QUEST FOR GOD: Dirk Vander Ploeg & Erich von Daniken on Same Page!

Dirk Vander Ploeg and  Erich von Daniken on Same Page in the quest for God.  The Quest for Middle Earth is by  Dirk Vander Ploeg. Dirk founded UFO Digest which is a popular UFO and paranormal magazine (Since 1998).  A Book Review of Quest for Middle-Earth by Dirk Vander Ploeg, (2010) is reviewed and written by Theresa J. Thurmond Morris, Author/Publisher. Dirk and Theresa share interests and advocate social paranormal networking in eco-social-spiritual-historical-paranormal tourism.

Dirk Vander Ploeg has written the non-fiction historical book ‘Quest for Middle-earth’ which is about his travels and search for truth. Dirk has given us a way to compare J.R.R.  Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings’  to ancient Earth history and his own personal insight into how he experienced his travels to Chichen Itza, Stonehenge, and other famous historical sites on earth.

Peter Dirk Vander Ploeg, is a Canadian Folklorist and Historian that is better known as an Author/Entrepreneur. Dirk shares his interest in other author’s books who follow  a similar path on earth. Dirk has been known in the past as a professional travel writer and newspaper and magazine man. Dirk turned his hobby and interest in life as a historian and truth seeker into a profession. Dirk is passionate as a writer and publisher of the truth with a background in communication and publication.

Being a travel writer in the past under the name of Jan Morris, I became familiar with Dirk’s work as a travel writer first before becoming a fan of his folklorist and historian research.  Dirk is now known as a published author. I have been writing with Dirk for over three years and feel I have gotten to know him due to our similar interests and social networks. Dirk is well known in the eclectic paranormal genres of all mystery fact finders. I consider Dirk a fellow colleague in the Ace Folklife and Ascension Center Organization. Dirk has author friends and radio talk show hosts peers all over the world.

Dirk has reviewed people, places, and things as a professional travel writer in the past but in his first book, Dirk calls attention to the recent discoveries in Iraq (ancient Sumer, Babylon), Greece, and Finland, as well as, to our ancient history and mysteries.

Dirk shares his thoughts of various possibilities of intelligent creatures who were considered a type of humanoid who lived along side humankind. Dirk creates intrigue with his own passionate desires and invites his readers and fans to come along and share his journey and path for answers of who we are and where we came from in our ancient past.

We are considered a type of sentient intelligent being species and today we are considered  humanoids. Vander Ploeg has found a way to share life as an observer, participant, and has offered an insight into his spirit with his own personal quest and comparisons to others who have had similar interests. We are all on a quest and here for a purpose. This is a book about one man and his longing to find ways and words of truth about God. Dirk’s life took him on the Mayan Path for truth that included the ancient Maya ruler Pacal and to the Pyramid of Kukulcan back in 1977. Dirk was ahead of his time and mentions some of our concerns in today’s time for  2012 and beyond. Now that there is a heightened awareness in the end-of-time predictions and concerns of the extraterrestrials as the truth behind the will of the Gods. Angels, Gods, Maya Cosmogenesis are all engaged in this book. by Dirk.

I hope that there will be a trilogy with all our core wisdom traditions of the global community written by Dirk. I enjoy reading other’s research and opinions and books are my friends and I plan on purchasing an iPad and/or  Kindle for book reading while traveling. I love my books and enjoy writing reviews in my specialty field of spiritual-paranormal-historical-tourism. 

Dirk is also on a personal quest for the Holy Grail or Sangreal, also known as the Royal Blood or Sang Real as stated in his book of historical documentation.  Dirk has referenced  similar books of myths, folklore, ancient history, and those of other authors of the nineteenth century who found more fame thus far. Erich von Daniken is on the same page as Dirk Vander Ploeg on page 7 of his book.  How many other people are on the same Quest?

In Dirk’s conclusion, he explains that The Quest for Middle-earth will never end as its story and other historical books along with similar folktales and myths make up essential elements and examples for our being here.

Dirk shares that part of our reason for being is to search which is one of our primordial ingredients of our creation, not only formed in our own memories but of our ancestors. Dirk states that this search on our own life path is the driving force that sets humankind apart from animals and allows us to dream of becoming a God. . 

Dirk goes so far as to share his opinion that organized religion has it’s own reason to stick to the status quo and that the original stories were translated, updated, and rewritten to reflect the authors biblical times. In addition, that Emperor Constantine and his successors completely altered Christian doctrine and set up a church hierarchy with newly established beliefs and practices, which are the basis for all mainstream Bible-based churches.  

