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Prologue: Shade of Fear The Shade, a nearly human creature of the dark, senses danger and yells at his Urgal companions to be quiet. The group sits quietly as a couple of elves ride near them, two men and a woman fully armed with bows and the female has both bow and sword. The Shade and Urgals attack the three elves, shooting down the two male elves with bow arrows. The female e
scapes briefly, Urgals making chase and the Shade chanting a magical phrase that sets the woods on fire from above on a giant rock. The Shade jumps from the rock and catches the female elf, trapping her between himself and the Urgals. She quickly removes a blue stone and before the Shade can cast the necessary magic to snag the rock, it disappears. Angered by the interaction, the Shade kills his Urgal companions and takes the elf captive before riding away. Chapter 1: Discovery Hunting in the woods of The Spine, in the wonderful land of Alagaësia, Eragon is a 15 year old boy, only a year from official “manhood”. While sighting a female deer with his bow to gather food for his family, Eragon is rocked by an explosion throughout the woods. A circle of dead grass forms around the blast center with hundreds of trees stripped clean. Eragon walks toward the explosion point and notices the presence of a stone, cautious but for a moment before picking it up. The polished blue stone is very hard but, smooth and colorful. Eragon is unsure of it other than that it might be valuable, so he packs it up and sleeps for the night. Chapter 2: Palancar Valley
The next day Eragon hikes his way back out of the woods to return home without any game. It takes him nearly two days to reach the Palancar Valley where Carvahall (his home) is located. Before heading home he decides to stop at the butcher shop and pick up some meat for his family. Because Eragon has no money, he attempts to sell the blue stone for the meat, but the butcher, Sloan will not take it because its value is unknown. The small amount he’s willing to offer is too little for Eragon, so he tells him to wait for a merchant to arrive in town to look at it. When Eragon finally takes the money, he admits he found the stone in the Spine, to which Sloan angrily refuses the trade. He threatens Eragon and tells him to leave. Horst enters the town’s blacksmith and calms the butcher, eventually buying a selection of meats for Eragon and sending him on his way, happy to have humiliated the butcher. Confused by the butcher’s reaction, Eragon is advised to ask his uncle about it for more details. Eragon remembers that he must pass along a message of love to the butcher’s daughter Katrina from his cousin Roran. After completing his business in town, Eragon leaves for his uncle’s farm, a mere 10 miles away. Eragon’s Uncle Garrow greets him gruffly and grows angry at the meat received in charity. Eragon reassures him that he is to work the meat off as an assistant to the blacksmith in the spring and that he will juggle the work between his uncle’s farm and blacksmithing. After Eragon shows his uncle the stone, Garrow explains that Sloan’s wife was killed in the Spine and that it is indeed odd for him to react quite so harshly, even with such history.
Chapter 3: Dragon Tales Eragon readjusting to his life on his uncle’s farm with his uncle and his cousin Roran. Working to harvest their crops before a blizzard works through and covers thearea in snow, Garrow worries about the traders making their way through. A bit later, Eragon notes their tracks and everyone packs up and readies for them. They arrive in town and Eragon begins looking for a merchant to value his stone, noticing how wary everyone appears. When he finds Merlock, a jewel merchant, he and Garrow enter a private tent to observe the tone. Unable to value the
stone, he comments on how hard it is and that it is oddly hollow. After offering them what little information he can about the stone, Merlock shares what he knows of the world, the illness, fights, and bad luck of Alagaësia. Urgals are attacking villages in the desert, so the king has sent his own armies to fight them. Later in a tavern, Eragon hears more of the world, of the rebel Vardens fighting with the Urgals against the King. The traders speak highly of the king, to which the villagers disagree. The villagers continue to argue with the traders about the empire, displaying their hatred for the king and the empire, going way back, wary of his intentions. Brom, the storyteller, later weaves stories of the Dragon Riders, protectors of the king and allies of elves and dwarves. Everyone was happy until one day a certain rider named Galbatorix’s dragon was killed, sending him into madness, searching everywhere for a new dragon. The other riders denied him one as he was now evil. There were two riders though who helped Galbatorix sneak in and steal a young dragon though, and with Morzan at his side fought the Riders. There were 13 evil riders in all at the end and they killed all of the other riders and defeated King Vrael to place Galbatorix on the throne. Chapter 4: Fate's Gift Returning from the village, Eragon tests the hollowness of his stone with various items, beating on it until it produced a mild squeak. Later that night while sleeping he was woken up by another squeak, this time much louder coming from the stone. After hiding the stone under his bed he goes back to sleep for the night, intent on dealing with it in the morning. When the stone moves about under his bed, Eragon wakes once more and decides to bury it. However, it falls and cracks as he’s leaving and soon enough a dragon breaks its way through the shell. Chapter 5: Awakening The dragon itself is small and covered in blue sapphires, revealing the stone as an egg. The dragon watches Eragon for a moment, but then begins to explore. When Eragon reaches to touch the dragon he feels a jolt of energy course through him, extremely painful in its abruptness. An oval then appears on his
Stretching to longer distances. Eragon takes the dragon to the woods and builds a small shelter for her. keeping her secret.hand. and when Eragon tells Brom that he’s heard the scales of dragons are gem like. Eragon seeking a name for his new dragon. a small charge runs through him and he feels emotions that are not his own. Dragons can not only live for hundreds of years but have a magical impact on other living things. Brom tells Eragon that some dragons can reach a wingspan of up to 100 feet. Because of this link. their link is almost complete and the dragon begins to grow large dagger like teeth and heavy scales. how dragons arrived with the creation of Algalsia and that early on elves and dragons fought vehemently. The next day. knowing he cannot kill it but that the dragon could bring pain and worry to his family. The dragon survives well on her own and Eragon begins to spend a great deal of time with her. The dragon quickly begins to grow and the two begin to communicate much better. Worried for the safety of the dragon. nothing happens nearly so violent. One day an elf named Eragon found an egg and raised his dragon in secret. hiding underground to escape the reach of the empire. telling her to stay through their new telepathic link. Brom tells Eragon the story of the Dragon Riders and their origins. Eragon heads to Brom to learn more. Brom also tells Ergaon that dwarves have disappeared in recent years. Brom demands to know from where the information was heard. When he touches the dragon a second time. Chapter 7: A Name of Power . The last thing the two discuss is names for dragons. However. Eragon covers her tracks often. so he feeds it and decides to hide the dragon. The two later made the case for peace and Eragon became the first dragon rider. Dragon Riders become smarter and stronger than other humans. The dragon is hungry. Chapter 6: Tea for Two Because he doesn’t understand dragons as well as he’d like. The last name given to him is Saphira.
