“Big Twenty” – Eragon’s Lackluster Love Life: A Future of Doom?

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Eragon’s love was prophesied to revolve around one of noble birth and heritage, said to be a powerful, wise, and beautiful woman. However, Eragon hasn’t been the luckiest courter following his failed advances on Arya, princess of the Ellesmera. Does Eragon still have a chance to win over the powerful warrior, or does Eragon’s future love life lay elsewhere?

Our fourth Big Twenty article will explore Eragon’s love life, largely missing from the series so far, and whether or not our hero stands a chance at finding true love.

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A Love Story Foretold and Seemingly Forgotten

Eragon’s romantic future was seemingly set-in-stone early on in the series during our first encounter with Angela the herbalist. Angela offers Eragon a glimpse into his own future by reading his fortune from magic-imbued dragon bones. Many of the witch’s predictions have since come true, yet the outcome of the foretold romance remains unresolved:

“An epic romance is in your future, extraordinary, as the moon indicates – for that is the magical symbol – strong enough to outlast empires. I cannot say if this passion will end happily, but your love is of noble birth and heritage. She is powerful, wise, and beautiful beyond compare.”

This prediction hinges on two major points:

This passion – not love affair – may only be one-way. This prediction does not state that the receiver of Eragon’s love will ever love him back. In fact, “I cannot say if this passion will end happily” doesn’t seem to bode well for the Rider.

The prediction’s description of his “love target” is spot-on for Arya. “Noble birth and heritage” – check. “Powerful” – check. “Wise” – check. “Beautiful beyond compare” – Eragon sure seems to think so!

A Dream – But is it Just That?

Another indicator of a set-in-stone romantic future for our young hero is his early dream of two Riders – himself and another mysterious female – leaving Alagaësia forever.

“A strange, fair ship waited for them, shining under a bright moon. The figures slowly boarded the vessel; two of them, taller than the rest, walked arm in arm. Their faces were obscured by cowls, but he could tell that one was a woman. They stood on the deck of the ship and faced the shore. A man stood alone on the pebble beach, the only one who had no boarded the ship. He threw back his head and let out a long, aching cry. As it faded, the ship glided down the river, without a breeze or oars, out into the flat, empty land. The vision clouded, but just before it disappeared, Eragon glimpsed two dragons in the sky.”

It is widely believed that this dream was a vision into one of Eragon’s possible futures – a future where he will leave Alagaësia forever, arm in arm with his soul mate: a female Rider.

A Lackluster Love Life During Hard Times

Many would argue that the hope of an entire continent and the survival of multiple races rests on the shoulders of Eragon and Saphira. These individuals feel that the young Rider should set aside his personal wants and desires – relationships included – for the betterment of Alagaësia and its people. This is a large order for such a young boy, even considering the circumstances.

While Eragon has grown and matured substantially over a short period of time, it is unfair to ignore his need to withdraw from the conflict when there is time in order to maintain his own personal wellbeing and sanity. Casting aside these core feelings and emotions would lead to a withdrawn and bitter version of Eragon, taking our hero down a path that is both self-destructive and destructive to those around him.

However, we cannot argue that Eragon has attempted to cast aside these desires for the betterment of Alagaësia. In fact, throughout all three books, we see Eragon’s initial “crush” on Arya bloom into full swooning, and eventually take form in multiple advances on the elven royal… all, while flattering, have been awkwardly declined. We see him fail time after time to court Arya, causing momentary strife between the elf and Rider, all leading nowhere.

Brisingr is in the past and Inheritance is on the horizon. The final pages of the third installment left fans with a lingering feeling of resignation and despair: Eragon appears to have finally given up on chasing the woman of his dreams – Arya – possibly for the final time. She has declined his advances, he has made a fool of himself, and love seems lost.

What is set in stone? Eragon has clearly said that he remains uneasy about taking a mortal mate; the idea of watching his love grow old and die as he never ages is too much for him to bear. Should Eragon stay true to this “rule”, his options are limited: he may search for love among the elves, a race which ages as slowly as he does, or he can hold out hope that the last (green) Rider is a female with whom he may one day find a mutual interest.

Exploring Potential Suitors

Many people believe that “celebrity” status is something reserved for our generation, where people idolize and adore those in a position of power and awe; however, we fully believe this not to be the case. While Alagaësia’s citizens certainly face some monumental issues in the form of tyrant leaders, warring nations, dwindling supplies, and attacks, they must seek comfort in objects or people they can idolize and enjoy in their spare time. It’s likely that hundreds, if not thousands, will take to “tempting” Eragon during and after the war. Young women will idolize him as a hero, hoping to spend their days with him. There will be no end to the women Eragon can choose from, but the real question is – will he want any of them?

We seem to believe that there are only a few potential individuals who truly stand a chance at winning Eragon’s heart:

  • Arya – Princess of the elves and once-protector of Saphira’s egg. Maybe she’ll come around?
  • Nasuada – Leader of the Varden and passionate voice for freedom in Alagaësia.
  • Future Rider – Should the “Green Rider” be female, it’s likely that Eragon will bond with this individual, leading down a potential “path to love”
  • An unknown noble –Whether from Surda or a rightful female heir to the Broddring Nation, there are likely other females of noble birth in Alagaësia.
Arya – From a Story Standpoint, Most Likely

Most fans will argue that Arya is the only true and logical choice for Eragon’s potential life mate. This theory is certainly backed by three books’ history… though the same history also seems to indicate that while Eragon has strong and passionate feelings for the elf princess, she simply cannot reciprocate. Despite Eragon’s constant advances (which have begun to wane as the series progresses), Arya wishes for their relationship to sit in the dreaded “friend zone”.

Eragon has made an extraordinary effort to take his relationship with Arya past friendship. He has offered his feelings on a silver platter and has been denied each time. Yet, despite all of this, we feel as though there might still be hope for the two as a couple in the future. Once the war is in the past, the two may have time to get to know each other on a more personal level, offering new ways for the couple to bond beyond friendship. It is possible that Arya is incapable of seeing anything more than a friend within Eragon due to the dire circumstances the pair faces; once these circumstances are eliminated, Arya may be able to look past a friendship toward something more.

Fan theories point to Arya becoming the final “Green Rider” in the series. Should this be the case – again, this is not confirmed – more avenues may open between Eragon and Arya. The elf princess will find herself in a vulnerable situation with few to relate to and will turn to Eragon for support and guidance. Having faced a very similar situation himself, it is likely that Eragon will find it easier to bond with a more open-minded Arya. Becoming a Rider in Alagaësia is a rare and powerful feat and the few remaining Riders need to stick together. This possible circumstance would likely ignite a relationship between the two – the relationship Eragon has been seeking since first encountering the elf in his dreams.

While the pair’s future seems rocky at best, we still have an entire book’s plot left to either drive the pair together… or apart.

Nasuada – Less Likely, But Possibly Fits

Nasuada is an unlikely option for Eragon’s future love, yet she cannot be ignored. Our hero’s prophecy clearly states that his future love will be “of noble birth and heritage”; Nasuada, in her own way, falls within this category. Her mother remains unknown, yet she was the daughter of one of the most powerful men in Alagaësia before ascending to the “throne” – an elected position, in her case – to lead Alagaësia’s most powerful rebel group. The prophecy also states that his love will be beautiful, powerful, and wise – three qualities we know Nasuada possesses and are alluded to throughout all three books.

We know that chemistry exists between Eragon and Nasuada, but we haven’t seen a single sign indicating that the chemistry will extend past the “working friendship” the pair share now as de facto leaders of the rebel movement.

This could happen, but it’s very unlikely. No plot threads have existed in the first three books which could be indicative of a budding relationship between the Rider and Varden leader, yet the option has never been ruled out. One thing is for certain: Eragon and Nasuada ending up together may annoy Murtagh just a bit!

Future Green Rider: Future Possibility?

As mentioned above, Eragon hasn’t had the best luck finding love with currently-known characters. Because of this, we feel the most likely path for Eragon’s love rests with whomever ends up bonding with Alagaesia’s final dragon egg… if that person is a female. We are shown through Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia (which takes place after the events of Book 4) that Eragon has survived the war. This leaves room for Eragon to finally explore his love life, which may mean bonding with the new Rider to create a new generation of Riders, dragons, and hilariously pointy-eared offspring.

Another Beautiful, Powerful and Wise Female is Out There Somewhere

Alagaësia is certainly home to many beautiful, powerful and wise females willing to sit at Eragon’s side. The boy is relatively new to the world and has many adventures ahead of him – assuming he doesn’t meet his demise in Book 4. We cannot rule out the possibility of his future life-mate being someone we haven’t yet encountered. We also cannot ignore the fact that we may never receive closure in this field. It’s possible that with all the action in Alagaësia, Eragon may cast aside his own needs and deal with them following the war. Should this happen, it’s likely that it would be “after Book 4” – an unwritten story left up to the fans’ own minds.

To please the prophecy at the back of all of our minds, one needs only to consider that the Broddring Nation’s original bloodlines flow throughout Palancar Valley. Could Eragon have already met a young, beautiful descendant of the original kings? Could his future love be waiting for him back home?

Questions to Consider (Answer in the Comments Below!)

  • Do you think Eragon’s love life is as cut and dry as everyone assumes (aka, he’ll end up with Arya)?
  • Do you think Christopher has a surprise in store for us regarding Eragon’s future life mate?
  • Do you think that Christopher may choose to ignore Eragon’s love life due to all that is going on in Alagaesia during Book 4?
  • Did the Menoa tree take Eragon’s ability to love?
  • Who do you feel will be Eragon’s true love and why?


  • Guest

    I would not say that Arya has no feelings for Eragon. Rather, I think she is reacting to the method that he is using to woo her, and the recency of Faolin’s death. Eragon never really got to know Arya as a true friend before trying to court her, and she may find this offensive. Ageless, she probably would expect a much more developed personal relationship (over time) before going into a romantic one. Everyone knows about Faolin’s death, so I won’t go into that anymore than I need to. 

    The result is that Arya has a severely complicated view of Eragon. Guilt and remorse for Faolin, attraction for Eragon, a severe age difference, lack of solid “friend status”, expectations for a future queen, current war, etc. all combine to make her turn away his advances. 

    However, if we remember the scene involving spirits around the campfire in book 3, Arya certainly opens up to Eragon and becomes much more relaxed around him. Likely, as Eragon had by this time curbed his romantic advances, she became more open to him in cultivating a true friendship. Over time, and with the necessary circumstances, this increased trust and appreciation for each other as individuals could lead to romance.

  • Tenna Wan

    I think that Arya is refusing Eragon because of what’s happening,yes but also because of Faolin,I think that’s his name.She does like Eragon but she feels guilty about it because it’s so soon after Faolin’s death.Once she realizes that Faolin is gone and comes to her senses she’ll admit to Eragon that she likes him.

  • Anonymous

    ok this is kinda getting annoying. the theory that a whole new rider whom we have never met does not make sense. CP himself has said that the character is in all 3 books so far. also he has stated that the green dragon is male. and in eragon or eldest i forget which ( i think eldest) saphira says that his love for arya bleeds over to her, and this happens vice versa. so the green dragon rider will be a girl, else that would just be weird. because then there would be a love thing so complex it would hurt. so with the info that we have the best choice is Arya for the love and for the new rider. 

    Arya does like Eragon, she took off as soon as she herd that he was in the empire alone, healed his hand, revealed things that she would only do because of duty or because of emotions toward someone, and I think that we are forgetting quite a few quotes. Oromis(?) says that the words of fortune tellers are not to be trifled with because many of the fortunes have double or triple meanings, also the wording of the fortune says “wise.” Although i would say that Nasuada is very smart i would not say that she is wise, just yet. she is not very old, and wisdom is the knowledge that you gain from trials that you go through and how you apply that knowledge in your acts. Arya is over a hundred years old she is extremely wise.  

    • Teresa_tink

      how does eragon’s  love for arya prove that the forthcoming of the new rider will in fact be a female?

      • KatetheGreat620

        What he means is since Eragon’s love for Arya spills over into Saphira, if Arya is bonded with the Green Dragon, Saphira may fall for the Green Dragon, which I find most likely.

        • Anonymous

          And vica versa with any emotions that saphira feels towards any other dragon would bleed over to eragon. with the attachment that goes on between a rider and their dragon is extremely deep connection. If two riders get together then the dragons will have a love as well. this works both ways as well. I am just saying that if the new rider is a guy that it would be weird. because if saphira and greeny do get together then greeny’s rider and eragon get together as well however the deepness of that will depend on how CP writes it.  

          • Teresa_tink

            ah well thanks for clarifying that for me i see you point and it does make much more sense thn the other theories ive read on here…. no offfense

  • Jacobgivertzsteel

    arya has alway liked eragon but she will not act on it because it would be a distraction for eragon

  • eternalrider

    okay, hear me out…. most people agree that Izlanzedi(not sure how to spell) is going to die, as do I but theres a reason that the book is called ”inheritance” It means that if Eragon and Arya do get together, and Izlanzedi dies(it could be the elvish death) Eragon will be the new Elvish King. Just a thought. Theories……….

    • her highness’s name is spelled Islanzadi

    • David941104

      I have to admit that is one of the most stupid theories I have ever heard

  • eebi

    Arya clearly feels more than just friendship for Eragon. She also feels a certain tenderness for him that could very easily blossom into love. This is demonstrated by her healing Eragon’s hand after they fight the soldiers on the way back from Helgrind and then seeming embarassed. She feels that she has revealed too much of herself. Also, though she is so private, there are rare moments when she talks to Eragon about things she wouldn’t share with everybody. She tells him about Durza torturing her in Gil’ead, and she’s only told a few people about that before. I think she’s just refusing his advances because it’s the “proper” think to do. Eragon should not be distracted from his task ahead. Maybe after he kills Galbatorix (hopefully), she’ll allow that barrier to fall.

  • I Luv Dragons

    this is my theroy.

    1. the green rider will be a girl half elf and eragon ends up falling in love

    2. the meona tree will make eragon leave foever

    • Tenna Wan

       We haven’t met any half elves yet so they can’t be the new rider.

  • Wyatt

    I think Nasuada is going to become the new rider and that she and Eragon will fall in love along with their dragons. I’ve been thinking that since the second book.

  • Eschwartz

    arya is only denying her obvious feelings for eragon b/c its “wrong” for elves and humans to marry. i doubt its even progressed to the point where shes honest enough to realize shes afraid of her future love to go the same way as faolin

  • Guest-elda

    would people for the love of god stop using the theory of Katrina being Eragon’s love? here the one fact that completely disproves the theory, Katrina has been described as one who was not of great beauty while Angela’s prophecy for him clearly stated that his love would be of great beauty. Big difference

  • Anonymous

    Maybe galby has an unknown daughter that he’s locked away, she escapes with the green egg, it hatches for her, and she and eragon fall in love.so then they ride to urubane and defeat galbatorix and free murtagh. Pretty unlikely, I’m sure, but I’ve not got much else to do at the moment.

  • Eragon<3sArya

    Eragon and Arya are so getting down.

  • thinker

    Bear with me here… I think that   Eragon’s one true love is Arya, but that she feels that she should not, can not reciprocate those feelings. However, in book 4 there is going to be mutual suffering and sadness on a grand scale, and nothing brings people together like shared pain. Allow me to digress for a moment to explain something.

    Throughout the series there are scenes of akwardness on both sides regarding their relationship (such as when Eragon and Arya share the room at the inn). This works excellently to build up an atmosphere of unresolved sexual tension, that when combined with the suffering creates passion for each other on both sides. Arya will in the heat of this passion come to FEEL her love for Eragon as opposed to THINKING it.
    Though what I’m about to say will seem a little convoluted, my reasons for it actually take up a whole page… Bottom line, the sexual tension will be resolved in a very intimate night (that also is the end of Arya’s feeling and the start of her thinking again) and Arya will be pregnant with Eragon’s child.

    The next morning, Arya will sense the child’s “thoughts” and realize what happened. Eragon and Arya will first grow more distant then come together over the child and share a closeness like a family (along with Saphira, of course).
    Now I’d like you to remember that elf children are the most powerful members of there race and the scene in Brisingr where the elf children and Maud watch Eragon in Rhunon’s forge. I would also like you to recall the Urgal legend that Eragon was told by Nar Garhzvog.

    Enter the Menoa tree: There are many, many similarities between the Urgal legend and what happened between Eragon and the Menoa Tree. I personally think that the “pinch” that Eragon felt was like the signing of an unbreakable “contract.” The Tree could harness the power and grace of the elf child in many ways to help herself and the forest, maybe going so far as to make it a part of the forest.
    Keep in mind that Arya’s pregnancy does not necessarily have to be nine months. Being that she, Eragon, and the child are all magical, perhaps the process is expedited sort of like how Eragon condensed months of growing for a flower into many minutes, though not as drastic.

    After the Menoa Tree takes the child Eragon and Arya will once again grow distant, and after Galbatorix is toppled, Eragon will have nothing left for him in Alagaesia and will leave forevermore. If Arya is with him is questionable.

    Feel free to tell what you think about my theory and what you think, I’d love to hear it!  

  • Crazy4libros

    oh yeah i forgot to mention that yes i think the green rider is going to be arya… an i do think that her and eragon will eventually be together..

  • Crazy4libros

    for some weird reason i think the newest rider is going to be a girl… or something.. i jjust have this weird idea

    • I Luv Dragons

      i think that too.you know whats even werider is that before i knew what the cover looked like, which was about 2 years ago, when i finshed reading brisinger, i got a feeling that the dragon would be green, and i am not lying!!

    • I Luv Dragons

      i think that too.you know whats even werider is that before i knew what the cover looked like, which was about 2 years ago, when i finshed reading brisinger, i got a feeling that the dragon would be green, and i am not lying!!

      • I just convinced my best friend and  her favoirte color was green and so the last dragon came out green!

      • I just convinced my best friend and  her favoirte color was green and so the last dragon came out green!

      • I just convinced my best friend and  her favoirte color was green and so the last dragon came out green!

  • Zbkarges

    this may be crazy and way off but still…. what if the next rider and Eragons love interest turns out to be Katrina (from Carvahall and could possibly be of nobel birth)? and its Roran left on the shore? that would be a crazy twist… just some food for thought

    • Jelpesdaturtle

      Damn that would be cruel for Roran! Nice theory though. I haven’t heard that one before. I agree that that would be REALLY interesting but it might turn the last book into a soap opera! HAHA 🙂

      • Eschwartz

        ive heard that too many times already, and its stupid, wheres the cause, shes married already, etc.

        • I agree with you she might become next dragon rider if she already had her child i doubt it but there is a small chance but eragon isnt even interested in her

    • Jackal

      married already. not a great beauty. having rorans kid.

  • Pezball

    We have been left with another option for a love interest, the mysterious women who found Angela.  We have not met them formally yet they could some how play bigger roles in Inheritance, possibly be from the bloodline, possibly be the green rider.  Also, we should not assume that the dream that Eragon had is a ‘prophecy/vision’ of his own future, it could have been Eragon1 and his love, leaving Alegasia.  I just have a feeling about the mysterious women, I dont know why, but it would be an interesting, if a little expected, twist.

  • Guest

    Has anyone thought of the possibility that it could be Saphira?

  • Guest

    Has anyone thought of the possibility that it could be Saphira?

    • Prometheuslkr

      That would be perverted. We’re talking same species here. Eragon and Saphira share a special bond, but their minds just aren’t programmed to have that kind of attraction for each other.

    • David941104

      Just out of curiosity, how would that work?

    • Jackal

      you faliure. no way.

  • Markus

    Forever alone

  • Saphira

    I think it will be Arya…i would sort of be a let down after everything that has happened if it wasn’t. After three books of loving Arya, it would seem odd to me if Eragon suddenly changed his mind and fell for someone else. I think Arya does like Eragon but she doesn’t want to admit it to herself or anyone else. All the reasons she gives about why the relationship could not occur are just her own excuses because she isn’t sure what to do or how she should feel (considering the current climate). Also, I believe Arya loved Faolin and is still upset about his death which also compounds and complicates her feelings for Eragon.

    • Jackal

      My thoughts exactly. Anyone who believes differently is kidding themselves.

  • Antigone

    I think Arya does love Eragon, but she is wise enough to know that their age difference will only cause things go bad. To Arya, Eragon is way too young to have a relationship with fully grown elves (remember an elf is considered an adult a age seventy). For her to become Eragon’s mate would be like a twenty-five year old woman taking a child’s marriage proposal seriously, and allowing all the legal and relational trimmings to occur. Even if the couple genuinely loved each other, such a relationship would be considered sick. Most adults who have children crushing on them would just laugh it off, but unlike common sittuations, Eragon is fully aware of what he is asking Arya, and is dead serious about it. I think the fact that he is taking his feelings seriously shows that she does care about him.

    • Eschwartz

      no both are adults its like a 25 yr old and a 65 yr old in terms of life experiences and a 25 yr old with a 30 yr old in terms of physical age

      • Eschwartz

        besides humans mature faster than elves since they traditionally live less, look at all epic high fantasy, elves have the same substance to their lives but spread out more

      • Eschwartz

        besides humans mature faster than elves since they traditionally live less, look at all epic high fantasy, elves have the same substance to their lives but spread out more

      • Eschwartz

        besides humans mature faster than elves since they traditionally live less, look at all epic high fantasy, elves have the same substance to their lives but spread out more

      • Eschwartz

        in many series’ older elves love younger humans look at legend of drizzt it happens all over
        age differences have never before stood in the way of love when you dont age really

      • Eschwartz

        in many series’ older elves love younger humans look at legend of drizzt it happens all over
        age differences have never before stood in the way of love when you dont age really

    • Eschwartz

      no both are adults its like a 25 yr old and a 65 yr old in terms of life experiences and a 25 yr old with a 30 yr old in terms of physical age

  • Taylorrenee9

    My vote is (currently) for Nasuada. Maybe it’s just me, but I honestly think Arya is a bit… dry. Nasuada is witty, creative, and shares Eragon’s sense of personal responsibility for the Varden and the people of the Empire. They have a lot in common, they’re similar in age, and they’ve both been forced into circumstances that age them before their times. I think Eragon needs someone who can share his outlook and sense of humor (which a hundred-year-old Elf probably can’t), and after Faolin’s death (it was mentioned that Elves mate for life, and from the hints dropped by Christopher it certainly seems that, at least on Arya’s part, that was where their friendship was heading before he was killed) it doesn’t seem likely that Arya will reciprocate his feelings.

    As for Christopher leaving it out of the book, I think it’s unlikely. That and Eragon leaving Alagaesia are two of the most important plot points of the series, and I doubt he would have mentioned them together unless he planned on explaining them both down the line.

    • RSD

      I agree, and I aslo think she could be the new rider!  

    • RSD

      I agree, and I aslo think she could be the new rider!  

    • RSD

      I agree, and I aslo think she could be the new rider!  

    • Eschwartz

      elves dont mate for life necessarily, they do it for however long they want. it doesnt matter what aryas personality is, eragon still loves her based on beauty

      i totally agree by the way, elves are humorless (fill in your choice of expletives here)

    • Eschwartz

      elves dont mate for life necessarily, they do it for however long they want. it doesnt matter what aryas personality is, eragon still loves her based on beauty

      i totally agree by the way, elves are humorless (fill in your choice of expletives here)

  • David941104

    I don’t know what to think, I don’t want it to be Arya because honestly she’s to cold towards him, I’m not even sure why he is in love with her, except for her looks where has he ever mentioned something else he likes about her? I would be really glad if it were to be Nasuada because unlike Arya she doesn’t piss me off, but even though I may wish it to be so I have to acept the fact that it’s highly unlikely, as is it that he would fall in love with a character we have never met before. Even though I don’t like it I’m gonna call doomed on this one since it seems to be either that or Arya. I thought about Angela for a while (he has allready proven that age diference isn’t a problem) but I find that unlikely as well since Christopher seems to want to make her the slightly crazy comical relief character. So yeah, even though I hate to say it Eragon is doomed

  • Vervada

    hey, maybe eragon wont have a girl e.g., in his dream-prophecy in the first book he sees two dragons fly with the boat. however, there was also a man left behind. perhaps that man was eragon and he was being banished without saphira for some obscure reason????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • unbitr

    he has made to much of an effort to show that arya is not going to take eragon. i personally think of angela???

