vrangrWe recently released a two part series, the “Top Ten Weapons in Alagaesia“, exploring the most powerful and moving weapons in the Inheritance Cycle. The posts spawned mass amounts of discussion. Is Brisingr really more powerful than Tinkledeath? Did Vrangr really bring about more change than Brisingr? What about Brom’s sword?

However, Christopher Paolini himself spawned the largest discussion as a result of the articles when he dropped a major bombshell, teasing that Vrangr/Islingr, the sword formerly belonging to Vrael before being taken and warped by Galbatorix, could have been the sword of the first Eragon. What?! We explore all of the evidence and what this could possibly mean for Book 5 and future Alagaesia books. Continue reading this article…

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61-cygni-a-headerChristopher Paolini is no stranger to giving fans hints, teasers, and small revelations. Last Wednesday, Christopher revealed his first “spoiler”/hint regarding his upcoming sci-fi novel: “61 Cygni A” on his personal Twitter account. How? He updated his Twitter location to the star system and let fans know that the location update was all they’d be getting out of him.

Before we dive into the hint and what it means, we want to refresh fans on this sci-fi novel. The book will be Christopher’s first published work since the release of Inheritance in 2011. Christopher recently spoke on the process of getting into writing within another universe, stating that he spent months researching and world building before beginning to write the actual story. He frequently shares completed chapter photos (no text, of course – just the back of printed pages) with fans on Twitter and Facebook. Continue reading this article…

 

last-week-on-pnetThe second week of Paolini.net, the Paolini’s official website, has drawn to a close. Week two did not disappoint following the site’s successful first week 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:

“Christopher Discusses Making Swords and Swordfighting Swords and Swordfighting” – In a new and exclusive essay, Christopher discusses making swords and swordfighting, including his history with both and how he worked this knowledge into the Inheritance Cycle.

“Behind the Naming Process of Some of the Inheritance Cycle’s Memorable Characters and Locations” – Readers are given a behind-the-scenes look at the “secrets” and inspirations behind some of Alagaesia’s most memorable character and location names in this interesting blog post!

Don’t miss out on the exciting and exclusive content from the Paolini newsletter – The Paolini newsletter offers fans who subscribe exclusive access to a never-before-seen piece of Christopher’s artwork, in addition to social media kits for your Facebook and Twitter pages. Fans who subscribe can expect access to major news 48 hours before it is revealed on the website.

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In Palancar Valley, home is where the heart is

roran-headerIn a small town such as Carvahall, one’s lot in life can quite often be determined by the family they are born into. Albriech and Baldor were sons of Horst the blacksmith, Katrina the daughter of the butcher Sloan, and Roran (and, to some extent, Eragon) was raised as the son of a farmer. These trades would typically prove vital in ensuring that each respective family had work and the means to provide an adequate way of life.

All of that changed with the razing of Carvahall by the Ra’zac in Eldest.  Within a short number of days, the village’s citizens lost family members, homes and wares crucial to their livelihoods.  The people of Carvahall were forced to flee their tiny hometown, or risk a dark future at the hands of the Empire and its dangerous minions.  Some left behind their inheritance passed down through their ancestors, such as Horst’s sons helping him bury smithing tools, or Morn giving up his tavern where he served his brews. Continue reading this article…

 

shurtugal-mailbag-header2Welcome to the “Shur’tugal Mailbag”, the first installment in what will be a monthly series where the staff of Shur’tugal answer your questions from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the comments section. We’ll also be providing updates regarding to the website in addition to glimpses into future plans and events.

We are nearly four weeks into our “revival” and the fan response couldn’t have been better: Shur’tugal is seeing its highest traffic since January of 2012 (only two months after the release of Inheritance)! We are happy to announce that we will be increasing our posts per week from four posts to seven, aiming to provide content as often as possible. We’re also actively seeking ways to keep our social media feeds fun, fresh, and engaging, and highly recommend that you “follow” us on your social media network(s) of choice.

In our first installment, we answer many questions including future interviews with Christopher, Inheritance Cycle conventions, Book 5 and Inheritance prequels, Collector Editions for future books, holidays in Alagaesia, and more! Continue reading this article…

 

weapons-header-2Be sure to view part one of our Top Ten Weapons in the Inheritance Cycle post for weapons 10 through 6 before reading this post.

