title for the fourth book, since he has said he chose it before Brisingr,

    so if u guys think the green dragons name will be the title, thats gone

    • Hess

      No, what Paolini said was that he couldn’t tell us the name of the Book (even though he had decided it) and that he hadn’t decided on the green dragon’s name yet because naming dragons is hard.

      This is not necessarily to infer that the name of the green dragon won’t be the title of the book – these types of interwoven semantics are often skewed during pre-release to keep people away from facts that authors don’t want the public to have access to as a spoiler-preventer.

      I still don’t think that the 4th book will be named after the dragon though. Again, I could be wrong.

  • Fang1985

    The colour of the sword is obvious: Blue, ’tis obviously Brom’s. What else would a mad king do than use the sword of his most hated enemy as his own? More importantly, why else would Christoph be excited about the sword in his answer?
    Also strong suspicions about Tenga, possibly Galbatorix no? Searching for the Answer to the question that would give him power over all things no?

    • phoenix323294

      I definitely don’t think Tenga is Galbatorix, but I’ve been debating for a while whether or not Tenga is searching for the true name of the ancient language, what do you think?

    • Jumpergirl93

      I’ve always wondered if Tenga is searching for a way to take energy from light or fire. That would be awesome…

  • I was wondering…Could Brom’s last words to Eragon be Galby’s name or Eragon’s name? Or could it be the location of the Rock of Kuthian? cuz didnt Brom say to use it in his greatest time of need?

    • Sinisterd616

      It can’t be Gably’s true name because of the ward that he placed. Anyone who says his true name is instantly killed. If it was Eragon’s true name he would have probably felt uneasy or something like Sloan did when Eragon said his true name. As for the location of the Rock of Kuthian..I suppose that’s possible.

      • jumpergirl93

        Well I forget if they are killed instantly, but keep in mind that Brom did die right after he said the seven words…

    • Douglastl1

      I doubt Brom said anything about the Rock of Kuthian. He didn’t know anything about Solembum’s prophecy, so it seems to me that it would be just a really convenient coincidence that Brom mentioned it, and Paolini definitely doesn’t do convenient or warp the story to fit his ends, if that makes any sense.

    • aaa

      do you think the part of Angela’s future telling wehen eragon will leave the land forever, because i think it would ruin it if it did

  • Jahooty **

    Why isn’t the random buzzers q&a listed with the rest of the q&a’s under interviews?

    • It hasn’t even been up for a day! Gotta give us time. 😛

      • Jahooty **

        alright just wonderin 🙂 at least its up

  • abstract

    Is anyone else thinking that Galbatorix is using Brom’s sword, Undbitr?

    • Izmyrna

      Yes

    • NIODTE

      Most definitely.

    • phoenix323294

      a good possibility

    • Alex

      not really…sorry 🙁 I think he has his own sword made by the elves when he was good

      • Crystal

        I don’t think so… didn’t they say the Galby had heard about Ellesmera and Farth Dur, but had never been there? Also, I don’t think Ruhon (not how you spell her name, I know.) has ever left Ellesmera, and no one else forged the Riders’ swords. I don’t think Ruhon would send him a sword, either.

    • akuma

      nope..i dont think so…cuz galbaltorix was never taken to the elves place…so there is no chance of him getting a rider’s swrd…:P..but hey…who knows 😛

    • isaac

      yep

    • Brisingrwielder

      I commented the same thing before reading your comment!Sorry

    • brom is a baller

      possibly but how could he have lost his own sword because he most likely had one made for him

    • Aniquilador de Espectros

      Yes, i think that too! Or he is usin Vrael’s Sword!

    • Aniquilador de Espectros

      Yes, i think that too! Or he is usin Vrael’s Sword!

      • Arevalo Daniel607

        Vraels Sword and possibly he is using Vraels Dragons Eludunari as his “crowning jewel

  • We’ve said this a few times now but it’s worth repeating: the Q&As that Shur’tugal offers are no longer considered monthly. Due to the time involved and the amount of effort required on behalf of a number of very busy people, the Q&As are now “when they can happen”. Obviously I am to make them happen as often as possible, but they’re very difficult to put together and may not always happen monthly.

