Christopher Paolini had started writing at such a young age. Despite his youth, he was able to bring out an amazing masterpiece in the form of Eragon. This book series has captured the heart and interest of readers, especially at the time when the film adaptation of the first installment came out.
Birth date: November 17, 1983
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
- Christopher Paolini promoted the release of Eragon by dressing in a medieval costume and visiting more than 135 schools and libraries.
- The author Carl Hiaasen’s stepson found Eragon in a bookstore in 2002 and liked the book so much that Carl took it to his publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Knopf then published the second edition of Eragon in August 2003.
- There have been special editions of Christopher Paolini’s books released that include brief histories of the fantasy worlds, posters, and excerpts.
Notable Characters Created
Born: 7985 AC
Race: Human/Elf Hybrid
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown
Affiliation: Dragon Riders, Varden, Dwarves, Elves, Humans
Teachers: Brom, Oromis, Glaedr, Arya
Eragon was the son of Brom and Selena. After the Dragon Saphira hatched for him, Eragon became the first Dragon Rider to be born in a hundred years and was subsequently trained by Brom and later Oromis.
After becoming an accomplished swordsman and magician in a relatively short time, the young Rider found himself championing the cause of the Varden, inheriting both the duties of the Dragon Riders’ and his father’s place as Galbatorix’s foremost enemy.
Eragon was also the frequent traveling companion of the elven princess Arya, the Dwarf Orik, the Lady Nasuada, as well as being the half-brother of the Dragon Rider Murtagh Morzansson and the cousin of the great warrior Roran Stronghammer. He was also named an Elf-friend and as a full member of Dûrgrimst Ingeitum, effectively binding him to more races than any other Rider in history.
Born: 7899 AC
Hiar color: Black
Eye color: Green
Eye color: Fírnen
Affiliation: Elves, Varden, Dragon Riders
Arya was an elf who succeeded her mother, Queen Islanzadí, as the queen of the elves as well as the Dragon Rider bonded to the green dragon Fírnen. Arya’s father was the late King Evandar, who had died in battle years before. Arya was considered stunningly beautiful by Eragon, with long raven-black hair and slanted green eyes and a petite form. Like most elves, she was a master swordsman and magic user.
Eragon expressed his deep feelings for her on many occasions, but she refused him because she feared it would distract Eragon from more pressing matters and because of the large age difference between them.
However, in Brisingr, there were some signs that she had began to develop feelings for him. At the end of Inheritance she and Eragon exchange their true names, an ultimate bond of trust, when they meet up in secret with their dragons just before Arya tells the other leaders that she has become a queen and Rider.
Born: 7999 AC
Age: 2-3 years
Height: Forever growing
Scale color: Blue
Eye color: Blue
Saphira was the only bonded egg given to the riders from the mating of Iormûngr, a male dragon bound to a Dragon Rider, as well as Vervada, a wild female dragon. Both dragons perished during the Fall of the Dragon Riders. Saphira’s sapphire-blue colored egg, along with two others (emerald green and ruby red) were found and taken by Galbatorix during the Fall. Galbatorix tried desperately to find a Rider for whom the eggs would hatch, but was unsuccessful.
None of the dragons responded to the touch of anyone in the Broddring Empire. Later in Galbatorix’s reign, a former Rider known as Brom and a scholar named Jeod discovered a secret entrance into Urû’baen. The Varden appointed a thief, Hefring, to steal the eggs. However, he only took one egg (Saphira’s egg) and he kept it, all the while, running from Brom. The egg was later taken from him by Morzan, who might have slain Hefring.