Tears? Nonono. Just one, just a single tear. Kristopher, you ought to know better!
Fridge Logic moment (fuck you, TV Tropes):
Arya has been dragging the Saphira’s egg back and forth between the Varden and Ellesmera for like, 20 years or something. Her route, we find out through Eldest, borders along that one big desert. That’s a pretty hot climate. Having lived in a desert country for 7 years, I can tell you that the lowest the temperature ever gets is about 18C (64F). And that’s in the middle of winter. And in the summer, it can get up to 50C (122F)…
Yes, but let’s remember, since he drew it when he was 15 it makes everything ok. I doubt he even thought about basic things like fault lines and tectonic movement, or gravity and climate. Ho no, not for this child prodigy. His world does what he wants so the story moves along the way its supposed to.
“Well, you can’t expect Paolini to know these things.”
But it’s pretty much common knowledge that you don’t wear leather in hot weather (and if you’ve never worn leather, you probably have experience with leather car seats, or a watch with a leather strap). It’s not comfy, you sweat a lot…
For that matter… ah, that’s a rant for a whole other article: Dressing for the Desert
Can you guys please remember to put umlauts over your “e” in Alagaësia? When you don’t, it leaves the rest of us wondering if you’re talking about some Alagaesia we’ve never heard of, or the one from Inheritance.
PS – This also doesn’t take into account that I can’t even imagine what sort of horrific tongue and lip contortions I’d have to go through to pronounce “Alagaesia” without an umlaut. It’s just too crazy to think.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the umlaut used to distinguish a vowel sound? Which is why it makes a difference in Alagaësia? (I pronounce it -ga-eh-see-ah, -sha is just dumb-sounding-ly English).
So…what are the two vowel sounds in, for example, gëdwey ignasia? Seems to me like he could have put it on the second e and spared himself the extraneous y, but that would probably be too reasonable.
i mean, seriously, he expects me to stumble through a mush of letters that in my (non-dyslexic) eyes looks like ‘sldkfjaslfd’? inheritance wasn’t even worth reading at all, let alone wasting all that time on his convoluted word pronunciations.