    With that said, there’s a lot of great information in this Q&A (13,000 words worth) and hopefully it will tide people over until our Q&A with Christopher. I’m still working with Random House to coordinate the “special” version we’re doing and can’t reveal more until that’s worked out.

  • Midnightwriter131

    Ok, I have finally discovered a new theory via this interview…I believe that Galbatorix has Brom’s sword Undbitr! Haha it’s a long stretch, but doesn’t it make sense?

    • I though that too but i guess he was this sword way before Brom gets one

      • Midnightwriter131

        Yeah, mehbeh 😛

  • HB

    absolutely brilliant!

  • YouKnowMe

    Mike, are you considering this a monthly interview, or can we expect Shurtugal’s own seperate November Q&A?

    • We’ve said this a few times now but it’s worth repeating: the Q&As that Shur’tugal offers are no longer considered monthly. Due to the time involved and the amount of effort required on behalf of a number of very busy people, the Q&As are now “when they can happen”. Obviously I am to make them happen as often as possible, but they’re very difficult to put together and may not always happen monthly.

      With that said, there’s a lot of great information in this Q&A (13,000 words worth) and hopefully it will tide people over until our Q&A with Christopher. I’m still working with Random House to coordinate the “special” version we’re doing and can’t reveal more until that’s worked out.

      • Waleed Sajjad Khan

        What do you mean by *special version*? Of what?

        • Mr. Anonymous

          That’s what I want to know!!

        • YouKnowMe

          He said he can’t reveal the details until they’re all worked out. Re-read the post.

      • YouKnowMe

        Well understand, unless it’s a Q&A post I just completely overlook most other posts.. I’ve said it before but I don’t care about anything on this site other than Q&As.

        Don’t lose site of your bread and butter Mike.

        • YouKnowMe

          sight*

        • You’re in the minority. I have access to all of our very detailed statistics, you do not. While Q&As perform well, so does our other content. I would not waste my time on it if it didn’t.

  • Yoitsme326

    Okay, So am I the only one who thinks that Galbatorix and Tenga are searching for the true name of the Ancient Language?!! I mean the Ra’zac basically told Eragon that he was and Eragon just stands there confused. He shouldn’t have to spell it out.

    • MidnightFox

      I agree completely! I thought it was the name of the ancient language too when i read it the first time!

    • phoenix323294

      I definitely think that Tenga is searching for the true name of the Ancient Language! But I also got the impression from the Ra’zac that Galbatorix might be searching for Eragon’s true name…i think Murtagh might hint something about it somewhere, but I’m not entirely sure… but they could have meant he was looking for true name of the Ancient Language.

      • Willgall_19

        the true name of the ancient language is luduen kvedhi or however you spell it and knowing the true name wouldnt do you any good because the race that linked magic to that language was wiped out because of the energy required to do so… so even if you could manipulate the ancient language you couldnt possibly have the resources to do it no matter how powerfull you were… think about it an entire race… which i personally believe are what the spirits are in the story

    • Willgall_19

      no i think he is looking for the true name for energy or life force because if he could manipulate that he would be truly untouchable and probably unkillable because he could just link all of the energy in alegisia to himself and he would have complete control over any and every living creature there was…. at least if i was a magician that was power hungry i would be doin that

  • AryaFTW

    When will part 2 be out?

  • Eurejosh

    Random ?? Why does everybody think Murtagh can go GOOD.Well he has already killed my 2 favorite characters. He could change his “true name”. But he kinda killed the Dwarf KING and by the way he killed Oromis(in a way). Yeah their is no way he can join the Varden. He’ll prolly just leave with Eragon at the end of The 4th book. I hope Arya does’nt die, if she does and he does’nt then wow……….

