Eragon’s Dream – Could It Mean Death

by Patrick on August 14, 2011

by Daisy

He watched as a group of people on proud horses approached a lonely river. Many had silver hair and carried tall lances. A strange, fair ship waited for them, shining under a bright moon. The figures slowly boarded the vessel; two of them, taller than the rest, walked arm in arm. Their faces were obscured by cowls, but he could tell that one was a woman. They stood on the deck of the ship and faced the shore. A man stood alone on the pebble beach, the only one who had not boarded the ship. He threw back his head and let out a long, aching cry. As it faded, the ship glided down the river, without a breeze or oars, out into the flat, empty land. The vision clouded, but just before it disappeared, Eragon glimpsed two dragons in the sky.

 

This is Eragon’s dream from the chapter Deathwatch in Eragon. Many meanings could be taken from this chapter and all seem to point to the end of the Inheritance Cycle, the epilogue most likely. The most popular interpretation is Eragon leaving Alagaesia as Angela foretold. He would leave with the elves, and of course Saphira and the new dragon, to a new land. Perhaps that was the Menoa Tree’s price, to leave Alagaesia and never return.

 

I, however, have a different idea on what this dream could mean. I believe that it is the elves traveling to the afterlife. Yes, I’m saying that Eragon dies. I have looked over this little excerpt many times and I’ve noticed a few interesting things about it, very interesting.

 

He watched as a group of people on proud horses approached a lonely river. Many had silver hair and carried tall lances.”

 

Paolini has described these horses as being proud, so they must not have been traveling for very long. The fact that the river is ‘lonely’ suggests that they are not near any sort of civilization.

 

These descriptions tell us that these people boarding the ship are obviously elves as it is common for those of their race to have silver hair. If they are indeed heading to the afterlife, my guess would be that it is one only for the elves and as Eragon is more elf than human now, he would go with them.

 

A strange, fair ship waited for them, shining under a bright moon. “

 

While as this is most likely an elven ship and those are built more beautifully than those of humans, even they build them for practicality. The fact that the ship is not only fair, but also strange, gives us the image that these ships are otherworldly. A ship meant to bear it’s passengers to the land of the dead would not be practical, as it would not be needed in the afterlife and an otherworldly appearance would be perfectly logical. The elves are also boarding this ship at night which is odd in of itself. People generally don’t board ships at night because of the lack of visibility, it makes it dangerous. This makes me think that in this place, it is always night, which would explain the sparse landscape.

 

 

“The figures slowly boarded the vessel; two of them, taller than the rest, walked arm in arm. Their faces were obscured by cowls, but he could tell that one was a woman.”

 

These two people are isolated from the rest of the elves boarding the ship, so they must be important. As is the general belief, I think that these two are Eragon and Arya, their linked arms denoting that they have, or rather had, some kind of relationship. As for their faces being hidden, I believe that is so the Eragon who had the dream would not realize who it is or what it meant. ‘Cause think about it, it wouldn’t exactly be very nice to have a prophetic dream about leaving for the land of the dead.

 

“They stood on the deck of the ship and faced the shore. A man stood alone on the pebble beach, the only one who had not boarded the ship. He threw back his head and let out a long, aching cry.”

 

The man on the beach I believe to be human, for only elves can board the ship and go to wherever it takes them, and is probably either dead or near death. I am suspecting near death and he is stuck in a sort of limbo, unable to join the elves because he is human and unable to go to his own afterlife because he is not quite dead.  The man, I am guessing is either Roran or Murtagh. Roran would be lamenting the death of his cousin and Murtagh, depending on which side he is on in the end, would be too. However, if I had to choose between which one it would be more likely to be, I would guess Roran.

 

 

“ As it faded, the ship glided down the river, without a breeze or oars, out into the flat, empty land. The vision clouded, but just before it disappeared, Eragon glimpsed two dragons in the sky.”

 

This ship is moving without any sort of external force, which cements the idea that it is a ship of the dead. Chances are it is not being moved by magic because it would require a very large amount of concentration and energy to move a ship for who knows how long.

 

Now, Angela’s fortune telling contradicts this idea because she foretold that Eragon would live for either for an extremely long time or forever. I believe though that not all of Angela’s prophecies will come true. Oromis himself said that Angela’s fortunes might not all come true. There is also the fact that the future is always changing, one decision can change the whole course of your future. One different decision on Eragon’s part could bring about his death and prove Angela’s fortune false.

