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.

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

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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!

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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

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Christopher Finished the Second Draft of #TSiaSoS!

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So what’s next? We’re all impatient to read the new book as soon as possible! Well, once Christopher returns from his tour for The Official Eragon Coloring Book, he will review a few things in the manuscript and then send it to his agent. And after that? Well, we’ll all have to wait and see!

First draft vs. second draft. Can't believe I made it to the end of this monster! #paolini #sciencefiction #TSiaSoS #writing

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Immanuela Meijer

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Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.

Q&As with Christopher: Arya’s Training, Rider Children, and Motivation

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A big thank you to everyone who participated in Christopher’s live Q&A on Facebook in February! For those of you that missed the event, we’ve collected the questions and will repost them in our Q&A series–the first batch is below. Keep an eye out for our next installment and don’t forget to peruse our Q&A archive for hundreds of answers to fans’ most pressing (and hairsplitting) questions!

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Andrew Tidswell: What happened to Galbatorix’s original sword, and do you have a name for it? Did he see wielding Vrangr as more of a power statement?

Vrangr was *definitely* a power statement. His original sword was placed into storage after Galbatorix defeated Vrael. No name for it, though.

Johann Polak: Little hello from France! Do elves know some things about the dwarves’ gods? Especially Gunthera?

And hello from Montana! Yes, elves know about the dwarves’ gods, but whether they truly understand the nature of the dwarf gods is a different question altogether. There are some deep and powerful forces in Alagaësia that rarely show themselves but that nevertheless still have great influence. Some of these forces we’ve already seen (the Eldunarí, for one). Some we’ve glimpsed in passing. And some Eragon and his cohorts still remain almost entirely ignorant of. (Though not Angela. Angela knows many things.)

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Immanuela Meijer

About Immanuela Meijer

Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.