    • Willgall_19

      murtagh didnt kill oromis ereagon told arya and nasuada that galbatorix killed oromis through murtaghs body… at least thats how i understood it… but i do agree murtagh was lost the moment they took him from farthen dur… even if he did get free of galby i dont see the dwarves forgiving him and im starting to think that galby has a more powerfull hold on him than just his true name… i think murtagh character is a way to to get riders to think about how alike eragon and murtagh are but by a twist of fate their lives and how theyre perceived are almost exact opposites… christopher is really smart and hes a thinker he likes to play out the what ifs, he even stated that its how he started writing this whole story he thought what if a guy liked me found a dragons egg… and he likes his readers to have to do it too

  • Katerina (Katherine)

    Book 4 is gonna be AWESOME by the look of things 🙂

  • Skyraven1

    Ahhhh!
    I was better off not reading this, now I’ve got only more questions, and barely any answers I hadn’t already guessed!

    • phoenix323294

      I wish I could like this, like, 50 times!

      I always come away from reading these with even more questions than I had to begin with and I rarely get an answer….yet I can never resist reading them!!

  • ZachyD

    Just curious…Because the Random Buzzer Q&A is going up in 3(4) parts, does this mean there is going to be a longer hold out on YOUR Q&A, the one that has a special twist? When will we find out more about that anyways? I know you said soon, but is it still soon, or Very soon, or really really soon now?

    • ZachyD

      🙁 I just realized…He said he hopes the fourth book isn’t as long as Brisingr, that it is longer then Eragon, and will PROBABLY be longer then Eldest. This seems to show that he really can’t be close to done, because wouldn’t he already know? Probably be longer shows that it probably isn’t longer yet, but should be by the end, yet hopefully not as long as Brisingr shows that he isn’t sure because there is a lot left to write… 🙁 I’m killing my own moral with this speculation.

      • XxxX

        He’s probably just talking about revision
        believe me the ‘downhill slope to the end’ from an authors point of view is basically the acutal ending
        I speak from experience

    • I’m still working with Random House to coordinate the “special” version we’re doing and can’t reveal more until that’s worked out.

  • Ggg

    Like always, there is no news… so why still posting interviews? You think he will answer questinos like ‘How will book Four be called?’ or ‘Will Murtagh be saved?’ ORR ‘Will Galbatorix die?’!!! Are people really so stupid?

  • Zachary Champness

    I really hope that te next book is over 1000 pages and I think that book 4 will definitely star with a new letter or a B maybe brom? really this Q&A gives a lot of information like anytime CP says no comment it means mike as struck something and if you look at all the Q&As you can piece together a picture of what might happen and what definitely wont

    P.S. Mike I think you did a great job with the Q&A

  • Zachary Champness

    I really hope that te next book is over 1000 pages and I think that book 4 will definitely star with a new letter or a B maybe brom? really this Q&A gives a lot of information like anytime CP says no comment it means mike as struck something and if you look at all the Q&As you can piece together a picture of what might happen and what definitely wont

    P.S. Mike I think you did a great job with the Q&A

    • Willgall_19

      you gotta think tho if you were Christopher he knows when he answers no commen your taking it as a vague yes hes gonna say no comment on things that really dont matter just to keep up the smoke and mirrors if you havnt notices any question asking anything about whats to happen in book four is answered with no comment with just enough vaguely detailed answers to keep you asking… you can gain very little from what he says no comment to in my opinion… he didnt work over this story so long and hard just to give the story away by saying no comment to questions… i honestly think the book will be far different with a lot more twists than you can gleen from this

  • Sahiti

    Any clue as to when part 2 and part 3 are coming up? btw i thought this interview gave more info than v got in a long time.

  • guest

    how can cp say that he has not decided upon the name of the dragon when he is nearing the end of the book!

    this interview does not tell muchh except that the green egg fragments are not related to the green dragon.

    • Christopher could wait until the last day of editing to decide on a name for the dragon if he really wanted to. I’m sure he’s currently using a placeholder name as he writes the book, so once he’s decided on the dragon’s name, all he has to do is go back and change the placeholder name to the new name. Very simple.

    • Waleed Sajjad Khan

      Did you know Murtagh’s dragon wasn’t named Thorn until like the last minute? He’s right, Dragons are hard to name.