at first turned down because he’s listing male names for a female dragon and then just turned down because she doesn’t like them. waving goodbye to Garrow as he offers words of wisdom for Eragon and money for Roran. Now that Eragon knows that dragons are as intelligent as human beings. He begins listing names for the dragon. Roran and Eragon leave for Carvahall. Wanting to reveal her to his family. worried about the work that needs to be done on the farm. Eragon is in a fowl mood. Eragon overhears Sloan speaking to two hissing voices about an incidence that happened 3 months ago. but decides against it. worried about how busy his cousin already is with his packing. He also announces that he will propose to Katrina. Horst tells Eragon that no one betrayed him for having the stone but that he should be wary as the strangers gave him a bad feeling. Even with her reaching out to him. Chapter 8: Miller-to-Be Despite his worries that he wouldn’t. something that she can also feel through their link. he sees his in a different light. warning him that two odd men were looking for a similar stone and that Eragon should be rid of it. Eragon is cautioned to be wary by Saphira because of how they might react. he says Saphira and she accepts the name. happy with the sound of it. After some threats by the two . The blacksmith pulls Eragon aside and asks him about the blue stone. Chapter 9: Strangers in Carvahall The next morning. Eventually. On the night Roran is to leave. Eragon for his part is worried that his father will not accept the decision. The two become much closer as they have intelligent conversations and Saphira displays her wisdom. Eragon is worried about the upcoming changes and discusses them at length with Saphira. They meet Dempton. Eragon almost tells his cousin about Saphira. Garrow accepts Roran’s plans and they decide he will be leaving in two weeks.Roran and Eragon leave Carvahall to return home and Roran reveals that he’s been offered a job in a mill very far from Carvahall. After hugging his cousin and waving goodbye. Roran’s new boss as the blacksmiths and Eragon takes a dislike to him immediately.
Saphira takes the two and flies to Carvahall. though she claims she has saved his life. When he questions why she took him away. he shakes Brom’s hand and his glove comes off. He tries to get her to return but in her fright. she refuses angrily. His body is horribly burned and oozing. the two turn to see Eragon and begin approaching them with their swords unsheathing. making him sick. she becomes agitated by the news of the strangers and the smell of blood. She drops him off near . Tired and hungry. the farm is in ruins and Saphira immediately sense the horrors that have occurred. Eragon realizes they are in the spot where he found Saphira’s egg. They dig through the rubble and finally find Garrow. Eragon asks to be returned home. As night approaches. In Eragon’s anger. Chapter 11: The Doom of Innocence Waking in the Spine. Chapter 10: Flight of Destiny Eragon runs home quickly and finds his uncle outside. He decides to go to Saphira first. unable to calm down. he blames Saphira for the mess . she tells him the strangers were killers and he becomes angry that his uncle is in danger. calling Eragon’s name and scaring off the strangers. He asks one more time about the trader who offered so much information about dragons. but his angry accusations force her to take him back. As he approaches her. When they finally return. realizing that he might be too late to help his uncle.voices and reassurances by Sloan. Eragon is unable to answer any questions though. discover him of the rubble. Brom accepts Eragon’s excuses of dizziness and urges him to return him. throwing Saphira’s secrecy to the wind. revealing the oval shaped mark on his palm. She is still frightened. to show his uncle and make sure he believes him. he is in horrible pain. She flies all the way to the Spine and when he finally falls to the snow from her back. Eragon clings for his life as she flies high above the woods. He runs off before Brom can say anything. As Eragon leaves. near the barn. Brom enters the scene at the last minute. Eragon sleeps within Saphira’s wings. Eragon climbs on her back and she flies away.
running towards them. he decides to leave to purse the killers. comforted by Elain. Brom chases after him though. Chapter 12: Deathwatch While still passed out Eragon sees silver haired men with lances boarding a ship and dragons flying above. wanting to know more about his uncle’s killers. catching him and revealing that he knows about Eragon’s dragon. and Eragon collapses. They are going to have to leave the village for a while. Brom reveals that the scar undid Eragon’s secret and that he has already spoken to Saphira. He wakes from his dream to find he’s in the Gertrude. Overhearing Horst say to someone that Eragon is hiding things from him. He steals leather for a saddle for Saphira and then steals meat from Sloan’s shop. the entire village being curious about it as well as asking about his scar from the egg. being kept at Horst’s house. Chapter 14: A Rider's Blade Eragon decides that he must do something to avenge his uncle’s death. Finally Brom arrives. finally able to get through after his recovery. Garrow is not getting any better and Eragon has been unconscious himself for more than 2 days. His grief is overwhelming and he cries and thinks on his losses in life. He lies to her and goes to visit Garrow instead. the town healer’s hut. he hears Saphira’s shouts in his mind. Eragon begins grilling Brom for information. It’s decided that he will go with Eragon and Saphira on their journey. causing Eragon to feel that much more helpless.the town and Eragon begins to drag Garrow toward the town. As Horst begins to question him as well. Horst’s family greets Eragon and show him to Garrow who is covered with unhealable burns. Chapter 13: The Madness of Life Eragon wakes in the middle of the night with the sensation that something horrible has happened only to find that Garrow is dead. She presses Eragon for answers about what happened on the farm. Sneaking out of Carvahall. Brom supplies Eragon with a sword .
