We’re now taking questions for our next interview with Christopher Paolini!

We’re officially taking question submissions for our next interview with Christopher Paolini! Now is your chance to ask Christopher the questions you’ve been dying to have answers to… but don’t wait too long, as we’ll only be taking questions until 11:59pm EST on September 6th!

The submission process is easy: simply leave a comment on this news post and your question will be considered by our staff! We cannot guarantee that your question will be asked, but if it is included in the interview, your username will be credited. (Please note that we will not be considering questions submitted through social networking or in any place other than the comments section of this news post.)

Our interview with Christopher will take place next weekend, with the interview arriving on Shur’tugal shortly after!

  • Protoscruff

    1) Why did the Forsworn dragons agree to assist in the murder of their own kind? Were they forced to?

    2) Since the razac had no choice but to eat human flesh, why are they considered so evil? Also, couldn’t a letherblaka choose to hunt other things? If Eragon meets more razac would he be merciful to them, or continue on his quest to annihilate their whole race? Couldn’t he use the name of names to change their nature, or magic to create human flesh for them to eat?

  • Doggy

    How was Galbatorix able to defeat all of the most powerful riders, the elves, the wild dragons, and the un-captured eldunari with only a few young eldunari and dragon riders?

  • Doggy

    You said you changed the fates of some characters Which characters were they, and what were their original fates? Also, did you ever consider killing Saphira and having her live on in her Eldunari?

  • diamond

    will you ever post the interview???

  • Macy

    But the interview?

  • Jocelyn

    Mike, maybe I’m repeating other users’ comments and probably my question is boring or banal but please, can you ask one thing : Will Murtagh have a Soul Mate? I’d be so happy if he did! Honestly, the very idea of him and Nasuada together makes me cringe, I just don’t get what do people see in this absolute zero chemistry “couple”?!

    • Jocelyn

      I wish he and Thorn found peace and gentleness, they deserve it. So, the ideal Soul Mate for Murtagh would be a young woman who has been through many hardships like him and wants a loving support. If because of Morzan and Nasuada he reverted back to the same person his father was, this one will help to move on and guide him to kindness.

  • IronEagle

    What did the Menoa Tree do to Eragon when he requested the star mettle? Does it have anything to do with the twinge he felt in his stomach?

  • SafeAndSound

    What about the interview itself? You posted an article on monday but it wasn’t working, then you removed and now there’s nothing… 🙁

  • Huh?

    So where is this interview?

  • Landie

    What conversation did Saphira and Thorn have at the end of book 4

  • Jodie Cobham

    Do you think Eragon and Arya will ever get married and have children I know is very rare for elfs to have children and what do you think they will name there
    child if they did. And what about Saphira will she lay her eggs and what
    colour hatchling we hatch from it egg?

  • JJFA99

    Could Oromis have joined his mind whit Glaedr´s Eldunari before parting? So if they died both could help them…

  • JJFA99

    How do you think, if Brom had not die, would the story be different?

    • John McClymond

      in some way, yes.

  • jacob

    Were Evandar anf Izlanzadi close?

  • jacob

    How many dragons existed in the Rider’s golden age?

  • jacob

    Would Roran and Murtagh get along?

    • John McClymond

      So far, we not see they meet in person yet, so we don’t know if that go well or go south.

  • Phobosuchus

    Will you ever advance the technological stages of civilization in the Inheritance Cycle? Did the Dragon Riders fear this so they halted progress?

    • John McClymond

      To modern world? He better not!

      • Pharoah

        Why?

        • John McClymond

          Look to our world, do you want that happen to Eragon’s world?

          • Pharoah

            You’re statement if vague.

          • Pharoah

            You’re statement is vague.

          • John McClymond

            look to what happen to middle east.

          • Pharoah

            What’s the point? The Middle East has for a good period of history been in conflict. From the Crusades til now. Technological advancement has nothing to do with it.

          • Pharoah

            What I meant to say is, what point are you trying to make?

          • John McClymond

            Guns kill people, and tank kill dragons with one shot, and airplane make very loud noise and not safety for dragons to fly in sky with that airplane.

          • Pharoah

            I don’t think you know what your talking about. First you make such a misinformed-simplistic view that every crisis in the Middle East is caused by technological advances. Disregarding everything about the clash of ideology, culture, politics, etc.

            Technology is amoral. In a very simplistic term that it’s neither good nor bad. Those same examples can be easily twisted into a postive. Guns and tanks can be used to protect people or nation from threats.
            No more than swords, horse, armor, etc. Planes are used to quickly cut travel time signifianly. Be used to quickly deliver supplies and aid aiding people in disaster, etc.

            Then the people of the Inheritance Cycle would use their ingenity to create safeties in place for dragons such as today so that we don’t have p

            I’m not denying that technology hasn’t caused problems or done no harm. But making a sweeping generalization is dumb. The fact is it’s a fault of the human being and not on that of technology. It has done far more good than it has ever done harm.

    • Dark_Void

      they feared it, though it may have been galbatorix lying, but he said in their library they held knowledge of all types that could advance society, but under their rule, nothing advanced for over a thousand years. likely? maybe. possible? quite.

  • fricaiandlat

    Is there some way for Eragon to return to Alagaesia without breaking Angela’s prediction?

  • fricaiandlat

    Would Roran play a large role in any future book?

  • fricaiandlat

    About how long in-universe after the events of Inheritance would a sequel take place? Ten years? A hundred? A thousand?

  • fricaiandlat

    Can/does Eragon ever release Rhunon from her oath not to create weapons using the name of the ancient language?

    • Dark_Void

      i think that would be up to HER, not him.

  • fricaiandlat

    Will the golden rings Eragon gave to Roran and Katrina play more of a role in the future? They weren’t used all that much in “Brisingr” and “Inheritance”.

  • [email protected]

    On alagaesia.com, under the author Q&A, it’s said “Coming soon!” since… well, since as long as I can remember. Is it ever going to be updated?

  • swishandflick99

    What are the Menoa tree’s feelings towards Eragon? (hostile, friendly, ambivalent, etc.)

  • harmonyforever

    If you pitted Eragon against Arya in a fight-to-the-death challenge, who would win?

  • dentedhelm

    In “Eldest”, Eragon’s visions of his battle with Murtagh feature himself lying on the ground with a dented helm; however, the helm is ripped off during the aerial conflict before they spar. Was Eragon’s prophecy incorrect?

  • seventhcompendium

    In Brisingr, Eragon has a vision of a circular stone city with a girl inside, singing “a haunting melody”. Any chance you could tell us where the city is (is it El-harim or the new home of the Riders?) or who the girl is (Elva, one of the elf children, or someone else entirely)?

  • thebrokenstrand

    Do you plan on ever having an industrial revolution take place in Alagaesia? If so, what kind of role would it play in the world?

  • Widowmaker

    What IS energy in Inheritance? Is it the stuff we normally use to fuel ourselves or is there something a bit more added to it to make Magic work?

    Was Eragon a magician before he bonded with Saphira?

    • John McClymond

      using our normal energy. And No, did you read “Eragon” ?

      • Widowmaker

        I DID read Eragon. I’m just asking if, due to Selena being a magician, that Eragon would have been able to use magic if he weren’t a Rider.

        • John McClymond

          He was famer, tend to plant.

          • Widowmaker

            I know what he WAS. My own question wasn’t arguing over whether or not he was a farmboy. It was whether had the innate ability to use magic due to his parentage and if he could have gone his whole life without knowing he could do it.

          • John McClymond

            Oh, get it.

          • Widowmaker

            I apologize.:(

            Uhm… thanks for the chat. I really don’t like to come across as rude.. but… I can be more than a little hard to talk to.:D At times.

          • John McClymond

            that is ok.

  • YoJoe

    When the Dragons changed Eragon during the Blood-Oath Ceremony, did they actually genetically change him into a human-elven hybrid or was it just his appearance that changed? And if he is a hybrid, can he have children or is he nearly sterile like the other hybrids are?

    • John McClymond

      Yes, dragon changed him.

      • YoJoe

        Yes, they changed him. The question is did they genetically change him into a hybrid, with all the fertility problems therein, or did they just accelerate the changes that all riders go through.

  • KikiGurl720

    When Nasuada asks Murtagh “Why?” and he repsonds. “You know why!” at the end of INheritance what exactly does they mean by that. LIke I could guess it was becasue so Murtagh could change his true name, but still. I feel like there is something behind that little sentence.

    • John McClymond

      He mean love.

  • Alex

    Did Morzan and the other Forsworn join Galbatorix willingly or were they forced to?

    • John McClymond

      willingly

  • Renee Fletcher

    What about Thorn’s growth. I know Galbatorix used powerful magic, but I wanted to know if he maybe used spirits to grow him, but crontrolled the spirits enough so that Thorn couldn’t turn into a shade.
    This question might have already been asked, but:
    What about Shruikan, were his scales originally black or were they ice blue like his eyes, and scales turned black because of the black magic ensnaring him to Galbatorix?

