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Eragon
General
Author Christopher Paolini
Cover Artist John Jude Palencar
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Details
Publish Date August 26, 2003
Type Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
Number of pages (HC - 544) (PB - 528)
ISBN ISBN 0385-60788-1
Preceded by N/A
Followed by Eldest

Eragon is the first book in the Inheritance cycle, by Christopher Paolini. It was first self-published by the Paolini family in the summer of 2002, but was re-released by Knopf on August 26, 2003 and went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

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One Boy… One Dragon… A World of Adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . . .

Plot summary

This article contains spoilers!

Eragon takes place in a land called Alagaësia, over which rules the evil, twisted king, Galbatorix. Galbatorix was once one of the legendary Dragon Riders--the long-gone peacekeepers of Alagaësia. After his dragon died, Galbatorix fell into madness and betrayed and destroyed the Riders and their dragons (with the help of thirteen other Riders called the Forsworn, who are now dead), keeping one dragon.

The book begins with a fifteen-year-old boy, Eragon, finding a mysterious blue stone in The Spine, an untamed range of mountains near the small village he calls home, Carvahall. He brings it to the butcher shop in Carvahall to sell in exchange for some meat. The butcher, Sloan, at first accepts the stone but refuses when he mentions the Spine. At that moment, the blacksmith, Horst, pays for the meat, and offers Eragon a job in exchange. Eragon arrives at his home, a small farm, where his uncle, Garrow, awaits him. Garrow's sister, Selena, left the day her son, Eragon, was born. His father is unknown. Garrow has a son named Roran, who is about seventeen and also lives on the farm.

Several weeks later, after a trip to Carvahall, Eragon witnesses a baby dragon, hatch from inside the "stone". Dragons are a species thought to be extinct, with the exception of Galbatorix's second dragon. He raises the dragon in secret, and names her Saphira. Then Roran leaves for a neighboring village for a job, so he can marry Sloan's daughter, Katrina. Two hooded figures, the evil Ra'zac, enter the town looking for Eragon's mysterious blue stone. Eragon and Saphira manage to escape danger by hiding in the Spine, but Garrow is not as fortunate. The Ra'zac burn the farm and injure him, and Saphira carry him into town. Whil unconscious, Eragon has a dream, possibly him going away like forteold in Angela's prophecy, The passage says: " " Garrow dies in Horst's house.

Eragon, remembering tales of the past, takes it upon himself to become one of the Dragon Riders, the ancient warriors who were slaughtered by the crazed Galbatorix in his rise to power. Accompanied by Brom, a mysterious old story teller from his village who knows much about the Dragon Riders, swordfighting, and magic, and gives Eragon a sword called Zar'roc and Saphira, he reaches the village of Yazuac. All the villagers have been slaughtered by the fierce Urgals, whom Eragon accidentally kills with magic.

Brom teaches Eragon how to control his power. Eragon learns the ways of the Dragon Riders as they hunt down the elusive Ra'zac. Throughout the journey, he and Saphira develop closer relationships and bondage with each other. To find the Ra'zac, they go to a port city called Teirm, where they meet Brom's old friend, Jeod. A witch named Angela tells Eragon's fortune, and her companion, the werecat Solembum gives unusual advice. Much researching in Teirm leads Brom to the conclusion that the Ra'zac reside in Helgrind, a mysterious mountain with four peaks at the city of Dras-Leona.

However, revenge is not what Eragon finds in Dras-Leona. He, Saphira, and Brom are instead lured into the Ra'zac's ambush. They are rescued by a mysterious stranger, Murtagh. Unfortunately, Brom is gravely injured, and he soon dies--but not before revealing his past to Eragon. He was once a Dragon Rider himself, but his dragon was destroyed in Galbatorix's reign of terror, and he became an agent of the Varden, the rebel state, and rescued one of the three unhatched dragon eggs from Galbatorix — Saphira's egg.

Paolini writing the Inheritance series
Paolini writing the Inheritance series

The new company of three (Eragon, Murtagh and Saphira) travel in search of the hidden Varden. On the way Eragon has many dreams about an elf, all of which feature her suffering great pain. Ultimately, Eragon is captured and imprisoned in the same prison as where the elf is being held captive. Murtagh and Saphira stage a daring rescue and Eragon escapes with the elf. But this does not happen without incident. Eragon and Murtagh have a face-off with a Shade, one of the most powerful creatures in the land. The fact that a Shade is walking freely in the land leads Eragon to believe that some monstrous plan is afoot and that Galbatorix, the king of Alagaësia, himself a traitor of the Dragon Riders, has allied himself with the foulest creatures of the land.

The new Dragon Rider faces many perils on his way to the Varden, specifically the army of Urgals at their heels. Eragon communicates with the elf through their minds, and finds out that her name is Arya and the way to the Varden. He also discovers that the Shade, Durza, poisoned Arya during her time in captivity. Only a special plant can save her, and it is located near the Varden's hideout in the mountains. In a matter of days, the elf, Arya, could die. Eragon, Saphira, and Murtagh race the clock to arrive at the Varden before the poison takes effect and kills Arya. Murtagh is forced to reveal that he is the son of Morzan, one of the dreaded Forsworn. Brom killed Morzan while stealing Saphira's egg from Galbatorix, and took his sword, the same sword he gave to Eragon. Murtagh's mother is also dead.

Then they are rescued by Orik, a dwarf, and a bald man Once in side the Varden's fortress, a hollow volcano called Farthen Dûr hidden deep within the Beor Mountains, Eragon learns of the pact between the dwarves, the elves and the Varden and how it was that Saphira's egg was magically teleported to the Spine. The group is at last able to rest, but the invasion by the army of Urgals is imminent. An intercepted message from Galbatorix confirms their fears that the king is involved. Murtagh is locked up by Ajihad, the leader of the Varden. Orik is appointed Eragon and Saphira's guide. Eragon blessses a baby in the elves' magical language. Angela and Solembum come to Farthen Dûr. Arya is healed. The bald man and his twin brother test Eragon's magic skills. Eragon meets many key people, like Hrothgar, king of the dwarves, and Ajihad's daughter, Nasuada.

Suddenly Urgals attack. Murtagh is allowed to fight. In a battle that follows, the seemingly endless army of Urgals seem poised to take the fortress, before Eragon realizes that the Shade, Durza, that he recently encountered, is leading the army. Eragon kills Durza, but at a price: a terrible wound on his back that leaves him disfigured, and a great star sapphire sacred to the dwarves, was destroyed by Arya and Saphira to destract the Shade. The Varden's forces rout the Urgals. As the story ends at the close of the battle, we learn that Eragon will soon be sent under the tutelage of an elf called Togira Ikonoka in the sequel, Eldest.

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  • Australia: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Brazil: ROCCO Jovens Leitores
  • Canada: Alfred A. Knopf
  • China: Unknown
  • Czech Republic: Fragment Publishing House
  • Denmark: Sesam
  • Finland: Tammi
  • France: Bayard Jeunesse
  • Germany: Bertelsmann
  • Holland: Publisher M
  • Indonesia: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  • Italy: Fabbri Editors & Mondolibri
  • Japan: Random House Japan
  • Korea: Unknown
  • Latin America: Roca Editorial
  • New Zealand: Corgi/Random House
  • Poland: Mag Publishing Hosue
  • Portugal: Gailivro
  • Romana: Rao International Publishing Company
  • Spain: Roca Editorial
  • Sweden: Bonnier Carlsen
  • United Kingdom: Doubleday
  • United States: Paolini Intl, LLC (old) & Alfred A. Knopf (current)

[edit] Characters

By order of appearance (beginning after the prelude):

  • Eragon: main character
  • Sloan: butcher of Carvahall
  • Horst: smith of Carvahall
  • Katrina: daughter of Sloan; girlfriend of Roran
  • Garrow: farmer of Carvahall, Eragon's uncle, raised him from birth
  • Roran: Eragon's cousin, although they're like brothers
  • Brom: storyteller of Carvahall, Eragon's mentor
  • Saphira: Eragon's dragon and best friend, raised by Eragon
  • Angela: powerful witch who supports Varden, tells Eragon his future
  • Jeod: merchant of Teirm, Brom's good friend
  • Solembum: werecat who lives with Angela, gives Eragon a prophecy and much advice
  • Murtagh: son of Morzan, who was a Forsworn (betrayer of the Dragon Riders); Becomes good friends with Eragon and travels with him to the Varden's hideout
  • Arya: guardian elf of the dragon's egg which Saphira hatched from; is saved by Eragon from the clutches of the King and Durza
  • Durza: once called Carsaib and disciple of a great sorcerer, he becomes a powerful Shade that ravages the land and controls the Urgal before being put to rest by Eragon
  • Orik: dwarf; nephew of Dwarf King; befriends Eragon
  • The Twins: two magicians with strong magical abilities; powerful men within the Varden; cruel and strange with Eragon
  • Ajihad: ruler of the Varden, a kind and just man
  • Hrothgar: king of the Dwarfs, befriends Eragon

[edit] List of chapters

Prologue: Shade of Fear

  1. Discovery
  2. Palancar Valley
  3. Dragon Tales
  4. Fate's Gift
  5. Awakening
  6. Tea for Two
  7. A Name of Power
  8. A Miller-to-Be
  9. Strangers in Carvahall
  10. Flight of Destiny
  11. The Doom of Innocence
  12. Deathwatch
  13. The Madness of life
  14. A Rider's Blade
  15. Saddlemaking
  16. Therinsford
  17. Thunder Roar and Lightening Crackle
  18. Revelation at Yuzuac
  19. Admonishments
  20. Magic Is the Simplest Thing
  21. Daret
  22. Through a Dragon's Eye
  23. A Song for the Road
  24. A Taste of Teirm
  25. An Old Friend
  26. The Witch and the Werecat
  27. Of Reading and Plots
  28. Thieves in the Castle
  29. A Costly Mistake
  30. Vision of Perfection
  31. Master of the Blade
  32. The Mire of Dras-Leona
  33. Trail of Oil
  34. Worshipers of Helgrind
  35. The Ra'zac's Revenge
  36. Murtagh
  37. Legacy of a Rider
  38. Diamond Tomb
  39. Capture at Gil'ead
  40. Du Sundavar Freohr
  41. Fighting Shadows
  42. A Warrior and a Healer
  43. Water from Sand
  44. The Ramr River
  45. The Hadarac Desert
  46. A Path Revealed
  47. A Clash of Wills
  48. Flight Through the Valley
  49. The Horns of a Dilemma
  50. Hunting for Answers
  51. The Glory of Tronjheim
  52. Ajihad
  53. Bless the Child, Argetlam
  54. Mandrake Root and Newt's Tongue
  55. Hall of the Mountain King
  56. Arya's Test
  57. The Shadows Lengthen
  58. Battle Under Farthen Dûr
  59. The Mourning Sage

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There are a few parts of the inside book that may be publicized, including the two pieces of art, the dedication and an excerpt.

