book 4 wasnt the end

shurtugal-shirts-bannerHave you ever wanted to rep your favorite book series with a new piece of merchandise? We’ve got you covered! Our store is now offering free shipping for orders of two items or more! Plus, to help usher in spring, we’ve temporarily lowered the price on a number of items throughout our store!

may shirt sale

Here’s a preview of what we have on our store:

  • Shur’tugal logo shirts! Whether old school (representing all four Cycle dragons) or a bit more modern (grungy, dark dragons!), you can represent Shur’tugal!
  • Quotes from your favorite characters! Avoid roasted cabbage, beware of ferrets, and more with these epic Inheritance Cycle quotes!
  • Show the world that you’re an elf friend by wearing a Yawë – on fire, in the trees, or on its own!
  • Which “Team” are you on? Team Saphira, Thorn, or Firnen? Show off your pride!

Most importantly, purchasing items from the Shur’tugal store allows us to continue doing what we do here on Shur’tugal! Running a website with hundreds of thousands of visitors per month isn’t cheap, and the money earned from merchandise sales goes right back in to keeping the site running and pumping out even more great content!

Check out all of our merchandise, including much more than we’ve listed above, on our store! You can even customize your shirt colors before checkout! 


Haven’t signed the petition yet? Over 40,000 other fans have. Add your voice to the conversation here!

From successful fantasy/dragon television shows such as Game of Thrones to anime such as Avatar: The Last Airbender to the rise of comics and graphic novels, we think there’s a lot of potential for Eragon to work in other media. Our first article discussed television shows, miniseries, and animated films. In our second article, we explore anime, comics/graphic novels, and a video game!


Anime has enjoyed tremendous popularity in Japan for decades and spread to the United States thanks to popular shows such as Naruto and Bleach, and critically acclaimed Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Series such as Full Metal AlchemistDeathnote, and Attack on Titan continue to grow in popularity even beyond the traditional American crowd and closer to the mainstream.

Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel series, The Legend of Korra, brought millions into the wonderful world of anime-inspired shows, art style, and immersive storytelling. Avatar utilizes an fantastical magic system (“Bending” the elements), features many fantastical beasts, and manages to maintain compelling, involved story lines that pull the reader in and avoid the cheesiness occasionally seen in traditional anime. The shows manage to successfully incorporate tremendous character depth and development, rich and always-advancing plots, and relatable stories, captivating audiences for the better part of a decade.

Eragon and the world of Alagaësia may be a perfect fit for an anime series. Its rich world, endless adventures, detailed magic system, and a host of fantastical creatures could play well in the medium. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fairy Tale (both highly recommended and available on Netflix) manage their rich magic systems incredibly well, as do our Avatar and Korra examples from above. The exaggerated animation style popular in anime would allow for the inclusion of incredible magic effects found throughout the Cycle and may even offer an easier time funding the regular inclusion of dragons, magic, and epic battles. Additionally, things that simply wouldn’t be possible in live-action films or shows can be done within anime, and while we saw them attempt Eragon and Saphira’s telepathic relationship in the Eragon movie, we think that experience would better translated in an animated show.

Many would argue that Eragon’s universe isn’t suited for the anime style. Can an anime series manage to capture the gritty, dark, and real aspects of the universe? We think so! Detractors may claim that anime doesn’t have a wide enough appeal, or can be too goofy for a story such as the Inheritance Cycle, but exploring the anime examples from above may help ease those fears. Continue reading this article…


secondary-character-headerLast week we asked fans to decide the community’s favorite main character. The results were surprising! The poll is still open, so if you haven’t already voted, be sure to defend your favorite main character after participating in this week’s poll.

With main characters out of the way, it’s time to determine the community’s favorite secondary character! This may be an even tougher race, with lots of interesting players in the mix, from the grotesque Ra’zac to Solembum, the mysterious and elusive werecat!


Defend your favorite secondary character’s honor: vote and spread the word! We’ll post a summary of the results once we close the poll!


dwarf-headerThe Inheritance Cycle’s dwarves speak a rough, hearty language drawing from their earthen nature and an ancient culture. Their words come from the gut and are full of uvula-wiggling phrases and a whole bunch of rolling r’s.

For the first time ever, readers can determine the extent of their dwarf language chops with our new quiz…

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


Haven’t signed the petition yet? Over 40,000 other fans have. Add your voice to the conversation here!

From successful fantasy/dragon television shows such as Game of Thrones to anime such as Avatar: The Last Airbender to the rise of comics and graphic novels, we think there’s a lot of potential for Eragon to work in other media. In this, the first of two articles, we explore television shows, miniseries, and animated films!

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What The Walking Dead did for zombies, Game of Thrones is doing for medieval fantasy worlds and dragons, by helping to bring it into the mainstream. This opens the door for the success of similar shows. With Game of Thrones at its back, an Eragon TV show could gain a lot of traction.

Breaking up the books would be no easy task. Eragon would make a great first season, with enough content to easily fill a thirteen hour-long episode run. From there, the books could be split into multiple seasons, clearly requiring more than one each to cover all the content.

One challenge, however, is that Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle would require an unusually large budget to bring Alagaësia to life. Unlike Game of Thrones, the Cycle features magic and dragons in virtually every part of the books.

