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Happy 12th birthday, Shur’tugal!

dragon-blows-out-birthday-cake-david-spier2Today marks the twelfth anniversary of Shurtugal.com, which officially launched on March 5th, 2004!

It’s been an incredible ride since we released what was then a side project of a fifteen-year-old passionate about a book he couldn’t put down.

Now, more than a decade later, the Cycle is over, but there’s much more ahead: we have Christopher’s upcoming sci-fi book to look forward to! Plus, there’s Christopher’s constant teasing of an eventual fifth book set within the world of Alagaësia…

We’re not sure what’s in store for Shur’tugal going forward (we aren’t Angela, after all…), but we hope for many more years to come!

As always, thank you for supporting us and this incredible venture. A community is nothing without its visitors, and we are eternally grateful for your patronage. Here’s to an exciting future and lots of new books!

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Happy Valentines Day!

We’re having fun sharing some of our favorite could-be and should-be Inheritance Cycle “ships” on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, as a fun way to celebrate Valentines Day! For those of you who have yet to join us on social media (head on over!), here’s a round-up of our posts:

2-14-1-happy-valentines-day-saphira-firnen“Dragon love?! #HappyValentinesDay #ShipSaphiraFirnen” Continue reading this article…

 

salt lake comic con christopher paoliniChristopher is headed to this year’s Salt Lake Comic Con’s “FanXperience,” taking place March 24 – 26! Details on his participation are scarce, as panels and signing opportunities have yet to be announced, but it has been confirmed that he’ll appear all three days.

Tickets are currently on sale for $20+ for single days, and $60+ for all three days. The event will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

Head on over to the convention’s official website for more details!

 

What a way to ring in 2016! Our Ten Days of Inheritance Cycle Giveaways were a big hit! We want to thank everyone for participating and hope that you had fun discovering each day’s giveaway. We appreciate those of you who followed us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, as well as subscribing to our Shur’tugal Insider newsletter (be the first to know about Book 5, the sci-fi book, and much more!).

Now, it’s time for the big reveal… Continue reading to see the winners for each giveaway!

All winners were notified via email! Prizes will ship out as soon as possible. North American readers can expect their prizes within ten days, while international readers may have to wait longer depending on transit times and customs rules. Continue reading this article…

 

Big news in the world of Paolini: Christopher has officially finished the first draft of his science fiction novel!

The new book has been a work-in-progress since 2012/2013, beginning with nearly ten months of planning and research. While working on the manuscript, Christopher regularly shared progress updates, including photos, as he completed new chapters.

Christopher took to Facebook to deliver the exciting news in the form of a brief statement accompanied by two photos of the finished manuscript:

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Christopher hasn’t shared much information on the book, other than to confirm that it’s a sci-fi novel that takes place in the same universe as ours, and is “full of aliens, spaceships, lasers, strange new planets, and explosions”!

It’s important to note that finishing the first draft of a manuscript is just the first step to publishing a novel. We won’t see the book in the next few months, but it’s possible that we could see the book toward the end of 2016 or early 2017! (This is purely speculation.)

Curiously, Christopher mentioned that artwork still needs to be completed for the book. As we all know, much of the author’s artwork adorns the inside of the Cycle books, including his map of Alagaësia, various dragon eyes, swords, and more. Will this new novel feature maps and other art drawn by Christopher? Time will tell!

Now we ask: Are you excited to get your hands on the new book? What do you hope to see included?

 

10 days of inheritance cycle giveawaysLast year we ran the incredibly popular “Twelve Days of Inheritance Giveaways,” offering up autographed books, art, and other Inheritance Cycle goodies for fans around the world. This year, we wanted to help ease the post-holiday blues by throwing a few more gifts your way!

A new giveaway will release each day, now through January 10th, with prizes including autographed books, art, and other items! All readers (even those outside of the United States!) are eligible to participate.

Visit this post each day to see the new giveaways, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr for reminders! Our final giveaway will be released on January 10th, and entries for each will close on January 18th at 11:59pm MST. Winners will be announced on January 20th.

How to enter: Each giveaway offers a variety of options to enter, including following us on Facebook and Twitter, sending out a tweet, and subscribing to our newsletter. Don’t have any social media accounts? Don’t worry! There’s a mandatory option requiring you to provide us with your mailing address so that we may ship your prize in the event that you do win. Providing us with this information will gain you one entry per giveaway.

Fine print: Why do we ask for your mailing address? Simple: we don’t want to encounter any issues contacting winners. In the past, our emails haven’t been received, were missed, or were sent to spam, often resulting in us having to choose new winners. This method ensures that all winners receive their prizes. Once the giveaways have ended, all collected information (including email addresses and physical addresses) is permanently deleted.

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater AdIt’s time to be ugly – in style! This Alagaësia-themed Ugly Christmas Sweater will have your fellow fantasy fans and friends envious as you spread holiday cheer in an interesting way!

