by Christopher Paolini
Eragon Chapter 11 Summary
How It All Goes Down
The Doom of Innocence
- The next morning, Eragon gets up and fashions a makeshift crutch out of a tree branch. His legs are still too painful to walk without help. Resourceful, much?
- He goes to get a drink from a stream, then realizes that Saphira has brought them right back to where he first found the egg.
- He goes back to Saphira and basically calls her a chicken to get her to take him back to Garrow's farm. Nice move.
- His mockery works, and they take off again, racing back home. Eragon's legs are bleeding again. Ouch and yuck.
- When they near the farm, smoke and flames are visible from the air.
- Uh oh.
- Saphira lands nearby and Eragon sees that the farm house has been completely destroyed. All the animals are gone and Garrow is nowhere to be found.
- Eragon is super-mad at Saphira for taking him away, but she says that he'd be dead if she hadn't done it.
- They start looking for Garrow, and Eragon finds him buried under a pile of rubble.
- Saphira helps dig him out, but Garrow is in a bad way. He's covered in burns that are "chalky white and [ooze] clear liquid," with "the odor of rotting fruit" (11.24). Once again: ouch and yuck. Eragon also finds a scrap of black cloth clutched in his hand.
- He makes a carrying board for Garrow and Saphira carries them both to Carvahall.
- It's tough going for her, though, and Saphira has to rest, landing a little ways out of the village. Eragon drags his uncle the rest of the way into Carvahall while Saphira makes herself scarce in the nearby woods.
- He pulls Garrow the rest of the way into town, then collapses as he sees Brom come running up to meet him.
- Talk about epic.
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