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Background[ edit ] Origins and publication[ edit ] Christopher Paolini started reading fantasy books when he was 10 years old. At the age of 14, as a hobby, he started writing the first novel in a series of four books, but he could not get beyond a few pages because he had "no idea" where he was going.
He began reading everything he could about the "art of writing", and then plotted the whole Inheritance Cycle book series. After a month of planning out the series, he started writing the draft of Eragon by hand.
It was finished a year later, and Paolini began writing the "real" version of the book. They immediately saw its potential and decided to publish the book through their small, home-based publishing company, Paolini International.
He also drew the maps inside the book. He gave over talks at bookshops, libraries, and schools, many with Paolini dressed up in a medieval costume; but the book did not receive much attention.
I couldn't have gone on for very much longer. While there, Hiaasen's stepson bought a copy of Eragon that he "immediately loved".
Michelle Frey, executive editor at Knopf, contacted Paolini and his family to ask if they were interested in having Knopf publish Eragon. The answer was yes, and after another round of editing, Knopf published Eragon in Augustwith a new cover, drawn by John Jude Palencar.
Paolini received much inspiration from old epic poems. Paolini cites old mythsfolk talesmedieval stories, the epic poem Beowulfand authors J. FeistMervyn PeakeUrsula K.
I found that it gave the world a much richer feel, a much older feel, using these words that had been around for centuries and centuries.
I had a lot of fun with that. He thought the name fit the book perfectly, but some of the other names caused him "real headaches". Paolini "roughed out" the main history of the land before he wrote the book, but he did not draw a map of it until it became important to see where Eragon was traveling.
He then started to get history and plot ideas from seeing the landscape depicted. He thought Eragon's growth and maturation throughout the book "sort of mirrored my own growing abilities as a writer and as a person, too.
So it was a very personal choice for that book. I went with a more human element with Saphira while still trying to get a bit of the magic, the alien, of her race. She transcended that, however, and became her own person, fiercely independent and proud. List of Inheritance Cycle characters A shade named Durzaalong with a group of urgals, ambushes a party of three elves.
After he and the urgals kill the other elves, Durza attempts to steal an egg carried by one of the female elves, but is foiled when she causes it to vanish.
Infuriated, he renders her unconscious with a ball of fire and abducts her. Eragon is a fifteen-year-old boy who has lived with his uncle Garrow and cousin Roran on a farm near the village of Carvahall, ever since his mother Selena, Garrow's sister, left him there right after his birth.
While hunting in the Spine, Eragon is surprised to see the blue dragon egg, which he believes to be a stone, appear in front of him. A few months later, Eragon witnesses a baby dragon hatch from the egg. Eragon names the dragon Saphiraafter a name the old village storyteller Brom mentions.
He raises the dragon in secret until two of King Galbatorix 's servants, the Ra'zaccome to Carvahall; though it is later revealed that they weren't looking for the egg at first.
Eragon and Saphira manage to escape by hiding in the Spine, but Garrow is fatally wounded and the house and farm are burned down by the Ra'zac. Once Garrow dies, Eragon is left with no reason to stay in Carvahall, so he goes after the Ra'zac with his newly hatched dragon, seeking vengeance for the destruction of his home and his uncle's death.
He is accompanied by Brom,who provides Eragon with the sword Zar'roc and insists on helping him and Saphira. On the journey, Brom teaches Eragon sword fightingmagicthe ancient elvish language, and the ways of the Dragon Riders.
Their travels bring them to the city of Teirm, where they meet with Brom's friend Jeod. Eragon's fortune is told by the witch Angelaand her companion, the werecat Solembumgives Eragon some mysterious advice. With Jeod's help, they are able to track the Ra'zac to the southern city of Dras-Leona. Although they manage to infiltrate the city, Eragon encounters the Ra'zac in a cathedral and he and Brom are forced to flee.
Later that night, their camp is ambushed by the Ra'zac. A stranger named Murtagh rescues them, but Brom is gravely injured. Saphira watches over Brom as the night progresses, yet when morning comes they realize there is nothing they can do to save him.
Brom gives Eragon his blessing, reveals that he was also once a Dragon Rider and that his dragon's name was Saphira, and dies. Saphira then encases Brom in a tomb made of a diamond.Creative Writing Prompts Ideas for Tweens (& Teens) Encourage expression and examination of ideas with these creative writing ideas for tweens.
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After writing the first draft for a year, Paolini spent a second year rewriting and fleshing out the story and characters.