Sunday, December 11, 2011

Inheritance and my predictions

I finished Christopher Paolini's Inheritance in the wee hours of this morning, and now I would like to review the predictions I had made. Some of which were wildly wrong, others of which were right on. I give the reasons for all my predictions in this post. And of course, in case it isn't already obvious...

SPOILER ALERT

1) I think that Roran is a Moses figure, and that he will either a) die, or b) become king of Alagaësia and be unable to return to his former life as a farmer. -- He does not become king (although one elf does suggest him as a good possibility) and he does return to Carvahall. It is not said how well he takes to returning to life as a farmer, though.

2) Katrina will come face to face with Galbatorix, and there will be a need for her and Roran to use the rings that Eragon gifted them with. -- Nope.

3) Nasuada will die. -- Actually, she goes on to become queen.

4) That in the end of the book Eragon leaves Alagaësia with a green dragon and that dragon's rider. And Roran stands on the shore screaming in despair. Or screaming in something. -- Yes Eragon leaves Alagaësia. No the green rider and her dragon do not go with him. Yes it is Roran who stands on the shore screaming.

5) That the new green dragon hatched just outside of Ellesméra, at the Stone of Broken Eggs. -- Nope.

6) 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. -- No it's not a matter of who has more Eldunarí. But yes Eragon had to find the Vault of Souls, and Eragon had to speak his own true name.

7) Certain persons of interest will play important parts. Persons discussed in this post. -- They do not play important roles. However, I think that Bladesinger and the teenage girl do make a brief appearance during the final battle.

8) Galbatorix will come dangerously close to finding the true name of the Ancient Language. -- He doesn't come dangerously close. He actually does find it!!! I hadn't thought it would be possible to defeat him after that.

9) Eragon and Arya will get together despite their age differences. -- Difficult to say. Paolini doesn't write any romance between them, but Arya does return Eragon's feelings. And if she didn't have responsibilities as queen I'm pretty sure that she would have left Alagaësia with him and they would have married. Or done the elf equivalent, by sticking together, anyways.

10) Eragon's true name will contain brisingr in it. -- We have no idea what Eragon's true name is. *pout*

1 comment:

Mike B said...

I know that I was disappointed that we never got to hear Eragon's true name and don't know if it contains brisingr. He was called, Fire Sword....

I know that Galbatorix had most of the dragons killed, but I can't help but think that if the could hatch a dozen of the dragon eggs they would have had a better chance of killing Galbatorix than just fighting with the Eldunarí.

I am undecided if I like the concept that knowing the name of the the Ancient Language would really grant one power over magic. It would have made more sense if he could use the name to make people forget how to speak the language instead of being able to control or alter all magic. The wordless curse that allowed Eragon to defeat Galbatorix would still have worked.

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