There and Back


Or Y Y not?




Alexander Travell





Copyright © 2019 by Alexander Travell

First Edition- January 1994


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This is a work of fiction. The people, events and some of the places in this story are the product of my imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead is purely coincidental.


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This story is a counter to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

I read Tolkien some years previous to writing this novel and although impressed by the depth of the story and cognisant of the underlying narrative, that of tyranny and war in the twentieth century, I could not reconcile the magical get outs for there is no magic in this world or any other. Smoke and mirrors and sleight of hand to deceive the individual, deception and propaganda to confuse the masses most certainly. But none of this is magic. I wanted a story, Tolkienic in scale but lacking the usual magic, religion and even sex as pivotal factors and distractions.


As usual I must thank my good lady wife Lesley not only for being the wonderful person she is and for being my wife and my life but also for her forbearance to my hours absorbed with pen and paper, typewriter and eventually a word processor.


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