“Big Twenty” – Exploring the HUGE Book 4 Plot Revelations Made in “Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia”

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Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia was first introduced to readers following the release of Brisingr. Christopher Paolini and Random House teamed up to offer fans a visual guide to the world of Alagaësia – one that captures the look, feel, and magic of the books in a way that the movie failed to do.

In addition to stunning artwork, Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia offered fans a brief narrative from the series’ main character – Eragon – in the form of a book or guide written by our hero for future Riders. Christopher used the Guide as a tool to offer hints at the future of Alagaësia and our heroes… hints that we are able to use to understand the events which will transpire in Book 4 and beyond. After all, Christopher has stated that the Guide takes place after the events in Book 4.

There’s a lot to learn from Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia, including the fate of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) characters, several prophecies, and more! We’ve compiled and explained each discovery for you to pick through and enjoy!

Christopher Paolini has stated that Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia was written by Eragon following the events of Book 4. This allows us to confirm that several characters survived the ultimate war, as well as the confirmation of theories, prophecies, and more!

Eragon survives the war

Whatever the war’s outcome, we now know that Eragon was alive and healthy enough to create “Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia” – a book the Rider has described as “an introduction to the most important peoples, places, and things within Alagaesia.” In his introductory letter to the reader – a young Rider in Alagaesia – Eragon explains that both he and Saphira wish they were there to train the new Rider but “a matter of utmost importance has arisen, and we must leave at once.”

This guide and the letters’ narrative confirm that Eragon has walked away from the final battles – the as-of-yet-unrevealed events of Book 4 – able enough to continue adventuring, teaching, training and exploring, confirming that our hero survived the war. Eragon’s letters and information also imply that he has accepted a role as the Riders’ new leader. He appears to be taking this role seriously from the start, realizing the importance of training Riders even while absent. The Guide is intended as instructional reading for new Riders to learn from in his and Saphira’s absence.

While we know that Eragon survived, we do not know what condition the Rider is in. Paolini did a fantastic job showing readers that even the most powerful dragons and Riders can fall prey to life-crippling injuries, as we saw with Glaedr and Oromis. While we have yet to see the final battles in the war against Galbatorix transpire, it’s safe to assume that the most challenging and dangerous still lie ahead. It’s entirely possible that Eragon was able to escape these events unscathed; however it may be more practical to assume that our hero is a bit worse for wear than he was at the start.

Saphira survives the war

While Saphira never addresses the reader directly in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia, she is mentioned by Eragon on several occasions. We know that she is alive – though what form or condition is unknown. Eragon does not state definitively that she walked away in good health nor does he mention any dire health conditions.

It’s safe to assume based on Eragon’s tone while discussing or mentioning Saphira that our favorite blue dragon is just fine. However, one should not ignore the possibility that “alive” may not mean “healthy and okay”. Saphira may have fared poorly during the war, now confined to her Eldunari. Saphira could have suffered a similar fate to Glaedr, doomed to be missing limbs, wings, or worse. We just don’t know.

While we’re left with more questions than answers, it’s refreshing to know that Saphira is still alive — in some form or another.

The Dragon Riders actually have a future

Prior to Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia, we knew there was a little hope for the future of the dragons… and through their existence, the Riders’ own survival. We know that there are two hatched male dragons – Shruikan and Thorn – in addition to one female dragon – Saphira. We also know that the final egg (green) holds a male dragon. However, we’ve never known whether or not Saphira will take a mate and repopulate the dragons…

…until now. Eragon’s letters are written to a new “young Rider” chosen by a female dragon – which we know doesn’t exist at the time of Brisingr – who has been “swept away by strangers” to train as a new Rider. This single-handedly confirms hope for the future of the dragons, as we know that the only remaining egg (at least, only known egg) is a male’s. Because of this we can assume that Saphira and nother male dragon – likely Thorn or “Greenie” – have reproduced, creating the egg that hatched a female dragon for this unnamed Rider.

This also confirms that the dragon and Rider addressed in the book are not “Greenie” and the “Green Rider”, as “Greenie” is a male dragon.

How many other eggs have been discovered or created since the events in Book 4? Is this Rider the only new Rider? Is the new Rider male or female?

Eragon and Saphira don’t leave Alagaesia forever

The Guide is clear: Eragon and Saphira are here to stay, setting up camp as de facto leaders of the dragons and Riders. However, Eragon does allude to a need for their absence, stating that he and Saphira are leaving “at once” to take care of matters elsewhere. The letters do not say where the pair have gone or how long they will be gone for, but it’s safe to assume that this is a means of satisfying the prophecy that the two will leave Alagaesia – though not forever.

However, one can also gather from this information that Saphira and Eragon have simply left to take care of matters in another part of Alagaesia. In the end, the only thing that remains clear is that Eragon and Saphira are not permanently leaving their home.

A new “baddie” plagues Alagaesia and its inhabitants

Eragon makes no attempt to hide Alagaesia’s new trouble from the young Rider, stating in his opening and closing letters:

Anyone would find the experience overwhelming, especially during such unsettled times, when an unnamed shadow stalks the land.

But, as I said before, these are unsettled times, and it is possible that you are not safe, not even within these walls.

If the unnamed shadow should attack while Saphira and I are gone, Glaedr will guide and protect the two of you.

This is troubling information. Though the letters never confirm Galbatorix’s demise, it’s safe to say that a new generation of Riders and Eragon’s semi-relaxed attitude throughout the Guide imply that Galbatorix has been dealt with in one way or another – either by death or imprisonment.

However, the Guide does not paint a happy picture for Eragon and Alagaesia following Book 4’s events. Eragon mentions an “unnamed shadow” plaguing the lands, one that he fears enough to leave Glaedr’s Eldunari in the possession of a young Rider in order to ensure the Rider and dragon’s protection while he and Saphira are gone.

This opens some important questions: what is the unnamed shadow? Is this related to Galbatorix or Shruikan? Is this related to Shades or spirits? Where did this shadow come from and why has it not been mentioned in previous books? Will we encounter this shadow in Book 4?

What this Guide doesn’t confirm

  • Who is the new King or leader of Alagaesia?
  • Who was chosen by the green dragon as its Rider?
  • Did Roran and Katrina survive the war?
  • Where is Arya and what was her fate?
  • Was Galbatorix killed, captured, or does he remain free?
  • What’s the fate of Murtagh and Thorn?
  • Nasuada? Orrin? Orik? Islanzadi?

Final thoughts and our conclusion

Reading through this with the intention of picking the content apart to find core facts and hints has lead us to one key realization: Christopher revealed a lot of information in this brief Guide. However, we believe this was intentional. Christopher made no secret of the fact that the Guide hints at events following Book 4, and seemed to be entertained at the idea of its revelations. We believe that Christopher deliberately plotted the information revealed in this book in order to stir fans theories, ideas, and questions… and to possibly send us all in the wrong direction. Could the book be hiding more than we think? Have we read too far into its meaning? Not far enough?

Story-wise, the book offers us some closure on our favorite characters and fantasy world. We know that Eragon and Saphira will make it out okay. We know that their efforts have begun to aid in the rebuilding of a dying race – the dragons. We know that Eragon and Saphira have assumed a role they were destined to take on: leaders of a new generation. Their attitudes and optimism shine through in the notes and information found within the Guide and offer hope to fans that despite the troubles still plaguing Alagaesia, good will overcome evil.

Not all has been answered here. We have much more to learn in Book 4, including the battles, trials, and tribulations that lead to the events mentioned in the Guide. We have yet to learn of the fates of some series favorites as well as the more infamous characters. We should use the information discovered in this book to theorize and guess at these events.



 



  • I was just reading a random page of Brisingr and Eragon was with Angela. She said” If anyone could answer a question it could be Tenga” what I am trying to prove is the fact that Tenga could help Eragon find where the Vault of Souls and The Rock of Kuthian is apparently Solembum doesn’t like Tenga I think this information is relevant because why would CP adds such a minor character at the last end of the series? Especially if he had trained Angela so what do you guys think?

  • Sameer jain

    i think the book lays the groundwork for another series christopher has in mind
    the young rider being the main character and the shadow is the evil he will overcome

  • Orayelle

    Angela’s prophecy specifically says “Your fate will be to leave this land forever……but you will never again set foot in Alagaësia.” implying that Eragon does, in fact, leave forever (assuming this prophecy comes true). The article, however draws the conclusion that Eragon won’t leave forever? That’s slightly odd, Mike, though I can see how you got it from the Guide.
    My opinion was that CP’s ‘hints’ were more along the line of the specifics he focused on: Elven ships and Urgals are on the very first page, which leads me to believe more than ever that CP will do a LOTRs ending and have Eragon sail away forever on the special elven ships – not extremely original, but probable, considering Angela’s prophecy.
    The Unknown Shadow is a different matter, entirely, and I have to confess I have no idea whatsoever what it is……I don’t even have theories!

    • guest

      my opinion on the prophecy is that nothing is set in stone and at some point in book 4(similar to the boat ride with arya and the story of the elf that killed himself to stop the future from happening), eragon will come to realize this and plan for a return perhaps?

      • Orayelle

        I considered that, but Angela *specifically* says “It will come to pass even if you try to avoid it.” Eragon, pg. 204 – Of course, that may just be referring to leaving Alagaësia and not that he would never return, but it implies finality in his leaving. Also he might not want to return? Maybe where he’s going is better, or hard to travel to-and-from, or there are any number of other reasons why he would never return. Maybe even the Unknown Shadow drives them from the land, why not? The Unknown Shadow could be what drove Palencar to Alagaësia in the first place!

    • i like it but my theory is the true name of alagaesia being discovered by galbatorix

    • i like it but my theory is the true name of alagaesia being discovered by galbatorix

  • Dumbdumbdumb510

    i think it’s a set up for a spin off series in which eragon will play a significantly reduced role 

  • Dumbdumbdumb510

    i think it’s a set up for a spin off series in which eragon will play a significantly reduced role 

  • Dumbdumbdumb510

    i think it’s a set up for a spin off series in which eragon will play a significantly reduced role 

  • arya_drottningu

    did anyone notice that the handprint with the gedwey ignasia on it was a left hand? also i think that arya is left handed as in eragon it says that she draws her sword with her left hand.

  • arya_drottningu

    did anyone notice that the handprint with the gedwey ignasia on it was a left hand? also i think that arya is left handed as in eragon it says that she draws her sword with her left hand.

  • Alec venecia

    Mike, new big twenty?

  • Anonymous

    What time does today’s Big 20 come out?

  • CJ

    i think the new rider is an elf  because elves know about dragon’s heart of hearts and it was not usually revealed to new riders lightly

    • Fairth

      Do they?  I’m pretty sure that Arya didn’t know about them until Eragon get permission to tell her.

