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Is the Lord of the Rings Real History?

Quest for Middle-earthThe pursuit of truth is the genesis of the quest!

May 18, 2007- Recent discoveries by archaeologists and historians have found evidence that indicates that elves, giants, dragons and even hobbits once existed on earth. Norse legends, Sumerian texts and the discovery of hobbits and giant eagles on the island of Flores indicate that the Lord of the Rings may be more fact than fiction.

Dirk Vander Ploeg in his new book, Quest for Middle-earth, has discovered the secret of why Tolkien believed that royal blood (San Graal) must be preserved and why it was imperative that his characters Arwen and Aragorn marry. Learn about the knowledge he possessed decades before publication of the best sellers Holy Blood Holy Grail and The DaVinci code.

Dirk has researched scientific, biblical and historical texts to discover if J.R.R. Tolkien had secret knowledge of earth’s early history and if he based the Lord of the Rings on this knowledge.

Find out why Tolkien, an Oxford University professor of Anglo-Saxon and English language, learned to speak Finnish fluently and why he studied Norse folktales that were thousands of years old. As a devout Roman Catholic he believed in one God, so why did he imagine a setting and a cast of characters for his Middle-earth that had one main God and a pantheon of minor gods?

For the first time ascertain the real meaning and importance of the “RING”! The Quest for Middle-earth answers these questions and more.

If you’re a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, Dan Brown, Zecharia Sitchin or Erich von Daniken then you’ll love Quest for Middle-earth.


Dirk Vander Ploeg, after reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy and seeing the movie adaptation was left with a question. J.R.R. Tolkien, whose books were based on mythology and folklore, stated that The Dominion of Men had arrived. Vander Ploeg wondered what had existed before it.

His research to find the answer required background reading. Not only reading, but going on a physical journey. His background research relies heavily on the writings of Zecharia Sitchin and Laurence Gardner. Authors with their own take on ancient and medieval history. However, Vander Ploeg's visits to Chichen Itza, Glastonbury, the Lock Ness, and a couple of megalithic monuments of the English country side provide an up close and personal impression of the physical environment where ancient history forms the backdrop for the mythology he believes forms the background story for the possible reality of the time before the coming of man. The time just before the divine kings - whose service was to mankind not to a pope or worldly ruler. Essentially, the tradition behind Aragon and the kingdom of Gondor recalled in Tolkien's last book in the trilogy The Return of the King.

Vander Ploeg attempts to define Middle Earth using ancient Summerian (ala Sitchin) texts, the Bible and early/Medieval European history. Throughout these sections of the book we get short history lessons from many different cultures. From Egypt to China to Central America. Just for good measure, Vander Ploeg takes issue with Tolkien's admission of the only similarity between The Lord of the Rings and the German folk tale of The Ring of the Nibelungs is that both tales involved round rings. However, Vander Ploeg sees 19 very exact parallels between the two tales.

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He is the publisher of, one of the Internet’s oldest and most popular UFO and paranormal online magazines. He has had a 25-year career in publishing working for The Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator as well as being the publisher of several travel and other magazines.

The Quest for Middle-earth is available from Barnes and Noble,, Chapters Indigo and other leading booksellers. The Quest for Middle-earth is published by iUniverse. For more information, please visit

Quest for Middle-earth, ISBN: 0-595-44093-2, May, 2007, $14.95.

Media Contact: Dirk Vander Ploeg
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