“The Inheritance Cycle Book Club, Episode Four” Has Officially Arrived! Listen Now!

The Inheritance Cycle Book Club is a podcast-styled read-through of Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr aimed at refreshing fans and entertaining new readers as we venture toward the release of Inheritance. Each of the twenty episodes will discuss set portions of the books, in order, and will tackle the events of each reading, theories arising from the reading, and more. Join us for our adventure through the series!

Episode four of Shurtugal.com’s Inheritance Cycle Book Club Podcast has finally arrived! Our fourth episode tackles the fourth set of chapters from Eragon, discussing some of the most important events in the Inheritance Cycle — events which have shaped Eragon’s future, and the future of Alagaesia. Join us as we discuss captures, escapes, elves, Shades, Urgals, chases, Murtagh’s past and parents, encounter the Varden, and more! This week also includes some bonus information regarding a never-before-read excerpt from Eragon in Murtagh’s point of view! Plus we tackle some of the hottest theories related to this section in our spoiler section at the end of the podcast. Be sure to read along as we read through all three books over the next twenty weeks!

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Brief Outline for “Shurtugal.com Presents: The Inheritance Cycle Book Club, Episode Four”:

  • Introduction! Your hosts are Mike Macauley (Shur’tugal, Lytherus, The Inheritance Almanac), Lauren Zurchin (Lytherus.com), and Chris Addison (Shurtugal.com)
  • This week’s major tangent: Mike reveals some exclusive information on an excerpt from ERAGON written in Murtagh’s point-of-view!
  • We jump into the book, discussing this section’s key events, including: Eragon’s capture at Gil’ead and escape; rescuing Arya; crossing the Hadarac; encountering and being chased by Urgals; the arrival at the Varden; discovering dwarves; and much more!
  • Hosts discuss their favorite parts of this week’s reading!
  • Hosts discuss some observations from this reading — facts to keep in mind going forward
  • We reveal this week’s “sweepstakes word”… you’ll have to listen to hear it!
  • Big announcement: We will be skipping a show next week due to Comic-Con, will double up a week in the next month or two
  • We want your feedback!
  • The spoiler-free portion of the show ends with a spoiler warning as we begin to discuss our spoiler-ridden theories!
  • End of episode four!

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  • XxxX

    IS it possible that the elves beauty is furthered by Eragon’s vision of Arya???

  • Mack

    I have the deleted “Murtagh POV” scene in my Eragon because I bought the books out of order and purchased it just before Brisingr came out. It was paperback and in N.America. It also had a small patch on the cover that stated Brisingr’s release date

  • XxxX

    You know, when someone likes your comment it makes you feel really happy that other people care about what you have to say.
    That’s my philosophy for the day

  • Jamie

    Murtagh is my favorite but my other two favorites is Brom and Oromis

    • shurtagal

      brom is the best character. FULL STOP.

  • Jamie

    Murtagh is my favorite but my other two favorites is Brom and Oromis

  • hey

    i think the subject of when Murtagh being Morzans son, I know he did good but think:”Morzans my father.”
    “Cool, Cool.”

  • Alec venecia

    I think the relationship is more like Lauren mentioned, a bit of friend, family and romance. Romance, at a very minimal, mostly involved because they have to share feelings for each others’ partners because of their bond (Ex. Saphira’s jealousy/ hostility towards Trianna). Friendship because, they have had to spend time with each other and get to know each other to greater detail beyond the core emotion and thoughts they have shared, and they’ve experienced many humorous things or had funny conversations. And Family, like said as before, they are protective of each other, and I believe that goes for both equally.

  • Alec venecia

    I think the relationship is more like Lauren mentioned, a bit of friend, family and romance. Romance, at a very minimal, mostly involved because they have to share feelings for each others’ partners because of their bond (Ex. Saphira’s jealousy/ hostility towards Trianna). Friendship because, they have had to spend time with each other and get to know each other to greater detail beyond the core emotion and thoughts they have shared, and they’ve experienced many humorous things or had funny conversations. And Family, like said as before, they are protective of each other, and I believe that goes for both equally.

  • Alec venecia

    I think the relationship is more like Lauren mentioned, a bit of friend, family and romance. Romance, at a very minimal, mostly involved because they have to share feelings for each others’ partners because of their bond (Ex. Saphira’s jealousy/ hostility towards Trianna). Friendship because, they have had to spend time with each other and get to know each other to greater detail beyond the core emotion and thoughts they have shared, and they’ve experienced many humorous things or had funny conversations. And Family, like said as before, they are protective of each other, and I believe that goes for both equally.

  • SEA

    The first time they don’t make stupid mistakes?!  What about the mist moving from a distance?

  • Guest

    In the Inheritance Almanac, it says yazuac often held suspected traitors or rebels.  That’s his motivation.

  • Emma55

    When Durza respawns he says “I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids, and their dragon too!”

    Murtagh and Brom are actualy my favourites for Eragon. Not to jump on a band wagon or anything….

