Inheritance Book Club Episode 19 is Here and Features Christopher Paolini’s Editor, Michelle Frey!

The penultimate episode of The Inheritance Book Club Podcast has arrived! Episode nineteen, the final week of Brisingr, featured an incredibly special co-host: Michelle Frey, long-time editor of the Inheritance Cycle! Aside from the Paolini family, no one knows the books — including Inheritance (Book 4) — better than Michelle. She joins us for one of our best episodes yet to discuss the final one-hundred pages of Brisingr, including the big Eldunari reveal and the death of Oromis (and body-death of Glaedr), in addition to giving us some insider information on working with Christopher and editing Book 4.

Whether or not you’ve listened to all of our episodes, this is a great place to jump in to listen. Michelle’s commentary, answers, and contributions make for exciting content for Inheritance fans… and some clues about Book 4 and the Cycle as a whole may just be mixed in. And remember: Christopher Paolini himself will be joining us for the final episode in the series!

Shurtugal.com Presents: The Inheritance Cycle Book Club, Episode Nineteen — Featuring Michelle Frey:



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

  • Introduction! Your hosts are Mike Macauley (Shur’tugal, Lytherus, The Inheritance Almanac), Lauren Zurchin (Lytherus), and special guest Michelle Frey (Editor of the Inheritance Cycle)
  • Elundari are explained!
  • Eragon and Saphira talk to the Menoa tree and aquire brightsteel
  • Rhunon helps Eragon forge a sword!
  • Eragon heads straight back into battle.
  • Glaedr dies.
  • Eragon and Saphira ponder their future.
  • THE END. That’s it. That’s all. No more. (until Nov. 8th)
  • Michelle answers some fantastic questions which weren’t included in the book discussion section
  • We give this week’s sweepstakes word!
  • It’s time for the theory section. Oops. Not this week.
  • End of episode nineteen!

The final episode of The Inheritance Book Club will release later this week… and will feature a very special guest: Christopher Paolini! Please be sure to brush up on your Book 4 theories in addition to reading the two previously-released Book 4 excerpts, “King Cat” and “Into the Breach”, to keep up with us!

As mentioned in the podcast, here is a picture (from 2005) of Mike Macauley (left) and Robert “Bob” Cox (right) with Ryan Hiaasen (center, the person who “discovered” Eragon in Montana).

  • I agree with you Chris, I always thought ending would have made a great title….

  • Coasterking

    episode 20 of the podcast is on itunes 

  • Michael Sheehan

    i’m not sure if anyone has said this already or if it was in the Big Twenty… but i think the menoa tree was impregnated. since she grows and lives so slowly it could be a while before she produces a child. i just think she took some ingedients from Eragon…

  • stroodle910

    What’s this? More than 10,000 likes? We all get Chris’s autograph!!!

  • Anonymous

    only 4 days left everyone!

  • THEORIES!!! 

    Here’s our notes from the cut theories section. keep in mind that these aren’t conclusive in full thoughts, necessarily, or even in sentence structure! But this is the outline of what we discussed. Hope this helps! 

    • hoke

      thanks Lauren there were some interesting theories here! i wish we could everybodies thoughts on them though

    • Your screen resolution is awful! Makes me sick!

    • Wow, I am so sick of everyone complaining. Next time, don’t say anything, fans, or do it yourself, Bob. 

    • stroodle910

      OH MY GOOOOOOSH!!!! I’m in there!:D I am SOOO happy!  

      • stroodle910

        Nathan S. that’s me! Thank you so much Lauren for putting up the outline!

    • The Green dragon

      thanks! i finally had a good theory but these were better than mine so im not complaining 🙂 but thanks for posting this. whether or not you used my theory was eating me alive!

  • Anil Patel

    What would Rhunon would have done if there was no fall for the riders following brom regarding their swords?

  • p.i.m.c!

    That’s it, I’m challenging myself to read all three books now before inheritance comes out, i cant help myself. Thank god for kindles!

    • ElRon_the_Great

      hmm, if I had the time I’d do it too, but I gotta study 🙁

  • p.i.m.c!

    Ah! Michelle’s commenting on Murtagh sounds ominous…. 🙁

  • Jimlafa

    how can i download the podcast without itunes??cant i download str8 from the site to my computer?

  • Chirs_is-da_bomb

    Chris Hates Nausuada!! Mike thats harsh

  • Chirs_is-da_bomb

    See so then it has to be you

  • Kmb

    It’s hilarious that Michelle totally didn’t catch Mike’s sarcasm about Chris’ favorite character being Nasuada.  And Lauren tried to correct her and she just forged ahead.  Overall, this was a GREAT podcast and really stayed on task.  Can’t wait for Episode 20 with Christopher Paolini!

  • wiseman-8

    was it me, or did Mike say Chris’ favorite character was Nasuada 🙂

  • hoke

    do you think that michelle didnt really give us much in the podcast? just stuff we already knew

  • Jords619

    hey anyone notice the two toataly different spellings for the heart of hearts
    Elundari
    Eldunari 
    which one is it

    • Lil Uhura

      Eldunari.

  • Chirs_is-da_bomb

    People People calm down the green Rider is obviously Chris Addison

    • Well, green is my favorite color….

      • Shut up, that’s my dragon. I’m also going to be king.

    • Chirs_is-da_bomb

      So then it has to be you not Arya or Roran

  • eebi

    I love this podcast. And I love Lauren. And I love the fact that Mike said that Chris’ favorite character is Nasuada. Thank you guys so much for doing this. The last 19 weeks have been amazing!

    • Episode 20 is quite interesting so far!

