“Big Twenty” – Galbatorix: A Method to the Madness? Exploring His Book 4 Secrets

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

Galbatorix is the Inheritance Cycle’s ultimate bad guy — or is he? Our detailed exploration of Galbatorix, including how he came to be and what motivates him to continue down his wicked path, uncovers some interesting insights into what we can expect from the character in Book 4 and beyond. Is there more to Galbatorix than meets the eye? What motivates the tyrant? Will he die in Book 4? And most importantly, is there an even “bigger baddie” behind Galbatorix? We answer all of these questions and more in this week’s installment of The Big Twenty!

What happened?

The story of Galbatorix’s descent into madness is one that both fans and members of the resistance in Alagaësia are familiar with. However, it never hurts to refresh ourselves on what exactly led the once-promising Rider down a path of madness, betrayal, and murder.

Galbatorix was one of the lucky human children chosen at the age of ten by a dragon hatchling. He was plucked from relative obscurity and thrown into the world of Dragon Riders, immediately beginning his training on Vroengard. It was there that the Rider and his dragon, Jarnunvösk, rose above their peers. Galbatorix was noted as being both talented and arrogant – traits that would slowly lead the Rider to self-destruction.

It’s impossible to forget the story of the fateful night during which Jarnunvösk was killed and Galbatorix’s madness began. Some argue that Galbatorix’s madness had begun creeping in long before Jarnunvösk met her end, but it’s a moot point now. As the story goes, Galbatorix and several fellow Rider ventured into the Spine (without permission from the Elder Riders on Vroengard) to hunt Urgals with their young dragons. The group camped for the night, but they were not as careful as clever as they had thought. During their sleep, the group was ambushed by enraged Urgals bent on revenge. Galbatorix and the others fought valiantly, but they were no match for the Urgals.  During the fray, Jarnunvösk was struck in the heart by a stray arrow – a wound which Galbatorix was unable to heal. The young dragon died in her Rider’s arms.

Galbatorix wandered through the wilderness, lost, afraid, alone… and mad. It is said that losing a dragon will often push its Rider over the edge. Losing your partner, best friend, and a being with which you shared your mind with could kill even the strong-willed Riders. Galbatorix may have physically survived the loss, but mentally both mentally changed – and unsound. He was someone new, dark and twisted. And he was bent on finding a new dragon to bond with.

Galbatorix took this desire to the ruling council of Riders (which included Oromis), requesting that they give him another dragon hatchling to bond with. His request was denied and Galbatorix was seen for what he had become: deranged, paranoid, and destructive.

The seed of madness was planted.

 

Ultimate Goals: What drives Galbatorix?

Every individual, especially the bad guys, has a motivation or drive. Something drove Galbatorix to commit these initial acts of madness, and something continues to drive Galbatorix. There is a motivation, or multiple motivating factors – methods behind the madness. But what are these?

Evil for the sake of being evil – It’s safe to say that at this point, Galbatorix is so twisted and demented that he is evil purely for the sake of being evil. Now, in his head, it’s likely that he does not see what he does as being evil or wrong; quite the contrary, actually. This is all about perspective. To Galbatorix, the war he waged against the Riders and the oppression he champions against his “subjects” in Alagaësia is the right thing to do. Those jerks in the Varden, Surda, Farthen Dur, and Ellesmera? Yeah, they’re the evil ones. At least they are in the demented mind of a dark Rider king.

Killing the Riders wasn’t enough; Galbatorix needs more – The Fall of the Riders was not enough to satisfy his hunger for death, destruction, and revenge. At the point where the war began, Galbatorix was beyond salvation. He was bent on destroying those who had “wronged” him and the organization which allowed it. Galbatorix systematically wiped out those who had taught him, those who were once his friends, and individuals who denied him a new dragon. All who opposed the Rider were killed. But was this enough? Does he crave more?

Creating a new Alagaësia in his image – Let’s not forget: this guy is crazy. He’s bent on creating a new Alagaësia, one which is a perfect interpretation of his ideal world. He wants to be the one and only king – Alagaësia’s supreme ruler. He wanted to dismantle and crush all who oppose him. He wishes to unite all of the races – but only under him, as one. He wants to usher in a new generation of Dragon Riders (more on this below), Riders who share his view of the world and who will obey their king to the death.

This means wiping out Eragon and Saphira, the Varden, Surda, the elves, and the dwarves – or bending them to his will.

Rebuild the Dragon Riders – Galbatorix has made no secret of his desire to usher in a new generation of Dragon Riders loyal only to him. To do this, Galbatorix needs Saphira (the only living female dragon). The only dragons in his control – Shruikan, Thorn, and the green egg – are male.

Dragons and Riders trained by him, created in his image, would be the ultimate weapons of destruction. This new generation would not only be a new generation of Riders – they would be a new generation of the Forsworn. Unstoppable henchmen who follow his orders without fail. An army of Dragon Riders under his control would finally allow Galbatorix to gain and maintain control the parts of Alagaësia’s currently out of his grasp. With these Riders and his supply of Eldunari, the resistance armies would fall, just as they did during the Fall of the Riders. Galbatorix would have the reach needed to rule all of Alagaësia with an iron fist.

He seeks something, but what? – One of Galbatorix’s main motivations may be that which we know he seeks. Don’t let that confuse you… we don’t know what it is that he seeks, just that he seeks it and grows closer to discovering it every day. But what is it?

The popular consensus is that Galbatorix is seeking the true name of the ancient language, which would give the dark Rider immeasurable power over all magic (and beyond that, all people and things bearing a true name). It would be the final piece of the puzzle and would certainly result in “GAME OVER” for the resistance. How could anyone, especially a lone Rider (Eragon), hope to compete against an insane Rider with knowledge of the ancient language’s true name, a cache of Eldunari, and another Rider and dragon at his side?

Another popular theory is that Galbatorix is spending most of his time seeking out Eragon’s true name. If this is in fact what he seeks, it’s worrying that he claims to be close to a discovery. Knowledge of Eragon’s true name would give Galbatorix control over Eragon, and while Eragon would never willingly serve Galbatorix, he wouldn’t have much of a choice.

The only comfort is our knowledge that Eragon would understand what needed to be done if Galbatorix were ever to discover his true name. Rather than allow himself to be controlled and used against the resistance as another one of Galbatorix’s pawns, Eragon would likely take his own life. However, Galbatorix would ultimately accomplish his end goal: removing Eragon from the resistance.

Ultimate drive – resurrecting Jarnunvösk? – Fans have proposed that Galbatorix’s ultimate goal, even from the start, could be bringing his first dragon back to life. Christopher has told us that while Galbatorix discovered a way to bond with Shruikan using dark magic, it’s a perverted version of a true dragon and Rider bond. They were never – and will never – be a true dragon and Rider. It would not be much of a stretch to assume that Galbatorix still misses Jarnunvösk; after all, it was her death which caused all of which has happened to him and Alagaësia.

But how would Galbatorix resurrect Jarnunvösk? Could this really be his ultimate driving force? If Galbatorix were to posses her Eldunari, or knowledge of how to reclaim her soul, could he one day attempt to use the Eldunari or her soul to bring her back to life? Raising the dead is something no reasonable or sane magician would ever attempt – but we know that Galbatorix is neither reasonable nor sane.

 

We haven’t seen much of Galbatorix – Why?

We’re three books into our four book series and have yet to truly encounter Galbatorix. However, the death of Oromis and Glaedr at the end of Brisingr – while incredibly awful to read – did bring us a bit closer to the elusive evil king. Why has he remained so withdrawn?

If we were the joking type (we are), we’d tell you that he’s anti-social and would rather spend his time in his room, sulking about his tough life and plotting new ways to be evil. You know, typical villain stuff. Painting his nails black, brushing his hair to the side, brooding. But we doubt that’s the case.

We know that Galbatorix is hard at work “seeking something”. We have no idea what he seeks, but it must be important. After all, the most powerful (and evil) being on Alagaësia wouldn’t spend vast amounts of time attempting to discover the true name of bunnies or pondering the existence of an Alagaësia-style Santa Claus, would he? It’s likely that he’s holed up, spending as much time seeking out this unnamed secret without fear of interruption or attack.

Another reason we haven’t seen Galbatorix leave Urû’baen is because of the protection it offers. He may not fear Eragon and Saphira on their own, but is he ready to stand against Eragon, Saphira, the Varden, Surda, the dwarves, and the elves? Maybe, but probably not. Leaving the ultimate protection offered by Urû’baen before he is truly ready to end things once and for all would be foolish – even for a twisted being like Galbatorix.

We also have to consider fantasy precedent. How often do you hear of the evil overlord leaving his lair? Hardly ever. Often times, the evil individual is a coward; rather than do his bidding himself, he’ll send endless waves of mindless army men to fight for him. He’ll employ wicked henchmen (Durza, the Ra’zac, brainwashed Urgals) to do his dirty work.

 

Is there a greater power at play?

As we’ve discussed in past articles, we know that there is darkness beyond Galbatorix. In Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia, Eragon warns his new pupil of an “unnamed shadow” stalking the land. Is it possible that Galbatorix, in “gamer terms”, isn’t the true “final boss”? Is there an overlord beyond Galbatorix himself? Is Galbatorix being controlled, instructed, or manipulated by a greater power?

If there is indeed an unnamed shadow stalking the lands, one which even Eragon fears, where did it come from? How was it never noticed before Galbatorix’s assumed death in Book 4? One very likely scenario is that this shadow was always there, working behind the scene… controlling Alagaësia from afar, through another individual – the face of evil.

Galbatorix.

Behind the madness, is there a greater threat? Is this unnamed shadow controlling Galbatorix, and through him, all of Alagaësia? When Galbatorix finally falls, will the true darkness be revealed?

 

Will Galbatorix fall?

If we knew this answer, all the fun of the fourth book would be gone. Sure, we all want Galbatorix to die. Stories often end with good triumphing over evil. We’re sure Inheritance will have some sort of happy ending, but not all happy endings mean the bad guy dies. No, it’s safe to say that there are several possibilities.

Galbatorix could win. We doubt it, but it’s possible. Despite our loathing of Galbatorix, we cannot ignore his cunning, vast intelligence, and perhaps most dangerous, his insanity. He will do whatever he can to ensure victory. He has had decades to plan and prepare. He has armies of thousands ready to do his bidding and the allegiance of some of Alagaësia’s most feared beings. He has an ancient and likely powerful dragon at his side, its mind warped to do his master’s bidding. He has an apprentice dragon and Rider, enslaved by their true names, fighting at his side. And he has an unknown amount of Eldunari, many of which he has bent to his will.

The resistance is powerful; they are driven by a noble and courageous goal of overthrowing a tyrant and restoring peace to Alagaësia. They are compromised of powerful races, each bringing their own vast armies, talents, and unique abilities. But they are taxed; they are constantly mobile, pushing across an unfamiliar land in Galbatorix’s territory. At their helm is a single dragon and Rider, who, while powerful, are no individual match for Murtagh and Thorn, let alone Galbatorix himself.

Until something more happens for Eragon, Saphira, and the resistance, the odds do not look good.

However, we don’t think evil will win out in the end. Galbatorix will fall, whether by death or banishment. The Varden must succeed. Failing would mean the ultimate demise of an entire continent of people.

Will Eragon, Saphira, and the resistance spare Galbatorix’s life? Faced with the decision to execute the tyrant or to strip him of his seat, power, and aids (Murtagh/Thorn, Eldunari, etc)… which will they choose? If they banish Galbatorix, how can they ensure that he is never a bother again? If they kill him, how can they be seen having done the right thing in the eyes of Alagaësians who still recognize Galbatorix as their king?

  • Soldin Von Dhaarch

    Galby is going to trip on his cape and impale himself on his sword. end of story.

  • TheWindsWhisper

    About this whole “unnamed shadow business. It would be rude of CP to introduce a new superpower to the series at this point. He hasn’t said anything about it before and to introduce it would be really Deus ex machina at this point. That said I don’t really know how to explain the shadow, if it exists. maybe Galby forces all the spirits in the world to attack the Varden or something. Maybe the shadow is Galby himself, were just gonna have to wait for Inheritance. 

  • Alex

    I personally think that the reason that Galbatorix wont leave his castle is the eldunari…if he has a hoard as big as oromis says then it would probably be inconvenient to carry it around and fight with it…so he keeps it close by him and waits for the varden to come to his castle where it’s more advantageous for him

  • Samuel

    I think katrina will be the next rider cause remember in Eldest sloan took away her inheritance      and the eragon will train her and together they will kill galby.

  • Samuel

    I think katrina will be the next rider cause remember in Eldest sloan took away her inheritance      and the eragon will train her and together they will kill galby.

  • Samuel

    I think katrina will be the next rider cause remember in Eldest sloan took away her inheritance      and the eragon will train her and together they will kill galby.

  • Samuel

    I think katrina will be the next rider cause remember in Eldest sloan took away her inheritance      and the eragon will train her and together they will kill galby.

    • Reid Thack

      wow, ive never thought of that, and i like it! but i dont think thats how CP will do it. but thats a great thought i’ll have to ponder for a while

  • haylynn gaunt

    how come if half of galby’s army was lost in the spine the other half doesn’t know what happened? why only half with no evidence?

  • Reid Thack

    One theory is that the spine is actually the original eragon’s dragon. the white one. I don’t personally believe this. I believe that there are wild dragons in the spine.I also believe that the Vault of Souls was the place where all of the wild dragons used to keep their eldunari. Then they changed the password to get in to “Eragon” because they trusted him so much and he kept them and the elves from destroying eachother. I think it was oromis, but someone said that they had scoured alegaesia for more eldunari, but couldnt find any. I think everyone here thinks that dragons are very powerful magically. I think they made a force field, if you will, around the Vault of Souls so that no one could sense the minds of the dragons in the eldunari. Also, the eldunari could be in the hadarac dessert. Oromis or Brom( i dont remember which one) told eragon that the wild dragons used to live out in the hadarac dessert.

  • Reid Thack

    One theory is that the spine is actually the original eragon’s dragon. the white one. I don’t personally believe this. I believe that there are wild dragons in the spine.I also believe that the Vault of Souls was the place where all of the wild dragons used to keep their eldunari. Then they changed the password to get in to “Eragon” because they trusted him so much and he kept them and the elves from destroying eachother. I think it was oromis, but someone said that they had scoured alegaesia for more eldunari, but couldnt find any. I think everyone here thinks that dragons are very powerful magically. I think they made a force field, if you will, around the Vault of Souls so that no one could sense the minds of the dragons in the eldunari. Also, the eldunari could be in the hadarac dessert. Oromis or Brom( i dont remember which one) told eragon that the wild dragons used to live out in the hadarac dessert.

