Happy 34th birthday, Christopher! Wish him well, learn some fun facts, and more!

Today marks our favorite author’s 34th birthday, and what better of a way to celebrate than with a Saphira cake?saphira birthday cakeChristopher first wrote Eragon when he was just 15 years old. It’s hard to believe that 19 years have passed since he first brought Alagaësia to life! Today is a great time for us to come together as a community to send our well wishes and thanks to Christopher for creating a universe that has brought joy, happiness, and excitement to millions of fans across the globe for nearly two decades!

This is also a fun day to learn more about Christopher and the wild ride he’s had in his 34 years on Earth!

  • Christopher was homeschooled for his entire education and graduated from high school at 15 – the same year he wrote the first draft of Eragon
  • Christopher applied to and was accepted by Reed College but chose to defer his attendance to promote the self-published version of Eragon
  • Christopher and his family first published Eragon in 2002 through their small company, Paolini International, LLC
  • Christopher’s books have sold over 40 million copies in fifty-three countries
  • Christopher sat atop the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher Weekly bestseller charts for each of his books – sometimes for spans of a year or more
  • Christopher was awarded a Guiness World Record for being the “youngest author of a bestselling book series” (awarded on January 5, 2011), a record he holds to this day
  • Christopher is more than a best-selling author – he’s also a talented artist! His illustrations have adorned the inside of the Inheritance Cycle novels and include the map of Alagaësia, dragon eyes, Rider swords, and more
  • Christopher is colorblind, which influenced the unique way Saphira sees the world
  • You’d think that the author’s favorite dragon color would be blue, given Saphira’s scales, but his preferred dragon color is actually purple!
  • Christopher based the early version of Eragon off of himself (and initially named Eragon “Kevin”)
  • Christopher based Brom off of his father, Kenneth, and based Angela off of his sister. The boat Eragon sails off in at the end of Inheritance, Talita, was named after his mother
  • Christopher has traveled the world in the decade since Eragon was released by Random House in 2003! He’s visited North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia! He’s recently traveled back to Europe and to Prague in the Czech Republic
  • Christopher recently wrapped up work on his sci-fi novel, his first release following the publication of Inheritance in 2011!

Last year, a talented group of Russian Inheritance Cycle fans illustrated Christopher alongside the series’ main characters to create the ultimate birthday card!


How old were you when you first read Eragon? Leave your answers as well as a happy birthday wish for Christopher in the comments!

  • Katia Regina Lima

    I think 29 or 30.

  • shachar pines raz

    keep up the good work and happy birthday! i think 11 years or 10

  • Lexx Carroll

    Belated Happy Birthday!

    • Lexx Carroll

      Oh and also I was 14 when I read the Legendary Eragon. 😛

  • Steve Blondeau

    J’ai commencé a lire Eragon a l’âge de 18 ans. Alors que j’avais commandé un autre livre il y avais 1 mois ou 2 j’étais allé a un magasin de jeux vidéos, musiques et livres et je voulais acheter 3 livres et j’avais vu le 1er livre de l’héritage quelque semaines avant et j’avais hésité a tous les acheter mais j’ai décidé et j’ai acheté 2 livres et le 1er livre de l’héritage. J’ai acheter le 1er livre de l’héritage car j’aime la légende des dragons depuis longtemps surtout depuis une série dessus. En revanche je ne suis qu’au début du livre mais j’aime déjà et j’ai hâte de lire la suite. Merci et bonne anniversaire!

  • Steve Blondeau

    J’ai commencé a lire Eragon a l’âge de 18 ans. Alors que j’avais commandé un autre livre pour mon anniversaire il y avait 1 mois ou 2 et que j’avais plus rien a lire j’étais allé a un magasin de livres, jeux vidéos, musiques et vidéos pour acheter au départ 3 livres de mangas. Et puis j’ai vu le 1er livre car j’aime la légende des dragons depuis assez longtemps surtout depuis un jeu vidéo ou une série dessus et puis j’avais hésité entre acheter le premier livre de l’héritage et acheter les 3 livres de mangas. Et puis j’

  • Jordan

    My friend introduced it to me when I was in 3rd Grade. I still like to reread all of the books 7 years later. Thank you and Happy Birthday!

  • Jonathan Culbertson

    I was in high school age. I really enjoyed your book. I haven’t had time to finish it yet. On the 4th book. Its my favorite Science fiction book. I have read a tun of books nothing like what you do but your book is one of the only books that interested me. Thanks for selling your books was a fun read.

  • Destanee Bafaro

    I was 15 when I first read Eragon. One of my favourite book series to date! Thank you for writing these books and happy birthday Christopher!

  • Samanda Faria Borges

    I was 15 when I first read Eragon! Happy birthday Christopher Paolini!!! Love your books and I am waiting the sci-fi book!!!! 🙂

  • Martina Hovorková

    I first read Eragon when I was 12 years old and I fell in love with this book. I read it 7 times (six times a half a year when I was 12, then I did not read it for 4 years and now I read it again. And yes,it’s still awesome). It’s my favourite book.
    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Liese

    I was 14 when I first read Eragon, and it was surely not the last time! Eragon will always be one of my favourite books. can’t wait for the new book 🙂 I wish you a very Happy Birthday!!