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Eragon

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Eragon
By Chirstopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains that rise on one side of Paradise Valley inspired the fantastic scenery in Eragon, the first novel in his Inheritance cycle.

Christopher was homeschooled by his parents and often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library, and read widely. He was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon and his family self-published the book in 2001.
Mood
Song
Symbols
Quotes
Theme
Sentences that stood out
Antagonist
Protagonist
Setting
Characterization
About the Author
Text to text
Text to world
Text to self
Plot Summary
Christopher Paolini!
Zar'roc
Zar'roc, the sword that once belonged to the last of the forsworn, Morzan, was known for its evil and terrible deeds. When this sword is passed on to Eragon, Saphira and Eragon decide its time to forge a new history for the evil sword. For this reason, I chose this symbol to represent Eragon's free will. This is further exemplified when Eragon slays the shade Durza with Zar'roc, the blade that was once used for evil is know used for good. Eragon's is able to forge his own path in the world, to be his own person, and, ultimately, to create his own destiny.
Zar'roc may have a bloody history, but that should not shape your actions. Forge a new history for it, and carry it with pride. (55.3)
Dragon
Map of Alagaësia
Gedwëy ignasia
I used the
Gedwëy ignasia on Eragon's palm
as a symbol of friendship and the bond shared
between Eragon and Saphira. Friendship plays an important role in the book Eragon, since Eragon is always assisted by someone. Roran, Brom and Murtagh all play a role in supporting and helpig our protagonist. More importantly, the Gedwëy ignasia represents the bond between Eragon and his dragon Saphira. Ever since Saphira was born, Eragon has shared a telepathy link with his partner, I chose this symbol to represent this link.
Durza
Role in Eragon
Intelligent, short-tempered, commanding,
and cruel, Durza takes the role of antagonist
easily. He plays his role against the good side
at many places of the story. In the prologue,
Durza is said to have captured the courier
elf, Arya, when he and his band of Urgals
ambushed the party transporting a dragon
egg (Saphira). The ambush was a failure.
The next time we see Durza mentioned
in the book is at Gilead, where Eragon is
taken captive. There, Durza tries to figure out Eragon's true name so he can have control over Eragon. Eragon lies however, and Durza once again fails. Durza's final appearance in Eragon is at the climax of the story, the Battle Under Farthen Dûr. At this part of the story, Durza and Eragon duel to the death, sword upon sword. In the end however, Durza is defeated by the only thing that can kill a shade, a stab through the heart. Eragon is victorious, but he escapes by the price of a deep scar down his back. Thanks to Durza, Eragon receives the name of "Shadeslayer"
History
Durza
The child who would become Durza was born into a
nomadic tribe and was given the name "Carsaib". His
family was banished and abandoned by the tribe after
his father was accused of oath-breaking. Later, both of
his parents were murdered by bandits, and Carsaib
wandered blindly into the desert, wishing that he could
be dead as well. He was found by a sorcerer named
Haeg, who took him in and began to teach him the art
of controlling spirits.

After a few years, Haeg was murdered by a group of
bandits, and, in a rage, Carsaib summoned up avenging
spirits that were too powerful to control. They turned on him and possessed his mind and body, and therefore transformed him into the Shade Durza. He, later taught Galbatorix dark magic that helped
him to overthrow the Riders.
Durza
Personality traits
The story of Eragon demonstrates very well how important friendship is, even to the supernatural like Eragon. At every stage at the book, Eragon is accompanied and assisted by an ally or friend.
This cycle can be shown in the book. Back in Carvahall, Eragon was very close to his cousin, Roran. When Roran left for work, Eragon was devastated. Then, Eragon's mentor and storyteller, Brom shows up, to help Eragon avenge his uncle Garrow. Throughout the journey, Eragon and Brom help one another, and Brom becomes like a father to Eragon. When Brom dies, Murtagh is introduced, Murtagh then rescues Eragon from the prison in Gilead.
Throughout the book, it becomes clear that even one as heroic and true of heart as Eragon needs the support of his friends.
Identity
In the book Eragon, identity plays a huge role as a theme of the book. Ever since he was born, Eragon has had no idea who his parents are, he also happens to be named after first dragon rider. Throughout the book (and the series), Eragon has many internal struggles, who is Eragon?