  • Reid Thack

    One theory is that the spine is actually the original eragon’s dragon. the white one. I don’t personally believe this. I believe that there are wild dragons in the spine.I also believe that the Vault of Souls was the place where all of the wild dragons used to keep their eldunari. Then they changed the password to get in to “Eragon” because they trusted him so much and he kept them and the elves from destroying eachother. I think it was oromis, but someone said that they had scoured alegaesia for more eldunari, but couldnt find any. I think everyone here thinks that dragons are very powerful magically. I think they made a force field, if you will, around the Vault of Souls so that no one could sense the minds of the dragons in the eldunari. Also, the eldunari could be in the hadarac dessert. Oromis or Brom( i dont remember which one) told eragon that the wild dragons used to live out in the hadarac dessert.

  • E.

    What ever happens to Great Galb, He won’t have the victory.
    Angela predicted a long life for Eragon in book 1. Why would she if he died within a year or so?
    It is easy to say that she predicted it because it was the firts hint Chirtopher could give about Eragons near immortality before Eragon knew himself, but then again, it is also a certain confirmation that, whatever happens, Eragon will survive.
    The happy end was secured almost as soon as the story began..
    But now that I think of it.. He was meant to leave the land forever as well.
    What if Galb finds out Eragons true name and banishes him?
    Though I’ve always suspected an ending like Frodo had in The Lord of the Rings, this possibility can, unfortunately, not be excluded..

  • E.

    What ever happens to Great Galb, He won’t have the victory.
    Angela predicted a long life for Eragon in book 1. Why would she if he died within a year or so?
    It is easy to say that she predicted it because it was the firts hint Chirtopher could give about Eragons near immortality before Eragon knew himself, but then again, it is also a certain confirmation that, whatever happens, Eragon will survive.
    The happy end was secured almost as soon as the story began..
    But now that I think of it.. He was meant to leave the land forever as well.
    What if Galb finds out Eragons true name and banishes him?
    Though I’ve always suspected an ending like Frodo had in The Lord of the Rings, this possibility can, unfortunately, not be excluded..

  • TheWindsWhisper

    Brom said that when you reach into the abyss beyond life that magic means nothing and your strength will flee. To me its inconceivable that Galbatorix would try to resurrect his dragon. It would kill him, although if he tried it would just make things easier for the Varden. 

    But enough about Galbatorix i’m more interested in Shruikan. Unlike Galby he is not evil, just corrupted. Which leads me to another theory, Angela. She was probably Shruikans rider before the fall. She would have gone mad for a little while which would explain her current demeanor and why she is so old, Arya said that no human, except Galby, would be considered an adult among Elves, to which Angela replies that she also would and that she is older than she looks. Which implies that she is at least one hundred years old. So when the Varden wins they hopefully will decide to spare Shruikans life and he will have a happy reunion with Angela.   

  • Rusev_nikola

    Galbatorix is the good guy! He is trying to gather power and unite Alageisia so he can fight the ultimate Evil! He is trying to save everyone from the unnamed shadow. the resistance must be beaten so he can, with an Iron fist, Protect Alagaesia!

    Just a theory though…

    I side with Eragon.

  • Rusev_nikola

    Galbatorix is the good guy! He is trying to gather power and unite Alageisia so he can fight the ultimate Evil! He is trying to save everyone from the unnamed shadow. the resistance must be beaten so he can, with an Iron fist, Protect Alagaesia!

    Just a theory though…

    I side with Eragon.

  • Rusev_nikola

    Galbatorix is the good guy! He is trying to gather power and unite Alageisia so he can fight the ultimate Evil! He is trying to save everyone from the unnamed shadow. the resistance must be beaten so he can, with an Iron fist, Protect Alagaesia!

    Just a theory though…

    I side with Eragon.

  • Rusev_nikola

    Galbatorix is the good guy! He is trying to gather power and unite Alageisia so he can fight the ultimate Evil! He is trying to save everyone from the unnamed shadow. the resistance must be beaten so he can, with an Iron fist, Protect Alagaesia!

    Just a theory though…

    I side with Eragon.

  • Bacon man

    In my opinion, the vault of souls will give eragon the soul of the original eragon. The rock of kuthain may be jarnunvösks eldunari. Ga barleys will reveal he is being controlled by ??????????????? and he, eragon, Murtag and arya will fight the evil being and win

  • Saidanmaster

    We know that Paolini based the plot off of starwars, so if you compare the two series Galby would match up best with the Emperor. That also would explain his absence in the series, for neither Eragon or Luke meet with Galby or the Emperor respectively until the final installment in the series. Also, we know that Palpatine was injured badly by Windu, so the same thing may have happened in his final battle with Vrael. Galby may not have come out of Uru’baen because of an injury.

  • Saidanmaster

    We know that Paolini based the plot off of starwars, so if you compare the two series Galby would match up best with the Emperor. That also would explain his absence in the series, for neither Eragon or Luke meet with Galby or the Emperor respectively until the final installment in the series. Also, we know that Palpatine was injured badly by Windu, so the same thing may have happened in his final battle with Vrael. Galby may not have come out of Uru’baen because of an injury.

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  • Phonyhomeless

    I’ve always suspected that Galbatorix will become the first Shade Rider. After Eragon defeats him in Uru’baen, Galbatorix will through caution to the wind and summon spirits to assist him. Due to the incredible amount of power he has at his disposal coupled with his insanity, he’ll summon the strongest and most evil spirit possible. The spirit will take over Galbatorix’s mind and become the unnamed shadow.

  • Phonyhomeless

    I’ve always suspected that Galbatorix will become the first Shade Rider. After Eragon defeats him in Uru’baen, Galbatorix will through caution to the wind and summon spirits to assist him. Due to the incredible amount of power he has at his disposal coupled with his insanity, he’ll summon the strongest and most evil spirit possible. The spirit will take over Galbatorix’s mind and become the unnamed shadow.

  • bigmike

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  • Lord ekul

    I think that galby is looking for a way to use the vault of souls or the rock of kuthian (not sure on that spelling havent read the books in a litle while). I beleive theres a possibility that he has these two things in his possession (or one of two things anyway) and that the words brom told eragon before he died have somethings to do with using/accessing these two things… could tie in with the ending, this could also explain the unnamed shadow? by using these two things something may also escape/be released? Brom knew how to use/access them but didnt have the means to get to them due to galby’s defence of them. Or it could be more simply and galby may know he is about to be defeated and summon a shade as the 3 magicians did when the varden were at the citadel. Just a few theories…

  • Galbatorix should have his head chopped off. Vrael let him slide the first time. He doesn’t deserve the same mercy twice.

  • Bkretz

    I think he is the unnamed shasow

  • bigmike

    Im still saying that the Shade that taught Galby is still alive and kicking and he is the real puppet master with Galby under a name forced slavery. And Galby is actully looking for the Shade’s true name to free himself from his slavery. After Galby gets killed, the Shade reveals himself because he just lost his mask that has hidden him for so long.

  • Gagliardi101

    He will die and shruikan will then choose a new rider, and a new power will be revealed.

  • dhrupad-bro of murtagh

    oh. . . . . .btw the movie AVATAR copied the EYWA TREE, from the MENOA TREE….isnt it?

    • Gagliardi101

      actualy the script and story for Avatar were wrriten in 1980

  • dhrupad-bro of murtagh

    i think Trianna may be the next rider. . .my instinct says it is.  & usually my instincts dont lead me wrong. . . .    

    • BOB

      what about the time you thought avatar stole plot lines from eragon?

      • Stephantjoey

        LOL, that was quite a funny quip!

  • bigmike

    If a dragon and rider were to become Shades, would the dragon still be a dragon or would it b called something else. I ask because if it is called by another name, then there could be a green Shade dragon even though CP said that there werent any dragons left that we dont know about yet.Just a thought.

  • bigmike

    If a dragon and rider were to become Shades, would the dragon still be a dragon or would it b called something else. I ask because if it is called by another name, then there could be a green Shade dragon even though CP said that there werent any dragons left that we dont know about yet.Just a thought.

  • bigmike

    Harry S. Truman
    “If you can’t convince them, confuse them.”a tactic that always works when dealing with the freshmen, especially when I start talking about the probablity of the Shade that taught galby before he started the war being the puppet master and Galby is just under a name sworn slavery, and how powerful he has to be to hold Galby under his thumb.  🙂

    • Mr. Anonymous

      Hey It’s not a bad theory, though. Would make an interesting ending!

  • Anonymous

    WOW….This is one story that has truly caught my imagination. Amazing characters…
    Love Eragon, Roran, Murtagh, Angela, Arya, Elva, Nasuada and the rest!
    I would love to have a remake of the Eragon movie. Everyday the book plays in my head with the music, songs, and visuals. The way I imagine Alagaesia is beautiful. I love you Cristopher!

  • Master101614

    I wish you were the author Broski; that ending would be somewhat predictable but totally awesome. No, I could be wrong but I believe Paolini will throw some crazy twist in the mix. Whether it be Galbatorix defeating Eragon, or some crazy throw off. When I finished Eldest, I was positive that Nasuada was going to be the “bad guy” in the end. There was more than one subtle mention of “dealing with the magic users” that ominously hinted towards it. Here is my take on Eragon leaving Alagaesia though, he will be forced to leave because of the Manoa tree! Hear me out, what happened before Eragon was gifted the brightsteel by the Manoa tree? He swore in the ancient language to do what the tree asked, to which she replied, “You must go…”. Now, while she never finished that statement, she had Eragon’s oath in the ancient language on it. Simply put, the Manoa tree could be woken up by the angry elves, who ask what transpired, to which she will say, “Eragon Shadeslayer must go and leave this land forever for attacking me and disturbing my slumber”. Granted, it probably wont go down exactly like that, but the Manoa tree will be the reason that Eragon himself is forced to leave Alagaesia. As for the other Elf leaving with him, likely it is Arya, who by this point is likely either a rider herself, Eragon’s lover or both. Please feel free to agree or disagree on this, just glad to finally get some thoughts out there. 

  • Master101614

    I wish you were the author Broski; that ending would be somewhat predictable but totally awesome. No, I could be wrong but I believe Paolini will throw some crazy twist in the mix. Whether it be Galbatorix defeating Eragon, or some crazy throw off. When I finished Eldest, I was positive that Nasuada was going to be the “bad guy” in the end. There was more than one subtle mention of “dealing with the magic users” that ominously hinted towards it. Here is my take on Eragon leaving Alagaesia though, he will be forced to leave because of the Manoa tree! Hear me out, what happened before Eragon was gifted the brightsteel by the Manoa tree? He swore in the ancient language to do what the tree asked, to which she replied, “You must go…”. Now, while she never finished that statement, she had Eragon’s oath in the ancient language on it. Simply put, the Manoa tree could be woken up by the angry elves, who ask what transpired, to which she will say, “Eragon Shadeslayer must go and leave this land forever for attacking me and disturbing my slumber”. Granted, it probably wont go down exactly like that, but the Manoa tree will be the reason that Eragon himself is forced to leave Alagaesia. As for the other Elf leaving with him, likely it is Arya, who by this point is likely either a rider herself, Eragon’s lover or both. Please feel free to agree or disagree on this, just glad to finally get some thoughts out there. 

    • Sealburger

      What if Eragon changed who he was as a person with like his true name, so like the Menoa Tree’s command to that Eragon was invalid, because he no longer was the person who he became?

    • T_starsiak18

      this is my idea. i believe that Eragon wont have to leave Alagaesia at all.. true names have power right? so i believe the name of Alagaesia, and its very essence will change, when they over throw Galby..so thus overthrowing Galby the name of Alagaesia changes bc the nature of how Alagaesia was has changed.

    • Emerald Sword

      I never thought of that possibility. That is something that could happen or maybe the land will be destroyed so all the citizens leave for another land and Galbatorix will be punished by being left alone in Alagaesia? Who knows but I am excited to find out!

    • Emerald Sword

      I never thought of that possibility. That is something that could happen or maybe the land will be destroyed so all the citizens leave for another land and Galbatorix will be punished by being left alone in Alagaesia? Who knows but I am excited to find out!

    • Emerald Sword

      I never thought of that possibility. That is something that could happen or maybe the land will be destroyed so all the citizens leave for another land and Galbatorix will be punished by being left alone in Alagaesia? Who knows but I am excited to find out!

    • Emerald Sword

      I never thought of that possibility. That is something that could happen or maybe the land will be destroyed so all the citizens leave for another land and Galbatorix will be punished by being left alone in Alagaesia? Who knows but I am excited to find out!

    • Cournal_m

      the menoa tree has already taken what she wants! and read eragons guide to alagaesia. In it he is the leader of the new riders and is leaving alagaesia on a missing and he is returning. Remember not all profecies come true! 

    • Alex

      If you remember in the first book…eragon has a dream of a ship leaving somebody on a distant land and then two dragons flying in the sky

  • Broski

    In the Rock of Kuthian, there is going to be a bunch of really powerful spirits, which will turn Eragon into a shade (which is why CP implied there may be a shade rider in the book). Then Galbotorix and Eragon would have an even fight. And the seven words in the ancient language Brom told Eragon are actually the words for the spell to bring Brom back to life (or his spirit). He will get the massive amount of energy needed for this spell from is ring, Aren.

    • Bobpants Spongesquare

      The Vault of Souls is actually a stockpile of Eldunari, the green egg will hatch for Eragon, making him a dual-Rider, the seven words brom taught Eragon were a spell of Broms creation which will either undo Galbatorixes link to Shruikan or sever his hold on his Eldunari, Eragon kills Galbatorix, Roran becomes king of Alagaesia because he is actually a rightful aire to the throne and a great leader, and everyone unanimously decides that it would be better for the Riders to leave Alagaesia and let it forge its own destiny

      • Laura_emi_an

        I think that “the dual-rider” is impossible and that Arya will become the second rider. But the rest of that is what I think, too.

      • Emerald Sword

        I agree Arya will be the next rider but I also think the rest will be the same.

      • Anonymous

        ACtually, I read the excerpt from Inheritance and It looks like Roran might die.  I for one wonder what the Menoa Tree took from Eragon.

