“Big Twenty” – Hop in the Interview Time Machine: Christopher’s Biggest and Best Book 4 Interview Reveals!

Christopher Paolini has sat down for a ridiculous amount of exclusive interviews with Shurtugal.com over the past eight years — and each of our interviews has ended up as interesting as its predecessor. Whether talking during one of our many Comic-Con interviews or answering fan questions in our year-long question and answer series, Christopher has never failed to deliver.

We did, however, notice one issue: with dozens of interviews come hundreds of questions and answers… and that’s a lot to sift through! In order to prepare for Inheritance (Book 4), we’ve gone through all of our Book 4-related interviews with Christopher and have pulled the most important answers he’s given, which are now accompanied by official Shur’tugal commentary. These answers are must reads for any fan preparing for Book 4, as they often reveal some incredible information, behind-the-scenes details, and series commentary. This is one of the best ways to prep for Book 4 — don’t be left out!

Wild magic, or manifestations of natural magic in Alagaesia, remains a big mystery for both readers and residents of Alagaesia. Examples of both have been seen within the powerful spirits and referenced in mentions of the Floating Crystal on the island of Eoam, as well as the dream well in Mani’s Caves.

Spirits, and manifestations of natural energies and magic, are likely to play a large role in the final showdown against Galbatorix (and are central in several Vault of Souls theories). Christopher Paolini elaborates on what these energies are and how they are used:

Christopher: I don’t want to go into the specifics but they’re natural manifestations of energy which, in Eragon’s world, people tend to call magic. So magic is, of course, the manipulation of energy through your mental powers, essentially. That’s what the telepathy is and all other forms of magic. And, of course, the spirits in my world are actually conscious beings composed purely of energy. And that’s the approach I took to all the magic in my world. It’s almost a scientific approach, saying it’s manipulation of energy and how that works within the world. So those two examples, and they are not the only ones—I might add, there are other places in Eragon’s world where magic can be found in the wild. They’re extremely dangerous. They’re usually far more powerful in, however they’re manifesting, then any one human magician could ever hope to achieve. And they’re generally better off avoided. The Dream cave as the name applies, is a place you can go and experience extremely vivid, magically dreams of various kinds. Sometimes they’re premonitions, sometimes they’re visions of what could have been. Very strange things happen there.

In the mysterious world of Paolini interviews, “no comment” to a particularly observant or challenging question is usually a, “Yes, but if I say yes, I risk spoiling Book 4.” However, be wary: not all “no comments” mean “yes”, nor do they mean “no”… they simply are a “no comment”. But if it was a no, wouldn’t it be a no? Either way, Christopher’s answer here is almost a clear indication that we’ll see Eragon 1 and Bid’Duam in Inheritance:

Mike: Will you ever go into greater detail on the presumed deaths of the first Eragon and his own dragon?
Christopher: No comment

Theories abound in the Inheritance Cycle community, all revolving around the green egg fragments mentioned in the books, discovered by Eragon while hunting down Saphira after her “run-in” with Glaedr. They were mentioned in passing, and their color — the same color as the dragon gracing the cover of Inheritance — are definitely worth noting. But are they of any importance? Christopher’s answer certainly leads us to believe so:

Christopher: [Long pause.] No. [Tone of sarcasm] It’s just a green egg fragment. Why would you think that was a hint? Oh, because there’s a green dragon on the front of the book? Oh, that… No comment.

More “no comments” — especially followed by a compliment from the author on the quality of the question — seem to be a good thing here. We equate this question to walking along the beach with a metal detector. It’s beeping. We’ve found something. We just haven’t dug it up yet:

Mike: You said that strange phantoms lived in Doru Areba; can you describe those phantoms and do any speaking races that we haven’t encountered thus far live there?
Christopher: No comment. Good question but no comment.

“No comment” seems to be common — but we’re sure you’re noticing a repeating pattern here. No comments mean big things. Yet again, we’re on to something — and this time it’s related to wild magic, which seems to be a recurring “no comment” theme for Inheritance. Spoilers? You betcha!

Mike: In Eragon, when Brom was talking to Eragon about the history between Galbatorix and Morzan, he mentioned that there was a place that the two hid in, in an evil place where the Riders dared not venture. What is this place and is it at all related to the Vault of Souls?
Christopher: No comment on the Vault of Souls, but the location—again, it’s not really relevant to the store that I’m telling so I haven’t gotten into it, but I thought it was actually one of the places we talked about with wild magic, and that’s one reason that Riders didn’t really go there. And I don’t want to say where it is at the moment, but it’s a pretty wildly-remote place.
M: So we may see it?
C: No comment, no comment.

Eldest and Brisingr introduced several gems filled with immense power: Aren, the gem on Naegling (Oromis’ sword), and the twelve gems on belt of Beloth the Wise. Aren and Naegling are both stated to contain vast stores of energy, each capable of moving entire mountains. The gems on Eragon’s belt are some of the best the elves could find, leading us to believe they are capable of storing similar amounts of energy.

Which leads us to an important point: clearly their energy stores will be hugely important in Inheritance… and Christopher mentions that we’ll learn much more about them in the book as well. Here’s some cut-in-the-editing-process story for you:

Christopher: Ah, this is something that I actually discussed in Brisingr, but the section got cut during the editing process. I’m hoping to include it in Book Four instead. Suffice it to say, Aren was crafted by one of the elves’ greatest artisans and is a unique and highly valuable artifact.

We have this interesting, mysterious, and evidently all-powerful character in the books. Her name is Angela. She’s terrifying, witty, and hilarious… and according to the Inheritance community, she isn’t human. That’s just speculation, of course, but we’re inclined to believe it ourselves. Christopher Paolini touched on the topic of half-elves, and even hints that some may exist… and the way he dances around the issue is akin to erecting a neon sign over Angela’s head, arrow and all, reading, “Hey! I’m a half-elf!”

Again, just speculation.

Christopher: [Half-elves] have existed, although most weren’t able to have children of their own. As for whether any exist now . . . let’s just say that if they do, they would have become very, very skilled at blending in with whatever race (elves or humans) they had chosen to live among. Half-elves, half-humans have much-extended life spans, but they aren’t immortal like full-blooded elves.

One observant fan asked a question which seemed to have baffled Christopher… and by baffled, we mean that he seemed delighted that we were on to something. The question? Whether or not Eragon is a catalyst which helps or enables the dragons to more freely use magic. The examples? The Blood-Oath Celebration, Saphira’s magic used to repair Isidar Mithrim, and more.

To paraphrase the fan, “Is it possible that what defines Eragon, at his very core, allows him to assist the dragons work or harness their magic when they would otherwise be unable to?” Christopher’s answer is very suspicious — in a good way:

Christopher: Is Eragon a catalyst that helps the dragons to use magic? Interesting question. . . .Very interesting. Yup. . . . Mmh. . . . Very interesting. Can’t say though. Nope. That would be telling.

The elven children and their power have come up in numerous interviews, but this answer from Christopher seemed to be the most revealing. It’s almost certain that their enhanced magical powers will play a role in Book 4. However, we know that elves revere their children… Would they ever allow them to march to war? Unlikely. Would they ever allow them to test their touch with a dragon’s egg to see if they are a compatible fit? Much more likely… but hey, we could be wrong!

Christopher: [The two elven children] are more powerful, but they have less control over their abilities than adults. Elves cherish their children above all else; they would do anything to protect them, even those they aren’t related to. . . . That’s as close as I can come to answering your question without giving away too much about Book Four.

For some bizarre reason, a large portion of our fan base has developed a cult-like following surrounding the arrogant elven swordsman, Vanir. We saw him in Eldest — he was tasked with training Eragon’s skills with swords. And then we saw him cower as he was mercilessly beaten by Eragon after the Blood-Oath ceremony. According to Christopher, we’ll likely see this odd-fan-favorite again. But in what form?

Christopher: Has he received a lot of attention? I didn’t realize. I miss a lot of message board discussions because I don’t spend too much time online. Vanir may very well appear in Book IV, but more than that I won’t say. He was a fun character to write; I liked having someone who could sneer at Eragon and point out what I thought were the rather obvious problems of having a (then) injured human Rider pitted against Galbatorix.

It turns out that asking a simple question stemming from individual curiousity can reveal some nifty Book 4 facts, as was the case with our question, which asked: “Do any mythological creatures exist on Alagaësia that we have yet to encounter?”

Christopher: Technically they’re not mythological, but I do have some interesting new creatures that appear in a certain section of Book Four.

“Did the original Saphira disgorge her Eldunarí?” At first glance, this seems like a yes or no question, right? What more can there be to that…

Apparently something, according to Christopher’s “No, but there’s more!” response. There’s not much to guess at here, but it’s evident that something secretive is going on surrounding Saphira 1’s Eldunari, or at least the circumstances. A fan favorite theory was that the gem in Aren was Saphira 1’s Eldunari, but that was crushed by Christopher in an earlier interview. Oh well. What do you think the “more details” could be?

Christopher: No, but I’d rather not go into any more detail at the moment.

Fans love back-story, especially when it elaborates on a mysterious aspect of the books… and it doesn’t get any more mysterious than magic. Magic is a topic we’ve seen come up many times throughout the three books, yet the way that a magic user first gains the ability to use magic is never truly explained.

This topic could become even more important in Inheritance as we see key characters, including Roran, struggling with learning to perform magic — a valuable trick that could save a number of lives in any situation. In fact, a large fan theory surrounding Roran’s assumed survival after the fall of the wall in “Into the Breach” revolves around Roran finally learning to use magic.

Christopher goes into detail on how an Alagaesian comes to perform magic for the first time:

Christopher: That’s a very tricky question. The ability to manipulate energy with one’s mind—which is what magic is—seems to be present in every creature in Alagaësia to a greater or lesser extent. In some people it’s so atrophied as to be nearly nonexistent: someone who can receive telepathic sendings but not reach out with their own mind to another being’s consciousness, for example. In others, it’s present just enough to allow a person to both send and receive thoughts and maybe, with a great deal of concentration, cast a spell or two. And then there are those people for whom the whole endeavor is naturally easy, like an elf.

Complicating the issue are three other factors. One, even if they have the ability to use magic, most people don’t use it because they don’t know about it and have no training in it. Two, the difficulty most people encounter when they try to cast a spell is a mental difficulty and has nothing to do with the actual amount of energy the spell will drain from their bodies. Angela the herbalist is a skilled magician, but she’s not considered very powerful because casting spells is extremely difficult for her (and sometimes she can’t even do it) regardless of how much energy the spell will require. That’s why she augments her ability with potions and enchanted objects. Three, one’s innate talent can be improved over time with a variety of methods: practice (this is ridiculously hard, but it does work), becoming a Rider (not an option open to most), becoming a Shade (not the smartest choice in my opinion, but that’s never stopped anyone), and one or two other tricks that I’d like to keep up my sleeve for the moment.

It’s because of all these difficulties that most people and creatures (yes, animals can use magic as well) tend to cast their first spell when they are under extreme duress, as Eragon was in Yazuac. And once you’ve cast your first spell, it’s usually—though not always—easier to cast another one.

So, as you can see, there are any number of reasons why Roran might not be able to use magic. That’s not to say he couldn’t if he were pushed hard enough or if he had the right instruction, but until he learns to find that little place in the back of his mind and reach through it to feel the flow of energy within his own body, he’ll never be able to lift that darn pebble. Ultimately, it’s a question of talent, discipline, desire, and, one would hope, knowledge of the ancient language, although that’s not a prerequisite for casting a spell.

(As a side note, since most people think you need the ancient language to cast a spell, if they don’t know it, they never even try to work magic. This in-and-of-itself limits the number of successful magicians in Alagaësia.)

Shades have played a role in two of the three Inheritance Cycle books… and it looks like we’ll get some sort of fill of Shades in Inheritance. Curious though, it appears the Shade won’t necessarily be human! One fan asked Christopher whether or not it is possible for spirits to posses the body of a non-human, and Christopher’s reply leaves a lot open. Could we finally see werecat Shades? Bunny Shades? Bambi Shades?

Christopher: This is alluded to in Book Four, but the short answer is that spirits can possess the body of any creature, human or not.

So, remember when Eragon overheard a group of Empire soldiers saying, “Unless we be searching for Murtagh. You heard what Morzan’s spawn said as well as I said”? Of course you do, you’re an Inheritance sleuth! Well, it was clear that those words were not included by accident — and Christopher confirmed that fact. It looks like we caught on to something relevant to Book 4. Could Murtagh be rebelling against “The Machine”? Will he finally break free of Galbatorix, and these soldiers are fearing his threats of revenge and retribution? Who knows. Here’s what Christopher had to say:

Christopher: I knew that would catch people’s attention. . . . Let’s just say that there have been some difficulties between Murtagh and Galbatorix that we haven’t been privy to. Not yet at least.

Another no comment may just reveal a possible revival of the thought-to-be-extinct Ra’zac. Will we see them again? Could Galbatorix have two hidden Ra’zac eggs?

Christopher: No comment. (Glad you like the Ra’zac, though. I do too.)

