shurtugal-eldest-dayeldest-3d-bookToday marks nine years since the release of ELDEST, the second book in the Inheritance Cycle! In 2005, the year Eldest released, the series was still known as the Inheritance trilogy. It wasn’t until half way through writing Brisingr that Christopher realized the need for splitting the final book into two.

Upon its release and in the years since, Eldest has gone on to sell millions of copies and mark a permanent spot on the book shelves of many fantasy and young adult fans. It was an exciting year leading up to the book’s release, as announcements were made containing the book’s title, cover, page count and more, as well as hints at spoilers, lots of interviews, title rumors and more!

We’ve compiled some of the best news and articles from before and after the release of Eldest. These articles will take you back in time to witness the excitement fans experienced as all of these announcements were made and as Eldest reached previously-impossible milestones.

Pre-release announcements and excitement

Post-release milestones

  • “Eldest” releases! – The Shur’tugal crew’s post announcing the release of Eldest, titled “…and it has released!”, was one of the all-time most viewed posts on Shur’tugal!
  • “Eldest” achieves record salesEldest sells over 425,000 copies in its first week on sale in North America! During the announcement, the book’s publisher also announced an additional printing of 500,000 copies, upping the total amount of copies in print in the first week to 1.8 million in North America alone!
  • Some copies of “Eldest” shipped with other books inside! – Fans were shocked to open their copies of Eldest only to discover that 32 pages of Inkspell, a fantasy novel by Cornelia Funke which was not set to release until several months later, filled the inside of the book.
  • “Eldest” knocked “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” from the #1 spot in its first weekHarry Potter books were, and still are, massive. Understandably, the recently-released Harry Potter 6 was dominating the best-seller charts in the week after its release. However, Eldest was able to knock Harry Potter 6 to the 2nd best seller spot in the first week of its release – an impressive feat for any book!

Fun facts

  • The Inheritance Cycle, including Eldest has sold over roughly 38 million copies since its release in 2009
  • Eldest has been released in over 49 languages in 125 different countries
  • Eldest contained 704 pages, a massive change compared to Eragon‘s 509 pages
  • Eldest spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list (before the Shur’tugal staff stopped tracking it)
  • Fans waited one year, eleven months and 28 days from Eragon‘s release to the release of Eldest

We invite you to join us in celebrating the nine years since the release of Eldest on this special day!

Now we ask: What is your favorite scene from Eldest? Do you remember your biggest theory for what would happen in Eldest? Did you purchase the book at a midnight release? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Some cool stuff is coming very soon for Shur’tugal, but in the meantime, our friends and co-workers over at Lytherus have headed to San Diego Comic Con and are bringing a ton of exclusive, exciting and interesting coverage from the convention. Not only is our team delivering on huge announcements and exciting panels, but we have VIP tours of an incredible array of off-site events, including a Game of Thrones: Survive the Realm interactive experience, going inside of the worlds of Constantine and Sleepy Hollow, parkouring our way through the Assasin’s Creed Unity course, and traveling the convention center as a mutant using Cerebro.

Check everything out over on Lytherus. Additionally, follow @mikemacauley and @lytherus on Twitter for live updates before they hit the site!

Here’s a sneak peek of the Assassin’s Creed Unity parkour off-site… we’ll be running it and having an exclusive VIP tour of the experience later this week.

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Random House reveals winner of the official Inheritance art contest!

The Inheritance cycle Fan Art Contest has now concluded. Random House and Christopher Paolini received over 100 great entries with some spectacular art! It was a very tough decision for the Inheritance author, who chose the winner and ten finalists. His choice for the winner is below, with images of the ten finalists’ art coming soon!

contest-winner-eragonThis fall, Knopf celebrated the 10th anniversary of Paolini’s worldwide phenomenon with the release of a collector’s edition of Eragon on October 22, 2013. This faux-leather-bound edition features gold-foil line art on the cover and six glossy, full-color original illustrations in the interior by award-winning artists John Jude Palencar (the Inheritance cycle cover artist), Michael Hague, Donato Giancola, Ciruelo, and Raoul Vitale, as well as Christopher Paolini himself.

You can learn more about the 10th Anniversary Edition of Eragon on our special book page!

Happy Halloween from the staff of Shur’tugal!

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Happy Halloween!

On behalf of the staff of Shur’tugal, we want to wish you a happy, safe, and fun Halloween!

Now we ask: Are you going out in an Inheritance-inspired costume? If so, let us know in the comments!

eragondayWe’re celebrating the release of the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon, which you can learn more about on our official 10th Anniversary page, with one last giveaway!

10thAnniversaryCoverThat’s right: one final chance to win an autographed copy of the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon! To enter the giveaway, simply be a resident of North America (sorry, international fans) and follow the directions below. Every fan will automatically receive one entry by entering via email below, with the option to gain additional entries into the raffle by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and tweeting about Shur’tugal being back! (If you’ve already “Liked” us on Facebook and “followed” us on Twitter, be sure to click those options in the giveaway boxes so that you still receive your bonus entries!)

Enter quick, as the giveaway is set to close at November 7th at 11:59pm EST!

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Our winner will be announced in this post on November 8th!

Werecats are a curious kind! Can you imagine being Eragon, a young and inexperienced farm boy thrust out into the world with little knowledge of the abnormal or mythical (other than the tales told by wandering traders)… laying on the ground with a werecat on your chest?

eragon and solembumThis scene, a fan favorite and one of the best scenes of Eragon, was brought to life by the DeviantArt artist Deygira-Blood. The illustration shows exactly how the initial confrontation played out, just moments before Eragon would be given a series of prophecies by Angela the Witch which would later prove a near spot-on narrative of the events of his life:

The cat yowled and stalked back to him. It jumped on his chest and crouched there, looking down at him with gleaming eyes. Eragon tried to sit up, but it growled, showing its fangs. Do I look like other cats?