    • HAHAHAHA XD we can assume that every time Durza is faded away (or whatever you call it) it’s the responsibility of some meddling kids and their partner (in this case a dragon).

  • David knott

    When they question why Eragon wasn’t under heavier guards, etc. Why don’t you just chalk it up to inexperience writing and the scene not properly thought through?

  • Danicaxgrace

    I’ve always thought of the Saphira/Eragon relationship as a motherly older sister and her little brother in the most recent scenes. It seems similar to my relationship with my brother. No matter how many times we bicker and get mad at each other, we still love each other and I’ll watch over him and care for him.

  • Alex Fandrich

    Looking forward to next week especially!

  • Alex Fandrich

    Who cares if Torkenbrand didn’t have a sword in hand when he died!? He did have one when Murtagh and Eragon were surrounded, then he was disarmed. In a battle should you only kill your opponent when he has a weapon in hand? If you disarm him should you hand back his weapon and continue the fight only when the battle is “fair”? Torkenbrand was a heartless slaver who showed no mercy to the countless families he undoubtedly tore apart to make an easy buck. He deserved no mercy and Murtagh was not in the wrong to kill him. Ridiculous that some people think it was wrong for Torkenbrand to die in this way. He wasn’t tortured or anything which would have been wrong, he was killed and disposed of quickly. If they let him go he would get back into slave trading and spread tales of a new rider/magician on the loose.

    • Fairth

      You make many good points, most of which I agree with.  Did Torkenbrand deserve to die?  Yes, he probably did, but since Murtagh and Eragon were no longer defending themselves, Murtagh took it upon himself to be judge, jury, and executioner.  This is not a position he was given, and (at the least) not a thing that should have been done in the heat of the moment.

      With that established, this is where right and wrong becomes more morally ambiguous.  First-off, they can’t let him go because he would spread stories that shouldn’t be told and would eventually continue in his trade.
      Next, if they keep his around, he would slow their pace and consume their supplies which could put them at risk and would likely make them choose between his life the life of an elf.
      The answer the risk they would be taking and the choice they could have to make is rather straight-forward.  If the risk to their lives become too great they should protect themselves; and to choose the life of an elf over a man that will likely be sentenced to death anyway is no great challenge of logic.

      But here we come to what I have no sure answer to, if they didn’t have the right to be judge jury, and executioner in the first place, then do they somehow get that right when the situation becomes more desperate?  From a purely logical point of view, yes, but if that’s the case, then they should have had no problem conducting the execution in the first place.  However, if you have been taught and believe that all people have certain unalienable rights no matter how bad you are (something that Eragon clearly had), then the answer would be no.

      I hope this helps.

    • hey

      or of been caught ny urgals

  • Jblue3

    I personally view the relationship between Eragon and Saphira at this point to be that of friends, not best friends, but friends

  • Anonymous

    Mike, why would Galbatorix’s dragon’s death be Galbatorix’s fault? I can’t remember exactly how he died, but i don’t think it was completely Galbatorix’s fault. i think it was a total accident

    • Anonymous

      When galbatorix was training, he got cocky and went out to pick a fight. He found a group or camp (can’t remember) of urgals and during the fight they killed his dragon. 

  • Ethiwen

     At this point I think Saphira is my favourite character. I also like Arya very much, at least I really did when I read Eragon but through the series I’ve started to like Saphira more, even if Arya still is one of my favourites. Eragon and Angela is awesome too. 🙂 Very hard too say but Saphira is just so great, fun and I really likes the way she thinks. ^^

    Oh, and I would love if Anglea was the one healing Murtagh. And that would totally make sense. I mean, she’s ALWAYS were things happen and for here being there at that point and checking out what’s happening works so well into the story. And then she would also be interacting with Brom and maybe even Selena who we all know that she has met at some point.

  • bromandsaphira

    One thing i noticed about this podcast, was that Chris spoke up a bit more! yay! It’s nice to hear from you Chris!

  • bromandsaphira

    I agree with Mike. Durza would reform where he was created. and he would probably curse very colorfully, and kill poor little lizards in the desert in anger 🙂
    and that was me you mentioned…sorry i talked about Brisinger in Eldest. It’s so hard not to spoil, isn’t it?

  • bromandsaphira

    I agree with Mike. Durza would reform where he was created. and he would probably curse very colorfully, and kill poor little lizards in the desert in anger 🙂
    and that was me you mentioned…sorry i talked about Brisinger in Eldest. It’s so hard not to spoil, isn’t it?

  • bromandsaphira

    The relationship between Eragon and Saphira is family…at this point, I think, its a brother-sister thing…but a brother-sister thing that is so much stronger because they are bound. I feel like they are still figuring each other out…

  • Steve-o

    the deleted scenes in my us copy its the “first knopf trade paperback edition: April 2005”

  • AvaAnnaZ

    I just wanted to say (as I haven’t done so before) that this was another wonderful episode – I’m loving the podcasts and really enjoy the interaction of all three hosts. Thank you for this gift.