    • JJFA99

      I think Galbatorix used the energy of the Eldunari…

  • Krakyn

    Is it possible that Tenga was searching for something other than the true name of the Ancient Language? Perhaps he was searching for a way to draw energy from the elements, as I believe this was foreshadowed at some point?

    Is it possible that Eragon and the Riders will ever return to Vroengard? Will the poison in its atmosphere (I presume radiation), ever diffuse to liveable levels?

  • bromkorgan

    how could galbatorix not know where the elves are when he went though the minds of all the eldunari? also alot of loose ends when is the next book coming out!

    • Dark_Void

      i know he knew where they were, but didnt have the strength. even with an army of eldunari, he couldnt match thousands of elven spellcasters

  • ND

    After reading “Inheritance” multiple times, I’d assume that Galbatorix knew about Murtagh and Nasuada’s feelings for each other (if he had not, why would he have created a vision of their future to fool Nasuada?). And yet Galbatorix said that he chose only servants without family etc. because he knew that especially love could change one’s true name (I believe he used Ajihad as an example of this at one point). So why did he take the risk of Murtagh’s true name changing in stead of just keeping the couple away from each other?
    I mean if I knew that I could loose my right-hand man because of a girl, I would make sure they’d never have the chance to deepen their relationship. And yet Murtagh visited her like every other night (okay maybe not, but you get my point?). Was Galbatorix so arrogant that he thought Murtagh wouldn’t dare to defy him? Or did he just not understand the true power of love (this sounds like such a cliché but still)?
    I know this a messy and complicated question but it seems to me that small things like this were ultimately the reason for Galbatorix’s downfall. Did he really not see this coming?

  • JJFA99

    where is the belt of beloth the wise? and what is its history?

    • John McClymond

      Lost in somewhere in Dras-Leona.

      • Anonymous

        Not necessarily, it could be anywhere by now. If I remember correctly he tried searching in the cathedral of Dras Leona.

        • John McClymond

          true.

  • Kyna

    It was foretold and cursed that Eragon would leave Alagaesia forever and never return, is there a loophole in that? Let’s say if the name of the land changed? And would Saphira ever return for visits without her rider?

    • Dark_Void

      i see a loophole: dying counts as leaving, right?

  • Karin

    In Eragon, Brom says that only three swordsmen would have been able to defeat him. Who were they?

    • GingerSwag

      Murtagh, Gallabatorix, and Arya……I think

      • John McClymond

        *buzzed* wrong!

        • GingerSwag

          Who was it?

          • John McClymond

            we not know who defeat Brom expect Mr. Paolini

  • Yoloing

    Who would win in a fight between Dracula and Bugs Bunny if they were both riding dragons that hatched specifically for them and their personality types?

  • Bromsson

    Since the name of the ancient language gives you power over all the magic, does that mean it can be used for necromancy? Can the power of the ancient language be used to resurrect the dead?

  • JJFA99

    Was Galbatorix fully trained when his dragon died?

  • Dark_Void

    similar to another question from earlier,
    Is it possible for a Rider to be bonded to two different dragons, from different eggs? Not like Galbatorix, but two dragons at the same time.

  • Burhan

    How exactly did Christopher come up with the names of characters?!(interrobang)

  • Abigail

    Lets say that a dragon is stabbed or seriuosly injured in battle. The wound is about to kill it (the rider can’t help him in any way), but while he/she is still alive the Eldunari is violently removed from the body (it doesn’t matter by whom, maybe an enimy seeking to inflict more damage that doesn’t even know what it is). The dragon doesn’t throw it up, but it leaves its the body while it’s still alive.
    My question is, Does the Eldunari has the mind of the dragon? Or, as it didn’t throw it up it isn’t “viable”?
    I’m thinking about Galbatorix first dragon… What if the Urgals have his Eldunari?

  • Sol

    I know this question will probably get a “no comment” but it still may be worth asking.
    What is Book 5 most likely to be about:
    *Eragon and Saphira and the new Riders they will train
    *A precuel about Eragon I, the war between elves and dragons and the glory day of the Riders.
    *Murtagh and Thorn (Meaning, having adventures of their own wherever they had gone)
    *The Riders battling the Fornsworn, Galbatorix early days in the throne and Brom and Selena’s story
    *Angela’s story, the Grey Folk and the origin of magic (Of course if they are related somehow, which may not be the case)
    *A novel set in the land where the elves and urgals came from, explaining why they came to Algaesia, their life and the story of king Palancar and the first humans
    *A novel set outside Alagaesia
    Maybe, If CP refuses to answer the question, you can ask if he considers seriously any of the topics or which one would he like to explore…

  • Aj

    Another question just came to mind. Arya and Eragon’s relationship has a lot of pointers saying ‘Give it time, they will almost certainly get together some time in the future.’ according to Paolini’s interview answer, the general feeling of the ending of the Cycle and many fan’s opinions (including my own).

    Yet. While Arya is queen of the elves, sitting on the throne and all, is it possible that Paolini will perhaps have her become interested in other elves, either personally (of her own will) or from pressure from the elven council/high lords/whatever? Pressure from the high elven lords being ‘An heir/heiress must be secured’, yada yada. It only came to mind since I remember Paolini saying elves are a poly-amorous culture i.e. they take mates for as long as they feel for them. But I consider Arya to be different since she’s lived away from Du Weldenvarden for so long.

    So, is it possible for Arya to potentially become interested in another male elf of her own accord or from high elven lord pressure? Will this likely happen? Or will she likely be too busy in her queenly duties and such i.e. not really pay much attention to other elves and because of how she sort of feels for Eragon? My hope is that no, she won’t ever be interested in another elf but I’d like to see what Paolini thinks.

    I would ask the same for Eragon when he settles on a new location for the riders but it seems his finality of the words ‘My feelings will never change’ are set.

  • ND

    How many Dragon Riders were there (approximately) before Galbatorix started his war against them? Did most of them live in Vroengard or did the “good Riders” as well have castles and mansions in Alagaesia like Morzan and Enduriel did?

  • Garrett Powers

    If you write a new book will you make it about Eragon in the new land or would you make it on Arya or would you make it on something else?

  • venabre

    In the event Rhunon were to leave Ellesmera and travel to the Raider’s new home would there be enough -or any- brightsteel buried underground to craft new swords for the new riders? And even if it were, would she personally make them or would someone else take care of it, like an apprentice or another skilled smith (a dwarf maybe)?

  • jacob

    In any possible prequels, would Selena be a badass?

  • jacob

    How old was Selena when she died?

  • -InsertUserName-

    How come Galbatorix didn’t make an army of Shades or people such as Elva?

  • Dark_Void

    In the training in Eldest, you mentioned that Saphira’s sire, Iormungr, was the dragon of a Rider. Who was the Rider, and was he/she important?

    Also, is there a spell that would make you able to speak and understand a foreign language, removing the need for translators, such as the case with Eragon and Hundfast?

    • John McClymond

      That will be nice!

  • -InsertUserName-

    A fascinating tidbit that was unexplored from Eragon was Durza. From his history with Galbatorix to his planned rebellion.

    initially, how did Galbatorix meet and gain Durza’s aid?

    How did Galbatorix control Durza?

    How was Durza planning to leave Galbatorix’s services?

    In the series you talk about Dark Magic though rarely show it. Could you give more exampless? Like Galbatorix mimicing a rider’s bond with his dragon through Shurikan.

  • RiseOfTheRiders

    Will Eragon ever see Arya in person again? Will Saphira ever see Firnen in person again? What are your plans for book 5? Will they focus on Eragon? Or the other characters? What is an example of a true name? What is Eragons? [true name] Will Eragon ever return to Alagaësia?

  • Devin007

    Just a couple of questions:

    1) Christopher Paolini said in another interview that two dragons can hatch from the same egg. If an egg like this hatched for a Rider, would they be bonded to both dragons?

    2) If a dragon hatched for someone but another person touched the hatchling before they did, would that person get the gedwëy ignasia and become the dragon’s Rider?

    • Dark_Void

      i believe this (#2) is what allowed Galbatorix to gain Shruikan. It said he stole the dragon as a hatchling and killed the original Rider in the process.

  • JJFA99

    How many elfs died in Uru´baen´s battle? Lord Blarst killed many, but I wonder how many….

  • JJFA99

    In Brisingr, Eragon founds a man in an old building and this man told him about the question everyone had, he seemed like a man who was wise and I wonder what was of him?

    • Dark_Void

      Tenga was his name

    • Argetlam

      Tenga killed 4 of Du Vrangr Gata’s magicians when Nasuada sent them to go enlist him in her new magic agenda (as described by Jeod’s letter in Inheritance: Deluxe Edition).

      • Argetlam

        Forgot to add: He went missing after that.

        • JJFA99

          oh thanks… i thought he was going to be more important… and do you know what was his “question”?

