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Could Rhunön Have Made Armor From the Brightsteel?

In Brisingr, Rhunön crafts Eragon a sword from an ore of Brightsteel located underneath the Menoa Tree. She told him that that amount was enough to make several swords. Instead of swords, could Rhunön ...
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Why Didn't Galbatorix Attack the Varden Directly?

As noted near the end of Brisingr, Eragon learns that Galbatorix gains his power from So he must be incredibly powerful. Why didn't he just confront the Varden, elves, and dwarves directly and ...
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Did Christopher Paolini write any more Eragon books?

Did he write any more books? The books I know are the 4 books, but in the last book he writes he isn't going to leave Alagaësia and is going to write more books! But here I am in 2019 and haven't ...
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Would The Fork, The Witch and The Worm be the start of another series?

The new book is scheduled to be released at the end of this year. Paolini himself has told that it would continue the story of Eragon and Saphira and in addition it will contain other stories in ...
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Was it a magic-driven nuke in the Inheritance cycle?

Background: In the book Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, the descriptions of both are very similar to nuclear explosions in scope and physics. If you need I can add references here. I consider ...
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What is the difference between "to scry it and to scry on it?"

The acknowledgements at the end of Eragon have the following shoutout: Artie Bennett, the doyen of copy editing and the only man alive who understood the difference between to scry it and to scry ...
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Inheritance Cycle inspiration

Many elements in the Inheritance Cycle, by Christopher Paolini, seem to recall elements of other fantasy works. For example, the four major humanoid species (Urgals, humans, elves, and dwarves) are ...
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What are the seven words that Brom said?

In the Inheritance Cycle, when he tells Eragon seven words in the ancient language, adjuring him only to use them in a time of great need. Now, Eragon obtains significantly better instruction in ...
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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 dragon egg is, they are really just shooting in the dark looking around. It says in the book that the Ra'zac ...
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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 Angela 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 its true name in the Ancient Language. There are many words which are forgotten, which are too new to have ...
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