If it did happen, what channel would it air on? This is a tough question, as it could play on broadcast channels (Fox, ABC, NBC) but may be better suited for cable (AMC, FX), or premium channels (HBO, Showtime). The latter could allow for larger budget, higher production quality, and in-depth plot development.

There’s also room for Eragon to make waves on the booming internet-based media, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and other original shows have propelled Netflix into the television arena, and their most recent release, Daredevil (in partnership with Marvel), made a huge splash in the comic book world, demonstrating viewers’ desire for this kind of content. It’s also important to note that because Netflix shows are built with the understanding that a large portion of their audience will binge-watch, creators are given more freedom to pace the plot in unique ways. Continue reading this article…


favorite-main-character-headerThe Inheritance Cycle is filled to the brim with lovable, bad-ass main characters. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but we’re asking you to do just that! We’re letting Eragon, Saphira, Arya, Murtagh, Roran, and the rest battle it out to see who wins the title of the Inheritance Cycle fan community’s favorite main character!

It’s going to be a tough fight, and we expect some surprises, upsets, and backstabbing as each main characters tries climb to the top!


Defend your favorite character’s honor: vote and spread the word! We’ll post a summary of the results once we close the poll!


Bringing the world of Alagaësia to life is no small undertaking, taking Christopher over a decade to build the world and write the series. Now, a team of gamers and building enthusiasts are pulling Alagaësia from the page and into the popular video game, Minecraft! The video game gives players the ability to create buildings and entire worlds block-by-block, similar to Legos, and includes various adventuring mechanics.

The talented team has one unified goal: create a replica of the Cycle’s world for readers to adventure through, explore, and eventually, live as Dragon Riders. The world will be filled with all of the towns, cities, and landmarks from the books, and will feature accurate geography. The complete map will be hosted on a server for readers to freely explore. Eventually, plugins designed and developed by the team will add new gameplay mechanics such as magic based on Christopher’s Ancient Language, the ability to ride dragons, and much more. With no set storyline, fans can make their own choices and help to shape the future of Alagaësia! Continue reading this article…


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Murtagh has always been a fan favorite among the pool of Inheritance Cycle characters, and as such has spawned a wealth of incredible fan art over the years.  We’ve had the opportunity to discuss many of these pieces of art, dissecting the traits and struggle of Eragon’s half brother due to the vacillation of his character’s journey in our beloved series.

At times good, bad and somewhere in between, many fans stayed loyal to Murtagh over the course of the series, while turning on other residents of Alagaësia.  In fact, even at the conclusion of the Cycle, Murtagh was unsure of his relationship with the newly freed peoples of Alagaësia and decided to join Thorn on a soul searching journey, headed north toward the uncharted lands of Alagaësia.

We know that Christopher will continue to spin tales set in the world of Alagaësia in Book 5 and beyond.  We also know through multiple teasers from the author that these stories will at some point include Murtagh and most likely Thorn (unless it’s an Eragon prequel).  From our Book 5 page:

Will there ever be a book about or featuring Murtagh?
Christopher: Let’s just say we haven’t seen the last of Murtagh. 😉

Do we get more of Roran and Murtagh in Book 5?
Christopher: Heh. I’ll take it under consideration.

Think, for a moment, about what kind of character Murtagh will return as.  It’s probable that his sojourn to discover himself will have him siding over with the allies of the freed Alagaësia once and for all to battle an unseen enemy.  Murtagh has a lot to repent for, and it’s clear that he would like to put the past behind him and better himself as a person. Christopher is noncommital on what the future holds, although his hint does seem to indicate that Murtagh will one day better himself and seek forgiveness from those he hurt:

Continue reading this article…


dont-worry-e-movie-headerHaven’t signed the petition yet? Over 40,000 other fans have, and now it’s time for you to add your voice to the conversation! Sign the petition here.

Just under a month ago, we released a petition asking Fox, the Inheritance Cycle’s film rights holder, to reboot Eragon on the big screen. The community responded in droves, with over 40,000 fans adding their signatures and sending one unified message: we want an Eragon movie reboot. Our petition continues to expand by hundreds of signatures per day.

We’ve released a series of articles exploring whether or not we’ll see another reboot, what Fox needs to do in order for a rebooted Eragon movie to succeed, and answer the question, “Is there a place in Hollywood for the Eragon movie?” Most importantly, we continue to back the petition and look forward to sending it to Fox alongside the incredible statistics behind our community’s response.

We’ve noticed some confusion as to what a “reboot” would entail, and concern from fans who worry that another Eragon movie isn’t a good idea after how the first movie turned out. We want to help ease those fears by explaining why we believe that isn’t something to worry about. Continue reading this article…


tattoo-article-headerWe’re excited to announce the release of the latest addition to our collection of Inheritance Cycle galleries: fan tattoos!

Dozens of Cycle fans have decided to have their favorite characters, symbols, and quotes tattooed on their bodies. The pieces are beautiful, moving, and fun to view. We’ve compiled all of these tattoos into one comprehensive gallery and will continue to add to it as more tattoos are shared!

Do you have an Inheritance Cycle tattoo? Send it to us on Twitter or post a link to a photo in the comments and we’ll include your tattoo!

Check out the complete gallery of Inheritance Cycle tattoos!

Now we ask: If you were going to get a Cycle-inspired tattoo, what would it be and why? is © 2004-2014. is owned by Mike Macauley, in partnership with
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