Mike: Are there more Ra’zac or Lethrblaka over the sea/where they came from?

Christopher: Maybe.

We were surprised to see Christopher candidly confirm that we will be seeing a return of the two mysterious women encountered in Brisingr… and are unsure as to what it could mean. What role will they play? Here’s what Christopher had to say about their return:

Christopher: Yup, we’ll see them again, but I can’t say more than that.

Crushing more of our hopes, Christopher has confirmed that there are no more Riders hidden in the world — only Eragon, Galbatorix, and Murtagh. Eragon is alone in the fight… at least until the green dragon hatches. We’re willing to bet (for the sake of the war) that the Rider of that dragon will side with Eragon:

Mike: Is it possible that there might be more Riders hidden in the world that Eragon could run into?
Christopher: Only Galbatorix.

It’s more than likely that we’ll be seeing Tenga, the eccentric hermit from Brisingr, at some point during Inheritance. His shouting about finding the answer was incredibly ominous, and his relationship with Angela (and Angela’s expanded role in the fourth book) leads us to believe he’ll pop up at some point. Oh, and so does Christopher’s “No comment.”:

Mike: The man Tenga, will we be seeing more of him?
Christopher: No comment.

Not much to say about this one: Christopher’s “No comment” answer regarding the man who can see light (but is blind) seems to indicate that we’ll be seeing him again (as did our recent Big Twenty article).

Mike: The man that lost his sight during the battle and started seeing weird things; like Murtagh’s Eldunari that he had with him, will he be used possibly to help Eragon find the Vault of Souls (which I believe just holds some Eldunari)?
Christopher: No comment.

If you haven’t already picked up a copy of Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia and The Inheritance Almanac, we highly recommend you do so now. Not only are they both official companion guides to the Inheritance Cycle, but they likely reveal more than meets the eye.

We also wrote a Big Twenty article exploring what hidden Book 4 content can be found within… have you read it?

Mike: Did you sneak any hints about Book 4 into Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia?
Christopher: A few hints, but mainly in the written sections.

Mike: Eragon’s letter in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia mentions an unnamed “shadow”. Will this be explained in Book 4?
Christopher: Heh, no comment.

Brom has been a fan-favorite since day one, and we were all incredibly sad to see him go so early on in Eragon. Our emotions were amplified in Brisingr after the discovery that Brom was Eragon’s father. The former Rider, bane of Galbatorix, had given up all that he had in life to settle down in Carvahall, looking over and protecting his son — from a distance. He now resides in a diamond tomb, the ultimate gift in death… which opens the possibilty for a return of the Rider in future books. Here’s what Christopher said when asked whether or not he could be brought back to life in Book 4:

Christopher: Good question. It *will* be addressed in Book Four, but perhaps not how you expect.

One fan seems to have dug some interesting Brisingr (the sword, not the book) information out of Christopher in an unintended way. It seems as though Oromis’ pondering as to why Brisingr lights itself on fire will be addressed in Book 4. Could this odd magical ability be related to the above-mentioned occurrences of wild magic?

Mike: When Eragon tells Oromis that his sword catches on fire when he says ‘Brisingr’, Oromis, uh, looks off into the distance and mutters, “I wonder”, what did Oromis wonder?
Christopher: He was . . . if I’m remembering the scene correctly, I believe he was wondering if . . . if the fact that Eragon was actually involved in the forging and was sort of the instrument that Rhunon used to forge the sword with, if Eragon’s essence, if you will, his personality, had become really linked with the sword, and, it was just . . . I didn’t want to get into a big explanation or theory with that, but that’s what I was thinking of when I wrote that . . . when I wrote that scene. Also because it actually links into some other things that I’m going to be doing with magic in the fourth book which involves. Well, again, I don’t want to say.

These are, of course, just some of MANY interview questions taken from dozens of interviews with Christopher since the release of Brisingr. We highly recommend reading the above and formulating your own theories and opinions. We also recommend reading the two recently-released interviews with Christopher, as they touch on a LOT of Book 4 information, including sneak peeks, some information reveals, and lots of back-story not included in the books:

Of all of the above answers, which do you think will be most important going into Book 4? Which do you think we are correct on? Which do you think we could not be further from the truth on? Let us know in the comments!

  • Faststar

    when C.P kept saying “no comment” my head wanted to explode!!

    • Faststar

      and if you could not tell from my “name” i also love the Warrior series! 

      • The Chosen One

        The warrior series is my second favorite book series the first being the inheritance cycle

  • Zaki Vellani

    Shurtugal says that the book is released tomorrow on the timer, but Amazon says it is released on Tuesday. Who is right?

    • Blackthornrose

      technically both are right. it would be monday, at midnight, probably, if it was tomorrow. Though every bookstore website says November 8th (tuesday).

  • Zaki Vellani

    Is the last big 20 today?

  • Anonymous

    It’s not fair. I don’t want to wait anymore!! I want all the answers, right now, in that wonderful, green-dragon-covered book. 

  • guest

    is this the 20th big 20? Ihave only counted 17

  • I understand that he doesn’t want to spoil anytihng but all the “no coment’s” started to make feel more anxious to read the final book

    • Lighnin Spark

      Yeah me too! But I have a feeling that Christopher wanted to do that to us… I can’t wait to read it though!

  • Sarah

    One thing I have been wondering is the relationship between Eragon’s sword, the sword’s name ‘Brisingr’ and what he did to help forge it. I wonder if Brisingr is connected to Eragon’s true name. That would explain why it only lights up for him, besides him forging it, and it makes sense. At least in my mind it does.

    • Denmark111

      It sure does make sense and I think you are on to something.

      • Eragon Shadeslayer

        She is. WHY DO PEOPLE HATE US!!!!!!!!!! I want that book now, and the haters make us wait.

  • Boo

    I know this is a stupid question but in any of the books did cp actually confirm that galbatorix’s last egg was green?

    • Sarah

      The evidence we are given: the cover of the forth book… Actually, I think you may be on to something. I never thought of that before, but you have a point.

    • Denmark111

      Nope. He didn’t. The first time he confirmed it was in the interview above, but that was by accident 🙂

    • kendi-rahh

      So really for all we know there could be a hatched dragon and the person who he hatched for wasn’t able to bond with him… Just putting it out there  : )

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… I wonder where CP got the name ‘Solembum’?
    Just a random thought sorry, but if anyone knows, let ME know. Weird name, but I love it.

    • HelloDolly

      Well, the first part of the name, Solem, immediately makes me of the word Solemn. The definition of Solemn is characterized by dignified or serious formality, as proceedings; of a formal or ceremonious character. I would most definately call Solembum dignified and serious. Maybe CP was trying to find a name that represented Solembum’s personality? It could have even come from a different culture that he picked up on. Just a theory. I have no idea as to where he would get the “bum” part. lol

      • Denmark111

        The “bum” part was probably just to show that he also is very different.

      • Daniel Kenline

        I like a name that makes me think Solemn-Butt. It kind of sounds like he’s solemn, yet… quirky.

  • Wyrda

    im trying very hard not to read any of this lol… i wanna be completely surprised come tuesday.. i like commenting with u guys tho.. aint ever wanted a book so bad in my life lol

  • Cleo

    How is it that no one has mentioned the Menoa tree?  We all know that she wants something from Eragon.  Anyone else think that she found herself a new boyfriend?

    • TobyF

      she took something from eragon. if you remember eragon felt a strange feeling in his abdomen and then the manoa tree said she took what she wanted.

  • Guest

    The whole no comment on the shade and Brom possibly coming back makes me think spirits will control Brom’s body, making him a shade. Maybe the shades from when Eragon and Arya were returning to the Varden since they are the only spirits actually seen in the books other than the ones from Durza’s death.

    • Denmark111

      I sure hope not. It wouldn’t be nice to see him be a bad guy.

  • Anonymous

    4 days……………

  • ShrimpyJess

    Really good, but you said Brom was the bane of Galbatorix. He’s the bane of Morzan. Oh well. Thx! 😉

  • DOYLE

    alright ive never commented on this before but i was reading all of the series again this week to refresh my memory for the NEW BOOK!!
    something caught my eye at the end of eragon and in the forging of brisngr when eragon uses the moment of distraction to stab durza in the heart at the end of eragon, he says brisngr and his sword lights on fire, as well as the blade he obtains in the third book, what might be the relation between zar’roc and brinsgr catching fire? 

    • PrometheusLKR

      Well, as he said when he named brisingr, the word ‘brisingr’ has always had a special state in his heart. I don’t think the fact that Zar’roc was a sword has much to do with it.

      At the end of eldest though, something caught my eye. Brom said that even in a weakened state, an elf could easily defeat eragon with the sword. how then was murtagh able to beat him in a sword duel. His magical superiority was explained by the eldunari, but I just found that odd…

      • Arya<3

        Galby accelerated his growth… Eragon metnions it later on

        • Daniel Kenline

          Really? I thought he just accelerated Thorn’s growth.

          • Eragon Shadeslayer

            The Egg breaker/muderer/ (Galby) any other name Saphira calls Thorn before there battle at the Burning Plains, Accelerated THORNS’s growth so that he could be a challenge to Saphira. He also gives MURTAGH HOH’s so that he could be a mental opponent to Eragon. But, if I remember correctly, an Eldunari is the dragons entire being. his thoughts, his feelings, and most importantly, his memory. My guess is that Murtagh looked into the memories of the HOH’s he has in his possension to the dragon’s training, then just looked for what the Rider learned of magic, sword fighting and anything else that was useful to Murtagh at the time. Thats my theory, but hey, I’m almost never right, but you never know.

  • Yonz

    It’s a trap!

  • Oromis = Liam Neeson

    I bet you whoever got killed by a spike or whatever he said was killed by Thorn. He has been refered to as “red shrike dragon”, the definition of shrike talks about how members of the species implae their prey on thorns (spikes?)

  • Christopher Paolini

    3 days!!!!!!

    • EragonandMurtagh

      for me it is 14 days till i get the book cause I’m getting it on my b-day. random fact for anyone who cares I’ve read eragon, eldest, and brisinger 999 in 3 years and i will read the last page of brisinger at midnight on the release day to commemorate. i will have read them 1000 times. isn’t that crazy. i’m just devoted to eragon.
      and if you listed to this strange comment i thank you and if you didn’t…
      you are doooooooomed!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i didn’t specify what type of doom so what ever it is i predicted it. so beware.
      P.S. i love Angela
      stranger: really i didn’t notice
      me: ohh be quiet stranger who doesn’t worship Christopher Paolini, eragon, saphira, and murtagh!!!!!!!!
      stranger: that’s because they stink
      me: ohh no you didn’t
      stranger: ohh yes i did
      me: you shall pay!!!!!!! [she then jumped on him, wrestled him, and made him admit that eragon ruled, arya was cool, Angela was awesome, and murtagh was sweeeeeeet!!!!!]
      *tune in next time for the continuing adventures of The Eragon Defender and her sidekick……. The Guy Whose Name We Don’t Remember*
      tee hee
      long live eragon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • ShrimpyJess

        No offense, but you a kinda wierd. 😉

        • PrometheusLKR

          indeed. It’s a good series, but… 1000 times? really? have you read a single other book since you found this series? Can you recite eragon yet?

      • Sarah

        No offence intended, but I am laughing so hard I’m crying! I didn’t think it was possible for someone to be so entirely devoted to a work of fiction!

  • HB

    I’m so excited! but as the book is going to be one of my christmas presents, i wont actually be able to read any of it til then! :'( but then i know what im going to be doing at christmas 😉

    • Denmark111

      I know the feeling 🙂

      • Majialei

        Ya, it will be a christmas gift for me too so i will have too wait as well…sadly…  SO excited though!!!

  • Anonymous

    Imagine Christopher in various situations;
    ‘Would you like your receipt with that?’
    ‘No comment’

    ‘Would you like ketchup or sauce with that?’
    ‘no comment’

    ‘Whats the answer to 6+8?’
    ‘no comment’

    ‘I love you’
    ‘No comment’

    Haha just joking, but I have to say, that’s an incredible amount of ‘no comment”s. You should be proud, CP! I think we ought to notify guiness world records.

    • Congratulations! You just won the lottery!!
      No comment

      What’s your favorite food?
      No Comment

      Dr. Who rocks! Don’t you agree?
      No comment

      The sky is blue!
      No comment

      I am having way to much fun with this. I can’t wait for book 4 to come out

      • Anonymous

        Same! Tonne of fun, so many ‘no comment’ jokes.

        /Can barely wait 3 days

        • Majialei

          no comment 😉

        • Majialei

          no comment 😉

  • J-man2

    im in aus so its 5 days for us

  • Probably my favorite big twenty article so far. Gorgeous really.  So many Hints. 4 DAYS MY FRIENDS. 4 SHORT DAYS!

  • Guest

    They should make roran a hammer out of the leftover ore. Make him the first rider to wield a sweet weapon other than a sword.

    • Guest

      That’d be epic.

