“Big Twenty” – One King Falls, Another Shall Rise: Future of the Throne of Alagaësia

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Alagaësia has faced harsh oppression since the Fall of the Riders. The tyrant “king” Galbatorix has sat upon his stolen throne for far too long. Armies from all sides meet for battle on a constant basis, and Galbatorix’s downfall seems imminent. Alagaësia is in need of a new leader, but Alagaësians cannot allow themselves to repeat past mistakes: this leader must be worthy, noble, and selfless. He or she must embody the ideals and principals that Alagaesia and its citizens stand for.

There are many deserving contenders for King and Queen. When exploring possibilities for Alagaësia’s future leader, we must consider all angles and all possibilities. It’s certainly likely that Alagaësia’s new leader will be someone already familiar in the plot… but what if it isn’t? There are thousands of humans in Alagaësia, many of which could be suitable choices, as well as multiple “curveball” possibilities which must be considered. We know that Christopher enjoys catching us off guard, so we must think outside of the box.

Candidates for King, Queen or Future Leader of Alagaesia:

Roran Garrowsson: Roran has risen through the ranks to become an unlikely hero in the war against Galbatorix. Like Eragon, Roran was raised as a poor farm boy with typical aspirations: find a job, buy land and construct a farm, marry his long-time love Katrina, and settle down to start a family. These hopes were shattered when the Empire stole everything that Roran held dear: his father, Garrow; Katrina and her father, Sloan; his childhood home and nearby village, Carvahall. These attacks inspired Roran, drawing out the natural leader within him.

Roran learned to hone his leadership skills as he rallied the villagers of Carvahall against their attackers, successfully leading a defense which repelled the Ra’zac and their soldiers, allowing the villagers precious time to escape into the Spine. Roran became the de facto leader of the Palencar Pirates. He successfully lead and protected the villagers, helping to commandeer Empire ships, raid towns for supplies, and eventually see them to the Varden in Surda.

But it wasn’t until Roran officially joined the fight against Galbatorix by joining the Varden’s army that his leadership abilities – those which qualify Roran as a future king of Alagaësia – truly began to surface. His ferocity in battle was nearly unmatched; his determination and ability to fight for and defend those he loves make him a terrifying enemy. Roran was willing to sacrifice his own well-being by directly defying a superior’s orders in order to save countless lives of fellow soldiers. He is both wise and just, qualities defined by his equal treatment of an Urgal who challenged his authority. Rather than demanding the Kull’s head, he challenged the Kull to a duel of equals, of which Roran was the victor – and chose to spare the Urgal’s life.

These are the qualities that define Roran. Few in Alagaësia command such strength and determination, and few can say that their care for others, desire for equality and justness, rights and protection, match that level of strength. Roran has shown time and time again that he is a ready, able, and capable leader. He has shown that he treats those below him as equals, regardless of their position, attitude, or entitlements. He would make a great King.

Nasuada, Leader of the Varden: Nasuada lived for years under the shadow of her powerful father, Ajihad. His early and untimely death catapulted the young female into a position of power, placing her at the head of the largest rebel group in Alagaësia: the Varden. From day one, Nasuada weathered political attacks and manipulation attempts, choosing to hold the well-being of her people over bribes and political maneuvering.

Nasuada has survived assassination attempts, failed coups and countless battles in an ongoing war. She has lead her people across the continent in search of a new home, allied herself with her neighbors and politically positioned herself in a way that commands respect and allegiance from her peers. Despite her young age, Nasuada has proven herself as a true leader, ensuring that the well-being of her subjects remains at the forefront of every decision. She is willing to make unfavorable or unpopular decisions when it means the best for the Varden and repeatedly demonstrates that survival of her people and the Varden as a whole is paramount.

Nasuada’s successful leadership at the helm of Alagaësia’s rebel group has unofficially secured her a top position as contender for Alagaësia’s future leader. It is impossible to deny the young warrior’s exceptional political skill and overwhelming compassion required to successfully lead a free and just nation. Her experience as a leader of the people is nearly unmatched, and her efforts throughout the war show that she will not crack or waver under pressure. Alagaësia needs a leader who cares for its people more than said leader cares for him or herself; this leader could very well be Nasuada, ruler of the Varden.

Eragon Shadeslayer: Eragon is a powerful Rider and awe-inspiring warrior. He is an unlikely hero, born and raised as a farm boy before destiny called: he was to be Alagaësia’s first free Rider since the Fall. Perhaps most important is Eragon’s unlikely parentage; his father was one of Alagaësia’s most important rebels and free-thinkers, Brom the Rider; his mother was once the right-hand to Morzan the Rider and a powerful and feared assassin in her own right, known as the Black Hand. He has shown his ability to lead in battle numerous times over the course of both books, almost always the victor. He has grown to understand (though not enjoy) politics as a diplomat to Alagaësia’s various races. He is both trusted and respected by Alagaësia’s most powerful leaders.

But Eragon has no desire to become King of Alagaësia. Eragon realized immediately that there are far better contenders than him. While Eragon has become the unlikely face of Alagaësia’s rebellion, he wishes for his leadership to end with the war. Eragon realized this as early as Ajihad’s death, when the young Rider was faced with the decision of whether or not to claim the Varden as his own, becoming the rebel group’s leader. He chose not to, recognizing that it would be both unfair and unwise, as there were more eligible contenders for the role. This is a position Eragon has continued to carry, leading us to believe that even if the opportunity presented itself, Eragon would decline a seat upon Alagaësia’s throne, choosing instead to support the new leader from the sidelines.

Besides, Eragon has another role to consider: leader of a new generation of Dragon Riders.

Angela the Herbalist (just humor us!): Okay, we can’t help it – how can you write a piece on future leaders of Alagaësia without considering, just for a moment, what the world would be like with Angela at the helm? Picture it now: King Solembum and Queen Angela, mad and quirky – but just and fair rulers. Wouldn’t want to get on their bad side for fear of curses, poisons, or death by claws. Official decrees ending the age-long debate of frog vs. toad. It would be madness – glorious, insane madness!

Clearly she has it in her; we’ve only but discovered the tip of the iceberg that is her magical and physical abilities; her wisdom and ability to see into the future is broad; she is respected and feared among the races of Alagaësia for reasons still unknown; and most importantly, she’d be the laugh Alagaësia needed after such a long time under that old crab Galbatorix’s wicked rule. Right?

Murtagh Morzansson (a potential curveball): There are a lot of elements at play against Murtagh. He’s currently enslaved by the most powerful and evil being in Alagaësia – Galbatorix. He’s constantly forced to betray those he once fought for and alongside. He’s committed terrible acts all in the name of the man he serves unwillingly. Despite the fact that many of his actions are performed because he is obligated to – controlled by his true name – it’s impossible to forget that Murtagh has an “out”, however gruesome, which could save hundreds from unnecessary suffering: Murtagh could take his own life.

It’s hard to ignore all of the above points… they all work against Murtagh, nearly destroying any hope he would have at redemption, let alone a shot at the throne. But the notion cannot be dismissed; there is an entire book’s worth of events, conflicts, and possible redemption waiting to be read. Murtagh could be the downfall of Galbatorix, could make amends for all of his troubles. Who knows the courts better than the King’s right hand? But we doubt that the people would ever trust him enough to allow him such a position of power. Also in doubt is the people’s desire to see another Rider or immortal being take the throne. That didn’t end well the first time.

Galbatorix may have an heir (curveball): We have no evidence from the books to support this theory, however it’s certainly interesting to consider and explore. Galbatorix has lived for a very long time; it would be preposterous to assume that the tyrant never found interest or love in another woman. Assuming he had over the years, it wouldn’t be much of a reach to state that he has fathered one or two (or many) children. However, Galbatorix does not appear to have an official wife (no mention of a queen in the books), which would mean that any children he did have would have been conceived out of wedlock – a big no-no for potential heirs to the throne. But Galbatorix has never been one to play by the rules, has he?

Even if Galbatorix did have a child with delusions of a claim to the throne, there are a few factors to consider: Galbatorix was not a rightful heir to the throne, so his possible children would not be legally entitled to the throne. Most importantly, the people of Alagaësia would never allow this; Galbatorix was the most wicked ruler Alagaësia has ever seen, and the idea of allowing one his spawn to succeed him sounds like the punch line to a bad joke.

Alagaësia’s proper blood line heir comes out of hiding: Prior to Galbatorix, Alagaësia’s political system was largely a monarchy. Sure, it had its issues – remember the insane King Palencar? However, somewhere in Alagaësia lies a family carrying a very powerful bloodline – one that is in some ways entitled to the throne. This bloodline is rumored to still run through citizens of Palencar valley, which may indicate that some characters we’ve grown close to – Eragon, Roran – may unknowingly be heirs to the Broddring Kingdom.

Should that bloodline not affect Eragon or Roran, it is possible – though less likely – that a challenger may arise, claiming him or herself as heir to the throne. This would certainly throw a wrench into things, but it’s also possible that it wouldn’t cause too many issues. After all, are the people of Alagaësia going to want a farmer with royal blood as their king, or a battle-hardened and loyal war hero?

Proper elections (unlikely): We touched on this above, but here’s a refresher: Alagaësia has always been ruled by a monarchy (or, you know, the evil Rider who killed all of those in power and stole the throne for himself). Human kings have never been elected – instead, they were born into a power they acquired when the previous king would die. However, it’s possible that Alagaësians may be fed up with that political system, instead wishing for a more democratic approach – voting.

Alagaësia’s future leader will be a representative of the people. Why, then, shouldn’t this leader be chosen by the people he or she will represent? It is possible, though unlikely, that the humans of Alagaësia will demand an election to determine the nation’s next leader. If that is the case, the leader will likely carry a title other than “king”. It’s also possible that the lords of Alagaësia’s various human cities and towns will be those who cast the vote for the next leader. Either approach would offer a more democratic approach to choosing Alagaësia’s future leader, but we find the possibility improbable.

Most importantly, remember… before a new leader of the people can be chosen, the old king must fall.

Questions to answer – leave your thoughts in the comments:

  • Who is your personal favorite contender for future leader of Alagaësia – and most importantly, why?
  • Do you feel that our positions were wrong on any of the above candidates?
  • Did we leave anyone off the list that you believe will make the best future King or Queen of Alagaësia?



Be sure to vote in this week’s Big Twenty poll and share your thoughts, theories, and opinions in the comments below!

  • Eschwartz

    to repeat my previous explanations as to my theories (it was a while ago), and edited a little,

    i think the new king is orrin. hes the heir of king angrenost, who galby
    deposed, and surda is the true broddring government-in-exile. hes gonna
    marry nasuada, who will force him to use his brain sometimes and not be
    an idiot, cuz they ARE already attracted to each other. besides, Mike said he only refused, and continues to refuse, even with all the
    arguments, Orrin being king because “hes the ruler of Surda, so he’ll be needed there”. The heir
    to King Angrenost, the king at the time that Galby took over, is Orrin.
    Angrenost (or maybe his son) escaped to Surda, because Orrin is the descendant of “Thanebrand the
    Ring-giver, who succeeded old, mad Palencar on the throne.” (quote from
    one of Orrin’s rants.) Surda is the (true) Broddring
    government-in-exile, which is exactly why he MUST be king in Uru’baen.
    The purpose of Surda is to provide haven for the true king’s line till
    they can return. That’s what a government-in-exile IS.  (BOO, MIKE)

    roran is a war hero, which is not the same as a true leader, and CP is not going to grasp at straws to trace king Palencar’s descendants  who are, anyway, lost to history. how will the truth be uncovered?( and “Tengas genealogical scrolls” are a ridiculous claim – what, is he following their line down through time, for no good reason?) we have much stronger kingships to go after, and which are alredady traced by common knowledge, i.e. orrin

    it
    cant be eragon, cuz of course he is immortal and thats a big no-no in
    rulers of the short-lived races, something he recognizes– he said he
    will point-blank refuse the throne. plus the prophecy, which is
    “unavoidable, it will come to pass even if you try to prevent it”, it is
    his destiny to do so, a part of his nature. (this is opposed to
    premonitions, which are views of possible futures.) this would not be
    mentioned if it wasnt going to happen in the books. is
    CP going to leave us with that question? “Oh, a long time later eragon
    must leave, but the book wont mention it, despite my HUGE opener”? and he can’t rule from vroengard (even if that is his leaving, which is too much like cheating to satisfy me, and, no doubt, many of you), since its totally unattached to the place he’d be ruling.

    angela was mentioned as a joke. ’nuff said.

    murtagh
    will be a broken man if and when he is freed, he doesnt have a ruler
    personality, he is one of the Undying, and no one will like him. and why
    would he aspire to rule? freedom for once in his life? he has that now
    galby died. vengeance for his generally horrible life? hell get trounced
    by all the elves, eragon + (New Rider), the varden, surda, the
    dwarfs,… yeah, all alagaesia. he wont get vengeance, but he DOES get
    to die. NOT worth it.

    any heir of galby would be wise to kill
    himself to save himself from a more painful death, just on general
    principle. at the very least he wont come claiming hes galbys heir to
    the throne, especially b/c galby was a usurper dictator and HAD no
    rights.

    the heir of the old bloodline is exactly our problem with roran, since really its the same choice. see paragraph 2.

    elections
    would have to be invented, which is a stretch. and the problem with
    kings is when they aren’t trained/raised as good people, so theyre evil.
    elections are to create democracies so no one person can totally screw
    us all, but with good people on the throne, which is no longer realistic
    nowadays in the real world, but TOTALLY realistic in fantasy medieval
    times, we’ve got a benevolent rule, which is all we want really.

    naturally, i voted once for nasuada, once for the True King of the Blood Royal. (which is basically what the heir of the old bloodline is, or SHOULD be. thats what i view it as.)

