My brother, however, doesn't like the Inheritance Cycle, mainly because of the fact that the story resembles The Lord of the Rings. Similiaries:
- Eragon, the name, is similiar to Aragorn
- There's a dark twisted magician/wizard
- Urgals to the Urik-hai
- The dwarves particular dis-like to elves (i guess that wouldn't be copying...)
- All three races involved
- Gandalf and Oromis
By the way , here's a particulary funny cartoon i found while searching the web portraying Legolas of Lord of Rings as a conceited beauty-obsessed elf.