There are more similarities in the Eragon and The Lord of the Rings (elvish and ancient language, dwarves, elves, etc.).
But still…the name of the main character of Eragon is so similar to the famous character from another work. That is:

  1. more important than other similarities
  2. more obvious than other similarities
  3. hardly an accident (everybody notices this similarity, right?)

Now, Paolini declared multiple times that his big inspiration is Tolkien.

On the other hand on paolini.net (if I understand correctly, that is official Paolini's website) is written that:

Eragon – The name Eragon was inspired by two things: dragon, with one letter changed, and era-gone, as in a time gone by.

I that leads me to questions:

Is Eragon's name based on Aragorn's? Did Paolini ever mentioned why the names are similar, or is he consistent that it has nothing in common?

Is Paolini's Eragon in any way based on Tolkien's Aragorn? Which similarities are between them? Now I don't mean just name, but the character as the whole.

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    "Q. How did you come up with the name eragon?" Christopher: "'Eragon' is 'dragon' with the first letter changed from 'd' to 'e'. Also means 'an era gone by' which fits, I think." - facebook.com/notes/waterstones/… – Valorum Dec 31 '18 at 10:49
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    The author posted a handy guide to help you in your confusion; twitter.com/paolini/status/1034268075418378240?lang=en – Valorum Dec 31 '18 at 10:52
  • Why the -1? What is the issue? – TGar Dec 31 '18 at 13:30
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    Wasn't me, but I was tempted. It seems very opinion-based given that you're correctly identified what the author has already (publicly) said about the etymology of the word. – Valorum Dec 31 '18 at 13:33
  • @Valordum But that would mean it is an accident…I somehow find it hard to believe. That is why I asked if the author is consistent in this. Also, the question has a second part which does not include the name only. But thanks for the reply, I understand what you mean. – TGar Dec 31 '18 at 13:39

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