The Home Theme
Carvahall, Eragon's home, is a sleepy little village tucked away in a secluded corner of Alagaësia. Imagine Smallville, Superman's hometown, except without any of the super-strong babies. (Heroes yes, but only the baby dragons are super strong.) But Eragon's home is more importantly his Uncle Garrow, cousin Roran, and the farm they tend together—you know, where the heart is. Our hero loses all of that early on in Eragon, and he's forced on a quest. And hey, maybe that quest will lead him to a place where he can find the same peace and security that has been taken from him by the forces of evil.
Questions About The Home
- Which characters in Eragon provide stand-ins for the home and family that Eragon loses at the start of the book? How does each of these characters do that differently?
- What is it about his stay in Teirm, do you think, that makes Eragon feel so at home?
- Compare/contrast Eragon's attitudes toward his home with Murtagh's attitudes toward his. Do you think they have anything in common when it comes to their view of home?
- Why do you think his stay in Tronjheim makes Eragon feel so homesick, as compared to the other cities he has seen in his travels?
Chew on This
In order to truly be a hero, Eragon must leave his home behind.
Eragon can never truly abandon his home. His connection to his home, in fact, is what sustains him through his most difficult trials.