Fan art and fan fiction are where some of the most interesting off-the-page stories are born, as is the case with a magnificent piece of art we’re about to show you. Some artists let their imaginations run wild, dreaming up scenes and scenarios which take place in the pages an author chose not to share with us… and the results can be fantastic!

This new piece by DeviantArt artist Ticcy imagined and illustrated a scene in which Arya and Fírnen interact in Fírnen’s early days as a dragon hatchling. This scene would have taken place before Arya meets Eragon at the end of the book, revealing that the green egg hatched for her:

"What are you doing?!"

“What are you doing?!”

It’s evident from the look on Arya’s face and the path of destruction behind the tiny dragon that Fírnen has turned Arya’s study, deep within the heart of Ellesméra, into his own little playground. Plants overturned, a Bonsai tree over-plucked, ink spilled, and scrolls eaten…

No wonder she’s a bit angry!

Here’s what Christopher Paolini had to say about the piece, and the idea of this scene having taken place outside of the pages of Inheritance:

This is one of my favorite pieces of fan art. It perfectly captures the mischievous nature of a young dragon, as well as Arya’s frustration and sometimes overly-serious attitude. If I’d written any scenes from her point-of-view in Inheritance, I would have written something very close to this.

Now we ask you: Is this a scene that you could have imagined taking place? What do you imagine happens next?

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interviewpartthreeSeveral hidden interviews with Christopher have been released in the past, revealing gems and hoards of information about Inheritance and possible future books! This interview in particular is a revealing one, discussing a variety of topics ranging from the Ra’zac’s possible genocide and how dwarf and Urgal Riders will physically look, to new undiscovered creatures on Alagaesia and Sloan’s post-Inheritance fate! All of this and more is covered in this interview with Christopher!

Let’s jump right into what the last part of one of our best interviews with Christopher to date has for you:

  • Are the Ra’zac really evil, and is what happened to them considered genocide?
  • How will the new Riders’ pact affect the appearance of Urgal and dwarven Riders?
  • Will the tortured Eldunari ever be able to return to a normal mental state?
  • New and undiscovered creatures on Alagaesia!
  • Crystals capable of disrupting magic and breaking through wards… how do they work?
  • Sloan’s post-Inheritance fate
  • The elven children, their role in Inheritance and in Book Five
  • El-Harim and the hilarious story behind the city of Dauth
  • The future story of Arya and Firnen’s lack of a proper Rider trainer
  • The fate of the first Eragon
  • How Book Five will come together and what it will include
  • Twitter, Facebook, and social media
  • And much more!

Enough with the teasing! Continue reading to view the full, 4600-word interview! Continue reading this article…

 

The first month since the launch of Paolini.net is coming to a close. The Paolini family opened with a “bang”, releasing over twelve new articles in addition to over a dozen articles and pages on the website at its launch. They also released their first Paolini.net newsletter on Saturday, containing exclusive content slated to hit the website on Monday (for those who are not subscribed to the newsletter). Here’s a summary of this past week’s Paolini.net content:

“Q&As with Christopher: Angela, Glaedr, and Other Burning Questions” – “Q&As with Christopher” is a new ongoing series offering the community a chance to have popular questions answered by Christopher. This week, the author addressed Angela, what the Menoa Tree took from Eragon, Eragon’s true name, Glaedr’s body, and more!

“A Guide to E-book Conversion” – The Paolini family’s assistant, Immanuela, wrote a nifty article and guide on converting your written works into e-books! This guide is especially helpful for aspiring writers looking to self-publish their writing on platforms such as Amazon.

“Christopher recommends: The Worm Ouroboros, Titus Groan, and the Mabinogion Tetralogy” – In this article, the first of an ongoing series, Christopher discusses some of his favorites and what makes them special. The books are fantastic reads and can be enjoyed by anyone looking for recommendations from one of their favorite authors!

Paolini.net Newsletter #1 – The first Paolini.net newsletter was released with an exclusive two-day sneak peek at a new video from Christopher discussing Book 5. Subscribers to the Paolini.net newsletter gain access to new announcements two days before they hit the blog. The newsletter’s content will release on Paolini.net for all to see on Monday, October 13th. Continue reading this article…

 

vroengard-headerNow a resting ground for hundreds of deceased dragons and Riders, Vroengard Island and its capital, Doru Araeba were referenced and discussed throughout the entirety of the series. What once once represented the Riders’ strength and their status as a beacon of hope and prosperity was reduced to rubble in a single battle. For years, the island stood as a cautionary tale for those who dared oppose Galbatorix. It was here that the mad Rider and his allies committed the atrocities that nearly led to the extinction of the dragons and the fall of the Riders.

