Sunday, October 17, 2010

"Eragon" - Christopher Paolini

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.

Discussion Questions:

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?


Spencer P. 1-2 said...

1. Eragon wanting revenge on the Ra'zac for killing his father shows that he is fighting for the wrong reasons. Instead of fighting the Ra'zac because it is the right thing to do and because the world needs him to, he fights them for revenge.

Kyle N.1-2 said...

Fighting for revenge is not always the best thing to do. You act on impulse, not sense, and it is not the right thing to do. Even for your father's death, you must learn to forgive, not just create a chain of each side taking "revenges on the other"

Rafiq O. 1-2 said...

Yeah, I agree with Kyle. Revenge just makes one feel better and gives one closure to the situation at hand. And although it may bring one some relief/happiness, it is only temporary.

Brandon M. 1-2 said...

2. I infer that Eragon will eventually have to face off against Galbatorix as I would see it fitting that it would be Eragons destiny as the only other dragon rider. Also as the only dragon rider, I think Eragon will become the leader of the Varden.