    • Gagliardi101

      I think the rock will be full of ancient eldunari, but the 7 words maybe something that glaby ‘s defenses havent picked up, but ur idea is good also

  • Garnet-Princess

    Galbatorix will turn good…

    • bigmike

      he makes a self-realization of his crimes and asks for forgiveness. Murtage seeing it as weak turns on him and kills him without warning, taking over as the new villlan and eragon is stuck with the problem of his half-brother being the bad guy and what to do to him, knowing that he is a matched blade with him and he doesnt want to kill.

  • Ipreferpi8

    When Angela reads Eragon’s fortune she says that Eragon’s romance will out last empires I don’t know what will happen to Galby but the facts point to the Empire’s fall

  • Laura_emi_an

    I think that when Eragon has almost won Galbatorix, Galbatorix will impose some kind of curse over Eragon. The curse would be that all magic creatures have to leave Alagaesia forever and never come back. That meens Eragon, too.

    Eragon saw the beautiful people going to boats and sailing away and there was two dragons flying in the sky. I thought this option according to this sleep.

  • Ogmig

    Perhaps the “accident” the greyfolk fell to had to do with this unseen shadow, or the discovery of the true essence of magic?

  • Ernie6110

    finding the true name of the ancient language could be the destruction of  Alagaësia or even the whole inhertiance series world ,the fourth book may start with Galbatorixfinding the name but it could be like nuclear bombs ,wouldn’t it? somthing so powerful to desroy the world……….

    • Reid Thack

      But CHristopher said he wants to write more books in the world of alagaesia. most people would agree that it would probably occur after the events of inheritance. If alagaesia blows up or ceases to exist, there could be no more books in alagaesia.

      • Caitlinmdesmond

        Or the fifth book could be set before Eragon’s time?

      • Caitlinmdesmond

        Or the fifth book could be set before Eragon’s time?

  • Drummerboy0305

    The Vault of Souls is the energy source for all the Eldunari. When Eregon finds it, he will be given access to power beyond Galby, however not before Galby finds the true name of the ancient language. Their power will be close to even, but Eregon will prevail in the end.

    • bigmike

      That would turn into an apocalytic armageddon with the master of magic vs the holder of all the power of the dragons. It would b a world ending massacre and most likely both hero and villian die end the end.

  • guest

    I think Nasuada will be the new bad guy. I the last Pod-cast, it was talked about how she is going to deal with magicians after the war. I think she is the perfect candidate to be a bad guy.

  • gandaga

    What if Galby is some sort of relative to Eragon; like Broms brother. Galbatorix does not know this but Eragon does. Saphira will then get a crippling blow and eragon will tell him that he is his nephew. Then the unknown shadow is actually Morzan and he takes all of Galbys eldurnii. Eragon and Galby have to fight together to stop Morzan and while thay are fighting Murtagh gets Morzan in the heart with an arrow

  • gandaga

    What if Galby is some sort of relative to Eragon; like Broms brother. Galbatorix does not know this but Eragon does. Saphira will then get a crippling blow and eragon will tell him that he is his nephew. Then the unknown shadow is actually Morzan and he takes all of Galbys eldurnii. Eragon and Galby have to fight together to stop Morzan and while thay are fighting Murtagh gets Morzan in the heart with an arrow

    • guest

      Interesting theory to say the least!
      Somewhat unlikely in my opinion…

    • Ogmig

      Not to be rude, but morzan’s dead.

      • gandaga

        maybe he never really died, but when Brom killed his dragon. Morzan was mentally desstroyed making Brom think he was dead. The pain made him a next level shade or some new type of evil being

        • Asdfasdfa

          this is complete bull crap. 

          • bigmike

            No! Gandaga might be onto something…… There have been many cases of people going into comas because of shock and have been mistaken as dead. plus, if he was in a coma, it would be easier for a spirit to take over  his body because he couldnt flee or fight back physically or mentally. Or there has to be other foul creatures that we havent seen or heard of yet, there might be one that is able to possess a person in the state of a coma and when he wakes up, he is changed into something else. CP might still have a few tricks up his sleeve. 

      • Arhode98

        yes, he is, but the shadow could be the new morzan(like a shade) who is created when galby tries to resurrect the real morzan. My theory on the matter is that morzan is pissed at galbatorix for disturbing his rest and is looking for revenge. he sees an oppurtunity and kills galbatoriz, taking his eldunari and becoming the new evil super-power. Murtagh, no longer under galby’s control, teams up with eragon to fight the shade-morzan. like with durza, murtagh will shoot an arrow through his head, saving eragons life. then eragon will stab him in the heart in an epic final battle.

    • Ogmig

      Not to be rude, but morzan’s dead.

    • wydrabrisinger

      a plausable idea, not likely though

  • gandaga

    What if Galby is some sort of relative to Eragon; like Broms brother. Galbatorix does not know this but Eragon does. Saphira will then get a crippling blow and eragon will tell him that he is his nephew. Then the unknown shadow is actually Morzan and he takes all of Galbys eldurnii. Eragon and Galby have to fight together to stop Morzan and while thay are fighting Murtagh gets Morzan in the heart with an arrow

  • Torigamble

    eragon finds the vault of souls and rock of kuthian and all that, then finds either Jarnunvosk’s soul or eldunari, then somehow uses that to save the day (eg. like jarnun is all like “whaddup wit ya, galby? u all mad! this not what i want 4 u!! etc.) quite obvious in my opinion.

    • Kris

      Hmmm…I like it. But even if it does seem “obvious” like you say, would C.P. use the “obvious” route? I don’t know, but yeah, I like the theory!

  • Zak

    Galbi is looking for the true name of alagaesia. Eragon will learn to use spirit magic. That’s why he asked Oromis in book 3.

  • Zak

    Galbi is looking for the true name of alagaesia. Eragon will learn to use spirit magic. That’s why he asked Oromis in book 3.

  • DoddiP

    I think Eragon will defeat Galbatorix and manage to strip him of his powers. He will decide to banish him instead of killing him but Murtagh (who will have survived but losing Thorn) will step in and decapitate Galbatorix with Zar’roc.

  • DoddiP

    I think Eragon will defeat Galbatorix and manage to strip him of his powers. He will decide to banish him instead of killing him but Murtagh (who will have survived but losing Thorn) will step in and decapitate Galbatorix with Zar’roc.

  • DoddiP

    I think Eragon will defeat Galbatorix and manage to strip him of his powers. He will decide to banish him instead of killing him but Murtagh (who will have survived but losing Thorn) will step in and decapitate Galbatorix with Zar’roc.

  • DoddiP

    I think Eragon will defeat Galbatorix and manage to strip him of his powers. He will decide to banish him instead of killing him but Murtagh (who will have survived but losing Thorn) will step in and decapitate Galbatorix with Zar’roc.

  • Neverquestionyoda

    I suspect that Eragon will defeat Galby by taking away his ability to use the Ancient Language. Maybe.

  • Fayt

    I’m part of the people who think Galbi wants to revive his long lost dragon.

    I do believe that, at first, when galbatorix began to gather
    eldunaris he was – unconsciously or not – hoping/dreaming that one of
    them could be the Eldunari of Jarnunvösk: A way to stay connected to his
    “soulmate”.

    As the time past, he realised that his quest was vain… Then he started thinking that if he could accumulate enough power he would be able to find a way to resurrect his dragon.
    By the way:
    The resurrection matter was only tackled once : NEVER try to resurrect somebody !!
    And I’m pretty sure Galbatorix is not as mad as we think, he realised
    that power alone couldn’t grant him his wish, then again : It’s a
    failure.
    That’s why he seeked another way. I think it’s at that time that the
    king chose to shut himself away. He spent his whole time looking for
    that way: then he found his goal : discover the true name !
    As far as I’m concerned, I really really think we’re talking about the
    true name of magic. Brom once said that if it was discovered, it would be a
    name of immesurable power. Powerful enough to successfully resurrect somebody ?Then, why did he had to conquer everthing ??? Well, it’s not really easy to succeed when you don’t have much of a “defense”, an army, people to fight for you. But when you conquer everything, you build an army, make pacts, … Things become a little easier … I really don’t believe Galbi conquered and killed for the sake of conquering and killing.He “just” used an amazing, twisted, horrible way to achieve his goal …. but, well, he’s crazy you know ^^

    • T_starsiak18

      maybe galby is trying to find the true name of the word death..bc once he knows that he can control it.

  • scottishguy

    consider this. when eragon opens the vault of souls he releases the so called ”shadow”, which can neutralise magic users giving him and galby equal fighting terms. improbable but interesting

  • Skink

    I think that Eragon will do to Galbatorix what Aang did to Ozai in Avatar the Last Airbender.

  • Imaronjongirl

    It never occurred to me that Galbatorix may try to revive Jarnunvosk. If he were to succeed, I doubt she would be very happy with the way he has turned out and the things he has done. He would get quite the talking to. Maybe she could knock some reason back into him.

  • Imaronjongirl

    It never occurred to me that Galbatorix may try to revive Jarnunvosk. If he were to succeed, I doubt she would be very happy with the way he has turned out and the things he has done. He would get quite the talking to. Maybe she could knock some reason back into him.

  • Tbetthauser Uais

    What if Tenga is the other evil behind Galbatorix? I mean, like Galby, Tenga was looking for an answer to a question, or something to find. And so is Galby. Not to mention, based on Angela’s reaction to Eragon meeting Tenga tells us he may not be a very great guy.

    What do you guys think?

    • Trinity04

      And he kicks cats

      • bigmike

        I would like to see him try to kick solembrum. He’d get his tale whipped even if he can use magic. Solembrum will go mega beast mode on that fool!!!!!!!! lol

        • Guest

          YES!

    • CakeNSteak

      what if Tenga is Galby…..dun dun duuuuuunnnnnnn

  • Just thought of this and i dont know why ive never seen it in the comments before, what if the rock of kuthian IS IN the vault of souls

    • Laurelleaf9

      i always thought the opposite: the valt of souls is located in or behind, depending on the size, the rock of kuthian.

    • brisingr500

      There were plenty of theories about that. Sorry but your not the first one. But yes it’s possible.

  • geust

    what if eragon figures out what was broken in oromis’ mind and does the same thing to galby

  • Fred24

    This theory is a little out there but does anyone think it’s possible that tenga and/or angels is the person working behind the scenes having galby do the dirty work????

    • Guest

      hmm thats an interesting thought but i think that angela really is good but we dont really know anything about tenga

  • I honestly think he will be killed or banished, and then a greater evil being will be revealed, leaving room for another series.

  • Guest

    What if the Spine…is an actual spine? The backbone and back spikes of some uber-ancient dragon? Something along the lines of a Menoa tree-type being? THAT would sure be a power that Galbatorix would fear! If it were benevolent, maybe IT chewed up half of Galbatorix’s army (via magic? or using its consciousness to manipulate the forest?) and kept the people of Carvahall safe? Maybe it’s the Rock of Kuthian? Maybe Galbatorix has felt the consciousness of the mountains, and that’s why he fears them so much… Just an idea. Thoughts?

    • i have thought about that alot, id agree with everything, id say if the spine is a spine then if it was a dragon what if its eldunari is some where in the mountain range what if thats the rock of kuthian, and one of the forswon dragons was kuthian #2

    • Histeba

      I have wondered about this before. After all even in the books, as much as it says the Spine is a place of misfortune that Galby fears, the books have been mysteriously quiet about it. I don’t know why Christopher would take the time to explain all the strange things that happened in the Spine, and Glaby’s fear of it, without using it somehow in the books. So i think that the Spine could be a HUGE part of the 4th book.

    • Histeba

      I have wondered about this before. After all even in the books, as much as it says the Spine is a place of misfortune that Galby fears, the books have been mysteriously quiet about it. I don’t know why Christopher would take the time to explain all the strange things that happened in the Spine, and Glaby’s fear of it, without using it somehow in the books. So i think that the Spine could be a HUGE part of the 4th book.

    • Histeba

      I have wondered about this before. After all even in the books, as much as it says the Spine is a place of misfortune that Galby fears, the books have been mysteriously quiet about it. I don’t know why Christopher would take the time to explain all the strange things that happened in the Spine, and Glaby’s fear of it, without using it somehow in the books. So i think that the Spine could be a HUGE part of the 4th book.

      • bigmike

        I think he told us all that to make it seem more likely that Eragon has some trait that enables him to stay in there while other people come to meet misfortune and demise. Also i feel that he will flee into them from a group of Galbys soldiers knowing that they are to scared to follow him.

    • BOB

      SO YOU ACTUALLY THINK THERE WAS A DRAGON THE SIZE OF A CONTINENT, THAT DECIDED TO SLEEP FOR A FEW CENTURIES, UNTIL IT BECOMES A mountain range. A sentient mountain range!?! Now a bit of logic-Glaedr was several hundred years old right?
      He was around the size of a small hill. Saphira was a third of his size, but only a year or two old. To me, this suggests that dragons grow more slowly as they age, which i think may have actually been stated somewhere. So for this dragons individual veritabre to be mountain sized, it would have to be billions of years old, and surely a couple of other creatures would have seen it, just mabye have told someone? And also, where would a continent sized dragon get enough to eat without killing every living thing?

  • ogdc

    Everybody is talking about true names. What i want to know is people’s opinions on what happens if two people guess the same true name. Who holds power over that person or thing? I think that this could be a way out for Murtagh.

    • what if eragons true name was the same as the ancient languages

  • Anonymous

    Galbatorix, u mad?

  • Steve-o

    so could galbatorix be a shade? christopher said a shade rider would come into play in the 4th book. comic con interview with christopher posted in july-

     What happens when a Dragon Rider becomes a
    Shade, or is that impossible? I think that last time you may have said
    that that was impossible.

    C: Did I?

    M: Someone said that you did.

    C: Well if I did then I take that back! I think it would be absolutely frackin’ terrifying!

    M: So could a dragon—could any creature that can actually think—

    C: Read Book 4.

    M: Oh jeeze!

    C: [Christopher’s evil laugh.]

    M: That should be good.

    C: It involves Angela, that’s all I will say.

    M: Well then, new theories incoming!

  • Silver9935

    He’s looking for the name to open the vault of souls, genius. I bet he knows were it is, but knows nothing about Eragons name being the password. If he did, he would have already crushed the varden, and eragon along with it, found his name, then taken the vault of souls power and destroy the elves.

