Artists and fan artists alike are renowned for their ability to bring the heart and emotion conveyed in text to visual life, as is the case with the following piece of story-driven fan art we’re introducing to you today.

In this piece based on a scene from Brisingr, Arya comforts Eragon before he rides off to battle atop Saphira. Many fans consider this a pivotal moment in the Inheritance Cycle, as they feel that it’s one of the first times Arya truly shows affection toward Eragon:stay safe eragonChristopher clearly knew what he was doing: he showed that there is more to the bond between Eragon and Arya than debt and friendship. Instead, Arya shows that she truly cares for Eragon, Saphira and their well being. DeviantArt artist Elizalento managed to capture this moment in their artwork.

Here is the scene from Brisingr‘s “Fire in the Sky”:

Walking over to Saphira, Arya placed a hand on Eragon’s left leg and looked up at him with her slanted green eyes. “Accept this from me, Shur’tugal,” she said. And he felt a surge of energy flow into him.

“Eka elrun ono,” he murmured to her.

Also in the ancient language, she said, “Be careful, Eragon. I would not want to see you broken by Murtagh. I . . .” It seemed as if she were going to say more, but she hesitated, then removed her hand from his leg and retreated to stand by Blödhgarm.

“Fly well, Bjartskular!” the elves sang out as Saphira launched herself off the embankment.

Now we ask you: Do you think this truly was one of the first moments in the Inheritance Cycle where Arya showed affection toward Eragon? Did the artist manage to capture the feel of the scene?


inheritance deluxe editionWe’re giving away a signed copy of the Deluxe Edition of Inheritance! The Deluxe Edition of Inheritance was released last summer and includes a whole host of new content, including a letter detailing life after Inheritance for many of our favorite characters, as well as new artwork, and new/changed Inheritance scenes! To learn more about the book, check out our Inheritance Deluxe Edition page!

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!)

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An amazingly talented artist by the name of Eumenidi on DeviantArt recently illustrated one of the most memorable and awe-inspiring scenes in the Inheritance Cycle: when Eragon and Saphira first visit the ruins of Vroengard Island in the Inheritance chapter “Amid the Ruins”:

amid the ruins colorRelive the scene from the book alongside this beautiful graphic novel-style artwork:

The thick gray clouds parted, and from his place on Saphira’s back, Eragon beheld the interior of Vroengard Island.

Before them was a huge bowl-shaped valley, encircled by the steep mountains they had seen poking through the tops of the clouds. A dense forest of spruce, pine, and fir trees blanketed the sides of the mountains as well as the foothills below, like an army of prickly soldiers marching down from the peaks. The trees were tall and mournful, and even from a distance Eragon could see the beards of moss and lichen that hung from their heavy branches.Scraps of white mist clung to the sides of the mountains, and in several places throughout the valley, diffuse curtains of rain drifted from the ceiling of clouds.

High above the valley floor, Eragon could see a number of stone structures among the trees: tumbled, overgrown entrances to caves; the husks of burnt-out towers; grand halls with collapsed roofs; and a few smaller buildings that looked as if they might still be habitable.

A dozen or more rivers flowed out of the mountains and wandered across the verdant ground until they poured into a large, still lake near the center of the valley. Around the lake lay the remnants of the Riders’ city, Doru Araeba. The buildings were immense—great empty halls of such enormous proportions that many could have encompassed the whole of Carvahall. Every door was like the mouth to a vast, unexplored cavern. Every window was as tall and wide as a castle gate, and every wall was a sheer cliff.

Thick mats of ivy strangled the blocks of stone, and where there was no ivy there was moss, which meant that the buildings blended into the landscape and looked as if they had grown out of the earth itself. What little of the stone was bare tended to be a pale ocher, although patches of red, brown, and dusky blue were also visible.


Almost all the buildings were damaged, some more severely than others. The damage seemed to radiate outward from a single point near the southern edge of the city, where a wide crater sank more than thirty feet into the ground. A copse of birch trees had taken root in the depression, and their silvery leaves shook in the gusts of the directionless breeze.

