Friday, July 29, 2011

Exodus!

I'm rereading Eldest by Christopher Paolini. And I'm sorry, but before I go any further...

SPOILERS!!!

I've said before that Roran reminds me of Moses, and that I think he's a Moses figure. True, he doesn't speak for a god, but he does lead his people to freedom. Also, if you'll allow me to quote a little of the book immediately after Roran came up with the wild idea of taking the people of Carvahall to Surda...
"It was heresy, blasphemy, to think that he could convince the farmers to abandon their fields and the merchants their shops. . ." (247)
The words "heresy" and "blasphemy" suggest a religious context, which supports my idea that he's a Moses figure.

There are two other places that support my theory...one of which are actually in the next book, Brisingr.
"I did not lie; this is my flock and I am their shepherd" (Eldest, 426).
I can't remember if Moses ever calls himself the shepherd, but calling followers a flock is definitely Biblical.
"They may have followed me, but they certainly never stopped questioning me" (Brisingr, 159).
Moses could have said these words himself. While reading the Bible I lost track of how many times he was questioned and challenged, and yet he was always followed in the end -- just like Moses.

Now, with this in mind, I want to make a prediction about the final book, Inheritance.

Moses never got to see the Promised Land that he led his people to, and I don't think that Roran will get to either.

Yes, it's true that Roran manages to get his people to Surda -- but that's not really what he wants, is it? What his own Promised Land is is clearly stated when Roran marries Katrina in Brisingr:
"He brings his hammer. He brings the strength of his hands. And he brings the promise of a farm in Carvahall, where they may both live in peace" (344).
If Roran really is a Moses figure, as I think he is, then he will not live to see this. Either he will die (as is suggested in one sneak peak that has been released...but which I cannot find now!) or there will be new obligations that prevent him from returning to his life as a farmer.

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