Eragon By Christopher Paolini: A Brief Summary Of The Book

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A brief summary of the book Eragon, written by Christopher Paolini. One fateful day, while Eragon is out hunting in a treacherous mountain valley, he stumbles onto a beautiful polished stone. He thinks of selling it to pay for some meat for his family, b

3-Sentence Summary - One fateful day, while Eragon is out hunting in a treacherous mountain valley, he stumbles onto a beautiful polished stone. He thinks of selling it to acquire some money for his family, but when the stone turns out to be a dragon egg, Eragon’s life is shattered. Overnight, Eragon becomes an idolized hero and is thrust into a life of power struggles and intrigue.

Full Summary

The story takes place in the magical realm of Alagaesia. The main character of the book is Eragon, an ordinary farmer’s boy, who needs to get food on the table. He lives with his cousin, Roran, and his uncle, Garrow.  One day, while Eragon is out hunting in an untamed mountain, he finds a sapphire-blue stone lying in a destroyed glen. Eragon, thinking he could sell the stone in exchange for some meat, takes it back to his uncle’s farm.

Little does he know, however, that the small-stone like thing will change his life for ever. When the stone splits open and a dragon hatchling emerges, suddenly everything in Eragon's life shifts abruptly. And when some strange bird-like creatures, called the Ra’zac, arrive at the local village, destruction follows. Before Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, could intervene, Garrow is found dead at their farm.  Eragon, Saphira and the village story-teller, Brom set out, seeking vengeance on the Ra’zac, pursuing them across half of Alagaesia.

Their journey is filled with strange adventures and Brom's arduous dragonrider training for Eragon.  In his training, Eragon discovers the true meaning of absolute power and destruction. Along the way, Eragon discovers a disturbing reality; King Galbatorix, ruler of most of Alagaesia, is using monsters to brutally murder his own people for political reasons. More importantly, Eragon finds out that both King Galbatorix and a rebel faction known as the Varda want to capture or control him, as he is the last free dragonrider in known existence. When Eragon and Brom reach inhabited cities or towns they never seem to find rest, for the King’s men are in every crook and cranny.

Eragon and his dragon Saphira in their travels, from the 2006 motion picture film - Image Source

When Eragon and Brom reach a strange city where the Ra’zac where rumoured to be located, Eragon finds that Galbatorix’s tyranny is more pronounced there, than in other towns and cities. While Eragon takes a stroll around the city, he unintentionally finds the Ra’zac. In a flash, Eragon and Brom find themselves being hunted by Ra’zac, their fortunes abruptly changed. In the dead of night, the Ra’zac ambush Eragon, Saphira and Brom unawares.

At this moment, a mysterious stranger named Murtagh charges the Ra’zac from the shadows, just as they finish chaining Eragon, Saphira and Brom. As the Ra’zac are fleeing, one of them desperately hurls a knife at Eragon. With surprising strength, Brom flings himself in front of Eragon, taking the blow. Soon afterwards, Brom dies from the wound. In enormous grief and with King Galbatorix’s men chasing him, Eragon and Murtagh flee southwards, seeking refuge with the Varda.

When Eragon finally reaches the Varda, however, he is far from being safe. Many in the Varda want to manipulate Eragon and use him for their own purposes. In addition, Murtagh is imprisoned because the Varda find that he is close to King Galbatorix by lineage. Eragon soon discovers that with the Varda, words have the same influence as weapons and strength. In the most unlikeliest of places, Eragon finds people who seek blessings and advice from him. And when a monster army large enough to completely wipe out the Varda appears seemingly out of nowhere, Eragon is given no rest and time for himself. Even amongst all this chaos and political intrigue, Eragon finally feels at home.

Paolini’s first book, Eragon, demonstrates his exceptional writing skills. I enjoyed reading Eragon very much. I like its suspense, style, and execution. These aspects make the reader actually “live” the life of Eragon; they make the reader worry about what will happen to him, as well as to other characters. The moral of this story is to never give up hope and determination even when it seems that all is lost. Another moral of this story is to keep at something till it is completed and that, when you’ve finally done it; you will feel your best.

© 2010 Gregory Markov

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