No . . .

Then what makes you think I am one? Eragon started to say something, but the creature dug its claws into his chest. Obviously your education has been neglected. I—to correct your mistake—am a werecat. There aren’t many of us left, but I think even a farm boy should have heard of us.

I didn’t know you were real, said Eragon, fascinated. A werecat!

Now we ask: Is this how you pictured Eragon and Solembum? (And bonus points to anyone who identifies the object next to Eragon’s head!)

eragon and saphira with brisingrTuesday saw the release of the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon, an extremely limited release of Eragon featuring six new pieces of artwork by award-winning artists and Christopher Paolini himself. You can learn more about the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on our official page for the book. The Collector’s Edition, as you may have guessed from its name, was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the publication of Eragon, which was first published a decade ago in 2003!

To mark the occasion, we’re asking fans to answer the following question:

What has Eragon and The Inheritance Cycle done for your life?

Be sure to answer the question in the comments section of this news post!

10thAnniversaryCoverToday marks the on-sale day for the new and very limited 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon! The book, which is currently available in North America only, has been released in Collector’s Edition form to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the publication of Eragon! The book is a one-of-a-kind, extremely limited Collector’s Edition bound in blue faux-leather and will feature an entirely new gold-foil line art cover by artist Ciruelo Cabral.

The Collector’s Edition will also feature six glossy, full-color original illustrations by award-winning artists John Jude Palencar (original artist of the Inheritance Cycle book covers), Michael Hague, Donato Giancola, Ciruelo Cabral, and Raoule Vitale, as well as Christopher Paolini himself.

You can learn more about the book and view artwork from the artists featured in the Collector’s Edition on our official 10th Anniversary page!

To help celebrate the book’s release, we’re giving away three signed copies of the Collector’s Edition of Eragon!

To enter, simply be a resident of North America (sorry, international fans) and follow the directions below. Every fan will automatically receive one entry by entering via email below, with the option to gain additional entries into the raffle by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and tweeting about Shur’tugal being back! (If you’ve already “Liked” us on Facebook and “followed” us on Twitter, be sure to click those options in the giveaway boxes so that you still receive your bonus entries!)

Enter quick, as the giveaways are set to close at October 28th at 11:59pm EST!

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Our winners will be announced in this post on October 29th!

Don’t want to wait? You can order your Collector’s Edition of Eragon through Amazon for only $36.99, including free shipping!

Every fan can agree that the scene in which Saphira hatches for Eragon and the pair become bonded is hands down the most iconic scene in the Inheritance Cycle. One artist, Eumenidi on DeviantArt, decided to illustrate this scene in a piece titled “Awakening”:awakeningWhile in a style we rarely see associated with official artwork from the books, we feel as though this illustration captures the look and feel that one would experience if they were in Garrow’s home. It’s aged, beat up, and run down, but it feels like home, which is why Eragon must have had such a hard time parting with it after it was burned to the ground by the Ra’zac.

Some fun Easter eggs can be found in the illustration as well: Eragon’s shelf containing all of the items he’s collected, his quiver in the bottom left corner, the gedwëy ignasia on his palm, the broken egg shell fragments on the floor, and his dinner in the bottom right corner.

We recently posted artwork showing the moment in which Arya and Firnen became bonded, a scene that was missing in Inheritance. We highly recommend checking it out!

Throughout the entirety of the Inheritance Cycle readers are reminded of the unique strength of the bond between Riders and their dragons, as shown on a daily basis between Eragon and Saphira. When the two are together, their bond allows them to function as one. When they are apart, this bond — or the lack of it — drives the pair into loneliness, boredom, and even depression.

The end of Inheritance reveals that another Rider and dragon bond has been formed… between Arya and her new green dragon Fírnen! Although we were not privy to a first hand account of Fírnen’s hatching and the moment in which Arya and Fírnen became bonded, one artist took a stab at illustrating the occasion:the_shining_palm_of_arya_shadeslayer_by_imaeko-d4rknb6A similar scene played out in the early pages of Eragon, shortly after Saphira — then unnamed — hatched from her egg, much to the surprise of Eragon. Naturally curious, Eragon reaches out to touch the young dragon hatchling… and in that instant, initiates what would become the most important connection of his life:

Tentatively, he reached out with his right hand and touched its flank. A blast of icy energy surged into his hand and raced up his arm, burning in his veins like liquid fire. He fell back with a wild cry. An iron clang filled his ears, and he heard a soundless scream of rage. Every part of his body seared with pain. He struggled to move, but was unable to. After what seemed like hours, warmth seeped back into his limbs, leaving them tingling. Shivering uncontrollably, he pushed himself upright. His hand was numb, his fingers paralyzed. Alarmed, he watched as the middle of his palm shimmered and formed a diffused white oval. The skin itched and burned like a spider bite. His heart pounded frantically.

Eragon blinked, trying to understand what had occurred. Something brushed against his consciousness, like a finger trailing over his skin. He felt it again, but this time it solidified into a tendril of thought through which he could feel a growing curiosity. It was as if an invisible wall surrounding his thoughts had fallen away, and he was now free to reach out with his mind. He was afraid that without anything to hold him back, he would float out of his body and be unable to return, becoming a spirit of the ether. Scared, he pulled away from the contact. The new sense vanished as if he had closed his eyes.

Now we ask: Does the moment depicted above help illustrate the scene that was missing in Inheritance? Is this how you pictured it happening, or do you feel as though it happened differently?

*The artwork used in this post was done by the brilliant DeviantArt artist Imaeko!

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