[edit] Map of Alagaësia

Du WeldenvardenNorth SeaNorth SeaTüdosten LakeDu WeldenvardenDu WeldenvardenDu WeldenvardenAberonAlagaësiaArdwen LakeAroughsAz RagniBeartooth RiverBeirland IslandBelatonaBeor MountainsBullridgeCarvahallCerisCeunonCithríDalgonDaretDauthDoru AraebaDras-LeonaEdda RiverEldor LakeEllesméraEoamFeinsterFläm LakeFurnostGaena RiverGalfniGil'eadHadarac DesertHedarthHelgrindÍlia FëonIllium IslandIsenstar LakeOrthíadJiet RiverKirtanKuastaLeona LakeLithgowMelianNädindelNardaNía IslandNinor RiverOsilonParlim IslandPetrøvyaRamr RiverReavstoneRöna LakeSharktooth IslandSílthrimSurdaTarnagTeirmThe EmpireThe EmpireThe SeaThe SpineThe SpineTherinsfordToark RiverUden IslandUrû'baenUtgard MountainVroengardWoadark LakeYazuacSouthern IslesTronjheimKóstha-mérnaFarthen DûrAlagaësia

[edit] Dedication

This book is dedicated to my mom, for showing me the magic in the world; to my dad, for revealing the man behind the curtain. And also to my sister, Angela, for helping me when I'm "blue."

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Prologue: Shade of Fear
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Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world. A tall Shade lifted his head and sniffed the air. He looked human except for his crimson hair and maroon eyes.

He blinked in surprise. The message had been correct; they were here. Or was it a trap? He weighed the odds, then said icily, "Spread out; hide behind trees and bushes. Stop whoever is coming . . . or die."

Around him shuffled twelve Urgals with short swords and round iron shields painted with black symbols. They resembled men with bowed legs and thick, brutish arms made for crushing. A pair of twisted horns grew above their small ears. The monsters hurried into the brush, grunting as they hid. Soon the rustling quieted and the forest was silent again.

The Shade peered around a thick tree and looked up the trail. It was too dark for any human to see, but for him the faint moonlight was like sunshine streaming between the trees; every detail was clear and sharp to his searching gaze. He remained unnaturally quiet, a long pale sword in his hand. A wire-thin scratch curved down the blade. The weapon was thin enough to slip between a pair of ribs, yet stout enough to hack through the hardest armor.

The Urgals could not see as well as the Shade; they groped like blind beggars, fumbling with their weapons. An owl screeched, cutting through the silence. No one relaxed until the bird flew past. Then the monsters shivered in the cold night; one snapped a twig with his heavy boot. The Shade hissed in anger, and the Urgals shrank back, motionless. He suppressed his distaste—they smelled like fetid meat—and turned away. They were tools, nothing more.

The Shade forced back his impatience as the minutes became hours. The scent must have wafted far ahead of its owners. He did not let the Urgals get up or warm themselves. He denied himself those luxuries, too, and stayed behind the tree, watching the trail. Another gust of wind rushed through the forest. The smell was stronger this time. Excited, he lifted a thin lip in a snarl.

"Get ready," he whispered, his whole body vibrating. The tip of his sword moved in small circles. It had taken many plots and much pain to bring himself to this moment. It would not do to lose control now.

Eyes brightened under the Urgals’ thick brows, and they gripped their weapons tighter. Ahead of them, the Shade heard a clink as something hard struck a loose stone. Faint smudges emerged from the darkness and came down the trail.

Three white horses with riders cantered toward the ambush, their heads held high and proud, their coats rippling in the moonlight like liquid silver.

On the first horse was an elf with pointed ears and elegantly slanted eyebrows. His build was slim but strong, like a rapier. A powerful bow was slung on his back. A sword pressed against his side opposite a quiver of arrows fletched with swan feathers.

The last rider had the same fair face and angled features as the other. He carried a long spear in his right hand and a white dagger at his belt. A helm of extraordinary craftsmanship, wrought with amber and gold, rested on his head.

Between these two rode a raven-haired elven lady, who surveyed her surroundings with poise. Framed by long black locks, her deep eyes shone with a driving force. Her clothes were unadorned, yet her beauty was undiminished. At her side was a sword, and on her back a long bow with a quiver. She carried in her lap a pouch that she frequently looked at, as if to reassure herself that it was still there.

One of the elves spoke quietly, but the Shade could not hear what was said. The lady answered with obvious authority, and her guards switched places. The one wearing the helm took the lead, shifting his spear to a readier grip. They passed the Shade’s hiding place and the first few Urgals without suspicion.

The Shade was already savoring his victory when the wind changed direction and swept toward the elves, heavy with the Urgals’ stench. The horses snorted with alarm and tossed their heads. The riders stiffened, eyes flashing from side to side, then wheeled their mounts around and galloped away.

The lady’s horse surged forward, leaving her guards far behind. Forsaking their hiding, the Urgals stood and released a stream of black arrows. The Shade jumped out from behind the tree, raised his right hand, and shouted, "Garjzla!"

A red bolt flashed from his palm toward the elven lady, illuminating the trees with a bloody light. It struck her steed, and the horse toppled with a high-pitched squeal, plowing into the ground chest-first. She leapt off the animal with inhuman speed, landed lightly, then glanced back for her guards.

The Urgals’ deadly arrows quickly brought down the two elves. They fell from the noble horses, blood pooling in the dirt. As the Urgals rushed to the slain elves, the Shade screamed, "After her! She is the one I want!" The monsters grunted and rushed down the trail. A cry tore from the elf’s lips as she saw her dead companions. She took a step toward them, then cursed her enemies and bounded into the forest.

While the Urgals crashed through the trees, the Shade climbed a piece of granite that jutted above them. From his perch he could see all of the surrounding forest. He raised his hand and uttered, "Böetq istalri!" and a quarter-mile section of the forest exploded into flames. Grimly he burned one section after another until there was a ring of fire, a half-league across, around the ambush site. The flames looked like a molten crown resting on the forest. Satisfied, he watched the ring carefully, in case it should falter.

The band of fire thickened, contracting the area the Urgals had to search. Suddenly, the Shade heard shouts and a coarse scream. Through the trees he saw three of his charges fall in a pile, mortally wounded. He caught a glimpse of the elf running from the remaining Urgals.

She fled toward the craggy piece of granite at a tremendous speed. The Shade examined the ground twenty feet below, then jumped and landed nimbly in front of her. She skidded around and sped back to the trail. Black Urgal blood dripped from her sword, staining the pouch in her hand.

The horned monsters came out of the forest and hemmed her in, blocking the only escape routes. Her head whipped around as she tried to find a way out. Seeing none, she drew herself up with regal disdain. The Shade approached her with a raised hand, allowing himself to enjoy her helplessness.

"Get her."

As the Urgals surged forward, the elf pulled open the pouch, reached into it, and then let it drop to the ground. In her hands was a large sapphire stone that reflected the angry light of the fires. She raised it over her head, lips forming frantic words. Desperate, the Shade barked, "Garjzla!"

A ball of red flame sprang from his hand and flew toward the elf, fast as an arrow. But he was too late. A flash of emerald light briefly illuminated the forest, and the stone vanished. Then the red fire smote her and she collapsed.

The Shade howled in rage and stalked forward, flinging his sword at a tree. It passed halfway through the trunk, where it stuck, quivering. He shot nine bolts of energy from his palm—which killed the Urgals instantly—then ripped his sword free and strode to the elf.

Prophecies of revenge, spoken in a wretched language only he knew, rolled from his tongue. He clenched his thin hands and glared at the sky. The cold stars stared back, unwinking, otherworldly watchers. Disgust curled his lip before he turned back to the unconscious elf.

Her beauty, which would have entranced any mortal man, held no charm for him. He confirmed that the stone was gone, then retrieved his horse from its hiding place among the trees. After tying the elf onto the saddle, he mounted the charger and made his way out of the woods.

He quenched the fires in his path but left the rest to burn.

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A movie based on the novel was released on December 15, 2006 by 20th Century Fox.

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Eldest

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Eldest
General
Author Christopher Paolini
Cover Artist John Jude Palencar
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Details
Publish Date August 23, 2005
Type Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
Number of pages (HC / PP - 704)
ISBN ISBN 0375-82670-X
Preceded by Eragon
Followed by Brisingr

Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance cycle. It was released on August 23, 2005, and, like Eragon, became a New York Times bestseller.

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Plot summary
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Eldest begins with Urgals attacking the Varden. This leads to the death of Ajihad, and the disappearance of Murtagh and the Twins. Subsequently, Eragon Shadeslayer, who witnessed Ajihad's death, is summoned to the Council of Elders to help them choose a new leader. They want to choose Nasuada, and use her as a puppet for their wishes. Eragon accepts, but Nasuada plans to lead without their help.

Meanwhile, Roran has returned to Carvahall and come to the conclusion that Garrow died because of Eragon bringing home the blue stone. He is also trying to tell Sloan that he wants to marry Katrina. They are disrupted, however, when Roran and Baldor, one of Horst's sons, spot the Ra'zac and thirty Imperial soldiers camped nearby. Roran hides in the spine.

Saphira promises Hrothgar to repair the Star Sapphire, Isidar Mithrim. She then gets drunk at a dwarf feast. Then Ajihad's funeral is held, and Nasuada officially becomes the leader of the Varden. Eragon, in deference to Ajihad's last wishes, swears fealty to her. Eragon meets Trianna, a sorceress. She invites Eragon into Du Vrangr Gata, a group of magic users who serve the Varden. Before Eragon can respond, Saphira scares the woman off. Eragon prepares for his departure for Ellesméra. It turns out that Orik and Arya will accompany him. Nasuada's first action as the leader is to move the Varden to Surda, a small, neutral country south of the Empire. Eragon and Saphira say goodbye to Angela and Solembum, who will be accompany the Varden. The next day, as they are about to leave, Orik announces that Eragon is invited into Dûrgrimst Ingeitum, the clan that Orik and Hrothgar belong to. Eragon accepts, and they leave.