  • Silver9935

    He’s looking for the name to open the vault of souls, genius. I bet he knows were it is, but knows nothing about Eragons name being the password. If he did, he would have already crushed the varden, and eragon along with it, found his name, then taken the vault of souls power and destroy the elves.

    • Desireemiya

      That’s seems really likely, but dragons name is the same as the firstriders, so wouldn’t galbatorix have thought of saying that already? Love the theory, and I do think galby is looking for the vault of souls, but I think eragon speaking his name is an only-eragon-can-do-thing

    • Desireemiya

      That’s seems really likely, but dragons name is the same as the firstriders, so wouldn’t galbatorix have thought of saying that already? Love the theory, and I do think galby is looking for the vault of souls, but I think eragon speaking his name is an only-eragon-can-do-thing

    • Desireemiya

      That’s seems really likely, but dragons name is the same as the firstriders, so wouldn’t galbatorix have thought of saying that already? Love the theory, and I do think galby is looking for the vault of souls, but I think eragon speaking his name is an only-eragon-can-do-thing

  • Andrewvaldez31

    i think galby is looking for the rock of kurlean

  • Rbnguevara

    Galbatorix is Brom’s older brother that’s a theory I’ve heard and I think I destroys himself

    • Histeba

      I haven’t ever heard this. but this would make it very interesting, because that would mean Eragon would be related to Galbatorix

    • Histeba

      I haven’t ever heard this. but this would make it very interesting, because that would mean Eragon would be related to Galbatorix

    • Histeba

      I haven’t ever heard this. but this would make it very interesting, because that would mean Eragon would be related to Galbatorix

    • speedsk8

      I’ve thought of that too, but that would be way to much like star wars “Luke, I am your father”. except it would be “Eragon, I am your uncle”

  • Phoenixb3008

    What if the reason tha  Galbatorix never levels his castle is because he is SO connected to the Eldunari to power his spells, he would die if he ever got to far away from them?

  • bigmike

    I said almost the same thing all the way back in the Official “Back of the Book” Description Released for Inheritance! in April, and the day after, they closed the comments on it. Well if I was a gambler, I would bet on this as the way Galby has carma bite him in the arse.

  • bigmike

    In the first book, it said that Galbi was taught dark magic by a Shade. What if that Shade is still alive and is the true puppet master and Galbi is trying to find his true name to free himself from a enslavement similar to how he has Murtagh and Thorn enslaved by their true names. Just a theory.

    • Hirador

      Wasnt that shade Durza? he had gone into hiding with Galbi and helped him overpower the first Eldunari.

      • bigmike

        I dont think it said that it was Durza that had trained him.  If you can find where it says it, would you tell me. Otherwise, I’ve been thinking that Durza probably comes in somewhere between the Fall of the Riders and when Morzan finally dies. Otherwise, more people would have know about him and the Varden most likely wouldnt have been so successful at holding of Galbi when they were first forming and didn’t have very many people to hold off a shade, which is equal to an elf in both physical and magical aspects, at the head of an attack before they moved to Farthen Dur. Just a theory. If you can improve or find anything that might disprove it, please reply and give your thoughts.

      • bigmike

        I dont think it said that it was Durza that had trained him.  If you can find where it says it, would you tell me. Otherwise, I’ve been thinking that Durza probably comes in somewhere between the Fall of the Riders and when Morzan finally dies. Otherwise, more people would have know about him and the Varden most likely wouldnt have been so successful at holding of Galbi when they were first forming and didn’t have very many people to hold off a shade, which is equal to an elf in both physical and magical aspects, at the head of an attack before they moved to Farthen Dur. Just a theory. If you can improve or find anything that might disprove it, please reply and give your thoughts.

        • Tenna Wan

          Someone said it might be Durza but no one’s sure.

          • BigFan

            i think they said that Durza was the shade in the movie Eragon, but since the movie was the biggest pile of f****** crap i have ever seen, i dont think Durza was the shade, and i really like the theory that a shade could be the “shadow” behind Galbatorix

          • BigFan

            i think they said that Durza was the shade in the movie Eragon, but since the movie was the biggest pile of f****** crap i have ever seen, i dont think Durza was the shade, and i really like the theory that a shade could be the “shadow” behind Galbatorix

          • bigmike

            Thanks. And i agree about the movie sucking. The books are awesome, why change the story line? You know?

          • BigFan

            i think they said that Durza was the shade in the movie Eragon, but since the movie was the biggest pile of f****** crap i have ever seen, i dont think Durza was the shade, and i really like the theory that a shade could be the “shadow” behind Galbatorix

          • bigmike

            Does anyone know when the next interview with CP is? Cause i think someone should ask whether the Shade that taught Galby is still alive or not. Cause I say that the Shade powerful enough to control Galby, with access to the HoH’s, would be a worthy final opponent for a wonderful series. Who agrees with me that that would be an awesome ending? I say it is as likely to happen as it is likely that Eragon cuts off Galbys head with his flaming sword.(You know what they say about pay back)  🙂   epic!!!!!!!  😀

          • That would be one scary oppenent indeed and yes Galby will get his head cut off by Brisingr cause its just what needs to happen (it would be to perfect )

  • Jarnunvosk

    I think Palpatorix is looking for the True Name of the Ancient Language, and Tenga (who may even be Galbatorix) is looking for ways to bypass the “laws” of magic. Considering that Tenga is powerful enough to scare Eragon with his displays of magic (non-verbal spells), we know Tenga’s a BAMF. What if Tenga is Galbatorix… and Angela is another of Galbatorix’s former servants?

    • Snddragon

      If Galbatorix was Tenga then wouldn’t he have captured Eragon when Eragon met Tenga in book 3?

      • Histeba

        I have a crazy theory. I am not saying that I agree about Tenga being Galbatorix, but i have a theory that could, I guess, support it anyways. If Galbatorix is truly as mad as they say he is, then isn’t it possible he doesn’t even realize that he is Tenga? That sounds crazy i know, but if when a riders dragon dies it pushes them off the deep end, then who is to say just how far Galby, could have fallen.

      • Histeba

        I have a crazy theory. I am not saying that I agree about Tenga being Galbatorix, but i have a theory that could, I guess, support it anyways. If Galbatorix is truly as mad as they say he is, then isn’t it possible he doesn’t even realize that he is Tenga? That sounds crazy i know, but if when a riders dragon dies it pushes them off the deep end, then who is to say just how far Galby, could have fallen.

    • gandaga

      what if tenga was some grey folk that split up with everyone and can still do magic. And in book 3 it saud he was looking for moon paterns on mountains or something? well maybe he knows that the mountain range nearthe vardens old place is a dragon?? just a theory though

  • Repaermirg

    Given that the Ra’zac said that he was looking for “the true name” it seems that the most likely possibility is that he is looking for the true name of the Ancient Language. Tenga, on the other hand, was clearly looking for a way to absorb pure energy from the sun and whatnot.

    • if tenga figured that out and the elves/eragon got that info galby would be f***ed

    • if tenga figured that out and the elves/eragon got that info galby would be f***ed

    • if tenga figured that out and the elves/eragon got that info galby would be f***ed

  • Eragon+Arya

    I believe that Eragon and Galby will face off in a failed attempt to take Ur’baen, Eragon will escape and some friends captured, then Eragon will find vault of souls or rock of kuthian and will gain great power, find out that Alagaesia is doomed due to some evil of Galby, Eragon and new rider (*cough* Arya *cough*) will evacuate Alagaesia, and leave Galby all alone. A little bit of a strech than what is probably going to happen, but you never know.

  • Eragon+Arya

    I believe that Eragon and Galby will face off in a failed attempt to take Ur’baen, Eragon will escape and some friends captured, then Eragon will find vault of souls or rock of kuthian and will gain great power, find out that Alagaesia is doomed due to some evil of Galby, Eragon and new rider (*cough* Arya *cough*) will evacuate Alagaesia, and leave Galby all alone. A little bit of a strech than what is probably going to happen, but you never know.

  • M J Walk

    what if galbatorix is a shade?

  • Arya<3

    I have a different theory. Galby is trying to find a way to manipulate energy using light and heat. Oromis said that whoever found the spell to do that would be able to kill galby in an instant. That seems like a big spoiler.

  • CP

    All you guys saying that Eragon will find Galbys true name are “noobs” haha..

    • Silver9935

      “Noobs” is an idiotic word and indicative of an inferior intelligence.

    • Silver9935

      “Noobs” is an idiotic word and indicative of an inferior intelligence.

    • Silver9935

      “Noobs” is an idiotic word and indicative of an inferior intelligence.

      • Laetrikiwi

        oromis quote? really?

      • That is so true, only COD fanboys use it and we all know COD fanboys aren’t the smartest people on the planet.

      • That is so true, only COD fanboys use it and we all know COD fanboys aren’t the smartest people on the planet.

      • That is so true, only COD fanboys use it and we all know COD fanboys aren’t the smartest people on the planet.

      • dwarian

        technically “noobs” isn’t a words at all…:)

    • Mfrench2176

      many people have already found out gablys true name and most of them died

  • Bob Bob

    There can’t be a greater evil thing after Galby, because we know book 5 is a standalone. CP may have put that in EGtA just have a reason for Eragon to have put the book together for the rider (you).

    • Arya<3

      book 5 is a standalone but there are other books in Alagaesia that he will write later on.

    • bigmike

      Actully, there are many things more evil then Galby. A Shade’s very spirit, or spirits as I should say, are evil, thus making the being evil by nature. But I say that there is someone esle, or something else, pulling the strings and Galby is just a puppet and a head piece to cover up the real master.

  • Trumanwest

    i think while fighting galby erogon will somehow get into galbys mind and find his true name (like Sloan) and keep galby around not as a slave but something like an advisor or something untill galby either dies or changes his ways (therefor changing his true name) what do you guys think

    • bigmike

      And as soon as Eragon speaks Galbys true name, he dies. So that wont work. Otherwise, nice lil twist on things.

      • what if eragon doesnt speak it but thinks it in galbys mind, or takes control of galby and changes that.

        • bigmike

          That might work.

      • Trumanwest

        i have a feeling that erogon will find out the name and im amusing he finds a way around dieing 

  • Kennethlinders

    Eragon finds Galbatorix his true name.

    END

    • Arya<3

      galby has spells that prevent people from using his true name against him.

  • Elizabeth

    This is a crazy theory…but it’s possible:

    Galbatorix is trying to resurrect his original dragon. He plans to do this through the use of spirits, effectively turning the dragon into an animal shade. This plan is very difficult, and he is seeking how to accomplish his goal. In the end, the shade-dragon will turn on him and kill him and will be the “unnamed shadow.”
    …is this plausible at all?

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s likely that the unnamed shadow” will be a shade if either a dragon or a Rider, or a bonded pair. Personally i don’t think it will be Jarnunvosk though, since as far as we know Galbatorix doesn’t have the body or eldunari of his first dragon to work with.

      • Arya<3

        I think the shade is the “God” In Brisingr because  Saphira says that it might be a shadow from a long forgotten past that awaits the return of his power

    • Trumanwest

      i really like this it might actually work weather or not its right or not i dont know though…

    • Repaermirg

      Following this line of thought, maybe he will attempt to use Saphira’s body and Jarnunvosk’s eldunari to return Jarnunvosk (who I think was a blue dragon) to life.

      • bigmike

        Why not just use Thorns body? Even though Thorn is a male, it could still work. The gender of the body shouldnt affect the transfer of the soul. Plus thorn is still young and his body is more resilent then an older dragons. Plus, Galbi already has posession of thorn and getting Saphira hasnt gone well so far.

    • guest

      thats a likely idea

  • SS

    I think it’ll be Murtagh who will kill Gallbatorix in the end. Most likely in the end when Eragon and Gallbatorix have reached a point of confrontation, Eragon will fall – not die – but be injured, and this will be used as a distraction when Murtagh will attack the king from behind and kill him… just a theory  

    • id like to see this happen, Eragon battle galby, murtaghs true name changes and just as galby starts to take the final blow a sword sticks through his chest justlike when angela saves eragon in Battle of Farthen Dur

    • id like to see this happen, Eragon battle galby, murtaghs true name changes and just as galby starts to take the final blow a sword sticks through his chest justlike when angela saves eragon in Battle of Farthen Dur

      • bigmike

        I hope we find out more about angela. I say she will have a major role in the end. i dont know what yet, but I know it is going to be important.

    • Reid Thack

      I really like that theory. I would love for murtagh to be a good guy in the end, but i think galbatorix has a magical thing that lets him know what murtagh and/or thorns new true names are if they change. an i feel like the person left alone on the shore while eragon and saphira and the other dragon and rider leave alegaesia will be murtagh. and i think that thorn might sacrifice himself or die somehow in the end, and thats why murtagh is standing alone on the shore and not flying away with them.

  • Brandon Klemek

    This was great but the only problem i have with it is the last part when you said Eragon is no match for Murtagh & Thorn. If it was not for the Eldunari that Murtagh had he would have had the floor wiped with him. So with out those Eldunari, Eragon and Saphira are stronger. Eragon had been fighting a huge battle when he first faught off Murtagh and if it wouldnt have been for  the Eldunari Eragon would have won there. But now that Eragon has Gladr’s Eldunari Eragon should be more then a match for Murtagh.

  • Brandon Klemek

    This was great but the only problem i have with it is the last part when you said Eragon is no match for Murtagh & Thorn. If it was not for the Eldunari that Murtagh had he would have had the floor wiped with him. So with out those Eldunari, Eragon and Saphira are stronger. Eragon had been fighting a huge battle when he first faught off Murtagh and if it wouldnt have been for  the Eldunari Eragon would have won there. But now that Eragon has Gladr’s Eldunari Eragon should be more then a match for Murtagh.

    • Sranjan 2007

      That’s the reason why eragon’s no match for them, eldunarya..and that’s what the book 4 is based upon. galby and murtagh won’t mistakenly forget their eldunarya in urubaen, and then eragon taking the oppurtunity kills them, no, I don’t think that may happen.
      Also if not for elves and aren eragon would also have lost to murtagh, so all in all at the moment eragon is no match for them

      • Bob Bob

        No match for them with the Eldunarya, you mean.