    • Oh, what a lovely thing to say! You made my night! Glad you like it; we enjoy bringing it to you! 

  • Deryk1490

    the ring Aren that eragon wears….does it say anything about its name in the ancient language? or have another name at all?  Also does it ever say that for sure Brom was the only one to fill it with energy? Does it have anything to do with the rock of kuthian?

  • Regarding Galbatorix sending Urgals to ransack Yazuac…
    I assumed that perhaps Galbatorix was making the Urgals raid towns to manipulate the people in the Empire into believing that they needed him to protect them. Just a possibility I suppose.

  • Horsegal4ever

    Eragon and Saphire are my favorite. And Angela and Solembum a close second. Then the mysterious people, Tenga, unnamed women, elven kids. 😛 I think he appeared where he was created. And he just walked away. Didn’t say a thing. Though I like y’alls theories. I LOVE DOC WHO!!! I like the theory too! Not a jump-in-the-TARDIS-theory so much, but more like she is always in the right place at the right time, like she listens to fate’s pulls or something. Death of shadows thing was, it was probably jsut a powerful phrase. it would be a cool true name. I’m upset by no podcast this week. Oh well. Have fun in CA!

  • Mrthree31

    My Fav. Charactor is Eragon.  I love see people grow and he seems to be full of growth and it’s mostly healthy.  I would say Ajihaued(sp),  but we didn’t get to see as much of his character for me to attached to him just from some of the feats and tacktics that he manuvard.

  • Mrthree31

    To the Podcast Crew. 
           I kind of think that Eragon and Saphiras’ relationship is more lika a courtship of friendship.  In life people go through initially 3 phases.  1) When people meet they put out feelers to see what kind of person or rather character, each person is and in turn basically puts on a front.  2)  Once the relationship is astablished people tend to push buttons so to speak to see how far they can go with each other, which can get pretty intense at time, which can last for long periods of time in some cases, this phase lasts the longest typically.  3)  Acceptance, co-existing.  This phase is the hardest to get to and it usually happens on it’s own over time, but the benefits of it would last through the easiest of times and the hardest of times.  If you pay attention through the three books you will see this patter with all of Eragons relationships, Gerro, Roran, Saphira, Brom, Arya, Nasuada, Oromise and even Murtag.  This is more than I wanted to write, sorry.  I hope this helps, though.   🙂

  • Mike

    Durza respawns and says, “I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you meddling kids!”

    And I agree… Michael is a very original name.

  • victor

    my favorite character is arya. she’s so cool and mysterious and unpredictable. sometimes she is close to eragon, then she remains distant and refuses to talk to him. makes for really interesting reading

  • Vlatkovichka

    my fav theory:

    Galby is gathering as much energy as he can so he could respawn his first original dragon

    Star Wars anyone?

  • Vlatkovichka

    favourite character –> BROM!!! he’s awesome… wise, but acting like a human <3 not as cold as the elves… serious, but also funny… crazy motherf*****… love him

  • Arya<3

     My favorite character is Solembum because he is free to do what he wishes and owes no allegiance to anyone. It is a privilege to talk to him- and he knows it.

  • Nicole

    My fav character is Shruikan, i want Saphira to have his babies

  • Esther H.

    Oh, and a few more things:
    1.  My favorite character is Murtagh (I know, predictable).  I mean, he’s obviously the coolest dude around.  In addition, Murtagh’s character strikes a responsive chord with me because he is level headed (unless his temper is sparked), pragmatic, and determined.  He can form a plan and act on it.  Apart from Murtagh, (since you asked) Solembum is a huge favorite of mine.  I just love his coy, almost haughty attitude.  Christopher really created an enjoyable character there.
    2.  I think the relationship between Eragon a Saphira is like college roommates.  When I was first in contact with my roommate the Summer before my freshman year, we got to know each other online/ over the phone.  Similarly, Eragon gets information about dragons from Brom before he can speak directly to her.  Then, when you start really interacting with your roommate and have a few profound discussions, you each just think the other is super awesome and spend tons of time together.  And then, after you get comfortable with each other, you start finding the little things that annoy you and bicker a little bit.  But, at then end of Christmas break, you really can’t wait to see each other again, accept your differences, and realize that you do really love your roommate.  So, that’s how it is with Eragon and Saphira.

  • Esther H.

    YES, Angela the timelord!

  • George

    I  don’t think Du Sundavar Freohr can be Eragon’s true name, because when Brom first mentioned true names, he said that,”To know who you are without any delusions or sympathy is a moment of revelation no one experiences unscathed.”(p147)Eragon didn’t really have a huge moment of revelation, and the chill in the cell could be just hostility- after all Durza was probably a bit fearful of that , even if he didn’t show it. 
    I also think the show is amazing!

  • Aplussoccerkid

    My favorite character is Arya because she is strong, wise, and brave.