      • eebi

        I can’t wait! Oh, and I missed saying I love the little “Bob interludes.” 🙂

  • Anchal Jain

    Angela reminds me of Tom Bombadil in the sense that she seems invincible and she is so quirky and mysterious. I thought of him when mike said that he doesn’t feel that Angela can die.

    • Me

      Ah, nice comparison. Tom is really quite strange sometimes
      Too bad the movie skipped him. Understandable, but a bit sad 😛

  • Mollywaters94

    The peeps who made Lord of the Rings should make Eragon the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bigmike

    I find that remark highly insulting!

    • ItsEminem

      What remark? Me? What did I do now?

      • bigmike

        Not you. My comments arent posting as replies but as a new thread. Ugh!

  • bigmike

    I find that remark highly insulting!

  • CraigW

    Any ideas why Oromis didn’t use the energy in his diamond to give him strength/energy when he got attacked as there was a point made to how much energy was put in it? or maybe it wasn’t used on purpose as eragon may get it in book 4?

    • Anonymous

      I’m pretty sure that he was unable to use it due to his seizure

  • Blu_jean_girl

    Michelle edits “The Penderwicks”! I LOVE those books! They are so good, I really think they are the modern “Little Women”. If you have the chance and you’re into that kind of book I highly recommend them!

  • Daniel S Emms

    Random thought: I think Glaedr’s eldunari will be used to enhance the dragon in a safe and healthy way and will leave an imprint on Greeni – hence the gold eyes and tints seen on the book cover. SO EXCITED!!!!!!

    • Daniel S Emms

      PS this has probably/definitely already been thought of and voiced ha.

  • Happy Birthday to Christopher Addison, Shurtugal’s resident air-breather.

    I think he’s turning 12…

  • Arrétay

    This doesn’t really have to do with the episode, but:

    This is what always happens to me when an author ends an amazing book series:
    First- I want them to have someone, or them, draw the characters the way they see them. That would be cool. Sure it’s fun to see the person the way we see them, but I think it’d be cool to see the characters the way the author sees them.
    Second- I want them to right one more book that tells what happens to the characters after all is said and done… or something similar to that anyway.
    Well those are some things I think would be awesome. Anyway, want to hear something awesome? Only Seven more days left of waiting! It’s getting closer everyday!

    • bigmike

      Six days left!

  • XxxX

    In the First three books?

  • Anonymous

    Question. Who is the new Rider? I think it will be Arya.

  • Frankbaney

    Is it just me or is your Inheritance count down off by a day?

    • Bookworm

      Kind of. On Alagaesia.com, the clock has days, hours, minutes, and seconds. It is 7 days and so many hours. 

    • It’s you.

    • guest

      i noticed that too! i thought i was going insane because no one else mentioned it!

  • D-Dom

    How many people think that they will make the rest of the Eragon movies?

    • Daniel S Emms

      I don’t think so. I have read up on it heaps. They screwed up so many character portrayals and events + did an all round terrible job. R.I.P FILMS.

    • bigmike

      Only if they get Tim Burton, the guy that made the Transformers moovies, or the guy who made the Avitar movie. Otherwise, they wont be able to use the detail to give the books the justice it deserves.

      • Cory Knoll

        …re…really? You want Tim Burton or Michael Bay to make an Eragon Movie? Tim would make everything dark grey-scaled, gaunt and depressing and Michael would make Urgals explode every second, the battles would be a mess of blurs and sparks, and Arya would be played by [Insert random hot girl that cannot act]. James Cameron might be able to make it good, and he’d be thurough, too, but we wouldn’t see it til 2025. Baaaad ideas, my friend.

        • hoke

          im saying get george lucas to do it. peter jackson would be ok but it would be too similar to LOTR and be really boring as well

        • bigmike

          So you wouldnt like to see an Urgal’s head blow off?

    • Mr-x

      Only if they get a decent crew and redo Eragon because they totally screwed up the first attempt

    • Cory Knoll

      Of course they won’t! It’s been 5 years since that “movie” (if you can call it that) came out and there is not a single whisper of a sequel. On top of that, they screwed up the entire plot so much, I don’t even know they COULD proceed to the second book. That movie was awful and a disgrace to the inheritance Cycle. Ignore it’s existence and move on. Our best hope would be that they let someone else make a movie for Eragon and do it right, but it’s not likely going to happen.

  • I finally know what it feels like to be one of the new readers and not hear the theory section :'(

    I can completely relate to Eragon losing the men who have been father figures to him. I’ve spent my whole life without a father and I know how it feels to not know what kind of a man was the one who fathered me. He did eventually find out and he should really feel lucky, that in this war time he was able to spend so much time with his father even if he didn’t know exactly who he was.

  • Lovencar

    Looks like the books are starting to arrive in store:
    http://p.twimg.com/AdGTZsZCIAAscAy.jpg .  Very tempted to stage a break-in.  Kidding.

    • Anonymous

      Kidding…or are you? haha

    • Desirea Yardley

      Man i be so tempted

    • Do it. Mail one to me!

    • Meh

      Omg. I’m in pain!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mr-x

      Ooooh need a partner in crime hahahaha

    • Arya<3

      so.. you just snapped a picture of that in a store?

    • *Goes into rage mode* GIMME GIMME GIMME

  • Rubydragon

    Eragon’s own eldunari? How will he be able to disgorge it out then, if he could?

  • BY THE WAY the picture with Ryan Hiaasen reminded me, (random comment) has anyone read Carl Hiaasen’s three books called Hoot, Flush, and Scat? I really recommend it to people who like mystery. I just finished Scat and it was truly amazing.