Chapter 15: Saddlemaking The next day. telling Eragon that his uncle was killed by Ra’zac. Brom explains that the Ra’zac attacked once before and that Brom drove them away. They decide to travel to Yazuac along the split in the trail and they experience the heat and dry wind of the plains. as Eragon is completely unprepared for the attack. passing the mountain range on the outskirts of Therinsford and settling down to camp outside the village for the evening. after it’s decided that he would go with him. Brom tells Eragon of how they must travel in secret as opposed to the Ra’zac who have freedom to go where they please. the three encounter a massive storm heading their way. When he finishes they decide to leave the next day and find horses as they cannot both ride Saphira.previously used by a dragon rider. Chapter 16: Therinsford The next morning. practicing swordfighting more. The two continue traveling. while serving the king. They direct them to follow them to the Palancar Valley where the Ra’zac headed. though they are hard to follow. Brom takes it upon himself to cut and measure a saddle for Saphira. once again not revealing how he did so. but cannot get more information from him. an inhuman enemy. On the third day. With no horses. Saphira is . Eragon and Brom leave the Carvahall area and begin following the Ra’zac prints in the snow. it is slow going though and the two argue over Brom’s refusal to reveal more of his secrets. Brom begins training Eragon as well. putting Saphira high into the air to stay hidden. When the three finally reach Therinsford. nearly injuring Eragon. the three set out across the plains. She is thrown to the ground. Brom also announces that he will train Eragon the ways of dragons and other magical creatures. knocking Saphira about with its powerful wind. Eragon figures that Brom is someone other than a storyteller. they buy horses and learn that the Ra’zac have been through town buying their own horses and leaving quickly. Thunder Roar and Lightning Crackle The next day. Zar’roc. attacking him with a stick and knocking him out.
scorching the arrow as it pierces the Urgal’s head. Chapter 18: Admonishments Eragon finds Brom bleeding from his wound and Saphira arrives. urging Eragon to run. Eragon is knocked from his horse and dragged to the ground by an Urgal. Eragon tries to shoot him with his bow. the three discuss what was done wrong. bringing rain and lightning. telling Eragon to run. but before they are fully recovered another cloud is upon them. but Eragon’s impatience and the fact that he has already used magic force him to share the words and manner in which they work. Brom tells Eragon not to mess with magic on his own though. Brom reveals that he does in fact know some magic himself. including babies. angry at the attack. As they flee. fearful of more Urgals. setting both men on edge. They immediately leave the village.uninjured by the storm. Eragon vomits in disgust and Brom relates his own thoughts. After saving Brom from another Urgal. after ruminating on the magic he has used. leaving Saphira outside to hide (something she does not appreciate). In his anger. The village is silent when they arrive though. grabbing Brom along the way. He explains that “brisingr” the word used to fire the arrow is Elfin for fire and that language is powerful. Another one attacks Brom who does a decent job of fighting it off. Saphira is angry that she wasn’t there and Brom asks Eragon about his knowledge of magic. Eragon is knocked down repeatedly but still manages to escape. Later on. with Brom on Saphira’s back. Eragon is stuck in an alley. In the center of the village are piled the dead bodies of all of the townspeople. who has been shot in the arm. Brom is reticent again to share any more secrets. In the ensuing chase. that it must have been done by Urgals. but the arrow is knocked away. Eragon lifts his bow again and without knowing how releases a magical charge with his shot. After checking the prints in the ground. Running from the Urgal. Chapter 17: Revelation at Yazuac Eragon and Brom arrive at and enter the village of Yazuac. that it is . Brom urges them to leave. faced by two of the creatures.
tells them how the Urgals threaten them and request Brom to carry a message that they need help from the empire. No rider as young as Eragon has used magic way as Dragon Riders that came before. Brom reveals to Eragon after they leave the man that he can read thoughts and that they are okay in Daret. with Brom reassuring him of the dangers of overreaching with his power. including animals. He gives Eragon the task of trying the same trick. The night ends once more with the two sparring and Brom soundly thrashing Eragon. His scar glows and he is able to keep the pebble floating. Brom tells him that he will also need to learn the ability to block others from reading his thoughts. this time of his uncle turning into a Ra’zac. Chapter 20: Daret The next village they approach. as Brom asks him to try it on a cat. If a powerful word is used by a weak user. The man who stops them. Magic is also apparently affected by the distance a rider is from the target. named Trevor. while Saphira grows bigger and more powerful. The rest of the day is spent with the pebble and at the end of the day. Brom gives him more words to memorize and they spar more with their sticks.dangerous and will harm him if musused. it is also empty. As time passes. as they are leaving. . Eragon can hear any being’s thoughts it appears. The first task is to keep a pebble floating in the air. how they are very specific and must be used properly. However. they do so much more cautiously. He explains the workings of the words used to invoke magic as well. Eragon quizzes Brom about the capabilities of magic. Eragon also has more dreams. Brom explains that he will have to teach Eragon himself the ways of the Dragon Rider as there is no more formal training. it will kill them. they are accosted by sixty men with bows. Chapter 19: Magic Is the Simplest Thing As the three continue to travel through the woods. They get their supplies and return to Saphira who is annoyed that they keep getting in trouble. Eragon continues to study and practice and grow stronger. Daret is on the Ninor River and when they enter it.
Jeod when they reach Teirm. Brom tells him that they must travel to Teirm. However. only days from Teirm. It takes another two days of traveling the woods near the Spine before the two reach the coast. Chapter 23: A Taste of Teirm The city of Teirm is guarded and walled in. Brom will meet up with an old friend. finding a canister of caustic silver liquid. Brom advises him to use his mind and hold on carefully. Eragon doesn’t want to land and ignores the buzzing of Brom trying to communicate with him. how to kill something with magic by shooting a rock. with Eragon riding Saphira on alternating days during the trip. He realizes that it must have come from far away. Eragon stops riding Saphira and rides the horse instead as they approach civilization and the two take on adopted names – Neal for Brom and Evan for Eragon. Saphira eventually lands to eat and Brom angrily relays that he has found more Ra’zac prints that approach a stopping point. He informs them of the attacks on the shipping vessels and . after which they search for information regarding Jeod. Martin. She is not only stronger than before but has more maneuvers and does them without him telling her. including information about where they are headed. and Saphira must wait far outside the city while they go inside. Brom’s old friend. The Ra’zac took off on birds or dragons from that spot as Brom relays and Eragon searches the woods for clues. Eragon tells an elaborate lie to get them into the city. The oil is deadly when magicked and was used to kill Eragon’s uncle. The climate and area there are different as the ground turns to moss and mud.Chapter 21: Through A Dragon's Eye The next day Eragon decides to take Saphira for a ride. speaks up with information though before they are forced to pay for it. so they decide to travel to a coastal town to ask around. Chapter 22: A Song for the Road During the trip Brom teaches even more to Eragon. A man in the bar they visit. as well as more of the Elfin language and information to help care for Saphira. In the air. He finally relaxes and is able to enjoy the ride.
