- 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: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,991,194 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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If I could give it negative stars, I would.
Quest for Middle-earth
written by Dirk Vander Ploeg
Review by Alexandra Holzer
You are awakened mentally when you begin your reading journey in Quest. The possibility of the author's findings, will lend you inspiration beginning with the famous tale, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. The author suggests that perhaps this tale came from a real source. As with many fantasy oriented stories, comes research and ideas bursting of a place perhaps not so foreign after all.
In Quest, the author gives us a detailed view into a vast past of the real chances of an existence spearheading stories like, The Lord of the Rings. Dirk brings us on an historical and intriguingly personal ride, through his explorations and visits to places in time. Thus lending the question of, 'what if?'. He speaks of the bible, it's origins and many Gods written about throughout our history. How J.R.R. Tolkien believed that myth and fairy tales carved a path to religious and moral beliefs.
We learn what Tolkien felt and believed, inspiring you to continue on your own quest of learning more about what Dirk is describing. Every few pages moves you quickly through highlights from a mystical and questionable past, feeding your mind with incredible pieces of information.
Photo's of Dirk's explorations, mythical icons and creatures of the past, leaves the reader with an impression creating a desire to want to know more. From the Holy Grail, King Arthur to Merlin's cave, Dirk brings you right there. The enormous pyramids and paths leading to historical sites such as Stonehenge. His experience filters out, a happening from the past that we can only imagine.
Continuing on about Tolkien's' Trilogy, explains the historical and significant evidence thus supporting many theories such as, Middle-earth's place, which was in the Nordic countries, mainly Finland. Descriptions such as Torre Abbey lend way to it's legends driving further on this journey of 'what if's'.
Using Tolkien's' work, Dirk gives us surfacing possibilities going back and forth with the Gods and temples. It is suggested that perhaps through Egyptians and their depiction of engraved images, flying vehicles existed. Flying through Greek mythology, The Hittite Army reigning in 1380 BCE and then back to the bible.
Dirk finishes with discovery after discovery from archeologists in Iraq to the Elf-Queen and Cleopatra tying it into the Holy Grail again. Relating to the past and it's imprints of existence creating stories like Rapunzel and Cinderella, depicting myths and tales. We come to the end of our journey with Constantine and the Roman Church leaving us with the author's beliefs, feelings and un-concluded conclusions as he feels, the Quest for Middle-earth will never end.
This is an exciting, well-informative, historically weighted magical non-fiction novel. It enlightens us to the possible realms of past existence, lapping over into our present desire and needs for more discoveries. Perhaps answering a few more things of our existence here on earth.
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Vander Ploeg does an excellent job with his extensive research into ancient tales of epic battles, gods, kings and mystical beings, especially the similarities of archaic myths between diverse civilizations all across the globe.
For example, did you know that practically every culture have tales of little people that live just out of sight of mankind? Their names may vary from land to land, but they all seem to be the same type of creature no matter where you go.
As well, dragons play a huge role in Tolkien's tales; interestingly, in many ancient civilizations, dragons were either worshiped as creatures of beauty and honor, or feared for their destructive capabilities. Again, was there an actual physical source for these legends? Was there once a time when god-kings, little people, dragons and great heroes roamed the Earth and whose epic deeds have been carried down to us through our collective unconsciousness, myth and legend?
Despite what science tries to tell us, we have no idea where we, as a people, actually came from. Our past is as closed off and unknown as our future. It is nice to think that with each and every one of us, there lies within our blood, our inner selves, a mystic past full of great kings and queens, magical little people, fearsome beasts and great heroes capable chivalrous deeds. Quest for Middle Earth opens our imaginations so that we all can make our own quests, our own search for answers about who we are, where we came from, and ultimately where we are going.