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I have become what I was meant to be— Eragon commenting on himself after the Agaetí Blödhren

Eragon Bromsson (named Shadeslayer after killing Durza) was the main protagonist in the Inheritance Cycle. He was the son of Brom and Selena. After the dragon Saphira hatched for him, Eragon became the first Dragon Rider to be born in a hundred years and was subsequently trained by Brom and later Oromis. After becoming an accomplished swordsman and magician in a relatively short time, the young Rider found himself championing the cause of the Varden, inheriting both the duties of the Dragon Riders and his father's place as Galbatorix's foremost enemy.

Eragon was also the frequent traveling companion of the Elven princess Arya, the Dwarf Orik, the Lady Nasuada, as well as being the half-brother of the Dragon Rider Murtagh Morzansson and the cousin of the great warrior Roran Stronghammer. He was also named an Elf-friend and as a full member of Dûrgrimst Ingeitum, effectively binding him to more races than any other Rider in history, with the exception of his brother Murtagh.

After many bloody battles and much heartache, the Varden and their allies finally attacked Galbatorix at Urû'baen and Eragon fought his greatest enemy once and for all. After defeating Murtagh in single combat, having Murtagh betray the dark king directly afterwards, Eragon fought Galbatorix head on and overpowered the ancient enemy of his order by casting an Empathy Spell on him. Feeling all the pain, suffering, and misery he had caused over the last hundred years, Galbatorix was driven to commit suicide, destroying a part of his palace and nearly killing Eragon and his companions in the process.

Afterward, Eragon became the new leader of the Dragon Riders and thence to rebuild the order with Saphira, departing to the lands of the East, fated to never return to Alagaësia.



Before Eragon was born, Selena fled Morzan's castle to give birth to him in Carvahall, because she wanted to secure a better life for him and shield him from the influences of the Broddring Empire. When she arrived, she asked to stay with her brother Garrow and remained there until she gave birth five months later. Garrow and his wife Marian agreed to raise the boy and Selena's only condition was that he would be named Eragon. Then, she returned to Morzan's castle where she died.

Early life

While growing up in Carvahall, Eragon believed in his first years that he was Garrow and Marian's son, until Marian told him the truth on her deathbed. He also became acquainted with his real father, the storyteller Brom, unaware of their relation. He often wondered about his mother as well, who left after giving birth to him in Carvahall, in his uncle's house. He also thought about whether his mother was a rich woman who feared her a husband, a rich man too, and was forced to give birth far from her husband to protect him.

Finding Saphira's egg

Where did it come from? Does it have a purpose? … Was it sent here by accident, or am I meant to have it?— Eragon, upon finding Saphira's egg


Eragon discovers the dragon egg.

Eragon grew up on his uncle's farm near Carvahall until he nearly came of age. At the beginning of the book, he was hunting deer in a nearby forest, located in a massive mountain range called The Spine. Most villagers feared to enter the Spine due to superstitious tales and misfortunes that occurred there, namely, that the king, Galbatorix, had lost half of his army in it many years before, but it was later found out that it was the Urgals who caused this. However, Eragon never seemed to be bothered by it and was the only one who dared hunt in the Spine. While stalking his prey, there was a magical explosion in front of him when he was about to shoot a lame deer which made him miss his shot and made him discovered a blue stone.


Eragon and a baby Saphira

Cautiously, he picked it up and decided that he should sell it in order to purchase food for his adopted family. After two days, he reached Carvahall and attempted to sell it to the town butcher, Sloan. Sloan was interested in the stone, but because Eragon did not know what it was worth, he told him he would only give him three Crowns for it. Though he thought it was a rip-off, Eragon reluctantly accepted the butcher's offer. However, after learning that it came from the Spine, Sloan was furious and said that he would not deal with anything that came from that cursed place. Katrina, Sloan's daughter, as well as later Eragon's cousin-in-law, heard the commotion and sought help from Horst, the local blacksmith. Horst came with Katrina and decided to buy "the best steaks and roasts" for Eragon. Eragon thanked Horst and Horst told him Eragon could work to pay off his debt in the spring.

He returned to his uncle's farm and showed the blue stone to Garrow. His uncle was angry about Horst paying for the food but he explained why Sloan had been so angry: his wife, Ismira, had gone over the Igualda Falls, which was located in the Spine, a year before Eragon was born. Garrow stated that was still no reason to refuse payment and that he thought Sloan had wanted to give Eragon trouble deliberately.


Nine days after Eragon's return, a terrible blizzard settled over the fells. Eragon became worried that the Traders would not come. Eight days later, his cousin Roran said that the traders still had not arrived. Desperate, Eragon searched for the traders himself and found footprints and wheel tracks on the road, which confirmed the traders' arrival.

Eragon, Roran, and Garrow arrived in Carvahall the next day, where the traders had gathered and showed the stone to a magical trader named Merlock. After Merlock examined it, he said that he didn't know the stone's value and that whoever had shaped it had used tools he had never seen before. Eragon and Garrow were also shocked to hear that it was a hollow. Again, Eragon asked about its worth. Merlock was unable to say, but he knew others outside of Carvahall who would pay much for it.

Additionally, he told them of news of the Urgals passing through populated areas. Whole villages had been destroyed and slaughtered by the thousands. Worst of all, there were reports of the appearance of a Shade. Eragon knew that wherever a Shade went, blood and violence followed.

The Egg Hatches

Failing to sell it, Eragon kept the stone for himself and was shocked when it hatched into a dragon the night after he went to the traders. Beforehand, Eragon "tested" the egg, like Merlock had and heard a squeak after one of the tools he was using struck the egg. When Eragon touched the baby dragon, he felt a burning, icy energy course through him, entering through his right hand. This left a mark known as the gedwëy ignasia (Shining Palm/Argetlam) - the mark of a Dragon Rider on his right hand.

Because any remnants of the era of the Dragon Riders were outlawed in the Broddring Empire, Eragon raised the dragon in secret, torn between his delight with his new companion and his fear of what might happen if the Empire or his family discovered what had occurred. He eventually resolved to keep it and built a home for her high in the branches of a tree far from his home. After consulting with Brom, the village storyteller, as to a good name for a dragon (without telling him of his dragon), he offered the dragon all the names Brom had told him, but it didn't like any of the ones he told and he finally realized why it didn't want them: the dragon was female. After that, he narrowed it down until he said the last name Brom had mentioned: "Saphira" and the dragon chose that for her name. For a while, he managed to keep her hidden, but when Saphira's appetite continued to grow, he realized he would not be able to keep her existence a secret much longer.

Things were going fine until two menacing, hooded beings of strange powers known as the Ra'zac, came to Carvahall, searching for the dragon egg. Sometime after being warned about the strangers, Brom saved Eragon from them, but also (unknown to Eragon at the time) confirmed that Eragon was indeed a Rider, after twisting Eragon's wrist up, revealing the gedwëy ignasia. Saphira, now able to talk through their mental link, forced Eragon to flee with her to the place where her egg appeared to him, while the Ra'zac destroyed Eragon's farm and hurt Garrow with a strange liquid, who died a short awhile after.

When Eragon first rode on Saphira, he suffered terrible wounds from her scales, which scraped his legs so badly that it ripped open the skin, making him bleed profusely.

Dragon Rider

Quest for vengeance

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Swedish cover of Eragon depicting Eragon riding on Saphira

The cryptic story-teller Brom, Eragon, and Saphira resolved to hunt down the Ra'zac in an attempt to avenge Garrow. As they traveled, Brom taught Eragon swordsmanship and more about the history of the Dragon Riders. He was given a red Rider's sword named Zar'roc (meaning Misery in the ancient language) which belongs to a powerful Rider named Morzan who was loyal to the evil King Galbatorix. To his surprise, Eragon learned that he was named after the very first Rider.


Brom gives Eragon his first sword


Eragon casts Brisingr in battle for the first time.