  • Aplussoccerkid

    My favorite character is Arya because she is strong, wise, and brave.

  • Anonymous

    Is there any way that i can read Murtaghs POV. like if someone can post it on the website, that would be very nice

  • Leen A.

     (Spoiler) 

     I really think Du Sundavar Freohr might be Eragon’s true name. Maybe it wasn’t at the time that he was questioned by Durza(because Durza would have probably tried it out), but maybe it became his true name later on in the series, perhaps when he killed Durza his true name changed to Death of the Shadows ( because that was really when Eragon started defeating the shadows).

  • Leen A.

     (Spoiler) 

     I really think Du Sundavar Freohr might be Eragon’s true name. Maybe it wasn’t at the time that he was questioned by Durza(because Durza would have probably tried it out), but maybe it became his true name later on in the series, perhaps when he killed Durza his true name changed to Death of the Shadows ( because that was really when Eragon started defeating the shadows).

  • Leen A.

     (Spoiler) 

     I really think Du Sundavar Freohr might be Eragon’s true name. Maybe it wasn’t at the time that he was questioned by Durza(because Durza would have probably tried it out), but maybe it became his true name later on in the series, perhaps when he killed Durza his true name changed to Death of the Shadows ( because that was really when Eragon started defeating the shadows).

    • E.

      That’s cool! I also think all the names he’s been called(stone ears*, silver palm/hand*, etc) may all be part of his true name. 

      • Arya<3

        Well most dragon riders are silver palm. Maybe his true name has something to do with curiosity.

  • Leen A.

     (Spoiler) 

     I really think Du Sundavar Freohr might be Eragon’s true name. Maybe it wasn’t at the time that he was questioned by Durza(because Durza would have probably tried it out), but maybe it became his true name later on in the series, perhaps when he killed Durza his true name changed to Death of the Shadows ( because that was really when Eragon started defeating the shadows).

  • Jeriah

    I’ve seen the Murtagh POV before. I think I saw it in Barnes&Noble. I don’t remember much, but it was Murtagh talking to Saphira about saving Eragon and he asked if he could fly her. He was talking aloud, and she didn’t actually talk to him, but let him know she agreed by like nodding or something. I’ve only ever seen it once. I might dig through the copies in the bookstore and see if I can find it. I think it was one of the more recent editions…Anyway…

    • Jeriah

      Oh, and my favorite character is Morzan. Just throwing that in there. I love him because he is a mystery. He’s so important, despite the fact that he’s dead. And I don’t agree that he is 100% evil. We don’t know what his movitations were behind everything he ever did. All we really know is that he helped Galbatorix. He might have been tricked, because that’s just how Galby works. And then when you-know-what happened to his dragon, of course he probably went a bit crazy. I don’t blame him for getting drunk from time to time, and in his rage threw Zarroc at Murtagh.
      I mentioned this in my letter to Christopher, and in his reply he mentioned something like “You’re very perspective about Morzan.” I really hope that he writes prequels on Brom and Morzan and Galbatorix at some point so I can understand my favorite character. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I think Lauren’s point about the Galbatorix not having a reason to have the Urgals kill all the people in places like Yazuac is a good one, but one thing to take into account is that Urgals have minds of their own and they’re a brutal race. Thinking ahead to Brisingr we find out how everything works in their heads, and using that knowledge, the violence of Yazuac is explained

  • Konungr1

    How is truth for the ancient language determined?  Is it by what you think is true.  ex. Vader betrayed and murdered Anakin. True from a certain point of view.  Or is it something else?

  • Konungr1

    How is truth for the ancient language determined?  Is it by what you think is true.  ex. Vader betrayed and murdered Anakin. True from a certain point of view.  Or is it something else?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, as long as the speaker thinks it’s true, then it can be said

      • Lil Uhura

        Exactly.  When Eragon recited his allegorical poem for the Blood-Oath Celebration he was able to do so because he felt the emotions behind the words to be true.

        • vadersapp

          Right, it’s not so much thinking that the words are true so much as feeling their truth. It’s much more subtle than just thinking those words are true. 

          • Konungr1

            so then could he have said “My name is Death of the Shadows” in the Ancient Language if he believed it to be true.

          • Konungr1

            so then could he have said “My name is Death of the Shadows” in the Ancient Language if he believed it to be true.

          • Konungr1

            so then could he have said “My name is Death of the Shadows” in the Ancient Language if he believed it to be true.

    • Arya<3

      Remember Murtagh said that Eragon’s father was Morzan because he thought it true.

  • I didn’t have a favorite until Oromis & Glaedr were introduced & I immediately fell in love with them. Although they lost patience with Eragon & Saphira, they believed in them. I also cried at the end of Brisingr & my dislike of Galbatorix turned into hatred.

    • Oh my goodness, me too. The end of Brisingr killed me. 

