Thursday, August 25, 2011

Persons of interest

I can think of exactly three people introduced in Christopher Paolini's Brisingr (no wait, make that four...I was counting two of them as one) who I expect to be in Inheritance, and whose roles I'm pondering.

SPOILERS

And they are...

1) Tenga -- Eragon meets Tenga (pgs 133-6) while returning to the Varden, and we later learn that Tenga was Angela's teacher. It is such a bizarre encounter and does not seem to do anything for the plot...but I don't think that Paolini is being random here. Therefore, I think we can expect to see Tenga in Inheritance. Probably making trouble. Hey, random idea! Maybe the answer he's looking for is the name of the Ancient Language? Just a thought. And I think that's also the name that Galbatorix is really close to finding (the final Razac mention on page 65) so maybe Galbatorix hooks up with Tenga?

2) Bladesinger and the teenage girl -- We don't actually know their names. Maybe Angela does, but they refuse to tell Eragon. Eragon meets them after Angela has cast the bones for them (254-7) and Angela requests that Eragon bless them. Again this is a seemingly random thing, and they are such odd characters, but I don't think that they can just be in there randomly. Therefore, they must play a part. My guess is that one or both of them turn out to be great warriors and that they play a pivotal part in defeating Galbatorix.

Bladesinger. I like that name! If I were a swordsman I would like that for my nickname. :) (Hey actually if I get into SCA and learn the sword there...)

3) The sun guy -- His name isn't given! But he talks about suns so I'll call him the sun guy. Eragon meets him (pgs 350-2) while visiting the wounded, and this guy knows all kinds of stuff. Stuff that he shouldn't know. He also describes the Hearts that Murtagh carries, though he doesn't know what he's describing and neither does Eragon until later. I'm guessing that this guy will be able to provide information in Inheritance that will help Eragon defeat Galabtorix.

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