“Big Twenty” – Angela the Herbalist… Who or What Is She?

The Big Twenty is Shur’tugal’s twenty week long series of in depth discussion and theorizing, all centered around twenty core questions, loose ends, and theories in the Inheritance universe. The Big Twenty is the ultimate fan guide to happenings in Book 4 — and we hope you’ll join us for the adventure! To learn more about the Big Twenty, view our announcement article.

Angela the witch. Angela the herbalist. Angela the justwhattheheckisshe. Angela is a character of many names, faces, and abilities; and for all of her mysteries, two certainties remain: Angela will always sit atop fans’ favorite characters list, just as she will always top the lists of favorite Inheritance moments.

My role as a curator of the Inheritance community over the past seven years has offered me a unique glimpse at the inner workings of fan discussions, theories, and hopes; I’ve witnessed the birth and destruction of literally hundreds of theories and one thing never ceases to amaze me: the theory power surrounding Angela the herbalist. In light of this, the second Big Twenty article will explore who or what Angela is at her very core. Join us on this unique adventure while we delve deep into the mysteries surrounding her character and explore all of the possibilities surrounding what Angela truly is.

We first encounter the witch and her werecat companion in Teirm at the start of Eragon. The pair showcase their abilities of foresight by offering Eragon a unique glimpse into his own future. Angela explores the love and peril ahead of him, whereas Solembum offers Eragon several prophecies – some which have yet to come to fruition. The pair have made various appearances in the books since their grand entrance in Eragon, ranging from their room at Farthen Dûr to the battle of the Burning Plains. The witch has revealed many unique sides, from poisoning Empire soldiers to caring for Elva, the child whose future was destroyed by Eragon’s failed blessing.

Angela is a powerful and formidable ally and enemy. For reasons unknown, the witch has chosen to ally herself with the Varden. It’s clear she does not like or agree with Galbatorix, feelings that may result from her history living during the time of his uprising.

Angela’s Role in Book 4

Angela has climbed the ranks as one of the most debated and beloved characters in the Inheritance Cycle since her first appearance in the books. Christopher Paolini himself has discussed Angela’s rise to fame, often touching upon the fact that Angela was first included as a joke character. The response from fans and his own enjoyment of the character has led him to feature Angela in more prominent roles. Paolini has recently said that Angela will be playing a vital role in Book 4:

  • Angela will be involved with a Shade in Book 4, though the circumstances remain unknown.
  • Angela will play a large role in Book 4: “There is a lot more to Angela than meets the eye. If you like her, you’re in for a treat with Book Four. Angela gets several crowning moments of awesomeness therein.”

Mysteries, Loose Ends, and Lingering Questions

Mystery surrounds Angela the herbalist. The core of today’s Big Twenty “investigation” will focus on who – or what – Angela is. It is important to identify where Angela comes from, as we feel it will explain many loose-ended questions and theories. Before tackling each “What is she?” theory, we need to identify, understand, and explore each of the mysteries tied to Angela. Isolating a question and dissecting the information surrounding it can often lead to new discoveries. Below are some of the most popular questions, answers, and loose ends:

  • Age – While never specifically revealed, Angela’s age is often touched upon or alluded to. We know from Angela herself that she is much older than she appears. She has witnessed events few humans live to recall, yet still walks with the grace of a young human. Just how old is Angela?
  • Expansive knowledge – Angela’s wisdom is constantly referenced in any scene the witch appears. She commands incredible knowledge of events, both past and present, and always seems to know information she should not know. Many turn to her for reason and advice; few underestimate the extent of her knowledge. How does Angela gather this knowledge? (Much of this ties back to her age – clearly she is old enough to have witnessed many events prior to and during the Riders’ fall.)
  • Appear where the action is happening – Angela has managed to appear suddenly wherever core events are occurring. From Tierm to the Varden’s various war camp, the witch has witnessed it all. How does she travel with such ease and haste?
  • A werecat companion – We are specifically told that werecats only choose to remain around important individuals. Solembum and Angela appear to be very close companions. Of all the “humans” (we’re assuming here) in Alagaësia, why did Solembum choose Angela? What keeps him at her side?
  • Trust among Varden and elves – We know that Angela is one of few to have never had her mind searched while entering Farthen Dûr. We also know that Angela has visited Ellesmera on more than one occasion – a rare feat for non-elves. What reason do the Varden and elves have to trust her?
  • Dragon knuckle bones – There’s no denying the rarity of possessing bones of a fallen dragon. Angela has not revealed where these bones have come from, but it’s safe to say that few in Alagaësia possess such items. Where did she get these bones? Are they related to Glaedr’s missing arm? How did she learn to use them to predict the future?
  • Hated by the werecats – The most shocking revelation in the first excerpt from Book 4 was the werecat king’s hatred toward Angela. Why would the elves and Varden trust Angela, yet the werecats do not? If the werecats dislike Angela, why has Solembum stuck by her side for so long? What has she done?
  • Trained by Tenga – Tenga remains another one of Brisingr’s greater mysteries. We only encountered hermit briefly, yet later learned that this man was once Angela’s teacher. What is Tenga searching for and what are Angela’s true feelings toward him? (Tenga will be the subject of an upcoming Big Twenty article.)

Will all of the above questions and mysteries be resolved in Book 4? We highly doubt it. Book 4 will certainly be a large book aimed at concluding the plot we’ve come to love over the past decade, but we think it’s safe to say that Christopher will want some semblance of mystery to remain around his most interesting character. Allowing Angela to carry on her legacy as “who-the-heck-is-she” rather than revealing everything seems like a choice the author would make. One thing is for certain: some of the above questions/loose ends will play a role in the final book.

Who or What Is Angela?

Angela’s vague past leaves an incredible amount of wiggle room for fan speculation and theories, resulting in a host of theories ranging from the outlandish to the interesting. We’ve rounded up what we feel to be the best theories surrounding who or what Angela is and will dissect each from an objective angle. Our goal is to get to the root of each theory to determine whether or not there is any possibility to its beliefs and if so, what the theory may mean for Book 4.

Angela is Selena the Black Hand

We’re confident from the get-go that this theory, while interesting to ponder, holds no truth; there’s simply too much working against it. First we’ll explore fan reasoning for believing that Angela may be Selena, mother of Eragon and Murtagh: Angela is old and her past is vague; she’s powerful; a formidable opponent on and off the battlefield; she knows of Brom and the prophecies surrounding his future; and many of her more mysterious qualities, such as her ability to travel without being noticed, match those of the Black Hand’s.

The evidence against this theory – and there’s a good bit of it – is much more compelling. For starters, Angela is said to be over a century old. For her to be Selena, or Selena to be Angela, Selena – and Garrow, her brother – would have had to have been over a century old. While not entirely impossible, it isn’t plausible – someone would have noticed, be it Eragon, Roran, or one of the many Carvahall villagers.

We also know that Brom had met Angela on more than one occasion, never recognizing the witch. Surely Brom would have recognized the face of his former love, even if it had changed in some way. Similarly, Oromis was shown a fairth of Selena yet did not recognize the woman as Angela. He had met Angela before and if the two – Angela and Selena – had any sort of similarities in appearance, someone as intelligent as Oromis would have picked up on it.

There is no specific evidence against the latter two bits of “supporting evidence”. Yes, both Angela and Selena were formidable and feared opponents… but the same can be said about many of those in Alagaesia. The evidence against this theory isn’t conclusive, but it is compelling and we are simply not convinced. We’re going with “Sorry – not happening!” on this one.

Angela is a Half-Elf

Another theory with little supporting evidence, sadly. We’ve heard this theory making the rounds since half-elves were first declared possible by Christopher Paolini. Half-elves are the result of love between one elf and one human. The possibility for half-elves to exist has been confirmed, however specific instances of this phenomenon has not – there are no confirmed half-elves in the series.

Fans like to believe Angela to be a half-elf for several reasons, the most compelling of which include: her age, her prior visits to Ellesmera, her remarks that her mind would drive an individual mad – similar to the way an individual would react in an elven mind, her knowledge, and her abilities with magic and physical combat.

This is where the compelling arguments against step in. Angela herself – along with the story’s narrator (for all intents and purposes, Christopher himself) – have referred to Angela as a human on more than one occasion. Angela bears no physical traits of someone with half-elven heritage – no pointy ears, no elven beauty. Angela has no known control over magic, as all elves do, and is not known as an elf (or half-elf) to Arya, who would surely know and recognize a half-elf if she saw one.

Supporting evidence, as mentioned above, includes her prior visits to Du Weldenvarden as well as her expansive knowledge of the ancient language. We’re just not sure that these few pieces of supporting evidence are enough to overlook the evidence against this theory. It is interesting that Angela has visited Ellesmera in times past, but she wasn’t the only person to do so. A fun theory for sure, but this is another theory for the “not likely” list.

Angela is a Grey Folk

This is where the Angela theories begin to grow mysterious. Christopher Paolini first introduced the Grey Folk to readers when explaining how the ancient language was created. The Grey Folk were a once-mighty race who chose to tame Alagaesia’s wild magic, binding it to their language – the ancient language. The power needed to perform such a great feat drained the Grey Folk, leaving the race as a shell of their former selves. It is believed that this race slowly faded in time, no Grey Folk known to remain in Alagaesia.

The little we know of the Grey Folk make debating such a theory challenging. We know Angela to be highly mysterious, powerful, and extraordinarily knowledgeable of the ancient language, although she does not appear to be able to practice magic. This matches with what we know of the Grey Folk after binding magic to the ancient language: wise people with expansive knowledge of their creation, unable to perform magic. We know that they were talented and intelligent people, just as Angela is. And most importantly, little is known of them… just as little is known of Angela’s past.

Angela is ancient, mysterious, and knows a bit more about the ancient language than she should. She studied under a powerful and reclusive hermit – another individual whose origins are unknown. She has the looks of a human but the age of something much more ancient. Could it be that Angela the herbalist is a member of or descendent of the Grey Folk?

It’s possible.

Angela was once a Dragon Rider

Another decent theory with little supporting evidence. Fans enjoy speculating that Angela may have been, prior to the Fall of the Riders (or even earlier, depending on her true age), a Dragon Rider. It is speculated that like Brom, Angela lost her dragon and is cursed to live on in immortality without her dragon.

This theory would explain several loose ends: her age (Riders do not age like humans), her knowledge of the ancient language (Riders are proficient in the ancient language), her knowledge of key events (having been around during the Fall, possibly even playing an active role), her trust among the Varden and the elves (both groups would have trusted and allowed a loyal Rider to enter their respective cities). This theory may also explain why Solembum chooses to remain at her side: a fallen Rider is a great companion for a werecat.

However, there are several facts working against this theory. Most importantly, many groups and individuals – the Varden, Oromis, Brom, Arya, etc. would have recognized Angela if she was a Rider. Oromis, an Elder Rider, would have likely known each pupil to pass through Vroengard prior to the fall. Brom, a student during this time, likely would have encountered Angela as a Rider. Additionally, if Angela was at one point a Rider, the witch would still be able to perform magic – and powerful magic at that. Her knowledge of the ancient language has been confirmed on numerous occasions, yet the witch has been unable to cast spells.

Another fun and interesting theory we’re forced to doubt. The evidence against this theory seems too strong to allow its possibility.

Angela is a Candidate for Green Rider

We’d love to elaborate on this theory, but it’s going to have to wait for our Big Twenty article(s) discussing potential candidates for the vacant position of Green Rider!

King Galbatorix is Really Angela in Disguise. No, Really.

To be honest, we’re not sure where this theory initially spawned from. We won’t claim to take credit – we know it was born somewhere in the comments or on Inheritance Forums. It’s a brilliant theory (however outlandish), and we know that Christopher Paolini himself is rather fond of the idea (though admits its outlandishness).

Angela is Galbatorix. Galbatorix is Angela. The core of this theory is that Angela is the true string-puller in Alagaësia, explaining her knowledge, age, abilities, and mystery. Angela splits her time between Urû’baen and the Varden’s roaming war camp. The “witch” uses powerful magic to conceal her identity, creating the ultimate disguises: Angela the herbalist and King Galbatorix.

And Solembum? Well that’s simple – Solembum is Shruikan, and Shruikan is Galbatorix. The ultimate companion – a werecat and a dragon. No one would ever suspect that behind the werecat’s false identity rests an ancient, century-old black dragon.

This is a ridiculous theory (and one we would touch upon more if this article was not so long), but it’s fun to ponder. What if Galbatorix really was Angela?

“Avoid roasted cabbage, don’t eat earwax, and look on the bright side of life!”

Angela has grown from a semi-joke character inspired by Christopher Paolini’s sister (of the same name) to one of the most unique, hilarious, and idolized characters in the Inheritance Cycle. Her quotes have left this writer in stitches on more than one occasion; her actions have spawned hundreds of theories ranging from the accurate to the outlandish.

All we know for certain is that with Angela, one should always expect the unexpected.

We want to hear from you! Answer these questions in the comments below:

  • Out of the above theories, which do you think best fits Angela?
  • Do you have a theory of your own regarding Angela that was not included?
  • Why do you think Solembum has stuck with Angela for all these years?
  • Why do you think the werecats hate Angela?
  • Why do you think Angela knows so much of the ancient language yet is unable to perform magic?

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


  • Jackal

    Angela is not a rider with no dragon: Saphira sensed that brom was a rider, she would do the same with Angela.

  • Guest

    I think that I found a mistake: Angela can certainly use magic. I read the dutch version, so I can’t quote, but in brisingr she makes a puppet of bread dance to entertain some children, and Trianna said that she even found the easiest magic difficult. Difficult, not impossible.

    • eebi

      I agree. I also think Angela can use magic but has difficulty. In Brisingr she tells Eragon that she has knit a sweater with Dvalar’s ward against mad rabbits across the inside of the chest in the Liduen Kvaedhi. But just writing things in the ancient language doesn’t give them power, so for the ward to actually work, she would have to imbue it with power. Also, when Eragon is explaining the ways to reverse a spell, he talks about opening himself to the flow of magic and Angela says “That’s the part I always had difficulty with. It’s why I rely more upon potions and plants and objects that are magical in and of themselves than upon incantations.” This implies two things – first, it’s difficult, but not impossible fore her to do magic. Second, she does do magic because she relies MORE upon plants etc. but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t rely on magic.

    • eebi

      I agree. I also think Angela can use magic but has difficulty. In Brisingr she tells Eragon that she has knit a sweater with Dvalar’s ward against mad rabbits across the inside of the chest in the Liduen Kvaedhi. But just writing things in the ancient language doesn’t give them power, so for the ward to actually work, she would have to imbue it with power. Also, when Eragon is explaining the ways to reverse a spell, he talks about opening himself to the flow of magic and Angela says “That’s the part I always had difficulty with. It’s why I rely more upon potions and plants and objects that are magical in and of themselves than upon incantations.” This implies two things – first, it’s difficult, but not impossible fore her to do magic. Second, she does do magic because she relies MORE upon plants etc. but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t rely on magic.

    • eebi

      I agree. I also think Angela can use magic but has difficulty. In Brisingr she tells Eragon that she has knit a sweater with Dvalar’s ward against mad rabbits across the inside of the chest in the Liduen Kvaedhi. But just writing things in the ancient language doesn’t give them power, so for the ward to actually work, she would have to imbue it with power. Also, when Eragon is explaining the ways to reverse a spell, he talks about opening himself to the flow of magic and Angela says “That’s the part I always had difficulty with. It’s why I rely more upon potions and plants and objects that are magical in and of themselves than upon incantations.” This implies two things – first, it’s difficult, but not impossible fore her to do magic. Second, she does do magic because she relies MORE upon plants etc. but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t rely on magic.

    • eebi

      I agree. I also think Angela can use magic but has difficulty. In Brisingr she tells Eragon that she has knit a sweater with Dvalar’s ward against mad rabbits across the inside of the chest in the Liduen Kvaedhi. But just writing things in the ancient language doesn’t give them power, so for the ward to actually work, she would have to imbue it with power. Also, when Eragon is explaining the ways to reverse a spell, he talks about opening himself to the flow of magic and Angela says “That’s the part I always had difficulty with. It’s why I rely more upon potions and plants and objects that are magical in and of themselves than upon incantations.” This implies two things – first, it’s difficult, but not impossible fore her to do magic. Second, she does do magic because she relies MORE upon plants etc. but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t rely on magic.

  • ?????

    At the top of the article in “Angela’s Role in Book 4” it says Angela will be involved with a shade in book 4-The shade could be her father/mother.