While traveling around Utgard towards Yazuac, Brom used magic to light a fire, making the word Brisingr sound like a curse.

When he later tried to defend himself and Brom, from an Urgal ambush in Yazuac, Eragon discovered that he was able to use magic by repeating the "curse" as he fired an arrow. This magic cost Eragon too much energy and nearly killed him. Questioning Brom about it, he learned that all Dragon Riders possessed magical abilities and Brom subsequently took it upon himself to instruct Eragon in the proper use of the talent.

During their travels, Eragon received several visions of a beautiful, imprisoned woman (Arya) who appeared to be in great pain.

After a while, they lost the Ra'zac's trail, but were able to track the shipments of the exotic Seithr oil, the substance used by the Ra'zac to inflict wounds that could not be healed upon Garrow, to the port city of Teirm. With the assistance of Brom's close friend Jeod, they used the annals in the city's record room to discover that the Ra'zac were located in Helgrind.

During their stay in Teirm, Eragon learned to read and write, abilities which Garrow had considered unnecessary as a farmer, as well as also to scry. He eavesdropped on a conversation between Brom and Jeod via magic. To his surprise, he learned that both men were members of the Varden, the rebel group that opposed the rule of King Galbatorix.

He visited a shop in the city owned by Angela, a herbalist and witch. He met a cryptic werecat named Solembum who accompanied the witch. Angela told him his fortune, revealing that he would have a long lifespan, that the great powers of the land would struggle to control him, that he would fall in love with a lady of aristocratic birth, that he would leave Alagaësia forever, aeath would soon come to someone very close to him and that he would face betrayal from within his own family. Afterward, Solembum advised Eragon that when he was in need of a weapon, to look under the roots of the Menoa Tree and to speak his name at the Rock of Kuthian and open the Vault of Souls when his power was insufficient.

On the way to Helgrind, Eragon saw the woman again in his dreams. She was in a prison. She continued appearing in his dreams for some time.

"My heart died a while back."

Eragon with Murtagh

While in Dras-Leona, Eragon and his companions were chased and later ambushed by the Ra'zac. They were rescued by a mysterious man named Murtagh who scared off the Ra'zac by shooting them with arrows, but not before Brom was fatally wounded by one of the Ra'zac's dagger. Brom revealed to Eragon that he had once been a Dragon Rider and that his dead dragon was also named "Saphira". Brom also told Eragon seven words in the Ancient Language which we had yet to learn. Brom died shortly thereafter. Brom was laid to rest and Saphira used magic to turn his tomb to diamond. Eragon and Saphira resolved to travel with Murtagh in search of the resistance. They set out for Gil'ead, hoping to find a contact who could lead them to the location of the Varden.

Near Gil'ead, Urgals under the command of a Shade named Durza captured Eragon and imprisoned him in the same prison where the maiden of his dreams—to his shock, an elf—was being held. Murtagh and Saphira staged a daring rescue, but found Eragon had already escaped his cell with magic. Eragon, Saphira, as well as Murtagh are confronted by Durza. The struggle ended when Murtagh shot Durza with an arrow to the head, causing the Shade to be temporarily disembodied. Eragon insisted on rescuing the elf as well. She remained unconscious throughout their journey to the Beor Mountains.

After reaching the Beor Mountains, Eragon grew worried and reached out to the elf mentally and was able to converse with her. She revealed to him that her name was Arya and revealed a map to him in his mind for the location of the Varden. She told him that they must reach the Varden if she was to survive, for she had been poisoned while in Gil'ead and would die within three days if Tunivor's nectar was not given to her.

Journey to the Varden


Saphira, Eragon's blue dragon

Arya, Murtagh, Eragon and Saphira, crossed the Hadarac Desert, racing to reach Farthen Dûr, the Dwarven mountain that housed the Varden. Along the way, they were pursued by a small army of elite Urgal warriors known as Kull. Before they reached Farthen Dûr, Murtagh, who had been reluctant to go to the Varden all along, revealed that he was the son of Morzan, first and last of the Forsworn.

Arrival at Tronjheim

The Kull forced the group to flee the place where they were resting and hidden doors in the side of Farthen Dûr opened to allow the group in. Two powerful twin sorcerers probed Eragon's mind to discover his intentions: they pressed harder than usual which caused Orik, a dwarf, to intervene on Eragon's behalf. Ajihad, leader of the Varden, imprisoned Murtagh when he learned of Murtagh's heritage and because Murtagh refused the Twins' entry into his mind. Arya was treated for her injuries, as well as Eragon and Saphira were welcomed to Tronjheim, the dwarven capital. Ajihad gave Aren, Brom's ring, to Eragon and cautioned him to retain his freedom as the last free Rider, but hoped he would become a symbol for the Varden.


Eragon in his armor during the battle of Farthen Dur

Escorted by Orik, Eragon was introduced to Hrothgar, the King of the Dwarves. He also met up again with Angela and Solembum. Ajihad wished to send Eragon to Ellesméra to complete his training: therefore, the Twins assessed his magical abilities. The Twins were cruel to Eragon and attempted to use him to further their knowledge of the Ancient Language. A fully-healed Arya intervened, however, as well as took upon herself the task of assessing Eragon, even sparring with him. Eragon, although being soundly defeated, passed the test in Arya's eyes.

The Varden respected Eragon. Soon after he arrived in Tronjheim, he was approached by an elderly woman and an orphaned baby, Elva, who was the woman's charge. The woman asked Eragon to bless Elva, which he did readily, using the Ancient Language. Saphira gave the child her own special gift: the gedwëy ignasia upon her brow. Saphira told Eragon that the child would have a significant future (in other words she could feel pain and sense when it was about to happen).

Battle under Farthen Dûr

Not long after, war became imminent. Ajihad informed Saphira and Eragon of an impending threat: an intercepted message revealed that a legion of Urgals and Kull were marching steadily towards the Varden through the tunnels under the mountains. Eragon and Saphira were presented with a full suit of armor. He was also pleased to see Murtagh was allowed to participate in the battle and prove himself to the Varden.

In the battle within Tronjheim, Eragon was confronted once again by Durza. Eragon and Durza fight, but Eragon was greatly outmatched by the Shade. At one point, Durza slashed Eragon across his back and then uttered an inaudible curse upon the wound. Thanks to Saphira and Arya breaking the Isidar Mithrim, Durza's attention was diverted long enough for Eragon to stab him through the heart.


Durza slashing Eragon across the back, gravely wounding him.

Following Durza's demise, the controlling link the Shade held on the Urgals' minds snapped, causing the remainder of them to flee and fight among each other. Eragon fainted and was tended to by healers. He was watched over by the mental presence of The Mourning Sage/The-Cripple-Who-Is-Whole (Oromis), who urged him to journey with Arya to Ellesméra, the capital of the elves, to finish his training.

Rider War

North to Ellesméra

After the battle, Ajihad was ambushed by a group of Urgals and subsequently died. The Twins betrayed the Varden, set up Ajihad's ambush, as well as took Murtagh to the Broddring Empire. Ajihad's daughter, Nasuada, inherited the leadership of the Varden after his death. Eragon informed Nasuada of Ajihad's dying words. After conferring with Saphira about Nasuada, Eragon knelt and pledged himself to Nasuada as her vassal. She accepted his pledge of fealty and later ordered Eragon to travel to Ellesméra for training among the elves.

While relaxing one day, Eragon was greeted by the sorceress Trianna, who attempted to seduce him and asked him to head the Du Vrangr Gata. Though Eragon was taken by her looks and charms, Saphira did not accept Trianna and scared her off. Though Eragon was angered by this, Saphira merely stated that she wanted Eragon to be with someone who cared for him as a person and not just as a Rider.

Eragon decided to seek out the Mourning Sage and traveled northward through eastern Alagaësia to Ellesméra with Orik, Arya, as well as a small contingent of dwarven warriors. Before they set off, Orik had a gift from Hrothgar: the king offered to adopt Eragon into his own clan, Dûrgrimst Ingeitum. Eragon accepted and Orik helped him complete the ritual to make him a true member of the clan. This was the first time in history that a human joined a dwarf family.