    • christos855

      It was Angela’s teacher i think.

    • GingerSwag

      That was Tenga

  • KingRider6911

    Since the elfs can change their form and many go into the ocean is it possible that if one chose to they could change their form to a water serpent that could have a form like that of a dragon?

  • Dark_Void

    most of my other questions would receive “no comment” answers and be as good as gold

  • Dark_Void

    would you (paolini) ever open up alagaesia to other authors, or does that idea displease you? like, if it was me, i’d think, “the idea scares me, but at the same time, it’d be neat to see what others could do with what i created.”

    i’m an author myself, and would kind of like to know.

  • Joakim Larsen

    Could Angela’s transparent short sword (aka Albitr/Tinkledeath) cut a dragon rider’s sword in two? Exactly how strong is this brightsteel metal? Are the weapons crafted out of it indestructible once forged?

    • Doggy

      Also, exactly what IS Angela’s sword?

  • IronEagle

    How would you describe your relationship with your characters? Are they like your children? Friends?
    What will life be like for Eragon and Saphira once she has children?
    Wouldn’t Thorn be a better match for Saphira than Firnen? We got to know Thorn much better than Firnen, and Thorn is closer to Saphira in age. I just feel that Firnen was rushed into the end there, and we never really got to know him. How could Saphira feel Firnen was a good mate after only knowing him a few minutes?
    Will we ever see a map of the rest of the Inheritance Planet?
    Also, is Angela a Timelord or a former companion of The Doctor?

  • IronEagle

    On evolution in the different races, did the Elves, Dwarves, Humans, and Urgals all evolve from a similar ancestor like the Grey Folk. Also what inspires the nucular explosions and mutations from radiation?

  • IronEagle

    Eragon considered trying to revive Brom. Is necromancy possible in any way? What would the repercussions been had he tried? Did Riders get vacation time, or were they “on call” like firemen. Is the calender of Alegasia the same as ours? is the solar system the same? Do dragons from larger eggs develop/grow at the same rate as those from smaller eggs, how does that work

  • Tobias Jägebratt

    If you would describe Eragon with an music genre what would it be? and the same for Saphira and Galbatorix

  • Beluga

    Hey ho, Enigma, I’m with you concerning Murtagh and his love story stuff. I just can’t ship him being with Nasuada. :(((( No no!!
    So, in order to make the question worth to be asked, I’ll add my voice (my request that is) – please Mike, make this issue heard!!
    I’ve got nothing to say about Eragon and Arya, they’re cool and we all know their relationship will last. I worry about Murtagh and his future soulmate. I want him to be happy with his beloved one, his Twin Flame like Enigma has said. A new relationship and possible family life is the only chance for him to prove himself as a good man, not abusive one like Morzan. Murtagh and Nasuada won’t be able to develop as a couple, simply because of painful memories and sense of guilt.
    You got my point

  • Lovisa

    How long does the elf leader stay a leader? Is it alway until they die or do they switch after a few hundred years to get som new perspectives?

    • Dark_Void

      they stay until they cant or wont serve any further

  • InheritanceFreak

    Did Galbatorix know that magic could be done without words? He was a fully trained Dragon Rider before his madness so he should have known it.

    Galbatorix used it to stop spells from being spoken, so could the True Name of the Ancient Language do the same with wordless magic?

    How come the Eldunarya in the Vault of Souls didn’t do more to help Eragon and Saphira in their quest? Like heal Brom’s wounds thus saving his life or warn Arya of Durza’s ambush.

    How did Durza, along with the Urgal party, conceal their minds from Arya & companions while transporting the egg?

    It’s been mentioned several times in the Inheritance Cycle that weapons, such as arrows, can be enchanted to breach wards. What are the enchantments used and how do they work?

    In Eldest, Eragon learns from Oromis its not just the words spoken that matter, it is also the intent behind the words spoken. How did Eragon curse Elva with a mistake in grammar in the Ancient Language; though, his intent was for Elva to be happy and misery free?

    How come Brom’s wards not stop the Ra’zac’s dagger?

    Where did the energy come from to sustain the magic on Elva’s curse?

    • Laura Spann

      I don’t think Galbatorix was a fully trained Rider atleast not in the arts of magic other wise he’d know the spells needed to heal his 1st dragon. Also he and his friends would not have been ambrushed and killed in their sleep with 3 riders and 3 dragons one should have been keeping watch ect.

      Brom was old he did say magic was getting hard for him either he didn’t have wards or he did and the dagger was enchanted.

      • InheritanceFreak

        I disagree with you because there are many unknown factors to make up details and pretend they are facts. You say he couldn’t have because he should have known the spell: it’s just as easily been he knew the spell but the wound would have been beyond him to heal for example. My question still stands.

        Even if he wasn’t a fully train dragon rider at that point, he’s had 100+ years to learn magical secrets. For example, he could have learned it from Durza or one of the Forsworn that was more than likely a fully trained rider.

        • Anonymous

          Galbatorix may have had 100 years of free time, access to an allied shades knowledge among other things. But he would have forgotten stuff, his mind is limited because unlike anyone else he has all the power he needs. If he wasn’t so powerful or so arrogant he could have thought of things i.e. drawing power from living things. Do not also forget that he spent much of his time breaking into Eldunari’s minds, tracking down rogue dragons/riders and consolidating his rule. Anyway, he may have been fully trained but some things would not be taught to students till they were near mastery of all disciplines which Galbatorix was probably not.

          • InheriatnceFreak

            I disagree with you also. Again, a lot of factors remain uknown. Making up stuff and treating them as facts doesn’t cut it. I’m only dealing with

            Galbatorix was a prodigy among the Dragon Riders. Why would the Dragon Riders keep this information from him? Such information would be keeping him from his full potential. This was before his madness and betrayal.

            Your mind isn’t limited if you can lead 13 Dragon Riders to victory against an entire order. This was when his madness was freshest. Again, he has a Shade and 13 other dragon riders with varying degrees of knowledge. It’s likely one had such knowledge with no reason to withhold it.

            Multiple times Galbatorix is described as a genius. Being arrogant or powerful does nothing to dimish it. In his 100+ years its more than likely he discovered such concepts as asborbing energy from living things.

            Galbatorix as a character will never

          • Anonymous

            I did not say they were facts, that is just how i think CP meant it. Everyone is entitile to an opinion, no matter how dumb or vile it might be. I would also remind you that while many people may be powerful they also do not think like a reasonable, logical man does. An analogy although not perfectly correct, is Stalin, he was very mad(like galbatorix), had lots of power(like Galbatorix) and tried to command his battles from afar(slightly like Galbatroix). The point i am making is that if a normal person was in power, they (in place of Stalin) would not have sent over a million men to die in a futile attempt to stop the german army. Galbatorix is like this in the fact that he cannot see things which are blindingly clear. Clearly, Galbatorix thought that it would be a good idea to wait around to learn which side Eragon took rather than flying out and capturing him by force, which would seem much more reasonable.
            I might also answer some of your other questions. The eldunari might not have tried searching with their minds when they knew a shade was loose in that area. The freedom of 100+ eldunari is so much more important than 3 elves. If you think about it, why does galbatorix even need the location of the elven cities from Arya, he already had elven forsworn riders. The eldunari could not have healed brom from so far away and one would start to wonder why Brom just sat up straight (healthily) after having a knife thrown at him. Durza probably hid his mind the way he probably taught galbatorix to hide Lord Barst’s mind. Just as magicians structure their spells to get around wards, you can probably devise a spell which makes the ward not stop the arrow. Look at the swords rhunon enchanted, they are an example of a weapon enchanted to breach wards.
            Your eldest question is answered on the same page where Oromis learns about Eragon’s intent. The reason why the ancient language was constructed was to make sure things went the same way you said things. E.g. Eragon could say ‘burn that door’ but really intending to burn a soldier, but he would still burn the door no matter how much he intended otherwise. If you limit something to a specific object then you can’t change what you want done to it. Ancient language ensures that things do not go awry if you take enough precaution, unlike Eragon who was asked to do it on the spot without prior preparation.
            The dagger might be enchanted but my explanation is that at the time CP hadn’t come up with wards. Look carefully through Eragon and i doubt you will find any references to wards. Probably from Elva herself as it might have been worded to draw strength from her as he did with his later amendment. It might be a writer mistake though so I don’t know. BTW i am sorrry if i offended anyone about the Analogy to stalin

    • OhhMyGawdddd

      Yes. Galbatorix probably knew about the non-spoken magic…but that knowledge was little important to his plans for various reasons:
      1) The vast majority of the magicians doesn’t know that: for them the ancient language is magic, so being the master of the language was being the master of 99% of the magicians.
      2) Galbatorix didn’t want to control magic, he wanted to control the magicians…and he acomplished that by controling the “name of the names”.
      3) “Wild Magic” is very dangerous, highly umpredicatable (except the dragon’s fire) and uncontrollable…Even if Galbatorix feared this type of magic, he praticallly couldn’t do nothing to against it besides what he already had done.
      4) Its almost impossible to an average magician to use that type of magic. He probably never thought that Eragon had the strength or the experience to use with so little knowledge about Magic that he still had.