not revealing anything to Eragon as he eavesdrops on the conversation. They soon leave the tavern and head to the better half of the city. not his death. though he has been having trouble moving goods of late. Brom reveals the words for ‘scrying’ and they discuss how Roran will need to learn to protect himself as Brom cannot possibly do any more to help him in his current situation. Despite everything he hears. raving about toads. Eragon asks if he can conjure images of places far away. Before bed. She appears mentally unbalanced at first. Eragon is still confused. After returning to Jeod’s house Eragon reveals that he cannot read and will not be able to help with the shipping records. Brom tells Eragon that the King will want Eragon’s help. She is unhappy that he left her alone for so long. Brom decides they will rest before searching further and soon they send Eragon outside so they can discuss what are likely more secret matters.everyone being on edge. and Jeod tells Brom that his services are needed by his employers. surprised to see Brom. Brom tells Jeod about Saphira as well. as he has a new dragon. The three men later go to a tavern and sit for a while. wanting to see his cousin Roran. enjoying the evening before he returns to Saphira outside the city. Jeod himself appears. Eragon listens in on their conversation. The two men are very vague about the past. and keeps his eavesdropping secret. Brom decides to add the task of literacy to his training while in Teirm. learning that Jeod’s shipping business is a front to move goods to Surda. Chapter 25: The Witch and the Werecat . a local healer and fortune teller who converses with Brom for a bit before directing them to Jeod’s home. They discuss the dwarves and their hiding place. Remembering that he can magically enhance his hearing. having thought him dead after 20 years without a word between them. and that there must be a traitor in their midst giving up information about the goods. Chapter 24: An Old Friend They continue on towards Jeod’s house and encounter Angela. They talk cryptically about “friends” before going on to talk about the oil that brough them to Teirm. He also informs them of Jeod and where to find him. After a brief encounter with Jeod’s rude wife.
He enters the shop and runs into Solembum. while sleeping. The cat knows he is a rider and the two are confrontational until Angel arrives. As they search through the records. saying they sound important. a werecat who he can communicate with. She decides Eragon’s future is too cloudy. They arrive and question them about being near the records and they once again lie. She warns of a betrayal from within his family. a Selena (Eragon’s mother’s name). Chapter 27: Thieves in the Castle The next day. so decides that he has only one week to teach Eragon how to read and return. He reveals that the guard that let them in has told others about their presence and they’re on the way. as well as directions to a rock of Kuthian to regain his powers (should they disappear).When Brom and Jeod leave early the next morning without him. During their stay. Brom is upset later because he was unable to gain access to the records. though Eragon is unsure why Roran would betray him. Eragon has a dream of a young woman in a cell. the evenings filled with sparring. though she shares that his life will be long and filled with many battles. . crying and in pain. Solembum gives him another message as he leaves. She reveals that she has only ever read the bones for one other person. They succeed this time with lies and reach the room consisting of the scrolls they need to study. Eragon decides to explore the city before he stops at Angela. saying they are lost. the three men leave for the government castle. they learn of more missing ships and murders in the city. Brom decides Eragon knows enough to help him with the shipping records. Saphira reinstills Solembum’s words. Solembum appears to Eragon as a small boy and asks whether they need help. Chapter 26: On Reading and Plots They spent the next few days learning the alphabet and letter sounds. That night. After a week of practicing. She sense immediate danger in his future as well though and imminent death. Angela decides to tell Eragon’s fortune despite his declination of her offer. He wakes himself in tears and upset by the dream. as well as an epic romance. the healer next door’s house. to look for a weapon under the roots of a Menoa tree.
and that the next two riders will be loyal to the king. With the Urgals closing on Brom. the rebel group fighting against the Empire. each held by the evil King. He finally reveals the information Eragon seeks though. Eragon flees on Saphira and Brom rides below. He tries the same technique to see his cousin. Eragon swoops in and cuts them off. they hear the Urgal’s start chasing them. telling him that there is a war and that Brom is an agent for the Varden. Brom reveals that he’s told the Varden about Eragon’s existence though he doesn’t want him to be used by them. He notices an Urgal footprint though and as Saphira and Brom arrive. He is alone for hours. collapsed in pain. Saphira kills the final Urgal at the last minute and flies Eragon to safety. Chapter 28: A Costly Mistake They leave the next morning. While trying to cross a stream. They pore over the map and decide that the most possible place for the Ra’zac to be is the city of Dras-Leona where some Seithr oil was sent. which happens to be Eragon. taking down all but one and draining himself. There are two more dragon eggs. not the mill he expected. The Varden stole Saphira’s egg and it was lost in the flight from the King’s forces. Both sides want control over the next dragon rider.The guards escort them from the castle. he attacks them with lightning. the last of the forsworn Dragon Riders to get the egg and how he promised to train the future rider of the dragon that would hatch. and finds him in an odd place. though they stole a map of Alagaësia on the way. With a magic word. and they try to convince him to meet with their master (who they will not reveal the identity of). A few minutes . He also tries with the girl from his dreams. Eragon wakes up sore and tired. Eragon points out that Brom has been near him every step of the way since finding Saphira’s egg. Eragon tells them he would never think of it and they attack him. to which Brom responds that the knowledge is dangerous. Morzan and the Ra’zac. asking about Brom and Jeod’s “friends”. and finds her in a cell. Brom reveals how he fought and killed Morzan. and Eragon reveals that he had been eavesdropping. Chapter 29: Vision of Perfection After a long sleep. Eragon cracks his wrist and calls Saphira to him. that it should be Eragon’s choice to join them or not. and scryes to see Brom riding Saphira.
