12 Days of Dragons: Saphira

In celebration of the release of George R.R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon this week, we are looking at some of the most fearsome and fantastic dragons in fantasy. Today’s dragon is the star of Eragon: Saphira.


Eragon dragon Saphira Bjartskular is a female blue dragon (meaning “Brightscales” in the Ancient Language) from the novel Eragon.

Saphira is a female blue dragon who hatches from an egg stolen from Galbatorix by Brom and Jeod. She is mentioned in the novels to be the last female dragon in all of Alagaësia. In Eragon, her egg was ferried between the Elves and the Varden by the elf, Arya, in an attempt find the person destined to be her Rider. When Durza the Shade tries to steal the egg, Arya teleports it to the Spine, a range of mountains, where Eragon finds it. Soon afterwards, Saphira hatches and grows rapidly under Eragon’s care. After the death of Eragon’s Uncle Garrow at the hands of the Ra’zac, Saphira accompanies Brom and Eragon in their travels in search of the Ra’zac. During these travels Eragon learns to ride her and their bond becomes stronger. Saphira also assists Eragon in rescuing Arya from Durza and in the Battle of Farthen Dûr, and Eragon rides Saphira when they fight the Urgals (under the control of Durza) with the Varden. While Eragon fights Durza, Saphira breathes fire for the first time, and Eragon slays Durza. [Source]

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