Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini


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Christopher Paolini (born November 17, 1983) is the author of the Inheritance trilogy. He currently lives with his family in Paradise Valley, Montana.

Paolini was born in Southern California. Homeschooled for his entire life, he graduated high school at the age of 15 through an accredited correspondence…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Brisingr will be first printed in 2.5 million copies. It is the largest first print ever for a Random House Children's Books title.

    • Eragon was at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list, and easily moved to #1 on the children's bestseller lists nationally. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was suprisingly beat by Eragon and came at #2.

    • The original first editions of Eragon are collector's items. In 2005, the original copies of the Lightening Source version were sold to dealers for around $1,000. The copies of the first edition of Eragon from Knopf, are offered at around $300.

    • He was home-schooled by his parents, Kenneth Paolini and Talita Hodgkinson.

    • The Inheritance Cycle consists of four books. They are: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and a fourth book which has yet to be named.

    • Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy was changed to a Inheritance Cycle after Paolini said that he will add a fourth book.

    • Christopher Paolini drew the maps for the first edition of Eragon, and created the cover art for it as well. It shows Saphira's eye.

    • When Christopher Paolini first finished with Eragon, his family had the book printed by an on-demand printing company.

    • Christopher Paolini now lives in Montana with his parents and sister.

    • The scenery in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle is inspired by the tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains on one side of the Paradise Valley.

    • Christopher has a younger sister by the name of Angela.

    • Eragon has been released as a film in 2006. It was directed by Stefen Fangmeier and stars Edward Speelers, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, and Sienna Guillory.

    • Christopher's first book Eragon was written when he was only 15.

  • Quotes

    • Christopher Paolini: (talking about Brisingr) Brisingr is one of the first words I thought of for this title, and it's always felt right to me. As the first ancient-language word that Eragon learns, it has held particular significance for his legacy as a Dragon Rider. In this new book, it will be revealed to be even more meaningful than even Eragon could have known.

    • Christopher Paolini: (asked if he was influenced by Harry Potter books) I actually didn't read the [Harry] Potter books until the fourth one came out, and by then I had already written Eragon. Of course, once I started, I devoured them. What [J.K.] Rowling has done is really wonderful.

    • Christopher Paolini: When I finally delved into Book Three, it soon became obvious that the remainder of the story was far too big to fit in one volume. Having spent so long thinking about the seres as a trilogy, it was difficult for me to realize that, in order to be true to my characters and to address all of the plot points and unanswered questions Eragon and Eldest raised, I needed to split the end of the series into two books

    • Christopher Paolini: I plotted out the Inheritance series as a trilogy nine years ago, when I was fifteen. At that time, I never imagined I'd write all three books, much less that they would be published.

    • Christopher Paolini: I think I had a wonderful childhood. My parents put a lot of work into my sister and me, and it's all turned out for the best so far.

    • Christopher Paolini: Something a lot of people don't realize is that in order to write a book, you have to have time. When I graduated from high school, I had time to just write.

  • As the writer of the Inheritance Trilogy Christopher Paolini has indeed done a wonderful job. His first 2 novels are an all time hit.

    The Inheritance trilogy is a great story about a boy named Eragon, he isn't rich, and lives in a house near a village. Wondering in the fofoest he finds a saphire rock, in which later turns out to be a dragon egg. This concept in fact enlightens me and is truly something no everybody would do. His second installment to the inheritance trilogy has made me love his writing even more. He tries to fit in some romance but sometimes the characters are let down, there is some sadness, there is some courage, but there always is a glimmer of hope, something to boast up a person's confidence. When I heard he had begun his Eragon at the age of 15 I was intrigued at the fact he had started very young, yet he uses a variety of words not always the same. At 19 he had become a New York Times bestselling author I think he deserved it, he had done a marvelous job with his book. I will be waiting anxiously for the third and final installment to the inheritance trilogy.moreless