Every true fantasy hero (and villain) needs a good weapon.  Whether in a large scale battle or a duel of champions, a warrior’s chosen weapon can mean life or death.  Not only used for fighting, they can also be symbols of great power, hope and despair.  Fortunately for fans of the Inheritance Cycle, the series is loaded with amazing weaponry both beautiful and meaningful.  From infamous Rider swords, to improvised tools and unique enchantments, the weapons of Inheritance are fantastical and far reaching in so many ways.

In the first part of our Top Ten Weapons series, we focused on five weapons that, while powerful, weren’t necessarily key to shaping the future of Alagaesia. The remaining five weapons, revealed in today’s list, are not only powerful because of their physical strength, but because of what they are capable of and what the weapons have allowed – or will allow – their wielding to do.

Below you’ll find the conclusion of our two part series where we count down the top ten most incredible weapons from the Inheritance Cycle.  Yesterday we gave you ranks six through ten, and now we reveal the remaining top five! (Note: This list is only the Shur’tugal staff’s opinion, and we’d love to hear what your top ten list is in the comments!) Continue reading this article…

 

top-ten-weapons-headerEvery true fantasy hero (and villain) needs a good weapon.  Whether in a large scale battle or a duel of champions, a warrior’s chosen weapon can mean life or death.  Not only used for fighting, they can also be symbols of great power, hope and despair.  Fortunately for fans of the Inheritance Cycle, the series is loaded with amazing weaponry both beautiful and meaningful.  From infamous Rider swords, to improvised tools and unique enchantments, the weapons of Inheritance are fantastical and far reaching in so many ways.

Below you’ll find the first of a two part series where we’ll count down the top ten most incredible weapons from the Inheritance Cycle.  Starting with numbers ten through six, the remaining top five will be revealed in tomorrow’s post! (Note: This list is only the Shur’tugal staff’s opinion, and we’d love to hear what your top ten list is in the comments!) Continue reading this article…

 

throwback-interview-headerInheritance, the final book in the Inheritance Cycle, released to fans in November of 2011, ending the four book story of the characters we came to know and love over the course of the series’ eight year run. Although Christopher has stated that he plans to revisit the world of Alagaesia in a fifth book (not a part of the original series, but released as a standalone) and possible prequel, the final pages of Inheritance were the true ending of the series.

Christopher’s first major interview following the series’ ending was with Shur’tugal in early December, 2011. It was perhaps the biggest interview we have ever done, and the fans seemed to agree – the post attracted 700 reader comments in the first two weeks. The interviewed tackled all of the book’s hot topics, including how the ending (with Eragon and Saphira leaving Alagaesia and Arya remaining behind) evolved over time, why Arya chose to be queen, returning to a potential Eragon and Arya relationship, Murtagh and Nasuada’s relationship, and Roran not becoming king. Continue reading this article…

 

Angela the Herbalist and SolembumIf there’s one topic that fans of Inheritance love to discuss, it’s the simple question of “What happens next?”.  Tune in to any given conversation regarding the conclusion of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle and there is a good chance that the chatter will find its way towards the story’s most enigmatic character: Angela the herbalist.

Throughout the Cycle, Angela’s continuous stream of wit, knowledge and strength was mirrored by layers of mystery that kept fans guessing to the very end of Inheritance.  From our in depth Big Twenty series to past community discussion posts, fans and readers have left no stone unturned in their quest to discern the origins of Eragon’s most eccentric ally.

While we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out any more details on Angela’s past, we can always look towards her future adventures. From “Blood Price”, one of the final chapters of Inheritance, Angela shares a hint with Eragon on where she might travel next: Continue reading this article…

 

aren-pnet-600pxThe first week of Paolini.net, the Paolini family’s official website, is coming to a close. With so much great content available on the website at its launch and even more added to the website and on its blog over the past seven days, we wanted to provide a helpful guide to be sure that all fans are able to easily find each piece of content.

Welcome to Paolini.net! – Christopher introduces readers to Paolini.net in a video message and blog post!

Welcome to the Writers Corner – The Paolini family explains what readers can expect from the Writers Corner, a resource filled with advice, tools, and articles exploring writing, world building, and more.

Christopher’s Current Writing Project – Christopher discusses his current writing project, a sci-fi novel, in a new video exclusive to their website!

Christopher’s Art Desk: The Process Behind the Illustration of Aren, Brom’s Ring – Readers are given a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind illustrating Aren, Brom’s ring! The article includes never-before-seen sketches, references, and more. Continue reading this article…

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