Fan Art: Murtagh and Thorn can still be feared

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Murtagh has always been a fan favorite among the pool of Inheritance Cycle characters, and as such has spawned a wealth of incredible fan art over the years.  We’ve had the opportunity to discuss many of these pieces of art, dissecting the traits and struggle of Eragon’s half brother due to the vacillation of his character’s journey in our beloved series.

At times good, bad and somewhere in between, many fans stayed loyal to Murtagh over the course of the series, while turning on other residents of Alagaësia.  In fact, even at the conclusion of the Cycle, Murtagh was unsure of his relationship with the newly freed peoples of Alagaësia and decided to join Thorn on a soul searching journey, headed north toward the uncharted lands of Alagaësia.

We know that Christopher will continue to spin tales set in the world of Alagaësia in Book 5 and beyond.  We also know through multiple teasers from the author that these stories will at some point include Murtagh and most likely Thorn (unless it’s an Eragon prequel).  From our Book 5 page:

Will there ever be a book about or featuring Murtagh?
Christopher: Let’s just say we haven’t seen the last of Murtagh. 😉

Do we get more of Roran and Murtagh in Book 5?
Christopher: Heh. I’ll take it under consideration.

Think, for a moment, about what kind of character Murtagh will return as.  It’s probable that his sojourn to discover himself will have him siding over with the allies of the freed Alagaësia once and for all to battle an unseen enemy.  Murtagh has a lot to repent for, and it’s clear that he would like to put the past behind him and better himself as a person. Christopher is noncommital on what the future holds, although his hint does seem to indicate that Murtagh will one day better himself and seek forgiveness from those he hurt:

Do you think that Murtagh would think of going to help Eragon with the new Riders?
Christopher: I’m sure he would, but I’m equally sure he wouldn’t do it anytime soon after the end of Inheritance.

But, what if Murtagh’s frustration is something that can never be fully repaired?  What if he can never forgive himself or those who had forsaken him as a young man? What if darkness and despair consumes him? We know another evil brews within Alagaësia, and a vulnerable Murtagh could fall prey to that evil’s manipulation.

With his future uncertain, we can at least take solace in knowing that we’ll finally have closure on Murtagh and Nasuada’s budding relationship from Inheritance:

Will we ever know Murtagh and Nasuada’s future?
Christopher: Yes.

Below is a depiction of Murtagh and Thorn by Hotaru Yagami.  This piece of fan art displays the crimson pair wreathed in flames against a bloody sky.  It shows Rider and dragon in a fearful fashion:


You can see a beautiful dark piece of fan art of Murtagh and Thorn we previously posted accompanied with a story. It offers a look at the two brooding characters as they seek to understand themselves and their future among the residents of Alagësia.

Now we ask: What if Murtagh and Thorn return to their darker ways, even after their journey in freedom?  Is there any remote chance that Murtagh will not be able to forgive and forget?  What path do you think they take in Book 5 and after? Give us your thoughts in the comments and social media!

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  • Affan Khadir

    Glaedr ,umaroth and the other dragons can help murtagh from where they are just like when they help the man steal saphira’s egg and alter arya’s spell , sending saphira’s egg to eragon

  • Meher Shrishti

    Come on!! I think when danger ???? falls on new riders; first he will ignore then at last come and do ????????????????

  • ben

    anyone else see murtagh coming back to lead nasuada’s magician gang since he knows then name, wants to be with nasuada and said he would return once he and thorn had their ‘alone time’? Or do you guys see them going to help Eragon wherever they have gone? and speculation regarding who saphira’s child’s rider will be. I suspect rorans desperate longing for magic could be a hint towards ismira becoming saphira’s child’s rider

    • Abdullah Mian

      i do

  • Mina

    I just wish Oromis and Glaedr still lived. They both were so wise and they could have shown Murtagh and Thorn how deep the bond is between a dragon and rider and guide them towards the right path. They were just so wise. Such a shame they are gone. Favourite characters by far.

    • liakoyras

      Dude, Glaedr still lives 🙂

      • Mina

        yea, in his heart of hearts 🙂 but I wish he still had his body and had Oromis, you know?

        • bobby

          gladr lives so he can still those things easily. 🙂

          • Meher Shrishti

            But then it would be as if Glaedr manipulated them ( coz he is kinda stronger) and did not let them take their own decision!! Even if it was wrong ????

          • bobby

            not for a long time. glaedr maybe stronger them but he is a rock. if he will went crazy in the future they just left hem be like this. but his knowlege is really importent for future rider and eragon himself. and also there are other eldunari’s that can stop him.

        • Abdullah Mian


  • Marek Stoklasa

    I hope he will be good 🙂 Cant wait for book 5, feels like its been forever.

  • Name

    I think he’ll be able to forgive himself, with the help of Thorn, but it will take a long time. We never got see Murtagh and Thorn’s interactions through their thoughts in the books, but in a lot of fanfictions, Thorn is seen comforting Murtagh and convincing him that he only did what he did to survive and anyone else would’ve done the same in his position. I feel like he hates Morzan so much (even though he didn’t argue when Eragon told him he’d become his father in Eldest), he doesn’t ever wanna become like him again. And Murtagh’s my favorite and I’d really like to see him be redeemed; he’s got a good head in battle and is a good warrior.

    • Do you think he’ll forgive himself? I think he’ll find a way to cope with what he did, and to try to move past it, but I can’t see him ever fully forgiving himself.

    • Nolan Holley

      Sometimes I wonder if a character has a genetic excuse to turn into a villain. Taking the “like father, like son” route…though most stories tend to shy away from that (eg. Luke and Darth Vader), I think it would be kind of neat to see.

    • Krzychu Krasucki

      But Thorn has borned in Galbatorix’s home. He could be evil since he born, so I’m not sure that he can help Murthag. But I hope to Murthag will find peace in his hearth. This is my favourite charakter so i wish him changes. Changes to good. 🙂

    • bobby

      he killed a king. dwarfs never forget. he can’t be a true dragon rider without goodwill of dwarfs. he must do something to redeem himself but not sure dwarfs will give him the chance

  • Jesus Perez

    I’m dying for a new Inheritance book. I would very much enjoy seeing Eragon as this sort of Yoda of Alagaesia. A powerful and wise sage. Maybe a few chapters from the POV of one of the student riders.

    • Harrison

      I’m gonna go ahead and say that he’ll be much more of a New Order Luke Skywalker than a Yoda. Oromis was Yoda. Fortunately, we should get a glimps of what a post-civil war Luke will be like come December!

      • Jesus Perez

        You’re right…and Glaedr’s heart of hearts will be the equivalent to a Force apparition :p where there body is gone but their consciousness lives on.

        • Harrison

          Hadn’t thought of that parallel! Good point!

          • Nolan Holley

            This is reminding me of Luke in the new Force Awakens trailer!

          • Jesus Perez

            Murtaugh would be Darth Vader. Turning against the King/Emperor and redeeming himself in the last seconds.

    • El_Bacon

      You are kind of onto something here with parallels between Inheritance and Star Wars

      Eragon = Luke Skywalker

      Roran = Han Solo

      Katrina = Leia

      Murtagh = Darth Vader

      Galbatorix = Emperor Palpatine

      Martland = Chewbacca

      • Abdullah Mian

        shut ur mouth
        inheritance is better
        if u wanna hate, then hate and never return 2
        NOW GO!

  • AquaDragonRider