    • EragonandMurtagh

      you do mean out of the bright steel, right? and that would be sweeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      roran and Katrina 4 ever

    • TobyF

      who says Roran will be the new rider? i bet it is either Vanir or Arya. I also believe that Roran will become the new king when Glabatorix is dead.

  • Footballjim81

    my theory on Roran
    Roran gets his fortune read by Angela and solembum says about his destiny of taking the throne  and  itl imply something about a loved 1 being killed ( wich I think will be Bridgit killing Rorans child b/c of her sons death its only fitting his child dies. Then Roran in an attempt to save Katrina and the child flees to avoid Empire persecution and gets jumped by the empire brought before Galbitorix and then Murtagh frees him and changes his true name and flees on Thorn with Roran and the green egg.

    • Loren Frye

      If I remember correctly Birgit’s son has not died.  She wants compensation from Roran for the death of her husband.

      • Beckyleighs

        But she won’t kill Katrina. She loves her too much. She negotiated for her at the wedding. I think her redemption, if she gets it at all, for her husband’s death will be just what the books imply: Roran’s death. 

    • PrometheusLKR

      No actually the prophecy compels him to kill nasuada for the throne, and then power-drunk Katrina urges him to kill arya, because the prophecy also said that eragon and arya’s descendants would someday claim the throne. She also says that he shall not be defeated by a man, elf, dwarf, or dragon, and shall not lose the throne until Du Weldenvarden comes to Uru’baen…

  • Brisingrblade

    i think that “brisingr” will have a big impact in the series. CP was going to name the last book that, and would have, except it was too long. When Oromis said, “i wonder,” it was probably alluding that the word has a connection to the word for magic/energy in the ancient language. i think this because the man who could see eragons and murtaghs energy described it as “burned like the sun”, and calls gems with energy as “stars”. I also think that the VOS is the place where creatures energy/soul goes after they die, explaining its name, and, to the extent of my knowledge, dragons are the oldest living race in alagaesia, and when they bonded themselves to the elves, they entrusted their knowledge of the VOS with the 1st eragon, which is why eragons name is the password to get in. free to criticizm

    • Fp

       While I’m not saying Brisingr won’t be important in the fourth book, your reasoning for the last book originally being named that doesn’t work.  I believe the last book was meant to be called “empire” however, because Brisingr was so long (Maybe a little to long?) and needed to be split into two parts, he gave it the title “Brisingr” instead.  I don;t think Brisingr was ever meant to originally be a title for a book.

      • TorpeAlex

        Source please? If he were planning to name the final book ‘Empire’, don’t you think he would have done so for book four?

        • Fp

          Actually I originally heard the info here on this site.  Inheritance wiki talks about it as well though.  http://inheritance.wikia.com/wiki/Inheritance_(book)  Talks about it in the first paragraph of the article.  Don’t recall what interview CP mentioned this info.  As for why he didn’t name the fourth book “Empire” I don’t have clue. I’m not the one who wrote the book 🙂

          • Justinj42

            Because it’s a 6 letter word that starts with “e”! Eragon, Eldest, Empire!

          • Christopher Paolini

            No, the last book was originally going to be named ‘Easter’.

          • Anonymous

            😉 gotta love the sarcasm

          • Fp

             Love it 🙂

          • EragonandMurtagh

            id buy that. i can just see it now.
            *follow the legendary dragon rider eragon on his perilous journey…. to deliver Easter eggs. With the amazing Easter bunny buy his side will they deliver all of the chocolates in time or will the sun destroy all chances of childrens happiness on Easter morning? find out in Easter, book four of the inheritance cycle( no one will actually inherit anything in this book)*

        • :)

          haha, “Sauce?”

          • TorpeAlex

            lolwut?

      • Sarah

        A friend of mine had the same idea as you and I agree. I makes sense.

    • EragonandMurtagh

      plausible. i laughed when you said that eragons name was the password cause i had a vision.
      vision: eragon stands in front of the vault of souls, looking up at the majestic splendor of the gates that guard the treasure trove of knowledge. he looked at saphira and stepped up to the door, putting his hands on them and pulsing energy into the wood. he took a deep breath and said IT. the password. “Eragon’s name” and the doors fell off their hinges and squashed him. suddenly galby stepped from around the door and hi-fived Angela and solembum on killing eragon and saphira. “im glad we are rid of that whiner”Angela said. “me to” said a slow moving voice, the voice of the meona tree, “his dragon hurt me”. ” he was just an idiot” said solembum. “so do you guys want to go have lunch with nasuada oromis”?
      for the whole story was just a plot to get rid of the annoying whiner eragon.

  • Guest

    So were all of the foresworn* humans? Because Galby doesnt seem to have any elves on his side. And if they were all human LOL @ whoever decided to include humans in the pact.

    • Jelpesdaturtle

      If I am remembering correctly, yes, except for Kialandi who, I think, was an elf.

    • Anonymous

      Haha yeah, true enough, hey? It like a huge neon sign reading,
      ‘You are stupid. I laugh! Haha!’ maybe even a ‘rofl’ chucked in somewhere.

  • Christopher Paolini

    No comment

    • Denmark111

      lol

    • Brisingrblade

      lol

    • EragonandMurtagh

      it really is you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      ha ha ha

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if eragon had a kid with an elf would the kid be half elf or full elf?

    • Lil Uhura

      1/2 or 3/4 elf.  It depends on whether or not Eragon is now considered to be a true half-elf or is still fully human (with enhancements).

      • Anonymous

        A true half- elf.. That suspicious. Kinda contradicting itself isnt it? Lol 😉

  • Alexis

    I have a question for Mike, I wrote a free-verse epic poem on Brisingr last year for my honors English II class and got a perfect score, is there any way I can send it to Christopher Paolini? I would love to share what I have wrote with him, if that is possible. Please? 

  • Sbelgard

    I wonder if murtagh could be the green rider .. explanation thorn is killed while stealing the egg the loss of thorn and his freedom changes his name . And the green dragon hatches for him as a free rider

    • Alexis

      Does Murtagh ever say that Thorn hatched completely for him? Maybe Thorn shouldn’t have been his dragon and Galby somehow got it to hatch. And the green dragon won’t hatch until Thorn is dead. Thorn could die getting Murtagh and green egg out, changing their names and breaking their bonds. Then the final dragon hatches and poof Murtagh is an actually rider with his meant-for-him dragon. Plus, being that Murtagh and Thorn’s bond is not strong at all and probably forced, then Thorn getting killed would not affect Murtagh that much.

      • bigmike

        I think that they are as bonded as Eragon is to Saphira. Just by the way they act leads me to beleive that the bond is real.

        • Alexis

          But what if that is just what Murtagh believes. He came in contact with the egg Galby without Murtagh knowing forces Thorn to hatch and Murtagh believes it is real.

      • gabs345

        im pretty sure murtagh told eragon that when he was forced back to galby thorn hatched for him. he didnt mention galby forcing it to happe. he could be leaving out other details but i think that thorn hatched for murtagh on his own. especially since it seems difficult to tamper with the spell that the elves and dragons formed so long ago. 

        • EragonandMurtagh

          i have one word for you:
          SHREUKAIN
          i know i spelled it wrong but i never get i right

      • Sbelgard

        It’s weird this thought had never crossed my mind and nobody ever thought of him as possible but nothing says he couldn’t and it would be a great twist and relief for his fans

      • Brisingrblade

        it would be cool, but even if the bond is fake, it is still a bond and Murtagh might not want to take another dragon

      • guest

        i dont understand why everyone thinks of thorn as such a disposable character… i think he is going to be a lot more important in book 4

        • Mr-x

          I sure hope so

        • EragonandMurtagh

          your right, i never noticed that but everyone thinks thorn will die. funny.

        • Fp

          Who says death means disposable?  I to believe he will play a crucial role in book four.  I also think there is a very strong possibility that he will die in the process.  Your logic supposes that if someone dies then they weren’t very important to begin with.  I don’t think that’s the case. Personally I think Thorn will die attempting to save Murtagh thus changing his true name.  To me that would signify serious importance with Thorn, and result in his death.

  • Aphilpot86

    I am really excited to see how Angela evolves in book 4.  She has always been one of my favorite characters. 

    • bigmike

      I Know!!!!!!!!!! Im sad that CP wont make any books with her as the main charactor.  Like say, “The Misilanious Adventures of Angela” or something that tells of all of the best adventures she has been in and a little bit more about her background and stuff. :c

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, instead of being ‘The_Smiling_One’ I could’ve been ‘Angelaisamazing’.
      I think it fits…
      Or maybe
      ‘Flaccid as solembums rat’
      In close second to Angela, I love solembum. Where did Christopher get the name ‘Solembum’ from anyway?

  • Supateka

    funny how my question never gets answered for years and that is the cartus weed that brom lights when saphira is giving the memory to eragon lol we all know brom was a pothead!! and thats the only way to defeat gallby with the pungent smell of cartus weed

  • PrometheusLKR

    ” [Half-elves] have existed, although most weren’t able to have children of their own. As for whether any exist now . . . let’s just say that if they do, they would have become very, very skilled at blending in with whatever race (elves or humans) they had chosen to live among. Half-elves, half-humans have much-extended life spans, but they aren’t immortal like full-blooded elves.”

    So were some half-elves able to have children? This would be interesting, because it would mean that elves and humans are, biologically, the same species.

    • Brisingrblade

      not really, just means they can cross-breed

      • PrometheusLKR

        Well my biology textbook said that two creatures are the same species if they are capable of producin fertile offspring.

  • Horsegal4ever

    four more days. four . . . more . . . days . . . I can make it. I CAN make it. I can make it! . . . . . . I CAN”T MAKE IT! 😡

    • EragonandMurtagh

      “i know how you feel” she said with a pout

  • Guest

    Just a random thought, but has anyone else noticed that on the cover of Inheritance the green dragon’s neck is much thicker than Saphira’s was on Eragon?  This could mean he is older than Saphira was in Eragon, which would mean he has probably already hatched…

    • Sallystar6of7

      cp said that there were no other dragons alive other than shruikan and saphira.

      • Guest

        Um…what about Thorn???  And where did he say that?  I think I remember him saying that there are no wild dragons left, but that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t already hatched for another rider.

        • love

          He said there are no other Riders.

          • Horsegal4ever

            No other hidden riders. As in, riders we don’t know about like Oromis and Glaedr were before they appeared. We know that the third rider is going to happen, so it’s not “hidden”.

    • Guest

      Most likely because the green dragon is male and saphira is female. Kind of like with horses. A male horses neck is like twice as thick as a mares.

      • Brisingrblade

        no, arya said that there is no difference in size of male to female dragons. it is probably the artists evolution of how he thinks a dragon should look and this is just another overly looked at detail that has no merit.

      • EragonandMurtagh

        or he could be closer than saphira was

    • Guest

      the dragon also has gold eyes so could possibly have some connection to the Gladyr’s gold eldunari which Eragon still has?

    • TobyF

      It could also just mean that he is going to be a male dragon and therefore larger

  • Zasekr

    I know its completely mental but i’ve really think that elundari could be dragon eggs… Maybe saphira if she ingests an elundari will lay it as an egg??? I know anything like that wont happen but it would address bringin back dragons etc.

    • The Green dragon

      its a good idea but it seems a little to crude for someone like CP to write.

      • EragonandMurtagh

        i must concur.

      • Fp

         He’s implied cruder imo

  • Zaki Vellani

    4 Days – Why is it released the day I go back to school? 

    • The Green dragon

      what country do you live in?

  • The Green dragon

    4 more days !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mr-x

    I believe that *Unless we be searching for murtagh* will play an important role now im thinking about it we all know how he has a natural evil trait no doubt from his tortured up bringing In my opinion Murtagh might be brinking on the verge of insanity In a fit of rage their is every bit of chance that he might just cast Galbatorix down somehow as it is said it only takes for galbatorix to have made one mistake in his wards and he could be smitten down what if in a surprise twist murtagh casts down Galbatorix leading to a Brother Vs Brother showdown for the fate of alageasia obviously murtagh isn’t in control of all the eludinari but but no doubt  he will have access to more eludinari after his defeat to eragon what if when he casts down Galbatorix altering his True name and freeing thorn.

    Murtagh in his insanity takes up the reigns of Shruikan and ruler of all of alageasia telling thorn that he is no longer needed Thorn seeing that his Rider and friend of the heart is in need of help flees to try and find the one person murtagh was close to Eragon meanwhile Eragon has had to succumb to that fate of roran crushed under a mountain of rubble grieving for his brother but knowing that there is nothing he can do for him now the rubble is to much to lift with magic he departs blessing the stoney grave of his brother.

    Meanwhile after the varden depart Thorn is flying over the skies only to hear a mental shout like none his ever heard flying down he notices  a lone human haggard looking and dirty he lands just as the human feints figuring that this human could possibly direct him to Eragon he picks him up and takes him into the forest.

