“Big Twenty” — Tenga the Hermit… Who is he and what does he seek?

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.

Better late than never, right? We’re sure Angela would agree – just as she’d agree that this article is of importance! We briefly encounter the odd and unique character, Tenga, early on in Brisingr during Eragon’s trek back to the Varden. To say we were left puzzled may be a bit of an understatement; this “early encounter” was most definitely one to grab our interest… and we believe it is not an event that we should forget or underestimate.

We uncovered several key pieces of information during our meeting with Tenga and it’s clear that this information may become incredibly important in Inheritance. What does Tenga seek? Who, or what, is he? How can he be such a powerful magic user? Is there more to his connection with Angela? We explore these questions and more in this week’s Big Twenty article!

This week’s Big Twenty is a bit on the late side due to extreme scheduling conflicts and overflowing to-do lists. We’ll be back to our normal posting days soon-ish. In the mean time, we’re thrilled to tell you that our interview with Christopher Paolini will be releasing very soon!

 

Who is Tenga?

We first encounter Tenga during Eragon’s journey back to the Varden on foot from Helgrind. Eragon discovers the old hermit among the ruins of a once-great elven outpost, Edur Ithindra. Tenga’s claimed the land as his own and now dwells within the ruins’ only standing tower. Adjoining the tower is Tenga’s vegitable garden, which he was tending during Eragon’s first meeting with him. The inside of his home was covered with scrolls, books, and various bits of writing; from this we are able to deduce that Tenga is, in some way, a scholar.

Tenga himself appeared to be a man of great age, sporting an exceptionally long beard – long enough to rest in a pile in his lap while sitting – and friendly enough to allow a stranger into his home. He was chatty, eccentric, and clearly driven in his search to find “the answer”. In fact, the hermit was surprisingly forthcoming; he revealed a great deal to Eragon in his short visit. It’s safe to say that the man has been driven a bit “mad”, as Eragon observed, in his search, likely compounded by his loneliness.

Before Eragon departs Tenga’s home in a bit of a rush, the hermit shows him the various wooden animal carvings on display throughout his home. He mentions that a female carved them for him before she left. We later learn that Angela was once Tenga’s apprentice – could she have been the wood-carving female?

Later, during Eragon’s return to the Varden, Angela the herbalist wastes no time explaining this man to Eragon: he may seem deranged, but he is a brilliant individual.

Another curiosity of note is Tenga’s reference to the elves – whom he refers to as the “tricky elves” – when explaining that they were the race who built Edur Ithindra, the ruins within which Tenga now resides. Why are the elves “tricky”? This seems to imply an encounter with or exceptional knowledge of the elves.

Tenga and Magic

In our first and only encounter with the hermit – who appears to be human – we immediately learn that he is capable of magic. Not only is he capable, but he appears to be extremely proficient, as he lights his home’s hearth with apparent magic… but without speaking any words of power in the ancient language. Eragon immediately notices what the hermit has done and observes that this is a rare and dangerous type of magic to perform. Why would Tenga risk injury or death – two common “side-effects” of casting magic without using words of power – to simply light a fire?

We believe that this implies that Tenga’s knowledge and command over the ancient language may be much more substantial than Eragon first thought. Why does Tenga use magic without speaking in the ancient language? It’s possible that he does so because he is a powerful magic user capable of performing spells without the ancient language; powerful enough that doing so comes at no great risk to him. Or perhaps Tenga is ancient enough to have been around prior to magic being bound to the ancient language…

Tenga’s unbelievable hoard of seven compendiums of true names in the ancient language leads us to believe that not only is the hermit a powerful magician, but he is one of great knowledge over the powerful language. Eragon remarks that owning even one compendium is a substantial feat – owning seven is a substantial rarity.

What is Tenga’s history with Angela?

One thing is for certain: Tenga and Angela have a history together. Upon Eragon’s return to the Varden, he speaks with Angela about the hermit she immediately recognizes the name. The witch shocked and bewildered – two reactions we hadn’t yet seen out of Angela. Their history must be rocky at best if the she is reacting in such a way. Additionally, Solembum seems to severely dislike (or perhaps even hate) the hermit.

Angela tells us that she was once an apprentice of Tenga for an “unfortunate” amount of years, but this was “many years ago”. So long ago, in fact, that the witch believed Tenga to have been dead. This key bit of knowledge is especially important when we consider that Angela has alluded to her old age (despite her appearance) on numerous occasions. If Angela is much older than she appears and trained with Tenga long ago, that would imply that Tenga himself is much older than he should be as a human. The fact that Angela thought Tenga to be long dead hammers the point home – he was ancient when she left him, ancient enough to be thinking him dead. Curious!

We know that Angela is resourceful and powerful. If the witch was first trained under Tenga, it’s safe to assume that he possesses similar qualities. His quirks and oddities shined through in those few pages and appear very similar to those that show in Angela. If Angela possesses power and age beyond that of a normal human, can we assume that Tenga is the same?

Why did Angela leave Tenga? It’s clear the relationship ended on a rocky note, at least in Angela’s mind. She apparently harbors distaste for her former teacher – distaste which has yet to be explained. Solembum likes him even less, though he chalks that up to the fact that “Tenga kicks cats”. Tenga, on the other hand, implies that he misses Angela a great deal (if we are to assume that the wooden animal carvings were done by Angela). What could have happened to cause Angela to abandon Tenga?

What does Tenga seek?

“I search for the answer! A key to an unopened door, the secret of the trees and the plants. Fire, heat, lightning, light… Most do not know the question and wander in ignorance. Others know the question but fear what the answer will mean. Bah! For thousands of years we have lived like savages. Savages! I shall end that. I shall usher in the age of light, and all shall praise my deed.”

This may just be the most important question surrounding Tenga and one of the most important questions raised in Brisingr. What does the hermit seek? We learn from Angela that he’s always seeking the answer to some question:

“I have not the slightest idea. Tenga always had a question he was trying to answer. If he succeeded, he immediately chose another one, and so on. He may have answered a hundred questions since I last saw him, or he may still be gnashing his teeth over the same conundrum as when I left him.”

Which was?

“Whether the phases of the moon influence the number and quality of the opals that form in the roots of the Beor Mountains, as is commonly held among the dwarves.”

It’s clear that the question Angela mentions in the books is not the question he’s working on now. No, that would be crazy – how can one usher in an age of light with quality opals?

What would allow Tenga to usher in this age of light? Perhaps the key to defeating Galbatorix. What are his secrets? Where does he pull his magic from? Or perhaps it’s another topic entirely: the ancient language and its true name. Imagine the power one could wield with the true name of the ancient language. Tenga’s various compendiums seem to hint toward a search through these books and scrolls for certain words – could it be the word?

Another important question regarding what Tenga seeks is: Why is Tenga so forthcoming about what he seeks, especially with a stranger? From the very start, Tenga is both up-front and candid with Eragon, a complete stranger to him. Eragon doesn’t even look human – at this point, Eragon has adopted his elven-visage, and we’re sure that someone as clever as Tenga would have seen through any disguises Eragon may have adopted. Why, then, would the hermit make such a revelation to the stranger?

Our guess? Tenga knew exactly who Eragon is. Characters such as Tenga often know a lot more than they let on; they play the “mad” game to hide their true intelligence and cunning. It is our belief that Tenga was a lot more aware than he let on and knew exactly what he was revealing to Eragon, and his revelations were entirely intentional.

“You don’t know the question? I thought you might. But no, I was mistaken. Still, I see you understand my search. You search for a different answer, but you search nevertheless. The same brand burns in your heart as burns in mine. Who else but a fellow pilgrim can appreciate what we must sacrifice to find the answer?”

What do we think his role in Book 4 will be?

It’s apparent that Tenga will play some role in Book 4 – either directly or indirectly. Pages are precious to an author attempting to tell a story as complex as Inheritance, and Christopher (nor his editor) would ever include multiple pages on a character with no true purpose. This character – a hermit with incredible knowledge of the ancient language, of great age, and trainer of Angela – has more to him than meets the eye.