  • Adrian Valadez

    How come the Vroengard Academy website doesn’t work?

    • Vroengard Academy was a promotional campaign run prior to Brisingr. Support for the game was dropped after Brisingr’s release. It is long gone.

  • Lace

    anyone else thik galby is using broms sword? i also wonder how much time has passed from the end of brisingr to the start of book 4??

    • My guess is that very little time has passed between Brisingr and Book 4.

      • Ezio_Auditore

        this seems logical

      • Geran

        mine too because they are invading the empire they can’t just stop and take breaks

    • Calebgiard1

      i totally got that idea after i readthis and that would be great if eragon killed this opressor and tyrant, and was able to reclaim his inheritance. anyone think the name of the fourth will be undbitr?

  • Rider of Fangs

    I’m ready to go insane even though I already am. I hate that he can’t give us much info about the book, but that creates more positive suspense. And to Kylehockey5, I think book four might come in a special circumstance. Can’t wait for the rest!

  • acord797

    Eragon could have been such an AWESOME movie…I really hope they redo it and do it right this time:)))

    • Mikaela

      I hope so!!! If we have to wait ANOTHER year…will I buy the book? Hmm.

      • Carolineolivia

        will you not and therefore force yourself to not know what happens?

    • Nswskater

      i think their waiting for book four to come out and see the statistics it produces before considering a remake or sequel.

  • Cobyjj

    how many parts are there to this q/a?

    • Three parts. Part 4 will be a recap of the best answers.

      • Cobyjj

        thanks for answering 🙂 will the other parts be coming out very soon?

  • Kwsandco

    I can’t wait! I only started reading the books the beginning of this year and I’m getting impatient… I don’t know how you guys who have been waiting since Brisingr came out stand it!

    • I’ve been waiting since 2003! 😛

      • phoenix323294

        I’ve been waiting since 2003 too!! People that just started reading them have it easy!!

        • Mr. Anonymous

          Seriously. It seems like when you get everything without having to wait a person becomes impatient. It happened to me with the almanac. I preordered it two days before release and it *killed* me waitin for it. I think I’ve been waitin along with this series since 2003/2004!

        • Xenolith

          Well have u tried reading over them again?? I thought the idea of reading them again would be absured at first but seeing as its been such a long time it didnt feel that repetitive. i was doing a book report on Eragon recently and had to search the book for a detail and jst got sucked in against my every will and now ive decided ill read Eldest And Brisingr a second time too.

          • brom is a baller

            my solution to this dilema is to re-read the books we have as many times as possible before the 4th comes out

          • Inheritancecycleftw

            I have read them each three times at least 😛

          • milokayz

            I’m half-way done with Eldest…again! 😛

          • aaa

            i agree, and reading them again you pick up things you didnt notice the first time

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Yup. Reading them again and remebering all the old stuff is great especially when you know the future of it. You can pay more attention to detail and can still have fun with it no matter how many time you reread.
            I’m startin’ up with Eragon again tryin to read them before the last book so its one continuous story fresh in the mind. It’s also great to go back and read specific parts of each book. My personal favorite: forging Eragon’s sword Brisingr and naming it in the chapters “Mind over Metal” and “A Rider in Full” in Brisingr.

        • Hess

          Amen

  • firemonkey

    I hope that the fourth book will be longer than any other book in the series. For the time we are waiting, it should be at least 1,000 pages. I really wouldn’t mind the extra length; it would give us more material to pour over.
    Good job anyway Mike for making this interview accessible.

    • ZachyD

      Actually, C.P. stated in these Random Buzzer questions that it will likely be a little shorter then the third one was 🙁

      I was wonder how this can be since he has been writing it for so long. 1. He took some time off, which is reasonable I do believe. 2. For whatever reason it has just taken a lot more work. Though I thought he already had some written, and figured it would be easier since he knew what was going to happen…I’m not an author though, so I wouldn’t actually know.

      • Erataugh

        Maybe shorter than Brisingr originaly was going to be.