  • jesus

    well my favorite  charecters are saphire and arya (yes arya ) i knew  some people  thinks  shes a      major ***** but  i love her shes  so deep  and  wise its refreshing from the same old  sameold  girly girl from other books   i   mean  it makes her charecter feel  more  real

  • jesus

    well my favorite  charecters are saphire and arya (yes arya ) i knew  some people  thinks  shes a      major ***** but  i love her shes  so deep  and  wise its refreshing from the same old  sameold  girly girl from other books   i   mean  it makes her charecter feel  more  real

  • The Oncoming Storm

    Oh I forgot the Angela/Doctor part!!  I whole heartedly agree!!  It would explain so much.  We know Angela said the twins would never dare to try to search her mind, afraid of what the experience would do to them.  Could you imagine what trying to understand a time lords brain would be like?  Just look at what happened to Donna. After gaining all the knowledge of the Doctor she had to have all her memories of him removed just to keep her mind from destroying itself. 

  • The Oncoming Storm

    Oh I forgot the Angela/Doctor part!!  I whole heartedly agree!!  It would explain so much.  We know Angela said the twins would never dare to try to search her mind, afraid of what the experience would do to them.  Could you imagine what trying to understand a time lords brain would be like?  Just look at what happened to Donna. After gaining all the knowledge of the Doctor she had to have all her memories of him removed just to keep her mind from destroying itself. 

  • The Oncoming Storm

    I agree with Vadersapp on the massacre at Yazuac.  I always assumed when reading Eragon that Galbatorix had simply commanded the Urgals to congregate at a certain location and on the way there they came across Yazuac.  Considering Urgals are not the most peaceful of people they then proceeded to do what they do best. 

    On the favorite character subject mine would probably have to be Oric.  But every time I reread the books i like a different character better. Last time I rly liked Roran but the first time I read through I didn’t at all.   

  • Logic Lawyer

    I think the parent-child element in Eragon and Saphira’s relationship can kind of go both ways as well, considering that Saphira is less than a year old and that Eragon basically raised her after she hatched. It isn’t entirely a relationship like that, I’d say, because it is more founded on relationship elements that don’t exist in the real world, an entirely new kind of relationship.

    Oh, and they did try to force their way into Murtagh’s mind. Right after he refused, the CBG(Creepy Bald Guy) said, “You have no choice!” and tried to invade Murtagh’s mind. Murtagh resisted, and then Orik stopped the CBG.

    Favorite character: Murtagh by a long shot. He isn’t the fan favorite for nothing. He’s head and shoulders above all the other characters in every imaginable way.

    Second favorite character: Thorn. 😉

    • Feisty-fitz

      Does Thorn have a “character” yet? In fairness, we haven’t interacted with him at all yet…

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    I think that Sapphira has a sort of motherly affection for Eragon but their overall relationship is more brother/sister as each tries to guide and advise the other when they need it.  Their relationship is hard to describe because they are connected through their minds and souls which makes their relationship much deeper than a friendship but with a strong love that isn’t really romantic, but is still very intimate and possessive.  (I really don’t know if I am making any sense at all)

    Anyways, on a different note, my favourite character (as well as Murtagh :)) is definately Sapphira because of her amazing personnality and her sharp, direct humour (which is usually criticizing humans) as well as the fact that I LOVE dragons-but I bet you already knew that!! 🙂

  • Guest

    favorite character Nar Garzhvog.Because he is awesome and is more like a person than we think of urgals

  • Laurelleaf9

    “Gosh darn it!” the Shade snapped, his maroon hair getting in his mouth. Lol

  • vadersapp

    About Galbatorix’s motivation, In particular to the massacre at Yazuac, I don’t think that was a part of his plan at all. Durza is the one controlling the Urgals (to what extend is debatable. He may have control over their motivation, but not necessarily their specific actions. The latter seems more likely to me.) and Durza is working for Galby. Whether Durza commanded the massacre, or it was just that Yazuac in the path of the Urgals on their way to the Varden (and, well, Urgals are what they are) is debatable, but neither is directly because of Galby. I certainly don’t think he was worried about the massacre, at all, but I doubt that he actually meant for that to happen.

  • vadersapp

    I think it is really a unique kind of relationship that does not completely match any other comparable relationship. But, like you guys said, the Mother-Child relationship elements are there, but it’s also almost a romantic element too, when you consider her jealousy toward Trianna, later, when he (under the influence of her magic) considers being romantically involved with her, and toward Cadoc, earlier, when he gets the horse gets to carry Eragon when she does not. She wants to be with him all the time and gets jealous when others get the opportunity. It is a lot like mothers that become jealous of their sons’ girlfriends. It’s like a reverse Oedipal thing, almost, only Saphira isn’t actually Eragon’s mother.

  • Meg45793

    In response to Lauren’s comment (spoiler alert) about the way CP wrote the Twins: Often times when if comes to betrayals like theirs, readers have learned to “expect the unexpected.” So they will assume that the least likely traitor, IS the traitor. But in this case, CP went against the grain and made the most obvious suspects the real culprits.