    • Anonymous

      Elves do not know about the heart of hearts. Even arya didnt know and she is the queen’s daughter

  • I am Mike’s side for this one because if Murtagh and Selena can change their true names and chhange their lives maybe the same may happen to eragon

  • CP SHOULD BAN THE MOVIE FROM THE US!!!!!!!1 INPROPABLE

    • imawesome

      how about make another one? the original was awful!

      • Yeah they should ban the first one so people should stop thinking that the book is dumb and cp should be the director

    • imawesome

      how about make another one? the original was awful!

  • its really saphira- its not everyday that a dragon -meaning saphira chooses you-eragon-to be her rider

  • I was showing an example with the us and europe but you dont think it will be conmfusing 2 different places with the same name like identical twins in a similar-like way

  • Ecorumx1b4

    An unnamed shadow is one of the following
    A shade this is the least likely since he would have said it was a shade.
    A rogue dragon rider gains plausibility as time passes from the end of inheritance
    A grey folk if at some point in the last book they discover the true name for magic and try to change it it may result in the appearance of grey folk assuming they are still alive which if there is a grey folk nation eragon would have to go and try to make peace
    A new creature possible if magic manifests itself when tampering with magics properties this would be completely unnamable since it would be unlike any creature known

    • I think Galby found the NAME for the ancient language and when he was defeated it casted an evil being all over Alagaesia what do you guys think

      • Emma

        Not a bad theory actually 😀

      • Emma

        Not a bad theory actually 😀

  • Ecorumx1b4

    An unnamed shadow is one of the following
    A shade this is the least likely since he would have said it was a shade.
    A rogue dragon rider gains plausibility as time passes from the end of inheritance
    A grey folk if at some point in the last book they discover the true name for magic and try to change it it may result in the appearance of grey folk assuming they are still alive which if there is a grey folk nation eragon would have to go and try to make peace
    A new creature possible if magic manifests itself when tampering with magics properties this would be completely unnamable since it would be unlike any creature known

  • flyer

    Thanks for summing up the main revelations from the ‘Guide’. However, you have assumed that the green dragon comes from the remaining egg. While this may be true, ‘Greenie’ could just as easily be a wild dragon that has been in hiding.

    • Not really. The name “Greenie” is in reference to the specific green dragon that will (or is supposed to) come out of the remaining egg. There may be a wild dragon in hiding, but it won’t be Greenie.

    • Tenna Wan

      CP has confirmed that there are no more dragons or Riders in Alagasiea.

  • Arya

    i hope arya dose not die

  • Lewis

    Would just like to point this out, 
    “If the unnamed shadow should attack while Saphira and I are gone, Glaedr will guide and protect you”
    It does NOT mention Greenie & his rider (hopefully Arya) who would be more suited than Glaedr to protecting the new members of the order as they actually have a physical form. I have not read the guide but I don’t think it mentions Greenie and its rider leaving with Eragon & Saphira. This leads me to believe they may have perished in the war, and if Arya was the rider and is now dead I will NOT be pleased!

    • Hrothgar

      i just reread the entire guide and it did not say anything about the green dragon and his rider. I think what you said would be the most probable thing but I think that would be a stupid thing to happen if the green dragon/rider died.

    • Hrothgar

      i just reread the entire guide and it did not say anything about the green dragon and his rider. I think what you said would be the most probable thing but I think that would be a stupid thing to happen if the green dragon/rider died.

    • Gillian

      Or the reason Eragon and Saphira have to leave could be because they have to go help Arya (if she’s the rider) and the green dragon. So maybe they’re still alive….

  • Claire

    one thing i just thought of, there is no timeline. for all we know the guide could be a hundred years on from the end of book four

  • Claire

    one thing i just thought of, there is no timeline. for all we know the guide could be a hundred years on from the end of book four

    • Esmeraldi

      true…

    • talking about the time setting i wanted to bring this up for a while you know off topic question when do you thibnk this took place in 1800s? 1900s?

  • Guest

    I think the point of the guide is just to show that life went on with new challenges and ways to keep occupied and that the “story” doesn’t end when CP writes “happily ever after the end”.

  • Sushrut Shringarputale

    It also shows that they either don’t lose Glaedr’s Eldunari or whatever but just that Glaedr is safe, although still detached from Oromis.

  • the logical answer

    So here is my thought on things. In Brisingir, ormosis said when Eragon brought up the idea to learn more about spirits, that it was not a good idea, for there had never been a Shade Dragon Rider. It is my theory that A young dragon rider  tries to summon spirits,then controlled by a shade.I know that this sounds like Hrothgars, but to me this seems more logical.

    • Tenna Wan

      I think Murtagh and Thorn are the first Rider/dragon Shade.

  • Hrothgar

    Ok. so my theory about the unnamed shadow is that angela is a descendant of the grey folk and she has just been faking the whole “not being very good a magic” thing and during the final battle against galbatorix she summons a ton of spirits who end up taking control of her and turn her into a shade. so not only is the unnamed shadow a grey  folk but also a shade and therefore is extremely powerful. this is just an idea please leave ur thoughts

    • the logical thinker

      I really like your idea. This makes some sence. It is said that Angela will have an incounter with a shade. The only  thing is I do not think that they would leave the shade to just stay. I think the Elves and Eragon would really do something about it.
       

    • Er… well, this would only work if the grey folk didn’t lose all their magic like they were said to have.

      Anyway, I get the feeling that if Angela was to have an encounter with a shade, she would be defeating it, not becoming one.

  • Mattsmistake

    It says Eragon stayed in Alagaesia, but left somewhere (possibly in Alagaesia, possibly not), not that he would never leave. All of Angela’s predictions so far have come true, so I have full faith that Eragon and Saphira will leave and never come back. My theory is that the ‘Unnamed shadow’ as CP put it, is an entity from another land, and Eragon and Arya (assuming the green egg hatches for her) leave to the land from which it originates to find a way to stop it. Whether they die trying or end up staying in that land I don’t know. But I do believe Angela’s prediction will happen.

    • Zeff

      While it does (the prophecy that is) say that he leaves never to return, it never says When! He might leave when he’s really old?

    • Lalala

      Maybe leaving forever means… Dying=?

      • I dont think so it says that Eragon might revive Brom back to life if he can do that then when Eragon dies Brom will revive him back and so on and so forth

      • I dont think so it says that Eragon might revive Brom back to life if he can do that then when Eragon dies Brom will revive him back and so on and so forth

    • Jack

       okay, super vague, but i do recall something being said of terrible creatures that plagued the lands north of alagaesia…if anyone would care to reply to this question that’d be awesome.

  • Nicholasyh

    I think that Eragon and Saphira didn’t kill Galbatorix, but severely weakened him, and he escaped and fled to some other land, and Eragon has to go and take care of him once and for all. The new evil… idk, could be a shade rider, could be and evil from the elves land that is coming to Alagaesia, idk.

  • BigFan

    im thinking that it could be one of the Gray Folk, one who turned evil

    • BigFan

      i mean, they were supposed to be one of the most powerful beings in existence, and in the books it says that after they did that big spell that made the ancient language the language of magic, they went and got partners(wives or husbands), and im guessing that this “shadow” is one of their descendants, or one of the Grey Folk (not sure if they were immortal, but they could be considering their power)

      • Esmeraldi

        they were, and elves became immortals by dragon power

      • Esmeraldi

        they were, and elves became immortals by dragon power

      • Esmeraldi

        they were, and elves became immortals by dragon power

  • Slash923

    First thing that came to mind when i heard “unnamed shadow” was one of the forsworns dragons as did they not have there names removed, leaving them powerless by all account but maybe one is back? wild speculation but hey 😛

    • Lalala

      Maybe a Shade Dragon from the Forsworn? o.O

  • Chewy371

    it also could be the leader of the ra’zaac. i know eragon killed off the last of their kind but the leader could be in the distant land where the humans came from. after all they could have been the reason why they left

  • AvaAnnaZ

    Here’s a thought that just occurred to me: didn’t CP say in the books that when the elves came to Alagaesia from Alalea, their homeland, they were fleeing an evil that had taken over? If so, perhaps it is an evil of a similar kind which is this new ‘shadow’ in Alagaesia. Just a theory, though.

    • Apussoccerkid

      You have a good point. It could be possible, or it could be something entirely different, you never know!

    • Esmeraldi

      maybe the ra’zzac leader took a dragon from a rider (like Galby) & bound itself to it with help from another evil (new shade?) and is the “unnamed” shadow (black) 

    • Esmeraldi

      maybe the ra’zzac leader took a dragon from a rider (like Galby) & bound itself to it with help from another evil (new shade?) and is the “unnamed” shadow (black) 

      • Imaronjongirl

        I don’t see the logic in a Ra’zac bonding itself to a dragon. Why would it? In a few years, it would turn into a Lethrblaka and then where would they be? Awkward…It would be able to fly and would possess many of the skills a dragon would have (minus the magic and strength).  

        • Fairth

          I doubt it’s even possible.  They weren’t included in the pact, for one.  Also, I doubt a dragon would hatch for one and they can’t force one to join with them because they don’t have magic in the first place.

    • Esmeraldi

      maybe the ra’zzac leader took a dragon from a rider (like Galby) & bound itself to it with help from another evil (new shade?) and is the “unnamed” shadow (black) 

    • Esmeraldi

      maybe the ra’zzac leader took a dragon from a rider (like Galby) & bound itself to it with help from another evil (new shade?) and is the “unnamed” shadow (black) 

    • if that were to happen and eragon goes to alaea to kill it and defeat it then it is a simple probem:Arya+Eragon=True Love forever

    • if that were to happen and eragon goes to alaea to kill it and defeat it then it is a simple probem:Arya+Eragon=True Love forever

  • XEldest

    I do belive that the new threat is a Shade Rider. That Shade once being Murtagh or (possibly Arya). If not then it is most likely something entirely new and powerful. I doubt it is Galbatorix. And who knows maybe there will be many more books on Eragon and Saphira. Maye the Inheritance Cycle was just on the war between the Varden and the Empire. CP said we would see other lands but he never daid we would not still follow Eragon and saphira

  • XEldest

    I do belive that the new threat is a Shade Rider. That Shade once being Murtagh or (possibly Arya). If not then it is most likely something entirely new and powerful. I doubt it is Galbatorix. And who knows maybe there will be many more books on Eragon and Saphira. Maye the Inheritance Cycle was just on the war between the Varden and the Empire. CP said we would see other lands but he never daid we would not still follow Eragon and saphira

  • A fool

    I agree with H.W. in the sense that the Ra’zac or their original coutrymen (people?creatures?) may be responsible for the new threat to Alegasia.

  • Anonymous

    Where is your proof? where does it say that dark magic can hatch a dragon egg? 

  • Anonymous

    where is your proof?
    where does it say that you can use dark magic to hatch a dragon egg? 

  • Anonymous

    where is your proof?
    where does it say that you can use dark magic to hatch a dragon egg? 

