The Inheritance Cycle takes place in the Warhammer40000 'verseA planet-load of potential psykers, chaos-immune psykers, no less, that can shoot death beams, feed an entire platoon off ambient energy, with the right spells could be immortal, and can augment their own, and their comrades' bodies, for super speed, strength, and perception, and they have a whole array of useful spells, like goddamn invisibility, at their disposal. The inquisition will have a major hard-on with this one.
To the East of Alagaesia is...Narnia. This popped into my head after an image of Murtagh and the imperial soldiers curbstomping the shit out of a varden/Narnian alliance.
George Lucas stole everything from Christopher Paolini.There was time travel involved.
Everything written by Christopher Paolini is lifted from Star Wars; therefore, The Reveal that Brom is Eragon's father has implications about the real relationship between Luke and Obi-WanC'mon, it's obvious. Search your feelings, you know it to be true. And Anakin suspected as much in Revenge of the Sith.
Eragon is everybody's Unwitting Pawn.It's not hard to imagine the kid as an Idiot Hero who happened to have a massive amount of power fall into his hands. The elves mainly are manipulating him by making him admire them. Brom was making him overconfident and, together with Saphira, lied through his teeth about how dragons work. His entire journey was deliberately engineered for unknown reasons; his adoptive family is caught in the middle and probably still a high priority to wipe out or sufficiently deceive. The dwarves are not in on it. As for the goal... Darned if I know — I just make these theories.
Christopher Paolini is humanity's greatest literary mind.The truth is, he's just so good that us regular folk can't understand the sheer magnitude of his genius. The reason his stuff seems so trite and purple prose-y when we read it is that his vision is so vast, our tiny minds can only pick up on little bits and pieces of it at a time, and, of course, individually they won't seem very good. Such is the width of the man's vision. In fact, only three people can grasp the godliness of words that is The Inheritance Cycle: Paolini himself, and two gods of cinematography whose greatness is equally lost on us laymen.
Christopher Paolini isn't a hack writer...He's an incredibly intelligent real life troll, who is purposely writing an epicly awful piece of god-moding Gary Stu fiction in order to appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator. Look at Twilight fans, look at the fans of this. Shit sells, and he knows it.
There is no Galbatorix.We had previously assumed that the main villain's absence for three (presumably) of the four books in the series was due to the author's utter incompetence as a writer or, in fact, to his utter incompetence as an imaginer-of-things. This is not so. Since we've already discovered that he is either a misunderstood Łber-genius, a real-life troll or a whipping boy for Quality Writers, we can safely assume that there will turn out to be no Galbatorix at all, being just a figurehead for people's subservience, a la Big Brother.
Paolini intentionally wrote Eragon as a Jerkass.He painted out the old generation of riders as pretty corrupt people, maybe Eragon's general displays of evil and jerkassery are supposed to represent the failings of the riders as a whole. Hopefully people will eventually decide they don't need the Riders and all the dragons will be slaughtered... and made into bacon, with that unhatched egg on the side... and maybe orange juice could be involved...
The Inheritance Cycle is part of a plan to fade out Star Wars from existence.Whether you are a fan or hater, you probably the these books do have simalarities to Star Wars. Paolini is being manipulated by anti Star Wars people into writing these books. Once the books are done, they will slowly begin destroying copies of Star Wars movies and books, hijack servers with info about it on them, and so on. Their descendents will then represent these books to the public so that they can make massive profits.
The new name of the series is a hint to the ending.In order to defeat Galbatorix, Eragon will stoop to his level and and force the Eldunari of Dragons he obtain (from the Vault of Souls or some other odd place). He will defeat Galbatorix, and then either he or Nasuada will become king/queen. They will abuse their power, and the cycle will continue. Eragon will not die, however. It was fortold by Angela in the first book that Eragon would leave and never return, and obviously he will leave... you know the rest.
The fourth book will actually be a Crowning Moment of Awesome.All the plot threads will be wrapped up for real this time in a totally epic manner. Paolini, in an attempt to make it Darker and Edgier, will put the heroes through all sorts of crap that was totally foreshadowed in the first three books. Everyone will get what's coming to them, including the elves. The Proud Warrior Race Guys will suffer massively because of The Worf Effect, and realize that they really had it good that whole time and had nothing to complain about, inducing a Heel Face Turn. The plot thickens and the idealized Riders are revealed to be corrupt old bastards who turned Alagaesia into a military junta/oligarchy. This devastating revelation, along with Arya's death, forces Eragon into Heroic BSOD. At the final battle, the Varden and the dwarves are wiped out, leaving Murtagh to emerge as the true hero. In order to snap Eragon out of his BSOD, Saphira develops a personality. Eragon realizes what a Jerkass he was and spends the rest of his days humbly wandering the world atoning for his sins. Alagaesia becomes a commune-based, libertarian utopia where taxes are just an old bedtime story to scare children.
