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Eragon.   Eldest.  Brisingr.  Inheritance.  We of course know these titles as the four wonderful volumes of the Inheritance Cycle.  Since the Cycle concluded nearly four years ago, fans have been anxiously waiting for a fifth book set in the world of Alagaësia.  Author Christopher Paolini has already confirmed he plans to write a new story and has given it the codename of “Book V.”

But, did you know that Christopher has already written a fifth book about our beloved fantasy world travelled by Eragon?  Today we’re going to take a look at Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia, a fascinating companion book to the world of the Cycle full of exciting art, history and even some secrets that might help us in our quest to unravel the mysteries of the aforementioned Book V.  Shown from the perspective of Eragon, this beautiful hardback tome serves as a valuable resource of both visual and written information for any adventurer of Alagaësia.

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thornIt’s no secret that Christopher will write another book set in the Inheritance Cycle universe. We’ve talked about it in past interviews, articles, and we even have a page dedicated to it – “Book 5 and Beyond“. He recently answered even more fan questions about the topic, and this article is our first in a two part series where we reveal new Book 5 questions and answers!

Today addresses how Book 5 will work, hints at the plot, the next bad guy, and answers the big relationship questions… Eragon/Arya and Murtagh/Nasuada?!

@Luigi_atlante: Will you ever write a new Eragon book? We miss your characters!
Christopher: Yup! I have Book V all planned and plotted out! Just have to finish my other projects first!

@WildandPredsFan: Is your next Inheritance Cycle book going to also take place in Alagaësia and with Eragon and most of the same characters?
Christopher: Alagaësia, yes. However, there’ll be some new characters … and many old characters.

@TSD_Adler: How long until we get to visit Alagaësia again? Whether that is in a book form, or in a movie.
Christopher: As soon as possible, I hope!

@ProjectONI616: Will Book Five be a continuation of the story or a prequel?
Christopher: Continuation, though I may write a prequel at some point.

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Check out the first part of our article series, “Eragon movie deleted scenes: Meet Katrina, see Eragon and Roran wrestle, and watch Eragon milk a cow”!

twins-article-headerDid you know that there’s a significant amount of content that didn’t make it into the Eragon movie? You may be surprised to learn that the Twins and Elva were both filmed but never included in the final cut. Instead, they were released as deleted scenes.

We’ll never fully understand the decisions that went into creating the first Eragon movie, but it’s still interesting to look at the scenes that were ultimately removed. In the second of our two part deleted scenes series (don’t miss part one!), we show you scenes introducing Eragon and Murtagh’s arrival to the Varden, the Twins and their “test,” and Eragon blessing Elva. You won’t want to miss these! Continue reading this article…


choose your cast 1The Eragon movie made less-than-ideal casting decisions when choosing the actors who would bring many of our beloved characters to life. In some cases, key characters didn’t make it into the film at all.

We don’t know what’s in store for the future of Inheritance Cycle films, but our recent petition which garnered nearly 50,000 signatures and saw over 4 million social views will certainly turn heads at Fox, the studio that owns the rights to Eragon. We’ve discussed when we could see a new film and how they can get it right this time around, and highly recommend reading all of our movie-related articles.

For now, we’re left dreaming about Inheritance Cycle films done right. What if production was in our hands? Aside from a great script, a brilliant cast is the most important thing to consider for a new movie. What better way to cast a movie than to have the Inheritance community do it?

In the first part of two articles, we’re asking you to submit your dream cast for the our first batch of characters! Follow the descriptions below (taken directly from the book), find the actors you think best fit the roles, and leave their names (and the character they’d play) in the comments! Continue reading this article…


favorite-raceIt isn’t difficult to let your mind wander as you read the Inheritance Cycle books, believing, if only for a moment, that you’re living in the world of Alagaësia… trekking the Spine, wading through the desert, enjoying the fresh air of Palancar Valley, or peddling wares in Teirm.

But what race would you be? It’s a tough choice; Alagaësia features many unique races, each with their own histories and cultures. From the rough and hearty dwarves to the returning race of dragons, there’s a lot to pick from… and we want to know what race you would be if you lived in the world!

Vote in our poll to let us know which race you’d choose, and let us know in the comments why!