Upon arrival at Ellesméra, Eragon met with the elven queen Islanzadí and the white raven Blagden, who spouted riddles concerning Eragon's past and future. Eragon was surprised to learn that Arya was Islanzadí's daughter and therefore the sole heir to the elven throne.

The Training Of A Rider

Eragon's training began the following day. His instructor was an ancient elvish Rider named Oromis, who was captured and maimed by the Forsworn, but later managed to escape and return to Ellesméra. Oromis was bonded to a gold dragon named Glaedr. Eragon's lessons with Oromis were frustrating at first, but he gradually learned what the scope of his responsibilities were. Moreover, he learned other things such as history, art, and politics. His knowledge of magic and the Ancient Language also expanded tremendously.

However, he learned from Oromis that he had cursed Elva instead of blessing her due to a mistake in his wording (having accidentally said "may you be a shield from misfortune", thus dooming her to constantly suffer from the hurts of others). He resolved to remove the curse, although such a feat could prove tricky.

Eragon's training also focused on his fighting skills. He developed an intense rivalry with an elf named Vanir and their mutual dislike came to a head during one of their sparring sessions. Eragon was defeated multiple times, often suffering bouts of pain from the scar on his back left by Durza. During his lessons with magic and expanding his consciousness, he evolved his perception of life and became a vegetarian like the elves.

Eragon composed a poem to present at the Blood-Oath Celebration, a traditional Elvish ceremony taking place every hundred years to commemorate the pact between the Elves and the Dragons. During the festivities, as a gift from the dragon race, Eragon was completely healed of every wound. Also, he was physically transformed, acquiring the features and abilities of an elf. Only after this transformation was he able to beat Vanir in a duel and earn his respect. Because of his new prowess, Eragon was able to cast much more powerful magic. His vision, strength and speed were all greatly increased and he was now as healthy as the fittest elf in Alagaësia. He still needed to obtain better balance and grace.

The Burning Plains

Upon scrying Nasuada, he found that Galbatorix was mustering his army to attack the Varden in Surda. Eragon and Orik departed from Ellesméra and flew south on Saphira. They joined up with the combined forces of Surda and the Varden on The Burning Plains.

The Broddring Empire was over 100,000 strong, greatly outnumbering the Varden. Angela, who was still with the Varden, weakened some of their numbers by poisoning the soldiers' food. From the start of the battle, the Broddring Empire pushed the Varden back. Thankfully, the dwarves appeared not far into the battle, turning the tide for the Varden. Nasuada had also formed an uneasy treaty with some Kull, who also aided in the battle against the Broddring Empire.

Unexpectedly, another Rider appeared with a red dragon, and killed Hrothgar with a bolt of energy. Wearied by the battle, Eragon was outmatched and driven onto the ground with Saphira. He and his opponent then faced off with swords. Near the end of their duel, Eragon recognized the other Rider's manner of fighting. Eragon managed to pull off his opponent's helm, revealing Murtagh, who he thought was dead. Murtagh revealed that he had been taken to Urû'baen by the Twins and when his Dragon Thorn had hatched for him, they were forced to swear allegiance to Galbatorix in the Ancient Language. He also revealed that Galbatorix knew his and Thorn's true names, so he was able to totally enslave him. His orders from Galbatorix were to try to capture Eragon and Saphira because she was the last female dragon in existence. Galbatorix needed her to fulfill his vision of rebuilding the order of the Riders under his rule. Murtagh decided to have mercy on them because of his and Eragon's past, but he claimed Zar'roc as his own, as well as revealing a horrible truth that he reconfirmed in the Ancient Language: Eragon was Morzan's son and Murtagh's younger brother.

Haunted by this turn of events, Eragon shared this secret with Roran (who had moved all the people of Carvahall down to Surda to join the Varden), Nasuada and Arya. He then agreed to aid Roran in rescuing his fiancé Katrina from the lair of the Ra'zac.


Eragon and Roran journeyed to Helgrind, where the Ra'zac resdied. They fought and killed one of the Ra'zac while Saphira battled the Lethrblaka, the Ra'zac's parents and steeds. While Roran rescued Katrina, Eragon discovered Sloan in a nearby cell. Not wanting to complicate matters, Eragon had Saphira flee with Roran and Katrina while he stayed behind to rescue Sloan and also kill the last Ra'zac. But before he did, the Ra'zac tried to make a deal with Eragon: to have his race remembered for all the terror they inspired in exchange for telling him a secret about Galbatorix: he was close to discovering the "true name" but the Ra'zac refused to reveal more, so Eragon denied the pact. The Ra'zac cursed Eragon, declaring that he leave Alagaësia forever. Eragon then killed the Ra'zac, avenging Garrow and Brom, and took Sloan away from Helgrind to the Gray Heath. On the run, Eragon accidentally discovered Sloan's true name by pondering his life and motivations for his choices. However, he could not bring himself to kill Sloan, so he contacted Islanzadí to allow Sloan sanctuary in Ellesméra. Invoking Sloan's true name, he forced the butcher to swear in the Ancient Language to journey to the elves and that he would never see Katrina again. He then imbued him with spells to protect and feed him on his way to Ellesméra.

During his journey back to the Varden, Eragon was desperately hungry and decided to eat meat and discovered how much he loved it still. Also, he encountered Angela's former master, Tenga. He later met up with Arya, who had come in search of Eragon. During their journey back to Varden, Eragon developed a stronger relationship with her.

A marriage and Murtagh round two

When Eragon returned to the Varden, he happily agreed to marry Roran and Katrina. Before the ceremony began, Thorn and Murtagh came with a battalion of soldiers who were immune to pain, due to magic, and could only die if beheaded or stabbed in the heart.

The rematch began with Eragon and Murtagh fighting in the sky. This time, Eragon was assisted by the elves that Islanzadí had sent to protect Eragon and also by Arya. With this assistance, Eragon was able to fight Murtagh and Thorn to a stalemate. No longer having the energy to fight on, the red pair retreated and promised to come back stronger. With Murtagh and the soldiers gone, Eragon was able to marry Katrina and Roran. His wedding gift to them was a pair of golden rings that enabled them to sense the others' presence and safety, as well as Eragon's horse given to him by Brom, Snowfire.

Back to Tronjheim

Nasuada sent Eragon to Tronjheim to oversee - and possibly influence in favor of the Varden and speed up - the coronation of the new dwarf king, while Saphira would stay to keep the Varden thinking he was still among them. He was accompanied by Nar Garzhvog, the war chief of the Kull. Garzhvog traveled with Eragon only so far, but did not accompany him to any Dwarven cities, though Eragon took the opportunity to learn some of the Urgal cultures. Eragon was welcomed by Orik and met his wife, Hvedra. Shortly before the clan meeting, Orik promised that if he could not secure the crown himself, he would back another dwarf who was in favor of aiding the Varden. While he was there, the Az Sweldn rak Anhûin tried to assassinate Eragon. After it was proved that the Az Sweldn rak Anhûin was behind the attack, the clan was banished and would be ignored until they replaced their current Grimstborith, Vermund. Vermund, however, would remain banished until his death. These events worked in favor of Orik, who secured enough votes to be crowned king and readied his warriors to march to assist the Varden. Saphira was immediately sent to reunite with him, and they oversaw Orik's coronation, as well as use their combined magic to restore the Isidar Mithrim as their gift.

Return to Ellesméra

With Nasuada's reluctant permission, Eragon and Saphira returned to Ellesméra for additional training. Eragon learned from Oromis that Brom was his true father, thereby making Murtagh his half-brother. While he reacted furiously to the news at first, angry that Oromis, Glaedr, as well as Saphira had kept the information from him all this time, thus weighing him down with the belief that he was the son of Morzan, Eragon eventually forgave them. Saphira even showed him a memory of Brom speaking to him as his father.

