Prologue: Shade of Fear is the prologue of Eragon. Its characters include Arya Drottningu, Durza the Shade, Glenwing, Fäolin, and twelve Urgals. It takes the point of view of Durza.

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A Shade named Durza is hiding in the woods, waiting for a "stone" (in reality a dragon egg) that was stolen from him a while ago. He commands twelve Urgals, which the shade, Durza, refers to as smelly, ugly tools that he resents. The egg is carried by an elf woman named Arya, who is escorted by two elf men. Durza's plan is to take the stone from the female elf by force, then kill all three of them. As was to be expected, the elves smell the Urgals too soon, and the ambush is thwarted. The Urgals manage to kill the two males nonetheless, but Arya, shocked and horrified by the sudden loss of her companions (one of whom was her lover), escapes. She is however, the one the Shade wants. He summons his Urgals after her, but albeit the Urgals' persistence, she is too fast for them and kills a couple of them as well. Summoning a wall of fire around everyone, he traps her inside the forest. Elves are skilled magic users, but she is no match for him. In a hurry, she lifts the blue egg over her head, and mutters a few words. Desperate, Durza barks out a word in the ancient language, but is too late, the stone has already been sent somewhere else, and the magic strikes down Arya instead. Infuriated, he flings his sword at a tree and kills all the remaining Urgals. Arya is then captured by the Shade. He leaves all but the fires in his path to burn.

Prologue: Shade of Fear | 1. Discovery | 2. Palancar Valley | 3. Dragon Tales | 4. Fate's Gift | 5. Awakening | 6. Tea for Two | 7. A Name of Power | 8. A Miller-to-Be | 9. Strangers in Carvahall | 10. Flight of Destiny | 11. The Doom of Innocence | 12. Deathwatch | 13. The Madness of Life | 14. A Rider's Blade | 15. Saddlemaking | 16. Therinsford | 17. Thunder Roar and Lightning Crackle | 18. Revelation at Yazuac | 19. Admonishments | 20. Magic Is the Simplest Thing | 21. Daret | 22. Through a Dragon's Eye | 23. A Song for the Road | 24. A Taste of Teirm | 25. An Old Friend | 26. The Witch and the Werecat | 27. Of Reading and Plots | 28. Thieves in the Castle | 29. A Costly Mistake | 30. Vision of Perfection | 31. Master of the Blade | 32. The Mire of Dras-Leona | 33. Trail of Oil | 34. Worshipers of Helgrind | 35. The Ra'zac's Revenge | 36. Murtagh | 37. Legacy of a Rider | 38. Diamond Tomb | 39. Capture at Gil'ead | 40. Du Súndavar Freohr | 41. Fighting Shadows | 42. A Warrior and a Healer | 43. Water from Sand | 44. The Ramr River | 45. The Hadarac Desert | 46. A Path Revealed | 47. A Clash of Wills | 48. Flight Through the Valley | 49. The Horns of a Dilemma | 50. Hunting for Answers | 51. The Glory of Tronjheim | 52. Ajihad | 53. Bless the Child, Argetlam | 54. Mandrake Root and Newt's Tongue | 55. Hall of the Mountain King | 56. Arya's Test | 57. The Shadows Lengthen | 58. Battle Under Farthen Dûr | 59. The Mourning Sage
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