  • SS

    Ok read alot of comments and created one with a bit of everything. Ok she is the daughter of a shade and a grey folk who was once a rider, that had a werecat named greenie that disliked the king cat… Lol jk but I think she is daughter of a shade

    • [Imortality.For.The.Dying]

      Daughter of a Shade? Where did that come from? I thought Shades were evil, negative, demonic creatures… so why would one want to have a kid?

      • D-Dom

        I didn’t even think it was possible for shades to have kids. They are just made of evil spirits.

  • Hanis1900

    I have a question guys..you might help me:P
    how come the first book was intersting,the second was fantastic but the third was in my opinion very bad.It s like it was not written by the one who initialy wrote the previous books.
    comparic the second with the third I wold say that brisngr is a fake and shity book.
    and my question is…Why??

    • HA

      Well my question is…Why are you still checking this website and posting if you don’t like the book?? Why??

    • Hrothgar

      All three books were amazing in my opinion but if you dont think that then I respect that but i will also respectfully ask you to stop expressing it disrespectfully.

    • D-Dom

      I loved all three books and no one should judge the write

      • Jackal

        I agree.

      • Jackal

        I agree.

  • D-Dom

    How many people think that all of the riders and dragons will come back and overpower Galbatorix?

    • Jackal

      No.

    • Jackal

      No.

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    • Hrothgar

      why does the sword have a blue gemstone at the bottom? zar’roc is all blood red.

  • Qazwsxedcxxx

    Angela is galbitorixes daughter

    • D-Dom

      It’s possible but unlikely. If she is the daughter of galbatorix, then why isn’t she a captive of the empire.

  • nggc1954

    Always wondered about Angela’s past, then when CP introduced the Grey Folk, I immediately thought of Angela.  So I believe she is a part of the Grey Folk.  They tamed the magic in Alagaesia to their language. so then the ancient language would be a natural.  The Grey Folk didn’t do the norm magic either, but then to bind magic to their language would be a kind of magic in itself.  There seems to be many form magic can take, she doesn’t do the same kind as most, but then maybe her magic is in the plants. 

    She see’s into the future, she already knows the past, the present is happening wouldn’t be hard for her to read.  If you know where the action is going to happen and took a shorter more direct route there, you’d get there before anyone else.

    No idea why the were-cats hate her, seems a strange twist, and Solembum sticking to her side, maybe they had forged a bond long before.  Solembum seems to walk to a different beat, Angela most definitely walks to a different beat; they complement each other.

    Her uncomplimentary reaction to her old mentor, she just left him, no warning.   And then if he was a teacher and tried to teach her magic and she couldn’t do magic, maybe he made her life unbearable.

  • Pcav3473

    Methinks Angela may have something to do with the remaining Goddess of the Elves, who has yet to play a part in the book.

    • Prometheuslkr

      You mean the Dwarven goddess? We’re not even sure the dwarven gods exist.

      • Jackal

        ‘Only kilf, godess of rivers and seas, restrained herself.’

      • Jackal

        ‘Only kilf, godess of rivers and seas, restrained herself.’

  • Arya<3

    HEY I need you guys to give me advice on this (not really theory) but a thought.
    On page 204 in Eragon, Angela is reading Eragon’s future and says “There is a doom upon you, but of what sort I know not. Part of it lies in a death-one that rapidly approaches and will cause you much grief. But the rest awaits in a great journey.”
    The first rapidly-approaching doom is Brom’s death, but has the second doom occured?

    • PrometheusLKR

      great journey may refer to what she also prophecied: his leaving Alagaesia forever. I think that is it and if so no it has not occurred yet.

      • Arya<3

        I mean she specified that there are 2 doom’s and one doom lies in a journey. So it must be something that happened. It could be Thorn hatching for Murtagh but I’m not sure.

        • Prometheuslkr

          How is Thorn hatching for murtagh related to a death or a journey?

          • Guest

            Thorn hatched for Mus=rtagh when Eragon was on his journey to the Elves.

    • nggc1954

      No I don’t think so, the second doom is tied into the leaving of Alagaesia. He’s not yet fulfilled the journey that leads up to the leaving.

  • Wingsonmyheels

    if Angela really was an ex-dragon rider, shed probably be one of the thirteen traitors. And then she came back to the other side with the Varden after dragon went mad.

    • Jackal

      If Angela was an ex dragon rider, Saphira would have sensed it, like with Brom.

  • HeyLookItsNina

    This is completely out of my own mind, and comes with little probability, but I’ve noticed that both of the youngest riders, Murtagh and Eragon (2), were the children of riders. Maybe there is some gene that the children INHERIT from a parent who is a rider, hence the name INHERITANCE. This brings me to my next theory, which actually relates to this article: What if Angela is the First Eragon’s daughter, and after he died, she was put into the care of Tenga, which is where their relationship started? Then, since CP has said something along the lines of no new riders will appear, maybe an known character, meaning Angela, is the rider for the Green Dragon? This follows my previous theory that she is the daughter of the first Eragon, and she INHERITED the Rider’s gene. 

    Sorry if this seems confusing, or completely outlandish. I’ve been mulling this over for a while and finally pieced it together. 

    • Eiyra

      i like the idea but… well if I was a dragon, and I had just hatched, I wouldn’t really want to have ” someone who’s alot older than they seem” for a rider, especially if it was a human, since they’d be even more old-and-seeming-young than, say an elf.
      I just don’t think Angela has a role as a Dragon Rider in the series at all. Dont forget, C.P said that Angela wasn’t planned to be a very important character, but became one, and also that he planned out the whole story out before hand. I don’t think He would all the sudden change the whole plot just cuz he felt like Angela needed to be a Rider.

      I like you thought on inheriting the “Rider Gene” though, I had a similar idea myself.:)

      • HeyLookItsNina

        This is true. Angela could still be the first Eragon’s daughter. The time lines seem to match up. 

      • HeyLookItsNina

        It would also explain why she knows so much about the Ancient Language, why she has been to Ellesmera, and Solembum’s companionship. I doubt he could or would pass up the chance to accompany the daughter of the greatest Dragon Rider in history, seeing as he only speaks to those whom are of great importance. The more I think about it, the more I believe it. 

        And I like your point about how CP wouldn’t change the plot of the story. I believe that theory less. We’ll only know for sure on November 8th.

      • HeyLookItsNina

        It would also explain why she knows so much about the Ancient Language, why she has been to Ellesmera, and Solembum’s companionship. I doubt he could or would pass up the chance to accompany the daughter of the greatest Dragon Rider in history, seeing as he only speaks to those whom are of great importance. The more I think about it, the more I believe it. 

        And I like your point about how CP wouldn’t change the plot of the story. I believe that theory less. We’ll only know for sure on November 8th.

      • HeyLookItsNina

        It would also explain why she knows so much about the Ancient Language, why she has been to Ellesmera, and Solembum’s companionship. I doubt he could or would pass up the chance to accompany the daughter of the greatest Dragon Rider in history, seeing as he only speaks to those whom are of great importance. The more I think about it, the more I believe it. 

        And I like your point about how CP wouldn’t change the plot of the story. I believe that theory less. We’ll only know for sure on November 8th.

      • HeyLookItsNina

        It would also explain why she knows so much about the Ancient Language, why she has been to Ellesmera, and Solembum’s companionship. I doubt he could or would pass up the chance to accompany the daughter of the greatest Dragon Rider in history, seeing as he only speaks to those whom are of great importance. The more I think about it, the more I believe it. 

        And I like your point about how CP wouldn’t change the plot of the story. I believe that theory less. We’ll only know for sure on November 8th.

    • PrometheusLKR

      Interesting… Maybe. I think more it’s a personality thing. Saphira chose Eragon because there was something she connected with about him, and also because, for the first time in a while, she was in danger.

      Thorn, I suspect, chose Murtagh because Thorn was angry at being Galbatorix’s captive and he found someone who really shared that resentment and bitterness…

      Angela as the third Rider… that’s an interesting idea. Imagine the kind of dragon it would take to choose Angela… haha wow… 

      And I don’t think Angela is *that* freaking old.

    • nggc1954

      I like the gene idea, it is really interesting, but Eragon the first was a elf.  At best that would make her an elf and at worst a half-elf. 

  • Eiyra

    okay, a little off topic, but… We all know that Tenga was somehow associated with Angela, and in the scene when Eragon is in Tenga’s house Tenga mentioned a woman ( “she carved them, before she left.” Is, I believe what he said.) who had left him. Now,  Angela’s the only person we know of that knew Tenga, and had some reason to leave him. Could she have somehow been ( …romantically) involved with Tenga, then something in the relationship when sour and she left him, spawning her distaste for him? It would  explain a bit about who Angela is, and who Tenga was talking about at the ruins.
    Besides, I can see Angela carving little creatures out of wood, can’t you? 

  • SS

    Maybe Angela is some sort of exiled werecat, and Solembum was her close companion leading him to leave with her.

    • Genious

      No, werecats look completely different, solembum and the other werecats both are clearly not human. They have jagged teeth and do not eat the same food Angela eats. 

    • Genious

      No, werecats look completely different, solembum and the other werecats both are clearly not human. They have jagged teeth and do not eat the same food Angela eats. 

  • oneeb

    I think shes just a special human………

  • oneeb

    I think shes just a special human………

  • The South African

    She can’t Use magic, and neither could the Ra’zac…. makes you wonder..

    • Arya<3

      she has ‘trouble’ casting spells. Remeber she invented a spell so Elva wouldn’t know her fears? LOL she’s not a Ra’zac.

      • PrometheusLKR

        I don’t think she casts magic in the same way Riders do. “Witches rely on potions and such.” Somebody said that, probably Brom.

    • Guest

      It never says she can’t use magic. It just says she thinks spells are too unreliable so that’s why she uses potions,herbs,and the like.

  • Carrotlvoer24

     Has anyone noticed that Tenga is the subjuntive form of “tener” in Español?

    • Eiyra

      uh, kay. Would you mind eleborating on what exactly “tener” means in, uh, english?

      • GoogleTranslator

        its a verb that means have or own

      • GoogleTranslator

        its a verb that means have or own

        • Eiyra

          okay, thanks. So Tenga owns/has something important in the series? Like a map to the Vault? Or like a bazillion Eldunari? feel free to expand on the idea.

          • Jackal

            Galby would notice a bazillion eldunari in the middle of the empire.

        • HeyLookItsNina

          Yeah, please expound. I like where this is going.

        • HeyLookItsNina

          Yeah, please expound. I like where this is going.

        • HeyLookItsNina

          Yeah, please expound. I like where this is going.

    • [Immortality.For.The.Dying]

      When CP was writing the books, I dont think he was focused on what a name would mean in any other language -.- Pointless, maybe?? Just a coincidence, in my opinion.

  • Arya<3

    Since there’s really odd theories let me put mine in…
    Angela is half grey-folk half human :D.
    Her dad could be Tenga.. and her mom could be dead.

    • Superman

      this is a plausible theory. however, in eragon, eragon’s fortune said something about venturing outside of Alagaesia. Also, in Eragon’s guide to alagaesia, it says how the humans and the elves came from somewhere else. I believe that Angela is from one of those places

      • Arya<3

         So you think that Angela was not born in alagaesia?

  • Peter-18

    i think angela is a shade, as in she got possessed by spirits but regained control with the help of tenga, this would explain her longevity and power, also nobody would venture into her mind as im pretty sure it would screw you up, think about when eragon took a shades memories. she probably doesnt use magic much either because she gets her power from spirits and drawing on it affects her control over them maybe? also not all spirits are evil like the ones that eragon met so maybe she is in harmony with them since spirits want a physical form dont they

    • SS

      I like that theory, it fits very well. One problem cp said she was a joke charicter but I doubt someone so detailed and unique would be in for kicks.

  • Adriaan

    Angela is one of the gods of othe dwarves, like Sindri, or maybe of the humans, in human form. the werecat would be with her for obvious reasons, and she would have a massive store of knowledge, also for obvious reasons. Her inabillity to use magic may just be a guise to to keep people from speculating what she truly is?

    • Carlee

       My brother agrees with this, he’s firmly set in the belief that Angela is a Dwarven goddess.

    • Carlee

       My brother agrees with this, he’s firmly set in the belief that Angela is a Dwarven goddess.

    • Carlee

       My brother agrees with this, he’s firmly set in the belief that Angela is a Dwarven goddess.

    • Carlee

       My brother agrees with this, he’s firmly set in the belief that Angela is a Dwarven goddess.

    • PrometheusLKR

      I don’t know. When Eragon touched the mind of the Guntera-thing, he felt it was vast, and alien. That could explain why she can’t be mind-read, but I couldn’t see a dwarven goddess being so… quirky. 

      And the dwarven clerics hate her.

      • Ryan

        The Jewish clerics hated Jesus but he was their God. They didn’t accept what was right in front of their faces. Lol I thought that applied nicely here.

      • The South African

        Sindri is the godess of the earth that would be an explanation why Agela has such a knowledge of plants and herbs and such.

      • Jackal

        Dwarves would not hate their god… good point

  • I’m sorrry but no matter what you say here, all the evidence could point to her being a half-elf.

  • Sam,

    Meaning Tenga might be her Elder or something like that , who probably came to bring her back to their plane of existance, but once he was on the earthly plane she was then able to baffle or throw him off course with a spell or even a potion, and that whats he searching for, why he came to earth in the first place.. i know it sounds crazy but I mean, that the point of the unknown and using your imagination to find the answer.

  • Sam

    I’m probably very late to this discussion, but none the less, i believe that Angela, is an Observer, Ala the observer from Marvel, and the show Fringe, who realize, with out some occasional intervention on her part, the balance of things go very wrong, therefore explaining her general role in all things, her likability by some, comedic view by some and her disdain by others still. Obviously there has to be powers greater than hers or she would just intercede out right, so her part must be riddled, confusing, cryptic and subtle. As for Solembum, I believed he was just one of only blessed among race to see her for what she truly was, and his king couldn’t understand and jealous of her and him. I believe her power is astronomical, but severely limited by the earthly form she must take so that she can intervene, but that is my theory not knowing the mind of Christopher Paolini himself. Thank you for time and consideration, if you have read all this. Have a Nice Day .. Sam

    • USE THAT BRAIN

      COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CONCEPT
      She interferes too much, if she were an observer she would not be able to poison the soldiers and effect the outcome of the battle.

  • Cameron Matt

    she’s a were-cat!! 

  • Mr. Anonymous

    Greyfolk descendant seemed to fit the best. For new dragon riders I think Elva would be the best candidate for that.

    • Arya<3

       yeah it would be too obvious if it was Arya and Paolini said it wasn’t VERY obvious. She also has the gedwey ignasia so that is the hint that she will be a rider. I hope she isn’t though, she would be like a murderer.

      • Eiyra

        Again on the very obvious part. I mean Elva’s Dragon Mark, it’s kinda a VERY OBVIOUS give away.

    • Barneyisgay1

      no way i hate elva

    • PrometheusLKR

      I thought I heard somewhere that Dragon Rider 3 was in all of the books. 

  • StarofVroen

    About one of the “significant” pieces of evidence for saying that Angela is NOT a half elf.  You say that it’s stated that Angela is described as human.  Yes, that is true.  But it’s also true that Christopher said in the same interview as when he confirmed the existence of half elves that half elves are very good at adapting to and blending in with the species they choose to live with, be that elves or humans.

  • BlueSapphire

    What if Angela is Galbatorix’s daughter?  And she inherits his position as “King” or ruler?  Tenga could be part of the family as well… not sure how he will fit in though.

    • Eiyra

      Yah, but Rider’s children don’t inherit they’re parent’s longevity. Plus, wouldn’t Galbatorix be looking for his missing daugter, not just Murtagh? I mena, usually YOUR child trumphs anyone else’s child. Of course, Galbatorix IS mad, he could somehow mot see her as a threat, since she’s a GIRL. Or something, who knows with a madman right?

      • PrometheusLKR

        Aside from the fact that I dislike this whole theory, just thought I’d state:

        Galbatorix may be mad, but he’s not stupid.

        • Eiyra

          very good point. I was just stating that Galbatorix is just that smart: he wouldn’t let his daughter anywhere out of his sight, because he’d know she’d, uh, how to put this kindly, USUALLY, WHEN YOU USE PEOPLE ( as Galbatorix is famous for doing) THEY HATE YOU AND IT JUST MIGHT BLOW UP IN YOUR FACE! Which is why it’s good to keep people who are close to you close, which ususally includes your daugter. Especially if your a evil person and she hates you.
          So, in conclusion, I kinda doubt Angela’s  Galbatorix’s daugter.

  • Eishersaroya

    She couldn’t be a member of the grey folk because, then she wouldn’t have needed Tenga to train her. Yes, she could be a descendant, but then why isn’t she as strong at magic as Eragon? She basically admits it in the first book when she says she had trouble healing Eragon’s wounds. Plus, she could just control the ancient language and kill Galbatorix. Even if she did not remember any of the knowledge of the grey folk, she could admit that she was a descendant and give the notion that there may be others out there, or that they may have left some of their knowledge behind. Lastly Paolini wouldn’t go that far.