Glaedr then informed Eragon of the source of the Galbatorix's immense power: the Eldunarí, a gem-like object inside each dragon, that held a dragon's soul after it died, if they transferred it there before they perished. He then proceeded to inform Eragon and Saphira that Galbatorix stole or captured all of the known Eldunarí in existence. Oromis said that he believed that Galbatorix's hoard contained hundreds of Eldunarí. Before Oromis and Glaedr left for Gil'ead, Glaedr decided to give his Eldunarí to Eragon and Saphira, literally putting his life in their hands, which also showed how much the gold dragon and his Rider trusted their pupils.

Quest for a blade

While in Ellesméra, Eragon asked the elf Smith Rhunön if she could forge him a new sword. Although enticed by the idea of creating the weapon that would kill Galbatorix, she told him it was impossible because of her oath and also because she did not have the proper material, brightsteel, required to make a Rider's sword. Remembering Solembum's prophecy, Eragon and Saphira went to the Menoa tree to search for the star-metal. Eragon attempted to contact the tree and ask if there was any under its roots. The tree seemed asleep, so Eragon gave it some of his energy as a gift, as to wake it up. When it was clear that all his attempts were futile, Saphira grew impatient and attacked the tree in order to wake her up and answer their questions. The tree rose, catching Eragon and Saphira in its hold, retaliating against them. Eragon was finally able to strike a mysterious deal with the Menoa Tree and she uncovered the brightsteel from under her roots. Rhunön then made Eragon a sword by possessing his mind and controlling his body so she could circumvent her oath. The finished hand-and-a-half sword was an iridescent blue, just as the scales on the hollow of Saphira's throat. Eragon named it "Brisingr". The weapon's blade burst into flames every time he said its name in the Ancient Language. Rhunön theorized that it might have been the sword's true name, or because the sword was imbued by Eragon's personality because he played a part in the forging. Rhunön and Oromis both stated that Brisingr was, quite possibly, the finest Rider sword ever made.

Siege of Feinster

Eragon and Saphira arrived just in time to save Arya and Blödhgarm, open the gates, as well as attack the city of Feinster. The Varden stormed through the streets of the city but took prisoners wherever possible. Once they reached the tower, they discovered three spellcasters who were creating a Shade. They hacked through the magician's wards one by one, but were too late. The man they were summoning the spirits into became an extremely powerful Shade named Varaug. However, aided by a mental onslaught from Eragon, Arya thrust her sword into his heart, killing him. Meanwhile, through Glaedr's heart of hearts, Eragon was able to see the fates of Oromis and Glaedr. Galbatorix possessed Murtagh and murdered Oromis, allowing Thorn to kill Glaedr. Both Eragon and Saphira mourned for the immense loss and vowed to keep Glaedr's Eldunarí safe.

Attack on Belatona and saving a child

Eragon and Saphira next led the Varden troops to Belatona. With the help of Arya, Blödhgarm and his spell-casters, they swiftly fought their way through the Imperial soldiers. However, part of the castle fell on top of Roran and Eragon ran in to rescue him. After finding his cousin still alive, they, along with Arya, captured Lord Bradburn.

Shortly after the battle, Elain's difficult pregnancy came to an end and she went into labor. With Arya aiding the women of Carvahall, Elain gave birth to a baby girl, but everyone was distraught when the baby was born with a cleft lip. With the women not trusting her ways, Arya gave Eragon the responsibility of healing the child. Using the elves' method of singing spells, he used a cradle song from his own childhood and healed the infant until her face was normal. After giving the infant a blessing, Eragon presented her to an extremely grateful Horst.

Mastery of the Blade

As the Varden extended their quest to Dras-Leona, Eragon strove to master his swordsmanship. After a bout with the elf Wyrden, Eragon began practicing with Arya. She, however, proved to be too much for him, as she understood Eragon's emotions and movements and used them to her advantage. Eventually, Glaedr broke out of his misery and resumed tutoring Eragon, both with the blade and his mind. He passed on a way for Eragon to out predict his opponent: by learning to see what he was looking at.

Attack on Dras-Leona

Things only escalated at Dras-Leona with Murtagh and Thorn appearing as the protectors of the city. However, Jeod discovered a secret tunnel leading into the city. Eragon was elected to lead the expedition to use this tunnel to reach the gates so the Varden could enter. With Arya, Wyrden, Angela, and Solembum as part of his group, Eragon followed the tunnel, which led to caverns and tunnels underneath the chapel. There, Eragon witnessed the death of Wyrden via a trap laid out, and soon he and Arya were captured and separated from Angela and Solembum.

Eragon and Arya were gagged and chained within the chapel, where the priests informed them that they would become food for two Ra'zac that were about to hatch from eggs. Before the hatched Ra'zac could attack, Angela and Solembum appeared and rescued them both and killed the Ra'zac hatchlings. In the process of recovering their weapons and killing the priests, Eragon was dismayed to find that they had lost the Belt of Beloth the Wise. At the main gate of the city, Eragon and Arya found it barricaded with rubble and guarded by a hundred soldiers. Knowing he could not fight them all, Eragon used the energy stored in Aren to open up the way for the Varden to enter and capture the city, forcing Murtagh and Thorn to retreat once again.

Leader of the Varden

Journey to Vroengard

After the Varden's victory and burying Wyrden, Eragon chastised Elva for her refusal in helping the Varden and made her promise not to let her anger keep her from aiding the Varden again. He and Arya were later drinking to Wyrden's memory when Murtagh and the Broddring Empire attacked the Varden. Murtagh captured Nasuada and despite his and Arya's best efforts, Eragon failed to stop them from escaping.

As per Nasuada's request, her being gone left Eragon the new leader of the Varden. He felt this was too much of a burden as he did not think he was strong enough to take on Galbatorix once the Varden reached Urû'baen. He then remembered the final part of Solembum's prophecy and after prodding the werecat, a magically repressed memory told him to have Eragon look in the copy of Domia abr Wyrda Jeod gave him and discovered that the Rock of Kuthian was located on Vroengard, the ancestral home of the Riders. Eragon and Saphira also discovered that, while the both of them could remember the names of the Rock and the Vault of Souls, a deep magic erased the memories of anyone else who knew of the names. After proving this to Glaedr and Arya, they both felt this was too important to ignore if it might increase Eragon's chances of defeating Galbatorix. Though it took some convincing with some of their allies, especially King Orrin, Eragon persuaded them all that this secret mission had to be undertaken. With the elven spellcasters creating fake images of them for appearance's sake, Eragon and Saphira set out for Vroengard with Glaedr to guide them.

Near Teirm, rather than taking a longer and safer route, Saphira chose to take them all through a storm to get to the island. After finally breaking through, Eragon discovered from high up in the sky that the earth was round. The trio finally made it to Vroengard and discovered much history from the ruined buildings of the city to the bones of many dragons. They also encountered the dangerous (yet surprisingly delicious when edible) Snalglí, as well as finding that the island had changed much due to the deep magic running throughout.

Discovery of True Names and the Vault

Eragon eventually found the Rock of Kuthian and although Glaedr, Saphira and himself all tried their names in various ways, no doorway appeared. Glaedr concluded that they would have to use their true names to open the door. Though he would help them solve their names in their limited time, Glaedr had Eragon and Saphira reflect on themselves to discover their names. Saphira was first to find hers, so Eragon went on a retreat to a ruined building to think clearly. After much thought, Eragon found that, though he was not the same person since his journey began, he had changed for the better and would continue to become better. Elated at discovery, Eragon set out for the Rock the next day and a doorway opened when he and the dragons spoke their true names.