      • sirsimon

        Its shorter, but it took longer for paolini to write because he is making it the best and most exciting in the series, trust me, our rabid fan desperation will soon be rewarded

      • firemonkey

        I was just saying I HOPE the fourth book will be longer than Brisingr. We have been waiting a long time, so I think we should be rewarded for our patience with a longer book with more material and good stuff. I do realize that CP does not want that long of a book, but personally I like a longer story.

        • Willgall_19

          youve gotta take into account tho that there wasnt supposed to be a fourth book this is more of just an extension to the third book for the sake of size its not a whole new book

      • phoenix323294

        I really wish the last book would be the longest, and he said he *hopes* it won’t be longer than brisingr, so still a tiny bit of hope there.
        And I understand why it’s taking so long (I write a lot myself, but I don’t have anything published), when you get near the end of a story, you want to make sure everything is precisely how you want it.

      • milokayz

        I expected it to take longer. It takes a lengthy amount of time to pour over notes, connect the dots from books 1-3 and reiterate them into book 4, so that nothing is left out, forgotten, or left hanging. Not only does CP have to add all and close of the loose ends, but he then has to make them flow with the new parts of the story in chronological order. It’s a lot of extra work. Not to mention, creating further pieces of the ancient language, along with more dwarvish and elvin terms, etc. That is all created by CP! For example, he has to make sure that singular terms in the ancient language from books 1-3 are similar the plural terms of the same words in book 4, and so on. (Just something to think about when/if you sit down to write your own book and/or judge another writer. All aspects must be considered as to how and why a writer does what they do. A good writer doesn’t make stuff up on a whim only to bring it up once. A good series writer will always bring up what happened prior and relate it to what is happening later. To not go back and explain things is like making a promise and then not following through.) When writing, being thorough is a must; I’m sure any writer would agree!

      • aaa

        i want a longer book and it is actually harder to wrap up a story than anyone thinks, but i love this series!!!

      • aaa

        i want a longer book and it is actually harder to wrap up a story than anyone thinks, but i love this series!!!

  • Guest

    Does anyone else get the impression that green dragon is going to appear near the end of the book? I’m maybe on the wrong train of thought but as CP hasn’t named the green dragon yet and he is near the end of the book, I thought it would appear in the section he is currently writing. Of course, it could simply be that CP has introduced the dragon earlier, and just needs to go back and insert the name into the appropriate places. However, would this method be too time consuming?

    • That doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t appear until the end. That just means he’s been using a placeholder name as he writes, which he’ll go back and change once he settles on an actual name.

      • Keera_the_great

        Several different authors have visited my college level writing class and say they use placeholders. It’s really a good idea. 😀

    • Rider of Fangs

      Paolini did say that chosing the right name for a character can take awhile. I’m still trying to find a name my newest character. I, however, don’t think that that Greenie won’t hatch until the end of the book, otherwise, it would ruini some of the plot I assume.

      • phoenix323294

        I write a a lot and the most time consuming thing I do is come up with character names. I’ll sit and gnash my teeth(figuratively) over the name of *one* character for hours…

        • Solenklier

          I am the exact same, I write books all the times and it takes me longer to decide on a new characters name than it does to finish the entire chapter!

    • ZachyD

      And he could have named it, but they just aren’t telling us yet. Book 4 has been named for a long time now, but we still don’t know the name. However, I thought back in June we were told we would be getting that kind of news very “soon.” Its been a long time.

    • phoenix323294

      hmmmm……not if he’s typing it, if it’s in word document or something similar he can just search and replace whatever he substituted for the dragon’s name 🙂

    • Guest

      He could write the book, calling the dragon “Bob”, without any problems, and when he finishes it & thinks of a name, substitute [dragon name] for all the “Bob”‘s in the book

    • Alex

      Dude I’m also a writer and once I named my characters after finishing the story it ain’t hard. You just call them name1 or something, then after getting some good names you just replace them using ctrl+f

    • Clarifying this again just to be safe:

      “Christopher could wait until the last day of editing to decide on a name for the dragon if he really wanted to. I’m sure he’s currently using a placeholder name as he writes the book, so once he’s decided on the dragon’s name, all he has to do is go back and change the placeholder name to the new name. Very simple.”