Dirk suggests that the Kalevala, a collection of runes has been compared to Homer’s Odyssey and that the Finnish people known as the Rune Singers have passed down our history through the ages.  Dirk suggests that our past ancestors may have influenced J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elves and history passed down in our folktales and myths such as that of Jussi Houvinen, and elderly Finnish man that has now been recorded in both words and music for historical purposes. In addition, Dirk feels that the J.R.R. Tolkien Trilogy may have been influenced by the history of the Kalevala.

What I find surprising is that Dirk committed in words to his belief that the races in the Lord of the Rings trilogy not only existed in the ancient past but also may still exist today. He uses examples in his book of the comparisons to the trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien along with various other story lines such as the Annunaki, Nephilim, Apsu and Tiamat. We are creating a new path in the new Ascension Age for science, new age, spirituality, and prior study of world religions and archaeology to finally make some new paths in mainstream history.

It is apparent to me that Dirk has used his first book written as a comparison for life’s true meaning and origin that includes the Blood Royal and bloodline from Adam to King David, to Jesus, and possibly on to Kings and Queens of Europe.  Dirk speaks of the legacy of the Elf-Queens and the Celtic world of royal families, which has been only a small part of his quest for inner wisdom and truth as a truth seeker on earth.  Dirk speaks of the Holy Grail as a literary device for the vessel that carried the bloodline of Jesus and brings up the fact that  Mary Magdalene may have been the vessel who carried the child of the martyred Messiah.

The Holy Grail is one of the greatest mysteries on earth today. There are scattered stories and Dirk mentions several in his book including the Knight’s Templar and the hidden treasure on Oak Island, Nova Scotia Canada. It is suspected that Mary took a boat to France and then went  to Scotland and the path leads to North America. There are signs pointing to  parts of the original Holy Grail secrets being connected to that of the royal blood family dating back through King David and to King Solomon, and the Arc of the Covenant. Some Historians suspect the original Holy Grail was related to the winged sun disk that was of heaven and God. This is one of the oldest religious symbols in this world and Ra and Horus is in his book.

Dirk goes into some of the details and comparisons of the God Kings who came from heaven to earth including the god Kings of Sumer, Anu, Enki, Enlil, as well as the Hittite God King Teshub and female Goddess Ishtar. There are mentions of our ancient past Gods of earth and there is a fluid history that allows us all to see the short version of how all our Gods could be important to how we see ourselves in the future relating to extraterrestrials. 

One of the stories which I like of the Goddesses and females in his book is the real battle for Troy. I enjoyed how the beautiful daughters of Zeus who we also call God were so important to our historical background in myth and legend. There are some truths and threads of Dirk’s truth in research that strings us along all through his book chapter to chapter to combine how his world has been intertwined with his beliefs and search for the inner light on his personal trek around the world for knowledge. Dirk is open minded about the roles of females in the past and how maybe we have become blind to our past.

Dirk has created a Legend or Table in his book that includes the comparisons of The Ring of the Nibelungs and The Lord of the Rings. 

 Dirk speaks about Ra, Horus, the Winged Boat, and the Winged Sun Disk, which suggests that both were once religious symbols, which lifted from the ground and rise to heaven in comparison to our UFO’s of today. 

The Eye of Horus and the Eye of Power is mentioned and compared to the All Seeing Eye of the U.S. Great Seal found on our currency in the United States of America. 

There is a photo of Dirk seated along side of the famous author Erich von Daniken who wrote Chariot of the Gods.  Dirk speaks of his dinner engagement  and talk with Erich von Daniken after a conference. Dirk takes us along with him on his journey through time that he has lived in the 1970’s through the 1990’s while searching the world at all the right places in time for those who were known as the visitors from heaven.

Dirk has truly been on his own quest for God with a real historical map of his adventures while searching for truth. This first book of his early life adventures is historical and fact finding with a new understanding of how our past has been kept in folklore for us all. Dirk is one of the authors which has joined the big leagues with names like Erich von Daniken and Zecharia Sitchin in the 1970’s when all talk of alien civilizations existing was non-conforming to our accepted way of life on earth. Dirk was keeping historical notes of his research.

