“Big Twenty” – Brom’s Seven Words

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Fans have whispered about Brom’s seven ancient language words since their hidden delivery during the Rider’s final moments in Eragon. What were they? Why were they concealed from us? How will they be used? How powerful are these words? Are they each individual spells or are they one large spell? Are they even important?

These questions and more are the focus of this week’s Big Twenty article, which explores every possible aspect of the popular “Seven Words” debate.  We draw conclusions of our own, but more importantly, we explore all options and all possible conclusions. Join us!

An Early Conclusion

 

This theory has been along for a loooooong time – think back to mid-Eragon, in the series’ early days. There’s these words! They are magic! They were hidden from us! They must be important! But perhaps not.

As far as theories go, we believe this is the weakest of the most popular theories and definitely one of the series’ most over-hyped theories; we just don’t see any merit in the “exceptional importance” of these words. For the sake of this article, we’ve donned our “Objective Hats” and have written both in favor and against the theory!

Exploring the Theory’s Origin

“He motioned for Eragon to bend closer. Very quietly, he whispered seven words from the ancient language, then even more softly told him what they meant. “That is all I can give you. . . . Use them only in great need.”

 

Let’s set the scene: Brom is on his death bed and he, realizing his role as the only mentor available to Eragon at this point in time, attempts to ensure Eragon’s future safety by teaching him words of power which will aid and protect him in the challenging days to come. This idea is perfectly sound and his motivation is clear.

Why would Brom have withheld these words from Eragon up to this point? Simple: he wasn’t ready for them in his training. Similar to Oromis, Brom was pacing the lessons Eragon learned based on what he was able to handle at the time. We saw this when Brom initially withheld information that would have taught Eragon about Riders’ magic prior to the events in Yuzac. Brom wanted to ensure that Eragon did not trifle in areas he was not prepared for. With Brom fading from the picture and no new trainer in Eragon’s immediate future, the dying storyteller enabled Eragon to care for himself with these seven words.

There’s a key phrase in what Brom told Eragon: “Use them only in great need.” This sentence implies that these are powerful and/or important words that should be reserved in dire situations. More than likely, these are words of death meant for quick and efficient killing, as Brom’s parting knowledge would certainly not be seven powerful cookie baking words! But just how powerful could these words be?

Another odd question to ponder is why Christopher chose to shield these words and their meaning from the reader. Was it intentional? Almost certainly… but for what reason? Was it to maintain mystery surrounding the words so that they can be used as powerful plot devices in the future? Or was it simply because Christopher didn’t see any importance in revealing the actual words? Perhaps his goal was to show the reader that Brom was hoping to enable Eragon to survive without placing any real importance on the actual words – not intending them to be the subject of future theories.

Viewpoint: This Theory Has Merit

 

We only see one possibility for this theory holding merit, and it isn’t a likely one – but let’s explore the possibilities! Brom was a powerful and mobile figure during the Fall of the Riders; we know that he was directly responsible for slaying numerous Foresworn and their dragons on his own, in addition to founding the Varden and personally hunting Galbatorix’s most notorious right-hand man: Morzan.

Keeping the above in mind, we can easily deduce that Brom was a capable warrior, and because of his training as a Rider, a formidable spellcaster as well. However, when we catch up with Brom years after the Fall during the events of Eragon, we’re specifically told that Brom’s magical powers are but a shadow of what they once were. The fallen Rider’s powers have been severely reduced, allowing him only the smallest of spells.

This raises a question that must be answered to determine his capabilities: how quickly do a Rider’s exception powers with magic begin to diminish after the death of his or her dragon? If Brom was still powerful during the hunt for Galbatorix and his henchmen, it’s possible that Brom utilized powerful magic – offensive and defensive – to rid Alagaesia of the dark Riders. With that in mind, the spells, abilities, and wards used by Brom to defeat the Forsworn would be incredibly useful to Eragon. How did Brom manage to kill the Foresworn and their dragons without a dragon of his own? What tricks did he use? What tactics? These questions are key in the current fight against Galbatorix, as Brom’s strategies could be directly utilized in Galbatorix’s hopeful defeat.

So this theory, in a nutshell, revolves around these words being a powerful spell (or spells) used by Brom in the direct deaths of the Forsworn. This is a warrior who single-handedly, no dragon included, ended the lives of Galbatorix’s most powerful henchmen. He had a strategy. He knew what he was doing. These very words could be the key to what he did to defeat them…

And if so, these are seven very important words.

How did he find these words? Brom was well-traveled, intelligent, and adventurous. It is entirely possible that he happened upon hidden secrets, lost texts, and more in the oddest of places. Perhaps one of these books contained a hidden gem. Perhaps researching information gathered along the way lead to the creation of new spells, the discovery of long-forgotten spells. Perhaps he encountered a wise hermit in the ruins of an ancient elven village who pointed him in the right direction…

Viewpoint: This Theory Has No Merit

 

 

As we mentioned above, we believe that this theory really holds no merit… and in the grand scheme of things, it’s been over-hyped by fans. We’ve seen two additional books released with no further evidence that these words are important beyond their context in the middle of Eragon. Surely we would have seen them in play, or at least mentioned, before Book 4.

Would these words not have been used by Eragon? It’s likely they already were and we, as readers, just didn’t know it (meaning Christopher didn’t specify). Remember, these words were given to Eragon as words to use only when absolutely necessary… and we had many of those moments. Capture at Gil’ead. Fighting Urgals. Battle for Farthen Dur. Training with Oromis. Battle of the Burning Plains. On and on and on…

And one of the most compelling examples listed above leads us to another question: if these words were going to come into play down the line, Eragon as a character would constantly remind himself of them. He would have spoken with Oromis about them – asked him of their origin, their true power, how to better use them. He, and Christopher as the author, would not leave himself or the readers in the dark about words of importance.

Even if Eragon has simply forgot these words – if they are of great power and importance – Oromis would have attempted to teach the same words to Eragon during their training. He didn’t (if he had, we’re sure Eragon would have observed that they were words Brom had already taught him).

It’s important that not everything omitted from the books is done so to conceal a grand scheme from the reader. Why, if these words weren’t important, wouldn’t Christopher have simply mentioned them? That question pretty much answers itself: in the world of publishing, where every useless line is cut to keep a book flowing in the readers’ minds, one irrelevant line will be cut to save space and keep the story flowing. Why waste page space on, “Eragon! I have seven words for you! Plus I shall tell you their meaning! Brisingr! Fire! Adurna! Water! Etc. etc. etc.”?

In the end, the most compelling evidence against their argument is the lack of mention since Brom’s death. Eragon’s “family betrayal”: mentioned. Eragon’s love life: mentioned. The Rock of Kuthian and Vault of Souls: mentioned. Needing a new weapon: mentioned. Brom’s Seven Words: completely forgotten.

If Eragon had been sitting on some hidden and untapped gem – seven brilliant words to solve all of Alagaesia’s ailments and restore peace to the troubled continent – don’t you think he’d have used them by now?

Brom was neither an exceptional spellcaster nor an Elder Rider. Brom was simply Brom the Rider, still relatively young at the time of Saphira 1’s death. Where would he have obtained information that Oromis and Glaedr, Elders and leaders among the once-great group of, wouldn’t have known?

Brom’s Seven Words in Book 4

 

As for their appearance in Book 4… we’re willing to bet one copper coin that not only will these words be in Book 4, but they’ve already been in Eragon. And Eldest. And Brisingr. They just weren’t mentioned as being those words. These are words that Eragon has regularly used since Brom’s death, now part of his regular ancient language vocabulary.

As with all of our posts, it’s important to remember that we are fans privy to the same information you are. We have had no special glimpse at Book 4, and because of that, our confidence in one specific theory should be taken with a grain of salt. We could be as wrong as the theories we rail against! Never count a theory out because “Mike on Shur’tugal said so” – weigh the facts, do the research, and come to your own conclusion. And perhaps in November, “Mike on Shur’tugal” will be wrong!

Take the above facts and compare! Debate! Reach your own conclusion! Then be sure to share that conclusion with us and other fans in the comments below. We are curious to hear your thoughts. Do you think this is an over-hyped theory, or do you believe these words will be of importance in the final book? Will Eragon speak them to open the Vault of Souls? Will Eragon string them together to defeat Galbatorix? Are these words already in play?

  • Josh Page

    I know this is far fetched but…
    What about the seven words would let eragon speek to brom 1 last time, and he could ask him about the vault, and brom could tell him where it is, but brom could’nt get in, but eragon can.
    So not bring brom back from the dead but speek to his spirit. The reason eragon hasnt already is that he hasnt had the right question to ask brom, and not the time yet to look for the vault. Any opinions?

  • Márcia Louro

    I was thinking that maybe that seven words are the true name of Galby . I know it’s kind strange this teory (because who ever descover the name die …) but Brom just tell him that words minutes before he die .

    I’m open to more opinions 🙂

  • Ben Sutton

    Brom’s tactics to defeat the forsworn would probably be useless to defeat Galbatorix. Galbatorix would have seen what tactics Brom used, and taken measures to protect himself from them.

  • Konungr1

    I think it could be Galbatorix’s true name.  We know Galbatorix cursed his name to kill anyone who used it, but not how they are killed.  Brom knew he was dying and for all we know he could have died from the curse.  It would also explain why Eragon hasn’t used the words, he needs to find a way around the curse first.

    • Anonymous

      “and for all we know he could have died from the curse.”

      Except for the small fact of dagger to the vital organs. That, plus the fact that it was known to the elves and Riders that to try using the name would result in death, it’s safe to assume that it’s one of the death-words, and thus, instant. Brom took a while to die.

    • Márcia Louro

      I was thinking about that too 🙂

    • Nicknowler

      it might explain why CP didn’t mention them, he doesn’t mention anyone’s true name

  • Jarnunvosk

    Eragon doesn’t know his own true name, and we would have seen a huge reaction out of him if the seven words had been his true name. It’s possible that they are Brom’s Saphira’s true name, and that Eragon may discover her Eldunari and use her true name to gain her trust, as only Brom would have known it. 

    • Márcia Louro

      That it’s a intersting teory . But were Shapira’s eldunari can be ? Eragon didn’t try to look for her eldunari . And he didn’t know in the book one about the eldunari’s he just know about then in the book 3 .

  • griffinkid02

    Eragon has a history of not making use of tools he has. In the fight against Murtagh on the Burning Plains, Eregon lost because he didn’t have enough energy to defend against Murtagh’s magical attacks, he was wearing Brom’s ring the whole time, a ring which had enough energy stored in it to leave Eragon and Arya speechless when they examined it. He admitted later that he forgot about it. So just because Eragon hasn’t used them yet, or they have not been mentioned again doesn’t mean anything really.

  • Soldin Von Dhaarch

    maybe it’s a tip about women. Eragon seems to need that (think of Arya)

  • Abhishekkakad

    i feel its the real /true name of eragon or himself or someone else

    • Márcia Louro

      If it’s eragon true nome why he ask Oromis to tell him his true name ? and if it’s from another person what person could be soo important and powerfull that that words just could be use in biggest need ?

  • Smithd0812

    Perhaps the words can be used to change someones true name or to break a vow. (The forced fealty from Murtagh and Thorn to Galby)
    But I suppose if this theory was correct Eragon would have used the words in their last encounter. Meh, just a thought

  • XxxX

    You say “We” believe this theory holds no merit.
    Who’s we? What’s Chris’s point of view? Lauren’s? Bob’s? Helen Beddis’s? Emily V’s?
    EVERYONE ELSE?