Brom and Saphira return with a bloody sword. Eragon eventually becomes more skilled than Brom and can finally defeat him. Chapter 32: Trail of Oil . Eragon tells Brom of the Urgals’ words to him about their master and Brom is even angrier that Eragon insulted their leader. that there should be no mercy for creatures such as those. warning him against such rash behavior. ending their sword training. drinking blood and eating flesh during religious ceremonies. When they arrive. Saphira is more cautious though. forcing him to use only his left hand because of the broken right wrist. where the wealthy live. Brom warns him against saying any such things to one of them. The city is unplanned and harder to get around than Teirm and the residents are much less civilized. This kind of dueling requires a strong understanding of the opponent as well as your own strength. Chapter 30: Master of the Blade Brom and Eragon discuss the young woman in the cell that Eragon scryed. Chapter 31: The Mire of Dras-Leona They arrive near Dras-Leona and Eragon betrays his eagerness to fight the Ra’zac. enraging them further. He is curious now as to who could control such creatures. He scolds Eragon even more for his misuse of the magic. while Eragon reveals how much he wants to find her. Brom is angry by Eragon’s brash actions and tells him he was out hunting down the last of the Urgals. they witness many poor and hungry beggars and children. He does warn him though that elves are much stronger than humans and that wizards can fight by entering an opponent’s mind. they find an inn to rest in. and vows to teach him better to not only control magic but to know when to properly use it. At the center of the city. Though Eragon is disgusted by their religion.later. Brom is surprised as it is odd to be able to scry from a dream. Brom continues to test Eragon profusely. deciding to stay for a few days.
Eragon is tied up beside Brom. presumedly through the aid of a spy. The Ra’zac give chase and Eragon wends his way throught the cathedral. Arrows rain in from the dark and an unseen enemy scares the Ra’zac away. taking down soldiers and stalling the gates. a roar in his head causes Eragon to collapse. astonished. The two both utter magic words. but to enjoy the city as much as he can. Saphira admonishes Eragon for having chased the Ra’zac for nothing and he wonders how they were caught. Chapter 34: The Ra'zac's Revenge Upon waking. Eragon witnesses the slave auction and barely contains in anger. By threatening Eragon. While talking in the camp that night. The Ra’zac tear through Eragon’s things and question him as he threatens them. As a Ra’zac threatens to kill Brom. then takes to the cathedra. destroying doors and surprising priests. where he witnesses the Ra’Zac waiting for him. an arrow tears through his shoulder. They soon have the assistance of a line of soldiers and march upon him. He cannot summon any magic words and finds that he has been drugged. bound by the Ra’zac. unconscious. Before . Brom is intrigued but takes a couple of more days to gather information before they carry out their plan. They decide to all meet at the inn. Chapter 33: Worshipers of Helgrind Brom leaves the inn early. They slip free of the gates and escape as a crowd of people watch. Brom quickly uncovers the information they need about the oil and Eragon suggest they go undercover as slaves to carry the oil and use their cover to fight and kill the Ra’zac. unsure what to do with their captives. telling Eragon to be careful. Brom warns Eragon to be wary and not do anything rash.The two drank too much the night before and when they wake they can feel it. They quickly pack and head for the gates. Eragon scales a wall and hides in a nearby market. the Ra’zac were also able to subdue Saphira and wrap her in chains and a muzzle. Searching the city. which they dodge. already half closed and guarded by soldiers. He fires arrows at them immediately. calling for Saphira to talk to Brom. Still running from them.
Eragon decides to make a litter to carry Brom with them and tries to tell Murtagh to leave them. He dreams once again that night of the woman in the cell. Apparently Brom is much worse off though. Brom is in severe pain with a horrible fever and crying for wine.leavin though a Ra’zac kicks Eragon in the ribs and moves to throw a dagger to his ribs. Chapter 37: Diamond Tomb . Chapter 36: Legacy of a Rider When Eragon wakes. and when Eragon and Saphira try to heal his wound they find they cannot because the wound is too deep. unconscious and bleeding. and who it is that has helped them. He dies a few hours later. using his magic words to do so in stone. Murtagh has apparently been tracking the Ra’zac himself. but Murtagh refuses and it’s agreed that he will travel with them. giving him seven more Elfin words before he does. Chapter 35: Murtagh After waking. Still in pain from the kick to his ribs. offering his blessing to Eragon before he does. Brom reveals that he was a Dragon Rider himself in the past whose dragon was killed by Galbatorix and that her name was also Saphira. Brom reveals that the information was not needed before and that Eragon should care for his dragon with his life. He asks Eragon to wash his hand with it. Brom jumps in front of him though and takes the throw. resting in a cave for the night where Brom cannot drink any water. Eragon clears his mind and asks Saphira how she is doing. He sees the man who rescued them by the fire and learns that his name is Murtagh. Soon enough they must stop because Brom is too ill. He declares that he cannot fight the wound and that he will die soon. Eragon insists that they dig a grave and bury Brom. Saphira carries Brom with the other two men on horses. Eragon cannot quite stand. revealing the same scar that Eragon has on his own hand.
a man named Dormnad. In the morning however. When he wakes up next time he realizes the drug is wearing thin and that his food and water are drugged to keep him under that influence. He sees the woman from his dreams however being carried from an adjacent cell and is excited by it. Chapter 38: Capture at Gil'ead They spent the next few days traveling by horse to Gil’ead. He goes on to explain that he was interested in finding the rumored new dragon rider and followed the Ra’zac to do so. The night before they reach Gil’ead. A pointy toothed fellow enters her cell. He remembers that the Urgals caught him and wonders at the man who brings him food and water. practicing daily. Eragon disguises himself after witnessing the many wanted posters with his likeness and name on them. so he stops eating the food. Chapter 39: Du Sundavar Freohr When he wakes. Eragon cannot probe Murtagh’s thoughts either. but are evenly matched. He continues to spar with Murtagh. including Brom’s confidence in Eragon’s abilities. Saphira arrives as well and reveals the secrets that Brom shared with her. turning out to be a Shade and Eragon wonders at the cooperation of the soldiers with such a dark creature. He kills many of them before they manage to capture him and drag him away. He keeps his birthday to himself and they travel in silence mostly. . unconscious. Eragon is covered in dried blood and is dizzy. he cannot use his magic either. Their next stop then is to travel to Gil’ead where the woman from Eragon’s dreams is likely located. He cries to Saphira to run before doing so though. and that he should travel with them. asking whether Brom was the legendary killer of Morzan. he is kept awake with an odd sensation that reveals nothing. though murtogh reveals that the sword Brom gave him was Morzan’s. Behind an iron door. Saphira covers Brom’s tomb with diamond before they leave. Saphira tells Eragon the name of their next contact to find the Varden. Eragon decides he needs Murtagh with him. he is once again imprisoned and drugged.After a hard night’s sleep Murtogh wakes Eragon with the fruits of his hunt. blocked as they are. an Urgal attacks followed by many more.