Choices
Thorughout the entire book, Eragon is faced with many pathways and choices. As one of the only remaining dragon riders in Anglaisia, everyone wants him on their side. At many times, Eragon's decisions seem to be made for him, whether he likes it or not. Even if Eragon does get to make a decision, he wonders, was it the right one?
I used this map of
Alagaësia to represent Eragon's love of exploring. When he is journeying with Brom, he is interested in almost everything at the different cities and villages in Alagaësia. Like many of us, Eragon is curious and interested in new things and different places. For this reason, I chose the map of Alagaësia to represent Eragon's curiosity.
I chose the dragon as a symbol to represent the magic and mythical creatures that live in Alagaësia, from dragons, to bull like Urgals and shades, the book Eragon is surrounded and revolves around the idea of magic and mythical creatures. Magic also plays a role in Eragon, it is what sets apart dragon riders like Eragon and ordinary villagers, those who weld magic are also usually at the top of the society. For these reasons, I decided to use a dragon to represent Eragon's magic and mythical creatures.
Eragon
Role in Eragon
In the book Eragon, Eragon is nothing
but an ordinary farmboy living in the
quiet city of Carvahall. Ever since he
was born, Eragon has never known his
mother or father, his uncle Garrow,
and cousin Roran are all Eragon knows
when it comes to family. When Eragon
becomes the first dragon rider in a
hundred years, his life changes
drastically. With both Garrow dead,
and Roran away on a job, Eragon and
Saphira join Brom on a journey to
avenge Eragon's uncle. Through the
story, Eragon learns and grows both
magically and physically in strength and power. Throughout the book, Eragon moves the plot on a lot and is responsible for the rescuing of the elf Arya, and the killing of the shade and antagonist Durza. In Eragon, Eragon is known as the main character and story revolves mainly around him and his journey.
The setting is extremely important as it plays a major role in introducing and telling the story of Alagaesia. The events of the book take place in a mystical, medieval time of magic, dragons, elves, dwarves, kingdoms and evil creatures, creating a shroud of fantasy around the world. In the world of Eragon, the entire country of Alagaesia is under the dictatorship of King Galbatorix, and mad and evil dragon rider. The tale begins in the Springtime of Carvahall, a quiet, peaceful village in the mountains, where Eragon lives a hard, but peaceful life.
A series that I believe is very similar to inheritance cycle and Eragon is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. For one, the elves in Eragon and LOTR are almost identical. In LOTR, the elves are graceful, elegant and powerful on the battlefield, and their homes and creations are extraordinary in every way. In Paolini's books, the elves are the same, since Paolini was a big fan of Tolkien's series and he was inspired by it.
Similarities with LOTR
LOTR
ERAGON
Text to text
Continued
Similarities with LOTR
In Eragon, there are other pieces of evidence that show that each book, LOTR and Eragon have many similarities. In both books, the setting of each story has a main antagonist, and that antagonist has power over the entire country, (King Galbatorix and Lord Sauron), and both book series end with the elimination of that dictator. In both series, there is also a resistance against the "government", in Eragon it is the Varden, and in LOTR it is the fellowship of the ring and the cities of men that oppose Sauron. In both books, they are allied with the elves.
Many words in Eragon are also similar to those of LOTR
The 15 year old resident of Carvahall, Eragon, starts the book by finding a strange blue stone while traversing The Spine, a mountainous area outside his home. The world in which this novel takes place is known as Alagaësia, under the control of Galbatorix, a fallen Dragon Rider, now evil. These dragon riders used to be the peace keepers of the world, but when his dragon died, Galbatorix went mad and killed his fellow riders.

Eragon’s blue stone hatches eventually and from it emerges a dragon. Because of the rarity of the birth (dragons are supposed to be extinct), Eragon keeps his find secret and raises his dragon away from prying eyes, until two dark Ra’zac enter the town looking for the stone.The dragon, named Saphira, leaves the town with Eragon to hide in the forest. While Eragon is away, the Ra’zac kill Eragon’s Uncle Garrow and burn his house down. In response, Eragon declares himself a new Dragon Rider in the vain of those past, the peace keepers, before Galbatorix betrayed them. Eragon takes with him on his journeys Brom, a weaver of stories from his town with knowledge on everything Eragon needs to protect himself and defeat the Ra’zac.
