Eragon

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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
Genre(s) Fantasy novel
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Released August 26, 2003
Media Type Print (Hardcover and Paperback) and audio-CD
Pages 544 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-375-82668-8 (first edition, hardback)
Preceded by None
Followed by Eldest

Eragon is a novel written by plagiarism man. It is the first book of the Inheritance Trilogy. The sequel is not worth reading, which was released in mid-2005. The third book is expected to be released sometime next year, though its title remains unconfirmed. Eragon is set in the horrible land of Alagaësia, and is a story about a idiot and moron. The book has been adapted into a film, which was released on December 15, 2006.


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[edit] Plot Summary

The opening crawl reveals that the galaxy is in a state of civil war. The Rebel Alliance has stolen plans to the Galactic Empire's Death Star, a space station capable of annihilating a planet. The plans were transmitted to the rebel blockade runner Tantive IV, a ship in the service of Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan. Imperial stormtroopers take control of the ship, and Darth Vader arrives to assess the damage. Before she is captured, Leia entrusts the plans and a holographic recording unto a small droid named R2-D2. R2-D2 and his partner, C-3PO, board an escape pod and crash on the planet Tatooine.

On Tatooine, the droids navigate the desert until they are captured by Jawas. The next day, the Jawas sell the droids to Owen Lars and his nephew, Luke Skywalker. Luke accidentally triggers part of the holographic message, making him suspect that R2-D2 is stolen property belonging to "Obi-Wan Kenobi." Returning to his garage at sunset, Luke discovers that R2-D2 has escaped. After finding him, Luke and C-3PO are attacked by Sandpeople and rescued by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke and the droids are brought to Obi-Wan's hut, where Obi-Wan tells of his days as a Jedi Knight and reveals to Luke that his father was also a Jedi skilled in a mysterious energy field called the Force. When Luke asks how his father died, Obi-Wan replies that he was "betrayed and murdered" by Darth Vader. Finally, they view the holographic message from Princess Leia, who asks Obi-Wan to take the droid and the plans to the planet Alderaan. Obi-Wan invites Luke to accompony him to Alderaan; Luke refuses, citing his household responsibilities. After returning home, Luke discovers that his family has been murdered and his home has been destroyed by the Stormtroopers looking for the droids. He returns to Obi-Wan and decides to go to Alderaan and become a Jedi. At Mos Eisley Spaceport, the group encounters a smuggler named Han Solo, who agrees to transport them on his ship, the Millennium Falcon. When Obi-Wan and his companions reach the ship, they are attacked by Stormtroopers. They hastily board the Millennium Falcon, make a speedy launch, and dodge attacks in space before escaping to lightspeed.

Meanwhile, Leia has resisted interrogation on the Death Star. When threatened with the destruction of her home planet of Alderaan, however, she bluffs and states that the Rebel Base is on Dantooine. Grand Moff Tarkin destroys Alderaan anyway, as a display of the Death Star's power. En route to Alderaan, Obi-Wan instructs Luke in the Force. When they arrive at Alderaan's location, the crew discovers only a hail of debris and a moon-sized space station - the Death Star. A tractor beam pulls the Falcon into the Death Star; inside, Obi-Wan attempts to disable it so that the group can escape. Upon learning that Leia is awaiting execution in a nearby prison cell, the rest of the group navigates through the station and rescues the princess. After deactivating the tractor beam, Kenobi engages in a lightsaber duel with Vader. The duel distracts the guards, allowing Luke and his companions to board the Falcon. Once he sees that they are safely near the ship, Obi-Wan allows Vader to strike him down. Luke screams in horror, gaining the attention of the Stormtroopers, who attack Luke and his companions.

The group escapes; unknown to them (but suspected by Leia), the Empire allowed the escape to track their ship to the Rebel Base. They finally reach the Rebel hideout on Yavin IV, where they deliver the plans to the Rebel leadership. After reviewing the battle plans, which involve flying along a canyon-sized trench in the station's surface and firing a torpedo down a narrow ventilation shaft, Luke and a group of Rebel fighters begin their assault on the approaching Death Star. Several squadrons of Rebel ships are destroyed by Imperial fighters as Luke's "Red" group begins its run down the trench towards the ventilation port. As Luke makes his run down the canyon, the voice of Kenobi instructs him to use the Force. When Vader locks his weapons onto Luke's X-Wing, Han Solo and Chewbacca fly in and destroy one of Vader's wingmen. Panicked, the second wingman hits Vader's ship and sends it spiraling into space. Luke, hearing Obi-Wan's voice, deactivates his targeting computer and launches torpedoes down the shaft, destroying the Death Star. In a civil ceremony at the Massassi Temple rebel base on Yavin IV, Luke and Han are awarded medals by Leia for their valor in the battle.