      And to your second question. No, i dont think so (otherwise he would have done something dont you think XD). For reasons i already said earlier. Galbatorix didnt control magic, only the ancient language (and one thing is not exactly the other). He could control the spoken spells because he controlled the language used, and so he was able to change or take the meaning of the words spoken…but the Word has no effect on wild magic.

      This is just my opinion and CP is the only one who truly knows the answer to those questions…but for what is explicit in the books i doubt that this opinion is very diiferent from CP answers 🙂

  • Betusta Morla

    Had there been considerations of doing another tv media for Inheritance? I don’t now other fans, but I would like to see an animated series of the Inheritance Cycle, as it would have all the details of the books that a movie can’t, and the scenarios and effects… I think they could be really cool.

  • Stephanie Grace Schaefer

    Are there any clues you can give us as to what exactly the Menoa Tree wanted/took from Eragon? Please?

  • Fírnen

    Hey! I have a few questions/comments
    Here they are:
    1. Will the Inheritance trilogy ever be made into movies?
    It could be totally awesome if Peter Jackson did it! 😀
    2. In the book 5 it would be cool if the story followed the life of Selena or the first Eragon?
    3. A computer game of the Inheritance would be awesome
    And is there a chance of one being made? 🙂
    Thanks for now 🙂

  • Anonymous

    In eldest Arya says something that indicates that she does not think very highly humans, it is when she talking to Eragon about elven politics. In all the time she spent with the Varden would she not come to respect Humans, knowing how much they have been given compared to the other races, which is to say nothing?
    Another question, when you said the elves used to know a lot about Alalea before the fall, it suggested they don’t know much now what happened to information or am I assuming something from the way you structured your sentence?

  • Mikkel Fuglsang Lausen

    The movie Eragon was a huge flop, do you think there will be a remake of the movie?

    • Fírnen

      I totally agree!

    • OhhMyGawdddd

      LOL, unless CP wants to “start a war”, i doubt he will ever express his true opinion about the movie.

  • Freddy

    Is there ever going to be an Inheritance MMORPG? Where you can pick from the 4 races, and customize your rider/dragon. Maybe after you complete certain quests to become a full rider, you can receive a rider’s sword from Rhonon (or a rider’s axe? other weapons besides swords, like Roran using his hammer, etc.)

  • Laura Spann

    Will Eragon have Brom’s tome moved to where they move to a decide to raise the dragons and new riders?

    Will you write a book with Murtagh and Thorn like where did go after the battle ect?

  • Kelly Palmer

    What exactly would a true name sound like? Can we get an example?

  • Ennazus

    Does Saphira ever have children, and if so what are the dragonling(s) (draclings?) called/will they be involved in future books?

    • Kelly Palmer

      I always wondered what you would call a baby Dragon. Hatchling? Thats what most reptile young are called (turtles, alligators, dinosaurs, lizards).

  • S1m0nDe

    Hi! Thanks for investing so much to write those books! My wife and I are listening to them before we get to sleep.
    Reading all the comments, i have no doubt that eragon 5 will be published (It is hard to get good informations about if there is a plan for Eragon 5.

    My question is, what your plans for the future are. Will you continue to work with this world and be going on to fill it with life? Can you imagine to write a story that plays in the time before Eragon gets involved (fall of the riders- you prepared so much great potential for this) or stories that reach into the following generations (taking/enlarging Eragons heritance/ handeling conflicts). You and the story have a lot potential and I’d love to read/listen to more from the eragon universe!

    By the way: I’m so sorry about what they made out of the story in the movie. I REALLY hope that there will be people with fantasy and vision who remake it (and do it right this time).
    Thanks again for those great stories!
    S1m0nDe

  • Hannah gushulak

    Will eragon be an elder? I hope not 😀

    • OhhMyGawdddd

      mmmm…what do you mean? As an old man? At the end of Inheritance he was the leader of the Dragon Rider and the one that was more time a Rider that still lived, so he was already an elder 😛 And why not? Angela said that he would live at least centuries and Riders are like Elfs, Age has a different meaning to them. I doubt that he would loose any physical capablilties, but if he appears again he probably will be more “mature and wise” than now (wich i think would be best don’t you agree :))

  • Hannah gushulak

    Will be seeing eragon as a young man still and is the stroy focusing on Eragon again?

    • christos855

      all vote up please

  • Alex

    Is Arya and Eragon going to be main characters in book 5?

    • Hannah gushulak

      I hope so or i am going to brake down and role on the floor in my house 😀

    • christos855

      all vote up please!

  • John

    Will we see eragon and arya together or at all in book 5

  • Chris Wilson

    How hard was it to fully visualise the world of Alagaesia and how would you advise young writers to go about doing the same?

  • Stella Gil ♔

    1)Will Shaphira be mother?
    2)Will Eragon and Arya ending together?

  • liza

    is there anything in the books you now wished you changed or wished you had gone another way?

  • liza

    are you surprised so many people love murtagh?

  • liza

    where is shruikan’s eldunari? who has it?

  • InheritanceFreak

    Did any of the Dragon Riders have a gedwëy ignasia that wasn’t on their palm?

  • Casey

    Time frame for the next book? And will we see urgal and dwarf riders since the pact was changed, or was that just some kind of closure for the races?

  • AwesomePurpleDragon

    Will Murtagh get to be part of book 5? And did Eragon and Arya ever really love each other? (I mean, I know Eragon loved Arya, but did she ever love him?)

    • Alex

      Well she shared her true name with him and followed him all the way till the end of Alagaesia and didn’t want him to leave. I am pretty sure she loved him. I really hope this love can grow in the next book. I just wish CP will make it a continuation and not a standalone book, talking only about other things and characters.

  • Leu

    1) How did Morzan miss the tip of his finger? What’s his background? Had he always been a villain or was he forced to join Galbatorix?
    2) Who was Nadara? How did she die?
    Thank you Christopher! Your books are great! =)

  • ND

    In your opinion, Christopher, which character in the Eragon movie reflects your own original ideas the best? Is for example the casting particularly successful with one of the characters?

    AND:

    Will Orrin recover from the war back to his previous, experiment-loving, carefree self? Or will there be more conflicts caused by Orrin’s temper and Nasuada’s strict regime?

  • Sully

    I agree with Enigma and Murtaghslady – Also, if Murtagh ever had children, I’m sure he would be an awesome father, not abusive like his own one!!!

  • Alfonzia

    What exactly did the Menoa tree take from Eragon ?
    What was the significance of the seven words Brom tells Eragon in the first book as he is about to die? Why does Eragon never use them? Did you plan to use them and then change your mind? if so when and how, and why did you change your mind?

    Why could Eragon not ‘clean’ Veonguard the same way he cleaned the capital after Gallbitorix’s death? This has just never really made sense to me as Eragon knows the name of the ancient language – surely he can do pretty much anything. I’d really like a good explanation of why he had to leave, as this explanation felt a bit weak to me:)

    thanks and sorry if some of these questions have been partly answered – i read inheritance quiet a while ago and just remember feeling like these haven’t been answered.

    • Alfonzia

      sorry should be *Galbatorix and *Vroengard

    • Nakatay

      The seven words were this killing words, words that would kill someone. Brom was basically trusting Eragon with a black belt in magic. And he didn’t have to leave, he wanted to. To find somewhere safe to take the dragon hatchlings.

    • Freddy

      It wasn’t really an evil spell that destroyed Veonguard, it was radiation from the rider who chose to destroy themselves with magic, turning their body into pure destructive energy

  • Ben

    Approximately how big was Saphira by the end of Inheritance?

  • Alex

    Will we see eragon and arya in book 5 and any time frame when its comming out!

  • ND

    When Nasuada eventually steps down from the throne, how will the next king or queen be elected? Will her follower be one of the important members of her court, will her possible child inherit the kingdom or will there be an open election? (we know how rulers are chosen amongst elves and dwarves but how will humans solve this problem?)

  • Enigma

    I wonder whether Murtagh will have a new love interest. Now, I don’t care what Murtagh/Nasuada pseudo-“couple” shippers will say, this was NOT love, just a feeling enough to change Murtagh’s name. And NO, these two AREN’T destined to be together. I’ve never shipped Murtagh/Nasuada, and will NEVER ship them either. Of course both deserve to be happy, just NOT with each other!
    So, I really want to know : will Murtagh meet a new girl, a witch for example, or a girl coming from Grey Folk, whom he’ll have a truly epic romance with? two similar personalities, similar past, similar feelings, similar life lessons, in brief – Twin Flame/Soul Mates!!! It would be sooo cooool, and much more interesting than Nasuada (she can have another man)!!!!!! Plllzzzzzzz, Mike, would you ask dear Chris this question? :))))))))))))))))))) Pllllzzz

    • Enigma

      Give Murtagh a Twin Flame, a true and only love!!!! :))))))
      (Nasuada too, sorry but she just needs another man)
      Is it possible to ask this question? If yes, Mike, I’m begging to you, do it!!!!!!!!!!