    • Matt

      With the power Murtaugh displayed during the fight in Eldest, he more than likely has more than one Eldunari. Why would Galbatorix give him just one? He only has hundreds of them. He planned on Murtagh bringing Eragon and Saphira back to Uru’baen, the power to do that would be far beyond just one dragons energy (which he would have had to use unless they came willingly).

    • Anonymous

      Even if Murtagh  did not have ant Eldunari during their first encounter, he would still probably be stronger then Eragon. First because Eragon and Saphira had been fighting for hours by that point, while he and Thorn has yet to show themselves, and secondly because Galbatorix both uses and has taught Murtagh certain magics that “should remain secrets”, presumably giving him some strength that Eragon would not have access to.

      • spartin_117

        lol the only secret magicis he probably taught him were spell that increased his speed and strenth to be as fast as an elf….well that and the dragon’s eldunari that was probably all he was talking about.

      • Mfrench2176

        no chance eragons knowledge and experiance  would have spanked muraugh and thorne

    • SHOULD BE but how many does galby have? he could just keep giving murtagh more

  • Al

    I do not believe it was in the Spine that Galbitorax’s first dragon died.

    • DMS

      of course yes, remember Christopher tells it at the book

    • Saphira7425

      It’s true! It was never mentioned exactly where Jarnunvösk died. All that was said about it was that it was one of the few remote places left in Alagaesia. Most people just assume it was in the spine…

      • Peyton Miller

        … Galbatorix lost somewhere around 300 of his best soldiers in the spine during the earlier portion of his reign. it’s safe to say thats probably where Jarnunvosk died because at the time that she died, she and Galbatorix were with a few other dragon/rider pairs and they all were fully trained (a bit too arrogant, but still fully trained). There aren’t many people who can take out THAT MANY  fully trained dragon/rider pairs.  

        • Mfrench2176

          in the first book they said half his army was wiped out

      • B Kress

        It says the Spine in the intro above.

    • Anonymous

      It was up north where there was year round snow so basically the arctic of alagaesia

  • ThoR

    I think Galbatorix will be killed by his Dragon …somehow

  • Anonymous

    What i picture happening is the Varden storming Uru’Baen, and Eragon reaching Galbatorix just in time to see the king and Shruikan succumb to a spell to raise the dead (Jarnunvosk) and as a result become shades. What could be more terrifying than a dragon and rider controlled by dark spirits? It could well be that the unnamed shadow is unnamed because it is such an abomination.

  • Anonymous

    What i picture happening is the Varden storming Uru’Baen, and Eragon reaching Galbatorix just in time to see the king and Shruikan succumb to a spell to raise the dead (Jarnunvosk) and as a result become shades. What could be more terrifying than a dragon and rider controlled by dark spirits? It could well be that the unnamed shadow is unnamed because it is such an abomination.

    • Peyton Miller

      we wouldn’t have to worry about them becoming shades they’ld die because they tried raising the dead before they became shades

      • Anonymous

        Probably, but i still imagine spirits possessing them as they reach out to resurrect the dead. Either as they reach the void but just before, or once they themselves have been killed allowing a spirit to enter unchallenged. Probably won’t happen, but i like the idea.

    • Mfrench2176

      i really like that thread and i think that once galbatorix becomes a shade he will lose his hold on murtagh and he and eragon will kill galbatorix

  • ganaga

    I think that Galbatorix is trying to recreate his old dragon as a shade. Then angela could be Shrukins old rider but Shtruiken will die and anglea can then recreate her dragon as a shade

  • ganaga

    I think that Galbatorix is trying to recreate his old dragon as a shade. Then angela could be Shrukins old rider but Shtruiken will die and anglea can then recreate her dragon as a shade

    • Sranjan 2007

      that’s asking too much

    • Sranjan 2007

      that’s asking too much

  • Lforce

    Sorry if anyone had already suggested this, but here’s a theory to ponder: Galbatorix is close to finding the true name of the “unamed shadow”. I’m not sure on where Eragon’s Guide fits in to the timeline but if it is after book 4, then perhaps Galbatorix is defeated before he succeeds?

  • Ffejman

    I think Eragon will spare Galbatorix, the prophecy that a dragon and rider will leave Alagaseia forever anyone? i think he will be dethroned after eragon finds the vault of souls and gains power. or eragon learns his secret name and banishes him once and for all

    • Swancin

      Even if he does learn Galby’s true name, he cannot use it unless he finds a way around the wards placed around it.

  • Eragon’s also Luke Skywalker gone medevil, but lets not go down that path 😉

  • Anonymous

    I really like the thoughts that this post provokes. 
    I know that this may be crazy but how about something like this
    Galby is not looking for the name of the ancient language, or eragon but the name of the shadow. maybe the shadow is what really killed his dragon and the story about the urgals is just what was widely circulated. The council never really believed him and just blamed the urgals or something like that. So Galby convinced Morzan, to help him and they did just that, the story goes from there, that Galby needs to get stronger to avenge his dragon so he also takes out the fools of the Dragon Riders bc they would not listen to him, and so we know the rest of the story after the fall. but all along there is a story behind it. when Eragon and galby finally show down he will try and explain this but will be shut down  by Eragon, Then The shadow shows up and trashes the place, and beats Eragon, Murtagh, and Galby. 
    please tell me what you think but be respectful i know that it is a long shot but hey its still a theory

    • Dwl607

      I really like your theory, it explains Galbatorix’s desire for power, something needs to exist to keep this “shadow” under control and why Galbatorix was so desperate to fight the shadow he learned “evil” magics from a shade. As Oromis said, he won’t consider what he does evil, he is protecting the races from the evil actions of the shadow after the riders specifically decided not to; hence they were old and arrogant and had to be removed.

      Good Theory! 

  • visualburrito

    I just thought of this.  Maybe Galby finds the true name of the ancient language and the vault of souls is something powerful enough to change the nature of magic.  It would seem like all hope is lost if Galby finds it.  This is far-fetched but I thought I would just throw the idea out there.

  • Irock13198

    cant wiat for new inheritance book club

  • Steve-o

    paolini said that a shade rider would come into play in this book. Has it ever been discussed whether or not Galby is a shade? maybe controlled by one specifically strong evil spirit?

    • Anonymous

      when?

      • I don’t think he ever said that, and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard/read all of the interviews

        • Steve-o

          comic con interview posted for july_

          What happens when a Dragon Rider becomes a
          Shade, or is that impossible? I think that last time you may have said
          that that was impossible.

          C: Did I?

          M: Someone said that you did.

          C: Well if I did then I take that back! I think it would be absolutely frackin’ terrifying!

          M: So could a dragon—could any creature that can actually think—

          C: Read Book 4.

          M: Oh jeeze!

          C: [Christopher’s evil laugh.]

          M: That should be good.

          C: It involves Angela, that’s all I will say.

          M: Well then, new theories incoming!

  • haylynn gaunt

    if something really powerful is in the spine that destroyed half of Galby’s army then why exactly wouldn’t it destroy Eragon or the village of Carvahall as they traveled? Could it be a new good force in the story? Just theorizing…

  • Rasgregae

    I think the person that is always looking for the answer has something big to do with this.

  • Sallystar6

    Galby will be dethroned and Roran or Nasuada will rule.
    Personally I think it will be Nasuada and Murtage will rule by her side.

  • John

    Didn’t Galbatorix lose half his army in the Spine? What if the unnamed shadow resides there and was the one that destroyed half his army?

  • John

    Didn’t Galbatorix lose half his army in the Spine? What if the unnamed shadow resides there and was the one that destroyed half his army?

  • John

    Didn’t Galbatorix lose half his army in the Spine? What if the unnamed shadow resides there and was the one that destroyed half his army?

  • Laurelleaf9

    i just thought of this. What happens if Galby was attacked by more than just Urgals? He was the only surviver of the attack, maybe something similar to a shade was created, but it made him seem insain or him fighting back did something to him. If he was killed, it would free whatever did this.

  • Laurelleaf9

    i just thought of this. What happens if Galby was attacked by more than just Urgals? He was the only surviver of the attack, maybe something similar to a shade was created, but it made him seem insain or him fighting back did something to him. If he was killed, it would free whatever did this.

  • Tara

    A lot of different ideas popped into my head but there’s one thing in particular that caught my attention.  It is just an assumption that Galby wants there to be another age of dragon riders under his control.  Pain can cause people to have a twisted view on the world and we know that he was pretty messed up from his first dragon’s death.  Maybe he is trying to just end dragons.  Perhaps he thinks he has a noble mission of ending the race so that no one will have to go through the pain of losing their dragon again- with the exception of the last three, they would just be a necessary sacrifice for the rest of the people for the rest of time.    With possession of the last three eggs he could’ve been sure that the time of the dragon in Alagaesia was coming to an end.  Since Saphira, the most important of the the 3 since she was female, was stolen he had to plan to make sure she would not continue on the line.  At least two of the dragons would be pitted against each other (thorn and saphira) and would lead to each other’s deaths.  With Shruikan she would already be outnumbered and if greenie came into play then his plan would be almost perfect.  As long as the last female died, he would be set.  With the power of the Eldunari maybe he is planning on erasing dragons from the minds of everyone including his own and all the pain would be taken with it.  Yeah I know this is pretty far fetched and I don’t really believe it myself haha but its just a thought.

    • JohnnyBravo

      Sorry but that’s just ridiculous!!!! Murtagh told everybody what Galby (anyone know where that originated?) wants, new riders who are his absolute slaves!!! Besides Galby wouldn’t *want* to forget Jarnunvosk, he loved her more that anything.

      • JohnnyBravo

        *than anything

      • Tara

        yeah I know it’s ridiculous haha  I just wanted to try to put a totally different perspective on it.  He is crazy and is capable of lying so unless it came from his mouth in the ancient language I don’t want to be limited in the possibilities.  And Murtagh might truly believe that is Galbatorix’s (and I don’t know where “Galby” came from haha) desire but it might not be what it really is.  Maybe he just wants everyone to think that so they do not put much thought into what his goal really is.  He is intelligent. 

    • Red Ronnet

      Not really well thought out. He had possession of all 3 dragon eggs for a time. He could of destroyed them then, if his plan was as you said. We know dragons can be killed still in their eggs. Why would he run the risk of someone stealing the egg or the egg hatching? Why would he bring in candidates in an attempt to hatch them? No. I disagree completely.

    • Arvindr

      then why write a story in the firste place? he could’ve destroyed the eggs and shruikan all together. 

  • Anonymous

    This theory just hit me out of the blue. It’s outlandish, but here I go: First, assume the following sentence is true. The VoS contains actual souls and Galby wants to revive his dragon. Now, Galby’s first dragon was female. Maybe Galbatorix not only wants to start a new generation of dragons, but he wants his dragon to be the mother of that generation. His plan would work like this; he would capture Eragon and Saphira, find their true names, then make them swear oaths of loyalty as he did with Murtagh and Thorn, then command Saphira to disgorge her eldunari, effectively turning her into a body without a soul. Of course, her eldunari would still be connected to and controlling her body, but it wouldn’t physically be there anymore. Then, Galby finds whatever name he’s been looking for, and uses it to open the VoS, where he finds Jarnunvosk’s soul, then uses some sort of magic to put her soul into Saphira’s soulless body. Shruikan and Jarnunvosk mate, and Galbatorix is bonded to the parents of an entire race of dragons, who could all be made to bond to Galby’s name slaves. I’m not saying that this plan of his would work, but I can definitely see someone as insane as Galbatorix going for it.

    • Arvindr

      Like bringing someone back from the death you mean? Yes he is insane, but that amount off energy, even with the eldunarya would cost him to much. If he can’t control himself when he’s at the brink off death, he would kill himself. and obviously that’s not what he wants.

      • Anonymous

        I know that. Every previous attempt at reviving the dead has failed because as I believe Brom (correct me if I’m wrong) says, there is a void beyond death that not even the strongest magic can reach. But what I am suggesting (and note that even I don’t think this is likely; I’m just putting it out there) is that the vault of souls gives one access to that void. Presumably no one who previously tried to resurrect the dead had access to the vault. Galbatorix would be trying to open the vault so that he could successfully perform such a resurrection. I agree that he is not so insane as to risk his own death, and surely “Don’t try to bring back the dead,” was one of the first things taught to all Riders when they first discovered magic. The theory I posted proposes that the vault provides (or Galby believes it does) a safer way to bring back the dead. But I reiterate that I don’t think that this is a very likely scenario, I’m just pondering and also trying to make sure that you get what I’m saying. You do make a good point.

  • Anonymous

    This theory just hit me out of the blue. It’s outlandish, but here I go: First, assume the following sentence is true. The VoS contains actual souls and Galby wants to revive his dragon. Now, Galby’s first dragon was female. Maybe Galbatorix not only wants to start a new generation of dragons, but he wants his dragon to be the mother of that generation. His plan would work like this; he would capture Eragon and Saphira, find their true names, then make them swear oaths of loyalty as he did with Murtagh and Thorn, then command Saphira to disgorge her eldunari, effectively turning her into a body without a soul. Of course, her eldunari would still be connected to and controlling her body, but it wouldn’t physically be there anymore. Then, Galby finds whatever name he’s been looking for, and uses it to open the VoS, where he finds Jarnunvosk’s soul, then uses some sort of magic to put her soul into Saphira’s soulless body. Shruikan and Jarnunvosk mate, and Galbatorix is bonded to the parents of an entire race of dragons, who could all be made to bond to Galby’s name slaves. I’m not saying that this plan of his would work, but I can definitely see someone as insane as Galbatorix going for it.

  • baligshow

    A greater power? who? The only things that a possibly more power then Galbi is the Combined force of Du Weldenvarden which is focused by the Menoe Tree, or a God. And since the Forest does not seem malevolent, it can only be a God. 

    • Exactely why is Galby as powerful as a god? CP never goes into how powerful he is, I understand the HoH would give a lot of energy, but what if he were to use it all at once wouldn’t it burn him out?

      • Arya<3

        HoH?

        • Anonymous

          Heart of hearts

  • Anonymous

    I think Galbatorix has to die. The Varden only have two choices, kill Galbatorix or leave him completely powerless. If the Varden let Jarnonvosk live he would have to much power. The Varden couldn’t let him live and kill Jarnonvosk, that wouldn’t be fair considering this wasn’t her fault, but the Varden couldn’t let them both live. So Galbatorix would have to die.

    • JohnnyBravo

      Jarnunvosk was his *first* dragon, do you mean *Shruikan*?