  • Meg45793

    My favorite characters would have to be Murtagh (sorry mike) and Helen, Joed’s wife.

  • Meg45793

    My favorite characters would have to be Murtagh (sorry mike) and Helen, Joed’s wife.

  • Deryk1490

    What do ya’ll think will happen to all the heart of hearts after this is all over?

    • Brandon Klemek

      Id like to think that they will be turned back into dragons. It was a theory i had heard before that when the dragons where in there eggs they could feel and understand what was going on around them so its the same thing with the heart of hearts. Im hoping that when everything is said and done they will either find a way to transform them back into dragons or they will break the stone and set free/kill them so they can move on and not be stuck in the world of the living. Those are the 2 choices that i think are more probable.

    • Daniela Sammet

      There was a theory mentioned here once that Eragon will leave Alagaesia to protect eldunari that still want to live against the misuse of their power again in the future, and I loved it.

    • firemonkey

      I think one of the major characters Eragon is close to (Saphira, Roran, Arya) will be mortally injured in the final battle and Eragon will have to use the power in the heart of hearts to save his loved one.

  • Brandon Klemek

    With the whole love thing with Eragon and Arya i think that she does actually feel something towards him but is still in morning over her last lover who had just got killed by durza and the Urgals. I believe that She does want to be with him but is not ready. She gives him small smiles and gestures that would make one think that she is very much interested. Im guessing that in Book 4 that they wont be so appart. At the end of Brisingr i felt Arya really became happy and excited when Eragon showed up in the city.

  • Tim G.

    Durza can probably chose where to ‘respawn’. Personally, I think that he pulls himself together in Uru’baen. His reaction after getting Murtagh’s arrow to the face would be something like, “Curse that spawn of Morzan!”

  • Macs_bunch

    Durza reforms underneath Galby’s boot looking up into his evil eyes that danced with amusement, and galby says, “So how’d that work out for ya?”

  • Liz P.

    Durza respawns where he dies, and he says ” darn it, you meddling kids!”

  • Booboo

    my favorite characters are Blödhgarm(the leader of the elves mages in the warden) just love is style and i have imagine him, also Solembum and Angela. I like strange people 🙂

  • Deryk1490

    *spoiler* hello everybody i am an avid fan of the series and today i was reading Brisingr for like the 18th time and i had just read the part in the book in which, just before eragon is to leave for the dwarvin kingdom to ensure the proper king is put on the throne, he takes saphira to the animal pens and has her pick a cow and eat it and while the cow is dieing takes the energy from the cow to put into The belt of beloth the wise. My questions however are one: since eragon can steal the lifeforce from living things why doesn’t he try it with murtagh mid battle and suck him dry? and if it has said in the book somewhere that he can’t i apologize….and also if it still isn’t possible while they are alive then is it after they have been defeated? and also what is to happen to Galby’s heart of hearts after eragon hopefully beats him?

    • Deryk1490

      i could really use an answer to this it’s bugging the crap out of me and i can’t seem to find an answer anywhere.

      • Cj1798

        To suck an organism’s energy,Eragon must be inside its mind. Murtagh has one of the most well defended mids in Alagasia. If eragon overwhelms his defenses, then he can suck Murtagh dry

        • Macs_bunch

          I completely agree. 

          To answer Deryk about his second question.  I think his hoard of Eldunari are going to demand to be destroyed.  They’ve had to live through the evil that’s been accomplished with both their power and knowledge, and I don’t think they will allow that to happen again. 

               Several times the idea of Eragon being a stimulous to the dragons have been mentioned.  This is my personal theory.  He may not strike the final blow to Galbatorix, but I definetly think it will be him that give the dragons their ability to use magic and resist, or destroy themselves.  I think the latter the most likely leaving Galby still a mad man in control of his magic, but without his unlimited energy source.

      • Fairth

        I would also add that doing so would be very risky because even as you get into the mind of a magic user to kill them they have one last chance to strike at you and take you with them.  If you take some time to pull energy from your enemy, then you’re enlarging the window of opportunity for that opponent to hurt you.  Also, Murtagh has access to hearts-of-hearts, so as long as he can keep a connection with them (physical contact being an option), then he could prolong the process even further by forcing Eragon to take the energy of dragons as well.

    • mayday

      i think it would be that he would have to get into murtaghs mind or something…

  • Iberius

    The relationship between Eragon and Sahpira consists of the four “types” of love. Storge, Eros, Philia, and Agape. If you’ve never heard of these here is a link with definitions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Loves

  • Liz P.

    I believe the relationship between Eragon and Saphira is that of two best friends, still learning things about each other, having a quarrel here and there.

  • SecretCountess

    The Relationship between Eragon and Saphira is most like a brother and sister. They care for each other and they argue.  There is also parental part of Saphira.

    • i love it when she calls him “little one” when eragon is actually older than her and she is actually bigger than him! Isnt that cute 😀

      • SecretCountess

        Yes, very cute!
        In a sense she is way older than Eragon. She had been in that egg for hundreds of years.

