Christopher Paolini

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17, 1983
Los Angeles, CA
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17, 1983 (age 36)
Los Angeles, CA


Acclaimed author of the fantasy series the Inheritance Cycle, which includes the novels Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance. The books in the cycle sold more than thirty million copies in the decade following their publication.

Before Fame

He was home-schooled in Paradise Valley, Montana. Upon finishing his studies at the age of fifteen, he began writing Eragon.


He originally planned the Inheritance Cycle as a trilogy, but later decided to add a fourth book to the series.

Family Life

He and his sister, Angela, were born in Montana to Kenneth Paolini and Talita Hodgkinson. His parents self-published Eragon and took it on the road to libraries and high schools, where it gained popularity.

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J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert are two of Paolini's main fantasy fiction influences.