  • Ethiwen

    Was it just me who concidered this podcast to be hilarious? I mean: “Final boss”, “Santa Claus”, “painting his nails black” etc. I like Galby so much more know for some strange reason. XD
    Loved reading this, good work Mike! 😀 (y)

  • Rubydragon

    Galby must have been an sadly disturbed kid before being a dragon rider.

    • Arya<3

      Either he was droppped on his head or he had no friends

      • Reid Thack

        or both 🙂

  • A fool

    I think that there is the possibility that Galby (really who did come up with this it’s incredibly convinet) will just move his power base to a different area and continue the fight there. Not a dethroning(as all of the options are) just a relocation (for the moment).

  • A fool

    I think that there is the possibility that Galby (really who did come up with this it’s incredibly convinet) will just move his power base to a different area and continue the fight there. Not a dethroning(as all of the options are) just a relocation (for the moment).

    • jeffrey

      lol thanks

  • Mchl_Andrew

    Of course the good will come out on top, that’s what makes it EPIC fantasy. If we read 4 books of conflict and the bad guy wins, It would be epic failure, not epic fantasy. If Eragon was meant to fail, this series would be about the next rider who overcomes Galbatorix (disgustingly nicknamed Galby). That being said, we can safely assume (at least I can) that Eragon and the resistance will triumph. I can’t guess how though….

    • If the nickname Galby is so disgusting, why did you even mention it?

    • Red Ronnet

      And that’s what makes it so predictable. I don’t agree that good has to come out on top or it doesn’t make it epic fantasy. I think that’s ridiculous. Just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean it always will or it always should. Eragon doesn’t have to triumph. Galbatorix has to be defeated and Alagaesia freed. Eragon could die in the attempt to cast down Galbatorix and yet still be a hero. He could sacrifice himself for the better good, and so long as Galbatorix is cast down and Alagaesia liberated, then all is well. Maybe not for you, since it’s not what you wanted to happen, but it’s not about what you want to happen. So long as it is written well, it’s still a good story, and that’s what its about. I would like a well written fantasy series where the battle between good and bad ends in a stale-mate with no clear victor and both sides exhaust themselves in the fighting just as much. So long as there is resolution, and we understand that it’s over with, that there can be no resumption of the conflict, then I’m good. So long as it is well written and engaging with solid, fleshed out characters, I’m happy. I’m not about the end, I’m not about the good guy has to win, or they have to get the girl. I’m not the kind of  reader who is unsatisfied if what I want to happen doesn’t end up happening. I just want a good, well written book. I’m a fan of writing, not a genre, and I’m more a fan of the process rather than the ending. A good, satisfactory ending is essential, yes, but so is character building, growth, and progression of the story. I enjoy those more than I enjoy an ending. I think a reader who needs good to come out on top, and the good guy to always win, has a simple and narrow minded view of it.

  • I think that Galbtorix will be beheaded by Eragon while Brisinger is on fire because when Galbatorix killed Vreal, former leader of the Riders, he beheaded him with a flaming sword this is stated in the first book when Brom is telling how Galbatorix came to power after Eragon got Brisinger a sword that lights on fire when you say its name I realized that this may have been forshadoweing Galbatorix’s fate.

    • chloebee

      I really like this; I don’t think we can rule out how much prophetic material is in these books. 

    • Arvindr

      cliché, but I like it! take his head off and be done with it ^^ ( but not till the end off inheritance )

  • Skating4jc

    what if jarnonvosk panicked and transfered her conciousness into galbatorix, before she died all the way. thus making him a schizophrenic. that would make people crazy

    • Anonymous

      That is what i was thinking. Read my theory. It is farther down the page

  • Tdg747

    Everyone seems to be searching for the true name for something or searching for “something” (Tenga).  I think that Galb’s true name will be discovered by someone of course leading to their own destruction as well as Galbs, but ultimately leaving Galb in a position to be “controlled” or herded like Sloan was.  My money is on Tenga in that regard.  Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over thinking the results will be different next time – isn’t this what galb is doing with his searching for the “name”………..

  • guest

    Who decided to nickname Galbatorix, Galby?

    • ask mike.

      • guest

        lol i was just kidding, I just thought ‘Galby’ seemed liked a pretty mundane name for the crazy evil King of Alagaesia

      • guest

        lol i was just kidding, I just thought ‘Galby’ seemed liked a pretty mundane name for the crazy evil King of Alagaesia

      • guest

        lol i was just kidding, I just thought ‘Galby’ seemed liked a pretty mundane name for the crazy evil King of Alagaesia

    • I think that it was just a nickname that just came into being somewhere on one of the forums.

  • wolf

    What are the odds that Earagon and Galby leave on the ship together?

    • Ethiwen

      Haha, Galby disguised as a women. ^^

    • JohnnyBravo

      Does “Earagon” like corn? Sorry I know it’s off topic.

  • Jshore1296

    This is america.  Things are predictable.  Galby’s not going to win, the bad guy never wins in america :/

    Kinda wish they would sometimes, just to change it up, but yeah.  I’ve never seen a bad guy win in all of the fantasy I’ve read. 

    • Red Ronnet

      You are 100% correct. And it’s why I have turned against the typical fantasy lately. And it’s also why I love George R. R. Martin so much. Not only is his writing immensely superior, but he turns conventional fantasy on its head. He is almost solely responsible for what may become a new genre. It’s still fantasy, yet it’s not your typical fantasy and it’s almost branching off to become a new genre. Many other  young authors have followed his lead and I love the direction its heading in.

  • jeffrey

    i think galby will die in the end but  not by eragons hand, galb yis gonna fall short somewhere and ultimately destroying  himself 

    • ShrimpyJess

      Well I sure hope not, that would be lame. Eragon has all this training, all the books are leading up to their fight, and he messes up and kills himself?

      • jeffrey

        dont get me wrong theres gonna be a big fight, im just sayimg in the end hes gonna slip up and desroy himself its just a possiblity you never know
         

        • Kind of like him tripping over a tree root and falling on his sword?

      • Red Ronnet

        It would not be lame. Just because your aren’t satisfied with it and it’s not what you wanted to happen does not make it lame. If Eragon falls short and dies a hero, it doesn’t make it lame.

  • Amanda

    Galba é louco, ele quer dominar o mundo com os trolls, fuuuuuuuuuus e forever alones XDD

  • Anonymous

    OMG !! With all those articles I just want to go to Random House and steel the story 😉

    Serious now, If Galby win, I think I would fall in an depression…
    I really hope he’ll lose the battle!
    The theory of Galbatorix being a puppet would be at one side, for me, excited (who or what is it? why did we expect nothing?…), and really annoying!
    But if there would be a “new bad guy” it would mean there have to be a new book, won’t it. (Or will C.P be so cruel to let us in ingniorance???) 

    • CP has already said that he is going to return to Alagaesia at some point down the road

  • Guest

    If only nuclear fission could be invented in the last book…..

    • speedsk8

      they don’t even have gunpowder yet, and you want them to create nuclear reactors and atom bombs? yeah, good luck with that

  • speedsk8

    I disagree with the theory that Galbatorix is just a puppet. It’s guys like him who usually do the manipulating, not get manipulated. I think the unnamed shadow is whatever destroyed half of Galby’s army in the spine. Correct me if i’m wrong, but it sounds as if Galbatorix led his army into the spine, then only half came out, and now Galbatorix is scared to death of the place. If he’s still scared of the place, that means that whatever was in there was too powerful for him and his army to defeat.

    As for how the varden will defeat Galbatorix, I don’t think we really have to worry, traditionally in fantasy stories, the hero defeats the god-like overlord with extreme courage, not gaining equal power (The Legend of Zelda series is a perfect example of this). So Eragon will manage to beat Galbatorix, no worries. the real question is whether or not Eragon will actually kill him.

    • Dengar

      Personally I only think it was the Urgals in the Spine.  They are a powerful race and i think they are capable of killing Galbatorix’s troops.

      • weetniks

        brom lived near the spine. my theory is that brom killed them all.

        • ShrimpyJess

          Are you saying he killed half an army by himself?

          • Roran killed 100 men by himself, and hes just good with a hammer, imagine what a ex dragon rider with a bone to pick could do

          • Dengar

            True, i mean Brom did manage to solo kill at least 3 of the forsworn without a dragon, persoanally as long as there weren’t to many spellcasters, i think he could have taken them.  But maybe he could have taken many spellcasters aswell, because he is very skilled by the sounds of it with his mind.

        • Red Ronnet

          I actually have never considered that. But I like it best of all the theories I’ve read. Yours and the Urgals, because I am of the opinion that until you get more to go on, the simplest explanation is usually best to stick with… until you get more information.

      • speedsk8

        I agree, the urgals could have easily destroyed his army, but the way i read it, Galbatorix went into the spine with his entire army, and only half came out, so now he’s scared of the spine because he couldn’t defeat whatever was in there

  • Allalea

    What if Galbatorix took a piece of his dragon into himself when she died? That might explain something.

  • Derethor

    hmm a greater evil behind Galbatorix i find it very likely however i do not think it would be directing his action, i believe it would serve more in a role like Angela does now for the good guys. While she has her own motives currently most she does is steer things in a certain direction. The Evil behind Galby could just be a similar agent of change who encountered Gably after the loss of his dragon and gave him focus to a purpose . I know that this is assuming alot since CP has admitted that angel was intended as a joke , but wouldn’t it be interesting to have Angela be the main character of the next series? Perhaps tying into the Order of Heslant the monk ( couldn’t find the name believe its in brisinger ).

    OT : This Order who believes that all knowledge is sacred originated in Kausta , this is were Brom was born , Coincidence? i wonder.Anyway enough ranting for this day :P. 

    • Or angela could be playing a palpatine and playing both ends against the middle.. That would be something.

      • Chaos

        Tenga could be the unnamed evil if Angela be the good advisor.
        A sort of chaos versus calm thing I guess 😛

      • Chaos

        Tenga could be the unnamed evil if Angela be the good advisor.
        A sort of chaos versus calm thing I guess 😛

  • The Grey Rider

    Galby is too dangerous to be left alive.
    If he’s being controlled, the thing controlling him is probably running a Xanatos Gambit, but Galbatorix is doing his damnedest to run his own.
    And as far as villains go, he’s been pretty damn successful:
    He’s outdone Voldemort and Horus, and in terms of seeming invulnerability, he’s elbowing Sauron in the ribs in a not-so-subtle ‘move over’.
    In the end, he’ll end up dead.
    As I’m a bit of a joker, I like to imagine Leman Russ will cleave him in half, or Kaldor Draigo will melt his brain in his skull, or Eisenhorn will beat him in an epic sword-duel.
    More than likely he’ll die in combat with Eragon, in a Macbeth-style ending.

    • Derethor

      hmm do i detect a Warhammer 40k fan? 😛

    • Derethor

      hmm do i detect a Warhammer 40k fan? 😛

  • Sranjan 2007

    sorry for speaking out of context but I am the 8401st  to like shurtugal.com

  • Istalri

    you all seem to have forgotten about what the Ra’zac said in book 3 in helgrind. they told Eragon that “he had almost found the name”. i think this refers to Galbatorix and the true name of the ancient language. back in book 1 when Eragon asked if the language had a name Brom told him that no-one knew it but it would be a word of immense power, and could be used to control the entire language and all those using it. as soon as i read that i thought that it would come up again, now it seems to me that this is what Galbatorix is trying to discover.

    • Sranjan 2007

      I suppose anyone who read it is sure it will come up again. it’s obvious. The surprise would be if it doesn’t come up again

    • guest

      Maybe he is trying to find the name to open the Vault of Souls?

  • Comett

    I like Kaylee’s theory.

    I think Galbatorix will be forced to Eragon’s mercy but not killed by Eragon (perhaps killed by Arya, Roran, Murtagh/Thorn, Shruikan?).  I don’t think that the “shadow” has anything to do with Galby (or this storyline) but instead was just something added in the Guide that will link nicely to the next generation of riders.  Alternatively, said “shadow” could be the result of Galby’s experimentation with resurrection magic, or even an imprint of himself (think horcrux lol)… something caused by Galby that has no immediate threat but could result in something in the future?

    I’d never really considered the option that Galby was looking for ways to resurrect his first dragon, but it ties in really nicely with another theory I was going to email in about Galby’s defeat, because I don’t think Galby has ever moved on from that moment – there’s a difference between never forgetting, regretting and empowering yourself from that experience (essentially what Brom did) and totally shaping your entire existence, present and future, around that experience and not allowing yourself to emotionally move on from it (which I think is what Galby has done and will essentially be his downfall).

    • Chaos

      Maybe Galbys really working against this evil and has commited all these atrocities out of a necessity to make sure that there ready for it when it fights

    • Chaos

      Maybe Galbys really working against this evil and has commited all these atrocities out of a necessity to make sure that there ready for it when it fights

  • don’t_eat_that

    Has anyone thought that maybe everyone is lying to Eragon? Maybe Galbatorix isn’t a bad guy after all. Maybe he’s just like Howard Campbell in “Mother Night.” Everybody thinks he’s a bad guy but they just got their facts wrong. He’s working on proving his innocence. How’s that for a twist?  Like “Minority Report” style

  • zslayer24

    this may sound a bit crazy but what if galbatorix wants to get Saphira not to have her make eggs but be a new body for Jarnunvösk. if he has her Eldunari that is….. dont know if that a good theory but *shrugs*

  • Kaylee

    Personally, I think that Galby was a little unstable to begin with… I mean, being plucked at ten to learn and later on become a Rider was probably something no ten year old could handle at the time. I think, though, that when his dragon was murdered right in front of him, causing him to feel like he was dying too, he was finally pushed over the edge. His attempt to bond with another dragon was his last ditch effort to save himself and his sanity… after all, he not only lost his dragon but also the bond that came with her… if he could re-create that bond, would that not heal him?…

    But now I think it is something more. Now I think that he is looking for the true name of the AL… not for ultimate power, but for the power to bring back his dragon. Makes sense, no? If he had the power over the biggest power in Alagesia (sp?), would he not have enough power to restore his beloved dragon?

    This is where all the eldunari come into play… he has so many of them because he tried to have enough power that way to bring her back, but even with all of them combined, it was still not enough.

    Any way, just my thoughts. =)

    • Sranjan 2007

      one small correction: in galby’s tme all the children were made to touch eggs when they were 10.

