Take a tour through Christopher Paolini’s home — inside the workplace of the writer!

The New York Times recently profiled Christopher Paolini and published the story on their website — titled “Christopher Paolini’s Dragon Lair”. The article offers a unique look into the Paolini household and Christopher’s own writing area, where a vast majority of our favorite series came into existence. The photos are accompanied by a fascinating list of questions, answers, and profile information. The photos and information is worth the time, especially if you’re interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at the series. Keep reading!

Here is a gallery of images of Christopher and his family’s home in Montana:

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The article also profiles Christopher, during which several interesting and amusing tidbits are revealed. Among the highlights:

THE BROOD LIFE: You could say I live with my parents. Or my parents live with me. For us, the Inheritance Cycle is a family business. There is no reason for us to commute to an office if it’s in my house.

WRITING MUSIC: The quieter sections of the “Waterworld” soundtrack have this charming bell-like quality that is perfect for writing about elves. “Conan the Barbarian” is excellent for writing a battle scene.

DESIGN INSPIRATION: I have a lot of dragon furniture — coffee table, stools, lamps. I have an actual dragon egg that was made by Random House for the release of the last book. When you place a hand on the egg, it makes a sound.

BEDSIDE ACCESSORY: A white-noise sound generator. Sometimes in Montana, it can get so quiet that you can hear the blood in your ears running. It’s good to have a little noise to keep your ears from going crazy.

FIRST FAT-CHECK SPLURGE: When “Eragon” took off, I bought a replica Viking sword. I figured every fantasy author needs a good sword. When I finished this last book, I bought a much nicer one.

GESTURES OF FAN WORSHIP: Proposing marriage, dressing in a centaur suit and naming children after “Eragon” characters.

HOBBY BEFITTING A FANTASY AUTHOR: Making chain mail. I buy fencing wire and wind it on a rod. Then I take a pair of snips and cut down along the wire, and I get these little rings. Link them together, and you’ve weaved a chain-mail shirt. I am doing a traditional one.

You can check out the full article on the New York Times’ website!

  • Tifa Lockhart

    You know, it would be kinda weird to have a friend named Eragon.  Cool, but weird.  Or having a mom named Arya.  Sorry, random thoughts.  But that is such a cool view.  I gotta move to Montana..

  • Lancek, Rider of Ignitus

    I got my third letter from Christopher Paolini yesterday!

  • Mr. Anonymous

    Hehe i saw a balisong (butterfly knife) on the little shelf next to his keyboard.

  • That is one spiffy house.

  • iluvhorses

    I wonder what the egg that random house made him looks like…..

  • lskdjfdlkj

    Chain mail!

  • Horsegal4ever

    Amazing decor. So jealous! And chain mail is pretty hard, despite his simple description. That’s a really cool hobby.

  • The Green Dragon

    Kinda random but when is the raffle thing gonna be for the twenty words?

  • Saerina

    I love that dragon table! (black dragons are awesome, even Shruikin!)
    p.s. CP, you’re room view is making me jealous! perfect inspiration for books! I’d love to live in Montana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    That view is truly beautiful. I first thought it was a picture that CP put in there, because it really did look like a picture, but man…it was just so amazingly beautiful.

  • Funny that he actually has Zor’oc (I don’t know how to actually spell it)

  • jay tee

    Hey Mike, you guys should REALLY take down the tour dates link on the homepage! 🙂

  • MonsterEnergyFreak

    A dragon egg that makes a noise, a REAL egg! In fact, I had a dream last night about Eragon…….weird….the Inheritance Cycle books pop up in my dreams its so creepy and cool and the same time….I want that dragon egg….I wonder if they sell those somewhere……hmmm….that’s really cool! And that viking sword looks like it could be a sword from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. A Dragonborn’s sword forged from the Nords. HA! AWESOME! Totally kickass!

    • Saerina

      You know what’s weirder than your dreams? my bro and I were making up stories about people who looked through colored eyes (like Saphira!) and the way the colors went is this:
      Blue, red, gold, green, black!!!!!!!!!! WEEEIIIIIIRDDD!!!!!!!!

      • MonsterEnergyFreak

        That is a little strange. Although I can’t stop dreaming
        About them. Like last night the Brisingr book, Glaedr
        Had a gun or maybe a knife taped to it. And then
        Albert Einstein appeared! Holy crap!

  • Laurelleaf9

    Beautiful view! The house dosen’t look that bad either.

  • Guest L9

    “Not creepy at all, strangers obsessed with my book looking at my stuff…” is probelbly what went through his mind before he thought before he agreed to the interview.

  • Anonymous

    LMAO. I saw that the place where Paolini writes, there are PLENTY of thesauruses man! XD Guess we know where them words come from. One said SUPER THESAURUS.

    Anywhoo… I would have to say that his view is indomitable. Truly beautiful.

