Did you know that there’s a significant amount of content that didn’t make it into the Eragon movie? You may be surprised to learn that the Twins and Elva were both filmed but never included in the final cut. Instead, they were released as deleted scenes.
We’ll never fully understand the decisions that went into creating the first Eragon movie, but it’s still interesting to look at the scenes that were ultimately removed. In the second of our two part deleted scenes series (don’t miss part one!), we show you scenes introducing Eragon and Murtagh’s arrival to the Varden, the Twins and their “test,” and Eragon blessing Elva. You won’t want to miss these!
“We Can Learn a Lot from Each Other”
In this scene, Eragon catches Murtagh sneaking Zar’roc from him as he sleeps and he isn’t too thrilled. In awe, Murtagh comments that he’s “never held the sword of a Rider before” and states, “I could get used to this.” Eragon is surprisingly rude to Murtagh in this scene, dismissing Murtagh’s offer to exchange skills and knowledge.
The Son of a Traitor or The Twins’ Test
The scene opens after Eragon, Saphira, and Murtagh first encounter the Varden. Eragon is shocked to learn that Murtagh is the son of Morzan, reeling as Murtagh tells him, “A son doesn’t choose his father,” before revealing his scar from Morzan and being led away by Varden guards. Out of nowhere, the Twins appear to question Eragon’s loyalty. Ajihad sides with the Twins, forcing Eragon to undergo their “test” in order to gain entry into Farthen Dur. The Twins show their true intentions by threatening to take his memories by force before Eragon calls on Saphira for her help. She intervenes and Ajihad ends the test despite the Twins’ protests.
The Magic of Blessings
A beggar greets Eragon as he walks through the Varden’s home, asking him to bless a baby whose parents were killed by Galbatorix, orphaning her. Unsure on how to proceed, Eragon is eventually convinced to bless the baby. He blesses the child in the Ancient Language, leaving a star-shaped scar/mark on her forehead. (We know that this character would eventually be the cursed child, Elva.)
Now we ask: What do you think of the deleted scenes? While they still differ from the book, do you think the inclusion of Elva and the Twins could have improved the movie?