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==From the publisher==
 
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'Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.' The prophetic words of [[Galadriel]], addressed to Frodo as he prepared to travel from [[Lothlórien]] to [[Mordor]] to destroy [[the One Ring]], are just as pertinent to ppJ.R.R. Tolkien]]'s own fiction. For decades, [[hobbits]] and the other fantastical creatures of Middle-earth have captured the imaginations of a fiercely loyal tribe of readers, all enhanced by the immense success of [[Peter Jackson]]'s films: first The Lord of the Rings, and now his new The Hobbit. But for all Tolkien's global fame and the familiarity of modern culture with [[Gandalf]], Bilbo, Frodo and Sam, the sources of the great mythmaker's own myth-making have been neglected. Mark Atherton here explores the chief influences on Tolkien's work: his boyhood in the West Midlands; the landscapes and seascapes which shaped his mythologies; his experiences in World War I; his interest in Scandinavian myth; his friendships, especially with the other Oxford-based [[Inklings]]; and the relevance of his themes, especially ecological themes, to the present-day. There and Back Again offers a unique guide to the varied inspirations behind Tolkien's life and work, and sheds new light on how a legend is born.
 
'Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.' The prophetic words of [[Galadriel]], addressed to Frodo as he prepared to travel from [[Lothlórien]] to [[Mordor]] to destroy [[the One Ring]], are just as pertinent to ppJ.R.R. Tolkien]]'s own fiction. For decades, [[hobbits]] and the other fantastical creatures of Middle-earth have captured the imaginations of a fiercely loyal tribe of readers, all enhanced by the immense success of [[Peter Jackson]]'s films: first The Lord of the Rings, and now his new The Hobbit. But for all Tolkien's global fame and the familiarity of modern culture with [[Gandalf]], Bilbo, Frodo and Sam, the sources of the great mythmaker's own myth-making have been neglected. Mark Atherton here explores the chief influences on Tolkien's work: his boyhood in the West Midlands; the landscapes and seascapes which shaped his mythologies; his experiences in World War I; his interest in Scandinavian myth; his friendships, especially with the other Oxford-based [[Inklings]]; and the relevance of his themes, especially ecological themes, to the present-day. There and Back Again offers a unique guide to the varied inspirations behind Tolkien's life and work, and sheds new light on how a legend is born.
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*[http://tolkienlibrary.com/press/1084-There-and-Back-Again-JRR-Tolkien-Origins-of-The-Hobbit-interview.php Interview with Mark Atherton, author of ''There and Back Again: J R R Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit''] at [[Tolkien Library]]
  
 
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There and Back Again: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit
There and Back Again - J.R.R. Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit.jpg
AuthorMark Atherton
PublisherI.B.Tauris
Released1 September 2012
Pages288
ISBN1780762461

There and Back Again: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit is a study of Tolkien's sources for The Hobbit by Mark Atherton.

From the publisher

'Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.' The prophetic words of Galadriel, addressed to Frodo as he prepared to travel from Lothlórien to Mordor to destroy the One Ring, are just as pertinent to ppJ.R.R. Tolkien]]'s own fiction. For decades, hobbits and the other fantastical creatures of Middle-earth have captured the imaginations of a fiercely loyal tribe of readers, all enhanced by the immense success of Peter Jackson's films: first The Lord of the Rings, and now his new The Hobbit. But for all Tolkien's global fame and the familiarity of modern culture with Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo and Sam, the sources of the great mythmaker's own myth-making have been neglected. Mark Atherton here explores the chief influences on Tolkien's work: his boyhood in the West Midlands; the landscapes and seascapes which shaped his mythologies; his experiences in World War I; his interest in Scandinavian myth; his friendships, especially with the other Oxford-based Inklings; and the relevance of his themes, especially ecological themes, to the present-day. There and Back Again offers a unique guide to the varied inspirations behind Tolkien's life and work, and sheds new light on how a legend is born.

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