  • Rubydragon

    At least we know for sure that Glaedr survives the war. At first I thought that once the war was over that Glaedr would be set free from his Eldunari. I wonder what he is going to do to help Eragon and Saphira. Any ideas?

    • I wonder if humans had eldunaris how it would look like inside that would be cool because instead of funerals and cremations we could hhave advice from our loved ones with us and we ould still seek advice from them it is just an off topic point

      • Rubydragon

        There’s something like that in a pc game called Myst Revelation.

      • Rubydragon

        There’s something like that in a pc game called Myst Revelation.

        • I have to check it out thanks

        • I have to check it out thanks

    • I wonder if humans had eldunaris how it would look like inside that would be cool because instead of funerals and cremations we could hhave advice from our loved ones with us and we ould still seek advice from them it is just an off topic point

    • I wonder if humans had eldunaris how it would look like inside that would be cool because instead of funerals and cremations we could hhave advice from our loved ones with us and we ould still seek advice from them it is just an off topic point

    • I wonder if humans had eldunaris how it would look like inside that would be cool because instead of funerals and cremations we could hhave advice from our loved ones with us and we ould still seek advice from them it is just an off topic point

    • I wonder if humans had eldunaris how it would look like inside that would be cool because instead of funerals and cremations we could hhave advice from our loved ones with us and we ould still seek advice from them it is just an off topic point

    • I wonder if humans had eldunaris how it would look like inside that would be cool because instead of funerals and cremations we could hhave advice from our loved ones with us and we ould still seek advice from them it is just an off topic point

  • Mr. Anonymous

    I think that our uncertainty over whether Eragon will leave Alegasia forever was key. I wish I had not been told. When the time comes and we learn that he would not actually leave forever, it would have been a moment of incredible relief but now we pretty much know that they will be okay. Maybe its just me but I think leaving that tension and uncertainty in there was one of Paolini’s greatest assets to keeping the story from losing its edge.

    Oh well, that’s why I hate spoilery stuff– it spoils stuff!

    • AvaAnnaZ

      Exactly! To give an example, had we known that Harry Potter was going to live, readers would perhaps have been gratefully relieved but equally the anticipation of the final book would have been greatly diminished.

    • The Dark Lord of Darkness

      It’s true that the Guide removes some of the suspense from Inheritance, but in my mind that the destination is known matters less than the journey one takes to arrive at it.  There are more than enough unanswered questions to make me want to read it.
      As for the Unnamed Shadow… could be a Shade, evil dragon, evil Rider, Ra’zac, some combination thereof, or an entirely new horror the likes of which poor Alagaesia has never seen before. XD  In fact, if such a monstrosity is plaguing the lands, it must be something of utmost and dire urgency for Eragon to leave things in the hands of a trainee… Sets the groundwork for the sequels CP promised after his non-Inhertiance Cycle novel is written, anyway.

    • The Dark Lord of Darkness

      It’s true that the Guide removes some of the suspense from Inheritance, but in my mind that the destination is known matters less than the journey one takes to arrive at it.  There are more than enough unanswered questions to make me want to read it.
      As for the Unnamed Shadow… could be a Shade, evil dragon, evil Rider, Ra’zac, some combination thereof, or an entirely new horror the likes of which poor Alagaesia has never seen before. XD  In fact, if such a monstrosity is plaguing the lands, it must be something of utmost and dire urgency for Eragon to leave things in the hands of a trainee… Sets the groundwork for the sequels CP promised after his non-Inhertiance Cycle novel is written, anyway.

      • troll

        you say some combintaion thereof
        so what if it is an evil shade razac riding an evil shade dragon?!?!?
        CP said animals could become shades
        what if the unamed shadow is awhole bunch of those red eyed bunnies he mentioned that are all shades (queue scene from monty pythons quest for the holy grail)

    • PhilipAguiar

      He still might leave Alegasia forever. It says he has to leave Alegasia for some reason but it never says he returns from his trip.

  • Ok, pretty much all living being have kids/eggs in one-way-or-another, so….can’t the Ra’zac have eggs? I don’t think that’s the shadow, but people keep saying that all the Ra’zac are dead, and think the they MUST have eggs that have yet to hatch and/or already hatched.

    • In eldest the reason why the razac took Katrina was to maet with her to have eggs thats disgusting but thats why they took Katrina in the first place for 2w reasons- sloan tunred back on Carvahall and they tried to mate with Katrina

      • Dammit

        D: just realized, what if the child isn’t Roran’s?….

        • thats what i was thinking maybe that might be a new threat maybee the child is 1/2 razac? 1/2 Human because I dont think she will get pregnant that fast I mean it was like 2 weeks later her belly started to bulge who knows but a good thought

        • thats what i was thinking maybe that might be a new threat maybee the child is 1/2 razac? 1/2 Human because I dont think she will get pregnant that fast I mean it was like 2 weeks later her belly started to bulge who knows but a good thought

  • Hominid

    Actually, I believe the Guide does mention Islanzadí in the present tense, so I believe that means she is alive at the end of the Cycle.

    • Anonymous

      I am pretty certain of that as well. CP has said that this is the inheritance cycle because the kids are inheriting thier parents things. Nasuada took over Ajahads roll in leading the varden. Orik took over Hrothgar’s position as the leader of the dwarfs. even Murtagh took over the place of his father’s at Galby’s right hand. so it is safe to say that Islandzadi will die as well and Arya will become queen of the Elves. And if Eragon and her get together then he become the king of the elves. which is awkward for the elves, but he looks enough like them. 

    • Anonymous

      I am pretty certain of that as well. CP has said that this is the inheritance cycle because the kids are inheriting thier parents things. Nasuada took over Ajahads roll in leading the varden. Orik took over Hrothgar’s position as the leader of the dwarfs. even Murtagh took over the place of his father’s at Galby’s right hand. so it is safe to say that Islandzadi will die as well and Arya will become queen of the Elves. And if Eragon and her get together then he become the king of the elves. which is awkward for the elves, but he looks enough like them. 

      • Matt

        I think Nasuada will be killed off and Eragon will become leader of the varden, just like his father.

        • AvaAnnaZ

          Maybe, although inheritance is not necessarily from parent to child. Eragon might instead inherit Oromis’ role as teacher of the dragon riders, he may inherit the original Eragon’s role, of bringing piece the land and (re-)starting the ‘race’ of the Dragon Riders. Likewise, Arya might not directly inherit her mother’s role. Especially if Arya is the next rider – a rider and a leader of a race would perhaps be considered to be too much power to bestow upon a single person.

          • Anonymous

            uhm. eragon taking oromis’ role is pretty clear in the Guide.

        • AvaAnnaZ

          Maybe, although inheritance is not necessarily from parent to child. Eragon might instead inherit Oromis’ role as teacher of the dragon riders, he may inherit the original Eragon’s role, of bringing piece the land and (re-)starting the ‘race’ of the Dragon Riders. Likewise, Arya might not directly inherit her mother’s role. Especially if Arya is the next rider – a rider and a leader of a race would perhaps be considered to be too much power to bestow upon a single person.

        • AvaAnnaZ

          Maybe, although inheritance is not necessarily from parent to child. Eragon might instead inherit Oromis’ role as teacher of the dragon riders, he may inherit the original Eragon’s role, of bringing piece the land and (re-)starting the ‘race’ of the Dragon Riders. Likewise, Arya might not directly inherit her mother’s role. Especially if Arya is the next rider – a rider and a leader of a race would perhaps be considered to be too much power to bestow upon a single person.

        • AvaAnnaZ

          Maybe, although inheritance is not necessarily from parent to child. Eragon might instead inherit Oromis’ role as teacher of the dragon riders, he may inherit the original Eragon’s role, of bringing piece the land and (re-)starting the ‘race’ of the Dragon Riders. Likewise, Arya might not directly inherit her mother’s role. Especially if Arya is the next rider – a rider and a leader of a race would perhaps be considered to be too much power to bestow upon a single person.

        • Anonymous

          but when they overthrow galby the varden’s purpose will no longer exist. 

        • berry21

          If I remeber correctly, Brom was never the leader of the Varden. He never wanted to be, but he was one of thier most important people on the outside.

          • Dammit

            He was leader of the Varden, I think Oromis or Ajihad said so

          • Dammit

            He was leader of the Varden, I think Oromis or Ajihad said so

          • Dammit

            He was leader of the Varden, I think Oromis or Ajihad said so

          • Dammit

            He was leader of the Varden, I think Oromis or Ajihad said so

          • Dammit

            He was leader of the Varden, I think Oromis or Ajihad said so

  • b2s

    Are we sure the colour of Shruikan initially was black?Or was it changed by Gallbatorix’s dark magic?As far as i remember Shruikan was twisted by G’s magic.not hatched to him.So the another egg might never hatch in the 4th book?

    • BlackOp

      No, CP mentioned in an interview that Shruikan has always been black, but that Galbatorix and Morzan named him.

    • BlackOp

      No, CP mentioned in an interview that Shruikan has always been black, but that Galbatorix and Morzan named him.

    • Arvindr

      Off course that egg hatches, why else put a green dragon on the cover if it does not apear anyway??

  • There is one point Mike didn’t address in this article, and that’s the bit about “Dragons of the Empire” Where It says “Thorn and Shruikan WERE both slaves to Galbatorix…” This means they are either dead or freed from Galbatorix, whether he’s dead or not. 

    • troll

      oh
      guess its time for a re-write of the big twenty about saphira’s choise of mate

    • Imaronjongirl

      As much as I hate to think it, I believe Thorn and Murtagh both die. In Angela’s vision, she saw only 2 dragons leaving across the sea. If we assume this refers to Saphira and Greenie, then that means Thorn stayed in Alagaesia. However, in the guide, Eragon says to the new Rider that he wishes he could have stayed and trained him or her. If Murtagh and Thorn were indeed alive (and good), why could they not train the new rider themselves?  I believe they sacrifice themselves to help Eragon and Saphira.

  • Giulia

    Maybe this shadow is some sort of creature that was controling or influencing Galbatorix all the time?

    Btw… You could write the next one about Murtagh, han? It would be awesome! lol

  • Giulia

    This series is fantastic! You’re doing a great job! Congrats!
    But I do believe that Christopher just wanted us to go to the wrong thinking ou maybe give us a false sense of knowlege.

  • I still like the movie, but I also love the books, and I liked some things in this book (The Guide) better then how the movie made it look. But the movie introduced me to the series, and I found the movie to be a nice little film.

    • Anonymous

      i like the movie too but when i start watching it i get so mad at all of the liberties that they took with it. 

  • Jhalsey166

    Ok…what if the unnamed enemy is Murtag AND Thorn as a mega shade? And Eragon and Saphira are off fighting it?! Eh? Fits!

