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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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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…


vroengard-headerSeveral hidden interviews with Christopher have been released in the past, revealing gems and hoards of information about Inheritance and possible future books! This interview in particular is a revealing one, including answers on topics such as where the Riders will settle in the future, how grand their “new Vroengard” will be, and the logic behind abandoning his decision to choose Elva as a Rider. Plus, how long will it take before Alagaesia sees dwarf and Urgal Riders?! All of this and more is covered in this interview with Christopher!

The second half of this interview has already been released on Shur’tugal and included topics ranging from ranging from the Ra’zac’s possible genocide and how dwarf and Urgal Riders will physically look, to new undiscovered creatures on Alagaesia and Sloan’s post-Inheritance fate!. You can read it in a post from October – and you won’t want to miss it! Continue reading this article…


Happy 31st birthday, Christopher!

Today marks our favorite author’s 31st 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 16 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

Tell us: Which of Christopher’s books was your favorite? How old were you when you first read Eragon? Leave your answers as well as a happy birthday wish for Christopher in the comments!


last week headerThis was an exciting week on, the Paolini family’s official website – in fact, some fans would argue that it was the most exciting week to date! Why so exciting? For the first time since the Deluxe Edition of Inheritance, Christopher has released a new piece of writing from the Inheritance universe! A new deleted scene from Inheritance, “The Swordsman,” was released exclusively through the Paolini newsletter on Saturday and posted on their blog for all fans to access on Monday. Christopher also released a series of writing tips, Talita Paolini released an article in the Washington Post, new Inheritance art prints were announced, and a “Community Highlights” post featured the best of the community’s creativity.

Here’s a summary of this past week’s content:

Deleted scene from Inheritance: “The Swordsman” – A new deleted scene from Inheritance was released! The scene introduces us to a new character: Daras Guildward, second son of Thelmund Guildsward, Lord of Fellworth Manor, and takes place during the Battle of Belatona.

“Thoughts on Writing: Odds and Ends” – Just in time for writers pariticpating in NaNoWriMo, Christopher has released an article filled with various thoughts and advice on writing!

Talita’s Washington Post – Talita Paolini, Christopher’s mother, released an article on the Washington Post’s website discussing homeschooling Christopher and his sister Angela.

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“Community Highlights” – The Inheritance community’s creations and creativity shine in this new article rounding up the best content from the community, including pumpkin carvings, dragon eggs, tattoos, and more!

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vroengard-headerInterviews and Q&A sessions with Christopher are largely fans’ only chance to get new content and answers from Christopher regarding the Inheritance Cycle and future books he has planned – including Book 5. We have released dozens of interviews over the past decade, many of which came after the release of Inheritance and contain answers to some of the fandom’s most popular questions. Other interviews shed light on Inheritance‘s ending, potential romance in future books, and hints at what we can expect in Book 5.

While we do not have a specific interview with Christopher scheduled, we will be holding one down the line. Additionally, Christopher looks for frequently asked or burning questions for his monthly Q&A article on For all of these reasons, we’re asking fans…

What question would you like to ask Christopher?

Leave your questions in the comments! If your question is used in an interview, we’ll credit you. Now’s your chance to get your question answered!


fan art series headerIt’s rare for one artist to bring all of the Inheritance Cycle’s main characters to life in a stunning and unique way. Hundreds of talented fan artists choose to focus on one or several characters to capture a moment, mood, or idea in an illustration. The series’ official illustrators, including John Jude Palencar, have focused more on the Cycle’s dragons and less on the other characters who made the fight against Galbatorix a reality.

One talented artist, known as Eumenidi on DeviantArt, brought many of our favorite characters to life in an incredible series of illustrations. Showcasing her unique character design and illustration style, Eumenidi brought to life four of the series’ Riders with their respective book cover as a backdrop. Other illustrations include Nasuada during the Trial of the Long Knives, Elva watching over her, Roran protecting a pregnant Katrina, Angela pondering some of life’s more interesting questions, and Solembum in both human and werecat form. Continue reading this article…


Discuss the new deleted scene from ‘Inheritance:’ The Swordsman!

swordsman-headerChristopher Paolini released a new deleted scene from Inheritance, “The Swordsman,” in a new Paolini family newsletter on Saturday morning. Today, Christopher has made the scene available to all readers (but as a reminder, newsletter subscribers are given 48 hour exclusive access to major announcements and content before they hit the website) on the Paolini family’s official website.

