Happy Seventh Anniversary, Shur’tugal!

In 2003, the Paolini family’s dream came true: their son Christopher, then only 19 years old, had just sold the rights to his first novel to Random House, one of the most prominent book publishers in the world. Later that year, at the age of fourteen, I was given a copy of Eragon to read by a friend and instantly fell in love. It was that December during winter break that I began work on what was to become Shurtugal.com, a hobby project I used to occupy my free time. Shur’tugal went on to officially launch on March 5th, 2004.

Today marks Shur’tugal’s seven year anniversary. The website has changed dramatically from where it was seven years ago – a small website run by a very inexperienced teen – and its audience has grown substantially. Since 2004 we’ve managed to become the official Inheritance Cycle fan site and we now receive over 430,000 unique visitors per month. We’ve experienced the release of two additional best sellers in the series. We witnessed the series expand from a trilogy to a cycle. We cringed through painful movie and video game adaptations. I personally published my first book, the official companion guide to the Inheritance cycle, at the age of twenty-one. Most recently, I launched a fantasy and science fiction blog and news website. It’s been a great seven years! (Continue reading for the rest of our open letter!)

Many of you ask us what will become of Shur’tugal once Book 4 releases. Will we close our doors? Will we let the site grow old and outdated? Consider this our official announcement: Shur’tugal will not close its doors and will not grow old and outdated. Shur’tugal will “transform” into a website that follows Christopher’s career as he pursues new ventures, including any and all of the books he’s been teasing us about for years. Shur’tugal will continue to flourish as a community of hundreds of thousands of Inheritance and Paolini fans.

I dreamed big and it has gotten me this far and because of that, I plan on dreaming big for years to come. I hope to make the next year on Shur’tugal our best and most entertaining yet. I plan to make the internet and community side of the Book 4 launch the most exciting release we’ve experienced to date. I’ll cross my fingers that when I flip to the last page of Book 4, I may see myself in the acknowledgments (one of my “dreams” from the past seven years). I’ll also cross my fingers in hopes that even more of you pick up and enjoy The Inheritance Almanac while preparing for Book 4. I hope that Lytherus continues to grow and flourish. Most importantly, I hope that you all continue to visit, enjoy yourselves, and enjoy reading.

I’ve always aspired to offer the best community I can within my own means. I’ve worked hard because I truly enjoy the community we’ve built together. I work hard for the fans who take the time to visit daily, weekly, or monthly; the fans who leave comments, wish us the best and thank us for our hard work; the fans who endlessly debate and theorize even the most esoteric things from the books; the fans who are truly fans. I work hard to thank those who have supported me over the past seven years, from my family to the Paolinis to my great friends at Random House. I continue to work on Shur’tugal because I truly love what I do.

I owe my eternal gratitude to my family and friends for their love and support; Christopher for the brilliant book, his endless supply of interviews, and his passion for crafting an extraordinary fantasy universe for his fans to submerge themselves in; the entire Paolini family for their passion, dedication, support, and friendship; Simon Lipskar at Writers House for his guidance, help, support, and the laughs; Judith Haut, Michelle Frey, and the entire Random House Children’s team for giving me a chance in the beginning and for working with and supporting Shur’tugal every day since; and you guys, for visiting and supporting the website for seven years.

Fortunately we’re far from the end, with Book 4 still around the corner and many more books incoming from Christopher in the future. I’m looking forward to the ride and cannot be more thrilled that we’re all in this for the long haul. It’s been a great seven years and will be an even more exciting future!

Thanks, and “happy birthday”, Shur’tugal!

  • FanOfCP

    What is wrong with the site, i cannot even enter the forums section!!!

  • MARY

    ITS ABOUT TIME!
    I AM TRULY A FAN, BUT WAS DISSAPOINTED WHEN IT SEEMS WE WERE MADE TO WAIT , ON THE BACK BURNER, THRU HORRIBLE FILMS & VIDEO GAMES – AND WHILE THE BOOK(S) AND THEIR SUBSEQUENT FAME.. SEEMED TO BE EXPLOITED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE….TRUCKER CAPS/ STUFFED DRAGONS..(ARE YOU KIDDING ME!)

    WHEN ALL WE WANTED TO DO- IS BE ABLE TO JUST READ AND ENJOY…WHAT “WE” MADE FAMOUS!

    PERHAPS I WILL CHECK OUT THE PREQUELS- BUT LETS BE HONEST THOSE STAR WARS ONES WERE HORRID-WOULD RESPECT MOREOVER A NEW VENTURE OR CONTINUING TAKE ON A CHARACTER FROM THERE!

    LET NOT BEAT A DEAD HORSE OVER & OVER

  • Evansshawn98

    We,Fans of Inheritance, petition to Christopher Paolini to add Mike Macauley to your acknowledgements so that his dream that ” when I flip to the last page of Book 4, I may see myself in the acknowledgments (one of my “dreams” from the past seven years).”
    ______________
    Shawn Evans
    ______________
    Ally Marshall
    ______________
    Josh A.
    ______________
    Alan Gresov
    ______________
    Brandon Moseley
    ______________
    Kenneth J Silver Jr.
    _______________
    Olivia H.
    _______________
    Kamala
    _______________
    Victor Karström
    _______________
    Caleb Palmer
    _______________
    Shelby Nicole
    _______________
    Casey E.
    _______________

  • sirsimon

    I am probably gonna cry reading the fourth book, the final in the quadrilogy, but I dont care because if Paolini makes me cry at the end, then the wait was truly worth it 🙂

    • Anonymous

      I really hope they’re tears of joy and not tears of sadness because galby ends up winning.