    Meanwhile Roran stirs around feeling his entire body aching he rolls over and opens his eyes only to see this Great red Eye staring down at him he goes to reach for his hammer only to he remembered it had been broken under the rubble roran couldn’t believe he was alive not being able to talk because of the rock crushing his lungs he had not been able to yell to eragon he succumbed to his fate knowing eragon would look after katrina. Thinking to himself he could not believe it he had cast magic he had blasted the rocks off him the rest was a blur but now was he dreaming or was Murtaghs blasted red dragon really there if it was where was murtagh.
    “for good reason im not going to attempt a conversation between thorn and roran but somehow they came to an agreement that together they could find eragon”.

    meanwhile Eragon the varden and the elves have assaulted Uru’baen only to find Galbatorix cast down and murtagh in his stead “skipping forward” just as the battle is under way and it looks as if the varden may just lose when they look up to the sky as they hear a mighty battle cry only to see thorn and only what it appears to be Roran?

    • Mr-x

      Ok big post i know but i did try to section it out a writ this as a kind of theory to appease to some people on the theory that arya could still be the Green rider but also we would see Roran as a dragon rider without the bond therefore he wouldn’t live forever and still be able to live a normal life with katrina Obviously this is going to cop a alot of criticism but yeah i thought it looked ok I’m no master writer so this will have alot of mistakes but yeah comments please.

      • Horsegal4ever

        It’s not bad. but, and this is just me, please don’t take this personally, it’s not a theory I like well. I’m just gonna stick to my own theories and hold tight for four. . . more . . . stinking . . . days . . !

        • Mr-x

          Haha i don’t like it either haha i just wrote it because i couldn’t get it out of my head haha

      • Sarah

        It is a rather ‘out there’ kind of theory, I think I’m going to stick to my own thoughts and theories for now.

  • Kat

    Here’s a theory I’ve been nursing for a while: The dragons seem doomed to inbreeding and extinction–see SkyHopp3r’s fic Progenitor on FFN–with only four viable individuals left. So, Eragon’s apparent ability as a “catalyst” for dragon magic will inspire all of Galbatorix’s Eldunarya, plus those I think are stored in the VoS, to become flesh-and-blood again and save the species. Though this probably won’t happen until after G is defeated, otherwise it’d be too much of a deus ex machina.

    • The Green dragon

      there would be some inbreeding, but not much. Saphira could mate with Thorn and Greeny, then Thorn could mate with Greeny’s children, and vice versa. then saphira could go and mate with those children, therefor only a little inbreeding.

      • gabs345

        still imbreeding though and just over time it will get worse and worse.. wonder how that will be solved..or maybe it wont be

        • The Green dragon

          Yeah. But I’m sure Christopher will have thought of something.

      • EragonandMurtagh

        since the dragons are creatures of magic i think that for them inbreeding is impossible. of coarse i could be wrong and green eggs and ham may actually be purple eggs and ham.

        • Anonymous

          Hahaahahah wut? No sense in purple eggs and ham! They have to be green.

  • Jschoey17

    i have my maths exam on the 8th. ive pre ordered the book so as soon as i get out of my exam im going to the store and getting it 😀

    • atra esterni ono thelduin

      ive got my Maths and HSIE exams on the 8th, its my year 10 school certificate- which where I’m from is the second biggest exam ill do in my lifetime- assuming i dont drop out. I started high school the year brisingr came out- and now the day Inheritance does will be my last day of High school ever … its insane

      • EragonandMurtagh

        that is cool!

    • AWESOME! Unfortunately for me, my parents have blocked me from nearly all outside life until November 16th, which is when my exams are over. Silly parents, they don’t know my I-pod can connect to the internet…

      • Anonymous

        tell me about it, dude! I will only read the book in December (it takes a month to arrive here in my country). I’m considering buying the ebook, but my goodness, i hate ebooks = 

        • Alexis

          I’m getting one of the signed copies and buying it when it releases. I’m going to have two copies! Yeah!!!

  • Bbben6

    I’m just going to say it. Arya is the next dragon rider, and here is the evidence; in the first book prologue arya used magic and it was green. And one thing brom said in the first book was that the color of magic is related to the person. So green magic and green dragon are somehow related.

    • Bbben6

      Sorry my mistake the place where arya uses emerald magis is in the battle with the urgals, in the first book. She uses an emerald orb of energy to kill an urgal.

      • However, he has also stated in interviews that the color of magic can change and that bonding with a dragon would have the power to change said color.

        • PrometheusLKR

          Yeah. If Thorn had hatched for Arya, her I.M.E. would have turned red. While her green magic may be an author hint, but is by no means conclusive evidence.

          • EragonandMurtagh

            what is I.M.E. Anyone?????????

          • Daniel Kenline

            Oh, sorry. Webomic reference, I didn’t think through that before posting it. Your I.M.E. is you Individual Magical Effect, a little special visual effect that you have on magic that you use. For most people, it’s just a color. In related news, read the webcomic ‘Goblins’ ’cause it’s awesome! (Be warned though, it is definitely PG-13)

    • Cboyington3392

      He said the color of the persons magic was based off of the color of the dragon, NOT the other way around. Yes, Arya has green magic, but that doesn’t really mean anything. Eragons magic is blue because saphira is blue. Saphira is not blue because Eragons magic blue. Arya may be that next rider, and I believe she will be, but not because of that.

      • gabs345

        there are also others with green magic too im sure arya isnt the only one.. good thought though it could be foreshadowing. 

  • Theycallmejoe23

    So doesn’t anyone else have the book yet?

    • TorpeAlex

      Anyone else? Do you know someone who does? Major publishers are pretty strict when it comes to release dates- remember the Harry Potter 7 fiasco?

  • Ge

    Bob, anticipated release day of the podcast with Paolini please?

    • November 3rd, 2011.

      • Oh hey, that’s less than 24 hours from now! What a coincidence…

        • FYI, the final words of episode 20 is as follows:

          “Are we really done this time??” –Lauren

          It is also NOT the longest episode. 2nd longest? Yes. Longest? No.

          • According to my I-tunes library, that means this episode will be between 1:40:34 and 1:49:03… Yay! I love the long episodes!

          • Horsegal4ever

            I was so into it during the first episodes, then I kinda lost interest with the long stuff, though it is really funny. I’m just so busy . . . But this one I am DEFINITELY listening to. If not all the way, mostly all the way. I wonder if Mike will mess up the beginning this time..?

          • Hahahahahahahahaha

            Yes.

      • hoke

        thank you bob! thursdays are my boring days so i could use a good long episode

      • The Green dragon

        yay thats today!! but i cant get it until i get oime which will be around 6 Central time

        • The Green dragon

          *home

  • Mackerforearmtackle

    I’m not sure if I can wait the next 6 days. Plus the wait after that because it is being shipped to me…..It might be easier for someone to put me under until it gets here.

    • hoke

      freeze yourself in the snow and have your friend butters get you out

    • The Green dragon

      ha know what you mean i have to get it shipped too. but now its 4 days!

    • Martinj1996

      Slytha

  • Kincabre

    Just as a random comment, perhaps we wont have to wait THAT long for greenis rider to appear. techincally all we have to wait for is the egg itself, just like when gably lost his original dragon to the urgals it said that he was able to persuade shruikan from accepting his intended rider. Therefore— people such as eragon,arya, and others who can contact other beings minds can communicate with the egg. just a thought? comment please!!!

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t CP say ages ago that the green rider has been in every one of the books so far? I always wondered if baldor or albriech would be a rider.

      • Horsegal4ever

        Where did he say that? I want the proof!!!! I need to see that. Otherwise it kills my theory. Do you remember where it was? Anyone?!

        • bigmike

          n a couple of interviews actully.

    • Daniel Kenline

      Wait… you mean you want them to persuade the green egg to hatch as a wild dragon in uru’baen. I fail to see how that would help them. And I think the rider-spells on a dragon egg are pretty clever, and they don’t have access to the ‘things tha should remain secrets’ that Galbatorix used to twist Shruikan’s mind.

  • D A Pmenei

    It’s kind of neat, if you really read Christopher’s answers carefully and imagined him saying it, you can almost hear the personalities of some of his characters. XP Silly thing to notice! But I’m SO pumped for Book 4! I have a college class that day and I’m considering skipping it to read. I will be doing nothing else until I have read every last page! (I’ll also be looking for more allusions to my favourite T.V show! xD I had to read it over twice to make sure it was legit, friggin’ awesome! To find a fellow fan by means of reading their book…) My Eragon theory? The Menoa tree took Saphira’s Eldunari when Eragon said he’d give anything for the mineral he needed for his sword. He had forgotten that Urgal legend of coarse… -.-

  • ryan qamar

    This book needs to just hurry up and come out, its been too long in the making. Im of the belief that this book will either be amazing, mind-blowlingly awesome, or it will end something like lost and everyones just gonna try to forget the series completely. I mean, there cant really be na inbetween; he answers questions, or he doesnt, he gives enough action, or not enough, and depending on which/how characters are killed the story may be great or terrible. Personally, I feel that if Roran dies through being crushed by a stone wall i might just close the book right there. You dont kill one of the best characters in the series with a stone wall.

    • Horsegal4ever

      Just trust CP. He wouldn’t do anything like that. There’s maybe a 1 or 2% chance, but don’t even get worried. It’s going to be the best book ever!

      • Daniel Kenline

        Best ever? no. Good, maybe even great, book? Yeah, probably. I personally can’t wait to see what c.p. deos with the rest of his writing career.

  • Marvingracia

    What if the final egg doesn’t have a “rider” but maybe a companion?

  • GREEN DRAGON EPIC!!!

    ME: WILL GALBATORIX DIE?
    CP: No comment

    ME: WILL ERAGON/SAPHIRA DIE?
    CP: No comment.

    ME: grrr…..

    ME: WILL BOOK FOUR BE AWESOME?
    CP: *epic voice* YES!

    • The Green dragon

      well you know that at least eragon wont die.

  • Kaylee

    What about thr seven words Brom say to Eragon??

    • Arrétay

      I can guarantee we will learn what they are. Only a few more days, we can make it!

  • Jaystanford13

    Something that no one has asked about that I could almost guarantee would be a “no comment” is what is the final giant animal of the seven beasts of the beor mts. I happen to believe it is some sort of large Lion/tiger/leopard cat. The basis for that is in the extra chapter titled “king cat” the “king” of the werecats comes and says that they will fight for the varden ALONG WITH THE LESSER CAT SPECIES because they admire the werecats for their intelligence and what not. I really hope that these lionbeasts come and wreck shop on the battle field in favor of the Varden. It would probably make my day. And by day I mean November eighth because I plan on reading the entire book.

    • Daniel Kenline

      I think the lesser cat species are lions, tigers, and such. The last beast of the Beor mountains we already know to be those wind-serpents that Saphira fought.

  • Elena Shadeslayer

    GUYS!!!!! OMG OMG OMGOMGGOMGOMGMOM!! I DISCOVERED IT!! OMG!!! U NO IN THAT BOOK EXPERT (on barnes&noble website) WHEN THE WALL FALLS AND RORAN IN UNDER IT??? ITS DOESN’T SAY THAT HE DOES DIE, SO I BELIEVE HE DOESNT. ERAGON TAUGHT HIM STENR REISIA (srry 4 spelling) WHICH MEANS STONE RISE. THE WALL IS STONE. HE MIGHT BE FILLED WITH ANER AND STUFF (knowing that cravahall will be lost without their leader, his child wont have a father, katrina will be alone and widowed) THAT HE LIFTS THE WALL AND SAVES HIMSELF. WHO AGREES?? i dont want him to die…. 😀

    • Sallystar6of7

      that has been discussed by everyone! its not a big breakthrough.

    • BrunoLikesInheritance

      thats been the theory all along lol…

    • hoke

      i think the vault of souls contains eldunari too. and arya is the new rider. and roran becomes king. and murtagh changes his true name. and eragon defeats galbatorix. and…

    • Horsegal4ever

      or maybe it’s just a dream. but seriously, CP would not kill off one of everyone’s favorite characters by a stone wall. and if it isn’t a dream, hey, people think he dies, he has some dramatic part to play in the end. typical, but still.

    • EragonandMurtagh

      FINALY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! someone realises that roran doesnt die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! everyone is saying that cp killed him but it doesnt actualy say that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      sorry for the way to many exclamation points

      • Fp

        I have yet to meet anyone who actually thinks Roran dies from that excerpt

    • Daniel Kenline

      Maybe he should die, just to surprise everyone.

  • Having read it from another article’s comments, I think that Tenga is Brom’s father. He certainly seems old enough to be, but how he could have lived this long is a mystery… Maybe he’s a half-elf. ;D

    • Big Red

      Half-Elfs are infertile

  • Obi

    Brisingr is Eragon’s Eldunarí, and the ring *may* be Brom’s.

    /random thought I had at the end of this article.