  • jinchuriki

    Roran and Eragon don’t want to rule
    I think Nasuada will die in the fight against galbatorix
    I doubt anyone would vote or if they decided to do it that way it wouldn’t be proper voting it would be all corrupted
    no one will accept Angela (cause no one trusts her) or Murtagh (nuff said) or a descendant of Galby (I doubt there is one, and even if there is nuff said)
    and I doubt there is an heir to the broddring throne that is still alive or if there is then they dont know of their own lineage

    • Eschwartz

      how many times must i say it? EVERY ASPECT OF ORRIN’S EXISTENCE REFERS TO THE FACT THAT HE IS THE EXILED KING FROM THE BRODDRING KINGDOMS RULING LINE. SURDA IS ESSENTIALLY THE BRODDRING KINGOM-IN-EXILE

  • Belzar

    My vote is Roran all the way! If of course he is not the next dragon rider which i think could be a huge possibility!!! and he would make a great rider, just look at all the things he has accomplished without having magic or a dragon. Not even eragon would be able to do what he did. But Roran would probaly make a way better leader and ruler of alagaeia! He has all the qualities of being a great king like being a great commander who could lead his trops to victory, he is wise and smart, kind and a loving husband and who would die protecting his people and disobey hisorders to ensure the safety of his men. He also grew up as a poor farm boy so he would know how to teat people fairly. I aslo think that Roran could be related to Palancar which would make him heir to the throne. Being related to eragon would also help him. He may have grown up s a farm boy but he will never truly be  afarm boy again. Even if he made his wedding vowels to Katrina things could always change by she ould die, she could refuse and want him to become king, or circumstances would force im to become king.
               The 2 only other reasonable people to become king or queen wold be orrin or nasuada. I highly doubt orrin would be king because i think he will die or just be happy rulin surda. And Nasauda i think she would be a bad option because she is the leader of a rebel army and she has also made bad calls and is very oer anxious to take the throne even if she is a good leader. So yeah Roran is my vote!!!!!!1 🙂  Comments:

  • Belzar

    My vote is Roran all the way! If of course he is not the next dragon rider which i think could be a huge possibility!!! and he would make a great rider, just look at all the things he has accomplished without having magic or a dragon. Not even eragon would be able to do what he did. But Roran would probaly make a way better leader and ruler of alagaeia! He has all the qualities of being a great king like being a great commander who could lead his trops to victory, he is wise and smart, kind and a loving husband and who would die protecting his people and disobey hisorders to ensure the safety of his men. He also grew up as a poor farm boy so he would know how to teat people fairly. I aslo think that Roran could be related to Palancar which would make him heir to the throne. Being related to eragon would also help him. He may have grown up s a farm boy but he will never truly be  afarm boy again. Even if he made his wedding vowels to Katrina things could always change by she ould die, she could refuse and want him to become king, or circumstances would force im to become king.
               The 2 only other reasonable people to become king or queen wold be orrin or nasuada. I highly doubt orrin would be king because i think he will die or just be happy rulin surda. And Nasauda i think she would be a bad option because she is the leader of a rebel army and she has also made bad calls and is very oer anxious to take the throne even if she is a good leader. So yeah Roran is my vote!!!!!!1 🙂  Comments:

  • Miya

    I think if any charector we have already met will become the leader of Alagaesia, it will be Nasuada, or maybe a joint thing with her and Orrin, though i dont think it’d be a marrige out of love, just convenience. She is a great leader and very good to the peple of the Varden, like this article says.
    Roran, i don’t think, would become king becuase while he is playing a major role in the war and helping and leading, he just isnt someone who WANTS to be a king. he’s ok with leading when people want a leader, and he is anything but a follower, but i think he’d rather go back to Carvahall and have a farm and a family with Katrina then lead the whole country. I’d LOVE him as a king or leader, but he’s a farm boy and always will be….. but maybe that can change 😉
    Eragon wouldnt be king because he knows power is dangerous, especially if you’re immortal, and he’d be better off as a Dragon Rider leader. plus, he’s supposed to “leave and never return” or something, right?
    Angela is definatly not right because she just goes wher the fun is. if she gets even a little bored, she’ll flake out. also, i dont think anyone with any type of magic should be leader.
    Murtagh wont be it because he’s not wise enough and he’s magical, which, like i said, shouldnt be a factor in a good leader. also, i think he’s gonna “leave” too, but i dont kno if he’s gonna go somewhere else, or die, unlike Eragon who wont die either way.

    • Eschwartz

      finally someone who makes sense and thinks logically. (like me, read my post from a week ago.)

  • Wingsonmyheels

    I still believe that Nasuada and Murtagh are going to have a fling, so maybe they’ll end up as the king and queen, with Nasuada probably having more power 

  • BEST SO FAR

    Roran promised Katrina a home back in Carvahall, he will not lead. Eragon is leaving with the elves, Angela is just not suited for it (she would probably go with the elves to where the interesting things are happening). King Orrin and Nasuada would both make fine leaders, if not both (as king and queen).

  • guest

    One that is already a king: King Orin;)

  • Eiyra

    Um, how would they know/figure out that someone was a dirrect blood descendant from Broddring Kingdom, anyway? we already know that it’s impossible to conjure the past, and that’s about the only way I can think of them being able to find out.

    • Eschwartz

      its a well documented fact that orrin is angrenosts descendant. surda IS the broddring kingdom-in-exile. his very purpose in the series is as THE EXILED KING.

  • Eiyra

    Um, how would they know/figure out that someone was a dirrect blood descendant from Broddring Kingdom, anyway? we already know that it’s impossible to conjure the past, and that’s about the only way I can think of them being able to find out.

  • Prometheuslkr

    Nasuada all the way. An interesting theory to consider as well is that Alagaesia is united under Islanzadi or Arya on the elven throne. This seems unlikely though and contradicts my other main theory: that the immortals (Riders, Dragons, and Elves) will leave Alagaesia forever to eliminate what have been stated as the two main factors behind Galby’s tyranny: overly powerful magic-users, and immortality.

  • Cdgb

    just saying, but Roran wrestled a normal urgal, not a kull. Otherwise i doubt he would be alive right now XD

  • Peter-18

    Horst Ostrecsson will be decended from palencar and made king, 🙂

  • Eragon

    Arya she is wise fair a good fighter and has royal blood. She is close to eragon and together they travel through many cities and meet many people. She would b a great choice. I don’t think eragon has had his romance yet. I predict a new character

    • Arya<3

      I HOPE that what Angela said as an epic romance hasn’t occured yet, because it wasn’t very exciting :/.

      • Eiyra

        yah, not very memorable, and that’s what “epic’ means. Like, legendary. I don’t think anyone would talk about how the first Rider in one hundred year fell flat on his butt courting an elf.lol

  • Dragonmaster3 42

    What about Queen Islanzadi. I mean she already has hundreds of years experience ruling the elves. It would also help the humans get to know the elves better seeing how they would all come out of hiding if Galbotorix died.

    • Mkcole

      CP talks about be generations taking over which has happened for the varden (nassuada) and the dwarves (orik) so I highly doubt she will even be in power of her own people.

    • Shashank

      islanzadi wl die….its the commmon thread all the old die and pass on their inheritance to the younger generation…hrothgar to orik,brom to eragon, n so on
       

    • Lalala

      Also, it’s been previously stated many times, that Islanzadí isn’t precisely a great leader, it’s said by almost all races, humans, dwarfs, and even elves themselves, although with less explicit words; such as erratic, tense, etc.

  • Dragonmaster3 42

    What about Queen Islanzadi. I mean she already has hundreds of years experience ruling the elves. It would also help the humans get to know the elves better seeing how they would all come out of hiding if Galbotorix died.

  • anonymous

    this is from an excerpt of book 4 on alegasia.com 
    As Roran straightened from a crouch, his eyes met Eragon’s, and in his gaze,Eragon saw a flash of fear and helplessness, quickly followed by resignation, as ifRoran knew that, no matter how fast he ran, he could not possibly reach safety intime.A wry smile touched Roran’s lips.And the wall fell.This implies that Roran dies. If he is dead, then he cannot be the king of alegasia.

    • Arya<3

      HES NOT DEAD IN THE KING CAT CHAPTER

      • anonymous

        yes, but this chapter could be set after the king cat chapter.

        • Arya<3

          c.p said that into the breach was from the 1st few pages. king cat is from chapter 4

  • Oasis_soup

    Personally I think Roran is the most likely. When Eragon inevitably gives Galbatorix and damn good thrashing he will be in a very awkward position; everyone will love him and see him as the rightful heir to the throne despite the fact that to rule is the least thing he wants. Even if he decides that he’ll settle down for a nice quite life somewhere of vroengard people will still come to him for advice on almost any political decision and no one will dare go against his decisions thus making him an immortal dictator in all but name, realising this Eragon sets off with the elves in hope of finding more dragons on other continents. This will then leave the people looking for another candidate to be their monarch.
     Nausuada will be innapropriate; during her campaign she killed hundreds of citizens of the empire and will therefore be villified by most of the populace. Roran will then catch the attentions masses – being Eragon’s only blood relative he’s the closest thing to the man himself. With his origins as a farmer he will appeal to the Joe Bloggs of Alagaesia as he understands the harships of their daily lives and as a common soldier in the varden he will have experianced the sorrow of war as much as anyone. Roran will essentially be forced into office by the pressure of the masess and it horrified by his predicament – as Eragon is leaving on a ship for greener pastures Roran will beg his cousin to stay and help him, however, this is the very situation Eragon wants to avoid so he sails of regardless while Roran screams at the boat as it drifts away.
    Roran being king also reflects the themes of the books – The people from Palancar Valley are decendents of the mad king Palancar so becoming king is inheritance of the throne. 

  • Pezball

    While I like the Orrin/Nasuada ruling combo, what about instead of a true monarchy there is a council of the races among Alegasia to oversee all?  Each race could have their own respectful leader, which could be a king/queen situation, but it could be more like a UN situation…just a thought.

  • anonymous

    murtagh and eragon are out of the question. the people wouldn’t stand for having another immortal dragon rider as their king. Angela should not even be considered. the idea of angela being queen is not a good idea. it is also highly unlikely that the varden would allow an heir of Galbatorix’s choosing to become the new king. i personally believe that roran will die in this book, so he cannot be king. holding elections for the new king would be anticlimactic. the only probable new ruler of alegasia is Nasuada

  • Hrothgar

    i believe that Roran will be offered a position as king, but he will refuse choosing instead to live a simple life with Katrina and the position will be passed down to Nasuada who will accept the position

    • Mkcole

      I like this idea alot because I don’t see CP being obvious with his choice

  • Loic Jordan

    Roran should be king, because he deserve’s it for everything he has done.
    No positions were wrong.
    I think you forgot someone : Jeod ! There’s a very small (but there is) possibility that he becomes king !

    • DragonFire:D

      Jeod?! How are things on planet you wish! :/

    • Tara

      I also considered Jeod and commented about it a while ago,  he does know the history and the peoples of Alagaesia from all of his reading, he’s likable enough and his wife would love it.  I don’t know if he would be a realistic candidate but I agree with you that he should’ve been at least mentioned.

  • Wraithlord14

    it will be Roran through proper elections. 

  • jahooty

    LOL none of the above theories included king orien !!

  • Hansolo312

    It should be pointed out that Palancar valley is the most likely place for a leader to come from as that is where the King Palancar lived.  Personally I think Roran will be chosen by  birthright (descended from kings) and popular consent

  • Sureou

    No one said anything about the Elves, right?
    i dont see why – after the fall of galbatorix, the elves wont take the crown?…
    i think the queen will try to take the role of a Queen once again infront the humans and will take it from nasuada… think about it…

    • Hrothgar

      i doubt an elf will rule over the humans

  • Debatra

    It’s all but explicitely stated in Brisingr that Katrina’s pregnant. There’s nothing to indicate that the war won’t take years. During that time, this child may set themself up to rule.

  • brosio94

    I dont think its going to be Roran.  All he wants to do after the war ends is to settle down with his wife and have a farm back in Panclar Valley.  He wants to have a simple life not being a king of a messed up nation.  I also don’t think that it’s going to anyone else mention because the book is named Inhertiance.  The other books were named for an important reason because of what happend in that book.  Eldest was named because Eragon finds out that he and Murtagh are related and that Zar’roc should go to his eldest son.  Brisinger was named because its the name Eragon gave to his new flaming sword.  I think this goes to fourth book as well that prehaps someone will inherit the title of king.  It’s probbly someone in Panclar Valley who is a decendent of that mad king.  Which leads me to belive that it’s going to be Host.  He is obviously the most important person in Carvahall and people seem to listen to him.  He is fair and just and is a personal friend of Eragon and Roran.  He is like able and knows what is right to do.  Being a king will also give him back all the richs he lost when he left Carvahall.  Host is the prime person in Carvahall to be king but it could be anyone else in the village who is the blood line of the Panclar king.

  • Giller

    It is unlikely that a Elf would be picked as the human leader but not
    impossible however to go down that road you would also have to consider
    Orik, Nar Garzhvog and the
    King of the werecat’s. No it is far more likely that a human will be
    picked to lead the humans and this human will be Roran in my opinion
    with Surda staying a seperate country under Orrin’s control. I also Believe there will be some kind of political battle between Roran, Orrin and Nasuada as Nasuada said before that if Roran ever openly challanged her should would have to destroy him to stop him and the books make it very clear that Nasuada has her eye set on Galbatorix’s throne.

  • Rccd_bro

    An unexplored option: King Orrin, he’s (as said in one of the books) the heir of the royal line that substituted King Palencar’s line, that ruled the human kingdom before the downfall of the riders, and that reorganized some of the humans in a new nation

  • Eschwartz

    i think the new king is orrin. hes the heir of king angrenost, who galby deposed, and surda is the true broddring government-in-exile. hes gonna marry nasuada, who will force him to use his brain sometimes and not be an idiot, cuz they ARE already attracted to each other.

    roran is a war hero, which is not the same as a true leader, and CP is
    not going to grasp at straws to trace king Palencar’s descendants  who
    are, anyway, lost to history. how will the truth be uncovered?( and
    “Tengas genealogical scrolls” are a ridiculous claim – what, is he
    following their line down through time, for no good reason?)

    it cant be eragon, cuz of course he is immortal and thats a big no-no in rulers of the short-lived races, something he recognizes– he said he will point-blank refuse the throne. plus the prophecy, which is “unavoidable, it will come to pass even if you try to prevent it”, it is his destiny to do so, a part of his nature. (this is opposed to premonitions, which are views of possible futures.) this would not be mentioned if it wasnt going to happen in the books.is CP going to leave us with that question? “Oh, a long time later eragon must leave, but the book wont mention it, despite my HUGE opener”?

    angela was mentioned as a joke.

    murtagh will be a broken man if and when he is freed, he doesnt have a ruler personality, he is one of the Undying, and no one will like him. and why would he aspire to rule? freedom for once in his life? he has that now galby died. vengeance for his generally horrible life? hell get trounced by all the elves, eragon + (New Rider), the varden, surda, the dwarfs,… yeah, all alagaesia. he wont get vengeance, but he DOES get to die. NOT worth it.

    any heir of galby would be wise to kill himself to save himself from a more painful death, just on general principle. at the very least he wont come claiming hes galbys heir to the throne, especially b/c galby was a usurper dictator and had no rights.

    the heir of the old bloodline is exactly our problem with roran, since really its the same choice. see paragraph 2.

    elections would have to be invented, which is a stretch. and the problem with kings is when they arent trained/raised as good people, so theyre evil. elections are to create democracies so no one person can totally screw us all, but with good people on the throne, which is no longer realistic nowadays in the real world, but totally realistic in fantasy medieval times, weve got a benevolent rule, which is all we want really.

    • Eschwartz

      P.S: Mike said he refused and continues to refuse, even with all the arguments, Orrin being king because “hes the ruler of Surda”. The heir to King Angrenost, the king at the time that Galby took over, is Orrin. Angrenost (or maybe his
      son) escaped to Surda, because Orrin is the descendant of “Thanebrand
      the Ring-giver, who succeeded old, mad Palencar on the throne.” (quote from one of Orrin’s rants.) Surda is the (true) Broddring government-in-exile, which is exactly why he MUST be king in Uru’baen. The purpose of Surda is to provide haven for the true king’s line till they can return. That’s what a government-in-exile IS.  BOO, MIKE

  • Cgeer

    that girl that eragon and saphira bless, not elva, but the one with her mother…eragon thought they would be a part of galbatorix’s overthrowing..why not?