    • Anonymous

      she isnt as strong because the Grey Folk lost most of their power in the insuing spell of liking their language to magic. 

    • Trumanwest

      grey folk lost all their power creating the ancient language 

    • Arya<3

      Maybe she believes she is the normal one, and everyone else is odd.

      • Jackal

        lol

    • Tenga

      What if she is born of the race of grey folk, but not during the time of the others.
      When the grey folk arrived on Alagaesia, one of them decided to mate with a elf, or possibly a human. Tenga, a member of the grey folk would be needed to train her and help her understand her heritage.

  • Hawklet2010

    The one problem I have with this article is the recurring use of the “(Insert Name Here) didnt recongnize her” excuse. The series isnt written directly from Eragons point of view but we learn things as he does, theres a technical term for this type of writting but I cant remember it. My point is, what if (Insert Name Here) did recognize her or know she was a(n) (Insert Theory Idea Here), but just chose not to tell Eragon for whatever reason. This would make several of the mentioned theories in the article a little more plausible. And this is in no way a hate comment. Just my two cents. Great article in general!! 🙂

    • Anonymous

      I can see where you can get this but my only arguement is that Eragon himself has seen what Selena looks like and he has spent alot of time with angela i dont think that he would have missed something like that. also Eragon is a very acute guy he notices peoples reactions to things alot of the time. wouldnt he have seen reactions to people, questions, and pictures? just my two cents but hey. 

      • E.

        Angela changed her original appearance, though. She looks different than she used to & not just younger, I will add.

    • Jackal

      Third person?

  • jahooty

    You know i had an interesting theory as well… angela is a talented HUMAN herbalist that is good with plants using their properties to extend her life 😉

  • Trumanwest

    one theory i’ve been pondering for awhile though improbable (but not impossible) is that Angela is some kind of shade but she only took one or two spirits in and she was able to control them??? and she just doesn’t use magic so people don’t realize how powerful she is????? idk just a thought 

    • Eishersaroya

      Other magic users would sense the spirits.

    • Al

      If she was a shade, then why couldn’t she heal another shade’s curse?

      • Thinker

        Shades are meant for destruction and horror, not healing. What would make you think she is able to heal another persons magic? Oromis said it is easier for the person who cast the spell to undo it, as he had to do with Elva. If there was a spell placed on the sword that cut Eragon’s back, then she probably didn’t know what words were used and therefore didn’t know how to undo it. 

    • Al

      If she was a shade, then why couldn’t she heal another shade’s curse?

    • Eiyra

      What about the part where Angela has “trouble” delving into magic: Shades find that pretty easy, dont they? Plus, by it’s very definition; Shade is someone who was possessed by spirits, meaning they can’t control any of them. She would have to be the ” some kind of a..” in ” some kind of a Shade.”

    • Jackal

      Red eyes? Red hair?

  • Anonymous

    Hey guys while i what reading this i got the idea that maybe just maybe Angela is a half breed…But NOT half elf. This is just my thoughts but i think that it is possible for Angela to be half human and half grey folk. just think about it. Tenga would be her father the last of the Grey Folk. He falls for a human and…..Boom Angela. the woman died and Angela and Tenga…split on bad terms. I mean if you don’t like the guy then you would not say “oh yeah he is my dad.” you would say that “he taught me some stuff” (forget the exact wording). 
    This would explain the longevity and the knowledge, as well as her not wanting to use the AL. And maybe the simplest explanation of her connection to solembum is that she found him hurt and patched him up and he has never had the opportunity to return the favor. i know that this may seem wild but humor me and just think about it. 

    • Lalala

      I like the idea, but the part of Solembum never being able to return the favor… I think he may have already done that, as he usually battles alongside Angela in war, but maybe he actually took a liking to her, due to somehow knowing her status as a half-breed

    • EisherSaroya

      The Grey Folk lost their power. Remember?

    • Anonymous

      EisherSaroya I believe that it said that they lost most of their power as grey folk. but how long has it been since that happened. If Tenga is a Grey Folk then he would have had hundreds if not thousands of years to gain back power and knowledge. 

      LAlala  I had meant that he had not had the chance to YET. That was all. but you could be completely correct too. guess we will find out in November. 🙂

      • PrometheusLKR

        Click the Reply button when replying to someone else’s post, please.

      • PrometheusLKR

        Click the Reply button when replying to someone else’s post, please.

      • PrometheusLKR

        Click the Reply button when replying to someone else’s post, please.

    • Christoper P

      i like your idea. It is what seems to be the only logical idea on this board, with the exception of mabey a select few. great thinking. keep up your imagination.

    • Christoper P

      i like your idea. It is what seems to be the only logical idea on this board, with the exception of mabey a select few. great thinking. keep up your imagination.

    • Christoper P

      i like your idea. It is what seems to be the only logical idea on this board, with the exception of mabey a select few. great thinking. keep up your imagination.

    • Christoper P

      i like your idea. It is what seems to be the only logical idea on this board, with the exception of mabey a select few. great thinking. keep up your imagination.

      • Ryanasmith94

        Christopher P? Are you serious? This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. Considering he has written four books, three of which have been published, if Paolini commented he would use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. At the very least he would know how to spell the word “maybe.”

        Sorry, but that angered me greatly that this person would do that. Anyway, Jbrad, about your theory. I think it’s pretty good, it does address most of the topics. If I had to bet on a fan theory this is the one I would pick, however I get the feeling Paolini is going to pull something that no one has thought of yet.

        • Arya<3

          haha and he spelled Christopher’s name wrong

          • Jackal

            What’s with your name? Arya is less than 3, what the hell???

        • PrometheusLKR

          Hmm guys, do ya think there might be more than one ‘Christopher P’ in the entire world? Just throwin’ the idea out there.

          • Eiyra

            er, good point, and I’m sorry to Christopher P, if that’s his real name.
            I just don’t like it when people think they know it all!  Seriously, they insulted all of us.
            I liked Jbrad’s theory, and it WAS logical, but when you compliment someone, you don’t have to insult everyone else to do it. 

      • Eiyra

        Dude, if you were the real “Christopher P” I think you would have caught onto the fact that Jbrad was saying “angela doesn’t want to cast spells” instead of what the real “Christopher P” wrote in his book; “She has a hard time casting spells”, plus, I’m pretty sure that C.P. isn’t even allowed to post on forums, or something like that, because he’s an author.
        To Jbrad, great theory, but like I said, the evidence is a bit rusty. I like the idea though 🙂

    • Eiyra

      Uh, why would she not want to use the ancient language if she was part grey folk? I mean, they made it, so if anything, they understand it better than anyone, and wouldn’t that make her want to use it more? Plus, it never said in the books that she ” didn’t want to cast spells” as everyone keeps saying, it said ” She had *trouble* casting spells. I doubt Grey Folk  ( or part Grey Folk) would have a hard time casting spells.

  • Kathryn

    You know, there is one overwhelming piece of evidence against Angela being a rider that no one seems to have mentioned…

    Back in January, in the post about Christopher Paolini’s Q&A, Mike posted this summary of one of CP’s answers: “Galbatorix is the only other living Rider on Alagaesia. No surprises hidden in any more forests as far as secret Riders go!”

    That takes care of that theory!

    • Jackal

      Good point. Also, Saphira would have noticed, like she did with brom when he touched her.

  • Bryanbronstein

    My guess is that she WAS a werecat, but decided to be a human full time.  Would explain why the other werecats hate her.

  • Bryanbronstein

    My guess is that she WAS a werecat, but decided to be a human full time.  Would explain why the other werecats hate her.

  • Bryanbronstein

    My guess is that she WAS a werecat, but decided to be a human full time.  Would explain why the other werecats hate her.

    • EisherSaroya

      Why would that make other werecats hate her?

      • Rami Abdallah Rashmawi

        Because she would have betrayed her own kind.

    • Eiyra

      I like the theory…accually, when I first read King Cat, I had a similar one… but Angela doesn’t look like  werecat, and… how would she have been turned into a full-time human?..er, can were-cats even use magic?.. like, even the kind Angela uses? 

  • Chelle

    she could be a desendent of the King Palencar
    I don’t think she had a dragon because she doesn’t act sad the way Brom did. but she could have been around enough dragons with the elves to understand some of what they said

    • Arya<3

      well maybe her ‘dragon’ died really soon after it was born so she wouldn’t feel it that much. She probably killed the dragon with her odd thoughts.

      • Eiyra

        haha… that is very amusing… really, I literally laughed, no sarcasm. I’m just not sure… wouldn’t the dragon just not hatched for her? Oh, I know, Angela when batty *after* the dragon hatched!lol

  • E.

    I’m pretty sure the books hint that Angela acts a bit motherly toward Eragon, kindof watching out for him alot & always by his side!! I could be wrong, though. ALSO, when Eragon gets his fortune told, Angela mentions she gambled with someone to get the dragon bones & I think she swindled the werecats(cheated at a game of some sort & got them & that’s why they’re mad at her!! Maybe the bones were a prized possession from their leader?? Idk if this is all true but it sounds right…

    • E.

      Maybe the bones were hanging from Halfpaw’s leather vest & she stole them??

      • *face palm*

        No… just no…

      • Jackal

        He would have killed her!!!

    • EisherSaroya

       You think Galbatorix would have killed her if she was Eragon’s mother? Unless they thought she was dead, but I think Brom would have recognized her. Also, Eragon saw a picture of Selena, and it wasn’t Angela.

      • SELENA IS DEAD

        Selena died, and Brom examined the body and interrogated the healers that attended to her. She is DEAD.

    • Arya<3

      she never said she gambled to get the bones. She said that she wouldn’t tell Eragon where she got them. She gambled by getting the HUTVIR not the bones. 

    • Eiyra

      Er, as for the Angela being Slena bit… Uh, didn’t it also *hint* in the book that Angela read Selena’s fortune, and that it told of her terrible fate? Personally, I don’t think Angela’s had a perticularly horrible fate… other than being eccentric that is! lol

  • E.

    Maybe Brom & others lied? Maybe Selena isn’t dead. Maybe Brom made it up that her name was Selena & that she died & maybe Angela is really Eragon’s mother, but won’t tell him?? Like Brom, she follows him everywhere…

    • Hal

      Nobody said selena was dead I don’t think, she just dissappeared

      • Ypsiboy94

        Yes, Selena is said to be ill after having Eragon and dies shortly thereafter.

    • EisherSaroya

      Eragon saw Selena’s picture. Remember?

    • Arya<3

      I don’t think so because Morzan asked Brom (before dying) if he was the one who was responsible for the death of Selena. He wouldn’t ask Brom if he was just joking.

  • Giller

    On the Angela was once a dragon rider front it could be possible that she was once a rider and to counter two of the arguments against this. She could be an extremely old rider, much older then Oromis and that her dragon died far before he was even born. This would also suggest that Tenga was once a dragon rider who like the ancient eldunari has retreated from the world to study questions younger beings can’t conprehend. Also Brom once said that as he gets older his ability to reach for the magic gets harder every time thus suggesting that rider’s eventually (possible only after losing there dragon’s) lose there ability to use magic, this could be why Angela finds it so hard to reach for it now but this would not tell us how she appears to have the appearance of someone of around age 20 as riders do appear to age to look around 40 or 50 by all previous evidence. Personally I think it would be great if she was once a rider however i dought this outcome very highly it is much more likely that she is simply a human who was taught the secret of long life long ago by Tenga and has been wondering the world ever since she left him.

  • Dragonhatchling

    I believe Angela is a shade. Well, one that managed to change their appearance.

  • Angela can perform magic!!! Although she is not an expert. there are several instances in the book where she has used it or at least said something indicating her ability to use magic. she just likes potions more.

  • theflamintubadude

    I believe that Angela is a werecat

  • theflamintubadude

    I believe that Angela is a werecat

  • Random_haha

    kay, kids. Here’s an idea. I dont really believe it myself, but it popped into my head while reading this.
    The idea was brought up that Angela WAS a rider, but what if her dragon isn’t dead? I don’t mean to say that her dragon is in hiding (CP said there were none in hiding), but it occured to me that shruiken could have been her dragon.  It would explain why she knows of the ancient language, but can’t really use magic; Eragon could not use magic for a long while after he became a rider, and brom even said that he picked up on it quite early.  It is said in the book that galbatorix stole a dragon HATCHLING, never specifying if it was a rider’s dragon or a free dragon.  So it would make sense that shruiken was stolen away from angela before the two had a chance to really bond, and for her to develop her magical abilities.  I believe it makes sense that if a rider becomes dissconnected from thier dragon and their bond suffers, that the riders magical ability would suffer; after all, their magic ability comes from the dragon.
    Anyway, like i said, i dont really think so myself,especially since she was orriginally meant to be a joke caracter, but i do think its an interesting idea!

    • Random_haha

      ok. here’s another thought that came into my mind. I’m on a roll today.
      Angela and eragon are siblings, or half siblings. If one of angela’s parents was a rider (meaning brom or morzan), that would explain why she’s long-lived.  Also then if she became the next rider, it would go along with the inheritance theme.

      • Mike M

        Well in Brisingr Oromis says that he saw a woman a long time ago in Ellesmera that looks a lot like Angela… and I believe in the first book when Brom first tells the story of the Fall that he says Galbatorix killed the dragon’s rider when he stole Shruikan. As for them being siblings it’s doubtful because of how old she is. I like the idea of her being one of the Grey Folk and I feel like the werecats dislike her because she worked under Tenga, who, as Solembum said, “kicks at cats.” Perhaps the werecats had Solembum stay close by her to keep an eye on her and he just grew to like her? Sorry I just through out a answers to a few of the questions there…

        • Trumanwest

          but where does it say the the werecats dont like her???

          • Hrothgar

            in one of the “pre” chapters to book 4

        • PrometheusLKR

          It just says “stole a dragon hatchling.” You should have the book handy like I do.

      • Jbrad

        ok Great idea but in the interview with his editor, CP stated that the story came to him as the story of 3 Brothers, Roran, Murthag(sp), and Eragon. Not sure a sister would work here. 

        • Arya<3

          wait are we talking about Harry Potter here?

      • Trumanwest

        shes to old

      • EisherSaroya

        Then, why weren’t Eragon or Murtagh long-lived before they became riders? They aged to normally.

      • PrometheusLKR

        That *wouldn’t* explain why she’s long-lived. you don’t inherit longevity if you’re the daughter of a Rider.

    • Random_haha

      ok. here’s another thought that came into my mind. I’m on a roll today.
      Angela and eragon are siblings, or half siblings. If one of angela’s parents was a rider (meaning brom or morzan), that would explain why she’s long-lived.  Also then if she became the next rider, it would go along with the inheritance theme.

    • Jesford148

      SAME IDEA. Thought I was alone. 

    • EisherSaroya

       I thought he stole a dragon EGG, not a HATCHLING.

      • PrometheusLKR

        It says explicitly in Brom’s “History of Galbatorix” that he stole a dragon hatchling.

  •  if Angela is one of the Grey Folk, i would say Tenga is too.  and Oromis said that when the Grey Folk ‘tamed’ wild magic, they lost their power somehow (not all of it though).
    so Angela knows the ancient language because the Grey Folk created it, however she has limited spellcasting ability because all Grey Folk have difficulty with magic now.

    and the werecats were upset with the Grey Folk for taming magic, because they, like dragons, are naturally magical, and did not want that to happen.  that is why they dont like Angela.  Solembum, however, sees her taking an important role in this story and stays with her.

    • pjjjjj

      But if they were Grey Folk then why would Tenga have to look for any name? he would surely know them all.

      • Arya<3

        We don’t know what Tenga was looking for. It’s jut a theory that he was looking for the name.

      • PrometheusLKR

        Tenga is still researching the moon’s effect on opals. 🙂

    • EisherSaroya

      Then wouldn’t she know how to control the ancient language, and kill Galbatorix?

  • Phillip07

    angela can not be a grey folk the grey folk created the ancient language so wouldnt she be able to invent a spell to kill galbatorix also creating the al would mean she new its true name

    • Jbrad

      perhaps when the spell was created, the True name of the AL was lost and now needs to be found. besides Angela could have been a child when it happened and not had learned every word in the language. same with tenga. but something that i just thought of is what if angela is half human and half grey folk. Tenga is a grey folk but he is the only one left. so he took a mate and…Boom! Angela he taught her and then she left bc she wanted to see the world or something. would make sense as to her age, magical skills, and knowledge. 