[edit] List of characters

Harry Potter: The only child of James and Lily Potter, with whom he shares many distinct characteristics, most notably James' untidy black hair and Lily's green eyes. He was born on 31 July 1980. He achieved fame at the age of one when Lord Voldemort, the most feared dark wizard in the world, attacked his home and murdered his parents but failed to kill him. Voldemort was left nearly dead and Harry was left with an instantly recognisable lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead. Harry was raised by his Muggle aunt and uncle and knew nothing of his history until Hagrid came to fetch Harry to attend Hogwarts. Ronald Weasley: Harry's best friend and the sixth of seven children of the kind and poor Weasley family. Ron befriended Harry almost immediately upon meeting him during their first journey on the Hogwarts Express. However, a rift developed between them in their fourth year, due in part to Ron's frustration at being forced to live in Harry's shadow – no doubt magnified by his position as the youngest son in his large and talented family. Despite this, he and Harry have remained close through the years, with Ron being a constant companion through Harry's trials and adventures. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince shows a budding relationship between Ron and Hermione Granger. Hermione Granger: The best friend of Harry and Ron who is generally held to be the top student in Harry's year at Hogwarts. She is extremely bookish and reads voraciously, far more than her studies call for. In times of challenge, Hermione is often likely to make a bee-line for the library. Her high intelligence coupled with her reasoned and logical way of tackling challenges have often been a great asset to Harry and Ron throughout their Hogwarts careers and other adventures, though her sometimes bossy and interfering manner has at times been a source of contention between them. Hermione is muggle-born, being the daughter of two dentists, neither of whom has a magical history. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince shows a budding relationship between Hermione and Ron.

Lord Voldemort: Evil wizard and chief antagonist of the series bent on securing unmatched power and immortality through the practice of the Dark Arts. His given name is Tom Marvolo Riddle. Rearranged, the letters spell "I am Lord Voldemort." He is a half-blood, the son of a Muggle father and witch mother. He attended Hogwarts more than 50 years before Harry's time. After years of slaughter in pursuit of his goals, Voldemort was ripped from his body and forced into hiding after his failed attempt on the life of the young Harry Potter. So feared was he at the height of his prodigious powers that even following his downfall most wizards feared to speak his name, referring to him instead as "You-Know-Who", "He Who Must Not Be Named", or "The Dark Lord", the latter of which is used primarily by his followers, the Death Eaters. The only book that Voldemort does not appear in is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, though his role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was extremely minor.

Albus Dumbledore: Harry's most trusted advisor and Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is perhaps one of the most respected men in the wizarding world, holding high ranking positions in both national and international magical government, along with being an accomplished alchemist and master of an assortment of magical disciplines. Dumbledore was repeatedly offered the position of Minister of Magic but turned it down every time. He is also said to be the only known person whom Lord Voldemort ever feared, and also one of the few who does not fear Voldemort and openly speaks his name, often calling him by his given name of Tom (Riddle).

Severus Snape: A gifted wizard, Hogwarts staff member, and since his youth, a bitter enemy of James Potter and Sirius Black. As Hogwarts Potions master, he sought to exact his revenge on the deceased James Potter by verbally abusing his son Harry from day one of Harry's arrival at the school. A former Death Eater, he was later taken on as a teacher by Professor Dumbledore. Snape's loyalty is constantly under question[citation needed] though Dumbledore maintains that he unequivocally trusts him for reasons partially revealed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Sirius Black: Best friend of James Potter and former rebellious youth who fled his pure-blood supremacist parents' home at an early age. Following the murders of James and Lily, he was arrested for supposed involvement. He later escaped Azkaban prison and was only officially declared innocent posthumously in the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, though his innocence was established to Harry, Ron, Hermione and certain members of the group, the Order of the Phoenix. Sirius is also Harry's godfather.

Ginny Weasley: The only daughter of the Weasley family. She is a talented witch, especially noted for her skill with the Bat-Bogey Hex. Ginny is the first female born into the Weasley line in several generations, and that, as the seventh child, "she is a gifted witch." Potions professor Horace Slughorn sees great potential in the youngest Weasley and respects her formidable magical abilities. She had a long-standing crush on Harry and a romance between them starts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Rubeus Hagrid: Son of a wizard and a giantess, he is both surprisingly gentle and nurturing. One of Harry's biggest supporters and most steadfast friends, he is also the Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts, as well as gamekeeper and professor of Care of Magical Creatures. Hagrid was sent to fetch Harry after the Dursleys refused to give him his welcoming letter to Hogwarts and told him he was a wizard. Hagrid also went to school at Hogwarts, but was expelled in his third year for an offence he did not commit and is thus unable to legally perform magic.

Draco Malfoy: A pure-blood supremacist and member of Slytherin house, known for his sharp tongue that often targets Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. As Harry and Ron became fast friends, Harry and Malfoy quickly became enemies, with the two facing off in various confrontations, including Quidditch, on numerous occasions throughout the series. He is almost always accompanied by Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle.