Our key observation is what he seeks; it’s important. Angela remarks on his brilliance and he is confident that whatever he seeks will bring light to the darkness in Alagaesia. As to what he seeks… that’s undetermined, but as we deduced above, it’s likely the true name of the ancient language.

Chaotic neutral – We don’t want a third player in this epic two-player war. Tenga has made it clear that he plans to restore peace – and light – to Alagaesia in his own way. We cannot afford another player, especially one as apparently crazy as Tenga, to wage his own war in Alagaesia. He needs to pick a side – preferably the right one – and ally himself, bringing his knowledge of this “answer” and anything else he may have to offer.

The hermit hopes to usher in an age of light, claiming he will be praised. Once he finds this answer, what does he plan to do with it? Is he a good guy or a bad guy? If he was after the true name of the ancient language, will he commit evil with it? Will he do only good things? How does he make that determination? What if the word falls into Galbatorix’s hands?

Turning to the dark side – What Tenga seeks must be important, and this is not knowledge which Galbatorix will let escape his grasp should he get wind that the hermit discovered something of importance. Either through trickery or persuasion, Eragon and company cannot allow Tenga or his findings to fall within the Empire’s grasp. Should he truly seek – and discover – the true name of the ancient language, this knowledge would be the final blow Galbatorix needs to favorably end the war against the Varden.

Playing for the light – We need Tenga. Regardless of what it is he’s seeking, his knowledge (both in book form and in his mind) would be a valuable asset in the war against Alagaesia, especially at a time during which any contribution, big or small, will make a difference. If it’s the true name of the ancient language that Tenga seeks, bringing this information to Eragon, Saphira, and the rebels would be a significant advancement for the group.

“If anyone could, it would be Tenga.” – Angela the Herbalist

  • Haileydog101

    I think that both angela and tenga are Grey Folk
    thoughts?

    oh and i hope that i didnt copy anybody!

  • Sallystar6of7

    i’m pretty much certain that tenga is angelas old bf. he got mad about solenbum, so she left.

  • Jahar Narishma

    I’m thinking that Tenga is not that strong at all, he is just talented in using magic. All he seems to do is searching knowledge. Read the Wheel of Time and study what the Forsaken has to say about Aes Sedai! They say they are ignorant and untrained, not weak.
    Knowledge goes before force, the pen is mightier than the sword.
    If only Tenga opened his mind for the Varden. I think that would help them vastly.

  • Soldin Von Dhaarch

    Maybe there’s a link between Tenga And what apparently was Gûntera at Orìk’s coronation… tenga seems extremely powerful and might be a Grey Folk, or a descendant thereof, and Saphira said that the apparation at the coronation might have been a shadow of something that was, waiting for the return of it’s power… Just A Theory. Also: Vault Of Souls in the mountains in the Hadarac Desert? Souls=Eldunarì? Something important at Vroengard Or Utgard Mountain?
    might be Bullsh*t, as most of my theories, but who knows?

    ~Soldin Von Dhaarch

  • Shane Conton

    maybe tenga will figure out a secret passage way into the capital, he does have all those elf books….

  • Shane Conton

    maybe tenga will figure out a secret passage way into the capital, he does have all those elf books….

  • Shane Conton

    maybe tenga will figure out a secret passage way into the capital, he does have all those elf books….

  • Shane Conton

    maybe tenga will figure out a secret passage way into the capital, he does have all those elf books….

  • jonesk2

    Other possibility for the “female” Tenga mentions: Selena
    Perhaps she spent some time with him before meeting Morzan.

  • jonesk2

    Other possibility for the “female” Tenga mentions: Selena
    Perhaps she spent some time with him before meeting Morzan.

  • jonesk2

    Other possibility for the “female” Tenga mentions: Selena
    Perhaps she spent some time with him before meeting Morzan.

  • Zach

    Ok and a few more comments unrelated but I couldnt find anywhere better to put them, sorry.
     
    1. The vault of souls is within the Menoa Tree.  At the end of Brisingr it is commented that the trees were like ‘wandering souls’ could be a concidence but…
                                                                                                                       maybe not…
    2. on the red eyed rabbits, mad rabbits.

          end of story

    3. Shruikan is meant to be Nasuada’s dragon…
                     Black dragon, dark skin.

    4. Green dragon is neutral, such as elva, tenga, or one of the women in book 3

                          Varden=2 dragons,   Empire=1 dragon, 1 super human(galby),     neutral=1 dragon

    • XxxX

      Racist XD

  • Zach

    Ok and a few more comments unrelated but I couldnt find anywhere better to put them, sorry.
     
    1. The vault of souls is within the Menoa Tree.  At the end of Brisingr it is commented that the trees were like ‘wandering souls’ could be a concidence but…
                                                                                                                       maybe not…
    2. on the red eyed rabbits, mad rabbits.

          end of story

    3. Shruikan is meant to be Nasuada’s dragon…
                     Black dragon, dark skin.

    4. Green dragon is neutral, such as elva, tenga, or one of the women in book 3

                          Varden=2 dragons,   Empire=1 dragon, 1 super human(galby),     neutral=1 dragon

  • Zach

    I think that Tenga and the two women Angela threw the dragon knckles for are related, Why?  Because they both talk about pilgrims.  The women are called pilgrims by Angela and Tenga says to Eragon “a fellow pilgrim” in their encounter.  Also I have two suspicions about the two women, first that the older was elvas mother, thus explaining the black hair and her disrespect for Eragon, while Elva’s”sister’ praises them for what Saphira did and how Eragon was trying to fix his wrong.  Elva wouldnt know her mother because she was captured for whatever reason and just escaped.  The second is that she is related to Eragon.  Possibly mother and sister (though I doubt it)

  • Zach

    I think that Tenga and the two women Angela threw the dragon knckles for are related, Why?  Because they both talk about pilgrims.  The women are called pilgrims by Angela and Tenga says to Eragon “a fellow pilgrim” in their encounter.  Also I have two suspicions about the two women, first that the older was elvas mother, thus explaining the black hair and her disrespect for Eragon, while Elva’s”sister’ praises them for what Saphira did and how Eragon was trying to fix his wrong.  Elva wouldnt know her mother because she was captured for whatever reason and just escaped.  The second is that she is related to Eragon.  Possibly mother and sister (though I doubt it)

  • Zach

    I think that Tenga and the two women Angela threw the dragon knckles for are related, Why?  Because they both talk about pilgrims.  The women are called pilgrims by Angela and Tenga says to Eragon “a fellow pilgrim” in their encounter.  Also I have two suspicions about the two women, first that the older was elvas mother, thus explaining the black hair and her disrespect for Eragon, while Elva’s”sister’ praises them for what Saphira did and how Eragon was trying to fix his wrong.  Elva wouldnt know her mother because she was captured for whatever reason and just escaped.  The second is that she is related to Eragon.  Possibly mother and sister (though I doubt it)

    • Icantlogin

      It says they have tanned skin, and Elva is supposedly “As pale as a ghost”. Besides that, her mother is dead.

  • Zach

    I think that Tenga and the two women Angela threw the dragon knckles for are related, Why?  Because they both talk about pilgrims.  The women are called pilgrims by Angela and Tenga says to Eragon “a fellow pilgrim” in their encounter.  Also I have two suspicions about the two women, first that the older was elvas mother, thus explaining the black hair and her disrespect for Eragon, while Elva’s”sister’ praises them for what Saphira did and how Eragon was trying to fix his wrong.  Elva wouldnt know her mother because she was captured for whatever reason and just escaped.  The second is that she is related to Eragon.  Possibly mother and sister (though I doubt it)

  • Sureou

    I actually thinks he seek the answer of “how to take the energy from light,fire,wind and earth” like the answer that oromis didnt answer… its pretty logical and possible.

  • Sureou

    I actually thinks he seek the answer of “how to take the energy from light,fire,wind and earth” like the answer that oromis didnt answer… its pretty logical and possible.

  • zdd903

    tenga =galby…Definite

  • Mike Anderson757

    Tenga = Galbatorix.