Roran hears from one of Horst's sons, Albriech, that the brewer, Quimby, is dead. He was eaten by the Ra'zac. Roran and several other men, including Quimby's thirteen-year-old son, Nolfavrell, decide to fight back. They kill some soldiers, but some of their own are killed. They build a wall against the Ra'zac, and the children are escorted to a farm, but nevertheless, there is another battle. More villagers die, including ten-year-old Elmund. Quimby's widow, Birgit, has a vendetta against Roran for being related to Eragon. Roran and Katrina are finally engaged. The Ra'zac say that they will enslave the villagers if they give up Roran and kill them otherwise.

Eragon, Saphira, Arya, and Orik stop at a dwarf city called Tarnag. Not all the dwarves there are happy about Eragon being part of the clan, particularly one clan, Dûrgrimst Az Sweldn rak Anhûin, which hates all Dragon Riders. Eragon visits a dwarf temple, Celbedeil, where he learns about their religion and six gods. They narrowly escape with seven dwarf guards. The rest of the journey is fairly uneventful. Eragon learns that dwarves have seven toes on each foot, and sees a primitive dragonlike creature in the Beor Mountains. Arya shows Eragon how to act among elves. They travel by raft and donkey until the company of eleven reaches Ceris, an elf outpost. Two elves, Lifaen and Nari, accompany Eragon, Saphira, Arya, and Orik to Ellesméra. They tell him of King Palancar, who lived in Carvahall and led the humans long ago. At one city, there is a celebration deadly to humans and dwarves.

The Carvahall villagers are fighting over what to do. Roran convinces them to escort the children into the Spine. He privately asks Katrina to go, despite the fact that she is an adult and Sloan hates the Spine. As they prepare to leave, Sloan discovers everything. He is forced to accept that they are engaged. The Ra'zac attack, this time kidnapping Katrina. Sloan betrays everybody by murdering Byrd, the watchman. Nevertheless, Roran decides to leave Carvahall and lead the villagers on an exodus to Surda, a small, independent nation south of the Empire. He does not convince all the villagers, however. A few do not go.

In Ellesméra, Eragon and his friends meet Queen Islanzadi of the elves. It turns out that Arya, who is a hundred years old, is her daughter. He also meets Maud, another werecat, and Blagden, a bird who can talk. Eragon is also introduced to another Dragon Rider, Oromis, the "Togira Ikonoka" who shielded Eragon during the battle under Farthen Dûr, and his three-legged golden dragon, Glaedr. It was they who taught Brom, Morzan, and their dragons. Oromis is weak, and therefore cannot take part in the war against Galbatorix, but has woven countless spells around himself to ensure that he will survive long enough to train the next Rider.

Eragon and Saphira begin their training with Oromis and Glaedr. Eragon finds out that he actually cursed the baby in Farthen Dûr. Arya introduces him to a smith named Rhunön who made all the Riders' swords, including Zar'roc. She has sworn an oath that she will never make another weapon. Arya shows Eragon a tree called the Menoa Tree which was once an elven woman. Eragon recalls that Solembum mentioned it.

At this point, Nasuada and the Varden are in Aberon, Surda's capital. Their king, Orrin, who is relatively young for a monarch, is a chemist. He is worried that Nasuada is taking over his country. Nasuada tells Trianna to magically create lace to raise money for the Varden. Nasuada meets Elva, the cursed baby, who appears to be about four years old. Instead of being shielded from misfortune, she shields others from misfortune. Orrin vetoes the lace idea.

Back in Ellesméra, Eragon has lessons on debating and logic, history and geography, and magic and swordfighting. He becomes fluent in the elves' Ancient Language. Every day he spars with an elf named Vanir. He learns that Orik is engaged to Hvedra, another dwarf. Orik dislikes the elves. He learns that the Ra'zac ride on their parents, the Lethrblaka. He realizes that not all Urgals are evil. Saphira also has lessons from Glaedr. Eragon begins to experience strong feelings for Arya, but faces the realization that he cannot join her because of the age gap between them. At the same time, he suffers repeated painful attacks from the scar on his back.

Roran and the villagers arrive at the port city of Narda. They find three barges and convince the captain, Clovis, to take them to Teirm. In Teirm, Roran, Gertrude, Birgit, Nolfavrell, Byrd's son Mandel, and Loring, an elder, enter the city in disguise. Gertrude and Mandel go off in search of Angela, and the others visit Jeod in search of a ship. When Nolfavrell is about to reveal something, Roran interrupts by asking about Angela's shop. Jeod answers, and Nolfavrell asks if that was who Gertrude was looking for. Jeod recognizes Gertrude's name from what Brom said, and tells Roran what happened to Eragon and Brom. They pirate a ship to Surda. When they are pursued by the Empire, they bravely lead their enemies across a whirlpool called the Boar's Eye.

Glaedr teaches Eragon and Saphira about dragons. Then there is a celebration called the Blood-oath to honor the first Riders. There is a spell that makes Eragon an elf-human hybrid, removing all of his scars. Orik, Arya, and even Vanir are impressed. After the blood-oath, Arya learns that the elves have no religion. He scries the Varden with magic, and the threat of war with Galbatorix seems imminent. Upon hearing of this, Eragon, Saphira, and Orik immediately leave to go to their aid. They stop at Aberon to find out that the battle will be on the Burning Plains.

He arrives to find the situation poised on the edge of war. The armies of the Varden, mixed with the army of Surda, camp on a plain opposite the vast armies of Galbatorix. Some Urgals, led by Nar Garzhvog, who have been freed from Durza's spell, ask to join the Varden. At first Eragon hates the idea, but Nasuada and Saphira convince him otherwise. The battle begins, and Eragon is able to repel the opposing armies for some time using his newfound powers. The tide of the battle shifts back and forth between both sides. With the appearance of the dwarves, the situation changes to favor the Varden. Roran comes with Jeod and the villagers.Then, the appearance of an unknown Dragon Rider who kills Hrothgar using an Energy shaft, turns the tables once again.

Eragon faces off with the strange Rider, and ultimately unmasks him to reveal Murtagh, who had not been killed, but had been taken by the Twins to Galbatorix, and forced to swear allegiance to the king in the Ancient Language. He and his dragon, Thorn, prove to be more powerful than the weakened Eragon, while Murtagh displays an exemplary skill in magic, using spells that would have killed a normal human. Murtagh decides to have mercy on them, however, by twisting a way out of his oaths he took in the Ancient Language; but, before he leaves, he claims Zar'roc as his own and uncovers a terrible truth: Eragon was the youngest son of Morzan, and is therefore Murtagh's brother. Murtagh also reveals that Galbatorix is working to save the dragon race and reestablish the Riders; but in order to do this, he must capture Saphira, who is the last female dragon in existence. In the end, Galbatorix's army is routed, thanks to the timely appearance of the villagers of Carvahall. Eragon is reunited with Roran, and they agree to work together to rescue Katrina.

[edit] Publishers in other countries

  • Australia: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Bulgaria: Hermes Books
  • Canada: Alfred A. Knopf
  • China: ???
  • Czech Republic: Fragment Publishing House
  • Denmark: Sesam
  • Finland: Tammi
  • France: Bayard Jeunesse
  • Germany: Bertelsmann
  • Holland: Publisher M
  • Indonesia: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  • Italy: Fabbri Editors & Mondolibri
  • Japan: Random House Japan
  • Korea: ???
  • Latin America: Roca Editorial
  • New Zealand: Corgi/Random House
  • Poland: Mag Publishing House
  • Portugal: Gailivro
  • Romania: Rao International Publishing Company
  • Spain: Roca Editorial
  • Sweden: Bonnier Carlsen
  • United Kingdom: Doubleday
  • United States: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Serbia: Čarobna knjiga

[edit] Characters

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[edit] List of chapters

  • A list of chapters with their respective point of view.

Synopsis of Eragon

  1. A Twin Disaster - Eragon
  2. The Council of Elders - Eragon
  3. Truth Among Friends - Eragon
  4. Roran - Roran
  5. The Hunted Hunters - Roran
  6. Saphira's Promise - Eragon
  7. Requiem - Eragon
  8. Fealty - Eragon
  9. A Sorceress, a Snake, and a Scroll - Eragon
  10. Hrothgar's Gift - Eragon
  11. Hammer and Tongs - Roran
  12. Retaliation - Roran
  13. Az Sweldn rak Anhûin - Eragon
  14. Celbedeil - Eragon
  15. Diamonds in the Night - Roran
  16. Under a Darkling Sky - Roran
  17. Down the Rushing Mere-Wash - Eragon
  18. Drifting - Eragon
  19. Arya Svit-kona - Eragon
  20. Ceris - Eragon
  21. Wounds of the Past - Roran
  22. Wounds of the Present - Roran
  23. His Enemy's Face - Roran
  24. Arrow to the Heart - Eragon
  25. The Dagshelgr Invocation - Eragon
  26. The Pinewood City - Eragon
  27. Queen Islanzadí - Eragon
  28. Out of the Past - Eragon
  29. Conviction - Roran
  30. Repercussions - Roran
  31. Exodus - Roran
  32. On the Crags of Tel'naeír - Eragon
  33. The Secret Lives of Ants - Eragon
  34. Under the Menoa Tree - Eragon
  35. A Maze of Opposition - Nasuada
  36. Hanging by a Thread - Nasuada
  37. Elva - Nasuada
  38. Resurgence - Eragon
  39. Why Do You Fight? - Eragon
  40. Black Morning Glory - Eragon
  41. The Nature of Evil - Eragon
  42. Image of Perfection - Eragon
  43. The Obliterator - Eragon
  44. Narda - Roran
  45. The Hammer Falls - Roran
  46. The Beginning of Wisdom - Eragon
  47. Broken Egg and Scattered Nest - Eragon
  48. The Gift of Dragons - Eragon
  49. In a Starry Glade - Eragon
  50. Landfall - Roran
  51. Teirm - Roran
  52. Jeod Longshanks - Roran
  53. An Unexpected Ally - Roran
  54. Escape - Roran
  55. Child's Play - Nasuada
  56. Premonition of War - Nasuada
  57. Red Blade, White Blade - Eragon
  58. Visions Near and Far - Eragon
  59. Gifts - Eragon
  60. The Maw of the Ocean - Roran
  61. Running the Boar's Eye - Roran
  62. To Aberon - Eragon
  63. The Burning Plains - Eragon
  64. The Clouds of War - Eragon
  65. Nar Garzhvog - Eragon
  66. Witch's Brew - Eragon
  67. The Storm Breaks - Eragon
  68. Convergence - Roran
  69. Eldest - Eragon
  70. Inheritance - Eragon
  71. Reunion - Eragon

Extra:

  • Pronunciation Guide and glossary
  • Acknowledgements

[edit] Inside the book

"As always, this book is for family. And also to my incredible fans. You made this adventure possible. Sé onr sverdar sitja hvass!"
Eldest dedication

Eldest contains a concise summary of Eragon, the previous book in the cycle. It also includes a pronunciation guide to the names and phrases used in the book, as well as a note upon the origins of the names.

