Eragon is a 15 year old farm boy who lives in a village called Carvahall, which is in the land called Alagaesia. Alagaesia was taken from an elite group called the Dragon Riders by an evil Rider by the name Galbatorix. One day as Eragon was hunting in a mountain range called the spine, a strange blue stone stone falls like a meteor from the sky. Eragon picks it up and takes it home in the hopes of being able to sell the strange stone. The local merchants refuse to buy the stone, so Eragon decides to keep it. One night, the stone started to crack, and out came a baby dragon. This comes as a big surprise because dragons were expected to be extinct. Eragon attempts to hide the dragon, but to no avail. Two fierce creatures called the Ra'zac raid Carvahall in search of the egg. Eragon tries to run, and is aided by the village storyteller Brom. They both journey to Teirm, in search of the Ra'zac to get revenge, where they learn that the Ra'zac are hiding in a mountain called Helgrind. They fly on Saphira (the name Eragon chose for his blue dragon) to Helgrind but find out they are trapped by the Ra'zac. Fortunately, a complete stranger named Murtagh saves them at the last possible moment. Although Brom dies in this brief battle, Eragon and Murtagh continue to travel in search of the Varden; a rebel group opposed to the evil king Galbatorix. They reach the Varden, but not before an army of orc-like creatures called Urgals catches up to them. The book ends with an epic battle between the Urgals and the Varden and is continued in book 2 of the series.
1. Eragon wanted revenge on the Ra'zac for his father's death. What does this tell you about his character?
2. Since Eragon is the only Dragon Rider besides Galbatorix, what do you think his future responsibilities will be?