It's a continent, bounded by ocean on the west and more land on the east, much like Europe.
Here's a map of Alagaesia:
North and south, and more importantly east and west, of this continent are all unknown territory. To the west is (as usual in fantasy novels) an unexplored ocean, possibly with other land on the far side. To the east is wasteland, beyond ...
One factor was the difficulty Eragon would have reconciling his role as the new leader of the Dragon Riders with his sworn loyalty to Nasuada and his deep connections and friendships with the Elves (and Dwarves). He says as much in Inheritance, p. 804-805:
"Eragon! What are you thinking! You know you have to join. All of the magicians who serve me have to....
This is answered in book 3, Brisingr, in chapter 48. SPOILERS FOLLOW!
"The two times we have fought Murtagh and Thorn, Murtagh has been more powerful than any human ought to be. On the Burning Plains, he defeated Saphira and me because we did not realize how strong he was. If not for his change of heart, we would be prisoners in Uru'baen ...
Word of God answer from Christopher Paolini:
Can you tell us what spell Angela used to kill the guards under Dras-Leona? What is time but motion? What is motion but heart?
Wibbly wobbly timey wimey.
More serious Word of God answer from Christopher Paolini:
I have been wondering about the spell that Angela used to make her so fast she ...
From Brisingr, hardback ed. p. 659 (emphasis not mine):
Will you give me what I want in return [for the brightsteel], Dragon Rider?
I will, Eragon said without hesitation. Whatever the price, he would gladly pay it for a Rider's sword.
The canopy of the Menoa tree grew still, and for several minutes, all was quiet in the clearing. Then the ...
Eragon says that the Eldunari of the very, very old dragons told him the lands to the far east were uninhabited, and that they had no reason to believe that those lands had become settled since they last checked. This occurs when he's telling Jeod about their decision to leave. From pages 814-815, U.S. hardcover:
“But you … you’re going to travel where ...
You will find an explanation in Eldest. Oromis explains why magic is bound by the ancient language:
... afterward, a race called the Grey Folk—not elves, for we were young then—gathered their resources and wrought an enchantment, perhaps the greatest that was or ever shall be. Together the Grey Folk changed the nature of magic itself. They made it so that ...
Disclaimer: yes, I realise there are a lot of common tropes in the fantasy genre as a whole, and just because Inheritance and a particular older work share one of these tropes, that doesn't necessarily mean Paolini took the idea from that work. I've included in this answer only those works whose similarities I believe are too great to be coincidence, or ...
Eragon could not learn the Word because Galbatorix set a spell in place such that he couldn't remember the word. Murtagh, being trusted, had no such restriction. Murtagh took this spell off of Eragon after the final battle, leaving him to be able to hear it.
Galbatorix didn't use the Word very frequently, so he didn't need to take such measures very often.
The Ancient/Elven language is based on old Germanic languages, which is especially seen in names like Du Weldenvarden.
The language of the Dwarves, or at least their names, also seem to be based on Norse. Hrothgar, for example, was the name of a Danish king who appears in Beowulf.
Never. Count. That. Film.
The 2006 film was not canon. The 2006 film did not follow continuity. The 2006 film, for all intents and purposes was a filthy money-grab attempt and should never be spoken of again.
ANYWAY, the books give a much better estimation of the fell dragon's size. If you've read the books, you'd know that the party eventually ...
According to Christopher: "They turn into giant butterflies and fly to the moon where they live in peace with the cannibalistic space elves."
Christopher (jokingly) answered this question on Twitter:
Is there a third stage for Ra'zac/Lethrblaka? The Helgrind priest seemed to imply as such with his "three-faced god" line.
Christopher Paolini: They ...
This scale diagram has been officially sanctioned by Christopher Paolini:
It shows (from left to right) Firnen, Saphira, Eragon, Thorn, and Glaedr, with Shruikan dominating all of them. It's fan art, made by one EloiseS16, but Christopher Paolini has confirmed on Twitter that this drawing is accurate:
The dragons of the series to scale. Might make Fírnen ...
TL;DR : Even though Angela's explanation made no sense to Eragon (or the reader), it's enough that she understands the connection between time, motion, heat, and energy.
What She Meant by Her Explanation
In the Inheritance Cycle universe, magic is simply an understanding of things. Once you understand a thing, you can control a thing.
