- List of Inheritance Cycle characters
This is a list of characters in the Inheritance Cycle, a fantasy series by Christopher Paolini. Many of the names Paolini has used originate from Old Norse, German, Old English and Russian sources as well as the invented languages.
Eragon is the main protagonist of the Inheritance Cycle. Also known as Eragon Bromsson, Eragon Shadeslayer, Argetlam, and Shur'tugal. Eragon's character originally began as an autobiographical character of Paolini. Eragon is the son of Selena and Brom, although Eragon’s relationship to Brom is not revealed until Brisingr, the third novel, until which time he is thought to be the son of Morzan. Eragon is the cousin of Roran Garrowsson. He was raised as a farm-boy for fifteen years. Then, a few months before his sixteenth birthday, he found out that the story-teller, Brom, from his village was a man with a secret life. That plus the fact that the last female dragon in Alagaesia had hatched for him and that his uncle was killed by the Ra'zac makes his life more difficult. He later finds out that Brom was a dragon rider, and even further down the road, his father. He also finds out that he is the last hope for Alagaesia to rid the great land of the evil of Galbatorix. When the battle of Farthen Dur is over, Ajihad gets murdered by Urgals and Murtagh gets captured. Eragon then journeys to Ellesmera, the capitol of the elves where he finds the only living dragon and Rider from the fall, Oromis and Glaedr. They teach Eragon the ways of the Riders of Old. Eragon later becomes half elf after a transformation caused by the dragons. Eragon then finds out that Murtagh is now a Dragon Rider, his dragon being the red dragon Thorn, and has become enslaved by Galbatorix. After a brutal combat, Murtagh defeats Eragon but lets him go. Roran and Eragon storm Helgrind and defeat the Ra'zac. Several more things happen to Eragon up to the point where Eragon forges a Rider's sword, with the help of Rhunon, which he names Brisingr. Then he and Saphira help take the coastal city of Feinster, after helping Arya defeat Varaug, a Shade who was even stronger than Durza.
Saphira is a female blue dragon who hatches from an egg stolen from Galbatorix by Brom and Jeod. She is mentioned in the novels to be the last female dragon in all of Alagaësia. In Eragon, her egg was ferried between the Elves and the Varden by the elf, Arya, in an attempt to make it hatch. When Durza the Shade tries to steal the egg, Arya teleports it to the Spine, a range of mountains, where Eragon finds it. Soon afterwards, Saphira hatches and grows rapidly. After the death of Eragon's Uncle Garrow, Saphira accompanies Brom and Eragon in their travels in search of the Ra'zac. During these travels Eragon learns to ride her and their bond becomes stronger. Saphira also assists Arya in rescuing Eragon from Durza and in the Battle of Farthen Dûr, and Eragon rides Saphira when they fight the Urgals (under the control of Durza) with the Varden. While Eragon fights Durza, Saphira breathes fire for the first time, and Eragon slays Durza.
In Eldest, Saphira and Eragon travel to Du Weldenvarden to continue their training. Here, Saphira is regarded as the highest-ranking citizen of Elf culture. Saphira is taught more about flying and fighting by the dragon Glaedr. Their training is interrupted when Eragon and Saphira fly to the aid of the Varden and fight in the Battle of the Burning Plains. During the battle, Eragon and Saphira are defeated by a new Rider and Dragon, Murtagh and Thorn respectively. Murtagh spares Eragon and Saphira's lives, on account of their former friendship and family ties, and then departs with Thorn, taking Eragon's sword, Zar'roc.
In Brisingr, Saphira and Eragon go to Helgrind and kill the Ra'zac and Lethrblaka. Saphira is forced to separate from Eragon when he finds Sloan and decides to rescue him by himself. Saphira stays with the Varden, while Eragon travels across a significant portion of Alagaësia and then serves as a Varden ambassador to the dwarves, in order to keep an eye on the selection of the new dwarf king. During the coronation, Saphira repairs the Star Sapphire, Isidar Mithrim.
Saphira and Eragon travel to Du Waldenvarden, where Eragon finds out by Oromis and Glaedr that he's not Morzan's son, but Brom's. Saphira shares a memory Brom asked her to show to Eragon when he found out the truth.
Saphira and Eragon then complete their training with Oromis and Glaedr. Here Glaedr reveals that he has a heart of hearts that he can place his consciousness in if he dies or chooses. Glaedr gives Saphira and Eragon his heart of hearts, which they promise to keep. Saphira and Eragon then join the Varden's siege of Feinster, aiding the Varden in their victory.
As Eragon's dragon, Saphira has a deep emotional bond with him, similar to a two-way parent and child relationship. As a result, she supports him in almost everything he does. Her main goal is to keep Eragon safe, even stating herself that should Eragon be captured, she would go so far as to give herself up to Galbatorix, dooming Alagaësia, just to save Eragon. But despite her sage and clever mind, Saphira still is a "young dragon", and can have moments of immaturity and self-centrism, having once berated Eragon for not riding her, being a real hypocrite by trying to convince Eragon he should not fall for Arya due to their age difference, while she herself was flirty with Glaedr, and once going as far as to attack the Menoa Tree when the spirit inside refused to talk with them.
While the story centers its third-person perspective on Eragon most of the time, Roran and Saphira both act as the reader's area of perspective in the second and third books. During the chapters in which Saphira acts as the reader's outlet, they are treated to her unique thoughts. Saphira (and Glaedr at times) is noted to retain unusual mental titles for certain things. These titles are typically a mash up of adjectives and descriptive nouns. Humans are referred to as "two-legged-round-ears", Riders, "partner-of-her-mind-and-heart" and dragons, "sons/daughters-of-the-wind". Saphira's namesake is Brom's dragon before she was slain during a fight with the forsworn.
Saphira's name is a play on the word "Sapphire".
Arya Dröttningu is a female elf in the Inheritance Cycle and the primary love-interest of Eragon. She is the daughter of King Evandar and Queen Islanzadí and the sole heir to the elven throne, though, according to elvish custom, she does not have to become queen. She is shown throughout the series to be both beautiful and wise as well as possessing superhuman speed, strength, grace, and superior fighting and magical skills in keeping with the rest of her kind. She is described as having long, black hair and green eyes.
Before the series begins, Arya is banned from Queen Islanzadí's presence when she chooses to become the elven ambassador. Queen Islanzadi banned her due to her safety and it is unsuitable for a princess to carry the duty although Islanzadi felt compelled to agree with Arya's choice because two male elves, Faölin and Glenwing had decided to accompany her during her tenure as ambassador and egg courier. She is also been appointed as a courier of the dragon egg that Brom and Jeod had managed to recover from Galbatorix which she had it shipped between the Varden and elves.
At the beginning of Eragon, Durza the Shade manages to capture Arya and killed Faölin and Glenwing but fails to lay hands on the egg when Arya teleports it to The Spine, where it was found by Eragon. Arya is then imprisoned in Gil'ead. In order to prevent her escape, she was been administered magic-suppressing drugs and a dose of a lethal poison continuously to extract her knowledge about Saphira's egg, Varden whereabouts and the elves. During her imprisonment, she was brutally beaten and tortured by Durza and would be given an antidote daily to a poison she was repeatedly given.
When Eragon is imprisoned in the same jail, he rescued her along with Murtagh though Arya remains in a self-induced coma to slow the effects of the poison. Mentally communicating with Eragon, she informs him that the Varden has the antidote to Durza's poison. Arya is therefore brought to Farthen Dûr by Eragon and heals sufficiently to fight when Farthen Dûr comes under attack from Galbatorix's forces. During the battle, she helps Eragon kill Durza; distracting the Shade by breaking the huge star sapphire, Isidar Mithrim, though this earns her the animosity of the dwarves.