The dragons are the Man Behind the Man and are mindcontrolling Galby through the Eldunari.The ancestral dragons contained in the Eldunari were disgusted with their descendants for subjugating themselves to the lesser species, 'cuz dragons are supposed to be majestic beasts and all, not glorified packhorses. They resented the Riders' dominance over them, so they engineered a plan to overthrow the riders. They gained control of Galbatorix and the 13 Forsworn, as their collective consciousness proved too powerful for the 14 human riders to resist. This way, they slaughtered the rest of the domesticated dragons since they had become more packhorse than dragon anyway. And it wasn't really killing off their entire species and driving the dragons into extinction, because the wild dragons are just hiding.
Angela is the real Big Bad.C'mon, how else would she know stuff that she shouldn't and just happen to show up at the right place at the right time? And she's not being mysterious for the sake of being mysterious, she's obviously hiding something important. Plus she's shown that she's capable of doing evil in the Battle of the Burning Plains where she rather dishonorably poisoned the Empire's soldiers. They were screaming in agony, people! If she's such a great herbalist, she could have picked something that caused instant death, which would have saved both parties a lot of stress.
Christopher Paolini is a Daydream BelieverIt's no secret that the character of Eragon is based on himself. He's said it many times, including in that interview where he admitted that his character has brown hair because he himself has brown hair. To this, add the fact that he says he "daydreamed" about riding dragons and saving beautiful elven maidens. Then there's the biggest piece of evidence of all: he actually includes his characters in the "acknowledgements" pages from his books. I rest my case.
The whole series is an elaborate scheme to highlight Moral Dissonance in fantasy.Related to the "real life troll," "intentional Jerkassitude," and "Surprisingly Improved Sequel" theories above. Within a book or two, Paolini will abruptly switch the POV, providing a brutally clear proof of the fact that Eragon is the most evil character in the series. The fact that his relationship with Safiria is clearly abusive will be shown, and the obnoxious elves will finally be shown from outside as The Fair Folk. This is likely to upset anyone who actually thinks they series is remotely good, so the terrible writing and plotting are part of a Batman Gambit to make sure that the hatedom is larger than the real fans.
Christopher Paolini actually has the potential for great writing talent.He may still be in the Marty Stu phase, but let's face it, not many young adults could write a book of Door Stopper length that's at least readable. Unfortunately, thanks to Protection From Editors and the unexpected success of the series, Paolini's probably not going to learn to write better and become an even more Small Name, Big Ego.
Related to the above, the series is a 'History is written by the victors' tale of a sociopathic war criminal.Suggested to this troper after she (finally) finished reading Brisingr and celebrated. It certainly makes sense of why Eragon's treatment of Sloan and his murder of the young soldier, as well as any number of other plot holes. This comes in two flavors: the Deliberate and the Accidental. Deliberate: Related to the 'Genius', 'Troll', and 'Eragon's a Jerkass' theories above, Paolini is laughing up his sleeve at us and deliberately making the series have all these plot holes that only make sense if you look at Eragon as a sociopathic asshat. A reveal at the end of the fourth book is optional, and if it does happen is likely to catapult this theory into the 'Fourth Book is gonna be AWESOME' theory's territory. In this case, Paolini is almost definitely a Lying Creator. Accidental: Paolini really doesn't realize that what he's writing has gaping plot holes you could drive the Millennium Falcon through that only make sense if you look at them this way. The way the series is written just got this way entirely accidentally, and he just doesn't get it. Paolini is honest, but incredibly blind because frankly, this kind of thing would be a, different, and b, AWESOME.
Dragons make themselves seem more impressive with Psychic PowersThis developed as a defence mechanism for hatchlings, and is why Eragon could not even bring himself to consider killing the newly-hatched Saphira. Elves and Riders inherit a slightly weaker version of this ability - this is why you Can't Argue with Elves. Ironically, their mental link to a dragon also makes Riders more susceptible to this - this is why Eragon keeps going on about how wondrous and beautiful dragons are, and may have contributed to his infatuation with Arya. Supporting this are the dragons' "cousins" living in the Beor mountains, which use Psychic Powers to paralyse their prey with fear. Oh, and that furry elf who does not seem to realise that his body is exuding pheremones.