[edit] Map of Alagaësia

Du WeldenvardenNorth SeaNorth SeaTüdosten LakeDu WeldenvardenDu WeldenvardenDu WeldenvardenAberonAlagaësiaArdwen LakeAroughsAz RagniBeartooth RiverBeirland IslandBelatonaBeor MountainsBullridgeCarvahallCerisCeunonCithríDalgonDaretDauthDoru AraebaDras-LeonaEdda RiverEldor LakeEllesméraEoamFeinsterFläm LakeFurnostGaena RiverGalfniGil'eadHadarac DesertHedarthHelgrindÍlia FëonIllium IslandIsenstar LakeOrthíadJiet RiverKirtanKuastaLeona LakeLithgowMelianNädindelNardaNía IslandNinor RiverOsilonParlim IslandPetrøvyaRamr RiverReavstoneRöna LakeSharktooth IslandSílthrimSurdaTarnagTeirmThe EmpireThe EmpireThe SeaThe SpineThe SpineTherinsfordToark RiverUden IslandUrû'baenUtgard MountainVroengardWoadark LakeYazuacSouthern IslesTronjheimKóstha-mérnaFarthen DûrAlagaësia

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The Council of Elders
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Saphira's breathing quickened, and she opened her eyes, yawning expansively. Good morning, little one.

Is it? He looked down and leaned on his hands, compressing the mattress. It's terrible . . . Murtagh and Ajihad . . . Why didn't sentries in the tunnels warn us of the Urgals? They shouldn't have been able to trail Ajihad's group without being noticed. . . . Arya was right, it doesn't make sense.

We may never know the truth, said Saphira gently. She stood, wings brushing the ceiling. You need to eat, then we must discover what the Varden are planning. We can't waste time; a new leader could be chosen within hours.

Eragon agreed, thinking of how they had left everyone yesterday: Orik rushing off to give King Hrothgar the tidings, Jörmundur taking Ajihad's body to a place where it would rest until the funeral, and Arya, who stood alone and watched the goings-on.

Eragon rose and strapped on Zar'roc and his bow, then bent and lifted Snowfire's saddle. A line of pain sheared through his torso, driving him to the floor, where he writhed, scrabbling at his back. It felt like he was being sawed in half. Saphira growled as the ripping sensation reached her. She tried to soothe him with her own mind but was unable to alleviate his suffering. Her tail instinctually lifted, as if to fight.

It took minutes before the fit subsided and the last throb faded away, leaving Eragon gasping. Sweat drenched his face, making his hair stick and his eyes sting. He reached back and gingerly fingered the top of his scar. It was hot and inflamed and sensitive to touch. Saphira lowered her nose and touched him on the arm. Oh, little one. . . .

It was worse this time, he said, staggering upright. She let him lean against her as he wiped away the sweat with a rag, then he tentatively stepped for the door.

Are you strong enough to go?

We have to. We're obliged as dragon and Rider to make a public choice regarding the next head of the Varden, and perhaps even influence the selection. I won't ignore the strength of our position; we now wield great authority written the Varden. At least the Twins aren't here to grab the position for themselves. That's the only good in the situation.

Very well, but Durza should suffer a thousand years of torture for what he did to you.

He grunted. Just stay close to me.

Together they made their way through Tronjheim, toward the nearest kitchen. In the corridors and hallways, people stopped and bowed to them, murmuring, "Argetlam," or "Shadeslayer." Even dwarves made the motions, though not as often. Eragon was struck by the somber, haunted expressions of the humans and the dark clothing they wore to display their sadness. Many women dressed entirely in black, lace veils covering their faces.

In the kitchen, Eragon brought a stone platter of food to a low table. Saphira watched him carefully in case he should have another attack. Several people tried to approach him, but she lifted a lip and growled sending them scurrying away. Eragon pretended to ignore the disturbances and picked at the food. Finally, trying to divert his thoughts from Murtagh, he asked, Who do you think has the means to take control of the Varden, now that Ajihad and the Twins are gone?

She hesitated. It's possible you could, if Ajihad's last words were interpreted as a blessing to secure the leadership. Almost no one would oppose you. However, that does not seem a wise path to take. I see only trouble in that direction.

I agree. Besides, Arya wouldn't approve, and she could be a dangerous enemy. Elves can't lie in the ancient language, but they have no such inhibition in ours-she could deny that Ajihad ever uttered those words if it served her purposes. No, I don't want the position. . . . What about Jörmundur?

Ajihad called him his right-hand man. Unfortunately, we know little about him or the Varden's other leaders. Such a short time has passed since we came here. We will have to make our judgement on our feelings and impressions, without the benefit of history.

Eragon pushed his fish around a lump of mashed tubers. Don't forget Hrothgar and the dwarf clans; they won't be quiet in this. Except for Arya, the elves have no say in the succession-a decision will be made before word of this even reaches them. But the dwarves can't be-won't be-ignored. Hrothgar favors the Varden, but if enough clans oppose him, he might be maneuvered into backing someone unsuited for the command.

And who might that be?

A person easily manipulated. He closed his eyes and leaned back. It could be anyone in Farthen Dûr, anyone at all.

[edit] Critical reaction

As soon as the book was released, fans everywhere expressed their opinion. Some praised Paolini's improving talent and better character work. Others found it dull compared to the fast-paced Eragon. Other fans were upset by Paolini's portrayal of elves, which many say were "too perfect" to relate to. Some have also cited the many similarities between Eldest and some of Tolkien's work; Paolini's elves bear a close resemblance to the elves of Lórien in The Lord of the Rings, and several quotes from Eldest bear a striking resemblance to lines in Tolkien's works including the phrase "the ageless elves speak wisdom".

[edit] Movie

A film version of Eldest has not yet been confirmed. If it is, there are many things that would need addressing. Many plot elements crucial to Eldest were left out of the Eragon movie. For example, Oromis does not ask Eragon to come to Ellesmera and Brom kills a Ra'zac. Perhaps the most important thing left out is Katrina - the entire part of Eldest that is about Roran and Carvahall cannot take place in Eldest without Katrina.

Luckily, Durza cutting Eragon's back was in the first film, and can still play it's crucial part in an Eldest film. And after the way the first movie ended, there might be another movie. Please see Eldest (movie) for more information and updates.

[edit] See also

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The Official Cover of Brisingr
Brisingr
General
Author Christopher Paolini
Cover Artist John Jude Palencar
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Details
Publish Date September 20, 2008.
Type Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
Number of pages 784
ISBN ISBN 0375826726
Preceded by Eldest
Followed by Book 4

Brisingr [BRIS-ing-ger] is the 3rd book of the Inheritance Cycle. It was released on September 20, 2008.

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[edit] Cover flap summary

Oaths Sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide.

Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

First is Eragon's oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran's beloved, Katrina, from the evil clutches of the Ra'zac. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength - as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices - choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.

Rich with a thoughtful examination of Eragon's maturing psyche, "Brisingr" explores how Eragon must come to terms with his role as a leader and the moral obligations that weigh heavily upon his young shoulders as a Dragon Rider."

[edit] Plot summary

Brisingr takes place four days after the Battle of the Burning Plains, as Roran, Eragon and Saphira watch as a group of worshipers of Helgrind with missing body parts perform ceremonies on slaves. Eragon desires to free the slaves but realizes the foolishness of the idea. Later Roran asks Eragon if he can teach him to use magic, and Eragon teaches him the words "Stenr Risa", warning him to be careful should he succeed. Eragon teaches Roran to shield his mind and is amazed by just how strong his love for Katrina is. Eragon then proceeds to heal Roran's shoulder, though it would drain his strength more, especially just a few days after the battle of the Burning Plains, because he figured Roran may be killed as a result of his handicap both ways.

As they prepare to attack Helgrind, Eragon reaches out with his mind, and his mind touches a flower in the rock, which shouldn't have been able to grow. He comes to the conclusion that much of Helgrind is in fact an illusion. The three journey to Helgrind, where they are attacked by Lethrblaka and Ra'zac. Eragon realises that for some reason, that he can not sense the Ra'zac's minds, which confers to that they were so readily ambushed. The Lethrblaka and Ra'zac are defeated with Saphira chasing the former. After a while of searching, Eragon finds where Katrina is held, and they are ambushed by the two Ra'zac again. The result ended with Roran killing one of them and Eragon's face being burnt with Seithr Oil from where the Ra'zac glanced him with an arrow, which is subsequently healed. After discovering the cells, Roran rushes to free Katrina while Eragon decides to look in the other cells, where he finds Sloan, the butcher, with his eyes pecked out. Eragon does not know what to do, he feels that he should not kill Sloan in cold blood, and realized that if Sloan is killed, or let go, no matter what happens, it will cause tension between Roran and Katrina's marriage. Eragon hears Roran coming down the hall saying he has found Katrina and required help to remove the door. He then puts Sloan to sleep with a spell and tells Roran that he is dead with his neck broken, which Katrina stoically accepts.

Eragon sends Roran and Katrina off on Saphira and flees back into Helgrind before Saphira could hold him. He meets the remaining Ra'zac and it attempted to strike a deal with Eragon, which was quite modest as the Ra'zac accepted its defeat if it should so lose. After divulging with its information, Eragon then murders it after refusing the Ra'zac which had fulfilled its end of the deal. Eragon escapes with Sloan, barely avoiding a contingent of soldiers. After some time he realizes that he must eat and slays some rabbits and lizards, he eats the rabbit and half a lizard before waking Sloan up and giving the rest to him. During this time, Eragon decides to begin eating meat again after enjoying the meal, and forming the idea that moderation is more important than zealotry. Running over thoughts in his mind, Eragon whispers a trio of words that he thinks embodies Sloan, and he realizes with Sloan's reaction after a few attempts, that they are in fact, Sloan's true name. He is shocked and does not know what to do, so he contacts Islanzadi who is on the outskirts of Du Weldenvarden. After getting her advice on the situation, Eragon sends Sloan on his way to the elves using the magic of a true name. He ponders the idea of the elves restoring Sloan's eyes, but doesn't tell him, lest Sloan beg the elves and receive them out of pity rather than changing his character.