In Eldest, Arya accompanies Eragon to Ellesméra, where she is reconciled with her mother, at least in some ways. During their time in Ellesméra, Eragon expresses his love for Arya but she rejects him, partly because she is over 100 years old, but also (as told in Brisingr) because she had romantic feelings for Faölin, who is dead. It is also speculated in the novels that she is hesitant to a relationship with Eragon because it could become a weakness and distraction from Eragon's most important task - defeating Galbatorix. She does believe Eragon to be her friend and says she feels only a friendship between Eragon and herself. After the Agaeti Blödhren ("Blood-Oath Celebration" in the Ancient Language), Arya returns to the Varden in Surda and fights in the Battle of the Burning Plains.
In Brisingr, after Eragon's raid on Helgrind, Arya joins him and escorts him back to the Varden. During their journey back to the Varden, Arya's relationship with Eragon becomes more friendly as she speaks more openly about her past life and feelings toward him, but she continues to reject Eragon's many advances. Arya also joins Eragon in the Siege of Feinster, and with Eragon's help, kills Varaug, the Shade created by the city's magicians.
In Inheritance, Arya becomes queen of the elves after Queen Islanzadi dies. She also becomes the Rider of a green dragon named Firnen. By the end of the book, it is clear that she has strong feelings for Eragon.
Brom is a former Dragon rider in the Inheritance Cycle and Eragon's first mentor. Brom is later (in Brisingr) revealed to also be Eragon's father. He is renown for his formidable battle skills and his intelligence. Brom is also the founder of the Varden.
Brom was born in Kuasta. During his years as a young Dragon Rider, Brom idolizes Morzan until Morzan betrays the Dragon Riders and becomes leader of the Forsworn. During a battle at Vroengard, Brom's dragon, Saphira (not to be confused with Eragon's dragon), is killed. Brom, driven almost mad with pain and loss, personally kills Morzan and two of the Forsworn, and orchestrated the deaths of five others. In an effort to overthrow Galbatorix, Brom founds the resistance group called the Varden and helps steal one of the three remaining dragon eggs from Galbatorix. As Eragon grows up in Carvahall, Brom watches over him in the guise of the village storyteller.
When Eragon's uncle Garrow is killed, Brom joins Eragon on his quest for vengeance, training him in swordsmanship and magic. He gives Eragon his sword, Zar'roc, which he took from Morzan, and which later (in Eldest) falls into the hands of Murtagh.
Brom is mortally wounded by the Ra'zac and, just before he dies, tells Eragon seven words in the ancient language, but tells Eragon to "use them only in great need." The text and meaning of these words retains a strong interest and allegiance to his memory.
It is confirmed in Brisingr, the third book of the Inheritance cycle, that Brom was Eragon's father when Eragon learns about his background from Oromis and Glaedr (Eragon believed himself to be Morzan's son).
Brom was played by Jeremy Irons in the film adaption of Eragon.
Galbatorix is the main antagonist of the Inheritance Cycle. He is the lasting (he will not die of natural causes because he is a Rider) and demented ruler of Alagaësia, and is fighting against the Varden and the kingdom of Surda, as well as the elves and dwarves. He is the traitor that led to the destruction of the Riders before the series began. When his first dragon, Jarnunvösk, is killed and he is not allowed another one, the enraged Galbatorix turns against the Riders, later using dark magic to bring the dragon Shruikan under his rule. Galbatorix spreads war, madness, and chaos throughout Alagaësia, and will not be content unless he rules it all. His unusual (and growing) magical strength is derived from the captured souls of dead dragons, the Eldunarí, which means "heart of hearts". Galbatorix captured the Eldunarí of the first Rider he killed and subdued it, "likely with the help of Durza," as it says in Brisingr, and now has a huge collection of Eldunarí under his control. Galbatorix did not know about Oromis and Glaedr, and now he seems to have been in favor of finding the "true name" of the ancient language, which would empower him to control all the magicians in the Empire. Galbatorix rarely leaves his citadel in Urû'baen, his capital city and the center of his Empire (which starts at the coast and ends at the Hadarac Desert) which he conquered when he deposed King Angrenost of the Broddring Kingdom. Because of this, he did not appear in Eragon and Eldest, despite being mentioned frequently by the other characters. In Brisingr, his voice is heard near the end, when Eragon has a vision of Oromis and Glaedr fighting (and ultimately being killed by) Thorn and a Galbatorix-possessed Murtagh, but was never shown. His appearance is not known yet apart from having black eyes, but his personality is known to be charming and persuasive in certain conditions, and violent and intimidating in others, according to Murtagh. It has been said that 3 elves, 1 was a dragon rider and 2 were spell-casters, have discovered his true name, however he put a spell around his name that kills anyone who uses it.
He was killed in Inheritance by Eragon, Arya, and other spell casters in the Citadel in Urû'baen.
Galbatorix's name means "The Big King" in Gallican language.
Galbatorix was played by John Malkovich in the film adaptation of Eragon.
Nasuada is the daughter of Ajihad. In "Eragon", Murtagh says "I've seen earls and counts who had wives, compared to her, were more fitted for life as a hog than of nobility," to describe Nasuada. Eragon has a sense of foreboding, remembering the prophecy of his epic romance with one of noble birth. Upon her father's death at the beginning of Eldest, Nasuada becomes leader of the Varden. Due to limitation of resources in the Varden's stronghold in Farthen Dûr, she leads the Varden to Surda, a rebel country to the south of Alagaësia, separate from the empire, that holds a secret allegiance to the Varden. Nasuada convinces King Orrin to become open in their allegiance. She persuades Trianna the sorceress to devise a means of creating lace by magic, which could be sold to raise funds for the Varden, as lace is very expensive, rare, and valued in these books.
In "Eldest," Nasuada commands Surda and the Varden's forces at the Battle of the Burning Plains. At that battle, she also declares Eragon her successor as leader to the Varden in case of her death. In Brisingr, Nasuada leads the Varden to capture the city of Feinster from the Empire. She informs Eragon that the Varden plan to march to Belatona, then to Dras-Leona, and finally to Urû’baen, where they plan to kill Galbatorix (though they don't know how they will do this). She also reveals how much she cares for the Varden by taking part in a ritual against Fadawar leader of one of the "Wandering Tribes" called "The Trial of the Long Knives", wherein a contestant cuts his or her own arms until one of the two surrenders, which she wins, cutting herself nine times (six on one arm and three on the other.) more than any other contestant in the trial of the Long Knives has endured before.
In "Inheritance", she is captured by Murtagh and taken to Uru'baen where she is tortured by Galbatorix into swearing loyaulty to him but she once again demonstrates her strong will by resisting him. It is largely due to the help of Murtagh who becomes a companion of sorts to her when she is imprisoned and helps her to withstand some of the pains that she endures. Over the course of their interactions, the two fall in love and this is enough for Murtagh to change who he is and escape Galbatorix's bonds.
After Galbatorix's death, she becomes High Queen of Algaesia and ruler of the Empire.
Nasuada was played by Caroline Chikezie in the film version.
Roran, known by the surnames Garrowsson and Stronghammer, is Garrow's son and Eragon's cousin, and also Murtagh's cousin(Nasuada remarks that most of her time she is busy with things concerning their family whether it's Roran, Eragon or Murtagh). Roran grew up in Carvahall with Eragon. He is married to Katrina by the end of Brisingr. Early in Eragon, he leaves Carvahall to work as a miller's assistant in the neighboring town of Therinsford.
Roran plays a more prominent part in Eldest, when the Ra'zac return to Carvahall, intending to take Roran captive and destroy the village. He and his allies are able to kill half of the Ra'zac's human soldiers and build modest fortifications around the village before the Ra'zac capture Katrina through her father (Sloan)'s betrayal of them. Roran then leads the people of Carvahall to Surda. Roran and Eragon meet once more after the Battle of the Burning Plains.
