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April 2004

Greetings once again! So much has happened since I last wrote, it’s amazing. I spent most of March on the road with my second book tour for Random House. All I can say is Wow! I received such an incredible response from the booksellers, librarians, my media escorts, and, of course, you the fans, it made the entire trip an absolute delight. It would never have happened without everyone’s support.

Some highlights: When I was in a Boston library, I met a boy who had carved a wooden Urgal-horn dagger! The blade was actually shaped like a corkscrew. . . . I have no idea how he managed to make it.

Also in Boston, I got to meet Mike from the Shur’tugal fansite, who came to both my events there and recorded a brief interview with me. You can read it at www.shurtugal.com. Cool!

In Philadelphia there was a man who has now come to three of my presentations/signings! Talk about dedication.

In Washington, D.C., where I stayed in the Watergate Hotel, I got to see an Eragon board game that a young boy had drawn and designed by himself. He had me sign it with silver ink, but what I really wanted to do was to try the game!

A woman in Raleigh gave me a wonderful model of a white dragon that she had named Ivora. Ivora now sits on a shelf in my room and watches me write.

Another treat was in Austin, where several of the school librarians who had invited me into their schools with the self-published version of Eragon came to my booksigning. It was great to see them again. If it weren’t for their help, Eragon would never have had all this success. Three cheers for school librarians!

Over the past week, I dramatically expanded my guides to the ancient and dwarf languages for the special edition of Eragon. My head is still whirling with diereses and umlauts! However, I can confidently say that with everything I’ve provided and a bit of determination, it will be entirely possible to teach yourself to speak those languages. Best of luck to those who are interested.

And now back to Eldest. . . .

 May your swords stay sharp,

Christopher Paolini

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Christopher Paolini

About Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini is the author of the international bestsellers Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance, along with Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia. He resides in Paradise Valley, Montana, USA.