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Eragon

First edition cover
Author Christopher Paolini
Illustrator John Jude Palencar
Cover artist John Jude Palencar
Country United States
Language English
Series Inheritance cycle
Genre(s) High fantasy
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date August 26, 2003
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback) and audio-CD
Pages 544 pp (Paolini LLC 1st Edition) 509 pp (Knopf 1st Edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-9666213-3-6 (Paolin LLC 1st Edition) ISBN 0-375-82668-8 (Knopf 1st Edition)
Followed by Eldest

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Eragon tells the story of a young farm boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira. After Saphira hatches for Eragon in the opening chapters, King Galbatorix sends his servants (including the Ra'zac, Urgals, and the shade Durza) after Eragon and Saphira, in an effort to capture or kill them. Eragon and Saphira flee their hometown of Carvahall, and embark on a number of adventures involving swordplay, magic, friendship, betrayal, and death. Eragon holding Zarroc in the movie. ... Dragons are an intelligent race that inhabit Alagaësia, a fictional fantasy world created by Christopher Paolini. ... This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ... Galbatorix is the primary antagonist of Christopher Paolinis Inheritance Trilogy. ... Razac are superhuman beings in Christopher Paolinis Inheritance trilogy. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... A Shade in the mythological or supernatural sense can be one of many things. ... Durza is a fictional character in Christopher Paolinis Inheritance Trilogy. ... The village of Carvahall Carvahall is a fictional village in Christopher Paolinis Inheritance Trilogy. ...


Eragon was the third-best-selling children's hardback book of 2003,[1] the second-best-selling paperback of 2005[2], and has placed on the New York Times Best Seller List for 121 (nonconsecutive) weeks.[3].


Eldest, the second book in the Inheritance Cycle was published on August 23, 2005. The third book, Brisingr, is scheduled for release on September 20, 2008. The fourth (untitled) book is not yet scheduled for release Eldest is the second book in the planned Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini. ... Book 4 will be the fourth and final book of the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini, following the best selling books[1] Eragon, Eldest and the still unreleased (and unnamed) third book. ...


Eragon was also adapted into a film of the same name, which was released on December 15, 2006. The film met with dismal critics reviews, scoring only 16% on Rotten Tomatoes[4] . This article is about the film. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

Background and publication history

Cover of Self-Published Eragon 2002

After receiving his high school diploma at the age of 15, the homeschooled Paolini started planning a novel which he would enjoy reading himself. After a month of planning out the series, he started writing the first draft by hand. It was finished a year later and a second draft was started. After another year of editing, Paolini and his family decided to self publish the book. Editing proceeded through a third year, as well as the creation of marketing materials, promoting the novel as Paolini and his family toured across the USA. Over 135 talks were given at bookshops, libraries and schools, many with Paolini dressed up in a medieval costume. In the summer of 2002, Carl Hiaasen brought Eragon to the attention of a publisher after his stepson read a copy of the book. Knopf acquired the rights to the series, which led to another editing of the novel as well as a new cover, drawn by John Jude Palencar.[5][6] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 388 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (450 × 695 pixels, file size: 69 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Self-Published Eragon Cover, 2002 This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 388 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (450 × 695 pixels, file size: 69 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Self-Published Eragon Cover, 2002 This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who... Homeschooling[1] ( also called home education), home learning or homeschool[1] – is the education of children at home, typically by parents or guardians, rather than in a public or private school. ... Not to be confused with Samizdat. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Carl Hiaasen (IPA pronunciation: ) (born March 12, 1953) is an American journalist and novelist. ... Alfred A. Knopf ( September 12, 1892 – August 11, 1984) was a leading American publisher of the 20th century. ... John Jude Palencar (Born 1957) is a fantasy/science-fiction cover artist with an impressive list of over 100 books whose covers have been adorned by his art, including Eragon by Christopher Paolini, the 2003 New York Times Bestseller. ...

Plot summary

Eragon lives with his uncle Garrow and cousin Roran on a farm on the outskirts of a small village called Carvahall. While hunting in the Spine, a large range of mountains, Eragon is surprised to see a polished blue stone appear in front of him. A few days later, Eragon witnesses a baby dragon hatch from the "stone", and realizes that it is in actuality, a dragon egg. After a talk with the town's elderly storyteller, Brom, Eragon names the dragon Saphira. He raises the dragon in secret until two of King Galbatorix's servants, the Ra'zac, come to Carvahall looking for the egg. Eragon and Saphira manage to escape by hiding in the forest, but Garrow is fatally burned and the house and farm are burned down. Once Garrow dies, Eragon is left with no reason to stay in Carvahall, so he goes after the Ra'zac, seeking vengeance for the destruction of his home and his uncle's death. He is accompanied by Brom, who insists on helping him and Saphira. Eragon holding Zarroc in the movie. ... This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ... This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ... Most of Alagaësia is under the control of Galbatorixs Empire In the Inheritance Trilogy, the Empire is the major power on the fictional continent of Alagaësia. ... Alagaësia is a fictional land in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle. ... This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ... This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ... This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ...