The open areas within the city were overgrown with weeds and brush, while a fringe of grass surrounded each of the flagstones that formed the streets.Where the buildings had sheltered the Riders’ gardens from the blast that had ravaged the city, dull-colored flowers still grew in artful designs, their shapes no doubt governed by the dictates of some long-forgotten spell.

Altogether, the circular valley presented a dismal picture.

Behold the ruins of our pride and glory, said Glaedr.

For those of you who are curious about the process behind this artist’s interpretation of “Amid the Ruins”, you can view a process sketch photo and a black and white version of the piece:

Now we ask: Do you feel as though this piece accurately represents the vision you had in your head of the scene?

A common question among fans of the Inheritance Cycle is, “Just how large are the dragons of the Inheritance Cycle compared to each other?” For the longest time, this question has gone answered only in text… and text can only convey size comparisons to a certain extend. That was until a brilliant fan artist by the name of EloiseS16 took it upon herself to draw all of the Inheritance Cycle‘s dragons side-by-side as they appear in size at the end of Inheritance!

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(From left to right: Firnen, Saphira, Eragon, Thorn, Glaedr, Shruikan)

Did you notice that black smudge in between Saphira and Thorn? No, that’s not an artist mistake or ink smudge — that’s a human, or Eragon, to be specific.

Christopher Paolini took notice of this fan’s interpretation of the dragons’ sizes and let his followers on Twitter know that the artist was spot on, but added, “Might make Fírnen a little smaller, but otherwise dead on.”

So there you have it, Inheritance fans. Shruikan is a mountain, Firnen is just a baby… and we finally have a near-perfect visual representation of the dragons’ scale as they appeared at the end of Inheritance (or the times of their deaths).

Now we ask: Is this how you had pictured the dragons? Were you able to truly grasp Shruikan’s massiveness before seeing this image?

eragonroranandsaphirahelgrindThe above fan art, drawn by an unknown artist, depicts the opening moments of Brisingr in which Eragon, Roran, and Saphira search deep within Helgrind for Katrina, who they later discover is being held prisoner by the Ra’zac and Lethrblaka along with her father, Sloan.

“And though Eragon risked discovery by his ghostly investigation, he, Roran, and Saphira had to know if the Ra’zac had imprisoned Katrina — Roran’s betrothed — in Helgrind, for the answer world determine whether their mission was one of rescue or one of capture and interrogation.”

Another artist, TheDragonofDoom on DeviantArt, captured the exact moment when Saphira chomps down on the Lethrblaka’s neck, ending its life:


Now we ask: Do you remember reading these moments in Brisingr? What was your initial reaction to the scene, and do you feel as though the fan art captured the eeriness of their search within Helgrind?

weapons of alagaesiaBattles have been fought and won — and sometimes lost — in Alagaesia using mystical and unique weapons for centuries. Rhunon, the renowned elf responsible for the creation of the Riders’ blades, is a prime example of the type of individual it takes to craft these exotic weapons of death, destruction, and occasionally salvation. Similarly, many individuals go to battle armed with items that aid in other ways: Eldunari, Brom’s ring, and a Rider’s armor, to list a few.

One fellow fan and talented artist — CorellaStudios on DeviantArt — decided to create 3D models of some of Alagaesia’s most famous and unique weapons, armor, and other battle-ready items. From the blades forged by Rhunon to the dragon-slaying Dauthdaert and the golden armor of Oromis, CorellaStudios brought it all to life:

Now we ask: Which weapon from the collection is your favorite? If you had to choose two items from above to go to battle with, which would you choose and why?

One of the wonderful things about San Diego Comic Con is the diversity of events, booths and people. This allows for all sorts of intermixing of creative and nerdy species. This year, we had the pleasure of experiencing one of these cross-overs. Christopher Paolini took some time out of his event schedule to walk Artists Alley with us in order to interview three hugely popular fantasy artists down in Artist Alley: Donato, Todd Lockwood, and Brom.