  • the way it is

    Could Angela the witch be a dragon rider? This would be the logical idea.
    look at it, she has dragon bones, this could be from her dragon, she also
    is as old if not older then Aria, which being a rider could live for ever.
    she also has a were cat as a companion which Brom said would acompany
    riders.
    What do you think?
    tell me.

  • the way it is

    Could Angela the witch be a dragon rider? This would be the logical idea.
    look at it, she has dragon bones, this could be from her dragon, she also
    is as old if not older then Aria, which being a rider could live for ever.
    she also has a were cat as a companion which Brom said would acompany
    riders.
    What do you think?
    tell me.

  • the way it is

    Could Angela the witch be a dragon rider? This would be the logical idea.
    look at it, she has dragon bones, this could be from her dragon, she also
    is as old if not older then Aria, which being a rider could live for ever.
    she also has a were cat as a companion which Brom said would acompany
    riders.
    What do you think?
    tell me.

  • the way it is

    Could Angela the witch be a dragon rider? This would be the logical idea.
    look at it, she has dragon bones, this could be from her dragon, she also
    is as old if not older then Aria, which being a rider could live for ever.
    she also has a were cat as a companion which Brom said would acompany
    riders.
    What do you think?
    tell me.

    • I think Arya should be the next rider.. not very original, i know, but I think the next rider should be an elf, since all the riders so far are humans, and she is the only elf that has appeared in all books. 
      Back to the topic, I like to think Angela is one of the greyfolk, but another theory that could fit is that she is under a curse/spell/whatever you want to call it that she caused herself accidentally, so this could explain her long life, and the fact that she doesn’t like to use the ancient language’s magic.. she always appears at important places because she,well, just wants to, or matbe its her that follows solembum and not the other way around. Solembum might have been involved in why she caused herself the curse/spell/whatever, so he stays with her, or lets her stay with him, to try to fix any damage caused. The rest of the werecats don’t like her because they disapprove of her travelling with solembum because they think its some sort of slavery.
      Tenga could also be involved in the spell that was cast on her, which could be why Angela dislikes him and left him..
      Angela could also be a banished werecat.. ‘K not 

    • Jackal

      If angela was ever a rider, saphira would sense it like she did with brom.

  • the way it is

    Could Angela the witch be a dragon rider? This would be the logical idea.
    look at it, she has dragon bones, this could be from her dragon, she also
    is as old if not older then Aria, which being a rider could live for ever.
    she also has a were cat as a companion which Brom said would acompany
    riders.
    What do you think?
    tell me.

  • Nicole

    i want to go with the greyfolk theory….but i have this feelin that chris would do something more unexpected yet simpler. i dont think she fits in with the other theories…maybe she could b the next rider…but my money is on arya for that one.

  • Matt

    Considering that Angela started as “a joke character” I think it is HIGHLY unlikely that she will be the next rider. C.P. would have had to change who he originially intended to be the green rider to Angela which I highly doubt he would have done.

  • Brian

    I know this comment doesn’t really belong here, but someone mentioned it in the comments so I’ll follow up. Everyone is of the impression that the new rider is female and the only candidates are as follows:

    Arya, Elva, Katrina, Angela, and Nasuada.

    Christopher Paolini said that the new rider will have been in both the books. When he said this though There were only going to be 3 books not 4. Therefore he could still mean the new rider will have been in Eragon and Eldest, or he wants us to assume that because there are going to be 4 books the new rider will have appeared in all. He does like his riddles!

    Either way there is another female character that can be a possible candidate based on Christopher Paolini’s assertions:

    Helen – Jeod’s wife

    If you think it’s possible, then by all means let me know! You can reply here or e-mail me at [email protected]

  • Brian

    Maybe Christopher Paolini told us that human/elf children were possible to hint at the possibility of other half-species. For example, since we don’t know whether or not all were-cats are prophets, it’s possible that Solembum is actually Angela’s son. This would mount a very good argument as to why the other were-cats hate her. Maybe such a pairing is “forbidden.”

    As for Angela my opinion is that she’s one of the Grey Folk.

  • Billybob Joe

    You shouldn’t include evidence that involves Angela being recognized. She may be able to use magic, and chooses not to. If that’s true, then she may have modified her appearance.

  • Fayt

    Ladies and Gentlemen : I was probably out of my mind when I thought about it but it’s kind of funny ^^

    Angela is a dragon !!!

    Yeah, yeah, I know … highly unlikely … BUT let me “explain”:

    she has great knowledge about ancient langage, great physical abilities, seems to be really old …

    And it could explain her link with Solembum and her hatred for Galbatorix :

    – For the first part : You all know that werecats can turn themselves into human beings, right ?

    That could be an ability which was not meant to be learned by anybody
    else, but Solembum chose to trust Angela and taught her but the effect
    was permanent (after all she was not meant to learn it ).

    That would explain why Solembum travels with Angela ( he was rejected )
    and why other werecats despise her …. But why would she do that ?
    Answer : second part.

    -We all know that Galbatorix wants to revive the Riders order. But for
    that he once needed an female dragon : Angela ( she is female … right,
    right ? ). And we all know that our beloved king ( hum .. ) wouldn’t do
    that for the peace in the world ….

    In order not to let that happen she chose to hide herself …. by turning into a human being !!

    Then : why does she know Tenga and describe him as the one who taught her ?

    Well, just like Eragon and Saphira, Tenga could have been “Angela’s
    rider. ( yeah I know what you think …. that guy – me – took drugs … )

    But : as a new born dragon, she knew nothing of this world and he taught
    her ( just like what Eragon did  with Saphira ), that would fit the
    description !
    And why did they part ? well, I have theories for that too, but i already wrote a lot…

    End of my outlandish theory !!! I’m great !( or not… ).

    • the way it is

      this is totaly crazy, but hey, anything is posible and could work. any ideas here are possible right now.

    • Trumanwest

      i liked this till you started on tenga he was prolly their mentor (they being her and her riders) 

    • Jackal

      lol lol lol lol lol.

    • Jackal

      lol lol lol lol lol.

    • Jackal

      lol lol lol lol lol.

  • Bsorens1

     i think that Angela is able to use magic, she just chooses not to, evidence for this is in Brisinger, when Eragon is attempting to remove the spell from Elva, the girl he accidentally cursed in Farthen Dur and Angela said “that is the problem i have, opening myself like that, that is why i prefer to use potions and such.” or something along that line, i don’t have my copy in front of me right now. if Angela is a Grey folk, i think that she would be able to converse with Eragon in the ancient language and would still be able to basic magic.

  • Jonamc3

    Guys, Angela is definitely a werecat.

  • i just posted my vig on your questions.  GREAT post!!
    i, for one, believe she’s one of the grey folk.  details are in my vlog! http://www.youtube.com/user/InheritanceVlog?feature=mhum

  • Orayelle

    I do NOT think she is a shade. Shades are evil!! And as for ‘good’ Shades, in the book when Eragon asks why they’re evil, Angela herself replies, “Unfortunately, only the evilest spirits seek to possess humans” (Eragon, pg. 437). She continues to express an extreme dislike of Shades, declaring “I *loathe* Shades – they practice the most unholy magic….(referring to Durza) I’d like to dig his heart out with a dull hairpin and feed it to a pig!”
    Also, Angela actually may be able to use magic. Though she never openly uses magic (unless you count the dragon knucklebones), it aludes several times to it. i.e., she’s invited by Du Vrangr Gata to join them, she uses some sort of spell to block Elva from manipulating her (Nasuada: “Would you share this spell with us?”), and when she’s healing Roran’s back, she insults Trianna, who replies with “I will not stand here and be insulted by a lowly fortuneteller who struggles to cast even the most basic spell.”, implying that Angela can, in fact, use magic, though perhaps not very well.

  • Unanimous

    What if the dragons gave Angela immortality? It means she would be human, bit immortal, and the werecat might hang out with her because she has an interesting mind.

  • Jessford148

    The theory of her being part of the Grey Folk is really intriguing, I must admit and It would be an awesome way for CP to follow up on his previous references to them however, I think Angela was Shruikan’s original rider. If she hadn’t been a fully trained rider than Oromis or Brom wouldn’t have known about her! It would explain her age to! And part of her rider training would have been to learn how to practice magic but without her dragon and Im assuming Galby would have tried to kill her the only logical thing to do if she survived would have been to run. Not to mention her tendency to only be around during key events that move towards Galby’s defeat. She has the motive of someone maybe JUST MAYBE freeing Shruikan of his unnatural bonds to Galby. Everything seems to work to me but then again, Im not CP.

  • Matt

    It’s hard to dismiss any option given Christopher’s love of the odd twist and explanation for a change in someone’s makeup.
    She could easily be a dragon-rider who lost her magic because of such-and-such.
    She could be a half-elf whom no-one recognises coz the ears and so forth are linked to magic and her’s was stolen.
    etc!

    in short – this is a Paolini novel so you can never say “not a chance” , anything you can imagine has a 50/50 chance if you ask me 🙂

  • Matt

    It’s hard to dismiss any option given Christopher’s love of the odd twist and explanation for a change in someone’s makeup.
    She could easily be a dragon-rider who lost her magic because of such-and-such.
    She could be a half-elf whom no-one recognises coz the ears and so forth are linked to magic and her’s was stolen.
    etc!

    in short – this is a Paolini novel so you can never say “not a chance” , anything you can imagine has a 50/50 chance if you ask me 🙂

  • DuSkulblakaEbrithil

    Mike, I just wanted to say a big thanks to you for all the hard work you’ve done and continue to do for the Inheritance Cycle fans! You rock!

    • Horsegal4ever

      I second that! Especially recently, with the Big Twenty Questions AND the podcasts!!! With hints of contests and etc etc etc!!!!!!!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!! you make me just squeal with excitement! *hehe* 😀 XD 😛

  • DuSkulblakaEbrithil

    Mike, I just wanted to say a big thanks to you for all the hard work you’ve done and continue to do for the Inheritance Cycle fans! You rock!

  • greyelf

    Angela is Galbatorix’s past lover!?

  • Sage greulich

    when you guys said ” the witch would still be able to perform magic  ” brom could bearly preform a simple spell 

    • ilian124

      No, Ajihad (when he was alive) commented to Eragon that Brom was one of the Varden’s strongest spellcasters. It may be argued that Du Vrangr Gata isn’t really a very big comparison, however: Brom managed to a) kill Morzan and quite a few other Forsworn; b) worm his way through Morzan’s spells protecting his castle; and c) hunted down those Urgals that Eragon made unconscious and only 3 got away.

    • Arctikninja

      Brom stored every iota of his energy in Aren, though – just in case. So i don’t think he’d use it unless in an emergency…

  • Harsh Jhaveri

    Angela the Herbalist is a shade. Albeit one that has gained control over her inner spirits.. but just.. So she cannot perform magic, because it could mean the spirits inside her dominate her once again. But she knows the ancient language from Tenga, who as we already know had many scrolls of the ancient language, and is a master of gramarye (as seen by his use of magic without words) That would also explain the werecat’s attitude towards her (shades were never popular!)

    • Jackal

      yeah, what about Solembum?

    • Jackal

      yeah, what about Solembum?

    • Jackal

      yeah, what about Solembum?

    • Jackal

      yeah, what about Solembum?

  • Lirona

    I don’t realy know what angela is. To be honest everything from the above is possible. Although Angela is realy Galbatorix maybe a little bit far fetched. But who knows it would be a great twist in the story. I realy hope to be surprised by Paolini and i think it is possible that Angela is something completly diferend than what we think of her. But to be honest me and my sister love to speculate about who angela realy is. She thinks she is a candidate for the green rider. I love to think she was already a rider but her dragon is dead. What is the fun of a new dragonrider if they already know everything? I realy hope we are completly wrong about her. I love surprises.

  • Scefing

    It would be cool if Angela was Selena. A lot of the evidence against this could be countered: one, she’s not recognized by Brom (or anyone else) as Selena, but she could have changed her appearance through either magical or mundane means, and she’d probably have a good reason if she didn’t reveal herself to Eragon or Brom. And if Oromis said he knew Angela from before by another name, it could be that Selena changed her name multiple times after she changed her face and Oromis could have known her after she changed her name from Selena but before she changed it to Angela.
    Two, her age, Brom and Morzan are hundreds of years old, and there would be a pretty big age difference if they were both in love with Selena and Selena was in her twenties. And yes, someone would have noticed, Garrow especially, being Selena’s brother, but he could have known and just kept it back from Eragon and not told him, and as for the villagers of Carvahall not noticing, well, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think I read anywhere that Selena and Garrow were born and raised in Carvahall/Palancar Valley, they (or maybe just Garrow) could have moved there after he came of age.
    Three, trained by Tenga, Selena the Black Hand was dangerous, maybe that’s where she learned most of her stuff, and I think the books said that Angela and Tenga had a falling out? I can’t remember too well, it’s been a while since I read Brisingr, but if they did have a falling out, then maybe Selena becoming the Black Hand was the reason for it.

    By the way, about Tenga, I might leave another comment when/if his Big Twenty article comes up but I’m just throwing this out there right now: maybe Tenga is really Galbatorix, it says he’s looking for something (I think), maybe it’s Eragon’s true name or the name of the Ancient language.

    Again, if I have any facts wrong, feel free to correct me.

    • ilian124

      In Eragon, Angela laughed at Brom and said to Eragon that Brom would fail at everything. Does it really seem very plausible that Brom’s former love would laugh at him?

  • Kyle Oddy

    Does anyone here think that Angela is a possible candidate for the Green Rider?

    I always thought it’d be Arya but Angela is a pretty decent option too.

    • Jackal

      has to be arya

  • Guest

    What if Angela is actually Galbatorix’s heir? Didn’t we speculate that he might possibly have one? What if he cast a spell on her to make her immortal when she was younger (and loyal), and she saw his madness and escaped?

  • Matt

    On the topic of a shade, I think a shade will play a slightly large role in book 4. Galbatorix learned magic from a shade for a long time, so maybe Eragon will come across a shade that will help him. Eragon struggled with the shade at the end of Brisingr heavily in his mind. Something tells me that he is not ready to face Galbatorix for that reason yet because Galbatorix was with Durza for so long that he will have become VERY practised in taking over someone elses mind to the point that he is almost if not just as good as the shade Eragon faced. In his current state Eragon would probably not be able to withstand an attack on his mind from Galbatorix. But if a shade were to come into being who was highly angry with the empire than it may work in Eragon’s favor to be able to learn from it.

    Forgive me if C.P. has said anything that proves this theory wrong in the past, I can’t really remember a whole lot about what he has said in regards to shades.

    • Anonymous Anon

       Thats not a bad idea, but i for one find the idea of a shade that works for the good side unlikely, they’ve already been shown to be the embodiment of evil, it was said when Oromis (i think) explained shades that only evil spirits would possess a body. I would think then that were a shade to offer Eragon help, he would refuse. You’re right though, about Eragon not being strong enough to fight off a mental attack from Galbatorix, but I think hes going to solve that with the help of other friends helping his battle, or possibly even more eldunari he aquires somehow.

      • Orayelle

        “Unfortunately, only the evilest spirits seek to possess humans” in Eragon, pg. 437. That’s actually Angela herself talking.

  • Eldest

    HAHAHAH I knew that would eventually pop up again!!!!! If u guys r wondering me (under the name Eldest) and some other guy named Faolin came up with the first theory!!! We were talking in comments way back like just after Eldest came out. I said Angela was Selena and Mike had been watching that comment discussion. He told us he liked the idea and there it is!!!LOL though I can bet anything that now after we have learned about Selena she isn’t Angela.

  • guest

    Firstly, I don’t believe she is a shade.  When discussing shades in Eragon, she venomously dislikes shades as they practice “most unholy of magic”

    Second, I don’t believe that she was once a rider.  A rider’s offspring perhaps, but not a rider herself.  Her character is interesting to say the least, and I look forward to what is revealed about her.  Can’t wait till November!!

  • guest

    Firstly, I don’t believe she is a shade.  When discussing shades in Eragon, she venomously dislikes shades as they practice “most unholy of magic”

    Second, I don’t believe that she was once a rider.  A rider’s offspring perhaps, but not a rider herself.  Her character is interesting to say the least, and I look forward to what is revealed about her.  Can’t wait till November!!

  • The-great-legend

    could she just be insane?

  • E.

    I retract my previous statement. Angela will have “several crowning moments” and will crown Arya as queen of the elves & will crown Roran as king of the humans. 🙂

  • booboo

    she is a shade. or someone who managed to overcome shade overcame her in first place or even good spirit shade..

  • Richard

    I’d like to point out that Christopher has said that none of our theories are true. This might just be him lying to not give anything away. But seriously, I couldn’t care less if he lied. If he says we’re all wrong: I believe him.

