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The Inheritance Cycle is a series of four epic fantasy novels written by American author Christopher Paolini, set in the fictional world of Alagaësia.

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Would name of names affect dragons' magic?

True name of the ancient language can be used to dispel, alter or remove any magic done using the ancient language. But will it be able to counter magic done by dragons such as erasing the memories ...
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What happened to the Belt of Beloth the Wise?

During the siege of Dras-Leona, Eragon loses the belt after the confrontation with the priests of Helgrind. He fails at finding the belt at that time and he still couldn't find the belt when he went ...
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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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What happened to Naegling and the energy in its gem?

In Brisingr, Oromis's sword Naegling falls from his hand during an aerial battle immediately before he is killed. It would be one thing for a Rider's sword to be lost forever, but in the case of ...
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How did Murtagh manage to outperform Eragon in magic?

I just finished reading Eldest in the Eragon series for a second time and I still don't understand how Murtagh became so good at magic out of the blue. Eragon had been working on it for two years, and ...
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Why was Shuriken bigger than Gaeldr?

How was Shuriken able to grow bigger than Gaeldr if he was born after Gaeldr?
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Is Solembum Angela's familiar?

Angela is referenced in several places as a witch. From Eragon, Chapter "The Witch and the Werecat": Angela must be a witch. She had not lied. She is very nearly never without Solembum ...
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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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Is Alegaesia part of the same world as Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

I started reading the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini before I started reading J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and I have to say, they seem pretty similar in the books. Of how Eragon uses ...
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Was there anything supernatural about Eragon's wound?

In the novel 'Eragon', the protagonist barely managed to defeat Durza, the Shade who lead the attack on the Varden. Unlike the film version, the battle was largely a contest of wills - what the series ...
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Was the farmhouse destroyed by the Ra'zac or by Galbatorix?

In the first book of the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon's home is destroyed after he finds the Ra'zac searching for the dragon egg. In the film version, the house is simply burned down but in the book it ...
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How did Selena kill a dozen men using the word “heal”?

I seem to remember something about Eragon's mother (the Black Hand) killing twelve enemies with only the knowledge of the spell "heal". How did she do this? I can't find any quotes and I can't even ...
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What species is Angela? [duplicate]

In the book Eragon, what species is Angela? I am confused because she looks like a human not an elf, but she is super old. Is she a different species?
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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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Do the Ra’zac have a third form?

In Inheritance, the mad High Priest of Helgrind says some odd things about their gods, the Ra’zac: “You do not deserve such a great honor, but it will please the Old Ones, and in all things we ...
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What did the High Priest do to Solembum or Angela?

In Inheritance, the High Priest of Helgrind casts some sort of spell that Eragon doesn’t recognize. Oddly, it has little effect on its most obvious target, but does perturb Angela: As the werecat ...
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In the Inheritance Cycle why did it take so long for Saphira to hatch for Eragon

If Saphira chose Eragon why did it take the dragon so long to hatch for him?
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How could a magician create a gem?

When explaining the nature of magic to Eragon, Brom uses the example of a master who, using the word for water, could create a gemstone, because the connection between water and the stone was clear in ...
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Was Paolini's 'secret name' inspired by Egyptian mythology?

So in Inheritance, Eragon has to figure out his true name to And that sounds like a ren from Egyptian mythology. Is that where Paolini was inspired to create true names?
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Who is Tenga, son of Ingvar?

When Eragon must he finds a hermit who goes by the name of Tenga, who seems to possess a great deal of knowledge, and is researching some great project: Later we learn that Angela knew him: What ...
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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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Are The Races in The Inheritance Cycle Compatible?

In Paolini's book series, The Inheritance Cycle, there are four major species: human, urgal, elf, and dwarf. In the books, Arya mentions humans and elves having a relationship, but it wasn't said if ...
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Are there similar conceptions of magic like in the Inheritence Cycle? [closed]

By reading the cycle, I very much liked Paolini's conception of magic, illustrated in the scene where Eragon was told to get the power for lifting the stone out of his surrounding and has been shocked ...
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Where exactly does Eragon take place?

I'm doing an assignment for class about Eragon. I'm wondering about the setting. Is Alagaesia an island? "Do you remember what I told you about how the elves came over the sea?" - page. 169 ...
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How did Angela kill twenty men at once?

Eragon and Arya asked Angela how she killed twenty men at once she said What is time but motion? What is motion but heat? And are not heat and energy but different names for the same thing? ...
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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? [duplicate]

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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Are riders who lost their dragons still immortal, or do they just possess extremely long life?

I'm asking 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 older ...
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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 for ...
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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 its true name in the Ancient Language. There are many words which are forgotten, which are too new to have ...