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Language and Communication
Language and communication? Seriously? In a book about dragons? Well, hear us out. We'd like to proclaim (hold on while we grab our megaphone) that language and communication bring the fantasy to l...
The great metaphysical poet John Donne once wrote, "No man is an island." What he meant is this: nobody goes through life on their own. In Eragon, this is definitely the case for our hero. Though h...
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...
Strength and Skill
In a land ruled by an evil king, brute power is what makes the world go 'round. Eragon's Alagaësia is no exception. The strong prey on the weak, and the weak have very little to say about it. But...
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...
Fate and Free Will
The role of Fate, or a person's "wyrd," is on a lot of characters' minds in Eragon. And that means it's on our minds, too. Saphira, the dragon, sees reality as a pre-ordained series of events. As a...
Good vs. Evil
You want an epic struggle between two opposing moral poles of the universe? You've come to the right place. Eragon is more than just the story of a fellow and his dragon. They find themselves in th...
As a novel smack dab in the fantasy genre, supernatural is front and center in Eragon. You want elves? This book's got 'em. How about dwarves? Lots of dwarves here. Magic, dragons, evil monsters? C...
Coming of Age
When we first meet him, Eragon is a simple farm boy, scratching out a living in a forgotten corner of his world. When we say good-bye to him at the end of the novel, he's transformed into a full-fl...
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. Th...
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