The Elves used to be humanA human who is linked to a dragon is shown to become more and more elven as time passes, apparently just as a side effect. The entire elven race made a link between themselves and the dragons, and gained their strength and magic as a result.By this reasoning, the elves are really just a bunch of transformed humans.
Durza became a shade after accidentally tapping into Morzan's soulIt could be plausible. Ish. Maybe. Sort of.
He's making it up as he goesEldunari seem like a big enough deal that there should have been a reference to it earlier on. That he came up with a weapon to stick beneath that tree was just because he remembered the prophecy he'd written and slapped something together for it really fast.
Alternatively: the Inheritance Cycle is the story of Christopher Paolini's Dungeon and Dragons campaign.His character was given all these powers because he was dating the DM at the time (or he was the DM, and had a GMPC). When his parents forbade him from taking part it in anymore, he decided it would make a good story. His parents decided that was a better use of his creative energies and encouraged him just because it wasn't those silly dice . Well, can't say it hasn't turned out well for him...
Alagasia in the Southern Hemisphere of Middle EarthThink about it. As well as all the obvious about elves, dwaves etc. there's the geography. We know from Tolkein that Arda was orignally symetrical until Morgoth ruined it, we know also that even the extended maps of Middle-Earth only show the West coastline to the Equator. From the Silmarillion we are told that the Ered Luin were originally an unbroken range. Unlike Beleriland and Eriador further north Alagasia was never afflicted by Morgoth and so wasn't attacked, hence the coastal mountains remain intact (they follow the line of the Misty Mountains), and the Beor Mountains retain the orignal height of all of Middle-Earth's mountains. In order to preserve climatic descriptions, we just assume that the translation of North and South from the elvish got mixed up and that the South is actually the North, hence closer to the equator.
The reason the fourth book is taking so long to come out is because Christopher Paolini has gone into hiding.It has finally hit him that he isn't much more than an amateur thrown in the ring a bit too early and he is so ashamed that he has gone into hiding. His editors are desperately maintaining the illusion he is still here by extracting DNA from shed skin and creating a clone.
Eragon is just that- a soldier fighting for a cause.Besides Fan Wank, there is no indication that the old dragon riders were anything but peacekeepers. As such, there is every canon indication that Galbatorix is an evil bastard, and he has performed no actions to make it seem otherwise. As such, the Varden are actually freedom fighters, who are willing to do what is necessary in order to ensure that Galbatorix is deposed- and guess what, Paolini was showing what needed to be done in order for freedom to be gained. He is actually subverting What Measure Is a Mook?. The only difference between Luke Skywalker cutting down Stormtroopers and Eragon killing Imperial soldiers is that Paolini makes it clear that the Imperial soldiers had wives and children and that they do not want to die. Eragon realizes this, but continues on, because he believes in his cause- that's what all the angsting is for. The main reason why everybody is taking the Alternate Character Interpretation that Eragon is evil and Galbatorix is good is because a. Paolini, admittedly, could have done a much better job in informing us that Galbatorix is evil, and b. He didn't spend enough time, apparently, hammering into everybody's heads that Eragon would rather not kill. I mean, what's a couple nightmares and almost entire chapters devoted to the subject worth?
A startling revelation about the nature of AlagaesiaLooking at the map one day, it finally dawned on me. Rivers twist, turn, and double back on themselves, implying that water in this universe is unaffected by gravity. There are radically different biomes that could never exist side-by-side in our world not only neighboring one another, but having a pencil-thin divide between them (generic plains next to desert next to mountains next to forest). The Big Bad sends out more troops than the country could logically support, all of whom are cruelly slaughtered without a second thought by the heroes... Yes, Alagaesia is, in fact, the Mushroom Kingdom. Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
Galbatorix turned himself into a shadeThink about it! Why would they mention a dragon rider/shade being the most terrifyingly evil and most powerful thing ever if it isn't going to be used. This would explain how galbatorix was able to defeat the riders and why he really went mad.
Galbatorix is trying to get ultimate power using the true name of the old languageIt is obvious that this is what he his trying to do! Eragon asked about this in the first book it is an obvious Chekhov's Gun and it has been stated that Galbatorix was soon going to be unstoppable. There was also that hermit that said that he was looking for the answer to THE question, and that means that it is important
Tenga is seeking a way to convert regular energy into magicWhen Eragon asked Oromis "Since it's possible to absorb energy from life, is it also possible to absorb it from light or fire or from any of the other forms of energy?", Oromis replied, "Ah, Eragon, if it were, we could destroy Galbatorix in an instant. ... Reason says that it can be done, but no one has managed to devise a spell that allows it." That's an obvious Chekhov's Gun setup. Tenga says "I search for the answer! A key to an unopened door, the secret of the trees and the plants. Fire, heat, lightning, light..." Trees and plants can convert sunlight, in a roundabout way, to magic. Fire and so on are all forms of energy. And just think how cool a fight between a Directed-Nuke-using Dragon Shade and Eragon (with Eldunari and Sapphira) would be. EPIC!