Plot summary
The three finally reach the town of Teirm where Brom learns that the Ra’zac are in Helgrind, the four-peaked mountain near the city of Dras-Leona. The three travel there and are lured into a trap set by the Ra’zac, failing to find the revenge that Eragon so desperately seeks. Rescued by Murtagh, an unknown stranger, Eragon and Saphira survive, but his mentor Bram is hurt and soon dies. He reveals before his death though that he was once a Dragon Rider, betrayed by Galbatorix like the others, his dragon murdered. After Galbatorix’s coup, Brom became a member of Varden, and sniped the unhatched egg that Eragon eventually found, Saphira’s blue stone.

Along with Murtagh, Eragon and Saphira set out to find Varden to help them. Along their journey, Eragon begins to have odd dreams of a mysterious female elf in trouble. When Eragon is captured, he finally meets her, both of them imprisoned together. Murtagh and Saphira strike the prison though and manage to rescue both Eragon and the elf. During the rescue, the three encounter Shade, a horrible creature that should not be awake. The revaluation of such a horrible creature loose upon the world causes the three to assume that Galbatorix is in league with darker forces yet.
Continued
Plot Summary
On the way to the Varden, Eragon must deal with an immense influx of foes and dangers, including an army of Urgals chasing them all the way there. The Varden's fortress, located in the depths of the Beor Mountains, is host to groups of dwarves, elves, and Varden, who are in league, having sent Saphira’s egg to The Spine where Eragon found it. Given a short rest, the three along with the Varden and their allies must prepare for the arrival of the Urgal as the approach the mountain. They learn for sure that Galbatorix is in league with the dark forces from a stolen message and soon they are in a battle with the Urgal. During the battle, the Urgals are close to defeating the Varden until Eragon defeats the Shade they encountered earlier. However, the battle with the Shade leaves him horribly disfigured and in pain. When the battle ends, closing the first chapter in the Inheritance trilogy, Eragon is preparing to go study with the elves.
Continued

During hard times, Friendship is important
In the book Eragon, the entire country is ruled by a dictator, King Galbatorix, there is no democracy, no government. The book also talks about the Varden, a resistance group that stands up and fights King Galbatorix. This reminded me of the dictators in the world, like Hitler. Though the dictators in our world had power, there was usually a resistance force that fought for the rights and freedoms of the people, just like the Varden and King Galbatorix in Eragon.
Since Eragon is an adventure book, the mood/tone of the story changes depending on what is happening to the character at that time or what the character is experiencing, even the environment plays a role in showing mood/tone in the story. Throughout the book there are ups and downs and many changes of mood and tone.
Environment
The environment in Eragon is probably the factor that affects the mood/tone the most. While Eragon is travelling with Brom and learning, the mood is lighter and happier as Eragon learns how to harness his powers. But while travelling, Eragon and Brom come across a village that has had its entire population slaughtered and piled up in the center. The mood is suddenly darker, and more mysterious. But when they reach bustling and crowded town full of interesting shops and places, the mood is "curious" and lighter.
Events that affect mood
Events that effect mood include Brom death. This darkens the mood greatly since Eragon is in a state of depression and sadness.
When Saphira's egg hatches, the mood picks up and gets more exciting since this event is also the motivating incident in the story.
The many battles in the book also bring a change of mood, the mood/tone is more exciting and the words that are used have an effect of making the reader want to read on.
Words that are used the create different moods:
Happy, lighthearted, curious mood:
beautiful, fascination, passion, laughed, amazement, love, happy, fun, teased, wonder, cheery, politely, smile,
The song I chose to represent Eragon was "Once in very lifetime" by Jem. The reason why I chose this song to represent Eragon was because of the lyrics of the song, which described the many aspects of the book Eragon.