      • Murtaghslady

        Hey, Enigma, I liked both of your comments and I agree with EVERYTHING you said!!!!! 🙂 Bloody hell, I thought I was the only insane who never supported Murtagh being with Nasuada. Thanks goodness, I’m not, YAY

        • Enigma

          Hallo there, mate. Thanks for your support, I’m glad to find like-minded people! You’re not alone 🙂
          I just want Murtagh to be with someone else, but people don’t understand me. No offense to anyone but honestly, I don’t care, anyways. My opinion will never change. I wonder whether Chris intends to change the endgame, that’s why I want Mike to ask him this question.

    • Splaj

      ‘Now, I don’t care what Murtagh/Nasuada pseudo-“couple” shippers will say, this was NOT love, just a feeling enough to change Murtagh’s name.’

      Erm, you kind of just shot yourself in the foot there. If Murtagh’s so called ‘feeling’ for Nasuada was strong enough to change his true name, then it must’ve been a pretty damn strong feeling i.e. close to love or love itself. I highly doubt Paolini intends to introduce a new character as a love interest for Murtagh. Remember, he’s meant to be in self-imposed exile i.e. he’ll likely avoid civilisation and just be trying to sort his own life out.

      P.S. I’m not a ‘fan’ per say or Murtagh/Nasuada but neither do I dislike them. So in the middle. Just putting my opinion in there.

  • spirit

    The most important question I have is of the relationship of Eragon and Arya. As a previous poster requested, can Paolini expand more upon ‘Their relationship is far from over’? In Book 5, will their relationship come up in some way, or grow, whether by communication, visiting, or something more happening? If no comment, then can Paolini give any indication of something happening for certain in Book 5? Thank you for asking the community to pitch in questions, I am looking forward to hearing something about Eragon and Arya.

    • Nakatay

      Arya should have a little half elf half human baby!! That would be so cool!!

  • Qba

    1) What happend to Undbitr? Is it on Vroengard?
    2) Did Eragon release Rhunon from the oath to she can make Rider’s swords?
    3) Where Eragon get settled?
    4) Will Arya join to Eragon?

  • Stella Gil ♔

    First: how many time we are going to wait for can read book 5 ? A year?
    Second: Is there an Eldest’s film?
    Thanks!

    • Denmark111

      Well, I can answer your second question. There isn’t. They didn’t earn enough money from the first one to fund a second.

      • Nakatay

        Because the first one sucked! It didn’t capture the book at all! (Like Percy Jackson, but that’s a different fandom)

  • ND

    Do werecats have a religion (or some religious habits, an own idea of how the universe functions) such as elves, dwarves, humans and urgals do?

    • ND

      *elves not believing in any superior power counts as a religion here^^

  • enumag

    The first one is most important for me, please ask him avout that mystery. Some of these may have been answered previously, please reply to this comment in that case.

    1) Why Eragon asked Oromis to teach him how to control the spirits? I believe he said something like he doesn’t understand people wanting to control them after his previous encounter with spirits. Considering that it seams out of character for him to ask that from Oromis.

    2) I don’t think Eragon actually used the long-distance-teleport spell anywhere in the series. Was there some plan for him to use it which was eventually cut out?

    3) What would the dragon do if his rider was to become a shade?

    4) Are you planning a book with a rider-shade anthagonist?

    • Denmark111

      I feel like question 2 would be very interesting to get an answer to.

    • Nakatay

      I think that third one is interesting as well…I have no idea but I want to find out!!

  • cc

    Is there going to be a major conflict in book 5

    • Nakatay

      duh…otherwise it’d be a boring book…

  • Whitecrisco

    1. I always thought that the really interesting way to siege Dracleona would have been to use the energy in Brohm’s ring to transport a cave bear from the Behor Mountains to the gate of the city and then put some wards around the bear. I can picture Murtagh having a panick attack trying to destroy it while the Varden attacked the city from the other side. Just for the sake of curiosity,would this plan have worked?
    2. Jeod’s ride? Will Saphira come back to Alegasia to visit without Eragon and give Jeod his much deserved ride on her back?
    3. Are the missing Raz’ac eggs in Morzan’s old castle?
    4. Tenga seems really strong. Could he have given Galbatorix a run for his money?
    5. Is there anyone else like Tenga other than Angela?
    6. Does Roran ever learn to use magic? It’s certainly in his blood.
    7. The Menoa Tree got exactly what out of Eragon?

    • enumag

      Jeod already had his ride. It was mentioned in inheritance and the actual scene was added in deluxe version.

      • Whitecrisco

        I have read part of the extended version but the not the entire book. Thanks for the update.

    • Denmark111

      I feel like question 5 and 7 would be quite nice to get an answer to. But I doubt he will answer question 7 though :/

      • JJFA99

        .

    • Nakatay

      He already answered 7, I think…anyway, I’m looking at 3. That’d be interesting to have more Raz’ac added in…and a nice plot twist. Gotta keep it interesting!

  • Jake Steckner

    I’ve uncovered a small mystery – nobody in the entire series wears glasses. Some people, like the citizens of Carvahall, have an extreme, almost superstitious phobia of forces like magic and thus probably wouldn’t allow a magician to repair their eyesight. Is this accidental, or is there a good reason behind this (a lack of medical understanding of the eye, or something)?

    • Nakatay

      Probably a lack of medical understanding overall. You have to remember that this takes place in a more mid-evil time period. They’re still using catapults and swords as well as magic.

      • Jake Steckner

        Glasses were invented in Egypt about 2,500 years ago. I doubt that a civilization advanced enough to have Ballista wouldn’t have glasses.

        • Nakatay

          You have a point. I guess I never thought about it that way. Huh. I didn’t even notice. Like how Harry is the only kid in Hogwarts with glasses…

      • GingerSwag

        Hey sorry that i missed you reply the comments were closed and I could not answer. But is means May your swords stay sharp

        • Nakatay

          Thank you!

    • Laura Spann

      i think the king of surda had a magnifying glass or atleast something close to it during that one of the parts when his in hes tent or room with all the test tubes ect.

  • bigmike

    it has been said that if rider became a shade, it would be something that has never walked the lands before. My question is what would happen and if the rider will be able to take control again after a time, and would the dragon be effected as well or just the rider.

  • Gilby

    Would you ever write a book with Murtagh and Thorn as the protagonists?

    • Nakatay

      YES PLEASE I WANT TO SEE MORE MURTAGH!!!

  • SarahBeth

    What are Eragon and Saphira’s true names?

    Which book was the most fun to write?

  • Mordyn

    What is a “true name”, exactly, and was it complicated to think up the Ancient :amguage? Also, have you ever thought about what Murtagh’s and Thorn’s adventures may be, since they traveled west(?)?

    • Alex

      If I remember correctly, it was mentioned in Eldest when Eragon asked if the Elves get married and the answer he had gotten was that the Elves just stay together for as long as they like and if they no longer want to be with that person, they stop the relationship. So it’s more like a girlfriend-boyfriend situation that they choose to have instead of a wife-husband one.

  • ShadeKing

    For all of the knowledge of magic that galbatorix had, how was it that he never figured out that you could use magic without the ancient language?
    Glader said that the dragon who made the original pact with the elves to be riders, their name cannot be expressed in any language. How is that poissble when everything has a true name in the ancient language?

    • Fang

      Yeah, Galbatorix not knowing that is stupid. He was a fully trained rider before he betrayed them. There is no reason that he shouldn’t have known about it and is a dumb assumption on Eragon’s part.

      He’s how I see it. Either he didn’t guard against it because unspoken magic is more difficult/dangerous to do,or those wards which protected him from unspoken magic were disspelled with Murtagh’s betrayal.

      • OhhMyGawdddd

        You forget that the spell didnt harm Galbatorix on physical and power terms. The spell wasn’t an attack to his integrity, just a way for Eragon to “make Galbatorix understand” so the spell wasn’t a menace for the wards to protect him. And he probably knew about the “unspoken” magic (remember that Glaedr use it against him in Brisingr). But that type of magic is highly unpredicatably and impossible to control…so there was almost nothing that he could do against it…and Galbatorix probably thought that Eragon couldn’t wield that type of magic on the scale that he did. Basically he understimated Eragon

  • Sol

    “Which do you consider your literary identity to be? Are you satisfied with it or would you like to change it, given an opportunity?”

    “If you decide to leave the Cycle untouched for a while, which gendre can we expect your future books to belong to?”

