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 these people 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.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)|
About the Author
Brian Bates is a Professor at the University of Brighton. He is the author of the bestselling novel, The Way of the Wyrd. His recent books include The Human Face, co-written with John Cleese.
Table of Contents
Rediscovering the Real Middle-Earth * The Real Middle-Earth * The People of Middle-Earth * How They Lived * The Magic of the Forest * The Doom of Dragons * Towers of Doom * The Dragon's Lair * A Hoard of Treasure * The Enchanted Earth * Elves' Arrows * Plant Magic * Spirit Nights * Wells of Wisdom * Magical Beasts * The Raven's Omen * Shapeshifters * The Wizard's Wild Ride * Wizards of Wyrd * The Web of Destiny * The Seeress * Dwarves, Giants and Monsters * Ents * The Dwarves' Forge * Spellbinding * The Spider Monster * Voyage to the Otherworld * Journey to the Edge of Middle-Earth
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't really know what I was expecting from this book, but I didn't really get it. It should also be pointed out that the Tolkien tie-in is very much limited to the cover.It seems to fall between some different stools (although that might well be deliberate). It isn't a history of Anglo-Saxon culture, not of their beliefs, nor of their mythology. It isn't either a guide to places and people and plants and their meanings. Nor does it look at where Tolkien got his ideas from. On the other hand it is a bit of all these things (except the latter). I found the assumption that Anglo-Saxon spiritualism made them more in tune with the landscape etc a bit overdone at times; it seems to me we don't know this, and it also seems to me that given a choice they may well not have been so in tune with their landscape. Might be worth a flick-through if these are areas that interest you.
Like many people, my knowledge of "Dark Ages" was much like anyone else's: squalor, filth, despair, ruination and so on. Just what the history books tell us. I had no idea there was a culture in the Dark Ages, much less a thriving, vibrant culture the remnants of which have seeped into our own culture. Neither did I know that J.R.R. Tolkien based much of his Lord of the Rings trilogy on this neglected Dark Age culture. For those interested in this era and this nearly lost culture, Bates's book is well worth reading.
I a huge fan of middle earth