  • Albus Severus

    Keep up the Good work…the site was a lot of relief for those who were waiting for the next book…shurtugal has always been at its best …..and always will be !!!

    • Wenton

      i see you like harry potter

    • Wenton

      i see you like harry potter

  • Awww this was very heartwarming!
    Happy…late birthday, Shur’tugal! And many more…

  • Evansshawn98

    We,Fans of Inheritance, petition to Christopher Paolini to add Mike Macauley to your acknowledgements so that his dream that ” when I flip to the last page of Book 4, I may see myself in the acknowledgments (one of my “dreams” from the past seven years).”
    ______________
    Shawn Evans
    ______________
    Ally Marshall
    ______________
    Josh A.
    ______________
    Alan Gresov
    ______________
    Brandon Moseley
    ______________
    Kenneth J Silver Jr.
    _______________
    Olivia H.
    _______________
    Kamala
    _______________
    Victor Karström
    _______________
    Caleb Palmer
    _______________

    • Aladora

      Add Shelby Nicole to that list, please. 🙂

    • Aladora

      Add Shelby Nicole to that list, please. 🙂

    • Aladora

      Add Shelby Nicole to that list, please. 🙂

  • bigmike

    I have a theory on how Galbi is going 2 b beat. Do yall remember how Galbi killed the last free elf rider (other than Oromis), Vrael, by cutting off his head with a flaming sword? I think a big twist in irony is going to happen. My theory is that Eragon is going to use Brisingr set ablaze to lop off his head.

    • Wenton

      that means eragon is going to kick him in the groin?

      • bigmike

        Prob not. But it would be a twist I guess. Who knows but CP himself.lol

  • SariAne

    Honestly,… i hope Christopher doesn’t stop with book 4…. this story has been apart of my life since it first came out… i just don’t know what to do with my self when it ends….

  • I love Christopher’s books, they are well thought out and executed. His imagination takes his readers into the world of Alagaesia and (I feel) makes you believe that it could exist – at least while you’re reading it. I’m excited for Book 4 and looking forward to seeing the green dragon cover art. Would be awesome to get a release date on it – true – but I’m just glad he’s committed to finishing the series and giving us an ending to all the buildup! I was a little disappointed when I bought the third book and learned it wasn’t the ending of the series because I was hoping to find out everything that was going to happen but as soon as I started reading the book I understood why a fourth was needed. Writing is not an easy profession – most do make a schedule for themselves and work at it for a certain amount of time per day. They might not always produce their best work but it helps them shape their stories and find solutions to plot holes, etc. Anyone who has attempted to write knows, it isn’t easy especially in a complex world like Christopher has created. Looking forward to book 4 and Happy BIrthday Shur’tugal!

    • Avix

      true enough. but how can you be sure that this will be the end of eragon cycle. i find it all over the net that christopher might right a fifth book.i’m not sure if its true but it is possible, isn’t it?

      • Avix

        sorry s.p mistake. i meant “write” not “right”

      • Avix

        sorry s.p mistake. i meant “write” not “right”

    • Mary

      i agree that another book was needed- to flesh it all out! but think the wait was a bit long- as this story was being flesh out…or should i say perculating for years!
      as a fan -felt put off by it-seemed like living off the fame and ways to capitalize on it, too more importance than satisfying the readers—who made you /the books famous.

      i look forward to book 4-but unlike avix- do not want a #5…take me on a new adventure- dont rehash or prequels as he is hinting- the star wars prequels sucked!

      all good things end- do we want to see eragon or saphira old/sick or dying?!

  • grandpiano98

    Wait, who wrote this? And does Christopher have a twitter, or a blog or somehthing? I would really like to catch up on what he’s doing.

  • Icecreameisinger

    Awwwww! That was sooooo nice! I hope you get your wish Mike! Thank you for mking this an awesome webstie!

  • Evansshawn98

    We,Fans of Inheritance, petition to Christopher Paolini to add Mike Macauley to your acknowledgements so that his dream that ” when I flip to the last page of Book 4, I may see myself in the acknowledgments (one of my “dreams” from the past seven years).”
    ______________
    Shawn Evans
    ______________
    Ally Marshall
    ______________
    Josh A.
    ______________
    Alan Gresov
    ______________
    Brandon Moseley
    ______________
    Kenneth J Silver Jr.
    _______________
    Olivia H.
    _______________
    Kamala
    _______________

    • virrvard

      please add Victor Karström to the list

    • Caleb

      Add Caleb Palmer to that list

  • Anonymous

    I’m not going to be a downer on this (that is if anyone is still visiting) but i am fully aware that it is Shurty’s 7th birthday, and honest and true congrats. But is there SERIOUSLY no news? Maybe you guys were so excited you forgot XD i do that sometimes
    but i know Mike your not like that, being fully dedicated to your fans. But seriously? Could you not just do news on when you guys go for a dump in the bog or something? I’ve checked this site everyday since the start of 2011 hoping there might be the next newsletter or such, but nothing …
    Any other news?

