In the novel Eragon, Eragon is not really Eragon. Wait, let's try that again. What we mean is that the hero of our novel bears the burden (or gift, depending on how you look at it) of the original Rider, who just so happened to be named Eragon. Having your identity handed to you with your name may seem a bit of a challenge, and that's precisely what our Eragon has to work out in this book. Who is he, really? It's a question that he struggles with, and at the same time it's a question that seems to have been answered before he was even born.