    • Hess

      Not time consuming at all. For example, name the dragon greenie in MS word, do a find and replace, find “greenie” and replace “real name”. takes 30 seconds. 21st century and all…

      Also, I very much enjoyed that Brom died while riding on Saphira in the Eragon movie. Among all the shortcuts and creative licences the movie-makers took from the book to the movie, I thought this touch was very artful. Also, the voice of Saphira was perfect. People have forgotten to mention this. And John Malkovich is the worst ever. Galbatorix included. “I suffer without my stone.” Pfft. Reminds me of Con-Air.

  • Kylehockey5

    He said publishing can be sped up in special circumstances. Would his book be considered a special circumstance.

    • Dicianolucas

      it better be!!!!

    • Gadget1986

      it should be, his special circumstance is that the fans are getting irritated by such a long wait.

      • Guest

        Indeed, and the fans’ll probably go get their torches and pitchforks and march on the publishers if it isn’t a special circumstance

  • Anonymous

    I’m a huge fan of the Galby using Brom’s sword now, that seems pretty fitting actually. I’m still *hoping* for Empire as the title of the last book, as that was what the rumor was. I’m thinking that he’s also going to speed up the process a bit, but that’ll still leave it about Late Summer/Early Fall of 2011 like Mike said

    • Jahooty **

      Why wouldn’t he just use his own sword that was foraged for him after he became inducted to the ranks of the riders?

      • Anonymous

        Could be he lost his sword when his dragon was killed or during the fight with the Urgals, maybe he didn’t like it because if reminded him of his old dragon (I can’t think of his name) and it just hurt to bad, or maybe it’s just because Galby just likes to use Brom’s sword to mock him

        • Jahooty **

          dunno we’ll have to wait for book IV to find out 🙂

          • Anonymous

            That’s the correct answer, I just think it’d be ironic and fitting if Eragon inherited the sword with the death of Galbatorix. I just had another idea, what if Galbatorix never actually received his own sword? The Smith never said she made him one, and yes, I know she never said she didn’t, but if I remember correctly, he never finished his True Rider Training….

          • Jahooty **

            I think he might have finished it…. dunno maybe he finished training but never got the sword. O well he has like a million anyway.

        • Waleed Sajjad Khan

          Her name was Jarnunvosk.

      • Brisingrwielder

        Hey is your name “Jahooty” as in “Horus”?

        • Jahooty **

          close as is Thoth 🙂

  • Sirdracoblight

    Notice that CP says that some times special circumstances help to release a book quicker. Perhaps CP has been submitting portions of his book as he completes them for pre editting to speed the process for release. I’m sure random house wants to get the book out asap.

    Roger

    • This is fairly likely.

      • ZachyD

        And C.P. did say somewhere on this Random Buzzer that his editor only has limited time. I’ll have to find it, but it gave me the impression she was already working on it. That would be great.

        • By that he meant that his editor works on many books, not just his. For example, she worked extensively on my book (in addition to many others). He just meant that she isn’t able to work solely on his books.

    • Thaen

      that would be EXTREMELY ridiculous. I am a writer and doing that would be insane. A writer rewrites often and editing a piece at a time would be a waste

  • Nightstaralexander

    If you are answering comments,
    Do you know where you will be when you show up for the opening of the book?
    Can I suggest, Seattle or Spokane???? 🙂
    Thanks!

    ~Nightstar Alexander

    • He isn’t answering comments and the midnight release party that he attends is usually the one right near Random House’s headquarters in NYC.

  • Joy Mohnot

    6 months to a YEAR? What the heck; he keeps saying “soon”, how is a year “soon”?? This interview is a huge disappointment.

    And what! Not as long as Brisngr! That sucks! I love reading long books…

    • He’ll be done WRITING the book soon. It takes 6 months to a year to edit, copyedit, print, and distribute any book. For example, I turned the manuscript for The Inheritance Almanac in in December 2009 and it released in October 2010. Things take time!