  • I think when you read the Inheritance Cycle you become better and better at keeping secrets since you’re reading about people who keep them all the time. Brom and Oromis have hidden some pretty big things and I’ll admit I was more of a big mouth before I read these books.

    • Anonymous

      I love those books!!!!!!

      • Arya<3

        yeah I would have expected that cause your on shurtugal, lol

    • bigmike

      What cant Inheritance do for you?

  • Mwang1997

    Only Eragon would lose his virginity to a former murderer, elven, living, over two thousand year old tree.

  • Akshayraj Aitha

    Ohmygod she’s a Frey! those traitor bastards… How DARE they kill Robb? 😛

    • Frankbaney

      I am reading those books right now and that was one of my favorite parts

    • bigmike

      That sounds familar somewhere in the back of my mind…. What book is that from?

      • Logic Lawyer

        A Song of Ice and Fire, I’m pretty sure.

    • Natalie

      Awwww man.. I just finished Clash of Kings. Haven’t gotten to that yet.
      You ruined it.. You ruined it.

  • Tantail93

    What was the original title of book three when it was meant to be a trilogy?

    • Jc1557

      Empire

      • firesword 52

        we do not know that there was not title

      • That is absolutely not true.

        • Giggles

          I also thought it was originally supposed to be “Empire”. I recall seeing a quote by Paolini to that effect? I guess I was wrong. WAS there an original name for the third book?

        • WHAAAA

          Then I’ve been completely mislead.

  • Lovencar

    C’mon.  Eragon sends Sloan off to an unknown place with complete strangers, no friends or family nearby, blinds him, ends his ego-trip with “you shall live with the knowledge that she is with Roran and they are happy together, without you” (ouch)….and he expected Sloan to improve within a couple weeks/few months?  Pshhhh.  One of the cruelest possible punishments in disguise of mercy ever.

    • Valbrandr

      Eragon didn’t blind Sloan. The Ra’zac did.

      • Arya<3

        lol big diference

    • GLAEDR

      he deserved a cruel punishment for his actions

  • tall-giraff

    I missed Chris 🙁 xxx

  • Anonymous

    I hope we see a lot of Galbatorix in Book 4.

    I think it would be pretty fun to get him and Angela in the same room.

    • zenethis 23

      of you know what i mean 😉

    • bigmike

      Hmmmmm. Anyone got a video camera? lol

  • Arya;s Lovechild

    Is it just me, or does Michelle Frey sound like Elva?

  • ItsEminem

    What’s to hate about Galby? He is the most interesting character we have yet to meet. A misunderstood villain who is only slightly discomforting for the average person. 

  • ItsEminem

    I always liked Oromis. But I sort of hated how he forced Eragon to call him ‘master’. Arrogant much? I would have told him to kiss my ***. But still he was an interesting character and very learned in how he talked and such. Between the like and the hate I wasn’t too bothered by his death, mostly neutral. It was expected anyway.

    • War Rider

      Calling him master is a way to show respect to your teacher, martial arts teachers like Karate, Kung Fu, etc. also are like that.

      Oh and Mike, V for Victory on that poll with Nasuada’s decision on the whipping.

      • ItsEminem

        That is why I don’t do Karate and Kung Fu. Would you go around asking people to call you master? They are all arrogant. Respect? Eragon didn’t even know the guy yet. There are other ways to show respect than arrogance.

        • TopHat

          dude he saved eragon already. after eragon killed durza he was nearly consumed/destroyed if it wasnt for oromis eragon wouldnt be. eragon is obligated to show him respect and honour due to his own life. oromis isnt out of line as master.

          • ItsEminem

            I know it is really nice of him and all. I mean I do like Oromis. But if I helped someone, as is only natural in life, I wouldn’t ask people to praise me and call me master and what not. I’m not full of myself. I liked the ancient language term he called Oromis by though. What did that mean?

          • I believe that it was just another way of saying ‘master’ but my skills with the AL are lacking

          • Anonymous

            if im right i believe that the word was ebrithril….i think lol

          • zenethis 23

            itseminem youre a master debater

          • ItsEminem

            HaHa. Funny guy.

          • bigmike

            It meant Elder.

        • Calling your seniors “master” is just a way of showing your humility and respect. Also, it is more arrogant to think that you do not need to respect the people who have come before you and have put in so much effort to be in the position that they are. But, obviously, the word “respect” hasn’t entered your dictionary yet.

          • ItsEminem

            Ha, I’m not the one insulting someone over the internet. Anyway, I respect those who deserve it, but they have to prove themselves to me. I don’t respect a random person I don’t know just because they spent 10 years learning how to do a flying kick or something. Also I show my respect without the word master. In my faith that is only for god. Not men.

          • Arya<3

            think of it this way… would you just disrespect your teacher on the first day of school? If they asked you to call them Mr. D or whatever would u just call them by their first name

          • ItsEminem

            It’s in the wording. I don’t mind mister, or sir. I called that to all of my teachers (or Mrs, Miss) even through college.

          • War Rider

            Master is no different, just seems our perception of the word “master” seems to have changed. Might want to look at it at a better light to realize it is not as bad as you think.

          • hoke

            in my school we call our professors brother or sister then last name. its a church school (BYU-I) and calling adults brother and sister is just a weird mormon thing we do haha

          • bigmike

            Percy Jackson reference? 

          • Bmurphy91

            this guys a complete troll…

          • ItsEminem

            Ha, I’m a troll? I like the cycle. You say one bad thing about the cycle on here and the fanboys are at your throat.

          • bigmike

            But you have to remember that the elves do not believe in any god. So their rules are different then ours.