In Brisingr, Roran, Eragon, and Saphira rescue Katrina. Shortly after, Katrina finds that she is pregnant by Roran, and they are married. Roran later joins a company of the Varden's soldiers. At first, he is refused command because he is untested when fighting beside strangers. Roran ends up defying his commander's plan, saving most of his unit and killing 193 men by himself. For his defiance, he is whipped fifty times for insubordination, although it is recognized that he made the correct decision. He develops a friendship with the magician who rides with his company in all three of Roran's missions, a man by the name of Carn. Though said to be weak as a spell caster, Carn is capable of devising very clever spells.
Later, Nasuada gives Roran his own command of 20 men and 20 Urgals, whose respect he earns by defeating an Urgal, named Yarbog, in unarmed combat. She also reveals that, perhaps as a consequence of Roran's most recent mission, the commander of said mission, a man by the name of Edric, has been stripped of his rank as a captain. Also, near the end of the book he was charging into the battle with Yarbog and later Eragon tells him that Brom is his father, not Morzan, as he originally thought.
In Inheritance, he fights with the Varden until they defeat the Empire; he is then made a noble by Nasuada, being given the Palancar Valley.
Roran was played by Chris Egan in the film.
Murtagh is the son of Morzan and Selena, and half-brother of Eragon. In Eragon, Murtagh saves Eragon and Saphira from the Ra'zac and accompanies them to Farthen Dûr. Upon his arrival, Murtagh is treated with hostility due to his relation to Morzan. He is eventually set free, and aids the Varden in the Battle of Farthen Dûr. He bears a scar similar to Eragon's, but unlike Eragon, his stays with him, whereas Eragon's is removed by the potent magic of the Agaetí Blödhren (the Blood-Oath Celebration). It also is not said to pain him like Eragon's did. Murtagh received his scar from when his father, Morzan, threw Zar'roc at him when he was young, around the age of three.
In Eldest, Murtagh is thought to be murdered when he disappears while tracking a group of Urgals in the tunnels under Farthen Dûr. He is actually captured by Galbatorix's forces, two double agents called the Twins. One of Galbatorix's dragon eggs hatches for him. The dragon, Thorn, and Murtagh are forced to swear loyalty to Galbatorix in the ancient language. He defeats Eragon at the Battle of Burning Plains, but does not kill him. He also takes Zar'roc, the sword gifted to Eragon by Brom, as his inheritance, before revealing the identity of Eragon's father, Morzan. This is later shown to be false; Brom is actually Eragon's father, thus making Murtagh the half-brother of Eragon.
In Brisingr, Murtagh fights Eragon in Surda, but this time he is barely defeated, as Eragon uses the help of 12 powerful elves, and is forced to flee. It is revealed that Murtagh uses Eldunarí, dragon's heart of hearts, lent to him by Galbatorix to increase his strength. Later, Murtagh and Thorn participate in the battle of Gil'ead where, while possessed by Galbatorix, they kill Oromis. Because Glaedr gave his Eldunarí to Eragon, Glaedr goes in his Eldunarí when he dies. Therefore, Eragon and Saphira have Glaedr's soul in their safekeeping.
Murtagh is described as 3 years older than Eragon, tall, muscled, and handsome, with fierce eyes, and a serious face framed by locks of dark hair. He is usually seen carrying a yew bow and a hand-and-a-half sword, but this is changed as he later takes up the sword Zar'roc. He bears a long scar on his back, as testimony to where Morzan threw Zar'roc at him when he was young.
Murtagh shows mercy in the battle of the Burning Plains against Eragon & Saphira, but killed the dwarf king Hrothgar in battle, making him a Kingslayer. Murtagh's reluctance to serve Galbatorix is often alluded to in his actions and the way he treats Eragon when they meet in battle. However, he is afraid of breaking out of Galbatorix's allegiance, and refuses Eragon's help aggressively. Possibly to protect Eragon from Galbatorix. Eragon maintains the belief through all three books that Murtagh is a good person, and mentions that the way for Murtagh and Thorn to be free of the king is to change their true names. Murtagh seems to consider this for the future. He is in love with Nasuada.
When Nasuada is captured and tortured by Galbatroix, Murtagh saddingly admitted to her that it was his idea that Galbatorix capture Nasuada; so that she would live. He agrees with her that death would've been a better option.
During Nasuada's imprisonment, she and Murtagh slowly become closer, as he heals her pain when he can, and even shields her from some of it. Slowly, his demeanor and character changes, so much that his true name also changes. This causes him to free himself from Galbatorix's spell, and he and Thorn fight with Eragon, Arya, Saphira, and Elva against him, though not after he and Eragon are forced to duel each other. However, as Eragon notes, Murtagh does not try to kill him.
Though Glaedr is still angry at Murtagh for killing his rider, Oromis, and is unable to forgive him, he admits that he understands that Murtagh was under Galbatorix's control, and congratulates Murtagh for doing what few could.
After Galbatorix's death, Murtagh and Thorn prepare to leave for the north, but not before Eragon and Saphira try to convince them to stay. Murtagh and Eragon embrace as reconciled brothers, with Eragon saying that Murtagh is "always welcome". Thorn and Saphira also make amends. Thorn thanks Eragon for not killing his rider. Murtagh was portrayed by Garrett Hedlund in the film adaptation.
Thorn is the red male dragon bound to Murtagh.
When Murtagh is captured by the Empire, at the beginning of "Eldest," one of the two remaining dragon eggs, hatches for him. It is unclear who names the dragon, Galbatorix or Murtagh, but he is named Thorn. Immediately following that, Galbatorix makes Thorn and Murtagh his slaves through the use of their true names. Although he is much younger than Saphira, Thorn is able to effectively fight her, due to accelerated bodily growth through Galbatorix's magic, and the extra energy that the Eldunarí give him. Galbatorix has complete control of Thorn and Murtagh, until he chooses to release them, which is unlikely.
Thorn and Murtagh defeat Eragon and Saphira in the Battle of the Burning Plains, but spare their lives. During the Battle of Gil'ead in Brisingr, Galbatorix takes control of Murtagh and Thorn and uses them to kill Oromis and Glaedr. Three feet of Thorn's tail was bitten off by Glaedr in the fight, and it is not known if the damage was repaired with magic after the battle.
Orik is a dwarf, a member of the clan Dûrgrimst Ingeitum, and the adopted heir and nephew of King Hrothgar (his parents "died of the pox" when he was "young"). He is a smith, a warrior, and a guide to Eragon and Saphira. Orik is first encountered when Eragon, Murtagh, Saphira, and the gravely injured Arya come to Farthen Dûr, seeking the aid of the Varden. Orik later persuades the Twins to allow Murtagh to stay with the Varden. Throughout the first book, he develops a friendship with Eragon that continues into the next books. After Hrothgar dies, in Brisingr, he becomes the new king of the dwarves. He loves alcohol and a good fight, just like all dwarves, and is a loyal friend to Eragon. He even goes with Eragon to his initial journey to the Elven capital. In Brisingr, Orik is elected king of the dwarves. He is also stated that in his youth he was sent to chisel out the petrified trees in the Beor Mountains by Hrothgar as punishment, only to leave and be convinced by a group of dwarves to kill a Nagra (a giant mountain boar). While attacking the Nagra, he suffers a severe wound, though he succeeds in killing the Nagra and sends it to Hrothgar as a gift.