  • Evansshawn98

    We,Fans of Inheritance, petition to Christopher Paolini to add Mike Macauley to your acknowledgements so that his dream that ” when I flip to the last page of Book 4, I may see myself in the acknowledgments (one of my “dreams” from the past seven years).”
    ______________
    Shawn Evans
    ______________
    Ally Marshall
    ______________
    Josh A.
    ______________
    Alan Gresov
    ______________

    P.S comment if you see a mistake

    • Jumpergirl2056

      im in (=

    • guest

      _________________
      Kenneth J Silver Jr.

    • SMILEY

      lol maybe at the start of the book he might put “to all of my dedicated fans, including, shawn evans, ally marshall, josh. a, alan gresove, and of course,…SMILEY!!! nah lol ( just a fantasy) 😉

    • bigmike

      Here’s hoping.

    • Ebrithl

      add Brandon Moseley to your list

    • Evansshawn98

      We,Fans of Inheritance, petition to Christopher Paolini to add Mike Macauley to your acknowledgements so that his dream that ” when I flip to the last page of Book 4, I may see myself in the acknowledgments (one of my “dreams” from the past seven years).”
      ______________
      Shawn Evans
      ______________
      Ally Marshall
      ______________
      Josh A.
      ______________
      Alan Gresov
      ______________
      Brandon Moseley
      ______________
      Kenneth J Silver Jr.
      _______________

    • Brisingr!

      Add Casey E. too!

  • HedonisticAdam

    I love how CP said LAST YEAR that he was sorry for how long the book was taking, but that the holidays had kept him unusually busy.

    He said this in MAY 2010! Six months of celebrating the holidays when you are long overdue on a fourth book of a advertised trilogy is just plain disrespectful to the readers.

    • sirsimon

      There will be something huge round the corner, but yeah, the waiting is deteriorating my soul, but my love and interest with the series will never die

    • Mary

      thank you adam! nice too hear someone who feels like i do
      CP- too busy capitalizing on fame of books and subsequent marketing
      to write…and dragged it out forever..bad movie, bad video game , trucker hats & stuffed dragons! forgot who made these books/ him famous…US!

  • C Riggs

    happy birthday to us fans!!!

  • Gokugon

    Did anyone else know that Funimation Entertainment the creators of Dragonball Z are considering purchasing the rights to the Inheritance cycle in order to make an anime based on it?

    • Mchl_Andrew

      No, but that sounds SICK!!! I hope this deal goes through.

    • sirsimon

      NO way, that sounds mint!

    • Syrethyne

      Akira Toriyama is actually the creator of DBZ. Funimation only bought the rights to translate it and redistribute it. Shonen Jump is the company that animated DBZ. Funimation is not an animating company.

  • what has happened to Shurtycast 2.0 i relay want the next one

  • Martijn

    Happy birthday! You really got a great website here.

    Off topic: A couple of german websites announced last week that the release for book 4 will be next fall. Don’t know where they got their information and if it is correct,
    but I really hope so. 😉

  • Bassmonkey

    Damn, that was an awesome article. Then i look down and the first thing i see is another impatient fan whining how long it’s taking, which really dulled the mood 🙁

  • PyroTDE

    This is off topic a lil bit but what is the reason the title and cover can’t be released? I mean there must be a good reason else CP would have just given us them when he decided on them. I wouldn’t ask if i hadn’t already looked for the answer. Question just came to me as i was reading comments. Does anyone know this question of mine?

    • PyroTDE

      Although it seems i’m just impatient, I’m not. I gladly wait for the book for i know that CP is taking his time only to make the book as good as it possible can be and with CP writing it thats saying something. I was just wondering why he won’t release it. Must have something to do with spoiler or other complicated selling points, I just want to know what those reasons are.

    • Brisingr!

      I heard that the cover is going to be a green dragon. But please just chill and be patient like the rest of us!

  • PyroTDE

    This is off topic a lil bit but what is the reason the title and cover can’t be released? I mean there must be a good reason else CP would have just given us them when he decided on them. I wouldn’t ask if i hadn’t already looked for the answer. Question just came to me as i was reading comments. Does anyone know this question of mine?

  • ELIZABAL

    IT MUST BE AN UNFINISHABLE BOOK

  • Ebrithl

    Mike how long does it take for Christopher to respond to fan letters on the average be cause its been over a month and I still do not have a response.If you don’t know then sorry for wasting your time

    • John

      About four months… If your lucky. I doubt he reads all his fan letters because he probably gets thousands every week so his mail will keep piling up.

    • John

      About four months… If your lucky. I doubt he reads all his fan letters because he probably gets thousands every week so his mail will keep piling up.

  • Supateka

    Yo its about time book 4 comes out! and it better be good for the wait! always checkin on this site and what happened to the Qand A with chris?

    • Broncomaster

      when did we find out its coming out

    • Broncomaster

      when did we find out its coming out

    • Denmark111

      Yes! When do we get another “monthly” Q & A?

    • leroyjenkins

      book 4 isnt coming out anymore, sorry bud

  • Lunnaris

    Mike,
    I’ve got a question, why did you made this website in the first place?
    Happy b-day.
    Atra esterní ono thelduin.