    “Given that you have reached recognition with the Cycle, and that most of your fans are eager to read more about it, dou you (or you publicist) consider it wise to write novels not set in Alagaesia?”
    “What do you believe your fans expect from you? Has it ever affected your writing?”
    “How did you feel when you finished writing Inheritance and thought ‘it’s done’?”

    “Will you ever consider writing a book about the original Eragon, the war between the dragons and elves and the begining of the Riders?”

    “Is there a character of the Cycle whose personality was inspired on you?”
    “Have you ever struggled between what you would like to happen to a character and what you considered more sensible to occur? Can you tell us when and what did you do at last?”

    • Doggy

      This^

  • Ross Hutchison

    Were you inspired by the original Star wars Trilogy when writing the inheritance Cycle and were you very angry and disappointed with the Eragon movie?

  • Sylwia Ruła

    Have you read “The Witcher” by Andrzej Sapkowski or any Polish fantasy/ sci-fi books?

  • Sylwia Ruła

    Will Orrin be fighting for full independence for Surda with Nasuada?

  • WyvernOfDepth

    What gives you the ideas for new things like ‘werecats’ and why do you mix them with old ideas?

    If you had to revise a book would you make serious changes to fit readers’ demands or do what feels right, despite comments/do anything? Would you consider revising a book? (No pun intended)

    Would you make all dragons different colors matching the eggs or have things like red plus yellow equals orange? Twins being the same color?

    When you made Shruikan black, did that represent his evil, future evil (fate to be with Gabatorix/whatever his name was) or (whatever his name was)’s evil?

    Sorry if these aren’t great questions.

  • Sylwia Ruła

    Is Angela member of grey folk?

  • Matsue Faust

    How Glaedr’s name can be translate?

  • Lord of Stormhold

    How did Galbatorix feed a dragon of Shurikan’s size without bankrupting his Empire or destroying Alagaesia’s ecology?

    In Jeod’s letter in the end of the Inheritance Deluxe Edition, he describes Angela as an Inarë that Eragon has seen. What are the Inarë? Where does the legend come from? Elvish? Dwarves? Something else? When did Eragon see an Inarë?

    Also in the same letter, Jeod attempts to track her through a spell. He attempts to explain why it didn’t work out. One suggestion is she has the same magic as the “Nameless One”. Who or what is this “Nameless One”? If this is a “no comment” answer: Does it have any relation to the “Nameless Shadow” in Eragon’s letter at the end of the Guide? Why didn’t Jeod go into more detail about what this “Nameless One” is in his letter?

    Will Eragon and Saphira leaving Alagaesia have any unintended-negative consequences? For example, will the Urgals strictly not follow Eragon’s suggestion of Olympics. Rarely in life are such problems solved with such simplistic solutions.

    • hoke

      In response to your first question: I asked CP how Galbatorix fed Shruikan when he posted a picture on twitter of a huge dragon and a very tiny one and he said the huge one was Shruikan and he said “Very carefully…”

      • The Lord of Stormhold

        That doesn’t answer my question and sounds like a bad punchline. I’m looking for an answer such as “Galbatorix magicially enlarged cattle.” Something such as that though maybe more well thought out.

        • NemesisSeraph

          As dragons grow older and in size, they need to eat less and less. I think this is explained in the 1st book.

          • The Lord of Stormhold

            Then please provide a quote and context.

  • Lord of Stormhold

    Mandelbrot set

    • Lord of Stormhold

      Are there any more hints to your next science-fiction book besides a Mandelbrot set? Do you have a tittle picked out?

      • Lord of Stormhold

        How is it progressing?

  • Matsue Faust

    Do you read some russian literature? What is your favorite?

  • Nick McDonald

    Please continue writing of Eragon and the adventures of Alagesia! I look and look for books and authors that can fulfill my hunger for reading none do the job that the Inheritance do. I am always left unsatisfied! Please continue what you are so very good at!!!

  • Matsue Faust

    Do the people of Alagesia have some understanding of another lands?

  • christos855

    Hello,Christopher i would like to know if your next book is going to be about the new adventures of Eragon or you are going to talk about other charachters?

  • jacob

    Can we expect to see any non-inheritance related books in the next two years?

  • christos855

    Hello,Christopher i would like to know if your next book is going to be about the new adventures of Eragon or you are going to write a story after his death?

    • Nakatay

      woah, who said Eragon was dying? I’d cry if he did!

      • christos855

        Hahaha you may be right.ill change my question

    • Matsue Faust

      Nope. No adventures and no death

  • Matsue Faust

    Is that hard to write about death of your character?

  • Matsue Faust

    Did dwarfes and dragons ever seen the Gray Folk? Can they have some memories about Grey Folk?

  • Matsue Faust

    Do your characters have some prototypes from your life, except Angela?

  • Matsue Faust

    Do you read fanfictions?

  • Nakatay

    are there other countries besides Alageasia and Surda? if so, will we see them?

  • jacob

    Does a dragon’s color determine personality or skill?

  • jacob

    Doea a dragons color setermine personality or skills?

  • Matsue Faust

    Is planet with Alagesia smaller than Earth?

  • Matsue Faust

    I have a fan-community in social network named VK. What I must to do to make it oficcial? Maybe, you must to register a page for your fans in VK? It’s so popular (special in russian-speaks countries)

  • Matsue Faust

    What happened with the first Dragonrider and his dragon? How they found their death?

  • Matsue Faust

    Why did Oromis choose Morzan and Brom as students? Or it was not his choice?

  • Matsue Faust

    Why Oromis was the last of his name? What happened with his family? Did he had descendants? Was there a lot of riders in his family?

  • Matsue Faust

    Do you want to use Vanir’s character in future?

  • Lucia Paltera

    what he was thinking when he wrote the ending of the saga? I felt so bad, that I wanted to cry. Will he write more books right? Because I’m wondering what happens to the history just mentioned of Nasuada e Murtagh. And Arya and Eragon.

  • Calumnius

    1) Is El-Harim built of stone?
    2) Did the Grey Folk change the true name of the Ancient Language? (if yes I think it is possible to find it)
    3) How much time will it take to train a Rider?

  • 12345FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    where is the beloth of wise

  • 12345FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    is mutangh comming back

  • 12345FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    is a new villan going to come and rise to power

  • 12345FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    will eragon ever marry arya
    will you make movies about eldest, brissingr ,and inheriance

  • Foteini Siola

    Is there any chance that Galbatorix is alive? Also what advise would you give to new writers?

  • frf

    have you ever thought that your book is boring while writing it ?

  • ChloeSuperRoach

    What is Eragon’s true name?

  • ChloeSuperRoach

    What do you think of the Eragon film?? 🙂

    • Alex

      I would really like to know that as well, but I think he might be contractually bound to not make any bad comments about it. So we will probably never know, but I personally think he shares his fans’ opinions that it was bad.

      • ChloeSuperRoach

        Hmm yeah that’s a good point. Yeah, I think that too 🙂

  • mystic

    In your books you have portrayed a variety of belief systems
    that allow us to think about the current religions and things like atheist
    movements in the world in different ways.
    The first three books talk about what is going on in the mainstream but
    in the fourth book you start to reach higher. The world is round scene is
    awesome and is the first step to a new worldview.
    How Galbatorix was defeated is a word for word description of a life review in a near death experience. My question is this, what are your spiritual beliefs now and how have they evolved over the past ten
    years?

  • Hydra

    Hello Christopher, in case you make more books concerning Alagaesia, have you though of the possibility of writing more about Oromis and Glaedr’s past?

  • Ethiwen

    Did you always planned for Arya to be the third rider and for her to be queen? And was she in the beginning meant to join Eragon in the end?

  • Speedlover

    If you were a dragon, what would your color and name be?
    You have mentioned several times that you would like to continue writing in algaesia, as a prequel or a nonrelated novel, do you have ideas for another world as well?
    What car model do you drive?
    Do you have any advice for novice writers?
    Do you know of/read the fanfictions that are written in algaesia? (if so, what do you think of them?)

  • Kirk

    in book one during the song about the fall of the riders Galbitorix was nearly defeated by Vrael, and Vrael hesitated with the killing blow. aside from the obvious plot development WHY? Galbitorix had already killed many riders and shown no sign of stopping, and he had also enslaved several Eldinari to his will demonstrating his true level of madness and hunger for power. So what would cause Vrael to hesitate? and at the time of this confrontation where was Vrael’s Dragon?

  • toe

    I cant wait 10 more years until book 5 finally comes out with just a no comment on soooo many questions. GIVE US SOMETHING!! come on

  • Φωτεινη Μπιφσα

    Why Christopher didn’t reveal sooner that Brom is Eragon’s father ? Eragon was very upset because he thought Morzan was! (btw sneaky Saphira! she knew all the time )

  • Alive285

    1. What would Book 3 have been titled had you not split it into Brisingr and Inheritance? I know many thought it would be Empire, but that was never confirmed anywhere, was it?