    • Brady199

      Tenga = Brom. ha ha

    • Brady199

      Tenga = Brom. ha ha

    • Brady199

      Tenga = Brom. ha ha

      • Sallystar6of7

        wish he was, but don’t u think he would have said something to eragon when they met. plus all that stuff will angela laughing at broms fate and getting freaked when he mentioned tenga.

    • Adammoate

      I am not a member of this site, but it has certainly helped me in my learning more of the Inheritance Cycle an I do believe that Tenga is in fact Galbatorix. That entire scene I was telling myself exactly that. Supposedly Galby wants the same exact thing that Tenga does in more than one way. Also the fact I would picture our mysterious villain as  old, wise, magically powerful, insane, and somewhat of a surprise when first truly introduced. Of course now that I have spoke my theory I will end up completely wrong, but hey that is what this is all about, THEORIES!!!!

  • Samuel

    Im wondering what are the grey folk ive read the books but i didn’t know what they were or are if there’s still living could some one answer soon, also if there really powerful then i think tenga could be one but i i think if he is a grey folk then then he might be the last rider for the green egg he could be the first grey folk dragon rider.

    • Kaitym

      The grey folk were described in the books as an ancient race of magic users who vastly diminished their strength by binding magic to their language, the ancient language. Please correct me if I’m mistaken, but I don’t believe a physical description has yet been provided for them by CP. If that’s true, then Tenga could possibly be one. As to if they are still living, I’m also not sure we know that yet. Maybe? Personally, I’m with you. I think that Tenga and also Angela will either be revealed as Grey Folk or Grey Folk descendants.  However, as they were left so weakened by their great feat, I am not sure they would be “really powerful” anymore. I personally think Tenga will be a “Jeod” type character in this series; that is to say a scholar with information that will prove invaluable to Eragon. I don’t think he’ll be magically powerful enough to lead the charge, really. Plus, we need a young and spry Rider now, not an old man.

      • Ecorumx1b4

        Keep in mind that they were powerful enough to Both nearly kill everything in the world and change the nature of magic itself a shadow of that maybe more powerful then galby fully rested

        • Fairth

          I would also remind you that it was the whole race (or a significant representative number) that effected the changes you mentioned.  One or two descendants could could still be powerful, but not as powerful as an experienced rider and his dragon.

  • i think that tenga is a grey folk.  he said that they were both pilgrims and the way he uses magic is a good suggestion that he is powerful like a grey folk.  as for what he seeks i remember eragon asking somewhere if they could somehow use magic from light or something.
    tenga talks alot about light.  i think hes trying to find out how to use light for magic or he could be finding the word for ancient language in the ancient language

  • I’m thinking Tenga is an ex-Dragon Rider from the first fall of the Dragons. He’s been driven mad by the loss of his partner and vowed to gain as much knowledge as he can to help defeat Galbatorix. He may not be completely crazy because he doesn’t look like an Elf as he should so he altered his appearance like Arya did at one point. As for the “tricky elves” that built Edur Ithindra, maybe there are lots of hidden passages that will eventually lead Eragon to the Rock of Kuthian and/or the Vault of Souls.

  • jordanb1997

    i noticed that some peoplewere talking about tenga becoming the un named shadow in eragons guide. but could this unnamed shadow also be what killed of most life back when the grey folk    incorporated themselves into the other race adn became shadows of themselves?

  • Sean Coker

    or he could be the Inhertince cycles Tom Bombadil whcih would be cool to

    • bigmike

      Where is his big yellow boots?lol

  • Sean Coker

    i would immgine tenga to be a greyfolk and his awnser is the ability to harness the energys of nature, from lighting to wind to the sun itself. eregon asked oramis about this and orimis said that if they knew it then they would have stoped galbatrox long ago, yet no one knows it. foreshadowing much. i also like the idea if galby learns the name of the AL giving him complete mastery over it, but the ancint languge itself is bound, eregon could learn how to use magic unbound like the greyfolk intensly dangrous but just as, if not more powerful then the name of the AL. it could make use of the internel struggle to defeat the final enemy trope that so manny writers use.

  • bigmike

    I believe he is looking for the name to open the Vault of Souls and that it contains the secret to use the energy and power of all of the basic elements, (Thats Chinese Elements [ fire, earth, air, water, ect.]) and the sun. just a theory.

  • Dfsadf

    Can people read previous comments and not tout the photosynthesis theory as highly original? Feel free to expand on it, but people are saying the exact same thing here.

    • Svit-kona

      no kidding lol. Just got done reading them all and lots of the same just being reworded but still had fun 🙂

      Tenga …. Certainly a mind twister huh 🙂 I like the elemental photosynthesis ideas alot but what if Galby out somekind of magical design dampened the flow of magic makeing for a very slow absorbtion rate?

      Ideas on how to combat this design? Aborbing from spirits maybe.

  • I know you guys have mentioned in previous podcasts of some ‘steampunk-y’  stuff in the world of the Inheritance Cycle and in the quote with Tenga rambling on about “I search for the answer! A key to an unopened door, the secret of the trees and the plants. Fire, heat, lightning, light…” I immediately thought of Ben Franklin and the key on the kite to be struck by lightning and this all has me thinking that maybe and this is a very huge, unlikely MAYBE, but maybe,Tenga is doing something along those lines. Trying to find the answer to something like electricty, like technology and bring forth ‘the age of light’ by creating an entirely new steampunk world of Alagaesia?? Paolini has often said that his magic is very science-y in the way that it has to make sense, so Tenga could be trying to actually find ‘science’ behind everything, photosynthesis for trees and plants, etc. Also Orrin does some pretty science-y stuff, so maybe that was also a hint. I just think it’s interesting that he would say Fire and then say what Fire creates which is Heat and then say Lightning and say what Lightning creates which is Light, as if he were trying to find a ‘different’ method of creating those effects. Note: I know magic can be used, but not everyone has magic, so Tenga could be trying to create an all easy solution…….  

    ~Valen

  • Dklfjsnl

    I am thinking that Eragon could possibly be the king of the elves through marriage with Arya, the king of the broddrings through the original king Palencar (never left the valley), and the king of the dwarves because he is the foster brother of Orik, so if Orik died or had no children Eragon could inherit the throne.

    • bigmike

      Well if Orik dies, Im going 2 b P Oed big time. I really dont think Eragon would even take the thrown even if he had to…

    • Nicknowler

      elves don’t get married, remember?

    • Sallystar6of7

      im pretty sure eragon said he did not what to rule. and i don’t think the dwarves would take a human-elf thing as their king, they were so mad when the king adopted him in the first place, they would bonkers if he tried to be king.

  • chloebee

    I really like the idea of T being one of the grey folk. and i also think he searches for the way to harness the energy from fire light etc. i think the grey folk message comes across well with the ‘tricky elves’ line, and the harness one is obvious with the ‘secret of…lightning, light’. i think he probably knows where the ROK is, and also possibly the TN of the AL,this could explain his skill with wordless magic, but then the grey folk theory answers this as well. Whatever information he has, i think the key to eventually getting it off him will be through Angela. if she is indeed the one who left him, and he still mourns her, then i think E will have to strike a deal which will include A which will be difficult.

    • Renzentora

      Angela as a bargining chip…  That would probably not go well…  could be very interesting though…

    • Renzentora

      Angela as a bargining chip…  That would probably not go well…  could be very interesting though…

    • Renzentora

      Angela as a bargining chip…  That would probably not go well…  could be very interesting though…

    • Haileydog101

      i like this theory, but there was a lot of abbrev. and init.
                                                                 (abbreviations and initials)

  • Phillip07

    oromis said energy can be taken away from anything that has energy and eragon asked if you could take the enrgy from the sun or fire and oromis told that there may be away but no one knew how.i belive this is what tenga is looking for

    • chloebee

      I remember that. I think it is likely too, I think that ties in better than the ancient language being the answer, esp with him saying “fire, heat, lightning, light”

    • Diesel

      That’s what I said lol

  • Diesel

    I think tenga is looking for a way to cast lightning or a way to cast “natural” magic. I’m sure eragon asked oramis about it and he said it could be done but he didn’t how.

