The Real Middle-Earth: Exploring the Magic and Mystery of the Middle Ages, J.R.R. Tolkien and "The Lord of the Rings"

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - History - 292 pages
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J.R.R. Tolkien claimed that he based the land of Middle Earth on a real place. The Real Middle Earth brings alive, for the first time, the very real civilization in which those who lived had a vision of life animated by beings beyond the material world. Magic was real to them and they believed their universe was held together by an interlaced web of golden threads visible only to wizards. At its center was Middle Earth, a place peopled by humans, but imbued with spiritual power. It was a real realm that stretched from Old England to Scandinavia and across to western Europe, encompassing Celts, Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Looking first at the rich and varied tribes who made up the populace of this mystical land, Bates looks at how the people lived their daily lives in a world of magic and mystery. Using archaeological, historical, and psychological research, Brian Bates breathes life into this civilization of two thousand years ago in a book that every Tolkien fan will want.

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Review: The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages

User Review  - Joelius - Goodreads

Marvelous march into not only the historic origins of Middle-Earth but also the vivid worldview of dark age Western Europeans. Read full review

Review: The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages

User Review  - Morganu - Goodreads

People has to know that Mr. Brian try to explain culture and traditions of Anglo-Saxon Britain, this book is not about Tolkien is about the inspiration on his fiction Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Brian Bates is a Professor at the University of Brighton. He is the author of the bestselling novel, The Way of the Wyrd. His most recent book is The Human Face, co-written with John Cleese.

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