When a book begins with a map (the way our 2002, Alfred A. Knopf edition of Eragon does), you know that you're in for exploring. As readers, we follow Eragon all over Alagaësia and even beyond. Through his travels, we learn more and more about the world he lives in: its people, its customs, and its conflicts. Exploration is more than an exercise in geography, though. For Eragon, his travels are a journey that lead him to a stronger sense of self, and a deeper understanding of his responsibilities as a powerful Dragon Rider.