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It’s Fan Appreciation Month on Paolini.net!

The Paolini family is hosting “Fan Appreciation Month” on their official website, Paolini.net!

As part of the celebration, the Paolinis are asking for fans to submit photos of themselves with their Inheritance Cycle books (and bonus points if you are able to include something in the photo representing your home country)! Fans who submit photos will be included on a gallery on Paolini.net later this month. Share these photos on Twitter using the hashtag #EragonWorldWide! Christopher sees every tweet!

Christopher has personally asked international fans to share a video of themselves reading the first sentence or paragraph of Eragon in their native language. Simply upload the clip to your favorite video-sharing service (i.e. Youtube, Vimeo, Vine, Facebook, etc.) with the hashtag #MyEragon to be featured on the website!

How has the Inheritance Cycle impacted your life? The family is allowing fans to submit their stories to be featured on the website in the future! Head on over to the “How the Inheritance Cycle Changed Lives” page to share your story with Christopher and his family.

Lastly, the family has just launched a giveaway, offering fans a chance to win an autographed box set or bookplate set! Head on over to the giveaway page to enter!

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Share your Ancient Language creations!

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You’ve mastered the Ancient Language, tested your knowledge and skills against the very best spellweavers in Alagaësia… and now it’s time to share your unique creations!

Be sure to take our Ancient Language quiz to showcase your true knowledge!

We want to see what you’ve used Christopher’s Ancient Language grammar guides and dictionaries to create. Whether it’s a simple phrase or spell, or an even longer poem or note, we want to see it!

If you haven’t had a chance to peruse and enjoy Christopher’s dictionaries and grammar guides, it’s never too late! You can check those out on Paolini.net, and once you’ve become a master, head back to Shur’tugal to share your knowledge and inventions!

The best submissions have a chance to win an Inheritance Cycle goodie autographed by Christopher himself! In addition, we will be featuring the very best here on the site, social media, and in other exciting places!

Leave your Ancient Language creations in the comments. Our Ancient Language Chetowä will choose the goodie winner(s) and highlight some of the unique creations soon!

When commenting, leave the title you were awarded during the Ancient Language quiz along with your comment for all to see!

 

 

Master the Ancient Language with our new quiz!

Christopher’s Ancient Language, a fusion Old inspirations and his own work, allows enables magic-able individuals to perform powerful spells, prevents the dissemination of lies, and is the native language of the elves.

For the first time ever, readers can determine the extent of their mastery over the Ancient Language with our new quiz…

Head on over to our “Master the Ancient Language” page to test your knowledge!

 

Check out our new Inheritance Cycle fan art galleries!

Reading through a book series is one thing, but seeing it brought to life is an entirely different experience. Hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces of Alagaësia-inspired artwork have made their way onto the internet over the past decade, all of which shed light on the series in unique ways. We’ve begun to collect many of these pieces in our Fan Art Galleries!

Looking for an illustration of your favorite character, scene, or even weapon? We’ve got you covered! Head on over to the galleries to see them all!

 

al guide advert copyTo kick off 2015, Christopher Paolini is releasing a whole host of new Inheritance Cycle content as part of Paolini.net’s “Language Week”! Up first: he has released the entirety of the Ancient Language dictionary and Dwarf Language dictionary, both featuring everything you’ll need to read, learn, and master these two Alagaesia-based languages, including grammar rules, language to English translations, and English to language translations.

As big Inheritance Cycle fans ourselves, we’ve decided to take this massive amount of exciting content and turn this month into “Language Month”! On week three, the true fun will begin:

  • Week Three (Jan. 18 – 24): We’ll test your knowledge of the Dwarf Language with a tough quiz! Plus, we’ll ask fans to share their self-invented phrases to win cool prizes!
  • Week Four (Jan. 25 – 31): You thought the Dwarf Language was tough? Our new Ancient Language quiz will test just how well you know the powerful magic language! Plus, like week three, you’ll have a chance to share your phrases, spells, and more to win cool prizes!

Be sure to head over to Paolini.net to begin navigating your way through these two languages, their guides, and their dictionaries to prepare for the quizzes and competitions ahead!

 

christmasbannerChristmas has come and gone, and with it, the opportunity to enter our 12 Days of Inheritance Christmas giveaways! Fortunately for any who may have missed out, we’ll be doing giveaways all year round!

Winners have been announced on their respective pages (links below). Winners were contacted by email for information required to ship the items. As mentioned in our initial announcement, winners should allow our packaging elves up to 45 days to deliver the goodies! Please be sure to respond right away, as those who do not get back to us will be disqualified to allow another fan a chance to win.

Did you win any of the giveaways? View each closed giveaway page for a list of winners (and be sure to check your email, as all winners of closed giveaways have already been contacted!)

Giveaways aren’t all we have up our sleeves. 2016 will usher in even more new and exciting content as our team works on crafting more articles, projects, and giveaways for the Inheritance Cycle community!