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IrishGal August 15, 2011 at 12:35 am

Hmm…. think i’ll have to disagree on this one. I find it hard to believe that anyone would willingly sail into an afterlife. For one thing Saphira would never stand for it. And why would Eragon choose to voluntarily die when really his life will only truly begin with the killing/imprisoning of Galbatorix?

You seem to have a Lord of the Rings sort of ending tied to the Inheritance Cycle. If that is the case, and you haven’t read the Lord of the Rings, let me tell you that the elves who leave Middle Earth actually still seem to be immortal (if the epilogue is anything to go by) but yes i will admit, in the Return of the King movie the end was quite misleading and kind of led everyone to believe that Frodo was sailing off to die. But Frodo actually lived to a ripe old age over there.

The article was very well laid out though, even if i do disagree with it.

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IrishGal August 15, 2011 at 12:37 am

Also forgot to mention the Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia clearly implies that he is still alive far after the events of book 4, and still resides (some of the time at least) in Alagaesia!

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Arya August 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Oh! And I nearly forgot! I apologize, but I haven’t had the chance to get my hands on a copy of Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia yet. *glares at her bookstore*

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Arya August 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I’m sorry, but I don’t think you really have a choice but to sail into the afterlife if you are dead. And I never said anything about Eragon choosing to voluntarily die. I mean Eragon dying defeating Galbatorix.

Er…. that isn’t the case. I was actually trying not to involve Lord of the Rings in this possibility. And for your information, I have read Lord of the Rings several times as well as The Silmarillion, Children of Hurin, and The Hobbit. I know very well what Valinor is and that Frodo did not sail off to die. Unless I am very much mistaken, which I could be not having read the Silmarillion lately, the elves actually came from Valinor. And… chances are if I continue I’ll go off on a description of Valinor, long enough to rival my article. Sorry if I might sound a bit rude, but I kind of get offended when people doubt my knowledge of Lord of the Rings, even if they didn’t know I had any previously.

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IrishGal August 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I’m sorry Daisy, i’m not getting your meaning here…. why would Eragon be boarding a ship if he’s dead…? That doesn’t make sense to me at all… but that could just be me. I couldn’t see a dead Eragon boarding a ship to leave Alagaesia. I mean, if he’s dead, surely he could choose some other way to travel to the afterlife? Like flying on Saphira or something?

And I’m sorry if i offended you, but i’d just like to point out that i didn’t actually doubt your knowledge of the Lord of the Rings. What i said was “If that is the case” pertaining to whether you had put a Lord of the Rings type ending to it. I was merely alluding to the possibility that you had confused the two.

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Arya Svit-Kona August 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Well, think about it this way. You know about Greek mythology, no? And the River Styx? That is how the dead reach the underworld, they sail down the River Styx. They don’t have another choice as to how they would go. I suppose that’s sort of what I’m thinking here.

‘S okay! I wasn’t trying for Lord of the Rings because I know that Frodo is not going to die when he sails to the Undying Lands.

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IrishGal August 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Yeah, the Ferryman, Hades god of the underworld and all that…. i can see where you got the idea, even if it doesn’t resonate at all with me… sorry!

Fitz August 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

I totally agree with you Irishgal. Surely he can choose a much cooler way to die other than by sailing… how cliched!

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Arya Svit-Kona August 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I am seriously getting tired of everybody misunderstanding what I’m trying to say here. It is not a way to die, he is already dead. Let me say that again, in this dream, he is already dead. He is sailing to whatever type of afterlife there is, by sailing he is leaving the world of the living behind. And he does not have a choice of how he gets there. Yes, he could fly, but I really don’t think he would. His leaving in the same way as the elves signifies that he is part of their race, or as close to part of it that he can get.

And sailing is not cliche’d. Yes, Tolkien has used it, but it would certainly not be the same as it being used here because in the Return of the King, the hobbits and elves are not dead, but sailing to Valinor. Here, Eragon would be dead making it quite different and more like Greek mythology in which the dead sailed into the underworld on the River Styx.

james August 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

The article is obviously well researched and has many good points, however i will have to disagree on your opinion because i honestly think that would be a terrible ending (my opinion only!) but also Eragon asks Oromis what the leves bellieved in, and he stated that he elves don’t believe there is an afterlife, which to me, i found was stated firmly, suggesting to me that this “foretelling” isn’t about death, or elves dying. Nor do i think that there would be a “limbo” for a human who can’t follow the elves.

