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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse-Indigo (May 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595440932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595440931
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,674,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dirk Vander Ploeg has been the editor and publisher of UFO Digest, a popular UFO and paranormal online magazine, since 1998. He is also a regular contributor to UFO magazine and other websites. Dirk graduated from Mohawk College with a major in Communication Arts. He has worked for the Toronto Star and the Hamilton Spectator as well as being a publisher for various magazines.

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Dirk Vander Ploeg is the editor and publisher of UFODigest.com and PsiTalk.com. He has worked as a publisher and writer for travel related and other magazines.

He has written the non-fiction book 'Quest for Middle-earth' which compares Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' to ancient Earth history.

He graduated from Mohawk College majoring in Communications.

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This is a terrible book.
D. Kane
Relating to the past and it's imprints of existence creating stories like Rapunzel and Cinderella, depicting myths and tales.
Mrs. G.
It hardly deserves response, honestly, but I wanted to warn others away from it.
Jason Fisher

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Fisher on June 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
It had to happen eventually -- that the Da Vinci Code, Nostradamus, Celestine Prophecy, Mayan Calendar, extraterrestrial, mock-religious, mock-scientific movement would infect Middle-earth and seek to capitalize shamelessly on the success and popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien. Not since Gracia Fay Ellwood's "Good News from Tolkien's Middle Earth [sic]" (1970), with its psychedelic cover and supposedly supernatural photos, have we seen such a bizarre attempt to combine Tolkien with the paranormal. At least Ellwood had the sense to write, "I am not claiming that the work is true history -- only that it is truer than one might think." But Dirk Vander Ploeg's thesis is precisely that -- that "The Lord of the Rings" is, in fact, true history, mystically divined by Tolkien, blah blah blah ... It doesn't help his case that Ploeg is the "owner, editor and publisher of ufodigest.com" (author's website).

I have not read this entire book -- nor do I need to do so. How can I dare review a book I haven't read? Well, what I *have* read is the author's own statements regarding his "research" (located [..]I've also taken a look at the book's official website (which you can find on the press release) and read the posted excepts from the Introduction and Chapter 1. And frankly, it's just awful. A conspicuous absence of citations, one unsubstantiated claim after another, and plenty of outright errors. It hardly deserves response, honestly, but I wanted to warn others away from it. It is *not* a serious study. It's painfully obvious here that the pseudoscience being deployed to serve the author's thesis is just patently ridiculous.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Kane on December 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a terrible book. The writing is poor and stilted. But the scholarship is even worse. It is full of insubstantiated and incorrect claims, and even quotes without citations. This is nothing more than a cheap attempt to combine the interest in Tolkien's works sparked by the recent movies with the "DaVinci Code" conspiracy theory craze. It does a great disservice to Tolkien's legacy. Those who value courtesy to a brilliant and important author and scholar will stay away from this book.

If I could give it negative stars, I would.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Fisher on June 7, 2007
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This is not a good book. The research is poor, quotations are unattributed, and the conclusions are highly questionable. Don't waste your time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theolog on December 7, 2010
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It is a beautiful cover with an interesting title. Just don't go any further. Academics (and journalists should) appreciate the importance of citations and source material (i.e., primary, secondary, or just plain fanciful) which must be acknowledged to be given serious credibility. This author took an interesting premise on the legends of middle earth but failed to turn up little more than only a dusty clump of very dry earth.
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