  • Diesel

    I think tenga is looking for a way to cast lightning or a way to cast “natural” magic. I’m sure eragon asked oramis about it and he said it could be done but he didn’t how.

  • Krankpants

    When all hope is lost, Eragon will go to Tenga to find out where the Rock of Kuthian and Vault of sSouls are located.

  • Adam_hasta

    but what would be sacrificed by photosynthesis i bet a lot of peaple will be injured or killed when he finds the anwser 

  • Repaermirg

    It seems pretty obvious to me what Tenga is searching for. He want’s to find out how to take energy from light “the secret of trees and plants” -Photosynthesis, anyone? How could they not address that in this? Eragon even mentioned this idea to Oromis in Eldest, but was told that it should be possible but nobody had figured out how yet. Oromis then said that if it could be done, Galbatorix could be easily defeated.

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    Tenga was searching for the ever elusive title of the fourth book. Now that we all know it we can stop talking about it and move on to the next big 20 question.

  • Guest

    Homeboy is searchin for the meaning of life.  

    • Saphiraimafan

      42 if you wanna know

    • Saphiraimafan

      42 if you wanna know

      • Haileydog101

        i dont get it

  • Chris

    Great Article!

  • HideInSight

    Maybe there is an accident with Tenga and Galbt, and Tenga ends ub peing the unnamed shadow.

  • HideInSight

    Maybe there is an accident with Tenga and Galbt, and Tenga ends ub peing the unnamed shadow.

  • Shaheensardar1995

    He searched for a key to an unopened door… just going out on a limb here, but maybe Tenga is looking for a way to open the VOS. 

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    Maybe CP only put Tenga in so we would go crazy with speculation and he isn’t important at all.

    • Haileydog101

      i doubt it

    • Haileydog101

      i doubt it

  • james

    Tenga is powerful, crazy, a hermit, and searching for a “big secret”.  Galbatorix is powerful crazy, a loner (not quite a hermit), and searching for a “big secret”.  Hmmmmmmm……..

  • james

    Tenga is powerful, crazy, a hermit, and searching for a “big secret”.  Galbatorix is powerful crazy, a loner (not quite a hermit), and searching for a “big secret”.  Hmmmmmmm……..

  • Kewers77

    What if…..Tenga becomes an immensely powerful shade, becoming the “shadow” from Eragon’s Guide

  • The Thinker

    I agree with flamejet- Tenga could the the last of the Grey Folk. He knows lots of ancient words, and he has obvious skill with magic. We can assume that he is old enough to be one as well.

    As for him knowing where the Vault of Souls is, I have no idea.

  • guest

    What if Galby finds out the TN for  the Acient Language, but Tenga teches Eragon how to have complete control over magic  that her can use it like the Grey Flok did???

    • Sean Coker

      EPIC i can imigine it now… galby his power is limmitless, without bounds… or not, bound by the very nature of the ancient languge itself. eregon on the other hand has all of the magic of existince unbound and free barely controled, yet he can do it. it would be sort of a internal strugel in order to defeat the overlord thing that so many arthues use 

  • Rubydragon

    64 more days. Nice

    • Feisty-fitz

      Yeah only two months now! And god bless all ye Americans…. all of us in Europe will have it at least 8 hours before you! Mwahahahaha!

      • Aorn

        and ill have it 6 hours b4 u australia mate=)

        • Feisty-fitz

          Lucky you! Those poor poor American’s…….. last to get it, even though the authors from there haha

          • Kathace

            I think they should release it in Montana before everyone else. After all CP is from the lovely, breath taking state.

          • Kathace

            I think they should release it in Montana before everyone else. After all CP is from the lovely, breath taking state.

        • chloebee

          and 3 hours before you in NZ!

          • aorn

            haha you got me good old easterners

          • aorn

            haha you got me good old easterners

          • aorn

            but go fuck a sheep haha

          • aorn

            but go fuck a sheep haha

        • kp

          and i’ll have it 5 hours before u

      • Aorn

        and ill have it 6 hours b4 u australia mate=)

      • Rubydragon

        At least school will be closed on book 4’s release date in the US. 😛

        • Feisty-fitz

          Ha im in college so i’ll just take the day off and read it that day in the comfort of my home…. if i haven’t stayed up all night reading it of course!

  • Comett

    I like the theory of Tenga looking for the method to change elemental energy into magical energy.  Originally I thought it was the name of the Ancient Language, but that theory does make a bit more sense when you look at the limited knowledge we have of Tenga.  Another theory I thought of was that (in regards to Tenga going on about “living like savages” etc) perhaps he is looking for a way to return the Grey Folk to their former glory, as for thousands of years they have been living as a shadow of their former self.  I’m sure blending in with humans/elves would seem like “living as savages” if the alternative was being a member of the grandest, oldest, most magical/powerful race of Alagaesia.

    • AzureSkye

      I agree. He talks about “fire, heat, lightning, light” in conjunction with trees and plants, both known sources of energy. Plus, while I don’t have my books in front of me, Eragon asks Oromis about drawing from those sources in Eldest. Oromis replies that it would be an extreme source of power. 

  • maneesh francis

    I like the idea. But Paolini said that there are no more hidden riders in Algesia. But I’m not sure of the unnamed shadow thing 

  • flamejet

    i belive that he is the last on of the Grey folk

    • flamejet

      opps the last of*

  • Irock13198

    i listened to the 11th episode, and there was no sweepstakes reward

    • Irock13198

      not reward word

    • Coasterking

       me to and u r right the funny thing is that they mentioned the sweepstakes so they would not forget to say then they forgot to say the word

    • Aorn

      isthe 11 episode out

      • Irock13198

        its on itunes

    • Please hold that thought! I gotta make a quick phone call!

      • Since we cannot edit the word back into the episode. The word is now available to everyone in the post about Episode 11!

  • Wingsonmyheels

    Tenga’s role seems pretty obvious to me: who better to know what the heck the Rock of Kuthian or the Vault of Souls than that guy? He’ll probably reveal it to Eragon, or maybe even guide him to it.

  • Mikemcauleysucks

    Tenga sucks hairy donkey cock

  • some random

    tenga = grreyfolk, keeper of the VOS enterance

  • Re-reader

    Tenga’s is trying to convert energy of the environment into usable, magic energy. “Fire, heat, lightning, light”. 

    Eragon asks Oromis why can’t they draw on this energy in Eldest, foreshadowing this.

  • Coasterking

    episode 11 of the podcast is now on itunes

  • Maybe Tenga is Angela’s dad? It would make sense because of their age. But other than that I have no proof. Opinions?

  • Irock13198

    just finished watching the new doctor who 🙂

  • Yo

    Remember the razac?
    In brisingr, the razac told eragon. “He has almost found the name” The razac doesnt explain more.
    Well HE could be Tenga. or Old Galby. And the name could be the name to the ancient language.
    IF its tenga, well how would the razac know about him? Cause galby knows?
    Just a thought.

    • Coasterking

      the razac says its galbatorix when eragon asks him who has he says galbatorix hes almost found the name the true name.

  • Joanna<3

    If Tenga is a large player in book four, and if he maybe does ally himself with a side, but the wrong one, maybe he could (going out on a limb here, way out guys) maybe he could be the proverbial strings behind Galbatorix….. maybe…. or maybe not. I am sooooo excited for November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D 

  • Rubydragon

    Now here’s an answer to ALL of your questions: Why don’t you wait for Inheritance to release, get the book and find out. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      because we’re so freaking excited that we cant handle this. theories pops up into our minds whenever we hear about it. xD and there are that voice that keep whispering to us about every and each doubt. the excitement is too overwhelming. we cannot handle this! we cant help! if there’s one who is responsible for this, is CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI. Blame him. That brilliant writer! 