The scene introduces us to a new character: Daras Guildward, second son of Thelmund Guildsward, Lord of Fellworth Manor. Thanks to the description, we know where the scene was intended to belong:

It was cut from the Battle of Belatona, just after Eragon rushes to find Roran still alive after a portion of the main keep collapsed. Eragon, Roran, Arya, and Blödhgarm set out to capture Lord Bradburn, searching each successive floor of the building. On the way, they encounter numerous foes, who are dealt with swiftly. Eragon offers to heal the cuts on Roran’s face and knee, but Roran feels he can wait until after they capture Bradburn. As the adventurers resume their climb, they encounter Daras, second son of Thelmund Guildsward, Lord of Fellworth Manor.

Inheritance picks back up following Daras’ demise, as Eragon, Roran, Arya, and Blödhgarm continue to the seventh floor of the keep, where they find Lord Bradburn barricaded in his private chambers.

Excited to share this new scene, Christopher provided readers with a brief commentary on his vision while writing the scene and the reason for it being cut from the book:

“I’m delighted to share this deleted scene with you. When I wrote it, I was thinking of some of the great duels in the Princess Bride (as well as Scaramouche and other such classics) and how I could both pay homage to and subvert that tradition. I envisioned Eragon facing this dandy on the stairs and having this absurd conversation in the midst of the battle. But my editor thought it slowed the pacing and broke the tension of the race to the keep, so she cut it. I put it back in. She cut it again. We had several, ah—spirited—debates. In hindsight I think she was right, but I’m happy you can read this now. So . . . en garde!”

This new piece of content is the first addition to the Inheritance universe we have received in over two years! We want to encourage readers to discuss this exciting addition to the story, including the adventure and a new character, so…

Now we ask: Do you think this scene should have been included in Inheritance? How do you feel about the new character, Daras Guildward? If you could have any scene added to Inheritance, what would it be and why?



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It’s November, that time of year where temperatures plummet and the dark of night shrouds us well before supper hits the table each evening. Some might start to encounter biting winds and even snow as, yes we’ll say it: winter is coming. It’s also a perfect time to wear nature’s ultimate defense against the elements: facial hair!

Last week, we posted a fan art profile saluting the heroines of the Inheritance Cycle which was inspired in part by October being the official month promoting breast cancer awareness. In turn, we’d like to follow up with a post inspired by men’s health awareness month (November), which is commonly recognized through events such as Movember/No-Shave November where men grow out their facial hair as a symbol uniting events such as charities and education on health risks.

Today, we’re going to have a bit of fun and put a Inheritance Cycle spin on this “mo”vement, highlighting some of the greatest facial hair aficionados of Alagaësia.

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Be sure to read Part 1 of our Top Ten Creepy Creatures and Characters series before reading this post.

While Halloween day may be over and the trick or treating finished, the staff at Shur’tugal wants to keep the spooky atmosphere around just a little bit longer. Continuing with some of the fun Inheritance-related Halloween content that we’ve highlighted over the past few days, we decided to scour Alagaësia lore for some of our favorite eerie personas and mysterious creations.

In our first post, we detailed five creatures and characters that might make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, and today we’d like to give you five more sinister beings that we thought were equally scary and impactful in the Inheritance Cycle!

Below you’ll find the conclusion of another two part series where we’ll count down the top ten most creepy creatures and characters from the Inheritance Cycle. Yesterday with started with numbers ten through six, and today we reveal the remaining top five! (Note: This list is meant for fun and is only the Shur’tugal staff’s opinion, so we’d love to hear what your top ten list is in the comments!)
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