Seeming we are drawing off other novels i will draw off ideas from the Axis Trilogy to do with the afterlife. In this series the author makes out that the afterlife is open to all, that it doesn’t distinguish between race or belief, so a human would be able to go to the same place as the elves.
Also elves being immortal would show some signs off illness or injury, suggesting that the characters being in fine health would not be dead.
However in this series it is also suggested that the dead flow to the afterlife through a lonely river.

I did however like your writing style, especially the way you interweaved the Lord of the Rings into your theory. Very well written and a great theory.

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Arya Svit-Kona August 16, 2011 at 4:44 am

I understand what you mean about the elves not believing in an afterlife, but that does not mean that there isn’t one. I don’t believe that there is an afterlife, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t one. Nobody would know though because there have been no instances of the dead coming back to life.

The reason for the distinguishing between elves and mortals is actually to do with Tolkien. While I tried not to make my theory like the end of the Lord of the Rings, it is undeniable that this scene shows strong resemblance to it. In Lord of the Rings, there is a distinguishing between men and elves. Only elves can sail to Valinor and the only reason Frodo, Bilbo, Sam, and Gimli went is they were granted entry due to their service to Middle Earth.

I doubt that if they were dead and in a non-physical world that they would appear the way they had been in death.

Thanks for your comment!

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vadersapp August 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Daisy/Arya, it is a well-written article and I like the style you laid it out in and the thought you applied to it, but, as IrishGal said, it’s simply wrong… probably. Hehe. Let me explain.

What I can say definitively, because of the Guide to Alagaesia, is that Eragon will not die in the next book. That’s a certainty. It is written in his perspective and CP confirms it is from a time after the events of the 4th book (likely very shortly after). Thus, his death cannot occur in the 4th book. Period. Sorry.

BUT! you may not be wrong about this, only WHEN this all happens. While I can say that I doubt you’re completely right on the particulars, simply from a story-writing prospective (and I’m pretty sure the shorter people would be dwarves, especially if it’s noticeable enough to remark on it), I cannot say that the general idea of what you wrote won’t be true at some point.

CP has stated that there are things in the books that are hints or setup for the 5th and even 6th books he’s already started planning and outlining. While that dream may have been originally intended for the last book, CP may have decided later to shift or change the ending to allow for further books.

Now, I’m still gonna go on record and say, I still doubt that this is a prophesy about his death (I’m in with the ‘leaving Alagaesia’ lot) whether it’s in the 4th, 5th, 6th or any other book. But that’s only my opinion, there. So, don’t let me stop you if you really think it may be true.

Just letting you know the facts and putting my thoughts out there. Good article, Arya.

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mom would be mad at me if i wrote my name so i won't August 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

i was re-reading Eragon(for the 6th time) and i came to the part where Brom was telling Eragon names for Saphira, and he mentioned that the elves first came across the sea ON SILVER SHIPS. a silver ship would definitly be STRANGE AND FAIR.
page 49

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mom would be mad at me if i wrote my name so i won't August 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

and silver ships would SHINE UNDER A BRIGHT MOON.(forgot that bit)

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IrishGal August 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm

HAHAHA! mom would be mad at me if i wrote my name so i won’t, you have a really good name!

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vadersapp August 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

It is awesome right? But I don’t know what to call him/her for short. I’m sure as hell not writing the whole damn thing out every time I refer to him/her. Calling him/her “Mommy” is far to awkward for all of us, I think.

james August 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

could we simply go with no name or unknown?????????
bit simpler

IrishGal August 16, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Ha maybe we could call him/her “mom would be mad”? I’d be happy to type that out haha…

mom would be mad at me if i wrote my name so i won't August 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

FINE! you may call me “her”

vadersapp August 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm

hahaha. Well that’s gonna get confusing calling you “her.” Couldn’t you come up with a net handle? I mean, my real name is definitely not “Vadersapp.” And, as far as I know, only 3 people on this site know my real name, because I have personally e-mailed two (one being Patrick, the admin), and they other has become a good friend and a Facebook buddy. You’re mom can’t get mad at you for giving out a made-up name. You could call yourself Jill (assuming that’s not your real name… which, if it is, I’m freaking psychic! woot!) or you could call yourself Dragon_Slayer38, or anything you want.