  • I actually liked the Directors Cut of the Movie, and I read Eldest right after seeing the Movie. I understood the book just fine, and when Brisingr came around, I just thought that the Raz’Ack could just be reborn. (Which is how the Movies could do that)

  • Strider

    sorry for posting this here but i didn’t know where to send it, i’m trying to see the thread with CP newsletter http://shurtugal.com/2011/02/18/another-newsletter-from-christopher-more-sneaky-book-4-hints/ but it just doesn’t open there is just a white page, this keeps appearing the last days and a friend of mine has the same prob any suggestions what should i do?

    p.s i have tryied also with internet explorer but also didn’t work

    p.s.2 happy b-day!!!!

    • SMILEY

      it happens to everyone. no one knows whats up with it

      • Strider

        really? hm i hope it gets fixed soon thanks for ansewring 🙂

  • TERA BAAP

    Happy Birthday MADARCHODO !!
    YE saali ghatiya site hai, yahan sirf gandpana hota rehta hai. Itne saalo se book ka intezar kar raha hun aur yahan sirf suar ka mal milta hai… hahahahhahahahhaha!!
    Regs,
    tumhara baap

  • JumpMan117

    I hope the title gets released soon so we can pre-order. I’m really anxious for book 4 and really want to read it. I’ve read the first 3 about 30 times since Brisngr came out just to keep the story fresh.

  • Willgall19

    only seven years? are you sure? it kinda feels like ive been waiting 7 years for the (fourth) installment of this (trilogy). haha im just kidding im not gonna be a complainer. really tho mike great job. i know i dont comment much anymore, but its hard to keep reading all those complaints and wild ideas, and not saying something back. I give a lot of respect for you, for starting this at the age of 15. Its an excellent site for information and always my first stop. i actually like all of Chris’s teasers, they make the long wait more bearable.

  • Willgall19

    only seven years? are you sure? it kinda feels like ive been waiting 7 years for the (fourth) installment of this (trilogy). haha im just kidding im not gonna be a complainer. really tho mike great job. i know i dont comment much anymore, but its hard to keep reading all those complaints and wild ideas, and not saying something back. I give a lot of respect for you, for starting this at the age of 15. Its an excellent site for information and always my first stop. i actually like all of Chris’s teasers, they make the long wait more bearable.

  • Willgall19

    only seven years? are you sure? it kinda feels like ive been waiting 7 years for the (fourth) installment of this (trilogy). haha im just kidding im not gonna be a complainer. really tho mike great job. i know i dont comment much anymore, but its hard to keep reading all those complaints and wild ideas, and not saying something back. I give a lot of respect for you, for starting this at the age of 15. Its an excellent site for information and always my first stop. i actually like all of Chris’s teasers, they make the long wait more bearable.

    • Wenton

      hey your back on!

    • Wenton

      hey your back on!

  • Cheese101

    i’ve been visiting on and off for about 3 years now,and have never said thanks for the information and discussions,so now i will say thanks and happy birthday 🙂

  • AF

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHURTUGAL!!!
    Can’t wait for Book 4!!!
    Eeep!

  • Flashback

    *old person voice* Back in my day the little dragons on the banner got party hats on the anniversaries!
    Not that you’re old or anything, Mike…
    Happy Birthday Shur’tugal!

  • Birdshaw

    Hey Mike, I didn’t know how to contact you, so I commented here. I just have one question. In my copy of the Inheritance Almanac, the book mentions one of the forsworn, Formosa. But, In my copy of Brisingr, it refers to Formosa as Formora. I’ve triple-checked both of my books so I know I’m not wrong. So, are one of my books messed up? Or is it the same with everybody everywhere? Do you know?

    • Akshayraj Aitha

      it’s formora. it must be the almanac that’s messed up.

  • SMILEY

    gotta say its awesome. CP has inspired so many peoples (including myself) to have a go at writing. where would the be if there was noreading or books??

  • SMILEY

    gotta say its awesome. CP has inspired so many peoples (including myself) to have a go at writing. where would the be if there was noreading or books??

    • Evansshawn98

      we would all twiddle our thumbs and complain about how bored we are!

      • SMILEY

        haha yeah thats true. dont no if id twiddle my thumbs, but i know id complain about being bored! 😉

    • Bassmonkey

      It is a hell we don’t hope to even imagine….

  • Thanos201119922

    happy birthday but need more updates

  • D Gettings

    Happy Belated brithday Shur,tugal

    From:Slywater

  • Evansshawn98

    i really hope you get acknowledged if you don’t i will write to CP himself i know i’m just one fan but i think if we(inheritance fans) get together im pretty sure we can convince CP to add the one and only MIKE MACAULEY on the last page we owe you that much mike
    Sincerely,
    Shawn

    • Jumpergirl2056

      we definitely should! we could all write to CP asking him to (=

      • Evansshawn98

        please everybody who agrees post your names then we all can start a petition we all owe it to mike
        Sincerely,
        Shawn E.

        • Mr. Anonymous

          Yes to that!
          Josh A.

          • jinchuriki

            Absolutely, after all these years of hard work supporting CP mike deserves at least that much
            Alan Gresov

          • Jumpergirl2056

            Definitely.
            Olivia H

          • Serious

            With you all the way.
            Kamala

        • Bassmonkey

          Yeah man, i mean, you made the largest fan site for his books and have been pumping the blood through it’s veins for the last seven years, you deserve it. Not that i doubt CP would have put you there anyway 😀
          Ally Marshall

        • Bassmonkey

          Yeah man, i mean, you made the largest fan site for his books and have been pumping the blood through it’s veins for the last seven years, you deserve it. Not that i doubt CP would have put you there anyway 😀
          Ally Marshall

        • Brisingr!