Characters associated with the Varden
Ajihad is the leader of the Varden and Nasuada's father in "Eragon." He is in power for around fifteen years, leading the Varden to victory in many battles. He lives in Tronjheim in the Beor Mountains, depending on the dwarves who assist them in their fight against Galbatorix. Shortly after the Battle of Farthen Dûr, at the beginning of "Eldest", he is killed by Urgals. He is betrayed by his personal guards, the Twins, who recruited the Urgals to slay him. Around his body lay 5 Urgals slain by him. His daughter, Nasuada, succeeds him as leader of the Varden.It is revealed in Inheritance that he was once a servant in the house of one of the nobles of Uru^ Baen
Ajihad was played by Djimon Hounsou in the film version of Eragon.
Orrin is the King of Surda. He allows the Varden to move to his country when the resources of Farthen Dûr become scarce. In the Battle of the Burning Plains, he and the Surdan cavalry are a crucial part of the Varden's victory. As the King of Surda, he secretly resists Galbatorix until the events of the Battle of the Burning Plains, in which he openly allies himself to the Varden. He is an enthusiastic, if unsystematic scientist whose interest is mostly in the conduction of curious experiments. Nasuada has often considered asking him to marry her for political reasons, but has never been able to work up the courage (because she doesn't have any romantic feelings toward him).
Elva is an orphaned baby who, in the first book of the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon attempts to bless, but accidentally curses. (Eragon intends to say 'May you be shielded from misfortune', but accidentally says 'May you be a shield from misfortune'.) As a result, Elva is compelled to protect other people from misfortune at the cost of her own peace of mind. Due to the curse, Elva has to increase her size to better protect those around her. At the end of "Brisingr" she is less than two years old, but her body is said to be at the development of around six years old, whereas her mind develops adult faculties. Her abilities develop until she is able to anticipate events in detail two to three hours in advance. However, she struggles before fights, due to the amount of pain and suffering about to take place. She has been taken on as Nasuada's bodyguard.
In Brisingr, Elva continues to advise Nasuada. This, and Elva's loyalty to the Varden, are terminated when Eragon, attempting to remove the spell he placed on her, instead modifies it to the extent that although she is aware of others' suffering, she is able to ignore it without pain to herself. He also unintentionally allows Elva to turn off her conscience, which she uses against him. She remains with the Varden, under the care of Angela, who has rendered herself immune to Elva's powers by a spell.
The Twins were powerful human magicians who claimed to support the Varden. Little about them is revealed; their names are unknown and are called 'the Twins' throughout, as they are identical twins. They are responsible for mentally probing all who come to Tronjheim. They show animosity towards Eragon as he essentially thwarts their plans to learn more of the ancient language from him.
Early on in Eldest, an Urgal party attacks the unprepared Varden, killing Ajihad and kidnapping the Twins and Murtagh. Oromis reveals that the Twins had turned traitor before the Battle of Farthen Dûr. They had intentionally failed to protect Eragon during the battle so that Durza could capture him. It is learned that the Twins had master-minded the Urgal attack, having taken control of a group of Urgals with the intent of killing Ajihad and capturing Murtagh. They take Murtagh to Urû'baen, where he is forced to swear loyalty to Galbatorix. They then fight with the Empire in the Battle of the Burning Plains, but are killed by Roran when he brings a hammer down on their skulls.
Trianna is one of the few magic users that serve the Varden and is also a sorcerer. After the disappearance of the Twins in Eldest, Trianna leads the Du Vrangr Gata, a group of magicians. Trianna is put in charge of Nasuada's plan to use the making of lace to finance the Varden's war efforts. She leads the magicians in the Battle of the Burning Plains. Eragon and Trianna carry shared authority over the Varden's magicians in the events of Brisingr.
Trianna is proud and does not share her power easily. It takes much persuasion on Eragon's part to get her to allow him to lead Du Vrangr Gata.
Jörmundur is second-in-command of the Varden troops. He commands a battalion in the Battle of Farthen Dûr. His skill and wisdom in battle make him valued by the Varden. He is also a member of the Varden's Council of Elders. The Varden's leader, Ajihad, appointed him second in command (military wise). In "Eldest", he is the only member of the Council of Elders who does not try to control Nasuada politically. Before the Battle of the Burning Plains, when Nasuada tells Eragon that he will be her successor, she tells him to trust in Jörmundur's advice.
Angela is a fortune teller, herbalist, witch, and a friend of Eragon's. Her character is loosely based on Paolini's sister. She is accompanied by a werecat named Solembum. She makes most of her living by fortune-telling for the richer people of Teirm and selling potions. She tells Eragon that he will fall in love with someone of noble birth-but cannot tell whether happiness or tragedy will result, that someone in his family will betray him, that someone close to him shall die, and that he will someday depart and never again set foot on Alagaësia. At the end of Brisingr, only the final prophecy has yet to happen. However, this prophecy is fulfilled at the end of "Inheritance".
Angela later appears in Tronjheim, where she has taken up residence and where her skill outstrips that of all other local magic users, with the exceptions of Eragon and Arya (though the full extent of her powers remain unknown). She fights with the Varden in the battle of Farthen Dûr. Angela heals most of Eragon's injuries after the Battle under Farthen Dûr, though is unable to completely heal the wound on his back from Durza. She also watches over Elva. During the Battle of Burning Plains, she poisons the enemy army's food and water supply. In Brisingr, it is revealed Angela learned her skills from a man named Tenga, an eccentric mystic now living alone, whom Eragon has a brief encounter with early in the novel. She is implied to be much older than can be deduced from her appearance and behavior and Oromis also mentions someone of a similar description to her who once visited the elves.
Angela wields a dwarven huthvir (a staff with a blade extending from both ends) in battle, an action that many dwarves consider blasphemy because only the dwarven-priests of Dûrgrimst Quan are allowed to wield them. Angela is said to have won the huthvir from a member of Dûrgrimst Quan in a game of dice.
In the excerpt from Inheritance, released in the paperback version of Brisngr, it is shown that members of the werecat race, other than Solembum, seem to have some great hatred or fear of her. Later in the book Angela hints that she could be much older than anyone thinks. Eragon decides to ask her her history, if they live through the war, but it is never mentioned in the rest of the book
Solembum is a werecat who spends his time with Angela. In Teirm, he tells Eragon that when he is in need of a weapon, to look under the roots of the Menoa tree, and to go to the Rock of Kuthian and speak his name to open the Vault of Souls when all seems lost. Solembum has only ever spoken to two other people that entered Angela's shop, a blind beggar and Eragon's mother, Selena. Solembum has red (sometimes blue or yellow) eyes and his ears are tipped with black tufts.
Jeod Longshanks is a wealthy merchant and scholar of Teirm and a good friend of Brom's. He is an agent of the Varden, whom he supported with his business until he was exposed to the Empire, causing him to suffer heavy losses. He and Brom stole Saphira's egg from the Empire.
Despite his misfortune, he aids Eragon and Brom in finding out the location of the Ra'zac. In Eldest, Jeod meets Roran and offers him assistance. Jeod, his wife Helen, and Roran escape Teirm on a pirated ship, taking the villagers of Carvahall to Surda. He remains there and among the Varden thereafter, seeking to support the Varden and maintain his strained relationship to Helen.
Carn has served with Roran throughout all the missions in Brisingr, and remains a close friend. Carn is a spell caster. Not thought to be a particularly strong magician, he compensates by inventing extraordinarily clever spells and excelling at worming his way into his opponents' minds. During a battle it is he who keeps count of the number of soldiers Roran kills, putting it at 193 - 194 if you count one that Roran fatally wounded but was killed by the archers. Carn is killed in a Wizard's Duel by an enemy spellcaster. Though he dies, he uses magic to get his revenge against the spellcaster, killing him with a spell that saps out the moisture.