IrishGal August 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Aw Vadersapp, do you mean me??? Hahahahaha!

vadersapp August 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Haha, yeah, IrishGal. I meant you. I consider you a good friend, anyway.

IrishGal August 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

And I you :)

vadersapp August 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

:)

Agrowien August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Ok i was thinking when i read this article…….
I don’t think it matters when they leave cuz don’t elves see well at night?
And um hello elves are magicsl so they don’t need wind or oars to make a boat move down a river
But what gets me is the fact that the size of 2 people are noticable, are they gaints or elves and the rest being humans? Idk

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Arya Svit-Kona August 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I suppose so….. But my point about the magic is that this ship cannot be too small seeing as it is carrying a group of what seems to be at least a dozen people and who knows how long they will be sailing for. Somehow I doubt that even the elves can power a ship nonstop for too long of a time.

I don’t know about the height. The others with them are obviously elves and not dwarves, so maybe Eragon and Arya are just taller than the rest.

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Aiedail August 16, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Hey Arya.. Great article.. Loved your perspective on this one.. If not for the ‘Guide to alagaesia’ it would be possible.. Maybe this happens at the end of the 4th book. The timeline could have taken a jump of some 300 years. After having instructed generations of dragonriders, and after having led a long fruitful life, Eragon is probably giving up his immortality and going to the after life with Arya.
Eragon is often curious about the Gods, the dwarf Gods, the human Gods as well as the elves disbelief of the Gods. Maybe he finally finds his answer. Eragon’s intrigue is touched upon several times in the books..

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mr popo August 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm

i’m sorry but i’m going to have to disagree as well. besides, with eragon joining oriks clan, not going to spell the name mainly cause i’m to lazy to look it up, wouldn’t they bury him with the dwarfs if he died in alagaisia? they would be pretty pissed i imagine if he wasn’t or they would be disgraced if he no longer wanted their traditions. i think that this is of him leaving alagasia with whomever he has a relationship with and the dwarfs are there to see them off. the lone man crying out could be roran, orik, or possibly even murtagh in my opinion

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Arya Svit-Kona August 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I’m afraid that I do not see your point with where Eragon is buried. Where he is buried and where he goes after death do are not linked. Think about it, an elf dies on the battlefield, would he go to a different place that those who had a grand burial in Ellesmera? Why should him being buried with the dwarves matter as far as his afterlife goes?

Also, those aren’t the dwarves on the beach with Eragon, they are clearly elves.

“He watched as a group of people on proud horses approached a lonely river. Many had silver hair and carried tall lances.”

That almost screams elf. Proud horses, silver hair, and carrying tall lances? Can you see these as dwarves?

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mr popo August 22, 2011 at 8:35 am

i do see your point, sorry for not thinking clearly on that when i posted it. and i didn’t mean all the men there. i do believe i read mention of there being someone noticeably shorter than the rest i meant that that could be orik. i can see the confusion and my own mistake of making it dwarves and not just saying orik, however i posted this a couple long days ago so i forgot my original arguement for the time being

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Santiago August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm

If we are borrowing from Tolkien then why must the ships be going to some land of death?

Why not simply a land of the undying? (e.g. Eragon not dying for an extremely long time or forever.)

Also, I doubt any of Angela’s prophecies will fail to come true. Perhaps there will be unforseen interpretations of her prophecies…but proven accurate prophets in fantasy novels tend to be infallible.

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Arya Svit-Kona August 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I have said this before, I am NOT borrowing from Tolkien. While this ending bears strong resemblance to the end of the Return of the King, my theory and the ending of ROTK are quite different. To put it simply, the elves, Frodo, and Bilbo are NOT dead in the end of the Return of the King, whereas in my theory, the elves and Eragon are. Of course it is possible that they could be going to a place similar to Valinor, but I wanted to present a different possibility.

Yes, but they cannot be infallible. As I said, the future is not set in stone. Any choice could change it.

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Undbiter65 August 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I have a question for you Daisy. You said that, in your theory, only elves can board the boat. So are you saying that elves have a different afterlife than humans or simply get their a different way? I’m asking because the dragons seem to be following whoever was on the boat. That would contradict your theory, if your theory was that elves go to a different afterlife than everybody else.

