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The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages By Brian Bates

The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages
by Brian Bates

An intelligent popular history of the magically enchanting early English civilisation on which Tolkien based his world of Lord of the Rings.
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Tolkien readily admitted that the concept of Middle-earth was not his own invention. An Old English term for the Dark Age world, it was always assumed that the importance of magic in this world existed only in Tolkien's works; now Professor Brian Bates reveals the vivid truth about this historical culture. Behind the stories we know of Dark Age king and queens, warriors and battles, lies the hidden history of Middle-earth, a world of magic, mystery and destiny. Fiery dragons were seen to fly across the sky, monsters haunted the marshes, and elves fired poisoned arrows. Wizards cast healing spells, wise trees gave blessings, and omens foretold the deaths of kings. The very landscape itself was enchanted and the world imbued with a life force. Repressed by a millennium of Christianity, this belief system all but disappeared, leaving only faint traces in folk memory and fairy tales. In this remarkable book Professor Brian Bates has drawn on the latest archaeological findings to reconstruct the imaginative world of our past, revealing a culture with insights that may yet help us understand our own place in the world.

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Sku
GOR001249364
Title
The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Pan Macmillan
Year published
Number of pages
320
ISBN 10
0330491709
ISBN 13
9780330491709
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