          • bigmike

            Well if someone took ten years to learn a stepping jump front kick(the term I learned it as), then they are no master at the arts they are learning.

          • ItsEminem

            I guess not. I was just making a point using it as a generalised term . I respect people who are helping the poor the starving, those who are making a difference. Those who are saints, you know what I mean?

          • bigmike

            Yep.

        • bigmike

          Who are you calling arrogant? You wouldnt call someone who has been training in a subject since before you were born. Look who is arrogant now?

          • ItsEminem

            What fact? Arrogant means to be full of your own self-importance. No where have I boasted of anything of mines. I just presented my opinion, backed by the use of the word ‘I’. Check up what you are saying mate. Disrespect martial arts? I love fighting. I don’t like some attitudes though, the ‘arts’ have nothing to do with the what I have said. Thats why I do boxing, it’s different from the rest. What do you mean call me out? A fight? What age range are you in?

          • bigmike

            Bout to be 18. So my age range is about to change. But I could use a good sparring match. The rest of my class has become predictable. And I was pointing out the fact that if someone has mastered an art, they have earned the right to be called a master in that field. And it was mostly a joke.lol But I understand what you mean by your dislike of calling people you dont know a powerful term……. But Im hyper todayand i put things without thinking. But a sparring match would do us some good for practice, no matter the age range.

          • ItsEminem

            Do you fight in any league? Or is it just sparring? I do box, but I’m not a fan of the cowardly style being taught today; you know: jab and run back wards. Repeat. It doesn’t matter to me if a person loses but I want a real fight, with real blood, real KO’s and broken bones… now I’m just getting carried away. I started with Kung Fu. Didn’t like the teacher and it felt ‘unmanly’. Lol. So I joined boxing instead: you know the classin noble art of bar room brawling where you plant your fist in the other mans throat. Damn, too man movies. You get a lot of training where I live: rough neighbourhood. Including the noble act of 10 on 1. Place is a hell hole. 

              

          • bigmike

            I do a form of mma and tap out mostly. My style is Gaiden Kia (outside tradition) and is mostly Jap/ korean mix with a little bit of everything else thrown in. But one of the modos at my dojo is “If your not bleeding, you not training” and another one is “if there is no sweat in your wounds, train harder”. We train brutally, but it is a fun enviroment at the same time. The birthday tradition is to back the lucky birthday boy/girl into the corner then let the whole class go at them. If they make it to the door, they are safe. If not…… You get the picture right?lol  It is awesome.

    • You would have told him to kiss your *** and then he would have killed you slowly 😉

      • ItsEminem

        No, he wouldn’t He is an elf: no violence. On top of that he wouldn’t understand me. Oh, wait… he isn’t real… that puts a dent in my theory…

        • Bmurphy91

          did you not read the books? elves can be plenty violent numb nuts. of course oromis told eragon to call him his master… HE WAS HIS MASTER it wasnt arrogance  just the fact that he was actually learned in the ways of being a dragon rider therefore he was the master and eragon the apprentice…

          • ItsEminem

            Let me spell it out for you. I DON’T like the word used.

          • bigmike

            Its what all apprentices in the arts of the martial origin have to use towards their teacher. It is a sign of respect. I have to call my Black belt teacher that when we are having formal classes or something. It is tradition and something that cant be helped.WE call them master because they have taken the time to master the art that they are taking the time to teach us. So be respectful.

          • ItsEminem

            Oh yes, Like the traditions that degraded women? Traditions do not have to stay. Does your teacher work for free? If not then he isn’t really bothered about teaching you, he is just making a living.

          • bigmike

            Actully, Im waved of the wages because Im his assistant. So, yes, he does teach me for free.

          • ItsEminem

            Well then that is a personal relationship. It is different. Martial Arts are being destroyed in western countries. They seem to hand out the black belt to just about anyone and you never know who is legit. I went to China a few years back and damn they are real warriors, especially their Shaolin monks. Not humans.  

          • bigmike

            I know what you mean. I HATE the ATA because they are a bunch of pussies. But Ive been training for over three years and Im still not a black belt. But those Shaolin monks are animals! My teacher is a national champion fighter, but he would still get his butt whipped by one of them.

          • ItsEminem

            I wouldn’t expect you to be in 3 years. I heard it normally takes around 10-20 years. Too bad your old by then. Lol.

          • bigmike

            Actully, Im a good fighter and I have moved along rather quickly, even considering the American standards, but my instructor grades by skill, not how long you have been training. So im probably going to have to finish my training in between the airforce, and nursing school after I graduate.  (I still hate those ATA pussies)

          • bigmike

            Yall, just lay off of him, he has his right to dislike using the word master. Its his own choice. We might disagree with it but it is his right to be able to choose what words he dislikes and likes. So just lay off of him. He has made some good points and I somewhat agree with him. But I also disagree with him.  Im just not arguing over nothing anymore. It bores me.

          • ItsEminem

            Thanks for the support. Even if you disagree. It was getting hard fighting on all fronts. I normally always leave some sort of criticism of ‘mine’, but it is only because I love the cycle. I’m seen as some big troll or something. Lol.

          • bigmike

            Nah, Your a pherby. They are far more evil then a troll.

    • Anonymous

      Well I shudder to reply to this, considering the debates going on below, but heres my opinions.

      Oromis is not being arrogant, just honest. He did not snap at Eragon, ordering him that he must utterly submit to
      his every whim. All he did is politely inform Eragon that while he is
      studying under Oromis, he will call Oromis master. To be arrogant is: making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights. Oromis never claims that he is superior than Eragon, but it would be utterly ridiculous for him to deny or ignore that he has more experience, training, and knowledge. He is powerful, ancient, wise, and an elder rider. He truly is a master of his field, he has a vast amount of knowledge to pass on. Eragon is a young rider, with barely any training or knowledge of the ancient language. Since Eragon will be learning from him, doesn’t it make sense for him to show the proper deference to his teacher’s status and prowess?

