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A shielding blessing was a form of magic. A shielding blessing could possibly last forever, or at least until a magician removed them, unlike a ward, which could last only until it was worn out by attacks, or a shielding spell, which was only temporary. Unlike a ward or shielding spell, a shielding blessing did not possibly have to draw on a users energy. Eragon tried to do a shielding blessing on Elva while visiting the Varden for the first time, but knew very little of the Ancient Language at the time and instead put a shielding curse on the girl, the exact opposite of a shielding blessing.