    • Daniel Kenline

      *ahem* humans, elves, humelves, and even Riders don’t. have. eldunari…

  • Jarnunvosk

    My (hopeful) theory: everybody underestimated Hefring. When Morzan caught up with him, all Hefring had was Saphira’s egg. What if Hefring managed to steal two, or even all of the eggs?
    What if Hefring made off with Saphira, Thorn, and the green egg, then hid Thorn and the green egg in places he thought the Varden would find them? The word spread by Brom (most likely because it’s what he heard from Morzan) is that Hefring only had one egg. The Empire wouldn’t want the Varden to know all three were stolen, so they’d only acknowledge the one the Varden are confirmed to have. If Hefring hid Thorn and the other egg, the elves or potentially a human could have found that egg, while a servant of the Empire (likely the Ra’zac, assuming the current Lethrblaka were still Ra’zac during this time) would have recovered Thorn’s egg. 

    • Guest

      I think something like this almost had to have happened.  I don’t think it’s really possible for the Varden to steal the last dragon egg from Uru’baen, have the green dragon hatch, and kill Galbatorix all within the fourth book.  I think the green egg has already hatched for someone, somewhere, and that new rider will surface and side with the Varden in Inheritance.

      The most logical way for the green egg to have already hatched is for Hefring to have stolen it as well.  Plus, if he stole Thorn’s egg too and the Ra’zac just recently recovered it, it would explain why Thorn never hatched for Murtagh before Galbatorix recaptured him.

  • James Picard

    You know, I’m suddenly wondering if we’re thinking too deeply about Chris’ “No Comment” policy.  What is it just happens to be that he doesn’t want to spoil that the answer was no?  I’m sure some were yes, but not all.  I think we all need to take a step back and examine this logically.  Me, I’m not going to bother my head about theories and all that jazz, because I’m content to wait for the book to come out.

    • crackahasscrackah

      fuck that shit niggah, we going for the hafl-ton!!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.

  • Arrétay

    This doesn’t really have to do with the interview, 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 five more days left of waiting! It’s getting closer everyday!

    • Elena Shadeslayer

      what i NEED him to do is draw every character. once the book tour is done, he should meet up with palancer (the cover artist) and draw all the character that are mentioned. like not just brom, but gertrude, brigit, alana and the other elven twin, etc…. cuz that would be aweosme and wed FINALLY REALLY know how they look like without being confused by the movie.

      • Arrétay

        Yup. That’s what I’ve been wanting. That’d be so cool.

      • Daniel Kenline

        on a side note, I’d like them to make movies out of this series (no the one that’s already out doesn’t count)

  • Ashley

    No comment is the worst thing hecould say, that means it plays importance. He should have said “maybe” or something =D though im not complaining

    • Fp

      Or he may just not want to put himself in a box.  He may just want to keep his options open and choose not to say anything.

  • Jeremys773

    Galbatorix kicked vrael in the fork of his legs. With that underhanded blow, he gained dominance over vrael and removed his head with a blazing sword.  Eragon page 40.

    I was re-reading eragon and I seen that, and I was curious if galbatorix’s sword catches fire like brisngr does.

    • Daniel Kenline

      I doubt it. Zar’roc wasn’t magical but eragon lit it on fire when he stabbed Durza. CP just somehow really likes flaming swords and the killing of iconic characters…

  • Laurelleaf9

    Mike: What is the biggest question a fan should ask or ponder about Book 4?

    Christopher: What is the Vault of Souls? What happens to Murtagh? What happens to Eragon and Saphira when they finally face Galbatorix? And how is motion related to time?

    The last question gets me thinking… Somehow Eragon, Saphira, and Galby (maybe others) travel back in time, to the Fall, team up with… Brom? the two women? ect? and behind-the-sence defete (hate spelling!) Galby? (as in covered by the Fall, so few, if anyone, remember.) Badly writen, I know, but I was thinking about doing something similar in a book I’m writing.

    • Laurelleaf9

      Mike: I can already hear new theories beginning to form in the minds of many!

      You were right!

      • bigmike

        But CPs response to that second to last comment in the last interview still has me on the freak out mode.

  • Laurelleaf9

     and the way he dances around the issue is akin to erecting a neon sign over Angela’s head, arrow and all, reading, “Hey! I’m a half-elf!”

    I love the image.

    • D A Pmenei

      lol xD You could SO see her really doing that too!

  • monkeybreath

    the egg already hatched! theres no way that book four can last a long enough amount of time for a dragon to develop. also saphira and eragon would be adamant about letting the dragon grow naturally

    • Elena Shadeslayer

      cant be. he said so. he wouldnt lie to us. it has to hatch in 4. and thats a fact.

    • atra esterni ono thelduin

      assuming the green rider/dragon play a large role in inheritance … im betting that after killing galby- eragon takes the green egg- and it hatches for someone we already know.

      If NOT then we’ll get the green egg via murtagh being a sneaky sneaky and betraying galby because his true name changes- without galby knowing of course. also- at the end murtagh will so bone nasuada- rule 34? … profit?

      • Fp

        Really?  Kinda inappropriate talk isn’t it?

        • Daniel Kenline

          Indeed. If only there was a dislike button…

          • Fp

            Yes, but there is a flag button.

  • Keenopetter

    If you follow the cult of Vanir, say “Aye”

    “Aye!”

    • love

      AYE!

    • hoke

      Nay. hes cool, but come on, hes not even in Brisingr

    • Mr-x

      Aye I believe he will replace one of the elves in eragon’s guard

    • EragonandMurtagh

      aye

  • Arya Dröttningu

    OK, lots of theories are getting in my mind…. I just can’t think in only one now…

  • yeeuh

    lol, imagine CP in school:
    Teacher: Alright Chris, what’s 1+1?
    Chris: No comment.
    Teacher: GOD DANG IT!

    haha I kid. Great article, really easy now that I don’t have to look through pages and pages of info.

    • bigmike

      I have to try that now. lol

  • Guvner

    the green dragon is a shade draggon look at its eyes

    • Zasekr

      Shades have red eyes

    • Zoranna

      Shades have red eyes.

    • Elena Shadeslayer

      its eyes are gold. shades have red eyes.

    • hoke

      rades have shed eyes

  • The Green dragon

    Hey kind of off topic but what exactly was wrong with Lauren’s audio track in the spoiler section in episode 19’s spoiler section?

    • I didn’t save it correctly, so literally all the data got lost when I closed our recording program. This is the first time it happened, thank goodness, but there was nothing to be done to get the conversation back. 

      • The Green dragon

        Oh well it’s ok. But do you know if you were going to read a theory from an email called grant.pinkert?

        • I don’t think so, but I put the theories up on the podcast

  • Arya<3

    Wow. One of the best articles ever. I’m glad I don’t have to sift through all the information in the ineterviews now.

  • Fred

    Isnt is possible that the green dragon on the cover and the green egg are NOT the same dragon.  The dragon that is involved in the story could have been a wild dragon egg that was protected from Galby by the Elves expansive spells protecting the Forest. He Or She could take what ever Rider they chose regardless of species and age. They would not be bound by the same “Rules” as actual Rider Dragon eggs.  It was said somewhere that Dragon eggs, Wild or Rider could chose when to hatch or not to hatch.  The egg could be even be hundreds of years old.  This would explain how a newly introduced dragon  could still be big enough to help in this war where a fresh Hatchling would not.

  • Thewarriorrbac

    The Walmart down the street was selling book 4 earlier today…. called random house on my break at work and they told me to buy a copy and fax them the receipt….. they pulled the books of the shelves by the time i got there. i hate walmart would of been a good way to mess them over haha

    • GregB

      Man you are crazy not to buy it first and complain later!!!

      • Thewarriorrbac

        was at work Buddie told me they had it out

    • Arya<3

      what? How can they sell Book 4? That’s illegal like a week before…

    • And they were not the first. Nor will they be the last, most likely…

      • hoke

        hows that possible though?

        • Fp

          It happens.  People who are stocking the store and not paying attention to release dates will put items on the shelves earlier than they should be.  I used to work at a Target during the night stocking the store.  All it really takes is someone not paying close attention to what they are doing.  Also It’s not technically illegal, (No one would go to jail for it or anything) however the publisher could refuse to sell products at that chain in the future so it can be pretty damaging in the long run.

          • hoke

            my roommate told me the same thing and he worked at target too haha

          • Fp

            Hehe that’s pretty funny.  One of the better grunt work jobs I had actually.  It was easy, kept you busy, and the pay was good.

  • GregB

    I just went to Barnes & Noble and they actually had a “recommended by Christopher Paolini” section with the books he listed off in one of his interviews there!

  • AryaRose

    I don’t know about most important answer but I just love Christopher’s response: “Is Eragon a catalyst that helps the dragons to use magic? Interesting
    question. . . .Very interesting. Yup. . . . Mmh. . . . Very interesting.
    Can’t say though. Nope. That would be telling.”  I went crazy when I read that one for the first time and it still drives me insane!! Does that mean that theory is true or partially true or is he just messing with us for fun?!?!?!?! It’s maddening!!! But maddening in a good way 😀

    • Arya<3

      .. probably messing with us for fun 🙂

  • Tenga fan

    In the beginning of Brisingr the Ra;Zac told Eragon that Galby was looking for some sort of name. I am pretty sure that he is looking for the true name of the Ancient Language. 

    • atra esterni ono thelduin

      well how the hell did you manage to work that one out you genius you

      • Fp

        Sarcasms not very becoming on you 😉

    • Daniel Kenline

      Yeah, the only other theory is that he’s trying to figure out the name eragon’s true name, either to control eragon or to unlock the VoS.

  • Brisingrblade

    another thing, on the whole greeni thing, eragon and the varden will somehow get the egg, it will be brought before every HUMAN in the Varden, then eragon will bring it to the elves, where they will present it before the children, when it doesnt hatch they are all :(, then arya comes in saying, “sorry im late”, and BAM, it hatches, making her greeni’s rider.

    • Springs1309

      Or she’s on the mission to retrieve it and when she grabs it and starts to rum it hatches O.o

  • Brisingrblade

    no comment. (mimicking CP)

  • Brisingrblade

    and at the last part where he says that he will be doing something with magic at the end……the blind man says that they “burned like the sun”, so maybe magic/energy is the fire(brisingr) and that alludes to the name of magic in the ancient language????????? Maybe im crazy, but thats what i think. feel free to comment.

  • Brisingrblade

    and another thing….my theory is that the VOS is the place where everyone’s soul resides after they die. CP says that Brom being brought back to life would be brought up, but not in the way you expect. Wouldn’t his soul reside there too? Just a theory 😉

    • Brisingrblade

      it might also be a reocurring place of wild magic, where souls of the dead can come into contact with the living. P.S., the bladesinger/wolf eyes duo, they will lead eragon out of alagaesia, 1 because of her strange accent, 2 because they are important. also accompanied by Angela and the man who can see light.

      • Daniel Kenline

        I think Eragon will leave for the elven homeworld, along with the elves, the dragons, and anyone else who happens to be immortal, in order to prevent anything like the Galbatorix incident from happening again.

  • Ssj2bardock15

    ERAGON IS GOING TO TURN INTO A SHADE!! AAAAH!! and then hes gonna fight it, get an extremely large amount of power, kill the big G, marry Arya, re-break rorans shoulder, kill Angela, keep Solembum as a pet, and turn Saphira into a koala. Then hes gonna move to Cuba.
    Also the green egg is gonna be eaten by Sam-I-Am. Haha. Silly Sam-I-Am.

    • Brisingrblade

      W…………….T……………F.

    • AryaRose

      That just made my day 🙂

    • Arya<3

      everything is else is spam.. but i like the green eggs part! 🙂

    • Piggeh

      “…turn Saphira into a koala. Then hes gonna move to Cuba.”

      LOL u r genious!!!!!!!!!!

      U made my day. 😀

  • Brisingrblade

    where CP says “not mythological”, he is basically saying they exist in real life, but not in the region of Alagaesia. So definitely Eragon will at least leave alagaesia for a while and discover some new animals, like lions or something like that, on whatever takes him away from alagaesia.

    • Zasekr

      Would be cool if it was dinosaurs, eragon could go all t-rex on galbys ass. Lolz

    • Daniel Kenline

      not mythological could just mean they are something that isn’t seen in mythology or most fantasy series. Werecats, for example, could be called ‘not mythological.’

  • Anonymous

    I’m so excited!!!

    • Brisingrblade

      i know

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s really interesting this whole unnamed shadow thing… i think it would be kind of lame if Galbatorix turns out to be some puppet to some bigger thing when we’ve been gearing up for Galbatorix to be the big baddie and for defeating him to be the final battle.

    murtagh and galby having lovers quarells is interesting too and more Ra’Zac too.  I hope Shruikan vs Saphira is a part of the final battle.  Seeing him will be cool.

  • Roransbro

    The two sections where we talked about the green egg shell that was found and the fact that Christopher stated that there are no more riders left in the world seem to contradict each other if the green egg has hatched. It couldn’t have hatched without taking a rider, not with the spells laid over it, could it? Just food for thought..

    • Daniel Kenline

      It is, in fact, not unlikely the green-egg-shard dragon hatched before the fall and got killed and the eggshell just stayed there.

  • AJ

    first

    • Sallystar6of7

      first what?