      • Mr. Anonymous

        Maybe you’re the one hearing voices…jk

    • Sranjan 2007

      Oh yeah? then why did you visit this page and this website in the first place, Why didn’t you wait for the book to come instead of reading mike’s speculations or the interviews

  • Mr. Anonymous

    I’ve read the comments and have come to the conclusion that Tenga must be of the grey folk. They knew the ancient language extremely well: Tenga has SEVEN volumes of compendiums for true names. A reference many of the grey folk could have gotten standard issue maybe? Or he’s discovered all those true names himself? Who knows? All I care about is getting to Inheritance.

    Tenga is one of my favorite characters, though his appearance was short.

  • Evarinya

    I liked how Tenga’s relationship with the elves was pointed out.

    OK, here’s an idea:

    maybe he was an elf himself, or at least extremely close to them and maybe cultured in elvish. So then, he did something really bad and was banished to the ruins. In bitterness towards the elves he refuses to speak the ancient language(maybe while he searches for its true name…). In his long time of isolation he trains himself to master magic in a way that he wouldn’t have to speak it.

    I dunno….just an idea =)

    • Mr. Anonymous

      And… if he didn’t have to speak it he wouldn’t reveal any new words for the ancient language to eavesdroppers!

  • Matt

    I would also point out the “hills” around his house described in Brisingr. Maybe he will play a role in Eragon leaving the land forever, if he finds the name of the ancient language it would make anyone told exstremely powerful. So, he may tell Eragon that if he tells him the name he must swear first to leave the land forever once everything is set straight in Alagaesia.

  • The Grey Rider

    Notice that ‘Tenga’ is an anagram for ‘agent’?
    And that he said his father was called ‘Arving’, which is an anagram for ‘raving’?
    He could possibly be a Grey Folk.
    Aside from that he could know about the Vault of Souls, but he’ll be one to watch, but if he is looking for the name of the ancient language, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    If he’s looking for that name it’d be safer to kill him.

    • Evarinya

      Hey, that’s really cool! I never realized the anagrams for their names……very interesting =)

  • Luke23

    Man.. there are so many loose ends to tie up. The book is gonna have to be 1000 pages long. haha

    • Guest

      Unless he chooses not to tie some of them up.  I don’t think JK Rowling tied up all her loose ends.  She answered a lot of questions in a big chat afterwards instead.  

  • New age of light, possibly electricity? Everyone would surely praise him for it. At least humans. Which are far and few in the ways of magic.

  • CP

    Ok, I think enough people have said the same thing about the energy thing so if anymore people think they can claim that theory keep it to yourselves..

  • I know you guys have mentioned in previous podcasts of some ‘steampunk-y’  stuff in the world of the Inheritance Cycle and in the quote with Tenga rambling on about “I search for the answer! A key to an unopened door, the secret of the trees and the plants. Fire, heat, lightning, light…” I immediately thought of Thomas Edison and the key on the kite to be struck by lightning and this all has me thinking that maybe and this is a very huge, unlikely MAYBE, but maybe,Tenga is doing something along those lines. Trying to find the answer to something like electricty, like technology and bring forth ‘the age of light’ by creating an entirely new steampunk world of Alagaesia?? Paolini has often said that his magic is very science-y in the way that it has to make sense, so Tenga could be trying to actually find ‘science’ behind everything, photosynthesis for trees and plants, etc. Also Orrin does some pretty science-y stuff, so maybe that was also a hint. I just think it’s interesting that he would say Fire and then say what Fire creates which is Heat and then say Lightning and say what Lightning creates which is Light, as if he were trying to find a ‘different’ method of creating those effects. Note: I know magic can be used, but not everyone has magic, so Tenga could be trying to create an all easy solution…….
     
    Just my two cents –
     
    ~Valen

  • I know you guys have mentioned in previous podcasts of some ‘steampunk-y’  stuff in the world of the Inheritance Cycle and in the quote with Tenga rambling on about “I search for the answer! A key to an unopened door, the secret of the trees and the plants. Fire, heat, lightning, light…” I immediately thought of Thomas Edison and the key on the kite to be struck by lightning and this all has me thinking that maybe and this is a very huge, unlikely MAYBE, but maybe,Tenga is doing something along those lines. Trying to find the answer to something like electricty, like technology and bring forth ‘the age of light’ by creating an entirely new steampunk world of Alagaesia?? Paolini has often said that his magic is very science-y in the way that it has to make sense, so Tenga could be trying to actually find ‘science’ behind everything, photosynthesis for trees and plants, etc. Also Orrin does some pretty science-y stuff, so maybe that was also a hint. I just think it’s interesting that he would say Fire and then say what Fire creates which is Heat and then say Lightning and say what Lightning creates which is Light, as if he were trying to find a ‘different’ method of creating those effects. Note: I know magic can be used, but not everyone has magic, so Tenga could be trying to create an all easy solution…….
     
    Just my two cents –
     
    ~Valen

    • galbysno1fan

      the key on the kite was ben franklynn not edison

  • I know you guys have mentioned in previous podcasts of some ‘steampunk-y’  stuff in the world of the Inheritance Cycle and in the quote with Tenga rambling on about “I search for the answer! A key to an unopened door, the secret of the trees and the plants. Fire, heat, lightning, light…” I immediately thought of Thomas Edison and the key on the kite to be struck by lightning and this all has me thinking that maybe and this is a very huge, unlikely MAYBE, but maybe,Tenga is doing something along those lines. Trying to find the answer to something like electricty, like technology and bring forth ‘the age of light’ by creating an entirely new steampunk world of Alagaesia?? Paolini has often said that his magic is very science-y in the way that it has to make sense, so Tenga could be trying to actually find ‘science’ behind everything, photosynthesis for trees and plants, etc. Also Orrin does some pretty science-y stuff, so maybe that was also a hint. I just think it’s interesting that he would say Fire and then say what Fire creates which is Heat and then say Lightning and say what Lightning creates which is Light, as if he were trying to find a ‘different’ method of creating those effects. Note: I know magic can be used, but not everyone has magic, so Tenga could be trying to create an all easy solution…….
     
    Just my two cents –
     
    ~Valen

  • TheWindsWhisper

    Tenga says “I search for a key to an unopened door, the secret of the trees and the plants. Fire heat, lightening, light…we have lived like savages… I shall usher in an age of light, and all shall praise my deed.” To me this says that Tenga is searching for a means to control the natural elements of the world and use them to power a spell. After all Oromis said it was possible but no one had thought up a spell to accomplish it. That’s probably what Tenga, and possibly Galbatorix, is looking for and it might have something to do with the words Brom passed on to Eragon before he died. It all fits because the world would praise Tenga if he could think up a spell fueled by nature itself, because it would be strong enough to defeat Eldunari that Galbatorix owns. Defeat the Eldunari and you cast down the tyrant. 

    • Illinoiztom

      Through certain algorithms, the name Tenga can be derived from “Tesla” as in Nikola Tesla. Look up Tesla, his ideas, what he did, and his goals and you can learn a lot about Tenga. For instance, Tesla himself wanted to usher in an age of light. To that end, I believe that Tenga is looking for ways to harness pure energy in nature for magic and for ways that energy can be widely harnessed and used across Alagaesia, leading to light in learning and literal light. Once again, you need to look him up.

    • Illinoiztom

      Through certain algorithms, the name Tenga can be derived from “Tesla” as in Nikola Tesla. Look up Tesla, his ideas, what he did, and his goals and you can learn a lot about Tenga. For instance, Tesla himself wanted to usher in an age of light. To that end, I believe that Tenga is looking for ways to harness pure energy in nature for magic and for ways that energy can be widely harnessed and used across Alagaesia, leading to light in learning and literal light. Once again, you need to look him up.

      • TheWindsWhisper

        Tesla helped to develop alternating current, a common feature found in electrical grids all over the world today. Who knows maybe Tenga wants to harness electricity and make Alagaesias first ipod or somthing, everybody would certainly praise that deed. 