  • iLoveDragons

    Oh, and
    Relationship between Eragon and Saphira: I see it as a brother-sister type of relationship because when Eragon was arguing  with Saphira for taking him away instead of letting him warn Garrow and several other times, it reminded me of the type of relationship I have with my sister. We understand each other and although we may fight at times, we know we need each other and we’re able to set each other straight if we know they are wrong. That’s how I see Eragon’s and Saphira’s relationshipFavorite Character: Elva

    • MY FAVORITE CHARACTER IS ARYA WHO AGREES WITH ME?

  • Fairth

    To start with the Eragon/Saphira relationship, I don’t think that is has been a static thing even throughout Eragon (the book).  To start with, Eragon had a dragon hatch for him (at this point he doesn’t know it will be intelligent), and he has feelings of endearment and protectiveness that are like how you feel when you get a cute puppy, plus a fatherly feeling, and then you add on to that the heart-to-heart connection that comes from the dragon/rider connection.
      Then as things progress, Saphira begins to see herself in a sort of big sister (not mother) role, but, again, they also have the heart-to-heart relationship that makes things deeper than brother-sister.
      From here, you might be able to guess that I think the heart-to-heart relationship is the central point to understanding their relationship.  Think about it, if you had someone that knew you better than anyone else ever could and yet does not condemn you but actually will accept them just as they are; would you not have a profound connection with that person?  Is this trust and acceptance love?  If it’s not, then it certainly leads directly to that, it isn’t in any way marital love and the relationship is altered by the biological relationship between the two (brother-sister, best friend, parent, etc.).  For a male-female dragon-rider relationship will likely have a more even distribution between direct emotions of love and the camaraderie in going to war together than, say, a male-male dragon-rider relationship that would take more joy in “roughing each other up” and playfully making fun of the other member along with the bond of fighting “shoulder to shoulder”, and different again from a female-female combo.
      I home that adds some helpful insight on the matter.

    My favorite character is Eragon, he’s the one that I associate myself with the most.  I can resonate with some of what he’s going through.  That said, I Brom was a big contender at one point, and Murtagh was my favorite at one point, although I made a point of taking him from the top when I found out what he became (if only to guard myself from what I don’t see as a bright future for him.

    As for Galbys motivation, I think he has goals, such as squelching all resistance, that he will do anything to accomplish; and if that means letting a few Urgals do what Urgals do to some of his villages, then it fine with him because it keeps the Urgals happy and shows locals that they are only safe if he wills it to be so.

    Sorry if I was a little long-winded, there was some interesting stuff to touch on.

  • When Ajihad told Eragon “Durza will return more powerful than ever” I imagined it a little like this:
    Spirits: There’s the checkpoint, let’s reform. *Whoosh*
    Durza: >:(

  • Adilas73

    Mike, wouldnt Galby’s motovation be the Loss of his first true dragon (starts with J). And that the order would not give him another dragon egg?

    • Jarnunvosk

      • Adilas73

        yes! i was thinking that but i wasnt sure!

    • The death of his dragon was his fault. Why should thousands suffer for his own mistake? That wasn’t his motivation — it was his unraveling. It was the event that triggered his madness, and the madness is his “motivation”.

  • I think it’s BAY-oar.

  • I don’t blame Eragon for his reaction when he was healing Arya. I mean being so close to this sexy elf would make me extremely awkward, not to mention that she’s half naked as Lauren mentioned 😉 I felt pretty sorry for Eragon as he was healing her since he had to be so close to her, which would have left me sweating and turning red enough for everyone around to guess exactly what was going through my mind.

  • I bought a paperback Eragon which I bought November 2010. I has the deleted scene in the back.

  • Brendans Mommy87

    Ok an my fave character is Definitely ANGELA. lol I just absolutely love her. I love her quirkiness, but when she does get serious it is a totally different kind of cool. I love both sides of her. She is just great. I guess my second fave is Saphira. For obvious reasons I guess, she’s just awesome :0) I really like Elva too interestingly enough!

  • Crazy ray

    My favorite characters are Roran and Murtagh and the theorie of Angela being Selena is also kinda of backed up with maybe her being the one to heal murtagh cause she must of been around when it happen also why she would no of his exsitincs.

  • Crazy ray

    My favorite characters are Roran and Murtagh and the theorie of Angela being Selena is also kinda of backed up with maybe her being the one to heal murtagh cause she must of been around when it happen also why she would no of his exsitincs.

  • Arya<3

    The relationship between Eragon and Saphira is the relationship between a dragon and a rider of course :). It is it’s own thing in its entirety. 

  • Postponing the podcast? xO WHYYYYYY- …very exciting news? Ok never mind. I gotta feeling I’m about to have a hyperventilation attack once again very soon….

