Eldest Study Guide


Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Eldest Chapter 8: Fealty

After the funeral, the ceremony to appoint the Varden’s new leader begins. The Council announces the choice of Nasuada, asserting their own authority by assuming the right to assign power; Arya, Hrothgar, and Eragon all affirm their agreement, and the people as a whole support the choice enthusiastically.

When it comes time to swear fealty, as he agreed to do, Eragon, with a sense of momentousness, presents his sword not to Jörmundur, the Council’s leader, but to Nasuada. The Council appears furious, and Orik later tells Eragon that his action has earned respect for his boldness but has also created powerful enemies. Saphira and Eragon decide they must leave Farthen Dûr.

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