Fridge / Eragon

Fridge Brilliance
  • Holy shit... "Eragon" is "DRAGON!" I just realized that... Sadly, no, I am not kidding. - Ubercream
    • That's not why CP named him that anyway. It's supposed to be similar to the phrase "era gone", a reference to the end of the era of fallen dragon riders.
      • It was originally the first, retconned to the second.
      • I always figured it was based on The Lord of the Rings. You know, Aragorn.
      • I think that was just coincidence. Arwen/Arya, on the other hand...
      • Strange. I thought the name Arya came from somewhere else.
  • I thought it was weird how even after being given a Deadly Upgrade and knowledge of instant kill spells, Eragon still had trouble with regular magicians, like the dwarf assassins or the guys at Feinster. Then I realized: Eragon might have more Manna at his disposal, and he might have secret Elven techniques, but those magicians have one thing he doesn't: years of practice.
  • Why Sapphira's egg appeared to Eragon. Bad/good luck. No, he was really the son of the one it was supposed to be sent to, and Arya was in a hurry. No, a hundred-ish Eldunari bent the magic to drop the egg off near Eragon!
  • I'm looking back at the series, and I deeply suspect that Christopher Paolini planned for the huge amount of WMG that Inheritance Cycle has generated. And he definitely left clues. He left so many for the Vault of Souls that people started assuming that the obvious answer was a feint. But Galbatorix's search for the True Name, on the other hand...
Fridge Logic
  • When a dragon dies, their rider lives on, but when a rider dies, so does their dragon. That is... honestly, extremely stupid. Dragon Riders were created to cement an alliance/treaty between elves and dragons, right? So including that in the spell that creates them is insanely incompetent, at best. But, remember, the spell was meant to end a war that - if I remember correctly( which I might not) - when on for generations. Obviously, the magician who put together the spell might not have been entirely down with the idea. Especially since they probably regarded dragons as mere animals.
    • A dragon doesn't necessarily die when their Rider dies, as demonstrated by Glaedr in the third/fourth book....
      • OP is referring specifically to the film adaptation, as it is very clearly established even in the first book that either rider OR dragon can survive the other being killed, but will likely go mad in the process, due to half of their mind being forcefully ripped out of existence.