Radiation permeates throughout the island to this day, a result of the dragon Thuviel sacrificing himself in an attempt to defeat Galbatorix and the Foresworn. The land’s poison resulted in the creation several new species, including the snalglí and burrow grubs encountered by Eragon, Saphira, and Glaedr. Most importantly, it was here that Eragon finally discovered the Vault of Souls.

In this incredible piece of fan art, the incredibly talented artist Eumenidi captures the moment when Eragon, Saphira, and Glaedr fly over the mountains and first glimpse Doru Araeba in the Inheritance chapter “Amid the Ruins”. The graphic novel-style strip shows Eragon’s shock, anger, and reaction as they explore the ruins. Continue reading this article…

 

Raise your mugs with original Brewfest drinks!

brewfest-headerIt’s that time of year, when the days shorten, the air chills and the wind swirls.  Leaves have taken on shades of flame and the harvest beckons eager farmers afield.

It’s also time for Alagaësia Brewfest! This week we’ve debuted a new Inheritance community focused holiday called Brewfest, and what better way to warm the soul on a chilly October day than with a festive drink? The team at Shur’tugal has devised our own list of fictional beverages inspired by the characters, races and lore of Alagaësia to celebrate Brewfest.  From hearty brews to herbal healing teas, there is something for all ages to hoist in their mugs! Continue reading this article…

 

murtagh and thorn headerMurtagh is perhaps the most conflicted and polarizing character in the Inheritance Cycle. For many, Murtagh represents oppression, struggle, and even a little bit of evil. He has always been a fan favorite, and his disappearance at the end of Eragon was devastating for the Inheritance community. His reappearance at the Battle of the Burning Plains was shocking, both because he was alive and because he was now a Rider… on Galbatorix’s side. His shy and innocent demeanor in Eragon was replaced by antihero qualities in the future books, representing a changed and, perhaps, broken Murtagh.

Murtagh’s inner struggle is apparent throughout Eldest, Brisingr, and throughout most of Inheritance. It isn’t until his encounter with Nasuada, resulting in his affection toward her continuing to grow, that we truly began to see Galbatorix’s hold over Murtagh crack. During the final battle and the last pages of Inheritance, Murtagh shows that he and Thorn are in the process of redeeming themselves and rediscovering who they are after they broke free from Galbatorix’s grasp. Continue reading this article…

 

characters-from-eragon-poster-1What’s wrong with a bit of competitive fandom fun? We thought it would be exciting to ask fans to vote on and determine their favorites – from dragons and Riders to races and bad guys – to see where the community stands on who is in and who is out.

After one week, we’ll compile all of the votes and reveal the results for each category! We will then discuss why the fandom leans the way the polls indicate and what implications it may have for the series and future books.

This week, we’re asking our community to vote on five different categories: Dragons, Dragon Riders, Race, Leader, and Villain. Cast your vote to defend your favorites! For added excitement, we’ve hidden the results, saving them for the “big reveal” post coming one week from today. Continue reading this article…

 

Welcome to ‘Brewfest’, Alagaesia’s first holiday!

brewfest-headerWe’re very excited to announce a major collaborative project for the Inheritance community: Brewfest, Alagaesia’s first holiday.

What is Brewfest? Loosely based off of the popular “Oktoberfest” in Germany and elsewhere, Brewfest is a time where the races of Alagaesia come together to celebrate the change in seasons and reflect on the past year. Each race celebrates in their own way – the dwarves enjoy their barrels of beer and stout, the elves enjoy teas and other drinks, and the humans have combined the two races’ traditions, creating their own. And the dragons – well, they enjoy a good time, too!

The basic wire frame story we’ve crafted so far:

Brewfest originated as two separate holidays meant to celebrate the fall season and the year’s harvest. The elves first began to celebrate the changing of the trees as fall began to take hold, venturing into the forests to celebrate the life within. Tea is their brew of choice, as many elves work to concoct new beverages, bring back prior years’ favorites, and challenge each other in friendly games and competitions. The dwarves – well, their holiday is a bit more rowdy, loud, and entertaining. Alcohol starts and ends the day, as do games and good food. Merriment can be found echoing throughout the Beor Mountains and Tronjheim.

