Christopher Paolini

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Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini - Lucca Comics and Games 2012.JPG
Christopher Paolini at Lucca Comics & Games in 2012
Born Christopher James Paolini
(1983-11-17) November 17, 1983 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Author
Genre Fantasy
Notable works Inheritance Cycle

Christopher James Paolini[1] (born November 17, 1983, Los Angeles, California)[2] is an American author. He is best known as the author of the Inheritance Cycle, which consists of the books Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance. He lives in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he wrote his first book.


Paolini's literary inspirations include the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Frank Herbert and E. R. Eddison as well as the epic poem Beowulf.[3] Paolini said that Eragon was "specifically inspired" by Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville. Other literary influences include David Eddings, Andre Norton, Brian Jacques, Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist, Mervyn Peake, Ursula K. Le Guin. Other favorite authors include Jane Yolen,[4] Philip Pullman,[5] Terry Brooks,[6] and Garth Nix.[3]

In a nod to Frank Herbert's Dune, Paolini wrote in Brom's story that the first dragon that the elves kept was Bid'Duam, which is Muad'Dib, in reverse.[5]

Nature influences much of Paolini's writing. In an interview with Philip Pullman and Tamora Pierce, Paolini said that Paradise Valley, Montana is "one of the main sources" of his inspiration.[7]

In the acknowledgments of Brisingr, Paolini acknowledged the influence of Leon and Hiroko Kapp's The Craft of the Japanese Sword for his description of the forging of Eragon's sword.[8] Additionally, Paolini admitted he is a Doctor Who fan, which inspired his reference to the "lonely god" (the epithet given to the Doctor by the Face of Boe in the episode "New Earth"), to "rooms that are bigger on the inside than the outside" (from "Questions Unanswered" in Inheritance), as well as to Raxacoricofallapatorius, the home of the Doctor Who Slitheen ("Blood Price" in Inheritance).[9][10][11]


Paolini’s books have won numerous awards, including topping the charts of the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers lists.[12][13][14]

The Guinness World Records recognized Christopher Paolini as the “youngest author of a bestselling book series” on January 5, 2011.[15]



  1. ^ Paolini, Christopher (May 16, 2013). "Somewhere on Mars is a CD with my name on it. #smug #love_living_in_the_future". Twitter. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At
  3. ^ a b Spring, Kit (January 25, 2004). "Elf and efficiency (Interview)". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  4. ^ Biographies.
  5. ^ a b Talita Paolini Christopher Paolini Q&A Accessed 2008-01-20.
  6. ^ Paolini, Christopher (November 8, 2011). "Acknowledgements". Inheritance (1st ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 860. ISBN 978-0-375-85611-2. And to author Terry Brooks, who has been both a friend and a mentor to me. (I highly recommend his Magic Kingdom of Landover series.) 
  7. ^ Dave Welch (October 2003). News: Philip Pullman, Tamora Pierce, and Christopher Paolini Talk Fantasy Fiction Accessed 2008-01-20.
  8. ^ Paolini, Christopher (September 20, 2008). "Acknowledgments". Brisingr (1st ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 761. ISBN 0-375-82672-6. 
  9. ^ Paolini, Christopher (September 20, 2008). "Shadows of the Past". Brisingr (1st ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 204. ISBN 0-375-82672-6. Bending over, Eragon read, Adrift upon the sea of time, the lonely god wanders from shore to distant shore, upholding the laws of the stars above. 
  10. ^ Paolini, Christopher (September 20, 2008). "Acknowledgments". Brisingr (1st ed.). New York City: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 761. ISBN 0-375-82672-6. Also, for those who understood the reference to a 'lonely god' when Eragon and Arya are sitting around the campfire, my only excuse is that the Doctor can travel everywhere, even alternate realities. Hey, I'm a fan too! 
  11. ^ Paolini, Christopher (November 8, 2011). "Blood Price". Inheritance (1st ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 814. ISBN 978-0-375-85611-2. Raxacori- Oh, never mind. It wouldn't mean anything to you anyway. 
  12. ^ "USA Today Best-seller". USA Today. 2011. 
  13. ^ "New York Times Best-seller". New York Times. October 12, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Publishers Weekly Best-seller". Publishers Weekly. November 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Guinness Book of World Records". Guinness Book of World Records. 

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