    2. When you were well into the process of writing the series and Eragon and Eldest had already been released, did you ever have any really great ideas that you wished you could incorporate in the series but realized you couldn’t because it would contradict things in previously released books? If so, what were some of the ideas?

  • Team Angela

    Are you planing on introducing any new characters and if so, how big of a role will they play?

  • mysithlegacy

    now that arya is queen, does she have to die to no longer be queen or can she resign the post of queen if she no longer desires to be queen?

  • Maria

    Is there any question you can answer about Angela that won’t result in a “no comment,” and will you answer it?

  • Alex Mason

    In a sequel Alagaesia novel, is it possible that we could meet a villain who is more evil and more powerful than Galbatorix? Could this villain have possibly pulled the strings of the fall of the Riders and Galbatorix’s rise to power?

    • Denmark111

      How can you expect anything else than either a “no comment” or a “yes, it’s possible [smirk]”? 🙂

  • rodrigo bardales

    if you were to place Alagaesia im Earth were would you place it?

  • Erik

    Should you write about Eragon and the others again, would Arya get any POVs?

  • rodrigo bardales

    what were the words that Brom told Eragon to use only when mostly needed?
    did he forgot them when he was fighting Galbatorix or he just didn´t needed them?

  • SoManyQuestions

    In the first book, you make no mention of wards, magical shields and death words, why did you decide to include these things later in the book, or why did Brom not teach them to Eragon, as they would be very useful? Secondly, does a shade have to be killed with a sword, or can it be killed with anything sharp, e.g. a crossbow bolt or a stake? Thirdly, do elven dragon riders have an advantage over other elves in terms of strength, since they are closer to dragons? Fourthly, in the battle at Vroengard, why did not all the Eldunari currently on the riders side, join their minds and smash their way through the forsworn? Fifthly, if Brom had his dragon and Galbatorix had no Eldunari and a normal sized Shruikan who would have won? Finally, if Tenga is searching for the answer for how to convert light and heat into energy, and Angela can already do this, how does this work since Angela is Tenga’s apprentice?

    • Fang

      If Brom had wards, then how didn’t they stop the knife the Ra’zac threw.

      • Fang

        IHow come Brom’s wards didn’t stop the knife thrown at him by the Ra’zac?

      • SoManyQuestions

        Good point, but that still leaves the first part of my first question unanswered. Maybe he didn’t want to alert other villager or other people of his magic, i.e. if anything went flying his way what would the villagers say if it abruptly stopped a few feet from him. Another reason might be that he cant cast wards because they reduce his ability to cast magic, maybe that is why he doesn’t often use magic, even if he is a dragon rider.

        • Fang

          That’s not a good explanation. Brom might of had a way of deactiviting or reactiving his wards at will.

          Maybe he cleverly worded the wards so that the your very scenario wouldn’t happen.

          • SoManyQuestions

            But you would probably require magic to activate or deactivate wards, or at the very least a trigger word or a mental activation. But I would have thought that this would require magic a little as casting wards that activate things or stop things still take energy no matter how you word them in the ancient language or otherwise by thought.

          • Fang

            I fail to see how a little activation energy would stop him from using wards.

          • SoManyQuestions

            Because every time he uses magic it becomes a little harder to reach. Maybe he didn’t have time to activate his wards. There are a lot of viable explanations, CP left it open for us to think over.

        • Denmark111

          Well, he ‘did’ say that magic was becomming hard for him, so that might also be the reason.

    • Matsue Faust

      Oromis said, that Brom need to teach only very important things, to stay alive in their journey. And of course, Brom dead too fast(

      • SoManyQuestions

        I would have imagined that the death words, the ability to kill with minimal strength would have been quite high on Brom’s list of things to teach Eragon. Although maybe he didn’t know, although this raises the question of why he didn’t know. I would have also thought that the teaching of wards would have have been another high priority on his list, at the very least mention them to Eragon. Anyway, Arya in the prologue doesn’t appear to have wards, although it is later mentioned that the arrows were enchanted by the shade, but it is still confusing

  • Zachery anderson

    Are we going to find out about any of those strange animals that Oromis mentioned, whether in a besatiary of Alagaesia, or a chapter in book 0 or book 5? and what other genras are you planning on writing in the future?

  • NemesisSeraph

    My last question, promise…but fair warning, it’s a big one.

    1st part-The riders are said to have existed for thousands of years before the time of the Inheritance Cycle. During that time the riders have always had leader. However, only 3 have been mentioned: Eragon I, Anurin, and Vrael. Are these the only three, or have there been more?
    2nd part-Riders are immortal, and can only die from none natural causes such as injury and illness. If this the case, why has there been multiple rider leaders? Eragon I obviously has some strange story regarding his death/disappearance, and we all know Vrael’s story, but the other leaders such as Anurin were all extremely powerful riders, who (if they were murdered) would have had to have been killed by EXTREMELY powerful foes, who wouldn’t be very common. It also seems unlikely that they would catch a disease or overuse magic. Maybe they retired? I have no idea.

    • Denmark111

      Well, it seems like there was only one elf who didn’t get sick and died after their pact with the dragons (if we look away from the menoa tree), so catching diseases doesn’t seem ‘that’ uncommen.

      • NemesisSeraph

        Just because Rhunon is the only elf that we’ve MET from that time, it doesn’t mean that she is the only one left, although someone that old would be rare.

  • Halo

    Since this will probably be answered with “no comment” I need to change my question. Do the twelve lights that left Galbatorix before he explode have any signifance? Is it one of your unresolved threads for another story?

    • Halo

      *exploded.

      • Halo

        If it isn’t important, then what was your reasoning for describing it that way?

        • SoManyAnswers

          They probably were spirits, Galbatorix probably bound them so as to protect him from magic that he did not think he could defend from or think to counter. It is highly possible that they might have been able to counter Eragon’s empathy spell. When Murtagh said he disabled Galbatorix’s wards he must have meant this because if you disable normal wards they would show no trace of being disabled unless you wanted them to.

          • Halo

            Thank you for the answer, but I’m not asking you. It might be or something else entirely. ^^;

  • Padfoot

    How old were Eragon and Saphira when they defeated Galbatorix?

    • NemesisSeraph

      The total time from the beginning of Eragon to the end of Inheritance has been calculated to be slightly less than two years. Think about 18 months for Saphira and 17-18 for Eragon.

      • NemesisSeraph

        EDIT: 17-18 *years* for Eragon

  • Luke

    Will there be an Eragon movie reboot?

  • Brandon Farley

    Did Galbatorix really die in the the flash of light, or did he just vanish to a far distant place, away from Alagaesia and possibly any civilization?

    • Rob Chandler

      I think Galbatorix cast the same spell that Thuviel cast on himself, turning himself into pure energy and destroying most of Vroengard in the process. This would explain why Galbatorix’s castle and most Uru’baen became poisonous, like Vroengard did.

      • Denmark111

        As I understood it, he simply made himself stop existing, creating a vacuum and thus making the particles around him slam into each other.

        • Rob Chandler

          This is why these books are so addictive…

  • NemesisSeraph

    Does brightsteel have a counterpart in our world? I’ve always thought of it as titanium….

    • Fang

      Iron found in meteorites. It is believed that meteorite iron was the first iron ore used by
      civilization, before the development of mining to retrieve terrestrial
      iron. Paolini probably “inspired” by this or David Edding’s novels.

      • NemesisSeraph

        Smart answer, but kind of boring. I’d like to think that the star metal in the books is some kind of crazy alloy or something.

        • Fang

          It’s most likely not a crazy alloy. It’s iron from meteorites. Even different ancient cultures that called iron had orgin from the skies. Some examples include “In old Sumeria, iron
          was called “sky metal” and the
          pharaohs in old Egypt knew it as “black copper
          from the sky”.”

          Source: http://www.tf.uni-kiel.de/matwis/amat/def_en/kap_5/advanced/t5_1_4.html

          • Denmark111

            But if it’s just iron, why does it have such great properties? 🙂

          • Stephen Fry

            It could be Nickel or Cobalt. The only other common metals in Meteorites are Osmium/Iridium, however that’s unlikely because they’re many times denser than iron and so it would have been mentioned it was very heavy. Titanium is also unlikely because it’s rare in meteors, but that could be an oversight on Paolini’s part. I doubt he ever thought of a real-life counterpart.

          • Denmark111

            “I doubt he ever thought of a real-life counterpart.”
            My thoughts exactly, which is why I think this is such an odd discussion 🙂

          • NemesisSeraph

            Which is my reason for asking it 😉

  • If the dragon chooses for whom he or she will hatch, how can
    the riders decide how many of each race will be riders?

  • NemesisSeraph

    If you could pick any existing song(s) (other than the soundtrack for the Eragon film) to create a soundtrack for the Inheritance Cycle, which song(s) would you choose?

  • Juliana Ormianin Kogge

    Is it posible that Book V show something about Murtagh in Galbatorix’s castle, as the moment that the Thorn egg hatched?