    • when they released the title i was in computer class and i sneaked to shurtugal.com and when i saw the title i screamed out loud that was embarrassing sorry for misspelling doesnt look right

  • lukebuscus

    i believe he kills small villages to create fear and the illusion that he is the only one with the power to protect them while not seriously damage his empire. 

    • i believe he kills small helpless villages to fill his dirty needs

    • thelton

      i believe that he kills people to make horcruxes

  • Curr

    Good stuff! It’s a good thing Chris is more on the quiet side.  Otherwise the podcast might be wayyy longer! 

  • Sara Francis

    Does anybody know what that drug that they used on Eragon?

    • Arya<3

      C.P. probably made it up.

      • Sara Francis

        But no one knowsanything about it except that it makes your brain muddy and that you can put it in food. is it  a plant? does have any other side effects? Can it be turned into a poison?

  • Anonymous

    Great podcast guys, a few things i want to mention, when you guys are talking about why galby has no motivation for sending the urgals and kull out to kill everyone they first thing i thought of was murtaghs conversation with eragon about how galby is trying to make a paradise. i think that he looks at small villages like yazuac and says hey these dont belong in my paradise im just going to get rid of it. Another thing that bothers me is that murtaghs scar is described as going from his right shoulder to his left hip, why is it so large when he was 3 when he was hit, his back wasnt that large when he was hit. ive never been hurt like that so i dont know if it stretched as he grew or something, i dont really know but its always bothered me. last but not least i feel that eragon and saphira have a mother son kind of relationship until they go to ellesmera where i think their bond turns into a bestfriend/comrade in arms kind of relationship.

    • Lil Uhura

      Scar tissue does stretch, so it’s possible that his scar would still reach all the way down his back.

  • Brendans Mommy87

    As far as Eragon and Saphira’s relationship, it is a very strange dynamic, yes. This is so new and different from both of them, I think they are still trying to figure it out. I don’t think it is a mother/son relationship or a brother/sister, friend, or anything. I think it is simply (or not simply) a dragon/rider relationship. Different from any either of them have experienced and they are still trying to sort through it. They may think they have it figured out (like us) and then they feel the need to say or do something that doesn’t quite fit. I really like it that it is pretty complicated. If you think about it, its hard to judge the dynamic between any two people. Relationships are complicated and as soon as you think you have it figured out, something happens that is does not quite seem to fit the puzzle. I think it makes them seem a lot more real :0)

  • lukebuscus

    there relation ship between Saphira and Eragon, to me, is like  a combination of a brother and sister with two very close platonic friends

  • Anonymous

    Heh heh, Durza respawning… each spirit could be an extra life

  • ckmc

    Wow, that Murtagh POV chapter sounds interesting… Also, it will answer one of the questions that came to mind while reading this part: how they formulated the escape plan when Murtagh refused to let anyone into his mind.

    As for the Durza respawn topic…

    Multiple Spirits converge out in the wilderness (wherever he was first created). He chuckles a bit at the thought of how he will get revenge for this setback, and slowly looks down.

    “Dammit.”

    He lost his clothes back in Gil’ead.

    Anyway, that’s how I imagine it. Sorry if I used a word I shouldn’t have, I just felt it was an important part.

  • iLoveDragons

    Yay, they mentioned what I emailed about Murtagh. 😀 

    My copy of Eragon is the library bound one, if that helps anyone who wants to read the excerpt in case it doesn’t get posted on Shurtugal. 

    • Arya<3

      Is it in the U.S?

      • iLoveDragons

        Yeah, I actually forgot to mention that. The edition I have is from the U.S.

         

  • iLoveDragons

    Yay, they mentioned what I emailed about Murtagh. 😀 

    My copy of Eragon is the library bound one, if that helps anyone who wants to read the excerpt in case it doesn’t get posted on Shurtugal. 

  • Arya<3

     I’m so excited for next week! Can’t wait to see what C.P. says about Angela healing Murtagh. Btw where are you guys buying your Inheritance book?

    • i am getting a pre order from amazon does that mean that as soon as november 8th hits does that mean i will get inheritance immediately? pleez help me

      • Steph

        I don’t think you’ll get it immediately. It’ll probably ship on the 8th so you’ll get it a few days later.

        • E.

          If you pre-order the ebook for kindle or nook, etc,you’ll get it instantly on the 8th!

  • Brendans Mommy87

    Can’t wait to listen…Saw it on Itunes earlier and got all excited but can’t listen until my lil guy goes to bed (or I’ll probably miss every other word, hes loud lol) which will be very shortly!!

  • Time for me to leave to see Harry Potter! Enjoy episode four!

    By the way, we do apologize for us having to skip next week… however, I guarantee it will be WELL worth the delay. It’s going to be an exciting week…

  • Time for me to leave to see Harry Potter! Enjoy episode four!

    By the way, we do apologize for us having to skip next week… however, I guarantee it will be WELL worth the delay. It’s going to be an exciting week…

    • Brendans Mommy87

      aww thats disapointing, understandable though and can’t wait to see what the week has in store!