  • gman123

    this is totally off topic but i thought this would be really cool.  You know about the board game risk and that versions have been made to other stories such as star wars and lord of the rings. I thought it would be really cool if they made a version of risk with alagaesia and possibly the land across the sea as the land trying to be conquered.  

  • Imaronjongirl

    Oh and another thought…it seems no one has considered Shruikan as Saphira’s potential mate. If he survives, that is. For some reason, I can’t see Saphira wanting a dragon younger than her, even if they instinctively know the entire history of their race. 

    • Anonymous

      Saphira is hardly a year older than Thorn, so I think he has more potential to be Saphira’s mate than Shruikan. Shruikan has been under Galbatorix’s control for a long time whereas Thorn has only been controlled for a short time. I do think that Greenie has the most potential to be Saphira’s mate. Why don’t you think Saphira would like a younger dragon? Considering Dragon’s are immortal, a year or two won’t make a huge difference to them. Considering that (and, if in fact age does affect dragon’s love lives), Saphira would probably rather be with Thorn (her own age) than Shruikan (a lot older).

      • Guest

        Why would Shruikan’s age matter to Saphira? Saphira admitted in Eldest that she thought Glaedr would be her mate to rebuild the dragon race, and he’s MUCH older than Shruikan!

    • i do consider that thought it isnt shruikans fault he is on the bad side he wasnt even hatched before he turned bad poor little dragon

    • AvaAnnaZ

      Shruikan is absolutely ancient however – he has existed since before the Fall. Even if Saphira wanted to mate with him, to him it might be like mating with a hatchling. Perhaps not dissimilarly to how Arya regards or seems to regard Eragon. (although personally I do think that Arya and Eragon will end up together)

    • AvaAnnaZ

      Shruikan is absolutely ancient however – he has existed since before the Fall. Even if Saphira wanted to mate with him, to him it might be like mating with a hatchling. Perhaps not dissimilarly to how Arya regards or seems to regard Eragon. (although personally I do think that Arya and Eragon will end up together)

  • Imaronjongirl

    I’m inclined to believe the “unnamed shadow” is a shade, but something occurred to me that I have to write down. It could be a dragon. A large dragon’s wings would create a shadow. I mean, if we want to get really technical. I know Paolini stated there would be no more new dragon riders, but this could be a dragon alone. Specifically, one of the evil dragons from The Fall. Just because the characters believe there are only 3 dragons alive, doesn’t mean they’re right. This is just what they believe. And it has never been denied by Paolini that there is another dragon, just another Rider. This would also explain the “unnamed” part. Obviously they would not be able to speak this dragon’s name due to the Banishing of the Names.
    To bash my own theory now, I don’t understand why a single dragon would be a problem for Eragon, Saphira, Glaedr, Greenie and his Rider (Arya), and a host of other helpers, namely Angela and the Elves. Especially since I have the feeling that Eragon and Saphira come across or receive some new profound knowledge or power that helps them defeat Galbatorix. 
    So, with that…it’s a shade! Haha!

    And may I say, I really hope Shruikan survives and regains a semblance of his former self. He didn’t choose this life and it would send a good message if a being that twisted was able to change and become good once again.

    Thats is all.  😀

  • Cilmion

    just on the “dragons die when there riders do” thing they do not and we see this happen oromis is killed and glaedr lives on untill thorn gets to him but he didnt die right when oromis died you could have just as easy kept going he was just confused and lost without his other half with him anymore.

  • Chrstphrclmn

    I’m thinking that this is mostly for confirmation of a follow up series, rather than actual hints to the 4th book.

    • Kathryn

      Christopher said that a reader who was paying attention could pick up clues to “Inheritance” from the Guide.

    • Kathryn

      Christopher said that a reader who was paying attention could pick up clues to “Inheritance” from the Guide.

  • Anonymous

    This makes me want to read book for so badly…. It’s driving me insane 🙁

  • Ok, look, I’m entitled to the the whole dragons die when their Riders’ die. Kathryn, really? I know what I read and that’s what it said. If I’m wrong, don’t keep pointing it out. As for the Shruiken & Galby thing, Galbatorix twisted him with dark magic, and that’s why he didn’t die when his original Rider died. That’s stated enough time in the series. For my opinion on the shadow thing, I will admit I kinda like the theory with Murtagh being the Shade and/or shadow ( I think the shadow is a Shade,) though I like Murtagh and I hope that’s not the case. And I also think that either Eragon will leave Alagaseia by either dying (which, by the way, people are now starting to agree with me on that,) or if he changes and/or already changed his true name, the prophecy changed, too. Sorry for the rant.

    • Belgarion

      You told Kathryn not to point out the fact that you’re wrong, but you didn’t tell the rest of us to abstain from that.

      • Oh my God…..All I’m saying is that you don’t have to keep correcting me, and I quote, “I know what I read  and that’s what it said. If I’m wrong, don’t keep pointing it out.” And, sorry, but that’s my opinion it’s not gonna change. Someone has already tried to correct me, and I don’t need other people doing the exact thing. And if you or someone else does correct me for something that I’m already aware of, you’re not gonna get a response for me. Yet again, sorry for the rant.

        • &TH

          CP himself said that the dragon does not die, when the rider dies. For further evidence read the chapter about Eldunari in brisng. And the chapter where Glaedr gives eragon his HOH. Eragon specifically asked what IF Oromis dies, you would live without him?
          He says yes, in A HOH or in the FLESH

          • Anonymous

            “Do you know why losing your dragon, or vice versa usually kills the survivor?…The pain is shock enough….but what really causes the damage is feeling part of your mind, part of your identity, die.”
            Quote form Oromis, pages 280 and 281 of Eldest. This states that a dragon -can- die with it’s rider, though that does not mean it will. Therefore, it has absalutly nothing to do with the pile of *insert expletive here* that was the movie, and both points of view are correct to an extent.
            /end argument 🙂

    • troll

      WHAT THE FRIK GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE MOVIE
      DRAGONS DO NOT NOT NOT NOT NOOOTOTOTOTOTTTTTT DIE
      WHEN THEIR RIDERS DO!!!!!!!

      • This is the last time I’m going to say this; I’m not referring to the movie. Look on page 53 of Eragon then you will see what I’m talking about and why I’m confused on what Brom and Oromis both said, because they’re both saying different things.

      • Fairth

        Yelling isn’t going to do anyone any good, the reasons why dragons can live on after their riders death have been given, if she chooses to ignore fact, she has the right to do so.

        To Halley:  If you want to keep believing that, it’s up to you, but I’ve noticed that nobody has brought the exact text to the table to which you refer.  I would like to do this.

        ” ‘Sorry, my mind was elsewhere.  Yes, a dragon will live for quite a while, forever, in fact, as long as it isn’t killed and its Rider doesn’t die.’ ”

        ” ‘If dragons die when their Riders do, they could only live to be sixty or seventy.  You said during your…narration that Riders lived for hundreds of years, but that’s impossible.’ ”

        The first thing that I would like to point out is that right after this Brom says “What is possible is subjective.”  That, by itself, means nothing, but consider this, Eragon took what Brom said (a general fact) and drew a conclusion from it that is made quite clear to be false by Broms response.  The main point is that Eragon (still new to this) made the statement, not Brom (the expert).
        A good proof, that does not make, but think about when you try to teach someone something that they know nothing about.  Sometimes there are things that the student needs to know, but teaching them the whole truth about it would require stopping the current lesson in order to teach a new one (which would undoubtably require other “sub-lessons”), not a good idea.  So, what do you do?  You tell them a general truth about it and expect them to accept it for the time being so you can teach them what they need know for the current lesson.  This is exactly what Brom is doing.

        Sorry if I got a little long winded, but there you have it.  Take it or leave it, I care not.

      • i do understamd your point of view but man do you need some anger pills take a chill it is everyone’s opinions wether we think they are wrong or not we cant say because we dont know what will happen in inheritance after we all read the book then we all can atleast see who was right and who was wrong does everyone agree with me?

      • i do understamd your point of view but man do you need some anger pills take a chill it is everyone’s opinions wether we think they are wrong or not we cant say because we dont know what will happen in inheritance after we all read the book then we all can atleast see who was right and who was wrong does everyone agree with me?

      • i do understamd your point of view but man do you need some anger pills take a chill it is everyone’s opinions wether we think they are wrong or not we cant say because we dont know what will happen in inheritance after we all read the book then we all can atleast see who was right and who was wrong does everyone agree with me?

      • i do understamd your point of view but man do you need some anger pills take a chill it is everyone’s opinions wether we think they are wrong or not we cant say because we dont know what will happen in inheritance after we all read the book then we all can atleast see who was right and who was wrong does everyone agree with me?

      • i do understamd your point of view but man do you need some anger pills take a chill it is everyone’s opinions wether we think they are wrong or not we cant say because we dont know what will happen in inheritance after we all read the book then we all can atleast see who was right and who was wrong does everyone agree with me?

  • thaks

  • thanks the movie got in my head it is hard to keep the facts straight

  • i know that now thank you for the fix up that damn movie just screwed up the books and the ACTUAL facts thanks kathryn

  • what if the new rider doesnt even know arya what if she left or died before maybe she doesnt even know that there is a new rider but i think she will

  • I had always wondered this… but why on the first letter there is blood on it?????????

    • MegaRetard

      It’s a seal, hot wax that u stamp with a crest so people know if it is from like a king and so that you know if it has been open.

  • hmmmm

    this may be off topic but i dont know. When he was talking about there being another female dragon that sent off the little voice in my head saying vault of souls.Because he way i think of it, The vault of souls could contain tons of eldunari or dragon eggs. Either one but it makes sense in my mind because those are souls.

  • MegaRetard

    Were is the the rider of greenie and greenie? Couldn’t they teach the new rider? Or are they occupied too, or are they died…

    • ShrimpyJess

      Greenie and his rider can’t teach the new rider because they aren’t trained as real riders. Riders learn things others don’t, so even if Greenie’s rider is Arya, Eragon will know more about being a rider than she will.

  • AvaAnnaZ

    I know this is kind of irrelevant but all of this discussion of potential new riders and dragons has made me think about something I came across a while ago which I am sure many people will remember: when I heard CP say that there is a strong likelihood that Saphira would have hatched for Murtagh, before Eragon even entered the picture, had her egg been offered to him, (I think that he said it in an interview with Mike). I always found this rather sad. The idea that every dragon only has one person for whom they will hatch, i.e. Saphira for Eragon, made the bond seem even more special to me, somehow. But, on a more relevant note, perhaps the fact that Saphira shows or would have shown such an affinity with Murtagh could be a hint towards a future relationship or at least friendship with Thorn. Sorry about the randomness of this comment, by the way.

  • Daeren

    i think the hints of an unnamed shadow are just set up for possible future books

  • Deryk1490

    maybe unamed shadow could also include a threat that doesn’t have a name in the ancient language and therefore outside the restrictions of normal mages or magi’s

  • Colonel Graff

    It says an “unnamed shadow.” This makes me inclined to think that they don’t know what it is, and that it will not be revealed in Book 4. It’s probably a set up for future books, and will only be revealed when they come out.