  • Cgeer

    that girl that eragon and saphira bless, not elva, but the one with her mother…eragon thought they would be a part of galbatorix’s overthrowing..why not?

  • Cgeer

    that girl that eragon and saphira bless, not elva, but the one with her mother…eragon thought they would be a part of galbatorix’s overthrowing..why not?

  • Kimminau

    Roran did NOT wrestle a kull… just saying hed get owned.

  • Vira

    Isn’t it stated somewhere that Orrin is rumored to come from the bloodline that ruled Alagaesia? And isn’t Surda a country that broke off from Alagaesia while Galbatorix was pursuing the Eldunari? I’ll have to go through and take a closer look. In any case I do not believe Angela or Eragon have any shot at the throne. It was stated somewhere (again, I’ll have to look for the reference) that no immortal should ever have a right to be king, and we know that Eragon is immortal and that Angela is at best, very, very old. I believe if it’s not Orrin, it’s Roran. There has been a lot of emphasis on his lack of magical ability in Brisingr, but I certainly believe he is destined for something great.

  • some1 who comments

    I think the new ruler will be Angela. This is because she is so mysterious that her previous life (before she met Eragon) could include anything. Also, in one of the interviews with Christopher Paolini, he said Angela would have her “crowning moment”. Its possible that his fugure of speech was more than just a phrase. Just something to think about.

  • some1 who comments

    I think the new ruler will be Angela. This is because she is so mysterious that her previous life (before she met Eragon) could include anything. Also, in one of the interviews with Christopher Paolini, he said Angela would have her “crowning moment”. Its possible that his fugure of speech was more than just a phrase. Just something to think about.

  • I think either Roran or Nasuada.. although Nasuada is more likely because Roran promised Katrina to go back to the farm at Carvahall, so he wouldn’t be king..I  dont think anyone of Algaesia’s old bloodline will show up, Galbatorix probably killed them all..
    About Murtagh, poor guy, he was just a victimof the circumstances, I don’t want him to b killed, although there’s a good chance he will be, but they wouldn’t let him be the king.. anyways, I think he’s going to be the guy from eragon’s vision in the first book, when someone gets left behind by a boat, he’s going to be banished to an island in Algaesia, Thorn will get killed and Eragon will leave Algaesia forever because of the Menoa tree, when they went to get the metal for the sword, Eragon promised anything in exchange and the tree said “go” or something like that.. it meant “go” as in leave, get out of here, so they will have to leave Algaesia. The people on the boat will be Eragon, a few elves, Arya (who I think will be the next rider), and the dragons will be Saphira and Greenie 🙂

    • Kathryn

      Ummm, I think you’re mistaken about the bit with the Menoa tree. She took something from Eragon in return for the brightstar. He doesn’t know what…yet, but she didn’t mean for him to leave Alagaesia.

      • Prometheuslkr

        I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Everybody: Galby’s soldiers, Menoa tree, Angela, and the Ra’zac are telling Eragon “get out of here, we don’t like you…” I don’t think the Menoa tree will force them to leave Alagaesia, but that might well have been another reference to the fact that they will.

      • Prometheuslkr

        I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Everybody: Galby’s soldiers, Menoa tree, Angela, and the Ra’zac are telling Eragon “get out of here, we don’t like you…” I don’t think the Menoa tree will force them to leave Alagaesia, but that might well have been another reference to the fact that they will.

      • Prometheuslkr

        I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Everybody: Galby’s soldiers, Menoa tree, Angela, and the Ra’zac are telling Eragon “get out of here, we don’t like you…” I don’t think the Menoa tree will force them to leave Alagaesia, but that might well have been another reference to the fact that they will.

  • Ghf Hfy

    arya

  • Kandy

    King Orrin, while a fascinating choice, is probably not going to happen. My best guess is for Roran. He’s the cousin of a Dragon Rider, giving him credibility, and he has proven his ability to lead people well on numerous occasions. So that’s my vote 😀 also in my consideration is Horst. Hey, I’m just sayin’…

  • BigFan

    Roran is gonne be king 😀 at least im hoping he will be xD But the fact that Eragon is destined to leave alagaesia doesn’t mean he’s gonne go across the sea, he may just live in Surda or the Beor mountains or on Vroenguard, these places are not a part of alagaesia, they are different countries/states(whatever you want to call them)

    • Rosechrump

      Alagaesia is the Continent on which surda the Boer Mountains and Vroenguard are located in.

      • Eschwartz

        and the EMPIRE, which is what you, bigfan, seem to be calling alagaesia

  • Horsegal4ever

    I just have one thing to state . . . Isn’t everyone forgetting about the two elven children? They’re soooooo mysterious, they can be put up for any theory!!!

  • blade

    It has to be Roran, he has showed that he is an extremely capable leader and most likely to become the King,King Orrin will be satisfied ruling Surda and i dnt think Nausada is ambitiouse to sit on the throne 

  • Peekdar

    I honestly think that it will be King Orrin, he’s the king of Surda.

  • Peekdar

    I honestly think that it will be King Orrin, he’s the king of Surda.

  • Arhie

    HORST’S SON! Just think about it, we know that the royal bloodline runs through carvahall, and we know that one of Horst’s son’s, (albreich or baldor?) has blonde hair which is an oddity because brown is the predominant hair color. The royal gene could have popped up with him which explains why he looks different than most. Just a theory.

  • Mollywaters94

    I think that it will be Horst because in Eragon CP says that there is a royal bloodline in Palancar Valley and Horst seems like the kind of guy that would fit being a great ruler by being strong and good at breaking up arguments like with Eragon and Sloan.

  • Bertimus

    You are missing King Orrin. Isn’t he the real desendant of king Palancar?

    • Opinionator

      He is. Thats why I am confused. and they didn’t put Arya or izlanzadi in there either.

      • Eschwartz

        no hes the grand- or great-grandson of king angrenost, who galby deposed, so  hes actually a much stronger candidate.

  • Rofl Clopter

    I think that Roran could be a possible candidate for the throne. Not only because he is the cousin of Eragon, but in the first book Eragon, it said that descendents of King Palancar may live in Carvahall and Thereinsford. Maybe Roran is a descendent! However, Roran declared in his marriage he will return to Carvahall as a farmer to support Katrina and their unborn child. I think probably a leader will be chosen through elections, but it may be someone we are all familiar with…

  • Brisngr

    Humor me here… But what about… ELVA! I mean, she can predict whats about to happen. How awesome would it be for her to be Queen. She would be able to help peoples pain. Hard for her to be assassinated. She’s blessed by a dragon and everything.  

    • Peekdar

      Wouldn’t work, she would end up killing herself to save someone, unfitting for a queen, also she ran off away from all people remember, she wouldn’t want to rule them…

  • Reenaluvsdolphins

    i think that it will be Roran as king. but they did miss an important fact. angelas prediction of eragon leaving alegasia forever. ever since i read eragon seven years ago i thought that angelas prediction might mean that eragon dies, and the leaving alegasia forever might be symbolical or talking about his soul  leaving forever.

  • Brooke

    I Think it might be one of the elven people, most likely Arya.

  • Medwyn

    I actually think it will be someone else entirely. I do agree that it will be someone we have met before in the books, but I do not think it will be anyone from this list. These people already have too much responsibility. Roran will have a family to raise, Eragon will likely retire after the events of book 4, Nasuada has her own people to rule, same with Orrin. Angela is just totally unlikely. Same with Galby having an heir. But of those, I would probably lean toward Roran; him or someone from the Alagaesia bloodline. But I still strongly believe it will be someone we’ve met before, but not from the above choices.

  • Mike Anderson757

    Katrina. She’s royal blood, and she takes Roran as her king. suckit.

  • Mike Anderson757

    Katrina. She’s royal blood, and she takes Roran as her king. suckit.

  • TheLastRiders

    I think a council of elders, one from each race, would be ideal to rule a land like Alagaesia, the war against Galbatorix brought all the races together, so it only makes sense that they rule together.

  • Cjmoore95

    Humor me, but could the woman and the girl who went to Angela, be the actual heirs to the Alegasia throne?

  • Cjmoore95

    Humor me, but could the woman and the girl who went to Angela, be the actual heirs to the Alegasia throne?

    • Horsegal4ever

      That’s what I think!!! OMG someone who has my thoughts!!! I’m not insane! But, let me say, I think the girl is the Green Rider. My thoughts. 😛

      • Landofelyon97

        OMG you are  the first person besides myself who thinks that the girl is the Green Rider! Thank you so much!

  • Cjmoore95

    Humor me, but could the woman and the girl who went to Angela, be the actual heirs to the Alegasia throne?

  • Cjmoore95

    Humor me, but could the woman and the girl who went to Angela, be the actual heirs to the Alegasia throne?

  • Du Hjarta Skulblaka

    I’m actually surprised Orrin isn’t included on the list, he is an obvious candidate, at least for me. Also slightly surprised Eragon is; he has other commitments, has said himself he does not want to become another Galbatorix, and there is the mystery of him “leaving Alagaesia never to return”. Personally, i think Nasuada is the most likely. Her experience running the Varden and ingenuity would doubtless be put to good use as a Queen. Wether or not this happens however, is another matter entirely. 

    • Eschwartz

      mike said he refused and continues to refuse even with all the arguments, orrin being king because “hes the ruler of surda”

    • Eschwartz

      mike said he refused and continues to refuse even with all the arguments, orrin being king because “hes the ruler of surda”

      • Eschwartz

        NOTE: surda is the (true) Broddring government-in-exile, which is exactly why he MUST be king in uru’baen. BOO, MIKE

    • Eschwartz

      mike said he refused and continues to refuse even with all the arguments, orrin being king because “hes the ruler of surda”

  • Flin

    I think King Orrin will be the next king, I mean, he already has the exprience for it. 🙂

  • Sush Shring

    I think Horst will be King as he is a blacksmith so he can forge a new world

  • Greg

    I picked Angela because I think that would be a bad arse. Also i think Roran is gonna die so thats why i did not pick him.

  • I also just thought of something while reading the other posts. About Palancar being the host of the royal bloodline essentially. Even if it is just one human ruling, this doesn’t necessarily mean Roran and Eragon though does it? It could easily be (think about it before replying) one of the villagers like Gertrude. Gertrude has always put others before herself, has shown the abilities to shout out and to follow orders. She can comfort her allies and heal wounds, and more importantly, all without magic. I think it’s funny to open yourself up to these kinds of possibilities. It gives great food for thought for the book!

  • I really don’t like that Roran has such a high vote. There’s no doubt he’d make a good king. But has everyone forgotten his wedding vows? He swore on his love for Katrina (Which as we all know is no small matter) that when all the troubles are over he and her would raise a family and tend a farm in Carvahall. If he accepted the throne how would he have time for farming, and how would he rule over a continent as big as Alagaesia from one of it’s most western positions? No the new king will have to be someone wise and willing, and who can stomach being in Uru-bean long enough even after all the atrocities there now. Who knows maybe there won’t be a new king? Maybe a council of leaders of all the free races will make joint decisions. There’s no way to tell until after Book 4, and I for one am content on waiting and finding out the old fashioned way, reading through the book itself!

  • I really don’t like that Roran has such a high vote. There’s no doubt he’d make a good king. But has everyone forgotten his wedding vows? He swore on his love for Katrina (Which as we all know is no small matter) that when all the troubles are over he and her would raise a family and tend a farm in Carvahall. If he accepted the throne how would he have time for farming, and how would he rule over a continent as big as Alagaesia from one of it’s most western positions? No the new king will have to be someone wise and willing, and who can stomach being in Uru-bean long enough even after all the atrocities there now. Who knows maybe there won’t be a new king? Maybe a council of leaders of all the free races will make joint decisions. There’s no way to tell until after Book 4, and I for one am content on waiting and finding out the old fashioned way, reading through the book itself!

    • izzydragon

      Will Katrina be alive? Will their child? So many things could change that his vowels become void. I also like your idea of Gertrude, we have a whole new book to get through before we find out, and just like Roran emerged in Brisingr, any of those villagers could massively change in character, and be an ideal candidate for King, even if it seems unlikely now.

    • aryahasasister

      Roran will move the capital to carvahall, thus kepping his word and become king.

  • Rebecka

    I vote for Roran, he’ll make a good king!
    And as mentioned in the article, it is possible that Roran is a descendant of King Palencar, which would mean he in fact could turn out be the rightful hier to the throne. I would not be surprised if he does. So, yeah, I think it will be Roran.

  • Daniela Sammet

    I have not been hanging around here for a long time so it might have already been discussed, and excuse me if so, but I was reading through Brisingr again this morning at noticed that- if there´s not a press mistake in my book- Eragon did exactly the same mistake when blessing the two women like with Elva (skolir instead of skoliro). Are there any explanations or theories about this? I would really appreciate them!

    • Reasalex

      Press mistake, my book has skoliro

      • Daniela Sammet

        pfffu thanks! -.-

    • Gf52

      i just checked, in my book it says skoliro

      • Eschwartz

        and mine

  • Haleycool101/SpiritTamer

    I think it’ll be an heir of Galbatorix. But, then again, when he dies (I’m assuming,)he/she will inherit the Empire. But I’m not surprised that most people voted for Roran. He’s my second choice. 

    • Shurtugal Brisingr

      I dont think Glabotorixs would have an heir

    • cdetour

      it has already been stated that the when galby falls the king will be someone WHO HAS BEEN IN ALL THREE BOOKS!

      • Elfprincess139

        what if arya had a sister who had been in all 3 books?

      • Brooke

        It was a POSSIBILITY that it would be a person in all three books!!!

  • The Draconian Elf

    well… i thing that it souldn’t be one king, queen or leader…. but one representative of each kind…. one dwarf, one elf, one human, one dragon and one urgal….. and they must have the same power and together make Alagaesia prospering till the end of the world….

  • War Rider

    Forgot the Surdan King Orrin.

    By the way, I recall the Urgal Yarbog challenged Roran, not the other way around.

    • Zerog_2004

      Yarbog also wasn’t a kull either as stated above. Roran was relieved that he wasn’t a kull due to the condition of his back at the time

      • Eschwartz

        no it was because hes not gonna survive WRESTLING A KULL, theyre HUGE. his back is nothing compared to that

  • guest

    ok i want to hear what you guys think about this theory.  weve all read the new part of book 4 that was realeased. where Roran is suposidly going to get crushed, what if this is a dream eragon is having. and this will happen at the end of the book when the varden are at the capital.

  • izzydragon

    What about Sloan? Maybe he will redeem himself and do something crazy like killing the king, then he may be an official heir of the bloodline too. This would also allow Roran and Katrina to become Prince and Princess so Roran will still become royal, he just won’t be king.

    P.S is Angela a dragon rider? she has teeth and bones, maybe it is from her dead dragon, also she has powers, maybe she has her dragon’s eldunari? and Solembum spoke to Eragon who is a dragon rider, so that would explain why the werecat likes Angela.

    Great post but maybe an entry on what would happen if Galby absolved his sin and stayed on the throne, maybe he isn’t evil and he’s being controlled by Eragon’s mum who is the real villan. I mean, if you had an entry on Angela, and entry on galby staying king would be cool.