          Oh yeah! Count me in! Mike really deserves it

    • Jumpergirl2056

      we definitely should! we could all write to CP asking him to (=

  • fluffs

    Book 4 “just around the corner”? Wasn’t it just around the corner like, a year ago?

    • leroyjenkins

      one long *** corner if you ask me

      • fluffs

        haha no kidding. by the time this book gets out, his fans will all be dead

        • blagden

          haha il say

        • leroyjenkins

          hopefully god will buy book 4 and put it in his library

          • Black_Cat_Demoness

            Sucks for me then. Punks and anarchists don’t go to heaven, not even the ones who can read xD

    • Willgall19

      haha yeah i was gonna say more like around 4 corners then around the bend down around the tree and back again 5 miles uphill both ways through 6 feet of snow during a blizzard.

  • Zach

    Happy birthday shur’tugal!!! Anyway, I’m going a bit off topic here, but I have a question. In the book, green eggs and ham, is the ham green? (Weird topic right? lol). The title says green eggs, but not green ham. I figured my friends at shur’tugal would know, even though my teachers are still scratching their heads. ThankPr

    • mrmarc1996

      It’s green, (just like the 4th Inheritance book) look at the pictures. 🙂

      • Willgall19

        theres no real pictures of the fourth book. we just know that its gonna be green. not what its gonna be called, or the cover art.

    • Laurelleaf9

      thats actually a good queastion.

    • bella ♥ vita

      Yeah, the ham is definitely also green! 100% GREEN! Tell your teachers all they had to do was simply look at the cover of the book! It has a picture of the eggs and ham and both are green. LOL! I was also just at Universal Studios to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter back in October, they have a “Suess World” attraction there as well and there’s a fake Green Eggs and Ham restaurant and the sign and stuff on the building show the ham as being green. Any Green Eggs and Ham merchandise I’ve ever seen also shows the ham as green.

      Plus, I remember when I was in like first grade or something our class had “green eggs and ham” via green food coloring while reading the book one day. My mother tells me that I promptly became obsessed with using food coloring in everything I ate for months after that day. LOL!

    • bella ♥ vita

      Yeah, the ham is definitely also green! 100% GREEN! Tell your teachers all they had to do was simply look at the cover of the book! It has a picture of the eggs and ham and both are green. LOL! I was also just at Universal Studios to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter back in October, they have a “Suess World” attraction there as well and there’s a fake Green Eggs and Ham restaurant and the sign and stuff on the building show the ham as being green. Any Green Eggs and Ham merchandise I’ve ever seen also shows the ham as green.

      Plus, I remember when I was in like first grade or something our class had “green eggs and ham” via green food coloring while reading the book one day. My mother tells me that I promptly became obsessed with using food coloring in everything I ate for months after that day. LOL!

      • jinchuriki

        hey me too when i was in preschool or whatever it was the teacher read us green eggs and ham and then she made us green eggs and ham it was awesome!

      • Black_Cat_Demoness

        Lol, i loved being five and getting obsessed with things. Especially TV shows with tunes that drive your parents mad

  • sirsimon

    Just finished playing eragon on ds yesterday, much more true to the book, brilliant game, a diamond in the rough

    • bella ♥ vita

      Really? More true to the book? I have a DS too and have been considering getting the Eragon game, but the movie was so awful I figured the game would be even worse than the typical crappy movie tie-in games. You’ve definitely got me reconsidering picking it up now! Honestly the only games I play on my DS are LEGO Harry Potter, Deathly Hallow Part 1, Guitar Hero, and New Super Mario Bros. I usually just stick to my Wii so I’d love a great new game especially one based on Eragon!

  • Riniel

    Mike, I’ve been following this site for years now, and I began the series since the year it came out. Congratulations to you and CP for your achievements. You’ve each accomplished a lot. 🙂

  • Riniel

    Mike, I’ve been following this site for years now, and I began the series since the year it came out. Congratulations to you and CP for your achievements. You’ve each accomplished a lot. 🙂

    • Riniel

      Meant that I began reading the series the year it came out. Wow what a fail. 😛

    • Riniel

      Meant that I began reading the series the year it came out. Wow what a fail. 😛

    • Riniel

      Meant that I began reading the series the year it came out. Wow what a fail. 😛

  • Riniel

    Mike, I’ve been following this site for years now, and I began the series since the year it came out. Congratulations to you and CP for your achievements. You’ve each accomplished a lot. 🙂

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  • Cbiggs101

    wow like i really wanted to know your life’s story

    • Anonymous

      dont be a hater. Jeeze, how would you feel if hundreds of people belittled your accomplishements?

      • jinchuriki

        as few as there are

      • jinchuriki

        as few as there are

        • Mr. Anonymous

          WOW. Not tryin’ to troll are we?

        • Mr. Anonymous

          WOW. Not tryin’ to troll are we?

    • Jumpergirl2056

      tell me, how many websites have you started that became official fan sites and how long have they been running? how old were you when you started said websites? and how many books have you published on top of that?
      go do that, then come back and hate.