With the publication of the special edition Eragon 10th anniversary edition coming up, complete with original art, Christopher thought it would be great to get a chance to hear what fantasy’s like from their perspective. Donato contributed to the special edition, Todd is one of fantasy’s top dragon artists, and Brom is the artist that inspired Christopher so much as a child that he named a character after him.

We hope you enjoy this exclusive video interview! There’s even a sneak-peek at the sketch of Donato’s art, which captures the Prologue:

Question: What … or who … the heck is Angela the Herbalist?!

angela the herbalistAngela the witch. Angela the herbalist. Angela the justwhattheheckisshe. Angela is a character of many names, faces, and abilities; and for all of her mysteries, two certainties remain: Angela will always sit atop fans’ favorite characters list, just as she will always top the lists of favorite Inheritance moments.

We first encounter the witch and her werecat companion in Teirm at the start of Eragon. The pair showcase their abilities of foresight by offering Eragon a unique glimpse into his own future. Angela explores the love and peril ahead of him, whereas Solembum offers Eragon several prophecies – some which have yet to come to fruition. The pair have made various appearances in the books since their grand entrance in Eragon, ranging from their room at Farthen Dûr to the battle of the Burning Plains.

But the events of Inheritance — from whispering her true name to the priests of Helgrind and being called Mooneater, to Tinkledeath and her disappearance after Inheritance — lead us to ask one major question:

What … or who … the heck is Angela the Herbalist?!

We want to hear your theories, thoughts, and ideas in the comments!

*Angela and Solembum artwork by crystalskye on DeviantArt!

Shur’tugal is proud of one of our most popular monthly features: Merchandise of the Month! Each month we feature a new or existing item (or in some cases, items) from our exclusive Inheritance Cycle merchandise store. Featured items will be available at a limited-time discounted price.

The Shur’tugal Inheritance Cycle merchandise store is the only place where you can get Inheritance Cycle clothing and merchandise, including stickers and pins! We have an entire range of shirts, hoodies, and more featuring awesome Inheritance-inspired designs, all at a reasonable price. We recommend checking out the entire store!

This month’s featured items are our Angela the Herbalist quote shirts! Show off your Inheritance pride by repping the shirts featuring one of two Angela quotes, including “Angela says… Watch out for ferrets!” (featuring an awesome ferret) and “Avoid roasted cabbage, don’t eat earwax, and look on the bright side of life!” (one of our favorites):


Both shirts and their corresponding hoodies have been marked down for the entire month of September! Don’t like the t-shirt colors seen above? No worries — you can choose from a variety of shirt and hoodie colors for your favorite Angela design to be printed on!

Visit the Shur’tugal Inheritance Cycle merchandise store to see our full selection of products!

Last Week on Lytherus is our sister site’s weekly wrap-up column summarizing the biggest fantasy and science fiction news of the past week! With over a dozen posts going up on Lytherus per day, it’s likely you may have missed an important story or two!

This week was a huge week for the fantasy, scifi, and horror genres, with Marvel again dominating the news, with an announcement of the actor playing Ultron in Avengers 2 and lots of new Guardians of the Galaxy information. However, this week’s biggest story goes to Joss Whedon’s discussion of whether or not he’ll be killing off an Avenger! We also saw a number of previously-unreleased alternate scenes and endings from The Avengers and Iron Man 3 hit the web, one of which showed that The Wasp was originally set to be in The Avengers.

Lots of new Harry Potter book covers hit the market this week celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of Harry Potter. Meanwhile, Nintendo announced a major price cut for its Wii U and a new Nintendo 2DS — a new version of its handheld game console that does not show games in 3D. Plus we have first looks at many of this fall’s upcoming television shows… and set pictures from Game of Thrones season four filming!

View the entire Last Week on Lytherus summary, which includes over two dozen news posts you don’t want to miss! is © 2004-2014. is owned by Mike Macauley, in partnership with
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