    • AvaAnnaZ

      I’m not certain but didn’t CP once say that future books would most likely concern the previous generation, i.e. Broms adventures and the creation of the Varden. I’m not sure that he currently intends to continue with future events after book 4 is completed.

  • Anonymous

    I have to admit i haven’t actually read the guide- i was aware of it but have never seen it in bookshops. However, i’m not entirely convinced by the argument that Eragon does not leave Alagaesia. I would love if it proved to be true, as it would mean Christopher would be following the path of the future not being set in stone. On the other hand, I think its possible that “leaving Alagaesia never to return” could reffer to Eragon’s future death. After all, Angela never stated -when- the fortune would come to pass, only that it would. Plus there is the matter of his dream early in the first book, meaning that he may yet leave once the Riders have been founded properly.

    • Tristan-skinner

      i like the idea that leaving alagaesia forever was actually eragon’s death, never thought of the before, I always had a weird idea in my mind that Eragon would go back to alalea (the origanal land of the elves) but maybe that’s just me being an ‘lotr’ fan 🙂

      • thats what I always wanted to happen even today

      • thats what I always wanted to happen even today

    • Deryk1490

      maybe it means that after he dies….naturally of course…..that he will be the last eragon in existence and the future possibly be some spell or another.
       

    • I just borrowed it at the library but I wasnt really paying attention to it just the illustrations now I have to order it all over again

    • I just borrowed it at the library but I wasnt really paying attention to it just the illustrations now I have to order it all over again

  • firemonkey

    Great article!  I’m guessing the unnamed shadow is Galbatorix’s shade that he creates in his final battle against Eragon.

  • Guest

    I’m more focused on what is going on in book 4 CP didn’t tell us too much added more mystery

  • Alexstlouis

    Here’s some food for thought. Eragon writes the guide as if to somebody who doesn’t know anything about Alagaesia. It seems he goes into great depth about the humans, elves, dwarves, Ra’zac, Urgals, cities, and so on and so forth. To me, most of the information is common knowledge any Alagaesian ought to know. My theory? Perhaps the dragon rider he is writing to is a newcomer from outside Alagaesia, as well as his dragon. If so, this could have extraordinary implications for the Inheritance cycle, as it would mean that there may be more dragons outside of Alagaesia. On an unrelated topic, I have been thinking. Remember how it was said Galbatorix has not stepped outside of his citadel for over 40 years? What if something has happened to him, rendering him physically incapable of opposing Eragon? Just my two cents, do with it what you will!

    • Deryk1490

      like being terribly overweight…i mean he IS the most powerful mage in all of alagaesia why would he ever get up you know and i bet he doesnt have many friends so he is probably pretty sad about that as well…..

      • T-s

        Now you just got me thinking about an overweight galbatorix eating loadsa food and squishing shruikan 🙂

        • poor eragon he has too fight a fat dragon rider that has powerful magic how will he hover around the air and fight

          • Anonymous

            talk about a lame boss battle

          • hey but if g gets fat think about it i dont think shruikan would like to carry him so he might be dragonless

    • Tristan-skinner

      Towards the last point about Galbatorix being unable to leave the castle, it was mentioned in Eragon while they are in Dras-Leona looking for the ra’zac that he was actually going to leave his castle for the first time in 40 years, while we never see this event happening, there is no evidence against it and so it appears Galbatorix does have the strength to leave his castle.

    • Tenna Wan

      I had the same thoughts about the Guide.I already knew all of the stuff in it.The only thing it did for me was help the visualization of Urgals and Ellesmera.However your new theory makes a lot of sense.

    • AvaAnnaZ

      Your theory makes a lot of sense but then again, we have to consider that Eragon’s Guide was written not only as a guide to a new rider but also as a guide to the reader of the book. CP wrote the book for readers who are not from Alagaesia (obviously!) so maybe that’s why there was so much ‘common knowledge’ included.

  • iLoveDragons

    It would be cool if during the fall of the riders if at least one rider was able to figure out how to travel through time and went to the future just when Eragon was in desperate need of his help and totally saved the day. 

    Totally out of place in this post and very far fetched, but it would be cool.

    • Anonymous

      and it’d be cool if he had a blue box and traveled through spacetime in it with a companion XD doctor who is everywhere : ) 

      • Anonymous

        heck yeah, in book 3 Eragon learned how to bend space why not time too. 

        • AvaAnnaZ

          I’m starting to think that this could be a serious possibility!! There must be some magic which has the power to manipulate time as the elves and dragons, deeply magical, are immortal.

          • Anonymous

            yeah! Mike if you read it, please. please please please! comment about doctor who related to inheritance cycle theories (even knowing it’s completely non-sense) with Chris when he joins the podcasts.

  • I’m sorry, but I have to point this out. On page 53 of Eragon, dragons DO die when there Riders’ die.

    • Anonymous

      excuse me? then how do you explain the fact that Shuriken is alive? and if it were true then we could say that the opposite is possible so how did brom survive ? i don’t remember that in the book.

      •  First, it says that DRAGONS die when their Riders’ die, not the other way around. That was for the Brom thing. And for the Shuriken thing, it does take like a minute for the dragons to die when their Riders’ do, and that’s enough time for Galby to do some magic and make Shruiken his. Correct me if I’m wrong.

        • Kathryn

          Shruiken probably would have tried to kill Galbatorix and then killed himself or wasted away out of grief for his lost Rider. However, the spells Galbatorix performed were a distorted and dark version of the magic that bound a dragon to a Rider.

          • Matt

            C.P. said himself that the movie was incorrect when the point was brought up (even if you did not get it from the movie, it still confirms the point) that dragons don’t die if there riders do and that he begged the people who wrote the script to change it.

        • Tenna Wan

          They die from insanity or suicide not just random ughh my Rider’s dead time to die bleh.No they don’t die automatically or naturally.It’s always forced.Also Shruikan was just a hatchling when his Rider got killed by Galby So he wouldn’t have had such a strong link with his Rider.He wouldn’t have understood as much at the time.When Saphira was a hatchling all that existed between her and Eragon was a thin mind link.

        • AvaAnnaZ

          ‘You can [force dragon eggs to hatch for you] if you use dark magic,’ you said in one of your comments, and now, ‘it does take like a minute for the dragons to die.’ I’m not contradicting you, although there are definitly viable arguments against both of the things you’ve said. Here, however, I’m simply asking: where are you getting your information from? It seems like your just making some of these things up to support your argument.

          • Well it doesn’t seem like you could die the very second your Rider dies. I’m basing this on plain logic, so yeah I could be wrong.

      • Tristan-skinner

        Technically, Shruikan is Galbatorix’s dragon, Galbatorix stole the egg and then used dark magics to make it hatch for him and serve his will. As to the whole argument, I’d need to read both passages fully and in context, but would naturally agree with Halley here. I think  that the extract from Brisingr is saying that dragons can continue to exist in their eldunari, if their rider died, but many chose to organise others to destroy it for them, or felt the wave of magical energy pass through them and  so destroy it from the inside. The last part where it referred to being able to serve through either flesh or heart and hearts is explained as Glaedr had just said how the riders could continue, so riders continued in flesh and dragons in heart of hearts. I don’t think that i’ve left any counter-arguments out, so I think, that dragons do die when the riders do (but can live on as eldunari).

        • T Pevehouse3

          Ummm…correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t someone say that Galby stole a hatchling and killed his Rider and used to magic to twist the dragon to be his? And no dragons can survive without their riders. Nowhere in the books (besides where Brom was being a butthead) does it say dragons must die with their Riders.

          • T Pevehouse3

            Oops meant” and yes dragons can survive…” my bad.

        • Kathryn

          That is NOT what the “Brisingr” passage is saying. Read it again: “Some dragons were able to overcome their loss – as were some Riders, such as Brom – and continue to serve our order for many years, either through their flesh or through their heart of hearts.” That “as were some Riders” bit is a separate thought as shown by the dashes. Both dragons and Riders were able to survive and continued to help the order even after their bond mate died.

          And “through their flesh” can’t be referring to the Eldunari. If it was, that would mean that Glaedr is actually saying, “…either through their Eldunari or through their Eldunari.” That doesn’t make sense. So unless you think Christopher or his editors missed a typo, flesh means living and breathing dragons whose Riders had died did continue to live and help the order of Riders.

          I also find it interesting that you find it more likely that Brom was telling Eragon the truth at a point in the story where he was deliberately giving Eragon half-truths whereas you would disbelieve Glaedr when he is explaining Eldunari and how to defeat Galbatorix to Eragon. If that’s the case then we also have to question EVERYTHING Glaedr and Oromis say in that conversation.

        • Tenna Wan

          You can’t make an egg hatch.Shruikan was already hatched for another Rider.Galby killed the Rider and had another Rider help him forge a link in between them using Dark Magic and then killed the helper.

          •  Actually you can if you use dark magic, but I do agree with you

          • Tenna Wan

            No you can’t.Galby would have just hatched Saphira Thorn and Greeni with Dark Magic if you could.

          • Oh yeah….

    • Kathryn

      From “Brisingr,” page 637 (Glaedr speaking to Eragon):

      “If, however, it a was a dragon’s Rider who died, then the dragon would often smash their Eldunari, or arrange for another to smash it for them if their body was no more, thus killing themselves and following their Rider into the abyss. BUT NOT ALL. SOME DRAGONS WERE ABLE TO OVERCOME THEIR LOSS – as were some Riders, such as Brom – and continue to serve our order FOR MANY YEARS AFTER, either THROUGH THEIR FLESH or through their heart of hearts.”

      The all-caps are mine for emphasis. But this whole dragons die when their Riders die came from something added by the movie. It is NOT canon and NOT relevant to the events in the books. Some dragons do die but it’s because they commit suicide out of grief and NOT because of some law of nature that bound dragons can’t live without their Rider.

      •  First, I’m not referring to that epic fail of a movie (lol,) but that’s confusing how in Eragon (the BOOK,) Brom says that dragon’s die when their Riders’ die. Either that or I completely  misread that part

        • Kathryn

          Well, Brom wasn’t giving Eragon every single fact about dragons. At that point he wasn’t aware of Saphira and that Eragon had become bonded with her. He was giving Eragon random, widely-known information about dragons. He also told Eragon during that conversation that dragons and Riders couldn’t hear each other’s thoughts, so you have to take everything he said at that point with a grain of salt.

          • WorthTheWait

            I agree with Kathryn. Plus, remember when Eragon was attacked is Brisingr? It was stated by dwarves that Saphira would wreak havoc on the dwarves if Eragon had died, thus she could not have died when her Rider died. And she stated her sled a different time in the same book that if Eragon died she would avenge home the fly to Galbatorix and try her best to kill him and his dragon. Even if it was a suicide mission. So how could she do that if dragons died when their Riders die?

