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Title: Eragon
Post by: TotalGeek on July 20, 2004, 01:22:38 pm

Ok, I was just wondering if any one else has ever read this book? It's one of my favs. I just adore it so much!

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Post by: HobbitFancier on July 21, 2004, 07:51:28 pm

I haven't read it, though I've picked it up to browse in bookshops quite a few times. It's for horrible, horrible reason that I haven't read it: the maps and places and names in the front remind me too much of Tolkien. Plain and simple. The author uses a few names straight from Tolkien books.. dunno if it was intentional, and I don't even know what the story's about, but I haven't read it yet because of that. It's so horrible, because I'm always defending JK Rowling when people accuse her of 'stealing' from Tolkien. But she never used exact names...

What is the story about, if you don't mind my asking?

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Post by: TotalGeek on July 22, 2004, 07:36:45 pm

[color=Purple]Oh, not at all.
Oh, I know he does copy Tolkien a lot. My friend, Sarah thought so too but she read it and liked it.
Ok, I really suck at describing so I'll just copy what it says in the front;
"When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only anancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledging dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies if an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...
There is another book com ing out of the series called 'Eldest'. He said it was long than Eragon. My fav character does not get shown till towards the end. His name is Murtagh. I also like the Elf they introduce at the end. Yah, you should read it because I'll start confusig people very soon, lol.[/color]

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Post by: HobbitFancier on July 23, 2004, 12:02:26 am

Hmm. Sounds interesting. Maybe when it comes out in paperback I'll check it out.

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Post by: Diamonds on July 23, 2004, 07:55:33 pm

I loved this book! But then i do love a good dragon story!
I think the author did a wonderful job for how young he was.
I can't wait for the next one!

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Post by: TotalGeek on July 25, 2004, 01:52:51 am

Iknow. Didn't he start writing it like at 15 or something?

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Post by: CrimsonRose on July 27, 2004, 02:55:20 pm

im working my way through this (and many OTHER books) right now! i like it so far!

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Post by: TotalGeek on August 04, 2004, 04:49:19 pm

I think it's very Tolkien like.

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Post by: Elven_gurl12 on August 04, 2004, 07:03:59 pm

I was in the book store the other day, and that perticular book caught my eye. It looks very interesting, and similare to Tolkien's work. Maybe I should go pick up a copy.. I love 2 read :D

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Post by: Josselyn on August 07, 2004, 07:18:27 pm

[quote author=WeasleyIsMyKing link=board=17;threadid=22378;start=0#msg691728 date=1090453888]
I haven't read it, though I've picked it up to browse in bookshops quite a few times. It's for horrible, horrible reason that I haven't read it: the maps and places and names in the front remind me too much of Tolkien. Plain and simple. The author uses a few names straight from Tolkien books.. dunno if it was intentional, and I don't even know what the story's about, but I haven't read it yet because of that. It's so horrible, because I'm always defending JK Rowling when people accuse her of 'stealing' from Tolkien. But she never used exact names...

What is the story about, if you don't mind my asking?
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JK Rowling gave the name "Dumbledore" to Hogwarts headmaster.
In the hobbit poem "Errantry", a part tells of a ferocious race of winged insects named "Dumbledors".
Some of her characters bear a striking similarity to some of Tolkiens characters.
That doesn't matter to me (either) though. I love "Harry Potter" and I love "The Lord of the Rings" each in their own special way.
And I loved "Eragon". I am looking forward to the second book.

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Post by: dominicsdoll on August 07, 2004, 08:34:14 pm

Does anyone know when Eldest is coming out? I finished Eragon in like 3 days then i read it again and it took me longer., But I love it!!!

I did see Tolkien similarities but nothing that really bothered me. Tolkien was a superb writer, finding influence from him especially if ur writing something like LOTR is alright. Imitation(as long as it doesn't go 2 far) is the highest form of flattery right?


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Didn't he start writing it like at 15 or something?


That's what it says on the cover, he graduated highschool that year 2.


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My fav character does not get shown till towards the end. His name is Murtagh.


Murtagh was one of my favs too. he was awesome, although I did suspect that he was a son of the Forsworn all along. ;D

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Post by: TotalGeek on August 07, 2004, 10:39:26 pm

I think like something in May of next year. I think.

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Post by: sadieladie on August 07, 2004, 10:43:37 pm

I have been looking at this book recently as well. And it looks great! The author was only 15 when he started? Thats incredible!!! Great minds. Actually, I remember when I read the title, I immediatly thought of "Aragon" from LOTR. It even sounds similar when you say it. Thanks for the post! I'll be sure to pick it up and take a closer look next time I pass by the bookshelf.

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Post by: Josselyn on August 08, 2004, 03:17:19 pm

[quote author=TotalGeek link=board=17;threadid=22378;start=0#msg707067 date=1091932766]
I think like something in May of next year. I think.
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Check on: www.alagaesia.com !!!