    We = Mike
    Thus, this proves Mike has a huge ego problem 😉

  • XxxX

    You say “We” believe this theory holds no merit.
    Who’s we? What’s Chris’s point of view? Lauren’s? Bob’s? Helen Beddis’s? Emily V’s?
    EVERYONE ELSE?

    We = Mike
    Thus, this proves Mike has a huge ego problem 😉

  • Marcos0408

    Here’s a thought.We know from Solombum in Eragon, that “when all hope seems lost and your power is inefficiant, Go to the Rock of Kuthian and speak your name to open the Vault of Souls.” Maybe those seven words are a way to access the unspeakable amount of energy hidden in the Vault, whether its a crystal used by the Gray Folk to bind magic to the ancient language, or whether its the vault Galby has filled with Eldunari. Any thoughts???

    • Mattsmistake

      While I was reading this I was thinking the exact same thing. Its been proven over and over that Brom was much more than everyone thought he was. With this in mind, is it too much to think that he might have had knowledge about the Rock or the Vault?

    • Márcia Louro

      IF Brom have the knowledge about the rock or the vault why he didn’t say to eragon where are they ?

  • Cigrits

    I say he whispered to Eragon Galbatorixs true name… Brom is wise,he knew he wouldn’t end up surviving so, as Ormis said… people die saying his true name and it happened to Brom that day…

    So Eragon needs to conjure up a way to stay alive whilst saying his true name or find a loop in his spell killing all who speak of it, or maybe its the password into the vault of souls so eragon can gain energy to fight Galby….Also I reckon the vault of souls is that moutian in the middle of the desert…. My theory is because it wasnt always a desert, and all the energy from the surrounding area got drained right down and turned into useless energy aka sand.

    Feel free to reply.

  • Mr. Anonymous

    If these are his dying words they must be important. They will likely reappear again.

  • Alice1827

    I don’t remember exactly in wich article or interview with Christopher that he said this, but I know that I’ve read about it somewhere. Christopher has used one of the seven words that Brom told Eragon, in “Eldest” or “Brisingr”. He said that Eragon used on of the words in a chapter or situation, but that particular part was cut off in the editing of the book. Doesn’t that speek against the theory about Brom’s words being a spell?

    Anyone that knows wich interview or article I’m talking about?

  • JustinRider

    Maybe the seven words are he words to get into the Vault of Souls? Is it possibe that Brom and the leader of the Riders are closer than it seems, and the leader, forseeing defeat, told Brom those seven words. That may also be how Brom did powerful magic against the Forsworn, if he had a large amount of Eldunari, almost anything would have been possible.

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  • Chaoswolf2014

    i would like to say its not going to be in the last book but if it wasnt important chris would have told us what they were

    that being said i have no idea what is might be perhaps a true name 

  • Ginger Eyes

    Here’s a new theory.
    Let’s wait another 55 days and read for ourselves what happens.
    Just sayin’.

  • Ginger Eyes

    Here’s a new theory.
    Let’s wait another 55 days and read for ourselves what happens.
    Just sayin’.

  • Ginger Eyes

    Here’s a new theory.
    Let’s wait another 55 days and read for ourselves what happens.
    Just sayin’.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t dismiss Brom and his words so quickly. Keep in mind that this ,for all intents and purposes,  “Mortal Man” Stood face to face against, arguably, the Second most powerful rider in Alegaisia, and defeated him. I doubt that Eragon realizes the importance of those words. Now don’t laugh but I bet they are small simple words like sneeze, cough and vomit. Any of those at the right moment, could leave an opening in your enemy that could be his downfall. As for using them only in great need. Brom would not want these tricks to become common knowledge and have galby and the like protect themselves against them.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t dismiss Brom and his words so quickly. Keep in mind that this ,for all intents and purposes,  “Mortal Man” Stood face to face against, arguably, the Second most powerful rider in Alegaisia, and defeated him. I doubt that Eragon realizes the importance of those words. Now don’t laugh but I bet they are small simple words like sneeze, cough and vomit. Any of those at the right moment, could leave an opening in your enemy that could be his downfall. As for using them only in great need. Brom would not want these tricks to become common knowledge and have galby and the like protect themselves against them.

  • Eragon Dude

    I think it would be too convinient that , at the last minute, eragon just pulls out the seven words and defeats everybody and wins.But I doubt it would just be any other word to be thrown around to kill rabbits. It probably is just some lesson eragon has to learn or some place that brom kept journals about his life.

  • Elphiebelphie

    Gasp!!!!!!!! Idea!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s a way to find the RoK!!!!!!!!!!! Or, maybe not. I didn’t really read the article before I posted this so, it might already be in there.

    • Elphiebelphie

      Or, a way to find the true name of magic . . . I just thought of this one . . .

  • Flin

    Maybe Christapher Paolini disided to pretend that the words were nothing special and then in book 4, he’ll just totally shock us with their come-back… just a thought…

  • Flin

    Maybe Christapher Paolini disided to pretend that the words were nothing special and then in book 4, he’ll just totally shock us with their come-back… just a thought…

    • Matt

      I agree

  • TheWindsWhisper

    In the chapter Tea for Two in Eragon we get a short glimpse into Brom’s life. Most of his house was filled with books, scrolls, and other tools to needed for research. Also in Brisingr, in the chapter Escape and Evasion, Tenga’s house was described in the exact same way. Brom, Tenga, and possibly Galby, were probably searching for a spell that allowed one to harness the power of the elements to fuel a spell. The seven words were probably part of that spell. To defeat Galby Eragon will need to find the rest of this spell, which would allow him to hold his own vs Galby. Nature vs Eldunari, its the only thing I think will work. 

  • TheWindsWhisper

    In the chapter Tea for Two in Eragon we get a short glimpse into Brom’s life. Most of his house was filled with books, scrolls, and other tools to needed for research. Also in Brisingr, in the chapter Escape and Evasion, Tenga’s house was described in the exact same way. Brom, Tenga, and possibly Galby, were probably searching for a spell that allowed one to harness the power of the elements to fuel a spell. The seven words were probably part of that spell. To defeat Galby Eragon will need to find the rest of this spell, which would allow him to hold his own vs Galby. Nature vs Eldunari, its the only thing I think will work. 

  • guest

    After the seven words were spoken Brom hardly said another word and died shortly after. Perhaps the words were actually a spell that placed a ward around Eragon that will protect him from Galbatorix. The sudden loss of energy would accelerate Brom’s death. 

  • Henry Jenkinson

    Seven words are: ditch saphira, she’s  an unbelievably annoying character.

    • Eldarion

      That’s not even funny, that’s just screwed up. 🙁

    • Eldarion

      That’s not even funny, that’s just screwed up. 🙁

    • Elphiebelphie

      I like Saphira, but that is funny. >D

  • funnyguy69

    the seven words of power are:
    1 who
    2 what
    3 when
    4 where
    5 why
    6 and
    7 how
    –Brom was a master of disguise, i solved it….happy now

  • Alexandre Miguel Pedro Gomes

    Just a thought, but if the RoK/VoS is indeed full of Hearth of Hearths, then the 7 words might just be something to convince the dragons to surrender their power to Eragon. As we know, even if you’ve the Elduari you still have to convince or force them to share the power, what use would the VoS be if Eragon would need a couple years to convince every one, one by one?

    • Matt

      Couldn’t Glaedr just speak to them on his behalf?

      • Alexandre Miguel Pedro Gomes

        If that’s so, why does Galby wasted years breaking his Elduari? He could simply have his pet dragon put in a good word for him. Just because Glaedr is a dragon it wouldn’t mean they could trust him, and besides, is the VoS is full of Elduari then they must be very very old, maybe old enough to recognize the dragon-elf pact words which is what I believe the 7 words mean.

        • Anonymous

          Glaedr was an ancient dragon, he was an Elder before Galbitorix was even born. He probably knew all the dragons who are now Eldunari under Galbitorix’s control. They would respond to him as an old friend, while Shrukian as a young, demented dragon. If they didn’t know Glaedr in the time of the riders, I still think a dragon’s mind would be more responsive to a wise, old dragon, than a younger, crazy one. Because of Shrukian made contacts with his mind, they would probably see his state of mind.

    • Freshcoffee77

      I don’t think it’s Elduari that’s in the VoS. I mean let’s be honest that would be a pretty crap way to end an awesome series. But i don’t have any idea of what COULD be in the VoS I’m 99.9% sure it’s not Elduari

  • Mimi

    Podcast? =[

    • Guest

      I hope it comes soon

  • Keaganpauff

    It is the true name of magic

    • Kewers77

      Like what I said before, if Brom knew the true name of magic, why not use it himself to defeat Galbitorix? Or tell Oromis, Varden, elves…….

  • Lilacdolphin

    What if it’s Brom’s true name? And somehow that gives Eragon power over Brom?

  • Lilacdolphin

    What if it’s Brom’s true name? And somehow that gives Eragon power over Brom?

  • Lilacdolphin

    What if it’s Brom’s true name? And somehow that gives Eragon power over Brom?

  • Lilacdolphin

    What if it’s Brom’s true name? And somehow that gives Eragon power over Brom?

    • Matt

      Brom is dead.

      • Guest

        I believe what they are saying is that if the person has power over Brom, would it be possible to bring him back?

        • Matt

          I don’t believe so. In one of Eragon and Saphira’s lessons with Gleadr, he tells them that when the body dies the soul no longer exist. The only exception that we know of is with dragons and their HOH.

  • Repaermirg

    First of all, I think they DO have some significance, other than being words in the AL. Secondly, I think they have a more subtle power than what most people are thinking. I do not think they are a conventional spell, nor do I think that they are a true name. If they were a spell, it would have been used and mentioned. If they were a true name, Eragon would have realized it (and they certainly couldn’t be Eragon’s or Galbatorix’s, since he wondered later about both of those. I have one possible theory about them. This is not likely, merely a suggestion:

    They are a spell to permanently take a rider into a dragon’s consciousness (which would have bound Brom to Saphira I’s eldunari)

    • Anonymous

      I like this theory.

      • funnyguy69

        i don’t

    • Adilas73

      YES!!!!!, This has been my theory since Eldest when i first read it (2 years ago). Anyway I think since Saphira II made Broms toom so he would last time and never rot, their has to be a reason way Saphira II did this, maybe the ROK is the diamond (that is Broms toom) and the VOS is under or IS inside Broms toom? comment of what you think.

      • Anonymous

        Then what is Kuthian?

      • funnyguy69

        nice grammar, punctuation, and spelling

    • funnyguy69

      interesting theory, unfortunatly, there is no textual support, proof, examples, hints, etc. to back this–especially since eragon didn’t even learn about eldunari until the end of the 3rd book, so i doubt brom would have given him a spell to communicate with something that eragon had no idea existed.  Also brom stated that the words were to be used in a time of need, which in a sense denotes conveniece of use… in other words eragon would have already had to have an eldunari for these words to be of any use in a sticky situation.

      i don’t mean to tear apart your theory but in light of circumstances and what not, those words are more lickley the words of death eragon references and uses in battle scenarios.

      like i said interesting theory…but no

  • The Green dragon

    Where is the podcast?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • The Green dragon

    Where is the podcast?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    • The Green dragon

      Its still not here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Kewers77

        Mike said it was going to be a little late, so just be patient!

        • The Green dragon

          I know but I’m going on a road trip today and I want to get before I leave cue I DIY have an iPhone or smartphone!