Lyrics and how they relate to Eragon
It's time to move out of the darkness
Use what you feel inside
Your faith alone will guide you
Feel the turning tide
These couple lyrics represent Eragon leaving his home on his journey. It also shows the sudden change in Eragon's life, from being a farm boy, to a legendary dragon rider
It's in your heart
It's in your soul
Don't be scared
Keep believing
I know you'll know
Deep inside
That your time has come
Once in every lifetime
If you do believe
Man can move a mountain
Change the course of history
How far we've come
So far
From home
Trust in your path
You've been chosen
Become your destiny
Lead and they will follow you
Your truth will set you free
V.S.
These lyrics display the fear that Eragon feels when he is making decisions, is he making the right one? All his choices determines the fate of Alagaësia, will he make the right ones, or will he bring the world down along with him?
This part of the song talks about Eragon, and his supernatural powers: "Man can move a mountain". It also talks about how Eragon is so far from his old life, so far from his home back in Carvahall.
These lyrics represent the fate that awaits Eragon, being destined for what he must do, Eragon is going to be free of his burden until his job is finished. Without completing his duty, he's not going to live a peaceful life.
WEDNESDAY
Intelligent:
This trait is shown when Durza uses tactics in battle against the Varden, he uses his mass army to distract the main force, while he himself goes to kill Eragon
Cruel:
This trait of Durza's is already shown at the very beginning of the story, when the ambush fails, Durza kills all the Urgals that failed and disappears. Durza is also known to have killed his followers in temper.
Over confident:
Throughout the book, whenever Eragon and Durza come face to face, the shade always seems over confident. He is known to sneer and taunt Eragon.


Carvahall
Characters
Carvahall, a peaceful village deep in the mountain range known as the spine, it's also where our book starts. Full of bustling shops and small wooden houses the village is lively with commotion. Ever since as he could remember, Eragon has lived in Carvahall with his uncle Garrow and his cousin Roran. They hardly scrap a living, but their life is peaceful.
“So, my young Rider, do you wish to test yourself against me?” sneered the Shade...The Shade’s maroon eyes burned like coals. He laughed softly. “Do you really think to defeat me, Du Súndavar Freohr? What a pitiful name. I would have expected something more subtle from you, but I suppose that’s all you’re capable of.” -Durza
There are many characters that live in the village of Carvahall:
Sloan
Katrina
Garrow
Roran

Antagonist
Durza
Role in Eragon
Intelligent, short-tempered, commanding,
and cruel, Durza takes the role of antagonist
easily. He plays his role against the good side
at many places of the story. In the prologue,
Durza is said to have captured the courier
elf, Arya, when he and his band of Urgals
ambushed the party transporting a dragon
egg (Saphira). The ambush was a failure.
The next time we see Durza mentioned
in the book is at Gilead, where Eragon is
taken captive. There, Durza tries to figure out Eragon's true name so he can have control over Eragon. Eragon lies however, and Durza once again fails. Durza's final appearance in Eragon is at the climax of the story, the Battle Under Farthen Dûr. At this part of the story, Durza and Eragon duel to the death, sword upon sword. In the end however, Durza is defeated by the only thing that can kill a shade, a stab through the heart. Eragon is victorious, but he escapes by the price of a deep scar down his back. Thanks to Durza, Eragon receives the name of "Shadeslayer"
Durza
Personality traits
Intelligent:
This trait is shown when Durza uses tactics in battle against the Varden, he uses his mass army to distract the main force, while he himself goes to kill Eragon
Cruel:
This trait of Durza's is already shown at the very beginning of the story, when the ambush fails, Durza kills all the Urgals that failed and disappears. Durza is also known to have killed his followers in temper.
Over confident:
Throughout the book, whenever Eragon and Durza come face to face, the shade always seems over confident. He is known to sneer and taunt Eragon.


“So, my young Rider, do you wish to test yourself against me?” sneered the Shade...The Shade’s maroon eyes burned like coals. He laughed softly. “Do you really think to defeat me, Du Súndavar Freohr? What a pitiful name. I would have expected something more subtle from you, but I suppose that’s all you’re capable of.” -Durza
"It was as if an unbreakable pact were being sealed. He started at the dragon and a cold tingle ran down his arm."(5.40)
During hard times, friendship is important
"You risked your life to rescue me; I owe you for that." […] There was a bond between them now, welded in the brotherhood of battle and tempered by the loyalty Murtagh had shown. (42.37)
"It was as if an unbreakable pact were being sealed. He started at the dragon and a cold tingle ran down his arm." (5.40)
The theme, during hard times, friendship is important is further
exemplified in Saphira and Eragon's relationship. Ever since
Saphira was born, Eragon has shared an telekinetic connection
with his dragon companion. Throughout
the entire book Eragon
helps Saphira and Saphira
helps Eragon, through hard
times and on the battlefield.