    • Arya<3

      He has made too much of an effort to show that Angela is crazy.

    • Arya<3

      He has made too much of an effort to show that Angela is crazy.

    • Arya<3

      He has made too much of an effort to show that Angela is crazy.

  • unbitr

    he has made to much of an effort to show that arya is not going to take eragon. i personally think of angela???

  • unbitr

    he has made to much of an effort to show that arya is not going to take eragon. i personally think of angela???

  • unbitr

    he has made to much of an effort to show that arya is not going to take eragon. i personally think of angela???

  • berry21

    Ok, I’m sorry, but I do NOT want it to be Arya. I don’t think they would be well suited to each other, not to mention the fact that she is ages older than Eragon. My best bet is that his “epic romance… strong enough to outlast empires” will be someone we have not yet met. Whether that means the Green Rider, or someone else, I do not believe it will be Ayra. And I will be quite dissapointed if it is.

  • berry21

    Ok, I’m sorry, but I do NOT want it to be Arya. I don’t think they would be well suited to each other, not to mention the fact that she is ages older than Eragon. My best bet is that his “epic romance… strong enough to outlast empires” will be someone we have not yet met. Whether that means the Green Rider, or someone else, I do not believe it will be Ayra. And I will be quite dissapointed if it is.

    • Kathryn

      The epic romance (currently) is Arya, whether we like it or not. Angela makes a point of saying that she doesn’t know whether the love will be returned or not. Even if Arya never commits to loving Eragon it is still an epic romance. Tragic yes, but definitely epic.

    • Taylorrenee9

      I don’t really want it to be Arya either, for the same reasons. To be honest, I think he doesn’t know her well enough to love her truly, since she’s been pretty aloof around him from the beginning, and I don’t think she’s over Faolin. But I don’t think it’s someone he hasn’t met yet. At the end of Brisingr, the Varden are beginning their march on Uru’baen, so the last book can’t span more than a few months (at most). If this love is as strong as Angela predicts, I think it’ll be with a character we’re already familiar with. I just hope that it’s with someone who cares about him as much as he cares about them, because after all he has sacrificed (and will sacrifice) it would be rather cruel to deny him love. Especially with him leaving his homeland forever.

  • WhatHappenedToElva?

    It’s going to be Arya, no doubt.
    The vision with the two riders setting sail is a dead giveaway that Eragon’s love is going to be the last rider.Arya: green eyes, dragon: green. A convincing enough connection to confirm an already fairly predictable candidate.
    Eragon said in Brisingr that “she is the only women I will love” or something along those lines.  Plus Arya stopped Eragon before he went to fight Murtagh a second time and began to tell him not to die because…,a fairly common profession of love that is not limited to Team America.  Not to mention that if Eragon were to fall in love with someone other than Arya the outcome would be almost as unsatisfying as if Eragon were to get all the way to a sword fight with Galbatorix just to lose, seeing as it would render all the romance scenes with Arya in the previous three books totally pointless.
    As for the hint by CP that everything in the prophecy wont become true, maybe Eragon will get to stay in Alagaesia after all, or maybe the book WILL have a scarily similar conclusion to the Lord of the Rings with protagonist and other main characters setting sail for an endless voyage across an infinite sea to lands unknown. In that case, maybe the flawed part of prophecy is Eragon’s long life. Galbatorix wins, cycle over. Surprise! But thats unlikely.
    It’s going to be Eragon finds a vault of Eldunari, Roran and several minor characters die, Murtagh becomes good, Galbatorix dead via Brisingr through the heart, Arya becomes new dragon rider, Arya loves Eragon. Happily Ever After!
    In my humble yet unchallengable opinion.

    • Taylorrenee9

      Hmm I doubt eye color is a clue toward who the last Rider will be. Eragon’s eyes are brown, and look at Saphira. Also, while I agree that it is fairly likely that the last Rider could be Arya, it definitely isn’t certain, by any means. Though I totally agree with your other predictions for the book.

      Also, Eragon admits that a good part of his infatuation for Arya arises from his desire to avoid ending up with a mortal. He says himself that his only options are Elves or the last female Rider, unless he wants to end up with someone who will die long before him. Arya is the first and only female Elf that Eragon has met and had time to connect with. It’s still very possible that one of the existing female characters in the series could gain immortality, or that the last Rider won’t be Arya, or that one of the other Elves could step forward and claim Eragon’s heart.

      Not to mention the facts that Arya is still not over Faolin and there is a hundred year age difference between them.

      I agree that Arya is the most logical choice, but I do think that it is still possible for Eragon to end up with someone else. Personally, I’d rather he end up with Nasuada, because I think they have more in common. But I suppose it’s less likely that she will leave the Varden when he leaves Alagaesia or that she will be immortal somehow at the end.

      • Eschwartz

        were not saying eye color means anything, just that CP is hinting to us that arya is the Green Rider

        • RSD

          I’m not sure Arya will be the next rider, she’s already a Shade Slayer, just like Eragon. And now a Rider, just like Eragon? Too much of the same. But still, maybe.. 

          • those migth be hints that arya might be the NEXT RIDER BECAUSE SHE HAS SUCCEEDED EVERYTHING THAT ERAGON HAS DONE SO WHY CANT SHE BE THE SAME THING AS ERAGON A DRAGON RIDER? I MEAN SHE HAS ACCOMPLISHED EVERYTHING I THINK SHE QUALIFIES

    • Guest

      I agree with you, but I think the colour possibly has more to do with magic than eye colour. I also get the impression that Roran is going to die. Sad, but unfortunately could be true. 

    • I love your statement but to correct you eragons eye color is brown so how would that work but i do love your idea 😉

  • Charlotte Roach

    I’m kind of a drama queen, in case you haven’t noticed

  • Charlotte Roach

    I’m thinking that either Eragon and Arya will end up together (that seems like a very obvious answer but maybe too cliche for CP?) OR she will be greviously wounded on a secret mission to recover the dragon egg galbatorix still has, and even though her mission is a success she dies tragically in Eragon’s arms. And Eragon’s heart will break and he’ll never love another, yada yada yada. I can kind of feel somebody important dying in the the near future. Maybe it’s just galby’s death I’m sensing, but oromis’s death didn’t really cut it for me.

  • William

    Let us not forget the moment Saphira stepped in when Eragon felt a moment of attraction toward Trianna….we may learn more of why she is a spellcaster and where she comes from….she fits all categories with the exception of being of noble birth…

    • Rayhyn

      the only reason he was attracted to her was because she was being seductive and (also) because he was still pretty naive when it came to love/attraction

  • Horsegal4ever

    I tried to type an answer a few days ago, but it didn’t work. And OMG y’all have the same theory I have! The unnamed woman from Brisingr, the younger one. I have a BIGBIGBIG theory about them. Older (O) and Younger (Y). O is Galby’s wife (or other) and she doesn’t like him. Say they are kept secret from the world.  She has a daughter, Y,  and she is galby’s daughter. They are against him, and they try to escape, are caught and punished. They somehow find the green egg, and escape. Only the woman has carried it, so it hasn’t hatched for the girl, or it has hatched and they’re carrying it around while still a baby, or it’s flying, and they’re going into the Beor mountains so they can be alone and the dragon can grow and he and she can bond and not be in Galby’s control. 🙂 tell me whatcha think!

    • Amogh

      CP already said that the new rider will be someone who has been there in all three books

      • riht because I dont think those two women were in book 1 hey but i wonder if urgals can have dragons twist?

  • Amyga

    The younger of the 2 unnamed women from Brisingr. That’s my guess.

    • Jackal

      All 3 books…

  • Daryn

    Eragon and Arya could happen. But I am debating agaisnt it. They are friends nothing more. His mate is posibly the weather worn travelers he met with angela at the rebel camp. (young one of course)

    • even at the end of brisingr the emotional hugging and cuddling you are debating against it HUH I AM GOING ALL THE WAY FOR THEM!!!!!!

    • even at the end of brisingr the emotional hugging and cuddling you are debating against it HUH I AM GOING ALL THE WAY FOR THEM!!!!!!

    • even at the end of brisingr the emotional hugging and cuddling you are debating against it HUH I AM GOING ALL THE WAY FOR THEM!!!!!!

  • Totally Random Solembum

    Look, because of the deep bond between dragon and rider, whomever the dragon takes as a mate,[I’m assuming it’s a bonded dragon,] the rider of that dragon will probably experience feelings similair to the dragon. So, the green rider[coughAryacough]will probaly fall in love with Eragon. I mean, has nobody else thought of this? Trust me, this has a 70% chance of coming true.

    • Kathryn

      The dragon and rider do not share emotions unless they choose to. If your theory was correct then Eragon would have felt flirtatious toward Oromis when Saphira was flirting with Glaedr.

      • and when eragon was being carried away from saving garrow he had no connection with Saphira she blocked her mind from him

    • Eschwartz

      everyone on the entire forum has either thought of that or responded to it

      • Eschwartz

        as a matter of fact thats technically the point of this thread- Is that going to happen

  • Dark Lord of Darkness

    While personally I am inclined to think it’s Arya, a thought just struck me… the nameless girl with the arms of a warrior that Angela was talking to in Brisingr… CP said she and the older woman with the scars would play an important role… maybe the girl is to become the next Rider.  Heck, maybe the woman with the scars is a still-living Selena.

    • Kathryn

      While I think Arya is pretty much Eragon’s only option at this point in the story, I don’t get into it about the possibility of that young stranger becoming Eragon’s love interest. There’s no evidence supporting it, but we don’t really know who she is so there’s no evidence against it either.

      That being said, this girl cannot be the new dragon rider. CP said that the new rider will be someone who has been in all three books.

      • The5klamms

        it cold be someone only brefley mentioned in all 3, it would make sense, in all three books, yet completley unexpected.

      • The5klamms

        it cold be someone only brefley mentioned in all 3, it would make sense, in all three books, yet completley unexpected.

      • The5klamms

        it cold be someone only brefley mentioned in all 3, it would make sense, in all three books, yet completley unexpected.

    • Eschwartz

      lame

    • Eschwartz

      o thats nice eragon should fall in love with his (half-)sister. eurghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

      • who is his 1/2 sister?

    • Eschwartz

      o thats nice eragon should fall in love with his (half-)sister. eurghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

    • The5klamms

      what is up with your name?

    • The5klamms

      what is up with your name?

    • The5klamms

      Selena died, remember?

      • they ASSUMED she died

  • RichAbI

    Arya is the perfect fit for Eragon and CP has passed us too many hints throughout the 3 books to ignore this fact. Yet we cannot forget the differences in their ages and experiences. It may be that Arya will not able to cast aside these differences and remain just a “close friend” or once the war is over she will open up to Eragon and fully release the emotions displayed in Book 3, particularly if she becomes the green dragon rider. 
    Nasuada too is a likely candidate. She is very concerned regarding Eragon, not only because he is Alagaesia’a only hope, but as she once said because she considers him a very close friend. Yet for this union to take place she will need to become immortal and thus be the next rider. But CP has shown that she is most likely to take the crown and Alagaesia does not want any immortals to take it. So the union would not likely take place.  
    It is too hard to imagine that it will be someone we’ve never met. A single book would not be sufficient to develop an entirely new relationship. CP also said that everything in Eragon’s prophecy will not come true. So we may never get to know Eragons true love. 

    • Arya<3

      when did C.P. say that everything in his prophecy won’t come true? Which interview was it in?

  • heq072198

    I honestly don’t think CP would spend so much time hinting about Eragon and Arya only to rip them apart.  He’s shown throughout the books that Arya does care for Eragon, but maybe not in the exact same way he does for her. That said, she does seem more attached to him in book 3.  She kills a shade with him, immediately runs to his aid after he decides to let Saphira take Katrina and Roran back to the Varden and he will travel on foot, and runs to him when he falls off Saphira when they arrive in Feinster. I think she’s just hiding her feelings for Eragon, knowing that if she returns them, he’ll only become distracted and lose focus on his task.  So to sum that up, CP has already told us they’ll be together. Just look at the hints. Trust me there are plenty!

    • Jackal

      Also, despite Nausada yelling ‘no Arya!’, she ran into the heart of the Empire to try to help get him back to the Varden. If that’s not a hint I don’t know what is.

  • Alplummer123

    It pretty much has to be Arya because hes the only girl he likes.  It would be weird for chris to introduce a character in the last book that eragon ends up with.

    • Timmytiger1

      he likes other girls but only as friends for example Katrina or Nasuada

      • i dont think he thinks of Nasuada as a friend and katrina is his sister in law

  • Kathace

    What about Angela? We know hardly anything about her. We know she is powerful and wise. We don’t know if she is of noble birth but I’m sure she is beautiful. Its highly unlikely, but its interesting to think about.

    • Arya<3

      I think she’s older than Arya… and she’s way too eccentric to be with Eragon. 

      • angela only cares for mushrooms and her own thoughts of frogs and toads she might even like eragon a little but think about it a 16 year old with a 100 something year old witch not a good match

  • Joandg

    II think it will be arya as in book 3 when the spirits approach her they flash blue, green, and red. I think that eragon trys to get the last egg in the vault of souls and arya rescues him and they get closer and the egg hatches for her.

    • talking about the colors of the spirits they are all the colors of the dragon eggs the ones who had hatched lately that is

  • One2love4ever89

    please Arya has always had a tender spot for eragon strating from the beganing and as the books go she lets him in a lil at a time. he is the only one she talks to and he has saved her life mult times and that always makes a girl love a guy she just is trying to keep his head focuse and realizes untill the land is safe they cant be together and also i think she is still struggling with her own feelings since the elf she loved dyed for her then the next man she meets is a very young human who is the most important person in the land and thier only hope… what u think?

    • troll

      yeah thats a pretty good theory

    • Totally Random Solembum

      Yes, that’s exactly how it is. Finally, somebody who actually READS the books and understands them. You would not believe how many crack pairings with Eragon there are…

      • Kathryn

        You mean like Eragon/Katrina? I hate it when people theorize about that one.

        • Eschwartz

          or eragon with either elva angela random elves seen in the agaeti blodhren or pretty much any female character they think is weird enough to annoy people

          • Yeah

            I just read an Eragon Saphira one, like legit Eragon will fall romantically in love with Saphira… his dragon… though their different species…

          • Jackal

            They’re already bonded for life, what more could possibly happen there?

        • Eschwartz

          or eragon with either elva angela random elves seen in the agaeti blodhren or pretty much any female character they think is weird enough to annoy people

        • Jackal

          Yeah, that one is wrong in so many ways.

        • I was thinking that cant happen do you guys remember Katrina and Roran had to get married fast because she was pregnant without marriage Roran said something about the old ladies getting angry at them so what would happen if she was pregnant and is running away with her husbdan’s cousin

      • Jackal

        True.

  • nggc1954

    There are alot of ideas here. Gotta love individuality. On the note, I am thinking that Arya and Eragon are fated. He’s tenacious and she has been in his heart all along.  No one replaces the true love when it happens.  I think Arya has subdued her feelings for the greater good.  You can’t fight a war if your head is all love muddled.
    That green dragon has to hatch for someone, it has to get snatched from G’s care, thankfully hasn’t hatched for any of his candidates.  Snatching will fall to Eragon and where ever he goes Arya goes to protect him.  I think the green dragon will hatch for her. Don’t forget age doesn’t matter to the dragon.  Eragon is 15 when S. hatches, M. is older than Eragon when Thorn hatches for him.  Dragons don’t care. 
    Hoping that the green dragon is male for S. sake, Arya and Eragon will get closer and closer because of their dragons.  Even if Arya never truly softens for Eragon, they will be together forever because of the dragons.  If the green dragon hatches for her.

    I missed something somewhere because you ask about the Menoa taking away his ability to love?
    The dragons gave the gift of becoming elfish to Eragon.  If he’s more elfish, then his loving/hating would be more elfish. Missed how the Menoa had anything to do with that.
    —-
    As for CP ignoring Eragon’s love problem. Probably until the very end.  He’ll make the ending with them boarding the ship.  Eragon has more than a dream.  He’s got the ability to prophecy himself he’s just not in tune with it yet.  And there is Angela’s prophecy as well and in the ancient language.  One can dig in the feet to fight it step by step, but one is always pulled in the direction of the fate that awaits.

    • Fayt

      About the Menoa Tree, I really don’t think it/she took away eragon’s ability to love. When you think about it, poor eragon has been rejected each time he made a pass at Arya, so he must be kinda resigned. He still loves her but don’t try anymore because he thinks it’s useless. SO, NOW it’s up to Arya !!

      Back at the menoa tree, I believe it/she took away eragon’s ability to reproduce … Remember that he felt a slight pain in his belly ( if I remember well ). Plus, it would fit the story of Linnea : her greatest disappointment in her life is that she wasn’t able to have children !

      It would be kinf of funny if she took her elfish form back and gave life ( by magic and due to what she took from Eragon) : he would be the father ( sort of … )

      • troll

        very good idea

      • Kathryn

        Actually, Linnea’s greatest disappointment was her lover who abandoned her for a younger woman. That’s the reason she sang herself into a tree in the first place.

      • Kathryn

        Actually, Linnea’s greatest disappointment was her lover who abandoned her for a younger woman. That’s the reason she sang herself into a tree in the first place.

    • love the words very smooth

    • Guest

      Agreed. Although, the last dragon is male, because somewhere in the three books, it confirms Saphira is the only female dragon alive in Alagaesia. I think Murtagh said it to Eragon during a battle. Something about Galbatorix doing something to the egg to reveal its gender…

      • eldest chapter: eldest

  • Rubydragon

    Speaking of Eragon’s moment with the Menoa Tree, maybe she gave him some kind of power of the trees, like if he wanted to, he would call out to the trees and they’ll participate in the war effort, like what happened in Prince Caspian in the Narnia series.

    • Kathryn

      The Menoa tree took something from Eragon. She didn’t give him anything.

  • Rubydragon

    C’mon, give Katrina a break. She has Roran and a baby to worry about. Why should she even deal with a baby dragon? Sure it could make a fine playmate for the child, but this isn’t resonable. If the the dragon hatched for Katrina’s baby, then it would be HUGE by his/her first birthday. Chris P. just loves to corner his characters. 🙂

    • Lance Mangin

      Exactly their kid would be cornered by their dragon

  • Sranjan 2007

    It has been some time that I read the books but I don’t remember angela ever being mentioned possessing beauty beyond compare or taller than humans, so I don’t get it why people are considering her ERAGON’S LOVE.

    Same with Katrina, I mean for her to last centuries she has to become a rider unless she turns out be some other species, which seems very difficult given the conditions that she knows no magic or weaponskills as of now and there is no chance of any training I suppose.

    Nasauda Is an option in consideration. But still I suppose going by the two excerpts above its arya unless some new character comes in.

    P.S.-Elva as far as I remember was ugly or atleast not at all goodlooking.

    If you guys want some comedy then start considering Islanzadi(she also fits in like arya)

    • Fayt

      I totally agree with you !
      Many people see Katrina as a love interest, meaning she has to become a dragon rider to be by eragon’s side. ( immortality stuff )
      But, come on, why did we read a lot of chapters about Roran travelling Alagaesia to rescue Katrina, roran fighting to make the place more peaceful for her, if in the end they’re separated (by death ). All he did would make less sense if they can’t live and grow old together… Plus, if she becomes a rider she would have to fulfill her duty as one and won’t be able to stay with him often ….

      That’s why I think that Eragon life mate will be the next dragon rider, be it Arya or not. This way they’ll be able to stay together as fellow riders AND lovers.

    • Jackal

      Never thought of Izlandi!!! It’s a slim possibillity.

      Even though it’s arya.

    • Angela is short with curl hair if i remember correctly

  • Tyler Whitlock

    Okay, I highly doubt he will be doomed, but it was the most entertaining answer.

  • i know why eragon has to leave alagaesia now he has to leave it because in brisingr(hard cover edition) page 65 the last paragraph the last razac cursed him

    • Kathryn

      That doesn’t explain why he has to leave. It was just another sign to Eragon that the prophecy is going to come true.

      • i am just saying it is one of the reasons why eragon will leave

    • Arya<3

      The Ra’zac aren’t magical, they can’t force him to do that. Also another soldier told Eragon to leave Alagaesia forever, but just becuse dead men told him that doesn’t mean he will.

      • i am just saying it might be but thanks for the correction

    • Guest-elda

      Yes because non-magical creatures not using him True name (or the AL for that matter) can really curse anything

  • why does everyone think katrina is the next dragon rider i mean is she even dragon rider type?

    • Beerski

      Possibly because it’s less predictable than Arya becoming the next rider.

      • that’s right Katrina to me doesn’t have the bravery to be a dragon rider I mean Eragon was at first scared but even at the worst of times he found the courage to fight and defeat his enemies

    • BigDaddy

      I think that Katrina may become queen after the war.

      • that’s a possibility because Eragon doesn’t want to rule so maybe Roran will rule

        • WhatHappenedToElva?

          A certain press release gave me the suspicion that Roran won’t be the one to take the throne…

          • there’s suspicion that Roran might not even make it

          • there’s suspicion that Roran might not even make it

          • there’s suspicion that Roran might not even make it

          • there’s suspicion that Roran might not even make it

      • Amyga

        I think that Katrina might be of the Palancar royal bloodline…

      • Amyga

        I think that Katrina might be of the Palancar royal bloodline…

  • Malink

    I’m not sure but has anyone thought of the elven maid he danced with during the Agaeti Blodhren? Maybe she is somehow related to Arya….. Just saying 🙂

    • Kathryn

      I said this about another elf character that someone brought up, but that’s kind of random. As far as we know, Eragon doesn’t even know that elf’s name. He was just dancing with her because he was caught up in the thrill of the magic and she happened to be there.

      • where are you going to buy INHERITANCE

  • Bertimus

    You forgot to mention the scene in brisingr just before Eragon and Saphira fight Murtagh and Thorn, Ayra puts a hand on his leg and says “If anything were to happen to you today…” then trailed off appearing to have more to say. I think this indicates that her feelings are beyond friendship but she has subdued tham for the sake of Eragon’s training.

    • Jackal

      finally, a smart person

  • angelur

    i think angela is a likely candidate, as she is still quite unknown… who knows, maybe shes a rider???

    • Sranjan 2007

      Was it mentioned somewhere while describing her that she possesses beauty beyond compare or she  is tall than normal humans….cmon man think about it before you write.

      • well she did saay that she lost a valuable stone to an old man it could be an eldunari who knows CP is the master of twists

        • David941104

          Master of twists my ass, Murthag becoming a rider, Nasuada taking over the Varden, Orik becoming king of the dwarves, it’s all been incredibly predictable

          • if its so predictable predict inheritance.and if the books are so predictable what are you doing on shurtugal.com hey maybe half of us dont even have to buy inheritance we have a fortune teller right here to tell us how the book goes and let me tell you somehting else i am quite a fan of cp so if you have anything against him think of this you cant write half a good book as of what he wrote

      • jacky

        It was actually explicitly said that she was short. (first page of “an old friend”)

      • angelur

        i am girl

    • that would be weird if angela was selena in disguise

  • Majialei

    I personally am leaning toward Arya, though I am open to other possibilities.  But it seems to make logical sense, both will have long lives, both will likely be dragon riders ( I believe that she will be the next dragon rider… most likely).  They truly are more on equal footing.  And, while there isn’t exactly “love” being declared between them mutually, their friendship was restored and strengthened over the course of the book (remember that in book 2 Arya told them they could not be friends anymore because he kept trying to confess his love)  I really do think that Arya does love him or at least is beginning to, and will eventually tell him so.