  • the old rider

    I wonder if it’s possible that the words are the spell Brom used to breach Morzan’s castle. And if so Brom meant for Eragon to use the castle as a refuge. Explaining the,”in a time of great need” and also why they haven’t been used yet. Please comment below about what you think. 

  • Matt

    It’s definetely not Galbatorix’s true name. Brom told Eragon what the words meant, and in Eldest I think it is he asks Oromis about Galbatorix’s true name. If he knew Galbatorix’s new name, why would he have asked Oromis about it? He had absolutely no knowledge about it prior to asking Oromis.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      Brom might have told Eragon of the meaning or definition and not the nature of them as all together being a true name or other significant meaning. That may be why some of the words have been used in the previous books, they have no significance separately, but when combined In the way brom used them they may be very significant.

      • Kewers77

        If Brom knew Galbatorix’s true name, why would he stay Carvahall telling stories? why not go and defeat him himself? I don’t believe he would be scared to go to Uru’baen, this is the man who killed 3 Forsworn and did countless other things.

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          Maybe it was because using his true name after discovering it would kill him. He was dying when he told Eragon so that wouldnt matter, then if eragon knew his true name but hadnt “discovered” it on his own it created a loophole for eragon to use it.

          • Matt

            Nice. Never thought of that.

          • Anonymous

            Seems like a bit of a stretch, I mean do you really think Galbitorix would just put a ward up that would kill whoever discovered it? I think he would most likely have tons and tons of wards to kill people that use it. And besides, Eragon wouldn’t use it for no reason, while he has other options open. But if he was like “Oh, its his true name! I’ll use it now!” then BAM, hes dead.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      Brom might have told Eragon of the meaning or definition and not the nature of them as all together being a true name or other significant meaning. That may be why some of the words have been used in the previous books, they have no significance separately, but when combined In the way brom used them they may be very significant.

  • The Green dragon

    Did you see the game today? Unbelievable defense at the end of the game and when the eagle crashed into one of the boxes, funny and just awesome today!

  • The Green dragon

    When will the next podcast be out?

    • Coasterking

      suposidly some time tonight

      • Kewers77

        I’ve been checking every half hour for it haha!

        • Coasterking

          try at midnight lol
           

  • The Green dragon

    When will the next podcast be out?

  • The Green dragon

    When will the next podcast be out?

  • AryaRose

    While I must admit I do see the merits of the “this theory is invalid” argument, I still think The words will have some importance.  Who’s to say that this isn’t a case where Christopher wanted to throw us off them by not mentioning them specifically after the first book?  I can’t say I have any specific ideas about what these (possibly) very powerful words could mean.  I did like the idea that it’s a special spell Brom found that helped him to defeat the Forsworn though.  I suppose that gets my vote.

  • Ipreferpi8

    maybe it was Galbatorix’s true name. Galbatorix cast a spell to kill anyone who said his true name, and Brom died right after he told Eragon the words…

    • Tara

      I was thinking that too!  But then I also thought, why would he tell them to Eragon without warning him they could kill him?  If he had used them in a time when desperate, like during battle, it would have been the end of him and everything Brom and Eragon fought for.  Unless he managed to say his true name and warn him about it in seven words…  it was Brom so if anyone could it’d be him.

      • Methuselah96

        but he explained the words after he said them

  • Fan

    It might be the true name of the Anicent Language i belive that if its not these seven words then Tenga well figure out the true name of the ancient language then he well make Eragon swear a oath to leave Allgaseisa wants Galbotorix is killed. Just a thought it  would make since.

  • Fan

    It might be the true name of the Anicent Language i belive that if its not these seven words then Tenga well figure out the true name of the ancient language then he well make Eragon swear a oath to leave Allgaseisa wants Galbotorix is killed. Just a thought it  would make since.

  • Fan

    It might be the true name of the Anicent Language i belive that if its not these seven words then Tenga well figure out the true name of the ancient language then he well make Eragon swear a oath to leave Allgaseisa wants Galbotorix is killed. Just a thought it  would make since.

  • Arya<3

    So I heard the interview will be coming today or really soon?????? :DD

  • Map112495

    If the words really do have merit, I would say they are someone’s true name in the ancient language. Whether it be Eragon’s, Brom’s, or someone else’s, I’m not sure. But if they’re going to be anything of importance, it would be that: a name.

  • Map112495

    If the words really do have merit, I would say they are someone’s true name in the ancient language. Whether it be Eragon’s, Brom’s, or someone else’s, I’m not sure. But if they’re going to be anything of importance, it would be that: a name.

    • Kialande

      I agree. I have been therorizing for some time that these words may, in fact, be Eragon’s true name. Being Eragon’s father and knowing him throughout his life, Brom may have stumbled upon his name. Who knows, the time of great need may possibly be at the valt of souls when he has to speak his name.

      • Lantern13

        it seems like somewhere in eldest, eragon asked arya about finding out his true name. i don’t know for sure though.

      • Lantern13

        it seems like somewhere in eldest, eragon asked arya about finding out his true name. i don’t know for sure though.

      • Lantern13

        it seems like somewhere in eldest, eragon asked arya about finding out his true name. i don’t know for sure though.

      • Kallandra

        But wouldn’t it affect Eragon, hearing his true name? Think how Sloan reacted. Even though Eragon is not as bad as Sloan, it would still affect him greatly.

        • Coolio

          i think that he was so sad about brom dying that if he did hear his true name, it wouldn’t affect him as much. But i just realized that later he is asked his true name, and he doen’t know it, unless he forgot it. But that would be dumb so never mind.

  • Map112495

    If the words really do have merit, I would say they are someone’s true name in the ancient language. Whether it be Eragon’s, Brom’s, or someone else’s, I’m not sure. But if they’re going to be anything of importance, it would be that: a name.

  • wiseman

    hey, I don’t know how late it’s in the States, but I thought the Interview with CP would be out by now?! What’s going on Mike? – it’s not a critic, just asking…

    • Fakeforgames101

      yes….It’s 3:35PM saturday now. You guys said before sat

      • Noodleyful

        remember that their editor was hit by a hurricane. . .

      • Noodleyful

        remember that their editor was hit by a hurricane. . .

      • Noodleyful

        remember that their editor was hit by a hurricane. . .

        • wiseman

          they still said before Saturday, after he was hit
          I would just like to know when it’s going to come out…

        • wiseman

          they still said before Saturday, after he was hit
          I would just like to know when it’s going to come out…

        • wiseman

          they still said before Saturday, after he was hit
          I would just like to know when it’s going to come out…

  • Guest

    I really think we’ve seen these words before. However, I bet the string and order are more important. I also suspect this line is average until the person behind them has a more extreme power, which Eragon will undoubtedly gain sometime in the fourth book.

  • Guest

    I disagree with the words being already used and simplily not mentioned. I think those words have special meanings and are important to the story somehow, otherwise they wouldn’t even have been mentioned on Eragon. After all if they aren’t more important than common spells used in regular battles then why bother saying that Brom told Eragon about them in the first place?

    As for why haven’t they been mentioned before I’m sure at some point of our lives we’ve all forgotten something important, specially when under stressfull or exhausting situations. I think that given all the things that happened after Brom’s death and everything he’s been through in the following two books he forgot about them, but he’ll remember them when the right time comes, whatever they purpose are.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think Eragon would ever forget Brom’s last words.

  • The Green dragon

    WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¡!¡!¡!¡!

    • Aplussoccerkid

      =)

    • Aplussoccerkid

      WAR EAGLE! GO TIGERS!!!

      • The Green dragon

        Did you see the game today? Unbelievable defense at the end of the game and when the eagle crashed into one of the boxes, funny and just awesome today!

  • Rosco86

    I would say that the seven words will be in the book because in the confirmed book 4 facts on this website under magic and weapons it says broms 7 wordes will be addressed in book 4 leading me to believe that they are wordes we do not know yet what they are for we will have to see bit I think they will be importante

    • Jwolfter

      i totallly agreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • Jwolfter

      i totallly agreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • Cara Fricai

      I just looked at that and you’re right, on the confirmed book 4 facts page it does say Brom’s 7 words will be addressed.  If Christopher is giong to include them in Inheritance, they must be important.

    • Cara Fricai

      I just looked at that and you’re right, on the confirmed book 4 facts page it does say Brom’s 7 words will be addressed.  If Christopher is giong to include them in Inheritance, they must be important.

    • Cara Fricai

      I just looked at that and you’re right, on the confirmed book 4 facts page it does say Brom’s 7 words will be addressed.  If Christopher is giong to include them in Inheritance, they must be important.

  • Didn’t Christopher say that a few of the seven words have been used already Eldest and Brisingr?

  • GuyWhoKnows

    Whenever these are brought up, i think about Galb’s real name. But i wouldn’t make sense because if Eragon had known Galb’s real name, he probably would have used it before he knew about the spells that surround it. So blam. No more theory.

  • Telenor

    I always thought the seven words were a spell for protecting Saphira. Since Brom was talking about “don’t let your dragon die” before he said them. As for Eragon never thinking about these seven words – perhaps he connects them to Broms death and avoids them without being aware of it. Or this spell has nasty side effects, wharever they are…

    • Matt

      Good point about Saphira

  • Chuckman177

    What if the 7 words are Galby’s 1st dragons name?

  • Chuckman177

    What if the 7 words are Galby’s 1st dragons name?

  • Chuckman177

    What if the 7 words are Galby’s 1st dragons name?

    • Crytsal

      That can’t be possible, we already no his first dragon’s name, though at the moment it escapes me…

      • stroodle_910

        Jarnunvosk

      • Eragon Bromsson

        I think its Jarnuvösk

    • firesword

      what good would that do

  • EagleH2Ofall

    I think they’re Galby’s true name

    • firesword

      how about a way to portect yourself from it

    • firesword

      how about a way to portect yourself from it

    • firesword

      how about a way to portect yourself from it

  • EagleH2Ofall

    I think they’re Galby’s true name

  • EagleH2Ofall

    I think they’re Galby’s true name

  • AvaAnnaZ

    I believe that the seven words, unbeknownst to Eragon, may be Eragon’s true name. Brom, having been watching over and studying Eragon for all of Eragon’s life, and more recently having spent a great deal of time with him, may have had the opportunity to guess Eragon’s true name. There is the added connection that Eragon was Brom’s son, perhaps making it easier for Brom to guess Eragon’s true name. I think that the seven words could therefore play a major role in Book 4 as I believe ‘speak your name to open the Vault of Souls’ could possibly actually mean ‘speak your true name to open the Vault.’ Christopher said that true names would never be revealed to readers so that could explain why the seven words have been kept a secret from the reader. This is just a theory but I believe that it explains a lot.

    • Trololol

      That’s an excellent theory!

      • SS

        That would be awesome if it happened!

    • Matthiascalis

      Indeed. That would fit very, very well! great thinking!

    • Matt

      If it was Eragon’s true name then he would of felt something stir inside him when Brom said it just as Sloan did when Eragon first uttered his true name after their escape from Helgrind. Also, Brom told Eragon the meaning to the words after he told them to him and he still doesn’t know his true name by the end of Book 3.

      • AvaAnnaZ

        I totally understand what you’re saying. In some senses, it stands to reason that Eragon would have felt a stirring inside of him. However, I don’t think that he neccessarily would have due to the reasons I’ve provided above in response to ‘Yeah,’ (see above). As to your second point, the words of Eragon’s true name would have meanings in the Ancient Language other than simply being his true name. Perhaps Eragon simply learnt them from Brom as individual words, learning their meanings and not realising that they were part of his own true name. He will have remembered them, however, due to the fact that they were Brom’s last words to him. Once he reaches the ‘Vault of Souls,’ perhaps finding that simply saying ‘Eragon’ would not work, he may recall these words and realise their true significance.