    • eebi

      I like your idea, but I still think, as Mike has written, that Tenga is searching for magic’s true name. To me, the important part of his speech is, “We have lived like savages.” What is so savage about the way people have been living? Before Galbatorix and the Fall, it seemed that most Alagaesians were just farmers or traders, peacefully living in harmony. Maybe what he thinks is so savage is that people have been using magic without really understanding it. If he found magic’s true name, it would give all magic users the ultimate harmony with magic…

    • eebi

      I like your idea, but I still think, as Mike has written, that Tenga is searching for magic’s true name. To me, the important part of his speech is, “We have lived like savages.” What is so savage about the way people have been living? Before Galbatorix and the Fall, it seemed that most Alagaesians were just farmers or traders, peacefully living in harmony. Maybe what he thinks is so savage is that people have been using magic without really understanding it. If he found magic’s true name, it would give all magic users the ultimate harmony with magic…

  • Whowho

    Tenga could have some Eldunari or another powerful thing he leaches of of

  • Clara Hyman

    Selena could be the one Tenga misses 

  • Clara Hyman

    Selena could be the one Tenga misses 

    • Svit-kona

      I like it! Very interesting if you begin to consider

  • sldkf

    Has anyone ever considered that Tenga and Angela might be related?  Father-daughter, perhaps.  To me, that would explain why Tenga still misses Angela a lot, even when she left him  on a bad note.

    • Anonymous

      I really like that idea. Never even crossed my mind

      • Feisty-fitz

        Nah. She expected him to be dead! She’d surely know better if she was his daughter!

  • Dlmarvin05

    My guess is that he’s searching for the true name of the ancient language; ”  the secret of the trees and the plants. Fire, heat, lightning, light….” What else could that be? Magic is found in everything in Alagaesia. Everyone, even people who don’t like to affiliate themselves with it (ex:Sloan), know that. As to why he wants it? Like he said, “[he] shall usher in the age of light, and all shall praise [his] deed.” With that knowledge “everyone” would finally understand how their world works, be in the “light.” Like I said, just a guess, but I can’t figure out anything else he could be searching for that’s so important

    • Guest

      Through certain algorithms, the name Tenga can be derived from “Tesla”
      as in Nikola Tesla. Look up Tesla, his ideas, what he did, and his goals
      and you can learn a lot about Tenga. For instance, Tesla himself wanted
      to usher in an age of light. To that end, I believe that Tenga is
      looking for ways to harness pure energy in nature for magic and for ways
      that energy can be widely harnessed and used across Alagaesia, leading
      to light in learning and literal light. Once again, you need to look him up.

  • Coasterking

    hey mike or whoeve did you record episode 12 of the book club yet and is it going to come out tonight or tomorrow?

  • Coasterking

    hey mike or whoeve did you record episode 12 of the book club yet and is it going to come out tonight or tomorrow?

  • Jshields1493

    wat is up wit the wait 4 the interview dude

    • Coasterking

      be patient it will come

  • Redhairwookie

    He could be Galbatorix. Think about it for a while. Think about how Murtagh described Galbatorix and what he wanted to do. Or he could be the shade Angela is going to have something to do with.

  • Anonymous

    I have no idea what to believe. I didn`t expect a character like Tenga to come into the books and I have no idea what his role will be in the fourth book. His character really drives me insane xD

  • Throughout the entire time I was reading Eragon’s little meeting with Tenga I was open-mouthed and completely dumbfounded. It was just so random and unexpected I had to keep re-checking to make sure I was actually reading it right. If we don’t find out who he is in book 4 we better find out sometime in the future or I’m not gonna be very happy. And I have no idea what he’s looking for; perhaps the Vault of Souls? Now that I think of it I actually wish Eragon brought it up with him.

  • Sranjan 2007

    I donot think Tenga is searching for the name of ancient language because its not epic. Imagine eragon losing the battle without any hope, all help from vault of souls gone waste in the second last chapter of the book. Suddenly tenga jumps in front of eragon and speaks the name of AL and galby surrenders, uhun not epic.
    I think he is searching for ways of taking energy frm heat, light etc. which he considers the secret of plant and trees because he has not gone to school and knows nothing about photosynthesis.
    I cannot understand why everyone is obsessed with the shadow, its could be a completely different thing and not even get mentioned in the book4 because the series end with book4.

  • SeanV

    “I search for the answer! A key to an unopened door”. To me this means The Vault of Souls.

  • An Mayba

    I think Tenga is totally aware of what’s going on in the world and who Eragon was, and that he’s searching for the way to control elements energy, or the name of the ancient language. If he’s really as powerful and smart as he seems to be, then its significant that two magicians (Galby and Tenga) are both searching for the same thing. The upside is that Tenga knows of Galbatorix and his plans, but Galby knows nothing about Tenga and his knowledge, so that makes him invaluable to the Varden, once Eragon can fix his head on right and piece the clues together. 🙂

  • An Mayba

    I think Tenga is totally aware of what’s going on in the world and who Eragon was, and that he’s searching for the way to control elements energy, or the name of the ancient language. If he’s really as powerful and smart as he seems to be, then its significant that two magicians (Galby and Tenga) are both searching for the same thing. The upside is that Tenga knows of Galbatorix and his plans, but Galby knows nothing about Tenga and his knowledge, so that makes him invaluable to the Varden, once Eragon can fix his head on right and piece the clues together. 🙂

  • An Mayba

    I think Tenga is totally aware of what’s going on in the world and who Eragon was, and that he’s searching for the way to control elements energy, or the name of the ancient language. If he’s really as powerful and smart as he seems to be, then its significant that two magicians (Galby and Tenga) are both searching for the same thing. The upside is that Tenga knows of Galbatorix and his plans, but Galby knows nothing about Tenga and his knowledge, so that makes him invaluable to the Varden, once Eragon can fix his head on right and piece the clues together. 🙂

  • argetlam shadeslayer

    i think that tenga is a rider and maybe broms dad. on the cover of inheritance the green dragon looks as old as glaedr so maybe he and tenga are ancient riders and the green dragon is the father of the remaining egg.

    • cripple who is whole

      thats a cool theory, but didn’t paolini say that the new rider had been in all three books? tenga was only in brisingr i think, so it couldn’t be him. As i typed this though, what if he meant that the new rider to the egg is in all three books, such as angela. Then tenga could be a rider with an ancient green dragon that is on the cover. that would also explain how angela comes into her inheritance to be a rider like her father, tenga

      • Matt

        CP also said there were no more hidden dragons and riders.

  • Guest

    I doubt that Tenga is seeking the true name of the ancient language.  I think that he seeks what Oromis said in Eldest is theoretically possible: the way to absorb energy directly, instead of from plants or animals, “a key to an unopened door, the secret of the trees and the plants.”  Judging by what the Ra’zac said, however, Galbatorix is looking for the AL’s true name.

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    Tenga is the original Eragon but he goes by a different name now. He trained Angela as a dragon rider before she realized he was going mad and ran away.

  • FellowRider

    By reading between the lines, it is easy to discern just who Tenga might be.  Tenga says “Who else but a fellow pilgrim can appreciate what me must sacrifice to find the answer?” When Tenga says fellow pilgrim, I do not think he is referring to Eragon the farm boy. I believe “fellow pilgrim” actually means “fellow equal”. or as I discovered, “FELLOW RIDER”. I believe it is possible that tenga may be one of the riders of old, possibly even Vrael (assuming he didn’t get decapitated). Also, say that my theory is wrong, and he isn’t a rider, it is possible that Tenga may become the “unnamed shadow” that stalks the land following the Inheritance cycle. Is it so wrong to assume that with the power that the answer may hold, Tenga may feel the need for power as Galbatorix did? What if the spell, the answer to his question went wrong, and turned him into something unimanginable, dark and twisted, that stalks the land of Alagaesia for revenge? Remember that this is me getting excited and letting loose of all the theories that take hold in my head after reading this Big Twenty article, please feel free to criticize, debunk, or add to my theory. Alot of fun to consider the implications for these theories, but once again just my two cents.