One might say that Dirk Vander Ploeg in this lifetime has been in search for the Holy Grail and I would venture to say that he himself once walked among the God’s or at least could have been a Knight’s Templar in a past life. A passion for truth in this lifetime puts him at a high level of past life experience which he shares with others. Many on earth will find their paths leading into learning of their past which may be from their own past life. This book will take the reader into a new part of life that is a true path of history of life for many including me. Dirk speaks of the Lord called Noah and of altering genetic code of his/her DNA on earth. Being “pure in his genealogies” and intermarrying with men and women of decreasing purity the gods were subjecting themselves to deterioration” as stated in Zecharia Sitchin’s book The 12th Planet

The Great Flood or Great Deluge is talked about with the Gods along with archaeological discoveries all through Dirk’s book.  Dirk speaks to us about the Akkadian language and texts. Some as important as the nineteenth century excavations of Sumer (Iraq) and he assist all of us to see why the beginning of our human species geographical findings by archaeologists will be important to our future. Dirk is a folklorist and historian as a writer. Dirk shares the huge depositories of Akkadian texts discovered in Nineveh and the ancient library which contains over 25, 000 tablets.

Dirk covers Rennes-le-Chateau and the cabal behind the history and documents with earliest roots in Hermetic or Gnostic Society Codes of Ormus. Ormus was said to have found a way to combine paganism folk and Christians and the story of Sion in the Middle Ages. Dirk will lead his readers to the path where The Da Vinci Code by famous author Dan Brown has shared the 9th century church in the French Pyrenes and the village Rennes-le-Chatteau. Dirk threads an interesting path for mystery truth seekers. It is my hope that Dirk will continue writing books of this nature with more information that may include the crystal skulls and all treasures that lead us to learn of our ancient astronaut’s clues left on earth. 

Dirk in his introduction explains that there are clues in his book that point to the fact that 7 as a race, we are the labor force required to serve superior beings – gods- to create their vision of heaven on earth. Dirk offers his story as a hypothesis as his Quest for Middle-earth begins Dirk separated his research in his book as ten chapters in Book One and ten chapters in Book Two with a conclusion, bibliography, and notes. Dirk’s book was copyrighted in 2007 as ISBN 978-595-44093-1 (pbk) and 978-0-595-88417-9(ebk) by iUniverse books and is available through booksellers, Amazon, and printed in LaVergne, TN, USA.

Dirk has a very descriptive talent for weaving the thoughts and pictures to be seen on the screen of the mind in the various places that he has visited with his wife and companion on earth. Dirk starts with the coming of gods and the Book of Enoch and shares much of our earth’s historical documentation and historical knowledge.  Dirk at the end sites his own notes and bibliography and ends with a list of illustrations and photos.

I personally found Dirk’s book to be a good historical read and once I started I couldn’t put it down and had a companion book friend while I sat in the intensive care unit at the hospital waiting to find out if my own husband and earth companion would live or die. This book took me three earth years to acquire and I absorbed every morsel of truth in it along with the metaphysical energy that was created by Dirk for his readers.

This is only one book of historical tourism value and should be enjoyed by all readers who visit with us on UFO Digest. If you are a sharer in the last twelve years of the UFO Digest then please purchase a copy of Dirk’s book on as I did. The shipping is free and worth the time to read the short book of only 135 pages in a 6 x 8 format size. I did and I highly recommend if not just because I have grown fond of Dirk as a friend and fellow website publisher but because it has historical value and shares a part of the personality of the author. 

Dirk Vander Ploeg is the editor and publisher of and He has worked as a publisher and writer for travel related magazines including airline magazines. Dirk Vander Ploeg has been a contributing journalist as a Travel Writer for various other magazines around the world.

Dirk graduated from Mohawk College majoring in Communications, which helped him spawn a career in his life in the media world of publications. Dirk also attended Hill Park Secondary Schools to enhance his writing and publishing career. Dirk was born Peter Dirk Vander Ploeg, born January 9, 1948 and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has lived in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, B.C. yet traveled around the world on assignments and for pleasure. Dirk worked in advertising at the Toronto Star, and The Spectator, and was Marketing Manager for the CFLPA All-Star Game, in Hamilton, Canada. 

Dirk then became the Publisher for Paige Publications, and Publisher for Worldways Airlines In-flight Magazine. Peter Dirk Vander Ploeg’s wife Carolyn Mahon took the photo of Dirk with Erich von Daniken in the late 1990’s when Erich von Daniken was the Head Speaker at a paranormal event in St. Catherine’s, Ontario Canada. Dirk has attended many paranormal events in support and the photo was taken at an event that was organized by Robert McConnell of the X Zone Radio Show. Dirk sights his Cozumel trip as his first trip out of country  with his previous wife Sally Vander Ploeg in 1977. This time begins his official journey with a companion  which goes to prove that he has been on a Quest of the Inner and Outer Gods since his early 30’s. Dirk speaks of the Chariot of the God’s written in 1968. 

Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past is a book written in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It involves the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by space travelers who were welcomed as gods.  