Their partnership enabled
the duo to accomplish the
impossible, together the
dragon and his rider are
able to bring peace to
Alagaësia
Prelude of Eragon
When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy: perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatching, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight, his simple life is shattered and he is thrust in a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Alagaësia rests in his hands...
Characters
Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains that rise on one side of Paradise Valley inspired the fantastic scenery in Eragon, the first novel in his Inheritance cycle.

Christopher was homeschooled by his parents and often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library, and read widely. He was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon and his family self-published the book in 2001.
About the Author
Christopher Paolini!
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Saphira
Brom
Murtagh
Arya
Loyal, proud, and wise, Saphira is the first dragon to be hatched in over a hundred years in Alagaësia. Throughout the book, the sapphire blue dragon
accompanies Eragon
nearly everywhere and
is known to share a
telepathic link with
Eragon allowing her to
talk to her dragon rider
with images and
emotions.
Intelligent and strong minded, Brom was a teacher and like a father to Eragon through half of the book. Throughout Eragon's training, Brom is known to be extremely skilled in magic, swordsmanship and battle strategy. Brom was often known as a man that defeated his opponents with intelligence, not so much skill and power.
Compassionate and strong willed, Murtagh is known to be the son of Morzan, the last of the forsworn(King Galbatorix
*SPOILER ALERT*
*YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*
Eragon
In the book Eragon greatly values his family and friends, sometimes even more than himself.
Indirect characterization of Eragon compassionate trait:
What Eragon says:
"We have to go back, he pleaded. The strangers are coming to the farm. Garrow has to be warned. Turn around!"
What Eragon thinks:
"And what would give him more satisfaction than hunting down the strangers? A terrible energy and strength began to grow in him. It grabbed his emotions and forged them into a solid bar of anger with one word stamped on it: revenge."
What Eragon does:
Eragon is very protective of his close family and friends. He knew that the Ra'zac were much stronger than he, but he felt the need to get revenge for his uncle was greater than his own safety. Faced with the emotions from his uncle's death, he firmly states that he will hunt down the murderers. What was once his grief is now Eragon's power.
Characterization
cont'd
Eragon
Indirect
Direct
In Eragon, Eragon is described as a fifteen year old with dark eyebrows, brown eyes and clothing that is worn and torn from farm work.
Eragon is fifteen years old:
"Eragon was fifteen, less than a year from manhood." (page 1)
Eragon has brown eyes and dark eyebrows:
"Dark eyebrows rested above his intense brown eyes." (Page 1)
Eragon wears clothing that is old and worn from work:
"His clothes were worn from work." (Page 1)

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Conflict
Types of Characters in Eragon
Murtagh
In the book Eragon, Murtgh appears right after the death of Brom, and assists Eragon in many ways, they become partners, and accomplish impossible deeds together with Saphira. Though Murtagh is skilled and brave, his past is dark, and mysterious. It turns out Murtagh is the son of the last of Galbatorix's main followers kkown as the Forsworn, Morzan. His birth was kept a secret, and most of his childhood was lived in King Galbatorix's castle. Mysterious, but loyal, Murtagh plays a very important role in the story.
Usually impassive and reserved, Arya is known to be the courier that was responsible for transporting saphira's egg. Arya usually is known for hiding her feelings and emotions. Like most elves, Arya is also extremely skilled in magic, swordsmanship and bowmanship. Arya is introduced into the story when Eragon rescues her from Durza, the shade and antagonist of the story. At the climax, she takes part in the battle of Farthen Dur.
In Eragon, Sloan is known as a small bald man with little to no hair that works at a butchers shop in Carvahall. Sloan is first introduced into the story when Eragon goes to buy meat from him when he returns empty handed from hunted. Sloan is also known as the father of Katrina, and a traitor when he later on betrays the entire town to the Ra'zac, a group of cruel and hooded Galbatorix followers.