Everything is as it seems. The Inheritance cycle is NOT a rip-off of star wars, (or the other way around) Eragon is good, Galbatorix is Bad and he is alive and everything he seems to be.
The Inheritance Cycle is an allegory for Paolini's struggle with his repressed homosexuality.
It's all self-indulgant fan-wank.
The Rock of Kuthian, gate to the Vault of Souls, is exactly what it says on the tin.
Elva will be a badass politicianShe'll use her skills as The Empath to become the greatest democratically elected leader who ever lived, by knowing how to appeal to the greatest number of people and what strings to pull for everything else.
Roran will be the Next Dragon RiderIt seems so obvious it's almost painful. I kinda hope it turns out to be Catrina or Elva, now, just 'cos it would be surprisinging and possibly awesome.
Elva will be exceptionally talented at guessing True NamesJust an idea I'm throwing out there. I expect she'd make a fabulous evil overlord, and every little helps...
Galbatorix will use the true name of the Ancient Language to create instrumentality.He wants to unite all living beings in one consciousness, eliminating all conflict, and he will be reunited with his dragon.
Saphira is the reason for Eragons behavior AND Instant exspert.the bond between the dragon and the Rider is stronger than exspected and given time a rider will become more draconic in personalety this is the real reason why the riders of old were forced to train their mental disipline so much. Also the dragon works like a second head giving a rider the ablilety to atain memories twice as fast as a normal human. It also exsplains why Eragorn used so little time to learn to use his left hand, Saphira is evenhanded (even winged?).
The reason Saphira acts so snarkish to Eragon is because she loves himThey act like an old couple that bickers, but come through in their [[Aw look, they really do love each other]] moments.
Eragon will 'heal' uncle Galby just like his mother did with the assassins in Jeod's history.Think about it, who would think to create a protection to a simple healing spell?
The cover will feature the last dragon.Not really much of a WMG, but it's pretty probable. The fifth book, if it comes out, will feature either Shruiken or an older Saphira, like this kind of matching cover thing usually does. I say "or older Saphira" because we've already had a black book. Dude, Brisingr really should have been yellow.
The "Vault of Souls" is the Alagasian name for the StargateThe Rock of Kuthian being a gate dialing device. "Eragon" can be translated into gate chevrons giving the coordinates to Earth. The Iris won't work when Eragon goes through because...MAGIC! Galbatorix is a Goa'uld. The Elves are Ancients who've descended, and the Gray Folk are the Asguard. In the end it won't be Eragon's destiny to stop Galbatorix, only to act as the Message Carrier for Alagasia to Stargate Command so that Alagasia can finnaly be freed from the Tyranny of the Goa'uld.
Paolini is setting up a Screw You, Elves! of massive proportions from the dwarves.It's not easy to see, but the virtues-to-vices ratio for the elves has been slowly decreasing. In Book 1, they were described in vague enough terms to be perfect. However, they were rather bland, while the dwarves, Paolini's favorite (this is important), were decently characterized and fairly diverse. Come Book 2, while elves were given more "good" traits, they were also shown to be a bit petty, and when Eragon's elven sparring partner accepts him, he's never seen in the book again, as if he lost the characterization that made him important. Eragon starts quietly disagreeing with the elves - many people seem to overlook that Eragon disagrees with the elves' atheism. He also calls them out for hiding in their forest, albeit politely. Meanwhile, the dwarves are more fleshed out and realistic, and we learn more about their history, economy, and religion. During the final battle, they come to the aid of the Varden despite not being part of it. Orik insults Oromis to his face, and Oromis accepts his accusations. In Book 3, elves are given almost no more virtues, while being shown as being disconnected from the outside world, placing more value on trees than the lives of the people they're allied with. They donate a meager twelve elves to aid Eragon, who mostly only act as a backup power supply. During the final battle, a human soldier accuses Eragon of betraying his race due to his elvish appearance, while Oromis - a powerful elf and a Dragon Rider to boot - gets killed. The most important elf in the book, RhunŲn, all but hates her species, and identifies much more with the dwarves. The elves as a whole are out of the picture almost entirely, while a good chunk of the book is devoted to more dwarven customs. At least one of their gods is all but confirmed to exist - trashing the elves' atheism - and when Eragon prays to him, his prayer is answered. Overall, the view of elves presented to the reader has seemingly gone down, while Paolini's favorite has been given more importance. Given the Elves VS Dwarves relationship in the series, it's probable that the dwarves are going to screw the elves over, and no one will mind (especially not the reader).
