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.
When Eragon wakes, Brom is in severe pain with a horrible fever and crying for wine. He asks Eragon to wash his hand with it, revealing the same scar that Eragon has on his own hand. Brom reveals that he was a Dragon Rider himself in the past whose dragon was killed by Galbatorix and that her name was also Saphira.
Brom reveals that the information was not needed before and that Eragon should care for his dragon with his life. He declares that he cannot fight the wound and that he will die soon, offering his blessing to Eragon before he does, giving him seven more Elfin words before he does. He dies a few hours later.
Eragon insists that they dig a grave and bury Brom, using his magic words to do so in stone. He dreams once again that night of the woman in the cell, unconscious and bleeding.