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Arya Svit-Kona August 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Good question there…. I’m really not sure really. But I think that since the dragons were originally linked to elves that maybe their afterlife would be the same. Think about it, if a dragon and it’s rider died, it would not make sense for them to be parted.

There is also the possibility that the man on the beach wasn’t quite dead, so consequentially, he would not be able to follow them.

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Fitz August 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

you’re all being much too polite here hahaha! most of us don’t believe you’re right at all Daisy/Arya. its a completely unplausable theory. in my eyes for definite ;p sorry!

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Arya Svit-Kona August 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Just because you don’t believe that I’m right doesn’t mean that you should be rude to me. They are being polite because it’s the right thing to do.

The one thing I overlooked in this theory is Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia. I did not know that it was supposed to be set after the fourth book. So, with that in mind, what would you say to a changing of the timeline? CP says he’s going to write more about Alagaesia, so Eragon could die in a future book and this theory would come into play. Maybe I got the timing off by a few books.

Other than that, what isn’t plausible about it?

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shade slayer 19 August 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Have you considered it other way around? Like if it was Eragon off the boat and Roran and Katrina on it. The two dragons just flyng in the sky.

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Arya Svit-Kona August 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I have considered that, but I dismissed the idea because of the fact that they were traveling with elves. While yes, they could have been granted passage into the elven afterlife for some heroic deed, there’s the small problem of height. Where there is a possibility of Eragon and Arya being taller than the other elves, there is none of Roran and Katrina.

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Durza August 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Nice theories!

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Durza August 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Death to Eragon. Long live Emporer Palpatine.

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Brisingr August 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Awkward:P

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Brisingr August 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Hey Daisy

It’s me. Though I won’t use my name so you’ll just have to figure it out from what I give you. First letter is an S. Ends with l-a-n-d.

Know who I am?:) Nice article. I’ll respond later……cause I got a lot of practice for an audition.

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Shurtugal August 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

well while all points are valid no one really knows what the dream is about except the author, although im hoping that the theories i have read thus far are not correct because that would be a very disapointing ending to a great story.

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Eragon Shadeslayer August 27, 2011 at 12:19 am

Nice theory Arya/Daisy!!!!! You said, “But I think that since the dragons were originally linked to elves that maybe their afterlife would be the same. Think about it, if a dragon and it’s rider died, it would not make sense for them to be parted.” Remember, in death we are all alone. I don’t think that the earthly bond between a dragon and a rider will carry into death.
And, it doesn’t matter whether an article or theory is right or wrong. If everybody started stating the truth (or the most plausible theory), things would get boring. It’s interesting to read well laid out theories, even if they are wrong. Gives something to the brain to argue upon.

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vadersapp August 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Hahaha. Getting deep aren’t we ES?

And it does matter whether an article is wrong. You don’t have to be right, nor even plausible, in your theory/article, but you do have to bare the protests of those that find your theory/article to be wrong or implausible. We each have the right to speak our opinions, no matter how far-fetched or outlandish they may be, but other have the right to discuss those opinions’ validity as well. Whether they are correct or not is not Everything, but it does matter!

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Sora August 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Hey Arya, you have a neato theory here, but I’m going to go along with the crowd here (sorry!) and disagree with your point.

Although you seem to have many arguments why you can’t believe that its not them going on a silver ship, the main one seems to be:

“I suppose so….. But my point about the magic is that this ship cannot be too small seeing as it is carrying a group of what seems to be at least a dozen people and who knows how long they will be sailing for. Somehow I doubt that even the elves can power a ship nonstop for too long of a time.”

I would like to boil it to two points that you should consider:

1) Arya’s spell “Flauga” to make the grass ship fly. When Eragon asks how far it can go, Arya responds that it will go on forever, as it takes the energy to stay aloft from the plants below. Although this ship is certainly larger, there is definitely an entire ocean beneath them, and perhaps even the manipulation of the energy in water (who knows? Paolini can make up whatever he wants after all). Perhaps the concept is the same for this ship.

2) It could be some ancient magic that Paolini can just make up for the first elves (there’s a lot of mystery surrounding the first elves, after all), perhaps involving the cryptic magic of Tenga/Angela

And about your point about prophesies not coming true, then I could claim the same about this dream. How do we know this dream about the silver ship will come 100% true? What makes Eragon’s prophesy/dream any different from Angela’s? You can’t say that one prophesy might not come true and another will certainly be fulfilled.