Nasuada is compelled to suffer The Trial of the Long Knives against Fadawar, to maintain leadership of the Varden and the Wandering Tribes. It is a competition where both competitors cut slits on their arms from the elbow down, till one of the 'competitors' decides that he/she cannot take another cut again. There is a maximum of only six cuts per arm, to prevent permanent damage. Hardening your arm makes the pain and damage worse, so relaxing it is the best choice other than not competing at all. Nasuada manages to win, after recklessly taking two cuts in a row. After the Trial of Long Knives both competitors are disallowed from healing their arms with magic so that they feel the full force of the pain, although this is rather slanted as if the winner heals his/her arm, he/she forfeits the match. Angela says: "Only men would think of cutting themselves to determine who the pack leader is, idiots.", leaving her opinion of the contest in no doubt.

Roran, Katrina and Saphira arrive at the camp, and after a brief questioning, Arya decides to go and bring Eragon back to the Varden herself. In the meantime, Eragon runs into an eccentric man named Tenga. Tenga lives in an old elven building, is able to use magic, and owns books and scrolls on just about everything, including the Ancient Language. During the encounter, he raves about finding the answer to his "question", which he never reveals. Passing through Eastcroft, Eragon happens to pass upon Arya, who has disguised herself as a human. They talk briefly, then sneak out of town in the dead of night. Outside the city, they run into an group of army recruiters and are forced to kill them. Eragon punches a soldier during the battle, badly damaging his hand. After the ordeal, Arya heals Eragon's hand as he ponders how to avoid such injuries in the future. He uses magic to form large callouses on his knuckles, inspired by the memory of dwarven "fists of steel". When Arya tells Eragon to use Aren, Brom's ring, to recover his strength, he discovers a massive pool of energy within it, which Arya advises he save for an important time. As they make camp for the night, Eragon and Arya talk about her imprisonment, and how it feels to kill. He creates a flower for her, and she makes a small boat made of grass, enchanted to fly through the sky forever by feeding on the energy of plants below it. Spirits suddenly appear in the camp and, upon learning that Eragon set free the spirits within Durza, give him a euphoric experience. After they leave, the two travelers notice that the lily Eragon made has been turned to gold and gems and, amazingly, remained alive.

While Roran is in training, Nasuada asks him if he wants to be assigned under another man, saying he must do so in order to rise up in the ranks. Roran asks Nasuada if the mission could wait till after Eragon is back so that the marriage between him and Katrina can commence as early as possible, so Katrina can keep her honor. Nasuada understands the implied meaning and reluctantly agrees. The twelve elves Izlanzadi sent to aid and protect Eragon arrive at the camp, much to Nasuada's relief. The leader of the group, Blödhgarm son of Ildrid the Beautiful, has the fur of a panther, the eyes of an eagle, and the fangs of a wolf: what he believes to be the definition of beauty. He also has a strong, seductive smell that only females can detect, though Blodhgarm never takes advantage of the women under its influence. Nasuada asks Captain Garven, one of her Nighthawks, to enter Blodhgarm and the other elves' minds to ensure that they are not disguised humans. Though he does not lose his mind, as some who enter the minds of elves do, he is visibly affected by the ordeal.

Arya and Eragon soon arrive back to the camp, much to Nasuada's and the army's relief. The next day, he sees Angela rolling her dragon knuckles to tell two women their fortunes. One is handsome with scars on her wrists, as if from shackles, and a teenage girl with the forearms of a swordsman. After they have left, he speaks to Angela and discovers that Tenga was Angela's master, he always had a new question to answer. Eragon goes to Nasuada's tent to lift the curse on Elva. Using a long, complex counterspell that took a great deal of time to create, he initially thought he failed. However, Elva realizes shortly that she can now choose to ignore the pain of others if she so pleases, though she has retained the ability to sense them. Elva tells those present that she will use her powers for whatever she pleases from now on, including taking down the Empire and getting whatever she desires. She stops a shocked Eragon from casting another spell and leaves the pavilion, leaving a disappointed Eragon, a hurt and dismayed adoptive mother, and a stunned Nasuada behind.

The next day, Eragon uses a spell to draw gold to the surface of the earth, which any spellcaster should be able to do. He forms them into three fist-sized pieces, then heads into camp. First, he goes to Gedric, (the tanner he stole the leather from when he left Carvahall) admits and apologizes to taking his hides, gives him the first ball of gold, and tells him that the leather was used to make Saphira's saddle, to Gedric's delight. He then pays a visit to Jeod, who is looking for another tunnel or passage like the one he found in Gil'ead. Jeod explains to him the Black Hand, Eragon's mother, and the time that he and Brom spent looking for Morzan and the eggs. He gives Eragon a copy of the Domia Abr Wyrda, which Eragon values, thinking to himself "I own a book". Eragon also gives one of the orbs of gold to Jeod's wife,Helen, who vows to use it to buid a commercial empire.

Eragon goes to Fredric, the weapons master, to get himself a new sword. Fredric goes through a variety of blades before realizing that Eragon has fought edge-to-edge with Zar'roc, something that would ruin an ordinary sword. He first recommends a mace, to which Eragon replies "It's a metal club." He says that it doesn't feel right to him, and he couldn't have killed Durza with a mace. Finally he suggests a falchion, which can stand up to big impacts and block with the side more easily then a traditional blade. Eragon reluctantly agrees, though he reinforces the weapon with magic. On the day of Roran and Katrina's wedding, 300 of Galbatorix's soldiers, led by Murtagh and Thorn, attack the camp. Engaging in an aerial battle, Eragon is stunned when Murtagh's physical strength and speed match his own, but is eventually able to drive him away with the aid of Arya and the other twelve elves. Eragon passes out briefly after the battle, but is called back to the Varden's camp to help- something has gone wrong in their battle. It is soon revealed that the soldiers feel no pain from their injuries, making them able to battle until they are decapitated. This ability allowed them to slaughter many of the Varden's warriors, sowing confusion among their ranks.

Roran and Katrina are married only a few hours after the battle. Nasuada provides a substantial amount of gold for Katrina's dowry, since she had nothing else. Eragon gives Roran Snowfire as a wedding gift. He also presents both Roran and Katrina with enchanted rings he made that allow them locate each other at any time and alert Eragon and Saphira whenever they need his help. After he goes to a healer, and meets a man who was hurt on the battle where Murtagh first fought Eragon. He now has the ability to see energy as light, as he can see that Eragon has a great deal of energy, the energy of the diamonds in the Belt of Beloth the Wise, and the enormous store of energy inside of Aren, the ring Eragon inherited from Brom.

After the wedding, Nasuada orders Eragon to attend the election of the new Dwarf King. He is at first reluctant to leave but agrees under the conditions that Saphira joins him during the coronation and then head to Ellesméra afterwards. Eragon is accompanied by Garzhvog for part of the way. Just before arriving at Tronjheim, Garzhvog returns to the Varden. Meanwhile, Roran is placed under the command of Martland Redbeard and meets Carn. Roran's first mission under Martland was to raid a supply convoy. With his hammer and shield in hand Roran charged in on Snowfire. Along the way Roran slew four soldiers by himself. His friendship with Carn is strengthened in this struggle and Martland praises Roran for his courage.

Upon arrival at Tronjheim, Eragon is immediately reunited with Orik, grimstborith of the Dûrgrimst Ingeitum. He is shocked to see that Orik now has a wife, Hvedra, like Orik she welcomed Eragon as her kin. Eragon is then invited by Orik on a trip to the Forest of Stone. It is here that Orik asks Eragon for his support during the election of a new Dwarf King. Eragon then explains what Nasuada has asked of him, much to the anger of Orik. Orik then forwards his idea to Eragon as a means to gain his support. After much discussion they began to descend the mountain and walk through the underground tunnels to Farthen Dûr.

On his second mission, Roran is forced to fight against an enemy that feels no pain. Detecting no magicians among their enemy, Martland's company is split into three groups, one led by Roran, another by Martland himself and the last by Ulhart, Martland's right-hand man. The three groups stage an ambush from three sides. The battle was long and weary. Eventually the three groups had to retreat to the water in order to slow down the enemy. It is there that the remaining soldiers from the Empire are wiped out. After the battle Martland's right hand was lopped off by a soldier assumed to be dead. Martland refused to accept treatment and proceeded to take the raided supplies back to the Varden.

At Farthen Dûr, Eragon is assigned four bodyguards by Orik. In his quarters, an assassination was attempted on Eragon by Az Sweldn rak Anhuin clan and one of his bodyguards is killed. Angered by this, Orik convinces the other Dwarf clans to banish Az Sweldn rak Anhuin from their lands. Eragon then summoned Saphira to Tronjheim. The Dwarves then proceeded to voted a new king. It immediately became obvious that Orik and Grimstborith Nado would be the more likely candidates. At the end of the day Orik was crowned the forty-third Dwarf King and his first order as king was to prepare the dwarves for battle against the Empire. Saphira arrives before the coronation and repairs the Isidar Mithrim during the coronation. Eragon and Saphira then fly toward Ellesméra. Meanwhile, Roran is punished by Nasuada for insubordination. She gives him fifty lashes and then has magicians heal him, although Katrina disapproves. Then Nasuada sends him on another mission to lead men and Urgals to prove to the Varden that the Urgals aren't so bad. Roran must fight an Urgal according to Urgal customs, (with bare hands and no armour) for leadership of the battalion. Both survive, but Roran wins.

Eragon and Saphira reach the edge of Du Weldenvarden where they contact Oromis. Oromis tells them to come to Ellesmera to complete their training. Upon arrival in Ellesmera, Eragon inquires about his father. Glaedr tells him that his father in fact was Brom and that Murtagh was only his half-brother. This was also one of the things that Brom told Saphira while Eragon was injured near Teirm. Eragon is delighted and Saphira shows him a memory of Brom talking to Eragon as his father. Oromis shows him a fairth of Selena.

After telling Oromis about Solembum's words about the Menoa Tree, Eragon digs and finds no sword. He begs Rhunön to make a sword. She refuses but tells him that the Riders' swords were made out of a material from the sky called Brightsteel. Eragon looks again and finds Brightsteel under the Menoa Tree. Rhunön helps him to make a blue sword called Brisingr, which bursts into flame whenever Eragon says its name. Oromis then instructs Eragon on how to move items with magic. Eragon then asks how Galbatorix got his power. Glaedr says that every dragon has an organ called an Eldunari, or Heart-of-Hearts. If they want, they can transfer their soul to their Eldunari. Galbatorix has taken all of the Eldunari and taken their power. Glaedr gives Eragon his Eldunari. Before leaving for Feinster, Eragon visits Sloan, who has arrived in Ellesmera.