He devises a plan to deal with his situation for when the drug wears off. Eragon gets the information he wanted and finds that the arrows are being fired by Murtogh in a disguise. Eragon unlocks the doors and starts to leave the cell. calling himself Du Sundavar Freohr. but that outside . When a couple of arrows hit him. to which he replies with a magical attack. Eragon asks the Shade for his identity. whom Eragon questions about the location of his sword and the elf woman. Happy with his victory. Murtogh goes to get their weapons and they decide to leave. Pretending to still be drugged. An arrow appears and strikes another soldier. They discuss the politics of such a revelation and how the king still has enough control to keep such a thing from occurring in his own kingdom. pretending to be afraid. to which the Shade asks the same question. Soldiers spot him though and begin to charge. the Shade leaves and tells the jailer to drug Eragon further. Chapter 40: Fighting Shadows In a few hours. He makes up a name. The Shade arrives though and Eragon rises to fight him. Eragon removes the arrows from Saphira and the group sets out again. He feels the strength that he has gained and calls for Saphira’s help. He however asks for Eragon’s true name so as he can control him easier. having fun with Eragon who he is much stronger than. Saphira flies the three to safety but takes a few arrows to her wings in the process. Eragon assumes she must have been drugged much heavier than he was while captured. They fight for a bit and the Shade is much stronger than he appears. with the elf on Saphira’s back and the men on the horses. with his magic returning. Eragon must rescue the elf first. They carry her to a banquet hall where he eats and drinks quickly to regain his strength. The Shade arrives soon enough and argues with the jailer to see Eragon. Instead of leaving though. She relays that Murtogh is on his way to rescue him and that he shouldn’t move. After discussing the Urgals and the Shade. Chapter 41: A Warrior and a Healer After escaping. the Shade is distracted and when Saphira crashes through the ceiling above. they decide that the King is in league with dark forces and that people will want to rebel at such knowledge. the soldiers scatter.
though they are unsure of how to reach the elves. Chapter 42: Water from Sand When Murtagh suggest Eragon go on ahead. which they find to be half a mile wide. everyone is exhausted. though they continue on. They continue to cross the desert. They finally finish crossing the desert and arrive at the Beor . So they continue on together. the elf sleeping. Chapter 43: The Ramr River Traveling through the terrain as quickly as possible. They continue on though. unsure of where to go. stating that someone who saved his life couldn’t be left behind. The previous energy he needed to perform the task isn’t needed and he is able to make water rise to the surface of sand. Eragon decides to try and heal the elf himself. Eragon drawing water from the sand. After some discussion. until he focuses his emotions into it and the sadness of feeling homesick. Saphira must carry the horses to the other side and when they finally reach the other side. Saphira immediately enjoys it. Eragon refuses. barely able to move afterwards.the empire. Worried that they will never find Dormnad and the location of the Varden. Eragon practices turning sand into water. they notice that there is enough brush to feed the horses along the way. Because water and food will be an issue in the desert. making the decision to travel through the desert final. outside the Empire’s reach. they are unhappy with the proceedings. They finally decide they must travel across the Hadarac Desert to reach the Beor Mountains where the Varden could be. He fails at first. he draws it out of the sand. While the humans are exhausted by the heat. the group finally reaches the Ramr River. Eragon suggest they seek out the elves. and Murtagh pondering where the soldiers might be. using up all of his energy in the process. Rather than creating it. the King has very limited power. Chapter 44: The Hadarac Desert When they finally arrive at the Hadarac Desert.
not to contact her unless she(the elf) is at risk of dying. Murtagh is not happy at being taken for granted and they begin to physically fight which Saphira breaks up. When he does though.Mountains. He learns that her name is Arya and that she was drugged with Skilna Bragh. Chapter 45: A Path Revealed While pondering his new role as a Dragon Rider. They surround Eragon and Murtagh and reveal that they are slavers. dragon. They comment on how much money they could get from Arya. and physical might. sparking Eragon’s anger and an attack by him and Murtagh. the leader of the slavers is on the ground when Murtagh strides over and beheads him. Eragon shares what he learned with Saphira and Murtagh and he begins to argue with Murtagh about joining the Varden. Murtagh . Knocked down by his own men. whose job it is to right the wrongs of the Empire instead of merely avenging those he loved. scaring off the slavers. Eragon decides to try and reach out to the elf’s thoughts. a severe poison and her powers were stopped by another drug. She reveals the location of the Varden and makes him promise to keep it secret and be wary. that Murtagh can depart before they reach the Varden if he likes. They attack with magic. she is suspicious and her defense attack him. He doesn’ have a chance to relay why he doesn’t want to join the Varden other than that they will not be happy to see him and that his father has something to do with it. a monstrous range beyond all possible belief. They witness the Urgals marching though and decide they must flee. In awe over the size of the mountains they push forward through their exhaustion until they reach the end of the desert and find cooler weather and animals once again. the group comes across a man with a mace and his fellow horsemen. She needs the antitode to wake from her coma. she finally relents and allows him access. She plays the part of the peace keeper and they begin to talk civily. She reveals that only the elves and the Varden have the antidote. horrifying Eragon. She stays unconscious to fend off the effects of the poison which would otherwise kill her. Chapter 46: A Clash of Wills While stopping to drink and rest. As he protests that he is a friend though. commenting on how horrible the two look. leaving him in great pain.
They escape to an ancient forest. which offers an earie feeling to Eragon as they traipse through it. the reason he will be rejected by the Varden. The hand belongs to a dwarf who leads them into a tunnel where others are watching the battle. but Saphira convinces him that Murtagh would have already betrayed him if that were his goal. The Urgals come even closer as Eragon flees and Arya begins to writhe with her fever. saying his father’s choices are not his own and that his father was a horrible man. deciding not to fly ahead. They arrive at the waterfall that is the secret entrance to the Varden and Murtagh looks frantically for somewhere to escape to. which Saphira once again reprimands him for. but they remain close to Murtagh.defends his actions while Eragon struggles with his feelings over the viciousness of the attack. He falls into the falls and is pummeled by the water until an unknown hand pulls him free. He reveals at last that he is the son of Morzan. more Urgals move in. Eragon doesn’t accept these excuses right away. Murtagh is seen in a new light by Eragon and he’s not sure whether the man might be working for the King or not. He was too far away for the magic to be effective. and when they move. Eragon attempts to stall the Urgal with a magical mist. with Eragon flying on Saphira as they flee. They decide to push even harder. A purple robed . The Urgals are being attacked by unseen archers from above and Eragon and is pulled safely free of the water. Murtagh denies it. Saphira drops rocks on the Urgals to slow them. Chapter 47: Flight Through the Valley While flying Saphira. It turns out however that they are at the wrong side of the lake. but it only temporarily works and it drains the rest of Eragon’s energy. The Urgals arrive and Saphira begins to attack them. Murtagh is angry but has no choice but to press into the Varden territory for safety. The Urgals continue to make up ground as they reach the valley that leads to the Varden. but they cannot find anything. holding them off so as they can escape to the Varden entrance at the falls. Eragon witnesses the Urgal closing in on them. Chapter 48: The Horns of a Dilemma Because of his admition.