The design, exclusive to the Shur’tugal Inheritance Cycle Merchandise shop, incorporates the series’ dragons and magic (using the yawë and brisingr symbols) in a fantastical take on the popular Ugly Christmas Sweater industry!

We kept the prices as low as possible (starting at just $15.99) while still guaranteeing quality merchandise! You still have plenty of time to order your sweater in time for Christmas!

Head on over to the official Shur’tugal Inheritance Cycle Merchandise shop!

It’s very important for us to mention that these merchandise sales directly support Shur’tugal and help keep the site and community alive and active!

 

alagaesia hunger gamesLet the first annual Alagaësia Hunger Games begin, and may the odds be ever in our favorite characters’ favor!

One of our favorite book series, The Hunger Games, saw its final film adaptation (Mockingjay, Part 2) hit screens today. To celebrate the occasion, we’re bringing the Hunger Games to Alagaësia – with our own spin on things!

Here’s the “official” lore:

A magical arena has been erected in the ruins of Vroengard Isle. This celebration will bring together some of Alagaësia’s mightiest heroes to compete in an arena-style battle. The celebration is meant to build morale in the post-Empire landscape, as families across the continent rebuild their lives after Galbatorix’s downfall.

Wards have been erected protecting participants from serious injury and death, and certain limitations have been placed on their magical powers. The Caretakers, Iduna and Nëya, have emerged from the confines of Du Weldenvarden to temporarily prevent participating dragons’ from flying and using any magic. Saphira, Thorn, and Firnen will have to rely on their size, cunning, and fire to survive the arena!

Alagaësia’s Hunger Games will have the potential to have two victors. If both members from the same team remain standing at the end of the Games, both are victorious!

To kick things off, we’re announcing our twelve participants and providing a briefing on each team’s strengths and weaknesses.

We want to hear from you! How do you envision the battles playing out? What tricks, traps, and obstacles do you think would challenge the arena participants? Let us know in the comments for a chance to win some goodies autographed by Christopher!

 


 

TEAMS

 
ERAGON AND SAPHIRA
Known as the saviors of Alagaësia, the pair must rely on their special bond and extensive knowledge from the challenges they faced together during their war with the Empire to emerge victorious!

Strengths: The pair have been through a lot worse than the arena. Months of travel, dozens of skirmishes and battles, and the knowledge and training of the Eldunarí make the pair formidable foes.

Weaknesses: Saphira has been temporarily barred from flying and using dragon magic. While she still has size and wisdom on her side, removing a dragon’s core abilities changes the playing field. Without the Eldunarí, Eragon’s magical powers are limited.
 


 
ANGELA AND SOLEMBUM
This mysterious pair have been traveling Alagaësia together for years. Their mutual respect for one another has created a bond matched by few. Angela and Solembum are not to be underestimated.

Strengths: Angela is powerful… too powerful, perhaps. No one knows the extent of her abilities, and that mystery leaves a lot up in the air. Though she’s agreed to not go over-the-top with her powers, and has left Tinkledeath behind, the herbalist remains a dangerous foe. Solembum’s ability to transform into a cat at will offers a number of opportunities for stealth and spying in the arena. Plus, the werecat can hold his own in physical combat.

Weaknesses: Angela reluctantly – and temporarily – parted with Tinkledeath and agreed to withhold use of some of her more… interesting and strangely powerful… abilities! Her cunning and wit remain intact. Don’t be quick to declare Angela and Solembum victors – these limitations and encounters with Alagaësia’s most powerful heroes will put their skills to the test.
 


 
MURTAGH AND THORN
Murtagh and Thorn remain largely a mystery to the inhabitants of Alagaësia. The once-friend of Eragon was whisked away to Urû’baen, where he bonded with Thorn and forcibly trained under Galbatorix. Since the tyrant’s death, the pair have traveled unknown lands north of Alagaësia hoping to come to terms with their drastically changed lives.

Strengths: Little is known of Murtagh and Thorn’s abilities to fight as a pair. While Eragon and Saphira encountered them several times, their largely unknown powers, cunning, and strength are not to be underestimated.

Weaknesses: While we don’t know the extent of their training under Galbatorix, we do know that it wasn’t the authentic experience Eragon received from Brom, Oromis, Glaedr, and the Eldunarí. As Rider and dragon, the pair remain immature, and that may work against them. Their emotional issues resulting from their torment and imprisonment by Galbatorix continue to plague them.
 


 
RORAN AND JEOD
One part scholar, one part hammer-wielding machine. Roran Stronghammer and Jeod Longshakes are an unlikely pairing, but one we shouldn’t underestimate. Roran’s time leading Carvahall and serving in the Varden’s army has provided him with invaluable experience in battle.

Strengths: This is an unusual pairing, but one we believe will be highly effective. Jeod, with his extensive knowledge of history, battles, and his experience behind-the-scenes in the two wars against the Empire, will be able to provide invaluable information, insights, and planning for Roran. As a proven leader and a proficient wielder of a hammer-of-death, Roran’s battle prowess paired with Jeod’s smarts make them a force to be reckoned with.