Eragon becomes a Dragon Rider through his bond with Saphira. On the journey, Eragon learns sword fighting, magic, the ancient language, and the ways of the Dragon Riders from Brom. Their travels bring them to Teirm, from where they are able to track the Ra'zac to the southern city of Dras-Leona. Before leaving Teirm, however, Eragon has his fortune told by the witch Angela, who warns him of the many dangers he will face. Swordsmanship refers to the skills of a swordsman, a person versed in fencing with a sword. ... Not to be confused with Magic (illusion). ... This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ...


Once in Dras-Leona, they manage to infiltrate the city, but Eragon later encounters the Ra'zac in a cathedral in the city, and is forced to flee. Though Brom and Eragon manage to escape, their camp is ambushed later that night. Although a stranger, Murtagh, rescues them, Brom is gravely injured and dies shortly after — but not before finally revealing to Eragon that he was a Dragon Rider, whose dragon was also named Saphira. This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ...


Murtagh becomes Eragon's new companion. They then travel to Gil'ead, a city where they should be able to find information on how to find the Varden, a group of rebels who want to see the downfall of Galbatorix. While stopping near Gil'ead, Eragon is captured, drugged, and imprisoned in the same jail that holds a woman he has been receiving dreams about. When he breaks out of his cell, he discovers that she is an elf. Murtagh and Saphira stage a rescue and Eragon escapes with the unconscious elf. During the escape Eragon and Murtagh battle with a Shade - a sorcerer possessed by evil spirits - named Durza. Murtagh shoots Durza between the eyes with an arrow, and the shade disappears in a cloud of mist. Most of Alagaësia is under the control of Galbatorixs Empire In the Inheritance Trilogy, the Empire is the major power on the fictional continent of Alagaësia. ... The Varden are a group of fictional rebels in Christopher Paolinis Inheritance trilogy. ... Most of Alagaësia is under the control of Galbatorixs Empire In the Inheritance Trilogy, the Empire is the major power on the fictional continent of Alagaësia. ... Alagaësia is a fictional land in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle. ... Alagaësia is a fictional land in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle. ... This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ...


After escaping, Eragon contacts the unconscious elf telepathically, and discovers that her name is Arya, She also tells them that she was poisoned while in captivity, and that only a potion in possession of the Varden can cure her. Arya is also able to give directions to the exact location of the Varden; a city called Tronjhiem, which sits in the mountain Farthen Dûr, hidden deep in the Beor Mountains. Eragon, Saphira, and Murtagh go in search of the Varden, both to save the Arya's life, and to escape Galbatorix's wrath. This is list of the characters in Christopher Paolinis fantasy series The Inheritance cycle. ... Farthen Dûr is a mountain which has within in it Tronjheim, a primarily Dwarven city in the fictional world of Alagaësia. ... In the fictional universe of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Trilogy, the Beor Mountains are the tallest mountains in Alagaësia, being over ten miles high (nearly twice as tall as Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth). ...


When they arive in Farthen Dûr, Eragon is led to the leader of the Varden, Ajihad. In this meeting, he learns that Saphira's egg was under the care of Arya, until she was ambushed while transporting it. He is then told that the Shade Durza was not destroyed by Murtagh's well placed arrow, because the only way to kill a shade is with a stab to the heart. During their meetings with Ajihad, they discover that Murtagh is the son of Morzan, Galbatorix's most devoted follower. Morzan had killed Brom's dragon before Brom killed him in return. Ajihad orders Murtagh to be locked up in a cell for the protection of the Varden. In Christopher Paolinis Inheritance Trilogy, Ajihad is the leader of the Varden. ...


Eragon is at last able to rest, although a new invasion is imminent: Galbatorix has discovered the location of the Varden, and plans to have his Urgal army destroy them. Ajihad orders Murtagh to be released and allowed to fight. When the battle begins, the Varden and dwarves are pitted against an enormous army of Urgals. During the battle, Eragon faces Durza again, but fails in battle against him. Durza is about to capture Eragon when Saphira and Arya break Isidar Mithrim, the Star Sapphire, diverting the Shade's attention long enough for Eragon to stab him in the heart, after which, Eragon blacks out. After Durza's death, the Urgals are released from a spell which had been placed on them and begin to fight among themselves; the Varden take advantage of this opportunity, and the battle turns in their favor. During Eragon's unconsciousness, a stranger calling himself 'The Cripple Who is Whole' contacts him through his mind and informs the he is wanted for training in Elesméra, the elven capital city. He awakes to find Angela, the witch from Teirm, tending to him. He then realizes that he has a long, painful scar where Durza slashed his back. The story ends with Eragon promising the presence in his mind that he will find him and continue to train. Isidar Mithrim, which means, Star Sapphire, in the Dwarvish Language, is the star located at the heights of Farthen Dûr, a Dwarf city in the Inheritance Trilogy. ...