        • Glaedr is also far older and knows much more than Brom. Brom does know a lot, but he could have been wrong.

          Or this is a case of forgotten or replaced lore. If there is contradicting lore (like possibly in this case) then I usually go with the newer material.

          • cp himself said that brom was about 100 when he died dont you think that was alot of years to have a good experience of dragon riding if you are a dragon rider

    • Dragon lover

      yes but you are forgetting that brom was also a rider and his dragon (the original Saphira)
      died and still he lived a lot of decades more.

      •  I said DRAGONS die when their Riders’ die, not the other way around

    • Tenna Wan

      Then please explain to me how Glaedr was still alive after Oromis died.

      • It’s not like he could die the second Oromis dies

        • Anonymous

          It does say that BUT that is because the person that they have spent the better part of their lives with, and not just physical, but mental, emotional, and spiritual lives, just died. hmmmmm…when that happens not many will have the will to live after that. 

    • no offense but why dont we just drop the topic hey heres an idea why dont you ask Mike he might get you some logical tips

  • Anonymous

    I personally think that this new shadow is a whole new thing. as for the female dragon who is mentioned by Eragon it’s pretty possible that it’s saphira and greenie’s son. i think like that cos i hope thorn and murtagh die (though if they do not die and shift sides it’s also possible that thorn becomes saphira’s mate…) well, i guess that it’s what most people think, though it may be all wrong.

    the Greenie is too young, i don’t think Saphira would want him, even if he was the only option. I just don’t think that (it’s possible, though and perhaps most likely.) for me even if thorn did change sides Saphira would not trust him that much. now think with me.

    what if this Guide was written years, many many years after the war against the Empire? what if they had found new dragons elsewhere beyond Alagaesia? (I personally don’t think there are anyone of them beyond the bounds of that continent, but it’s possible) what if the female dragon mentioned by Eragon was a baby of others dragons but Saphira Thorn and greenie? you may not agree, but it’s possible. 

  • RiderofArgorok

    Unnamed shadow? – Maybe the Banishing of the Names? – If Galbatorix has his name banished at the end, would he be able to be known as the unnamed shadow, for that would be naming him? But who knows, it sounds as if it could be a reason Eragon doesn’t techinically name him?

    • Chewy175

      It doesn’t say THE unamed shadow it says A unnamed shadow.

  • Eldarion

    The Guide says that Islanzadí is still leader of the elves after Book 4,
    so we do have hints as to what happened to her and her people; however,
    the new dragon is not confirmed to be a female dragon.  It could be
    that when Eragon says, “It’s not every day that a dragon chooses you as
    her Rider” he’s simply referring to his relationship with Saphira.

  • Anonymous

    CP just want to let us freaks out for Book 4 !! 😀
    Maybe, and I REALY hope it ‘ll not be like that, is that new bad person Murtagh??

    • i hope not he eragon saphira and arya are my favorite characters

  • My mom thinks Eragon’s mom is still alive.

    (I bet she’ll be the new green rider!)

    Hahaha

    • Thats what I was thinking(at first )

    • Thats what I was thinking(at first )

  • Rubydragon

    What if the stalking shadow turns out to be a pesky lone Ra’zac?

    • eragon killed the last razac of his race the razac said so himself before eragon killed him in brisingr

      • Tenna Wan

        The last in Alagasiae.Maybe they moved all of Alagasiea to a new place like where the Elves first came from and called it Alagasiea.There is very much a possibility there Ra’zac in other places.

        • but why would the razac say he was the last of his race wouldnt he just die knowing there are others to continue their race

          • Tenna Wan

            Not necessarily.Humans,Elves,and the Ra’zac came from across the sea and humans,not sure about the Elves,don’t know where it was they came from.It’s very possible that there are more Ra’zac across the sea and the Ra’zac didn’t know about them.

          • A very slim chance that the razac dont know their own race was in another land but i still go with my theory

          • Tenna Wan

            They do know about the rest of their rece.If my last post confused you I’m sorry,I was kind of tired.Anyway,I think the Ra’zac didn’t expect the rest of his race to come to Alagasiea.He probab;y didn’t think that the rest of his race could ever have anything to do with Alagasiea.

          • guess we have to wait and see 😀

          • Tenna Wan

            Guess so.
             

          • A very slim chance that the razac dont know their own race was in another land but i still go with my theory

          • elves came from alaea but i still think that that was the last razac eragon killed and didnt you see how happy eragon was when he killedthe last razac i am sure cp wouldnt just add another one but we have to wait and see on November 8th 2011!

  • I think that the Unnamed Shadow could be a new race from accross the sea or Hadrac Desert or at least a threat that origonated there, which would explain why Eragon does not elaborate on the shadow, because he knows so little about it. If it was the Razac, Urgals, a Shade, Muragh and Thorn, or Galbatorix and Shruiken he would have said so because he is writing tis to help prepare the new rider for upcoming chalenges and would not want them to be caught unawares by an enemy they know nothing about if he could help it.

  • Well, Mike said this but I can’t find it, but I think if Eragon changes and/or changed his true name, then the prophecy wouldn’t be valid anymore. That seems pretty logical to me

  • I really wonder what the “THING” is that stalks the land

  • iLoveDragons

    This makes me want to buy Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia even though previously I had thought it a waste of money after skimming through it in the book store. 

    • I just borrowed it at the library it did give me an idea of how ellesmera looked like(too bad they only showed islanzadi not arya) and i liked the last part with the eldunari

    • Beccawolf16

      Yeah, The Guide doesn’t really give you alot of information that isn’t already known.  But it’s really not a waste of money because there’s alot of cool art in it and it’s just a really neat thing for a fan to have.

  • Anonymous

    I have to admit that this makes me want to right some fan fic after I read book 4. Never written fan fic, always kept it in my head

    • Nandanie Phalgoo

      i have tried writing them but i always forget one character or i made too little characters

    • Tenna Wan

      Good idea.Afterwords I might just wright some myself. 

    • Anonymous

      Maybe I should learn to use the right words first… Write;)

    • Anonymous

      Maybe I should learn to use the right words first… Write;)

  • Naegling

    I’m not entirely certain this book takes place AFTER book four. There’s a fair chance it takes place during. The entrance of a new rider does mean it definitely isn’t before (if it is in fact supposed to be taken seriously), but I can’t see Christopher ending the series by bringing in a new evil. And I think you’re wrong: Eragon and Saphira will leave Alagaesia forever. The prophecy said so, and they haven’t been wrong yet

    • In the guide it did say that there were new creatures

    • Squall Leonhart

      Remember that Eragon and Sahpira are immortal, the prophecy doesn’t say when they will leave forever, they could live in Alagaesia for a thousand years or more before that happens.

    • Christopher has said it takes place after.

    • Anonymous

      Like Mike said, CP said it was after, and like someone else said, the prophecy never said when they would leave AND prophecies aren’t always resolved the way you think they are, what I mean by that is Eragon and Saphira could die and “leave Alagaesia forever” because Saphira wouldn’t get rid of her Eldunari

    • Tenna Wan

      Brom or Oromis,can’t remember which,said for Eragon to not worry about it.It would either come true or it wouldn’t.Just because a lot of the prophecy came true already doesn’t mean all of it has to.

    • XxxX

      ah, but Christopher has said that prophecies might not turn out as you expect them…all of them have come like expected, so that leaves only one to be twisted

      • Tenna Wan

        Two actually.Epic romance and leave Alagasiea forever.

  • Anonymous

    Galby never leaves his castle and is busy with something fr a 100 years…..maybe hez developing some new kind of evil being in there..something more powerful and evil than a shade!

    • i wonder if you ciould make like a half shade and half razac with magic that would be a new terror that stalks the land!

      • ShrimpyJess

        I don’t think that’s the new terror because just one Rider and his dragon (and Roran) took out, like, three razac, and it only takes a few people to take out a shade. I know they’re supposed so strong or whatever, but every time something is supposed to be ultra powerful, Eragon kills it with a few others. This shadow would have to be more powerful than a handful of riders, and that’s saying something!

        • no like all the razacs lethbraka and shades all put into one creature by a spell by g before he died ir whatever happened to him

    • Tenna Wan

      Me and my friend think he’s searching for either the true name of the dragon that made the pact sharp tooth chipped tooth long tooth something like that or the more likely theory the true name of the Ancient Language.

  • Hopesy97

    Grey Folk, just not as we know them (and we don’t know much about them as is).
    In the final battle against Galbatorix, Arya was separated from the “team” due to a trap set up by Galbatorix. He then invoked the true name of the Grey folk (the name the Ra’ Zac were talking about) which were so powerful that it took over the mind of good saint Arya. She turned into something like a shade.

    She then disappeared from the story until after the final battle when Eragon goes searching for her. He finds her in a crater surrounded by dead Varden and Empire alike with the permeation of magic strong in the air.

    Eragon is deeply affected by this site but continues down to Arya regardless of Saphiras warnings, he finds her bent over the body of Murtagh repeatedly hitting it with her bare knuckles which crack out of place with each punch yet reheal in the milliseconds before her next hit. She then turns to Eragon and proceeds to dominate him totally in a fight. Eragon doesn’t try to hurt her though, he is still in love with her. She defeats Eragon, knocking him down before Arya’s concious kicks in and stops her from killing him, the new Arya holds both Eragon and Saphira in place while she runs off into the distance. This is astounding cause Eragon had discovered the true name of gramere its self and arya didnt use the ancient language at all.

    This is a real fan fiction, try to mess with that idea in ur heads for a while!!

    • love the theory a new one finally

    • Perseus

      WTF????

    • Tenna Wan

      This could be interesting.Keep on writing.
       

    • Deliabatista

      If anything it would be that eragon is captured and broken and forced to fight arya leading to arya confessing her love for him as you can imagen just the fight itself would tear at eragons identity now add in her returning of his love. True name change much

  • Svit-kona

    Have a theory about the menace involving Murtagh and Thorn. what if Murtagh were to die during a battle while linked with Thorn and out of a deperate fit of magic Thorn merges both to his body. Now forced to struggle with a duel mind in a single body they rage about the land.

    • Hannah

      I think thorn will live, as it says the next dragon is purple, and i think thorn might mate with saphira, and red and blue make purple 🙂

      • Kathryn

        Interesting, but there is no evidence that the color of the parents will mix to create the color of the offspring. If that were the case, you would eventually end up with only black dragons. Because if you mix all colors together (at least with pain pigments) you eventually end up with black(ish)

      • Tenna Wan

        Where does it say the next dragon is purple?The cover of Inheritance has Greeni on the front.

      • I love reading!!

        Dragons colours are based on their personalites,not their parentage.(multi colouerd dragons are also possible)

        • Tenna Wan

           Again where does it say that?

