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Ring in 2016 with our Ten Days of Giveaways!

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.

Introducing our Ugly Alagaësia Christmas Sweater!

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!




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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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!


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.

We’ve released two all-new pieces of Inheritance Cycle merchandise to the official Shurtugal.com merchandise store (the only place to score some Inheritance Cycle clothing!):



Whether you’re a tourist visiting Vroengard or one of the brave survivors of Draconic World (a homage to one of our favorite movies series), these shirts and hoodies make the perfect souvenir!

Visit the Shur’tugal merchandise store!

For a limited time only, the three new designs are discounted by $1 (shirts only)! Plus, take an extra 20% off your order if you spend $30 or more!

Last year we shared a collection of Inheritance-inspired pumpkin carving stencils to bring the world of Alagaësia to your home during the Halloween season! This year, we’re looking to add even more pumpkin carving stencils to our line-up and are asking our readers for submissions!

If you create and submit an Inheritance Cycle Halloween pumpkin carving stencil design that we use, we’ll send you some autographed Inheritance Cycle goodies in the mail!

Here’s a look at last year’s stencils:

We’re also looking for someone to improve our Glaedr and Saphira’s eye stencils so that they’re more user-friendly. We’re offering an extra reward to the reader willing to help us accomplish that! (Please be sure to contact us via email before you start to ensure that another user hasn’t already helped!)

Here are the guidelines for submissions:

  • All entries are due by October 15th
  • Entries must be large enough to print in high quality for use as a stencil (we prefer vector images in PSD format, but we’re happy to take JPG or PNG files as well)
  • You must email your file to us at [email protected] – please do not compress your stencil into a ZIP or RAR file, as we will not be able to open them. If your stencil exceeds your email provider’s attachment size limit, contact us for additional help
  • If you are looking to help us improve our Glaedr or Saphira’s eye stencil, you must get in touch with us first!

If you want help with your ideas, want to run an idea by the staff before getting to work, or need to ask a question, please leave a comment – we’ll get back to you quickly!

All entries are due by 11:59pm PDT on October 15th!

favorite battles pollThe road to overthrowing Galbatorix and conquering Urû’baen was riddled with bloodshed, death, and ultimately victory. Eragon, Saphira, Arya, Nasuada, Roran, the elves, dwarves, and the Varden fought long and hard, through thick and thin, and lost many of their bravest warriors during the series’ many battles.

Having finally witnessed the end of Galbatorix, we can look back and reflect on the skirmishes that helped further the Varden’s cause. Seven major clashes took place during the series, beginning with the Battle Under Farthen Dûr and ending with the Battle of Urû’baen. Continue reading this article…

From the giant snails of Vroengard Isle to the sea-dwelling cousin of the dragons, Alagaësia is filled with fantastical beasts! Eragon and Saphira encountered many on their journey across the world, most of which appeared during their visit to Vroengard.

Christopher has brought some of these beasts to life in his own art:

Continue reading this article…

What’s your favorite Book 5 theory?

10-16 qa headerWe know that we’ll be seeing a Book 5 – a standalone novel set in Alagaësia taking place after the events of Inheritance – but we don’t know when. While we wait, it’s time to theorize!

We want to hear your favorite Book 5 theories! Whether it’s your prediction for Angela’s backstory, your ideas for who the next “big baddie” is, or what you believe will happen to your favorite characters, share it! Continue reading this article…

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