  • Arya Dröttningu

    Amazing view from the window!!!! I knew that he get some inspiration from the mountains, but now, I really understand why

  • tob2007

    Look, I love Christopher’s wonderful books, but why in the world would I want to see his house? It’s not my business to know what his house looks like, and even if it was, I would still be bothered by the fact that photos of his house are on a fan site.

    See what I’m sayin’?

    • Lancek, Rider of Ignitus

      No I do not understand your logic. It’s strictly to let fans see the environment that the books were written in. Besides, its a beautiful home with attributes I wish I had in my room. Though someday, I will get fantasy decor for my house. Just be grateful for this treat.

    • Anonymous

      Look, I do not know what you understand by this, but its really quite simply. CP is trying to reach out to his fans by showing you his home, thats all. I mean when a person shows you into their home, is it not a form of hospitality? That is all that is happening here, he is simply trying to reach out to his fans.

      • Lancek, Rider of Ignitus

        I like what you say here, man. =)

    • Guest

      Solution: Don’t look at the pictures. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Sigh *move IN!!! Not it, in xD

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if he would let me move it 😛

  • Dlmarvin05

    I love all his furniture! Especially the dragon clock and table and, well, everything! lol

    • Dlmarvin05

      except the brown leather, black is so much better o.o

  • Wow they have a work out room O.O I remember when I met him I thought, boy, for an author who constantly writes this guy is pretty fit. No wonder xD

  • He has one AWESOME house with some AWESOME furniture. Especially that beautiful table in the first picture.

  • The Grey Rider

    Okay, so I’m not the only one with a decent weapon’s cache in my writing space…
    Although, most of mine are just wooden swords meant for bludeoning…
    There’s a lot of stuff there that is eerily similar to my own writing den.
    Dragons everywhere, messy desk…

    That is just spooky.

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    WOW, can I buy his house and all his things??????  That VIEW and all those DRAGON DECORATIONS are soooooooooooo AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!  I wish I lived in a place like that!!

    • Lancek, Rider of Ignitus

      Yeah, its amazing! One day, I’m going to have my own fantasy decor as well when I’m a successful writer! I do really want that Zar’roc replica though. Really want one of those…

      • That’s one of my motives to becoming wealthy, to ask a blacksmith to forge me some actual Rider swords xD course we can’t hope to match the elves but it’s something.

        • Well, give science ~25 years…

      • You can get it done…it won’t be cheap for a good one though!

        • Lancek, Rider of Ignitus

          Aye to that, my friend. Besides, what sword is cheap?

  • Kaylee

    Omg, I love his desk!! As an author myself, I want that desk. And those bookshelves loaded with books…. awesome!!!

    • Anon

      That’s kinda what bookshelves are for

  • JonCypher

    Favorite pic was definitely the dragon decoration, the bigger dragon holding in its mouth the smaller one, pretty sick looking. 

  • Alexis

    The landscape is beautful.

  • I had no idea about Random House giving him a dragon egg.  Sounds really interesting!

    • Three dragon eggs were made for the Vroengard Academy promotion in 2008. They were placed in three different stores during the game run and fans were supposed to go to them, touch them, and get a clue for one of the game’s tasks. When you touch the egg it emits a noise. Once the game was over, Christopher got one… not sure where the other two went though.

      • Anonymous

        They hatched…

        • tob2007

          If they hatched, where are they now?

  • Sprigs

    Nice job on the Chain Mail. I’ve been working with it for a few years and it is a good way to take your mind off things and just forget for a little while.

    My first Shirt was almost 30 pounds, have since learned to use thinner wire! ;D

  • Wow! That Dragon table is Awesome! I want one 🙂 I love all of the other Dragon Decorations too!

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic! Do want to visit Montana someday now and perhaps even get a glimpse at his place, haha. And the jokes book.. WOW

  • Juan Manuel Morote

    amazing… I love your house

    • tob2007

      You’re not talking to Mike, are you? ‘Cause I doubt Christopher reads these comments.

  • Anonymous

    wow that is an amazing house …. love your decorations …..

  • Medwyn

    Wow! What a great view from his office!

  • Orik

    …So now they stalk him and take pictures of where he lives? Creepy. I mean, I know I’m exaggerating that, but still.

  • Orik

    …So now they stalk him and take pictures of where he lives? Creepy. I mean, I know I’m exaggerating that, but still.

    • These pictures were taken with permission inside of their home. I don’t think the New York Times stalks authors… 😛

  • Anonymous

    I want that table from the first picture. Also, he should have been holding the replica of Zar’roc that Shur’tugal had made for him. That would have been better

    • He has mentioned it in many interviews. It’s also in the picture, although the photo is a bit cropped so you can’t see it too well.

  • Dorota

    If I had that view out my window, I would have no problem with “feeling inspired” to write.

    • This is likely why many of the sights in Montana inspired much of Alagaesia!

  • wow… just wow…