In the movie Eragon, ...
As Christopher Paolini mentions in the appendix of the final book, Inheritance, this is left as an open question that may or may not be answered in future books, if any... He jokingly suggests we ask Angela Paolini herself, for now.
Christopher Paolini has often been asked this in interviews.
His Word of God answer is usually No Comment.
Going back to when Eragon and Saphira coaxed the Menoa tree into giving them the Brightsteel – does the momentary pain in Eragon’s stomach have anything (or everything) to do with what the Menoa tree wanted from them?
Whatever the Menoa tree did ...
I've read several posts regarding this question, and what most people seem to overlook is the connection between Eragon and Saphira. Their ability to share experiences transcends merely emotional events and encompasses the physical as well. In light of this, it is plausible to consider the "slight twinge in his lower belly" a pain arising from Saphira's body,...
While Paolini was undeniably influenced by Tolkien, there are several fundamental differences in the mechanics and structure of two worlds that show they're separate. You could write a whole paper on this, but I will list a few.
Perhaps the clearest, most fundamental difference in the worlds is the use of Magic. In Tolkien's legendarium, magic is ...
Here’s how it works, so far as I can tell.
Was it a magic-driven nuke?
Kind of, yes. It clearly operated on nuclear principles, causing radiation poisoning and an explosion of light and heat. The words used for it (roughly translated as “be not”) clearly imply a conversion of matter (which “is”) to energy (which “is not”).
Can you target something ...
As I recall Eragon was leaving to find and set up a new home for the Dragon riders, and somewhere safe to keep the Eldunarí. Setting up such a place would require large amounts of supplies and other people (everything from new prospective riders, to people to build this new "home"). A ship is a much more logical choice for carrying the large amounts of ...
I think the best answer is not that the tree took his ability to have children, but instead, some of Eragon's sperm. CP speaks repeatedly of the reverence all elves have for children, and I doubt that Linnea would be any different. Therefore, taking Eragon's fertility- something the elves prize beyond all else, would be abhorrent to her. I find it far more ...
It's also discussed further in the books, than mentioned in BenjaminHarris's answer on pg. 226 when Brom and Eragon are leaving Teirm, Eragon demands that Brom Give him some more answers.
When Eragon asks how Saphira's egg appeared in the Spine, the follow passage occurs:
"No, Saphira was taken from the Varden, and I think I know how. To protect the ...
Christopher Paolini has said (and not said) a lot about Angela in Interviews:
Angela the herbalist was inspired by my sister, Angela. She knows the Latin names of all our local plants and actually had a humorous argument with her uncle about whether toads are really frogs. She is a wonderful and fascinating person, full of wit and wisdom, and a good sport ...
It depends on how long they were bonded together.
Christopher Paolini answered this very question on his recent Reddit AMA.
Is a rider, who lost their dragon still immortal, or do they just possess extremely long life?
If the Rider is an elf, then yes. If a human, then it depends on how long the human and dragon were bonded together (the longer they ...
The obvious difference (to me, anyway) is:
Arya scried Eragon, vs
Arya scried on a small pool of water the battle under Farthen Dûr.
Scrying usually involves some surface on which the image of the object being scried appears. When you scry something, the image of that something appears. When you scry on something, the image appears on that something.
This appears to be the relevant quote from the third book in the cycle.
"She healed them of their fear and their hate and all things that
drive a man to kill. And then while they stood grinning at each other
like idiot sheep, she went up to the men and cut their throats.... Are
you feeling well Eragon? you are as pale as a corpse."
Brisingr, Pp ...
There is some considerable evidence that it is indeed his mother. First of all:
The woman's name is Selena, which is the same as Eragon's mother.
The timing seems to be coincident with Selena's visit to give birth to Eragon, from the vague time references made.
The woman was extremely sorry. No doubt Eragon's mother would be in the same situation.
A disciple of light and all things pertaining to radiance
Are there any (non plot-important) tidbits you can share about Tenga son of Ingvar, such as his favorite color or something?
Tenga is a disciple of light and all things pertaining to radiance. But do not make the mistake of confusing the disciple with the thing itself when he is -- in actuality --...
They were inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin and folklore
The true names were one of my favorite things to write about. Fair mention to Ursula K. Le Guin and all the folklore I read growing up that introduced me to the concept.
Reddit AMA 2