“One different decision on Eragon’s part could bring about his death and prove [Eragon]’s fortune false.” I know that this point may not seem relevant, but I’m point this out to mention your argument of Angela’s prophesies not becoming true is a little too subjective for my taste.

But just because I don’t like how everyone seems to disagree with you so much, I’d like to point out things that I do agree with you (and tbh, probably what most of these people DO agree on =] )
1) The two people are Eragon and Saphira
2) The ship is elvish work.
3) The two dragons are Greenie and Saphira
4) The mourning man is Murtagh/Roran (although more likely Roran)

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thatrandomnOOb September 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

The thing that makes Eragon’s dream more likely than Angela’s prophecy is probably the fact that his first couple of dreams have both been 100% true (the one with Arya in captivity and the one where murtagh is pwning him on the burning plains). In the second one, even murtagh’s hand gesture was spot on. Also, Angela’s predictions of the future are incredibly vague which means that they are subject to interpretation while Eragon’s dreams are very specific and only allow you to speculate when they come into play.
That’s just the trend that they seem to be following.

But I will go out on a limb here and agree with Arya. Some points are quite weak (like the not being able to see in the dark bit) but it’s a nice theory and I can see it happening.

Also, the theory about the VOS is very nice.

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hitman November 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Eragon had a dream about his father who is dead going into Horst’s blacksmith shop, so Eragon could have a dream that will not happen.

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Sora August 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Hey Arya, you have a neato theory here, but I’m going to go along with the crowd here (sorry!) and disagree with your point.

Although you seem to have many arguments why you can’t believe that its not them going on a silver ship, the main one seems to be:

“I suppose so….. But my point about the magic is that this ship cannot be too small seeing as it is carrying a group of what seems to be at least a dozen people and who knows how long they will be sailing for. Somehow I doubt that even the elves can power a ship nonstop for too long of a time.”

I would like to boil it to three points that you should consider:

1) Arya’s spell “Flauga” to make the grass ship fly. When Eragon asks how far it can go, Arya responds that it will go on forever, as it takes the energy to stay aloft from the plants below. Although this ship is certainly larger, there is definitely an entire ocean beneath them, and perhaps even the manipulation of the energy in water (who knows? Paolini can make up whatever he wants after all). Perhaps the concept is the same for this ship.

2) It could be some ancient magic that Paolini can just make up for the first elves (there’s a lot of mystery surrounding the first elves, after all), perhaps involving the cryptic magic of Tenga/Angela

And about your point about prophesies not coming true, then I could claim the same about this dream. How do we know this dream about the silver ship will come 100% true? What makes Eragon’s prophesy/dream any different from Angela’s? You can’t say that one prophesy might not come true and another will certainly be fulfilled.

“One different decision on Eragon’s part could bring about his death and prove [Eragon]’s fortune false.” I know that this point may not seem relevant, but I’m point this out to mention your argument of Angela’s prophesies not becoming true is a little too subjective for my taste, as we could just as claim that this “dying” dream (if it theoretically is) will not come true, and Angela’s prophesie will.

But just because I don’t like how everyone seems to disagree with you so much, I’d like to point out things that I do agree with you (and tbh, probably what most of these people DO agree on =] )
1) The two people are Eragon and Saphira
2) The ship is elvish work.
3) The two dragons are Greenie and Saphira
4) The mourning man is Murtagh/Roran (although more likely Roran)

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agresov August 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

your grammar is killing me…

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Habad August 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Really nice and well thought out article. It was a good read and interesting theory.
But I don’t see how both Arya and Eragon being taller then the rest, I mean that ok that Eragon who is only a half elf is taller then the rest. But i can’t recall that Arya (or Eragon) is described to be taller then the rest of the elfs. And then we have the man on the beach, I would belive that it would be Murtagh being left behind because of the killing of “the cripple who is whole” although i know that he was not the one in control because that was the evil kings doing.

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shade slayer 19 September 1, 2011 at 3:17 am

i think they will be going to theplace eleves,humans and urgal are origenly from…..

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grednforgesgirl September 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I think it’s going to be like in Lord of the Rings when the Immortals go ‘into the West’ and somewhere in the Eragon books it said that elves came from ‘over the sea’ and that might be where they are returning to. Very much like in lotr. And I think the two people/elves/whatever-they-are are probably Eragon and Arya.