  • Jarkko Kisla

    I’ve had a theory going on for a long time. The theory is that Roran will attempt magic and will summon spirits,but causing himself to turn into a shade in the process after getting overwhelmed by them. He could be the unnamed shadow that Eragon adn Saphira have set out to deal with

    • Kathryn

      Then why would it be “unnamed?” Why would he just reference that it was a shade? No, I think he’s just not sure what it is and only knows that it’s something dark and evil.

    • Tenna Wan

      There’s one problem though.Roran doesn’t know how to do sorcery.All he knows is Stenr Risa and even if he did attempt sorcery the amount of energy it would take would kill Roran before the spirits got a chance to posses him.

  • The Grey Rider

    That is a goldmine for a Fanfiction author…
    When I finally finish up with my (very shoddy) first run of one of my stories and finally get around to a rewrite and beyond that point, that is going to be sparking ideas left right and centre.
    It’s doing so right now actually…

    Personally, I reckon Murtagh is safe, though I’m not certain about Thorn…
    Murtagh is the epitaph of a tragic hero and a whipping boyscapegoat, and this makes him an interesting character, particularly when you factor in he isn’t evil in and of himself.

    Thorn on the other hand hasn’t had any character ellaboration so far, and could end up dead.
    Or the pair might become Indlvarn.

  • Well you know with Eragon. Like father, like son (just ask Blagden or Arya). He could be hiding something or using the elves’ technique of saying one thing and meaning another.

  • Guest

    I think the guide gave just enough information. If CP gave away too much, what would be the point of reading Inheritance??

  • Fairth

    With the understanding that all we know about the “shadow” is that it exists, it “stalks the land”, and that it is a threat, but not so much a threat that it supersedes the importance of the journey that Eragon is going on (the journey could be really important).  I like the idea that it is Murtagh is the menace.  This could be as a shade, a rider mourning his dragon (thus the ultimate inheritance of the main baddie role), or as a rider that seeks to create a new order of dragon riders made in the image of his new, distorted, worldview (possibly explaining the the reason why he would come after a rider with a female dragon, assuming that the events unfolding take place within 2-6 years of the events in Inheritance).

    Granted, it’s just as likely that we won’t even hear anything about this new menace and simply be left empty on this subject.

    As a parting comment and question.  Maybe this new menace is a set-up for a potential future story and is connected to the two women that Eragon blessed in Brisingr (people I think are a clue to a potential future story)?  Also, could the new rider to which Eragon is writing be one of the aforementioned women?  I’m eager to see what others think of my theories.

    • Svit-kona

      I love your theory for a book five containing the two young women. I can see Murtagh and possibly thorn as well being the new menace but I dont know about him being a shade. Would just be way to overpowered.

    • Ethiwen

       My thought was also that this “new shadow” is the beginning of his fifth book who is probably, as you said, about the two women. 🙂 But I’m unsure if any of them will be this new rider. ^^ Hope so but a book of both their (obviously) troubbled journey and one of them suddenly being an rider would become an huuge book. Just hope we get to see more of them. 🙂

    • maybe thats why eragon has to leave in order to get rid off the shadow he has to leave alagaesia forever

  • Saphiraimafan

    it says in EGTA that “strangers sweep you away from your family and fly you accross the whole of Alagaesia and BEYOND” Conclusion? Riders leave Alagaesia because they’ve caused too much trouble and the elves are leaving anyway or something like that.

    • If they left Alagaesia, why would they be training in a Guide TO Alagaesia? Their guide would be training them on their new continent, not their old one.

      • Tenna Wan

        Maybe they leave after the fight with Galbatorix,all the races of Alagasiea,and call the New World Alagasiea.

        • Wouldnt that be a mix up? United states and europe being called United States i think that would be way too confusing

          • Tenna Wan

            Yes but we’re not talking about U.S. and England.We’re talking about naming a country after a continent here.If I say something about Australia you could wonder if I’m talking about country or continent.I know they’re the same place I’m just talking hypothetically and my point is if the land was unsuitable for living things than someone talking about the new Alagasiea wouldn’t have any trouble knowing if it was the place they lived now or the place they abandoned because they had to.There’s also context in which the name is used.My second theory is that Alagasiea is the True Name of Carvahal/Palancar Valley.

  • Jesse

    Typo in the section “The Dragon Riders actually have a future”

    -that Saphira and nother male dragon-

    Nother should be, another. Good read though 🙂

    • Will fix that.

      • Pharazon

        Also, you might want to fix the hypothesis that the dragon in the Guide is female.  I don’t think that it was confirmed, just implied:
        It could be that when Eragon says, “It’s not every day that a dragon chooses you as
        her Rider” he’s simply referring to his relationship with Saphira. (from Eldarion.)

        • Lil Uhura

          If the dragon’s gender wasn’t meant to be implied then why wouldn’t the phrase read “It’s not every day that a dragon chooses you as THEIR Rider?”

      • mike all i have to say is that you really are a great writer i mean with the posts and everything thanks mike you really helped with the waiting and thanks for giving us the latest information on the book i really appreciate it

      • Mike not to get you to work again or anything but arent we supposed to get 2 big twenties this week because i could’ve sworn we skipped last weeks?????????

  • For one brief, insane moment, I thought: What if “Eragon’s” Guide to Alagaesia is actually Eragon 1’s guide? Then everything against that theory crashed into my brain… Ah well. Haha

    • Ethiwen

      Haha, he has risen from the death with his new dragon Saphira! XD

  • Well, I’m still curious with the whole prophecy thing. I mean, how does that all tie together?

    • Tenna Wan

      However CP wants it to.JKJK.I’m guessing that the epic romance with ine of noble birth is with Arya and that when he leaves Alagasiea that it is really the true name of Palancar Valley/Carvahall.

  • Kathryn

    There is one thing that isn’t mentioned, and it’s actually quite a popular theory: where the heck is Arya in all this? Especially considering that she is currently the fan-favorite to be the green dragon’s rider. Neither she nor the green dragon are mentioned, and I find this interesting since Eragon makes a point of saying that should the new Rider need assistance they should use Glaedr’s eldunari.

    So as far as I can tell that leaves two options: either Arya is not the green dragon’s rider; OR if Arya is the new Rider then she and the green dragon do not survive “Inheritance.” Because if she were alive and available then surely Eragon would have mentioned her as a source of help and advice. Hmmmmm…

    • Both of your points are addressed in my post. First, “Where the heck is Arya in all this?” is a question listed under “What the guide doesn’t confirm”.

      Second, regarding Arya being or not being the green Rider… as I mentioned above, the Rider that the Guide was written to is NOT the Rider of “Greenie”. How do we know this? Christopher has confirmed that “Greenie” IS male. The dragon bonded with the Rider that this book is written for is female. Therefore, they are different Riders and different dragons.

      • Wyatt

        What I am wondering is if “Greenie” or Thorn (assuming he isn’t evil anymore) are still alive, why are they not training the new dragon rider while Eragon is away? And why is the responsibility left to Glaedr if Eragon and Saphira die? Why not “Greenie” or Thorn?

        • Matt

          Maybe they both die in book 4. Or maybe they’re already at the location that Eragon and Saphira are traveling to and he didn’t feel it necessary to mention it.

          • weetffniks

            maybe they all left with eragon to face the new evil shadow? and left a new dragonrider in their place. 

          • well they wouldn’t BOTH be dead because saphira has to mate with either greenie, thorn or  Shruikan. I doubt it would be shruikan or thorn so greenie is the best choice. So greenie can’t die because Saphira does have children.

        • maybe they are still evil and banished and maybe greenie hatched for another antognist

        • I think Thorn is pretty obvious — even if he redeemed himself, would Eragon trust him to train a new Rider? Unlikely.

          As for Greenie, depending on the amount of time between the end of Book 4 and Eragon’s Guide, it’s entirely possible that Greenie and his Rider are still new at this themselves. Do you have students teaching students or teachers teaching students? Eragon has a huge wealth of knowledge to share after training — Greenie would likely still be new to everything and instead need to learn, not teach.

      • Kathryn

        I know the Rider in the guide isn’t the green dragon’s rider. I was referring to the fact the the green dragon and his rider (be it Arya or someone else) are not mentioned as a possible mentor or source of help or information for whoever the guide is written to. If Arya was available don’t you think that Eragon would suggest that the new Rider use her as a source of knowledge? He makes a point of specifically mentioning Glaedr.

        • It’s very likely that the green Rider is not nearly experienced enough to be training another new Rider.

          • Kathryn

            Then why not write it to this new Rider and to the green Rider? Why only to one?

          • Kathryn

            And that still doesn’t answer why Eragon wouldn’t suggest Arya as a source of information for this new Rider. So she’s either dead or not reachable.

          • BlackOp

            Hey, what if Arya was in Alalëa exploring or something?  Maybe that’s why she’s not mentioned here!

          • I think Arya is with Eragon he just didnt mention her

      • Chris

        It is entirely possible that Arya is
        A) With Eragon and Saphira
        B) In another part of Alagasia     or
        C) Dead

        • i hope it is a or b but not c

      • Perseus

        Yeah, but there’s NO confirmation for the fact that the dragon mentioned in the Guide is female.  Eragon just says that it’s not every day a dragon chooses you as her Rider.

        • Kathryn

          That is confirmation in and of itself. Why would he put “her” if the dragon wasn’t female?

  • eebi

    I’m not convinced by the “Eragon and Saphira will stay in Alagaesia for good” theory. Angela’s prophecy states that Eragon will leave Alagaesia forever. The last Ra’zac curses Eragon saying, “May you leave Alagaesia and never return!” And the soldier in Feinster says exactly the same thing. I think three reiterations of the same fact – that Eragon will leave Alagaesia and never return – is a pretty strong indication that Angela’s prophecy will come true. It could be that Eragon and Saphira didn’t want to tell the new Rider and dragon that they had left forever, maybe because Eragon didn’t want to discourage the new pair by telling them that their mentors had to leave forever. Anyway, this is just my opinion. Oromis tells Eragon that the prophecy may come true and it may not, but we cannot know until it actually does… so we’ll just have to wait for Book 4 to find out!

    • Kathryn

      Or it could be that they intend to come back and end up not being able to.

    • If we’ve learned anything, it’s that no future, destiny, or prophecy is set in stone. Things can change, especially when you consider how much Eragon has changed as a person — at his core — since that prophecy was originally made. That was at the very beginning of Eragon, before he had ever taken the life of a man (not an Urgal), before he was proficient in magic, before he knew his father had died, before he really saw what an evil person Galbatorix was. So much has changed for him since then. Reading Brisingr is like reading a new character. If he can change at the core, so too can prophecies.

      • Kathryn

        But Angela said that this part of the prophecy, Eragon’s leaving, is “inescapable” and it will happen even if he makes an effort to prevent or avoid it.