  • Sexymama

    eragon becomes a shade to fight the king (hence vault of souls)

    • Doubt it. 😛 I think Christopher would be unwilling to discuss the whole idea of a Rider becoming a Shade if it was key to the plot of Book 4.

  • Sirdracoblight

    Maybe bladesinger is eragon’s mom and the teenage girl was his younger sister. Maybe she was held captive by Galbatorix and eventualy escaped and saved the last dragon egg and it hatched for the teenaged girl. Maybe they were on their way to train in secret with oromis and angela was telling them how to find the elves. Also, maybe they have brom’s sword and that is why the young girl had sword fighters arms. It would be fitting that another sibling of eragon’s was the last rider. This is my theory. It would make for an exciting twist. Also it was cool to see my questions made this post.

    Roger

    • jumpergirl93

      Hmm… I like that!

      • Dfh

        eragon’s mother died though.

        • Sirdracoblight

          So did murtag and the twins and all the old riders before they reappeared

          • Alydar

            Brom himself checked Selena her body. If she was faking her dead he would have noticed it.

        • Ezio_Auditore

          it was told that she died…
          people can lie!

          • Alydar

            Please reread the part where I said:

            BROM HIMSELF CHECKED SELENA HER BODY

            and then start commenting ok. =-=

          • Waleed Sajjad Khan

            When did it say that? He figured she was dead when Morzan asked him if he was responsible for the death of his Black Hand. That was what had given Brom to slay Morzan.

    • Douglastl1

      I can’t remember where, but I’m pretty sure Paolini mentioned in one his interviews that the green dragon rider is someone who has made an appearance in all three books. This may sound odd, but my money is on Elva. I think she fits much better than any of the other leading candidates, such as Arya or Roran. I just don’t think Arya’s character suits being a Rider; she’s so powerful, she’d outshadow Eragon if she became a Rider, and we can’t have that. And Roran doesn’t want to have anything to do with magic. Elva is the only character that makes sense to me.

      • aaa

        what about a dwarf like orik, first dwarf dragonrider ever! that would be sick

      • Jahooty **

        maybe there will be a new character introduced to us

  • Chrissy096

    Thanks for posting this! I found it very interesting 🙂

    • You’ll love part two and part three!

      • Onix

        How soon are you going to post them?

        • I might do part two tomorrow, part three Sunday, and a re-cap of the best answers on Monday. Depends on how things pan out.

          • OSUcowpoke

            is part 2 coming up anytime soon or am I just missing it?

  • Ggg

    As always, the interviews we have with Christopher are idiot and useless. Why making interviews if you know he will not answer those stupid questions? Me, als a dutch writer, would do the same. WOW, do people really believe he will say if Murtagh will be saved or not? Or that Galbatorix will die? Or who will be the next Dragon Rider? Dream further

  • GARR

    WOW! Galby is using undibiter GAHHH!! Wat the EFF! Thats just… WRONGG!!

    • 1996

      fgdfg

      • CoreyB

        if they remake eragon I think they should get that dude who played in jerry mcguire. that little blonde kid. he would be a great roran. for eragon they need someone with dark hair like zac efron or something. he would fit especially after the blood oath celebration.

  • Rootrot

    I can imagine going to Sam’s Club right now….Picking up the green dragon cover off the shelf and hurriedly reading the inside cover….Just staring at it the whole way home and caressing it tightly like I did with Brisingr….

    I need to find a new space to keep it in good condition!

    • Anthony Bundren

      put it on a gilded pedestal, inlaid with emeralds

      • Crystal

        But you can buy books for less there.

      • Crystal

        Opps, wrong place….

    • Mr. Anonymous

      I know just wats yous feelin!!

    • Darwin

      Sam’s Club sucks.

  • Anonymous

    since he wont comment on if were going to see broms sword again and he wont comment on who galby stole his sword from, i feel like galby stole broms sword and eragon will probably “inherit” it back going on the theme that the whole inheritance thing is about swords like murtagh and zar’roc.

    • I definitely got that feeling while I was reading these as well. I think it’s a fun theory.