      • Kaylee

        Nice catch, sorry. But my point still remains… it had to be hard for any ten year old to deal with something as big as becoming a Rider.

        • Guest

          Yeah Eragon was -what?- fifteen? He handled it pretty well for a pesant farm-boy ^.^
          (just saying)

        • Guest

          Yeah Eragon was -what?- fifteen? He handled it pretty well for a pesant farm-boy ^.^
          (just saying)

        • Guest

          Yeah Eragon was -what?- fifteen? He handled it pretty well for a pesant farm-boy ^.^
          (just saying)

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    I think that Galbatorix is the greater evil. The varden just don’t realize how bad it is yet. I think he is a shade rider, how else would he be powerful enough to bend the minds of a dragon, even a small one, warp the minds of the eldunari and do half the magic he acomplishes. He may have even warped shruiken by letting spirits possess him, a shade dragon, scary! He may even rely on spirits to control the eldunari. Though I doubt eldunari could be possessed by spirits and become shades. Maybe this is why Oromis didn’t want to teach Eragon to summon spirits. It seems significant that Arya and Eragon are both “Shade Slayers” now.

  • Anonymous

    My computer crashed for about 4 weeks now and i just got it back today. I’m still trying to finish episode 5 of the podcast. it’s gonna take me forever to catch up. I’m sad. But, i didn’t read for the entire 4 weeks (i don’t know how i managed it) and now i get to read about 400 pages. Yey

    • Yeah, it will be tough to get caught up. I was in a similar position, where I had only listened to the first one, and they had already gotten to eight. I just sat down last weekend and listened to all of them 😉

  • brosio5

    What if Galbatorix is a shade!  What if after his dragon was killed when he was just wondering alone and angry he tried to summmon spirits to take revenge on the urgals.  But the spirtis were to powerful and took over him.  The spirits would be cunning and want to gather all kinds of power through the dragon’s hearts of hearts so thats why Galbatorix is doing what he is doing and why he is so powerful both magical and mental.  Oromis said that a shade rider would be one of the most horrible thing in all of Algaseia maybe that was a hint from CP.

    • angelur

      while the movie is not very acurate to the book, i still think chris paolini would have told them to make him look like a shade in the movie

      • spartin_117

        dont mean to get off topic and rage about the movie, but it was soo off from the book, and it especially made me mad that arya who is supposed to be an elf!!! didnt evan have pointed ears!…and most other charicters were just as poorly done…anyways i gues a poorly done movie is better than no movie…

        • Anonymous

          Understatement of the year. I went to see it at the cinema and thought I’d gone into the wrong film.

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            Not to mention that paolini would have wanted to keep the shade part a secret so he would not have made it obvious that galbatorix was a shade by how he looked in the first movie. Remember too that galbatorix was only mentioned in the first book, but he had a tangible role in the movie. Not safe to say paolini had anything to say when it came to the movie.

        • Guest

          I agree completely with you *thumbs up*
          The movie was horrible!! but i had to love it because youre right it was better than no movie…
          Arya being a human completely bugged me…and Eragon didnt even seem as if he wanted to go to Ellesmera with her…I dont even think the people talked to CP(even though they had to in the first place,b ut after…no) because nothing was right, except maybe Saphira, she ruled(though she was too old in movie)

      • spartin_117

        dont mean to get off topic and rage about the movie, but it was soo off from the book, and it especially made me mad that arya who is supposed to be an elf!!! didnt evan have pointed ears!…and most other charicters were just as poorly done…anyways i gues a poorly done movie is better than no movie…

      • Guest

        why would he do that? it would ruin the entire thing, lol, but we fans like the subtle hints dont we? I don’t think the movie people even consolted CP for the movie considering how off they were.

    • Jesus

      i like your theory but i disagree in one thing i think galby probably meet some strange powerful being in the forest not spirits something new

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      Oops didnt see your theory before I wrote mine, sorry.

      • brosio5

        I think that you explained it better Rogerlairdwriting.  I just wrote it down frantically and i guess what you said is what i was trying to get at.  Thanks. 

  • JSkow

    Perhaps CP will end up like J.K. Rowling…once he’s done with the series, he’ll be bored, so in order to open up new horizons he makes Galbatorix a puppet of this Shadow.
    But I wouldn’t want that happening. That would be so cliche.
    I think Eragon will try to banish him, but Galbatorix will be killed by someone other than Eragon, and Eragon will be hated for trying to save the “evil” mad king.
    Quoting (sorta): “A creature or person that is good must know the difference between right and wrong, and knowingly choose right. Vice-versa for evil.” ~Brandon Mull. So if Galbatorix is mad he can’t be evil because he does not know the difference between right and wrong and truly believes that what he does is right. You can’t be mad /and/ evil at the same time.

    • Guest

      yes you can….kinda

  • BWD

    I would be very surprised and disappointed if Galby is killed and then the Varden can wipe their hands clean, kick their feet up and say “Job well done”. I got Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia three days ago and I have already read the whole thing (and lost the knucklebones >_<) and if this Shadow mentioned in the beginning letter is worrying Eragon and Saphira to such an extent that they have to leave, then it is proved to be non-existent, I will be severely disappointed. Besides, what's a good story if there is only one baddy? 

    Let's look at some examples:

    In Percy Jackson, you first assume by the end of Lightning Thief that Luke is THE bad guy, but then you find out about Kronos; boom, another evil force behind the first one.

    In the Bartimaeus Trilogy, you first assume that Simon Lovelace is the bad guy, but when he dies and not all the people involved in the Amulet of Samarkand scheme are captured, then you know that there is another bad guy somewhere out there (I won't say for people who haven't read the book).

    Knife of Never Letting Go, you think Aaron is the ultimate bad guy, but when Todd and Viola finally escape, you then find the Mayor/President waiting for them in Haven for a second round.

    You see? I would be extremely disappointed if there is not force behind Galbatorix; I must say that there have been stories when the ultimate bad guy is mentioned in Book 1 and stays true to the end (Harry Potter, LOTR, etc) and works well, but the IC? Doesn't feel like it….

    Haha, this is too long…. XD

    OTL…. -_-||||

    BWD

  • BWD

    I would be very surprised and disappointed if Galby is killed and then the Varden can wipe their hands clean, kick their feet up and say “Job well done”. I got Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia three days ago and I have already read the whole thing (and lost the knucklebones >_<) and if this Shadow mentioned in the beginning letter is worrying Eragon and Saphira to such an extent that they have to leave, then it is proved to be non-existent, I will be severely disappointed. Besides, what's a good story if there is only one baddy? 

    Let's look at some examples:

    In Percy Jackson, you first assume by the end of Lightning Thief that Luke is THE bad guy, but then you find out about Kronos; boom, another evil force behind the first one.

    In the Bartimaeus Trilogy, you first assume that Simon Lovelace is the bad guy, but when he dies and not all the people involved in the Amulet of Samarkand scheme are captured, then you know that there is another bad guy somewhere out there (I won't say for people who haven't read the book).

    Knife of Never Letting Go, you think Aaron is the ultimate bad guy, but when Todd and Viola finally escape, you then find the Mayor/President waiting for them in Haven for a second round.

    You see? I would be extremely disappointed if there is not force behind Galbatorix; I must say that there have been stories when the ultimate bad guy is mentioned in Book 1 and stays true to the end (Harry Potter, LOTR, etc) and works well, but the IC? Doesn't feel like it….

    Haha, this is too long…. XD

    OTL…. -_-||||

    BWD

    • You have to consider that like other series, this one has multiple layers of “ultimate bad guys”. The Ra’zac, the Shades, and Galbatorix. There isn’t only “one bad guy”.

      • Ryan

        But I think his point is that those bad guys he listed were revealed later. We’ve known about Galbatorix since the beginning of book 1.

        • spartin_117

          revealing a new bad guy would be sorta pointless…unless paolini wishes to write some more books for the inheritence cycle. The book should end with all buisness taken care of for eragon, or else he wouldent leave. now as far as this unnamed shadow, its most likely a shade, thoug maby not, just most likely.however, the inheritence series is mainly about galby being overthrown, so this unnamed shadow is most likely not to much of an immidiate threat to the new kindom foarmed after galby is defeated and s it probably wont be that big. eragon was  just warning the new rider of him and was obously confident that gladier was capible of protecting him. so anotherwards, all im saying is that galby is most likely the “biggist or final boss” and so that would mean that eragon left anglesia for unknown reasons, not b/c he was afraid of a higher power or some new baddy introduced in book 4…though i still do wonder who captured him at the end of the book since paolini says he was captured in a dungeon but not galbatorix’s.
          lmao sorry it was so long

          • yourfaceisajoke

            As it says in the article, we haven’t even seen Galbatorix yet, and we only get a tiny whisper of him at the end of Brisingr. In my opinion, it wouldn’t make sense to bring out another bigger, badder character, considering we only have Inheritance to go.

        • BWD

          Erm, I’m a she 😐 And yes, that is my general point 🙂

    • Eldarion

      That’s true, but in The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero, you find out that Kronos and the Titans were being controlled by Gaea, the Earth-Goddess (and the Giants are controlled by Gaea, too) .  Supposedly she’s unbeatable.  So maybe the Unnamed Shadow is like some kind of evil god, like an arch-nemesis to Guntera the Dwarf-God King, or like Torak in the Belgariad, and it’s controlling Galbatorix. 

      • Howie

        In the lost hero, Gaea was controlling the giants but she was not controlling the titans. She was starting to wake up after Percy defeated Kronos.

  • spartin_117

    i disagree with the theory on galby being controlled by a higher power, because if he was being controled, he wouldent be proudly boasting about how he was”as powerfull as a god, and would never die” in book three.Also, perhaps the true name he is looking for is to death/life, or resurection( to revive his dragon) and just think about how powerfull he would be if he found the true name to death, he could probably make any one die that he wanted to or vice versa with the true name of life. lastly, if he was looking for/ found the true name in the AL for time, perhaps he would use it to go back in time to before his dragon died and avoid the ambush.
    tell me what you think guys.

  • spartin_117

    i disagree with the theory on galby being controlled by a higher power, because if he was being controled, he wouldent be proudly boasting about how he was”as powerfull as a god, and would never die” in book three.Also, perhaps the true name he is looking for is to death/life, or resurection( to revive his dragon) and just think about how powerfull he would be if he found the true name to death, he could probably make any one die that he wanted to or vice versa with the true name of life. lastly, if he was looking for/ found the true name in the AL for time, perhaps he would use it to go back in time to before his dragon died and avoid the ambush.
    tell me what you think guys.

  • spartin_117

    i disagree with the theory on galby being controlled by a higher power, because if he was being controled, he wouldent be proudly boasting about how he was”as powerfull as a god, and would never die” in book three.Also, perhaps the true name he is looking for is to death/life, or resurection( to revive his dragon) and just think about how powerfull he would be if he found the true name to death, he could probably make any one die that he wanted to or vice versa with the true name of life. lastly, if he was looking for/ found the true name in the AL for time, perhaps he would use it to go back in time to before his dragon died and avoid the ambush.
    tell me what you think guys.

    • Anonymous

      I like the idea of looking for the word for life/death. 

    • weetniks

      would the true name of ‘ life’  be the same as the true name of the al? btw..what are the 7 words brom told eragon. just 7 random words that kill. or 7 al true names of death? maybe that is something galby doesn’t know.

  • Anonymous

    Here is my theory that i think would be pretty awesome:

    What if Galbatorix, in his youth and foolishness, attempted to pull his first dragon out of it’s body and into his own mind, but in the process allowed his dragon to take over. Now Jarnunvösk is actually controlling galby. The dragons are described as being fierce and powerful. Maybe Galby and Jarnunvösk hadn’t been together long enough for those qualities to be suppresed and now Jarnunvösk wants revenge. 

    I believe this may be plausible because Gladr mentions it in Eldest (i think?) when he takes Saphira and Eragon up to the mountain to teach them about the true nature of the bond that is shared by dragons and riders. I feel like christopher wouldn’t have added that if it didn’t come back into play at somepoint. this could also explain why Galbatorix is so crazy: he has 2 minds in one body! that could also explain how he is so good at fighting with his mind. He has 2 of them and one of them is a dragons! 

    Let me know what you think! 🙂 Especially you Mike, Lauren and Chris!

    • spartin_117

      That would not hppen, no matter how fierce his dragon’s personality may of been, he would never betray his own kind by killing all of the dragon riders and councel, enslaving all the dragon hear of hearts, and using them just to become more powerfull. Oh and why would galby ask for another dragon egg if he had is origional dragon in his head joined? it just don’t make any logical sense.

      • Anonymous

        If he wouldn’t, then why did the Forswarn? remember, 2 minds in one body doesn’t work well, like Gladr said. I’m guessing niether of them were sane seeing as Galby would have had a dragon in his head and body, and Jarnunvösk was just killed and pulled into a human body. And why wouldn’t Galbatorix want another dragon? Having one in your head isn’t the same as having one that can rip you apart and breath fire. That could come in handy anytime if you ask me. Plus, maybe Jarnunvösk wants a body back and that is why he is trying to get the heart of hearts

        • Peyton Miller

          sure it wouldn’t work ‘well’ but it would still be possible. shades are a perfect example of this. beside to a dragon rider who has just lost his/her “partner-of-mind-and-heart” it wouldn’t really matter what the issues and “technical difficulties” are  you’d just want them back, no matter what the consequences were.   

        • yourfaceisajoke

           Remember that dragons are extremely proud creatures, as we can see even from Saphira’s point of view. Now, if Jarnunvosk were controlling Galbatorix, why would they drive their own race to the point of extinction? This, in my opinion, doesn’t make any sense.

        • yourfaceisajoke

           Remember that dragons are extremely proud creatures, as we can see even from Saphira’s point of view. Now, if Jarnunvosk were controlling Galbatorix, why would they drive their own race to the point of extinction? This, in my opinion, doesn’t make any sense.

          • Anonymous

            I agree. No sane dragon would do that. But you also have to remember Galbatorix and Jarnunvösk are sharing one body and both are effecting what will happen. So while Jarnunvösk might not like the idea of driving the dragons to extinction, Galbatorix could have been pushing through there. Plus, you have to remember Galbatorix doesn’t want the dragons gone, he wants to make a new civilization of dragons and riders. 

    • weetniks

      nice thinking but it wouldn’t work. The mind talking and feeling of emotions is magic. Cp explained it once in an interview. Talking with minds is magic used by the other magician in the brain of the receiver. the magic manipulates brainwaves. when the body dies so does the mind And the power source.