      In the time of the riders, I expect it was normal for pupils to call their teachers master. So Oromis is attempting to make Eragon’s training as much the same as it would have been as possible. Thus, Eragon should call him master.

      For Glaedr I have no comment 😉

      • ItsEminem

        Remember the ‘I’. OK? Anyway, elves in general have all shown a ‘I’m right’ feel to me. I see all of them as arrogant and lazy; I blame Islanzadi. The only ones I like are Arya and Oromis. Everything else you’ve said people have already touched on. I know this is getting out of control now. Lol.

      • ItsEminem

        It still is normal today for a lot of people. ‘I’ just don’t like it. It looks to me as if one is begging for respect.

    • eebi

      Not making any comments on the “master” thing, but you just remind me of Eragon. Remember in Eragon (ie Book 1) how suspicious of Brom he was when Brom was his master and teaching him stuff? If Brom had wanted to be called master, Eragon would probably have said the same thing you did above.
      Just an interesting comparison 🙂

  • wiseman-8

    love the theory section this week, Bob 🙂

  • Anonymous

    If enough listeners complain will you rerecord it?

    • They don’t have time to do that! Inheritance releases in a week, and they’re going to be busy covering that (if they’re shurtugal staff) and Michelle has to get everything ready for the release!

      • Anonymous

        Michelle wasn’t going to be on the theory section

    • Nope. If enough listeners complain, I’ll just be even more put off. Complaining is not flattering.

      Please understand that we are busy people with many more things on our plate than appeasing the every whim of people who say bad things about us.

      • Anonymous

        I understand.

        Mike, how do you think Galbatorix would do if he had to fight a shade?  Would he just crush it like it was nothing or would he also have to struggle?

      • bromandsaphira

        seriously. Mike and everyone else does have lives you know…I’m sure they don’t spend the whole day every day recording podcasts and stuff. and when they do have time to make these podcasts, they are amazing and fun and awesome 🙂 so cut them a little slack. good job guys, thanks for everything!! 

  • Saerina

    One question I REALLY want answered is if some one is dead and you know their true name that you could raise them from the dead.
    Or if some one was almost dead and you knew their true name could you order them NOT to die, to keep on fighting for life?
    Just wondering.

    • That would be cruel to keep them from dying, I think. There comes a point where you just have to let them go

    • Anonymous

      I think they would probably die anyway. I mean while you have complete control over them, it’s not like you can order them to do anything thats not physically possible. Like, would you order someone to shapeshift into a giant octopus with three heads? There are limits to complete control

  • Anonymous

    is there anyway we can hear the podcasters opinions on what was sent in the theories section?  I always enjoy that section. 

    • Anonymous

      Most likely not. I mean, Inheritance is almost a week away! They’re probably waaaay too busy

  • eagle

    i dont know where im going to buy inheritance in saudi arabia

    • lpfrye

      try an online bookstore!

      • eagle

        thx for the suggestion but i dont have a credit card

        • Chinmaylalani

          some book stores have facilities of cash-on-delivery option.
          thats how i am gonna order Inheritance. 

  • Anonymous

    Is it ever explained how/why Eragon and Saphira were able to see what was going on with Oromis and Gladr during the last battle?

    • Denmark111

      It was the Eldunari I’m sure. I don’t know how, but that’s the reason.

      • Anonymous

        That’s what I was thinking, but I wasn’t sure if it was fully addressed or not. 

        • evandar konunger

          it was abit weird because i thought you had to be touching the eldunari for it to work but eragon wasn’t it was in the saddle bag unless there was a hole in the bag and it was touching saphira and getting to eragon through that?

          • Fairth

            Actually, I think it’s because Eragon had his mind extended for battle-awareness.

          • Lil Uhura

            And also dragon magic can have some strange and unpredictable effects.

        • Denmark111

          And you’re right. It wasn’t fully addressed. But I can’t see what else it would be. You have some kind of cool theory? 😉

    • Glaedr’s Eldunari allowed Eragon to see what was happening to/with Glaedr, and by extension, Oromis. That is why what Eragon was seeing what through Glaedr’s eyes and thoughts.

      • Anonymous

        Did Glaedr initiate that or was it a random act of magic? (possible questions for Christopher P?)

        • War Rider

          It was a momentous occasion, so it just got randomly triggered. Glaedr’s emotions were spiking up because a duel was about to begin and it continued onwards.

    • War Rider

      Glaedr’s eldunari allowed Eragon and Saphira to look and sense through Glaedr’s thoughts and eyes.

  • Night Angel kage

    Seriously though, Nasuada needs to be booted out, put someone else in charge. You don’t whip someone who just saved thousands of your men.

    And seriously, his men didn’t WANT him whipped.

    And Nasuada didn’t have to do it, it would have been fine to not have whipped him.

    Meh.

    • Denmark111

      But she had to to maintain order, or anyone could say “Hey my superior just gave me a stupid order no one wants to follow, so I’m going to ruin his plan and make everyone follow me, so everyone will praise me!”, because if Roran could, why can’t they?

      • James Winters

        There are ways to maintain order without brutal acts such as whipping

        • Dragon rider

          If somebody else had also directly disobeyed a commander, they too would have been whipped, she never wanted to whip him, but it was necessary

        • You’re right. She could have had him killed or expelled from the Varden, like she said in the chapter

        • Denmark111

          Yes there is. Hanging or 30 whips and out of the Varden in this case. That was the way it was dealt with back then and people wouldn’t respect it if it wasn’t done properly.

