Just so everyone knows I write these posts with my laptop on my knee and my iPad on the arm of the chair so I can look at the kindle app and my family thinks I’m really weird. Like they ask what I’m doing and I’m like you know writing overly detailed blog posts about a book I loved as a kid and then hated as a kid and now have weird feelings for.
A Costly Mistake
Oh we’re leaving Teirm! That was actually quicker than I thought, I could have sworn we stayed in Teirm for longer. I think the book actually does start progressing quite quickly for a bit until we get to the Varden.
Brom’s final goodbye to Jeod is basically just insulting his wife, Helen. They leave without further incident and Eragon enquires as to what a werecat is. Brom says that “kings and elves kept them as companions,” which seems to suggest they are more like animals. Werecats are quite a weird race in these books. There’s quite a lot of them in Inheritance even though only two appear in the whole series beforehand. From what I know in their ‘human’ form they look like children, and then in their cat form they seem to be wildly inconsistent in size, which I’ve mentioned before. Probably there is just variation between the individuals. It seems that some can pass as ordinary cats whereas others seem to be more like bobcats or lynxes.
Eragon then asks Brom what Helgrind is and Brom doesn’t tell him. I take serious issue with the information that Brom withholds from Eragon. I can understand him keeping his true identity a secret but there is no reason that he keeps stuff like this from Eragon. Why not just tell him that it’s a mountain? There is literally no reason to keep this a secret. I’ll have to go over this again in Eldest but I believe that Brom does know about the existence of the lethrblaka. Brom and Jeod considered Helgrind’s proximity to Dras-Leona an important factor in why it might be the lair of the ra’zac. They must have thought it possible that Helgrind itself could contain the ra’zac. Therefore, Brom must have at least a slight suspicion that the lethrblaka could be at Helgrind. Eragon needs to know this. Saphira needs to know this. Brom is the worst and he is awfully written as everything he does seems to be for the sake of creating the most drama. No other reason. I can’t wait until he dies.
Eragon then proceeds to ride Saphira without his saddle and while he’s a bit sore after, he’s fine. Okay, I don’t care how tough he is or how much smoother Saphira can fly now, he should be a bit cut up if his legs were totally shredded the last time he did this.
Eragon confronts Brom and demands more answers about what he overheard in Teirm. Brom actually tells Eragon. Well, he tells him a bit. He basically says that there’s a war between the Varden and the Empire (we basically already knew this, or could infer it) and that it centres around Eragon. He tells Eragon that there are two remaining dragon eggs and how he and Jeod stole Saphira’s egg. He says that he’s going to train Eragon while they hit the ra’zac and then he can have the choice of what to do about the rest of his future.
Eragon then hilariously breaks his wrist trying to jump over a stream. I forgot that this happened. I knew that he broke his wrist but I thought it was when he actually tried to confront the urgals rather than when he was trying to investigate a footprint.
Brom and Eragon try and flee from the urgals and Brom makes about the sensible decision of telling Eragon to fly ahead on Saphira. This makes sense. He is possibly the most important person in the world and the fate of the Empire hinges on him so he needs to be kept vaguely safe.
Of course, Eragon is fifteen. He gets Saphira to land in front of the urgals and insults them. He doesn’t realise who they are working for even after the lead urgal says this: “he rules the sky and holds dominance over the earth. You are no more than a stray ant to him. Yet he has decreed that you shall be brought before him, alive.” Who else could this be? An all powerful being who wants Eragon to be captured alive. How Eragon does not realise that this is Galbatorix is beyond me.
“Rage swept through the urgals.” This is said and then immediately after we are told that they are howling and “gnashing their teeth.” This shows the rage. We do not need to be told that they are enraged. If we are shown that they are enraged then this is completely unnecessary.
Eragon flings the urgals a few feet and knocks them out which drains him of basically all his energy because he’s stupid. He passes out and Saphira takes him back to Brom.