    • Yeah

      Thats a really cool theory but if they were his true name why wasn’t he affected like Sloan when Eragon only whispered his true name and Sloan fidgeted and seemed uneasy. And I know Eragon is no where near as bad as Sloan was as a person, but if Brom did tell him his true name it should have affected him in some way. I think the only way true names can’t affect someone is when you guess a babies true name because they haven’t done anything yet in their lives that could possibly affect their beings that saying their true names to them wouldn’t have an affect on them. But it should have had some kind of effect on Eragon.

      • AvaAnnaZ

        These are very valid points that you make. However, I’m not sure that they completely defeat the theory. Firstly, we know that Brom broke up all of the words and translated them each before continuing onto the next word. They were not spoken as one. Also, Eragon may not necessarily know that these words are his true name. He simply knows the words and knows that they are powerful or important due to the circumstance in which they were told to him. He may only realise that these words apply to him later on. Perhaps there is also something in the fact that Brom would not have spoken Eragon’s true name with the intention of controlling him. Maybe the intention of the person speaking the true name counts?

        • Yeah

          True enough but if the words were his true name would they really apply to him anymore? Eragon the farm boy who left for revenge has changed into Eragon the warrior, the army leader, the rebel, the rider, ect. Could Brom have foreseen exactly how Eragon would’ve turned out. He’s changed as a person and most likely his true name from that time would have changed to. Oromis attests to this in book 3 when he comments that Eragon no has the hands of a warrior now, while in book 2 he had the hands of a farmer.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            I more or less agree with you now, and whilst I think that this debate is probably getting a little too vague to properly argue out, I’ll play devil’s advocate for the hell of it: whilst Eragon’s position, experiences and opinions may have changed, significant elements of his current self must have existed in the farm boy Eragon as it was with this ‘original’ Eragon that Saphira chose to bond. Indeed, Eragon does not seem to have truly changed his values and the way he sees the world – he doesn’t appear to be morally different, rather, he simply has a wider breadth of knowledge and can view matters with a more objective eye.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            I more or less agree with you now, and whilst I think that this debate is probably getting a little too vague to properly argue out, I’ll play devil’s advocate for the hell of it: whilst Eragon’s position, experiences and opinions may have changed, significant elements of his current self must have existed in the farm boy Eragon as it was with this ‘original’ Eragon that Saphira chose to bond. Indeed, Eragon does not seem to have truly changed his values and the way he sees the world – he doesn’t appear to be morally different, rather, he simply has a wider breadth of knowledge and can view matters with a more objective eye.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            I more or less agree with you now, and whilst I think that this debate is probably getting a little too vague to properly argue out, I’ll play devil’s advocate for the hell of it: whilst Eragon’s position, experiences and opinions may have changed, significant elements of his current self must have existed in the farm boy Eragon as it was with this ‘original’ Eragon that Saphira chose to bond. Indeed, Eragon does not seem to have truly changed his values and the way he sees the world – he doesn’t appear to be morally different, rather, he simply has a wider breadth of knowledge and can view matters with a more objective eye.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            I more or less agree with you now, and whilst I think that this debate is probably getting a little too vague to properly argue out, I’ll play devil’s advocate for the hell of it: whilst Eragon’s position, experiences and opinions may have changed, significant elements of his current self must have existed in the farm boy Eragon as it was with this ‘original’ Eragon that Saphira chose to bond. Indeed, Eragon does not seem to have truly changed his values and the way he sees the world – he doesn’t appear to be morally different, rather, he simply has a wider breadth of knowledge and can view matters with a more objective eye.

  • Maybe the seven words were Brom telling Eragon of his lineage, but as a riddle? Eragon was never good at riddles. And at the time Saphira had no more knowledge of the ancient language than Eragon. Maybe it was a cut scene from when Eragon found out Brom was his true father? Who knows. This is one of the theories I have never really thought about much.

  • Guest

    hmmmm ultimate cookie making recipe, that’s galbatorix’s weakness! cookie dough!

    • Crystal

      Mmm, yes, throw cookies at Galby, and attack while he’s distracted by the chocolateness. Oh, if only Galby was the Cookie Monster, this would all be much more simple… 😀

  • biglukisan

    i think when hes getting tortured in book 4 hes gonna have that moment of “clarity” then remember the last words of brom and from that point open a serious can of whoop-ass!!!!

  • Guest

    i think the seven words will open that vault of souls. as said brom is still a powerful man, even without the use of extensive magic, it is possible that brom was told by an elder rider these 7 words, becuase it was predicted something like this would happen. It could also be Galbys true names, Eragons own true name, or even the real name of the ancient language. they are all possibilities, and i think that CP will prob pick the most unlikley, unthought of explination of these words, and that they are not as meaningless and they appear to be. If they were meaningless, the he wouldnt have written it

  • Guest

    I honestly have no clue. Besides being words from the AL, there isnt really anything to go on. I’ll bet they are important in Inheritance, but i dont know how.

  • Anchal Jain

    I find it curious that while Oromis taught Eragon so much ancient language vocabulary and spells, Eragon never thought “hey, I have heard that before, that was one of Brom’s seven words!”

    I think that means that either the words are so special that Oromis never taught them or didn’t know them, or just that the words have become commonplace by this time and they aren’t worth noting anymore.

    • Matt

      Eragon already knows what the words mean. After Brom told him the words he told them what they meant.

  • A fool

    I don’t really have the time to draw up a inteligent and lengthy explantion for my ideas of the seven words (yes I fall into the group that had to be reminded of them…) but I think that Christophor meant the words to be specialy important but the plot then lead to other places leading the words to be irrelvent to the story….. but I hope not…….

  • Guest

    Not
    to be rude or an a-hole or anything but you guys at this particular moment are
    “privy” to more information than we are because you did the interview
    with C.P. which we have not heard yet. Questions asked by fans to C.P. via you
    awesome people could and probably do clarify some things that will allow for
    elimination/build-up/reinforcement of theories/ideas.

  • Sithmerritt

    I lean towards the side of these words being both powerful and important. Brom states that he should only use them in his greatest need. So the qustion arises has eragon been in such a dire situation that unleashing the power of these words would outweigh the benefits? In Farthern Dur Eragon first tastes full scale combat and who might I ask would remember to use seven words he was only told about only once in their first actual battle with your reflexes taking over and the adrenline couring through your body? Not likely. Also I thik he wouldnt want to experiment with a spell he would be unfamiliar with during a battle. Picture it if you will Eragons fighting the Urgals trys out a new spell and poof is lying unconcious on the ground being unaware of the spells particular costs. Neither does the situation on the burning plain merit such a desperate action since after he finds out its Murtagh he believes there is a chance Murtaghs better half will save him. My thinking is these words will determine the fate of alagaesia since no situation has been dire enough for their use. I think the main reason is that The words have the potential to destroy the user and with Eragons new appreciation for life the ability to destroy it in large quantities an area of effect spell you might say. It might devastate the surrounding lifeforms beyond repair turning the area into a barren wasteland and poisoning the earth. All theories but I think that there is no chance that these words are of little consequence. Remember in one of CP’s interviews he said that the words Brom told Eragon would be revealed in Book four. Meaning that these words are different from those in the prior novels.

    • 557

      I agree completely. It said in the book that Brom told Eragon what the words meant and knowing Brom i would be willing to say that he also told Eragon the possible downside of using them. That’s why I think they are going to be very important and that the risks of using them has not been outweighed by the possible benefits in any situation that Eragon has been in as of yet. 

  • Laetrikiwi

    I think that the stuff about Eragon would’ve used them if they were important is not so solid an argument. He is not all that good at remembering important things( he didnt think to look at Aren, and forgot to use it against Murtagh). I think otherwise it is just the simple expedient that perhaps he hasnt had opportunity to use them i.e. they are words that summon help that cannot come more than once, so that they really can only be used in “great need”.

  • Ben98lalonde

    The Seven words are Galbatorix’s true name. Eragon hasn’t uttered them again because Galbatorix placed a ward that kills anyone that uses his true name.

    • biglukisan

      nice ,never thought of that one………..but you can do the ancient language without speaking, dangerous , but eragon pulled it off fighting the dwarves in farthen dur. still i like where your going with that, very compelling

    • GuyWhoKnows

      I dont this is correct. Eragon didnt know about the wards around Galb’s true name until he asked oromis about them 2 books later. Eragon would have told someone or used them, and subsequently been killed.

    • Yeah

      But Brom said them and he didn’t die right away he still lived after saying the words and even managed a sentence or two right after saying them before he finally died. I would imagine Galby making the spell so that it kills instantly not allowing the person who first said his true time to yell it out and let other people know what it is.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, did they remove Christopher Paolini’s comment. I swear it was there an hour ago. not cool

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      I dont think Mike would have removed it if it was really CP.

    • Coasterking

       i think they discovered it was a fake

    • I deleted it.  It was not him.  He has never posted on our website or forums and he never will.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, did they remove Christopher Paolini’s comment. I swear it was there an hour ago. not cool

  • guest

    i think that the words are a spell that allow someone to “break” someone elses magical ability like what happened to oromis. i think this is how galbitorix ends up unable to cast hardly any spell NOT dead

  • Rbnguevara

    Maybe durring Eragon’s capture in book 4 he may use one or all of the seven words to escape from what could be a dungeon in uru baen and save the green dragon egg.  Then he returns to the Varden and it hatches for Nasuada since she is the best possible charater to be chosen as the green dragon rider.  Also Roran will become king after the fall of Galbatorix I have no doubt since it is mentioned in on of the other books that king palancars decentents still live in the carvahall.  Roran and Eragon are most likely the most direct decendants and natural born leaders.  Since Eragon is already a rider naturally Roran will be King.

    • Mr-x

      I’ve had the same thought on roran becoming king also i think the king of surda will die is it Orrin? i cant remember but yeah i think Galbatorix will kill him personally when they arrive at uru’baen just how Murtagh killed Hrothgar on the burning plains except maybe a little bit more gruesomely lol but yeah i doubt it will hatch to nasuada more likely an elf like arya or Blood’gharm 

      • Rbnguevara

        Not likely Arya because of her relation to Eragon and her mother. Nasuada is more likely because her family is dead and once her task is done she has no will to rule. But she is very wise and would make an excellent rider.

      • Rbnguevara

        Not likely Arya because of her relation to Eragon and her mother. Nasuada is more likely because her family is dead and once her task is done she has no will to rule. But she is very wise and would make an excellent rider.

  • Trumanwest

    i think the words are somthing brom thought would surprise galbatorix that he wanted him to tell him only if he was very desperate though. or somthing like that sorry this doesnt make sense 

  • Jenny

    I think it is a true name. Christopher said that he would never write in a true name, which fits because we never actually read these words. As for where Brom would learn these words, Mike, you said above that Brom had traveled all over the place and had picked up a lot of knowledge along the way. Eragon may just not know what these words are or mean. As for why he didn’t ask Oromis or Gleadr… I don’t know.

    • Claire14

      I get the feeling that Oromis and Glaedr wouldn’t have known them. I know it is unlikely but it just sits right with me like that.

  • Aplussoccerkid

    My theory, and it’s very crazy, is that Brom told Eragon what his true name is. If Brom said: Your true name is… This would be seven words.(Because one’s true name is three words.) If the words play an important role and so does the Vault of Souls, Rock of Kuthian, well you can see where I get my crazy thought.