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Post by: TotalGeek on August 11, 2004, 02:36:03 pm

Oh, thanks!

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Post by: Josselyn on August 11, 2004, 04:52:13 pm

[quote author=TotalGeek link=board=17;threadid=22378;start=0#msg710761 date=1092249363]
Oh, thanks!
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You're welcome :D

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Post by: LijnDom on August 15, 2004, 03:28:21 pm

I just started to read it. I like it so far. It's one of those books that got my attention right in the begining.

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Post by: TotalGeek on August 16, 2004, 12:56:56 pm

Yah. that's why I liked it.

Title: Eragon and the rest
Post by: lijrocksmyworld81 on April 09, 2006, 09:34:53 am

have any of u read eragon if u have who is ur fav character ? mine is arya cuz shes cool and strong

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Post by: tiram90 on April 16, 2006, 09:54:13 am

I'm reading it, in norwegian... But I'll borrow it from a friend in english next week. I really like it! ;D

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Post by: Monkee on April 16, 2006, 06:29:38 pm

My brother has read it and so has my good friend. They both really liked it so maybe I should try it out too. :)

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Post by: tiram90 on April 16, 2006, 06:32:12 pm

You really should! ;D

It's great!

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Post by: arvven_85 on April 16, 2006, 06:34:19 pm

I look at this book everytime when I'm in a book store. I look at the cover and think "it's can be great, it can be something like Silmarillion for example". The dragon on the cover looks at me and says "soo why didn't you try and read it yet?" LOL I think, that someday if I will have time to read it, I will.

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Post by: Celebrian on May 25, 2006, 10:45:23 pm

I finished Eragon a few days ago and I'm almost 1/3 of the way through Eldest. I'm enjoying them. They are Tolkien-esque, but I am enjoying them on their own level.

My husband read them and liked them and he's reading Eldest with my son now and my son likes it too.

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Post by: tiram90 on June 10, 2006, 05:55:51 am

I'm still reading it. I startet from the beginning when I borrowed it in english. I like Saphira and Brom ;D

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Post by: noah on June 22, 2006, 09:29:51 pm

oh my gosh! i love these books! i'm holding out for inheritance, which is the third book.
but i was wanted to say.. i might be telling you all something that you know....
THEY'RE MAKING AN ERAGON MOVIE!!!! ;D

and jeremy irons is in it!
i'm so excited...i wanted to share the excitment and love.

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Post by: tiram90 on June 26, 2006, 03:33:06 am

I know! ;D I really want to see the new trailer, but they keep telling new and later dates... You can read all the news and see pictures from the movie at www.shurtugal.com

:D


Eragon is a great book! I can't wait to get my hands on Eldest ;D

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Post by: shooting_star on August 24, 2006, 08:46:15 pm

[quote author=TotalGeek link=board=17;threadid=22378;start=0#msg692713 date=1090539405]
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My fav character does not get shown till towards the end. His name is Murtagh. I also like the Elf they introduce at the end. Yah, you should read it because I'll start confusig people very soon, lol.[/color]
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Murtagh is my favourite character too! I love this book its great and I am waiting for eldest to come out in paper back. I would recommend for anyone who liked it to read "The Merlin Conspiracy" its not about king arthur merlin though. I would say its a little bit like a cross between narnia, lotr and northern lights.

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Post by: tiram90 on August 26, 2006, 09:28:52 am

I love both Eragon and Eldest!


Does anyone here listen to the podcast?

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Post by: Frodo_Ubsessed on October 21, 2006, 11:19:41 am

I have just started to read Eragon. I really love it! It's so intriguing. I am totally into dragons and fantasy novels, so this is a definite thumbs up. ;D

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Post by: Frodo_Ubsessed on October 24, 2006, 07:51:51 pm

Hehe, quite right! I am loving the book. :-*

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Post by: maryd on June 27, 2007, 04:49:30 am

[quote]here's a quote from Paolini, the author:

'I strive for a lyrical beauty, somewhere between Tolkien and Heaney's translation of Beowulf.'[/quote]

I do think Paolini writes in a very Tolkien-esque style...but the plots are pretty different, in my opinion.

Thanks for the info on Brisingr, marit!

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Post by: Enara on June 29, 2007, 08:28:03 pm

[color=Blue]Hi everyone!! I have neither read the book nor watched the movie of Eragon, but I feel curious about your opinion as fans. Do you think the movie is faithful to the spirit of the book??
Thank you!![/color]

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Post by: maryd on June 30, 2007, 06:15:56 am

I enjoyed the book but I felt the movie was lacking a lot - it didn't seem to have the same substance as the book.

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Post by: Enara on June 30, 2007, 06:28:00 am

Thank you, maryd. Then maybe IŽll try to read the book.