      • Daniel Kenline

        It’s what people post when they think they’re the first to comment on something.

    • Anonymous

      or 134th….same diff

  • Mattw89

    I like how the Confirmed Book 4 facts states that the egg fragment was a coincidence, while this states it could mean something else, like a hidden green dragon. This has been a theory of mine for awhile, that Greeni (whether wild or widowed, so to speak, from its Rider) is hiding somewhere. CP only said that there aren’t any more Riders hidden, but he didn’t say anything about dragons. Riders come with a dragon (unless said dragon is dead), but dragons don’t have to have Riders. That’s my theory, but someone correct me if I missed an interview where CP did say there are no more dragons hidden.

    • Lil Uhura

      He did say in an interview (not sure which one exactly, but it’s here on this site) that there aren’t anymore dragons in the world, otherwise Galby would’ve found them especially with all the power that he already has at his disposal.

  • Lgklages

    i will sit in this chair and wait for that clock to count down to 0

    • Sallystar6of7

      i would to if i didnt have school.

      • guest

        if my parents werent really strict, i would take the day off of school just to get and read the book!

        • Sallystar6of7

          i know, it would be so cool, and since i am home schooled it would be easy to catch up.
          my biggest problem is i have like 4 or 5 papers due the 9th. life sucks!

          • bigmike

            I NEED to get off of this awesome site and start on the three essays due tomorrow…… woops…….

    • Arya<3

      I would if I didn’t need to go to the bathrroom 😛

      • Sallystar6of7

        and eat

  • Draganaz2000

    I think Eragon1 is ONE IN THE SAME AS ERAGON2. Yep, some sort of time travel…

    • Zoranna

      Eragon is like the third ‘Eragon’, Joed mentioned that.
      And I’m sure 1st Eragon is/was MUCH more intelligent than our Eragon.

  • TorpeAlex

    Another thing (I know I just posted a comment but I had another thought re-reading the article); I think the ‘no comment’s by Christopher aren’t necessarily Inheritance spoilers as much as that he doesn’t want to limit himself if -and when- he returns to the Alagaesia world. 

    For example, he has mentioned that he might like to do a story on the Riders before the Fall- then, upon being asked about the deaths of Eragon and Bid’ Duam, he would naturally say ‘no comment’ because he’s not sure what he will and won’t write at this point. He just doesn’t want to make promises that he can’t keep.

  • TorpeAlex

    About the ‘green egg fragment’ comment by Paolini, it really doesn’t mean anything. If you use logic, you can deduce that the egg hasn’t hatched yet:

    1. Christopher has said that there are no other Riders besides Eragon, Murtagh, and Galbatorix at this point.

    2. The magic that the elves and dragons together put onto dragon eggs ensured that they would only hatch for the person to be its Rider.

    Since there are no other Riders, Greenie could not have hatched yet. Simple.

    • Did Paolini say that there are no more Riders, or that no not-yet-discovered Riders survived the Fall? Because you would not necessarily be right if Paolini only said the second.

      Leia was the one with the ability to become a Jedi in Star Wars movie 6; Arya will probably be the green rider.

    • Anonymous

      Hasn’t CP said that the fragment wasn’t from the green egg?

  • Sallystar6of7

    SO SYKED! only 5 more days!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! its a good thing i have Son of Neptune to keep me company till next wednesday.

    • Steven

      Haha, I’ve already finished sone of neptune unfortunately. Only took me a day or so.

      • Sallystar6of7

        dont know why its taking me so long, i’ve been at it for a week already.

        • orlando padron

          I also finished in about a day and did the same with The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon that came out on November 1st. I have nothing to read until Inheritance 🙁

          • Sallystar6of7

            :`(

      • Jaywar

        i know. almost depressing how quickly i finished

  • Anonymous

    Great big twenty! Definitely fitting for the second to last one

  • The Green dragon

    5 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And since I have nothing else to put……………… Cheese!!!!!

    • bigmike

      Dont you mean cheese wiz? their has already been a cheese. so….

  • bigmike

    t could be like on Harry Potter where to spells collide and the energy causes a weird thing to happen(shows the ghost/ brings Brom back to life from the displaced energy)

    • Anonymous

      *cough*that was not actually a result of the spells colliding but the effect of the wand being used against each other since they were brothers*cough*

      • bigmike

        Why did this comment post here? It was meant as a reply. Ps, I was meaning in an aliterational, non exact way in which something simular happens.

        • Anonymous

          Haha i know, i just felt like nerding out on hp 😛

  • bigmike

    Is there such a thing as a too big Big Twenty?

  • bigmike

    A rider with a peg leg……….. He could be kind of funny in a way  guess.

  • bigmike

    a rider with a peg leg……….. He could be kind of funny in a way  guess.

  • Supateka

    as good as the books are the ppl who host the podcast made it unbareably horrid! I tried so hard to listen to the podcast leading up to the book but the ppl just made it so boring and the humor and jokes is so soft! wow i hope the book isnt a let down, this is coming from an eragon fan since book 1, a 27 year old athlete, 

    • 🙁

      • Arya<3

        aww you’re so cute when your sad!

    • The_White_Rider

      Thanks for letting us know you’re a 27 year old athlete, now we definitely respect your opinion much more. The people who work the podcast work hard and are very entertaining, it’s too bad you can’t appreciate that.

    • GregB

      If you’re joking, you are the one with no sense of humor, and if not… I don’t understand why you would be here.

    • War Rider

      Well, the only real thing that has ruined it for me is the Nasuada hate crap, seriously. WE KNOW YOU HATE NASUADA, WE KNOW YOU DISAGREE WITH HER DECISION, NOW LETS MOVE ON.

      • Anonymous

        Its all just for fun

        • War Rider

          Hahaha, it is not so fun for me.

      • Juan Mata

        Well she is an idiot worthy of facekicking

        • War Rider

          No, she is quite intelligent.

          • Smokey Fizz

            She is awesome! 🙂 Future queen actually

          • Melodia

            I agree!:D

          • bigmike

            Who still deserves a kick in the rear for insulting Orin so much when she was drunk on pain. I say it will come back to bite her.

        • Arya&Greenie

          Jealous 😉

      • I can understand if a person hates a character but I agree sometimes it seems to go too far. “Nasuada shall die… brutally….”

      • atra esterni ono thelduin

        people just racist.

    • Anonymous

      A 27  year old athlete?!?!?!?!? wow! hey im a 17 year old athlete, so tell me: how does it feel to be old?

      And all the podcast crew AND the guests have all been great! The podcasts are funny and were a great way to pass time before the book came out! If you don’t like it, then don’t listen

      • TorpeAlex

        If you don’t like opinions, don’t read the comments. And no need to be sarcastic. Trollolol.

        • Anonymous

          😉

  • gabs345

    wow lots of info and theorizing to sift through. i hope eragon takes a trip to mani’s caves so we can learn more about it. i think the most important thing in the book and key to defeating galbatorix is eldunari. glaedrs eldunari can help eragon and separating galbatorix from his eldunari could help defeat him. im overwhelmed. im going to stop theorizing now and wait for the book.. so far gone.. haha 

  • Svit-kona

    Dude, I can’t wait for the book. Am counting the days man… Christopher’s answers have made me want the book even more!!!!! 

  • Matt

    I like to think that Brom will be brought back to life.

    Authors like to borrow or adapt elements of other similar novels into their own universes and I think a little Harry Potter element may show up in Inheritance.

    When Harry’s wand breaks Ollivander tells him that as far as he knows there is no way to repair a wand that is damaged that badly but when Harry gains control of the Elder wand he is able to perform magic that was thought impossible and repair his wand back to perfect condition.

    In Eragon, Brom tells Eragon that it is impossible to use magic to bring someone back from the dead. But, what if when Eragon gains control over the eldunari or vast store of energy in the Vault of Souls (whatever your favorite theory is about that is fine, either way it will almost certainly be some extremely powerful use of magic) he is able to perform magic (possibly combined with the Catalyst theory so Saphira might help with this) and bring Brom back to life?

    • The Green dragon

      CAN YOU NOT SAY SPOILER ALERT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

      • Matt

        It’s just a theory? If you’re talking about ruining Harry Potter I am sorry. That really doesn’t ruin the book but I just assumed it was impossible to spoil anything since the last book came out like 3 years ago.

        • Crookshanks is the Half-Blood Prince!!!!!

          • Matt

            Haha thanks Robert, your humor makes me not feel like a jerk for that slight spoiler of a different book on an Inheritance website. That series did end over 4 years ago.

          • The Green dragon

            hey just so you know i was kidding.  ive read them all. but there may be someone who hasnt read them sooo be careful. and crookshanks is definently the half-blood prince.

          • Matt

            I think I had a really good theory and I cant wait to see if it actually happens. Not likely but you never know. I think giving people four years to read or see something after it comes out qualifies as enough time to use it in other conversations. If someone hasn’t read it by now they probably don’t care but from now on I will put spoiler alert even if it seems unnecessary so nobody cries about it.

          • The Green dragon

            yeah thats probably a good thing. but yea i hope at least one of your theories happens. i have a few and i hope that at lwast one of them happens.

          • bigmike

            I wish Longbottom didnt have to die. He was funny. :c

          • THEJOKER

            Neville Longbottom didn’t die, Fred Weasley died, along with Lupin, Tonks, and Colin Creevy (AND MANY MORE, GO DEMENTOIDS!) 

          • bigmike

            It was supposed to be a fake spoiler. (Ive read the series already, I know what happens)

    • The Green dragon

      YOU JUST LIKE RUINEED THE BOOK FOR ME :(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Daniel Kenline

      i think it’s more likely that Brom comes back as a blue ghost to tell eragon to ‘use the magic…’

      • Sarah

        Ghost? Forget ghost, what about Eragon’s procognition dreams?

    • Sarah

      I was thinking along those lines myself. I hadn’t thought about the connection to Harry Potter though.

  • Arya’s Lovechild

    It seems likely that the Vault of Souls is the key, although I don’t think it’s full of Eldunari. I see it as a resting place for the Riders’ Souls. Here, is where Eragon will learn the knowledge, required to overcome Galbatorix.
    Christopher has always held back information, that is knowledge based. Think of the secrets that have been kept from Eragon, by Brom, Oromis and Saphira. So I believe knowledge is the missing ingredient. Oromis tells Eragon that knowledge is power. Energy facilitates knowledge, not the other way about. 
    Let this week pass, like a Sparrow in the wind!

  • Guest

    I don’t want to be the bad guy here, but I just had a thought.  Inheritance is (only) 880 pages long, so to assume all of CP’s “no comments” were actually huge plot revelations would be absurd.  There’s no way you can fit that many surprises into one 880-page book.

    I’m not saying that some of them aren’t huge plot revelations, though.

    • E.

      With almost 1000 pages I’m sure he can fit most of it.

      • Guest

        I just think coming across a major surprise every 100 pages is a little overdoing it.

        • Eragon is supposed to be 509 pages long. Hmmm… How many major surprises did it have?
          1. The stone is a Dragon egg.
          2. Brom mind-talking to Saphira, to convince her not to attack him.
          3. Eragon using Magic for the first time in Yazuac.
          4. Existence of Werecats + Solembum + Angela.
          5. Brom is a Rider.
          6. Murtagh is Morzan’s son.
          7. Existence of Oromis.
          If all of those count as Major surprises, that is one major surprise every ~73 pages, which would make for ~12 major surprises in Inheritance, though that is necessarily a very rough estimate… for another six days!!!

  • David Bromsson

    Ok so this just occurred to me. If Murtagh lived his whole life in Uru’Baen, that is until he escaped and met Eragon, how come Thorn didn’t hatch for him earlier? Did his adventure with Eragon change his personality (true name) so much that the dragon sensed this and hatched then???- just pondering. And my second question that isn’t very relavant: Chris said that if a dragon hatched to an young person, that person would grow until physical maturity and then stop growing for the rest of his life, right? So if a dragon hatched for an elderly man, say 60yrs old, would that man be rejuvenated until physical maturity or would he just stay that age??

    • Arvindr

      he wasn’t send before the eggs as far as we readers know.

      As far as the aging part someone of 60years old. would stay sixty because it would be the most logical ( litteraly ) but gets a positive on his health and reflexes and the small changes to the exterior. but in his mind this person would still be 60 for a long time. therefor my guess is that eventually both his age and physical will eventually even eachother out at some point. Again it would seem the most logical. maybe it’s another question for Chritopher to answer. 

      • David Bromsson

        Yeah, that makes the most sense, they were just some questions i was wondering, thanks.
        Tuesday cannot come any faster!

        • Arvindr

          same here^^

        • Tabitha K.

          Oh my gosh I had in my head that the eighth on Monday. Huge downer. 🙁

  • E.

    I wonder…Brom’s Diamond tomb is huge. Huger than the best jewels the elves could give Eragon. Could the diamond tomb hold more energy than the little jewels?

    • Guest

      Where would the energy come from?

      • E.

        Im not saying it would come from anywhere, just wondering if its powerful enough to hold it.