    • ZachyD

      Well what happens to Brisingr then? A lot of book time went into getting that sword, and it’s an awesome sword. Perhaps it will be handed down to Roran.

      • Anonymous

        He promised to revisit broms grave site to put wards around it so no one would try to steal the diamond or crystal, i cant remember what he was encased in, and he will probably return broms sword to him.

      • Kandivya

        Perhaps Eragon with have both swords, His true sword Brisingr and his fathers sword Undbitr. He could dual weild the weapons for a truly epic battle!

    • Geran

      I thought this too

  • Rootrot

    Brrrrrrrrring out the streamers and confetti! CP says it’s coming out SOON!

    • No no no, he said he will be finished writing it soon. Then it has to go into editing, copyediting, printing, and distribution. My guess is late summer/early fall 2011.

      • Rootrot

        That’s what I meant minus all of that….(Whistles)

      • Onix

        Are you talking about the northern or southern hemisphere? What month would that be?

        • August or September.

          • Kandivya

            if it comes out August/September then i can get the book for my birthday~! Best birthday present ever xD

      • Anonymous

        2011 is going to be an insane summer for literature releases and literature based movies, like Deathly Hallow Part II. 🙂

      • phoenix323294

        I just wish the editing process was a little faster….

        • milokayz

          I’m majoring in English Literature to become a copyeditor. I’m a year-and-a-half into my Bachelor’s. Copyediting, by itself, is a seriously time-consuming job; and that’s just one piece of the writing-to-printing puzzle! Once a book is finished and accepted for publication, you can bet that it won’t be released until the following year.

          By the way, Mike Macauley, why don’t you put me in touch with someone who will let me test-drive my editing skills? For now, my service is free of charge! 😛

    • No no no, he said he will be finished writing it soon. Then it has to go into editing, copyediting, printing, and distribution. My guess is late summer/early fall 2011.

  • Who bets the fourth book’s title is named KUTHIAN Because I for sure as heck bet it will.

    • My money is on it starting with an E.

    • My money is on it starting with an E.

      • ZachyD

        Why is that Mike? People seem to have ideas on what it will start with, but I’m not seeing where these ideas are coming from.

        • Mikaela

          E then a M, then…?

        • Ideas generally come from our heads. 😛

          My money is on E because the series was originally slated to be all Es. I think it would be fitting to return to E for the last book. No one is guessing based on any facts though.

          • Alex

            How about eldunari? that would be a fitting name. hmmm. or maybe I as in Inheritance

      • Anonymous

        Ebrithil…?

      • sirsimon

        I agree with u, but if Paolini is going to use E at the beginning of the title, Brisingr’s title will look out of place, by the way, do u have facebook?

    • Jeff

      I think that it will be named shur-tugal

  • Seris

    Well, I’m extremely grateful for real news. Even if it’s just hints of real news.

    • You’ll enjoy part two and part three then!

      • XxxX

        MY GOD
        JUST POST IT THEN

        JK
        If you do then we won’t enjoy them as much

    • You’ll enjoy part two and part three then!

  • murtagh lover

    It takes six months to a year to publish a book??? Does that mean the forth book will probably come out sometime in 2012???Gee, Christopher is taking FOREVER to write.I hope we get to read it before the end of the world.(as some people believe)

  • Thomas G Baak

    Nice questions….
    But CP does actually loads of time say: Don’t want to say….. :'(

  • If that can’t be the most subtly hinted interview I’ve ever read I don’t know what can.

  • If that can’t be the most subtly hinted interview I’ve ever read I don’t know what can.

  • If I had limited time to live, The one thing I would want to do is find out how the series ended.

    • Good thing you (hopefully) have lots of years ahead of you! Book 4 isn’t all that far away.

    • Good thing you (hopefully) have lots of years ahead of you! Book 4 isn’t all that far away.

      • Everyone keeps saying “not far”… Less than a year? Less than 6 months? Sooner? My guess would be less than 6 months… but that is still a long time…

      • aaa

        i actually belive the book is already done and everything there just waiting for all the copies to come out to sell them all over the world