Study Guide

Eragon Exploration

By Christopher Paolini


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.

Questions About Exploration

  1. Do you see life, as Brom does, as one big process of travel and exploration? Does his metaphor make sense to you? How about death? Do you see it as "the greatest adventure of all"? 
  2. How might Eragon's enthusiasm for exploring new places be a potentially dangerous thing? (Consider his experience in Dras-Leona, for example.) 
  3. Compare your attitude to Eragon's: how do you feel about exploration? Is it something you love to do, or would you rather stay at home around the people and things you know? Explain your answer.

Chew on This

The most important voyage Eragon undertakes can't be traced on any kind of map. It's an internal voyage, a quest for finding his true self.

Part of what makes Eragon heroic is his willingness to explore new places and encounter new people and ideas.