    • Anonymous

      i like this. not the part of him being an old rider. but when you say that he’s the unnamed shadow (or will become it). As I said in previous comments, I think that whoever finds the true name of the answer language and use it at will, will become evil. Think of the AL’s  true name as a dangerous, wild and overwhelming thing. Just like the Spirits. Think of what happened to Durza. Got it? If Tenga found the true name (considering that he’s seeking it) then he would turn evil. just like Durza – the spirits were too much for him to handle, he could not control them. What if Tenga tried to control the true name of the AL and became the “unnamed shadow”. What if the reason for Angela to dislike him was that she had this hunch that he was seeking it? 

      edit: just forgot to say. i think that it’s unlikely. because I like to think that Tenga is not searching for it. Anyway, if he were and found that out, then i think this is what would happen.

      • Tabitha K.

        I doubt that he is a Rider, but I love the thought of him becoming the unnamed shadow. I think that it is very unlikely, however, because if the unnamed shadow is Tenga, then it’s really a named shadow.

        • Anonymous

          haha that’s clever. but and what if what Tenga became were so evil, confusing, impossible and dreadfully terrifying that it even took his name? turned him into something which no name can be given? 

          • Tabitha K.

            That’s an interesting thought.

            Something else that just occurred to me is that his name could at some point be banished, like the forsworn’s dragons.

          • Tabitha K.

            That’s an interesting thought.

            Something else that just occurred to me is that his name could at some point be banished, like the forsworn’s dragons.

  • martisalawton

    i know this is off subject of Tenga but can someb ody PLEAZE help me with Murtagh #6?

  • martisalawton

    i know this is off subject of Tenga but can someb ody PLEAZE help me with Murtagh #6?

  • Guest

    Many people seem to think that Tenga, and Galby, are searching for the name of the Ancient Language. Angela seems to think that Tenga has the ability to find what he is searching for. Here is the problem if Tenga finds the name to the AL: It wont matter. Although through the name he could control everyone and everything in the world, he doesnt have the magical power to control everyone. Galby on the other hand has the raw godlike power to control everyone through the name. So the only real threat to Tenga suceeding is if Galby gets the name out of him.

    On another note: I doubt that Tenga and Angela are entirely human. Their lifespans are far too long. My theory(s) is that they found some amazing way to extend their lifespan or that they are half elves.

  • Guest

    Many people seem to think that Tenga, and Galby, are searching for the name of the Ancient Language. Angela seems to think that Tenga has the ability to find what he is searching for. Here is the problem if Tenga finds the name to the AL: It wont matter. Although through the name he could control everyone and everything in the world, he doesnt have the magical power to control everyone. Galby on the other hand has the raw godlike power to control everyone through the name. So the only real threat to Tenga suceeding is if Galby gets the name out of him.

    On another note: I doubt that Tenga and Angela are entirely human. Their lifespans are far too long. My theory(s) is that they found some amazing way to extend their lifespan or that they are half elves.

  • Guest

    Many people seem to think that Tenga, and Galby, are searching for the name of the Ancient Language. Angela seems to think that Tenga has the ability to find what he is searching for. Here is the problem if Tenga finds the name to the AL: It wont matter. Although through the name he could control everyone and everything in the world, he doesnt have the magical power to control everyone. Galby on the other hand has the raw godlike power to control everyone through the name. So the only real threat to Tenga suceeding is if Galby gets the name out of him.

    On another note: I doubt that Tenga and Angela are entirely human. Their lifespans are far too long. My theory(s) is that they found some amazing way to extend their lifespan or that they are half elves.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you that he doesn’t have the power to control everyone. No one has indeed. I doubt that even Galby would have such strength. I also think that it’s impossible for one to control the true name of the ancient language. I like to think of it as the spirits. Spirits are wild beings. They cannot be controlled. Try to do so and they will turn you into a slave (what did happen to Durza. Notice that I’m not saying that all people who control spirits happen to become evil, but that in some cases they end up this way). If we consider that the AL’s true name is as wild, dangerous and powerful as the Spirits I think that whoever possesses the name will become evil (which could happen to Tenga if he were seeking it. And I suppose that CP is not doing this, because it would screwed the plot).   

      • Rogerlairdwriting

        Thats a blind statement to say he doesn’t have the power to control everyone. We dont really know anything about Tenga, he may be very powerful. He may know the secret of drawing power from his surroundings.

        • Anonymous

          i’m not saying that he (specifically him) can’t control it. i’m saying that nobody can do it, including him. I think that even Galby cant do it. And Galby is certainly more powerful than Tenga. 

          • guest

            You don’t know for a fact who is more powerful Tenga or Galby. So please stop saying Galby is more powerful like its a fact. Nothing has been revealed in the books to show either way. Sure there are hints or speculation, but no facts so please state your comments as your opinion not like their fact.

          • Mr. Anonymous

            Yes it also seems to me that Tenga has great potential for being more powerful than Galby–so nothing is fact at the moment.

          • Anonymous

            sorry guise, i just didn’t express myself the way i intended. in fact, that’s my personal opinion. sorry.

  • “Fire, heat, lightning, light”
    In eldest, eragon asks The cripple who is whole about being able to use light or fire as energy for magic. Thats what he’s figuring out.

  • GUEST

    When I first read Brisingr I assumed that Tenga was the god that CP said Eragon would met. Is it possible that the god at the coronation of Orik (sorry, not home and don’t want to destroy the spelling) was a red herring and Tenga actually is some kind of deity? Just a thought, no real backing for it unfortunately because we see so little of Tenga.

  • Emily Sasaki

    Notice that tenfa says fire heat lightning and light. These are the elements that not even the elves have been able to harness for their power. In eldest, oromis says that there is a way to get energy from them, it just hasn’t been discovered yet. This might be another suitable answer to what tenga is seeking.

    • Emily sasaki

      Oops, I meant tenga…

    • Hamish M

      Emily S, you beast. 

  • Anonymous

    I think that tenga will find the answer to what he, an extremely powerful and dangerous form of magic, which when he attempts to use it, either takes over his body or transforms him into some evil creature. I think that he could be the “unnamed shadow” in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia if the previous happens.

  • rturner

    I’m pretty sure Tenga was looking for a way to convert sunlight heat lightning etc. into use as magical power.

  • Anonymous

    Tenga is an incredible mystery. I overreact every time I hear someone whispering his name. 
    It’s most likely that what he’s searching is in fact the true name of the ancient language. it’s rather obvious, i’d say. But I like to believe that Paolini wants to surprise us all. I know the true name of the AL is the most powerful weapon one can have in a war such Alagaesia’s. which means that whoever finds this out will certainly win the war. 
    But I’ve been thinking for a while… For me it seems that it’s impossible for one to have such knowledge: It’s probably the most difficult task an individual can have. Plus I think that the one who possesses this knowledge would be corrupted. I mean this person would have the most powerful source of magic in the world, he’d become evil eventually. Thus, I think that what Tenga seeks is not al’s true name. because of the reasons above. It’s certainly a powerful answer, which would allow him to access great power, but i have no idea of what it is.. 

  • Xshatt3r3dstarsx

    Tenga said he would bring about the age of light but how and why? His search involves the secret of plants. “Fire, Heat, Lightning, Light…”How do plants feed themselves? Light powered energy production. What did Eragon ask Oromis about with regard to thermal dynamics? Something along the lines of “why can’t I absorb energy from fire?”  Oromis sarcastically responded to Eragon that if it was as easy as absorbing energy from fire or light; that magic user would be unstoppable. Seems fair to me to assume that Tenga’s trying to find a way to absorb and convert direct energy, solar or heat radiation into a usable form of energy. As it stands now, Eragon and the elves only know how to leech energy from plants after it was been processed from a photosynthetic reaction. What if you could remove the lifeform from the equation all together? Totally agree with Arya<3

    • Tabitha K.

      If this is the case can you imagine the effect this would have on the war? If Eragon and the Elves could take energy directly from the source they could easily be at LEAST on an even playing field with Galbatorix, probably a step up. It certainly wouldn’t make the battle easy, but it would definitely be very, very interesting. I love love love this theory.

    • Svit-kona

      I think this is spot on!

  • ItsEminem

    Im pretty sure Galby can finish the War without Tenga. But Tenga was probably the most interesting part of Brisingr.