Walking through the cavern, Glaedr, Saphira and Eragon finally came upon the Vault, where he found the metallic guardian, Cuaroc. After his mind was assaulted for proof of who he was, Eragon was greeted by the sight of numerous Eldunarí and dragon eggs. Speaking for them was Vrael's dragon Umaroth, who told them that during Galbatorix's revolt, a decision was made to hide all of the available eggs and Eldunarí in the Vault and erase the minds of everyone who knew of the plan or the Rock's name, which Glaedr confirmed when he was given his memories back. With Eragon's arrival, Umaroth and the majority of the Eldunarí decided to accompany the young Rider to defeat Galbatorix (while a few would stay with the eggs) and he used a spell they taught which allowed him to carry them all through a pocket of space. The moment Eragon left the Vault, his memories too were erased and would not come back until Galbatorix was defeated.

Battle with a king

As Eragon and Saphira flew back, the Eldunarí fed Eragon many memories and uses of magic to help him to victory. Eragon arrived at the Varden's camp near Urû'baen and gathered the leaders and Roran to discuss a plan. He and the Eldunarí told them of their existence and everything that transpired on Vroengard and they came up with a plan: distract Murtagh and Thorn with the mirror copies of Eragon and Saphira, while in reality, they would sneak themselves and the elven spellcasters into the castle, as well as Elva in order to detect any traps. Arya also elected to go with them despite Islanzadí's objections. As the conclave broke, Eragon offered to tell Arya his true name, but she objected for the moment.

Saphira flew Eragon, Arya, Elva, as well as the spellcasters while under an invisibility spell, but the spell was broken via Galbatorix's wards. The group managed to make their way into the grand hall of the castle and with Elva's help, everyone managed to get across the various traps to the throne room. However, a non-lethal magical trap sprung from the throne room door, causing the elven spellcasters to become imprisoned within a secret chamber of the castle. With only Arya, Elva, Saphira and the Eldunarí by his side, Eragon went into the throne room and finally confronted Galbatorix. When Elva tried to find the king's weaknesses, Galbatorix used a spell to not only silence her but prevent Eragon or Arya from casting any magic. Eragon then deduced that this is what the Ra'zac was trying to tell him: Galbatorix had discovered the name of the Ancient Language, which gave him complete control over magic and its users. The Eldunarí tried to aid Eragon, but they were kept in check when Galbatorix brought out a pair of children and threatened them with death. When Murtagh and Thorn entered the throne room, Galbatorix pitted the half-brothers (as Eragon told them all his parentage) in a duel, with Shruikan keeping Saphira in check and Nasuada watching from the sides, still a prisoner.

Eragon and Murtagh were still evenly matched, despite not being allowed to use magic or their Eldunarí. Eragon then took Glaedr's lesson to heart and allowed Murtagh to critically strike him but allowed Eragon to strike him with a more devastating blow. In his weakened state, Murtagh told Eragon to work with him and he spoke the Name of Names to remove some of Galbatorix's wards while Saphira and Thorn attacked Shruikan. Galbatorix was able to retaliate and held everyone to check. With the king goading him into submission, Eragon could not help but feel it unfair Galbatorix would continue to rule without knowing how many people he had hurt. Without speaking the Ancient Language, Eragon cast a spell that made Galbatorix understand the people's suffering. As the king slowly started to go mad from the voices he heard, Eragon delivered several serious attacks as they dueled. Saphira and Thorn managed to wound Shurikan enough for Arya to use Nieren to kill the mighty dragon. The combination of Eragon's spell and Shruikan's death pushed Galbatorix to finally kill himself with magic, and Eragon scrambled to grab the captive children and everyone else around Nasuada for the Eldunarí to cast a magical shield to repel the king's final spell.

After the spell was over, foundations of the castle began to crumple. Eragon got everyone out while Arya stayed. After Eragon sent the children home and Murtagh healed Nasuada's physical trauma from being a captive, he was reunited with the spellcasters and Arya, who showed she stayed to find the final captive dragon egg and discovered many other treasures inside the castle. Finding that Murtagh and Thorn left, Eragon and Saphira followed them to a lake, where they finally forgave and acknowledged each other as brothers. Before leaving for exile, Murtagh revealed the Name of the Ancient Language to help him restore the kingdom and Eragon promised a place was welcome for him when the Riders were rebuilt.

Restoring a Kingdom

Shortly after the final battle, Eragon met with Nasuada and the leaders of the Varden to discuss how the kingdom would be rebuilt. They decided to keep the monarchy and that an experienced ruler had to be chosen. Eragon was the obvious first choice as he orchestrated Galbatorix's death and although the thought intrigued him, he turned down the crown. After some negotiations, Nasuada was chosen as queen.

Eragon set about doing Nasuada's will by removing magical oaths of fealty Galbatorix imposed on most of the leaders of the major cities of Alagaësia, as well as removing any dangerous wards and spells around them. On his return to Urû'baen, Eragon paid homage to Brom's grave. Though he entertained the idea of using the Eldunarí's vast knowledge and the name of names to possibly try and resurrect his father, they cautioned against that such complex magic might do more harm than good. Instead, Eragon changed the epitaph to a more fitting representation of Brom's deeds. Upon his return to the now renamed Ilirea, he was saddened to find Arya had returned to Ellesméra to help choose a new ruler for her people after the death of her mother, but also in hopes that the rescued egg would hatch for an elf. Eragon continued to other cities to set Nasuada's will, which included a short visit to Carvahall.

Whenever Eragon returned to Ilirea, he would spend time with the elf spellcasters to aid in healing the minds of the captured Eldunarí, finding treasures and other secrets in the citadel (including many fallen Riders' swords), and giving advice during Nasuada's court hearings. One of the more difficult cases were with the Urgals, as Nar Garzhvog warned that though they wanted to keep the peace, young Urgals would need battles to prove themselves, even if they must start ones of their own.

Leaving for the Unknown

As the kingdom began to become established, Eragon would look for places suitable to rebuild the Dragon Riders. However, no matter how hard he searched, he could find no place in Alagaësia that he felt would be safe for him to train new Riders and their dragons. He then resolved that Angela's prophecy of him leaving was coming true. He decided to go east to the unknown, but he longed to see Arya one more time. He soon received a message from her via one of the boats made of reeds she liked to make that she wished to finally see him. Eragon reunited with Arya, and was surprised to find that not only had she become the queen of the elves, but that the green egg had hatched for her, producing a male dragon she named Fírnen, and both he and Saphira took to immediate affection for each other. Eragon asked Arya to accompany him to the unknown, but although she wanted to, she was duty-bound to rule her kingdom. However, she finally let her guard down and revealed her true name to Eragon, who revealed his in turn. She extended an invitation for Eragon to pay one last visit to Ellesméra, so he decided to bring Roran, Katrina and their baby, Ismira, with him. Before he left, Eragon bade Nasuada farewell, promising that the new order of Riders would soon arise to help keep the peace, and she in turn gave her blessing on his journey away.

Eragon's final journeys took him to one of the secret villages of the Urgals, where he revealed to their council a further unification of all the races by including Urgals and dwarves (having already gotten Orik's blessing) in the pact between dragons to allow them to become Riders; the Urgals agreed to this proposal. Arya treated Eragon and his family warmly in Ellesméra. While everyone feasted with the elves, Eragon secretly healed Sloan's eyes so he could see his daughter Katrina, Roran, and Ismira, giving happiness and peace in Sloan's heart and mind. Eragon also saw to the planned change in the pact with the dragons and had the Urgals and dwarves added to the deep magic.

The final leg of his journey took Eragon and his family to the dwarves, where Orik treated everyone with great hospitality for a few days. As night fell after a third day, Eragon said his farewells to Orik, who presented him with a chest full of treasure as a final gift. Eragon took Arya and his family to the water bank where a boat waited to take him off, just as he had first seen in his vision. Giving the treasure to Roran to build his new home, Eragon bade his cousin and Katrina farewell. Arya accompanied Eragon in the boat to the end of Alagaësia just before he went into to the unknown. They said goodbye by whispering each other's true names before Fírnen took her away, roaring in the background, like in Eragon's vision. Eragon and Saphira took strength in each other and sailed on with their goal to rebuild the Dragon Riders.