    • Reasalex

      Sloan would be awkward and introducing a new dragon riders eldunari would be stupid. Also solembum also talked to eragon mother and a beggar who were not dragon riders. Also now finding out that galby isn’t evil would make the entire series suck. The storyline of book 4 is predictable, yet it’s the journey that happens from beginning to end which makes makes the books great.

      • izzydragon

        a new eldunari would be perfect, it is the key in defeating Galby now. It is basically who has the most eldunari wins now, so it wouldn’t be stupid. We know Angela is deceptively old and has some power, an eldunari would explain a lot. We don’t know much about Eragons mum so you are assuming a lot. And solembum can speak to who he likes, so it was just a thought, he doesn’t have to stick to one kind of person, it was just an idea as a link. People seem to think the book 4 is predictable and that Christopher is not going to shock us in any way. We haven’t even seen the last book yet, he may have some shockers in store for us.

  • Allie

    Nasuada and Orrin hook up to become Queen and King, BAM!

    • Haleycool101/SpiritTamer

      Why does everyone keep predicting that? Doesn’t Nasuada hate Orrin? ( In a way?)

      • Jackheavy

        I dont think she hates him. She just doesn’t respect him yet. Orrin has book 4 to change that.

      • Eschwartz

        she likes him, but not as a ruler. shes thought of proposing, partly for politics, which is good because he has the right to rule, and she has the talent. (hes too “eccentric”, i.e. WEIRD.)

      • Eschwartz

        she likes him, but not as a ruler. shes thought of proposing, partly for politics, which is good because he has the right to rule, and she has the talent. (hes too “eccentric”, i.e. WEIRD.)

  • Matt

    One very important possibility seems to be missing. Alagaesia is not only comprised of the empire/broddring kindom and surda, but the beor mountains, du weldenvarden hadarac desert and possibly the islkands on thewest coast. there are different races and so there could not be one riuler. I think a council would rule alagaesia with one of its members being leader temporaril before giving other members a turn.

  • Wyrda

    Well i voted roran because for one he has shown that he has great leader capability’s. and furthermore i do believe he is related to king palencar. somewhere in the books is told that the relatives of the palencar family. the ones with the royal blood we’re in fact regenerating their wounds rapidly. and in book one i believe it was gertrude was amazed by the fast regeneration progress of Roran’s wound. furthermore i do not see nasuada take the throne even though it’s the next most viable option. eragon not for sure. he doesn’t want such an important role and another immortal king is no good idea. and of course the fact that he will leave alegaesia for ever doesn’t make him a good king. murtagh would be a nice spin to the story but people would never trust him. and a king without the trust of his people is no good king.

  • Wyrda

    Well i voted roran because for one he has shown that he has great leader capability’s. and furthermore i do believe he is related to king palencar. somewhere in the books is told that the relatives of the palencar family. the ones with the royal blood we’re in fact regenerating their wounds rapidly. and in book one i believe it was gertrude was amazed by the fast regeneration progress of Roran’s wound. furthermore i do not see nasuada take the throne even though it’s the next most viable option. eragon not for sure. he doesn’t want such an important role and another immortal king is no good idea. and of course the fact that he will leave alegaesia for ever doesn’t make him a good king. murtagh would be a nice spin to the story but people would never trust him. and a king without the trust of his people is no good king.

  • aabaka

    The name of the book is Inheritance. Correct me if im wrong, but what has Roran inherited? King Orrin is not from Palancar valley and as we all know blood lines tend to branch out. Paolini would not devote so much of the previous books to building up Roran as a leader unless something was to come of it. If he does not become king of Alagaesia, then its likely he could come to rule the Varden in the event of Nasuada’s death. Main characters WILL die so that can’t be ruled out. Roran also stands out as more than a leader. He represents an honest man who is devotes to his wife, and would make an excellent role model for his subjects. Just saying

  • Saphira’s Egg

    The prophecy says that Eragon will leave Alagaesia and never return. Do any of you think that he will leave and go to Vroengard?  Would this fulfill the prophecy. Is Vro conidered part of the land of Alagaesia? I would like him and Saphira to go there, fix it up to its former glory. They could teach all the other riders.

    • Reasalex

      Yh but vroengard is close to alagaesia and is part of alagaesia. If eragon did go live in vroengard he would still return to alagaesia since it’s so close and I doubt he wants to become a hermit. No, if eragon leaves he will go to where the elves or the humans came from.

  • Saphira’s Egg

    Okay do any of you honestly believe that if Eragon has a choice that he will actually choose to kill Galby? I think, like with Sloan, he will give Galby a choice of some kind or remove his ability to access his power or something. Yes, Galby is the most evil person to ever exist but Eragon is one of the best and i dont see him killing Galby. Eragon’s history shows that he is constantly morally conflicted. He hates killing even when neccessary.

    • Reasalex

      Glaby will die some way or in another. The people of alagaesia won’t stop fighting until he is dead, especially the elves. He has to die, it might be that it won’t be eragon who kills him but he will still die.

  • how about this curveball King Orrin as the new king since he has a royal blood line in Alagaesia and there will be no need for surda since they are not rebeling against galby just throwing it out there tell me what you think

    • Reasalex

      He doesn’t know how to inspire people, you know that from brisingr.

  • INHERITANCE!

    why are there so many votes for Roran? I’m not ruling him out I mean its definitely possible, but I thought Nasuada would be the most popular because she has proven to be such a strong leader in so many ways (politics, war strategy, making decisions that are ALWAYS in the Vardens best interest). There is no doubt that Nasuada puts the Varden before herself no matter what. She has been able to unite the people in ways that no other leader has. I think she would be able to take charge and rebuild the empire efficiently and justly after Galbatorix is destroyed.  
    Also, why isnt Orrin on here? Just a thought… Comments??   

    • Reasalex

      Orrin isn’t an option because u learn in brisingr that he wouldn’t be able to control an area as large as alagaesia

  • guest

    ok i want to hear what you guys think about this theory.  weve all read the new part of book 4 that was realeased. where Roran is suposidly going to get crushed, what if this is a dream eragon is having. and this will happen at the end of the book when the varden are at the capital.

  • Guest

    You forgot that it one of the books it was mentioned that the valley from which Eragon and Roran are from holds the descendants of the original human kings, implying some royal lineage for the two cousins. It seems random to mention unless it had some future significance.

  • Jmb194

    the best leaderstend to be the ones who are not desperate to lead

  • Alexis27

    What about Arya? She could unite the Elves and Humans if she becomes ruler.

    • Tara

      Even though she isn’t immortal her lifespan would be long and she can use magic,  characteristics that might make people wary after having Galby rule for so long.  Also she doesn’t exhibit many qualities that would make her seem like a great leader.  She walks alone even among her own people.  She can capture people’s attention still,  but I can’t see her ruling a nation of humans.  I am suprised she isn’t on the list though.

      • eragonyah

        shes not on the list because shes an elf.. the leader will be human. i think humans would want to be ruled by one of their own not an elf, dwarf… 

      • Eschwartz

        shes an elf yes she IS immortal

        • Tara

          The point I was trying to make is that although she can die, since elves do die, she could still live a very long time before something occurs and kills her, which is a quality that would not sit right with the people since thats how Galby is.

  • seeks

    I love the ideas and theories presented here. I feel like at least one of the ideas here has to be close to the true result, but who knows how CP sees it ending. Just a note on the section on Roran: The urgal that challenged his authority wasn’t a Kull. I specifically remember him thinking that if he had been a Kull he would have lost.

  • Murtagh_Has_Hope!

    I was thinking that if it was Katrina and Roran or even their unborn child it would make sense with Angela’s prophecy.  Perhaps (if Roran became King and Katrina Queen) Eragon would stay in Alagaesia long enough to see them rule and know they were safe and he wouldn’t have to worry about their child becoming a horrible ruler that would lead the land into chaos again.  By the time Roran and Katrina died many of the people he grew up around would be gone as well.  He could leave Alagaesia forever knowing it was in good hands and there was not much there for him anymore. 

    • Reasalex

      Yh but then the book would have to be like 2000 pages long. Unless paolini just sumrised the time in which roran was the king. Or paolini could have the fight against the empire end halfway through the book and dedicate the last 400 pages to what happens after galby is killed.

  • PodgeM11

    I believe that Algaesia will learn from its mistakes and that it will not leave one sole leader in charge. I think that Orin, Queen Islanzadi and another human will be in a trio in control of Algaesia.

  • Konungr1

    What about Orin

  • GodIsDead

    Nasuada can’t be queen, the ruler of the rebel group to overthrow Galbatorix can’t ascend to the throne in a cycle such as Inheritance. Paolini would consider it to be to dramatic for the people of Alagaesia.

    • Reasalex

      She’s the best candidate and eragon would back her. She’s fair and knows how to inspire the people under her command. Roran also is a great candidate. Eragon would only take the post if no one else was available. Angela would just be awkward and I doubt she will be supported. Murtagh has caused to many deaths and he wouldn’t be trusted. An heir of the old bloodline could happen but probably won’t. Ellections ( my personal favorite) will probably not happen since it has never happened in the history of alagaesia.

  • Tapurcell43

    Grimmr Halfpaw

  • justin

    why not katrina? shes from the valley and she could be related to the mad king. y not queen katrina?

    • Katz

      Yeh, she could be, she seems elegant and noble enough but she would never leave Roran so either way it would be King Roran and Queen Katrina

    • PodgeM11

      I dont think so as I think she will find Sloan and he will have regained his sight. I think also that her mother may be Queen Islanzadi and she didnt die. Sloan may have cheated on her.

      • Eschwartz

        thats just stupid

  • Katz

    Even if the people voted they are probably likely to vote for somebody that has already proven themselves such as Nasuada. I however, think it could be Roran (but only if he didn’t become a rider as his immortality would be unfair), he may be part of the royal bloodline and he has proven himself a worthy leader also Katrina is a strong woman who would make a great queen. It can’t be Eragon because of the prophecy that he won’t return. It may be Murtagh but i doubt that the people will accept him after all the atrocities he commited

  • Eris_Strife13

    A council would be cool- elves, humans, urgals, dwarves even dragons- they could vote together on senate/council members and then those council members could decide what would be best for everyone having seen all sides and the effects they would have. no race could say they had been unfairly treated and there would be numerous people of each people who would want to join.

  • gueat

    guys couldnt it be thet galby wont be taken off the throne and was possesed and wants another shot {just a theorie}

    • PodgeM11

      Good theory he could have been possesed by the shade that has been confirmed to be in book 4

    • Reasalex

      He’s immortal and it would suck if he had been possessed the entire time. Anyway everyone would still want to kill him for all the pain he had caused

  • Guest

    Roran and Nasuada are probably the best main character choices even though Roran doesn’t really care for power or politics.  But this is Eragon, anything can happen.  I just hope that Roran doesn’t die before we find out whose the new ruler.

  • Mrthree31

    What about Josha, the message boy?  His been in all of the books.  Eragon told him that he carried his message well.  And during the trial of the long knives he showed integrity when Nasuada was in her underwear, he stared up in the room they were in.  What a twist, eh?  He has barely been noticed, but he was there for everything so he knows everything that is going on for the most part.  And if he isn’t that, could be a really clever assasin sent by Galbatorix, maybe his own child twisted to do the his will which would show Galby twistedness. What does everyone think?

    • Reasalex

      No too awkward. If he was a spy he could have killed her a thousand times but he didn’t and he’s a character of no importance. He’s just a kid and unless inheritance spans 5-10 years he wouldn’t be old enough to be king

    • gf52

      uh no

  • The TARDIS

    I think that neither Roran nor Nasuada, who everyone considers the most likely to replace Galbatorix, would even want to become the rulers of Alagaësia. Roran just wants to settle down with his family in Plancar Valley and Nasuada probably wouldn’t want any more responsibility after the rebellion, but it’s just what I think. Also, leaders of a rebellion rarely makes good leaders afterwards. 

  • The TARDIS

    I think that neither Roran nor Nasuada, who everyone considers the most likely to replace Galbatorix, would even want to become the rulers of Alagaësia. Roran just wants to settle down with his family in Plancar Valley and Nasuada probably wouldn’t want any more responsibility after the rebellion, but it’s just what I think. Also, leaders of a rebellion rarely makes good leaders afterwards. 

  • Micheal Jackson is alive!

    Another curveball for you? Maybe the Palancar bloodline risides in Sloan and Katrina, and the rightful heir could be an unborn male? Just a random thought that came to my mind.

  • Tara

    I like the idea of Roran or Nasuada, but it would only make sence that in sticking with the “Inheritance” theme that Galbatorix could have an heir that would replace him.  This does however seem unlikely.  Eragon and  Murtagh are an automatic  “no”.  Noone wants a leader that will live as long as Galbatorix again, plus their destinies seem to have already been laid out in a different direction.  Angela is an interesting choice but she is great at what she already does and appears to really like doing whatever it is exactly that she does.   Someone from Palancar Valley is my best guess, but someone not mentioned above that would be an “curveball”  would be Jeod.  Through his reading and knowlegde collected over the years of his exciting life he probably has a good understanding of Alagaesia’s history and peoples.  Also a position such as king would make his wife Helen very happy since she was always priveleged prior to their escape to the Varden.   Its just an idea I had.  I don’t know if he would make a good king but I thought he was worthy of consideration.

    • Mrthree31

      I had the same  idea to.  Though I can’t see it happening.  Helen is really a likable character(so far).  I did see a glimer of hope when Eragon went and explained how Brom died.  Ane though Jeod did help the Varden get Saphiras egg, Jeod and Helen really hasn’t shown any signs of being a leader, a helper yes, but not a leader like say Roran or Nasuada has. 

  • the last rider

    I agree with zachamavisca

  • Zachamavisca

    Hey, what about a council of people? It prevents a total monarchy, and one person gaining too much power, but it wouldn’t be a total democracy eithePr

  • Claire

    ok, the old bloodline, but katrina is the heir. yes that would make roran king (which i would love to see) but only because he is married to katrina. i think that is the kind of curve ball christopher would throw in

    • Colonel Graff

      I think this is a good idea, but what about Sloan? This could be how he gains redemption – stepping aside and allowing Roran and Katrina to take the throne.

      • Chimichangwoo

        But he isn’t supposed to contact Roran nor Katrina as it was part of the spell that Eragon placed on him. Besides I’m sure Islanzadi has plenty of things he can do in Ellesmera to redeem himself.

      • Chimichangwoo

        But he isn’t supposed to contact Roran nor Katrina as it was part of the spell that Eragon placed on him. Besides I’m sure Islanzadi has plenty of things he can do in Ellesmera to redeem himself.

      • Chimichangwoo

        But he isn’t supposed to contact Roran nor Katrina as it was part of the spell that Eragon placed on him. Besides I’m sure Islanzadi has plenty of things he can do in Ellesmera to redeem himself.

    • Mrthree31

      I like that idea.  It could be Katrinas turn to show how much She loves Roran.  Think about it, all through Eldest and Brisingr Roran keeps asking Katrina do stuff like going into the Spine with the children or Asking her not to watch him get whipped, etc.  He wants to go back to Carvuhaul and farm, but Katrina would see that he would be more suited for leading Alagesia and demand he does it.