    So in short, none of the above theories are correct. (Although, new theories might have sprung up since then. I think it was 2009 or 2010)

  • Constance Contraire

    THE doctor. you know, Doctor Who?

  • Constance Contraire

    That would be impossible! it would require all the strength of the eldunariand it probably wouldn’t produce good results.

  • Constance Contraire

    That would be so awesome! besides, the Doctor does have the ability to regenerate…

    • Horsegal4ever

      LOL nice one.

  • Constance Contraire

    Yeah, and when they lost their abilities they became the modern humans they are today, because it says they were only shells of who they really were, which would play into the fact that angela is human.

  • Constance Contraire

    if they are new caracters, they could be like the werecats and Blaen, having special abilities and long life!

  • Constance Contraire

    But shruikan could have been one of the last wwild dragons, and galbatorix captured him, or he forced shurikan’s egg to hatch, making him the rider.

    • Stardoin_27

      In book 2 Oromis told Eargon that he killed shruikan’s rider.

      • Brisngr

        Give us a page number, man!

      • PrometheusLKR

        Oromis killed a couple Forsworn is all. Shruikan barely even had a Rider.

  • Constance Contraire

    I agree with the changing appearance thingy, and you provide good evidence towards the green rider topic, but I highly doubt that someone could have escaped Galbatorix in two situations. It seems higly improbable, considering his growth in power and his habit of correcting every single flaw he finds.

  • Constance Contraire

    Maybe angela is a grey folk. it would explain everything. I think solembum is an outcast of his kind for some kind of unkown reason, and he found angela and decided to stick with her, and thats why the werecats hate her. Or maybe he sticks with her because she is always there when the interesting things happen, and he wants to be there as well, and the werecats are jealous of angela’s ability to be where the action is, thinking she’s seen too much and is too unstable(maybe evenjoined up with the empire!) and she is not to be trusted. 

  • Orayelle

    Okay, so what if CP decides to leave her as an enigma? I’m not sure I would mind that too much. I might actually like it better.
    I’m still voting for the Grey Folk theory, but it’s an interesting thought.

  • Horsegal4ever

    Alright, I just had this thought, and I have decided to toss it out for y’all to chew me up about. 😛 Go ahead and shout at me that she’s human, etc. But here’s my thought: What if Angela is an ancient dragon in human form? I don’t know how she would get there, but if you think about it, it kinda makes ense. huge, ancient knowledge, fathomless age, deep knowledge of the ancient language, but no magic. Dragons can’t do magic, remember. So . . . talk this theory out.

    • E.

      Well, I thought CP said there are no more dragons & dragon riders in the story than what we know of?

      • Horsegal4ever

        We don’t know that she’s a dragon. So we don’t know of her. 😛

    • DMS

      Well it could be, but dragons do perform magic, but not at will. Which could also be why Angela can’t perform magic and also Solembum likes dragons like Saphira, which could be the reason why he likes to be with Angela :O

      • Kathryn

        Except that Angela CAN perform magic. It’s just more difficult for her, and she derives her power from potions. Personally, I think this theory is extremely reaching. There is absolutely no evidence for it. Also, what purpose would it serve within the plot?

  • morn

    she is none of them. she is just a human whith mysterious powers, a which who probably thanks to Tenga somehow got those powers. I belive that when Tenga’s story will be told we will know for sure who she is. Maybe she ran away from Tenga because she stole his secrets or because he became crazy or both. 

  • Colonel Graff

    Yeah I think Grey Folk is the most likely of the options given, although she could be something else entirely. Also this spawns the question of what Tenga is. If Angela is grey folk and they can’t use magic, then Tenga can’t be one too, can he? Can’t wait for his article!

  • sswolf

    Look, Angela couldn’t be “the true string puller” because she was intended to be a joke character, nothing more.  If CP didn’t have her in mind to be the string puller from the very beginning, it doesn’t really make sense that he would change his entire story AFTER he thought of Angela.
    I like the Grey Folk.

    • SecretCountess

      Even if Angela is not the or a “string puller”, CP could still have expanded her story to make her more important. 
      I like the Grey Folk too.

  • Bjbill

    Probably a Grey Folk, or a Galbatorix’s realtive…

  • Riverking

    after thinking about it, she might not be a grey folk because it is said that by her people Brom was laughed upon. The Grey Folk are an ancient race and Brom isn’t that old, so it’s unlikely that she’s a grey folk. So I think my first theory that she’s a good shade is possible, or she might be a werecat too.

    • i dont think shades were good- they were posessed by spirits

      • SecretCountess

        I agree. Shade’s are no where in the books described as good

        • Colonel Graff

          Unless somehow she was able to master the spirits that possessed her, the only thing I have against this theory is that no one has ever been able to do it before, and if she was a shade she could use magic. Also leaves the question of what Tenga is.

        • i wonder if galby has more…

        • AvaAnnaZ

          I agree, but couldn’t she still be an evil Shade, but with motivation against the Empire? Who said that the rules of good and evil were so defined? Can’t evil clash with evil? Anyway, I don’t really support this theory at all as I think that becoming a Shade of any kind would have been a) highly undesirable for Angela and b) very noticeable to the other characters. I support the Grey Folk theory of the theories given, but I think that it’s a possibility that she is simply a powerful human. This would not eliminate the aura of mystery about her – questions could still be asked about her past and her association with Tenga – but it would make a great deal of sense (think physical appearance, blatant inability to perform magic, especially as keeping any magical ability to herself would be extremely selfish when she could have thus far saved so many lives etc.)

        • AvaAnnaZ

          I agree, but couldn’t she still be an evil Shade, but with motivation against the Empire? Who said that the rules of good and evil were so defined? Can’t evil clash with evil? Anyway, I don’t really support this theory at all as I think that becoming a Shade of any kind would have been a) highly undesirable for Angela and b) very noticeable to the other characters. I support the Grey Folk theory of the theories given, but I think that it’s a possibility that she is simply a powerful human. This would not eliminate the aura of mystery about her – questions could still be asked about her past and her association with Tenga – but it would make a great deal of sense (think physical appearance, blatant inability to perform magic, especially as keeping any magical ability to herself would be extremely selfish when she could have thus far saved so many lives etc.)

  • Riverking

    Could it be possible that she is a good shade? That she is possesed by a shade that is not evil and  so this a symbiotic relationship?

    • Denmark111

      Wouldn’t that change her appearance? Like red hair and all that?

      • Constance Contraire

        if she was a *good* shade, maybe it would make her prettier instead of uglier.

        • Orayelle

          Lol, you got a problem with red hair?!? But I don’t think it’s possible to have a good shade – Angela herself says “Unfortunately, only the evilest spirits seek to possess humans” in Eragon, pg. 437. Though I guess you never really know with CP.

  • The Grey Rider

    Not  probable, but then neither is Jack Sparrow:

    Angela is an Alien of some description.

    2nd Primarch maybe? (Warhammer 40,000)
    Forerunner? (Halo)
    Old One*? (WH40K and Warhammer Fantasy)

    * Ever notice how practically every series has a super-powerful race that went extinct?
    The Grey Folk aren’t the only example of them:
    The Old Ones as already mentioned.
    The Ancients from SG-1.
    The Forerunners as already mentioned.
    The Precursors from Jak and Daxter.
    The Ancestors from the Spyro series.
    Then the ValarMaiar from LotR.

    • Denmark111

      Unlikely, CP has never talked about something outside Alagesia in that maner.

    • Colonel Graff

      Also the Protheans from Mass Effect and I know there’s one that was wiped out by the zerg in Starcraft, but I can’t remember what they were called.

    • Orayelle

      Except the Valar/Maiar didn’t go extinct.
      Other than that minor detail, I agree with you completely. The Grey Folk are pretty unoriginal, but then, what is now days?

  • Steve

    grey folk or half elf are the only logical options. all others are have a very grim likelyhood of being true. I’ll give grey folk a 75% chance of proving true, and half elf a 25%. 

    Brom would have known if she was a dragon rider, so get over it. Green rider shouldnt even be up there, Selena is not an option due to the fact that Selena was only 30 some years old at the time of Eragons birth, and is not an ancient witch. And i don’t even wish to explain why the Galbatorix one is false, it just is. 

    • Denmark111

      I agree. It’s a shame you can’t vote 3/4 vote in that pool up there.

  • Medwyn

    I am leaning toward the theory she was a dragon Rider. Since she has the ability to change her appearance she could have changed how she looked from when she was a Rider. Maybe her dragon was Shruikan and Galby did not kill his original Rider, but just twisted Shruikan’s mind enough to make him think his Rider was dead (I thought dragon’s were supposed to die if their Rider was killed…). Or maybe she was a Rider and when the dragons were being slaughtered she turned Solembum into a werecat to hide/protect him.

    • Denmark111

      Might be true, but what about Solembum’s prophecies? Dragons haven’t been known as being able to prophesy.

      • TorpeAlex

        They have, however, been known to perform magical feats if the situation arises. I think prophesy could be one of those feats. However, I don’t think shapeshifting at will could ever be an ability of a dragon. So there’s that.
        And Medwyn, it has never been stated that dragons die if their Riders are killed. (Umm… Glaedr?) Mr. Paolini has only said that dragons, like their Rider partners, have an extremely difficult time adjusting to life if one dies.

    • Orayelle

      Dragons don’t always die when their riders are killed – that is a movie-created myth.

  • Pierce

    a decendent of galby

    • all i know is that the dwarves cant be dragon riders because they are afraid of flying

    • AvaAnnaZ

      Or Galbatorix’s disapproving mother!! I mean this as a joke, by the way.

  • TheLastRiders

    Maybe Angela and Tenga are both surviving decendants of the Grey Folk. If this is the case, Angela could play a crucial role in the battle against Galby. Perhaps she will weave an ancient and complex spell to benefit Alagaesia. We’ll just have to wait and see

    • TorpeAlex

      Except that she can’t cast magic.

      • Anonymous

        I think she can cast the simplest spells, but even if she can’t, it would explain her knack for fortune telling and possibly her knowledge of the herbs and how to treat them. I think herbalists are magicians in their own way. 

        • Orayelle

          I completely think she can use magic! She uses what might be magic when she casts the knucklebones, she’s invited by Du Vrangr Gata to join them, she uses some sort of spell to block Elva from manipulating her (Nasuada: “Would you share this spell with us?”), and when she’s healing Roran’s back, she insults Trianna who replies with “I will not stand here and be insulted by a lowly fortuneteller who struggles to cast even the most basic spell.”, implying that Angela can, in fact, use magic, just not very well, like you said.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            If she could use magic, even if not very well, that surely it could be perceived as rather selfish of her to have hidden these magical abilities, even if they are minimal, when in battle. With her mind interlinked with those of the other magicians, she could surely prove a small asset to the teamwork which has so far proved itself to be vital to the survival of the Varden? I know that she once said something along the lines of her mind being maddening to all other beings which could be seen as a reason for why she would not join with the minds of other magicians in battle – really, though, I don’t think this would have been much of an excuse for her having thus far failed to exhibit any magical ability. I think Trianna comment was probably merely intended as an insult rather than a clever little insinuation by CP.

          • Orayelle

            Well I don’t think she’s *hidden* her magical abilities, just because we haven’t seen it doesn’t mean she’s *hiding* it. Throughout a battle, we follow Eragon, not Angela. And as for her not working with Du Vrangr Gata, she refused to be part of their group, and thus, so far, has not taken part in their group efforts. In the end of Eldest, remember, she was busy working out how to poison the soldiers while Eragon was working with Du Vranr Gata. And as to why she didn’t join DVG? I don’t really know, but they didn’t seem to be in a very good working order before Eragon showed them a few things.
            And actually, if she’s going to turn the other magicians crazy by interlinking minds with them, I think she DOES have a very good excuse.
            Also, I’m not implying that Trianna’s comment was any more than comical banter between her and Angela. I don’t think CP was slipping any little hint, there, I just think he kind of takes it for granted that we must know, and that’s HIS mindset already, so it just slipped in there.

      • Anonymous

        I think she can cast the simplest spells, but even if she can’t, it would explain her knack for fortune telling and possibly her knowledge of the herbs and how to treat them. I think herbalists are magicians in their own way. 

      • Colonel Graff

        And Tenga can, so I’m wondering how they can be the same thing.

        • because she could be crippled like orimis.

        • Orayelle

          Well, some humans can use magic and others can’t, some elves can use magic and others can’t, some dwarves can use magic and others can’t. I think it just depends on the person. Of course, I DO think that Angela can use magic (see comment below).

    • Denmark111

      I thought exactly the same thing, but Mike said he would make a big twenty about him, so let’s wait and see, as you say.

  • Du Hjarta Skulblaka

    To be honest, i’m actually a little scared to find who Angela truly is; The mystery surrounding her is as much her identity as anything else. If i were pressed for an answer, i’d probaly go with the theory that she is in some way related to the Grey Folk, as mentioned above this would certainly explain a lot.

    Also, i would not be at all surprised if Angela cast a powerful spell completly out of the blue. I think given what is known about her, it is likely she would hide a talent for magic so that she had the element of surprise when she deemed a situation most needed it

    • that is a great thought but maybe if we do find out who she is… then she could make a big twist if the story or something like that

    • AvaAnnaZ

      I mostly agree with what you are saying and I think that it may be a possibility that Angela only ‘discovers’ her magic later on in her life, i.e. during the course of Book 4. However, Angela is clearly a good person, on the side of the Varden; thus, would she really hide a magical ability, simply for the element of surprise, when she could have been using it to save countless lives in past battles?

  • Zo

    I believe Angela might’ve been a Forsworn who’s dragon has passed. Galbatorix gave her the order to go and eliminate werecats, she tried and failed. It would explain her vast knowlodge and how Orimis knew her (though she went by a different name, he might’ve been her mentor). This could explain why Brom was considered a ‘joke’ among her and her people. It would also explain why Angela has dragon knuckle bones, and is very old. She might’ve been known as one of the names of the Forsworn CP said would be important.
    She might even be a half-elf dragon rider, it wouldn’t surprise me.
    The only flaw I’ve found in my theory is that Orimis mentioned Angela walking the halls of the elven kingdom (maybe after the Fall and her ‘death’?) and that the elves are on a friendly basis with her (maybe she made up with them after the Fall?).
    Any thoughts?

    • Denmark111

      Unlikely. I think Galbatorix would have eleminated her, the moment he noticed her treachery. He could afterall hold Oromis still in the air and he was how far away? She wouldn’t be able to hide that she was alive either, as Galbatorix just would scry her.

      • Zo

        -Faked her death, Angela would’ve been a minor Forsworn, a lesser one, not like Morzan. Weaker than the others.
        -Eragon has a charm that makes it impossible for others to scry him, why shouldn’t Angela keep one around? Besides, she would’ve gone by a different name then.

        • Denmark111

          I guess she could have faked her death. But the scrying, the charm Eragon has taps him for energi, when he use it. Who would be strongest Galbatorix with his massive stock of Eldunarí or Angela, with her werecat? Personally I think Galbatorix.

    • I love the thought but if she was a member of the forsworn she would’ve killed brom and eragon in teirm when she was talking about toads and frogs

      • Zo

        *former* Forsworn.

  • Brendans Mommy87

    oh my goodness people, it was just a typo, get over it lol! after one person commented on it, 3,000 people did have to comment on it as well lol. Its no big deal guys, really.

  • Brendans Mommy87

    oh my goodness people, it was just a typo, get over it lol! after one person commented on it, 3,000 people did have to comment on it as well lol. Its no big deal guys, really.

    • Brendans Mommy87

      thats *did not have to* rather lol. not “did have to”

    • Brendans Mommy87

      thats *did not have to* rather lol. not “did have to”

  • Rbnguevara

    I have pondered the thought that maybe Angela is related to Eragon in another way like maybe his grandmother.  No where does it mention in the book what Selena and Garrow’s mother was like or at least no where that i could find.  She could have been Selena’s teacher too it is overall more believable that she is the last or one of the last greyfolk but she could still be Selena’s true teacher or relative like her mother.

    • Denmark111

      The thing is just that she has an extremely vast knowlagde. It is unlikely that a farmers mother would know so much, or that Brom wouldn’t recognise his own mom.

      • Richard Rahl

        It wouldn’t be Brom’s mom it would be Selena’s mom… why would he recognise her?

  • BigFan

    maybe she’s Galbatorix’s sister?…

    • Denmark111

      But why would Galby’s sister be special? Galby is special because he had a dragon, but what about Angela?

      • TorpeAlex

        Blood and heritage has already been defined as an important aspect of the Inheritance series. Eragon and Roran are the descendants of royalty; it isn’t a stretch to say that Galbatorix’s family is/was as gifted for magic and power as he is himself.

