* FanNickname: "Galby" for King Galbatorix, and "CP" for [[Creator/ChristopherPaolini the author]].
* IKnewIt: Most of the fandom accurately predicted that [[spoiler: Brom is Eragon's father]].
* {{Jossed}}: Creator/{{Christopher Paolini}} officially stomped on the theory that [[spoiler: the sapphire in Aren is the [[SoulJar Eldunari]] of Brom's dragon.]]
* ShrugOfGod: If anything even remotely related to a theory for an upcoming book is mentioned to Paolini's face or asked in an interview, he always responds with, "no comment."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Christopher Paolini originally intended Eragon to have simply blessed Elva as a baby, but found out after the publication of ''Eragon'' that he had made some grammatical mistakes himself in creating the ancient language, resulting in Eragon's wording being "may you be a shield from misfortune". Rather than simply correct the error, he decided to make it a plot point in future books.
* WordOfGod: Christopher Paolini answers a lot of questions about the Cycle, mostly in interviews. Just look at all the examples throughout the pages for this series.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: The behaviors and mannerisms of Angela the herbalist were based largely on Christopher Paolini's sister, Angela.
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