A New Home for the Riders

A year after his departure from Alagaesia, the elves and Eragon had settled on Arngor Mountain, a mountain in The Eastern Reaches, as the home for a new generation of Riders. However, he soon found himself busy dealing with suppliers and sorting through the massive amount of administrative work needed to get their new home up and running.

After getting frustrated with work, Eragon left the eyrie to wander around the stronghold, at Saphira's behest. He eventually made his way to The Hall of Colors, where the Eldunarí were being kept. Glaedr and Umaroth, upon sensing his fatigue, offered to show him a vision of Alagaësia. The Eldunarí then presented him with a vision of Murtagh in Ceunon, who had been living under the false name of Tornac.

Some time later, Eragon met with Angela the Herbalist, who had come to Mount Arngor with Solembum and her new apprentice, Elva. Angela requested that Eragon read several chapters from her new autobiography, and also that he train Elva for a while. Feeling responsible for what he did to the girl, Eragon agreed to give her lessons.

Several months after, while Eragon was helping to plant crops near the forests, he was urgently summoned by one of the elves to help rescue two dwarves, who were stuck in a collapsed tunnel. Unfortunately, he was too late to save either of them. To help cheer him up, the Urgals told him the story of the Worm of Kulkaras, Vêrmund. At the end of the story, Eragon was approached by Blödhgarm and the rest of the elves, who excitedly informed him that one of the dragon eggs had hatched.

Personal information

Physical appearance

Originally, Eragon was human of average height, intense brown eyes, brown hair, and dark eyebrows. During his travels with Brom, Eragon gained a lean, muscular build. After seeing his reflection in Teirm, any baby fat Eragon might have possessed was gone, stripped away by traveling, sparring, and training for months. His cheekbones were more prominent and the line of his jaw sharper. He also began to start shaving. In Eldest, after asking Eragon to remove his tunic, Oromis says that Eragon has a fair amount of muscle and was not lopsided like most swordsmen, due to him learning how to fight equally well with both hands. He attended the Blood-Oath Celebration in Ellesméra, where he was transfigured into an elf/human hybrid by the dragons' magic. His face became more angular and smooth, his skin as pale as alabaster and emitting a faint glow, as if with a sheen of magic. His eyes became slanted and his ears became tapered as an elf's. He is described as "princely" and "beautiful". Saphira noted that he smelled more like an elf than a human. His sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste, strength, and speed were all augmented to Elf-like sensitivity. He did retain some human qualities, including the need to shave. He is described as "fairer than any human, and more rugged than any elf." Most importantly, he was completely healed of his accursed scar on his back. During the Battle of the Burning Plains, Roran described Eragon as being garbed like a prince and being "powerful and implacable" as well as a "fearsome warrior". He also adds that Eragon's features had become more noble and feline.

After punching a soldier in a skirmish and dislocating his fingers, Eragon used magic to grow thick calluses on his knuckles, similar to the Dwarves' Ascûdgamln. This enabled him to punch hard objects with little or no consequence to his hands.

Upon the fulfillment of his prophetic dream of leaving Alagaesia, Eragon was on par with Arya in terms of height, thus putting him above average in stature by the age of eighteen.


Eragon was a powerful Rider, especially after his transformation. Though it is never stated, it is highly possible that Eragon was a prodigy among the Riders. This is supported by the facts that he discovered magic instinctively and he learned at an incredibly fast rate. In just over a year he had managed to master what took others years to learn, let alone master. In particular, Eragon was a master of spell creativity, swordsmanship, casting fire, and wizard duels.

He received praise from many for his skills in swordsmanship. Brom remarked Eragon was "a rare and talented swordsman". After Eragon's duel with Arya, the Varden's weaponmaster, Fredric, called it "incredible swordsmanship. I even learned some new moves from watching the two of you", despite the fact Eragon lost.

Eragon was a naturally talented swordsman, advancing quickly in a short period of time, to be able to hold his own against far more experienced opponents. Eragon demonstrated his skills in the first book by eventually defeating Brom in a sparring match and sparring evenly with Murtagh, despite the fact that both Brom and Murtagh were formidable swordsmen who had spent most of their lives studying and practicing swordplay. Saphira remarked that few could match Eragon with a blade.

The elf strength and agility he gained, combined with his advanced swordsmanship, allowed him to best any human or dwarf warrior, along with most elves, such as Vanir. Still, he was outmatched by opponents with more skill than him, such as Arya and Murtagh. However, after training with Glaedr, Eragon was able to overcome this obstacle. To do this he used The Way of Knowing, a skill that allowed him to interpret body language and combine that with all he knew of his opponent and then he would use that knowledge to his advantage. Using The Way of Knowing he was able to duel Arya as an equal and finally defeat Murtagh. As taught to him by Brom, Eragon's fighting style consisted of fast and elegant techniques. He was also an adept archer and hunter, a trait only enhanced by his transformation. He could debate the finer points of these activities for hours, as well as hunt in the Spine without suffering an accident, a mighty feat considering that entire legions of Galbatorix's troops were unable to (although this was mainly because of the Urgal armies there). Roran thought of Eragon as a very skilled woodsman and hunter, better than himself. Eragon had calluses on his knuckles, similar to (and inspired by) the dwarf Shrrgnien's Ascûdgamln, which shielded his knuckles when he punched things.

Eragon had massive storage of energy in the ring Aren (an indirect gift from Brom after his death). Eragon also possessed the jeweled belt of Beloth the Wise and he could draw upon Saphira's strength for added power, Glaedr's heart of hearts, and draw energy from his surroundings to preserve his own strength. Also, there was a blue sapphire in the pommel of his new sword, Brisingr that could be used to store excess energy as well. After finding the Vault of Souls, Eragon was also aided by the Eldunarí of Umaroth and many other deceased dragons, which enhanced both his magical and mental powers.

Eragon was a proficient spellcaster. Brom proclaimed his pride in Eragon for being able to cast many different spells, even with his limited vocabulary in the Ancient Language. He had a particular talent for pyrokinesis, able to manipulate fire in many ways using only one word. His mental powers were also strong, growing even more in strength with the addition of Glaedr's and Saphira's mind combined with his own. Eragon's magic was blue in color.

Eragon had the power of foresight that manifested during his dreams (though this was later revealed to be a result of the meddling of the Vroengard Eldunarí and no innate talent). He dreamed of the conflict with Murtagh on the Burning Plains, of the departure in the boat with two dragons in the sky, as well as of Arya imprisoned in Gil'ead.

After his teachings with Oromis, Eragon had a bigger grasp of magic and surpassed most other magicians. He could use non-verbal spells as shown when he was escaping the dwarves at Tronjiheim and create spells. Eragon was also able to non-verbally (with help from the Eldunari) cast an Empathy Spell on Galbatorix, which allowed him to defeat the evil king.

Eragon was also one of four living individuals who know the True Name of the Ancient Language. This would mean he could and indeed did become one of the most powerful magicians who ever lived, matched only by Murtagh, Arya, as well as the Eldunarí from Vroengard. (This was because Murtagh spoke the Word to Eragon before leaving with Thorn into the wilderness and Eragon then spoke the word to Arya after Murtagh departed.) His ownership of 136 Eldunarí allows his powers to surpass even Arya's and Murtagh's, giving him "the strength to do most anything", as Eragon phrases it in Inheritance. He becomes quite possibly the most powerful magician in the world.


