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There and Back Again: JRR Tolkien and the Origins of the Hobbit
There and Back Again was a book written by Bilbo Baggins recounting his adventures with Thorin and Company and the quest to reclaim the Dwarf -realm of Erebor. Conceived as his memoirs, the book was begun by Bilbo upon his return to Bag End but not completed until his retirement in Rivendell. A version of There and Back Again translated from its native language of Westron is said to be the basis for the modern novel known as The Hobbit. Bilbo later supplemented the manuscript with translated legends from the Elder Days , which he called Translations from the Elvish. Together, these works and other historical and cultural writings of the Third Age became known as the Red Book of Westmarch , the primary source for the legendarium of Middle-earth. There and Back Again.
It was published by Tor Books. Murphy has described it as "both an enormous joke and a serious meta-fictional experiment",  with "Max Merriwell" being a science-fiction author who exists in an alternate reality, and whose writing is different from Murphy's own;  the book is the first in a series of three novels which are all purportedly written by "Merriwell" under various pseudonyms. When asteroid -dwelling " norbit " Bailey Beldon discovers a lost message beacon, it leads Gitana the pataphysicist to recruit him for a grand adventure that takes him far from home. The New York Times described it as a "delight", lauding Murphy's "deceptively casual Tolkienesque prose" and noting her allusions to Alfred Jarry , and proposed that it would serve as an "entertaining romp" even for readers unfamiliar with the source material. John Clute critiqued the book's overall positivity, observing that Murphy's equivalent to the One Ring has no moral cost, and stating that although " The Hobbit is both sombre and hilarious There and Back Again is neither;" he also questioned her choice to integrate elements of Carroll, which he described as thematically incompatible with Tolkien. The literary estate of J.