When Eragon gets back to his cave, there's a dwarf waiting for him. Orik wants to see him.
As he turns to leave, Saphira gives him the sword Zar'roc. Despite its bloody history, she says that he can give the sword a new history.
Off they fly to see Orik.
When they find him, he tells them that the dwarven king Hrothgar wants to see them both.
They head to his throne room under the city.
When they get to the room, they find Hrothgar on a throne carved out of black marble. He's wearing a golden helmet instead of a crown.
Eragon bows awkwardly, but Hrothgar tells him that there's no need to be so formal.
He explains that he's getting pressure to give them both the boot, but he's not going to do that. That's nice.
Hrothgar wants to know why they're both here.
Eragon says that they want to rest up for a while.
Well, says Eragon, not entirely. I'm here to help those who need protecting from the Empire, including my cousin Murtagh.
Hrothgar asks Saphira what she's up to.
Ditto. She also says that Eragon is the guy for this job.
Then Hrothgar asks if Eragon will take over the Empire's rule if he manages to knock off Galbatorix.
Eragon replies that he would only if there's nobody else for the job.
Bad answer, says Hrothgar. "[N]o race should have a leader who does not age or leave the throne. The time of the Riders has passed" (55.30).
Then he asks to check out Eragon's sword. He approves, and hopes Eragon can change the blade's luck.
How's my nephew treating you? Hrothgar wants to know.
Orik. Orik is Hrothgar's nephew. The dwarf king heard that Eragon spoke up for him with Ajihad.
Eragon can tell that this has won him major brownie points with Hrothgar. Only, instead of brownie points, dwarves call it "otho," or faith.
Well, it's time to wrap up. A dwarf king can't sit around chatting all day. Eragon and Saphira take their leave of Hrothgar.
They meet back up with Orik. Apparently, the blessing that they bestowed yesterday has the whole city in an uproar. The baby is being hailed as a future hero. Eragon and Saphira better stay out of sight.
Saphira heads back to the dragonhold. There's someone she wants to meet, but she won't say who.
Eragon wants to explore, though. Orik offers to show him the city library.
After breakfast, they head over there. The place is filled with books and scrolls of dwarf and human writers. The elves are pretty secretive, though, so they don't share.
Orik leaves Eragon to wander around on his own, and he eventually sits down to read some dwarf poetry in translation. Hey, why not?
Suddenly, though, he's not alone. The bald Twins have shown up. Boo.
At first they apologize for being jerks to him and his friends. But Saphira warns Eragon (who has contacted her mentally) to be careful of a trap.
They go back and forth with compliments that are totally insincere.
Finally, the Twins come to the point. They offer to teach Eragon magic and induct him into their secret magic club. (Maybe he'll learn how to saw a woman in half!)
Eragon's not falling for it, though. He says the Twins just want to steal what he knows.
They drop the nice-guy act. It would be really unfortunate if some magic misfired and he were to be killed. He better think about joining them. They give him a day to think it over and take off.
Saphira advises Eragon to talk to Angela about these jokers.
Eragon leaves the library and Saphira takes him back to their cave. Eragon's mulling over what to do about the Twins when a woman shows up. Her name is Nasuada; she's Ajihad's daughter.
She's got a message from her pop: he's glad things are going well, but it's probably not a good idea to go around blessing random babies and attracting attention. Also, it's a good idea to get the magic and sword fighting test over sooner rather than later. Just let Ajihad know when he wants to go for that.
Eragon invites Nasuada to stick around, but she's got to get going. She's visited Murtagh, too, and suggests that Eragon go pay him a visit. Murtagh's lonely.
Eragon asks how Arya's doing. Better, says Nasuada.
He thanks her and her dad for hooking them up with food and shelter. Then she leaves.
Eragon turns to Saphira and sees his favorite werecat has joined her. Solembum was just the person—um, cat—Saphira wanted to see.
Eragon figures it makes sense that they enjoy each other's company, seeing as how they're both magical.