As the release of Brisingr draws near, I thought I would release my predictions of the events that will unfold. Please note that these predictions are based on nothing except this trend.

Brisingr has to accomplish two things. It has to finished the unfinished elements of The Empire Strikes Back and get part way through Return of the Jedi. Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to get through all of Return of the Jedi, because there is another book to do that with.

Unfinished from The Empire Strikes Back:

In captivity, Luke’s friends are used as bait to lure Luke to the city. Vader orders a carbon-freezing chamber prepared to freeze Luke, which will hold him in suspended animation for transport to the Emperor.

Actually, this basically is finished. If you accept that Katrina’s kidnap serves the same purpose, then the setup was completed in Eldest. Now we just have to wait for the dramatic rescue. We know the rescue is attempted from the sample chapter, already.

My Prediction: Katrina will be rescued safely, although this will have been a trap.

The idea of suspended animation is interesting, though.

My Prediction: Katrina will be poisoned somehow, to make her comatose.

New from Return of the Jedi:

Luke then returns to Dagobah to complete his Jedi training. However, upon arriving, he finds Yoda is dying. Yoda tells Luke that no other training is required, but that he will not truly be a Jedi until he confronts Darth Vader who, Yoda confirms, is Luke’s father. With his final breaths, Yoda tells Luke that “there is another Skywalker”.

I’m very tempted here to say that Oromis will die, although this seems contrived because Elves are immortal. However, given the penchant for the contrived exhibited in the past, I will make this prediction. This will also fit in with the trendy, “cool” idea of old mentors dying, like Dumbledore.

My Prediction: Oromis will die.

Further, Oromis will tell Eragon he has taught him all he could about magic, and that Eragon is a true rider. But he will have to confront his brother Murtagh.

My Prediction: Eragon’s training will be said to be over. He will be told to confront Murtagh.

Now, Arya isn’t Eragon’s sister, unless incest is to play a future role in the stories. However, Eragon’s mother is still shrouded in mystery.

My Prediction: Eragon’s mother, Selena, is still alive.

Obi-Wan explains that Vader truly did this in the sense of the dark side consuming Anakin’s mind, apparently destroying the good man who was Luke’s father and replacing him as Vader.

My Prediction: It will be revealed that Morzan wasn’t that bad of a guy, just that the dark side corrupted him.

With the help of C-3PO, whom the Ewoks believe is a god, they are able to forge an alliance with the forest creatures.

My Prediction: There will be some sort of furry creatures on the side of the Rebels.

On the Death Star, the Emperor tempts Luke to give in to his anger. A ferocious lightsaber duel erupts between Luke and his father…

I’m sure you are more than familiar with the whole events on that scene, if not look it up. Now, the final confrontation will be between Eragon and Murtagh plus Galbatorix. And, I’m about to violate a creed of fortune tellers. Never, ever, ever give detailed predictions. The vaguer they are, the easier it is to say they were right. Well, I can’t resist.

My Prediction: Eragon and Murtagh battle. Eragon wounds and defeats Murtagh, but doesn’t kill him, because Eragon is the better man and a true rider. Galbatorix appears and all but destroys Eragon with powerful magic. Murtagh can’t stand to see his brother in pain, and tries to kill the emporer. Instead, he dies.

I hesistate to say that the emporer will die here, because there is an entire other book still coming. I can’t imagine how there will be enough to fill another book with, but I guess we will see.

Also, somewhere in the movies, Luke Skywalker acquires a new lightsaber of a different color.

My Prediction: Eragon will receive a new rider sword, which will be even better than Zar’roc.

I’ve got some more predictions, but those aren’t purely based on Star Wars, so it would feel like cheating.

Note, you can see Shurtugal’s predictions. They bring up a lot of questions with obvious answers. So I’ll make an additional prediction.

My Prediction: Arya is the green dragon rider. Arya and Eragon get it on. So do their dragons. OR If Arya isn’t the green dragon rider, it will be a new and unknown but beautiful female. Arya will reject Eragon one too many times, and Eragon will fall for this new rider. Saphira will act smug and say, I told you she wasn’t right for you. Saphira and the green dragon will make monstrous love.

If you think I’m going to be wrong about someting, have your own prediction to add, or anything really, comment.

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  1. Corsair on 20 September 2008, 05:57 said:

    You forget, Sly, Oromis is sick, it’s already been stated his days are numbered. Not that way, but that was the gist.

    I don’t think we’ll see an Ewoks ripoff. I find it more likely that The Varden/Surdan alliance will be engaging The Empire at some point and getting their asses kicked, when the Elves arrive and are the Big Damn Heroes. (Aint they just?) Reasoning? Lord of the Rings did it three times – Erkenbrand bringing his host down upon Helm’s Deep, Theoden riding to the defense of Minas Tirith, and Aragorn arriving with reinforcements from Pelargir and Lossarnach. Or the movie version, in which he brings LeChuck and his Ghost Army to scrubbing bubble away the Orcs.

  2. Savannah on 4 October 2008, 04:54 said:

    You should make another post listing how close these predictions were to truth. I’d be really interested in knowing, but absolutely refuse to read the third book so I’ll never find out on my own.

  3. DrAlligator on 4 October 2008, 05:26 said:

    Savannah? From the writer’s blog? Nice to have you here, and great suggestion. :)

  4. Snow White Queen on 6 October 2008, 20:03 said:

    yeah, i agree with savannah. i remember when eldest came out, i was so looking forward to it (yes, i USED to like inheritance) but then was disappointed. cruelly.

    it was so boring, it was extremely difficult to read (to this day, i don’t remember much of what happened). actually, i just kind of skimmed it, scoffed at the whole ‘eragon, i am your brother’ dialogue, and regretted wasting my money.

    i’m not making the same mistake again, so yes, another post would be pretty cool!

  5. Damaris on 25 October 2008, 00:59 said:

    Actually, Arya could be Eragon’s mother. XD

  6. Virgil on 25 October 2008, 01:02 said:

    That would be creepy. Oedipus, much?

  7. Hedwig Widrig on 25 October 2008, 01:11 said:

    Except that Oedipus was clever and solved the sphinx’s riddle and all. I have a very entertaining mental picture of Eragon in that scenario.

    “Four feet…two feet…uh, oh wait, I got this! Dragon! No wait, it’s gotta be ME, because everything is about ME!”

  8. Snow White Queen on 25 October 2008, 12:15 said:


    well, then the sphinx would eat him up…i wouldn’t mind that.

  9. Kieuemo on 25 November 2008, 16:39 said:

    Blodhgarm may not be an Ewok, but he is furry…so that’s something that was predicted right:D. Apart from the obvious “Oromis dies.”

  10. SlyShy on 25 November 2008, 16:41 said:

    I got a lot wrong. :P

    I think a lot of it will happen in the 4th book though, because I didn’t expect so little to happen in Brisingr.

  11. Christopher Paolini on 3 November 2009, 18:41 said:

    Do the dwarves count as furry little creatures? (like the Ewoks)