In Eragon, Garrow is known to be Eragon's uncle and Roran's father. Though in Eragon's young life, it is known that Garrow is the one the that brings up and raises Eragon. In the book, Garrow physical appearance is known to be tall and lean, with a narrow face. The book described garrow to be partially bald, but with graying hair that was once dark brown. In Eragon, Garrow is killed by the Ra'zac when he refuses to give information of Roran
and Eragon's
whereabouts.
In the end,
Garrow is
killed and
his house
demolished.
When Eragon
hears of his
uncle's death,
he is spurred on
to avenge his
uncle and
begins his
journey with
Brom to become
a dragon rider.
Down to earth, straightforward and loyal, Roran is Eragon's cousin and Garrow's son. Before Eragon found Saphira, Roran and Eragon were very close, some say they were close enough to be brothers. Roran is known in the book Eragon to be in love with Katrina, and most of his power is drawn from his love for Katrina. When Eragon leaves Carvahall and Garrow dies, Roran returns to Carvahall to defend Katrina and Carvahall from the Ra'zac. During the fight, Katrina is captured, and Roran is spurred on to hunt down and kill the Ra'zac. Though Roran was not a trained warrior, he and his hammer were known to cause terror on the battlefield, since Roran was already in good condition from working tirelessly on the farm.
Man/supernatural VS Man/supernatural
Man VS himself
Man vs nature
Man vs society
In Eragon, man vs man, or supernatural vs supernatural is the most common conflict, since the main character Eragon, is supernatural. Already at the beginning, Eragon and Brom try to hunt the Ra'zac, which also fall in the category of supernatural. The most prominent conflict in Eragon however, is between Eragon, and the shade Durza. Since Durza is the antagonist, he does everything in his power to thwart Eragon and his allies.
The internal conflict in the book Eragon occurs many times in the story. Near the end, Eragon has three choices, to help the Varden fight King Galbatorix, side with King Galbatorix, or to run away with Saphira turn his back on all the people that need him. Eragon must make a choice, over and over, Eragon wonders which one is right. For these reasons, I think this scenario exemplifies the conflict of man vs himself in Eragon
In Eragon, Brom and Eragon have to travel through many harsh conditions, from the desert to dense forest. Most of the time, the travel is hard and the conditions are poor. The most harsh environment Eragon and Brom had to face was the Haradac desert that was a harsh journey since they had very little supplies and both nearly died of dehydration and from the heat.
Eragon plot diagram
Exposition
Motivating incident
Rising Action
Climax
Falling action
Resolution
Eragon lives in Carvahall, and has gone to the woods to hunt, when stalking a deer he discovers a strange blue stone and decides to take it back to the village to sell.
Back at home in Carvahall, the stone Eragon brought back hatches revealing a blue dragon.
Soon after, two government workers called Ra'zac, come to the little town of Carvahall searching for the dragon egg. After they completely destroy Eragons home and kill his father-figure uncle Garrow, Eragon knows he must take the responsibility of becoming the only good rider left.
As fleeing town, Eragon is accompanied by the town storyteller, Brom. He assists in his journey to track down the Ra'zac and kill them. Little did Eragon know Brom was some what of a magician and he teaches him from something as small as lifting a pebble with his mind, to killing urgals three at a time. Also and this very long journey, Brom teaches him to master the sword until he himself is good enough to beat Brom.
After they loose the Ra'zacs trail, they visit Broms friend in a small village called Teirm. There, they learn where the Ra'zac might be and get back on their trail. But when the Ra'zac sneaks up on them unexpected, it was all up to a young stranger named Murtagh to scare them off. But it he came too late, and it cost Brom his life.. His last words were a confession to Eragon that he was once a rider, and he was also an agent of the Varden- a rebel group dedicated to overthrowing Galbatorix- and he was the one whom stole Saphira's-Eragons dragon- egg nearly 20 years before.