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Andrea September 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

I’m afraid I don’t agree completely with the article either. My reason are selfish however. I would just hate that ending. See selfish. I believe however that angela’s prophesy will come true, even if it’s not the way we thought. I also believe that it is Murtagh on the bank. There would be great pain and sorrow for him to be left behind, for I believe his passions run deep. As for some of the facts of the dream, we have to remember they are subjective to Eragon. As it simply could be the two people are taller than the others because to Eragon they are the most important part of the dream. I don’t know it just feels wrong, deep in my bones that someone would lose so much, sacrifice so much, just to die in the end anyway. Just my thoughts..

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Arya66 September 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

i thought a similar theory when i first read it, i would compeare it to (if any one hs read or watched) the lord of the rings retrn of the king, when all the elves go to the after life, i dount think that this happens in limbo but i think the is on the right lines. either the elves ect are going to the after life or going to the elves home land, that only they know where is. the second is probly the most likly because as orimis says in eldest; elves do not belive in the after life.

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*ANXIETY* September 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Have any of you ever watched the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender? If so, i think what will happen in Inheritance will be similar to what Aang did to the fire lord in the end. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll tell you what I mean….. I don’t think that Eragon will actually kill Galbatorix in the end. Maybe he will somehow sever the link between Galbatorix and Shruikan, and also use the Ancient Language’s true name to strip Galbatorix of his powers. I think that the lone man in Eragon’s dream, the only one that does not board the ship, is Galbatorix. Do you think it’s possible that one of the dragons in the sky is Saphira with Eragon? Probably along with the new green rider ( I think Murtagh and Thorn will die for a good cause in Inheritance). I think that in Eragon’s dream, he and the green rider are leaving Galbatorix in Alagaesia, perhaps to go back to where the elves came from. This way, Angela’s prediction may still come true. Let me know what you guys think!

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vadersapp September 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Ha. Did you read my comment about the Last Airbender I posted a few weeks back, Anxiety, or did you just have the same idea? I said pretty much the same thing elsewhere.

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*ANXIETY* September 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

Dang Vadersapp you’re everywhere lol and no, i didn’t see your comment related to mine. Sorry to copy what you said! what article did you write it on so i can go look at it? oh and by the way, I hope you don’t think i mean to disrespect you sometimes lol you’re actually pretty smart in your reasoning. But i still firmly believe that, while your Arya-Rider theory may not have been proved wrong, I still think it is lol

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vadersapp September 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I wrote about it in “The WereCat’s Prophesy” article. I don’t take it as disrespect, just your opinion. But, whether you think that quote is meant a specific way or not, I still expect you to realize that there is room for interpretation in it, because that’s not debatable. Whether he meant it one way or the other is debatable; whether it could mean more than one thing or not is NOT debatable. Therefore, nothing is proven by it. That’s all I expect.

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vadersapp September 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Oh, and I’m “everywhere” because I have been on this site for over a year (not long after it was put up) and I have read and commented on nearly every article. Aside from that I get notice when anybody comments on any page… so, yeah. I’m everywhere. Haha.

Usually, unless it’s on an article I am really interested in, I don’t reply to the comments, but if it’s aimed at me, or if it catches my attention in some way, I may pop in to write a word or two. So, yeah, to anyone who is unaware, whether I am commenting on it or not, I have read almost every comment that has ever been posted on this site…. thousands of comments…. That’s half kinda sad and half kinda creepy, isn’t it? haha.

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Supa September 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I think it’s more likely that the elves are leaving Algaesia. Think of how Gabby came into power. He used magic and dragons to become king. Most likely, the country doesn’t want to be involved in another war like that and the elves are simply leaving to help remove magic from Algaesia.

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Tommmy October 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I doubt the elves would just leave Du Weldenvarden after eaons of caring for it and stuff

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Emily November 12, 2011 at 1:17 am

Well now having read Inheritance, I know whether you are right or wrong. I’m not going to say, because I don’t want to spoil it, but I would still like to give you my congratulations for thinking up such an ending. It does fit, though I would have disagreed regardless of having read Inheritance. Anyway, happy reading everyone! It’s brilliant!

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Liam oliver January 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I feel like when I finished reading the book it just didn’t feel like the the end I feel like he still might have more for this series!

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