    • Heather

      That doesn’t really work since Eragon doesn’t know his true name, he asked arya and she said she couldn’t guess it and oromis said he woldn’t tell him

      • AvaAnnaZ

        He may not yet know that it is his true name.

      • Mr-x

        I agree i believe he has to speak his namesakes true name I.E Eragon 1 i dont believe his dead but has sealed himself somewhere that only someone with knowledge of his true name could enter perhaps an ancient dragon cave that Bid’daum could have told him of like you know a safe haven for dragon hatchlings during the Elf VS dragon war maybe

    • Claire14

      I agree with this as a possibility- when Solumbum tells Eragon that he will need to speak his name into the Rock of Kuthian to open The Vault of Souls, I highly doubt that just ‘Eragon’ will open it. I believe that only his true name will allow him access.

  • Lore

    Yum

  • Maping

    Just to point something out. Tingly palm wasn’t mentioned after Eragon either, but it will play at least a role, if not a large role in Book 4. Also, Eragon really hasn’t been in dire danger of dying. There has never really been a “I’m so screwed, I’m going to F-ing die ” moment, perhaps excluding his fights with the shades, especially the first one. And maybe he for got them, or they weren’t useful. Say one was to do such and such. It maybe not have been useful then.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      It was mentioned several times after book 1. One particular example that leaps to my mind is in Brisngr when Eragon was attacked in the tunnels by the dwarves. He feels it just before they come. I know there are other examples but I cant think of them off the top of my head right now.

    • GuyWhoKnows

      It’s mentioned, just not as often as in book one. It’s kind of like how in books and movies they never really talk about people bathing, or going to the bathroom. It’s just kind of expected to happen.

  • Christopher Paolini

    Greetings, Inheritance Cycle Fans. I must say it is rather overwhelming and amusing to see some of the theories that are the offspring of my writing. It overjoys me to see the continued dedication of my fans to my books. I must say Book 4 was the hardest to write, but it will be well worth the wait. Also, the words play a signifcant role in Book 4. But you’ll have to read it to find out! 
    Se’ onr sverdar sitja hvass!
    Christopher Paolini 

    • Alexstlouis

      oh my god is that rlllyyy him ???

    • Bob

      wow….. i didn’t know he looked at Shurtugal…..

      • Arya<3

        No it’s not him. Anyone could make a new account and write Christopher Paolini on Shurtugal. He’s not even registered on Disqus and doesn’t have enough time to comment on a post. Think, people.

    • Christopher Paolini

      you people dont really believe its him right?

    • Rbnguevara

      I have read books 1-3 over and over none stop for the last three months in preparation to book four and now I have more theories in my sleep than when i’m awake.  I can’t help but feel you gave too many teaser up till now and I whole heartedly believe I know where you will go with this story.  Thanks for lending us your imagination through the years can’t wait for Nov 8th and day that will no doubtedly break some serious records.

  • Brent Newton

    I believe these words are important, but not critical:

    Look at the situation Brom was in – although he was responsible for undermining much of Galbatorix’s plans, like killing the foresworn, he was on the defensive much of the time. Think about it – he had seen a beautiful world of the Riders at full power, and had seen almost the entirety of the dragons killed, so it’s likely he is pretty desperate.

    This makes it much more likely these words aren’t something like the name of the AL – because if it were then Brom could have easily taken out Galby, perhaps even risen the dead riders.

    I don’t believe it was the words to the VoS either, as Solembum said “speak YOUR name,” which I doubt Brom would know.

    However, they could be very powerful spells of concealment, death, or perhaps some sort of energy spell (light to energy, etc.) – whatever they were, it is likely that Brom was unable to use them because of his weakened condition (not that he was dying, but that he was a weaker magician)

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      Why does everyone assume Brom was a weak magician. I think his statements of weakness were simply meant to continue his illusion with eragon to keep from revealing he used to be a rider. The varden had said he was their strongest spellcaster, they had arya though I dont know if they counted her in that. He was also confident that he could still defeat the razac and look at how powerful eragon was when he finally killed them and he even had trouble then. I dont think that his powers were weakening, I think he was just as powerful as he had always been. The riders who lost their dragons were still powerful with their order. Yes they may have had the eldunari but still powerful, so magic power may not diminish with the loss of a dragon. Another thought just occured to me, Glaedr was very old when he disgorged his heart of hearts. Broms dragon was young, dragons had given their HOH out of convenience in the past. What if the gem in arun was saphira 1s HOH. Unlikely because im not sure if HOHs are always the same color as a dragon, but I think arun has a red stone and saphira 1 was blue like saphira 2. Arun could be the HOH of morzans dragon though, brom and morzan were close. Once morzans dragon lost its name its HOH might become nothing more than energy stored within the stone.

      • Matt

        I’m pretty sure that the gem in Aren was blue and I don’t believe it is Saphira1’s HOH. If it was then Eragon would have felt her consciousness when he touched it with his mind.

      • Matt

        I’m pretty sure that the gem in Aren was blue and I don’t believe it is Saphira1’s HOH. If it was then Eragon would have felt her consciousness when he touched it with his mind.

      • Comett

        Interesting theory, but I imagine Eragon would have noticed Saphira 1’s presence.

      • Comett

        Interesting theory, but I imagine Eragon would have noticed Saphira 1’s presence.

      • Christopher has said Aren is not Saphira 1’s eldunari

      • biglukisan

        the jewels in the swords came from the elf Rhunon. She made all the swords for every rider, every single rider!at the time of the riders swords making only a few elves, older riders and galbatorix knew of the heart of hearts. the heart of hearts is the elves most precious secret.dont over think it when the answers are cleary stated in the books.

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          The stone is in a ring and not a sword. I am not over thinking it, just looking at abstract ways of writing as a writer myself. The least predictable outcomes make for a better story and I dont think this is outside the spectrum of possibility that the stone might be some dragon’s HOH.

          • Matt

            If it was a HOH then Eragon would have felt its presence. Also the ring was originally given to Brom by the Queen, so if it was a HOH why wouldn’t she tell that to Eragon when she gave it to him?

      • Rogerlairdwriting

        Okay so not saphira 1 but still could be morzan’s dragon’s eldunari. Eragon probably wouldnt sense his mind because it would define the dragon.

      • Mr-x

         Umm The ring in aren was a Saphire lol last time i checked saphires were blue

  • Ben F.

    Sorry Mike, but I disagree.  I really think that these last words are of some importance and will be “revealed” in book 4 for the first time.  I hope your wrong Mike.  I have always wanted these words to be revealed and i am ganna be disapointed if they aren’t.  Also how come there isn’t a poll I am curious to see what the whole of Shurtugal thinks.

  • Ben F.

    Sorry Mike, but I disagree.  I really think that these last words are of some importance and will be “revealed” in book 4 for the first time.  I hope your wrong Mike.  I have always wanted these words to be revealed and i am ganna be disapointed if they aren’t.  Also how come there isn’t a poll I am curious to see what the whole of Shurtugal thinks.

    • Claire14

      I agree that they will play a critical role in book 4 as well, however like Christopher Paolini not writing in true names, I don’t believe we will actually know the exact words.

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    I never thought that these words were of any importance for the same reasons as in the article.  They were only mentioned in passing and I am sure Oromis taught him words that were much more powerful since Oromis has a lot of experience and knowledge.  It can’t be Eragon’s true name because Eragon tells Oromis how he would like to know his true name and it can’t be the true name of the ancient language either since Oromis and Eragon discuss that as well and Eragon never said he knew anything.  We as readers don’t know every word that Oromis taught him but that doesn’t mean that they are a big powerful secret.

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    I never thought that these words were of any importance for the same reasons as in the article.  They were only mentioned in passing and I am sure Oromis taught him words that were much more powerful since Oromis has a lot of experience and knowledge.  It can’t be Eragon’s true name because Eragon tells Oromis how he would like to know his true name and it can’t be the true name of the ancient language either since Oromis and Eragon discuss that as well and Eragon never said he knew anything.  We as readers don’t know every word that Oromis taught him but that doesn’t mean that they are a big powerful secret.

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    I never thought that these words were of any importance for the same reasons as in the article.  They were only mentioned in passing and I am sure Oromis taught him words that were much more powerful since Oromis has a lot of experience and knowledge.  It can’t be Eragon’s true name because Eragon tells Oromis how he would like to know his true name and it can’t be the true name of the ancient language either since Oromis and Eragon discuss that as well and Eragon never said he knew anything.  We as readers don’t know every word that Oromis taught him but that doesn’t mean that they are a big powerful secret.

  • bigmike

    it said that Galby killed the rider that helped him kill the elder. I dont think it said anything about Galby killing Shruikans rider. Someone correct me if Im wrong. I remember way back before summer when people were saying that Angela might be the original rider. I say it is more likely that Angela is actully Galby’s daughter that ran away (like Murtage) and that is her big secret of how she knows so much.

  • bigmike

    it said that Galby killed the rider that helped him kill the elder. I dont think it said anything about Galby killing Shruikans rider. Someone correct me if Im wrong. I remember way back before summer when people were saying that Angela might be the original rider. I say it is more likely that Angela is actully Galby’s daughter that ran away (like Murtage) and that is her big secret of how she knows so much.

  • bigmike

    it said that Galby killed the rider that helped him kill the elder. I dont think it said anything about Galby killing Shruikans rider. Someone correct me if Im wrong. I remember way back before summer when people were saying that Angela might be the original rider. I say it is more likely that Angela is actully Galby’s daughter that ran away (like Murtage) and that is her big secret of how she knows so much.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      Maybe it was Tenga’s dragon galbatorix took and as shruiken went mad so did tenga. The bond may not have been severed

  • bigmike

    it said that Galby killed the rider that helped him kill the elder. I dont think it said anything about Galby killing Shruikans rider. Someone correct me if Im wrong. I remember way back before summer when people were saying that Angela might be the original rider. I say it is more likely that Angela is actully Galby’s daughter that ran away (like Murtage) and that is her big secret of how she knows so much.

    • DragonsAreAwesome

      Yes, it is mentioned that Galbatorix killed Shruikan’s rider and then binded the dragon with magic and created a fake bond with him.

      • biglukisan

        yup, duza helped galby

    • DragonsAreAwesome

      Yes, it is mentioned that Galbatorix killed Shruikan’s rider and then binded the dragon with magic and created a fake bond with him.

  • bigmike

    it said that Galby killed the rider that helped him kill the elder. I dont think it said anything about Galby killing Shruikans rider. Someone correct me if Im wrong. I remember way back before summer when people were saying that Angela might be the original rider. I say it is more likely that Angela is actully Galby’s daughter that ran away (like Murtage) and that is her big secret of how she knows so much.

  • bigmike

    it said that Galby killed the rider that helped him kill the elder. I dont think it said anything about Galby killing Shruikans rider. Someone correct me if Im wrong. I remember way back before summer when people were saying that Angela might be the original rider. I say it is more likely that Angela is actully Galby’s daughter that ran away (like Murtage) and that is her big secret of how she knows so much.

  • Rubydragon

    Now the question is: Is it even possible to resign as a dragon rider? It may not be likely because no one could ever refuse a rider dragon’s decision. But if that was the option, what would happen to the dragon? If Brom’s seven words could somehow, get rid of Shruikan’s curse, then he could end up gobbling up galby down his gullet.*Yum*

  • Will

    this, for me was a bit narrow-minded…….

  • anonymous

    Am I the only one who detects a biblical reference?

    • ShrimpyJess

      Where?

    • ShrimpyJess

      Where?