        • Denmark111

          I’m sorry, I didn’t expressi myself clearly. I meant, how could galby’s sister be more than a hundred years old?

    • DragonsAreAwesome

      In an interview with Christopher Paolini, someone asked if Galbatorix has any siblings and he said yes but they are all dead now.

  • Badgerbrom55

    I think that Angela may have been blessed by a dragon rider.  The proposition by the woman who wanted Elva blessed had to come from somewhere.  Blessings may have been uncommon but not unheard of, and Angela could have been the recipient of one such blessing.

    • Denmark111

      It would explain everything perfectly, but I doubt CP would do that.

    • Opheliafw

      not a bad idea. could well be that there is a tradition that the blessed people mentor the next blessed person. would explain tenga aswell and why angela looked after elva. depending on their blessing it would explain their gifts aswell.

  • Darren

    if we were saying that solembum could be shruikan, than why couldnt Angela  still be a dragon rider, and solembum is like that as a result of a spell gone bad which is why she doesn’t perform magic anymore

    • Rere

      soembum would  be her dragon

    • Denmark111

      Might be, but how could a spell gone bad turn a dragon into a werecat?

      • TorpeAlex

        It’s magic. The sky’s kind of the limit.

        • Denmark111

          That’s the point. The sky is not the limit in this series. It is limited by energi and your use of the ancient language. What sentence could posibly turn a dragon into a werecat, if it was intended to do otherwise? Well as I hear me saying this I realise that the posibility is there, it is just very (extremely) low.

  • Elfprincess139

    Angela is Narsudas mother.

    • Denmark111

      Angela is white and Nasuada is black, just like her father. Black plus white equals brown, not black. Sorry if what i’m saying sounds racist.

  • Horsegal4ever

    Remember, CP said that angela was not in teh original plot.

    • TorpeAlex

      I think that this is one of the most important things to keep in mind here. Christopher wouldn’t have made Angela Galbatorix in disguise as a joke character. As well, he wouldn’t have made her a past Rider I don’t think. If he does do something radical with her in Inheritance (which I think unlikely because he loves her mysterious aspects), then there would probably be some serious retconning to go with it.

  • Eragon and Arya995

    I think you made a small error. In the beginning you said:
    “Arya explores the love and peril ahead of him, whereas Solembum offers Eragon several prophecies”
    I think you ment to say:
    “ANGELA explores the love and peril ahead of him, whereas Solembum offers Eragon several prophecies”
    Just a small mix up of the names – they both begin with an A :]

    ~Krista

    • Steven

      I noticed it as well theres also another one where he wrote “Solembum is Shruikan, and Shruikan is Galbatorix.” I think it should say “Solembum is Shruikan, and Shruikan is SOLEMBUM.” otherwise it doesnt make much sense to me.

      • Ged

        Or it could mean “Solembum is Shruikan, and Angela is Galbatorix.”

        • they can’t be angela and solembum because galby hasnt left uru baen in ages(sorry for the spelling)

  • Orayelle

    I’ve always thought Angela was possibly a Grey Folk, and once Tenga entered, I felt I had more supporting the theory – he obviously has the power to use magic without the Ancient Language, but still knows the AL from the AL dictionaries around his home. This fits with everything we know about the Grey Folk.
    That Angela cannot use magic is not a fact. She uses words of power when using the dragon knuckle bones – though that’s not specifically magic – and in Eragon just after her arrival in Tronjheim she says “all the magic users here, though they barely rate the term, pestered me to join their secret group.” Aren’t only magic users allowed in Due Vrangr Gata? It’s not fact, but it alludes to Angela being a magic user, though perhaps a rather weakly.

    • Owcurry

      Makes sense, but you have to remember that the grey folk became shells of what they once were this could have made it so they couldn’t use magic, or maybe their like dragons and can only use magic at very special times.

      • Denmark111

        Very little is known about the grey folk. As far as I remember, the book said: it was said that the grey folk turned into shells of themselves. Not that they actually did. But my memory might be playing tricks on me.

        • Orayelle

          “it seems that the enchantment drained them of their power and left them but a shadow of themselves.” as it says in Eldest, pg. 399
          Of course, if Tenga IS one of the Grey Folk, he obviously doesn’t have too much trouble casting spells, so what were the Grey Folk like in their power?
          Oh, and I found a quote I was looking for earlier about Angela using magic. In Brisingr, pg. 574 Trianna says, referring to Angela, (after Angela just insulted her) “who struggles to cast even the most basic spell.”, which implies that Angela can, in fact, cast spells and use magic.

    • Jamesbennett777

      And also she casts a ward that stops Elva being able to read her thoughts and fears.
      I too feel the Grey Folk explanation bears the most merit.
      Brom explains in Eragon that there is a difference between magicians, dragon riders, wizards/witches and herbalists, that they all get their magic from a different source but they can all manipulate it.
      I think Du Vrangr Gata wanted her more for her knowledge. They can’t even get their own name right.

  • Erahnday

    I am almost sure she is a Grey fold or descendant… It would be the easiest for CP to incorporate into the story. I’m not sure. Maybe because she is a descendant of the Grey Folk her power has faded, and so she can not use magic. I don’t know….

  • Erahnday

    I am almost sure she is a Grey fold or descendant… It would be the easiest for CP to incorporate into the story. I’m not sure. Maybe because she is a descendant of the Grey Folk her power has faded, and so she can not use magic. I don’t know….

    • Morktig

      Impossible. She has to use magic to cast the knucklebones, or else there is no effect.

    • Morktig

      Impossible. She has to use magic to cast the knucklebones, or else there is no effect.

  • Apok67

    I think Angela is bonded to Solembum, in a fashion like the Riders.  She gets her long life from him, plus her other talents.

  • Zarys

    ” Arya explores the love and peril ahead of him, whereas Solembum offers
    Eragon several prophecies – some which have yet to come to fruition.” ummm… i think you meant ‘Angela’ instead of ‘Arya’….

  • Kymart02

    What about half grey folk?

  • Andrew Toro

    I said none of the above because Angela would more be like a half dwarf because she is smaller and also gifted at wielding the dwarf priest weapon of choice excellently.  Dwarfs like Hrothgar live a lot longer than regular humans.  Bu then I came up with the idea that she is the first part dwarf and part elf entity, so this would explain endless age and how she moves well and quickly in her “old age”.  But Eragon would notice if she was a straight up elf for she would be just as fast as him and what not, but if she was a mix of dwarf and elf she would be as fast as an elf, but still live very long.  Just a theory, but I hope its an awesome reality when book 4 finally comes out and we all enjoy it!

  • Logic Lawyer

    Umm, a little error in factual knowledge in this article that needs to be pointed out.

    “Angela has no known control over magic, as all elves do.”

    Not all elves can use magic. Oromis explicitly denied it in “Eldest.”

    “You must keep in mind that the ability to use magic is exceedingly rare among the races. We elves are no exception, though we have a greater allotment of spellweavers than most.”-Eldest, chapter “The Nature of Evil,” page 377.

  • Horsegal4ever

    Y’all who say she’s Selena are ridiculous. The idea that Selena would be alive is ridiculous. Nice, hopeful, but ridiculous. Selena is right aroudn the first things CP would ahve decided would be straight. How would all those things have happened if Selena had been alive? Don’t you think Brom would have been with her, she would have been with Eragon, possiblY Murtagh if they tried? Everything would have been different if she had survived. Plain and simple: she died from a sickness after Eragon was born. please don’t make Cp seem stupid by sugegsting she’s still alive. A nice dream, but just wishful dreaming.

    • Morktig

      It also states that brom had taken a disliking to angela, a fact he obviusly did not share with selina.

      • oromis also took a dislike to angela too

    • you should atleast respect people’s opinions that would be very nice if book 4 came out and you were proven wrong. We all don’t know who CP will perish and who will live so you should at least value people’s opinions because if we are right,you would be a sour puss because you posted it online!

      • Horsegal4ever

        I don’t mean to insult people. But think abotu it. Every single thing CP has mentioned about Selena is she’s dead. Who wouldn’t want her to come back alive? But do you honestly have a logcial explanation for A: why she would come back alive or still BE alive, B: why she wouldn’t have tried to save Murtagh, or be with Eragon and Brom if she WAS alive, C: what other crucial role she has in BEING alive at the end of the series? Please don’t get me wrong, I would like it if she was still there, but it jsut doesn’t make sense. CP has said she’s dead, bookwise, so just don’t try to ressurect her. I do respect y’alls opinions. I’m jsut stating my own in reply.

        • i know but you made it so obvious that your opinion is the only one you know and didnt CP said that eragon might find a way to ressurect brom so why cant he resurrect selena?

  • Archit

    Well, as Angela has gained importance in the eyes of Paolini, Angela is definitely playing one of the most major roles. She probably in of the grey folk, and has extreme knowlledge about Ancient Language…..She may not be Salena, because Paolini had not planned such a big role for her in the beginning, so during the first meeting of Eragon and Angela, her dialogues were made for actual Salena, not herself

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    I also think that Angela isn’t someone of huge importance like Galbatorix, the next rider, etc because CP never really invisioned her at first as being important and while CP has said that he has changed the futures of some characters, I thing that he would have already planned from the beginning who the green rider would be and the life of Galbatorix.  She became a success and so he built up more mystery surrounding her so, if she is someone special, I would think she is a descendant of Grey Folk but I believe its more likely that she had the talent to keep herself healthy to live long enough to gain a lot of knowledge of the world.  I also think that Solembum stays with her because he enjoys her unique personality and her knowledge.  Even Maud the werecat said in Eldest that “Humans bore me, but he (Solembum) finds it amusing to travel with the witch Angela.”

    • Morktig

      It also says she was not in the original plot.

  • Guest

    In German, the titel of Inheritance is “Eragon: die Erbe der Macht”, which means “Eragon the inheritance of the power”. Mabey the inheritance thingy is all about who inherites the power i.e. who gets to inherit the titel of the king?

    • Knightess

      lol the people who translate may even have less knowledge about the books than our geeky fans xD (I’m a geeky fan too <3)

      • Guest

        I’m a geeky fan to, the titel just struck as something I should mention.

    • eragon doesnt want to be king he has Saphira’s promise to fufill

  • Imaronjongirl

    I am convinced she is a descendent of the Grey Folk. Or, possibly, she is one of the originals that crossed the sea. They were said to be incredibly powerful. When Oromis is asked by Eragon how it was possible that the Grey Folk tamed the wild magic and linked it to their language, Oromis states that he does not know. Not even the elves can fathom how this was done. And when Eragon asks Angela if the twins searched her mine upon entering Farthen Dur, she gravely states that anyone who tried would suffer in some way or form. Her mind is obviously a powerful and dangerous thing. This seems to match the history of the Grey Folk. I also believe that Tenga is one as well. It also follows that Solembum would want to associate with a being this ancient and powerful since werecats seem to have no lack of ego.

    The next best theory, although one I don’t believe, would probably be the “good shade” theory. It is stated in the book that evil spirits are the ones who wish and tend to possess people, not that it isn’t possible for good spirits to do so as well. This would attend for Angela’s eccentric and unpredictable nature as well as her deep knowledge and wisdom.

    • thank you someone agrees with me i think she is one who had crossed the sea… didnt galby get the razac from another land? So maybe he might get all weird creatures after eragon and what about the orbs arent they special too in brisingr?

  • TheRealist

    Angela is a joke character that attained importance due to fan feedback.If she had any real relevance,that wouldn’t be the case.I think she’s a character written into the plot for comic relief,the occasional insight and the only real reason she was in the plot was to cast the dragon bones for Eragon.All of her other appearances were sort of “made-to-order” 😉

    • Horsegal4ever

      That’s true, but CP wasn’t done writing the series when he got all that feedback. And, BOOM, the idea hits, OMG, I could make her a big part of the finale! That totally ties things together! Something like that. 😀

  • vadersapp

    I think Angela is simply a skilled witch. As to her age, she said to Eragon before in a off-handed way that maybe she looked so young because she ate her own herbs when times were lean. But, she probably knows full well that it is her potions and herbs that keep her young. Tenga, honestly, is a mystery, but I suspect Grey Folk blood in him. Angela, having been referred to as a human, as you said, is almost certainly just that, a human. But, through her training with Tenga, possibly of the Grey Folk, I think she became a supremely skilled witch and all of the mysteries about her are explained through this… except one thing: Her trips into Du Weldenvarden. I don’t know how being a witch made her able to enter the Elves’ domain, but, like you said, she wouldn’t have been the first human to enter, either. Solembum hangs around her because of her power, knowledge, age, skill, and her interest and presents at most major events in Alagaesia. I haven’t a clue why the other werecats hate her, but I suspect it has something to do with Solembum’s choice to be bound to her. And, if Tenga is of the Grey Folk, btw, then he would have been a member of the race that bound the Ancient Language to magic, itself. I’m sure he would have taught her plenty of the AL.

    • Horsegal4ever

      People who are Grey Folk aren’t a different species, like elves, dragons, dwarves, etc. it’s like a tribe of people, a certain clan. Unless I’m wrong and you can tell me exactly in the book where it says they’re not human.

    • Horsegal4ever

      People who are Grey Folk aren’t a different species, like elves, dragons, dwarves, etc. it’s like a tribe of people, a certain clan. Unless I’m wrong and you can tell me exactly in the book where it says they’re not human.

      • vadersapp

        Look in the back of Eldest, my friend: “Grey Folk, the — race who enchanted the Ancient Langauge”
        Also Oromis tells Eragon “…a race called the Grey Folk–not Elves for we were young then…They faded away, choosing to live in their cities until the stones crumbled to dust or to take mates among the younger races and so pass into darkness.”
        They were DEFINITELY not human, especially since the known human history only extends to the point when they landed on Alagaesia less then 800 years before and the Grey Folks’ known history extends to the infancy of the Elves’ very race.
        But, their blood may still be carried in the various races, and may even be held pure by a few, possibly like Tenga.

        • Horsegal4ever

          Alright, I’m wrong. But still, Grey Folk are practically human. Great knowledge, but no magic. so still. 😛

        • Horsegal4ever

          Alright, I’m wrong. But still, Grey Folk are practically human. Great knowledge, but no magic. so still. 😛

      • Perseus

        No, they do seem to be a different race, because, to the best of my knowledge, they’re not elves, dwarves, humans, dragons, or anything else.  If you notice, in the Domia abr Wyrda excerpt in the special edition of Eldest, the Grey Folk aren’t mentioned.

  • Horsegal4ever

    Honestly, I have no theories about Angela gthat I’ve thought of. I think the Grey Folk theory makes TONS of sense. And, if I may just throw this out there, just to toss y’all up, how about she’s Galby’s MOM?!?!?! Think about it.

    • Guest

      Intresting theorie about her being Galbys mum:)

  • Jamilla

    I voted for Angela being Galbatorix because it’s a crazy, funny theory.

  • Jamilla

    I voted for Angela being Galbatorix because it’s a crazy, funny theory.

  • E.

    Ohh!! When CP said, “Angela will have a crowning moment,” maybe he meant that she will crown Roran as king?! It’s unlikely that she will rule, but she always is present during big events & likes to take part, so I can see her wanting to crown Roran!! 🙂

    • Brendans Mommy87

      Actually he said she will have “several crowning moments of awesomeness” plural :0)  so exciting!

  • i think that she is an dragon rider. oromis or anyone else may not be telling this to eragon because they may have sworn so in the ancient language for some astounding, creepy reason (or maybe just because angela wanted it to be a secret, we all know how eccentric she is!)

    • Nj000001

      CP said there were’nt any more hidden or “unkown riders”

  • Rider651

    I think she is a “good shade”. I posted this once on the forums- CP mentioned the possibility in an interview, and said that it had something to do with Angela. A “good shade” is a result of a human deciding to host good spirits due to an agreement which will benefit both sides. It does explain many things about her if that’s true- her age, her knowledge, why she hates ordinary shades, why the were cats dislike her… And some more stuff.

    I know it’s somewhat far fetched, but it’s an interesting theory.

    • Orayelle

      I would totally like to find that CP interview – I must have missed it somewhere. Still, I think the possibility of Angela being a Shade is unlikely – possible, of course, everything is possible with Angela, but unlikely. You can laugh in my face if I’m wrong.
      In Eragon Angela herself says “Unfortunately, only the evilest spirits seek to posses humans” – True, Angela may not be human, and if CP said it’s possible, than that means it’s possible, but that’s just what the book says.
      Like you said, it’s an interesting theory.

  • DUDE93

    Or she could just be a descendant of the grey folk. I think I remember Brom telling Eragon about the grey folk, and how they either faded away or mixed with the humans.  