Martland Redbeard is Roran's commander during his first mission into the Empire when they ambush a caravan and is admired by his men as a tactical genius who saved his servants and others in his house from Galbatorix's men. By this time it can be assumed as he is getting old as his famed red beard is going grey. Towards the end of the second fight Martland's hand is cut off by a soldier who was pretending to be dead. Carn offers to heal it, but Martland orders him to help others who are more badly wounded. It is evidently then too late to reattach his hand, and he is removed from active duty and given a position as a battle advisor to Nasuada.
Edric is the commander of one of Roran's missions with the Varden. Edric and Roran are sent to fight off a group of soldiers attacking Surda while the army is away. Edric is described as being a competent commander but one who dislikes straying from a set course. This is described by Roran as a style that undermines creativity. Edric's right hand man is Sand, who is killed in a disastrous battle that Roran is forced to save at the cost of fifty lashes for disobedience. After this mission, Edric is stripped of rank.
Irwin is the Prime Minister of Surda. While it is unclear what role the Prime Minister plays in Surda's government, he is quite influential in Orrin's government and has opposed the Varden on numerous occasions in an attempt to express Surda's dominance over them. While King Orrin has dismissed his council on numerous occasions, Irwin is still in a position of power relative to Orrin, just as the Council of Elders are in a position of power compared to Nasuada.
Fredric is the Varden's main weapon master and an accomplished fighter as well. He aids Eragon in finding a new sword, but Eragon eventually destroys it by accident and ends up with Brisingr. Fredric holds a position of authority amongst the Varden and has survived both the fighting at Tronjheim and the Battle of the Burning Plains. He routinely wears a suit of ox hide armor, which Eragon has often stated as having a pungent odor, and wields a massive two-handed sword, which is over five feet long. Fredric is not to be confused with Falberd, who is a member of the Council of Elders.
Shruikan is Galbatorix's black dragon. After being denied a new dragon after his was killed by Urgals, Galbatorix stole another Rider's dragon, killed the Rider, then used a dark ritual in an attempt to recreate the bond forged by elves and dragons and force Shruikan to serve him. Shruikan was spared from the Banishing of the Names because he did not choose to help Galbatorix, but was forced to.
Shruikan has gone mad from being "bonded" to Galbatorix. In the final battle of Inheritance, he is killed by Arya who uses a special spear which enters and cuts through one of his blue eyes.
The Forsworn were a group of 13 corrupt Dragon Riders and dragons who joined Galbatorix during "The Fall". When the dragons learned that thirteen of their kind had willingly joined Galbatorix and were helping to exterminate the rest of their race, every dragon not of the Forsworn banded together and, through their strange magic, caused their names to be exterminated, an event known as The Banishing of the Names. No one in common language or in the ancient tongue can say or think their names. After their names were stripped away, the dragons could not even say "I like..." or "I am..." because that would be describing themselves. The result being that the Forsworn's dragons devolved into barely sentient beasts, driving many of their Riders insane in the process. They spared Shruikan because he didn't have a choice in his servitude, and Galbatorix's first dragon Jarnunvösk because he was killed by Urgals before Galbatorix's descent into madness, and was not involved in the betrayal. Morzan was the first Rider to defect, and the last to be killed. The Forsworn were mostly killed by the Varden, although others are known to have committed suicide and overused magic and died. Brom is known to have killed three of the Forsworn, including Morzan, personally, and orchestrated the deaths of five others. Currently only two other Forsworn are known; Kialandí and Formora, both of them were responsible for capturing and torturing Oromis, breaking his ability to use all but the weakest forms of magic.
Morzan was a Dragon Rider, long dead by the start of Eragon. He was described as "strong of body, but weak of mind" by Brom.
Morzan was convinced by Galbatorix to betray the other Riders and swear fealty to Galbatorix, becoming the first of the thirteen Forsworn. He helped Galbatorix to get a new dragon, Shruikan, by leaving a door open in the Dragon Riders' Headquarters. For many years Morzan served Galbatorix, during which he met Selena, who fell in love with him. Selena gave birth to their son Murtagh, who grew up in his father's estate. Morzan showed no compassion toward his son; Murtagh was nearly killed at the age of three when Morzan threw his sword at him in a drunken rage. Fearing that similar misfortunes may occur to her second child, Eragon, whose father is actually not Morzan but Brom, Selena gives birth to him in Carvahall and entrusts him to her brother Garrow, keeping Eragon's existence a secret from Morzan.
Though initially idolizing him, Brom becomes enraged at Morzan's betrayal and holds him responsible for the death of his own dragon, Saphira. Morzan is killed by Brom when hunting for the dragon egg stolen by Brom and Jeod. Thus Brom causes the death of the last dragon besides the king's.
At the end of Eldest, Murtagh claims that Morzan is Eragon's father; however in Brisingr, Saphira shows Eragon a memory that Brom told her, showing that he is Eragon's father.
It can be assumed that Morzan's dragon (whose name is unknown) was red like his son Murtagh's because his sword, Zar'roc, is red and Brom stated that the color of a rider's sword matched that of their dragon.
Kialandí was a Dragon Rider, long dead by the start of Eragon. Nothing has been mentioned about his looks or personality.
Kialandí was a Dragon Rider who joined Galbatorix and became one of the Forsworn. Kialandí's early history is unknown. A dragon hatched for him when he was young, and he joined the Dragon Riders. At some point, he joined Galbatorix in his quest to destroy the Dragon Riders and conquer Alagaësia. During this campaign, Kialandí and the other Forsworn attacked the city of Ilirea. There, Kialandí fought the Dragon Rider Arva, and killed him. Sometime after this, Kialandí and Formora captured Oromis and Glaedr. They tortured him until he broke down and somehow lost the ability to weave all but the simplest of spells. This was also when Glaedr lost his leg. Kialandí was killed when Glaedr threw him against his dragon, impaling him against his dragon's spikes during Oromis and Glaedr's capture.
Formora is a Dragon Rider, long dead by the start of Eragon. Little is known about her.
Formora was a member of the Thirteen Forsworn. Formora was a human, who had a brown dragon hatch for her. she joined the Dragon Riders, and at some point, betrayed them and joined Galbatorix and the Forsworn. At some point, she and Kialandí captured and tortured Oromis and Glaedr. Oromis and Glaedr escaped to the elf forest Du Weldenvarden. Foroma eventually died of unknown circumstances.
The Ra'zac are extremely powerful, insectoid beings. On the first full moon of their twentieth year, they shed their exoskeletons and become pteranodon-like beasts called the Lethrblaka, who are more intelligent and dangerous than their immature form, ready to hunt all races. The two Ra'zac and their parents who appear in the books are suspected to be the last of their kind (as the Riders enacted a campaign of genocide against the species when their numbers began to pose a threat to Alagaësia's human population). They work for Galbatorix as his personal dragon hunters and assassins. When not on his business, the pair and their parents reside in a lair within the rock formation Helgrind, by the city of Dras-Leona. They are ultimately slain by Eragon, Saphira and Roran and the species is now presumed extinct. Before killing it, Eragon learns from the last Ra'zac that Galbatorix is seeking and has almost found "the name", which may be Galbatorix's own name or Eragon's name in the Ancient Language, the true name of the Ra'zac, or the name of the Ancient Language itself. The Ra'zac's oil mentioned in book one needs a blood sacrifice along with certain words to change to its acidic form. In book 3 just before Eragon, Roran and Saphira fight the Ra'zac, Eragon listens as a ceremony is performed with blood sacrifice and some ancient language words which may be how the Ra'zac get their oil in its acidic form.
In "Inheritance", it is revealed that there where more Ra'zac eggs left.