    • voice of reason

      cbiggs101 how about you go be a figgity faggot somewhere else you twatbag

      • Ebrithl

        I know he was being mean but that comment made you just as bad.

        • Black_Cat_Demoness

          It’s even more ironic because of their name!

        • Black_Cat_Demoness

          It’s even more ironic because of their name!

      • Ebrithl

        I know he was being mean but that comment made you just as bad.

      • Mr. Anonymous

        I hope the voice of reason isn’t being serious! so funny though…

    • bella ♥ vita

      WOW! And… you’re not pathetic! NOT AT ALL! Right? If you’ve ever accomplished anything in your life other than belittling other people let alone accomplished as much as Mike has THEN you can talk. Until then, here’s a suggestion for you: shut it.

  • Relov

    Happy B-day Shurtugal!!
    7 Years old.
    Alright now……
    ONWARD!!
    Lets Get it on!
    Come on 4th book!

  • Relov

    Happy B-day Shurtugal!!
    7 Years old.
    Alright now……
    ONWARD!!
    Lets Get it on!
    Come on 4th book!

  • Anonymous

    What is wrong with the link to the last newsletter of christopher paolini that was posted

  • Anonymous

    What is wrong with the link to the last newsletter of christopher paolini that was posted

  • AJ

    did anyone have any problems with the link to christopher paolini’s last newsletter which was posted

    • Dennis

      I cant get to the comments…it just shows a blank page

      • SMILEY

        that happens to me too when i try to open the page. it signalls that itsdone, but it just has a blank page.

        • mrmarc1996

          It worked with me… after about a hundred tries, and then it only worked once…

          • SMILEY

            i dont have the patience to try 100 times lol =p

  • Megan

    Mike,

    Congratulations on seven years of success! I know they haven’t all been easy on you, but you’ve done it! I’m also very surprised to hear how young you were when you originally created Shur’tugal.com. I’m rather impressed. Its even more impressing that you’ve kept it online and the official site for the Inheritance Cycle.

    Best Regards,
    Megan.

  • California

    Happy birthday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😛

  • Kingskid16

    I remember when I first found the site after reading Eragon I found the site and bookmarked it.after the site went it’s change I freaked thinking there wasn’t gonna be a way for me to find out about upcoming books from Christopher I kept checking the site and finally it was back up 😀
    was so glad so now I have this site bookmarked and check everyday for new updates.

    glad you guys have decided to keep Shurtugal around Mike 🙂
    God Bless you all
    keep up the good work.

    • Mengland14

      I remember the first time I ever found this site. I had just finished reading Eragon after a friend had given it to me. I was only 15 at the time. I remember finding out that the next book wouldn’t be released for another year so I immediately searched the internet for any information on the next book. Shurtugal became my best friend and has since stayed as a bookmark. It will continue to stay there.

      I’ve may have never posted on the forums or even given my opinion on the books but I can guarantee everyone that I have read their posts and and their opinions and each and every issue.

      I just wanted to say thank you, this website has given me a chance to realize that its just not the words in a book or even the author that give a book it surreal power. It’s the fans.

      So, thank you, its been a great 7 years and I’m greatly looking forward to the next 7.

  • Mchl_Andrew

    Happy Birthday Shurtugal.
    Here’s to those of us that have been visiting for nearly seven years.

  • HellJumper117

    Happy 7th B-day! Wow seven years thats a long time and this site has only gotten better over time. Thank you Mike for taking the risk and seting this all up! At the very least CP could give us another hint or realease date for book 4 as a B-day present. Now Lets Party!!!!

  • Haha, already been 7 years, eh? Time has been flying! Hard to believe we started doing all this when we were 15!

    • Evansshawn98

      i know what you mean anybody who thinks a 22 y/o who reads fantasy books is immature they definately haven’t read eragon

    • leroyjenkins

      no offense but who are you? im not trying to be rude or anything i was just wondering if your admin or something

      • common sense

        i would think the blue banner and the comment he left would obviously tell you that. but i guess common sense isn’t that common.

        • leroyjenkins

          woah there bud, didnt know, my bad

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Shur’tugal!!!

  • It’s a comforting thought to know that this website’s not going anywhere. To be honest, one of the hardest things about Inheritance ending for me was going to be the death of this site, as it’s been the location of many great memories for me over the years. From reading bits of fan fictions to freaking out upon first seeing Brisingr’s release date, Shurtugal’s been one of those websites that always brings a smile to my face. I’m proud to be a fan of Inheritance, and though I’ll be sad to finish the story that took me most of my teens to experience, I’ll be glad to always have a place where I can remember what a wonderful experience I’ve had with other fans. Long live Inheritance, and long live Shurtugal.

    Atra du evarínya ono varda, Shur’tugal.

  • Evarinya

    Haha! Good job changing the title, Mike. 😉 I was starting to doubt my math skills

    • Changing what title?! It was always this way! 😉

  • Ebrithl

    hey Mike do you think Bid duam could still be alive? The books did not adress his death and Christopher only said there were no more hiding RIDERS.Just a thought.

    • Elf Knight

      Christopher Paolini already told us that there are no Dragon Riders left in hiding during a fairly recent interview. Thus, I don’t think we’ll see any more surprise Riders since he already used that fantasy trope with Murtagh and Thorn. Personally, I think the Grey Folk (or what’s left of them) live in the Spine. But that’s not what we should discuss here. On topic though, Happy Birthday Shurtugal!