    That said, Christopher might have some crazy twist up his sleeve that, when written, will make perfect sense to all of us, even if it doesn’t now.  That is why it is called a plot twist.

    I had some other thoughts though.  Arya doesn’t necessarily need to have the egg that galbatorix has hatch.  Remember that they believe that there are wild dragons, and Eragon told Saphira that they would go looking for more dragons.  And while it doesn’t seem likely that they would have time during the war to go off on a wild dragon chase, but it seems possible that the war could carry them many places, including the wilderness.  It never has quite been solved why the spine was so creepy.  Remember the army that Galbatorix sent there that never returned.  That could be something that becomes important later.  What if they happen to be in the wilderness and they find some dragons.  I mean they aren’t brainless, maybe they might consent to help, or maybe Saphira will find a mate there, or, Maybe, they might find an egg?  That is part of what makes fantasy fun, ANYTHING can happen, as long as it makes sense when it is written. 

    Another thought.  The Menoa tree.  The end of the scene with Eragon and the Menoa tree and their bargain for the metal seems very important to me. I am interested to know what everyone else thinks about the Menoa tree, but no one seems to be talking about it.   The Menoa tree asks if he will give her what she wants.  He says yes, and then he feels the pain around his groin.  But what is it that the tree wants? I don’t think she took his power to love necessarily.   But maybe she took his ability to have children.  Or maybe she took his seed for herself.  She was a jilted lover, so she might be very bitter towards men in general, or maybe she has always longed for offspring.  Just speculating.  And it might not be any of that, what if what she wants is Eragon to leave alagaesia?  Didn’t that prophesy say he was going to leave Alagaesia no matter what he did?

    What do you guys think?

    • Arya<3

       He felt the pain around his stomach not his groin… but I think the Menoa tree has more importance than just trying to take children from him. She cares about the betterment of her forest, and she didn’t even pay attention to when Eragon got ‘warped’ at the Agaeti Blodhren.

      • Majialei

         That is true… hmmm, more things to think about.  I just love theorizing about things.  But the pain in his stomach area… that seems important somehow I just don’t really know how. 

        Well, it makes sense that the tree didn’t pay attention to him at the agaeti blodhren, what he was doing was not important to her.  It was only until Saphira started hurting the tree that she started to pay attention.  I think it could be fair to say that she was kinda angry at him…in which case I am even more unsure what she could possibly “Want”…

        • Lissa

          Is it in any way possible that maybe the menoa tree to SAPHIRA’S ENULDNARI???
          When I first read Brisingir, I swear that was the first thing that I thought of. (Yes, I thought that Eragon might have had an Enudnari. Laugh) But if the menoa tree did take Saphira’s euldnari, then eragon, would have felt something, right?

          • Jackal

            No way. Saphira would notice.

    • Tara

      I remember reading somewhere a theory that the Menoa Tree took Saphira’s ability to reproduce and Eragon, through their connection, felt it.  This wasn’t my theory but an interesting one that stuck in my mind.  It doesn’t seem to make sense that the Menoa Tree would do that since she wants to protect the forest, but perhaps she has seen all the trouble dragons have directly and indirectly caused the forest and elves.  She might want there to be no more dragons.  IF that theory is true maybe thats why Eragon and Saphira leave forever.  The time of dragons is over in Alagaesia.  Theres nothing that can be done about it then but search the rest of the world for more dragons.  I’m not saying I hope this is right, I really hope it isn’t.

      • that’s a good idea i have to read that part all over again was that in Eldest or Brisingr

        • Lil Uhura

          It was at the end of Brisingr.

  • Saphiraimafan

    Anybody else wonder about Arya and Eragon hugging at the end of brisingr? that was pretty emotional 🙂

  • SpiritTamer

    I made the connection of The Dragonriders of Pern & Eragon, so if Eragon is anything like Dragonriders of Pern, when Saphira mates (is she mates,) then Eragon will have the same felling towards the other Rider. So my bets are on Arya being the next/other Rider.

    • Kathryn

      But Saphira was already flirtatious towards Glaedr back in Eldest, and it didn’t make Eragon feel anything towards Oromis.

      • SpiritTamer

        Good point, plus that would’ve been awkward haha

      • Lalala

        Yes, Saphira tried to FLIRT, but those feelings were not as intense, in The Dragonriders of Pern, the riders only feel during sexual intercourse, plus, Saphira already stated that Eragon’s feelings transfer to her, and since the bond is supposedly equal, it shall apply to Eragon too.

        • Kathryn

          First off, this is the Inheritance Cycle not The Dragonriders of Pern. While there may be parallels, you can by no means attribute the same plot or character traits to both series.

          Second, that is NOT what Saphira said. She told Eragon the he has to be careful who he attaches himself to because any relationship he enters into will AFFECT her. NOT that his feelings would transfer to her or that she will begin to love that person.

      • i would rather have saphira flirtatious with glaedr then arya flirting with eragon like in the movie just off a topic point

      • i would rather have saphira flirtatious with glaedr then arya flirting with eragon like in the movie just off a topic point

  • guest

    i has to be Arya.i think Arya loves him already.she just doesn’t want to admit it,because she doesn’t want to destract Eragon from their cause.or maybe she hasn’t realised that she loves him yet.it’s also possible that she knows that she loves him deep inside and doesn’t want to explore it,because of the war.anyway elves work in their own way.everything that we’ve read from the books so far point her as the love of Eragon.their fates seem to travel together,as shadeslayers,immortals and maybe shurtughals.but who knows how things are going to play out.one thing’s sure.inheritance’gonna be incredible!

    • Jackal

      Exactly my thoughts.

  • Aanchal

    It has to be Arya.Angela’s prophecy, the fact that she is an elf, Eragon loves her and both are shadeslayers points to this. She may be the next rider.When Eragon kills Durza and arya breaks Isidar Mithrim there are lines that Arya’s hands were glistening with green magic.If she turns out to be a rider there are more chances.

    • and if arya was a dragon rider for greeni she would be kinda trained because she rode saphira many times

  • Baconbits1792

    elva

    • angelur

      wtf

    • Kathryn

      That’s kind of gross. Elva is, like 2 years old.

    • cooldude

      just imagine eragon getting with with a seven year old…gross

      • i dont even think she is 5 years old

        • Jackal

          She is less than 1, but she looks like 7.

      • theres no way that will happen eragon is scared  of elve i would be too a two year old talking like my mother! AHHHHHHHHHH

      • theres no way that will happen eragon is scared  of elve i would be too a two year old talking like my mother! AHHHHHHHHHH

    • Jackal

      Elva=<1year old

  • Arya

    arya arya arya my favroite

  • Plumbcr8zy

    Arya, I believe is the one. If we look at all the similarities involved, we will possibly see that this is the most likely possibility. 1 Eragon saves her, and Arya saves him. 2 Both are shade slayers and both helped each other to do that. 3 They depend on each other, they’re success’s seems to depend each other in one way or another. I believe Arya will be the Green rider as she seems to follow Eragon’s success in the series. She also has intrest in Eragon, but her fears are preventing her from out right showing intrest, point 1 is when she smashed the fraith of her. Girls allways seem to hate they’re love intrest. The night Eragon gave her the lilly, she almost opened up, but her prior companion seems to interfere with her thoughtss as the pain of losing him, she is just as afraid of losing Eragon, like when she went after him when he and Roran defeated the Ra’zaac. But CP knows this and he might just throw us a shocker as well. My bet is on Arya. Thanks

  • Plumbcr8zy

    Arya, I believe is the one. If we look at all the similarities involved, we will possibly see that this is the most likely possibility. 1 Eragon saves her, and Arya saves him. 2 Both are shade slayers and both helped each other to do that. 3 They depend on each other, they’re success’s seems to depend each other in one way or another. I believe Arya will be the Green rider as she seems to follow Eragon’s success in the series. She also has intrest in Eragon, but her fears are preventing her from out right showing intrest, point 1 is when she smashed the fraith of her. Girls allways seem to hate they’re love intrest. The night Eragon gave her the lilly, she almost opened up, but her prior companion seems to interfere with her thoughtss as the pain of losing him, she is just as afraid of losing Eragon, like when she went after him when he and Roran defeated the Ra’zaac. But CP knows this and he might just throw us a shocker as well. My bet is on Arya. Thanks

  • Plumbcr8zy

    Arya, I believe is the one. If we look at all the similarities involved, we will possibly see that this is the most likely possibility. 1 Eragon saves her, and Arya saves him. 2 Both are shade slayers and both helped each other to do that. 3 They depend on each other, they’re success’s seems to depend each other in one way or another. I believe Arya will be the Green rider as she seems to follow Eragon’s success in the series. She also has intrest in Eragon, but her fears are preventing her from out right showing intrest, point 1 is when she smashed the fraith of her. Girls allways seem to hate they’re love intrest. The night Eragon gave her the lilly, she almost opened up, but her prior companion seems to interfere with her thoughtss as the pain of losing him, she is just as afraid of losing Eragon, like when she went after him when he and Roran defeated the Ra’zaac. But CP knows this and he might just throw us a shocker as well. My bet is on Arya. Thanks

  • Plumbcr8zy

    Arya, I believe is the one. If we look at all the similarities involved, we will possibly see that this is the most likely possibility. 1 Eragon saves her, and Arya saves him. 2 Both are shade slayers and both helped each other to do that. 3 They depend on each other, they’re success’s seems to depend each other in one way or another. I believe Arya will be the Green rider as she seems to follow Eragon’s success in the series. She also has intrest in Eragon, but her fears are preventing her from out right showing intrest, point 1 is when she smashed the fraith of her. Girls allways seem to hate they’re love intrest. The night Eragon gave her the lilly, she almost opened up, but her prior companion seems to interfere with her thoughtss as the pain of losing him, she is just as afraid of losing Eragon, like when she went after him when he and Roran defeated the Ra’zaac. But CP knows this and he might just throw us a shocker as well. My bet is on Arya. Thanks

    • Arya

      yes you are birllint

    • guest

      well spoken!

    • love the words you could be a writer it was kinda like reading a detailed book

  • eragonmovieplease

    Okay this is totally random but i think that they really need to make a remake of eragon. I think we should start a petition or something.

    • deathgiver93

      if u r talking about the movie then yes 

    • i hated when arya said she was princess of ellesmera like she never told him it was found out and that had happened in eldest

      • Eiyra

        The movie Arya just totally peed me off. I mean she wasnt based off the book at all!
        1. She had BLACK hair in the book, and red hair doesnt look anything like black.
        2. She kept freaking flirting with Eragon! I mean, seriously!
        3. Uh, she’s wearing a dress!
        4.News Flash: Elves have POINTED ears!
        I would love if there was a proper remake of the movies.

        • that’s exactly what i told my friend and she doesnt even have angular features like cp described her and i think she had freckles!

          • and i was expeecting eragon to look younger and more heroic i mean not a boy who looks like 25!

        • if there ever is going to be cp should draw his characters and make it in cartoon i mean did you see the music he put for the trailer think of the movie theme song! And i am sure it would be just like the book

      • Eiyra

        Also, Brom died BEFORE Eragon even when to Dras Leona/ knew she was real. Oh, and Arya wasnt like the pixie she was in the movie. Like you said, in Eragon’s dream, she didnt accually say anything to him; especially anything about where she was, who Durza was or who she was! And she certainly wasnt bewitched by Durza to send he those dreams, and i though CP stated clearly that Durza didnt get a word out of her: especially not that she was the FREAKING ELVEN PRINCESS!

        Srry for the rant, but the movie really bothered me, especially after I watched with the commentary on. I mean the director totally was like ” oh, we thoight we’d change this scene, just cuz we can…” every freaking scene I got a little annoyed. Plus, the one scene that I though they at least put some thought into; right after Roran left and Eragon was looking all bummed, the director said: yah, Ed(Eragon) wasnt looking his best for the scene, he was partying the night before and I was quite disapointed in him.” i was like: he was SUPOSED to ‘ not be looking his best. In the book he was totally upset after Roran left!” All the Empire’s soldiers in Carvahall also bothered me.
        Im done now. Srry for being so long winded. 😛

        • i wanted to see the star of furthen dur and the urgals are a little too humanish i mean they dont even have horns!

          • Eiyra

            speaking of that, when I watched it with commentary on, the director said that the urgals not having horns was ” his special little touch” or something like that. Like seriously?

          • That’s what i actually liked the urgals for

        • imawesome

          i definately feel the same way you do. no offense to the director, but the first movie sucked. it was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off from the book. 

          • i could name like a million things about that movie that sucked

            1. Brom was a story teller not a chicken dealer
            2. Roran didn’t leave because he was afraid that he would be forced  in G. army he left because he wanted a job to support his and Katrina’s life.
            3. When Eragon came back the house was on fire and the razac used seithr oil there was no mention of seithr oil in the movie at all
            4. The urgals don’t even have horns and I don’t think their heads are red with black spots(lady bugs)
            5. Murtagh didn’t want to enter the Varden and he didn’t even know the way there!
            6. Eragon was never poisened in the movie
            7. Saphira doesn’t fly through the sky and grow dragons go through GROW SPURTS

            And i can think of many more but i dont want to type them but i hope you know what i mean

          • Guest-elda

            no no u should be giving offense to the director he butchered Eragon

          • my friend just saw the movie and she doesnt even want to read the bokks I swear or me and her would be eragon fans together

        • durza didnt even kill brom the razac did when eragon and brom were captured in ERAGON

    • DuSkulblakaEbrithil

      Agreed! I think the movie is decent if you don’t know it’s based off of a book(I’m not really a picky person when it comes to movies). However, they left out way too much info and too many crucial scenes. It would make me so unbelievably happy if they remade Eragon and filmed Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance movies. It’d be more convenient to start making them now, since all of the books will be out soon and the film makers won’t have to wonder when the next book will be out. 😀

    • imawesome

      the best time to remake the movie would be when inheritance (book 4) comes out. that way people will be all interested in in because the newly revived popularity of the series and they will go see the movie 

    • Kathryn

      It will be a long, long time before there is a remake. If ever. If I were CP I would be EXTREMELY cautious about who I gave the movie rights to after what happened.

      • Taylor

        Agreed. If there were to be a remake, he would probably insist on having some measure of creative control over it just to keep it from being utterly destroyed again, and I doubt many good directors would put up with that. Either that, or he would make contractual stipulations regarding how they made the movie, which directors also wouldn’t like. Hopefully he wouldn’t just give it away again.

        • Jackal

          CP should be director!!!

    • Lil Uhura

      Only if someone like Peter Jackson or David Yates directs.  Please.  Otherwise, just leave the books alone.

      • Eiyra

        who did the Harry Potter movies? I mean, they’re pretty darn accurate. I know there’s some differences, but the story’s generally the same. Someone lik ethat is who we need to do Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance. I mean, they’d be freaking awesome.

    • Eiyra

      Okay, in sumary, these are al the thinks that are totally WRONG with the movie:
      1. Baldor and albriech ( sp?) do not get inlisted by the Empire.
      2. There are NO soldiers in Carvahall in Eragon
      3.Arya has BLACK hair, not red hair.
      4.Elves have pointed ears.
      5.Brom is a storyteller, not a chicken dealer.
      6 Seithr oil was not mentioned.
      7. Garrow didn’t die right away.
      8. Roran left Carvahal for a job, not to escape the army.
      9. Urgals have horns.
      10. No scenes with Galby.
      11. Brom died before Eragon went to dras Leona and rescued Arya
      12. Arya never said anything to Eragon in her dreams.
      13. Durza didn’t even know who Eragon was.
      14. Durza didn’t get any nfo from Arya.
      15. Er, no SOLEMBUM!?!?! I mean, he made the book!
      16.Eragon’s house looks like a haystack in the movie.
      17.Arya never flirted with Eragon.
      18.Saphira didn’t grow all at once.
      19 Durza didn’t make Arya send eragon the dreams.
      20.Brom wasn’t killed by durza
      21. Murtagh didn’t want to go  to the Varden.
      22. Arya was in a self-indused coma, not one that he poison brought on.
      23. Arya was unconcious the whole way to the Varden
      24.Brom didn’t ride on Saphira when he was dying.
      25. Arya doesn’t have freckles.
      26.durza doesn’t conjure a black dragon-spirit thingy!
      27. Saphira was not fatally wounded, and she didn’t almost die.
      28.Brom and Eragon stopped in Yazac.
      29. ERagon has Brown hair and Brown eyes.
      30. Brom had a beard.
      31. What about Teirm? Jeod? Finding Seithr oil and the Raz’ac’s lair?
      32. Angela does NOT live in Daret!
      33. At the end of Eragon, arya is not going to Ellesmera.
      34. The Battle Under Farthen Dur was not right after Eragon got to the Varden.
      35. No mention of Tronjheim in the movie.
      36. No mention of Orik in the movie.
      37. Eragon met Hrothgar in the book.
      38. Eragon is FIFTEEN(!) not TWENTY-FIVE(!)
      39. Eragon’s back was seriously cut up from the fight with Durza.
      40. Murtagh was not imprisioned in a wooden cage in the middle of Farthen Dur.
      41. Eragon meets Angela for a second time in Tronjheim.
      42. HEY! What about the Twins?
      43. No mention ( or shattering) of Isidar Mithrim.
      44. Eragon was not riding Saphira when he killed Durza.
      45. Murtagh told Eragon about his parentage before they got to the Varden.
      46.No mention of Katrina in the movie.
      47. Elain has blonde hair, not black hair.
      48. Brom didn’t kill the Raz’ac.
      49. Arya wore MEN”S CLOTHES, made from BLACK LEATHER. Not a tan leather dress.
      50. Saphira hatched in the middle of the night.
      51. The Traders were not mentione din the movie.

      Over Fifty freaking things. i’m sorry, but you can’t say a movie’s based on a book just because the characters names are the same. I mean, gees. Feel free to add more.

  • Jarnunvosk

    I’ve made comparisons between the Inheritance Cycle and Star Wars before (and been censored for it) but here’s my take on it: As Arya’s character is heavily derived from that of Princess Leia, so too will Arya discover that she’s more like the farm boy protagonist of her franchise. In Star Wars, the discovery was of Leia’s Force sensitivity, and eventual training made her a Jedi. In Inheritance, Arya will have the green dragon hatch for her, and eventual training (and the dragon’s maturation) will make *her* a Dragon Rider. 

    • And then she marries Roran! Oh wait…

    • Eiyra

      Er, Leia falls for Han Solo. I always thought that Eragon was more of a Luke type. ( Plus Arya and Eragon being twins would be twisted.) I know that it can’t be totally alike, but I think ( personally) that Star Wars and Eragon are two totally different stories. The only similarity is that Luke had two mentors: Obi-one and Yoda, just the same as Eragon had Brom and Oromis. They are similar, but you could do that with almost any two stories.

      I have noticed some similarities myself between Star Wars and Eragon, but I don’t think that it will have anything to do with how the story plays out in the long run. There is always a posibility, but if Inheritance is that predictable, it’ll ruin the whole story.

      Uh, and one last thing. Leia was born with her sensitivity to the force, she just didn’t realize it,but you can’t be born a dragon rider.

  • Thiago

    I really think that arya will assume her love for eragon in the fourth book. I don’t know when, maybe in the final, considering that she don’t wanna distract him or something like this. But like a lot of people here said, there are way too hints that she is changing her mind about eragon’s maturity and etc. 
    There’s a moment in Brisingr for example when Murtagh appears with Thorn and Eragon has to go battle them. So before he and Sapphira got in the air, Arya comes to him, puts her hand on his leg and says something in the ancient language like “Be careful Eragon. I don’t wanna see you defeated by Murtagh. I…”. And then she stops, like regreting for saying too much and take a step back.
    It’s clearly a moment that she felt like she had to contain herself, maybe thinking that she would disturb his obligation as a ryder. There’s a few other parts like that in the book, and you have to read it carefully to notest them.
    So, my conclusion is, besides the fact that she is older than he is, I believe that Arya likes him(a lot, as a matter of fact), and as an elf who is focused on destroying the empire with all the forces that were left in her, hides her feelings, expecting that this way, she won’t divert Eragon from his purpose. 

    ps: sorry for the grammar errors. I’m brasilian and english is not my natural language.

  • Thiago

    I really think that arya will assume her love for eragon in the fourth book. I don’t know when, maybe in the final, considering that she don’t wanna distract him or something like this. But like a lot of people here said, there are way too hints that she is changing her mind about eragon’s maturity and etc. 
    There’s a moment in Brisingr for example when Murtagh appears with Thorn and Eragon has to go battle them. So before he and Sapphira got in the air, Arya comes to him, puts her hand on his leg and says something in the ancient language like “Be careful Eragon. I don’t wanna see you defeated by Murtagh. I…”. And then she stops, like regreting for saying too much and take a step back.
    It’s clearly a moment that she felt like she had to contain herself, maybe thinking that she would disturb his obligation as a ryder. There’s a few other parts like that in the book, and you have to read it carefully to notest them.
    So, my conclusion is, besides the fact that she is older than he is, I believe that Arya likes him(a lot, as a matter of fact), and as an elf who is focused on destroying the empire with all the forces that were left in her, hides her feelings, expecting that this way, she won’t divert Eragon from his purpose. 

    ps: sorry for the grammar errors. I’m brasilian and english is not my natural language.

  • Soccer16insane

    im thinking the other biggest possibility besides arya would be the elf from the agaeti bloedrhen  who reads the poem about him flying away. that has always sparked my interest, but ive never heard any theories on who it is.

    • Kathryn

      That’s kind of random since Eragon has no idea who that elf is.

  • Eragon and Arya995

    Eragon will fall in love with Arya, Arya will fall in love with Eragon, and Arya will; become the green dragon rider. So Eragon goes with the Green Rider, whom happens to be Arya

    • Arya<3

      Eragon IS in love with Arya.

  • imawesome

    you may think this is out of the blue, but what if his love is angela? its been said that she has been alive for nearly one hundred years, so maybe she’s like immortal or something? and we’ve never delved into her ancestory so maybe she’s got royal blood in her? after all, she defiantely is wise with all her sayings with double meanings and such. and she’s powerful too. 

    • Arya<3

      haha I don’t think Angela is capable of loving someone.

      • Jarnunvosk

        If Angela is actually Galbatorix, does that make her of noble lineage? XD Another piece of evidence in the witch’s favor. 

        • Jackal

          How could ANGELA be GALBATORIX??? You make no sense.

      • but she does love her mushrooms and her theories about frogs and toads

        • Arya<3

          So I supposed she was genuinely concerned for Eragon when she told him not to eat Earwax.

          • i dont even think eragon would eat earwax anyway

  • imawesome

    eragon will defeat galbitorax and free alagaesia. then arya will say that she has been hiding her true feelings about him all this time so he would not stray off his path as a rider and the two will leave alagaesia to the land of the elves as a happy couple (but i still don’t know who the man crying on the beach will be).

    • i think the man crying on the beach is the defeated galby or murtagh i dont know but that’s my guess

    • Loudwisdom

      I say it’s Katrina and rorans son now grown up upset to see dragon leave

      • I dont think they would wait that long for Eragon to kil Galby I think the book would be like 2 months ahead because the varden is moving fast not taking their time

    • Guest-elda

      you dont KNOW for sure deetudee u MIGHT be right but dont act like you wrote or read the damn book

    • Jackal

      Man crying=Roran. Crying because: Eragon leaving forever. Obvious. Did you read the books?