Eragon reaches Feinster while the city is under siege. In the city, a Shade named Varaug is summoned by three magicians which Eragon, Arya, and Saphira kill. Eragon then helps Arya vanquish Varaug mostly by chance, who turns out to be a wicked and powerful magician. Through Glaedr's Eldunari, he senses that Oromis and Glaedr are in Gil'ead, fighting Thorn and Murtagh. Galbatorix takes control of Murtagh and kills Oromis. Eragon tells Arya and Nasuada about his parentage, Oromis and Glaedr, their deaths, and the Eldunari. Nasuada makes plans to march to Belatona, Dras-Leona, and finally Uru'baen.

[edit] Different Editions

Swedish version of Brisingr
Swedish version of Brisingr
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[edit] Characters

*Indicates new character

[edit] Chapters

  • A list of chapters with their respective point of view.
  1. The Gates of Death - Eragon
  2. Around the Campfire - Eragon
  3. Assault on Helgrind - Eragon
  4. Divergence - Eragon
  5. Rider and Ra'zac - Eragon
  6. To Walk the Land Alone - Eragon
  7. The Trial of the Long Knives - Nasuada
  8. Winged Tidings - Nasuada
  9. Escape and Evasion - Eragon
  10. A Delicate Matter - Roran
  11. Bloodwolf - Nasuada
  12. Mercy, Dragon Rider - Eragon
  13. Shadows of the Past - Eragon
  14. Amid the Restless Crowd - Eragon
  15. To Answer a King - Eragon
  16. A Feast with Friends - Eragon
  17. Intersecting Sagas - Eragon
  18. Making Amends - Eragon
  19. Gifts of Gold - Eragon
  20. I Need a Sword! - Eragon
  21. Unexpected Guests - Eragon
  22. Fire in the Sky - Eragon
  23. Man and Wife - Eragon
  24. Whispers in the Night - Roran
  25. Orders - Eragon
  26. Footprints of Shadow - Eragon
  27. Over Hill and Mountain - Eragon
  28. For my Love - Roran
  29. A Forest of Stone - Eragon
  30. The Laughing Dead - Roran
  31. Blood on the Rocks - Eragon
  32. A Matter of Perspective - Saphira
  33. Kiss me Sweet - Roran
  34. Glûmra - Eragon
  35. Clanmeet - Eragon
  36. Insurbordination - Roran
  37. Message in a Mirror - Saphira
  38. Four Strokes upon the Drum - Eragon
  39. Reunion - Eragon
  40. Ascension - Eragon
  41. Words of Wisdom - Eragon
  42. The Whipping Post - Roran
  43. Among the Clouds - Eragon
  44. Butting Heads - Roran
  45. Genealogy - Eragon
  46. Two Lovers Doomed - Eragon
  47. Inheritance - Eragon
  48. Souls of Stone - Eragon
  49. Hands of a Warrior - Eragon
  50. The Tree of Life - Eragon
  51. Mind over Metal - Eragon
  52. A Rider in Full - Eragon
  53. Greaves and Bracers - Roran
  54. Leave Taking - Eragon
  55. Flight - Eragon
  56. Brisingr! - Eragon
  57. Shadow of Doom - Eragon/Glaedr
  58. Sunrise - Eragon

Extra:

  • Pronunciation Guide and glossary

[edit] Inside the book

Brisingr contains a dedication from Christopher Paolini to his family, friends, publishers, editors and fans.

[edit] Map of Alagaësia

Du WeldenvardenNorth SeaNorth SeaTüdosten LakeDu WeldenvardenDu WeldenvardenDu WeldenvardenAberonAlagaësiaArdwen LakeAroughsAz RagniBeartooth RiverBeirland IslandBelatonaBeor MountainsBullridgeCarvahallCerisCeunonCithríDalgonDaretDauthDoru AraebaDras-LeonaEdda RiverEldor LakeEllesméraEoamFeinsterFläm LakeFurnostGaena RiverGalfniGil'eadHadarac DesertHedarthHelgrindÍlia FëonIllium IslandIsenstar LakeOrthíadJiet RiverKirtanKuastaLeona LakeLithgowMelianNädindelNardaNía IslandNinor RiverOsilonParlim IslandPetrøvyaRamr RiverReavstoneRöna LakeSharktooth IslandSílthrimSurdaTarnagTeirmThe EmpireThe EmpireThe SeaThe SpineThe SpineTherinsfordToark RiverUden IslandUrû'baenUtgard MountainVroengardWoadark LakeYazuacSouthern IslesTronjheimKóstha-mérnaFarthen DûrAlagaësia

[edit] Reception

David Durham of the Washington Post praises Paolini for his streamlined prose, but says the novel drags a lot in the middle. He says Paolini shows greater maturity during some of the quiet moments of the novel, although he notes these parts could bore younger readers. Durham finds that Paolini's new characters are original, and that he adds depth to characters from the previous novels. In contrast, Sheena McFarland of the The Salt Lake Tribune says Paolini "hasn't learned how to create characters that readers can relate to," although she praises him for strong female characters in the book such as Arya and Nasuada. McFarland calls the last 50 pages "riveting", but says they are a "paltry reward for trudging through the 700 preceding pages".[1]

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[edit] See also

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Book 4

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Possible Cover (Fan Made) of Book 4
Possible Cover (Fan Made) of Book 4

Book 4
General
Author Christopher Paolini
Cover Artist John Jude Palencar
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Details
Publish Date Unknown
Type Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
Number of pages N/A
ISBN N/A
Preceded by Brisingr
Followed by N/A


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Unresolved plot threads

  • Eragon has yet to find the location and to visit the Vault of Souls
  • How Eragon's name will allow him to open the Vault of Souls, and what exactly will happen to Eragon when it opens up to him.
  • Eragon's promise to the dwarves to avenge Hrothgar
  • The seven words that Brom revealed to Eragon as he was dying. Bear in mind that Brom told Eragon what these words meant and also to use them "in great need".
  • Saphira's mate, if one exists - Thorn or the Green Dragon?
  • Eragon's promise to visit Brom's burial site.
  • Tenga might still teach Eragon how to use spirits.
  • Eragon and Saphira's desire to visit that Dragon Mountain stronghold.
  • The fate of Eragon and Arya together.
  • The Green Dragon's identity, and its Rider.
  • What, if anything, will the elves do to Saphira and Eragon for the incident of waking up the Menoa Tree?
  • The strange beasts of Vroengard.
  • The identity of the blind beggar who could speak to Solembum but asked not to have his fortune read.
  • Eragon, Saphira, Murtagh and Thorn's true names.
  • The fate of Murtagh. Will he and Thorn survive?
  • The fate of the man who suddenly could see all the lights after the battle on the burning plains. He could see the light shone through Murtagh but Eragon shined like a sun.
  • What was it that Murtagh said? It seemed to be somewhat treasonous to the Empire.
  • The name of the Ancient Language. It is possible that Galbatorix will have found the name by Book 4. The RaZac said he was close to "the true name".
  • The fate of King Orrin and Surda.
  • How the Varden plan to rescue the last dragon egg, if it does not hatch for Galbatorix.
  • If Eragon will ever visit the Urgal halls.
  • Angela's background.
  • Whether there are any other Riders and dragons still alive and hidden.
  • What lies beyond the borders of Alagaësia?
  • What Shruikan's fate will be when and if Galbatorix's hold over him is broken, and what would happen to him if Galbatorix will die.
  • More background as to why Hefring was only able to steal Saphira's egg. Whether Morzan killed him, or whether Hefring was a traitor.
  • How Oromis escaped from the two Forsworn after being tortured and having his mental link to magic weakened tremendously.
  • Selena's fortune, as foretold by Angela.
  • The mysterious Spellcaster Tenga- will he reappear?
  • What the Menoa Tree did to Eragon, and what she wanted.
  • What role will Glaedr's Eldunari have in the 4th book?
  • What is the identity of Roran's and Katrina's child?
  • What will happen to Oromis' sword, Naegling?
  • Where are Galbatorix's and Murtagh's Eldunari being kept?
  • Eragon's departure from Alagaësia (predicted by Angela, possibly a reference to his death, though unlikely as it is also predicted by Angela that Eragon will live forever or for a long time)
Another point is the vision Eragon had during his period of fever during the beginning of Eragon. It depicted several people, at least one of them a woman, getting on a ship and sailing away. Two dragons were in the sky, and one man was left behind. It is possible that this was Eragon, Arya, Saphira, and several others, leaving Alagaesia for some reason.

Certain (or Probable) Information

  • The cover of the 4th book features the Green Dragon facing to the right.
  • In the fourth book it will be revealed if Saphira ever finds a mate.
  • Elva, along with "every other character," will have an important role to play.
  • There will be a battle at the end of the book.
  • Eragon will go to the Rock of Kuthian and speak his name to open the Vault of Souls.
  • When Eragon had his fortune told by Angela in the first book, it is stated that Eragon will leave Alagaesia and never return. This may happen in the fourth book.
  • There will be more information on the origins of werecats; perhaps this means that Solembum or Maud, or both, will have a larger role.

Speculation

  • The identity of the next Rider:

(Paolini stated that he gave many hints in "Eldest" as to who the next Rider would be. Since he didn't develop any evil characters, except Murtagh who already has a dragon, it would be very safe to assume that the Varden rescue the green egg, and they would ally themselves with the Varden.)