      • Ebrithl

        Bid duam is a dragon not a rider Christopher did not say there were no more hiding dragons

        • Dennis

          Bid Daum would have to be enormous…he would be what over a thousand years old? That would make him ten times the size of glaedr…Where would he possibly be hiding? Unless he is the mountain range called the spine…Which is one of Mike’s theories…Although you would think that if the Spine was indeed a dragon you wouldnt find an animals living there because surely they would sense the dragon…not to mention I think the people would notice if the Spine got up and flew around occasionally

          • Willgall19

            its all erroneous. if the problem was solved that anticlimactically i would be so disappointed i would prolly burn both sets of the series that i own. theres not gonna be a dragon the size of a mountain range, and theres not gonna be a gigantic horde of eldunari that eragons gonna stumble across. the only thing that makes me think there might be a horde of eldunari is the fact that the chapter is titled souls of stone and the vault of stones is where eragon needs to go. so theres a link i guess.

    • Perhaps…

    • AJ

      who is bid duam

      • leroyjenkins

        omg read the books please, he’s mentioned in all of them at least once I think

      • Ebrithl

        The first Eragons dragon

  • Amanda Svit- Kona

    lol Feliz aniversario shurtugal!!
    Que vcs continuem postando ótimas noticias, e tudo sobre Eragon! 🙂
    Parabéns!
    lololololololol

    • jinchuriki

      que? no hablo en espanol…

    • jinchuriki

      que? no hablo en espanol…

    • jinchuriki

      que? no hablo en espanol…

    • sean e itala

      Nossa. Eles tem Eragon em portugese? puxa que legal! Ou voce leu em ingles? deve ser bem caro se tiver. tem todos os tres livros?

      eita parabens shurtugal!!!

  • Jwelde

    Wow!! Man, seven years. That’s a long time to pursue one goal so intensely, to dedicate your life to a project like Mike has. I salute you, Mike, you have had and still have the perseverance, determination, and patience to do what no one else has or ever will for the Inheritance Cycle. You have taken a small hobby and turned it into an online community, for Inheritance fans to connect and to talk to each other, and you have made it possible for us to get news faster than it could ever have been possible before. You have endured all the hating, impatient, ignorant whining and complaining that has besieged Shurtugal, and you continue to fight it.

    And I truly hope you make the Acknowledgements, as you certainly should.

  • Ludwig Gustavsson

    Wen does book 4 out, and happy birthday!!!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Shurtugal!!!!! I started reading the inheritance cycle when it first came out, but i was so absorbed with harry potter that i spent all my time on mugglenet, but since potter ended i had to find a new series to follow, and so i ended up here. I thank you mike, for making this website awesome.

    • And thank you, xhuggybearx, for not choosing Twilight. 😉

      • Amethyst Rose

        Oye! I like both Twilight and inheritance. Actually I read all three books before I even got started on Twilight, though I follow Inheritance a lot more closely. One thing Christopher can give for a birthday present is a special Q&A if he’s not too busy.

        • your name

          i secnond that notion.. were about due for one 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Twilight fell a little short in the good writing, creativeness, and action categories, so CP won my support.

      • SMILEY

        to me, twilight and justin bieber fall in the same catagory….worlds most hated obviously… ; )

        • Relov

          Justin beaver…..
          uhhhh
          twilights ok i went on a high on it for a while. its an ok book.
          Its like literary soap opera. lol
          I read one book after the other. One per day.
          I did the same thing with Brisingr too.

          • Anonymous

            Hey so im no twilight or bieber fan, but can we just lay off of the subjects cuz they are too widespread and i hate having to see either mentioned ever

  • Jamessorbie

    Happy B-Day

  • dixie normous

    Wow…..lets get tgis book out already…..since. I finnished the third book…i’ve reread the whole series twice.

  • SMILEY

    great artical mike. keep up the great work and celebrate!! you deserve it =) take a break.

    • I feel no shame in admitting that I took today off from work (first day in a while) and played video games and read a bit.

      • SMILEY

        good on ya!! its fair enough that you get a day off, and how better to spend aday off than to play video games and read =p

      • leroyjenkins

        what did you play?

  • TARHEELS JUST BEAT DUKE 81-69

    Happy B-day Shurtugal ! Keep up the good work Mike, can’t wait for what’s to come!

  • eagerly waiting…

    OMG Happy Birthday Shur’tugal !!!!!!! I only started reading the cycle last year and that was when Ifound my new favorite Inheritance website!!! Mike I’m sooo super happy for you and all the other people working to keep this thing up and running day in and day out. I can’t believe how much dedication it must take to run this site so all I can say is CONGRATS!!!!!!

  • Kithsahan

    LETS PHAARRTY!!!

  • steven

    Happy birthday Shur’tugal its been an epic journey so far and I can’t wait for the many grate years to come from this website!!

  • Phill

    Christopher could give the fourth book as a birthday present

  • Jahooty**

    Happpppppppppppy birrrrrrrrrthday tooooooooo youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu : )

  • Laurelleaf9

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHUR’TUGAL!!!

  • Laurelleaf9

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHUR’TUGAL!!!

  • Laurelleaf9

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHUR’TUGAL!!!

  • Laurelleaf9

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHUR’TUGAL!!!