      • troll

        i have an idea!!
        what if the spirits eragon and arya saw traveling were headed over to broms tomb to fill it with magic until they have enough spirits and energy to break the tomb open and bring brom back to life????
        or something like that lol

  • Nevermind.

  • My comments aren’t going where I respond to people.

  • It will be available but you will probably have to sync for new material and download it.

  • Paolini has said that Galbatorix’s true name would probably kill him. When the final conflict is upon them Elva would have no trouble in discovering his true name since it is his greatest weakness and he fears someone learning it. Elva gets within earshot of Galbatorix an yells his true name. She dies from his wards against someone finding his true name and he dies from the horrible fact of who he is or goes mad and loses control of all his magical control over others and his minions or shruiken kill him.

    • The Green dragon

      unless he already knows it and is just so mad that it doesnt phase him.

      • It says in Eldest that he probably doesn’t.

        • The Green dragon

          probably is the key word

  • Anonymous

    So if I preordered it on my kindle. will I get it sent to my kindle at 12:01 on 11/8/11 or how does it work?

    • The Green dragon

      if it is like a nook then you should be able to get it at midnight in eastern time, so you can get it earlier if you are farther back.

  • Sallystar6of7

    no comment! no comment!

  • Iknoweverything

    Is it possible that all werecats are in fact shade cats, which gives them the sharp teeth and red eyes?  It seems like all the clues point that way, from the similarities in the descriptions of Durza and Solembum to the statement in an interview that spirits can possess animals as well as humans.

  • Arvindr

    I´ve come across several people who adressed the topic off Eragon being a Catalyst for the dragons power . Wouldn’t it be possible that the menoa tree saw this within Eragon as it remembered what she felt went Eragon´s transformation took place. and the possible took a part/ coppied that very same aspect of Eragon? so she/it becomes capable off harnessing the dragon’s power to still be able to look after the land as dragons once did? But then with much bigger effect.just think off the possibillities this would carry with itself. the dragons would be made able to destroy Urubaen once they´ve sided with Eragon, and after that, still be able to have use as to what dragons already did even before the riders. which was to look after the land in their own way. any thoughts on this one?
     
    Many excuses for the excitement ^^ but it’s less then a week for you guys and about 2,5 for me ( Netherlands ) 

    • Denmark111

      I’m not sure I understand… How was it you said she would be able to harness the power of the dragon? As I understood it, Eragon could, because he was linket to Saphira, and therefore could harness her raw magic. But the Menoa Tree is in Du Weldenvarden, far away from all the current dragons and Eldunaris. Of course, that could change during Inheritance, but how is it you thinkt it will happen again?

      By the way, no need to excuse for excitement, we’re all excited! And why not just read the book in English so you won’t have to wait? I ordered it in English it from Amazon.co.uk.

      • Arvindr

        getting the complete picture is a proving a little difficult. It’s not that I don’t understand but you just sometimes miss the little things.

        for the answer we’re looking at Eragon who linked via saphira is able to be put up as a catalyst, iv’e seen comments that would suggest that Eragon would be able to accomplish the same feat with all dragons. if this we’re true then what would happen if the menoa tree actually took that part off Ergaon so to say and copied it. In order to have the same abbillity. ( but then again wouldn’t the ancient tree need the connection with a dragon ). if not then I’m just suggesting it’s a cool thought. I haven’t really had a chance to really think it trough, it just struck me. some things fell into place and then it’s like what if ^^. After all it’s one off the most powerful beings in Alagaesia

        • Arvindr

          the main goal for the tree is to sustain du weldenvarden en it’s surroundings. If it got that feat it could take the dragon’s back as caretakers. they would have a very strong meaning and still partake in there currunt forms. although it’s starting to sound like slavery off a different sort. but this option would definitly give them a choice to either be or not to, a home ( amongst the elves ) and an important role in the future. And yes it’s farfetced^^  

        • Denmark111

          I agree, it is a cool thought. What I thought of was that the Menoa tree would need to have mental contact (reach out with it’s mind) with the dragons, but it could be possible, since it is such a large being. Your idea seems possible, but a new though occurred to me: Didn’t it say in Brisingr that it went far far into it’s soul after Eragon talked to it? Anyway, it might not matter.

  • fromNYwithLove

    Is it safe to say that Angela used to be a dragon rider? She seems to have an unusually long life and the knuckle bones of a dragon may have come from her dragon and its really long time since our man Galby killed all the riders and their dragons. We also know that Glaedr is the only dragon we ran into that’s missing a foot. If the knuckle-bones are indeed those of Glaedr we can conclude that she was present at the fight when some dude from the Forsworn hacked Glaedr’s foot off.

    • Tabitha K.

      I think her Dragon bones belong to Glaedr, but that she was not a Dragon Rider. Because if she had been a Dragon Rider Oromis would’ve said something, because she would’ve been the only other Dragon Rider left and he had been an elder.

  • The Grey Rider

    I think that the one mentioning why so few people can use magic more or less gives us all the pieces of the puzzle to key into the fact Roran survives into the breach.

    He’s got ‘Stenr Risa’, he’s got do-or-die circumstances, and he can physically lift an incredible amount of weight.
    Add all those things together, and I think Roran might just learn magic in Inheritance.
    Whether or not he dies sometime after Into The Breach is debatable, but another factor I didn’t consider with that was the leaked chapter ‘King Cat’:

    It is set directly after a battle, in Fienster, and Eragon is trying to sleep standing up during it, and doesn’t seem distraught with grief.
    So, it must be set pretty soon after Into the Breach, because any later and the Varden wouldn’t be in Fienster, and it can’t be any earlier, because the battle has to come first.

    I’ve been needlessly turning that over for MONTHS and I only just put those pieces together now.

    Late nights and coffee people.
    They’re a BRILLIANT mix for sussing these things out!

    • Iknoweverything

      You’re right: all the things that Roran will need to lift the wall are there except magic, and have been learned over the course of Eldest and Brisingr.  Does it seem like a coincidence that all the magic he has been told about is stone-related, and he is specifically mentioned as being able to lift the bigger boulders that many of the varden cannot.

      • The Grey Rider

        My reasoning exactly.

        Also, I think I saw in both leaked chapters a mention in passing that they’re in Fienster.
        Either that, or I’m making the assumption that as we’re early in the book, they still have to be there.
        Also, the name mentioned of the hall’s owner wouldn’t have been ‘Lady Lorana’ would it?

    • This is discussed in Episode 20 of the podcast.

      However I will say, based on clues and knowledge I was able to gather, this part takes place in the city of Belatona.

      I know this because it can’t be any of the northern cities. Also in King Cat they mention the name of the town’s leader because they are in that person’s hall. (And since we know the leaders of most of the other towns, this is one we do not know…i.e. Belatona)

      Plus we know there’s a bit of a timegap between Brisingr and Inheritance. (Enough time to travel from Feinster to Belatona [the next city on the map])

      • Tabitha K.

        I was thinking that this took place around Dras Leona, but Belatona makes sense too. They can’t be in Feinster, because the castle almost fell on Roran. Also because it states that King Orrin is leading the defense to the West, and the only thing west of Feinster is the Spine.

        • The Grey Rider

          Western part of the city perhaps?
          I hear flank attacks can be very effective.

  • Anonymous

    Loved this. I know a lot of people say it, but thanks again Mike (and everyone else who helped) for putting these Big 20 Articles together. I think the Brom coming back and the Roran learning magic one. At least for now. Im a big fan of Brom coming back. I have my own theory regarding that 🙂

    • Denmark111

      Please share it!

      • Anonymous

        My theory is that Eragon will find a way to bring brom back to life (possibly by using his possible catalyst power with the dragons) and brom will become the green dragons rider. This could account for the green dragon not being too big. Greenie and Brom would be the ultimate fast ninja/spy team with Greenie’s speed and Broms power and cunning. Outrageous I know, but fun to think about

        • Denmark111

          It is outrageous, I can agree in that much 😉
          But I see your point, just remember that it took A LONG TIME for Saphira to be strong enough for Eragon to be carried just from Carvahal to 3 or so days walk into the spine. I don’t think Greenie will be very ninja-like any time soon 😉

          • Anonymous

            But maybe with a little nudge from Aren and Glaedr he could be 😉

          • Denmark111

            Yes, but remember that that was the same Galbatorix did to Thorn, and Oromis didn’t approve of that.

          • Anonymous

            You wouldn’t have to change Greenie, just give him some energy. Which is what the Eldunari could do. 

          • Denmark111

            So he would have to carry around with Glaedr’s Eldunari all the time?

          • Anonymous

            Or he could use Aren. 

          • Denmark111

            I dare say that that would be a waste. An Eldunari or a body for instance can recover it’s strength, while Aren is only one shot (though perhaps a very long lasting shot, but still.).

          • Anonymous

            Well, if you think about it, how many times would Greenie need to actually use it? There is most likely going to be only a handful of more battles, and most of them wouldn’t require that. So if it was a one-time thing, it would work. Plus then you still have the ability to put energy into it again, either by means of Glaedr or the surroundings or the 2 elven children or anywhere else. 🙂

          • Denmark111

            But since Greenie will be born small, is it not going to be able to carry anything before some months and not at all be able to fight! If we aren’t going to wait months for him to grow old enough to be of any use, will he have to constantly feed from energi from some other source.

  • THEJOKER

    on the belt of Beloth the Wise, the gems were not ‘the best the elves could find’ they were the best the ‘Riders’ could find. I don’t want the VOS to have Eldunarya, that is so pathetic, I would throw my copy through the wall. By the way mike, you said you would miss the constant “where’s the interview” so here you go WHERE’S THE INTERVIEW. That said, I think that Angela is a half-elf, Galby killed Glaedr, and I hate stray cats.   

    • Denmark111

      If the VOS do happen to be Eldunarya, then I’m sure that CP will write it in such a good way that you won’t throw your copy through a wall. I think we only think it is so pathetic (that VOS consists of Eldunarya) because we have discussed it so much.

    • bigmike

      Torn killed Glaedr, Angela is Galbi’s daughter with an elf, and dont say that to Solebum.

      • Denmark111

        lol

      • THEJOKER

        I don’t mean Solembum, I mean I found a rabid stray the day before yesterday and my family didn’t realize it was ill until we took it to the vet yesterday. We don’t KNOW for sure it was rabid, however we should receive the test results soon, it had to be put to sleep so they could examine it’s brain. THAT’S why I hate stray cats, though I LOVE HARRY POTTER, GO DEMENTOIDS!

        • bigmike

          Poor kitty. I wouldnt care if my cat became rabid, I would put it on a dog cable next to a tree. I have  had him way to long, and sewed up to many dogs that he has gotten ahold of, for me to put him down.  🙁

          • THEJOKER

            It’s always fatal though. He was terminal either way. Poor Quinn was only with us for a day.

    • Guest

      I agree.  If the VOS simply held a huge stash of eldunari, it would just come down to a “hey, I got more eldunari than you” fight, which would be rather pathetic.

  • bromandsaphira

    every time I listen to an interview, i always go, “no! not another ‘no comment’!” Christopher loves to tease us 🙂 this was the best big twenty yet, thanks mike!

    • Just wait until you hear what I say to Christopher during the final episode of the podcast every time he teases/gives a “no comment” answer. 😉

      • Lil Uhura

        Such a teaser!!

      • AJ

        when is that comin out right wen da book releases or right before it

        • It will come out roughly around the time you learn to spell.

          • bigmike

            No! That would take to long!

  • Denmark111

    I really do hope (and wish for) that the green dragon rider will be that blind soldier. I not it is extremely unlikely, and not very helpful either, but it would just be so cool 🙂

    • inclinedevine

      eh… the dudes leg had been cut off so i don´t know if that would make a very good story deviceÑ the new dragon rider with one leg on crutches? not that i´m against the handicapped but seems a bit ridiculous

      • Denmark111

        I know, I know. But I still think it would be cool.

    • guest

      blind dude with 1 leg…. would definitely make one hell of a rider!

  • mojo

    I am also curious if anyone who owns the Eragon’s guide to Alagaesia could tell me if in the section about dragons, does it describe the dragons that are in the inheritance cycle in the present tense or past tense.  Meaning if it describes Shruikan and Thorn in the present tense then that would suggest they survive the war as the guide is written to take place after the cycle is completed.  By this, it is pretty obvious that Safira and Eragon survive, what about the other dragons?

    • Denmark111

      Thorn and Shruikan are spoken of in past tense (“Dragons of the empire: Thorn and Shruikan
      were both slaves of Galbatorix, and their forced servitude twisted their minds.”), while Glaedr is spoken of in present tense (“As dragons are wont to do, Glaedr sometimes communicates with images, smells and feelings, rather than words”), but I won’t say that enough is revealed to say if they will survive or not.
      BTW I do not own Eragon’s guide to Alagaesia (the Danish state’s library ftw :)).

      • mojo

        hmmmm… could either mean that both Dragons did not survive the war… or that they survived the war but were no longer slaves of Galbatorix (which is obvious considering Galbatorix must have been defeated if Eragon and Saphira survive)… or a combination of the two.  Tricky language.