  • Jason

    Is it possible that CP is going to write an Alagaesia novel set thousands of years after Galbatorix’s death?

  • Aelsar

    I have the same question, WHY HAS THERE NOT BEEN A SECOND MOVIE!!!!!

  • zach

    i would like to know why havent they made eldest into a movie yet

    • Aelsar

      AGREED

      • Halo

        The film was a financial and critical failure.The movie couldn’t make itself a franchise that the film studios wanted. They are not going to waste money on something such as this.

  • Brandon

    Is it possible that once the riders flourish again and the counsil of riders is established again, will Arya join the riders in the new land? And will Arya and Eragon finally be together

  • stubbsie

    will we see Eragon and Arya in book 5 and if so will they be together or still separated between the new riders home and alagaesia we need some information please dont say no comment

  • Anonymous

    CP has stated that Eragon is based off of his own personality. Does that mean Eragon looks exactly like CP as well (particularly in the first book?) That would be cool!

  • nabakin

    Can Tinkledeath store energy within its diamond blade?

  • Sammy Phoenix Havok

    Will Arya and Firnen ever pay a visit to Eragon and Saphira on the ‘New Vroengard’? And if so, would there be any chance of their friendship developing further?

    • Aj

      Now these questions I want to know the answer to, along with quite a few others it seems. 😀 Hopefully Mike picks these for the interview.

  • Amaris

    Will there be any information of the first Eragon in book five? Why did Selana name Eragon after the first Eragon and what does the name “Eragon” mean?

  • mango panda

    Will there be a special book containing experiences other that eragons? like murtaghs, or galabatorixs…

  • Frederico P. Antunes

    There is the possibility of a second film, a reboot or a series?

    • Aelsar

      AGREED or they should redo Eragon

      • Fang

        No, as I’ve said before. Eragon as a film was a financial and critical failure. Film studos want a film that makes them money and a franchise. This film didn’t do either so it wouldn’t get a sequal as it would be wasting their money.

        A reboot won’t happen for a long time. It’s still too recent in the film-going audience and film studios. They aren’t going to be throwing money into a film that has already failed once. Maybe in twenty years it might be a possibility.

  • Frederico P. Antunes

    What will be the name of the fifth book and which dragon will be on the cover (what color)?

    • Fang

      I gurantee you he won’t answer this question.

    • Denmark111

      Honestly, I doubt it will be a dragon. Hasn’t he stated that he wanted to explore something else than the dragon riders next?

      • Frederico P. Antunes

        Solembum? kkkk

  • Alexander

    There was a man who got his legs crushed. When Eragon visited the hospital, the man could see Beloth’s belt, Aren, and had said that he could see Murtagh’s eldunari. How is he able to see these energy sources?

  • Caironater

    Is Tinkledeath really made out of diamond? Or is it something much more arcane?

  • Connor Antonellis

    I have a theory. I think that Brom and Morzan are half-brothers just like their sons. However, they were both deceived to believe otherwise. Does CP wish to weigh in on this?

  • Rehsa Cypher

    How did you come up with the idea to have the hadarac dessert take up most of alagaesia and divide the domains of the humans, elves, and dwarves?

  • Splaj

    My question concerns Arya, though perhaps Eragon as well in a way.
    In Book IV, I believe Arya was pressed by the council of elves (I’m not sure if that’s the correct term that was used but regardless a high-status group of elves, likely lords) to take up the throne.

    Could they press her for the need to produce an heir? Could they force her to take up a mate therefore or is Arya unlikely to do this due to her feelings for Eragon?

    I know you’ve said elves are poly-amorous but Arya’s kind of an exception having lived with humans for a large proportion of her life and not feeling like a true ‘elf’. It made me curious as to this scenario.

  • John McClymond

    I must ask that question, When we will meet Eragon Bromsson in this very real world because I want meet him very bad?

  • Adam

    What are the races, genders, sword/dragon colors, fates and names of the other 8 Forsworn members?

  • Anthony

    Could the world outside of Alagaesia be populated with societies that would have gone through events of equal or greater magnitude than those in Alagaesia?

  • Renee Fletcher

    Why did Brom keep so many secrets from eragon in book 1 especially the fact that he was his father?
    Is it possible for Eragon and Arya feelings for each other to change in book 5

  • Anthony

    In regards to being able to take the energy from your surroundings, had anyone in this universe ever thought about taking it directly from their opponent while in combat?

    • Rob Chandler

      I was thinking exactly the same thing a couple of days ago, but also wondered whether the attacker would have to take control of the opponent’s mind before they could take the energy, because surely if this weren’t the case, the attacker could take the opponents energy, and cast something which would certainly kill one person, but not two, and use the opponent’s energy first to kill them. +1 for this question.

    • Alex

      To do this, you must open your mind and connect with the person or thing you are taking the power from. If someone did that while fighting, he would basically leave the front door to his mind open for his opponent and he would just beat him easily like that.

      • Anthony

        Most people probably wouldn’t know about reaching out and defending their mind though and would probably be pretty clueless as to whats even going on, leaving them highly susceptible to the attacker.

        • Alex

          But in a large scale battle, you can’t risk that. There might be someone who knows what’s happening and who is able to attack you back. On a 1 on 1 battle with a simple soldier, that would be possible, but not during a war, or a battle with someone very experienced.

          • Anthony

            The scenario I had thought about was pretty much a 1v1 on a soldier who wouldn’t be aware of those things. I hadn’t thought about someone that would be able to know what was going on and fight back. But thinking about that wouldn’t someone really powerful be able to take control of their mind by sheer force and drain the energy from them then? I sure there have been some people that would have been this powerful in the past.

          • Alex

            I agree with what you are saying there and to be honest I am wondering about the same thing. I hope your question gets picked and we can have an answer from CP 😀 To share my opinion of it, it would be possible to happen, but like Eragon had learned, the attacker would really connect with the opponent and after draining his strength and killing him, he might have been left feeling very strangely, especially after having felt all the emotions and mostly the fear of the opponent. So it might turn out to be a double edged knife, that will give him extra power, but will also leave him broken inside and depressed and then unable to use it.

            Also, is there a limit to the power a Human body can store? I mean, what if the opponent was very strong and fully rested and his power was drained from the attacker, would the attacker’s body change or even get harmed by the extra amount of power? Could he die from too much power in him?

  • Alex

    I would like to know where Eragon and Saphira will settle, how they will
    build their castle and what will happen with all the Eldunari? Will
    Arya come to visit him, will something happen between them? And how will
    he train the newer riders, how will Eragon’s training progress? And
    will the new Ra’zac eggs hatch? What will be done about them?

  • Enter

    Why did Arya give Eragon her tru name? She said that she never gave it to anyone before. I can understand why Eragon gave his, he is madly in love with her. Even if Arya felt the same way that would not explain it. She was with Faolin for a long time and she dident give it to him.

  • O.C

    how far away, or how long did it take for eragon sail to ‘new vroengard’ and how did eragon know it was the perfect spot for ‘new vroengard’. did they stop at different places?

  • imstillhungry95

    Have you ever considered writing or commissioning a graphic novel version of Eragon?

  • Aj

    I would like to ask about Eragon and Arya’s relationship/romance but I get the feeling that any question pertaining or even slightly relevant to that will be a no comment (which I understand, Paolini can’t give out spoilers for future books obviously).

    So… I’ll ask. with reference to the interview in 2011 i.e. the first post-Inheritance interview, can Paolini expand at all upon the statement ‘Their relationship is far from over.’? Anything from something happening for sure in future books concerning their relationship to them being in the same location, e.g. visiting, in the future. Although, I’m still expecting a no comment answer but I hope Paolini can give us something…

    If that fails, another question I have is that is Murtagh likely ever to end his self-imposed exile and, if so, will he return to Alagaesia likely, to aid Nasuada perhaps, or go aid Eragon in teaching new Riders wherever he’s settled?

    Sorry for being greedy and asking two questions but hope one of them fits in the interview, most preferably for sure the first one. Look forward to the interview Mike, keep up the good work and the good posts coming.

  • Jess

    In Brisingr, Eragon is hiding from some soldiers
    and listens as they discuss who they are looking for on their patrol. They
    wonder if they are searching for Murtagh, due to something he had said. Eragon
    is left with that question. I always thought this was interesting because it shows
    that, not only did Galbatorix’s soldiers not know what to make of Murtagh, but
    that he may have been openly denouncing Galbatorix. I can’t see the king
    allowing that. Just curious as to what he may have said. Thanks!

  • ChloeSuperRoach

    I am dying to know, what is Angela? 🙂

    • christos855

      me too!!!!

      • Fang

        You know he’s not going to answer this. This has already been asked and replied with “no comment”.

        • ChloeSuperRoach

          Ahh that sucks 🙁

    • Zack

      I think she is the soothsayer galbatorix references when he tells nasuada about the room she is being tortured in. The woman who lived in the room for hundreds of years or whatever and dreamed about the future.