  • Renzentora

    I would love to see Angela on the throne, but its a huge long shot…  

    Nasuada and Roran are the most likely canidates in my oppinion… 

    I hope for Roran… 

    Nasuada is a great reble leader and would make a great regional ruler… Maybe even a good advisor to the King or Queen if she didn’t see it as too much of a step down…  BUT I do not think she would be a good ruler for the entire empire: some of her the things she has said or thought give me misgivings of huge turmoil she might cause if her power is not sufficiently checked (or at least limited in territory)…

    Roran’s claim could become greatly strenghthened very easily: He comes from the Palencar Valley, where the rightful royal bloodline is rumored to still exist.  It is possible that some one might secretly have a document that could prove Roran to be the rightful heir…  Maybe Tenga has it hidden in his library of banned books?

    A final possibility is that the people may deside to keep power closer to their control by breaking into a number smaller kingdoms… Maybe we could go for all of the named canidates + Tenga and Elva getting kingdoms? 😀

  • SCLR

    Despite all the evidence for, there are some reasons why it woudn’t be Roran… remember the dowry/oath he swore to Katrina on their wedding, saying that he would return to Palancar valley and promised to provide for Katrina by becoming a farmer. Furthermore, Roran’s war against the empire is not so much one of rightous justice, but protection for Katrina. Whilst he is fiercely protective over his village, and some of the platoons of soldiers he has commanded, he has never expressed compassion over the people of Alageasia in general, which Eragon and Nasuada have. He has never expressed personal antipathy against Galbatorix, his sheer strength and leadership skills come from narrow-minded determination. He does not have the wider style of thinking that is required by monarchs, he may make a good wartime general or commander, but not a peacetime king. Therefore i have doubts that roran will become the new king.

    • Guest

      what better way to protect katrina than with an army

    • Imaronjongirl

      While he did promise Katrina a farm in Carvahall, it’s up to Katrina to go through with it. If she chooses not to live there however, than he no longer needs to either. He did not swear an oath in the ancient language, he merely gave her a promise because returning to Carvahall was what they both wanted at the time. Their wants could easily change by the end of the final book.

      However, I did like your other points, especially the one about Roran’s narrow-mindedness. He is definitely that.

  • Gregoryhitt1981

    I hope it is Roran.. He would be a great king… but I think he dies… when the wall falls ….. but I hope not… maybe someone will use magic to save him…

  • JenM

    One potential contender was left off the list – Katrina, herself.  Her family is from Carvahall, and could share the bloodline of the Palencar kings…

    • Reasalex

      Katrina IS INEXPERIENCED!

  • Clbwst

    What about Nar Garzhvog? I know, it’s a stretch, but so was the urgals joining the Varden. Not to mention the good nar accompanying a human rider into dwarf territory (whose prized bows are made from urgal horns). How much greater a leap is it then from there to kinghood? An urgal could at least hope to become captain of the guard, especially if Nasuada replaces Galby. I believe she is actually the most likely candidate realistically. Roran just doesn’t have a high enough station currently. Even if Murtagh is freed, his leadership would just continue civil unrest. The only way Grimstnzborith Orik would become the king of men is if the borders were erased between the dwarfish and human lands which border eachother. Is that really realistic? Preferred, maybe, but realistic? And really the only reason Orrin has the throne is because apparently his father was before him. I’m thinking it’s too late to introduce a brand new character as important as an heir to Boddring or Galby, so we already know them without knowing we do, or they don’t exist.

    • Reasalex

      u r right! Ur the Only person that actually understands what’s going to happen

  • bharadwaj Naidu

    Isn’t Orrin descended from the Old Kings who used to rule before , I think I read that somewhere in Eldest or Brisingr where he says Nasuada isn’t respecting him enough and he talks about himself .

    Nasuada would be the best leader amongst the present . Ruling a kingdom will be a task too much for Roran , being a leader in battle is different from managing a kingdom and I dont think he wants it either .

  • Josephine

    I believe it is possible that Roran (or even Katerina) could carry the bloodline of the old Broddring Kingdom monarchs. And I cannot argue the points that have been made in this article, that Roran Garrowson would make a great leader for the human peoples of Alegaesia even if he does not have any expierience in politics. With Katerina by his side, I think he would be a the most suitable king as they both know the hardships faced by ordinary farmers and people of Alegaiseia, as they have both experienced it firsthand. However, he does not, and never has, wanted a position of leadership. Despite the fact that he would make the best king out of all the candidates mentioned (in my opinion), he would not become king for the simple fact that he does not to. His passions are the land, his family and Katerina. Roran never chose to be a leader, life’s events forced it upon him.

    I believe that Nasuada is a more likely candidate for the throne, because of her obvious passion for the people she commands. She has inspired the Varden to do things no one thought possible and is able to think for herself and make her own decisions (rather than be a puppet to other powers eg: the coucil of elders and Du Vrangr Gata). However, although she would choose her people’s wellbeing over her own, her style of leadership is better suited to that of during times of war. I feel as though she would not know what to do during times of peace in the kingdom, which is the time the new king/queen will rule in (hopefully!!). She is too strategic to be Queen, she would be better suited for a general maybe. Although, I think she would make a good temporary leader until the true ruler is decided. Maybe, the woman Angela asked Eragon to bless, or some other character we are yet to be introduced to would be the proper king/queen?

    My prediction: Nasuada or an unknown character
    I want it to be/Who I think is best suited for the position: Roran

    • Colonel Graff

      Ah but if I may quote a rather well known character “Sometimes those who have never sought power are those who are best suited for it. People who, like you, Harry, have had the mantle thrust upon them, and take it because they must, and find that they are admirably suited to it.” -Dumbledore (that may not be an exact quote, I don’t have the book with me right now)

      • Josephine

        LOL wrong series 🙂 but i do see where you’re coming from, but eh for the moment i’m not to fussed about whats to come in the inheritance series. I trust that Paolini will give us an amazing end to one of the greatest series ever!

  • Jeriah

    Galbatorix having an heir is always a disturbing, though fun, thought for me. Wicked and twisted, raised to be a mirror image of his madness…But I don’t really think so. If there’s anyone with secret children, I would love to say it would be Morzan. 😛 Murtagh with more siblings would be interesting.

    But anyway, I voted for Nasuada, because she seems to me the most obvious choice. She would make a great leader and Queen. Gah! I’m almost going to be sad when I finish reading Inheritance, because that means the story will be over and there will be no more theorizing the future!

    • Mary Blue

      C.P. will never reveal all his secrets, trust me, when it comes to that guy there is ALWAYS something to theorize

  • Anonymous

     In an interview didnt cp say that angela will have some crowning moments, maybe it was hint. I could have read it wrong i tried to look for the interview but i couldnt find it.

  • Neverquestionyoda

    Orrin is exactly what Alagaesia needs right now– he is a gentle, compassionate ruler whose interests lie in personal enlightenment rather than conquest.

  • Imaronjongirl

    I believe Roran carries the bloodline of the old Palancar Kings and Queens. It is constantly emphasized how Roran’s speeches inspire people and even completely alter their views and perceptions. He is a great speaker, leader, fighter, lover – all the things a proper King/Queen needs to be. He has proven that he can make decisions that are difficult but necessary and even Katrina, who would be his queen, is described as having an impressive bearing, a forceful gaze, and as being very capable. Also, he is human, which the people will demand the next leader to be, and he is well trusted and respected among the people of the Varden. Not to mention he is Eragon’s cousin, which automatically makes people look to him as a superior. 

    My vote: Roran

  • Maping

    You know, I have an interesting idea for the idea of democracy. You have all the leaders of the races (humans, elves, kull, dwarfs, ect.)  and the leaders of each of the races all elect one of them to serve as leader of Alagasia for a term of say, ten years. Like the dwarfs, but they serve for ten years, not their lifetime.

    And now to discredit all the other possibles. Hey, I’m bored.

    Roran:
    He is the leader type, but first of all, he has no political training. He would do badly, but he could work past that. However, he still wants to go back to Palencar Valley and farm. And SPOILER ALERT:

    In the released chapter of Inheritance (I think there’s another released chapter besides the werecat one, but I may be wrong.), it sounds like Roran dies.

    END SPOILER

    Nasuada:
    Two grievances against her. First, she hates magic, and you never know, she may try to ban it. Which would piss off magical races/people, who would possibly kick her out. And mentioned by Glorfendal: As for Nasuada, I feel she has taken too much of a liking to her power,
    and though she obviously has good intentions, I think some of her rash
    decisions may cause people to prefer
     her to step aside and let someone
    else take the throne.

    Eragon:
    First he doesn’t want to be ruler, and like Roran, he doesn’t have any, or few political lessons. Also, he will be busy possibly ruling the Dragon Riders/leaving Alagaësia forever. (On the topic of Eragon, what if the way he leaves Alagasia is by dieing? A while ago, Christopher said in the chapter he was currently writing, Eragon in a dungeon. What if he overthrows Galbatorix, then gets betrayed and killed so he won’t follow in Galby’s footsteps?)

    Angela:
    Nothing much against her except she’s a bit too eccentric to rule Alagaesia. But hey, who knows?

    Murtagh:
    I think as he’s (unwillingly) evil, I doubt he will rule, mainly because I doubt the people of Alagaesia will let him. Also, it’s possible, Galby will make him fight Eragon to the death. If he does, obviously Eragon will win, so he’d be dead, therefore not ruling.

    Galbatorix’s Heir:
    It’s possible he has a heir, but either they’re too disgusted by what Galby did or the people of Alagaesia wouldn’t let him rule. Or both. Or Galby was too engrossed in taking over the Eldunari that he didn’t…”create” a heir, and then when he was done, too busy ruling.

    Alagaesia’s Old Bloodline:
    It’s possible they’re still alive (possibly the people Agela predicted for and had Eragon bless), but they may not know, not want to rule, or the people won’t accept them, opting rather for Nasuada or Roran.

    Elected Rulers:
    This one, I have no grievances with. Its much faier, and even though they’re in “medieval times’ where voting hasn’t been invented, they can just copy off of the dwarfs.

    King Orrin:
    He’s a bit eccentric, and not a terribly charismatic leader. However, He’s possible.

    Elva (As suggested by Nolfavrell_Hates_You):
    Its possible, but unlikely. She’s a child (although an intelligent one), and certainly able to manipulate her way into power, and, I’m hesitate to say but for lack of a better word, evil enough to try it. However, she may not want to rule.

    I’m done. All of them have faults, but are possible. I can’t wait to find out which one Christopher chooses to rule!

    • Emeraldi

      one thing about Angela: ALL WERECATS (except Solembum) HATE HER! And they’re great allies in battle…

      • Eschwartz

        wheres that from?

    • Emeraldi

      Another thing: Arya is a princess/embassy, so if things don’t work out with her and Eragon, she could reign Alagaesia.

    • Reenaluvsdolphins

      i actually thought the same thing about eragon dieing ever since3 i read eragon 7 years ago. after all it does make since since it could be symbolic

  • Lynnsey

    What about the lady and girl that Angela told the future of? She could be one of the bloodlines or come in the story later for a purpose and become a candidate. I am pretty sure no matter what that we haven’t seen the last of her though.

    • Bigcatsnow

      Actually, that’s an interesting theory. I may be wrong, but I remember Christopher mentioning they would be coming back. So maybe they are really good people, the old bloodline, or maybe from the far off land across the seas.

  • Nuduar

    Well Eragon is a definite no because first he is the leader of the riders right? Plus if he and Ayra do marry does that not make him heir to the elven throne?

    • Crafter

      No, if (and I hope) Eragon and Aria get married that would not make her the ruler of all the land. Aria is a princess in the elf terms, but unlike human kings/queens the heir(s) do have a choice to rule, if they choose not to then a appropriate Elf leader will be chosen.

    • Renzentora

      I doubt they would want another immortal rider on the throne, but it doesn’t completely disquallify him…  As to your other point, very few cultures give the inheitance to the husband of someone’s daughter…  If Eragon and Ayra marry, then Eragon MIGHT get the title of King Consort of the elves, but not the throne and its power…  If he had the the throne of the empire then it would create a dual monarchy: two seperate governments with the strongest possible aliance: the Empire ruled by Eragon and the elven kingdom ruled by Ayra, Eragon would be King Consort of the Elves and Ayra Empress Consort of the Empire…

  • R.

    It doesn’t seem like it could be Roran & Katrina because they were farmers. Roran may be a battle hero, but he knows nothing about politics or ruling, however just he may be. Eragon is doomed to leave the land one day, ruling him out. Nasuada is already a ruler of the Varden. Murtagh might be a ruler, but if he was, it wouldn’t feel right because he’s been an evil person, even though he was forced to be. It would have to be someone with experience to rule ALL of Alagaesia! Islanzadi, maybe? It’s definitely got to be someone with experience because anyone else would seem wayyyy too random & wouldn’t fit the role right, you know?    

  • What’s to say this new ruler would even be human? If we’re considering Angela, consider all the non humans with near or exceeding human intelligence.

  • Glorfendel

    I think it would be more interesting if you also included a paragraph as to why none of these candidates might want/achieve the throne. You mentioned Eragon has no aspirations to rule, but neither does Roran: he still dreams of living the life of a simple farmer with a family. As for Nasuada, I feel she has taken too much of a liking to her power, and though she obviously has good intentions, I think some of her rash decisions may cause people to prefer her to step aside and let someone else take the throne.

  • Will Kennedy

    Elva? Maybe…
    PLOT TWIST!

  • S E B

    I thought Sloan for some reason

    • swimmer57

      Really, I mean come on?????

    • Chaseg93

      Haha me too.

    • well maybe he comes to his senses, gets his sight back and comes to help the varden? Ruling though is a different story that i highly doubt will happen but it could! you never know!

  • SS

    Maybe the new king could be one of the minor characters, like Tenga (unlikely I know), or those two women in Brisingr who Eragon blessed, they were people that Christopher said will have a part in the 4th book…

    • Eschwartz

      why, Why, WHY must the most random character in the book seem such a good candidate? tenga is clearly older even than angela, and may be one of the grey folk, and is just plain weird and random.  theres no reason for him to be king. besides he wasnt in the first two books.

  • Andlat

    I forgot to mention that the whole post/article was very good. I enjoyed reading it and i don’t believe it is too big. Maybe you could mention if C.P. himself has revealed any hints/spoilers about each matter

  • Andlat

    I personally believe that Roran will be the next king with Katrina by his side. He promised Katrina that they’d settle down in Carvahall and by decoming king he has the chance to offer her even more. After all the pain she’s been through she deserves it. Roran is certainly destined for sth big and i am sure he won’t be the next rider. My 2nd option would be king Orrin because i see Surda merging with the rest of the empire. Eragon is totally out of the question for me. Another thing that people tend to forget is casualties. I strongly fell that Nasuada is going to die. If not, she will be my 3rd option.

  • ok, wow, sorry…

  •  i dont think they would want arya as their leader, because she can live forever

    • swimmer57

      deja vu….

