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How did Murtagh manage to outperform Eragon in magic?

This is answered in book 3, Brisingr, in chapter 48. SPOILERS FOLLOW! Eragon asks: "The two times we have fought Murtagh and Thorn, Murtagh has been more powerful than any human ought to be. On ...
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Do the Ra’zac have a third form?

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 ...
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Inheritance Cycle inspiration

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 ...
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How did Angela kill twenty men at once?

She stabbed them—really quickly It might seem that what Angela did is left vague, but it’s really made fairly clear. There’s an important word here that the other answers missed: Without so much as a ...
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What are the seven words that Brom said?

We don't know, but Paolini plans to write a cash-in book to tell us. Paolini answered this in an online interview: What were the seven words in ancient language Brom said to Eragon when he was dying? ...
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Who is Tenga, son of Ingvar?

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 ...
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Is Alegaesia part of the same world as Lord of the Rings?

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 ...
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Was it a magic-driven nuke in the Inheritance cycle?

Yes 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. ...
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Are there any plans to remake the Eragon movie?

As of November 2022, the books are in development to be adapted as a TV show. It remains to be seen whether this actually happens or not. An “Eragon” live-action TV series is in early development at ...
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In the Inheritance Cycle, why did it take so long for Saphira to hatch for Eragon?

Christopher Paolini answered this question on his recent Facebook AMA. Why didn't Saphira hatch as soon as Eragon touched the egg? After so long spent in Galbatorix's clutches -- and after having ...
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What is the difference between "to scry it and to scry on it?"

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 ...
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How did Selena kill a dozen men using the word "heal"?

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 ...
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What happened to Naegling and the energy in its gem?

This is the subject of a future book Q: Well another ‘no comment’ is coming because of this question: What happened to Oromis’s sword? Christopher Paolini: Great question. I know exactly what ...
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What is the word for the name of names?

This is intentionally never revealed and likely doesn't even exist. What is Eragon’s true name? What is the true name for the Ancient Language? In regard to Eragon’s true name, I chose not to reveal ...
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Are riders who lost their dragons still immortal, or do they just possess extremely long life?

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 ...
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Who is Tenga, son of Ingvar?

We don't know much other than what's in the books - what we do know from interviews etc. is catalogued below - but Paolini plans to say more about Tenga in a future Book 5. Tenga the Hermit … Who is ...
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How did Murtagh get in Gil'ead's prison?

He put on a disguise and fast-talked his way into the building, which he had already known his way around I asked Christopher for some clarification about this at NYCC, and he told me that Murtagh ...
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Are The Races in The Inheritance Cycle Compatible?

Half-elves do exist, though they are rare and usually mortal. Urgals are compatible with dwarves and humans. Without magic, Dwarves aren't compatible with humans or elves. Dragons aren't compatible ...
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Was the farmhouse destroyed by the Ra'zac or by Galbatorix?

The Ra'zac destroyed the house. Eragon noticed two sets of footprints, consistent with two Ra'zac: He focused on the trampled snow. The faint impressions of two pairs of leather boots headed ...
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Was Paolini's 'secret name' inspired by Egyptian mythology?

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 ...
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Why was Shuriken bigger than Gaeldr?

Because Galbatorix used magic to make him bigger Great swaths of stars vanished as Shruikan wheeled across the sky, climbing higher and higher. Eragon tried to guess the dragon’s size from the ...
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Was Paolini's 'secret name' inspired by Egyptian mythology?

I think that, while it certainly shares similarities with a Ren, Paolini was probably more inspired by true names from other stories. The concept of true names having power crops up in many fantasy ...
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How did Angela kill twenty men at once?

It's really obvious, what she is saying is, with magic you can create heat, you can move things, you can even stop time.... She stopped time, walked up to each of the men and stabbed them precisely in ...
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What is Tinkledeath made out of?

It is made out of solid diamond. Quoting from Christopher Paolini on his website about a Make-a-wish he participated in: The young man, Brenden, wanted a replica of Angela’s sword, Albitr (aka ...
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Why didn't Brom tell Eragon this information earlier?

As you mentioned in your question, Oromis speculates on the reason for Brom withholding the information. Though he admits he's making an educated guess, I don't see any reason to doubt Oromis' theory....
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How long did Saphira stay in her egg from the day it was laid by her mother?

A little bit over 100 years Saphira was born shortly before the Fall of the Dragon Riders Was Saphira's egg laid immediately before/during the Fall, or did it happen a significant amount of time ...
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Origin of the name Galbatorix

The name is derived from the Celtic words for "big king". The first quote I can find is from a 2003 article, which gets the gloss of "big king" correct, but the interviewer seems ...
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Why was Urû'baen built under an outcropping?

As defense against Dragon attacks, and also because of the prophecy-inducing fumes in that spot In Inheritance, Galbatorix lectures to Nasuada about the history of the city and the room she is being ...
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How big was Shruikan?

Biiiiig Christopher Paolini answered this question on his Reddit AMA. How big was Shruikan? Biiiig. Big enough you could swim through the chambers of his heart. (Source) In the first chapter of ...
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Why leave in a ship?

Because he wasn't traveling alone Why did Eragon leave in a ship? Why not fly? Because Eragon wasn't traveling by himself. A fair number of elves were going with him and Saphira, to help raise ...
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