In addition to being a Dragon Rider, Eragon held many titles, such as the following:

  • Shadeslayer - For killing Durza and assisting in the killing of Varaug
  • Firesword - For wielding Zar'roc (as it was red) and for killing Durza with a flaming blade; later for wielding his sword, Brisingr, which would burst into flame when Eragon would repeat its name (this nickname is Urgal in origin)
  • Argetlam - Means "silver hand", which was used because of his gedwëy ignasia
  • Shur'tugal - "Dragon Rider" in the Ancient Language
  • Jurgencarmeitder - "Dragon Rider" in dwarvish
  • The Last Free Rider (Formerly) - He was the only known Rider, aside from Oromis, that was beyond Galbatorix's rule
  • Bromsson - His father was Brom
  • Son of None (Formerly) - For a time, his father's identity was generally unknown
  • Bane of the Ra'zac - After defeating the Ra'zac some of the Varden called him the Bane of the Ra'zac
  • Morzansson (Formerly) - For the time, after the Battle of the Burning Plains and before his next visit to Ellesméra, when Eragon thought that he was the son of Morzan, first and last of the forsworn. Murtagh called him this once
  • Elf Friend - Declared an honored non-elf ally of Queen Islanzadí's people, indicated by the ring Aren
  • Kingkiller - For killing Galbatorix
  • Grand Master of the Dragon Rider order - After the death of Oromis
  • Leader of the Varden - After the kidnapping of Nasuada by Murtagh
  • Vanquisher of Snails - After defeating a snaglí, he gives himself this title as a joke
  • Little One - Saphira usually called him this whenever they were alone to comfort him


Eragon's most prominent trait was his curiosity: he was always asking questions, always seeking to learn more. It didn't seem to matter what it was, he always wanted to learn about anything. Oromis said that he inherited this trait from his father Brom, who also expressed annoyance at his constant questions. Eragon had a strong sense of justice and equality, despising slavery and the tyrannical reign of Galbatorix. He argued with Murtagh on this moral principle. After he killed a soldier, Eragon felt remorse later. After he could touch the minds of animals, he could no longer stand to eat meat. However, after escaping Helgrind, necessity forced him to eat meat and he realized how much he missed it. He decided that moderation was a wiser concept than zealotry.

Eragon was a quick learner, becoming literate and an advanced swordsman in a very short period of time. However, he was often hasty, lightheaded, prideful and impulsive though he improved upon the last two traits. He was also known to lose his temper and let his frustration get the better of him.

Eragon was stubborn and willful about his personal opinions, even when things looked hopeless and everyone disagreed with him. He refused to give up his pursuit of Arya, even after she had rejected him several times. He was slow to accept Nasuada's treaty with the Urgals. However, he eventually developed a friendship with the Kull leader, Garzhvog. Like the rest of his family, (Brom, Roran, and Murtagh) Eragon was also determined, steadfast and strong-willed. Once he set himself upon a course he would see it through until the end and would allow nothing to stop him. However, he did briefly give into despair during a training session with Oromis after he suffered excruciatingly painful seizures from the scar on his back until Oromis helped to restore his resolve. He also was quick to judge others.

Eragon accepted the Rider's responsibility to help others. Often, he cared more for others than he did for himself and became very angry when someone insulted Saphira, more so than when they insulted him. He was a very compassionate person, often doing his best to lessen the pain of others, as displayed numerous times in the series. He was very loyal to his friends and to the Varden. He despised unfairness and when he thought that he had failed to defeat Galbatorix he hated most that the evil king would get away with all his crimes and escape punishment. This detestment of unfairness is why he cast the Empathy Spell on Galbatorix, because he wanted the usurper to see the wrongfulness of his actions. Also, Eragon had a habit of finding trouble, as noted by Islanzadí, Brom, and Saphira. Again he seemed to share this trait with his father, half brother, and cousin: though his was more pronounced.

In Inheritance, Eragon seemed wiser and more sure of himself. After discovering his True Name he understood himself and accepted who he was, which Arya noticed. This new wisdom was shown when he ensured future peace between all the races by adding Dwarves and Urgals to the Dragon Riders. He also made sure that the Urgals would no longer attack the other races for glory by creating games of strength in which young Urgals could compete against the other races.

Love interests


Arya was Eragon's primary love interest in the series, with Eragon having expressed his feelings for her. Initially, she gently rejected his advances several times: citing their age difference (84–85 years), the impossibility of peaceful relations during the war, separation due to individual duties, and her mourning for her late 20-year companion, Fäolin, as reasons. According to Oromis, nearly all historical human-elf relationships have ended in tragedy, which Arya was wary of happening, as she did care about Eragon and his happiness. Oromis and Arya also stated that Eragon was considered a child compared to the elves, who are practically immortal, despite Arya being considered very young by elven standards. Indeed, Glaedr and others labelled her a 'hatchling' at times. In a discussion with Roran, Eragon reasoned that since he had become immortal, it would be depressing if he had to remarry all the time. However, Eragon's transformation during the Agaetí Blödhren provided a solution to go with the problem; he now looked like an elf, opening up opportunities with other female elves, yet nonetheless, Eragon stated that Arya was the only woman he wished to be with.

In Brisingr, Eragon and Arya formed a very strong friendship and trusting bond, with Arya risking her life during several occasions for Eragon. He was the one person who invoked strong emotional responses in her usual stoic attitude, and she cared for him very much as an individual. They were constantly being brought closer together in battles and working together in teams.

In Inheritance, the romance between Eragon and Arya became much more pronounced as they fought in the battles together, drank together, and became much closer friends, though Eragon never lost his feelings for her. Towards the second half of the novel, it became clear Arya was starting to reciprocate Eragon's feelings, but her sense of duty and fear of Eragon losing interest in her and so betraying her keeps her from fully acknowledging her feelings. At the end of the novel, Eragon and Arya tell each other their true names, which comprises the entirety of one's being; thus, Arya realized the breadth of his love for her, and Eragon, in turn, learned how much Arya trusted and valued him, also because she had never shared her true name with anyone else but him. Unfortunately, Eragon had to leave Alagaësia to raise the new order of Dragon Riders, and Arya had succeeded her mother as queen after her death, so she could not accompany Eragon, despite her longing to do so. After a heartfelt goodbye, they separated as Eragon sailed away from Alagaësia with Saphira to raise the eggs.


In their first meet, Trianna approached and attempted to seduce Eragon. Eragon was genuinely interested, but intervention from Saphira resulted in Trianna leaving in fear before anything could come of it. Saphira's reasoning for her actions was that a relationship between Eragon and Trianna would engage herself as well, considering the mental bond between her and Eragon, which she wanted to avoid partly due to her own admitted jealousy, but primarily due to her supposition that Trianna had no genuine interest in Eragon beyond personal advancement.


In the live-action film, it was implied that Eragon might have a crush on Katrina. No such implication was present in the novels.

Real-universe connections


Star Wars

Eragon is similar in many respects to Luke Skywalker. He begins his adventures at a very young age (fifteen in Eragon, nineteen in A New Hope). His adopted family (aunt and uncle) is murdered, leaving him with nowhere to go but to flee with a mentor. He is given the responsibility of continuing the legacy of an ancient order (in Eragon's case, the Dragon Riders; in Luke's, the Jedi) and becomes the first of a new generation of that order. He also enjoys flying and becomes very talented in it (Eragon as Dragon Rider, Luke as fighter pilot), and later fights in numerous sky battles. He also discovers in himself abilities to use magic (the Force in Star Wars).

He is trained by older members of the order after the original teacher dies, that being Brom and Oromis, compared to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. He also has a father and sibling he does not know about (Brom and Murtagh in Inheritance, Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) and princess Leia Organa in Star Wars) until later in his life, and his father dies on his hands. He also rescues a princess (Arya in Inheritance, Leia in Star Wars) who was captured by the Empire and previously sent to his first mentor a thing that has been stolen from Empire (Saphira's egg in Inheritance, Death Star plans in Star Wars) that is very important for rebel forces to defeat the Empire, and he received it instead of his first mentor.

Also, his first trainer gives him a blade previously used by his father (Brom is father of Eragon and gives him sword Zar'roc, Obi-Wan gives Luke the first lightsaber of his father Anakin SkyWalker (Darth Vader)), but he loses it at the end of the second part. Both heroes also build their main replacement weapon (Eragon — Brisingr, Luke — his green bladed lightsaber). Also, both used weapons from evil characters that were slain/wounded (Morzan in Eragon's case, Darth Vader in Luke's).