  •  i dont think arya would be the leader because the people wouldnt want a leader who could live forever

  • arya wouldn’t be the leader of alagaesia, they would not want a leader who can live forever

  • hey hey!  i’m posting a vlog about the three questions here on my Youtube channel.
    i favor Roran, but i voted ‘none of the above’…i personally thing that because of the issues, historically, that they will be choosing a leader who is subject to a council of leaders.  so instead of a strict monarchy, a division of power in a leadership council. 

  • Werewolf4ever

    I think it will be Roran. But you left someone else out that already is a leader and an upcoming queen… Arya. :O I’m pretty sure her mother will die in the books. Remember, Eragon killed a character off, and it could be Arya’s mother. Also you forgot that Eragon leaves Alageaisa and will never come back, so he can’t rule. That’s what Angela said…  But my the theories go to Roran or to Arya. 🙂

    • Lscott0110

      I have to re read the books for the upcoming 4th one but what are you talking about when you say Eragon killed a character off? my memory is fading 🙁

      • Rblax

        i think he meant CP

    • Eschwartz

      arya. is. a. freaking. elf. not. a. human.

  • the last rider

    we all just have to wait for the book and find out

  • Dama Lunnaris

     My choice was Nasuada, she’s clever, knows how to rule a country, and always does the best for her people. And maybe she will fall in love with Murtagh and there will be 3 more books.  🙂 !
    P.S.: Eragon maybe because he said that he didn’t wan’t to be a king but if there wasn’t enybody fit to be the new king he will be it.
    ¡¡¡¡Tomorrow starts the Inheritance Book Club Podcast!!!!

  • vadersapp

    Roran would be my first choice, for sure. But, I think Horst would make a great, kind King, as well. Anyone agree?

    • Robbybarr1994

      yeah i agree but i dont think horst would want to do it

  • Doveed

    i choose roran cause i think that he is the true heir

  • Elphie

    Roran is the best pick for ruling Alagaesia.

  • Elphiebelphie

    I chose none of the above. I want it to be Orik. 😉

    • Robbybarr1994

      ORIK IS KING OF THE DWARVES

  • Anonymous

    I voted for Roran because I’ve always thought he would make an amazing king. His entire being gives off a “I’m kingly, choose me” when I think of Alagaesia’s new king. I really think that Eragon should be off the list because he’s destined to leave Algaesia, thus not being able to rule it. I know there is a slim chance that it might not come true, but so far, everything that Angela predicted has come true. 

  • Anonymous

    Well, sorry but I don’t get why democracy would be brought into this. I know in this modern world everyone likes democracy etc blah blah blah …America’s the biggest democracy etc …. But you know, if a family (e.g. Palencar’s) earned their crown from the people by defending them or proving their worth in war, why is it such a problem if the throne goes to their children? Yes its undemocratic, but lets face it, throughout Alagaesia who has heard of a whisper of democracy, maybe the Council of Elders — chosen representatives choosing a new leader, or the Elves, if their leader wishes not to lead another would be chosen from their houses — why should therebe democracy?

    Oh btw i voted Roran because he would be a fine leader and maybe has the blood, I would’ve considered Orrin, but he wasn’t mentioned or an option

    •  but isn’t orrin kind of a Goof?

    • Eschwartz

      this is actually a pet peeve of mine… as i mentioned previously, the point of democracy is, nowadays we dont have strong kings. and they arent inculcated with responsibility. but back in the day, they WERE good kings usually. democracy only means that since our rulers stink, and lie, no one person can totally screw us

  • Mr. Anonymous

    I picked Roran and the statistics agree with my choice for now. He has 400+ more votes than Nasuada , my second choice, at about 670.

  • Aj_9_6

    You forgot to mention Orin. Wasn’t his family the rulers before they were forced into surdea

    • Elphiebelphie

      I don’t think Orin would be chosen. He’s kind of a flimsy king. Not really willing to take chances. Roran and Nasuada are good choices because they are ferocious. They are willing to take the hard road and practically die on the way.

  • Pokephirawriter

    Roran, I honestly don’t think he would have been given the spotlight he recieved in Eldest and Brisingr if Christopher didn’t have big plans for him.

  • roran will be king…he just will

  • Mrthree31

    You know someone to consider is Jode and Helen.  The only thing wrong with this theory is that I would find it hard to trust Him because of him not telling Helen that he was apart of the Varden and Her because she’s just plain snaughty. 

  • dat dude

    Its very possible that murtuagh becomes king and goes crazy just like galbotorix after losing throrn

  • sexxx whore

    finally, the book is coming out right when i’m about to die. totally worth the wait…do i even have to say “not”?

  • Mrthree31

    For the reasons explained.  It is obvious, I think, that Roran and Katrina will be the rightful King and Queen.  Also because the fact that Katrina would be the Queen salidifies that the leadership would be whole, because they both balance each other out.  They would represent unity which would unite the land.  Galby went mad without being with his first dragon which would represent disunity. 

  • Mrthree31

    For the reasons explained.  It is obvious, I think, that Roran and Katrina will be the rightful King and Queen.  Also because the fact that Katrina would be the Queen salidifies that the leadership would be whole, because they both balance each other out.  They would represent unity which would unite the land.  Galby went mad without being with his first dragon which would represent disunity. 

  • Mrthree31

    For the reasons explained.  It is obvious, I think, that Roran and Katrina will be the rightful King and Queen.  Also because the fact that Katrina would be the Queen salidifies that the leadership would be whole, because they both balance each other out.  They would represent unity which would unite the land.  Galby went mad without being with his first dragon which would represent disunity. 

  • i like pie

    too many people think it’s roran, i think Paolini’ll go for something less obvious?

  • i like pie

    too many people think it’s roran, i think Paolini’ll go for something less obvious?

  • i like pie

    too many people think it’s roran, i think Paolini’ll go for something less obvious?

  • Zaid786 Zd

    One candidate is left, the girl and a strange woman from book 3 because they had or would do something of importance because angela cast their future.

  • Diego

    Roran, he has won himself that, he would be a proper king and he deserves it

  • A fool

    I think the guy who is Nasuada’s adviser person might become king (can’t remeber name but thinks it begins with J), he seems to be a decent guy and the other characters may have other things to deal with, Eragon with the riders, Roran with his family and the Palencar villigers, Nasuada with the breaking up of or repurpose of the Varden, Angela with (another name blank) the girl who Eragon blessed/cursed, Murtagh with the whole redemption thing if he isn’t killed (would like to argue that with the suicide thing in the main text, old Gally would most likely made an anti-suicide spell and put it on Murtagh), and that the heirs are a bit unlikely because of the randomness of it though the two lady people who have their fortunes read by Angela could be lost heirs or something. Sorry for the rant and every have a great life. Long live everyone!

  • A fool

    I think the guy who is Nasuada’s adviser person might become king (can’t remeber name but thinks it begins with J), he seems to be a decent guy and the other characters may have other things to deal with, Eragon with the riders, Roran with his family and the Palencar villigers, Nasuada with the breaking up of or repurpose of the Varden, Angela with (another name blank) the girl who Eragon blessed/cursed, Murtagh with the whole redemption thing if he isn’t killed (would like to argue that with the suicide thing in the main text, old Gally would most likely made an anti-suicide spell and put it on Murtagh), and that the heirs are a bit unlikely because of the randomness of it though the two lady people who have their fortunes read by Angela could be lost heirs or something. Sorry for the rant and every have a great life. Long live everyone!

    • A fool

      did a bit of research and found the name of the guy it is Jörmundur.

    • A fool

      did a bit of research and found the name of the guy it is Jörmundur.

  • Perseus

    Roran does seem like a possibility; I’ve always thought that he is the most likely candidate.  He probably has the old royal bloodline from King Palancar in him, but there’s also King Angrenost’s line to consider.  Angrenost was a descendant f the Broddring bloodline, and although Galby deposed him, he must have had some heirs.  There could be an heir to the Broddring Kingdom descended from him.

    • Eschwartz

      yeah, the heir to angrenost is orrin. the king of the time (or maybe his son) escaped to surda, because orrin is the descendant of “Thanebrand the Ring-giver, who succeeded old, mad Palencar on the throne.”

  • Josh rusan

    just a thought, has anyone thought about jode….. ?

    • A fool

      Read two things above (who I meant).

      • A fool

        I was wrong.

      • A fool

        I was wrong.

    • A fool

      Read two things above (who I meant).

  • Horsegal4ever

    I don’t think I can vote for any of them. Roran is, of course, a big probably. One of my pet ideas (very unlikely, I know, don’t shout at me for it, it’s just something I thought up and love) is: do any of you people remember in Brisingr where the woman and the young woman were getting a reading from Angela and they didn’t tell Eragon their names, they had chain marks on their wrists, Saphira blessed them,etc? I thought that maybe it was a woman Galbatorix had taken (married, wedlock, whatever) and of course he’d treated her badly. and the young woman was their daughter. Then, as I read the choice for true blood line heir, maybe they are the true line. But again, just my crazy mind going a hundred fifty miles a minute!

    • Perseus

      Well, there was this one fanfiction a few years back, called Naive Awareness.  In the story, Galbatorix married twice.  The first time, he married a woman called Solaera, who was of the Teirm Lords, and they had a daughter, Luce.  He executed his own wife because she was conspiring with the Varden to produce an heir for Galby that would replace him.  The second time, he married someone else, and they had a daughter, Ardis, but the 2nd wife got killed too.  Both daughters become Riders in the story and are instrumental in their father’s defeat.  Maybe Galbatorix has been passing his genes around rather freely for the past 100 years?

  • Ilpiratafranics

    simply….. “ANGELA”

  • Anonymous

    Just want to throw this out there for all the people who are saying that there is no way Angela could become queen. What if she doesn’t become queen of Alagaesia? I think that there is the distinct possiblilty that she is a banished daughter of Islanzadi. When Arya becomes the next dragon rider, she will renounce the elven thrown. Then Angela will come forward as the rightful heir

    • Anonymous

      That’s an interesting theory about Angela being an elf, but Dwarves don’t like elves, but the given reason for dwarves not liking her is because she beat a Quan in a gamble and took his weapon. I think you could be onto something, but I think that calling Angela a elf is a bit of a stretch

  • Ankithtcn

    Galbatorix is still king! jk, i think it will not be a human, as the elves and dwarves will not accept this. Rather i think a council of the leaders of races will govern algeasia. But thats just my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      overall yes, but the humans will still need a leader, so there is still need for a king

      • Ankithttcn

        At this int, a king would just be a title, as he does not control the fate of the land , but he can only express hi veiwsand hope the other races will follow suit

      • Ankithttcn

        At this int, a king would just be a title, as he does not control the fate of the land , but he can only express hi veiwsand hope the other races will follow suit

      • Ankithttcn

        At this int, a king would just be a title, as he does not control the fate of the land , but he can only express hi veiwsand hope the other races will follow suit

  • Nathannichols73

    i want to see horst. He is fair and stuff.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting thought. There is the possibility that he is decended from the first kings of Alagaesia. That would make sense since he seemed to be a fairly influential person back in Carvahall

    • Anonymous

      Interesting thought. There is the possibility that he is decended from the first kings of Alagaesia. That would make sense since he seemed to be a fairly influential person back in Carvahall

  • I think it will be Roran. But I hope not. He is such a prissy bruiser, and I can’t stand his chapters. ANYONE else, pleaaaase!!

    • S C Creighton

      his chapters are the best. youd best be shuttin up

    • S C Creighton

      his chapters are the best. youd best be shuttin up

      • Eschwartz

        i love the viewpoints of roran. going out and fighting w/o magic CHEATING, and HE ALWAYS WINS, cuz hes smart and has common sense. and its refreshing to get away from eragons view. hes too serious.

    • S C Creighton

      his chapters are the best. youd best be shuttin up

  • Rblax

    I saw that there should be no ruler, but just the Riders in charge and Eragon as the Leader of the Riders

  • Rblax

    I saw that there should be no ruler, but just the Riders in charge and Eragon as the Leader of the Riders

    • inheritance fan 95

      I don’t think that will happen because -as is pointed out several times through the series- Eragon doesn’t want such power

  • Devengar

    Roran ends up being a decesdent of King Plancar, give him even more of a right to the throne. I also think that Roran will have a hand in ending galbitorix, most likely with Eragon and Arya at his side. This would cement Roran as leader, plus he would have all of Plancar valleys and any other farmers vote. But in all seriousness, ORIK SHOULD BE KING!! Why you may ask? Because Orik Rocks! Get it? Rocks, cause Dwarves like rocks? Oh whatever

  • Strider

    I see Murtagh killing (or at least betraying) Galbatorix, loosing Thorn in the process, ending up with Nasuada, who showed obvious signs of feelings for him. They could rule together, although I can’t see it being tolerated due to Murtagh’s past…

    • Mrthree31

      I agree with. Maybe that is why Nasuada would decline being the Ruler and so paving the way to search the Palincars bloodline and discovering that Roran is the rightful heir.  Thorn dying makes sence to, and for that reason is why his life would be spared from Eragons oath to avenge Roth’gars death.  It would be death all its own, don’t you think? 🙂

      • Strider

        indeed

  • BidDaumJuNioR

    So does this mean that Galbatorix dies and that neither Roran og Nasuada dies?
    I voted Nasuada, just PM BidDaumJuNioR on IF if you want reasons for why Nasuada being queen, or we can discuss it in the forums 😉

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    I personally think that Roran would make a great King and that maybe he and Eragon may be descended from Alagaesia’s old bloodline; however, it is also very likely that Christopher will surprise us with another character who is descended from the old kings.

  • Eirik Fevang

    If Brom comes back, he would be a just King!

  • arya

    ps roran wont die , they would never have released that chapter if the next bit was inevitable…..the idea is to keep us thinking of whats gonna happen and not forget about the books its to keep us talking so therefore i think he will use magic to get out of it or eragon will save him but i think he is to far away for that ….

  • arya

    its so gonna be roran , i think that with all his worries regarding not having enough money or home for katrina that the small twist will be that roran is the rightfull heir to the throne , and that would be a big kick in the gut for sloan if he ever got out of ellesmera 🙂

  • Erik

    I recon Horst or one of the other elders of Carvahall may become king, as said in the article the blood of kings still runs in Palancar Valley. Or the idea of communism may be introduced to Alagaesia, as then everyone will be equal which is what is wanted. However the shortfalls of communism will not be recongnised so it is unlikely that even if Alagaesia does become a communist state it will not last for long.

  • Hnafpaktitis

    Have anyone read the chapter? Roran is probably gona die…

    • Brendans Mommy87

      Roran is in the King Cat Chapter which is a few chapters later…

      • alice

        where did u read that chapter????

        • Brendans Mommy87

          That was the one in the back of Brisingr (realeased later)

        • Brendans Mommy87

          That was the one in the back of Brisingr (realeased later)

  • Andurilwielder

    I feel that there is a very very tiny chance that somehow Galbatorix may remain as the ruler with the proviso he would “retire” after some time. This is assuming it is proven beyond all doubt that Galby really has repented and there is a sureshot way of defeating him in case he falls back on his words (as expected).

    • Eschwartz

      right….. galby is gonna REPENT. please. give me a break.