        • Denmark111

          It is indeed. I didn’t think of it while reading it (I don’t know what I’ve been thinking), but you’re right! CP is good at teasing 🙂

    • THEJOKER

      [Saphira] not safira

  • mojo

    I am surprised that no one has asked Christopher about who “really” killed Glaedr.  Was it Thorn with a bite to the back of the neck (which I feel is unlikely because of the size difference), was it Murtagh with Zar’roc, or was it Galbatorix acting through his “possession” of Murtagh’s body (either with Zar’roc, or magic as Glaedr was no longer protected with Oromis’ wards)…

    • Denmark111

      I’m sure it was Thorn. It doesn’t require much to break the neck of a human, and then they are as good as dead, and I doubt it is much different for dragons.

      • guest

        I thought that Thorn was approximately the same size as Saphira?  If I remember correctly Saphira was about the size of Glaedr’s tail… if that is the case it would be pretty hard to get the smaller mouth around a massive neck like that.   sort of like a Maltese biting the head off of a German Shephard.

        • Denmark111

          I have no idea of what a Maltese is, but Saphira said he was 2-3 times (or was it 3-4 times?) the size of her. If you look at the illustrations from Eragons guide to Alagasia… Darn it, you’re right. That would be an impressive feat.

          • mojo

            When reading the section it looked as though Glaedr had pretty much instant death. Even if Thorn managed to get his jaws around his neck he would probably have to struggle pretty hard to get through it with Glaedr fighting the whole time.  

            Since Oromis’s wards were no longer in effect… it would be an easy matter for Galby to use a simple spell to sever his spinal cord, or plunge Zar’roc into the base of his neck to kill him (remember how Zar’roc easily cut through Thorn during the battle of the burning plain… probably be the same for all dragons).  

            I am hoping this is the case as it would take the blame off of Murtagh and Thorn and put it squarely on Galbatorix.

            Can’t believe that with all of the interviews no one asked Christopher this… central to whether or not Murtagh and Thorn will have redemption in my opinion.

          • Denmark111

            You’re right, it is a quite important matter, but I don’t think we can get it settled before Inheritance. However, I must admit that it seems likely that it was Galby.

        • AryaRose

          I think depending on where exactly he bit, it’s possible Thorn could have killed Glaedr on his own.  Like if he got him in just the right spot, a pressure point or something like it, in Glaedr’s neck.

      • Tabitha K.

        I agree. I doubt that he could’ve overtaken Glaedr, but snapping his neck was probably much much easier.

  • Samuelleeg

    hears a theory of saphira’s 1 eldunari well he said (christopher) that she did not disgorge her eldunari but oromis said that they (dragons) could put their mind in their eldunari but not disgorge it. Maybe Saphira 1 went in her eldunari but did not disgorge it so when she died her eldunari was under her corpse so no one found it  because her mind was in it. that way she never disgorged it.

    • Denmark111

      Did Oromis really say something like that? And besides, I think her mind would be noticed by whoever slayed her.

      • Tabitha K.

        Yeah. Oromis said that sometimes dragons fled into the Eldunari when they became afraid and about to die. it’s also possible that she closed her mind just like Saphira and Eragon can close their minds to to others so they wouldn’t be notice. I like this theory, I’m just not sure that it’s likely.

        • Denmark111

          I was sure he meant that if they were afraid and about to die, they could panic and disgorge their Eldunari. But you might be right too.

  • vijayant sood

    Maybe this theory has already been put forward by someone else but it just popped up in my head after reading the “Eragon being a catalyst that allows dragons to use magic” theory:

    In Brisingr, when Saphira asks whether it is possible for dragons who have been confined in there Eldunari to release there hold on the world and pass into darkness, Ormis replies that it is not possible on their own unless the inspiration to use magic sweeps over the dragon and allows them to break the Eldunari from within. He says that it has happened but rarely.

    Maybe in the final war between Eragon and Galbatorix, Eragon somehow inspires all the dragons in the Eldunari used by Galbatorix to use there magic and break there eldunari from within, thus rendering Galbatorix powerless to fight…

    • Denmark111

      Possible, but I think it would be to easy a victory for CP to write it. But again, it is possible.

    • Arvindr

      but is would make sense that the dragons would have to trust eragon first before they woul lend their power. so we can assume that he has to convince them first. perhaps by true name?

    • Anonymous

      Or maybe Eragon will persuade them all to crush Galby with the combined power of hundreds of eldunari 🙂

  • Adilas73

    I was just thinking about Brom and Saphira, and I just thought Brom and Saphira could have been Indlvarn because even one so powerfull as brom (i think) could no kill several forsworn and morzan without a dragon to help. Saphira could have been helping Brom by giving him energy to store in Aren, then Brom made a vault that he could teleport saphirs eldunari into when he died then saphire took broms soul into her eldunari when he died, so he told Eragon the seven words that would open it, which by chance is eragons name, a sort of “last gift to his son” saphiras safe eldunari with broms soul inside. I know its not a foolproof theory but just think about the basci element/meaning of it.

    • Denmark111

      The only problem with thinking of the basic meaning of what you say here is, that it brakes several of the rules in Alegasia. You can’t store two souls in one body (said by Brom or Oromis). What kind of “vault” would that be that he could teleport something into without anyone noticing while everyone was looking after him and he was dieing? And CP just said that Saphira didn’t disgorge her eldunari so…

  • Anonymous

    ok guys heres a theory about saphira 1st eldunari and the return of brom, what if when oromis was talking about when other young riders found out about the eldunari sometimes their dragons disgorged them to prove their loyalty he was talking about brom and saphira, then because brom was so close to morzan before he joined galbatorix they swapped eldunari so that way they could aways be in contact, so when morzan joined galby he used saphiras eldunari to lure her into a trap and killed her,im pretty sure galby would have made morzan giv him saphiras eldunari to add to his horde,So when it comes to galby and eragon facing off i can see him teasing and tempting him with his fathers dragons eldunari, eragon gets infuriated and kills galby and so on, which gives eragon the chance to speak with saphiras eldunari, tells her in the ancient language that he is broms son so that she knows he isnt lying and she agrees to let him see most of her memories so he can learn more about his father therefore seeing more of brom and what he was like. maybe a bit steep but its only a theory lol

    • Denmark111

      I know I’ve said something like this before, but could you please place some dots in that text? 🙂

    • ethan

      galby doesnt know brom is eragon’s dad so i doubt that

  • My favourite reveal is  the “Eragon hanging from manacles in a dungeon” tease, which unfortunately isn’t on here. Then again, it’s probably just Angela’s revenge for making her look after Elva. Seriously, that woman is crazy…

    • Denmark111

      I agree. It is the best tease ever, also because we can’t use it for anything, which makes it so much more teasing 🙂

    • I figured it was too much to be included here. That’s one of the most viewed articles on Shurtugal — ever — and I figured it went without saying. This was long enough as is (much longer than normal) and I didn’t want to make it too much longer.

  • The Doctor

    Has anybody thought about that the elf children could be helping out with storing energy into the gems?

    • Denmark111

      That’s true actually. Good point!

  • snowlight silent night

    ooo i just remeber a question that i’ve been thinking of. if galbatorix killed all the riders except for those that would sever him so he could recreate the riders then why didn’t he have any of the foresrowns dragons mate? he had 14 dragons at one point. enither he had the stupid misfortune that they were all males. they werent suited mates which sadly i doubt galby would care. the bashing of names also took away there ability to have off spring OR they did mate and either hid the eggs from galbatorix OR galbatorix is hiding the eggs. i don’t think galby is hiding the eggs if there are any others cause then he wouldnt be trying so hard to capture eragon and saphira.

    • DanielL

      good thinking. i haven’t thought of that, but this i my theory why that hasn’t happened, because as you said, galby isn’t that thick.. the forsworn dragons were striped of there names by the other dragons. i think that might have also done 1 of 2 things. 1. left them infertile. 2. the baby dragons were as useless as there parents.  

    • Tabitha K.

      I think this is possible but unlikely. I think that dragon breeding was one of the last things on Galbatorix list, and that he was more focused on taking down the active riders then breeding Dragon eggs. not only about but I’m not sure he could make them make baby dragons. Interesting thought though. I guess we’ll see.

  • guest1

    Thanks mike for summarizing it all
    My favorite theory was about Eragon being a catalyst in helping dragons wield magic through him.
    I think that he will somehow learn to help saphira to use her incredible magic on her will
    That wud be awesome, both dragon and rider able to use magic when required!

    • Denmark111

      Agreed, but I would say it would be a bit too easy to be likely.

    • Deb M

      I thought the fact that Christopher immediately pulled out the work ‘catalyst’ was a good indication that he’s been thinking about this for a while 😉

  • snowlight silent night

    what if mozan’s spirit becomes a shade in book 4 and murtagh kills him… lol

  • My guess is the final battle with Galby will take place on Brom’s tomb and will involve the “diamond” somehow and energy.

    Something…

    • Denmark111

      Could be cool, but where would that energy come from? The dead Brom?

      • It could be energy that was transfered to the diamond -DrgaonMagics!- By Saphira.

        • Denmark111

          That is true! That seems like the most likely theory I’ve heard yet! That deserves a like! 😉

  • Coasterking

    i think the green dragon egg fragments or broms return will be the most important

    • Denmark111

      Funny you should say that, ’cause I think that will be what will be least important :). First: How should Brom return without breaking the rules CP has already set for the world? Secondly: The green dragon egg fragments is just that. Egg fragments that’s older than the war between the dragons and the elves.
      But I might be wrong of course. I never saw the Eldunari come up after all.

  • I hope you all enjoyed some of the humor I tried to include in this article. Since some of it may be information you’ve all read before, I tried to include new and insightful commentary while adding a layer of humor (I like humor) to keep it from getting dull. I know there’s a lot in there that some people haven’t read and we wanted to make sure that it was read before the book hits.

    The final Big Twenty article will explore all possibilities surrounding the Green Rider. That is tentatively scheduled to release some time on Saturday, but the schedule can change as there is a LOT of stuff scheduled/going on over the next week and things can/will get moved around.

    • Your humor sounds forced. You should hire some new joke writers…

      • Says the Leno fan.

        • An addition to my reply: “Oh wait, you are the joke writer!”

          Oh har har hardy har!

    • Denmark111

      It’s a wonder full idea! I have long thought of all these people who came later than the interviews (I’ve also missed some). But I would say it would have been a good idea to say when each interview question was asked. If not date, then at least before or after Brisingr.

      • lol, I went through several interviews to get these questions.  Didn’t note which ones they came from though, sorry! (Although I can say almost all were post Brisingr)

        • Denmark111

          You did? I was sure it was Mike who wrote it. And by the way, it’s not that it’s a problem (It is still an amazing Big Twenty), it would just be good to know.

          • Chris went through interviews looking for cool answers, I wrote all of the commentary and arranged the post. It was a team effort 😀

    • a smart guy

      Ummmmm… Wasn’t the first Big 20 Article about the Green Rider? I really don’t want a repeat topic for the last big 20.

  • Loren Frye

    thought this was never gonna come out. thanks for all the great work you do MIKE…one week..cannot come fast enough

  • Deb M

    I have a theory about why Eragon is hanging from manacles in a dungeon near the end.  I bet the priests of Helgrind managed to capture him and are torturing him as punishment for killing the Ra’zac (which means the dungeon is in Dras-Leona,and not one of Galbatorix’s).

    • Me

      My problem has always been who on earth is powerful enough to actually capture Eragon at this point, though. Maybe he surrendered himself, ie to protect someone or infiltrate an enemy city?

      • Deb M

        It would be difficult, yes, but not impossible.  No one can anticipate everything that could happen (‘cept maybe CP :P).  I imagine that there might be a trap on Brom’s grave, or a similar emotionally-evocative place where Eragon would be mroe likely to “lose his cool.”  Or the priests could be holding someone hostage, like you suggested.  This is the most plausible explanation I’ve come up with so far. :/

    • Sirdracoblight

      Not a bad theory, but you reminded me of another foe that might seek revenge on Eragon that would not be looking to give Eragon over to Galbatorix. How about this, Eragon returns to Tronjiem or another dwarf city to meet with Orik or another important dwarf and is captured by Ganal who is seeking revenge for his banishment. Sorry for butchering the spelling. Audiobooks are my friend. Best.

      • Deb M

        Not a bad idea either, but I can’t think of when Eragon and Saphira might have time to go back to Tronjheim.  And do you mean Vermund, clan chief for the veiled guys?  Gannel is the clan chief of the priests.

        • Yes that is who i meant. Haven’t quite gotten to the clan meet yet in listening to Brisngr and Gannel would have been the last noteable dwarf i heard about at the beginning of Eldest.

          • Denmark111

            I like your idea very much. It seems like the most likely place, also since Eragon would have trouble in smaller space and much more Saphira. But as Deb M said is it unlikely that they would find the time.

  • yeeuh

    Too awesome. Thanks Mike