If you aren’t already, be sure to follow Shur’tugal on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, updates, and content exclusive to our social media accounts! Additionally, Paolini.net (the Paolini family’s official website) is a fantastic source of new Cycle-related material, news, and more, and a collection of their various social media accounts can be found on their website.

 
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Today is the kick-off day to what we’re dubbing the “Twelve Days of Inheritance Christmas” – we’re giving away a huge batch of goodies, including signed books, signed book plates, signed illustrations, and more!

Each day leading up to and including Christmas will offer our visitors a new chance to win one of many goodies! Conditions to enter will vary day to day, but each daily giveaway will allow for all fans to participate in a number of ways. (Please note: while we are making every effort to include international fans in each giveaway, we may have to limit a few of our giveaways to residents of the United States.)

We will not be posting a new blog entry announcing each day’s giveaway, so you’ll want to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out when our next giveaway hits! Alternatively, you can check on our 12 Days of Inheritance Christmas page, which we will update daily to include the latest giveaway.

Today’s giveaway: a signed copy of the 10th anniversary collector’s edition of Eragon!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to our 12 Days of Inheritance Giveaways page to enter to win your signed copy!

 

We’re proud to offer the only Inheritance Cycle-related merchandise out there – shirts, hoodies, and more! As book fans ourselves, we know what us fellow geeks want to wear. From quotes from our favorite characters (Angela, Brom, and more) to the yawë, we’ve got it all! Best of all:

Use the coupon code “XMASTWO” at checkout for FREE shipping when you buy two or more items! This deal is active now through Tuesday, December 2nd!

What sort of shirts and merchandise do we offer? Here’s a preview:

You can view all of these products, choose the color of your shirt, and more on the Shur’tugal store!

 

 

brewfest-headerBrewfest is the first community-designed Alagaësia holiday! Inspired by Oktoberfest and other holidays celebrating the fall season, Shur’tugal and the Inheritance Cycle community set out to invent stories, recipes, games, and more to make this holiday a true and organic part of the world.
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Announcements Throughout the World
As Brewfest draws near, heralds and barkers spread word of the holiday’s impending arrival by posting flyers around villages, towns, and cities. From the halls of Tronjheim and the woods of Ellesméra, and even in cities throughout the Empire, children and adults alike brew with anticipation of the celebrations to come as decorations begin to be hanged. The barkers’ flyer promoting the holiday’s arrival and all that it entails can be viewed in our gallery.
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Brewfest’s Lore: Holiday’s History and Storytellers’ Tales
Brewfest originated as two separate holidays meant to celebrate the fall season and the year’s harvest. The elves first began to celebrate the changing of the trees as fall began to take hold, venturing into the forests to celebrate the life within. The dwarves – well, their holiday is a bit more rowdy, loud, and entertaining. Over the years, humans began to pull from and combine the two races’ traditions to form their own Brewfest celebrations. Dragon Riders would travel long and far to celebrate, and their dragons always joined in on the festivities. Read the storytellers’ tales of the holiday’s rich history, stories of laughter, horror, and caution of a terrible evil represented in the holiday’s burning effigy.
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Brewfest’s Drinks: Mead, Teas, and More!
From hearty brews to herbal healing teas, there is something for all ages to hoist in their mugs! The dwarves’ brews are known throughout the land and the elves’ magic-infused tea can be enchanting. Both are largely the source of the holiday’s merriment and fun. Thanks to the likes of Horst, Oromis, and more, we’ve compiled a guide, including stories, to some of Brewfest’s most renowned drinks!
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Brewfest’s Foods: Black Jelly
Black Jelly is an… interesting… dwarven delicacy dating back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Either loved or hated – but never in between – this food is fermented for months before being used for a variety of applications. “Black Jelly is a delicacy among the dwarves. The cavefish that live deep in the bowels of the Beor Mountains are fished out from the springs, smoked and dried, then mashed into a paste, excreting a type of yeast that would make the greatest of brews boil in jealousy. The paste is fermented in a cool cellar for a time, ranging from a few months to centuries, depending on how strong a flavor they prefer — and, by Gûntera, do they like it strong! The paste, black as ink, has the consistency of thick butter and the taste of pure salt. The dwarves spread it on thick bread, stuff it in pastries, or eat it on its own. Not for the weak of stomach. Oddly enough, it is loved by Urgals, when they can get their hands on it.” Can you stomach this dwarven delight?
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Brewfest Games: The Brewfest Cup, Elven Treeshaping, Urgal Arm Wrestling, and More!
Games are a core part of the Brewfest celebrations, with new ones being added each year and the old, “historic” games spreading throughout the entirety of Alagaësia. While many of the games have evolved in the decades since they were first enjoyed by early Brewfest celebrators, the spirit of each game has remained intact. Learn more about the games, how they’re played, and the rules participants must follow!

Now we ask: What was your favorite part of Brewfest? Which recipe would you like to try most? Which game would you want to play? Let us know in the comments!

 

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: Continue reading this article…

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