  • Corynrocks

    Congrats! Happy B-day Shur’tugal! I just found this website last year, but I’ve tried my best to get on every day. Great website, Mike! Thank you so much for your hard work.

  • Nishraptor64

    YAY 7 years

  • :)

    So Mike you were around 14 when you started the website?

    • I started working on the site in January 2004, so I was only 13 then. I turned 14 that March (and turn 22 later this month).

      • :)

        Wow you’ve got dedication.

      • SMILEY

        you were in yr 7?? imin year seven now…

      • Laurelleaf9

        Happy B-day to you (sometime this mounth)!!!!!!!!!

      • Laurelleaf9

        Happy B-day to you (sometime this mounth)!!!!!!!!!

  • Happy birthday, Shur’tugal!

  • kvnmdrs36

    congrats shurtugal on the 6th b-day, and i hope many more are to come

    • Evansshawn98

      7th

  • Spritegirl15

    happy birthday, and thanks for the updates they make me even more eager book four.cant wait till it comes out^_^

  • Amethyst Rose

    According to the calculator on my desktop, it’s 7 years! Anyways, Happy Birthday Shur’tugal!!!!

  • Birdshaw

    If Shur’tugal launched on March 5, 2004, and today is March 5, 2011, wouldn’t it be the 7th anniversary? Anyway, Happy Birthday Shur’tugal! You’re an awesome website!

    • Lesson learned: stop posting news at 2 in the morning, Mike! It was a long week.

  • Fathima Faisal

    Happy birthday … And Best wishes for your future … 🙂

  • phil*d

    happy birthday 😀 such a great success mike congrats 😉

  • Logan

    I am French thus sorry my English :S. I love Eragon since the beginning. I look Shurtugalsince the beginning, even the design to change. I have haste for the volume 4.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday, Shur’tugal!!!!

    Congrats to Mike and the staff for all their hard work to make this site the only place to come to get the latest info on the Inheritance Cycle. I wish you the best in the future and my hopes this site will continue to flourish.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday, Shur’tugal!!!!

    Congrats to Mike and the staff for all their hard work to make this site the only place to come to get the latest info on the Inheritance Cycle. I wish you the best in the future and my hopes this site will continue to flourish.

  • Evarinya

    Happy b-day, Shur’Tugal! I’ve been a fan forever and I’ll stay a fan forever!!!

  • Jumpergirl2056

    Wow,6 years? Happy Birthday Shur’tugal! And congratz to Mike too! Your hard work really did get you somewhere; those are some pretty big accomplishments! And we all really appreciate your (and the other Shur’tugal staff’s) hard work on this site. It makes waiting for Book 4 much more bearable to be able to theorize, etc. with the great community that visits this site. Congratz and Happy Birthday Shur’tugal!

  • Anonymous

    You made us to look every day in this website for news….because we know that you will inform us earlier than anyone else website…and that your news are the truest……HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  • Ryanflake

    Happy Birthday Shurtugal! Thanks for all your hard work Mike, this website has been amazing every time I come to visit; giving me all kinds of new facts to go crazy about all the time, and continuing my unnecessarily impatient desire to read book four. xD

  • Liam Thinkschloesannoying

    awesome thanx dude and happy b-day from liam mclellan hope for more shurtugal and more great books from christopher paolini

  • sirsimon

    happy birthday, a toast for a brighter and GREENER future

    • Rider of Fangs

      HERE, HERE!!!! LOL!!!

    • Corynrocks

      lol, greener. 🙂

    • leroyjenkins

      get it? greener? the fourth book is supposed to be green? no? ok

    • leroyjenkins

      get it? greener? the fourth book is supposed to be green? no? ok

    • SMILEY

      haha lol so true!!=p

  • Emeric

    Happy Birthtday! Only that … if we’re 2011 now, and you lunched the site at 2004, then it makes your seventh birthday. ‘Aight?

    • Ryanflake

      Only if you think you’re already one year old when you’re born..

      • Ryanflake

        Yikes..My bad.

  • EragonlvsArya

    Happy birthday!! I have’nt been yousing this site much but I love IT!!

  • Vikram

    Happy Anniversary guys 🙂 and don’t get me wrong, but isn’t this supposed to be the seventh anniversary if you started on March 5th 2004? Well doe for the extra year’s work as well 😛

    • Erra

      I exactly tought the same; it must be the seventh year :S

  • Juiceboxes

    Isn’t that 7?

    • Bored

      Nope, 2004 + 6 now = 2011. or it was a mistake.

      • jobyjoby

        really, is your math that weak, 2004+6 makes 2011

        • jobyjoby

          sorry i mean 2010

  • Anonymous

    You truly are an inspiration Mike!

  • Elf Knight

    Happy Birthday Shurtugal!!! You guys put a lot of hard work into this website and I give you a standing ovation for all the effort. As a result, I have been able to wile away many hours waiting for Book 4 to come out by reading FanFiction and doing countless other things on this site. What I like about it is that the MODs are so strict so that only the good stuff is posted as fanfiction. It’s like a great big filter which makes it different from FanFiction.net although I do go there sometimes. Still, this site will always be a favorite because of the good fanfictions that started here and due to the fact that it sparked the Lytherus website that is linked to this one. So I give you many happy returns on this special day and I hope you guys have a blast!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! You do such a great job and I truly look forward to the future.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!