Artists and fan artists alike are renowned for their ability to bring the heart and emotion conveyed in text to life through illustrations, as is the case with the following piece of story-driven fan art we’re introducing today.

In this piece based on a scene from Brisingr, Arya comforts Eragon before he rides off to battle atop Saphira. Many fans consider this a pivotal moment in the Inheritance Cycle, as they feel that it’s one of the first times Arya truly shows affection toward Eragon:stay safe eragonChristopher knew what he was doing: he showed that there is more to the bond between Eragon and Arya than debt and friendship. Instead, Arya shows that she truly cares for Eragon, Saphira, and their well being. DeviantArt artist Elizalento managed to capture the emotion of this moment in a touching illustration:

Here is the scene from Brisingr‘s “Fire in the Sky”:

Walking over to Saphira, Arya placed a hand on Eragon’s left leg and looked up at him with her slanted green eyes. “Accept this from me, Shur’tugal,” she said. And he felt a surge of energy flow into him.

“Eka elrun ono,” he murmured to her.

Also in the ancient language, she said, “Be careful, Eragon. I would not want to see you broken by Murtagh. I . . .” It seemed as if she were going to say more, but she hesitated, then removed her hand from his leg and retreated to stand by Blödhgarm.

“Fly well, Bjartskular!” the elves sang out as Saphira launched herself off the embankment.

Now we ask you: Do you think this truly was one of the first moments in the Inheritance Cycle where Arya showed affection toward Eragon? Do you think Christopher will continue their relationship in Book 5 and beyond?