Eragon peruses to join the Varden, but is captured by the city of Gil'ead and ends up in jail. With the help of Murtagh, he escapes and brings along with him an unconscious elf, Arya. Through her mind, she tells Eragon she was ambushed by a shade and had to send the egg elsewhere with magic, which is how he found it in the spine. She also tells him she is seriously injured and needs the medical attention of the Varden within a few days, or she dies. In only 8 days, they travel almost 400 miles on horseback and Saphira carrying Arya.
Barley dodging death, they finally reach the Varden after being chased by hundreds of urgals. There, Eragon learns a lot about the Elves, Dwarves, and the ten by ten mile underground cave which the Varden exist. He learns Brom was meant to train the next rider, which happened by no chance to be Eragon. Now Eragon must choose weather he wants to finish his training between the elves and dwarves, or go else where for the rest of his life. But before Eragon even has time to think about it, an army of urgals make there way into this underground mountain, Farthen Dur, and attack the Varden.
Days into the battle, Eragon finds himself face to face with Durza, the creature whom killed his uncle. Far stronger than any human, Eragon finds himself defeated and slashed by a sword on his back. Just than, Saphira bust through the roof just long enough to distracted the shade, and every ounce of energy in Eragon bolts together and he stabs Durza straight through the heart, the only known way to kill a shade.

With the spirits leaving the body of the shade, there is no longer any authority to control the urgals, and they begin to kill each other and retreat. Finally, the long battle is over, but Eragon, the only last good rider left, is unconscious and in brutal condition.
Despite everybody’s best efforts to heal Eragon, when he wakes, he is still in horrible pain and cant move. He hears a voice in his head from a very long distance away, by a being who says to be Togira Ikonoka-the Cripple Who Is Whole. He offers answers to all of Eragons questions, and once healed, Eragon plans to visit him in Ellesmera, where the elves live.
Eragon
Personality traits
Curious:
Throughout the book, Eragon is interested in almost everything. He is always eager to learn something new and was known to always ask questions.
Determined:
Like Murtagh and Roran, Eragon is very determined. Once he starts something, he will finish it no matter what. This exemplified when Eragon goes after the Ra'zac, he doesn't stop till both are dead. (which happens later in the series.)

Compassionate:
In Eragon, when his uncle Garrow dies, his first thought is to avenge his uncle and kill the Ra'zac. Another example of Eragon's personality of compassion is when Saphira is in trouble, Eragon always tries his best to help her.
In Eragon, man vs society is a very promenient and obvious conflict. The man being Eragon, and the society being the Empire. Since Eragon is one of the only free dragon riders left in Alagaisia, the empire view Eragon as a threat. This makes Eragon a target, the empire want him on their side, or killed. Throughout most of the journey, Eragon must go by different names and identities to stay safe.
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Note: Some characters are of two types
*is also another type
Eragon*
Eragon*
Brom*
Arya*
Saphira*
Saphira*
Uncle Garrow
Roran*
Roran*
Murtagh*
Murtagh*
Brom*
Durza
Ra'zac
King Galbatorix
Angela
Hrothgar
Ajihad
Nasuada
Arya*
Sloan
Katrina
Eragon blinked, trying to understand what had occurred. Something brushed against his consciousness, like a finger trailing over his skin. […] It was as if an invisible wall surrounding his thoughts had fallen away, and he was now free to reach out with his mind. (5.5)
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Quotes about Eragon and Saphira's relationship
Eragon groped with his mind until he felt the dragon's consciousness. […] A dim acknowledgement came tentatively through the link, but Eragon wondered if it really understood. After all, it's only an animal. (5.19)
Eragon showed the dragon what he knew about the forest, not caring if it understood his meaning. It was the simple act of sharing that mattered. He talked to it continuously. The dragon gazed back at him with bright eyes, drinking in his words. (5.23)
There was always a small part of him connected to the dragon, ignored at times, but never forgotten. When he talked with people, the contact was distracting, like a fly buzzing in his ear. (5.30)
Saphira was as real and complex as any person. Her personality was eclectic and at times completely alien, yet they understood each other on a profound level. (8.15)
The moment when Eragon first makes contact with Saphira
For the first time, Eragon feels Saphira's presence in the back of his mind.
Eragon is aware of Saphira and his telepathic connection, but wonders of Saphira understands him.
Eragon tries to communicate with Saphira, at first Eragon is not sure if Saphira understands but it is a start in Saphira and Eragon's partnership.
