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This is the only book that I have ever read that manages literally to evoke the magic of Anglo-Saxon England, rooting the medieval texts firmly in a landscape, a people and a sense of experience. It situates the English in one corner of a vast enchanted world. (Ronald Hutton, Professor of History at the University of Bristol and author of The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles)
I wish I could like this book. The topic (the culture of Britain before the Norman conquest) is one in which I have recently become very interested, and Bates seems to know his... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by John F. Michalski
This book never claims to be about Tolkein - it is about the Real Middle Earth that Tolkein uses as a background for his fantasy work. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Linda Joslin
This excellent book turns the anthropological magnifying glass back on the West. This is about "our (if you are of anglo celtic ancestry) Dreamtime". Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by Dean V Maynard
The book is rather good.
The author goes into detail about the lives of the Saxons, Norse and Celts who lived on the Island of England at various periods. Read more
The title and blurbs are misleading: it isn't about Tolkien at all. It's an attempt by an English redbrick university psychology professor to use Tolkien's popularity as an... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by David Bratman
I agree with a previous reviewer that this book is not really about Tolkien's Middle-earth. You can read for pages and pages without a single reference to hobbits or dwarves! Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by J. Butler