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by Christopher Paolini

Eragon Allusions and Cultural References

When authors give shout outs to other great works, people, and events, it's usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Eragon is set in an entirely new world, with its own created history, politics, and even geography. While we may recognize elements of this world in our own, we're dealing with fantasy here, folks. Frankly, nobody who lives in Alagaƫsia has ever read Shakespeare. Or Milton. Or, heck, even J.R.R. Tolkien. So, there are no real shout-outs to speak of, since the characters' references are all either to invented books or invented histories.

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