Christopher Paolini like you’ve never seen him before: with a Galbatorix-style beard!

Christopher Paolini enjoys regularly keeping his fans up-to-date through his official Twitter and Facebook pages, often sharing details on his new projects and life events. Recently, Christopher decided to share photos of his newest fashion accessory with the world: his beard!

The Inheritance author had been working on his beard leading up to San Diego Comic Con in July. Because he didn’t want to travel with the facial fashion statement, he documented the beard one last time before shaving it. He shared before and after pictures with his fans, which you can see below:

Fun fact: Carl Hiaasen is the author who originally passed the Paolini family’s self-published edition of Eragon on to Random House, which was eventually purchased and published by the company.

What do you think: Do you prefer Christopher with his Galbatorix-style facial hair?