  • Dovakihn

    I think that the final rider will be KATRINA and that Eragon will fall for her due to Saphiras connection with the green dragon. That would explain the man (Roran) crying out on the beach whilst his cousin sails away with the love of his life.

    • Eiyra

      Yah, but Eragon is like Roran’s brother, and Eragon has stated many times that he care for Roran, and I think taking Katrina and Roran’s baby from Roran would totally rip Eragon’s conciousness to shreds. Plus I dont think Saphira would let him, I mean the whole series their theme has sorta been to do the right thing for the right reasons. I dont really think that stealing ur cousins true love and taking off and leaving Alagaesia forever would count as ‘the right thing. ‘

      • Jarnunvosk

        Unless Roran and Katrina are on the ship, and Eragon is screaming his heart-rent goodbyes alone on the pebbled beach, while Saphira says good-bye to Katrina’s dragon up in the clouds. 
        But… in the Guide, it’s implied that Eragon is the only Dragon Rider learned enough to teach a student, and it’s directly stated that he doesn’t know the new Rider. It’s also implied that the new Rider’s dragon is the child of Saphira, which suggests that the green dragon manages to mate with Saphira, then Green and/or his Rider are somehow neutralized, or that the implication of the new Rider being Saphira’s child are misleading, and the green dragon’s Rider is the one the Guide was left for. The Guide also makes it clear that Eragon is on Vroengard, so at least we know his departure from Alagaesia isn’t to a land too distant. 

        • Jarnunvosk

          *If the Guide was left for the Green Dragon’s Rider, it means that Green either doesn’t hatch until after the events of Inheritance, or at the very end, possibly in an epilogue, and without Eragon meeting the new Rider. Either way, the new dragon can’t possibly have the time to mature during the events of this novel unless it hatches pretty early on. But if it hatches early in the story, this would suggest that the new Rider is another Imperial. The Mara Jade to Murtagh’s Darth Vader. (Galbatorix is Palpatine in this analogy… and in every other Star Wars/Inheritance comparison.)

    • Arya<3

      ok… since Katrina’s pregnant that might be kinda hard to fight with…

    • Arya<3

      ok… since Katrina’s pregnant that might be kinda hard to fight with…

    • Arya<3

      ok… since Katrina’s pregnant that might be kinda hard to fight with…

    • SpiritTamer

      I’m sorry but I don’t really agree with the whole, “Hey Roran! I love your wife and we’re leaving Alagasia together forever!” Because then Eragon would be dead. THE END. XD Plus she’s pregnant with RORAN’S child. And, c’mon, that’d be REALLY awkward with Eragon. sorry for my grammer mess-up’s.

      •  dont even like katrina i dont even think she is dragon rider type if she was she would show some courage she was being captured. why is it in every book theres always a helpless girl that gets caught

  • Arya<3

    Since almost everyone seems to have the same theory…
    WHO AGREES THAT ARYA IS ERAGON’S LOVE INTEREST AND THAT SHE WILL BECOME THE GREEN RIDER?

    • Aplussoccerkid

      I agree to both of those theories!

    • Jackal

      I agree, it is obvious.

  • SpiritTamer

    I think the last Rider will be Arya, & she and Eragon will be together. Yay! But it would be funny if Eragon found interest in Nasuada and Murtagh found out.

  • SpiritTamer

    I think the last Rider will be Arya, & she and Eragon will be together. Yay! But it would be funny if Eragon found interest in Nasuada and Murtagh found out.

    • if murtagh still loves nasuada- then maybe he wont spare eragon this time for taking his somewhat crush (their love needs to develop i am talking about murtagh and nasuada)

  • Prometheuslkr

    I think it has got to be either Arya or the final rider–who will be Arya. I don’t think the Menoa tree will take his romance from him. Doesn’t seem like her. I think all the Menoa tree wants from him is that he leave her alone. Eragon and Arya and all other immortals are leaving together to prevent another immortal from ruling Alagaesia, and their romance will reach it’s full in another land…

  • Curr

     I think their romance will begin at the end of the novel.  My theory is that Arya will be the rider and the war will be over.  After all the fighting and everything the two of them have been through, Arya will finally realize her feelings for Eragon.  They return to Ellesmera to celebrate with the other elves and admit their feelings for each other under the Menoa tree.  The Menoa tree, however, senses a parallel between this situation and the situation she went through herself (a young man declaring his love for a much older woman).   She suspects that Eragon will only end up hurting Arya the way that young man hurt her and tells Eragon that the favor he owes her is to reject Arya’s love.  Eragon has no choice but to do so.  They realize, however, that the Menoa tree’s power is really only rooted in Alagaesia…therefore Eragon and Arya leave the land forever in order to continue their romance, therefore making it quite epic. Cue the scene in the vision with the ship leaving and dragons flying and voila…prophecies fulfilled.

    • Arya<3

      That sounds like a really cool theory! I just feel like the Menoa tree is too preocupied with her forest to eavesdrop on two elves. Remeber she is ‘slow minded’ and C.P hinted she might be a thread for a new book, I think.

    • Arya<3

      That sounds like a really cool theory! I just feel like the Menoa tree is too preocupied with her forest to eavesdrop on two elves. Remeber she is ‘slow minded’ and C.P hinted she might be a thread for a new book, I think.

    • imawseome

      that sounds pretty good…never would have thought of that

    • Eschwartz

      i dont really think that  the tree really cares about others now, she probably thinks they both deserve to suffer from love, merely by existing (bitter old hag) and and any promise eragon makes in the ancient language will be equally binding across the seas.

      but its a nice theory

      • Eschwartz

        “separating her from him and him from her would only be half as cruel as letting them be bound in holy matrimony” -Captain Jack Sparrow to Davy Jones, on separating William from Elizabeth

  • Arya<3

    It HAS to be Arya. Just a thing…

    On page 206 in Eragon, Angela says,  “Also, few young men with empty
    pockets and rough traveling clothes can expect to be loved by a
    noblewoman.” Does that imply that he might be loved back?

  • SSW

    What about the teenage girl that Angela told a fortune for?

    • XEldest

      No one book is not enough to create a relationship like Arya and Eragon’s or more.

  • SSW

    What about the teenage girl that Angela told a fortune for?

  • E.

    Okay, Katrina can’t be a dragon rider!!! She’s pregnant!! She’s going to be preggo awhile & she’ll have to raise the baby!! That’s an absolute no.  Nasuada has never shown a spark for Eragon & she can’t abandon the Varden to go fly a dragon, come on. She’s there leader & she can’t afford to die in battle,etc. Elva is in like kindergarten.  She’s not gonna marry Eragon! She’s not his type at all. Arya is most likely!! She likes him deep down,she’s young in elf years,shes immortal pretty much,she has green magic,she already skilled in everything & wise. She fits like perfectly!

  • Arya MUST love Eragon. That’s why we never see her point of view, Paolini doesn’t want us to find out that she loves Eragon too. And maybe yes, she’ll become the Green Rider. And Saphira’ll end up with the Green Dragon. I think Nasuada and Eragon are meant to be friends. They have chemestry, but it’s the sort of thing you have with your bestfriend. She’ll end up with Murtagh if they don’t die during Inheritance, and I really hope not!

  • Jakez2010

    Biggest problem is Eragon has to be picky due to immortality, and the fact that practically every human girl would do anything to marry him just because he is a dragon rider. Which makes him as important to any king. It is basically like he has to watch out for the thousands of gold diggers… like the whole thing with Trianna. The only compatible species is an Elf or another dragon rider. Maybe some insanely powerful and important human girl will hatch the green egg and who knows maybe she will be of noble birth and then her and Eragon get together. But who knows maybe all of us are just complicating things and should just accept the fact that for 3 books it has only been Arya and always will be and he will never settle for anyone else. And maybe the love curveball none of us are seeing will be him failing at winning over Arya… or maybe her dieing to protect Eragon but thats just me babbling on.

  • Skipi

    I think Eragon and Arya will eventually be together.And Arya is a final Rider.

    I’m french and I’m 14 years old, sorry.

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  • Kewers77

    In regards to the dream, I always thought that the man howling on the shore was eragon, being left somewhere out of alagaesia. The people on the boat are arya, roran, green rider, etc. Arya may never have returned his love. Idk why he would be, but he might be distraught that everyone he loves leaving, and sharing saphiras grief at the green dragon returning to alagaesia. Okay, feel free to poke holes in my theory now haha.

  • Loudwisdom

    Roran will die, leaving Eragon to watch out for the baby and Katrina she will be the love interest. She has lived in Carvahall and it is hinted that she may be even descended from the late Mad King Palencar himself which would give her the royal lineage. CP likes focusing on the family dynaimcs and this would be a great love curveball. Also sidenote Eragon will still have his romantic feelings for arya but nothing will ever come of it while Katrina whom is now widowed will be wanting the support of someone close whom she trusts which would be in this case Eragon. I also feel that the man on the shore will be the Roran and Katrina’s baby in regards to Eragon leaving with the then green rider Arya, Eragon would have helped raise this baby so it makes sense that him seeing his father figure leaving would indeed make him upset. So yes to wrap it up is this: Eragon raises Katrinas+Rorans child until eventually leaving with Arya whom will be the next green rider.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting theory

      • Loudwisdom

        thanks

      • Loudwisdom

        thanks

    • Anonymous

      Interesting theory

    • Anonymous

      Interesting theory

    • imawesome

      i don’t think katrina will ever be with anyone again if roran dies. throughout the books they keep going on about how their love is so strong. i think that if roran does die, she’ll be so heartbroken that she’ll never love again. 

      • Loudwisdom

        i never said she would love him as she did Roran however i can see how CP would try to make it appear as if there is a love triangle between Arya Eragon and Katrina, Ultimately i believe that Arya and Eragon will leave together and leaving behind Rorans son whom will be upset to see Eragon leave but This entire series the inheritance series has been about family and how the power struggles and situations that accompany a family. Roran will die his only promise he made was to allow katrina to return home not necessarily for him to live post conflict alagaesia, Eragon like all heroes will need one final powerful motivator in order to take down Galbatorix and Rorans death would be exactly what fits.

        • Kathryn

          Why do all these people think that Eragon has to marry Katrina in order to help care for her and Roran’s kid? One doesn’t require the other.

      • i hope roran does not die eragon already lost garrow he doesnt need to lose anyone else especially someone like his brother

      • if only love was so true today…many more lives would be happy

  • Gingereyes

    New theory:
    Eragon gets depressed at his lack of success with women and turns gay.

    Just exploring our options here.

    • Rami Abdallah Rashmawi

      and then he marries galbatorix

    • Prometheuslkr

      No way. Christopher doesn’t seem like the type for that. We have no gay characters and I rather hope we don’t get any.

    • imawesome

      thats probably the funniest theory ive ever heard. good imagination.

    • Jackal

      lol

  • Arya<3

    Arya Arya <3 <3

  • Silver9935

    Why do you think he never shows arya’s point of view? She probably would have showed feelings for Eragon.

    • Prometheuslkr

      I think she definitely has feelings for him, but believes she is obligated to deny them.

    • Jackal

      He doesn’t want us to know about her feelings and us to speculate about people like Katrina like half the people on this forum. Even though arya is obvious. And it will be her.

  • Joseph

    I think it will be the green rider:
    Spahira told eragon that her emotions are affected by his, that is if came to like someone, she will like that someone too (the part where that witch with the metal snake tries her chances with eragon and saphira scares her off and tells eargon that. forgot her name and which book) That i think will work both ways. If saphira come to like the green dragon, than eragon will develop feeling for the rider in case the rider was a female.

    Another theory that just popped into my mind is that, the Menoa tree took eragon as a mate, jealous of his true love to arya and that Linea the elf inside the tree wanted to feel such pure love:
    Linea is old and wise, she is an elf and they are the fair folk so she is beautiful and very powerful, she can be though off as somewhat the queen of the forest so to speak, thus the noble heritage. Though this one is very very unlikely since Linea gave up on such things and chose the life of a tree.

    Finale note:
    ————–
    if we are to take eragon’s perspective, as in looking through his eyes, than the answer is Arya, since to him, she is the most beautiful of all.
    The only real question is: will she love him back. Remember that at the end of book 3 arya did display some emotion’s toward eragon, and that meeting with the spirits must have had some effect in the relation between eragon and arya, since we only read eragon’s point of view of the meeting with spirits, but not arya’s.

    • Eschwartz

      yeah right a tree has relations with a human?

      • Eschwartz

        how exactly?

      • let’s just say 50% tree and 50% elf

  • Morgana39

    I really hope it’s Arya! I feel like CP has put in a lot of details and pages and hard work into their relationship, and it would be a waste if he just abandoned all that and had Eragon abruptly switch his affections to someone else in book 4. I also think that Arya has a really good chance at being the green rider, which would also bring them closer together. They’re in the middle of a war, they’d need the green rider to already have some experience, and Arya is a perfect fit. Please please please CP make E/A happen! 🙂

    • Arya<3

       I COMPLETELY AGREE!

  • Silver9935

    I forgot to mention the shade, that was a balancing of the scales, the last dragon will make it unavoidable. At this point, Eragon is the only person alive who can relate to her, there’s nothing she can do about it. She is not made of stone, she can’t bottle her feelings about that up forever.

  • Silver9935

    ‘She would sacrifice her happiness for the greater good.’-Oromis,Eldest
    Not a chance Oromis said this out of hand, he knows something, she’s probably closer to him emotionally than she would have you believe.

    Remember, Paolini didn’t expect this series to get so big, he defined her as his love long ago, and he won’t surrender that view.

  • Dorota

    It is for this very reason–the fact that Arya is an obvious candidate for the role of Rider and of Eragon’s wife–that I want it to be someone else. I would love a curveball. At this point, if Arya were to become a Rider and marry Eragon, it would be like reading a mystery in which the detective deduces who the culprit is on the detective’s first try. “I think it’s this guy–oh, yeah, and it is. The End.” No red herrings, no surprises. But, we have spent three entire books watching Eragon chase after Arya. We’ve invested too much time in her for Eragon to suddenly fall in love with someone else. To me, the romance between them needs to develop a bit before I can call their marriage a satasfying resolution. So far it would be like two co-workers, one with a crush on the other, getting married. In short, I don’t think Paolini will surprise us with a new lover, but I sure would like it if he did.

    • elves are strong maybe Faolin is still alive Arya cant be for sure becauseshe did faint- it is a very slim chance but who knows

      • Amogh

        in eragon, ajihad said the elves found the dead bodies of faolin and glenwing

        • thanks i havent read the books in a while

    • Ethiwen

      I do belive that it will be Arya, but I acually don’t think they will get married. I don’t know for sure but it wouldn’t fit into the story for some reason. And I’m not sure marriage exist in the elven culture, just because they all live so long. (Also the reason why they are so polite all the time.) And considering both Eragon and Arya is immortal, a dragonrider and an elf, I don’t think they will marry. More like being… lovers or something. 🙂

  • KveykvaBrisingr8

    Dont forget that paolini mentioned that futures can change-they aren’t set in stone.

    • Tara

      Yeah, especially because Angela made it clear that a certain prophecy -about leaving Alagaesia- was unavoidable.  The other ones were capable of being changed and she even said that he had many possible futures.  Maybe he could’ve had an epic romance if he did something differently and his life went down a different path. 

      (  I still have hope for Arya and Eragon though! )

      • me too he deserves it i mean he is an elf now how will he find anyone else to like him and he has been in ellesmera so he wouldve spotted other elves he would like

      • Kathryn

        Actually, the other possible futures part of the prophecy was separate from the epic romance part. It was a different cluster of bones, so they were not linked together. The other futures part involved great battles, blood and conflict, and only one path bringing Eragon happiness. The epic romance description didn’t come until after the prophecy of Brom’s death and Eragon leaving Alagaesia.

        • Tara

          I get what you’re saying but she did not say that the epic romance was set in stone either,  she made a point of saying it about the other part, so if it was, she would’ve said it about that too.  Whether or not the romance is successful and would end up happy,  I believe that was up to Eragon’s actions to determine.  We’ll all find out when the book is released…unless of course CP leaves us hanging haha

          • Kathryn

            But she didn’t make a point of saying it could change, either.

          • Tara

            and that’s the beauty of theorizing,  we won’t know until we read

          • Kathryn

            But it’s not a theory. There is an epic romance already. Tragic because Arya has yet to return Eragon’s love, but it is most definitely epic. So your theory that there may not be an epic romance is moot. The only thing there is to theorize about is whether Arya will respond to Eragon’s feelings in a positive way.

          • Eschwartz

            so far there is no epicness in it at all. he basically fell in love and was completely spurned, and went off to cry. thats hardly epic

  • Sunglasses

    I think its kind of obvious that he will end up with Arya, but i think the big question is.. What will happen to Murtagh? And who does he end up with? 😉 possible curveball

    • In eragon t nasuada has a thing for murtagh and at the end of eldest she did say it is going to be hard for her to think of him as her enemy.

      • Ethiwen

        Yes, like you’re saying Mandy. Nasuada and Murtagh seems to have had something going on. What it is I don’t know for sure but they both have at some point said that they like each other. But not in which way. Don’t think they ever got any time to explore that. Maybe in the future? Might not happen in book four, but perhaps it will be noted in any  future book. 🙂

        • Greg

          CP stated in an interview that murtagh’s actions against the varden would have negated any feelings she may have had for him. Eragon also swore an oath to orik and the dwarves to kill murtagh. I feel like murtagh will most likely die in some heroic way in the last book, maybe sending the last egg to the varden?

          • Ethiwen

            Yeah, that’s true. That’s why I doubt we will see any kind of closer relationship between the two of them in Inheritance. Too many things have happened. But Murtagh to die I kind of doubt. He is one of the main characters, I think I remember something about pages written from his point of wiew in book 4. To kill of him would be kind of like killing Eragon or Roran. But who knows! I’m undecided at that question. ^^ Guess we have to wait and see.

          • Prometheuslkr

            Murtagh has had plenty of chances to die heroically. It would not be Murtagh to do so now.

          • if murtagh wanted to be bad, he would have never let Eragon go when eragon couldn’t fight him would he even though he know that him and Thorn would have to pay a price to G.

          • Dsty292

            All Eragon has done was swore to avenge Hrothgar’s death, nothing else. That doesn’t necessarily mean killing Murtagh. As the elves showed Eragon in Brisingr, it’s possible that he decides his oath only means changing Murtagh in some way, not necessarily killing him.

          • but maybe nasuada may understand that murtagh was doing it against his will and she will feel sorry for him if he turns good

        • and i am sure that Nasuada would love to be with murtagh

          • Ethiwen

            At this point? No, I don’t think soo. But if Murtagh changes his ways and side to fight ton I would like to say that they’ve got a chance in the future. 🙂 Need a little work through. ^^

          • maybe not she might have feelings for him but it is complicated something like arya kinda loving eragon

          • Ethiwen

            Guess we have to see. 🙂

          • Ethiwen

            Well, I don’t remeber how many times they met but I don’t think it was too many. I doubt they would fall in love with each other (for real) at that short time. I don’t belive in “love at first sight” so that just sounds strange to me.
            Maybe they felt something but I don’t think it was very serious, rather than an mutual intrest or something. But who knows! I think that a future growing realtionship seems more real to me than they both kind of just falling in each other arms out of nowhere when everything is over. They’ve been enemies and whatever feelings they’ve may have had is probably changed by know. If there ever going to happen something between them, as I hope, their realtionship needs a little work to be anything serious. And let us not forget that Nasuada is mortal. :/

          • eragon might find a spell to keep nasuada alive there are so many words of the ancient language

          • Kathryn

            Eragon already had that discussion with Roran about keeping mortal beings alive for a long time. He said you could change their appearance (smooth wrinkles, color hair, etc) but you can’t keep the mind from aging. You would have to “recharge” the brain every 70 years or so, erasing memories and things. Eragon said he wouldn’t do that to a person he cared about.

          • thanks i am at the beginning of brisingr for the 2nd time i only had the books since christmas but school was in my way so i couldn’t really get to read brisingr a second time

          • Eschwartz

            thats all they know now, but they may discover how, or uncover lost knowledge. most fantasy has immortality spells, there just has to be one here

          • Eschwartz

            that is, in ADDITION to the dragonbond kind, which isnt a spell, just dragonmagic

          • and who knows… dragons dont even know their magical spells so maybe they might find an immortality spell

          • thanks

          • Ethiwen

            If there is one I think someone should have discovered it by now. Elves are immortal because of their bound with the dragons, not because of some spell that magically makes them immortal.
            And I don’t think that Eragon should do that either. Anyone who can live forever is dangerous, just look at Galby! Nasuada is a leader to. One single leader of the Varden for hundreds of years? Not good. :/

          • i mean not immortal like half immortal -you can die and then have a long life span not immortality but like another 100 years to her life

          • Ethiwen

            Still I don’t belive it will happen. Don’t think she even would want to do that. I mean, she doesn’t like magic. ^^

          • WHO KNOWS WE ARE ALL FIGHTING OVER THESE THEORIES WHEN WE OURSELVES DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT WE ARE ALL SAYING ISNT THAT HYSTERICAL

          • Ethiwen

            We’re not fighting. We’re discussing. We give our point of view and listen to others and talk about that. 🙂 I think it’s intresting to see how everybody’s thinking.

          • We are kinda fighting for these theoires yes i agree with you about how everybody’s thinking but what IF one of us gets our tejory correct it kinda spoils the books

          • Ethiwen

            I don’t think so. I think it’s funny to discuss teories and later find out if you had wrong or not. 🙂 ‘Cause whatever teory you have, you never know what Paolini have written. I think it’s part of the fun so see if you were even a little bit close. ^^

  • Blodgharm

    in my opinion, it is pretty clear that Arya is already in love with Eragon but refuses to accept it because she is confused by the recent death of her former “companion” and because of the facts that he is a dragon rider and the only current hope of Alagasia and also she is the future queen of elves. Now this is the interesting part: If she actually comes to be the third rider, the green dragon rider (which is so far the most obvious outcome): 1) She will be able as a dragon rider to deny the throne of elves and pass it to someone else. 2) Eragon will be closer to her as they will both be dragon riders and the fact that he will be an older dragon rider than her will even their difference in age. And finally 3) After she bonds with her dragon and start to experience the relationship between the dragon and his rider she will realise that what she had with Feolin* (i think that was the elf’s name) was just a far cry of what she now has with her dragon : a friendly love, inspired by companionship, common fate and understanding and not by romantic feelings. And then she will be free to be with the person she actually have romantic feelings for, guess who —–> Eragon

    • Ethiwen

      And even if she doesn’t become the next rider, she can still deny the throne. Is it mentioned somewhere that if she doesn’t want it someone else can take her place. 🙂 But I really hope her to become the next rider. Cause if it’s not her it would probably be Roran since Paolini’s story is very focused on the three “brothers.” And that would in so many ways be sad. So, let’s hope! 🙂

      • Scefing

        I wanted to make this point before, I think she’ll either be the Green Rider or the Queen of the Elves, but I don’t think she’ll be both at the same time, because I don’t think the Elves would want a leader who’s a Rider at the same time (I don’t have any evidence for this, call it a feeling or instinct or whatever).

        But I do think that, regardless of whether she becomes the Rider, Islanzadi (I think that’s how you spell it) will die. Because I know Paolini said in one interview or another that there’s a reason it’s called the “Inheritance” Cycle, and that every major character will inherit something or other from the older generation(s), and thus far that has been largely true: Eragon inherited a bunch of stuff, including the name of his dragon from the name of his father’s dragon; Orik inherited the dwarf throne from Hrothgar; Nasuada inherited the leadership of the Varden; I’m not sure if Roran inherited anything but I’m sure Arya has not inherited anything from her parents. So I think she’ll inherit the throne of the Elves, or at least she’ll have a claim to it, if she becomes the Green Rider, I still think she’ll turn down the Queenship, though I don’t know if her becoming the Green Rider will actually count as “inheriting” something.

