The Inheritance Cycle is a series of four epic fantasy novels written by American author Christopher Paolini. Set in the fictional world of Alagaësia, the four novels focus on the adventures of a teenage boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they struggle to overthrow an evil king named ...

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Why did Eragon Shadeslayer leave Alagaësia?

In Inheritance Eragon Shadeslayer left Alagaësia, convinced that the dragons would never be safe there; he needed to take them elsewhere to be safe. However, after defeating Galbatorix and learning ...
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How did Angela cast the spell in Inheritance?

Anyone has any idea how Angela cast the spell beneath Dras Leona, that took out the group of soldiers? The one with time being movement and movement being warmth, while warmth and energy is but the ...
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In the Inheritance Cycle, is Eragon chosen by Saphira for a specific reason?

If I remember correctly, the book does not say anything about why Saphira as an egg chose Eragon as her Rider. Or did I miss out something? Can anyone help me understand why Saphira chose Eragon?
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Why can't a lie be spoken in the Ancient Language?

While speaking in the Ancient Language in the Inheritance Cycle one can't tell a lie. The closest one can come to doing so is speaking a half-truth. Thereby circumventing this rule. But why can't ...
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Is a rider, who lost their dragon still immortal, or do they just possess extremely long life?

I've questioned this since Brom was revealed to be a rider. His dragon, the original Saphira, died about 100, years before the story line started. He was still alive, but he bore the appearance of an ...
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Are there any instances where the Eldunari are mentioned, before Oromis explains it to Eragon?

In the Inheritance Cycle, are there any instances where the Eldunari are mentioned, before Oromis explains it to Eragon? I mean, apart from the point in Brisingr where Eragon talks to a wounded ...
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How exactly did Eragon learn to beat Arya in Inheritance?

In the book Glaedr said that Eragon must know what he was looking at, and Eragon saw Arya as an entirely separate person then from what he saw her as before. Then he manages to start fighting toe to ...
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How big was Shruikan?

I've read some fan fiction dealing with the inheritance cycle, and some of the writers make Shruikan's size absolutely huge (far bigger than he appears in the 2006 film). We know that Dragons never ...
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Why leave in a ship?

At the end of Inheritance Cycle, Eragon leaves in a ship from Alagaesia supposedly never to return. But why is that he needed a ship, he had Saphira and the powerful magic of the ancient dragons at ...
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What did the Menoa Tree take from Eragon?

In the 3rd book of Inheritance Cycle (Brisingr) , Eragon gets the nodule of Brightsteel from the Menoa Tree. And in return, the tree took something from Eragon: " ... felt a tinge in his lower ...
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How can Eragon know that the lands in the far east are not inhabited?

At the end of Inheritance, Eragon, in spite of himself, Eragon would hardly have considered the trip, and the forever-and-ever consequences, without being positive about this. How does he know ...
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How can Murtagh know the Word?

As those who have read Inheritance should know, Murtagh helps decide the final confrontation versus Galbatorix through use of the Word, the ancient language's true name that so rings of ...
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How did the Ra'Zac know to go to Carvahall?

So, the Ra'Zac show up in Carvahall at the beginning of Eragon. They don't know where the Egg is, they are really just shooting in the dark looking around. It says in the book that the Ra'Zac were ...
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What is Angela's back story?

Throughout the Inheritance Cycle, Angela plays a frequent, mysterious role. There are some vague hints as to an interesting back story, including: Saphira makes mention of her as a person with a ...
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Are the languages in Eragon based on real languages?

Are the Dwarf, Ancient, and Urgal languages based on real languages from Earth, and if so, which ones?
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What was Arya afraid of?

In Eldest, when Eragon is traveling to the Du Weldenvarden, Eragon asks Arya what is wrong. Arya states, she is afraid. What was she afraid of? For reference, this is found at the end of chapter Arya ...
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Did Eragon travel dangerously close to the King?

In Eragon, immediately after encountering the Ra'Zac near Dras-Leona, Eragon starts to travel to Gil'ead, taking wide margin of Dras-Leona. However, earlier in the book, it is mentioned that the King ...
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Was the woman who visited Angelina Eragon's mother?

In Eragon, a woman was able to talk to Solembum, the werecat. I remember there being a suspicion that it might have been Eragon's mother, but I don't remember if the fact was confirmed either in later ...
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How does one learn new words in the Ancient Language?

In the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, magic is controlled on the basis of knowing it's true name in The Ancient Language. There are many words which are forgotten, which are too new to have ...