“Do I look like other cats?” — Witness Eragon and Solembum’s first encounter! (fan art)

Werecats are a curious kind! Can you imagine being Eragon, a young and inexperienced farm boy thrust out into the world with little knowledge of the abnormal or mythical (other than the tales told by wandering traders)… laying on the ground with a werecat on your chest?

eragon and solembumThis scene, a fan favorite and one of the best scenes of Eragon, was brought to life by the DeviantArt artist Deygira-Blood. The illustration shows exactly how the initial confrontation played out, just moments before Eragon would be given a series of prophecies by Angela the Witch which would later prove a near spot-on narrative of the events of his life:

The cat yowled and stalked back to him. It jumped on his chest and crouched there, looking down at him with gleaming eyes. Eragon tried to sit up, but it growled, showing its fangs. Do I look like other cats?

No . . .

Then what makes you think I am one? Eragon started to say something, but the creature dug its claws into his chest. Obviously your education has been neglected. I—to correct your mistake—am a werecat. There aren’t many of us left, but I think even a farm boy should have heard of us.

I didn’t know you were real, said Eragon, fascinated. A werecat!

Now we ask: Is this how you pictured Eragon and Solembum? (And bonus points to anyone who identifies the object next to Eragon’s head!)

  • Ben Thompson

    the rod looks kinda like an early incarnation of the doctor’s sonic screwdriver

  • Sarah Barrett

    That’s the rod that shocked him! I thought it would have been a little bigger around, but hey, I’m not the artist here. Just like I pictured the scene 🙂

  • Max Chapin

    Yes this picture definitely looks like how I pictured Solembum. A very bushy and sarcastic looking cat 🙂 This is a hilarious moment in the books. Its been so long since Ive read the first one!

  • Gracia

    woah i always thought that the rod he touched was big, like a rain stick! better re-read haha 😀

  • Deanna L Mulsow

    I love this! Solembum looks like a Maine Coon! I always pictured him solid black, but I love the stripes!! I agree with the comment of a little longer hair on top, but this really gets the size perfect. The art is impeccable!

  • Aine Dragon

    Very good! We always thought this was a better depiction of the werecats. That one in “Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia” was a bit too fierce

    Can we send in fan art even if it’s nowhere near as impressive as this (or other things you’ve had sent in)?

  • TheOtherDude

    The object next to Eragon’s head is a wooden rod that shocked Eragon when he grabbed it! As for the drawing, it seems very well drawn! My only critique would be to give Solembum a larger mane.

  • squirrelsocks

    The shock wand 🙂 ‘a common and boring artifact, unlike myself’ – Solembum. I really love that drawing!