  • Andrew

    maybe the words are in the ancient language and tell eragon how to harness light as energy. he asked oromis about it, maybe out of curiosity to see if what brom told him was plausible. the one time he considered using one of the words he probably decided against it because he didnt know if he was capable as a spellcaster yet to harness light

  • Andrew

    maybe the words are in the ancient language and tell eragon how to harness light as energy. he asked oromis about it, maybe out of curiosity to see if what brom told him was plausible. the one time he considered using one of the words he probably decided against it because he didnt know if he was capable as a spellcaster yet to harness light

  • Andrew

    maybe the words are in the ancient language and tell eragon how to harness light as energy. he asked oromis about it, maybe out of curiosity to see if what brom told him was plausible. the one time he considered using one of the words he probably decided against it because he didnt know if he was capable as a spellcaster yet to harness light

  • Irock13198

    maybe it is the true name of an important figure?

  • Emily sasaki

    I really do believe that the words are of great importance. I think Eragon will use them in the final battle, maybe killing Galbatorix. He might be bleeding on the ground and Galby’s blade is slashing towards him in the final blow, then he uses them and kills the king. I think it’s vey plausible. They’ll Play a vital role in the end of book 4 for sure.

  • Sunda_Garm

    I think that the seven words could possibly be Eragon’s true name. Christopher said that he wasn’t going to put any true names in the books and we never heard what the seven words were.

    “When all seems lost and your power is insufficient, go to the Rock of Kuthian and speak your name to open the Vault of Souls.”
    But which one of his names is he supposed to speak, is he supposed to say Eragon or his true name?

    • Rubydragon

      If those seven words were Eragon’s true name, he would have felt something from them at the very core, like Sloan for example.

  • apache

    You know dragons sometimes get massive, sudden bursts of energy? What if Saphira learnt to control it!

    • Coasterking

      what does this have to do with broms seven words

  • Dmightyone

    I think that the Seven words are the way for Eragon to circumvent his way through the wards around Morzan’s estate.

    • Brooke_anderson27

      Or maybe Galbatorix’s why would Brom tell him how to get past them when he killed Morzan himself?

      • Hahah

        ‘Cause Galbatorix took over Morzan’s castle

  • Nicole C.

    Just thinking out loud here…
    remember how the Ra’zak lair was hidden by magic? What if the Rock of Kuthian is hidden by magic and the seven words are a spell for either dispelling the illusion or locating it. This is my only theory short of them being Eragon’s true name….

    • Apache

      Sounds good to me.

    • Matt

      But if Brom knew about the RoK and/or its location, then why wouldn’t he have mentioned it to Eragon?

  • Wwrestler92

    Its possible that the seven words are connected to Aren, the ring Brom gave Eragon before he died.

  • Wwrestler92

    Its possible that the seven words are connected to Aren, the ring Brom gave Eragon before he died.

    • bigmike

      Brom gave aren to Jeod to give to his messanger as proof that he was sent by brom. Eragon got the ring wen he got to the varden.

  • An Mayba

    I think they’re just a blessing, like what Eragon did to Elva. But better, because Brom probably didn’t mess up.

  • An Mayba

    I think they’re just a blessing, like what Eragon did to Elva. But better, because Brom probably didn’t mess up.

  • I think that brom discovered the true name of the ancient language as a whole. think about it, he had years to himself in carvahall to do as he wished, and his house was described as having many scrolls of importance. Also, dont forget jeod’s theory that brom found something extremely dangerous or important in Gil’ead. This could be what brom found, also i believe that is the new project Galbatorix has undertook that Oromis mentioned in Eragon’s last visit.

    • bigmike

      It was the egg that he had found.

      • no it was something other than the egg because jeod already knew he found the egg.

        • bigmike

          u sure? im in the middle of rereading eragon, but i havent gotten to the jeod part yet.

          • Xina

            Yeah, i think they were talking about the egg, remember how jeod didn’t know what happened to brom? he thought they had failed the mission altogether and that brom had died…I could be wrong…but i’m fairly certain that’s all they were discussing…

          • Jophizz

            Yes but they were discussing this in brisingr after jeod had learned everything. That’s when he says he thought brom found something so horrible or frightening that made brom make every one think he was dead. Go back to the chapter where eragon visits jeod in his tent at the varden.

          • Footballchic908

            Jeod didn’t know he found the egg. He said that he lived most of his life thinking his greatest adventure had been a failure. Or something like that.

    • Matt

      If Brom had discovered the true name of the AL, then why wouldn’t he have just destroyed Galbatorix and been done with it?

  • Coasterking

    I think these words will bring people back from the dead

    • apache

      I don’t think that’s possible, unless he had loads of energy from Aren, or maybe Saphira?

      • Coasterking

         i kind of agree but christopher mentioned  there would be talks of bringing a dead charactor back to life and eragon could use the energy he might gain from the vault of souls to raise his father

        • Footballchic908

          That would be great. I hate that Brom died even before I knew he was Eragon’s father.

        • ShrimpyJess

          And what good would that do? Surely Vrael or somebody who’s more experienced would be more helpful? IDK…

        • ShrimpyJess

          And what good would that do? Surely Vrael or somebody who’s more experienced would be more helpful? IDK…

      • Coasterking

         i kind of agree but christopher mentioned  there would be talks of bringing a dead charactor back to life and eragon could use the energy he might gain from the vault of souls to raise his father

  • Swancin

    I believe in Brisingr, there is a line that states Eragon was going to use one of the words, but chose against it. I am fairly certain this is significant.

    • Swancin

      Or maybe it was Eldest.

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    I just want to point out to everyone because not many are taking this into account or at least they don’t seem to be, that Brom told eragon the meaning of the words so he may know exactly what they are and when to use them. This could explain why he hasn’t thought much about them since.

  • Alpharandy

    Just throwing this out there to see what everyone thinks.  Those could be words to free shruikan. if that is so then maybe galby’s dragon is the dark power or shadow that is in the guide to alagaesia.

  • Naegling

     Four possibilities: one, they are important words that Eragon knows what they would do and knows that the right time to use them has not yet arrived. Two, they are relatively unimportant words only important for Eragon’s survival as a new Rider. Three, they are a true name, and as Christopher has told us he will never put a true name to words in his books, we will never learn what they are. Four, a plot thread Chris didn’t put much thought into. It’s like Galby visiting Dras-Leona. Many people have said that, for as long as he was holed up in Uru-Baen, he had no reason to leave just to handle a corrupt leader. Chris just did it for a suspense factor, and that could be the nature of the seven words

  • Phillip07

    i belive the seven words brom whispered to is the true name of the  nchient language

  • Phillip07

    i belive the seven words brom whispered to is the true name of the  nchient language

    • Naegling

      Two problems: one, if Brom knew the true name of the Ancient Language, he probably would’ve used it by now. Two, Christopher has specifically said he will never say a true name in his books. It’s why we didn’t hear Sloan’s, it’s why we’ll never hear Eragon’s

      • But notice, we’ve never heard the words Brom spoke, so it would actually fit in with that nicely

        • Footballchic908

          Brom also knew his time to save the world was over and may have been waiting on a new rider?

      • But notice, we’ve never heard the words Brom spoke, so it would actually fit in with that nicely

  • Shadeslayer

    My opinion is that the words are the answer on Tenga’s question(s). Eragon will be in trouble, and goes to find Tenga, who’s still busy with his question. Eragon will ask what it is, and when he heard it, he know that the answer is some of the words Brom teached him. Tenga is happy and will work together with Eragon and the Varden to defeat Galby.

  • Manios Krasanakis

    I strongly believe that those words are of importance; not of imminent importance though. Ok, I have forged some theories as to what they could be:1. part of Eragon’s true name (if Brom could deduce it – not likely as a theory, since actually hinting Eragon’s true name could prove more useful to enemies entering the mind to subdue Eragon)
    2. part of some secret unrevealed to us yet (highly unlikely, as the main article points out)
    3. part of the ancient language’s true name or magic’s true name or some other true name (such as part of Galbatorix’s or Shruikan’s true name) which will be helpful to end the war (also not likely – only Shruikan’s true name seems plausible to me)
    4. (my favored guess) simple words (such as “light”) which Galbatorix will be likely to have forgotten to guard against (like the encounter with the Razak where Eragon managed to blind a Letherblanka). they could also be words that you can’t guard against (since they may donnot directly interact with someone or due to grammatical or syntax limitations of the ancient language – although the later option is too much lol for me)

  • The Quest

     I think with saying “use them only in great need” Brom mentioned that Eragon should use them only if he’s facing Galby and losing. Eragon hasn’t used them yet, because he didn’t met Galby.
    I think the words an be used for bending magic or things like that.

  • I have always thought that the 7 words were extremely important and that the reason Eragon hasn’t used them yet is he hasn’t been in the type of situation that he would need to use them. The words could have had a use that would not arise in battle or everyday life, I personally think that the words could be Brom’s true name and that when Eragon goes to the Vault of Souls he might be able to talk to those who have passed by calling out their true name. Its a bit of a stretch but I hope its true Brom was my favorite character and I would love for him to have a part in the story.

  • Matt L

    I think the words will have some importance in the last book. All the arguments about them not being important seem pretty weak.

    The fact that they were only mentioned once doesnt seem like a big deal to me. A lot of things have been brought up only once and then left for their moment of revelation. Just because Eragon didn’t go around asking everybody what they meant doesn’t mean anything. He probably keeps them fairly protected just because of the circumstances in which he recieved them. If someone I knew told me that they were an ancient dragon rider and told me seven words “only to be used in time of great need” as they were dying, I don’t think I’d go around asking every person I ran into if they knew what they meant. That includes Oromis. There’s a few other things he didn’t ask Oromis about, like Tenga, Or the prophecy of his epic love. 

    Also the argument that Brom wouldn’t likely know anything that Oromis and the other elves wouldn’t already know isn’t very good either. It seems to me that the elves have been rather complaicent sitting in the forest for too long, while Brom has been traviling all of Alegasia defeating forsworn and their dragons. I’m sure in all his studies, travels and experiences he may have learned a few things that the elves have either forgotten or overlooked. 

    I couldn’t say what the seven words are, but I don’t think I would discount them so quickly.

  • Jess

    To be honest i think at that point, with brom dieing, the razack on their tail and unable to give away the loation or even get eragon to oramis, he gave eragon some rather powerful words. efficant killing and or survival spells but still just spells.
    remember that eragon is still a rooke and couldnt make use of any legendary words that he may have known. he wouldnt be silly enough to give eragon words that would kill him on casting them.
    my guess he gave him the best spells brom knew that eragon could use at that level. perhaps ones that could be risky. but wouldnt guarantee death if he uttered them.

  • britishgirl

    heya. Really good big twenty! I was just thinking, where’s the polls?! I really liked doing them 🙂 x

    • I agree, but there wouldn’t be many options for a poll this week. I can only think of two options. A) The words important, or B) The words aren’t important 

      • Me

        Or maybe just what the words mean.

    • I agree, but there wouldn’t be many options for a poll this week. I can only think of two options. A) The words important, or B) The words aren’t important 

  • Tabitha K.

    I’m not 100% sure what to think of these seven words, as until the book club I had forgotten about them. I do, however, think that they mean something or they wouldn’t be so cryptic. I’ve got the beginnings of a theory about the RoK/VoS swirling around in my head that involves Brom, but I haven’t been able to make all the pieces fit yet. I’ll let you know when I do. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    interesting article. I’d like to know… did you ask Chris about this in the interview Mike? 