        • Ethiwen

          I also belive that Islanzadi will die and when he does, Arya will inherit the throne. Then, whether she takes it or not I don’t know. It seems like she doesn’t want to and I don’t think she will. And even if she doesn’t take over the throne it’s still her inheritance, as I already said. 🙂 So really no problem as I can see it. But yes, or Queen elf will probably die. Both Ajihad and Hrothgar died.

        • Jackal

          ‘Until the queen saw the importance of the Riders as a force independant of any king or queen’. Not sure when, or which book, (probably eldest,) but I remember that quote. So Arya cannot be queen and Rider.

      • Prometheuslkr

        Roran & Greeni would be awkward if Saphira and Greeni become lovers like she’s hoping.

        • Ethiwen

          Because Roran and Eragon are cousins? I see you point but I really don’t see any problem in that. It is Saphira and Eragon, (and in that case) Roran and Greenie who share senses. Not Roran and Eragon. They are all individuals, even if they are dragonriders.
          And I think dragons always fly somewhere else to mate, at least wild dragons. Oromis said something like that.
          But really, I hope it will be Arya. Roran would have to see Katrina and their baby die while he lives on, and that’s just horrible. I belive that Roran will return to Carvahall to build it up again or will become the next king, not the new rider. ^^

    • Rami Abdallah Rashmawi

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  • Scefing

    I don’t think Eragon’s love-life is doomed, I mean, look at the statistics, every fantasy book or series have some kind of romantic storyline for the main character(s) going on in the background amid the world-saving and evil-defeating.

    Personally, I think it’ll be Arya, and that they’ll come to be together, because Angela’s prophecy says “epic romance” and Eragon pining away for two books then basically giving up is hardly epic. As for the him and the Green Rider, I think it’ll be the same, the Green Rider is Arya, I mean, Arya’s magic is green so it sort of matches (if you don’t believe me, see the prologue to Eragon, where Arya teleports Saphira’s egg away, it says there’s a flash of green light).

    If I were writing the story, I’d have it so that Arya’s been in love with Eragon through the first two or three books but she’s in denial, and it’s only when Eragon’s dying that she admits it to him and accept it herself. (sort of like the Trinity and Neo situation in the first Matrix movie) And it wouldn’t have anything to do with her being the Green Rider, ’cause, and I think someone below said it too, it’d be too forced, I mean, it wouldn’t really be love between them would it?

    If I were the author, I’d do it like this: Eragon and Arya goes to steal the green egg, they succeed, but on their way out they get caught, possibly by Murtagh or even Galby himself, but it’s two against one and Eragon has Glaedr’s Eldunari, so they make it out, but Eragon’s injured and on the point of death (maybe they’re both injured, but Arya’s injuries are less severe), and that’s when Arya confesses that she loves him to keep him fighting to stay alive (and maybe it’s when she’s taking the green egg from Eragon and putting it aside to looking at his injuries that she first touches the green egg, where before only Eragon has held it, and that’s when she’s chosen as the Green Dragon’s Rider).

    • the elf’s name was faolin(someone told me that i forgot the name myself!) and maybe that is the way the story goes but what if they both get caught by galby and murtagh(double trouble)

    • Ethiwen

      I totally agree with you. For Arya to confess her love for him after she becomes rider would’t be as good as if she did it before. Because then she does it just because she loves him and (maybe) are afraid of losing him at that pont, and not because he is the only one who can truly relate to her new position. Yes, Murtagh is a rider too but I really don’t think she would turn to him for support. ^^ Hehe.

  • superbob92

    Okay, it bothered me a little when you said that elves age at the same rate as Dragon Riders.  While that’s technically true, it’s a kind of misleading statement that leads to some problematic conclusions I’ve run into on the message boards.  They’re both immortal.  There’s no real “rate” to it.  Rhunon has been alive since Du Fyrn Skulblaka.  Pretty clear indication that these guys aren’t just getting old reeeeeaaaallllly slow.
    Also, you didn’t mention the obvious chemistry sparked by Arya’s killing the Shade in Brisingr.  Arya recognized that the only person who could understand what she went through to do it was Eragon.  I don’t know if everyone else noticed it, but I think CP threw it in there on purpose.

  • Hyruleherojoe

    hey ive been thinking and maybe just maybe the rider is roran, but his dragon falls in love with saphira. arya falls in love with eragon, and the man that howls his head back in agony is roran mourning about his dragon having to leave alagaesia.

    • Sranjan 2007

      The new rider is supposed to already know magic and ancient langauge and stuff because there is no possibility of training left

      • Jackal

        Therefore Arya.

    • that was what i was thinking(at first) but what roran needs to learn magic eragon doesnt have the time.

    • Kathryn

      From what I have gathered in the books, dragons don’t necessarily “fall in love.” They mate. So why would the new dragon have to leave his rider in Alagaesia? Is it even possible for the two to be permanently separated if they are both still alive? I find this HIGHLY unlikely.

      • eragon promised saphira he will find MORE DRAGONS and maybe with saphira’s mate that’s what they set out to do

        • Kathryn

          Dragons mate, as in procreate. They don’t mate for life based on what we’ve been told. And Eragon told Saphira they would go in search of other dragons so that she could mate and rebuild the race of dragons. If Saphira already has a mate why would they need to go on a search?

          • i was thinking of that but just to make saphira happy and while they are at vroengard, they could search for dragons

          • Kathryn

            Vroengard is a small island off the coast of Alagaesia. If there were dragons there everyone would already know. One dragon might be able to hide at Vroengard, but not multiple dragons. They’re too large to hide several in such a small place.

        • Kathryn

          Dragons mate, as in procreate. They don’t mate for life based on what we’ve been told. And Eragon told Saphira they would go in search of other dragons so that she could mate and rebuild the race of dragons. If Saphira already has a mate why would they need to go on a search?

  • Hyruleherojoe

    hey ive been thinking and maybe just maybe the rider is roran, but his dragon falls in love with saphira. arya falls in love with eragon, and the man that howls his head back in agony is roran mourning about his dragon having to leave alagaesia.

  • Mkmkmkm

    The new rider because saphira will have to mate with them and fellings of love are shared between the two as said in one of the books.

    • so unless eragon wants to mate with his cousin(whiich i possibly hope not please) the rider must be ARYA

      • Unless we take Kathryn’s view that the Green dragon and Saphira need not mate for life. In that situation, it wouldn’t matter who the Green rider is, and there’s no indication of an inverse relationship of Eragon’s love and Saphira (Saphira loving some dragon, e.g. Glaedr, really isn’t supposed to and didn’t affect Eragon at all).

        • thankx for clearing me out

        • Arya<3

          Eragon wasn’t attracted strangely to Glaedr when Saphira asked him to be his mate. He does not have to fall in love with the green riders owner and she doesn’t HAVE to be a girl. In the dream vision it did not specify who’s dragon it was. It could have been anyones.

      • Arya<3

        Who is Eragon’s cousin?

        • Kathryn

          I think she’s referring to Roran.

          • that’s exactly who i was referring to  thanks

    • Kathryn

      That’s not really what was said. Saphira told Eragon that he has to be careful about who he attaches himself to because it will affect her. She never said it would make her fall in love with that person. And why would CP write himself into a hole like that?

      Also, nowhere in the books does it say that dragons mate for love or for life. In fact, I find clues to the opposite. The comment Oromis makes about it being a great feat for a Rider’s dragon to mate with a wild female because of their ferocity leads me to believe that dragons mate for the purpose of continuing and bettering their race. Therefore, it’s more about whether the dragons are both superior fliers, are they beautiful, are they strong, are they ferocious, etc. and less about love.

  • Sranjan 2007

    I think one thing is certain, that is eragon’s love will be the new dragon rider. The description we have of his love point it being towards an elf. I mean in his dream they are taller than others which eragon already is and the other needs to be an elf to be one. Also, onle elves have beauty beyond compare. One more point is that the new dragon rider needs to be already trained beacause there is no more possibility of any training being provided. This rules out humans(and nasuada) and narrows down to arya. Though one thing which I don’t get is that the new dragon will need time to grow up. 

    • if they get to the kuthian vaults they can use eldunari like murtagh and the green dragon and the dragon can grow

      • Kathryn

        Thorn grew quickly because of spells cast by Galbatorix. Oromis was unhappy about this and told Eragon it put Thorn in a bad position because it was not natural. It forced Thorn to develop physically faster than he was developing mentally. I don’t think Eragon would try to repeat the process.

        • Gpgag

          Im under the same impression as Kathryn. They would never force a dragon to grow irregularly. Maybe some sort of change could occur like what happened to eragon during the agheti blodrhen so that the dragon could aid in taking down galby. 

        • i know but i am  just saying if eragon is desperate

    • Arya<3

      Eragon doesn’t HAVE to love the new rider because he would probably be his/her mentor. Gladr refused Saphira and one of the reasons was because it’s improper to mate with your mentor. I personally believe it will be Arya, but anything is possible.

  • Kakushi ken

    bladesinger’s daughter 
    the girl in the scene with angela

    • thats another guess

  • Guest

    Its Eragon and Arya on the boat with Saphira and Greenie in the air but Greenie’s rider is the one screaming because Greenie is leaving with Saphira for the Dragon’s survival but the Rider won’t or can’t follow

    • Kathryn

      I seriously doubt that the green dragon would leave his rider for any length of time for any reason. If he were to mate with Saphira without his rider the separation wouldn’t be permanent. He would take care of business and then reunite with his rider.

      • but i have another prediction the person screaming is defeated and the rider should be with who ever is on the ship

    • maybe the rider is on the bad side if he/she is screaming according to your prediction

  • Alexstlouis

    A love to “OUTLAST EMPIRES”. I believe this a commonfly overlooked fact because in order for a  relationship to outlast empires, it would have to withstand the sands of time. This, my good friends, is revealing to us that the woman that Eragon will be with will have to have the same age span as himself. My guess? Arya, undoubtedly.

    • Kathryn

      I think you’re right about Arya being Eragon’s love. I find the “outlast empires” to be ironic for another reason, though. I find it amusing that Angela uses the phrase “outlast empires” when we are all (at least fairly) sure that it will outlast Galbatorix’s empire. LOL.

      • superbob92

        Plus, she didn’t just say “outlast AN empire,”  she said “empires” plural.  I mean, just about every romance going on at that time is bound to outlast at least one empire.  But to outlast several, I think he’s going to be with Arya.

      • Eiyra

        great point. I mean, who else can it be? I am a big fan of the Eragon/ Arya thing. Maybe one of the other Empires is in whatever place Eragon goes to after he “leaves Alagaesia forever.” I hope that Arya goes with him 🙂

    • Kathryn

      I think you’re right about Arya being Eragon’s love. I find the “outlast empires” to be ironic for another reason, though. I find it amusing that Angela uses the phrase “outlast empires” when we are all (at least fairly) sure that it will outlast Galbatorix’s empire. LOL.

    • Or, that’s just a reference to Galbatorix’s empire. Whoever Eragon ends up with, their love should be able to withstand anything Galby throws at them.

    • Daniela Sammet

      Bah, I have just written exactly the same a few comments above xD guess I should read the discussion more properly next time.

    • Jackal

      ‘To outlast empires’. Empires or The Empire? If the latter, we know they’ll win.

  • Guest

    Convinced… I am convinced that Arya truly does love Eragon. Sorry, i misspelled. I’m trying to write this quick.

  • Guest

    After reading and re-reading the Cycle, i have to say that at this point in the story, and by that I mean where Brisingr ended, I am convonced that Arya truly dies love Eragon. I do not think that she loved him, in any way, in Eragon, but in Eldest, when she saw how much he has changed, and how he IS capable of knowing and understanding her by knowing and understanding her people, I think that her feelings grew and eventually developed into love.

    For myself personally, this is the only things that explains why she avoided him after the Blood Oath Celebration (sp?), why she left to the Varden without him, why she still continues to rebuff his love for her, I could go on and on.

    In my eyes, the bottom line is that she loves him. And if she gives him any hint of that affection, she is afraid that it will distract him fron doing what he has to do to defeat Galby.

    A bit long winded, sorry. =)

  • Andyxue

    anybody else think roran is gonna be the green rider? my theory is that he will save himself using magic from the collapsing wall as CP wouldn’t just have Eragon try to teach Roran magic without a purpose in mind and if you look on page 187 of Eldest it says “For Roran was convinced in his heart of hearts”

    • [email protected]

      Look arya is a very smart elf she’s not going to let the feelings she obviously has for eragon from book two
      Not to mention she must of loved faolin alot and is
      Confused because she now loves eragon

    • Eiyra

      hmmm…. interesting word play… i dunno though, I think Roran’s already kinda superhuman ( I mean, beating an urgal  in a wrestling match, killing 200 men single handedly?), and all he needs is to be a dragon rider and become even more mega man. I dunno, it just seems like it would be stretching it a bit. Like a bit of an over the top unbelievable character. I like that you found that word play though, good one.

    • Littlee62

      i doubt roran would be the dragon rider. I know CP has based roran and katrina relationship on his parents and how strong they feel for each other. i don’t see CP making it so roran would have to watch his beloved grow old and die. 

  • Faron

    Okay, who thought Nasuada and Eragon would become a couple?! Eragon is Nasuada’s Vassal in a way and I don’t think Nasuada would even consider it. For me its obviously Arya and the poll agrees with me. It just makes sense! But if it’s not Arya, its probably going to be someone Eragon has never met. But Nasuada, no, not going to happen. I hope……

  • Loudwisdom

    Roran is going to die leaving an upset and now single Katrina, Roran may make Eragon promise to raise his child or Eragon may end up doing it out of his own conscience. Eragon then will fall for Katrina however Arya will become the green rider which for us the reader will make us have an emotional game of ping pong, he would most likely hint that the love interest is arya then back to katrina and so fourth. It is the perfect curveball and all the puzzles fit.

    • Kathryn

      I’m surprised that the Eragon/Katrina ‘shipping has gotten as popular as it has. I have never viewed it as a viable option simply because the relationship between Roran and Katrina is SOOOOOOO intense that I can’t see Katrina getting with anyone else even if Roran dies.

      Two other reasons I don’t think Eragon/Katrina is a possibility: First, I would think that Eragon would find it awkward and irreverent to take the woman who is essentially his sister-in-law as a lover/wife. Second, I seriously doubt that “Inheritance” will be long enough to allow Eragon to abandon his love for Arya to a point where he would be comfortable with another woman. Especially since he has stated several times that Arya is pretty much his only option. He has to have a woman with the longevity of a Rider or elf, and he’s never thought of anyone the way he thinks of Arya.

      • Littlee62

        i am not so sure about it not being long enough. have you seen that manuscript. opts like the bible lol

        • Kathryn

          I don’t mean long enough in terms of pages. I mean long enough in terms of the length of time covered in the story. Inheritance is mostly going to be about the conclusion of the war, and Nasuada at least expects it to end fairly quickly now that the Varden and elves have gone on the offensive.

          Eragon is not one to take matters of the heart lightly. It would take a LOT of time for him to get over his love for Arya and develop those kinds of feelings for another woman. I mean after 3 books he still doesn’t have complete control over his feelings for Arya. And still no one has explained to me why they think caring for Roran and Katrina’s child means that Eragon would have to marry Katrina. One doesn’t have to lead to the other.

        • Jackal

          lets hope it has more relevant info than said religeous book or we’ll never finish it!!!

      • Daniela Sammet

        Also, I have always seen Angela’s prophecy about his love being strong enough to outlast empires as a sign that Eragon’s feelings will outlast the fall of Galbatorix’s empire and rise of another one (led by Nasuada?). And the only woman (elf) he has loved during this empire’s time is so far Arya.

    • Arya<3

      C.P said in an interview that in Eldest he completely changed the direction of Eragon and Arya’s relationship which ‘pained him’ a lot. So he was probably just adding a twist and they would really be together.

      • i was on google and i typed up inheritance and it said that cp was on a part that had eragon all bloodied up and everything but he is nor in galby’s dungeon so i dont know if it is true because you know the internet and if it is maybe that’s when arya will be able to rescue him and show her true feelings form him too any ideas please respond.

        • Arya<3

          Eragon WAS in a dungeon that wasn’t Galbatorixes. Maybe you should read the  ‘confirmed facts’  in the Book 4 section.

          • that’s why i said i didnt know if it was true or not

  • Dorota

    I think Eragon’s love will be whoever is the new Rider, providing of course the last dragon picks a woman, which I think is likely considering the dream/vision. It would be a little–just, strange for a woman to become so close to Eragon and Saphira for there NOT to be a lingering question of romance in the air. When I think about the fact that Saphira and the new dragon will probably mate, this feeling is doubled.

    This leads me to think, of course, that Arya will become the new Rider, but I’m torn between logic and preference. To be honest, I don’t fully understand Eragon’s attraction to her. Yes, I know, she’s amazingly beautiful and powerful, but I’ve never seen (at least, I don’t remember) Eragon ever speaking about or admiring any of her inner qualities. Personality? Virtue? Character? The descriptions I remember most were all pertaining to her external features. I’m not saying that Arya is only skin-deep, no, not at all, but I haven’t seen Eragon look any further than that. Perhaps we will delve further into her mind, learn more of her past, and generally get to to know her better in Inheritance, and I would be glad to do so. There seem to be some hints of this possibility scattered around Brisingr. But, at this moment, she seems to me a rock of ice.

    In summary, if in this last book Arya does not soften and shape more into a person with real identity, I would rather Eragon spend the rest of his years with someone else, or even abandon the pursuit of romance and enjoy his life with Saphira.

    • GuyWhoKnows

      Eragon got to know Arya quite well in Ellesmera and Farthen Dur. His longs walks with her got us insight on her past, her love life, and her feelings toward her mother. I think that Arya has been set up to be his love interest. It would be disappointing to see Eragon give up his quest on gaining her heart!

    • Arya<3

      Eragon thinks she is wise beyond measure. And since she hides her feeling very well (also behind a veil of her hair) he wants to crack her open. Eragon loves her because he can relate to her as powerful allies of the Varden. They got close by spending time fighting/traveling together. I’m sure Eragon sees more than beauty in her.
      P.S. remember that being powerful can be a characteristic.

  • Littlee62

    its hard to say whether it will be arya or the new rider. it also very well could be nasuada too but  eragon is looking for a life long mate. 
    Arya is the most likely choice because she does fit the prophecy so well and eragon was infatuated with her before he knew she was a perfect fit. i also see moments in Brisingr where rya start to show more affection toward eragon. she will say things and it will look like she is about to say something that will show her love for eragon but she stops her self. Or she and eragon will catch each others eye before he races off to fight murtagh or when he arrives in the battle. i believe Arya has already started to come around and is starting to develop a love connection with eragon, but she hides that connection because she is either unsure/unaware of it herself or she does not want to pursue it while there is som much riding on both her and eragon’s shoulders. 
    Nasuada is a different matter. the only way i see Eragon and her becoming involved with each other is if Nasuada became the dragon rider. Eragon is looking for the life long mate and any human woman aren’t going to be on the menu. Obviously Eragon and Nasuada get along and they do love each other a lot but right now its more brotherly or sisterly love. some thing big would have to change in order for that to happen. 
    The green rider i believe will be the right answer no matter what. whether its nasuada Arya or someone else. whoever becomes the new rider is the one who will be eragon’s life long play mate. 
    My vote is for Arya tho. 

  • Relov

    For sure the Eragon ends up with WILL be immortal in so form or another. “love that outlasts empires”. So i really hope the events leading to this romance will be awespiring.

  • Tara

    I trust that CP will develop this part of the story as well as he has all the others.  Considering the circumstances, perhaps the love that Arya has for Eragon is all she can give now.  It’s because she cares for him so much that she can not distract him, she doesn’t want to give him hope, or get attached as either could be killed any minute.  She became very close to an elf before and her heart was broken.  Can she be blamed for doing her best to avoid that again? 
     Or maybe there is no hope for their relationship to evolve into true romance. (“I cannot say if this passion will end happily”)  Maybe what they are is all they will ever be.  While the Elva theory is interesting, Christopher is going to have to work some real literary magic to have that make sense to me.  I can’t see it.  I also have trouble seeing Nasuada being his love.  They are friends but she is too wrapped up in guiding the varden and in my opinion, too fond of her control over Eragon for her to see him as an equal in a relationship. 
    The Menoa Tree did not take Eragon’s ability to love.  He still can love.  He loves Arya, he certainly loves Saphira, he loves Roran…  Of all the questions to answer, this one I am most sure of.
    A new character is not entirely out of the question.  If he does fall in love with a new character, I hope the relationship is not weakly written for not enough time or pages left to fit it.  I won’t worry too much about that since CP is a master of complicated drawn out relationships…and thats a good thing =].  If he does start loving a new character,  how will Arya react?  Would she be relieved he moved on?  Would she notice what she’s losing and then fight to get him back?  Even if he does find interest in someone else, I can’t lose hope for Eragon and Arya in the future.  After all this time… it just feels like they’re supposed to be together. 

  • Jesu Sr

    hello!!!!!!!!!!!!    hes  gonna end up with  arya duh  i mean    look at the  signs for example in brisinger  when eragon hurts his  hand  and arya heals it for him even  though  he  was perfectly        capable of doing it himself and that moment when shes  like  im glad you where with me today i       mean  come ! nasuada please

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    I personally think that it will be Arya for many obvious reasons.  Nasuada is a ridiculous idea because she has always acted like his sister or friend and I believe that in Brisingr Eragon felt she was even a sort of motherly influence.  I doubt it will be someone new because Christopher will not have the time to properly develop their relationship and I hate when authors all of a sudden bring in a new person and by the end of the book, they are like, going to be married when there was another women/man in the series for a lot longer and he/she had always seemed like the obvious choice.  I have my own theory about what will happen but, as I belive someone has already said, writing it down kinda ruins it and anyways, there is always a possibility that it could be true and I’d hate to ruin the last book.

  • Guest

    He’s going to be with Arya. Sure, she rejected him, but she was still affected by Faolin’s death. Which is why she’s not an extrovert character, i mean she lost her lover, she got tortured, and  after being rescued, she barely had time to recover before being thrown right into battle! Then there’s her relationship with her mother…She went through a lot… I also think that she’s scared of suffering again. If she and eragon get together, she could lose him at any moment, and she’s sort of trying to avoid suffering too much if that were to happen. As for the age gap… it doesn’t matter to me. Yes, she’s really old, but she’s still considered as young by her people. I think that she and Eragon are almost to the same level of maturity… but i don’t think that it will have anything to do with their dragons, that would feel way too forced, in my opinion.

    • Tara

      I agree completely!

  • Xedrin

    In the vision, it isn’t stated clearly that Eragon is one of the two hooded figures. I think the male is  Murtagh, and Eragon will spare his life on the condition he never returns to Alagaesia. The other hooded figure will be the green rider, whom Murtagh will have started his own courtship. Possibly Arya.
    However, I doubt that as I think Paolini will kill Arya off at the end of the last book in a touching and fitting manner.

    • i think eragon will kill murtagh for taking arya with him

    • i dont think cp will want to kill off any characters especially arya because he spent too much work on that character to just kill her

      • Kathryn

        Writers kill off favorite characters all the time. It’s all about what serves the purpose of the story, and it has nothing to do with how much time you spent on a character or how much of an author or fan favorite the character is.

        • Daniela Sammet

          Keep going, Kathryn, I love your comments. You vocalize pretty much everything I think.

        • So if Arya were to play an important role now what would happen?

      • Kathryn

        Writers kill off favorite characters all the time. It’s all about what serves the purpose of the story, and it has nothing to do with how much time you spent on a character or how much of an author or fan favorite the character is.