    • Tristan S.

      umm, not really thousands of men, only like a hundred, still a lot, but not thousands.

    • They weren’t really his men. His CO told him that he needed to do something and he didn’t do it. It’s insubordination, and it’s really up to his commanding officer what happens to him, not the men under him

  • stroodle910

    Are we going to get to hear the Theories section for this week? I REALLY want to hear all of my favorite part! (I also want to see if they used my e-mail)

  • evandar konunger

    ELDUNARI!!!!! if saphira’s parents died in the fall which they did (see eldest) sureley galbatorix must at least have one of their eldunari which would be an interesting twist at the end of inheritance …………..Thoughts? theories?

    • Denmark111

      Not necessarily. If they didn’t disgorge it, he wouldn’t be able to get it.

      • evandar konunger

        True but didn’t it say that galbatorix made all the dragons he killed disgorge their eldunari

        • Denmark111

          Now you mention it I’m not sure. As far as I remember Galbatorix tried to make all the dragons disgorge their Eldunari. But I don’t think he was that successful. Dragons are a race of freedom, so to speak, and I doubt any dragon would allow anyone to keep them captive, unless even the option suicide is taken from them.
          But I agree with you. It could be a very interesting thing to see in Inheritance.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot listen …. Transcript ….??

    • Tristan S.

      episode is over an hour long, I don’t anyone has the time or commitment to write a transcript for that, it would be hundreds of pages long, so you wouldn’t read it all either. Try getting the episode on iTunes.

    • Yeah, the episode is like 90 min long… we won’t be transcribing it (as we haven’t transcribed any of our podcasts). Is there a reason you can’t listen?

  • Irock13198

    errrr, i think the countdown timer for the releaseis wrong

    • Rachel C

      Yeah it should be 9 days I think… Maybe it’s working days!? 🙂

      • It’s counting down until Midnight on the 8th. It also subtracts the many hours we have left in this day.

        So technically, it’s 7 days and 13 hours and 37 minutes as of now in Eastern Time.

        WAIT! NO! 14 hours, daylight saving time ends this coming weekend…

        • I love reading!!

          I hate you daylight saving! Thanks to you, we have to wait an extra hour until Inheritance comes out!!!!!!

  • bromandsaphira

    Mike: Michelle, Chris isn’t here, but I’m going to tell you his favorite character is Nausada.
    oh mike! you liar :p that was sooo funny!

  • Tristan S.

    I swear there was meant to be a fab on this episode co-hosting, what happened?

    • Tabitha K.

      You mean fan? I was wondering about that too.

      • Tristan S.

        woops, didnt notice that typo 🙂 But Im just curious.

        • There was supposed to be a contest on Random Buzzers to pick a fan. However, this contest never materialized and so…boom.

    • The contest was Random House’s to run, and unfortunately they ran out of time before launching the contest.

  • Deb M

    Are we ever going to find out what was supposed to be in the theories section this week?

    • Denmark111

      Lauren’s voice was missing, so they cut it. Technical difficulties as Bob said.

    • Probably not. Only people that know are Mike, Chris, and Lauren.

    • We recorded a pretty decent theory section later that day, but Lauren’s didn’t fully export and she closed before checking, so we only have 5 minutes of her 20 minute audio recording. Due to time constraints (this is a BUSY week), we likely won’t re-record.

      • Anonymous

        If enough of us listeners complain will you rerecord it? haha

      • Deb M

        I figured you guys would be too busy to rerecord.  Could someone just post some of the theories themselves somewhere, like in the comments?  Sorry if I sound pushy, but I’m really curious to see what some other people think.

  • The Most Dashing Man Alive

    In my opinion Roran sucks. I HATE him with a passion. I can’t believe how so many people rant and rave about how great he is. Whenever i have to read a chapter from Rorans pov i go “alright me, lets pull myself together get through this awful chapter and reward myself with a good one afterwards”

    • Why is that? I’m not asking to start an argument, I really want to know why you dislike him so much

      • Denmark111

        I would love to start an argument for you 🙂

        • You and about a million other people out there! I still would like to know why he/she doesn’t like Roran

          • AJ

            I’m sorry but I have to agree. Roran is a proper meathead, and a really really boring character. Reading his chapters is always a massive effort.

          • Ok, thanks forgiving me your reasons. That’s all I really wanted, was to understand why you and those who think like you were saying that

          • Mr-x

            I don’t see how roran’s chapters are boring his probably one of the most inspiring characters in the series

    • It’s hard to take your opinion seriously when you don’t provide a single reason for hating the character…

      • Anonymous

        its obvious isnt it mike!, take a look at the guys name, he obviously jealous of rorans good looks and secretly wishes he was him hahahaha lol

        • eebi

          And he’s jealous of the beard 🙂

  • Devin

    Does Michelle sound like Mary Steenburgen to anybody else?

  • Yeah

    Can we get a picture of Mike’s epic beard cause I’m sort of curious now.

    • Denmark111

      Agreed. They keep on talking about it and then they post a picture without in on. Now I’m hooked too! 🙂

    • I’m sure there will be pictures from the Inheritance release in NYC.

  • Valbrandr

    Pretty dang sure that the plural of Eldunari is Eldunarya. Geh.

  • Jd

    mike m when are you gonna write your own book your fans are craving it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i speak for everyone when i say i would be waiting to pick it up at midnight

    • Denmark111

      Hasn’t he already? The Inheritence Almanac?