    • Even if Mike did, Chris would have just said, “No Comment”

      • Anonymous

        eh.. perhaps. but if these words were not a big deal he could have said something. cos I dunno… it’s just so hard to come up with a theory… because a) i don’t think they’re anything related to true names or something. b) i’m also sure they’re not related to Solembum’s advice, because Eragon would have figure this out. I mean, if they were a tip or something related to the advice which the meaning Eragon didn’t know at that point (when Brom told him the words) he would have known the meaning after training with Oromis. but it’s still interesting the fact that they were not mentioned in the previous books. I agree with Mike when he says that they should have been mentioned since everything else that is in fact important has been mentioned numerous times in Brisingr/Eragon/Eldest. ehrg. I dont know. I hope we get some reference in the interview. 

  • Kelly

    I think that the words could possibly have nothing to do with fighting Galby. It could be for when Eragon is depressed or wants of give up. Also, Brom lost his dragon, is it some way for Ergaon to contact Saphira if she dies?

    • bigmike

      He could still talk to her if he has her HoH. So thats not to likely.

      • Kelly

        Thats only if her leaves one for Eragon to use.

  • Macs_bunch

    I hope they’re metioned in book 4, but I think it unlikely.  I think Christopher put the event in Eragon giving him a possible plot twist, and then it was probably cut in editing, or as he has said several times, his characters grew in different directions.  With every loose thread that we as fans want some closure on, this better be a larger than average book, or we’re going to have a million questions after we read the words……The End. 

    • bigmike

      But dont forget the other books that will take place before, and after, Eragon’s time my friend. CP has plenty of time to tie up the loose ends that we are still clinging to for answers. So dont worry, CP has it all planned out. Even if we dont find out in Inheritance, that just means we get to read another great book from him to find out. 🙂
       

      • Macs_bunch

        Mike has been talking about doing a podcast on the last book, if that happens, and he gets Christopher on, then we will certainly have some chances to get questions answered without waiting another 2+ years for the next novel.  Or for the lucky one to win the podcast sweepstakes, we could ask during the phone call.

  • Samuel

    waiting for November not making comments.

    • A comment about how you aren’t going to make comments… Interesting…

    • Ninaflory

      what’s the point in commenting that . . 

    • Ninaflory

      what’s the point in commenting that . . 

  • Daniel S Emms

    This isn’t Broms seven words related but does anyone else think that the last egg has already hatched and that the dragon and rider are going to surprise us in Book Four? I know it doesn’t seem very likely but how will there be enough time in Book Four for the last dragon to hatch and grow to a decent size let alone train with its rider in order to be of any use against Galbatorix and his forces? I’m trying to get my head around it… perhaps something similar to what happened with Thorn will happen but in a more positive way. Thoughts?

  • Daniel S Emms

    This isn’t Broms seven words related but does anyone else think that the last egg has already hatched and that the dragon and rider are going to surprise us in Book Four? I know it doesn’t seem very likely but how will there be enough time in Book Four for the last dragon to hatch and grow to a decent size let alone train with its rider in order to be of any use against Galbatorix and his forces? I’m trying to get my head around it… perhaps something similar to what happened with Thorn will happen but in a more positive way. Thoughts?

    • Samuel

      wrong set of comments go find a different one  but yes that would be cool.

    • George

      Those were pretty much my thoughts too, except the part about the green dragon having already hatched. You’re right, there probably won’t be much time for the dragon to grow, unless the events of book 4 happen over the course of a few months which I think is unlikely. I think Greeni will hatch at the end of the book when the main conflict is over, thus starting the new generation of riders or something like that.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      I have had this theory for a while. I thinm the girl and woman angela was reading the dragon knuckle bones is a rider. I have thought that it would make sense that another of eragon’s family members would become the final rider. I know people think it impossible, but it never says that salina was burried or that brom actually saw her body so the old woman with the girl could have been salina. Her wrists were mangled from imprisonment, maybe galbatorix had her in prison. The final revalation would be that the girl is salina’s daughter, maybe fathered by galbatorix through rape or some kind of true name control. This would explain how galbatorix’s last egg could hatch and make its way to the varden. Also it would make sense that salina was the mother of the three new riders. The two women could have been headed to train with oromis before he died.

      • Matt

        If the woman was Selena then why wouldn’t she have said something to Eragon (her son)? Everyone in the Varden knows that Eragon was from Carvahall so it wouldn’t have been hard for her to deduce who he was. Also, if they were headed to train with Oromis then they are kind of headed in the wrong direction seeing as they were currently far south (close to Surda) and Oromis is up in Du Weldenvarden.

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          Remember that Brom did not reveal that he was Eragon’s father and he lived in Carvahall for 15 years and then traveled through the Empire with Eragon. It is likely that if it was Selena that she would not say anything to Eragon at all. If she revealed herself to him then it would have become a great distraction when Eragon needs to be focusing on the war effort. She may also be ashamed of giving Eragon up. Perhaps in fleeing Galbatorix, their easiest path lead them south to Surda first. Eragon bounced around the Empire in indirect paths in his evasion of the empire with Brom. Once they got into neutral territory they would not have as hard a time traveling east then north.

        • Rogerlairdwriting

          There are two simple explanations to these questions. Brom kept his fatherhood of eragon secret for 15 years selena could be ashamed or maybe she knew eragon needed to focus on the war at the time. As far as going south it could have been a simple matter of path of least resistance during the escape or that they were already south with murtagh or something like that.

          • Rogerlairdwriting

            The other comment said it didnt go through, obviously it was worded better.

      • Comett

        The only thing I dislike about the “another human rider” theories is that currently there are 3 humans to 0 elf riders, when we know the majority of riders were elves.  While definitely not impossible, of course, I’d be a little bit disappointed to have *another* human rider.  I guess it could go both ways: we could have an elven rider who is an experienced spellcaster with a young and inexperienced dragon, or we could have a slightly more experienced dragon with a human rider who (chances are) needs a considerable amount of training in magic.

      • Matt L

        I posted this exact same theory in the forums a while back, and I was surprised at how angry people got in their responses, opposing it. I’ve since changed my mind about the girl being a dragon rider, but I still think she is eragons half sister through Selena and Galbatorix’s “forced” relationship.

        There’s just too many things that fit.

  • George

    I think the seven words will play an important role in Book 4, but simply haven’t been mentioned as much as the other plot points have, since Eragon has had so much to worry about and do e.t.c. Also, as far as I can recall (and I could be wrong because it’s been a while since I read the books,) the search for ‘the true name’ mentioned by the Ra’zac hasn’t been elaborated on since the start of Brisingr either, again, because Eragon has had other pressing matters to deal with. But we know the search for the true name is important, and so, maybe, are the seven words. 

  • The Grey Rider

    I reckon they’re a chink in Galby’s armour, something he’s overlooked, during the memory Brom gave Saphira it mentioned finding chinks in wards and bypassing defenses.
    They could be passwords to Galbatorix’s defenses on Uru’baen, a way to unbind Shruikan from his power, although I’d say that they won’t directly harm Galbatorix due to the fact that’s what everyone would expect.
    Besides, Galby being torn apart by a freed Shruikan would be entertaining to say the least right?
    I’m kind of sympathetic to Murtagh, Thorn and Shruikan, because they’re all Galby’s slaves, and Shruikan in particular seems to be damnably unlucky; Paolini would give a victim character like him a spot of revenge right?

    • Probabully

      I like your theory. I think Brom, hiding in Carvahall for all those years, had to have been thinking day in and day out about how it was possible to defeat Galbatorix. After he defeated Morzan, Galby was last in line on the list of bad guys, so he had to have had at least something up his sleeve.

    • Denmark111

      I agree. It would be real cool if it was a spell to release Shruikan, but there is still the question why he didn’t share with Oromis.

      • nyénanolwë

        i think oromis is the key of these words, he is oldest and his dragon knows much … his dragon will help him to reach the power to use the words .

    • Denmark111

      I agree. It would be real cool if it was a spell to release Shruikan, but there is still the question why he didn’t share with Oromis.

    • bigmike

      I like the part about Shruikan being freed, but not the part about Shruikan killing Galby. I say Eragon will kill him, Shruikan, being free, but now slightly twisted from his slavery, goes into a rage filled furry destroying the throne room and feasting on Galby’s head (like Saphira almost did to the slave driver in Eragon) the throne room falls but Shruikan is saved by someone using magic. Shruikan, being grateful, takes the savior as its new rider/ its old rider saves it from being crushed, reveiling that they are a rider. CP has really set up a few places for some “grand finales” to close this great series. We will have to wait these last two months and find out.  🙂

      • Ninafory

        not a bad idea, but Shruikan’s rider was killed when Galby forced it to hatch. It said so in either Eragon or Eldest.

      • Ninafory

        not a bad idea, but Shruikan’s rider was killed when Galby forced it to hatch. It said so in either Eragon or Eldest.

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    I find it funny, looking at this as an author makes you wonder if CP isn’t sitting at home laughing about us making something out of nothing asvsome intended practical joke, making us think that the words are important and leaving them unmentioned as some plot to laugh at us. I admit it is a bit crude, but I have done this in my novel Legacy Book 1: Beginnings that I am going to publish as an ebook sometime in the next two weeks. I drop powerful foreshadowing and some of it means a lot and the few little jokes I will laugh at if people ever take this much interest in the story.

    • Rogerlairdwriting

      This was meant to be a reply to comett. Sorry.

    • Comett

      Lol it does make you wonder hey

      “Sorry guys but stop obsessing”

    • bigmike

      So you are like me, if I was a writer, I would find the most popular blog/website that is linked to my books, and watch what the fans are saying. If they come close to what im putting in the next book, or one of their ideas is better then what i was going to put, I might change it a little bit and put it in the book. UK?  >:)

      • Rogerlairdwriting

        This could also be a great solution for writer’s block, put out a leading theory and ask for interpretations then choose the favorite or most unlikely and adapt it to fit your story, noone would ever know you did it.

  • Comett

    I don’t think they are Eragon’s true name for two reasons.  As Roger said below, you can “feel” it even if you don’t know that someone has said your true name.  Secondly, Eragon has changed a lot since then, and there is no way Brom could have “forseen” exactly how Eragon would develop, yet alone after the events of the Blood-Oath Celebration, Murtagh, Arya, general training/learning, Oromis and Glaedr etc.  Nor do I really think that Brom gave Eragon a spell.  Why would that spell need to be hidden?  Why would Eragon have not remembered it during his training or learning of the Ancient Language?  Why wouldn’t he have used it yet?

    If these words were to be plausibly important, and yet “forgotten” throughout the rest of the series, what could they be?  Something so seemingly simple that Eragon doesn’t understand their importance (or perhaps sees them as a blessing).  Something uncommon enough that (as CP said somewhere I’m sure) only a couple have already been seen in the books.  Something relevant to the time of Brom’s death.  A phrase with multiple meanings would be my bet: a location, a password, a piece of advice.  Either that or a phrase that, by the nature of its contents, disables the one who knows it from remembering it until a “time of great need”, which I imagine would revolve around the user’s death… perhaps a Rider’s secret or something.  Which might explain why Oromis never mentioned it or why Eragon never remembered it.

    ^ Not that that theory has any groundings what-so-ever, it just seems to me something that would make sense… because honestly precious few theories in this situation DO make sense :X

    • Denmark111

      I like the idea that it was a blessing. It explains why we haven’t heard about it since as it was something personal between him and Brom.

