Marian was the wife of Garrow, mother of Roran and the maternal aunt/surrogate mother of Eragon Shadeslayer. Garrow was responsible for raising their nephew, Eragon, as well as their son. Selena was the mother of Eragon and left him in their care. Eragon was disappointed, later in life, to learn that Marian was not his actual mother. Marian died some time prior to the finding of Saphira's egg. While healing Hope, Eragon remembered Marian singing to him and implied that she had died of an unknown malady.