Eleven years ago today, I started Shur’tugal as a fourteen year old fan who couldn’t stop reading Eragon. I had no idea what I was in for. Looking back, Shur’tugal and the Inheritance Cycle (originally the Inheritance Trilogy!) shaped my life.
Fan communities were a relatively new phenomenon in 2004, with MuggleNet and the Harry Potter fan community leading the charge. Other sites existed, such as TheOneRing.net, but no books had a presence on the internet in the same way. I like to think that Shur’tugal, in part, contributed to the rise of fan communities on the web. We’ve certainly been one of the longest lasting!
I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working alongside (and now for!) the Paolini family, and am thankful to call each of them friends. I also work closely with Random House Children’s Books, the series’ publisher, who embraced the communities early on. Their support, like the Paolinis’, never waned.
We’ve seen four books over the past eleven years, with the promise of future Alagaësia books, such as the much-hyped Book 5. Christopher continues to tease the sci-fi novel he’s hard at work on, which fans can expect to be published before any additional Alagaësia books. You can bet Shur’tugal will be along for the ride, offering entertainment, news, and discussions.
So, thanks for supporting us and this incredible venture for the past eleven years. A community is nothing without its visitors, and we are eternally grateful for all of your support. We are a community with a vigor unmatched by any other – let’s help that last another decade. Here’s to an exciting future and lots of new books!
The curtains have closed on the Paolini family’s Fan Appreciation Month, and to celebrate, Paolini.net compiled fan contributions from around the globe.
Inheritance Cycle Stories – The Paolinis asked fans to share stories of how the series has touched or impacted their lives. Many of you responded, and each story has been displayed on the website and on their new Tumblr account.
#EragonWorldwde – Dozens of fans participated in a virtual world tour, sharing photos of themselves and their book collections! A gallery of these photos has been released on the family’s website.
#MyEragon – Fans shared videos of themselves reading the first paragraph of Eragon in their native language, including Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese!
It’s never too late to participate in these activities. The Paolini family and the Shur’tugal team watch the #EragonWorldwide and #MyEragon tags and appreciate the contributions of every fan. Additionally, the Paolini family is continuing to solicit, share, and promote “Inheritance Fan Stories” shared with them on Paolini.net, so be sure to share yours!
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!
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!
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!
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!
To 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!
Christmas 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.
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!