In the final battle, he comes to a throne room of the evil Emperor (Galbatorix in Inheritance, Palpatine in Star Wars) and forced by him to fight against his family member who previously turned to Emperor's side (brother Murtagh in Eragon's case, father Darth Vader in Luke's). He defeats and injures him, but doesn't want to kill, and rejects Emperor's offering to join his side. After that the Emperor tries to kill him, but his family member suddenly turns to his side again and helps to defeat the Emperor. After the Emperor's death, his residence is destroyed with an enormous explosion, but the protagonist survives it.

In the Eragon movie, Eragon stares into the sunset when Roran leaves, similar to Luke staring at the suns. Also, at the climax of the film, the sky battle between Durza and Eragon can be considered extremely similar to the Tie Fighter-vs-X-Wing battle at the end of A New Hope between Luke and Vader. Another topic of note would be that the rider's blades and the lightsabers look quite similar.


Eragon's story has many similarities with that of Jake Sully. They both fled their home after their family member was murdered and travelled far away, and later both arrived at a forest inhabited with the folk of another species (elves in Inheritance, na'vi in Avatar) with super-human abilities, who live in harmony with nature and known as riders of dragonish creatures. They're both trained by a mentor of that species, who is already a trained Rider, for a few months and both make great progress in their training during a short time. Furthermore, both became a hybrid of humans and that species with all powers of last ones (Eragon's body has been transformed with dragon magic, Jake has got a second na'vi-like body created from his DNA with genetic engineering).

Both protagonists become Riders of dragonish beasts which are bonded with them for life through mental connection. During their training they become skilled fliers and warriors and later fight in the air against evil human army. When all seems lost after an air attack of hostile human forces, both fly away and later return with powerful dragonish beings which give them power for the final battle (Eragon returns with Eldunari of ancient dragons, Jake returns as the Rider of Great Leonopteryx (Toruk) — the largest aerial predator on the planet). After that, both become leaders of all Riders (Eragon as the first Rider of a new generation, Jake as Toruk Makto) and temporary leaders of their armies. The sky battle in Farthen Dûr in the Eragon movie also looks very similar to the battle for the Tree of Souls in the Avatar movie, where the protagonist fights as the main defender and destroys the most powerful enemy units, bringing a victory to his army by that act.

Furthermore, both are hunters that use the bow; both are the first men who were inducted into the clan of different species (dwarven clan Dûrgrimst Ingeitum in Eragon's case, na'vi clan Omaticaya in Jake's) by a clan leader who later was murdered by hostile human forces from the air (Hrothgar / Eytukan); both fall in love with a raven-haired princess from a forest folk (elf Arya in Eragon's case, na'vi Neytiri in Jake's), who is also a wise and formidable warrior and Rider of a green dragonish beast; both were trapped and jailed by evil humans, but later rescued by their friends; both have to fight against his former ally (Murtagh in Eragon's case, colonel Quaritch in Jake's); both talk with an ancient tree with magic-like powers (Menoa Tree / Tree of Souls) to get a help and both had injuries of their back in human form before the ceremony of their final transformation into a hybrid under that tree.

The Lord of the Rings

Eragon is similar to both Frodo and Aragorn, in the sense that both Eragon and Frodo are brought into a quest and having to take on a heavy burden (Eragon, both mantling up the legacy of the Dragon Riders and defeating Galbatorix, while Frodo, having to destroy the One Ring and defeating the evil Dark and Powerful Warlord Sauron) and that both Eragon and Aragorn are "humans" ("Man" in Aragorn's case, as all "humans" are referred to as "Men") who are in love with a raven-haired elven lady (Arwen in Aragorn's case, Arya in Eragon's case). Both Eragon and Aragorn are also the characters with a great destiny (Eragon, fulfilling the legacy of the Dragon Riders, as he is born the son of one of the last of the Dragon Riders, while Aragorn, ensuring the destruction of the One Ring and becoming a King of "Men" for Gondor, as he is the heir to the throne of Gondor). Another comparison is the way both Eragon and Frodo feel the need to travel away after their duty has been fulfilled. Also, the names Eragon and Aragorn are easily confusing, being similar in pronunciation. Eragon and Aragorn both were talented swordsmen and both were granted a longer lifespan than normal humans, in Eragon's case, from being a Dragon Rider (and later becoming a human/elf hybrid) and in Aragorn's case for being a Númenórean (human with elven blood). This also makes both of them human/elf hybrids of some sort. Connections can also be drawn from Eragon leaving on a ship to raise the dragons and the Elves/Frodo/Bilbo and Gandalf leaving from the Grey Havens. The difference is Frodo left due to the trauma of his quest, Eragon left out of duty.

The Dragonbone Chair

Eragon Shadeslayer has been compared to Seoman Snowlock from Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. The most noteworthy similarity comes from the endings of The Dragonbone Chair (Book I) and Eragon (Book I). Both slay a great evil, both are affected with its blood/memories and are almost consumed by evil, both have a series of visions during their brief lapse of sanity, both receive help from their respective wise old mentors (Morgenes and the Mysterious Cripple Who Is Whole), both wake up surrounded by friends when the battle is over, to have them explain what has happened the last two days, both have disfiguring scars from their encounter (Eragon's back, Seoman's face), both are given last names that are two words put together (Seoman Snowlock and Eragon Shadeslayer) and both have paid a terrible price for their deed.

Harry Potter

Eragon was similar to Harry Potter as they were both orphans brought up by their aunts and uncles, both were experienced fliers (Eragon as Dragon Rider, Harry as broomstick flier and Quidditch player), both had powers in magic which they use in attempts to destroy a seemingly immortal evil man (Voldemort / Galbatorix) as well as each of them having ancient mentors (Dumbledore / Oromis and Brom) and both of their mentors were murdered. Those who caused the deaths of their mentors were antagonists (Snape / Murtagh) that turned out to help each character in the end.

The Eye of The World

Eragon can be compared to the main character, Rand Al-Thor as they both grew up as farmers in a small village (The Two Rivers / Palancar Valley) and they both had a distinctive sword given to them by their father (Heron marked sword, Tam Al-Thor / Zar'roc, Brom). Rand is also known as the "Dragon" as he can channel magic. Both Eragon and Rand both face beings that are not quite humans with other animals' anatomy on their faces and limbs (Trollocs / Urgals).


Author Christopher Paolini states that Eragon originally started out as an autobiographical character. Paolini started writing Eragon at the age of fifteen, which is his protagonist's age at the beginning of the novel. "When I first invented Eragon, he was me. Writing about yourself is probably one of the easiest things for a fifteen-year-old author to do. However, I found that as the story progressed and Eragon did things that I've never done—such as fighting monsters and flying a dragon—he evolved into his own character, which I'm very happy about." [1]


Christopher Paolini has stated that he came up with the name Eragon by replacing the d in 'dragon' with an E, however, at the Comic-Con 2010, he revealed that the "working title" of the character was "Kevin".[2]


  • Eragon's ability to traverse the Spine without incident is an ironic contrast to Galbatorix. In fact, the Spine has brought much good fortune to Eragon, while Galbatorix has suffered much because of it.
    • Galbatorix lost his first dragon in the Spine and suffered on the journey back, where Eragon found Saphira's egg there and regularly traveled there to hunt.
    • Galbatorix lost half of his army there (later revealed to be the result of the Urgals), while Eragon's entire home village was able to travel through it to escape the Ra'zac, with only minimal losses.


  • Eragon was portrayed by Edward Speleers in the Eragon movie.
  • Eragon appeared with blond hair in the movie, which compares him too much to Luke Skywalker when one tries to describe him, while he was described as having brown hair in the novel.
  • In the first draft of Eragon, Eragon was named "Kevin."[3]

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