Over the years, the humans began to pull from and combine the two races’ traditions to form their own Brewfest celebrations. Dragon Riders would travel long and far to celebrate, and their dragons always joined in on the festivities.

It’s a time for friends and family to let loose and enjoy themselves through food, drink, and games! In times of strife, it was often looked forward to as a way to cleanse the  mind ahead of the new year. In better times, the holiday was a way to celebrate a successful and prosperous year, looking forward to the anticipated success in the months and years ahead.

Brewfest culminates with the burning of an effigy meant to represent the prior year’s bad events and demons and to ward off any undesirable omens.

This is where the community comes in! While the basic framework of the holiday is in, everything is subject to be shaped, added to, and changed by your ideas and contributions. This is a chance for the community to invent something within the world of Alagaesia, meant to be celebrated now and in the years to come.

Help us answer some questions to begin fleshing out this holiday!

  • What games are celebrated? Think about games that the elves would celebrate, games that the dwarves would celebrate, and how the humans would adapt and change games from both races to create their own.
  • What food would be enjoyed? Names, recipes – all is welcome! Find your favorite fall recipes online and share them with us. Help us craft and create unique foods with even more exciting (and amusing) names!
  • Central to the holiday: drinks! If you enjoy tea, share your special brews for us to try! Give us a recipe, invent a name. Ideas for more “adult” beverages? We’d love to see those too! Dwarves and dragons will sing your story for years to come!
  • Is there a god or idol any of the races focus on for this holiday? What shape does the effigy they burn to close the holiday take?

Call to action for fan fiction writers:

We want you to help us shape the story, adding to the world of Alagaesia! Submit your “lore” ideas. When was the holiday first invented? How do the elves celebrate? Do they sing songs, write and read poems, or more? If they do, feel free to write your own! How do the dwarves celebrate? Are the dwarven gods involved? When did the humans come into the picture?

Submit your ideas and short stories. We’ll be adding to the overall Brewfest story using the writing you submit! You’ll be credited for your work for all to see!

Call to action for artists:

We want you to help illustrate various parts of the holiday! From sketches to full illustrations, help us bring the holiday and the world of Alagaesia to life. We’ll feature your art on the website and our social media accounts with complete credit to you! If you are looking for ideas, inspiration, or have any questions to be answered, feel free to ask away in the comments.

Now it’s up to you! Join the conversation in the comments and on social media to help us begin creating Alagaesia’s first holiday! Utilize the questions from this article to help give you a starting point with your contribution.

 

 

Brewfest is coming… help us invent the first Alagaesia holiday!

brewfest-announcement-posterWe are very excited to announce Alagaesia’s first holiday: Brewfest! Brewfest is a time of celebration for all of Alagaesia’s races signaling the heart of Fall.

Over the next ten days, we’ll be inviting fans to help contribute to and shape this holiday. We will be providing (and encouraging fans to submit) recipes for teas, beers, and food! We’ll be inventing Alagaesia games, traditions, and decorations. We’ll be writing our own community-sourced short story based on the holiday.

This is your chance to leave a lasting impact on our favorite fantasy world! This is the first in what we hope to be many major community projects.

The first major Brewfest post will hit Shur’tugal tomorrow! Stay tuned.

 

The third week of Paolini.net, the Paolini’s official website, has drawn to a close. Week three did not disappoint following the site’s successful first two weeks and its exciting content, with several stories and another essay from Christopher hitting their blog! Here’s a preview of this past week’s Paolini.net content:

“Explore the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon Featuring Art and a Letter From Christopher” – Many fans may not be aware of the incredible Eragon Collector’s Edition currently being sold to celebrate the book’s tenth (now eleventh) anniversary. The book is filled with six pieces of incredible artwork from award-winning artists, features an all new book cover, and includes a letter from Christopher. Learn all of the details in this great Paolini.net feature.

“Talita Paolini Shares How to Improve Your Writing Skills” – This is a must-read for any aspiring writer looking to improve their writing skills. Even better – it’s a great way to get some new techniques into your writing style ahead of November’s NaNoWriMo!

“The Paolini Family’s September Favorites” – This article is a treasure trove of new books, movies, television shows, and video games to get your hands on! The Paolinis contributed their current favorites and great recommendations for visitors who enjoy all different media types. From Miyazaki films to Xbox 360 games, an anime version of The Count of Monte Cristo, web comics, and more, you won’t be disappointed!

Continue reading this article…

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