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.
While still unconscious, Eragon is confronted with many horrible, painful memories of things that have happened throughout the novel. He also sees the Mourning Sage in his dream, who tells him to go to him with Arya’s assistance, to meet him in Ellesméra, the land of the elves.
When he finally wakes up, Angela is there telling him that he slept too long. Tired and sore, he asks about Saphira and Arya. They are waiting outside for him to wake, worried for him. He learns from his friends when he leaves his room that the Shade’s death release the Urgal from a spell that caused the many Urgal clans to start fighting each other. The Varden and Dwarves then quickly finished them off.
Arya relates how she and Saphira broke the ceiling to distract Durza and Murtagh offers his congratulations for Eragon’s heroism. He learns that he has been in Angela’s care for a full day and a half, and finds that he now has a large knot-shaped scar on his back where Durzas knocked him down. He remembers afterwards his dreams and the Mourning Sage’s words, deciding that he will go to him and continue to learn.