Arts Interview: Year of the dragon

Author Christopher Paolini's richly imagined novels have brought him worldwide acclaim, but it all started with a leap of faith, writes Nadine O'Regan.

14th July, 2012
Arts Interview: Year of the dragon
Christopher Paolini: 'I'm an introvert who can fake being an extrovert'. Photo: Barry Cronin

In his spare time, Christopher Paolini likes to sword-fight with his sister in a forest near their sprawling "compound" of a home in rural Montana. Paolini has seven swords, but his favourite is a pseudo-Viking broadsword made from Damascus steel.

While Paolini favours swords, his sister Angela prefers to use two daggers simultaneously - and she's a good fighter. "I have the scars to prove it," Paolini says, rubbing his arm with a hint of...

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