  • Rogerlairdwriting

    My first theory is that the words are related to the VOS. Not the words to open it, that is Eragon’s name. They would possibly break the spell preventing people from recalling the ROK or lead him there somehow. The reason I think this is because of the references given about time of greatest need, and when all seems lost and your power is insufficient. Both these references seem similar in circumstance. The second theory is that they are something in relation to defeating galbatorix. Brom always talked about thinking of something your enemy hasn’t thought of. Perhaps this is a spell brom thought could kill galbatorix. It could be galbatorix’s true name, if eragon learned it and didnt know what it was or hadnt searched for it maybe finding out would prevent the spell from killing him. Brom was dying so he wouldnt care if it killed him, also oromis said he was still searching in a round about way. This means that brom may have discovered it and not died. I highly doubt it was eragon’s true name because eragon would have felt something. Sloan felt it when eragon muttered his true name, saying, “someone walking on my grave.” This shows that even ot knowing it is your true name, you feel it when someone close by speaks it. Even if you dont hear it.

    • I just realized something completely obscure. To open the Vault of Souls, Eragon has to speak his name, right? What if he has to speak his true name, which forces him to seek it? I feel as if that could be an important plot point in Inheritance. (Just food for thought that popped into my head, sorry.)

      • Rogerlairdwriting

        I think that his quest for his true name will be an important plot development in book 4 because CP has made eragon spend so much time thinking about it already. I’m not sure that it will tie in with the VOS. I think solembum would have said true name to eragon if it was needed, no reason to be unclear about something so important. Imagine eragon on the brink of opening the VOS and under his time constraints having to go on a pilgrimage to discover his true name not to mention he may be in mortal danger when this occurs, when all seems lost and your power insufficient. Also I think it unlikely that his true name be the password to open the VOS unless it was exactly the same as the first eragons and that would take away eragons individuality. It is more likely that he is eragon and as such the VOS will open if he says ERAGON. Eragon 1s significance makes this the most likely solution.

        • Some guy

          Maybe his true name is just “Eragon” 😛

  • Adilas73

    Did’nt Christopher say in a interveiw that all the words have been in all previous books, i’m not sure though, can someone check please.

  • Adilas73

    Did’nt Christopher say in a interveiw that all the words have been in all previous books, i’m not sure though, can someone check please.

  • Adilas73

    Did’nt Christopher say in a interveiw that all the words have been in all previous books, i’m not sure though, can someone check please.

  • Anonymous

    I think the seven words are eragons true name, he just doesnt know it. i think brom figured out his name because he spent all of that time in carvahall watching eragon and traveling together, i think brom figured it out. maybe solumbum told brom the prophecy and brom knew that eragon would need his name to open the vault of souls. the reason that the name was hidden from us is because CP said in an interview that he was never going to reveal anyones true names 

    • Denmark111

      Yes, but wouldn’t Eragon notice when he heard his true name? Remember Sloan? When he heard his true name he definitely noticed. And he didn’t even know the ancient language! 

      • Alexis

        it might be easier to figure out someelses true name then ur own. I think it is his name and never discussed it becuase he didn’t want anyone to know

        • Denmark111

          What I’m trying to say is, that Sloan muttered “Someone walking on my grave”, when Eragon guessed his true name. That doesn’t sound very nice to me. I think Eragon should have recognized his name when he heard it.

          • jonesk2

            I’m guessing that people react differently to their true names based on what their name implies. Sloan wasn’t a very nice guy, thus hearing his true name made him feel bad. Eragon, being good, would react differently. I’m thinking that hearing his name caused some kind of flutter inside of him that he put down to grief over Brom’s death and ignored. 

            This part is a bit of a stretch. Operating off the assumption Skulblaka_Shur’tugal is correct and Christopher did say that two of the words had been used already, maybe, in the case of a Rider, part of their true name is also the name of their sword. Thus, Brisngr is one of the seven words. I can see Morzan having “misery” as part of his true name.   

          • Denmark111

            While what you are saying makes sense, I still doubt it. But I guess we will just have to wait for Inheritance, huh (55 days to go 0.o)? 🙂

          • jonesk2

            Oh, I doubt it as well. Just playing “Galbatorix’s advocate.”

        • Denmark111

          What I’m trying to say is, that Sloan muttered “Someone walking on my grave”, when Eragon guessed his true name. That doesn’t sound very nice to me. I think Eragon should have recognized his name when he heard it.

  • Fla Boggyboy

    I was thinking. In one of the books(I can’t remember which one), Oromis said that galbatorix had a spell cast on his own true name, so that if anyone utters it aloud, they will die. What if Brom told Eragon Galbatorix’s true name, and he did die right after speaking the words. I mean it is a stretch, but it could work.

    • Adilas73

      But wouldnt the person die instantaniously, because brom said what they meant after he said the seen words.

      • Adilas73

        Sorry, seven, instead of seen. lol

    • Question, what would be the point of giving Eragon Galbatorix’s true name? The second Eragon uttered it, he would die. Unless Inheritance ends up being a ‘Ptolemy’s Gate’ type of sacrifice ending, which isn’t possible because of ‘Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia’.

  • Fla Boggyboy

    I was thinking. In one of the books(I can’t remember which one), Oromis said that galbatorix had a spell cast on his own true name, so that if anyone utters it aloud, they will die. What if Brom told Eragon Galbatorix’s true name, and he did die right after speaking the words. I mean it is a stretch, but it could work.

  • Perhaps it was a true name? I know CP is purposely not putting them into the books, and that they can be anywhere between a couple of words and a phrase or paragraph. I don’t think it is a spell, or if it is, it probably won’t be too difficult or complex – it seems that the more powerful the spell is, the longer it is, and seven words doesn’t seem particularly long to me. It may also be used in connection with the Vault of Souls, as he says “use them only in great need”, which is more or less the same that Solembum said when he gave his magical advice. OR, it could have little or no consequence whatsoever – it could be just a detailed and profane curse that Brom was particularly fond of… but I don’t think so 😀

  • Cgstockwell

    Sooooo, im going to go ahead and agree with mike here…However, what IF those 7 words were what Brom thought was Eragon’s true name? And that they never have been mentioned because Eregon just hasn’t been able to figure it out yet? I would imagine that finding your own true name would be quite difficult and even if it was spoken too you you wouldn’t get it right off the bat.  That is the only reason i can think of for it never to have come up before.  It would also make sense that Brom would have not told him it was what he thought his true name was so to  be…discrete? maybe? In case of having his mind read or something…IDK just throwing it out there.

    • Denmark111

      It makes sense EXCEPT: When Eragon told Sloan his true name he noticed. And he didn’t even know about the ancient language. 

      • Anonymous

        Maybe eragon was so caught up in broms death that he didnt realize what he said, or maybe eragons true name hadnt become those seven words yet but brom had a premonition that it would.

        • Denmark111

          That would make more sense, but I still doubt it. What kind of last words would it be to tell Eragon “I think this will be you in a year or so”. It just doesn’t sound right.

  • Sixx4balla

    Mike I’ve been wondering…how do you choose the order of the big twenty articles?

  • snowlight silent night

    Maybe there words Brom learned from Mozan or one of the other foresworn when he was fighting them. In book 2 or 3  Murtagh told Eragon that Galbotorix told him words that held great power and not even the elves dare say them. Assumeing that Galbortorix shared the words with Mozan and the foresworn too if they used them during the fight with Brom and by chance or what ever Brom learned the meaning of the words during the fight. So Brom past the words to Eragon in case he didnt learn them from another teacher.

  • Man, I really can’t say anything. There are hundreds of possibilities. I’m just gonna wait until November.

    • bigmike

      I agree with you. CP has really set up a few places for some “grand finales” to close this great series. We will have to wait these last two months and find out.  🙂 But it is so hard to wait!!! But then I dont want the wait to end cause then the Inheritance cycle will be over and i will have to find a new series……… so……….  :/

  • eebi

    Maybe there’s something about the words that only enables you to use them (or remember them) in a time of REALLY great need. There could be some variation of Du Namar Aurboda, that doesn’t let you remember them until you really really need them. I think Christopher would have cleared up the debate about these words if they really had been of no importance. There’s no reason for him to let such a popular theory grow if there’s no truth to it. And even if they were part of Eragon’s regular vocabulary, wouldn’t he remember Brom when using them? I mean, those were some of the last words Brom said to him, and I’m sure they’d hold some sentiment even if they were just normal words in the ancient languange.

    • bigmike

      Hmmmmmmmm…………    <: ?   interesting to say the least…….

    • bigmike

      Hmmmmmmmm…………    <: ?   interesting to say the least…….

  • stroodle_910

    On my third read through of the Cycle, I was reading this part of Eragon and I suddenly thought, “Those seven words could be the name of the Ancient Language!” Now, I doubt that Brom would have the power to control the entire Ancient Language, or anyone else for that matter, so in time of great need would imply that only in the gravest of situations should Eragon risk trying to control the Ancient Language. It would make sense that he would only try to control it in a “I AM about to die , and I MIGHT die if I do this” situation. 

    • bigmike

      But then Eragon wouldnt be wondering what the true name is if brom had told him.

    • bigmike

      But then Eragon wouldnt be wondering what the true name is if brom had told him.

    • SomerandomguynamedGeorge

      Well, if Brom knew the name of the Ancient Language, wouldn’t he be able to keep himself from dying? Or does it overwhelm you when you try to control it?

      • stroodle_910

        that’s just the thing! Brom didn’t know if it would overwhelm him or not (I don’t think) but Eragon is a stronger magician than Brom because of Saphira, so theoretically, he has a better chance. this is IF it overwhelms him. We can’t know untill someone tries it which is why the words should only be used in great need:)

  • Skulblaka_Shur’tugal

    CP has stated that two of the words have already appeared in previous books. I am thinking that the other five–and what the first two were–will be revealed in Book 4. If not, well, then I guess that just means more stuff for us to find after the series is complete.

    • stroodle_910

      when did he say that?

    • Denmark111

      I haven’t heard about that. When did he say that?

      • bigmike

        In one of the interviews. idk which one tho……

      • bigmike

        In one of the interviews. idk which one tho……

  • Anonymous

    I think it is strange how CP had Brom tell Eragon  the seven words. It made it sound like they were very important. But it’s also strange that they were never mentioned again. My guess is that Eragon forgot them and at some moment of great need (lets say he is dying) He has a flashback, or remembers them for whatever reason and uses the words to save himself. His other moments of great need were great but he still had a chance to escape or get saved, but I think it has to be a moment were he has no hope at all. 
    But still it’s odd that CP never mentioned the words after that….

    • Anonymous

      maybe he has an impulse to use them when the wall is falling on roran in the sneak peek chapter of the book. he could accidentally use them and be able to shape the world to his will so he will be able to save roran.

      • bigmike

        Or it is a spell that allows someone to tap into the speakers magical talents for a short time. Enabling Roran to us magic to save himself. Crazy aint it? But possible.

        • Me

          I like that idea ha ha. Dunno how likely it is, but still 🙂

        • Me

          I like that idea ha ha. Dunno how likely it is, but still 🙂

          • bigmike

            Unlikely. But EPICLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! like the epic  rap battles of history: gandolf vs dumbledore.  🙂

      • Anonymous

        That makes sense too, I could see how his love for Roran could make him use the words

    • Kathace

      Perhaps this occurs when Eragon is “bloody and in manacles” as CP has relieved when he was telling us what the current chapter he was writing happened to contain.

      • Anonymous

        That’s true! I didn’t think of that

      • Anonymous

        That’s true! I didn’t think of that

      • Anonymous

        That’s true! I didn’t think of that

  • Cody

    First

    • Anonymous

      Awhh I thought I was going to be first lol