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Where exactly does Eragon take place?

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 ...
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Why did Eragon Shadeslayer leave Alagaësia?

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 (...
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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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What did the Menoa Tree take from Eragon?

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

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

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 ...
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Why can't a lie be spoken in the Ancient Language?

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 ...
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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 big was Shruikan?

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

The author certainly wants a remake, but there's no sign that Disney (the current rights-holders) have any intention of remaking Eragon, or any of the books in the series into a new movie or TV series....
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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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What is Angela's back story?

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

This is the subject of a future story, which will be published in Tales from Alagaësia volume 2 (2019? 2020?) Q: Well another ‘no comment’ is coming because of this question: What happened to ...
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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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In the Inheritance Cycle, is Eragon chosen by Saphira for a specific reason?

Saphira chose Eragon, because eggs choose riders that they feel will suit them the best. That is why Galbatorix (when his dragon was killed) had to link another dragon to him by black magic. Dragons ...
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Why leave in a ship?

Because they were taking a lot with them, and it would have been unfeasible for Saphira to carry it all in flight. This has already been mentioned in the other answers, but I thought it was worth ...
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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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