    • Arya<3

      I don’t think Murtagh is interested in Elves… In Eldest he obviously had heard bag thing from Galbatorix about them. 

    • Arya<3

       Also Arya does things for the greater good, not caring for her life to be spared. Murtagh could have killed himself or let Eragon do it to save him from harming the Varden more. Arya would only see a coward in Murtagh.

  • guest

    Ok has no one seen any crappy chick flicks? Does no one remember when she is talking to him before he faces down murtagh the second time? She has to cut her self off because she couldn’t lie in the Ancient language and what she would have said was that she loved him or like him or some other mushy crap like that.

  • GT

    Arya is so much older than Eragon!  He’s just a baby compared to her! Like what was said in Eldest “she could have great-grandchildren younger than me!”  Not that she does, but still, I think it’s a pretty ginormous age gap.  For me, anyway.

    • Sarah

      Love transends all boundries.

    • Eiyra

      uh, it was ” great-grandchildren OLDER than him.” And the age gap isn’t that much compared to other storys: in the Lord of the Rings, Aragorn was 20 and Arwen was 2700 years old and they still fell in love. I mean compared to, say a 2680 year age gap, Eragon and Arya are practically born the same day. Well, at least the same century, lol

    • when you are a dragon rider that has been through alot and after you take out how long eragon will live and what-so-ever the age gap is gone

  • Grace

    Maybe it will be the mysterious young woman mentioned in Brisingr (page 254).  You know, the one Angela cast the bones for, buff arms as if trained of the sword (but still beautiful, supposedly), and no name.  Obviously she’s important, else Solembum would not have spoken to her, and powerful, as her mind was shielded. hmmmm… I think she’ll at least have a role in the 4th book (the whole “people of note”, “people who would have important roles in shaping the Alagaesia to be…”), whether Eragon’s love or not remains to be seen.  I just think it’s an interesting idea.

    • that woman was eragon’s mother,selena

      • Kathryn

        According to who or what information????

        • apparently  the womens name was selena and  just guessed that it could be selena dont you think cp has put that information in for a reason and angela said she was in a rush

          • Arya<3

            The woman’s name who got her fortune told a LONG time back was Selena. Not the two mysterious women who got their fortunes told in Brisingr. Your confusing the book Eragon and Brisingr.

          • Arya<3

            The woman’s name who got her fortune told a LONG time back was Selena. Not the two mysterious women who got their fortunes told in Brisingr. Your confusing the book Eragon and Brisingr.

          • that was what i was talking about eragon the FIRST book not eldest and brisingr

          • Kathryn

            The original poster said she was talking about the pair of females Eragon saw with Angela in Brisingr.

          • and i was talking about a different topic

          • Kathryn

            The original poster said she was talking about the pair of females Eragon saw with Angela in Brisingr.

          • Kathryn

            CP didn’t put that information in.

    • Ethiwen

      The two mysterious women will be the main characters in an later book, if I did understand it right. Don’t think they will have as big roles as one of them being an love interest for Eragon. ^^

    • Ethiwen

      The two mysterious women will be the main characters in an later book, if I did understand it right. Don’t think they will have as big roles as one of them being an love interest for Eragon. ^^

  • em

    I like the curveball that Roran will die and Eragon will take care of Katrina and the baby. I hope he gets Arya.though!

  • em

    I like the curveball that Roran will die and Eragon will take care of Katrina and the baby. I hope he gets Arya.though!

    • Loudwisdom

      That was my post, i just think that the whole heroics of Roran can’t end happily ever after its unrealistic, plus Katrina’s family lived in carvahall and palencar valley for generations they must be related to the late Mad King Palencar, If i were the author that is precisely the curveball i would throw in, i have little doubt that arya will become the next rider however as far as love interest is concerned its got to be Katrina+Eragon

      • Kathryn

        It doesn’t have to be Eragon/Katrina. Everything in the story screams that it CAN’T be Eragon/Katrina. If Roran were to die, I have no doubt in my mind that Eragon would do what he could to take care of Katrina and the baby. HOWEVER, he does not have to fall in love with or marry Katrina to do so.

        “Inheritance” while it may contain a few surprises is mostly going to be about wrapping up loose ends. There is a difference between a “curveball,” as you put it, and something that is completely different from what CP has written in the previous books. With this being the last book all the clues are already there. And there is NOTHING in the books that points toward there being any romantic relationship between Eragon and Katrina.

      • Jackal

        K+E??? No way. A+E all the way!!!

    • i dont like katrina she made eragon go all the way to helgrind for her and for what-nothing but he did do it for his cousin roran

      • Kathryn

        LOL! Yes, shame on Katrina for allowing her father to be mean and vindictive. Shame on Katrina for allowing the Razac to kidnap her and imprison her in Helgrind. It’s all Katrina’s fault! LOL!

        • dang you are dramatic

  • Lissa

    My personal (not likely) theory of the end is this:

     Arya will end up in Galbatorix’s clutches when she goes on the retrival of the last egg (through a new secret passage), either alone or with the Varden, and he tricks her into running into him with the last egg (Probably in the throne room) which hatches for her. Then he locks her in a dungeon and tortures her (repeat Gil’ead, in B1) to swear oaths to him (like murtagh’s) but she manages to keep refusing. Eragon learns of this, either through a spy of Galby’s (to lure him into a trap) or by magical means (Dragons or Arya contacts him). He and Saphira fly to the capital ahead of the main attack force (against Nasuada’s wishes) and free Arya. He puts her on Saphira and has Saphira fly arya w/greenie to the Varden. Then, Eragon is either caught by Galby or hunts down Galby and attacks him. Eragon loses, heavily, and is about be killed by Galby when he uses Aren’s magic to free Shruikan under the direction of Galby’s captured Euldnari, who strikes back at Galby, saving Eragon, and flies Eragon to the safety of the Varden. Later, at the camp, Murtagh swoops down and kills Shruikan, who has asked to be allowed to leave for the wild. Eragon and Arya then spend the time it takes to reach the gates of Uru’bean avoiding each other out of awkwardness, during which time greenie grows big enough to fly combat. Arya and greenie then take their first flight, and Eragon watches them in the sky. He then joins them on Saphira, and when they land, Arya admits her feelings for Eragon, but reminds him that he still has to kill galby, so they can’t get close. Theey then part, and eragon goes to nasuada to cpnvinve him to attack galby prematurely, so to distract him for the approaching Varden soldiers. Arya, who is asleep , learns through her dragon that eragon has gone on a suicide mission to kill galby. She mounts greenie, and flies to Eragon, wounding murtagh out of deaperation to reach eragon. She then runs into the room where Galby and eragon are battling, and sees eragon fall. She then takes on Galby, and is defeated herself, when eragon gets up and kills galby. The last scene is where greenie and saphira fly overhead as eragon and arya look over the new riders on Vroengard.

    • Eiyra

      I like it, but… I dunno… having it all spelled out sorta ruins the excitement. This is like the exact way I pretty much imagined it too. But I’m sure( hoping, at least) that there’ll be a couple curves through out Inheritance, just to keep us on our toes.

    • Robbybarr1994

      ok i like it but i think its to obvious

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  • Macs_bunch

    I had to vote for Arya.  She’s….special.  An elf, but is used to living with humans.  With everything that happened in Brisingr I think it absolute, but writers love curveballs.
    For instance,  Elva is already marked.  She touches the remaining egg, and poof.  Or even more out there, she was supposed to be Shurkan’s rider before Galbatorix’s dark magic made him hatch and obey.  Either way, Elva is a scary curveball.  Too young some with say.  If she is, she’ll just use Eragon’s magic and grow bigger:)  There’s some fun theorizing for ya.

    • Eiyra

      uh, did you just say that Elva was supposed to be Shruikan’s Rider? Um, I think you’re kinda mixed up: Shruikan hatched for an unknown rider, and Galbatorix killed the Rider and bound Shruikan to him by black magic. Elva was like, way, way after that.

      • iLoveDragons

        When is it mentioned that Shruikan hatched? I always thought that Galbatorix did something to make him hatch for him. 

        • Kathryn

          Oromis tells Eragon the story in “Eldest.”

        • Eiyra

          page 419 and 420, after Eragon asks what Morzan was like. Oromis explains that Morzan helped Galbatorix steal ( and I quote) ” a dragon hatchling, Shruikan, to replace the one Galbatorix had lost, killing the dragon’s original Rider in the process.” notice the words “hatchling ” and “original Rider”. Galbatorix most certainly did not ( or could not…) make  Shruikan hatch for him. Sorry to burst the Elva bubble.

          • iLoveDragons

            Thank you for telling me the page numbers. I am sort of bummed about the Elva thing because I like to read about  her and it would have been nice to see a lot more of her in Book Four. 

          • Eiyra

            I thought that C.P said she’d play a bigger role or some such in Inheritance. I mean, she has to be in the book somewhere,right? They kinda left it hanging after Eragon blocked his curse.
            There is the chance she’ d be the green rider though, and I do think Elva’s a really neat character.

          • Macs_bunch

            My bad.  Thanks for responding.  It’s page 280 in the hard back version.  It could still be Elva, just not as shruikan’s rider.  With the orb already on her brow, it could almost be like prophecy from Saphira.
              Side note:  Elva reminds me of a minuature goth freak the way CP describes her.  Love the character even though she’s a bit scary.  Can you imagine someone/anyone knowing all your fears, and able through words to manipulate them.  Ah.  NO thanks. 

          • Macs_bunch

            My bad.  Thanks for responding.  It’s page 280 in the hard back version.  It could still be Elva, just not as shruikan’s rider.  With the orb already on her brow, it could almost be like prophecy from Saphira.
              Side note:  Elva reminds me of a minuature goth freak the way CP describes her.  Love the character even though she’s a bit scary.  Can you imagine someone/anyone knowing all your fears, and able through words to manipulate them.  Ah.  NO thanks. 

        • idk i am confused now there’s so much to think about

        • Kathryn

          Although the answer is in the books (Shruikan’s rider was killed, and Shruikan was forced by black magic to bond with Galbatorix), I fully understand why there is some confusion over this. Apparently, CP said in his post-Brisingr interview with Mike that Shruikan was still in his egg and Galbatorix forced the egg to hatch for him. 

      • Arya<3

        yeah Elva’s 2 years old

        • Jackal

          elva100 years old.

    • iLoveDragons

      I REALLY like the Elva idea! 

    • Arya<3

      haha lets not let Elva touch the egg… she’s really creepy 🙂

  • bromandsaphira

    Thanks for the post, Mike! I think he will end up with Arya, considering the kind of writer Christopher is. and don’t worry about the late update, I’m happy to read anything whenever you post it. I can’t wait for the Comic-Con interviews! (and the next podcast, and the rest of the podcasts…and…) wow, we have a lot to look foward too! thanks for making the wait for Inheritance possibly funnest wait I’ve ever had! You guys all rock!

    • Lil Uhura

      Yeah, I’ve got to agree with you there!  Having the articles & comments to read & the podcasts to listen and look forward to have made the waiting that much easier to bear.  Thank you for all of your hard work on this.

    • and by the time we probably finsh the BIG TWENTY  hey INHERITANCE

  • Matt

    It’s Arya, I think that if she becomes the new rider both the pairs will fall in love independently, no Saphiras mating with the green dragon influencing the other two. I think that Nasuada will be one of the characters killed off in Inheritance, so she’s out of the question for me. Once this happens Eragon will become the leader of the varden.

  • What surprised me most was how similar my own love life is to Eragon’s. I’m not even kidding, while I read this book I began to have the same results as he did, though I didn’t realize until much later. I met a girl in 1st grade and believe it or not began to develop a crush on her since SECOND. Few months back, in our first 7th grade dance, she found out and completely rejected me. We are WAY too young to be doing this kind of thing, but I honestly could not help it, she is the most beautiful girl I have seen in my lifetime. It left me heartbroken and now we’re going into 8th, and I try to reduce her to a friend. Thinking of Eragon and Arya was a real comfort for me in this situation and I can sympathize with him. I hope Arya realizes he is one to truly love and their love is true, unlike mine which is only a crush. If she doesn’t mate with him I don’t know who will.

  • What surprised me most was how similar my own love life is to Eragon’s. I’m not even kidding, while I read this book I began to have the same results as he did, though I didn’t realize until much later. I met a girl in 1st grade and believe it or not began to develop a crush on her since SECOND. Few months back, in our first 7th grade dance, she found out and completely rejected me. We are WAY too young to be doing this kind of thing, but I honestly could not help it, she is the most beautiful girl I have seen in my lifetime. It left me heartbroken and now we’re going into 8th, and I try to reduce her to a friend. Thinking of Eragon and Arya was a real comfort for me in this situation and I can sympathize with him. I hope Arya realizes he is one to truly love and their love is true, unlike mine which is only a crush. If she doesn’t mate with him I don’t know who will.

  • Loudwisdom

    Roran will die, Katrina is blood related to late mad king palancar,in grief Katrina turns to Eragon to comfort the loss and he raises Roran’s and Katrina’s child. She will become the love interest.

  • Tyson

    I believe Arya for reasons revealed in Brisingr. There are little hints throughout, and especially late, in the book. First and probably most obvious was the event in which she shows the beginnings of reciprocating his feelings is when she, for no apparent reason as he could have himself, heals Eragon’s hand after he punched the soldier. Yet another event was the moment they shared after the death of Oromis.

  • Tyson

    I believe Arya for reasons revealed in Brisingr. There are little hints throughout, and especially late, in the book. First and probably most obvious was the event in which she shows the beginnings of reciprocating his feelings is when she, for no apparent reason as he could have himself, heals Eragon’s hand after he punched the soldier. Yet another event was the moment they shared after the death of Oromis.

    • Jackal

      What about when she runs into the middle of the empire to find him, against Nausada’s orders? Is that a hint or what?

  • vadersapp

    Nasuada’s mother is known. Not by name, but she was specifically stated to have been a member of the Wandering tribes in the Hadarac. I cannot remember off the top of my head, but I believe she was a daughter of the chief of the tribe, so, technically, she may be of noble birth… But I still root for Arya all the way. In fact, I think she is already in love with him and just refuses to show it, or possibly even acknowledge it to herself, for fear of distracting Eragon and her from the mission at hand.

  • BearBrit

    Jesus Mike, stop being so American when you write. It is ‘lacklustre’ not ‘lackluster’.
    What’s next, ‘colour’ without the ‘u’?

    • I find ‘lackluster’ to be a colorful spelling of my favorite word, so please do me the favor of humoring me else I shall start centering my writing around the theater instead!

  • Ethiwen

    I belive it will be Arya. For all of the reasons you all already have written but also because of Saphira.
    For Eragon to be in an relationship with someone Saphira will be included in many ways. Because of that, Saphira will have to approve the one Eragon “chooses.” Saphira have even said that the only one she would consider riding her execpt for Eragon is Arya, she is the one she likes the most besides Eragon. Just the way she sort of “welcomes” her into their family and the way she “talks” to her when she comes back with Eragon in Brisingr proves just that. Eragon even gets a little bit jealous for a moment!
    I don’t belive Saphira ever will be that fond of anyone else except for her soulmate Eragon. And to just let that go would be strange. There is many things that support Arya and Eragon, but I belive that the one who also include Saphira’s feelings towards Arya is one of the stongest. just because of the srong bond Eragon and Saphira have. Arya is the only one who acually would fit in together with them. In the end Saphira’s oppinion is the only thing that truly matters. If not it is doomed to fail. ^^

  • Ethiwen

    I belive it will be Arya. For all of the reasons you all already have written but also because of Saphira.
    For Eragon to be in an relationship with someone Saphira will be included in many ways. Because of that, Saphira will have to approve the one Eragon “chooses.” Saphira have even said that the only one she would consider riding her execpt for Eragon is Arya, she is the one she likes the most besides Eragon. Just the way she sort of “welcomes” her into their family and the way she “talks” to her when she comes back with Eragon in Brisingr proves just that. Eragon even gets a little bit jealous for a moment!
    I don’t belive Saphira ever will be that fond of anyone else except for her soulmate Eragon. And to just let that go would be strange. There is many things that support Arya and Eragon, but I belive that the one who also include Saphira’s feelings towards Arya is one of the stongest. just because of the srong bond Eragon and Saphira have. Arya is the only one who acually would fit in together with them. In the end Saphira’s oppinion is the only thing that truly matters. If not it is doomed to fail. ^^

    • Matt

      I like this, and Saphira’s feelings toward Arya could reinforce the last dragon choosing arya as his rider.

      • Matt

        Maybe Saphira senses that Arya is “rider material” and that’s why she lets her ride her, nobody said dragons couldn’t tell or have a slight favor for future riders right?

        • Aplussoccerkid

          I never thought of it like that. It totally makes sense. Just another reason why I think Arya will be the next rider.

          • thats what i want for two riders to finally be together

        • Ethiwen

          I don’t know if that is true or not but like the idea. 🙂 But we must remember that Saphira already has let other people ride her before, the difference is that she willingly would let Arya to fly her. Maybe it is her instincts or just because Arya keeps Eragon safe when she  herself can’t, but Arya would really fit well being a dragonrider. 🙂 Truly.

          • thats what i am hoping

        • Doorkeeper13

          Also Arya had been carrying around Saphira’s egg for quite a while so I suspect Saphira was already rather comfortable with Arya even before she hatched.

      • Ethiwen

        Exactly! Even if she doesn’t become the next rider it wouldn’t really change anything, because Arya is already so close to both Eragon and Saphira. I don’t ever think that Saphira will let in anyone so close as she has let in Arya. She will be a huge part of their lifes in the future, whether she likes it or not, haha. 🙂

        • or you mean whether eragon likes it or not but i am sure he would like it if it is arya

          • Ethiwen

            What I ment was that she is always holding back. She’s putting Alagaësia before anything else. Also her realtionship with Eragon, how ever she feels abour him. She is constantly holding her distance but now  when she’s part of their “family” that’s going to be hard. She can’t stay distand forever, even how much she tries. ^^ “Wheter she likes it or not.”

          • i just hope eragon has a happy ending and i hope cp doesnt kill him- he is only 16!

          • Ethiwen

            He won’t, I know that for sure. And apparently Eragon’s guide to Alagaësia is played out after book 4, “written” by Eragon. So he is very much alive. 🙂
            (Sry for my english, I’m trying my best but sometimes I just can’t get it right and it just sounds strange. ^^)

      • Ethiwen

        Exactly! Even if she doesn’t become the next rider it wouldn’t really change anything, because Arya is already so close to both Eragon and Saphira. I don’t ever think that Saphira will let in anyone so close as she has let in Arya. She will be a huge part of their lifes in the future, whether she likes it or not, haha. 🙂

    • Matt

      I like this, and Saphira’s feelings toward Arya could reinforce the last dragon choosing arya as his rider.

    • Matt

      I like this, and Saphira’s feelings toward Arya could reinforce the last dragon choosing arya as his rider.

  • jwelde

    Remember this- Arya, assuming she becomes the final Rider, will be bonded with the last male dragon in Alagaësia that is not evil or controlled by evil forces. Because of this, it is very likely that the green dragon and Saphira will mate, even if they didn’t have romantic feelings for each other, to continue their race. they very well may fall in love however, especially after you consider Saphira’s playful elation upon meeting Glaedr. I think that the two dragons will mate, and because they share a bond with their Riders, presumably Eragon and Arya, the feelings of the Riders would be somewhat affected, but played out in a different way, so that Arya would love Eragon. As such, the dragons, Saphira and Greenie, would become mates, and the Riders, Eragon and Arya, would be lovers.

    • Eiyra

      I hope that’s how it works out, but if you think about it, every dragon that was bonded to a Rider that mated with another dragon with a Rider,the Riders didn’t necissarily fall in love with one another. What if both the Riders were male, or both Female, in the time that the story’s set in, gay people weren’t exactly looked upon kindly. And even the male-female riders didn’t necissarily fall for one another just cuz their dragons did; if anything they became better friends. Eragon and Arya’s relationship could stay just as it is.
      But honestly, I hope Arya is the next Rider.

      • Kathryn

        Not true about dragons with riders only mating with other dragons with riders. Saphira’s sire was a Rider’s dragon, and her mother was a wild dragon. Oromis tells Eragon that a Rider’s dragon mating with a wild female was very impressive because it was so difficult. So it had to have happened a few times.

        And there is the danger of the Rider/Rider relationship affecting a dragon/dragon or dragon/Rider relationship. Saphira tells Eragon (in “Eragon,” I believe) to be careful who he falls in love with because it will affect her.

        • yes that was in eragon

          • Jackal

            That was eldest at the start, the trianna thing.

          • WHEN I FIRST READ THE BOOK I THOUGHT THAT WOMAN WAS G IN DISGUISE FOR SOME REASON

          • NO DO YOU REMEMBER AT FURTHEN DUR WHEN ERAGON WAS WITH SAPHIRA I MIGHT BE MISTAKEN THE LADY WITH THE SNAKE THING IS WHO I AM TALKING ABOUT

      • i hope she is both the next rider and eragons life partner

  • Zelink

    I say Arya since she is the only one that he sees in a romantic light.  He only thinks of Nasuada as a friend and I think it will stay like that.  He said he will not marry a mortal and I don’t see him going back on that.  And since I think Arya will be the final rider he will be with her.  

    His feelings for Arya are more than just friendship and his feelings for Nasuada are just friendship.If the character is mortal then he won’t since I don’t see him going back on what he said.  There is nothing holding Arya back from realizing her feelings for Eragon and sharing her feelings to him.

    But Eragon could change his mind and go with someone else.  But I see that he will be with Arya in Inheritance.

  • I don’t think there is a chance that Eragon & Arya don’t get together at some point in the last Book. I think that Arya already has some feelings for Eragon. & if Arya does become the last rider I can only see that helping because they would be spending a lot more time together. & I think it would be good for Arya to have someone to share her feelings with i.e. the green Dragon.

  • I don’t think there is a chance that Eragon & Arya don’t get together at some point in the last Book. I think that Arya already has some feelings for Eragon. & if Arya does become the last rider I can only see that helping because they would be spending a lot more time together. & I think it would be good for Arya to have someone to share her feelings with i.e. the green Dragon.

  • Robin_persson92

    While this is a good post Mike, it does lack two important things.

    Inheritance will pick up after Brisingr. And it was in Brisingr that Eragon made two things clear.

    Brisingr page 203 [English Version]
    “I suppose, but, ah, how can I help it? She is the only woman I wish to be with.”

    Brisingr page 146 [English version]
    “while Eragon refused to accept that his suit was hopeless, he could not think of how to proceed.”

    So if this is about Eragon’s love life and if it’s his choice about whom he wants to be with and not the fans, I would say that it is a obvious matter. There is only Arya. 

    • This is a lot about the fans and also a lot about possible curveballs CP could throw at us. Nothing is set in stone.

      • Robin_persson92

        Nothing is set in stone. I agree with that. But regardless to everything that has happened through out the books Eragon stands clear on that Arya is the only one for him and that he wont give up. And after spending 3 books on developing them, it wont just change like a bomb drop in the last book.

  • i could see Eragon maybe getting together with Arya. however, it would seem strange if she became the next rider. I mean, it would make Eragon her tutor and master since Oromis died! Can you say AWKWARD! I know teacher-student relationships seem hot to others, but I doubt Eragon would take it to that sort of relationship if Arya is going to be the next rider–he is becoming too noble to do that. I could see that rule bending if Saphira got with Greenie (since I believe, Chris stated Greenie is a male) to continue the dragons.

    • that’s exactly why I think Arya won’t be the green dragon’s rider.

      • Thebrons

        Actually, Arya already knows more about magic than Eragon, or at least that’s what it sounds like.  So I don’t think she will need a tutor.  She may need help working with her dragon (if she is greenies rider, which, lets face it, she probably is) but that’s about it.