      • Bennyc

        We need him to write a bad ass novel

  • By the way, nobody has commented yet on the picture of me when I was 15 years old! (Mike had turned 16 a couple of months before, so he’s less cool)

    • James Winters

      you look weird

    • Arya<3

      When you were my age… haha you were so incerdibly cute!

    • Lol, 15 is what I’ve come to think of as “the Eragon age” because that’s how old he was when he started out.

  • UGH!!! Why did Life have to make it so I would fall so far behind on these!?!?! I’m like five episodes behind, and I have to listen to those before I can get to this one!

    • Denmark111

      I know the feeling, but luckily I caught up at the start of Brisingr 🙂

  • The Green dragon

    N spoiler section:(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • There was a theories section (can’t call it spoilers cause we’ve now read the entire series so far) but we only have Mike and Chris talking with strange gaps where Lauren would be.

      • Anonymous

        bob that was proper quality at the end, u sounded so mysterious lol

        • That echo shows up when I scrub out the static. I’m really not sure how to fix that. It’s less noticeable when others are talking…

  • Logic Lawyer, Bane of Nasuada

    Chris Addison is going to have choice words to say to Mike when he sees what became of the podcast this episode. Especially the little misconception about his favorite character.

    The podcast isn’t the same without him around as a voice of reason. We need Chris back!

    • Fairth

      Ah, but Chris doesn’t listen to the pod-casts.  I wonder if he’ll listen to at least part of this one?

    • I actually came to record the the theories section and apparently lauren didn’t save hers right so it’s not up, but they told me what mike said, and I was thoroughly outraged!

      • Denmark111

        Of curse you where 🙂

  • Melodia

    I can’t wait for the next one!:D
    Even though it’s the last one:(

  • I think everyone here will find this Skype conversation from the recording of episode 20 to be pretty funny:

    [3:14:30 PM] Subject: anyway, to avoid confusion — Christopher is Christopher Addison, Mike Macauley is Christopher Paolini, and Subject is Mike Macauley
    [3:14:36 PM] Subject: poor Lauren…
    [3:14:39 PM] Christopher Addison: lol
    [3:14:40 PM] Mike Macauley: lol
    [3:14:41 PM] Lauren Zurchin: Lauren is Lauren!
    [3:14:43 PM] Christopher Addison: good luck

    • Denmark111

      So Mike is both Subject and Paolini?

      • No. Mike was Subject, Paolini was Mike, Chris was Christopher Addison.

        • Denmark111

          But, but… That makes no sense!

          • It was pretty funny.  Someone said something and me and christopher replied “ah” at the same time.  Then he said it was weird cause christopher said what chris said but it was in mike’s name.  It was much better when we got on audio! ;P

          • And I’m there logged in as Mike Macauley who is actually Christopher and I accidentally say something not knowing what’s going on and confuse everyone.

            Right?

          • Denmark111

            I got the confuse everyone part, and in that, you are right.

    • ….

  • Valbrandr

    How exciting! I can’t believe there’s just a week left!

  • Paperplanemain

    where’s chris!! im not getting my dose of nasuada-hating-hickness

    • He had to work.

      • He needs to get his priorities in order then! 😉

      • James Winters

        Hicks don’t work. They just sit on their verandas stroking a sawn off shotgun.

        • And repair their tractors

        • bigmike

          I find that remark highly insulting!

  • Tim G.

    Am I the only one who actually got the book that Paolini used to write the sword forging in the chapter Mind over Metal, or has anyone else gotten it as well?

  • Baboo

    So is the Big 20 pretty much dead in the water? 

    I know other things took precedence (i.e. interview), but I really liked the Big 20.  Could you at least tell us what the other 5 or so topics were going to be?

    • It isn’t. There are two coming this week, then it’s done. If it isn’t twenty — oh well. I’ve given a lot more than twenty insightful articles over the past twenty weeks, and while they may not have been labeled “Big Twenty”, they were included in the process. Lots of work goes into everything done on the website (I’m talking dozens of hours per week for me), and I think people often overlook that.

      • Anonymous

        boooom!!! u been told lol, i no people mite not say it much but we do appreciate wat u do mike, not jst the articles but the time it takes for them, well done mike, u should be proud, and to all u fans that keep on at mike….do this, do that, wheres this, wheres that,
        shut up n giv the guy a break, if it wasnt for him we wouldnt even have this site or any of these interviews let alone the sheer amount of info!!!!! Gd job mike 🙂

        • Denmark111

          I agree with you but you should really get better at spelling in English 🙂

          • Anonymous

            i can spell perfect english to be honest, however i didnt think there were rules on posting that say you cant write in text slang, however if there are then i stand corrected.

          • Denmark111

            I thought so, and I don’t think there is any rules for posting, but come to think of it there might. But it is kind of hard to take a comment like that seriously, when you don’t use normal English

      • James Winters

        ‘labeled’? ,

        i hope you mean ‘labelled’.

        • No, I meant “labeled” — but thanks for trying:

          http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/labeled

          This is the third comment I’ve found of yours on this post with what we call “fail trolling”. We don’t like that around here, as this is a friendly community. You’ve lost your posting rights — sorry.

          • Juan Mata

            What’s ‘fail trolling’? I am not hoping to be rude, I love the site and appreciate everyone’s work, but I am curious about the term.

      • Baboo

        Good to hear.  I’m looking forward to them.  Thanks for your work and insight.

  • Anonymous

    Mike I can’t believe you would do that to Chris!! Nasuada is his favorite? Blasphemy!!!!

  • The Green dragon

    I totally agree the sword scene was like my favorite scene in the whole book series.

    • Tim G.

