i love eragon because he’s not anyone particularly special, there’s no prophecy or whatever the fuck, he’s just a random not-even-that-smart guy who happened to be the last dragon rider around to defeat galbatorix…..he could’ve easily fucked off and enjoyed his life and ignored the whole situation but he’s A Good Guy so he doesn’t. same for all the other main characters really tbh
So in the end of the Inheritance Cycle, the end of Eragon’s prophecy comes true: he leaves Alagaesia forever and breaks our shipper hearts as he and Arya and now Saphira and Firnen cannot ever be together.
But what we forget is that the prophecy is never as black and white as it seems to be.
In the prophecy Angela gave Eragon in Teirm, she says that a family member will betray him. Eragon then assumes it’s Roran because he is the only family he has. Later on, it’s revealed to be Murtagh as he strips him of Zar’roc.
So here’s the new loophole: Angela gave that prophecy to Eragon the farm boy, Eragon Son of None. It’s Eragon Bromson, Leader of the Dragon Riders who is left. Eragon the farm boy left Alagaesia forever once Eragon realized he could not go back to that life he had before.
ERAGON COULD HAVE STAYED.
Eragon and Arya could have had the ending they deserved. Roran could have his entire family together. Murtagh could have his brother.
But again in this line of thinking we’re forgetting something else:
I just realized that Angela used knuckle bones from a dragon nothing else. What if - they are from Glaedr? I mean he was missing his leg and Angela likes to be around if something is supposed to happen. What if she picked those up to use?
Of course we will never know, the crazy lady loves her secrets!
I noticed something odd about the Inheritance Cycle [Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr, Inheritence] by Christopher Paolini.
I have read, and reread the first three books several times, and do not currently own a copy of the fourth.
I have noticed something about the world building of this series.
Above all else, it’s surprisingly vibrant in the history that Paolini explores in his own invented land. He’s invented and involved three fully realized civilizations and histories along with like three smaller cultures seamlessly into his world.
There is also a fair amount of philosophy I wasn’t expecting the first time I read the series, one that I appreciate more every time I read the books.
The odd thing however, happens to be the way the story lends itself so openly the future development.
While nigh any adventure he tries to write involving Eragon or his other main cast in his invented continent of Alagaësia would serve as a pale follow up for the Inheritance Cycle, there is no doubt in my mind that the world is complex enough to support a plot with the complexity of a video game, at least [video games do make up for what they may lack in plot with the interactive and interesting game play].
The world is constantly opening new paths and plants the seeds for story telling every step of the way; sometimes the Cycle uses these itself, sometimes it’s left open.
Reading Brisingr again gave me a sudden sense of a much more advanced story to come in the near or distant future, as a well written prequel series will do [Fate Zero (anime, prequel of Fate Stay Night) and The Adventures of Sinbad (anime, prequel of Magi) are my best examples].
This being said, the story doesn’t do this and have a weaker main plot, nor is the premise reliant upon the existence of a future, nor does the story end with the question of resolution still in the air.
The most important of the main cast being biologically immortal so long as they are not slain by blade or by illness takes that cap off of the story.
We all know main characters will die eventually, leaving behind a legacy.
In the Inheritence Cycle things are different as it comes to a conclusion. As Eragon can only die if he is killed, as well as any other Dragon Rider and the entire Elven race, he does not even have to come to terms with the conclusion of his journey the way most characters must. His cousin Roran is more classic in this sense that his drives to protect his family are the beginning and end of his drives for the most part, where if Eragon fails or succeeds, he will live until slain.
Looking forward into the future: as a cohesive story the series stands alone.
As individual tales of Roran Stronghammer, Nasuada the Lady Nightstalker, Brom, Orrin, Evil King Galbatorix and his Black Dragon Shruikan, and anyone else in the story who will eventually, does at some point (early or late), or has already died in the story there is a sense of legend about them.
As for the tales of Arya, Queen Islandi, Eragon and Saphira, and Angela the witch among the few I will name (it’s not used as a plot twist in any context), these stories reach their conclusion in the context of the Inheritence Cycle, but immortality reminds you that they might yet live to see the details of the deceased turn from the stuff of legend into legend itself.
Beyond that are the lasting impressions that the actions of the characters make. There are lasting and powerful impressions that the characters make on Alagaësia, a land already full of it’s own inherent mysteries. Everything that the main cast does seems to result in a seed that could easily develop into a new story and a new track that could be followed.
Groups become legendary, races dies off or thrive, fundamental principles of the world are challenged, landmarks and mysteries that would only be explored as lore are actively made and occasionally explored as a consequence.
Having started reading these at a rather young age and followed the series through the course of it’s life, I feel very strongly about it. Overall I think that the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini has profoundly changed the way I read and think in my every day life.
so i’ve been rereading the Eragon series and i’m towards the end of Inheritance and i noticed Angela starting to say Raxacori- which i’m pretty sure she was about to say Raxacoricofallapatorius
i mean, no one would ever put together “raxacori” on accident and just
Wow amazing Doctor Who stuff happening in a Fantasy book