Join Christopher at Denver Comic Con 2017!

Denver Comic Con 2017 is just around the corner, and we have all the details for Christopher’s scheduled appearances from June 30th through July 2nd at the Colorado Convention Center!

Christopher Paolini - Denver Comic Con 2017

Friday, June 30th

11:30 — 12:20 PM, Room 402
PANEL: Young Adult – Writing for Today’s Teens

4:30 — 6:30 PM, Tattered Cover Booth
SIGNING

Saturday, July 1st

1:00 — 1:50 PM, Room 407
PANEL: From Page to Screen

3:00 — 3:50 PM, DCCP2 – Metropolis Room
SPOTLIGHT: Eragon’s Christopher Paolini

Sunday, July 2nd

11:00 — 11:50 AM, DCCP4 – Keystone City Room
PANEL: But Is It Epic Enough?

3:00 — 3:50 PM, Room 407
PANEL: The Best Writing Advice I Was Ever Given

See you there!

Immanuela Meijer

About Immanuela Meijer

Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.

Q&As with Christopher: Elf Fertility, Homeschooling, & Dragons in Modern Times

Q&As with Christopher

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Hello all! Here is another batch of questions gathered from social media, along with Christopher’s answers in italics. As always, feel free to post your queries on his Twitter or Facebook, and he’ll do his best to answer.

INHERITANCE CYCLE

Chris Maiden: Ok I have a question.. why do elves not have that many children don’t they feel things like loneliness or attraction or make mistakes when a tree festival goes too far?

As with most creatures, the longer they live, the fewer children they tend to have. The elves do have relationships like humans and dwarves. However, as a rule, elves aren’t as fertile as either of them, and as a result, they have many fewer children. Also, elves don’t always *choose* to have children. If you’re going to live for hundreds and hundreds of years, you might not feel any pressure to reproduce for a long time.

Joe Lorman: Who where the monks on Vroengard? What where they doing there?

The hooded people shall remain unnamed for now. They have been corrupted by the magic on Vroengard. Let’s just say that any sort of people who would be willing to live there, in the unhealthy environment that it currently possesses plus with the shadow birds and the burrow grubs and all that—not to mention the snalglί—probably aren’t people you want to mess with.

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Immanuela Meijer

About Immanuela Meijer

Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.

Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Dragons

Dragons

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OVERVIEW

Dragons have lived in Alagaësia for as long as the continent itself has existed. Dwarven myth credits the gods Urûr and Morgothal with their creation, but regardless of whether the dragons’ origins are mythical in nature or not, they are extremely intelligent, telepathic beings prone to spontaneous acts of wild magic and intrinsically linked to the well-being of the land.

EARLY HISTORY

According to Heslant the Monk, before the arrival of the elves, dragons were mainly preoccupied with eating, breeding, and—until the creation of the Dragon Riders—stealing the dwarves’ sheep and gold (the dwarves still hold a grudge for this). Their primary nesting regions were in the center of the Hadarac Desert, as well as the Spine and Beor Mountains.

DRAGON WAR

Someone unfamiliar with dragons might think that because they don’t speak, they are large carnivores capable of breathing fire, flying, mating, and causing destruction . . . but not much else. This assumption led to Du Fyrn Skulblaka, the Dragon War, a conflict between the elves and dragons that nearly destroyed both races.

It began thousands of years after the emergence of the dwarves, when the elves and Urgals independently arrived in Alagaësia from across the sea. Mistaking the skulblakya for dumb beasts, a young male elf hunted and murdered one. The dragons united, killed the perpetrator and then attacked the elven nation. Unable to find a means of communication between the races, the war raged for five years and both sides suffered heavy losses. Then the elf Eragon found an abandoned dragon egg and decided to raise the hatchling, Bid’Daum. They traveled through the land together, successfully negotiating peace between the two sides. [Read more…]

Immanuela Meijer

About Immanuela Meijer

Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.

Q&As with Christopher: Book Five’s Villain, Writing Daily, Character Connection, & Names

FreeRange-moon-banner, Q&As

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Here is the second batch of questions we collected from Christopher’s Facebook Q&A in February! Keep an eye out for our next installment and don’t forget to peruse our Q&As archive for hundreds of answers to fans’ most pressing (and hairsplitting) questions!

INHERITANCE CYCLE

Amy Ivany: Reading through other questions got me thinking… How do you come up with names for your characters? I mean, how did you ever end up thinking ‘yeah, I think Eragon is more fitting then Kevin’, and where do you find these awesome and unique names?

My names tend to come from three sources:

  1. Wordplay: ‘saphira’ is a play on ‘sapphire’. ‘eragon’ is a play on ‘dragon’. Etc.
  2. Historical sources: Horst, Katrina, Helgrind, etc.
  3. I invent them according to the rules of the various languages of Alagaësia.

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Immanuela Meijer

About Immanuela Meijer

Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.