  • DUDE93

    She could be the descendant of a half elf. After time of mixing with the human population some of the elves natural beauty, and other traits were distilled enough so that to anyone with no clue of Angela’s family history would never be able to tell. But just enough would remain to give her those extra abilities like a longer life span than average. It explains why she would have been to Du Weldenvarden multiple times, her extensive knowledge of the ancient language and magic(Her elf ancestor would have probably passed this on). Also shes more adept with magic than most humans but not strong enough to use it on her own without an aid. Which also contributes to the idea that she had elvin ancestry, but after time the magic elves are naturally are born with faded away. Leaving her with enough ability to do whatever it is she does. 

  • Nandanie369

    Howcan she be Selena? Do you think she would have at least took Murtagh with Eragon if she was such a great sorceress instead of seperating her children? With her power she could have defeated Morzan(Even if CP didnt say how strong Morzan was Brom defeated him and his dragon even after his dragon was dead so he is quite weak:D)

    • Also, I really doubt CP would turn his previous joke character inspired by his sister magically would turn into Selena. It wasn’t until he realised how much everybody liked her that he gave her a bigger part. If Angela is Selena I serously think that he had planned it from the start. 🙂 I would love to meet Selena but not as Angela, even if I liked the idea.

      • good thought but angela was planned as a humorous and a minor character

        • Yes, like I said. 🙂 My english isn’t the best so maybe that got lost somewhere in my comment. But as you said, she wasn’t planned to have a big role in the series. It was when everybody started to like her so much that she got a bigger role in the series.

          • i dont think cp would change a characters role

          • Ethiwen

            Not change, of course not. 🙂 But as I understand it, her role has become bigger than it was originally inteded. From joke-character to something bigger.
            But I guess we just have to wait and see what happens in book 4. ^^

          • i know all these theories are hurting my head 😀

  • Emeric

    She’s Selena. Garrow isn’t his sister, they’re just good friends. So Eragon and Roran aren’t cousins.
    And Brom never met her, did he? Well, if he did, she might just have changed with help of magic.

  • Ethiwen

    I have some now growing theories about Angela. I thing she has an history in some way with Galby. Maybe as his lover since he doesn’t have a wife or maybe as his sister. It doesn’t explain much but with such a powerful lover/brother I’m sure whe would learn loads of things and they bouth should be in an simillair age, althougt Galby is older. What do you guys think about that? Is i possible? Like the twist of it. And being Galby’s former lover or sister would make her some of an inheritance of the thrown. Angela as Alagaësia’a queen! Wouldn’t that be amazing?

    • Nandanie369

      it sounds quite impossible but CP is quite a twister for an author. I have read hundreds of dragon books and I couldnt find a better book with a better twist than the Inheritance Cycle thnx CP and however it could be quite possible- but why would she join the varden against her own brother/lover?

      • Well. Murtagh and Eragon is on diffrent sides right? And Selena turned against Morzan. It wouldn’t surprise me if Galby for example would try to kill his lover/sister for some reason unknown, he’s mad of power.That would turn her against him. Maybe she saw what he was turning into and left him to save her self and others? Maybe so he would think she had died or something.
        I agree that this is a big twist but without being too strange or too much of a plot twist for Paolini. Like the one of Angela being Selena, that would just be to much and something I really doubt Paolini would write. 🙂
        At least I think she has some kind of connection to Galby. Cause right know, Galby is just some mysteroius guy we never have seen. Really think we need someone who knows him and his story better on Eragons side, someone we know, someone like Angela.

        • yea she being selena is completely weird but if she was selena maybe thats how she met morzan

          • She has met Morzan? Hm… I think I’ve missed that. But yes, Angela being Selena would be very unrealistic. I liked the idea before but come to think about it, Angela is Angela and I really wouldn’t like her as much if she was Selena for some reason. That wouldn’t fit her humorous character. She’s just to fun to suddenly being the mother of Eragon an Murtagh. Haha, bad reason for her not being Selena I know. But I still belive so.

          • oh well we all might be proven weong

          • Ethiwen

            Yeah. 🙂 I don’t really know what to belive. This is just me exploring different opptions. Really think the Grey folk-theory makes a lot of sense. And the one of her being an half-elf.

          • i think she just came with the elves from across the sea

          • Ethiwen

            Haha, wouldn’t surprise me too much. Angela is an unique character. ^^ She could be like some kind of god who’s watching over them… Or not. XD
            But it sure will be intresting to see who or what she really is.

          • i am only 13 so i have to wait until christmas to read inheritance adults are so lucky they get to read the book first!

          • Ethiwen

             Wait what? That doesn’t make any sense. I have to wait until christmas too but that’s just because I have read all the other books in swedish and to change to english just beause I can’t wait would be strange. Will read them in english some day too but not now. 🙂 But when it comes out in swedish I will be the first in line to buy it. An “early” christmas gift to myself. (y)

  • Zauber_wuerfel

    ” Arya explores the love and peril ahead of him, whereas Solembum offers
    Eragon several prophecies – some which have yet to come to fruition.”

    Arya? Guess I spotted a typo! 🙂

    • Abc123

      I think i found one too. “Shruiken is Galbatorix”?

  • Adilas73

    We should ask Christopher Paolini what colour are shruikens eyes, becasue if they changed colour (red, black, gold ect…) it’s possible that he’s solembum.

  • I don’t see how she could be a dragon rider because some one would have noticed either Ormis or brom would know. she can’t be full elf because again someone would have known. I think that the most likely theory is half elf. although i kinda wanna think she might be a were cat in human form but i don’t think that likely.

    after CP said that she would have a crowning moment i think she might succeed galby to the throne but I dont think that likely. so basicly i don’t know 🙂 

    • cp has so many twists its like going through a labyrinth i was thinking iof selena was alive maybe she could be the next dragon rider i mean she is good now right? Think about selena and eragon both killing galby and saving murtagh

      • SecretCountess

        I don’t think that is going to happen. I really like Murtagh but I think he’s going to survie the end of the book.
        But you are rigjht about the twists, so I guess anything is possible

        • i think this book will be better than all of the books

        • i think this book will be better than all of the books

    • brom would’ve known too

  • Helen Beddis

    There have been lots of good theories discussed but it’s impossible to rule anything in or out because we only know what Eragon knows about Angela which is not much, other people clearly know more but have either chosen not to share this knowledge or are prevented from doing so by oaths in the Ancient Language.

    I maybe mistaken but I thought that Galbatorix killed a rider but it wasn’t Shurikan’s original rider, Mirzan helped him steal the hatchling so it’s still possible she was the intended rider.

    • thats what i waz thinking but isnt it when you kill a rider the dragon dies with it but idk if that counts when the dragon is unhatched

      • Helen Beddis

        Just looked in Eragon, Galbatorix and an un named accomplice killed an elder after he was refused another dragon, he then killed the accomplice; when he was discovered he went into hdng for years until he met morzan who he persuaded to help him steal a hatchling, which I thought was a baby dragon that had already hatched for a rider. There is no mention of the rider dying and we know Galbatorix is using magic to control Shurikan, the original rider could be alive still. I know Paolini has said there are no more hidden riders but you could argue they’re not hidden because it’s never stated that they died and their existence is known to some.

        On a different topic quite a few people seem to think that because Angela started out as a joke character she can’t have a major role, it is possible that Paolini has reallocated some plots to Angela that were intended for another character or changed the original plot to increase her importance.

        • thx for the sort out

    • thats what i waz thinking but isnt it when you kill a rider the dragon dies with it but idk if that counts when the dragon is unhatched

  • NinaSvitKona

    If Angela was or still is a dragon rider, would Saphira not “feel” it like in Eragon with Brom?
    I’m 100% sure she ones met Galbi (maybe ancient lovers), but not that she is the King… 
    The best idea and who can be true, to me, is that she is a member of the Grey Folk 🙂 

  • Heather0f

    I think the grey folk theory is most likely also that solumbum may have been ordered to keep an eye on Angela by tho other wearcats

    • SecretCountess

      It would make some sense for Solumbum to watch Angela, as they dislike her. 
      Out of all the theories, I think Angela being part of the grey folk is the most paulsible.
      Still Angela being Galbi is funny! 

  • Malink

    Hey Mike which one do you think it is, what’s your theory. We’re not just Paolini fans here, we’re also Mike fans. So tell us what you think 🙂

  • Malink

    Hey Mike which one do you think it is, what’s your theory. We’re not just Paolini fans here, we’re also Mike fans. So tell us what you think 🙂

  • Caroline

    I honestly like the Angela=Galbatorix=Angela theory, outlandish as it is because its just FUNNY! We need to have fun with these theories. In less than 20 weeks, the Inheritance cycle will come to an end and what will we have to look forward to? *Rant= done*
    On the serious side, I like the Grey Folk theory best. Its not super-outlandish and though there’s not a lot to prove it, there’s not a lot to disprove it either. 

    • actually 4 months and 10 dayz! I WAS COUNTING EVER SINCE THE FIRST DAY THEY ANNOUNCED IT I THINK MAYBE ANGELA IS A CREATURE FROM ANOTHER LAND REMEMBER THE ELVES CAME FROM ELSEWHERE TOO SO MAYBE SHE CAM WITH THE ELVES THATS WHY THEY HAVE SUCH A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP

    • actually 4 months and 10 dayz! I WAS COUNTING EVER SINCE THE FIRST DAY THEY ANNOUNCED IT I THINK MAYBE ANGELA IS A CREATURE FROM ANOTHER LAND REMEMBER THE ELVES CAME FROM ELSEWHERE TOO SO MAYBE SHE CAM WITH THE ELVES THATS WHY THEY HAVE SUCH A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP

  • Baboo

    A very well written article.  I have also heard many claims that Angela is in fact a werecat or half-werecat (not that I buy it, but you could include this as a “not likely” scenario). 

    I don’t feel that she is a former Rider either, however one of your main criticisms of this theory can be easily explained.  She is not able to use magic very well … okay, but neither could Oromis.  Who knows what would have happened to her if her dragon had died.  She may have had a physical trauma simillar to Oromis (since it was probably in a battle or similar situation) or it could have been an emotional/pyschological trauma brought on by the loss.  I agree with you that Angela as a former Rider would be a weak plot twist that probably won’t happen, but there isn’t much actual evidence refuting it either.  

    • Perseus

      Half-elven.  Definitely a half-elf.  If you guys remember correctly, in one of the early post-Brisingr Q&A’s CP mentioned that half-elves would have chosen which race they wanted to live with, humans or elves:
      Mike: Last question – Guest123 asks: Have half-elves (human/elves or otherwise) ever existed? If so, do any exist now?

      Christopher: They have existed, although most weren’t
      able to have children of their own. As for whether any exist now . . .
      let’s just say that if they do, they would have become very, very
      skilled at blending in with whatever race (elves or humans) they had
      chosen to live among. Half-elves, half-humans have much-extended life
      spans, but they aren’t immortal like full-blooded elves.

      😀

  • Myrddin Emrys

    Oh, please. Not to sound impertinent, but the answer is somewhat obvious: Angela is an elf. It explains the age, the trips to Ellesmera, the trust of the elves and the Varden, the knowledge of past and present events, and the dragon knuckle bones, if she got them from Glaedr (which I believe to be likely). She shares their light-heartedness and their temper when the mood strikes her, and the odds of a human learning magic are very slim. She has a small bit of innate magic, as all elves do, but augments it with the knowledge she gained from Tenga. Her appearance is also easy to explain; in Brisingr, when Arya traveled Alagaesia to find Eragon, she disguised herself as a human. This is my theory, but I have a hunch that I am correct. Logic never lies.

    • I AM JUST SAYING THAT ANGELA DOESNT USE MAGIC VERY WELL SO SHE MIGHT BE A HALF ELF OR ANOTHER CREATURE FROM ANOTHER LAND LIKE THE ELVES REMEMBER THERE IS MORE TO ALAGAESIA

    • Silver9935

      then why would oromis consider her paticularly exceptional, if she was an elf, trips to ellesmera wouldn’t exactly be immpressive.
      P.S. ‘not to sound impertinent’ doesn’t mean you can avoid sounding impertinent.

      • Myrddin Emrys

        To begin, I meant to write: “My apologies if I come across as impertinent”. Secondly, (this is a theory that I came up with after I wrote the first post) she is exceptional because Tenga chose to teach her, because I (along with many others) believe that Tenga is, in fact, one of the Grey Folk and/or a descendant of same. Also, there are a multitude of reasons why Oromis would find her particularly exceptioonal. The usage of a huthvirn (or whatever her weapon is) without being a mamber of the clan that alone is allovwed to use them is a feat in and of itself. Also, we don’t know all that much about Angela, and I am sure she has done MANY interesting things throughout her life. Good argument, though, Silver.

  • Out of those i think that the grey folk one is the most likely out of the theories.  But i do not think that it is a likely possibility.  I do not know what is likely but not one of those

  • Anonymous

    Angela is a very interesting person.

    Even though Christopher put her in only as a joke for his sister, he did say that Angela has taken on a life of her own.  Since she was not in the original outline for the books, she will more than likely not be the green rider, future leader of Alagaësia, or Selena in disguise.

    Her role in the books has been to bring some humor; though she does help Eragon in several ways and does read him his future but it may not mean anything.  Her role in book four is supposed to larger but I’m sure Christopher didn’t change his main outline too much.  He probably added some scenes for her and the line – ‘Beware of red-eyed rabbits’ is probably something Angela did or is another reading of her dragon knuckle bones.

    It is fun to speculate…

  • Natalie289

    Maybe she’s the one human who didn’t want to be a dragon rider..

  • dragonfan

    angela is brom’s sister

    • wouldnt he tell her that or recognize her in teirm

  • Izzydragon

    Omg, “she will have a crowning moment”.

    She will rule after galby!

    • Caroline

      Holy @$%*^!!!!!!!! You are brilliant. I hope you realize this. 

    • Brendans Mommy87

      “several crowning moments of awesomeness” plural. yay!

  • Silver9935

    Tenga is a greyfolk, duh. angela is an apprentice of his, she could be either an old dragon rider, or a child of the greyfolk, not a greyfolk herself, for they faded, which also explains why tenga is slightly eccentric.

    • you may never know cp is like the king of twists duh

  • Brendans Mommy87

    I’m a fan of the theory that she is actually a werecat. (see where I replied to a comment of that theory below) But I know that is farfetched. Fun to speculate about though! Whatever she ends up being, I hope she does not turn out to be a “bad guy”! She is my favorite character and I would be so sad if she were turned out to be some sort of villain! I hope something really awesome happens with her to show her true “goodness” and she changes the future of Alagaësia for the better! I know that’s mostly Eragon’s job, but she can do something cool too! lol.

    • If she was 1/2 werecat or whole werecat what explains the hatred of the werecats did i have anything to do with her magic?

      • Brendans Mommy87

        Not sure about that yet….its only a half theory I guess lol

        • one thing i learned from cp is that you can  never guess the future of a series

  • WhiteWinterStar

    Or she could be a half-elf.  She may seem more human than elf, because that’s how she was born.  CP once said that half-elves, if they existed, would be very skilled at hiding their identity.  Her parents might’ve been ashamed, and left her with Tenga

    OR Tenga could be her father. 

  • Bryan

    a dwarf goddess

  • Bryan

    a dwarf goddess

  • WhiteWinterStar

    My theory:

    Angela was a werecat.  Not anymore, because something happened inher past that stripped her of her magic and shapeshifting power.  Halfpaw dislikes her because she is a disgrace to her race.  Solembum could be an old friend or relative.

  • WhiteWinterStar

    My theory:

    Angela was a werecat.  Not anymore, because something happened inher past that stripped her of her magic and shapeshifting power.  Halfpaw dislikes her because she is a disgrace to her race.  Solembum could be an old friend or relative.

  • GoDwarves101

    Angela is Galbys wife…….NOT

    Thank you for this Awesome episode about an AWESOME, mysterious character!!!
    Angela is one of my favorite characters!!

    And i think The Spine being some kind of dragon- Maybe The Mother/Father of All Dragons-
    would be REALLY cool.

    Just a thought.

    • i think galby is too disgusting to have a wife the thought creeps me out

  • Bharadwaj Naidu

    There’s a small mistake I think in third paragraph .. It said ” Arya explores the love and peril ahead of him, whereas Solembum offers Eragon several prophecies ”

    It should be Angela I think .

    A well written article . I think all of theories are wrong . Whatever we learn about Angela we are going to be surprised for sure .

    • yea its like cp reads our thoughts and blogs and makes a whole different twist but i cant wait it would be cool to see who is right though

  • Erinmarie1986

    Hey! I was just reading through and noticed a Typo- In the third paragraph “Arya explores the love and peril ahead of him, whereas Solembum offers Eragon several prophecies – some which have yet to come to fruition”, I believe it’s supposed to be Angela not Arya. I just wanted to point it out in case someone not used to the series gets confused.