  • Jacob

    Its quite clear he’s not galby. Nice work Mike by the way, interesting as ever. Galby has only appeared in the last few years and we know his time in hiding was near the entire reign of his. There is no time for Angela to have been his apprentice if it was that recent, ignoring the fact that all fingers point towards their fellowship being a long time ago. I think Angela and tenga have a closer relationship than we think and she knew exactly.where he was and if he was alive

    • aj

      Tenga is Angelas father

      • cripple who is whole

        Tenga being angelas father is an interesting theory. We know that the series is called the inheritance cycle and it is supposed to be about the younger generation coming into their inheritance. For example, eragon and murtagh being riders like their fathers, nasuada ruling like her father, and the possibility of Roran inheriting king palancar’s throne. Angela is much older than all of these characters but if she is tenga’s daughter, she would be the “younger generation”. So what would her inheritance be? Another interesting aspect of this is angela doesn’t seem to like her supposed father, so could her inheritance be against her will like murtagh’s seems to be? I have a lot of questions but I don’t know the answers and I can’t wait to read the last book!

      • cripple who is whole

        Tenga being angelas father is an interesting theory. We know that the series is called the inheritance cycle and it is supposed to be about the younger generation coming into their inheritance. For example, eragon and murtagh being riders like their fathers, nasuada ruling like her father, and the possibility of Roran inheriting king palancar’s throne. Angela is much older than all of these characters but if she is tenga’s daughter, she would be the “younger generation”. So what would her inheritance be? Another interesting aspect of this is angela doesn’t seem to like her supposed father, so could her inheritance be against her will like murtagh’s seems to be? I have a lot of questions but I don’t know the answers and I can’t wait to read the last book!

      • cripple who is whole

        Tenga being angelas father is an interesting theory. We know that the series is called the inheritance cycle and it is supposed to be about the younger generation coming into their inheritance. For example, eragon and murtagh being riders like their fathers, nasuada ruling like her father, and the possibility of Roran inheriting king palancar’s throne. Angela is much older than all of these characters but if she is tenga’s daughter, she would be the “younger generation”. So what would her inheritance be? Another interesting aspect of this is angela doesn’t seem to like her supposed father, so could her inheritance be against her will like murtagh’s seems to be? I have a lot of questions but I don’t know the answers and I can’t wait to read the last book!

        • Svit-kona

          “high-five”

  • Anonymous

    There’s too little information to do anything more than speculate to be honest, however a few things do spring to mind. When i first read the book I assumed that the “answer” he was seeking was the name of the ancient language; after re-reading it from what he says to Eragon about it, I can’t help wondering if he’s seeking Galbatorix’s true name. As for who he is, Perhaps one of the Grey Folk? Or maybe even another Timelord to go with Angela? 😛

    • Tabitha K.

      I vote TimeLord. hehe.

      Isn’t it stated in Brisingr that Galby’s true name is basically common knowledge, but that anyone who speaks it dies?

    • Antigone

      He could also be seeking how the spell that is protecting Galby’s name works.

  • Jmacc2720

    maybe tenga is one of the grey folk. 

  • Jmacc2720

    maybe tenga is one of the grey folk. 

    • Anonymous

      yep. that’s highly possible. 
      when he says  “For thousands of years we have lived like savages. Savages!”,  who have lived for thousands as savages? Perhaps he’s talking about Angela, too. Most of the characters of the whole cycle consider Angela rather dangerous and unpredictable (which she is indeed) and we now know that the rest of the werecats seem to hate her (and Solembum as well, but it’s most likely because he follows the witch). Could this mean that Angela has been living as a savage too? Highly possible. It’s just to confirm that Tenga and the witch  are really similar. They must be the offspring of an ancient race. an instinct race. the only answer i can find to this question is the Grey Folk. 

  • Jmacc2720

    maybe tenga is one of the grey folk. 

  • Guest

    I know it’s rediculous, but what if the “light” is electricity.

    • Aorn

      thats what i thought of haha

  • Fairth

    This is a long shot even without his considerable age and Angela thinking that he would have been dead by now, but what if Tenga and Galby are one and the same?
    There are a lot of similarities and it would explain a few things.  Also, there are reasons out there that would make sense of why “Galby” didn’t capture Eragon at this time.

    • Coasterking

      I have to disagree with this as if tenga was galbatorix he would most defently captured eragon in hopes of drwaing out saphira. 2. angela would know that they were the same pearson and 3 where was shrukin? the only thing that is the same in my opinon is that they are looking for the true name of the ancient language

      • Anonymous

        i agree with you. Angela would know and he’d have captured Eragon because that was the perfect opportunity. Yet, there are that crazy (unlikely) theory that Angela is Galby in disguise. Finally, could the three of them be one and the same? It’s funny to consider but it’s really unlikely. because they’d have captured eragon at this point. In fact I don’t even know what this theory of Angela being Galby in disguise consists of. Just wanted to point that out. 

        • Coasterking

          if angela was galbatorix woudnt he/she have destroied the varden by now they have been going to them for decades.

          • Anonymous

            yep. that’s why it’s nonsense XD but it’s a fun fact to consider. imagine it, angela being galby in disguise. 

          • Anonymous

            yep. that’s why it’s nonsense XD but it’s a fun fact to consider. imagine it, angela being galby in disguise. 

  • soak

    but didnt the grey folk ceased to exist?

  • Arya<3

    Tenga keeps talking about “light”. Mentioned in Eldest, Eragon asks if you can draw energy from your surroundings to oromis. Oromis replied that he who did that could destroy Galbatorix in an instant. I think this is foreshadowing and Tenga is finding a way to manipulate energy from heat and light. 

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    • Denmark111

      Just my thought

  • hoke

    great article! im excited to see what tengas role will be with angela, the elves, the varden, and maybe even galbatorix himself!

  • Anonymous

    I reckon that tenga is angela’s father. They are the descendants of the grey folk, and tenga is searching for the name of the ancient language, as is galby.

    • stroodle_910

      I agree with the Galby theory and Tenga being Angela’s father would be pretty neat; but I think they ARE the Grey Folk, both of them.

      • visualburrito

        The theory is interesting.  But the ancient language is the language of the grey folk, so unless much of ancient language was lost somehow; then Tenga would not have to search for the name of the language.

        • Nickolas Gagliardi

          Maybe hes not looking for something in gramrey, he maybe looking for a diffrent answer to a diffrent question like how do dragons use magic in the way they do, and what is the exact cause of it.

        • Tabitha K.

          Not necessarily. Just because he might be grey folk doesn’t mean that he would know everyone’s true name also – their true name is who they are at their very core. I think the same is true for magic. Just because he may be one of the ones who tied the language to magic, doesn’t mean he knows everything about it and can determine it’s name.

        • Tabitha K.

          Not necessarily. Just because he might be grey folk doesn’t mean that he would know everyone’s true name also – their true name is who they are at their very core. I think the same is true for magic. Just because he may be one of the ones who tied the language to magic, doesn’t mean he knows everything about it and can determine it’s name.

  • Thank you all so much for your patience this week with the episodes being messed up and the Big Twenty being delayed.

    Initially, the Big Twenty article for this week was pushed to Thursday due to the podcast going up on Tuesday. When all of this got pushed, so did my article. I’ve been incredibly swamped this week and finishing the article had to take a back seat to some much higher priority things (which are equally cool for you guys and Lytherus, I promise).

    As a thank you for being such awesome visitors, I’m willing to say that our interview with Christopher Paolini will release very soon. Well, part one anyway. 😉

    • stroodle_910

      Thanks for the info Mike! We all appreciate it:)

    • stroodle_910

      Thanks for the info Mike! We all appreciate it:)

    • stroodle_910

      Thanks for the info Mike! We all appreciate it:)

    • Coasterking

      no problem mike hope things get back on track in the next few weeks is everyone completle unscathed by the huricane?
       

    • How many parts are there going to be, Mike?

  • stroodle_910

    I think Tenga is one of the grey folk:)

    • Coasterking

      i think both tenga and angela are grey folk which could explain the aprentiship