    • Roran: There is a possibility that Roran might become the new Rider, considering the title, Inheritance, and the fact that all the new Riders are seemingly "related". There is also a part in Eldest, on pg. 187 last like 5 words, says that Roran was convinced in his heart of hearts (he doesn't have a heart of heart, but dragons do). Garrow was quoted in "Eldest", speaking to Roran, about their land, that "..if you take care of it, it takes care of you. Not too many things are like that." Other than land, a dragon does that. Also, Tamerlein, the green dragon rider sword, could very well become the sword of the green dragon's rider. The sword is described by Eragon as being meant for someone with a fighting style that relied more upon cutting and slashing. This style seems very appropriate for Roran, saying as how Roran prefers to fight with a hammer as of now. However, the brightsteel that Eragon retrieved from the Menoa Tree was enough for a few more swords or other types of weapons. Rhunon could use the same tactic in creating a new sword for the next rider if they had the speed of an elf.
    • Vanir: He expressed his desire to be a Rider and to fight Galbatorix courageously like Vrael of old. He is also learned in philosophy, poetry, swordfighting, and knows the true nature of magic. Eragon also noticed that Vanir and his peers appeared very young, in elf standards. It would make more sense that the next Rider be an elf rather than another human.
    • Arya: It is quite possible that Arya will be the next rider. It is likely the rider will be female considering that it is suspected the green dragon will be Saphira's mate, and if Saphira falls in love with the green dragon Eragon's affection will most likely transfer to the green dragon's Rider, because of the bond between Eragon and Saphira. Eragon has been infatuated with Arya in the past. Although this led to a confrontation between them in Eldest, the two of them worked together and bonded in Brisingr. Arya revealed her past and her conflictions to Eragon, and the two appear to be getting closer,another incident of this is on their way back to the varden when she heals Eragons hand when he was clearly capable. She also looks to Eragon for comfort when Oromis and Glaedr die. In addition, her magic and eyes are as green as the color of the supposed dragon. Paolini states that when someone, elf or human, bonds to a dragon, their magic automatically changes to the dragon's color, regardless what it might have previously been. Arya is the most likely candidate because of the events that took place in Brisingr. Eragon and Arya fighting together against the Shade, connecting their minds when they fought Murtagh and Thorn, and also the previously stated emotional connection and influence. Eragon also has a dream of him holding hands with a female rider while Saphira is flying over head with another dragon. This was before Murtagh became a Rider. Therefore, since Murtagh is not a female, it may be forshadowing to show that a woman will become a rider.
    • Nasuada: Nasuada is a strong possibility for the next rider. She is likely because she is female, and also because she would be one of the first people to come into contact with the dragon egg if the Varden stole it. CP also mentioned that there would be a "major change" in Nasuada's character in the final book.
    • Orik: Orik the Dwarf is impossible to be the next, because the pact of the dragons only involves humans and elves. Also, he's the new king of the Dwarves. He would be too tied up to be a rider anyway and must play a key part in persuading all of the Dwarves (including The Tears of Anhuin) to help the Varden and elves destroy Galbatorix.
    • Eragons true name could possibly be Brisingr. Rhunon stated, after seeing that Eragon's new sword caught on fire every time Eragon said Brisingr, that it could be a result of Eragon having helped with the forging of the sword or because he found the sword's true name. When Eragon repeats Rhunon's theories to Oromis, Oromis stares at the horizon and states, "Perhaps..."(Page 693) but he does not dwell on the subject. It could very well be possible that Oromis combined Rhunon's two theories together and ended up guessing Eragon's true name. Also, Eragon's first word in magic was Brisingr. He said the word instinctively, without even knowing it. The same thing happened when he faught Durza towards the end of the book. Before stabbing Durza through the heart, Eragon screamed brisingr, instinctively, and his sword caught on fire. But Eragon's complete name cannot only consist of Brisingr. When Eragon uttered Sloan's true name, Sloan seemed to undercome great pain, so if Eragon's true name was Brisingr, he would have been under the power of anyone attempting to light a fire. Also Brisingr is the true name for FIRE therefore it cannot be Eragon's true name as it is already taken. It is more likely that Eragon's true name is Brisingr-*something*, i.e. it consists of more than just the word for FIRE. Last, Paolini hinted in a recent interview that the name of the third book had more significance than implied.
      • The Vault of Souls may be Galbatorix's hoard of dragon hearts.
      • The Rock Of Kuthian may be in the Spine due to its mysterious nature. Or it is another name, an old name for the rock mountain called Helgrind, or it could be hidden in the Beor Mountains. There is also a strange formation directly South-East of Helgrind (most likely Brom's tomb). Other possibilities include castles(namely Morzan's and Galbatorix's) that could be made of stone. This secretive places also seem to be the safest places Galbatorix could hide such valuable treasures.
      • The battles will be resolved.
      • Tenga, son of Ingvar, might teach Eragon how to harness the energy from "Fire, heat, lightning, light" and therefore have a fair chance to defeat Galbatorix.
      • Roran could become the next king of Alagaesia after Galbatorix dies. Unless he's the next rider, which would make that more difficult.
      • Vault of Souls could be the in the Du Fells Nangoroth (The Blasted Mountains) which is where the Wild dragons nesting grounds were it possible that the put their heart of hearts there too. Eragon also told Saphira if they ever had time they would visit there. The fact that few probably knew of places or things that dragons named themselves would explain why everyone who is told about it says it sounds familiar but can not place it. Since we now know that a dragons heart of heart is pretty much his soul its likely the Vault of Souls is full of heart of hearts.
      • Eragon and Arya may end up together.
      • Murtagh may do something to change himself and therefore be free of Galbatorix.
      • The wild dragons (if any survive) may return and aid the destruction of Galbotorix.
      • Some people think that Paolini should do a fifth book but as a prequel, and that it should feature Shruikan as the cover, so that all the dragons have been featured, and should be named Empire as it will tell the events of Galbatorix's rise to power and therefore the creation of the empire. A possible ending is with the battle between Brom and Morzan, with Brom claiming Zar'roc and Saphira's egg. An epilogue telling of the treaty to ferry the egg between the elves and the Varden and the deal about the new rider (Eragon) being trained by Brom the the elves. It would also allow Paolini to explain galbatorix's first dragon and Saphira's namesake instead of squeezing these facts into book 4.
      • Nasuada could become the next queen of Alagaesia.
      • Murtagh might kill Galbatorix(if he can change his True name and no longer be held by his oaths), similar to how the Emperor died in Star Wars, at the hand of his most trusted general.
      • Murtagh might succeed Galbatorix after he dies, becoming the next king and either fighting or making peace with the Varden.
      • Elva could be the next rider. Her significance to the story has yet to be fully realized and her Dragon would also probably be male, a potential mate for Saphira. Her intentions and feelings about Eragon are also ambiguous, and would cause for a more interesting dynamnic than if Arya or Roran were rider. Instead of Arya and Eragon facing off against Murtagh and Galbatorix, for instance, if Elva were a rider the three new dragons would each be a counterpoint to one another, none of whom is necessarily aligned or against the others.
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Inheritance cycle

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The Inheritance Cycle (previously known as the Inheritance Trilogy) is a series of high-fantasy novels by homeschooled author Christopher Paolini. The first book in the series, Eragon, was originally self-published by Paolini International LLC, the Paolini family's publishing business; later it was picked up by Knopf, and went on to become a New York Times bestseller, as did its sequel, Eldest. The third book in the series, Brisingr, is forthcoming. Fox 2000, a division of 20th Century Fox, purchased film rights to the first three books, and a film version of Eragon, directed by Stefen Fangmeier, was released on December 15, 2006.

The series follows the exploits of Eragon, a teenage orphan who becomes the first of a new order of Dragon Riders. Eragon and his dragon Saphira spearhead the attempt to defeat Galbatorix, the evil king of Alagaësia, who hunted down and killed the previous generation of Dragon Riders with help from his traitor Rider allies, the Forsworn.

A promo image for the Eragon film, featuring the main characters
A promo image for the Eragon film, featuring the main characters

Inheritance has garnered much attention due to the fact that Paolini was only fifteen when he began writing the first book, Eragon. Inheritance has also drawn a great deal of criticism from those who feel the nature of the books is derivative of other well known works of fantasy and science fiction, such as The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

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[edit] Background

Christopher Paolini began writing Eragon after graduating from high school at the age of fifteen. Originally intended to be a screenplay, the work instead evolved into a full-fledged novel of nearly five hundred pages. It was originally published by his parents' publishing company, Paolini International LLC, in 2002. Paolini traveled to schools, libraries, and bookstores to promote Eragon - in one case, arm-wrestling a potential buyer to get him to read it[1] - but the novel's popularity did not take off until it was discovered by author Carl Hiaasen, who recommended it to Knopf.

Paolini signed a three-book deal with Knopf, and Eldest, the second book in the series, appeared in 2005. Besides the conventional formats, with cover art by John Jude Palencar, Eragon and Eldest have also been released in audiobook and ebook formats. Brisingr is scheduled for release September 20th or 21st of 2008.

[edit] Premise

Eragon, a 15-year-old farm boy, finds a dragon egg while out hunting in the Spine. When the dragon hatches for him, he takes on the responsibilities of the Dragon Riders and sets out on a quest to avenge his uncle's death and, eventually, to bring defeat to the evil tyrant who rules Alagaësia.

[edit] Books

Eragon, the first book of the Inheritance series
Eragon, the first book of the Inheritance series

[edit] Eragon

The first edition of Eragon was self-published by Christopher Paolini's family, and was released in 2002. The second edition, published by Knopf, appeared in 2003. The paperback edition was released in 2005.

[edit] Eldest

Eldest was released as a hardcover edition in August 2005. A Limited Edition, featuring extras such as a brief history of Alagaësia, a double-sided poster featuring Brom's ring & Glaedr (Who was featured on Eldest's Japanese volume 2 cover), and a sneak peek of Brisingr. was released in September 2006. A paperback edition was also released in the same month.

[edit] Brisingr

New York, NY (January 16, 2008)—Following the #1 bestselling novels Eragon and Eldest, the third book in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle was titled BRISINGR, it was announced by Nancy Hinkel, Publishing Director of Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. BRISINGR (BRIS-ing-gr), an Old Norse word for fire, will be familiar to fans of the cycle as the first word in the ancient language that Eragon hears. The jacket for BRISINGR has been illustrated by the renowned John Jude Palencar, illustrator of both the Eragon and Eldest covers. Brisingr was released September 20, 2008.

[edit] Book IV

Fan cover-version of Book IV
Fan cover-version of Book IV

No information about this book is avaiable for now, except for the fact that it will be the last book in the series and anything not answered in Book 3 will likely be answered in this book.

[edit] Important characters

  • Eragon: The main protagonist, a farm boy and the first Dragon Rider since the fall.
  • Saphira: Eragon's gluttonous,sapphire blue, female (the last) dragon and best friend.
  • Roran: Eragon's cousin and close friend, has made a name for himself as Roran Stronghammer when leading the villagers of Carvahall to Surda after being plagued by the Ra'zac.
  • Brom: Storyteller of Carvahall, former Dragon Rider (his dragon was also called Saphira); Eragon's first mentor, killed by the Ra'zac while protecting Eragon, Eragon's father
  • Murtagh: Son of Morzan, first of the Forsworn (betrayers of the Dragon Riders); becomes a good friend of Eragon and travels with him to the Varden's hideout in the Beor Mountains. Later Galbatorix forces him to become the first Dragon Rider (with his red dragon, Thorn) under Galabatorix's rule since the Forsworn were all killed.
  • Arya: Elf princess, daughter of queen Islanzadi, guardian of Saphira's egg; she is saved by Eragon from the clutches of Galbatorix and Durza in book 1.
  • Galbatorix: Evil king of Alagaësia, now rules for over 100 years, most powerful rider ever due to his control over the eldunari of many dragons. His magically mislead black dragon is called Shruikan.
  • Orik: New king of the Dwarves and friend of Eragon.
  • Oromis: An ancient elf Dragon Rider hidden in the depths of Ellesmera, Eragon's second and more significant mentor, has also taught Morzan and Brom. He is killed by Murtagh while Galbatorix controls him. His dragon is called Glaedr.
  • Glaedr: Oromis's massive gold dragon, right front paw lost in battle, killed by Thorn, but only after biting off a good part of Thorn's tail. His soul lives on in his heart of hearts, the Eldunari, which is in Eragon's posession.
  • Nasuada: Daughter of Ajihad, leader of the Varden.