  • NinaSvitKona

    I have the feeling that CP will surprise us…

  • I think that the next king/queen will be galbatorix’s daughter. Here’s my theory, galbatorix had a daughter and she’s around eragons age. She is going to be the green dragons rider and will know magic and be good at fighting with a sword because her father would have taught her. She would go against her father and kill him and in the mean time fall in love with eragon and be the royal blood love interest that Angela fortold when reading eragons future. And maybe those two woman that angela read the future about in Surda was Galbatorixs ‘wife’ so to say and his daughter! Now that would be a curveball!!

    • Guest

      if galbatorix had a daughter, where is she and who is to say she hasn’t sworn loyalty to galbatorix like Murtagh has………

      • Rami Abdallah Rashmawi

        I agree with this but i wanted to add to this. I think that in the end the daughter of galbatorix will have sworn loyalty to him but she will then be smart, humble and determined enough to change her true name where as murtagh will not. In the end it will be galbatorix and murtagh vs. eragon and galbatorix’s daughter

        • that is a pretty good theory but I think it may be that another one of the forsworn had a daughter

          • Robbybarr1994

            that would much more sence

      • Anonymous

        One name for you: Angela. I don’t think anyone could make her swear allegence for any reason.

      • Well her true name could change just like eragon told murtagh he could change his name and galbatorix could have kept her a secret just like he kept murtagh a secret

    • Mrthree31

      I really like your theory, but you have to take into account that CP indicated that the new rider would have been in all 4 books.  The woman and the girl are only in Brisingr, but I really do like your theory.  Write a fanfic.  I’m sure that would be enjoyable to read. 🙂

      • Oh yeah haha I forgot about that! well thanks though! I’ll think about doing that 🙂

  • Tiga

    Couple of points I thought of whilst reading this:
    1) I remember Nasuada saying that Orrin should not become King when Galbatorix falls as she didn’t think he’d be suited to the position.
    2) I also remember something about Roran never being able to rule Alagaesia. Roran just wants to go back to his life before the Empire destroyed it and build a home in Carvahall with Katrina. 3)Eragon really doesn’t want to be King. As he has mentioned several times, he is utterly convinced that he is ver ill-suited for the job. Furthermore he is immortal, and I doubt the people of Alagaesia want another long-living ruler, as Nauada has also mentioned.
    4)Angela is not human, or at least lives longer than a human, so that’s a big no-no as her rule could also be infinitely long.

    I still think it’ll be Nasuada or maybe someone we haven’t considered yet. 🙂

  • galbysson

    u  left out orik and orrin who i believe are conetnders 2 become the next rulers 

    • Eschwartz

      orik is the dwarf king, and besides where does a dwarf get up and start ruling humans. and wheeres his right?

    • Eschwartz

      orik is the dwarf king, and besides where does a dwarf get up and start ruling humans. and wheeres his right?

  • Blagden

    Good article. But how can you lesve Orrin out? Haha if Angela is there shouldnt Orrin be there too. He is already king of Surda but if galbatotrix is overthrown and the factions (of humans) put under a single banner wouldn’t Orrin be d likely candidate?

  • Tomandrei_talocod10

    vote for nasuada
     

  • Hermitkrab

    orrin

  • Demetri

    This is really idiotic stuff. A half-wit could deduce and write a comparable piece.

    • Demetri

      If you disagree then just look at the cesspool of ignorance you have created.

      • Brendans Mommy87

        So what exactly is the point of your comments? All they do is make you look like the idiotic one. If you don’t like it, don’t read it, and let the rest of us have a little fun with our theories. Who cares if YOU think its “idiotic”? We are enjoying it so back off.

  • Derethor

    P.S i voted for other since the King/Queen may be someone we know but with the change in the polictical system they actualy by in “Absolute”control, so its a curveball in its own right

  • Derethor

    I believe that there will be a monachcy ( King Roran or Queen Nasuda ) however the people of alagaesia have learend form past lessons and this time the Monach will not have absolute power. I believe a system wil arise not unlink modern monachies in The United kingdom and The Netherlands were the monach is an importend ambassador and servent of the people
    who helps form a kabinet (Council) out of the verious factions within the kingdom . wich will then form and approve the law.

    This also leaves open the possibility for the others races to join this system while remaining independent in there own right and stil help to ensure that a second Galbatorix does not happen. (The riders for example could be part of the ministry of justice part of the council).

    Just a thought  

    • Eschwartz

      i dont like the idea of limited monarchy. the problem with kings is you end up with bad ones , but in old times, like in alagaesia, u still usually had good kings, and with a good king u have a completely good government. democracies were only created so no one person could screw us up TOO badly

  • Helen Beddis

    I think the new leader will be a decendent of the old Kings but I think that person will be Roran; of all the people in Carvahall he is the most suitable for all the reasons already listed. Roran and Arya are the only main characters that haven’t inherited something yet; Eragon has inherited his name, the riders legacy and Brom’s ring, Murtaugh has inherited the sword and the position of Galby’s right hand man even if it is unwillingly, Nasuada has inherited Ajihad’s position as leader of the Varden and the name bestowed on him by the Urgals. I think Roran’s inheritance will be the Kingdom.

    If not Roran the next most likely person in Carvahall is Horst, he is fair, honest, he seems to be an important person in Carvahall even before the trouble started and he helped Roran lead the Palancar Pirates.

    • Laurelleaf9

      I never thought about the series like that… who knews who will rule, but that gives the title a stronger meaning.

  • Skyborads36

    i like Roran to take the Seat…i voted him…but i dont see him being crowned as King having Nasuada before him…may be he ight be second in command or some thing like that..!! 

    either that should happen or Nasuada should die..which will spoil all the fun..!!  and it will be stupid to kill Nasuada…!!

    i dont think Murtagh will even be considered..!! Eragon…i dont know….may be there is a chance..!! may be he will rule for some time…until everything is in order or may be until someone is ready to take the seat…it will be fun to read..!!i like the way Angela is described in this post..!! lol…but her being crowned is impossible..!!I would like to see every race in Alagaesia having some power..!! no way that elves will work under any human or any other race..! same is dwarves..! but urgals?? i like to see one representative to be in every command post in every kingdom from every race..!!

  • Sesshy

    I voted for Angela because she might be wierd but we have yet to see all of her qualities or know her past, But I believe she would be fair and a good ruler given the chance.
     
    I also think king Orrin should be consittered as king of Surda he already knows what it takes to rule a country. From what we read in the books it seems that he had ruled Surda well, and he has continued to help the varden. Even when things have gotten rough he fights along side his people.

  • Sesshy

    I voted for Angela because she might be wierd but we have yet to see all of her qualities or know her past, But I believe she would be fair and a good ruler given the chance.
     
    I also think king Orrin should be consittered as king of Surda he already knows what it takes to rule a country. From what we read in the books it seems that he had ruled Surda well, and he has continued to help the varden. Even when things have gotten rough he fights along side his people.

    • Warriorofgold

      If you remember correctly, Eragon and Saphira decided that Orrin should not replace Galby in Urû’baen, since “he could not unite the people as Nasuada has united the Varden”.

  • Guest

    Did anyone consider Katrina descending from the royal Palencar bloodline? Then Roran would still be named King, assuming he lives through Inheritance…

  • I actually feel like Murtagh, Roran, and Eragon are actually of the old bloodline. Eragon will renounce his claim by becoming the leader of the riders, and I believe Murtagh will sacrifice himself to save the world. Therefore Roran would have to become rider. Even though he wanted to be a farmer, the rest of the world would pressure him until he really has no choice but to become leader. Perhaps he can still live on a farm, though?

  • Michaelfan13

    I think, after the kill Galboritox almost anybody is going to wan the throne am i not right? Cause this happen during the roman ages, so im wonderign is theres going to be a huge civilw ar to gain the power.

  • Mitchtan34

    I think that the humans, elves, dwarves, and urgles, along with dragons and any other intelligent society in alagesia may form somthing similair to the federatio in startrek
    Though this is unlikeley it would be cool to see

  • murtaga

    This is cool and all, but I am just wondering what happened to this http://shurtugal.com/2010/05/06/submit-your-theory-articles-earn-epic-rewards/
    Where you guys were going to pick and post the best fan submitted theories? I was so excited for those.

  • Joanna<3

    I love how “an heir of Galbatorix” currently has more votes than “Eragon” xD

  • Brendans Mommy87

    Hahah I just can’t help thinking what Alagaesia would be like if Angela were queen. How fun!

  • Everlyn

    I think it would be quite interesting for Alagaesia to have both a King AND Queen… Murtagh and Nasuada? Roran and Katrina?

    I’m more for the whole Murtagh and Nasuada thing except for a problem that seems to be overlooked in their potential relationship. Murtagh is a rider and lives a very long time — if not forever. Nasuada, on the other hand is human and lives a normal life span. Unless she becomes a rider, which is still a possibility, it just seems unlikely that they will ever live happily together.

  • Grond

    Minor point: we know for a fact that Galbatorix had *liaisons* because Oromis told Eragon this when they were discussing what the king had been occupied with for the last forty years. So bastard children are not unlikely.

    • Swordmaster101

      It sounds really boring to be fathering a bunch of heirs for 40 years. :p

    • Swordmaster101

      It sounds really boring to be fathering a bunch of heirs for 40 years. :p

  • Donaldsonsboy

    One great leader would be Elva, she would know who’s lying or isn’t, what would make the nation happy, what would make her enemies crumble and she might be Immortal from the magic Saphira placed on her. It’s a curveball, but a good one.

    • Kate

      Well, I don’t particularly like Elva but you have a point there… And a wicked curveball it is…
       

      • Joanna<3

        Way to quadruple post lol xD 

      • Donaldsonsboy

        I don’t like her either, at the time. I think that once Angela gets done with her she’ll be ok.

    • Kate

      Well, I don’t particularly like Elva but you have a point there… And a wicked curveball it is…
       

    • Kate

      Well, I don’t particularly like Elva but you have a point there… And a wicked curveball it is…
       

    • Kate

      Well, I don’t particularly like Elva but you have a point there… And a wicked curveball it is…
       

  • Donaldsonsboy

    You forgot the girl and woman that Eragon said a blessing over in Brisingr! 🙂

    • I didn’t forget them, I intentionally chose to omit them. 😉

      • Denmark111

        Why? They would make sense.

        • detour123

          no it would not. CP already said the king or queen is some one who has been in all three books!

          • Donaldsonsboy

            When exactly did he say that, I missed the memo. :0

        • Eschwartz

          no, u think it would be cool, but THERE IS NO CONCRETE REASON TO THINK SO. we know nothing about them, and yeah they could be but WHY? this is grasping at straws for an answer. (despite the fact that we’ve got lots of good ones.)

      • Donaldsonsboy

        Oh i see 😉 😉

  • spencer

    im still supporting Murtagh+Nasuada as king/queen.

  • spencer

    im still supporting Murtagh+Nasuada as king/queen.

  • guest

    We didn’t get to see to much of her, but her people obviously loved her in the way they fought to defend her, and that is Lady Lorana.  If the citizens get to vote she will get several.

  • Saphira’s Egg

    I think, if it is a Palancar descendant, that it might be Nolfavrell. He is young, yes, but he has always seemed strong willed and honest.  

    • Brendans Mommy87

      OOh I hadn’t thought of him. I like it!

    • Anonymous

      very good point!

  • Smac21

    I don’t think it will be Roran as i believe he will return to Carvahall to help rebuild it, Eragon does not want to be king and there is also the prophecy stating he will leave Alagaesia (I believe he will only go as far as Vroengard though)  Nasuada seems the most logical answer although I have a sneeky suspicion she may die in Inheritance. Still going for Nasuada.

    • Donaldsonsboy

      In response to Eragon leaving Alagaesia, they did approach the fact the prophecies can be broken in Brisingr or Eldest can’t remeber which

      • Eschwartz

        yeah, by dying and that was premonitions, angela said no matter what, leaving is unavoidable.

  • Orayelle

    I can easily see Roran becoming king, as well as Nasuada. My problem with the theory of Roran being King Palencar’s heir and therefore entitled to the throne, is that Palencar was evil and was dethroned! It doesn’t seem too promising to put the decendant of one of the last really awful kings on the throne again. Of course, the book is unclear about whether or not Palencar’s descendants even held the throne beyond him. In Eldest, Lifaen says that Palencar was “usurped and banished”, which doesn’t sound too promising to me.
    Of course, all this is just me being picky. I vote for Roran.

  • Robbybarr1994

    i think its going to be roran because orrin is not necisarily  the best leader and so i think orrins going to die in the final battle

  • Anonymous

    With the bad memories of Galbitorix’s rule, it is possible the lands of Alageasia will split into small states.  It might take years for one king to rule again.

  • Kathryn

    I think it’s extremely unlikely that Eragon will become the leader of Alagaesia. One factor that was not mentioned in the article was the Eragon’s prophecy that he would leave Alagaesia never to return.

    Roran is my personal favorite for the position, although Nasuada is obviously a perfectly viable option. One thing that makes me nervous about Nasuada becoming leader is her fear and apprehension of magic and those who use it. It’s been mentioned several times in the series, so clearly it has to come to a head at some point.

  • Kinder4lif

    I think Roran will become the king of Alagaësia, But some land Will be given to Nasuada and the Varden

  • Antonella-fi

    You forgot Surda`s actual king!!

    • Surda is a separate country from the Broddring Nation. I explained below why I left Orrin out.

  • Drewgotta

    I think Roran will die in the book. That’s why he shouldn’t be the top candidate.

  • insert name here

    I was going to post almost the exact same thing when I read this, lol, then I figured I would just reply and second your opinion.

  • Konstantinapav

    maybe alagaesia will actually have a more democratic system and will be ruled by a number of wise people.Nasuada can be among them or their leader.In anyway i don’t think that Nasuada will stay out of this.I believe she has the most chances of being the new ruler.I also don’t think Roran will be involved in something like this.What he always wanted is to have a peaceful life with Katrina in their farm.And don’t let me started on Eragon.He has said it himself that he is not the man for the job.Not that he doesn’t deserve it .Because he does.It’s just that he has a wole different purpose in his life.

  • Rambikos

    You forgot to mention king Orrin as a possibility

  • Rambikos

    You forgot to mention king Orrin as a possibility

  • Uninvolved

    The creator of the poll said “An heir of Alagaesia’s old bloodline”…then why he simply didn’t write Orrin – it is stated that the kings of Surda are comming from the very first ruler of  Alagaesia 🙂

    • Kathryn

      By “Alagaesia’s old bloodline” I’m pretty sure the writer meant mad King Palencar.

  • Naegling

    No one seems to really want the position. Eragon wouldn’t even take command of the Varden, let alone the Empire. Roran has promised that he would settle down with Katrina. Nasuada seems a little fed-up with politics, so I doubt she would take it willingly. Orrin may want it, but too many people in the Varden believe he wouldn’t be an effective leader. Galby’s heir, it’s possible. The long-lost heir? Probably even more possible, but it would have to be someone who we’ve known for a while to make sense (Roran, maybe?) Angela: No. Just no. Murtagh has a shot, but after killing Hrothgar, Oromis, and Glaedr, he’s lost a lot of credibility. I personally think he’ll die redeeming himself. Electoral process: fair chance of it. Makes sense if the people want change. So yeah, those are my opinions

    • Fairth Ebrithil

      I agree with you except on the level that Roran doesn’t want it.  There are different kinds of settling down, Kingdom just may be a way he wasn’t expecting.  Also, I don’t think Roran has really thought about himself being qualified for leadership of a nation; however, if people raised him up as their leader, I think that he would warm to the idea.