with the help of Saphira. He is given his horse and rides through the great tunnel of the underground city. Eragon mounts Saphira and follows another path to a mountain within the crate atop the underground tunnel. who resists. Murtagh explains the horrors his father committed against his mother. stands up to him as well and angers the man. Murtagh thanks Eragon for protecting his identity and Eragon grills him for more answers about his father and his own identity. telling him to release his mental blocks so they can probe his mind. The purple robed man finishes with Eragon after finding he is trustworthy and violently attempts to probe Murtagh. in need of the antitode. and how he was raised in the palace after his mother died and coerced to serve the king. Eragon attempts to defend but it only makes the probe more painful. the dwarf. The dwarf argues for Eragon and they soon realize who Arya is and let her go to the healer. For his part. pushing him to argue back that the dwarf should not have let them into the mountain at all. Orik. Here he finds the marble city of Tronjheim and a . Eragon decides that Murtagh has no reason to lie to them. 12 miles high. Chapter 50: The Glory of Tronjheim Orik arrives after they wake and requests that Eragon wait upont the leader of the Varden. Chapter 49: Hunting for Answers The men lead Eragon through the tunnels.man is holding Murtagh hostage with a knife to his throat and they decide they must follow him. However. Murtahg escaped and hid from him until he decided to follow the Ra’zac and find the new Rider. stop the man from reaching the deeper. It is then that the man begins to probe Eragon to discern who he is. When they finally learn that Murtagh does not have magical ability they decide he is not a major threat and they leave him be. Not willing to do so. putting them all in a cell together. darker secrets he doesn’t want to share. At the end of the tunnel is a giant chamber. Murtagh doesn’t agree with the Varden either. Eragon insists on saving Arya’s life first. When the King asked him to massacre innocent villagers. he is able to. Ajihad.
looking upon the magnificent archways and carvings as they make their way through the city. Eragon asks his own questions. wondering if his powers will be used by the Varden. left by his father and angrily turns on the Twins for not knowing he was the son of Morzan. Hearing that the King has allied with Urgals convinces Ajihad that he is truly insane now. Chapter 52: Bless the Child. Ajihad addresses Eragon directly about Arya and asks for the whole story about Eragon’s journey. He also mentions that Eragon will be tested for his abilities. Because he was insolent to the Twins. but while Arya was transporting it. Orik is given the task of guiding Eragon and Saphira during their stay in Tronjheim. cheering excitedly. but Murtagh remains stubborn in his refusal. Argetlam Orik guides the two as they settle in their new home in Tronjheim. They are greeted by many cheering people. He asks to see the scar on Murtagh’s back. Ajihad rebukes him for his tone but tells him that he is special as a Dragon Rider and will be expected to perform specially. He shows them where the original caves of the Dragon Riders and bestows Saphira with her own cave to call home. When Brom brought the egg to the Varden they had decided to take it to the elves to find its rightful owner. it was lost. to where Eragon found it. Angrily. learning that the bald men are actually twins. He reveals that the Shade’s name is Durza and that the only way to kill him is to shoot him through the heart. After telling everyone else to leave. he threatens Murtagh to let them into his mind. regardless of the reason for it. They continue along admiring the worksmanship of the dwarves before being brought to a large wood door.large sum of people waiting to see him. Chapter 51: Ajihad They finally meet Ajihad in the wood paneled library in Tronjheim. They were angry and cut off contact to Ajihad after Arya disappeared. Orik explains to Eragon as they eat the fate of the . Ajihad also reveals where the Elves reside in the forest of Du Weldenvarden. filling in the blanks from Brom’s communications. He hands Eragon Brom’s ring but refuses his request to free Murtagh. He ponders that they might be appeased with Eragon’s rescue of her. that he is likely still alive.
Chapter 53: Mandrake Root and Newt's Tongue Upon waking. He tells her about Brom’s death. She describes how they are formed. She speaks of the Shades and their horrible magic and how they are the worst enemies of the Varden. what they call Dragon Riders. When he suggest that Eragon would be a better king. and in life. Orik calls Eragon by the name Argetlam. He worries for Murtagh though. Hrothgar announces that Eragon must prove himself to the Dwarves and that he hopes his nephew (Orik is the king’s nephew) will serve him well. She mentions his one success in killing Morzan and many failings. which she had loosely seen before. those that hold her brethren still in the eggs. but reveals that he wishes to fight the empire. Eragon is shown how to move about the city. an Elfin word for “silver hand”. how they are cut off and their supplies are hard to get. After bathing and receiving new clothing. his protection of the egg. The King then asks Saphira what she wants to do and she replies angrily that she wants to fight and drink her enemies’ blood. leaving a star shaped scar. Eragon responds that he has no wish to be a King and that no King should live forever like Galbatorix. he dons his sword and is greeted by Orik. but support hard. It is a central and secure spot that makes defense easy. giving their bodies over to evil spirits. He describes the history of the dwarves and how they came to the mountain. He sees Solembum above him upon waking who leads him to see Angela after he is awake. Chapter 54: Hall of the Mountain King When Eragon wakes.dwarves. He uses some of the magic words taught to him and Saphira kisses the baby’s forehead. with staircases and slides and the lanterns along the paths. there on behalf of King Hrothgar of the dwarves seeking his presence. Eragon requests sanctuary in their mountain. Eragon is allowed to speak on even terms with the King but that many of the Dwarven clan leaders do not want to offer Eragon safe haven. in his training. Eragon finally feels safe in the crater. Eragon observes after leaving that the king seemed displeased with Saphira to which . the witch from before. A random woman grabs his foot after Orik leaves and requests a blessing for her child.