Be sure to vote in our previous polls asking you to choose a favorite main character and a favorite secondary character! If you’ve already voted, check out the results – they’re surprising!


firnen-eyeWe knew of the existence of a green egg since first reading Eragon, but it wasn’t until Brisingr, when we still hadn’t seen the “Green Rider,” that we began to wonder when we would see it hatch, who it would hatch for, and what side they would be on. The release of the official cover of Inheritance was revealed in March of 2011, refueling fan excitement and speculation.We couldn’t be quite sure who would join the exclusive list of remaining Riders in Alagaësia, but the community certainly had its theories:

  • Arya: Ultimately proving to be “the one,” Arya was a fan favorite since the moment she rode Saphira after breaking the star sapphire, her hands filled with green magic
  • Elva: What would be more terrifying than Elva riding atop her own dragon? Together, the pair would be unstoppable, and the already-blessed child was the perfect age to become a Rider
  • Orik: Fans weren’t too far off with their theory that Orik would become the first dwarf Rider. He would ultimately become king of the dwarves, and the Riders’ pact was expanded to include dwarves and Urgals.
  • Roran: Roran’s importance to the series came as a surprise as the events in Carvahall began to unfold in Eldest. We soon saw Roran take charge and become an exceptional leader, leaving fans to wonder, “Could he be the next Rider?”
  • An unknown enemy: Fans were left worrying that another one of Galbatorix’s servants would become the Green Rider

Why did he ultimately shy away from choosing Elva as the Green Rider? Christopher explained in a recent interview:

Elva was originally considered for the role of “Green Rider” before you chose Arya instead. Is it possible Elva could become a Rider in the future?

Christopher: Possible, yes. However, I think that it would end up making her over-powered. She already has an amazing ability; being a Rider as well seems like overkill to me. If she were, though, she’d be pretty scary. Even Galbatorix wouldn’t have stood a chance against her.

As it would turn out, Arya would be tapped as the next Rider to take flight in the Cycle when the male egg hatched for her in Ellesméra. She thus raised the young dragon Fírnen in Tel’naeír where Oromis and Glaedr once trained, a holy ground for Dragon and Rider. Continue reading this article…


eragon-deleted-scenes-1-headerDid you know that there’s a significant amount of content that didn’t make it into the Eragon movie? Surprisingly, a good amount of this content introduced key characters we never saw in the film, and in some cases, built on important character relationships (Eragon and Roran, Eragon and Murtagh).

We’ll never fully understand the decisions that went into creating the first Eragon movie, but it’s still interesting to look at those scenes they cut. In the first of our two part deleted scenes series, we show you scenes introducing Katrina, revealing Roran and Katrina’s relationship (before Roran departs Carvahall), Eragon and Roran playfully fighting/wrestling, and Eragon milking a cow. You won’t want to miss these! Continue reading this article…


book-5-ideasOne thing is for certain: some day, we’ll see Book 5. This fifth book, the first in a standalone series Christopher has had planned for years, will feature old and new characters and will take place after the events of Inheritance.

Christopher let us know that he’s woven multiple plot threads throughout the Inheritance Cycle that will lead to and potentially be resolved in Book 5. It’s also highly likely that the mysterious characters Wolf-Eyes and Bladesinger will be a focal point of the book after their appearance in Brisingr and Inheritance. We have even more great information about Book 5 available on our “Book 5 and Beyond” page.

Christopher has also expressed interest in telling the story of the Rider’s Fall, a prequel to the Inheritance Cycle, possibly from Brom’s point of view. While it’s something he may write in the future, it won’t be the next Alagaësia book – that will be Book 5.

In a recent Twitter interview, Christopher revealed an exciting fact:

@Studdlylxuis: Are you going to write one or more books in the Inheritance Cycle?
Christopher: Heh. I have sooo many stories planned. *evil grin*

This begs the question: what other stories could the author have in store for us?!

Here’s an exciting idea to get you started:

@VZsuzska: Are you planning to write books about wild dragons?
Christopher: Not at the moment, but maybe someday!

We want to hear your theories and ideas! What books would you like to see? What characters do you want these books to focus on? What questions do you want answered? Let us know in the comments. And who knows, maybe Christopher is watching!


shurtugal-shirts-bannerOur Inheritance Cycle and merchandise sale is almost over! We’re offering free shipping on items of two or more, plus discounts on many of our items to celebrate spring! If you’ve ever wanted to rep your favorite book series with a new piece of merchandise, now’s your chance to do so!

Our sale ends on May 5th, so be sure to check out our store soon!

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! 


angela-page-headerAngela the Herbalist: Greyfolk? Time Lord? Werecat Rider? Carmen Sandiego?

Angela’s endless source of power, mystery, and hilarity has won over the hearts of thousands of Inheritance Cycle readers. She has a knack for appearing at the most random of times throughout the series, seemingly always aware of Alagaësia’s most important events. Who could have predicted during our first encounter with the herbalist in Eragon that the character would grow to be one of our favorites? (If you say “I did,” we might accuse you of fibbing!)

To celebrate one of our favorite characters (and not just us – you guys voted her as one of your favorites in our recent “favorite main characters” poll!), we’ve compiled some of her best quotes from the Inheritance Cycle and want you to choose your favorite! Despite her quirky ways, Angela’s advice is often poignant, even if disguised by riddles and jokes. Which quote made you laugh or left a lasting impact as you read through the series?


We’ll share the results as soon as the poll closes! is © 2004-2014. is owned by Mike Macauley, in partnership with
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