The Dursleys: The Dursleys are Harry's Muggle (non-magical) family, and the only remaining relatives he has. His uncle Vernon is the manager of Grunning's, a drill company, while his aunt Petunia is a housewife. His cousin Dudley is utterly spoiled by his parents, and in the fifth book, Dudley is transformed into a more menacing presence when he takes up boxing and proves good at it. Throughout Harry's entire life they had mistreated him, but despite this, Harry must return to their home every summer, for a reason unknown to him until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


[edit] Elvish language

Author J. R. R. Tolkien created many languages for Elves, which eventuated in the creation of a mythology (expounded in his books), complete with races, to speak the tongues he had constructed. His interest was primarily philological, and he said his stories grew out of his languages. The languages were the first thing Tolkien created for his mythos, starting with what he originally called "Qenya", the first primitive form of elvish. This was later called Quenya (High-elven) and, along with Sindarin (Grey-elven), is one of the two most complete of Tolkien's languages. In addition to these two he also created several other (partially derived) languages.

[edit] Reviews

Anne McCaffrey is quoted as saying: "Full praise to Eragon, and I want more." Please note, she was on pot.[1] Kenneth Oppel, best known as a children's author, found the book "depressingly uninspired... At times, the world seems so familiar you could be forgiven for thinking you were playing a CD-ROM computer game."[2]

The New York Times Book Review stated that the novel was, "for all its flaws... an authentic work of great talent." Translation: "It SUCKED, but we don't want to make a small boy cry."[3]

School Library Journal, while noting correctly that the book would garner many fans, added that it "does not approach the depth, uniqueness, or mastery of J. R. R. Tolkien's works, and sometimes the magic solutions are just too convenient for getting out of difficult situations."[4]

Common Sense Media, a family-friendly review site, was particularly scathing, stating that, "It's not long, however, before they begin to notice the long-winded descriptions, the clichés and hackneyed dialogue, and the derivative nature of the 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. That this is a great achievement for one so young is undeniable, and many children will love it. It certainly ranks right up there with other derivative, overblown fantasies written by adults, such as Terry Brooks's Sword of Shannara series."[5]

This criticism from USAToday mirrors Common Sense Media's accusation of derivative storytelling: "The novel also owes a debt to Luke Skywalker as the teen hero trains to be a Dragon Rider while avenging his uncle's murder,"[6] as well as the fact that the book "echoes Tolkien in its pseudo-Celtic language and imagined universe of dwarfs and elves."

[edit] Eragon in other media

[edit] Movie

Main article: Eragon (film)

Fox 2000, a division of 20th Century Fox, purchased the rights to Eragon and released the adaptation of the book to film on December 15th, 2006 (December 13 2006 in Singapore). The movie stars were John Malkovich, Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Guillory and had a budget of $125 million, 124 million of it was used for drugs and hookers.. It was directed by first-time filmmaker Stefen Fangmeier, who previously oversaw the visual effects for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). The majority of the reviews were extremely negative.

[edit] Video game

Main article: Eragon (video game)

Eragon is a video game released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Cube, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 (Coming out soon), Microsoft Windows, developed by Stormfront Studios. Also released are unique versions of Eragon for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and PSP handheld gaming systems, developed by Amaze Entertainment.

[edit] Parody

Eragon spawned an Italian parody titled Aerosol, Il Fratello Furbo Di Eragon ("Aerosol, the Clever Brother of Eragon"). It was written by Joey Luke Bandini,[1] the pseudonymn of the Italian writer Gianluca Bedini. Following (more or less) the plot of Eragon’s story, the book is about a young boy named Aerosol who studies mycology as a hobby. He finds an egg in the forest while he is searching for mushrooms. Thinking he has discovered a new species of fungus, he takes the egg home, where he understands, with the help of a telepathic fish called Matsugoro, the true nature of the egg, and awaits for the birth of the giant pink musk turkey called Ceesyra (the blue turkey called Palmyra pictured in the front cover of the book doesn't take part in the story). Aerosol, with the two animals and a personal trainer called Cyro, takes part in an adventure in which he learns to use his cabalistic magic power to fight against Migarbangliorix, the Emperor of Analgesya. During his adventure Aerosol and his company meet a lot of characters who are parodies of most of the characters of Eragon.

[edit] References

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ Eragon, Random House Inc., 2005, p.1
  2. ^ Kenneth Oppel. Dragon tale needs a magic potion. globe insider.
  3. ^ Liz Rosenberg. CHILDREN'S BOOKS; The Egg and Him. New York Times Book Review.
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0375826688/ref=dp_proddesc_0/002-7636601-3839210?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books
  5. ^ Matt Berman. Eragon. Common Sense Media.
  6. ^ Susan Wloszczyna. More of the 'Rings' magic. USA Today.

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Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Trilogy
Books Eragon | Eldest | Book 3
Films Eragon
Main Characters Eragon | Brom | Arya | Galbatorix | Murtagh | Roran | Ajihad | Nasuada | Angela | Saphira | Oromis | more...
Places Alagaësia | Beor Mountains | Carvahall | Dras-Leona | Ellesméra | Farthen Dûr | Hadarac Desert | Helgrind | Surda | Teirm | Urû'baen | more...
Events Blood-Oath Celebration | Battle of the Burning Plains | Battle for Carvahall | Dagshelgr Invocation | The Fall
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