He figures it out. but is stopped by Arya before he can summon silver as she chides the Twins for testing him on something he already knows. Arya thanks Eragon for saving her life and she relays how she lost Saphira’s egg and was captured by the Shade. searching for Eragon so as to apologize. but he passes and Saphira teases him for his thoughts about Arya as they fought. who warns him about blessing children and asks about his testing. sending them to the library to hide. Orik finds them and tells him that many mothers are now seeking him out for a blessing on their own children. She requests that Eragon duel with her and though he starts by softening his strikes. Eragon goes to visit Murtagh and finds that his friend is actually being treated rather well with large meals and books to read. In the library. Chapter 55: Arya's Test The next day Eragon flies to the practice grounds to be tested on his weapons fighting skills. They then threaten him and demand he accept their offer. but they do so mockingly and Saphira warns him as they do. She asks him to visit Murtagh who is lonely in his cell. but is interrupted again by the Twins with their request that he train with them for magic. she is faster and stronger than him. He refuses again and they begin to test him then and their on his magical skills. He had been worried about him in a cell somewhere. the Twins appear. Chapter 56: The Shadows Lengthen . causing the Twins to turn and leave. He then enters the dragon hold and sees Nasuada. They try to wear him out before his actual physical test and contantly interfere with his actions as he takes his test.she jokes that he is no bigger than her knee. They relate the past couple days’ events to each other. She speaks her own magic words and draws silver from Eragon’s ring. which will be the next day. They fight for a long time and Eragon barely keeps up with her. He puts off his answer for another day. She tells him that he will need to train with the elves soon. Ajihad’s daughter. Keeping his anger in check at their mockery. He passes every test they give him though until they ask him to summon silver. he rejects their offer to teach him more magic.
Eragon notes the lack of communication between the Urgals and tells the Twins his thoughts. An Urgal manages to hit Eragon in the back of the head though and is about to kill him when Angela kills it with a double-sided sword of her own. They finally break through the line of pikes and attack the warriors behind. using the tunnels to arrive underneath the mountain. working together with Saphira to keep each other safe from them. The warriors quickly pour the pitch and Eragon is sickened by the sight. Hrothgar gifts him with dragon armor for Saphira and Orik give him chain mail for himself. They start to leave as an Urgal thumps Saphira in the chest with an ax. They work in tandem. They reappear faster than they can be killed though. away from the majority of the dwarves and refugees. From above. Arya manages to kill the Urgal. Arya arrives as well. scaring the Urgals as Saphira swoops in and setting the dwarves upon them. Chapter 57: Battle Under Farthen Dûr Eragon awakes to find that the Urgals are invading. Arya and Eragon are given the task with their magic. Saphira surprising them and Eragon swooping into kill them. The number of the Urgals is disturbing all by itself and Eragon watches as the archers take aim. Murtagh arrives as well. As he prepares for battle. but the work is exhausting. fully dressed and ready for battle. but . They send him to fight with Hrothgar where the battle is going poorly. They could not have known of the invasion because of the amount of tunnels that exist and have not been used for years. Eragon soon learns that an army of Urgals is on its way to Tronjheim. Using both magic and sword. warriors prepare hot pitch to pour down other tunnels to kill the Urgal. The Twins contact Eragon and tell him to collapse another tunnel as the Urgals continue to dig up through them to reach Tronjheim. Eragon uses his magic to find weak spots and collapse the tunnels. Elsewhere. Eragon kills dozens of Urgals. They are going to collapse tunnels to stall the Urgals and keep them from running loose in the city. bringing Eragon and Saphira into the battle. Solembum at her side as a boy. They must wait through the night for the battle to begin. explaining that Elven women are trained as much as the men for battle.Woken by a dwarf summoning him to see Ajihad. They must keep the Urgal in Farthen Dûr. Ajihad asks Eragon to keep in touch with the Twins and to minimize his risks during battle as they need him as a Dragon Rider. ready for battle.
Eragon grabs a leather pad and slides for ten minutes down the tunnel to reach where he must collapse it. She continues to fight though. he asks about Saphira and Arya. He manages to kill the Shade and collapses. When he finally wakes up. Arya and Saphira descend through the glass ceiling and distract Durza long enough for Eragon to utter his first magic word again and pierce Durza’s heart with a flaming sword plunge. Eragon manages to deflect the physical attack but is knocked from his feet by the Shade’s magic. who tells him to go to him with Arya’s assistance. The Shade is in great pain and Eragon is forced back by the power of those memories. painful memories of things that have happened throughout the novel. It turns out that Durza was the young boy of outcasts. Eragon is confronted with many horrible. The Urgals are already breaking through the tunnels and he is unsure of what to do as the Shade. Eragon is unable to get help from Saphira as she is too far away. once again unconscious. Durza approaches him. He also sees the Mourning Sage in his dream. named Carsaib. He learns from his friends when he leaves his room that the Shade’s death release the Urgal from a spell that caused the many Urgal . worried for him. Tired and sore. and Durza attacks. the land of the elves. Chapter 58: The Mourning Sage While still unconscious. throwing his sword and attacking mentally at the same time. to meet him in Ellesméra. He sees Durza walk away from his parents’ graves and is charged by Durza. He is dressed in all black armor and has a battle worn sword and a snakeskin cloak. He weakens the Shade and attacks with his mind. He knows right away that he must pierce the Shade through the heart. even after Eragon asks how she is doing. A moment later. They are waiting outside for him to wake. reaching in and seeing the Shade’s memories from childhood. Angela is there telling him that he slept too long. Eragon manages to strike from the ground and push back the Shade. The two face off and Durza tries to threaten and intimidate Eragon. knocked to the ground in pain once again. After landing.Saphira is severely hurt.
The Varden and Dwarves then quickly finished them off. He learns that he has been in Angela’s care for a full day and a half. deciding that he will go to him and continue to learn. . and finds that he now has a large knot-shaped scar on his back where Durzas knocked him down. Arya relates how she and Saphira broke the ceiling to distract Durza and Murtagh offers his congratulations for Eragon’s heroism. He remembers afterwards his dreams and the Mourning Sage’s words.clans to start fighting each other.
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