Durza is a Shade, a sorcerer possessed by the spirits he summoned. He is the chief antagonist police in Eragon after Galbatorix himself. He was initially an orphaned desert nomad named Carsaib, who was discovered by a sorcerer and became his apprentice. When the sorcerer was killed by raiders, Carsaib summoned spirits to aid in his revenge. These spirits were too powerful for Carsaib and possessed him, causing him to become Durza. A Shade, Durza has powerful magic outstripping that of a Rider, in addition to superhuman strength and finesse in combat. Durza is described as having red hair, red eyes, and sharp teeth.
At the beginning of Eragon, Durza was given the task of retrieving Saphira's egg. He captured Arya, but she teleported the egg away from Durza. Though he tortured her almost to the point of death, she would not reveal anything about the elves, or the hiding place of the egg. Later, Urgals captured Eragon and Durza questions him in Gil'ead, though Eragon escapes with a dying Arya with some help from Murtagh. During the Battle of Farthen Dûr, Durza is killed by Eragon while Durza was being distracted by Arya and Saphira breaking through the Star Sapphire. Like all Shades, Durza could only be killed if stabbed in the heart. After his death, the Varden win the Battle of Farthen Dûr and Eragon is given the name "Shadeslayer".
Durza is portrayed by Robert Carlyle in the film adaptation.
Varaug is the Shade that is created from a soldier during the siege on the city of Feinster. He is created by three spell casters as a final attempt to wreak havoc upon the Varden. However, the governess of Feinster realizes that the Shade can easily turn on her own people and asks Eragon and Arya to kill the spell casters. Eragon and Arya kill two of the spell casters, but they are distracted long enough for the third spell caster to succeed, who is then killed by Varaug himself. Varaug proves to be a more powerful Shade than Durza, as for reasons unknown there appeared to be even more spirits trapped inside of him than inside of Durza. However, Eragon attacks Varaug's mind and distracts him for long enough for Arya to stab the Shade in the heart, killing him. After Varaug's death, Eragon notes that Arya earned the name "Shadeslayer" as well, however, it is unknown if this will become one of her titles.
Characters from Carvahall
Garrow is Roran's father, Eragon and Murtagh's uncle and Selena's brother. He had a wife, Marian, but she is dead at the time the story is set. He lives on a farm, away from the rest of the village. After giving birth to Eragon, Selena left Eragon in the hands of Garrow and his wife, but gave them no explanation. Garrow raises Eragon alongside his own son Roran. He suggested Eragon sell the "stone" (actually Saphira's egg.) He is killed by the Ra'zac near the beginning of the first book, dying of complications from wounds inflicted during torture. He is not mentioned much in the rest of the cycle, except when Eragon discovers (falsely) that Morzan is his father, and he rationalizes this away with the reasoning that Garrow, who raised him, is his real father. Garrow is finally avenged in Brisingr when the Ra'zac and their parents are killed.
Sloan is Carvahall's butcher and Katrina's father. Sloan dotes upon his daughter and is highly possessive of her.
In Eragon he tells the Ra'zac that Eragon found, and brought home Saphira's egg, which kills Eragon's uncle Garrow, and it ends up destroying Eragon's farm.
In Eldest, when Carvahall comes under attack, Sloan initially defends Carvahall; however, he later betrays the villagers and is captured, along with Katrina, by the Ra'zac. He also kills one of the people, a watchman named Byrd.
In Brisingr, Eragon discovers Sloan in a cell in Helgrind, horribly wounded (the Ra'zac pecked out his eyes) and alone. Wishing to keep Sloan safe, Eragon lies to Roran and Katrina, saying that Sloan's neck is broken and he is dead. He discovers Sloan's true name and thereby forces him to enter Du Weldenvarden, where his damaged personality and ruined eyesight may be healed. Eragon punishes Sloan by banning him from seeing Katrina again. Sloan is shown in Du Weldenvarden in a later chapter, but does not manifest many signs of healing or repentance. Eragon tries to communicate with him, but fails.
In Inheritance, Sloan is outraged when Eragon, who forgets that Sloan was there, brings Katrina and Roran to Du Weldenvarden. Realizing his mistake, Eragon heals Sloan's sight, who immediately takes in the fascinating surroundings, and sees Katrina, who is happy. Though he still cannot talk to her, Sloan is less upset now that he can see his daughter.
Katrina is the daughter of Sloan and Ismira. When she got engaged to Roran without her father's blessing, Sloan was so enraged he tried to strike at Roran and denied Katrina of her mother's inheritance and his dowry. When Garrow died, Eragon overheard that she had wished to call him father someday. Eragon was upset by this because he could not even call him that.
When Carvahall is under siege, the Ra'zac infiltrate the village and capture Katrina and Sloan. Although Roran and his friends try to follow, the Ra'zac escape on the Lethrblaka. It is later revealed that Katrina is held captive in Helgrind. Katrina is rescued by Roran and Eragon from Helgrind in Brisingr. Shortly afterwards, she and Roran get married, at which time Katrina is already pregnant with Roran's child. She tells Roran that if the war is not over once the child is born, she will leave for Dauth or Aberon for the sake of their child.
Eragon describes her as "strong willed", but when they found her cell at Helgrind, she broke down for fear of being blind. She loves Roran with all her heart, as well as their daughter, Ismira
Horst is the blacksmith of Carvahall. Roran leaves his house and moves in with Horst in Eragon. He lives there until the migration of the villagers of Carvahall in Eldest. He travels with the other villagers to Surda, where he joins the Varden as a metalworker. Horst is the husband of Elain and the father of Baldor, Albriech, and an unborn third child. He helped Roran and Eragon throughout the series and before the narration begins, acting as a second father.
Selena was the mother of Eragon and Murtagh, the consort of Morzan, and the sister of Garrow. She was also known to many people as The Black Hand. Selena fell in love with Morzan, who trained her in magic and other warrior arts. He later turned her into his spy and assassin, serving under Galbatorix. She gave birth to Murtagh, and kept his existence a secret from all but Morzan and Galbatorix. She met Brom and fell in love with him, forgetting the love she had once known for Morzan. Shortly after her extramarital affair with Brom, she traveled to Carvahall where she gave birth to Eragon. She entrusted Eragon to her brother Garrow and his wife before returning to Morzan. She died soon afterward. She never revealed Eragon's existence to Morzan, hoping to shield Eragon from Morzan's wrath, which he unleashed on Murtagh by throwing his sword Zar'roc at Murtagh during a drunken rage when Murtagh was only three years of age.
Birgit Mardasdaughter, the mother of Nolfavrell, is a young woman who assists Roran during the village's flight from the Empire to Surda. Her husband was Quimby, the village brewer, who was accidentally killed by Imperial soldiers when he tried to break up an argument in the village's tavern, then eaten by the Ra'zac. For this, Birgit accompanied and supported Roran in his quest for revenge against the Ra'zac, although she has promised to one day collect Roran's "debt" for the part she thinks he played in the death of her husband — since Roran was the reason the soldiers were in the tavern in the first place (Roran, as Eragon's cousin, was targeted by the Empire for capture and for leverage against Eragon as a hostage), she holds Roran partially responsible for his death. She has proven herself a skilled fighter and valuable ally to Roran thus far.
Characters from Du Weldenvarden
Oromis is Eragon's second teacher after Brom. He is an elf and the last remaining Dragon Rider of the old order. He is also known as "Osthato Chetowa, the "Mourning Sage" and "Togira Ikonoka, the Cripple Who is Whole". Although his age is never explicitly stated, it can be deduced from the events he has said to have witnessed that he is at least eight hundred years old. He lives with his gold-colored dragon, Glaedr, in Du Weldenvarden. Oromis is said to have been "crippled" when he was captured by the Forsworn, and now he is only able to use the weakest of spells. Also, and possibly relatedly, he suffers from a rare physical disorder, which the elves have no cure for and which caused him painful seizures, not unlike epilepsy. In Brisingr, Oromis decides to fight alongside the elves in battle, having taught Eragon all he really needed to know. He and Glaedr are set upon by Murtagh and Thorn who, unable to defeat the veterans, are put under Galbatorix's mind control. In this fashion, Galbatorix kills Oromis and Glaedr. The opportunity for this is provided when Oromis has a seizure and drops his sword Naegling, in which most of his spare energy for magic is stored and which contains his protective wards. Without the sword, Oromis was temporarily paralyzed, which allows Murtagh the chance to defeat him.
