Christopher Paolini, who has never been to school, was only 15 when he wrote his fantasy novel “Eragon,” about a boy who finds a magic stone that is transformed into a dragon and then sets out to avenge the death of his uncle and to defeat an evil king. Now four years later, “Eragon,” published by Alfred A. Knopf, is third on the New York Times hardcover children’s chapter books best-seller list, outselling four of the five Harry Potter books. At the moment, Mr. Paolini, who is eerily precocious but still has echoes of the boy in him, is building a Hobbit Hut in the backyard and digging an eight-foot hole underneath.
A letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to illustrator Doris Sykes will be sold by Hermitage Fine Art Monaco for £15,000 ($25,0000).