The telepathic link between Eragon and Saphira strengthen, and it is as if the two seem to be linked every hour of the day.
Eragon finally fully understands Spahira as a complex beings like himself, and though they share different feelings and emotions, they still understand one another.
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Quotes relating to a setting where magic and supernaturals exist
A ball of flame sprang from his hand and flew toward the elf. (Prologue.22-23)
If he had learned anything from the old stories, it was to treat magic, and those who used it, with great caution. (1.13)
"There Morzan entered into a dark apprenticeship, learning secrets and forbidden magic that should never have been revealed." (3.107)
"Dragons have no beginning […] And if they have an end, it will be when this world perishes, for they suffer as the land does. They, the dwarves, and a few others are the true inhabitants of this land." (6.14)
An idea, a revelation slowly wormed its way through his mind. He, Eragon—farm boy of Palancar Valley—had used magic. Magic! It was the only word for what had happened. (19.26)
Already at the prologue the reader knows that the story is going to revolve and circle around the realms of magic and fantasy
In Eragon, magic is not a common thing, but it is known and there is proof it exist. Unlike our world, where magic is just completely out of the ordinary.
When there is good, there is usually always evil. Magic is no different, yes, there is good magic, like healing wounds, but many types of magic, should never be taught, or used.
Unlike our world, a world full of magic usually doesn't have a scientific explanation, like this quote. Why do dragons suffer when the land does, no one knows, it just happens.
Eragon feels the joy of using magic for the first time, like us, when we do something that we thought we never thought we could ever do, he can't help but feel happy!
Quotes about Eragon's identity
The realization that Garrow and Marian were not his real parents had disturbed him greatly. […] One other thing bothered him: Who was his father? (3.4-5)
"It is a good name to have, though; you should be proud of it. Not everyone has one so honorable." (6.25)
"Every age needs an icon—perhaps that lot has fallen to you. Farm boys are not named for the first Rider without cause. Your namesake was the beginning, and now you are the continuation. Or the end." (53.90)
"To everyone else, I will be Neal and you will be my nephew Evan. […] I don't want our names in anyone's heads." (23.26)
"This lasted for five years and would have continued for much longer if an elf called Eragon hadn't found a dragon egg." […] "Ah, I see you didn't know of your namesake." (6.20)
Already at the beginning of the book, it is known that Eragon dislikes not having a part of him that is his family
Eragon is known as the first dragon rider ever known, Eragon also happens to have the same name...
Brom tells Eragon it is a good name to have, but will it inspire Eragon, or will it just pressure Eragon to do greater deeds?
Saphira thinks Eragon was called so for a reason, not by coincidence, maybe Eragon will be destined to do great things and bring peace to Alagaisia, or maybe he is destined to bring Alagaisia crumbling down...
Eragon identity isn't always something good, during Brom and Eragon's travels, the duo must use different names and identities.
Dark, mysterious mood:
die, icily, shivered, cold, hissed, blood, grimly, coarse, scream, helplessness, tears, grief, monstrous, crushing, sorrow, merciless, uncaring, frustrated, terrified, torn, searing, trembling, weak, impaling
VS
In the book Eragon, Katrina is known to be Roran's wife. She is first introduced into the story when Sloan refuses to sell meat to Eragon. In Eragon, she is said to have long copper hair and smooth white skin. When Katrina decides to marry Roran, Sloan is very disapproving and disowns her and denies her her mother's inheritance. After that, Sloan betrays the entire village and Katrina and himself are captured by the Ra'zac
Text to world
In the book Eragon, the entire country is ruled by a dictator, King Galbatorix, there is no democracy, no government. The book also talks about the Varden, a resistance group that stands up and fights King Galbatorix. This reminded me of the dictators in the world, like Hitler. Though the dictators in our world had power, there was usually a resistance force that fought for the rights and freedoms of the people, just like the Varden and King Galbatorix in Eragon.
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Text to self
In Eragon, Eragon values his friends and family very much and they are all important to him. This reminded me of my life, and how all my friends and family are important to me also. Though Eragon is a dragon rider and is able to do all sorts of magic, he still needs the support of his friends and family.
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