Lord Fiolr is Arya's friend and leader of Sílthrim. He is well trained in magic. It is implied that he fought at Ceunon and Gil'ead. He lives in the House of Valtharos. He is the owner of Támerlein, one of the last swords of the Dragon Riders that was his wife's brothers sword. Though he offers Eragon the sword when Eragon loses Zar'roc to Murtagh, it is implied that he does not really wish to give Eragon the sword.
Glaedr is the gold dragon bonded to Oromis, and from battles of the past he has lost his left foreleg. He is described as being at least three times as large as Saphira and a skilled fighter. After escaping from the clutches of the forsworn, Glaedr and Oromis went into hinding in Du Weldenvarden to teach the first of the new generation of Riders. He serves as Saphira's mentor and helps teach Eragon about Dragon Riders. During this time, Saphira started to feel strongly towards him, but he did not return her affections. During the elves' siege of Gil'ead, Glaedr and Oromis take on Murtagh and Thorn. As they seem to gain the upper hand, Galbatorix possesses Murtagh and Thorn, and uses them to kill first Oromis and then Glaedr. Glaedr's body dies, but his soul and conscience retreats in his heart of hearts, or Eldunarí, which is in Eragon's possession. He is on the front cover of Brisingr.
Firnen is Arya's dragon. He was held captive by Galbatorix until the defeat and was taken to Du Weldenvarden. Shortly after, Firnen chose Arya as his Rider and hatched. Firnen and Saphira developed feelings towards each other when they met. Other than Thorn, Firnen is the only male living dragon in existence, until of course the other eggs hatch. He features on the cover of Inheritance.
The Menoa Tree
The Menoa Tree is one of the oldest and largest trees in Du Weldenvarden. The tree is impregnated with the spirit of the elf Linnëa, who imbued her consciousness into the tree by magically singing for three days, and has since watched over the forest. The tree is referenced by Solembum in his advice to Eragon in the first book. In Eldest, Eragon experiences the change of the Agaeti Blödhren (Blood-Oath Celebration) under this tree. In Brisingr, Saphira attacks the Menoa Tree and awakens her, so that Eragon can convince the tree to give them Brightsteel — an extraterrestrial metal necessary to forge a new Rider's sword — in return for any favor it wishes. The tree gives them the brightsteel, but withdraws its mind from Eragon before telling Eragon what it wants in return.
Islanzadí is queen of the elves. She lives in the elven capital Ellesméra. She is the widow of the former king of the elves, Evandar, and the mother of Arya. Islanzadí originally pulls her support away from the Varden following Arya's capture. In Eldest, she recognizes Aren, Brom's ring which Eragon is given, as a symbol of Elven friendship, stating Brom had been an elf-friend, and grants Eragon the true right to wear it, pronouncing him elf-friend. Islanzadí also lead the elves into battle when they attacked Ceunon and Gil'ead. Islanzadí is considered very protective of the trees within Du Weldenvarden, and was estranged from Arya when she agreed to ferry Saphira's egg and be the elves ambassador to the Varden, but is reunited with her, whereupon Islanzadí apologizes for her behavior. She sometimes acts irrationally. In Brisingr, when Eragon asked for advice in what to do with Sloan, she told him off, stating that killing the butcher was the best way, showing that she could be merciless and overly logical. This behavior irritates Eragon. She is killed in the final battle in Urû'baen in "Inheritance" while fending off soldiers of the Empire.
Evandar was the mate of Islanzadí and Arya's father. He was ruler of Du Weldenvarden before Islanzadí was. It is said that he died while making a final stand against Galbatorix when he led the elven army and the remaining free Riders in a siege of Urû’baen. However, his body was not found. This was following the destruction of Vroengard and Doru Araeba. He blessed Blagden because the bird saved his life once in a battle.
Vanir is a (comparatively) young elf, who is Eragon's sparring partner during his training in Eldest. He is a skilled but arrogant swordsman and he says "dead" every time he lands a potentially deadly blow to Eragon. He initially considers Eragon unworthy of the title Dragon Rider because of his lack of skills in comparison to the elves and due to Eragon's acquired disability; but when Eragon, enhanced by magic, defeats him, his respect is earned. His name is shared with that of a pantheon of Nordic gods.
Rhunön is an ancient elf who created all of the Dragon Riders' swords. After the betrayal of the Forsworn, Rhunön swore never to make another sword. In Brisingr, Eragon requests that she make him a Rider's sword. Because of her oath, Rhunön creates it through a mental merging with Eragon, wherein she guides his movements, but it is Eragon himself who makes it. Eragon then names it Brisingr. She is over 3000 years old, possibly the oldest elf in Du Weldenvarden, as she was alive before the great battle between the elves and dragons and remembers a time when the elves were as mortal as men, just before their joining with the dragons. The fact that she is still alive means that the dragon's magic affect the entire elven population rapidly in order to render her immortal before what would have been her mortal demise.
Maud is a werecat that lives in Ellesméra. She knows of Solembum, and is assumed to be much older than he. She is even more mysterious than Solembum and seems to have a place among Islanzadí's advisers. Maud is also seen caring for Alanna and Dusan, two elf children, while Eragon was creating his new sword, Brisingr. Eragon first meets Maud shortly after his very first audience with Queen Islanzadí in Eldest. She also goes by the names of The Watcher, Quickpaw and The Dream Dancer.
Blödhgarm (translated in an appendix as "Bloodwolf") is a blue-furred wolf elf, and has a musky scent that attracts females. He is the leader of a small group sent to protect Eragon and Saphira on the orders of Islanzadí ("our twelve finest spell weavers," of whom Blödhgarm is the leader). It is implied that he is highly competent in fighting, magical and otherwise, below only Arya in skill.
Blagden is a raven blessed by Evandar after pecking out an Urgal's eyes when the elf king stumbled during a fight, thus allowing Evander to recover and defeat the Urgal. The magic gave Blagden intelligence and the ability of speech (though he primarily speaks in riddles and doggerel), but also unintentionally turned his feathers pure white, and the strange ability to sometimes sense what would happen in the future. He probably knew Brom as he stated both Brom and Eragon were "blind as bats". According to Oromis, he might have spied on his conversation with Brom about Eragon's parentage, as he hinted that Eragon and Murtagh only shared a single parent.
Arva was an elven Rider who was at Ilirea when the Forsworn attacked the city. He fought Kialandi, one of the Forsworn, an elven female rider who subsequently dealt him with a mortal blow during the battle, but managed to pass his sword Támerlein to his sister, Naudra, where she was Lord Fiolr's mate so she can use it as a weapon to free herself from the battle. She fought free and managed to escape (although she died soon after due to her extensive injuries) along with a dragon and a rider to Du Weldenvarden, home of the elves.
Characters from the Beor Mountains
Hrothgar was the King of the dwarves, controlling the thirteen dwarf clans and Tronjheim, the city within Farthen Dûr. He admits Eragon as a member of Dûrgrimst Ingeitum, an honor that had never previously been bestowed upon a non-dwarf. He is killed by magic from Murtagh in the Battle of the Burning Plains. His name is derived from "Hroðgar", the name of a legendary Danish king who lived in the 6th century and who appears as a character in the Anglo-Saxon epics Beowulf and Widsith. He is succeeded by his nephew Orik.