      • Anonymous

        But would that occur with dragons as well? Magic runs through their veins. It would be the same principle of an eldunari, but the dragon went inside Galby’s head instead. 

  • Interesting read. I think that we don’t see him because it’s easier to fear a character we know little about. After all, people are scared of the dark because we can’t define it….Same theory here.

    I like the idea that Galby isn’t the ultimate villian either though, before reading this I thought the unnamed shadow was whatever had happened to Galby after the inevitable showdown with Eragon. Sort of like him pulling a Voldemort and not being entirely human in body, but still a threat.

  • Interesting read. I think that we don’t see him because it’s easier to fear a character we know little about. After all, people are scared of the dark because we can’t define it….Same theory here.

    I like the idea that Galby isn’t the ultimate villian either though, before reading this I thought the unnamed shadow was whatever had happened to Galby after the inevitable showdown with Eragon. Sort of like him pulling a Voldemort and not being entirely human in body, but still a threat.

  • Cilmion

    has it ever been said what color Jarnunvösk was i would really like to know

  • Cilmion

    has it ever been said what color Jarnunvösk was i would really like to know

  • Anonymous

    Good article. I don’t know if this was intended, but it made me understand Galbatorix a lot. It also made me feel a bit strange because I sympathised with him and his cause quite alot after you put it like that! 
    I think you’ve mentioned this in the podcast, but I don’t understand WHY Galby is evil. I mean, yes, he lost his dragon, but is that enough of a reason to enslave and oppress all of Alagaesia? Okay, yes, he’s a bit mad, but … still. I don’t think Christopher has developed enough of a reason of just… WHY he’s the bad guy. My only criticism of the series really.

  • Anonymous

    awhile back in an interview someone asked what happens if the first person to touch a baby dragon isnt the person the dragon hatched for and CP said he couldnt say. I think that a baby shruikan hatched and at that moment galby killed the person and touched shruikan so maybe he isnt bonded to shruikan by some super evil magic. if this is the case then i would really like to know shruikans thoughts and feelings

  • wiseman

    Galby could be a shade, e.g. not really Galby himself…
    Think about it, mad and alone in the Spine, having overheard something about spirits and summoning them – voila
    either way, he’ll die, not even Eragon would be so foolish to let him live

    • Peyton Miller

      the problem isn’t whether or not he is foolish, it’s that he doesn’t have a ruthless bone in his body. he refuse to take the initiative to kill ppl that needed to be killed in a judge/jury/executioner-style even if that’s exactly what’s needed

  • Macs_bunch

    I think Eragon will spare Galby.   It would be a more cruel to let him live knowing he failed yet again.  Oh and defeated by what, a seventeen year old.  Just an extra slap to his pride.  My biggest question, is whether Shrukan will live, and if he does, what will he choose to do?  Will he chose death over life?  Will he be a ally of the elves?  Or will he live out the rest of his existance as a wild dragon free of all influence?  This question could almost be a big twenty material.  Can’t wait till november!!!

    • I’ve always had a pet theory that Shrukian won’t die and then he’ll join up with Angela. Then she’ll become kind of a psydo-dragon rider.

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    While I know that authors like to throw their readers by twisting the story and revealing something unexpected, there wouldn’t be a point in ending the whole Inheritance Cycle with “So, for over a year I (Eragon) and everyone in the resistance have been fighting the wrong person so all my efforts were worthless.  Hope that someone in the future can defeat this new terrible enemy because I have to leave Alagaesia.  Goodbye.  The End”  And then fans wait for years and in one stand alone book this ‘even greater being’ will be destroyed when it took four books to fight Galbatorix.  It is too drastic not a satisfying ending to the series.  The series has to end in some way since this is the end of the cycle and I don’t see how Christopher Paolini could develop and defeat this new character in one future book.

  • Joandg

    II think his dragon has been twisted and will be the shadow mentioned as its not a true bond and won’t die with gab. Gab will die and the mad dragon will escape

    • Cody

      Yeah but why wouldn’t Eragon just tell the new rider “Hey, their is a big ass black dragon that is totally crazy and wants to kill you so watch out.”

  • I have always thought that the man crying on the beach in Eragon’s dream (the one with the two holding hands while boarding a ship, and two dragons flying above) was Galbitorix. It would make sense to me if they banished him to one of those other lands that are mentioned from time to time. Then he might one day come back as a Fmr. Rider/Shade.

  • I have always thought that the man crying on the beach in Eragon’s dream (the one with the two holding hands while boarding a ship, and two dragons flying above) was Galbitorix. It would make sense to me if they banished him to one of those other lands that are mentioned from time to time. Then he might one day come back as a Fmr. Rider/Shade.

    • Evarinya

      For some reason when I read that part I had assumed that the lone man was Eragon and the two people leaving him behind were Roran and Katrina… 

      • Most people do, but I just don’t see the book ending with Galbitorix being killed. That’s the only solution I think Eragon would allow

  • Tenna Wan

    I think Eragon will use “Heal” in the AL to heal him of his insanity from losing Jarnunvösk.I also believe he is searching for the true name of the AL.

  • Emeric

    I don’t think this Shadow is controlling Galby. It wouldn’t be a good ending and it definitely wouldn’t be the end of the Inheritance Cycle, since the Shadow still exists afterwards. I belive more in, the Shadow has been there all the time, but is doing its move after Galby has been defeated. Maybe it fears him. Who knows?

    And I believe the Vault of Souls is what Galbatorix is seeking. This would help him ressurect his old dragon. SOULS, anyone?! Is there a bell ringing??? It won’t be a cache of Eldunarís. That would be a huge cliché. and it’s not Christopher’s thing.

    A cache of Eldunarís? What a joke…

  • Emeric

    I don’t think this Shadow is controlling Galby. It wouldn’t be a good ending and it definitely wouldn’t be the end of the Inheritance Cycle, since the Shadow still exists afterwards. I belive more in, the Shadow has been there all the time, but is doing its move after Galby has been defeated. Maybe it fears him. Who knows?

    And I believe the Vault of Souls is what Galbatorix is seeking. This would help him ressurect his old dragon. SOULS, anyone?! Is there a bell ringing??? It won’t be a cache of Eldunarís. That would be a huge cliché. and it’s not Christopher’s thing.

    A cache of Eldunarís? What a joke…

    • Arvindr

      litterally a vault of souls for the use off who knows what.  Sounds reasonable, but where would he use the souls for?? Eldunarya already make up for his power, his soul is already fractured and bringing someone back from the death is incredily difficult not to mention that it will most likely result in death for the person who makes the attempt to do so. As is stated by Oromis if I am not mistaken. So what’s the use of such an amount of souls?It’s for sure that Eraon will discover the vault of souls, speaks his true name and finds a place full off the souls of old, and seeks his guidance with them ( former dragon riders etc. ) ( re-appearence of Brom, Oromis, perhaps his mother ). the question here should be as to what he would or will do with those souls ( it could also be the eldunarya we’re talking about and yes cliché ) 
      If we want to know for sure we’re going to have to wait just a little longer, dispite good theories and ideas though!

    • Arvindr

      litterally a vault of souls for the use off who knows what.  Sounds reasonable, but where would he use the souls for?? Eldunarya already make up for his power, his soul is already fractured and bringing someone back from the death is incredily difficult not to mention that it will most likely result in death for the person who makes the attempt to do so. As is stated by Oromis if I am not mistaken. So what’s the use of such an amount of souls?It’s for sure that Eraon will discover the vault of souls, speaks his true name and finds a place full off the souls of old, and seeks his guidance with them ( former dragon riders etc. ) ( re-appearence of Brom, Oromis, perhaps his mother ). the question here should be as to what he would or will do with those souls ( it could also be the eldunarya we’re talking about and yes cliché ) 
      If we want to know for sure we’re going to have to wait just a little longer, dispite good theories and ideas though!

  • Emeric

    Speaking of Eragon, when will we find out where Christopher will stop in the UK and what other countries he’ll visit?

    • Tapurcell43

      wrong discussion

  • Anonymous

    I think it would be epic if it was discovered that Galbatorix was getting controlled the whole time and in the end Eragon teams up with him and fights the shadow.

  • Haileydog101

    I think that after galbatorix’s death (or banishment) a new evil will surface, but not neccissarilly one that has been controlling him.

    i also think that galbatorix’s fate will be one we will not see coming.

    Thoughts?

  • Ali P

    First Comment! I think Galby will turn into a Shade then die

    • Not quite… There might actually be something to the theory that Galby becomes a shade. Just before he went out to battle, Oromis said something to the effect of there has never been a dragon rider who was also a shade. Maybe that was a little bit of foreshadowing, possibly?

      • bigmike

        Murtage becomes the Shade-Rider, Thorn, mortified by what his rider has become and as a last ditch effort to save himself,goes into a frenzied rampage killing Murtage and bringing the building down on himself and Galbys army on their way to confront the Varden. We then switch to the scene where the wall is about to fall onto Roran. Roran uses the lifting spell to stop the “stone” wall from falling on him and thus revealing  him 2 be able to use magic. Eragon and the elves help him hold the wall long enough for him to move out from under it.

      • bigmike

        Murtage becomes the Shade-Rider, Thorn, mortified by what his rider has become and as a last ditch effort to save himself,goes into a frenzied rampage killing Murtage and bringing the building down on himself and Galbys army on their way to confront the Varden. We then switch to the scene where the wall is about to fall onto Roran. Roran uses the lifting spell to stop the “stone” wall from falling on him and thus revealing  him 2 be able to use magic. Eragon and the elves help him hold the wall long enough for him to move out from under it.

    • Not quite… There might actually be something to the theory that Galby becomes a shade. Just before he went out to battle, Oromis said something to the effect of there has never been a dragon rider who was also a shade. Maybe that was a little bit of foreshadowing, possibly?

  • Helen Beddis

    I think Eragon banishing Galbatorix fits with his personality more, he disliked Murtagh killing the slaver and he chose to effectively banish Sloan for his crimes rather than kill him. I’ve never thought about Galbatorix being a puppet king before but I like the theory.

    • Tenna Wan

      He will kill anyone during a fight who is not defenceless.Murtagh murdered that man not killed him in a fair fight.

      • Peyton Miller

        hey that moralism off-the-battlefield-but-during-a-war is whats going to get eragon killed one day,murtagh did what was necessary at the time and did it with the attitude of “i don’t like doing this but it still has to be done”. a dead enemy is an enemy no longer. it may not have been “fair” but it wasn’t murder either.  

        • Tenna Wan

          It was muurder.The man was defenseless and on his knees.Murtagh had a sword.Murder.

    • Tapurcell43

      He said in Brisingr that he would happily kill Galbatorix if Nasuada or Orrin condemned him to death.  He just wouldn’t be an executioner.

  • Jesus

    first of all great job mike this one in my opinion is up there with the vault of souls one !!! and i agree completely with the theory that galby will be destroyed one way or another and then bam! the one pulling all the strings reveals him self if this happens it will give Chris a open door to continue the story in what ever way he wants  

  • The Clockwork Angel

    Galbatorix better die! 

  • SSW

    Woo, first comment.

    There’s just something I’m confused about.  If Jarnunvosk was killed by Urgals, why does Galbatorix use them as his soldiers?
    And I think it’s possible that the thing he’s searching for is the same thing Eragon is looking for, namely, the Vault of Souls/Rock of Kuthian.  Maybe these would help him resurrect Jarnunvosk.
    I don’t believe that he’s evil for the sake of being evil.  No one does that.  And no one ever tries to re-make his land into an ideal land, that’s just cliche.  There’s got to be a deeper motive.

    • vault keeper

      I think he used them as a win-win project: if they succeeded he would take the vardens out of the map and then he could give the urgals a small piece of land in the Spain claiming that he have accomplished his part of the deal, but if they lose (as they did) he would say to the empire that he had vanished allmost completely the urgals wining it´s confidence and if the urgals went to ask him for the land he could say that they didnt accomplished their part of the deal. What do you think?

      • Johnnybravo

        That statement makes no grammatical sense, is English your first language?

      • JohnnyBravo

        That statement makes no sense.

    • vault keeper

      I think he used them as a win-win project: if they succeeded he would take the vardens out of the map and then he could give the urgals a small piece of land in the Spain claiming that he have accomplished his part of the deal, but if they lose (as they did) he would say to the empire that he had vanished allmost completely the urgals wining it´s confidence and if the urgals went to ask him for the land he could say that they didnt accomplished their part of the deal. What do you think?

    • DragonsAreAwesome

      In the book, Oromis explains that Galbatorix uses Urgals because he is cunning and he knows he can use the Urgals to do his dirty work (and in the process, many will be killed) and then when his problems are solved he can kill them at his leisure.  It is sort of similar to how Nasuada knows that it is wise to make a partnership with the Urgals because the Varden needs allies eventhough they killed her father.

    • MM

      i think that Eragon’s true name is also the name of something bigger, because why would eragon’s true name be the one to open the vault of souls

    • bigmike

      Po Pot tried to rewrite history by killing of everyone who knew anything about it, and then force his new history on everyone left alive. People do stupid things to make the world the way they think it should be. Look at all the murderous dictators that have reigned.

    • Reid Thack

      He uses the urgals to fight the varden so that both of his enemies will lose many troops and both be weaker in the end. That way, he can swoop down with his huge army and easily take out the urgals, giving himself a great name among the people for it.

    • Reid Thack

      He uses the urgals to fight the varden so that both of his enemies will lose many troops and both be weaker in the end. That way, he can swoop down with his huge army and easily take out the urgals, giving himself a great name among the people for it.

    • Reid Thack

      He uses the urgals to fight the varden so that both of his enemies will lose many troops and both be weaker in the end. That way, he can swoop down with his huge army and easily take out the urgals, giving himself a great name among the people for it.

  • SSW

    Woo, first comment.

    There’s just something I’m confused about.  If Jarnunvosk was killed by Urgals, why does Galbatorix use them as his soldiers?
    And I think it’s possible that the thing he’s searching for is the same thing Eragon is looking for, namely, the Vault of Souls/Rock of Kuthian.  Maybe these would help him resurrect Jarnunvosk.
    I don’t believe that he’s evil for the sake of being evil.  No one does that.  And no one ever tries to re-make his land into an ideal land, that’s just cliche.  There’s got to be a deeper motive.