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The Inheritance Almanac
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Christopher Paolini's world of Alagaësia is a magical land, full of mysterious people, objects, and places-one that has captivated millions of fans across the globe. Now, with the Inheritance Fan...
Christopher Paolini's world of Alagaësia is a magical land, full of mysterious people, objects, and places-one that has captivated millions of fans across the globe. Now, with the Inheritance Fan...
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  • Christopher Paolini's world of Alagaësia is a magical land, full of mysterious people, objects, and places-one that has captivated millions of fans across the globe. Now, with the Inheritance Fan Book, those fans have a resource in the form of an A-to-Z almanac, where they can find everything they ever wanted to know about this fascinating world.  From Arya to Zar'roc, this is an exhaustive encyclopedia about the land of the Inheritance cycle that also offers little-known facts gleaned from dozens of interviews with Christopher Paolini.

     

    Did you know . . .

    -that Helgrind, the den of the Raz'ac, is based on a real rock formation?

    -that Saphira's blue-tinted vision was inspired by Paolini's own color blindness?

    -that the Broddrings are the original humans who traveled to Alagaësia with King Palancar?

     

    A must-have book for every Inheritance fan!

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  • From the book A
    ABERON
    In southern Alagaesia, in the pastoral countryside, stands Aberon, the walled capital city of Surda, the free nation of human beings. The heart of Aberon is Borromeo Castle, where King Orrin and the royal family live and rule in defiance of King Galbatorix and the Empire. Orrin's government has played a key role in the uprising, forging a working alliance with the Varden (the major resistance group to the Empire) and providing sanctuary for refugees and opposition leaders.
    Borromeo Castle is an austere edifice reflecting the spartan reality of wartime and has heartened Orrin's countrymen, as it embodies the government's serious focus in this time of crisis. The exigency of wartime can be seen in Borromeo's fortifications—three rings of stone walls, with numerous lookout towers atop each, and hundreds of ballistae ready to unleash offensive firepower. Orrin's one indulgence is the laboratory he maintains within the castle walls, where he pursues his scientific interests.
    ACALLAMH
    The name of one of two lovers from the song "Du Silbena Datia." The other is Nuada.
    AETHRID
    The woman celebrated in the song "Sweet Aethrid o' Dauth." SEE Edel.
    AFTER CREATION (AC)
    According to the dwarvish calendar, "After Creation" (AC) marks recorded history from when the god Helzvog formed the first dwarves. Major historic events based on this calendar include
    5217 AC: The date elves are believed to have landed in Alagaesia near the site of present-day Teirm.
    5291-5296 AC: The seminal struggle between dragons and elves. This conflict is referred to as Du Fyrn Skulblaka in the ancient language (the Dragon War).
    5296 AC: The Dragon Riders are born of the peace pact between dragons and elves.
    5596 AC: The first humans, known as the Broddrings, appear on the Surdan coast. After trading with dwarves, they disappeared back whence they came. Human beings returned in 7203 AC and established permanent settlements.
    7206 AC: Dragon Riders widen the pact between dragons and elves to include human Riders.
    7886 AC: The Dragon Rider Galbatorix begins his bloody rise to power in Alagaesia.
    7896-7900 AC: The period known as the Fall of the Dragon Riders, which culminated in the death of Rider leader Vrael and victory over the Broddring nation, whereupon Galbatorix declared himself king.
    7900-7903 AC: The Varden, a rebel alliance, is founded by humans to fight Galbatorix's Empire while other humans form the independent state of Surda.
    7903 AC: The year in which Jeod Longshanks and Brom, last of the Dragon Riders, rescue a dragon egg from Galbatorix. The egg subsequently hatched into Saphira, the dragon raised by Eragon, a fifteen-year-old human dwelling in the village of Carvahall in Palancar Valley.
    AGAETI BLODHREN
    This elvish festivity, whose name means "Bloodoath Celebration," is held once every century to honor the sacred pact that ended the war between dragons and elves and formed the Dragon Riders. Held around the Menoa tree in the heart of the Du Weldenvarden forest, this joyous three-day festival is marked by music, dancing, and feasting. A highlight of the celebration is a renewal of the bond between dragons and Riders performed by the Caretakers, two ancient elves who wield the combined power of every dragon in Alagaesia and can bestow this energy upon a chosen one—most recently, Eragon.
    The elvish Dragon Rider Oromis warned Eragon to be on his guard during the Agaeti Blodhren, explaining that even elves can go mad—"wonderfully, gloriously mad, but mad all the same." Eragon and Saphira indeed found themselves drawn into what Oromis called "the web of our magic." The celebration passed like a dream, with Eragon lulled...

About the Author-

  • Mike Macauley was inspired to start Shurtugal.com when he read Eragon in high school.  Shurtugal has since become the premier Inheritance cycle fan site and a major source of information for the online-fan community.

Reviews-

  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2011

    Gr 5-8-Macauley is the creator of Shurtugal.com, a fan site covering Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance" series (Knopf). He has written a great deal about the books over the last few years and has compiled the information into a reference work. Although called an "Almanac," the volume is a simple A-to-Z directory of the characters, creatures, concepts, and places introduced in the books. Many of the listings under a name or word are simple definitions of 25 words or less; only a few dozen of them, such as "Dwarves" or "[Princess] Arya," are longer than a page. Among the names and places, Macauley drops bits of trivia, such as "Helgrind was inspired by Shiprock Peak in New Mexico." While it would not take long to find all of this information online, many true fans of Paolini's works will appreciate having it all in one place.-Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX

    Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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