      In a side note:  I don’t think that Nasuada would ever want the crown, but would accept it as she has other responsibilities if people chose her as the best qualified.

    • Fairth Ebrithil

      I agree with you except on the level that Roran doesn’t want it.  There are different kinds of settling down, Kingdom just may be a way he wasn’t expecting.  Also, I don’t think Roran has really thought about himself being qualified for leadership of a nation; however, if people raised him up as their leader, I think that he would warm to the idea.

      In a side note:  I don’t think that Nasuada would ever want the crown, but would accept it as she has other responsibilities if people chose her as the best qualified.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Roran would choose to become king voluntarily. He grew up as a farmer and still wishes to get back to his farm if he ever gets the opportunity to 
    Also, if Murtagh were to become the new king of Alagaësia, I can’t help but notice how similar it would become to Zuko’s situation in the Avatar: The Last Airbender TV series.

    I’m really indecisive about who’ll actually become the new king/queen. There are lots of reasons for and against most of the ideas posted above, so I cant wait to find out! 🙂

    • Haha I think the same you do! It’s incredible how it fits so well with Zuko’s case. But I think it will not happen. I mean, Murtagh is a man who has passed through too much pain. His father betrayed him, and he was manipulated for Galby (I don’t know if you guys will agree with me, but that’s what I think. Since the beginning Murtagh was used, controlled by Galbatorix. Perhaps Galby knew even before Eragon and Murtagh know each other that Murtagh was Eragon’s brother and that if the boy could be manipulated, he one day would become a powerful weapon against Eragon. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I just see one end to Murtagh – death. It would be very hard to him to turn to the bright side, because of all the pain he suffered. And that’s why he couldn’t become the King).

      But it’s nice to see how much divergence we can find between the readers of Inheritance Cycle. Since each one of us have different likes it’s totally normal. But I’m sure that Chris will surprise and amaze us all 🙂

      • Anonymous

        The big difference between Murtagh and Zuko is the fact that Zuko got the chance to redeem himself at some point. Murtagh never got this chance and we can’t really tell if it will happen in the future. But ye, I can’t really imagine Murtagh becoming king any time soon, because of all the mental and physical damage he had to cope with over the years. He wouldn’t be the right choice and in the end, he would become just as bad as Galby. 

  • AryaxxxErag0n not Robin

    A council of Races with representatives of each race like King Orik, Queen Islanzadi, Roran Stronghammer, Eragon( for riders), Nar Garzhvog, last but never ever least, Saphira for dragons. Roran as king of the Broddring Kingdom but they are all equal. 😀 I love this idea and can see Eragon coming up with this idea. Also the vote thing is good for me.

    • I liked this idea a lot, but it doesn’t fit within the need: the humans need a king, not leaders from other races telling them what to do. A leader for the humans has to be elected in order for a council to be established, because that council would need human representation.

  • Anon

    I Don’t think it will be Roran because all he wants to do is raise a farm and a family. He has no aspiration to rule.

    • Kathryn

      He also had no aspiration to leave Carvahall and lead the villagers on a trek across the nation, but he did it because it was the right thing. Roran may not strive for the throne, but I think if it was offered to him he would not turn it down. 

      • Eschwartz

        it is classic in novels to have a king that doesnt want to rule but the people force him. JUST because roran doesnt want to means nothing, if the people demand it. but why would they?

  • Anon

    I Don’t think it will be Roran because all he wants to do is raise a farm and a family. He has no aspiration to rule.

  • Anonymous

    I say Roran because he has the royal, or rather, has the potential to have it. Palancar valley was named for the first king, Crazy Palancar, and that’s where his decedents have grown up ever since. This seems like a natural thing because Roran has the ability to lead the people no matter the situation, and he’s “crazy” in battle over his family and friends. He has no aspirations to lead however, so that throws a kink in the chain, but how many leaders in novels actually want to lead? He could throw the whole thing on Nasuada though, never know with Roran

  • I think Roran will become the next king because of the blood of kings in Palancar Valley. He will be chosen over others in the valley because of his leadership skills, being a war hero, and because Eragon doesn’t aspire to rule.

  • Michaelfan13

    I believe it will be Roran, cause hes a good leader, heck he had carvahal go with him threw the spine and etc. I mean it’s not easy to do that

  • ICfan

    I think it would be interesting if Murtagh was king, although I don’t think that is going to happen. I wouldn’t want to see Nausada Queen…but I really have no reason to back that up 🙂
    I think roran would make a good king, but he wants to go back to carvahall and rebuild his farm with Katrina…I really don’t know.
    Christopher will probably suprise us!

  • A_jordan86

    split alageasia no just one king, but ambassadors for all races and lands

    • I was going to include that idea, but the humans would STILL need a leader. Unless you’re suggesting that all of the races should join together to form one nation, which simply wouldn’t ever happen — too many conflicting ideologies.

      • Robbybarr1994

        good point

  • Crystal

    I voted ‘None of the Above’, because you also forgot to mention the two unknown girls, Bladesinger and… Wolfeyes? Is that right?

    • I’d bet money, they are trying to get the last dragon egg!

    • Anonymous

      Interesting thought, but I don’t think so. If you think back to the last question and answer session with CP, he said that they were part of a different story, the fabled book 5. One of them might be the actual bloodheir, but I still think it would b unlikely.

    • Not a single thing indicated to me that either of them would become Queen. Because of that, I chose not to include them.

      They were mysterious, yes, but nothing in those pages hinted even remotely at the possibility of either of them becoming the leader.

      • Anonymous

        not to mention Paolini has hinted he has other plans for them outside of the Inheritence Cycle

    • Eschwartz

      i said the true heir because thats orrin

  • Eagle

    You made a slight mistake in your description of Roran.  He fought an Urgal who was NOT a Kull.  That distinction was specifically made in Roran’s thoughts while he was being greased up for the fight.

  • Well, so Big Twenty has just begun, so nice! Well, first of all, I don’t believe any of them (Nasuada, Roran, Eragon, etc) will become a leader of the whole Alagaesia. Let’s begin with Nasuada. See, she’s a great leader for the Varden, and obviously the most prepared to become the new King, but think straight, she already has a lot of responsibility being Varden’s leader and it was well mentioned that besides she loves being a leader and all, taking the command of a whole kingdom would be a huge burden to carry, even for Nasuada. And anyway, I think she should recover a long time after bringing Galby down.

    Now, about Eragon. Well, there isn’t too much to tell about him. He already declared the leader role would be too much to him, and there’s the prophecy about him leaving the Alagaesia and never ever coming back. So, for me it’s an invalid alternative.

    Angela – well I love her, and I think we’re gonna find out a whole and amazing story of her in Inheritance, but she’s not the leader kind, you agree?

    Roran – I think that what he wants most is come back to Carvahal and reorganize his lifestyle once more. He just wants to live in peace with his wife and future son. So that’s it.

    Murtagh –  well, I think he’s going to die, so he will not take that role. I’m not gonna write a lot ’cause this is subject for another time.

    The other options, I don’t have much to say. Just think it’s improbable. So, finishing, I don’t think that role was an easy thing which CP had to write, but I’m sure he’ll amaze us all. I guess the future king will be some new character, since that the other candidates (in my point of view) won’t take the throne. That’s it.

    • The current purpose of the Varden, is to overthrow Galby/Empire. Once that is done, is there a Varden anymore? Nasuada has a lot of ambition and I think that Queen is at the top of her list. At the very least she will strive for it and she will maneuver someone to else into nominating her.

      • You’ve got a point. After Galby’s death (he must die, right?) there’ll be no more Varden and its purpose won’t exist anymore. But after years of fighting against the Empire, I guess that Nasuada will really need of a rest, you know, perhaps she’ll become a leader for her own people (since she had won The Trial of the Long Knives, she conquered the respect of any tribe that wasn’t loyal to her). I just cannot see Nasuada as a queen of the whole Alagaesia.

        • I can’t either. She Doesn’t fit, if that makes sense. I maintain she will die. Roran and Katrina could end up leading the Varden(appointed by Eragon, He doesnt have the time to focus on the day to day stuff. and Roran can handle the military while Katrina handles the “Household”. ) and follow that into becoming King and Queen.

    • Laurelleaf9

      He COULD be having a DAUGHTER…

  • IC+HP=wow

    well you forgot to mention that so far roran has shown every inclination of returning to carvahall and making a new home their for himself and katrina. he would not take the throne if it was offered to him.

    • His opinion can change between now and Galbatorix’s hopeful death. Look at how much has changed for Eragon in such a short period of time. I would not rule out the possibility based on one thing Roran said.

  • Denmark111

    Roran? Come on! What does he know about politics?

    • Kathryn

      Enough to convince an entire village to follow him on a trek across the country. Enough to convince a group of soldiers to disobey their captain’s orders. Enough to convince a company of Urgals to follow him. Charisma is a necessity in politics, and Roran has it in spades.

      • Denmark111

        True, he has Charisma, but if he doesn’t know how to use it, to what good is it then?

        • Kathryn

          ??? But he does know how to use his charisma. All those examples I gave are circumstances where he used his charisma.

  • Denmark111

    I think Nasuada will marry Murtagh or (more likely) Roran and rule with him.

    • Guest

       … did you just say Nasuada will ‘more likely’ marry Roran? *Eye twitching*

      • Beka

        Where have you been for the last 3 years? Roran is MARRIED and why would she marry Murtagh? ugh…

        • Skyking99

          just an add on, but at one point, you could tell that Nasuada liked Murtagh (until Gab found his true name… ect. ect.) MAYBE if he redeems himself WITHOUT DYING, they could elope or something. Of corse, they wouldn’t be the King and Queen… maybe Lord and Lady

          • Denmark111

            My thought exactly. I seriusly doubt that CP won’t make Nasuada marry someone.

          • Laurelleaf9

            thank you.

          • Eschartz

            yeah, to Orrin, who she said she likes, and who is the legitimate king, being descended from the king galby deposed. this is the bloodline that took over after king palencar

          • Kathryn

            Orrin is a descendent of ONE of the legitimate royal bloodlines. You’ve mentioned Orrin a lot, and it’s clear that he’s your favorite for the throne. But he is NOT the only legitimate option. The blood of mad King Palencar still runs in the Carvahall villagers somewhere, and the argument could be made that since he was the original king his bloodline has a stronger claim to the throne.

        • Denmark111

          You’re right I’m sorry. I know it sounds like crazy-talk, but I forgot he was married :)…

      • Denmark111

        Sorry, I can’t believe I forgot 🙂

    • Robbybarr1994

      -.- i cant believe you said that RORAN IS MARRIED TO KATRINA

      • Denmark111

        I can’t belive I didn’t think of that… But then again, Katrina might die somehow… Ok you’re right, that would be an extreme curveball.

  • Kaylee

    What about the two women we saw Angela reading fortunes for? Saphira blessed them and I’m pretty sure that Angela said that they both have great destinies. (sorry I do not have my book in front of me at the moment) Destines like taking over the kingdom??

  • Alex…

    I think the new leader of Alagaësia will be someone new, who didn’t familiar in the plot or played smaller part in the story.

  • Nashbill9

    Has anybody noticed that the series is kinda running like Star Wars? A rural boy (Eragon) discovers he has great powers(Or Saphira). His family dies.  He finds a neighbor who is a person that was part of the old order (Jedi, Riders). The neighbor dies and then the boy goes to another stronger teacher. The new teacher dies. So what happens next? Darth Vader(Murtagh)  kills the Emperor (Galby) .  

    • Dennis

      i did. it would be funny if it ended like that

    • It is a reoccurring theme in Fantasy. Starwars, LOTR, Harry Potter, etc. But it works

    • Antigone

      What’s interesting about that is in a non cannon continuation of the story, a good heir of the Emperor eventually rules.

      Still, what we have to remember is that the Emperor actually is a semi-legitimate ruler of the Galaxy, even though he gained that through dishonest means. Galby is not a legitimate in any fashion. No heir of his will be welcomed on the throne.

  • Caroline

    Dude, I’m voting for Angela. XD

  • King Orrin

    You consider Angela but not King Orrin?

    • Anonymously Yours

      Oh My Goodness you are right! MIKE!
      King Orrin is just as likely as some of these people and more likely than others (Eragon, Random Heir)

    • I left Orrin out only because I don’t see him abandoning Surda. He’s certainly a king of a human nation, but he isn’t the king of the Broddring Nation. I suppose I didn’t consider the two nations merging, which I guess is a possibility. I just assumed he’d always stay at the helm of Surda, which would always remain separate.

      • Donaldsonsboy

        But didn’t Surda annex at the fall (or somwhere around there) and it would make sense to rejoin the nation if it lost the reason they left at all?

  • Roran and Katrina are the strongest runners in my opinion with Nasuada and Orrin (yes married) being a runner-up, but i do think Nasuada is going to die. No Riders. I cannot see them allowing ANOTHER rider to be king.

  • Veneficus

    I doubt seriously that Galbatorix has an heir.  If he wanted to rule forever, why have a son or daughter who could eventually challenge you.  It seems way more likely that Roran is the lost heir of King Palancar and in being the lost heir he would have a legal claim to the throne of the old Broddring Kingdom. 

    • Well, without straying two far from PG, it’d be odd to assume that Galbatorix has never had a lady friend. Assuming he has had a lady friend, it’s likely that he’s (intentionally or not) created some offspring. I’m sure he’d never fear a son or daughter who would challenge him, as we all know his power — they’d have to be exceptional children to topple him.

      • Robbybarr1994

        ok so i can see galby having a kid in hopes of having a egg hatch for he or she BUT only for that

      • Donaldsonsboy

        Mike think of the girl and woman that Eragon said a blessing over. The girl could definitely be an heir of Galbatorix. I mean they refused to give their names.

        • Anonymous

          That is a very interesting idea. good point

          • Eschartz93

            no thats a really weird random conspiracy

  • This article was definitely a bit on the longer side, but there were many options to consider. While editing the article I considered various areas or entire subjects we could cut — Angela stood out, as she’s hardly a real contender, but I realized… can’t cut the humor or else it’ll get dull!

    I had a lovely time writing this, especially being forced to think outside of my own personal theory zone. I’m really going to enjoy writing 19 more of these! I might announce next week’s topic soon-ish, probably via Facebook and Twitter, so stay tuned! (I have all twenty weeks already plotted and scheduled)

    • Mike, what are your personal theories?

      • Everything written in the Roran section is my personal theory 🙂

        • Robbybarr1994

          i agree hes the only one that makes sense

          • Anonymous

            that probably why he has a fair lead in the polls.

          • Robbybarr1994

            yeah

        • Robbybarr1994

          i agree hes the only one that makes sense

        • Antigone

          Hold on. Isn’t there hard evidence against that in one of the sneak-peaks?  I like the idea of Roran being King, but I feel sure that it is not going to happen