[edit] Plot summary (Spoilers!)

(clockwise from bottom) Eragon, Arya, and Murtagh from the Inheritance Cycle
(clockwise from bottom) Eragon, Arya, and Murtagh from the Inheritance Cycle

Eragon, a fifteen-year-old farmboy, brings home a blue 'stone' from the mountain range known as the Spine, hoping it will buy his family meat for the winter. Instead, from it hatches a blue dragon named Saphira, making Eragon a Dragon Rider. According to the storyteller, Brom, in Eragon's home village, Carvahall, the Riders and dragons were mostly destroyed about a hundred years ago by an evil Rider, Galbatorix; his dragon, Shruikan; and thirteen other Riders and their dragons, called the Thirteen Forsworn. Due to Riders' immortality, Galbatorix is still king, but there is an opposite side of rebels called the Varden, along with dwarves and elves, who oppose him. Eragon lives with his uncle and cousin; his uncle's wife, Marian, died a few years ago; the uncle's sister, Selena, Eragon's mother, left after giving birth; and his father is unknown.

When Saphira is several months old, two cloaked strangers, called the Ra'zac, burn Eragon's farm, and kill his Uncle Garrow. Eragon and Saphira set off to get revenge. They are joined by Brom, who teaches Eragon swordsmanship and magic. He gives Eragon a Rider's sword, called Zar'roc. While visiting Brom's old friend, Jeod, Eragon's fortune is told by Angela the herbalist. He also gets advice from a werecat, Solembum, that there is a weapon under the roots of the "Menoa Tree" and he should go to the Rock of Kuthian and speak his name to the Vault of Souls. The Ra'zac find them and kill Brom, who dies revealing that he was once a Rider. He founded the Varden, stole Saphira's egg from the king wih Jeod's help, and killed Morzan, the first and last of the Forsworn. Zar'roc was Morzan's sword. Eragon and Saphira then set off with a young man named Murtagh, who scared off the Ra'zac, to find the Varden. On their way, they rescue an elf named Arya, who tells them how to get to the Varden.

The Varden, led by a man called Ajihad, are hiding with the dwarves in a hollow mountain called Farthen Dûr. When the travelers arrive, Murtagh is locked up by two twin magicians because he is Morzan's son, and Eragon and Saphira join the army. Arya is healed. She reveals that she was ferrying Saphira's egg between Farthen Dur and the land of the elves when she was captured. the Eragon blesses a baby, Elva, in the Ancient Language with magic. Angela and Solembum have also arrived. Suddenly, her captor, Durza the Shade, leads his army of monsters called Urgals into Farthen Dûr, where Eragon kills him with the help of Arya and Saphira. Eragon is mentally contacted by an elf who summons him to the elven capital, Ellesméra. Before he leaves, however, more Urgals come. They kill Ajihad and 'capture' Murtagh and the Twins. Ajihad's daughter, Nasuada, leads the Varden to the small independent country of Surda. Saphira promises the dwarf king, Hrothgar, that she will repair a Star Sapphire that she destroyed in the battle.

The Ra'zac return to Carvahall to capture Eragon's cousin, Roran. Instead, they capture his beloved, Katrina, and her father, Sloan, the butcher, who betrays the village by murdering a watchman. Roran leads the villagers to Surda, all under his command. On the way, they are joined by Jeod, who tells them about Eragon.

Eragon, Saphira, Arya, and a dwarf named Orik go to Ellesméra, stopping at a dwarf city. The king has invited Eragon into his clan. In Ellesméra, they meet Queen Islanzadí, a female dwarf-trained elf smith named Rhunön, and an ancient Rider named Oromis and his dragon, Glaedr. Oromis and Glaedr tutor Eragon and Saphira about magic and fighting. It turns out that when Eragon blessed Elva, he actually cursed her through bad grammar. Instead of shielding her from misfortune, he made her a shield. She now appears to be a young child, but acts and speaks like an adult. At an elven celebration, Eragon is turned into a human-elf hybrid. He keeps going after Arya, but she rejects him every time. Eventually she returns to the Varden.

The Varden have joined forces with King Orrin of Surda and lead their army to a place called the Burning Plains on the border between the Empire and Surda. Eragon and Orik arrive just before the battle after magically seeing that they are in danger. Roran, Jeod, and the villagers arrive and start fighting too, as do an army of dwarves. A mysterious dragon and Rider appear on the side of Galbatorix, kill Hrothgar, and challenge Eragon. The Rider turns out to be Murtagh, and his dragon is Thorn. They were tortured by Galbatorix and forced to serve him. The Twins also appear, leading the Empire, and are killed by Roran. Murtagh stated that Selena was also his own mother, and Eragon is also the son of Morzan. Since Murtagh is the eldest, he takes Zar'roc.

After the battle, Eragon promises Roran to kill the Ra'zac and rescue Katrina with him. The two of them, and Saphira, go to Helgrind, the Ra'zac's lair, and kill one of the Ra'zac, while Saphira kills the two Lethrblaka. They find Katrina, who goes back with Roran and Saphira to the Varden, and Eragon stays behind. Twelve elves, led by Blödhgarm, arrive to help the Varden. Nasuada is injured because she endured a trial with one of her own tribe to see who could endure the most pain. Eragon, meanwhile, staying at Helgrind, kills the last Ra'zac and punishes Sloan. Eragon travels back for the Varden, and is later joined by Arya on the way.

Back at the Varden, Eragon offers to take back the curse on Elva, but she declines the offer. Murtagh and Thorn attack, and Saphira bites off Thorn's tail. Eragon marries Roran and Katrina after the battle. Because of Hrothgar's death, the dwarves are choosing a new king. Nasuada sends Eragon to make sure they choose Orik, as he is loyal to the Varden.

While in Farthen Dûr, Eragon goes through a lot of arguing, and some dwarves attack him, Orik is chosen. At the coronation, Saphira arrives and repairs the Isidar Mithrim. Afterwards, they fly to Ellesméra. In Ellesméra, Glaedr tells them that Eragon's father was Brom, which Saphira already knew. Eragon soon looks under the Menoa Tree, and finds a material called "Brightsteel" from which all Rider's swords were made. With Rhunön's help, he forges himself a blue sword called Brisingr. Glaedr then gives Eragon his organ, called an Eldunarí, where his soul is.

Roran has been sent on a few missions in the southern part of the Empire. One of these is to get the Varden's humans to trust a group of Urgals who have joined the Varden. Eventually the Varden attack the city known as Feinster. Eragon and Saphira arrive in the nick of time. They sense Glaedr through his Eldunarí. He and Oromis are fighting Murtagh and Thorn at Gil'ead, the city where Arya had been imprisoned. Galbatorix takes control of Murtagh and kills Oromis, while Glaedr's soul lives on in his Eldunarí. While Eragon is feeling the tragedy, Arya is fighting a new Shade called Varaug. Eragon distracts him long enough to let Arya kill him. The battle of Feinster ends, and Nasuada makes plans to attack other Empire cities and kill Galbatorix.

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Inheritance became a commercial success, with the first two books topping several different bestselling charts.[2] Eldest was a 2006 Quill Award winner[3], as a well as a winner of the 2006 Book Sense Book of the Year award.

However, Inheritance has also been accused of plagiarism. The story has basically been called having a Star Wars plot with a Lord of the Rings atmosphere & names.

A boy of foggy origins lives with his uncle in a remote, backwater region of a vast empire headed by an evil Emperor and his right-hand man, who was once prominent in an ancient order of guardians with mystical powers. An object of vital importance to the rebellion against the Empire is transported from a princess under attack to the remote region of the Empire, where an old man lives who once belonged to the ancient order of guardians, and was part of the rebellion. The farmboy comes across the object through sheer luck. The boy seeks out the old man to learn about the ancient order, but eventually has to return to his uncle’s farm. The boy finds that it has been destroyed by fire by the Empire’s agents, and his uncle killed. The boy sets off with the old hermit, who gives him a weapon unique to the ancient order of guardians, a weapon that is also, coincidentally, the boy’s father’s.

As they travel, they train. The old hermit has the boy focus more on swordsmanship, but also teaches him a little bit about the ways of the mystical order of guardians. The boy meets up with a rogue who is full of surprises for all his proclaimed selfishness. The boy also begins having visions of a beautiful woman imprisoned and in need of help–the same princess who sent him the object of importance.

The boy decides that he needs to rescue her, even though he doesn’t know her; further, he thinks of her only as beautiful. The old hermit dies as a sacrifice so that the boy can escape from danger; the damsel is rescued, and they must set off to the rebellion. The Empire tracks them, and shortly after reaching the rebellion, they are attacked. A massive battle happens, one whose outcome will either save the rebellion or destroy them completely.

The boy proves his worth with heroics during the battle, but his crowning achievement is his destruction of one of the Empire’s most prized weapons. The boy is aided in this by one of his friends, who arrives at precisely the right moment. The boy is lauded a hero.

The boy has a hallucination of a powerful master who can teach him more of the ancient order. The boy travels to the powerful master to learn the ways of the ancient order’s mystical power. While there, he grows very powerful. While he is away, the Rebellion regroups in a new area. Just when the boy is on a roll with his training, and has grown very powerful, he has a vision of his friends in great danger. He decides he must go to help them. His master warns him not to go. The boy promises that he will return. He leaves.

He finds his friends just in time and is able to distract the enemy so that his friends will remain safe. He engages in one-on-one combat with a foe who is revealed to be family–he finds out that his father was the right-hand man of the Emperor–his father was the one who betrayed the ancient order and helped kill them. The boy is shocked and ultimately defeated, but not killed. He loses his weapon and finds out that someone dear to him has been taken by a minor villain, and promises to find this person.

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Main article: Eragon (movie)

A feature film version of Eragon was released on December 15th, 2006. It met with mostly negative reviews, and garnered a mediocre 16% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes [4]. The adaptation took many liberties with the book's storyline; see differences between book and movie.

No plans for a film version of Eldest have been announced, though rumors and speculation exists[5]. Some fans have even started signing petitions for a possible remake of Eragon due to negative reviews and changes in the film.

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