Also used as reference in Dirk Vander Ploeg’s book is Zecharia Sitchin. 

Zecharia Sitchin was born July 11, 1920 and is an author of books promoting an explanation for human origins involving ancient astronauts. Sitchin attributes the creation of the ancient Sumerian culture to the Anunnaki, which he claims to be a race of extra-terrestrials from a planet beyond Neptune called Nibiru. He believes this hypothetical planet of Nibiru to be in an elongated, elliptical orbit in the Earth’s own Solar System, asserting that Sumerian mythology reflects this view. 

Professional scientists, historians, and archaeologists, who note many problems with Zecharia Sitchin’s translations of ancient texts and categorize his work as pseudo-history and pseudo-science, have ridiculed Sitchin’s speculations. Sitchin has a huge following of fans and readers called Sitchinites in media.  Dirk Vander Ploeg also has readers and fans of UFO Digest, and other websites. Dirk will be sharing more interesting mysteries in the future. We are adding to our author list of books for reviews all the time. If one desires to have their book reviewed please let Dirk know as he has Robert Morningstar, myself and others who do read and write books ourselves, as well as write book reviews. Many of us are analysts, copywriters, book doctors and publishers as well. We have a niche market in the paranormal investigation genres. 

If one desires to know more about our ancient past, UFOs as flying boats and disks of our ancestors, our history then stick with Dirk Vander Ploeg and the places of historical tourism that he shares on UFO Digest and read The Quest for Middle Earth. TJ

Dirk Vander Ploeg, author of Quest for Middle-earth is also the owner, editor and publisher of He has worked in publishing for the majority of his professional life and has acted as publisher for various magazines. He is a writer and contributes to Fate Magazine, UFO Magazine and other publications. He has appeared on many popular radio and Internet paranormal programs – from Florida to Toronto. 

Dirk also contributes to and its many affiliate websites. Dirk has an interest in the paranormal, ufos, quest for God and the Holy Grail, cryptozoology and various other established websites that share many categories in all mysteries and their histories.

Dirk has a vision and passion for life and has learned to share his life with other authors and writers who enjoy history and folklore. Dirk has become a well known folklorist and publisher throughout the world in the last twelve years with his outreach and pursuit of the paranormal and supernatural interests in his pursuit of truth and of God. 

A list of his many articles is listed on UFO Digest and one can Google his name along with his many loyal contributors as writers of articles which he promotes due to their similar life paths and topics of the paranormal kind and quest for God. 

To contact the Author one can email Dirk Vander Ploeg here on UFO Digest and find him on Facebook and Twitter. Please share the Author’s website UFO Digest for all the UFO and Paranormal news from around the world with your friends, family, and acquaintances. Dirk shares his love for history and archaeological findings of fact with his fans and followers of the UFO Digest, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel with television documentaries and book reviews. Dirk is always encouraging others to social network at conventions, events, conferences, and seminars with other event planner, producers, writers and artists around the world.

To those who want to know more about the author/entrepreneur Dirk Vander Ploeg one can follow his stories and other authors who he has befriended and supported. Dirk is an advocate of truthseekers and those who desire to make the world a better place while raising awareness through education. Dirk now offers book reviews, movie reviews, forums, and videos on his UFO Digest and other websites. Dirk Vander Ploeg has become known in the paranormal field with interests in developing a platform for all those who desire to share an interest  in all mysteries with other truth seekers. This is part of the new Ascension Age media and part of life that I too am involved in at this time of my life. We share this fact.

Dirk has created a peer review journal with his established in 1998 UFO Digest. UFO Digest Archives are full of history. Dirk assisted in creating the Ace Folklife and Ascension Center with his sharing of articles of authors, creators, educators, historians, and folklorists around the world on the Internet. I consider Dirk not only a colleague but a spiritual soul group mate friend in the Ascension Center Organization who shares enlightenment as a Lightworker raising awareness of health and prosperity for all humankind on earth. If you would like to know more about the mysteries and paranormal join us on, where we share our peer group of authors, creators, educators, folklorists, historians, truthseekers, and lightworkers. My personal website is I share articles on various websites as a syndicated journalist. Please share in our family of websites and new media. It’s the ascension age way.Also see

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Dirk now has several other websites which can be found here on UFO Digest –The UFO Digest Family of Websites:

• Monster Tracker
• Mystical Travel
• Paranormal Radio
• Quest for Middle-earth
• UFO Controversy
• UFO Digest Canada
• UFO Movies Online

?Please visit me on my 13 or more websites provides as guidance on the spiritual path as a quest for knowledge. I support Ascension Age and Ayurveda. TJ

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