    • Ethiwen

      I agree with you in some ways, yes. But Arya is already taught in most of the things Eragon have been taught. She’s even better than him in magic, swordfighting, the anicent language etc. Eragon won’t have much to teach her acually. The only thing she needs to work on is her realtionship with her dragon and of course, the dragon itself needs training. I don’t know who’s goind to be the next dragon but I don’t see this coming in their way. 🙂 But a good point, really. (y)

      • and arya has years and years of experience (just to say) and she could guide eragon when he makes a mistake remember she always answers his questions abotu galby and the past

  • until i just read it there, i had not considered that the Menoa tree toke Eragon’s ability to love, however it seems a very likely possibility, because it said that it felt like something was taken from inside him, and that it hurt, or something along those lines and i’ve always wondered what it is, i think i’ve now found my answer.

    • Vlatkovichka

      i like your theory… altough, it doesn’t seem like an ending chris would pull out

    • Eiyra

      I think it’s unlikely, I mean, he still loves Saphira and Roran, and he never accually said/ thought that he didn’t love Arya anymore, he just sorta relized that the way he wasn’t approching her (obviously) wasn’t working. The same thing happens every day, in the real world. And if he had lost the ability to love, Saphira probably would have noticed: love effects alot more than just your accual love life. I mean without love, Eragon would just be another Galby; cold and, quite litterally, heartless.

      • love what you said about galby

    • Eiyra

      I think it’s unlikely, I mean, he still loves Saphira and Roran, and he never accually said/ thought that he didn’t love Arya anymore, he just sorta relized that the way he wasn’t approching her (obviously) wasn’t working. The same thing happens every day, in the real world. And if he had lost the ability to love, Saphira probably would have noticed: love effects alot more than just your accual love life. I mean without love, Eragon would just be another Galby; cold and, quite litterally, heartless.

  • Orayelle

    I think he’ll end up with Arya. In Brisingr Arya seems to warm up a little, and she becomes a little less of the rock she was in the first two books. I think she’s already warming up to Eragon, and she obviously cares for him (and his safety) a lot – though that might just be because he’s the only hope for Alagaësia.
    Also, I think that just because Angela’s prophecy dictated that Eragon’s love would be of noble birth, beautiful, wise, powerful, etc, that doesn’t limit his options for the future. He has already loved someone with all those elements, and is now free to love someone without any of those qualifications. I don’t think it’s likely that he’ll fall in love with someone else, but it’s possible.

    • arya will warm up shes been through alot

    • Eschwartz

      no b/c he first needs an epic romance with the beautiful wise noblewoman, THEN anything can happen. so far the “romance hasnt gotten to start yet, its a miserable flop. someone else commented somewhere(i cant remember where) that as far as romance goes, this doesnt qualify as all that happens is eragon says i love u plz marry me, is rejected and he goes off to cry

    • Eschwartz

      no b/c he first needs an epic romance with the beautiful wise noblewoman, THEN anything can happen. so far the “romance hasnt gotten to start yet, its a miserable flop. someone else commented somewhere(i cant remember where) that as far as romance goes, this doesnt qualify as all that happens is eragon says i love u plz marry me, is rejected and he goes off to cry

    • Eschwartz

      no b/c he first needs an epic romance with the beautiful wise noblewoman, THEN anything can happen. so far the “romance hasnt gotten to start yet, its a miserable flop. someone else commented somewhere(i cant remember where) that as far as romance goes, this doesnt qualify as all that happens is eragon says i love u plz marry me, is rejected and he goes off to cry

    • Eschwartz

      no b/c he first needs an epic romance with the beautiful wise noblewoman, THEN anything can happen. so far the “romance hasnt gotten to start yet, its a miserable flop. someone else commented somewhere(i cant remember where) that as far as romance goes, this doesnt qualify as all that happens is eragon says i love u plz marry me, is rejected and he goes off to cry

  • Caroline

    I think you forgot to mention the Eragon-Arya encounters at the end of Brisinger above. Arya seemed more open to Eragon. 

  • Rubydragon

    The main reason why Arya doesn’t like Eragon was because she once loved Faolin. She mentions her “friendship” with him to Eragon in Brisingr. Now that he’s gone for good since the first book, I guess she is gradually letting him go and will accept Eragon as her boyfriend sometime. I just hope Paolini would write about Arya’s Point Of View sometime, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!!

  • nice article.
    I’ve been wondering why people tend to believe that the same person from Eragon’s dream (who holds his hand) is the Rider of the green dragon. For me, it’s most likely that yes, Eragon will end up with Arya by his side and yes, they’ll leave Alagaesia together. However, Arya will not be  the new rider. The green dragon’s rider will be someone else (maybe a new character) who will leave Alagaesia as well due to rebuild the Dragon’s Legacy in another continent. 
    I know that Arya would be an awesome rider, but I don’t like the idea. 
    other point, some people believe that the person on the shore is Arya (and that Eragon’s relationship with the elf will never work out), I disagree. I think that the one who will stick in Alagaesia waving hands in farewell when Eragon leaves will be Roran. 
    And by all meanings, why would CP work for so long in a possible relationship between them if it will not happen in the end? 

    • Peter

      I do totally agree

    • Peter

      I do totally agree

    • Arya<3

       C.P. said that the rider is hinted in the first two books, so he/she cannot be a new character.

    • Kathryn

      Ummm, the figure left behind isn’t waving hands in farewell. It’s wailing, as in crying.

  • WhiteWinterStar

    The next Dragon Rider will most likley be Arya.  We don’t have the time of another Eldest book for the next Rider to be trained, and it has been said that Arya had received training from Oromis in the past.  This would help her and Eragon to bond, and yes, I think they should be togather.  And we have just had a possibly-semi-maybe-truthful spoiler that Murtagh will end up with Nasuada.

    On an unrelated subject:  Inheritance manga!

  • TheHeirofRavenclaw

    Hmmmm….with all the evidence in the three books out so far, I think Arya will stop being stupid and realize her true feelings for Eragon. Why else would he have like turned into an elf in Eldest? There’s no proof supporting the other choices, so therefore, the most logical choice is Arya. I like that pairing anyways.

    • thelton

      maybe he “like turned into an elf” so he has a chance of surviving and winning the war. just some food for thought there.

    • thelton

      maybe he “like turned into an elf” so he has a chance of surviving and winning the war. just some food for thought there.

  • Kiera of Gendium

    I believe it will be arya. In an interview with shurtugal, CP specifically states that “Eragon and Arya are simply dancing circles around eachother, just out of reach.” I think this backs up the fact that the relationship will be taken to the next level. After all, Arya and Eragon’s relationship has been growing since the first book, and it’d be strange if a new one popped up only in book four. The bond wouldn’t seem as strong as one with a well-known character such as Arya

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  • Eiyra

    ack, I’m still hoping that Nasuada will somehow win Murtagh over, since there were hints at it in book one. That would solve problems for both of them, Murtagh would let go of his anger ( or at lease have something other than anger in him) and would be free of his oath to Galby. Nasuada would be free of a powerful enemy, and have another Rider on her side. Plus… well, the romantic side, right? lol

    • i believe in one of the interview with Chris, he said that Murtagh is going to do something that will effectively end any sort of relationship that could happen with Nausuada in book 4.

      • Eiyra

        hey, thanks, that puts my mind at ease. I guess i should be paying more attention to the interveiws. I hope it does work out for them. I’m not a big Murtagh fan or anything, but I do sorta feel bad for him… he doesn’t really belong anywhere.

  • Aplussoccerkid

    I think that Arya will come around and show her true feelings for Eragon. My other thought is the green rider, if its woman. I think that Arya is going to be the next rider so it seems to me that Arya will end up with Eragon.

    As for the dream I think that the woman is Arya and the second dragon is greenie.(The man being Eragon and the other dragon Saphira.) IfI am not mistaken it also says that there are men with siver hair I THINK. This leads me to conclude that MAYBE the two riders(Eragon and Arya) are going to the land that the elves came from or to Vroengard(sp?). I don’t know who could be the man on the beach coould be though.  

    • Moonglow

      and Arya´s magic is green, just like the last egg

      • Eiyra

        it’s true, but they’re are probably other magicians, who have been introduced, that have green magic. Plus, Eragon wasn’t able to use magic before Saphira hatched for her, and if she hadn’t, he might have cast spells in another colour. pretty well anyone could be the new rider; though I’m kinda hoping its Arya too. 🙂

        • Eschwartz

          its said that riders cast magic in the color of their dragon, regardless of its previous color, in other words, that magic color is random but overridden by the color of a dragon that is bonded to them. nothing is said about eye color, and eye color is totally irrelevant. what we mean here by aryas eyes and magic color is like the last egg is that CP is foreshadowing that shes the next rider, by use of coincidences that hint at what lies ahead. without CP creating this set of coincidences(hopefully) then nothing could ever be said about EITHER hinting towards future dragons

      • Peter

        Eragon’s eyes is blue like Sapphira, and Arya’s eyes is green as ” The Du Weldenvarden’s” giant green areas of flora and in that way also as the green dragon. In this way i see a connection. Arya is going to be the new dragonrider, and be together with Eragon. 

        • Aplussoccerkid

          I really hope that Arya is the next rider. It would be so perfect to me. Her magic is green and so are her eyes. I think you are right Arya will most likely be the next rider.

        • Eiyra

          wow, now that’s creative. I never thought of that… but, um, I think Eragon’s eyes are brown, not blue, Like Jeod said when Roran asked him what his cousin was like.

          • and his hair is brown

        • Eiyra

          wow, now that’s creative. I never thought of that… but, um, I think Eragon’s eyes are brown, not blue, Like Jeod said when Roran asked him what his cousin was like.

    • Moonglow

      and Arya´s magic is green, just like the last egg

    • Moonglow

      and Arya´s magic is green, just like the last egg

  • Derathor

    Nasuda, why? cant give any specific reason other then it reminds me of another unlikly love,
    (i’m reading The Lord of the rings atm for the 100th time (+-)) at first Eowyn falls for aragon
    however as she later realises that he is destent for arewin she lets her intreset in aragon wane,
    and then later on she meets faramir and the both fall in love with eatch other.

    Other then this i still have my crazy theory that shruikan wil break free from Galbatorixes ( trickery / oath ) and choose nasuda as his rider . ow yeah greenie doesnt hatch 😛
    Aside from my crazy theory above (the second one :P) thats my 2 cents feel free to rant flame and plliage now :p  

    • Eiyra

      uh, how would the green dragon on Inheritance come into play then? So far all the dragons on the covers ( Saphira, Thorn, Glaedr) have all played a vital, hatched, role in the books. I think that Shruikan is pretty well doomed to be riderless after Galbatorix, since his first, true rider is dead, and Glabatorix is really only holding off the greif. If anything, Shruikan killing Galby would be poetic justice, but I don’t think he’d choose another rider after that.
      P.S. trying not to be too destructive, sorry.

      • Jwelde

        His first rider is not necessarily dead, I checked and there is nowhere to say that Shruikan’s original Rider is dead. It would be most likely, but not necessarily. I personally have an Angela theory about it:
        Angela was Shruikan’s Rider, Galby stole Shruikan and “unbonded” the two, then Angela kept her lingering magical power (like Brom, she said VERY specifically in Brisingr that the hard part for her was actually delving into magic. This was when Eragon was paying his debt to Elva). She is a little crazy because of the effects of being “unbonded”, but her long life remains, like Brom. She is also not physically strong like the elves because of the short time of bonding that she had with Shruikan. She also was so upset about the whole thing, she made everyone promise in the ancient language not to reveal it all. Maybe an Elder (like Oromis, Glaedr’s Eldunari could attest) extracted the info from her mind and she doesnt even know that she was a Rider. Also it would explain Solembum’s fascination with her.
        It’s crazy, and I more lean towards the half-elf theory, but it would be totally awesome!!

        • Eiyra

          I thought that someone told Eragon ( Brom or Oromis) that after the Rider’s refused to give him another dragon, Galbatorix murdered Shruikan’s first Rider and twisted him with black magic. I’d have to look for it, and I’ll get back to you.

          • Eschwartz

            obviously shruikans eldunari

        • Eiyra

          yep, in Eldest, on page 419- 420,  Oromis states while talking about his failure in teaching Morzan, and Morzan’s betrayal: “…but before i could( seperate him from Brom), Morzan helped Galbatorix steal a dragon hatchling, Shruikan, to replace the one Galbatorix had lost, killing the dragon’s original Rider in the process.”
          So sorry to say, but that’s just one more innocent person that Galbatorix killed in his rise to power, and there’s no connection to Angela. Sorry about that.

      • Derathor

        as i said my own crazy theory, and besides Gleadr had a bigger role in Eldest then in Brisinger wheras thorn only came into view at the very end so i dont think that the cover has as much impact as  many think . Also originaly Brisinger and Inheritance were one book
        so ether way there  would only ahve been 1 dragon as cover on the book. And besides were is it decridbed that a dragon cant move on? there imortal and also shruikan woundt have ahd any time to actualy form a relationship with his original rider.

        • if shruikan were to break through and saphira is quite comforting-maybe they can mate (if greenie is on the bad side)

  • Anonymous

    I think it is very important to realize that in Brisngr, Arya multiple times had moments of realization that he has grown as a person and a rider. I think she is opening up/seeing him in a new light. I concur with other comments. It is Arya or nothing.

  • Svendw3

    Eragon and Arya have to end up together. The whole series has been building up to that. And although Arya has always cast Eragon’s love aside, she never said it wasn’t mutual. She only gave reasons why they shouldn’t be together (yet)!! The only way out of this to me seems Arya’s death. Which, if caused by Galbatorix, might give Eragon the strenght to win the ultimate battle. But that’s probably a story for another subject :p!

    • Eiyra

      uh, on the front of Arya fallling in love with Eragon, I think it would have to be the other way around: Eragon would have to be nearly dead or like mortally wounded, and all the sudden Arya would realize how much she cares for Eragon, more than a friend. Quite honestly, I think it’s possible that someone other than Eragon…. but someone we already know… strike’s Galby down. But Eragon gives the final blow.

  • Loic Jordan

    This answer answer’s all the questions : he’ll get with Arya in the end. 🙂

  • TheEndgame

    what about the blessed girl from brisingr, the swordsgirl.  she’s beautiful, she seems powerful, she may be noble (the older woman with her seemed like she might have been a servant, i.e. the girl is noble–just a wild guess).  Her wisdom will have to be shown later on but…its possible

    • Fairth

      Somewhere Christopher said that he was putting in motion things that could lead to other books in the future when he chooses to return to Alagasia to write more stories, and that you might be able to spot them if you kept your eyes open.  I think that this is one of those “future legends” sort of things that could lead to a new story, and not something directly meant to have an effect on this cycle.

  • TheEndgame

    what about the blessed girl from brisingr, the swordsgirl.  she’s beautiful, she seems powerful, she may be noble (the older woman with her seemed like she might have been a servant, i.e. the girl is noble–just a wild guess).  Her wisdom will have to be shown later on but…its possible

  • “did the Menoa tree take Eragon’s ability to love?” wtf?! that is a very good question. the Menoa tree never did say what she took from Eragon. We don’t know if it was energy to repair the tree or the ability to find love. However, knowing the history of the tree (aka the elf that bonded with it) it would make sense that she would have taken his libido per se. However, progressively during the book, Brisingr, we see his feelings wane–whether it’s due to what the Menoa tree did or even Eragon setting his feelings aside until things cool down in Alagaesia. I’m not sure what transpired at that point, but i think it went something like this, “Eragon felt a sensation down in his lower abdomen” (correct me if I’m wrong)—err, we can all guess what’s in his “lower abdomen”. At least, that’s what I felt like he meant. Maybe whatever the Menoa tree did, it affected his testosterone levels. Now-a-days, we realize that a lack of testosterone can lead to, well, an affected “love life” and desire in men.

    If she didn’t do that, but just take energy to repair itself, knowing his past experience with magic, he would have felt a decrease in energy all around his body, not in just one specific location and he would have had the need to eat something.

    Maybe I’m just over thinking. But the original question does raise a good point.

    • Eiyra

      uh, why would a tree want human testosterone? I mean, why would an elf want human testosterone: we already know that the elves treasure love, intimacy and children above all else. I think Linnea would know that better than everyone, being how badly she got burned by love. I honestly don’t think she took love or anything else like that from Eragon, but I do agree that it was more than just energy to repare the damage, I mean, she was pretty mad.

      • i’m not talking about wanting or taking of human testosterone, just stopping the production of testosterone. (sorry if that didn’t sound clear). just because she was once an elf, doesn’t mean she doesn’t have residual bitterness toward the opposite sex.

  • SecretCountess

    CP has spent 3 books building up the Eragon and Arya rommance and I think Arya has been hidding her true feelings.
    Reasons for hidding her feelings are as follows.
    1. He was for to imature in the first two books.
     2. She did not want to disturb his training.
    3. Sher feelings scare her and so she pretends that she does not have any.
    So I think Arya has been fooling herslef into thinking that she does not love Eragon. In book 4, hopefully her heart will win and they can be together.  

    • Eiyra

      I agree. I think Arya’s also kinda having trouble getting over Faolin. It never specified in the books that they were accually in love, so it is also possible that Arya had the same one-ended love for Faolin, that Eragon does for her. I think she doesn’t want to be burned again. That’s why she isn’t responding to Eragon. I think she’ll realize her love nearer to the end of Inheritance, and the end of the war, cuz she’ll be a little less freaked about losing someone she care about again.

      • Kathryn

        I’m pretty sure from what Arya tells Eragon about Faolin that their love was mutual. He created a new breed of flower for her, after all, as well as following her as she carts around Saphira’s egg.

  • NinaSvitKona

    I think Eragon ‘ll end up with a character we ‘ll met in book 4 or the future Green Dragon Rider.
    That he will end up with Ary, I don’t think so. She said “no” each times he asked her. Eragon and Nasuada together? Why not even if I don’t think il would happen.

  • Lcollins7

    We’ve never really known Arya’s feelings. She may be pushing Eragon aside to keep him safe, while hurting her heart as well. Plus, she lost one of her best friends in the beginning of Book 1 and is still mourning. Perhaps she feels like she would be betraying him if she loved Eragon?

  • i think eragon got changed by the dragon to an elf because he really loved arya- i dont think riders loved elves that much thats why it never happened to them i think the dragon understood and wanted to help eragon ( i am talking about the blood oath celebration of course if you are confused.)

    • Kathryn

      The dragons didn’t change Eragon into an elf. He’s an in-between race all his own. He says himself that he is neither fully human or fully elf so he doesn’t really fit in with either one. And where did you read that Riders and elves never got together. Rare? Absolutely. But I’m pretty sure CP has said that there has been at least one Rider/elf relationship in the past.

      • i am just saying that there never really was a mention of a rider and an elf together

        • Eschwartz

          but we never got told there wasnt, we simply dont discuss that topic.

          and by the way, (Eldest, page 471) “It was as if the numerous physical changes that, over time, alter the appearance of a human Rider–and which Eragon had already begun to experience since bonding with Saphira–had been completed while he was unconscious.” it just advanced time to finish the bond’s changing of him right then, instead of letting it happen over time so it takes decades. also on page 471, “He was fairer than any human and [MORE RUGGED THAN ANY ELF.]” page 531–“[H]e had retained the ability to grow a beard.” he is , like kathryn said an in between race all of his own–together with all other human riders.

        • Antigone

          Actually there was. Tamerin was saved by a riders mate.

          • Eschwartz

            no, a rider’s sister

      • Eschwartz

        oromis said most of the rare elf-human relationships were with human riders

        mostly failed and gloomy b/c “they couldnt relate to each other”

  • There are several two instances i can think of in which arya shows a touch of her feelings towards eragon.
    1. when eragon and arya are travelling alone, in brisingr, from helgrind to varden camp, eragon hits a soldier with his fist and is injured. Aya hels the fist even though eragon is fully capable of doing so himself.
    2. this one is not so distinct, but in the end of brisingr, when arya gets to know that oromis and glaedr is dead, she turns to eragon for a shoulder of support. although it was not a moment of intimacy, but this shows that arya thinks that she can trust eragon and he would always be there for her.

    • eragon also saved her at the last couple pages of brisingr- when soldiers had them captured

    • Aplussoccerkid

      I never thought of those as something to put towards their relationship. Now I see how it shows feelings for Eragon. If Arya is the green rider there is no way they wont’t end up together.

    • Eiyra

      i agree completely. I can also think of two other instances:

      3. When she told him about Faolin, and a tiny bit of her feelings. ( obviously she takes alot of trust to show anyone her true feelings) She also said the only other people she told that to was her mother and a friend in Ellesmera; so obviously she trusts Eragon that much.

      4. When she found out that Eragon was on his own in the Empire, she didn’t think twice about running after him, even though she probably told herself it was because they needed him to win the war, everyone else in that scene was like ” he’s a Rider, he can fend for himself, Plus we need everyone here.” 

    • Eiyra

      And they were both Shadeslayers in the end of Brisingr. Just another link between the two: they both helped the other kill a shade. Arya helping Eragon in Tronjheim, and Eragon helping her in Feinster. And I believe that it was stated in both Brisingr and Eragon that neither could have done it without the other.

  • Matt

    In my opinion which the two most likely options is we never find out or just Eragon ends up with Arya. They are the only logical choices.

    • the green rider could be a female who knows

    • there might be a book 5

  • Oasis_soup

    If it isn’t Arya then the entire plot revolving around their relationship will have been wasted paper. Paolini has devoted too much of the books to their relationship that Eragon wont simply decided to look elsewhere. Brisingr particularly showed that all is not lost for Eragon, as he is about to fly off to fight Murtagh she goes to say something and then checks herself, perhaps she was going to say something affectionate? She also falls into his arms at the end of the book when she finds out Glaedr and Oromis were killed. 
    I thinks it’s likely that Arya will become the green rider and this will facilitate their relationship. At the start of Brisingr Saphira says that if Eragon fancied Arya any more then she would be trying to kiss her herself, Saphira is influenced by Eragon’s feelings, however, as a dragon is unable to express them towards an elf. When the green dragon hatches for Arya, Saphira’s emotions will be directed towards the green dragon instead. The green dragon will reciprocate these feelings and influence Arya to fall in love with eragon.

  • Feisty-fitz

    I really think Arya will come around…. the relationship between the two changed in Brisingr, if only subtly.
    “It’s possible that with all the action in Alagaësia, Eragon may cast aside his own needs and deal with them following the war. Should this happen, it’s likely that it would be “after Book 4” – an unwritten story left up to the fans’ own minds.” – I highly doubt this, as when Christopher was writing the Inheritance Cycle I’m sure almost the entire plot was in his mind, and it wouldn’t do to leave any open ends. Fans would be very dissatisfied with it……. well, I definitely would be anyway.

    • cp wouldnt do that he worked too many years for this and i think that eragon has 2 choices: try to get arya to work out with him or look for another elf

    • cp wouldnt do that he worked too many years for this and i think that eragon has 2 choices: try to get arya to work out with him or look for another elf

  • Noodley

    I want him to stick to Arya, his first love. In Brisingr, they shared some romantic moments and moments in which Arya seemed nervous around Eragon. When he gives her the lily, she accepts it gratefully without saying that she doesn’t want him to be romantic with her. She also falters in her judgement when Eragon is involved (i.e. his actions with Sloan) and says that she’s surprised to be taught something by a “youngling” like Eragon. These instances indicate that, while she is currently trying to not distract him from saving the world, etc., Arya is open to change and romance from the young Rider.

