I am listening to Brisingr by Christopher Paolini and I would like to update my predictions for the book. My new predictions start at #8.
1) Roran will either die or will find that his duties prevent him from returning to a farmer's life. Why? I explained that here.
2) Katrina will come face to face with Galbatorix. Why? Because in Eldest she makes Roran promise "that you will never make such a request again. You must promise me that even if we faced Galbatorix himself and only one of us could escape, you would not ask me to leave" (180). This somehow looks like a foreshadowing to me.
3) Nasuada will die. Why? Because we already know from Angela's fortune telling that Eragon will leave Alagaësia forever...but that's something he can't do if he owes fealty to someone in Alagaësia. Therefore, Nasuada must die.
4) That in the end of the book Eragon leaves Alagaësia with a green dragon and his rider. And Roran stands on the shore screaming in despair. Or screaming in something. Why? Because of the dream Eragon had in Eragon. And I'm just guessing about the guy on the shore being Roran.
5) That Arya becomes the new rider somehow, falls in love with Eragon, and that at the end of the book they fly away to live happily ever after. Why? No real reason...maybe it's just wishful hoping. In truth I can come up with nothing to support this prediction, and I can come up with plenty of reasons why it couldn't happen. lol
6) That the new green dragon hatched just outside of Ellesmera, at the Stone of Broken Eggs. Why? Because Eragon happens across "a fragment of a green dragon egg" at that location (Eldest, 449). It seems like an important detail once we know that the next dragon will be green. Besides, the new dragon won't be of much help unless they wait for it him to mature, or unless they force him to grow prematurely like Galbatorix did to Thorn. And I can't see any of the good guys doing that to a dragon.
7) That the green dragon makes friends with Arya, and in the end she, the green dragon, and Eragon/Saphira fly away together into the sunset. Why? I'm trying to find a way to get Eragon and Arya together...go ahead, laugh.
8) That in the end it will be a matter of who has the most Eldunarí and that Eragon must find the Vault of Souls. At the Vault of Souls Eragon must speak either his own true name or the true name of the Ancient Language -- probably his own true name. Why? We already know that Eragon must find a Vault of Souls, and that the Vault of Souls will hold the Eldunarí seems most likely. We also know that Eragon must speak a name, and we know that he wants to find his own name, so he will probably find his own name, and hence it seems likely that he must speak his own name.
9) Certain persons of interest will play important parts. This is discussed further in this post.
10) Galbatorix will come close to finding, or he will find, the true name of the Ancient Language. Why? The last Ra'zac tells Eragon that "He has almossst found the name" (Brisingr, 65). The Ra'zac will not, or cannot, clarify what name he's talking about, but I'm sure it's a pretty important name. Elsewhere it's said that whoever knows the name of the Ancient Language will have complete power over the speakers of that language, and since Galbatorix is sort of power hungry it seems like something he'd go after. I'm pretty sure that it's also mentioned somewhere in Brisingr that he's had a project that has kept him occupied recently, and I think that project is finding the name.
11) That Roran will become king. My brother actually suggested this, and I think there's a good chance of it happening. Why? We already know that Roran is one heck of a leader, and that Nasuada will die (see prediction #3). And if Roran is a Moses figure, as discussed in prediction #1, then this is a wonderful duty to keep him from returning to Carvahall. Roran is such an excellent leader that I could see him getting cornered into being a king even though I don't think he'd want that position.
You know, I'll probably have to eventually narrow these down to what I think is the most likely to happen...
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