  • DRAGONS

    It would be nice to think that Angela was a dragon rider but I really don’t think so as surely someone else amongst the elves and Varden would have mentioned that she was…especially someone like Oromis who knew her (and seemed to regard her with slight distaste…perhaps they were once close and had a falling out????). Also, I seem to remember thinking that after their dragon dies a human rider starts to age slowly. I may be wrong or it may be an idea I picked up from the dodgy movie but I thought I remembered it from the books. I think it is most likely that Angela is secretly a half-elf or descendent of the Grey Folk.

  • Eragon + Arya

    I think I remember reading in one of the books that Angela or someone else said that she got the Knuckel bones from an other person a long time ago… I think it was a Dwarf…. I could be wrong but…. I think It would be Very and i mean very cool if Angela is/was a dragon rider, and sad that she lost an enchanted Crystal…. or it could just be an other dragons heart of hearts…  (Sorry about my Spelling)

  • Bel Cordon

    You forgot that she also know the Urgals language! We need to know how she learned that as well 😛
    For the dragon rider theory If I remember correctly Brom said he is able to “touch” his magic but it gets harder and harder everytime he does, maybe thats why Angela doesn’t use her magic(if she can) But I also have proof against it, In Eragon when Brom touched Sappira for the first time she knew that he was a rider, I dont remember if Anglea has touched Sappira yet but if she did Sappira would have told Eragon.

    • Anonymous

      This was my thought exactly. Except if she was a rider and Saphira knew, Angela could have told her not to, like Brom did.

    • Anonymous

      This was my thought exactly. Except if she was a rider and Saphira knew, Angela could have told her not to, like Brom did.

      • like i said above yours

    • unless… angela already did and saphira didnt tell eragon because in brisingr brom made saphira promise that she would never tell eragon that brom was his father

  • Kaylee

    I think that Angela is a previous dragon rider. If i were to really into my own personal theories, I’d say how i thought that Angela is a Dragon Rider and her dragon is somewhere in the Spine. However, Angela can be a bit… eccentric at times, and that could be caused by the death of her dragon as well as explain why she has dragon bones.

    Just a thought.

  • Guys! I loved this episode! Can’t wait till the podcast!
    Anyway, pretty interesting how you guys managed to describe each single point of view about Angela’s real identity.
    Well, I personally think that she may be a descendent of the Grey Folk. She’s too old, and very wise and mysterious, as well said. All the reasons I can think to support this theory were already mentioned.

    I guess Solebum has stuck with her ’cause of her knowledge. I like to compare the werecats to the goblins of the Harry Potter Series. In my opinion, they’re a race that loves treasures and enjoys being near the ones who have power and high knowledge about the secrets of the world.
    LOl I kinda imagined a lot.. I have no idea about why the werecats dislike Angela so much. I mean, they were barely introduced and I guess we can’t take any conclusion for now.

    If Angela is one of the Grey Folk, so we have the explanation about why she can’t perform magic.. If she isn’t.. I didn’t think about yet LOL

    But I liked the thing of Angela being Galby in disguise… Makes no sense, I know.. But I’ll investigate. I like thinking of non-sense stuff, so that’s it!

    Ha! Almost forgot! When you guys bring up the episode to discuss about Tenga, I’ll great you with the most wonderful theory ever! (kidding.. but I really have some crazy thoughts about Tenga. He is one of my favorites 🙂

  • ilvos01

    Hehe.
    She’s the Doctor.
    Think-
    -Age
    -Knowledge
    -Appears where things happen
    -People recognize her
    -Companion
    -Reference in book 3

    (Also, the above article failed to mention that she could CHOOSE not to do magic, even if she could. But seriously do think about the above thing).

    • Caroline

      That would be SUCH a good plot twist its not even funny. 

      • i was thinking maybe eragon could bring back oromis and brom and his mother from the dead and they could raise all the dragon ridersto kill galby just a thought

        • Jackal

          Too easy.

    • omg it all makes sense O_0

    • Alex

      what doctor?

      • thats what i was thinking

      • Jackal

        Doctor Who.

  • Kyle

    I believe that Angela is the daughter of a dragon rider. This would explain her possession of dragon bones as well as most of her other traits.

    • yeah i never thought of thay good thought

  • Kelly-Shawn

    I am voting that Angela was/is a dragon rider…
    In Brisingr, Pg. 116 hard cover edition, she says she lost “a rather interesting shard of enchanted crystal,” to a man with a donkey that had a bald patch shaped like a rooster… What if that crystal was in fact her dragon’s eldunari? I have never seen anyone bring that up for support of Angela as a dragon rider.

  • if Angela was a previous Dragon Rider, it would also explain where she got the bones of a dragon from. It keeps her former dragon close to her–while also performing some magical use as well. Let’s not forget that elves could change their bodies how they want to or preform a “hologram” type of spell (like Arya did when she was looking for Eragon). So maybe she changed her physical self enough to not be recognized by an elf. At least, that too me seems the most viable.

    However, the chance for her to be a “Grey Folk” or a descendant of one, could be viable. We can only speculate.

  • Steven

    I have to disagree with you on the Solembum has stuck with Angela for all these years part. I think its the other way around. The reason that they have been together for so long is that Angela has followed Solembum, this would explain why she is always where things are happening. In Eragon, the book, Angela says “Besides, if I had stayed in Teirm, Solembum would have left without me, and I enjoy his company.” from the chapter mandrake root and newt’s tongue.

    • You gotta a point. Perhaps, she is the one who follows. And it gives us a whole different way to analyze her relationship with solembum. We don’t know too much about the werecats and we could relate the fact that whenever important things happen Angela ‘n Solembum are right there, to one ability of the werecats. And maybe the rest of the werecats doesn’t hate Angela in particular but actually Solembum who could have been a betrayer, and as long as Angela follows him wherever he goes, she became hated by the werecats as well.

  • Tiago

    I only agree with angela “a member or descendent of the Grey Folk” .The other options was a little strange.
    But that is not what a like ask.I am portuguese and a like to know more or less one date for i can find this book here.

    I now my english is bad.

  • Anonymous

    I think angela is a werecat that went and stayed with the elves and learned how to change her appearance to look like a human (like how eragons elf guard had changed there appearance) and was considered a traitor for it and thats why king half paw and the other werecats dont like her, but for some reason solombum decided to stay with her (maybe they are actually in love) it would explain her old age but young appearance and her quarrel with the were cats

  • Anonymous

    I think angela is a werecat that went and stayed with the elves and learned how to change her appearance to look like a human (like how eragons elf guard had changed there appearance) and was considered a traitor for it and thats why king half paw and the other werecats dont like her, but for some reason solombum decided to stay with her (maybe they are actually in love) it would explain her old age but young appearance and her quarrel with the were cats

    • Brendans Mommy87

      I totally agree! I was going to post something like this as well. I think it makes total sense. However, I don’t think that she would have to “learn” how to change her appearance into a human. All werecats can do that right? Remember Maude? and Solumbum did it as well.  So I still don’t think that explains why the other werecats don’t like her because she would never have to stay with the elves to learn how to do that, and since all werecats can change to human form (I think, at least Maude and Solumbum can) she wouldn’t be considered a traitor for that reason. But I do agree with you on the fact that perhaps she and Solumbum are mates. Sounds completely crazy, I know, but it sure is a fun theory!

      • Anonymous

         what i was thinking is that when the werecats turned into human shapes, they looked different, eragon could tell maude was not a human the moment he saw her, no one has that speculation about angela so im thinking she would of had to learn how to look completely human

  • Eldest

    HAHAHAH I knew that would eventually pop up again!!!!! If u guys r wondering me (under the name Eldest) and some other guy named Faolin came up with the first theory!!! We were talking in comments way back like just after Eldest came out. I said Angela was Selena and Mike had been watching that comment discussion. He told us he liked the idea and there it is!!!

    LOL though I can bet anything that now after we have learned about Selena she isn’t Angela.

  • Anonymous

    I happen to love the theory that Angela was a Dragon Rider but lost her dragon but the evidence, some of the most convincing ideas for me being her lack of a gedwëy ignasia, not being recognized by any other old Rider, and being the owner of dragon knuckle bones, are too strong for me to ignore. So, I will hope that CP will surprise us and say that Angela was a Rider. 

    However, after reading this article, I felt compelled to support the theory that Angela is one of the Grey Folk. It’s just the kind of twist CP would put in his book. 🙂

    • GoDwarves101

      Brom hid his gedwey ignasia mabey Angela did too.    You really never know with CP.

    • thats exactly what i was thinking but when brom when to see his best friend (forgot his name i know it is jode but the spelling i apologize for) he asked angela for directions he would have noticed her

  • Fred

    I think Angela is Shruikans Orginal Rider.

  • A fool

    I can’t say anything for sure but I think that Angela is a human who happened upon a herbal combination during lean times (can be quoted to say that she looks that young because she had to eat herbs during lean times) that gives increased longevity. If she made this discovery several centuries ago then she would have been in a position to slowly gain knowledge over time and be at several key events. Beyond this I guess you’ll have to ask the author.

  • I voted for the Grey Folk because that would explain how she knows a vast amount of the ancient language but can’t perform magic. Maybe when they made the ancient language they lost the ability to use magic. This would explain some things.

  • Sesshy

    I hate to even think it, but if angela is involved with a shade in the next book. is she going to get killed off?

    • anonymous

      What if she IS the shade?

      • Eldest

        No remember how she said something about rabbits. And CP mentioned red eyed rabbits (shade rabbits). That is a situation that has Angela written all over it.

        • I’m also curious about the red eyed rabbits. Beware with them.. could it mean that it’s a new race? A new character? Would be nice if you who organize the Big Twenty episodes  reserved a special episode to questions like these.

      • Eldest

        No remember how she said something about rabbits. And CP mentioned red eyed rabbits (shade rabbits). That is a situation that has Angela written all over it.

    • I don’t think CP could ever bring himself to kill a character inspired by his sister.

    • I don’t think CP could ever bring himself to kill a character inspired by his sister.

      • Jackal

        Surely he doesn’t LIKE his sister? Mine annoys me all the time.

  • Cste95Guitar

    Also nobody knows if the banishing of the names eventually caused the riders magical abilities to decay over time, because as far as we know none of the forsworn lived for upwards of 70 years after the fall AND we have no mention of morzan’s magical abilities around the time of his death. 🙂

  • Greg

    I thought a rider is only immortal as long as the dragon is alive. Maybe I read it wrong but that’s what I always thought.

    • Steven

      That is true, but even after their dragon dies they have an extraordianarily long life. Similar to Brom, who was born before the fall and lost his dragon during the fall yet still lived for a hundred years after the fall.

    • no they can live but die use brom for exapmle he must’ve been 110 years old

    • Eschwartz

      i think they are changed by the link to become immortal like the elves since its a more intense version of their link, and riders just usually commit suicide if their dragon died. brom didnt have a mortal lifespan.

    • Eschwartz

      i think they are changed by the link to become immortal like the elves since its a more intense version of their link, and riders just usually commit suicide if their dragon died. brom didnt have a mortal lifespan.

  • firemonkey

    Maybe Angela has killed one or more of the forsworn and/or their dragon.  That could account for her possession of dragon bones.

  • Cste95Guitar

    I think that angela has changed her apperance, but is one of the forsworn who tortured Oromis and glaedr, (probably Kialandi), which would explain her visits to elesmera, before the fall. As well as how she got the knucklebones-glaedr’s, her age and knowledge, why solombum is her companion, why the rest of the werecats hate her: Disaprove of solombum’s choice and one of the forsworn.

    I think she may of lost her dragon and magic because of the banishing of the names which maybe sent it mad and caused it to commit suicide, making her guilty, repent and change sides, helped brom set up the varden in exchange for him keeping silent about her idenity, afterall brom had many secrets. What does everyone think?

    • This is a good theory but Oromis would have recognized the person who tortured him wouldn’t you think?

      • Cste95Guitar

        Like I said she has changed her name and apperance since then, plus it says in one book that he recognises her but she came to ellesmera under a different name, so Oromis may of forgiven her and be in on the secret with brom.

        • Emeric

          What happened to Tenga? He would’ve known she was/is a forsworn. The only reason Tenga would’ve protected her was if he is Galbatorix. 
          Sure, Angela got surprised by Eragon’s mention of him, which could be because he actually met Galbatorix. But that doesn’t explain why Tenga didn’t capture him while he had the chanse.

          Sorry, dude, but I think I just ruined your theory.

          • Cste95Guitar

            Maybe he was a scholar or teacher before the fall; her former mentor, she may of come back and tortured him, just like galby did to his tutors, which is why he is now crazy and dislikes her, anyway god knows only a theory.

          • Eschwartz

            IMPOSSIBLE. when eragon told her of tenga she had a slightly frighteded expression on hearing his name.

          • Cste95Guitar

            She may even of come back as angela and removed the knowledge, rather roughly, of who she was before from his mind, sending him abit craaaazy.

          • maybe he didnt capture him then because galby only wants the dragons to mate-saphira being the only girl dragon and eragon wasnt with her when he met tenga(galby)

          • Cste95Guitar

            Answer me this, why would Galbatorix/Tenga protect someone who had betrayed him and helped his most powerful enemys, The Varden and Brom? The theory of him being Galbatorix is insane, he would of captured Eragon on site as we, and him, know that Saphira would fly straight to Urubaen to get him back, playing into his hands.
            My theory of him being mindwiped or not seeing the importance of telling someone who is just a regular traveller, which tenga thinks eragon is, that she is one of the forsworn turned good, Is much more likely.

            P.s. How do you like them apples????

    • Cste95Guitar

      Also nobody knows if the banishing of the names eventually caused the riders magical abilities to decay over time, because as far as we know none of the forsworn lived for upwards of 70 years after the fall AND we have no mention of morzan’s magical abilities around the time of his death. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    As I said in the last entry, I like the idea that Angela is actually a long lost daught of Islanzadi. Much like the possiblility that she is a half-elven, I have nothing to back this up, just think it would be cool

  • Anonymous

    As I said in the last entry, I like the idea that Angela is actually a long lost daught of Islanzadi. Much like the possiblility that she is a half-elven, I have nothing to back this up, just think it would be cool

  • Alexandre Miguel Pedro Gomes

    Hi, I also find Angela a very interesting character and as much as I wish she was a Grey Folk I believe those won’t have any major role in the final book. However, I wish to share 2 thoughts (more like little theories) that maybe worth of your exploration.

    1. Could Angela be some kind of caretaker of the Vault of Souls or Rock of Kuthian? Something like an Angel or guardian.

    2. We’ve seen how spells (specially untested ones) can go wrong (e.g. elva!). Is it possible that when Galbatorix used (unknown) magic means to steal Shruikan left the original and intended dragon rider with some powers and features of a dragon rider but not one entirely (aka Angela!)? It surely would explain why she’s trusted by many and why she would hate Galbatorix…

    Cheers!

    • Your Master

      It says in the books that Shurikan’s original rider was killed when he was stolen.

      • Alexandre Miguel Pedro Gomes

        While we can’t say for sure, I believe you can assume they only *believe* he/she was killed. There may even be a reason for Galbatorix to let her live (e.g. the magic could impose that if the original rider dies, so does the dragon).

      • Alexandre Miguel Pedro Gomes

        While we can’t say for sure, I believe you can assume they only *believe* he/she was killed. There may even be a reason for Galbatorix to let her live (e.g. the magic could impose that if the original rider dies, so does the dragon).

      • Alexandre Miguel Pedro Gomes

        While we can’t say for sure, I believe you can assume they only *believe* he/she was killed. There may even be a reason for Galbatorix to let her live (e.g. the magic could impose that if the original rider dies, so does the dragon).

  • Ankithtcn

    I think she’s just a human that has some kind of secret.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunanly, you’re probably right, but I hope not!

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunanly, you’re probably right, but I hope not!

  • Ghdt

    Green rider, definately the most likely. There could be many reasons for her loss of magic e.g. like Oromis’s condition. As for arya etc not recognising her, she could have changed her apperance and name so glabatorix could not find her once she had escaped (like oromis escaped), i even remember oromis saying in brisingr that he had heard of ‘someone of that description but not of that name’ visiting ellesmera before. 

    • Jackal

      No. Just… no.

  • Baldwincarolyn13

    I think the theory of angela as a grey folk is very interesting, we know that she’s very old and we’ve yet to see the limits of her magical abilities, so i believe it’s a fair point to assume she belongs to some ancient race, she knows everything about everything. Great theory, i haven’t thought of that one! 😀