        • My point still stands. If a person can change at the core enough to change even their true name, they can also change the nature of a prophecy. Simple as that.

          • Kathryn

            Is that straight from the source? Or is that a theory?

          • AvaAnnaZ

            Well, perhaps it can be considered as straight from the source because prophesy is undoubtedly a branch of magic. To reiterate, Oromis’ teachings to Eragon partially regarded how knowledge of a person’s true name can be used to control that person, much as Galbatorix has done. Further explained was that were that true name of the person in question, for example Murtagh, to change, then the magical control would no longer be effective. So perhaps prophesy can be similarly regarded? If your true name changes, then your prophesies, as with other forms of magic, no longer apply?

          • Kathryn

            But we don’t know how prophecy, specifically those gained from the use of dragon bones, fits into the world of magic. We don’t know (as far as I know) how or whether changing a person’s true name would affect a previous prophecy. The only thing we know for sure about the changing of a true name is that it releases you from previous spells and oaths in the ancient language. But does a prophecy count as a spell or an oath? That’s why I asked if this is something that Christopher said. Unless there has been a definitive answer either from the books or from Christopher then it’s just a theory at this point.

            This is just my personal opinion, but it would feel like a cop out to me to make such a big deal about the prophecy (particularly the one part that is supposed to be “inescapable”) and then say, “Oh, it’s all irrelevant because Eragon’s true name changed.” There has been so much foreshadowing for Eragon’s departure throughout the series, and it would have all been a waste.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            Fair enough – we simply haven’t been given enough information to make any absolute judgements on the nature of prophesies. Also, I agree with your point that it would feel like a cop out. Even if CP is planning on saying, ‘oh, it’s all irrelevant now because Eragon’s true name has changed’ I believe that there most likely would have been some decent foreshadowing of this, for example, Oromis would have discussed this with Eragon so that, if the prophecies did turn out to be irrelevant, it wouldn’t seem to the reader like such a cop out.

          • eebi

            I totally agree that it would be a cop out. And wow, my post has generated a lot of discussion! I never really thought about whether a prophecy is affected by your true name, but what I have to add is that it would seem like a cop out to me if you could change your prophecy by changing your true name. It just seems too easy (even though changing your true name isn’t easy).
            And really, Angela’s prophecy has come true thus far: a death in his future – Brom; betrayal from within his family – Murtagh; an epic romance with one of noble blood – Arya (and we still don’t know how that turns out, just like Angela said); many choices ahead – definitely, Eragon’s had to make the choice to make all those oaths and things.  
            About whether a prophecy is magic – if I had to guess, I’d have to say no. A dragon’s knucklebones have got to be magical, but dragons don’t control their magic so its not like Angela or the dead dragon or anyone else is actually performing a spell on Eragon. I think using an object that’s inherently magical would be different from actually casting the spell yourself.
            Like I said, though, this is all theorizing, and though it’s great fun we’ll have to wait and see.

      • Tenna Wan

        But what if prophecies aren’t affected by True Names?I like your theory I’m just trying to find the one with the most possibility.If you know that True Names affect prophecies then I am on board with this theory.

      • Criateon

        Prophecies are based in the core of magic to change a prophecy you must change magic itself. “He has nearly found it” sounds like the true name for magic which common sense tells you would give nearly limitless power since you can change magic so you don’t need to give any energy for a spell

    • Noodleyful

      I always had a theory that they would leave Alageaesia by renaming it, or something symbolic rather than literal.

      • AvaAnnaZ

        That would be nice

    • weetniks

      maybe the dragonbones couldnt tell that eragon wont die a natural death. maybe forever only means one (human) lifetime. and eragon can have alot of those. eragon might spend 70years fighting this new evil and then returns back home. 

      • Kathryn

        Except that the prophecy says, “…you will never again stand in Alagaesia.”

      • Kathryn

        Except that the prophecy says, “…you will never again stand in Alagaesia.”

    • bear

      What if Eragon left Alagaesia in persuit of the “unnamed shadow” and gets killed there by this shadow? (and this shadow gets killed by Saphira who isn’t happy about Eragon getting killed of course) In that case he would have left Alageasia and he didn’t return.. We’ll only know if CP disides to write a book wich is set at the time of EGTA..

      • saphira would already be dead when a rider dies dragon dies but good theory

        • No, the whole “dragons die when riders die” was the theory in the movie. In the book the dragon wouldnt die unless they kill themselves or die in battle trying to get revenge for their rider.

        • Read n weep

          Actually dragons dnt die if their riders die!

        • Kathryn

          That is strictly from the movies. In the books, it’s irrelevant and actually completely false. Glaedr tells Eragon in “Brisingr” (page 637) that many dragons survived and continued to help the Riders after their own Rider died.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            I can’t believe how hideously incorrect the movie apparantly was! I’ve never seen it and now I’m totally determined not to do so. Does anybody know the extent to which Christopher himself had creative control over the production? Or was the entire thing completely independant of his creative control, which would seem to explain a lot of things about its… err… failings?

          • Kathryn

            From what I’ve gathered from interviews and such, Christopher had no creative rights over the movie. He read the script and made “suggestions” which were ignored by the production team.

            On a related note, I don’t think that the movie is terrible in and of itself. It is HORRIBLE what the production team did to a story that already had everything it needed. It is not representative of the books, not by any stretch of the imagination. However, if you are able to detach yourself from the books and look at the movie as it’s own separate story it’s actually not half bad. And you have to look at the movie that way because it is literally a completely different story with very few similarities to the book.

  • Anonymous

    I have never read ‘Eragon’s Guide’ before, but this was really intriguing. I sort of wish I didn’t know this now though. I think it has ruined the story a bit. I preferred the uncertainty of what would happen. It’s like reading the last page of a book, before you read the first page.

    • MegaRetard

      Hahahaha, how true.

    • I was definitely surprised by how much this book revealed.

      • Anonymous

        I too, am surprised at how much is revealed, especially when Christopher is so ‘tight lipped’ in interviews. It almost feels like this book was rushed, and the implications of these ‘major’ plot point spoilers was not thought through. Is it possible that Christopher planned to release this book after Inheritance, but becuase of how long it was taking to write Inheritance, his publisher had ‘Eragon’s Guide’ released earlier? Was this book even planned (by Christopher) to be released?

        • Wyatt

          Or maybe he is trying to mislead us to make the final book even more of a surprise.

        • The book wasn’t rushed and was always intended to come out prior to Book 4.

      • Tenna Wan

        I really didn’t think it revealed a whole lot.Maybe I’m just not as good at picking things up.Who knows.

    • Emeric

      I totally agree with you. I’m sad.

  • Michaelfan13

    I love how they say that the movie fail to.

  • Michaelfan13

    I love how they say that the movie fail to.

    • MegaRetard

      Hahahaha, that awesome the movie fail, it didn’t stick first time i read it.

    • 😉

    • AvaAnnaZ

      I think that people should possibly be banned from seeing the movie if they haven’t yet read the books. Otherwise, their potentially great Eragon experience could be ruined by false impressions!

  • MegaRetard

    Hmmm, could this be a spoiler to book 5, were there is a new “baddie”? Also CP is devious, making the guide he laid some of my thoughts at ease, but made me even more anxious for Inheritance, if that’s possible. 

  • MegaRetard

    Hmmm, could this be a spoiler to book 5, were there is a new “baddie”? Also CP is devious, making the guide he laid some of my thoughts at ease, but made me even more anxious for Inheritance, if that’s possible. 

  • Mcase19

    i bet the unnamed shadow is murtagh as a shade. maybe if thorn wer ekilled in an attempt at revenge he summoned spirits (which he can probably do thanks to his training with galbatorix) and they overwheamed him and made him a shade

    • Tenna Wan

      Or in an attempt to change his True Name he summons Spirits and they overwhelm him and Thorn making them Shades.CP said that animal shades were possible,I think,and even if animals can’t become Shades dragons are a Sentient Race.This theory is amazing!
       

    • Ecorumx1b4

      The new creature was created at the end of book 4 when the attempts to change magic by eragon and galby results in a convergence in magic forming a magical creature that or a simple grey trying to keep magic from changing

    • Ecorumx1b4

      The new creature was created at the end of book 4 when the attempts to change magic by eragon and galby results in a convergence in magic forming a magical creature that or a simple grey trying to keep magic from changing

    • Ecorumx1b4

      The new creature was created at the end of book 4 when the attempts to change magic by eragon and galby results in a convergence in magic forming a magical creature that or a simple grey trying to keep magic from changing

    • Ecorumx1b4

      The new creature was created at the end of book 4 when the attempts to change magic by eragon and galby results in a convergence in magic forming a magical creature that or a simple grey trying to keep magic from changing

  • SpiritTamer

    I just have to say one thing….YES! ERAGON DOESN’T LEAVE ALAGASIA FOREVER!!!! Sorry, but if the happened I would’ve cried :/ lol, but, I’m really glad this was one of the “Big Twenty” articles.

    • By the way this is also me, and I’m also Haleycool101/SpiritTamer

    • Nothing is confirmed. He could still leave.

  • Evarinya

    ha the background of the website is a picture from eragon’s guide to alagaesia. coincidence?

    • I’ve been meaning to do it for a long time. Writing this article on Sunday was a kick in the butt to do it. Flipping through the book and seeing all that amazing art made me realized we needed it as a background!

      • I’m glad you chose this picture, I have an absolute passion for Du Welden Varden. And it makes the site look cheerier.

      • i love the background mike thats my favorite page from the guide and dont you guys think the world would be so much prettier if we lived in homes made out of trees like the elves in Ellesmera??????? I would :0 🙂

    • Changing it was fun! Don’t you like it?!

  • Smac21

    great work yet again mike, thanks

  • NightLock

    It’s funny, I just got a chance to read Eraagon’s Guide to Alagaesia a few days ago, and the nthis article is posted 🙂

    • Time to start wearing your tinfoil hat else I may continue to read your mind!

  • HideInSight

    Ah, there’s nothing like a big bunch of spoilers to get you yearning for a sequel.

  • Ben98lalonde

    I woke up in the middle of the night (midnight) feeling the big twenty had just been released…
    Premonition?

  • Rubydragon

    NOOOOOOOO! I wanted to make 1st comment! YAAYYYYYY 4 Big Twenty!!!!!! :D:D:D:D

  • Better late than never. It’s been a very long week — two family members in the hospital and I’m also trying to play catch-up from two weeks on the road. Next week will be more normal (though remember, Big Twenty releases on Tuesday until all five of the Inheritance Quest characters have released).

    • AvaAnnaZ

      I hope that your family members get better soon – thank you for taking time out to write this great article.

    • That’s strange; I also had two family members sick only a few weeks ago (and one of them still is). In any case I hope they recover quickly and as above thanks for keeping up with Shur’tugal.

    • i want to be angela cant wait until angela and arya are released