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Post by: maryd on June 30, 2007, 06:38:46 am

Its a good read, Enara, if you're a fan of Tolkien or even just fantasy I would highly recommend it!

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 30, 2007, 09:06:43 am

I have never read the book or seen the film

Elizabeth

:)

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Post by: raquel19 on May 17, 2008, 10:50:42 am

Never read Eragon, but lots of people say its a nice book by this guy forgot who :P. One day I'll read it though, I just have to be patient lol.

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Post by: maryd on May 18, 2008, 04:45:14 am

[quote author=RaquelBaggins;hobbit link=board=17;threadid=22378;start=30#msg1151801 date=1211035842]
Never read Eragon, but lots of people say its a nice book by this guy forgot who :P.
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Christopher Paolini, lol! :)

It is a good read, as I've mentioned above. I think there is eventually going to be third one, but haven't heard anything recently about this.

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Post by: Lanta the Gemstar on May 25, 2008, 01:15:45 pm

IMO This book is an unoriginal rip-off of Tolkien - lucky for Christopher Paolini his folks are publishers!!!

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Post by: tiram90 on May 27, 2008, 03:56:16 pm

The third one, Brisingr, is comming in September I think.

And, I can't see why you think it's a rip-off of tolkien. Not at all! Then you must think that all fantasy is that!

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Post by: Lanta the Gemstar on May 27, 2008, 07:06:36 pm

[quote author=Marit ~GLEAHD~ {DA} link=board=17;threadid=22378;start=30#msg1153297 date=1211918176]
The third one, Brisingr, is comming in September I think.

And, I can't see why you think it's a rip-off of tolkien. Not at all! Then you must think that all fantasy is that!
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Yes Marit, actually I think the majority of modern fantasy writers owe a great debt to Tolkien, some of whom openly admit this... I've read numerous novels where whole chunks of plot and many characters seem to have been lifted wholesale from his books... BUT -

as Tolkien himself 'borrowed' liberally from fairytales, Norse myths, Arthurian legend and so forth, I guess I shouldn't hold it against Mr Paolini should I? LOL! :-X

HOWEVER - I haven't seen the movie, but even my 11 year old daughter, after watching 'Eragon' on DVD, said: "Oh Mum, it's just like Lord of the Rings - only not as good!" ;) ::)

P.S. Saw a funny review on youtube once which decribed Eragon as being like a convergence of the plots of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings!!! If I find this again, I'll link it in this thread.

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Post by: tiram90 on May 30, 2008, 05:07:16 pm

Just a question, have you read the book?

I don't think there's a point in what you say at all. I'm sorry. But as long as you accept that Tolkien has borrowed things from old stories, then you should accept that Paolini makes a whole new book and concept with elves and dragons. You really can't call that a rip-off from Tolkien.

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Post by: maryd on June 01, 2008, 09:26:09 am

[quote]here's a quote from Paolini, the author:

'I strive for a lyrical beauty, somewhere between Tolkien and Heaney's translation of Beowulf.'[/quote]

I do think Paolini writes in a very Tolkien-esque style...but the plots are pretty different, in my opinion.

Thanks for the info on Brisingr, marit!

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Post by: Lanta the Gemstar on June 02, 2008, 12:53:54 am

[quote author=Marit link=board=17;threadid=22378;start=30#msg1153828 date=1212181636]
Just a question, have you read the book?

I don't think there's a point in what you say at all. I'm sorry. But as long as you accept that Tolkien has borrowed things from old stories, then you should accept that Paolini makes a whole new book and concept with elves and dragons. You really can't call that a rip-off from Tolkien.
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Yes, Marit, I have read the book, otherwise I would not feel justified in commenting on it.

I accept that you don't think I have a valid point, but I'm only stating MY opinion of Paolini's book, you're not obliged to agree with me!

IMHO a lot of the characterisations, patterns of language and some of the plot bears a remarkable resemblance to Tolkien's work:

The name "Eragon" is too similar to 'Aragorn"
The Urgals approximate the Urukhai, and their blood is black as well.
The older man/guide figure Brom dies reasonably early in the piece, as does Gandalf (as indeed does Obi Wan in Star Wars)
The languages spoken by Paolini's characters are so similar to Tolkien's 'constructed' languages, (esp the dwarf and urgal words) that they may as well have been written by him.

I could go on ad nauseum, including boring everybody with quotes from the book that are written in a really similar style, but this could turn into a never-ending debate about the merits of this work, and that of other 'fantasy' authors, so I'll just leave it here...

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Post by: raquel19 on August 16, 2008, 11:16:14 pm

I am going to read the second book... never read the first one lol
I borrowed from a friend of mine. :) since she never reads it... she let me borrowed it.. ahaha.
I was just craving reading this series, I don't know why. :P
I hope its good :)


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