Eragon, a young adult fantasy novel, is the first book in the Inheritance Cycle. It tells the story of a young boy named Eragon who hatches a dragon, Saphira, out of a mysterious stone he finds in the woods. Eragon bonds closely with Saphira and becomes a dragon rider, drawing the attention of the evil king Galbatorix, who sends his servants, the Ra'zac, to kill him. While escaping from the Ra'zac, Eragon and his mentor Brom become embroiled in plots against the evil king.
They continue on towards Jeod’s house and encounter Angela, a local healer and fortune teller who converses with Brom for a bit before directing them to Jeod’s home. She appears mentally unbalanced at first, raving about toads. After a brief encounter with Jeod’s rude wife, Jeod himself appears, surprised to see Brom, having thought him dead after 20 years without a word between them.
The two men are very vague about the past, not revealing anything to Eragon as he eavesdrops on the conversation. They talk cryptically about“friends” before going on to talk about the oil that brough them to Teirm. Brom decides they will rest before searching further and soon they send Eragon outside so they can discuss what are likely more secret matters. Remembering that he can magically enhance his hearing, Eragon listens in on their conversation, learning that Jeod’s shipping business is a front to move goods to Surda, though he has been having trouble moving goods of late.
Brom tells Jeod about Saphira as well, and Jeod tells Brom that his services are needed by his employers. They discuss the dwarves and their hiding place, and that there must be a traitor in their midst giving up information about the goods.
Despite everything he hears, Eragon is still confused, and keeps his eavesdropping secret. The three men later go to a tavern and sit for a while, enjoying the evening before he returns to Saphira outside the city. She is unhappy that he left her alone for so long. After returning to Jeod’s house Eragon reveals that he cannot read and will not be able to help with the shipping records. Brom decides to add the task of literacy to his training while in Teirm.
Before bed, Eragon asks if he can conjure images of places far away, wanting to see his cousin Roran. Brom reveals the words for‘scrying’ and they discuss how Roran will need to learn to protect himself as Brom cannot possibly do any more to help him in his current situation. Brom tells Eragon that the King will want Eragon’s help, not his death, as he has a new dragon.