Gannel is Grimstborith ("clan chief") of Dûrgrimst Quan, the religious clan of the dwarves. He is also the head priest of the dwarves. He gives Eragon a necklace that will prevent anyone from scrying him. He supports Grimstborith Nado for the dwarven kingship, and later summons the chief dwarf god, Gûntera.
Vermûnd is the Grimstborith of Az Sweldn rak Anhûin, a small and mysterious clan. Vermûnd orders the assassination of Eragon when he stays in Tronjheim during Brisinger. Because of his crime, Az Sweldn rak Anhûin are banished from the dwarves by Orik and the other clan chiefs, until Vermûnd is replaced. Vermûnd himself is branded a traitor and shall be ignored until he dies.
Creatures of the Beors
Fanghur are creatures that resemble dragons, though not as large or intelligent as their cousins, and are unable to breathe fire. They are considered to be the most deadly of the native Beor creatures through the way they hunt, by letting out piercing screams to distract their prey while they go in for the kill. In Eldest, Eragon and Saphira encounter three fanghur that they mistake for dragons at first, and are attacked by them until Saphira frightens them off with her fire.
Feldunost are large goat-like creatures that are sometimes ridden upon by dwarves. Their name means "frostbeard" in the dwarf language. Feldunost appear in Eldest when Eragon and Saphira enter Tarnag.
Nagra are giant boar creatures that are feasted upon by dwarves. Their meat is rich in taste, and few dwarves are able to catch a nagra. Nagra are shown in both Eldest and Brisingr. In Eldest, a nagra is served in a grand feast at Tarnag. In Brisingr a group of nagra are shown in a confrontation with an urzhad. A nagra is killed by the massive bear in the fight.
A shrrg is a giant wolf creature. They are mentioned by Orik in Eldest, saying that they can catch both feldunost and nagra. A shrrg is seen in Brisingr, when Eragon and Nar Garzhvog are camping. Eragon is able to speak to the beast and convince it that they wouldn't attack. The wolf merly took some meat from the camp and ran off.
Urzhad (called Beor by the elves) are massive cave bears that grow to massive size. Urzhad are larger than most Beor creatures, about as big as a small house. They are known to be brutal creatures that can kill a nagra with ease. In Brisingr an urzhad is seen by Eragon and Nar Garzhvog on their journey through the Beor Mountains. The bear is attacked by a group of nagra and has its flanks scratched badly by the boar. The beast however easily kills a nagra with its paw and starts eating it. Eragon is impressed by the monster's power, and fears Saphira would have trouble against it, but Garzhvog tells him "She can breath fire, a bear cannot."
Nar Garzhvog is a Kull commander who joins the Varden. Kull are huge Urgals who grow to be eight feet tall. He fights in the Battle of the Burning Plains and accompanies Eragon on a later journey. Nar Garzhvog is said to respect Eragon because Eragon killed Durza in the book Eragon and saved the surviving Urgals from Durza's mind control as well as for the fact that Eragon is a mighty warrior and Urgals rank their chieftains based on their fighting prowess. It is also said that Nar Garzhvog is as skilled as any fighter and is almost as wise as Oromis, though in different ways. "Nar" is an Urgal term used to symbolize respect.
Yarbog is an Urgal who challenges the authority of Roran (his commander) during a mission. Roran defeats him in a wrestling match and earns his respect.
Eragon was the first of the old order of the Dragon Riders. The elves and dragons were in the midst of a war after a young elf hunted and killed a dragon, as the elves originally mistook the dragons to be dumb beasts. During this war, Eragon found a white dragon egg on a cliff side and chose to raise the dragon, which he named Bid'daum. It is unknown whether the egg was left on purpose or by accident. Together they were able to establish communication between the two races and create a treaty between them. This later led to the formation of the Dragon Riders between elves and dragons, which later led to the elves becoming imbued with magic, and the balance between races were formed. It is not revealed whether or not Eragon dies, or how he and his dragon were connected, or whether or not he had a gedwëy ignasia or "silver hand". It is hinted that he found his dragon egg in a similar way as Eragon, his namesake. When Paolini was asked in an interview, "Could the first Eragon and his dragon still be alive?" Paolini responded with a simple “No comment.”
Bid'daum's egg was found by Eragon during the time of the war between the elves and dragons. Eragon raised the abandoned dragon hatchling in secret, and when Bid'Daum grew strong enough to support Eragon's weight, the two traveled across Alagaësia, acting as intermediaries between the dragons and elves. The war ended as a result of their efforts, though both sides had heavy losses and would have destroyed each other if not for Eragon and Bid'Daum.
Linnëa was an elf who lived before the war between elves and dragons, when they first migrated to the new land. She was skilled at changing the shapes of plants by song until she became enamored and was later cuckolded by her mate. Linnëa thereafter killed both her rival and her mate, and united herself with a tree deep in the forest, which became known as the Menoa Tree. Since then she has watched over Du Weldenvarden from within The Menoa Tree.
Vrael was the last leader of the Riders of Old. He was one of the last Riders able to defeat Galbatorix in combat, but hesitated to kill him, allowing Galbatorix to severely injure him. Vrael fled to the mountain of Utgard where he hoped to regain his strength, but Galbatorix found him and beheaded him with "a blazing sword" after kicking Vrael in the fork of the legs. Vrael's death then allowed Galbatorix to become King of Alagaësia and ended the legacy of the Riders of Old.
Queen Dellanir was queen of the elves when Anurin decided to add humans to the pact so that there would be human Dragon Riders. This was also when the Riders moved their headquarters from the elven city of Ilirea to the island of Vroengard. Eventually Queen Dellanir let the Riders police her kingdom once more and reigned until she abandoned her position in order to study the mysteries of magic. It was then that Evandar became king so it is possible that Dellanir was Evandar's mother and therefore Arya's grandmother. It is unknown whether or not Dellanir is still alive.
Queen Tamunora was the elven queen who worked with the dragons to create the pact that would lead to the formation of the Dragon Riders, ending Du Fyrn Skulblaka. She was eventually succeeded although whether or not she died has yet to be revealed. If she isn't dead yet than she would be one of the oldest characters in Alagaesia at over three thousand years old.
Anurin was an elven Dragon Rider, and leader of the Dragon Riders before Vrael. He was the leader of the Riders when humans entered the pact between elves and dragons. Anurin was also responsible for moving the Dragon Rider's headquarters away from the elven city of Illirea (now Urû’baen) to the island of Vroengard, because he believed the Riders must be equal toward all races, not only to the elves. Anurin's successor was the Rider Vrael. It is not said how or even whether Anurin died.
Palancar was the king of the humans when they first migrated and established a settlement in Alagaësia. He founded the Broddring Kingdom, but was defeated by the Dragon Riders when he attempted to annex elvish territory. His lieutenants betrayed him and signed a treaty with the elves, confining Palancar and his house to a valley in the Mountain range, where the Riders could keep watch on him. Shortly after his deposing and banishment, Palancar is said to have been killed by one of his sons. The valley within the Spine where Carvahall and Therinsford are located was named after King Palancar and is referred to as Palancar Valley.
Korgan was the first dwarf king. He discovered Farthen Dûr while tunneling for gold. He was king when the dwarves migrated to the Beor Mountains from the then-forming Hadarac Desert. Korgan also forged Volund, the golden warhammer that has been passed down to every dwarf ruler since. Korgan was the founder of Dûrgrimst Ingeitum, and is known by the dwarves as "the father of their race." Korgan is dead as he was immortalized in one of the statues in dwarf kings' halls. How he died is unspecified.
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