THE Screw You, Elves! of massive proportions from the dwarves thing is an allegoryOf rural-urban relationships in Paolini's home state of Montana. The Elves represent the "new Montanans", folk who moved to Montana from lands further west (i.e. the west coast) to "get a taste of the Real West" and settle in the high, forested northwest. However the ideals and morals: Considering themselves more 'civilized' and Just a biiit too far left and grass-coloured for comfort of the newer neighbors don't sit well AT ALL with the older denizens of Montana, who are more rural, conservative, industry-loving, and religious. Eragon, whose is by Word of God an Author Expy, sits somewhere in the middle.
Urgals are a race of minotaurs.They're hairy to the point of fur, long-horned, and less evil and more complex than previously presented.
Arya is a Romantic False Lead, and Elva is Eragon's final love interest.Think about it. She matures at an incredible rate both physically and mentally, is magic, and is still young enough that she will probably view Eragon as a role model, intentionally or not. The botched blessing in book 1 formed a bit more of a bond than they thought. When Elva looks 16 in a couple of years, and Eragon hasn't aged a bit, that's when it will happen. Hey, makes as much sense as Bella's daughter/Jacob... Also, Eragon/Arya is so obvious that subverting it would be worth it.
The Fourth Book
Roran will become the next king.
Inheritance is just playing with various loved tales, such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, Doctor Who, and the song Starlight, by Muse
Angela is VERY oldIn Inheritance, we hear about the Hall of the Soothsayer. While Nasuada is being tortured to bring into service, Galbatorix mentions that it was built to house a soothsayer, or 'fortune teller', because of the fact it released a gas that allowed a person to see into the future. In this, the soothsayer dreamed of what happened and what will happen. Now, it also told this soothsayer and her attendants left. This doesn't sound important until you come along a little later in the book, where it's mentioned that a hermit devised a spell that allowed Eragon to carry the Eldunari. It's also mentioned this occurred hundreds of years ago. Tenga is a hermit, specifically a very smart and very powerful one. He is shown to be adept at using magic. Angela mentioned that she was his apprentice for an unfortunate number of years, and knows more about basically everything that occurs than even most of the elves. Her sword, Tinkledeath, is thought to be diamond by Eragon. She knows of a way to use energy to strike at a near-instant timing. This connects further on in the first Eragon book, where she may have actually known who Eragon is and what he is. To dispell doubt, she used the knucklebones. (This also gives further credence to her age, the elves and dragons fought long ago. This would be the only time they would do this, because they have such a respect for dragons later on it's not funny). Also, as we saw, Tenga began asking questions that old dragons would. While they had nothing to do with most present things, he was asking about things that are almost impossible to answer and potentially answering them. To further illustrate her power, her prediction from the first book is true. All this makes me believe that Angela, is in fact, The Soothsayer.
Angela is someone/thing from Doctor Who.Leading theories include:
Related to the ones above: Angela is actually Christophers sister AngelaBy the way, does someone know if her last name is Paolini, too? Would be logical, but you never know. Well, at some point in the future, Angela will become a companion of the The Doctor. Some incident, probably with the TARDIS, will make her immortal (it happend before). The Doctor visited the old AlagaŽsia, became a legend there and left Angela for some reason. They met again at least once, when Solembum was already travelling with her. She has either seen or been to a future AlagaŽsia, maybe she even met a future Eragon, or, alternatively or additionally, she actually was The Soothsayer, maybe only having been able to become this because she was already changed by the TARDIS.
Galbatorix is a Time LordAnd not just any Time Lord, he is The Master.
Eragon will returnThen, eventually, leave again and not return.
Christopher Paolini is a troperExplains why the last two books were so much improved - he read the criticisms and took them to heart. That's probably why Eragon gets called out by different characters for the exact same things that detractors do.
Angela has read the books ahead of timeAnd may be a Troper as well. Seriously, it would explain her status as resident fourth-wall breaker, and the random shout-outs. She's not taking any of this seriously, because she knows what will happen.
Galbatorix is a greater NobodyWell, he DOES have the X, and maybe it isn't the dragon making him immortal.
The new book will be about the first Dwarf or Urgal RiderBecause we need an excuse to see how Eragon raises the new Riders, so why not from the POV of the first ever Dwarf or Urgal Rider? Maybe even both?