      Am I the only one who actually got the book that Paolini used to
      write the sword forging in the chapter Mind over Metal, or has anyone
      else gotten it as well?

      • I looked it up on Amazon, flipped through a couple of pages that it shows for free. Interesting stuff…

        What’d you think of that book?

        • Tim G.

          I loved reading about the forging of the blade. The finishing of it, while interesting, was repetitive. Lots and lots of stones.

      • Fairth

        What book was it?  I imagine I could find out on my own if I wanted to, but I’m feeling lazy right now.

  • Anonymous

    Bob, I’m a straight guy, but, I’m pretty sure I love you

    • I clicked reply with the sole intention of saying “I have that affect on people.” But then I realized that probably isn’t such a good thing…

  • The Green dragon

    I wonder if Galby forced Thorn to give him his Eldurnari so that if Thorn does then he won’t be a complete loss and can still use his energy?

    • Denmark111

      Seems very likely

    • Mr-x

      actually probably not because thorn disgorging his eludinari would most likely change his true name even being galby i wouldn’t want to free a dragon of my control who ive most likely been a complete @$$ to can u see where im going?

  • Frankbaney

    mike Chris will hate you for siding with Nasuada, and he wasn’t even there to defend his  reasons for his hate

  • Coasterking

    thanks bob cant wait for the last episode dont make us wait to long please i want to know what christopher said

    • I’ll try to delay it as much as possible! However, right now it looks like it’ll be Thursday.

      Just waiting on all of the audio tracks to reach me. (I have only Chris’s track, he’s a champ! He’s on time!)

      Oh yeah, and his track is 1 hour and 51 minutes long…UGH!

      • Which Chris? Paolini or everyone’s favorite hick? 😉

        • Coasterking

          favorite hick? thats a typo right
           

        • Coasterking

          favorite hick? thats a typo right
           

      • Coasterking

         give us the whole thing dont cut him down i want to hear every word

      • He most likely only has my track.  I uploaded as soon as we finished yesterday!

      • Denmark111

        If you just can get it out before the 8th of November, I’m fine 🙂

  • bromandsaphira

    this podcast was so amazing…it was great to have Michelle on!! her input and little teaser for Inheritance were awesome. Nov 8th please come faster!

    • Lil Uhura

      I really don’t know whether I want Nov. 8th to come faster or not.  On one hand is Inheritance and on the other are the 2-3 horribly difficult photographic assignments I have that are due that day.

  • Logic Lawyer, Bane of Nasuada

    The fans sided with Lauren and Nasuada? Rubbish! Time to demolish this ridiculous misconception with some cold hard logic!

    Yes, the option on the poll with the highest votes was, “Nasuada had to do it,” but that was because that was the only option that supported Nasuada. In contrast, there were two options opposed to it: “Nasuada was wrong because Roran is a hero,” and “I hate Nasuada, she should die for this.” People who were opposed to Nasuada had to divide their votes. If you added the two anti-Nasuada options together, the actual numbers come almost to a perfect split, with about 49% supporting Nasuada, 46% going against her, and the remainder choosing the option, “I don’t care what happens to Roran.” (That’s how the poll currently stands.) So it wasn’t a clear siding with Nasuada, but rather a very disputed area.

    Honestly, that such a significant portion went against Nasuada in this, and even Michelle admits that this was one area about Nasuada that gave her pause, shows how gonzo Nasuada’s decision was.

    • Becky L

      I <3 this comment

    • Denmark111

      BUT technically was it still Nasuada who won, even if you take the to options together (And I agree with you, they should be put together in this matter). It might be just barely, but it counts.
      ^that my friend, is logic. Not what you said

      • Logic Lawyer, Bane of Nasuada

        Nasuada “won?” Of course, she “won” if you would count having even a small majority as a “victory.” I’m not trying to dispute that Nasuada had the most votes, but rather point out the division that she caused. 46% against her is still a pretty divisive “love her or hate her,” line, even if she has a small majority siding with her in this particular poll sample, and that’s what I’m trying to point out. It shows that the debate doesn’t have a universal right or wrong answer, but is instead very evenly split.

  • bromandsaphira

    Lauren: oh my god, that was like the reveal of all reveals!
    oh, Luaren, I love you! I’m gonna be so sad when these podcasts are over 🙁

    • One more…

      • bromandsaphira

        this is going to be EPIC

    • The Green dragon

      What reveal?

      • bromandsaphira

        the eldunaria reveal

  • The Green dragon

    Why do guests on the show have worse audio than Mike, Chris, or Lauren?

    • Frankbaney

      probably the quality of their equipment or the strength of their internet signal. 

    • Michelle was connected over the phone. Her connection was directly related to the phone line into Skype.

    • The_White_Rider

      I think they call in, whereas the hosts record it using microphones

    • Michelle called in for this versus recording her own audio. Christopher Paolini, however, recorded his own audio track for episode 20 — so he’ll be much clearer.

      Bob also had to do a LOT of work to make this episode sound as good as it does for Lauren and I.

      • It was fun stuff! (Adjusting people’s tracks for lag is exciting! I never noticed how many times the latency changes during a skype call. I was adjusting for .015 seconds of change!)

        I actually stayed home from work for like 2 hours to record her track. (During which time I wasn’t able to even listen because I had the audio output plugged back into the input and recording. It was fun watching waveforms go up and down for an hour and a half!)

        • bromandsaphira

          you’re awesome Bob. thanks for working so hard behind the scenes to give us these amazing podcasts 😀

  • Anonymous

    YEAHHHH!!!! 😀

  • Whoo!

  • The Green dragon

    Yay I’m gonna listen to it now!!!! TIME TO DOWNLOAD!!!!!!!!