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 finally meet Ajihad in the wood paneled library in Tronjheim, learning that the bald men are actually twins. He asks to see the scar on Murtagh’s back, left by his father and angrily turns on the Twins for not knowing he was the son of Morzan. Angrily, he threatens Murtagh to let them into his mind, but Murtagh remains stubborn in his refusal.
After telling everyone else to leave, Ajihad addresses Eragon directly about Arya and asks for the whole story about Eragon’s journey, filling in the blanks from Brom’s communications. He reveals that the Shade’s name is Durza and that the only way to kill him is to shoot him through the heart, that he is likely still alive. Hearing that the King has allied with Urgals convinces Ajihad that he is truly insane now.
When Brom brought the egg to the Varden they had decided to take it to the elves to find its rightful owner, but while Arya was transporting it, it was lost, to where Eragon found it. Ajihad also reveals where the Elves reside in the forest of Du Weldenvarden. They were angry and cut off contact to Ajihad after Arya disappeared. He ponders that they might be appeased with Eragon’s rescue of her. He also mentions that Eragon will be tested for his abilities.
Eragon asks his own questions, wondering if his powers will be used by the Varden. Ajihad rebukes him for his tone but tells him that he is special as a Dragon Rider and will be expected to perform specially. He hands Eragon Brom’s ring but refuses his request to free Murtagh. Because he was insolent to the Twins, regardless of the reason for it, Orik is given the task of guiding Eragon and Saphira during their stay in Tronjheim.