Gertrude was healer in Carvahall. She cared for Garrow and Eragon after the villagers found them following the destruction of the farm. However, even with her abilities she was unable to save Garrow.

Later, she nursed the wounded while the Battle of Carvahall was in progress and attempted to cure Roran when he was wounded by the Ra'zac. She was disgusted by Roran's wound and was unable to cure it. She then traveled with the village of Carvahall to Teirm and later to the Burning Plains. It is unknown what she did during the battle, but it was most probable that she aided in the healing after the battle.


  • The name "Gertrude" is also the name of Hamlet's mother in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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