Weaknesses: Jeod’s lack of skill as a traditional warrior may leave the duo weak when it comes to one-on-one combat. Together, their inability to use magic may become problematic as they pair off against elven spellcasters and experienced Riders.
 


 
ARYA AND FÍRNEN
This powerful pair remain in training as dragon and Rider. Although Arya is a skilled magician in her own right, her powers have been drastically enhanced since bonding with Fírnen. The young dragon has much to learn, but the Eldunarí he and Arya have been studying under have prepared the dragon for what lies ahead.

Strengths: On her own, Arya isn’t someone you’d want to make an enemy of. Add a dragon into the mix and anyone opposing them ought to be running in the opposite direction. Arya has extensive experience in physical and magical combat, and her age and wisdom offer her an advantage.

Weaknesses: Fírnen’s young age, lack of experience in actual combat, and size difference compared to Saphira and Thorn puts the pair at a disadvantage.
 


 
NASUADA AND JÖRMUNDUR
As leader of the Varden and the Empire, Nasuada has vast experience as a commander. Her strategizing and cunning aided her in the many battles leading to Galbatorix’s downfall. After coming to respect Nasuada, Jörmundur, formerly Ajihad’s right-hand man, became a trusted confidant and leader in the rebel group’s Council of Elders.

Strengths: Their skill as strategic commanders will aid them as they compete against some of Alagaësia’s fiercest warriors. We can count on them to have detailed plans before attempting to get the jump on other participants!

Weaknesses: Neither participant are magic users, leaving them at a disadvantage against the arena’s Rider and elven participants. Additionally, as humans, their physical abilities do not match those of the other participants, perhaps with the exception of Angela, Solembum, and Jeod.
 


 
Plus, for the first time ever, you can get your hands on an epic new Hunger Games/Inheritance Cycle crossover t-shirt! The odds were never in Eragon and Saphira’s favor…
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Now’s a great time to pick up a piece of Inheritance Cycle merchandise! We’re offering $10 off orders of $50 or more now through November 22nd! Shipping is cheap and there are a ton of designs you’ll wear in pride, including our Jurassic Park shirts with a dragon spin, Vroengard tourism shirts, dragon team shirts, and much more! Visit our store to see what you may be interested in!
 


 

Remember: We want to hear from you! How do you envision the battles playing out? What tricks, traps, and obstacles do you think would challenge the arena participants? Let us know in the comments for a chance to win some goodies autographed by Christopher!

 

 

Happy 32nd birthday, Christopher!

Today marks our favorite author’s 32nd birthday, and what better of a way to celebrate than with a Saphira cake?

saphira birthday cakeChristopher first wrote Eragon when he was just 15 years old. It’s hard to believe that 17 years have passed since he first brought Alagaësia to life! This is just one of many interesting facts about the author…

  • Christopher was homeschooled for his entire education and graduated from high school at 15 – the same year he wrote the first draft of Eragon
  • Christopher applied to and was accepted by Reed College but chose to defer his attendance to promote the self-published version of Eragon
  • Christopher and his family first published Eragon in 2002 through their small company, Paolini International, LLC.
  • Christopher’s books have sold over 35 million copies in fifty-three countries
  • Christopher sat atop the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher Weekly bestseller charts for each of his books
  • Christopher was awarded a Guiness World Record for being the “youngest author of a bestselling book series” (awarded on January 5, 2011)
  • Christopher is colorblind, which influenced the unique way Saphira sees the world
  • Christopher based the early version of Eragon off of himself (and initially named Eragon “Kevin”)
  • Christopher based Brom off of his father, Kenneth, and based Angela off of his sister
  • Christopher has traveled the world in the decade since Eragon was released by Random House in 2003! He’s visited North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia! He’s currently in Edinburgh, Scotland, and regularly shares photos and updates on Twitter!
  • Christopher is hard at work on a sci-fi novel, which will be his first release following the publication of Inheritance in 2011!

Tell us: How old were you when you first read Eragon? Leave your answers as well as a happy birthday wish for Christopher in the comments!

 

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The map of Alagaësia and the piercing eyes of the series’ dragons have accompanied us on our decade-long journey through our favorite fantasy world. These pieces, as well as the art featured in the Cycle’s various collectors editions, were all brought to life by the same brain that created the series: Christopher’s!

For the first time ever, some of the author’s artwork is being made available in high quality prints sold through the Paolini family’s official Etsy store. The prints, Aren (Brom’s ring) and A Dream of Dragons (Brom), are extremely limited – only fifty are up for sale! (The prints are numbered, autographed, and available for $29.95 each.)

To mark the occasion, we’re giving away one autographed Aren print! The giveaway is open to North American and international fans. Simply enter using the widget below by providing your email address and shipping address (both of which will never be shared or used for any other event). The giveaway will end on Saturday, November 21st at 11:59pm PDT and a winner will be chosen and announced in this post on Sunday, November 22nd.
 

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