It’s hard to believe that today marks eleven years since the release of Eragon! That’s over a decade of dragons. Last year, a special 10th anniversary collector’s edition of Eragon was released to celebrate the book’s milestone. The book, which is still available, features a faux textured blue leather cover and binding complete with a new gold-plated book cover design and text. The interior of the book features a letter from Christopher discussing the journey to and after the release of Eragon, his influences, and the impact the series has had on his life. Perhaps most exciting, the book features six stunning illustrations from five world renowned fantasy artists as well as Christopher Paolini himself. You can learn more about the book on our special 10th anniversary collector’s edition page!
Eragon was originally self-published in 2002 by the Paolini family, but the widely-recognized edition of the book was first published by Random House Children’s Books in 2003. Random House first discovered Eragon thanks to the stepson of Carl Hiaasen, who purchased, read, and enjoyed the self-published edition of Eragon while vacationing in Montana. Hiassen’s stepson shared the book with the author who then shared the book with his editor at Random House. The rest is history.
The book’s early success and traction within the young adult community has been attributed to two things: the young age at which Christopher wrote Eragon and the inclusive and original style in which Eragon was written. Fan communities started popping up all over the internet shortly after the book’s launch, with Shur’tugal releasing not far after in March, 2004 (an earlier Shur’tugal release at the end of 2003 was scrapped following technical issues).
Because Shur’tugal launched shortly after the book’s release, we don’t have many pre-launch news stories to share with you. Instead, we have a preview of what Shur’tugal and the community looked like one decade ago:
Shur’tugal 1.0, our launch layout (sadly without archived images).
Shur’tugal 2.0, our second layout in 2004.
Shur’tugal 3.0, our third layout in 2004.
To help you journey back in time to get a feel for what the Inheritance community used to be like, here are some highlighted news posts from the website’s early days (just a few months after the release of Eragon):
To celebrate today’s milestone, here are some interesting facts about Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle:
- Plans to create the infamous Eragon movie were first announced in 2004 with a subsequent release in December, 2006.
- Despite being an unknown author and completely new to the young adult market, Eragon was the third best-selling children’s hardcover book in 2003 and the second best-selling children’s paperback in 2005.
- The book spent over 121 weeks on the best seller list. Because of the New York Times’ best seller list rules, series with more than two books are combined into one listing, leading Eragon‘s tracking to end prematurely. Eragon achieved many bestselling milestones, including:
- #1 New York Times Bestseller
- #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
- Wall Street Journal Bestseller
- USA Today Bestseller
- Book Sense Bestseller
- Eragon has won a number of awards, including (but not limited to) Texas Lone Star Reading List, 2004-5; Book Sense Book of the Year, 2004; Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award, 2006; The New York Times Best Seller, No. 1; USA Today Best Seller; Publishers Weekly Best Seller; Wall Street Journal Best Seller, 2005
- Mike Macauley, owner of Shurtugal.com, launched the website at the age of 14, a year younger than Christopher when he first wrote Eragon!
We invite you to join us in celebrating the eleven year anniversary of the release of Eragon on this special day!
Now we ask: When did you first read Eragon? What is your favorite scene from Eragon? Do you remember your biggest theory for what would happen in Eldest? Let us know in the comments!
Today 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
- Rumored swirled about the title of then-unknown “Eldest”… Bubbles for Buckfish?! – Kenneth Paolini teased fans as rumors flew that the book would be called Eldest, announcing that the book could be called “Empire, Bubbles for Buckfish, or something else”!
- Nasuada will lead the Varden! – Kenneth Paolini, Christopher’s father, dropped quite the reveal: he announced in September, 2004 that Nasuada would lead the Varden.
- Christopher announces that he has finished writing “Eldest” – In a brief but exciting statement, Christopher announced that he had completed writing Eldest on at 9:30am on December 19th, 2004 – nine months ahead of the book’s release!
- The cover releases! – The cover of Eldest, featuring John Jude Palencar’s illustration of Thorn, was released to the world nearly seven months ahead of the book’s release! Fans were thrilled to see another dragon joining the series.
- The synopsis releases! – Perhaps the most exciting pre-Eldest event was the release of the book’s official synopsis! “Darkness falls… despair abounds… evil reigns…”
- The first except from “Eldest” was released! – Up until the release of the first excerpt from Eldest, fans had little more than the book’s synopsis to go on. Christopher has always been a tight lipped author! The excerpt, from the chapter ‘Council of Elders’, teased the suffering Eragon was experiencing from the scar on his back.
- Random House announces that “Eldest” would exceed 700 pages – Fans were thrilled with the news that Eldest would be over 700 pages long, nearly 200 pages longer than Eragon. More pages equals more adventures!
- Hundreds of book stores hold midnight release parties around the USA – Eldest was quite a phenomenon, perhaps then only rivaled by Harry Potter. Tens of thousands of fans were set to line up around the country at various midnight release parties, all of which provided activities, contests, and raffles!
- “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 sales – Eldest 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 week – Harry 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!
- 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!
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.
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!
This 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!
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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!
We’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!
That’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?
This 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!)
Tuesday 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!
Today 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!
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”:While 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!