Reception

The New York Times Book Review stated that the novel, "for all its flaws, is an authentic work of great talent."[7] The book won of 2006 Nene award, which is awarded by the children of Hawaii.[8] The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


Eragon has been criticized for its derivative nature, with critics drawing similarities between it and Star Wars (due to a very similar plot),[9] The Lord of the Rings (due to the setting, elven[10][11] and dwarven races,[10] and the language)[10] and Dragonriders of Pern, (which involves dragonriders with a telepathic link to their dragons).[12] This article is about the series. ... This article is about the novel. ... The Dragonriders of Pern is an extensive fantasy/science fiction series of novels and short stories primarily written by Anne McCaffrey. ... Telepathy from the Greek τηλε, tele, distant, and πάθεια, patheia, feeling, is the supposed ability to communicate information from one mind to another, and is one form of extra-sensory perception or anomalous cognition. ... Chinese dragon, color engraving on wood, Chinese school, 19th Century The dragon is a mythical creature typically depicted as a large and powerful serpent or other reptile with magical or spiritual qualities. ...


Many positive reviews note that the work pulls strongly from the conventions of fantasy, in character, dialogue and concepts.[13] School Library Journal's review of Eragon was positive, yet lukewarm, noting that Eragon is overly simplistic in its resolution of plot issues.[14]


Common Sense Media called Eragon's dialogue long-winded and clichéd, with a plot "straight out of Star Wars by way of The Lord of the Rings, with bits of other great fantasies thrown in here and there". The website did concede that the book is a notable achievement for such a young author, and it would be appreciated by younger fans, but still labeled it "overblown and derivative".[9]


Adaptations

On December 15, 2006, a loosely based film adaptation of Eragon was released. The movie, starring Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, and John Malkovich, was produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by first-timer Stefen Fangmeier.[15] The screenplay was written by Peter Buchman. Principal photography for the film took place in Hungary and Slovakia. The film currently ranks at #245 in the all time worldwide box office chart[16] and was met with dismal critical reviews, scoring only a 16% composite score on Rotten Tomatoes.[17] It ranks slightly better on Metacritic, however, with a score of 38/100.[18] is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the film. ... Edward John Ed Speleers (born April 7, 1988) is an English actor. ... Jeremy John Irons (born September 19, 1948) is an Academy Award, Tony Award, Screen Actors Guild, two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning English film, television and stage actor. ... John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, producer and director. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Stefen Fangmeier (born 9 December 1960 in El Paso, Texas, USA) is a Visual Effects Supervisor of many notable films including Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events, Saving Private Ryan, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ...


The film was released on DVD on March 20, 2007.[19] is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Paolini himself has said very little about the film since its release. However, before its release, he stated:[20]

The Eragon movie is Fox 2000's version of my story. I had no control over their decisions. I have not seen the final version of the screenplay, nor the movie itself. We just have to wait and see how it turns out and hope for the best. In any case, the books speak for themselves.

Publication details

  • ISBN 0-9666213-3-6 (Paolin LLC 1st Edition, February 2002)
  • ISBN 0-375-82668-8 (Knopf hardcover, August 2003)
  • ISBN 0-8072-1962-2 (audio cassette, August 2003)
  • ISBN 1-4000-9068-7 (compact disc, February 2004)
  • ISBN 9780375826696 (Knopf paperback, February 2005)
  • ISBN 9780375957048 (Eragon/Eldest Omnibus, July 2008)

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Footnotes

  1. ^ Publishers Weekly (2005-04-30). Best-Selling Children's Books, 2003.
  2. ^ Publishers Weekly (2005-04-30). Best-Selling Childern's Books, 2005.
  3. ^ New York Times Best Seller List for Jan 06, 2008.
  4. ^ Eragon. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2007-11-06.
  5. ^ Official website. Retrieved on 2007-05-26.
  6. ^ Waldenbooks feature (Interview). Retrieved on 2007-05-26.
  7. ^ Liz Rosenberg. CHILDREN'S BOOKS; The Egg and Him. New York Times Book Review.
  8. ^ Nene Award Website - 2006 winner
  9. ^ a b Commonsense Media: Review of Eragon
  10. ^ a b c "More of the 'Rings' magic", USA Today 1/20/2004
  11. ^ Books 2005: The 5 Worst", Entertainment Weekly
  12. ^ "Eragon", NovelCritic, 2006-11-28. Retrieved on 2007-11-27. 
  13. ^ Barnes & Noble Editorial Reviews
  14. ^ School Library Journal
  15. ^ Eragon on the Internet Movie Database.
  16. ^ Box Office Mojo information
  17. ^ Rotten Tomatoes Score
  18. ^ Eragon film reviews on Metacritic.
  19. ^ Eragon on DVD.
  20. ^ Paolini on the film adaptation of Eragon.

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