  • Fairth

    Well, to start with, I think that there will be some connection between Eragons’ romantic future and the last dragon rider (my one exception to this is Elva becomes the last rider, a possibility that, at the least, should be left on the table), although what that would be could anything among a wide spectrum of options.  Also, I think it unlikely that the cycle will end without someone special in Eragons’ life in a committed way (I at least, would be very disappointed).

    With that in place, I agree that Arya is most likely for many reasons that have been stated here and elsewhere by many people.  For Eragons sake this is something I want to happen because he is so enamored by her, although I would like to see it turn into more of a mature give-and-take kind of love than a desire to have her love him (something that has begun, but needs to proceed farther).
    Also, as I see Arya open up and become more vulnerable with Eragon I begin to want this for her as well.  I see this as a possible venue by which she might begin to accept and reciprocate his affections more.  The groundwork is there for this to begin early on in the next book because we are yet to see the repercussions of the most recent death.

    As for Nasuada, I would like it for her sake, and a little for Eragons as well.  I think that it would be a more solid and faithful relationship from the start between the two.  Also in her own thoughts (based on some of them from Brisingr), I think that she would prefer to wed Eragon over Orrin (something that could work in the long run, but is unlikely) which she will likely do if she doesn’t end up with Eragon.  I acknowledge that she doesn’t like magic, but that would change if she became the next rider and would also remove the barrier that Eragon has created for himself; if that were gone, it’s possible that latent feelings would emerge.

    One way or another, I would like to point-out that the person Eragon ends up with doesn’t have to be the person in Angelas’ prophesy.  It’s unlikely, but Eragon could have his epic romance, fail, and then marry someone else even eventually deciding that is is better that he failed.

    •  Do you think Eragon’s love life is as cut and dry as everyone assumes (aka, he’ll end up with Arya)?I think that odds rest with people who have this assumption, but it’s too early to know for sure, and, anywho, it’s not going to be over till the fat lady sings (or something like that).•  Do you think Christopher has a surprise in store for us regarding Eragon’s future life mate?We’re just going to have to wait and see won’t we?•  Do you think that Christopher may choose to ignore Eragon’s love life due to all that is going on in Alagaesia during Book 4?Not a chance, he’s spent way to much time foreshadowing and developing it to not make it an important part of the last book.•  Did the Menoa tree take Eragon’s ability to love?Nope, I have a guess as to what it may be and think it could be related to that in a roundabout way, but I want to keep to suspicions to myself for the time being.•  Who do you feel will be Eragon’s true love and why?
    As I’ve said before, there’s to way to know for sure, and, to be honest, I think I like it best that way.  Let it be revealed as the story progresses.

    • Jackal

      Has to be Arya. No other way.

  • DuSkulblakaEbrithil

    I agree with the majority that Arya will be the green dragon’s rider and that she and Eragon will end up together in the end. It seems like a couple of the reasons she is avoiding Eragon’s advances are because she doesn’t want to distract him from his duties and that she also has romantic feelings for him. I wonder at what point in time the green dragon will hatch in Inheritance…I hope it occurs close to the beginning of the book! I can’t wait for another dragon and Rider! 😀

  • DuSkulblakaEbrithil

    I agree with the majority that Arya will be the green dragon’s rider and that she and Eragon will end up together in the end. It seems like a couple of the reasons she is avoiding Eragon’s advances are because she doesn’t want to distract him from his duties and that she also has romantic feelings for him. I wonder at what point in time the green dragon will hatch in Inheritance…I hope it occurs close to the beginning of the book! I can’t wait for another dragon and Rider! 😀

    • Anonymous

      It would have to be early, if the green dragon and rider are to learn enough to help Eragon and Sapphira. Keep in mind that the Varden have invaded the Empire and are moving swiftly. I would not be surprised if the book opens within the first few chapters with acquiring the egg. 

      • DuSkulblakaEbrithil

        I sure hope so! 😀

        • Turner

          So do I 😛

          • i just hope that all the characters are happy except for galby to keep him happy we would have eragon dead

          • Jackal

            galby will be sad at the end. or dead.

          • i KNOW I WONDER IF SHRUIKAN WOULD DIE TOO I KNOW HE IS NOT THE RIGHTFUL DRAGON FOR GALBY BUT THEY DO HAVE A BOND

          • Jackal

            galby will be sad at the end. or dead.

    • Anonymous

      They have to get the egg before it hatches, don’t they? It will probably be around the end.

      • DuSkulblakaEbrithil

        Why would that mean that it has to be at the end? Couldn’t the Varden steal the egg towards the beginning and it hopefully then hatches for Arya soon after? That’s what I’m hoping for! 😀

      • brisingr started exactly at helgrind and inheritance could start at uru baen(sorry for misspelling)

  • SKADOOSHHH

    okay, this may seem weird..  and i havent read over the passages about his future love life in a while…  but this seems plausible to me. according to the quote at the top, Angela’s fortune said itd be an epic romance and shed be wise, powerful, beautiful, etc. But it never says that Eragon gets married, has children, or anything like that…  so could it be possible it is meant to be Saphira? she is beautiful, powerful, wise, of noble birth…  fits all of the criteria i see. any ideas/thoughts?

    • Kathryn

      Eragon loves Saphira, but the prophecy calls it an “epic romance.” I’ll say it. Ewwwww.

      • SKADOOSHHH

        well, by definition, a romance is an epic story that involves love of just about everything…  not what people generally assume it means nowadays.

        • Kathryn

          Actually, by definition romance is a writing form. But, if we are talking before the Middle Ages then yes, romance back then was a term that was more all-encompassing. In the Middle Ages, though, it took on a much more sensual meaning that has remained through contemporary times. I honestly don’t see CP using a pre-Middle Ages meaning that requires much more historical knowledge, especially considering that his main audience is YA. Logically, the terms “romance,” “love,” and “passion” being used together in this section of the prophecy lead me to believe that CP does intend “romance” to refer to a lover/marriage type relationship, not a deep friendship or familial relationship.

          • Eschwartz

            romance is actually defined as a love relationship or story about one, so you are more right than u think. anyone who thinks romance has a new definition made up specially by CP so it can mean eragon-saphira, cuz its just “love” in general and includes family love, had better go redefine everything CP ever said, using this new language idea to basically say whatever he wants is really what CP meant. and he can reinterpret the rest of civilizations collected statements in general as well… PLEASE. Get real.

    • but she said it doesnt bode well so that may be a problem if dragon and rider dont have a love that doesnt bode well

  • Yesenia Saldana

    To be honest, I don’t feel that Eragon’s love life is really all that important although I do admit that it might prove important to the plot of Inheritance. I just want Eragon to succeed in the task that fate has given him without being distracted by his feelings for Arya. I’ve always hated reading fantasy books that include love for the main character. More than half of the time, the woman ends up being a harlot/traitor/spy/distraction and complicates everything for the hero. Or even worse, she is a total wimp and has to be rescued every three chapters. Many small events in Brisingr point towards Eragon ending up with Arya, but I like to Christopher Paolini would make it a just a tad more interesting than that. He’s bound to have something up his sleeve. Some sort of unique twist would be nice since we readers have to suffer as we read about the impossibility of a relationship between them.

    I’m not going to lie, I really dislike Arya.  I just sincerely don’t like the way she is. Even if Eragon had not been distracted by her, I would not have liked her. To me, she is like the Twins. *INSTANT DISLIKE*  If she is going to be Eragon’s other half, I sincerely hope she gets a personality change. 
    The idea about the Menoa Tree taking Eragon’s ability to love is interesting, but I don’t think that was what happened. If something like that were to be taken from some one, the said person’s character would be changed drastically. How can a person lose something like that and not be changed? In the last chapters of Brisingr, there wasn’t any apparent change in Eragon’s being/way of thinking. 

    • Eschwartz

      why the heck would the menoa tree CARE about eragons ability to love, and even if she did care, how COULD she. eragon made a rash promise to do whatever the tree wants, so he could promise to stay a virgin but he doesnt have the power to stop himself from caring about women.(if he could, surely he would cast away his hurt feelings for arya.) the menoa trees only hold is eragons promise to obey the request of the tree

  • A fool

    I think that Eragon will fall in love with someone (Arya or not Arya) have that tragicly blow up somehow the other person will move on an Eragon will be trapped/exiled/left on and never moved on/etc. on some sort of rock island as mentioned in the dream.

  • A fool

    I think that Eragon will fall in love with someone (Arya or not Arya) have that tragicly blow up somehow the other person will move on an Eragon will be trapped/exiled/left on and never moved on/etc. on some sort of rock island as mentioned in the dream.

  • Anonymous

    I think that it would be a nice twist if he ended up with someone who wasnt arya. I could see them getting married if she became queen and they needed to for political reasons, or he kills galby and all ends well. i think she likes him but i think she stays away because she doesnt want to distract him from his duty.

    • Anonymous

      Elves don’t marry

      • Lissa

        Yeah, I’ve been looking at the comments and that seems to be a common misconception. In B3 oromis and eragon are talking about eragon’s parents and oromis responds to eragon’s question about his parents being married by telling him that elves don’t marry, just take mates for however long they wish.

        Again, elves DO NOT MARRY, NOR DO THEY HAVE TO BE LIFEMATES.

    • Antigone

      By that argument, he could end up having to marry Iorunn in order for Orik to repay her for her political support. I don’t like this idea, but from the voting seen, it seemed clear that Eragon was the reason she supported Orik Kingship.

  • Kathryn

    I don’t think Nasuada is a possibility. She has noted several times that she does not really trust people who use magic, including Eragon.

    • Senator Awesome

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    • Anonymous

      Nasuada said that she didn’t trust people with magic but she did say that she trusted Eragon.

      • Kathryn

        True, but she doesn’t trust him because he is a good person, but ONLY because of his oath of fealty. I could be wrong, but in my mind “trust” that is so extremely limited like that isn’t really trust at all.

  • Jeriah

    I think by the end of Brisingr, Arya is starting to feel slightly more for Eragon than she ever had before. She is obviously more open to him than she ever was. Possibly this is due to the deaths of Oromis and Glaedr, since sometimes tragedy can bring people closer together. One has only to look as the fact that she felt into his arms crying when he told her about them to know the truth of that. I believe it will be Arya.

  • The Grey Rider

    Right.

    My theory for Eragon falling for someone is fairly well fixed on Arya, but as this seems to be devolving into ‘Eragon-must-fall-for-the-Green*-Rider’ I’ll put who I think said Rider will turn out to be and that to be both defunct.

    I believe that Noelfavrel will end up as the Green Rider.
    My reasoning is that while he is young,-actually a mark for him as most human riders of the pre-fall were around ten-ish,- he’s already determined, brave, and not afraid of what must be done.
    Enough said with the reasoning behind Eragon still pursuing Arya in this scenario.

    As a back up, I’d say Katrina has a chance at the Green Rider position, and in that scenario I doubt Eragon would elope with Katrina behind his cousin’s back.

    And a point on Eragon’s premonition: It could take place AGES in the future if that IS him leaving Alagaesia forever.
    Also, it never mentioned the colouring of the two dragons.
    It could just as easily be Murtagh and a future rider.
    Or, since size isn’t mentioned, Eragon 1 and an unknown female rider.

    All in all, I believe Eragon will always love Arya, though the chances of Arya showing feelings for Eragon until they’re both at an age where a century is a trivial thing are very low.
    If I had to give him advice, I’d tell him to be play for a very long game.

    *Seriously? Have people got so little imagination that ‘Green Rider’ is the best you can do?
    Why not ‘Emerald Apprentice’ or ‘Sylvan Rider?’ Is there so little imagination around?

    • The Grey Rider

      Oh yes, and I nearly forgot.
      Arya is about eighty years past the cut-off point for elven riders.

      Sure, Eragon was five years past the human cut-off point, and Murtagh about nine, but I think eighty is a bit too big a margin.

      • Kathryn

        Not for an elf. Arya is considered quite young for her race. You can’t think of age in the same terms as with a human.

        • Noodley

          And there isn’t really a “cut-off point.” Elves were normally presented to the eggs at around twenty, but Arya has never been in contact with the green egg. I’m sure elves could bond with a dragon at a thousand years of age, who says it’s never been done?

          • Arya<3

            Hopefully the egg will hatch for the Varden because Galbatorix is actually showing it to children right?

          • Kathryn

            We don’t know exactly what Galbatorix is doing with the remaining egg. I would imagine, though, that he keeps it under tight lock and key and only brings it out if he finds a child he thinks it might hatch for. I seriously doubt he parades random people by the egg the way the Varden and elves did with Saphira’s.

          • Arya<3

             I wish he did. Then the Arya could change her appearance to be a human and she could run away with the egg.

          • Eschwartz

            exactly. nowhere is it said the bond requires a certain age, and the age for humans was half that of the elves. it IS, though, explicitly mentioned, “the custom was” to present all the 20-yr-old elves to the unhatched eggs

      • Kathryn

        Not for an elf. Arya is considered quite young for her race. You can’t think of age in the same terms as with a human.

      • Kathryn

        Not for an elf. Arya is considered quite young for her race. You can’t think of age in the same terms as with a human.

    • Carlee

       Who’s Noelfavrel? It may be a facepalm moment, but it’s been a while since I reread the books.

      • Jon

        A young boy from Carvahall. He looks up to Roran, he is in Eldest, I don’t recall his being mentioned in Brisngr.

        • hes not mentioned in brisingr but he is staying with the varden

      • he was the boy in carvahall that helped roran defeat the razacs

      • Rubydragon

        He’s the boy who actually killed his first soldier in Carvahall

      • Antigone

        Noelfavrel is Bridget’s oldest child.

    • Nicole

      Has anyone thought that by him leaving Alagaesia for ever he is dying. He doesn’t even have to die in the books just sometime in the future, he dies and his soul leaves forever

    • Kathryn

      I would think that the last new rider we’ll get in the series is pretty much required to be an elf. Otherwise we’re stuck with four human riders, 2 of them (at this point, anyway) evil. We need an elf in there to mix things up.

      And why would CP do that? It’s kind of redundant. There’s been all this talk about how elves were the original riders and they’re so awesome because there’s so much magic in their blood. And the only elf rider we’ve seen has been a cripple (no offense to Oromis).

  • firemonkey

    Arya all the way!

    • of course arya all the way eragon even dreams her

  • Doorkeeper13

    Basically it’s a given (imo) that Eragon will end up with the Green Rider (GR). I say this b/c Saphira has pretty much only one option left of a mate due to the fact that the the other dragons are bad atm.

    For those of you who don’t remember Sahpira warned Eragon in the first book to be extremely careful with his relationships b/c Eragon’s feelings toward someone would effect Saphira’s feelings towards that person and visversa. My theory is that this is what will occur with the GR. Saphira will become fond of the green dragon, which will in turn cause Eragon to fall for the GR.

    Now the options for the Green Rider are limited….

    1. Odds are it will be an elf as all the elven riders are gone.
    2. The person MUST be a master of magic b/c their isn’t time to train a brand new rider in one book (Arya is a master of magic).
    3. Their magic will be green, will turn green when bonded, etc. (Arya’s magic is already green and so are her eyes but I don’t know that the eye color matters).
    4. They’ll need a decent sword (Tamerlein, which is held by Lord Fiolr, is green but didn’t fit Eragon’s fighting style) (Arya already has a sword that is made for her)
    5. It will most likely be a female. (I’m just saying this because we need a female rider in these books, dang it.)

    I realize this evidence is all circumstantial but it’s the best I could come up with 😛

    Anyway I’m thinking that, yes, Eragon will definitely fall for the Green Rider and my best theory is that it will be Arya.
     

    • Iberius

      I have two more things to add to this….

      1. Eragon and Arya have bonded (a very personal thing, obviously) with their minds several times now and are comfortable with each other (just sayin)

      2. Arya has now killed a shade like Eragon and has also received the title “Shadeslayer”. Ladies and Gentlemen, we call this “leveling the playing field”……leveling the playing field between Eragon and Arya that is…..

    • Mrthree31

      I agree, but I think that the sword Arya gets will be Neigleen(Oromis’ Sword).  Also, one of my long standing theories is that Arya is some how related to Oromis and so she will INHERIT becoming a dragon rider.  Just think of the reaction she gave when she found out he died and then when Gladrs consience flickerd when Arya spoke with Gladr.  Remember the theme of the books is INERITANCE.  🙂

      • Doorkeeper13

        That is an interesting theory. It is quite possible that they are related in some way but I’m suprised Eragon wouldn’t have noticed. Granted it took three whole books for him to realize Brom was his father. I guess he’s just “blind as a bat”……….or maybe the elves just aren’t forthcoming with information….that’s certainly nothing new 😛

      • Kathryn

        Interesting, but why couldn’t Arya have her own sword? The brightsteel that Eragon got from the Menoa tree was enough to make 10 swords. At least, that’s what Rhunon told him. So why couldn’t she fashion a green sword for the new Rider?

      • Arya<3

        She could get the sword Tamerlein, which is the green sword in Ellesmera.

      • Daniela Sammet

        This is a VERY interesting theory! I was thinking how the last rider could be connected with any of the previous ones and be their heir, but this hasn’t crossed my mind. Thank you!

        • Kathryn

          The problem with this is that we’ve already had that particular plot point. Eragon inherited the responsibility of continuing the Dragon Riders from his father Brom. That was the “inheritance” part of the first book…even though we didn’t know Brom was Eragon’s father at that point.

    • i wonder if aren could do something for love of arya i know that it does store health for eragon

      • Kathryn

        Not true. Aren stores energy.

        • THATS WHAT I MEAN BUT MAYBE IT COULD DO OTHER THINGS  TOO

          • Jackal

            Izlandi or Arya would have told him if it had powers.

          • They do look like they are kinda stealthy sometimes

  • Me

    I <3 the title. 🙂 
    And I hate to say it but Arya and him are gonna get together. :Sigh: 

    • why do you have such  a problem with arya if it has anything to do with her attitude toward eragon you have to realize that she her loved one before (forgot his name) had died and she doesnt want eragon to end up the same way

      • Anonymous

        His name is Faolin

        • thanks i was going to say Finalon or something like that but i was close

  • Medwyn

    I think Arya is the most likely. I doubt it would be some character we haven’t met. Arya is definite. I agree with your points that–should she become the Green Rider–she will look to Eragon for guidance. She–or whoever the Green RIder is, in fact (and if that Rider is on Eragon’s side, she/he might be on the enemy’s side, we should consider that too) will look to Eragon for guidance in ways of becoming a Rider. Eragon is the only (good) Rider left (that we know of, and not including Murtagh) so as long as the Green Rider is good, she/he will look to Eragon. I hope that’s not too confusing.
    So, if the Green Rider is Arya then they will bond. Being the only two Riders (again not counting Murtagh, or Galby) they will have something in common. Arya will make mistakes as a Rider that Eragon will have to correct, he will be gentle. And slowly she will see how sweet he is and eventually come to love him.
    Right now I am leaning toward Arya for both the Green Rider and the one Eragon will love.

    • Avatar Aang

      Also about being in common, Christopher said that he tried to keep Arya even as in the things they do like both of them killing a Shade so one of the last things they are not equal in is being a Dragon Rider. If Christopher wants to keep them even, then she will be the last Dragon Rider.

    • Jackal

      I agree with the end bit, but I can tell you right now that the green rider IS good. Let me elaborate: if the new rider is bad, then Eragon will be crushed, 3 against one.

    • Jackal

      I agree with the end bit, but I can tell you right now that the green rider IS good. Let me elaborate: if the new rider is bad, then Eragon will be crushed, 3 against one.

  • Pipen-74

    eragon and arya  will fall in love you totaly saw her change her thoughts about eragon shown when she finds out oromis is killed she totaly warms up to him and there talk around the fire

    • she is warming up but who knows eragon always makes mistakes so she MIGHT cool down

      • Pipen-74

        true 

    • she is warming up but who knows eragon always makes mistakes so she MIGHT cool down

    • she is warming up but who knows eragon always makes mistakes so she MIGHT cool down

  • Its also worded throughout Brisingr that every time Eragon converses with Arya, she seems hesitant (see the part where they meet up after the Ra’zac die).

    I think it is likely that she has some feelings for him, but ignores them due to their respective positions. In Eldest, Orormis tells Eragon (after the fairth incident) that Arya may feel afraid of having hold over the heart of the only person in Alagaesia with enough potential to give them hope to win.

    As soon as the war ends, or greenie hatches for Arya (assuming) Eragon and Arya could be free to bond more closely. After all, Saphira says that if Eragon liked Arya any more, Saphira would be going after her. Since greenie is presumably Saphira’s mate, it fits like a puzzle piece.

    • Doorkeeper13

      Exactly my conclusion. Arya is the best fit for the green dragon for several reasons.  

    • thats what i voted for- green rider

  • Nicole.g

    I don’t want Eragon to be alone at the end of the series….he shouldn’t deserve that. 
    And I don’t think chris will do that to him either.Plus in book 3, it kinda felt like Arya was…”geeting it on” or rather being more…emotinal?
    I’m not sure how else to put it…I just know I saw sparks between the two a little more then usual.logically I’d pick Arya.If murtagh survives and redeems himself he’ll get Nasuada.As for the new rider…if its a girl thats not Arya, then she will just make Arya jealous which will force her to admit her true feelings to Eragon.

    • Avatar Aang

      Realize  that Christopher said that the last dragon rider was in all 3 books so it can only be a handful of people and out of girls it could be Katrina, Elain, Arya, Nasuada, Elva, and Angela. And also the dream Eragon had involving the two dragons and the two people holding hands, if that was him and someone else then we know that if the dragon rider is one of them then even if she admitted her true feelings to him it wouldn’t matter. So because of these two things Arya has to be the person(the dragon rider and Eragon’s lover).

      • Kathryn

        That’s logical, except that it depends on Eragon being one of the couple in his vision. We don’t know that for a fact. Eragon could be the person being left on the beach. Or he may not be in it at all.

      • i was thinking while eragon was at du weldenvarden in brisingr a lady shouted out marry me it could be her because eragon did look out to see who it was

        • Kathryn

          According to CP, the new rider is a character who has been in all 3 books.

      • Richard Rahl

        What if the next rider is Selena, she wasn’t physically in all three books but she was mentioned wasn’t she?

        • Arya<3

          The next rider has to be in the first 2 books.

        • Daniela Sammet

          Can you explain how Selena could be a rider when she is dead?

  • Shishkabob123456789

    just happy to be reading this, again!!! and i cant wait to hear what christopher has to say at comic-con.

  • Again, sorry I got this up so late! It’s been a long few days, but I suppose I can let you all in on a little secret:

    I’ve been busting my butt working on our exclusive coverage of Comic-Con. We’ll be there — our trip is officially booked — and we’ll be interviewing Christopher Paolini at the convention. We’ll be covering all of his events and have some really cool things in the works!

    So, forgive the late post (please).

    • Perseus

      Incidentally, Mr. Macauley, will there be any question-submitting for Comic-con?

      • Ack! Mr. Macauley is my dad! I shall settle for Lord Macauley, King Mike, or “Master of the Universe Macauley”… just not Mr. Macauley please!

        Kidding aside, we’ll see. 😉 (Probably. This depends on my free time, however. Sorting questions takes a LONG time.)

        • Call Mike by his given name: “Thing 2”.

        • Call Mike by his given name: “Thing 2”.

        • Call Mike by his given name: “Thing 2”.

        • firemonkey

          You should put up a surprise post one day when you are not putting up an article or podcast and only have the comments section open for that one day so that you will have less questions to sort through. Or you can limit the number of questions people can submit to one and just do it via email.  I know I personally have one or two questions that I am dying to get answered.  Definitely appreciate the work you have put into this site!

        • Arya<3

          if there are questions.. please fill him with lots of Eragon and Arya questions :). He hasn’t said enough about them.

    • Nicole

      I love you Mike!

    • Mike don’t apologise its ok we all know if it was us we would have just left it for the morning