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JRR Tolkien’s inspiration for his best-selling books, The Lord of the Rings, has always been a mystery. Tolkien himself stated that his ideas came to him as though they already existed, but he couldn’t name their source. For generations countless researchers and biographers have sought to identify Tolkien’s inspiration without success. Now, at last, the answer is at hand. Abyssinia. Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia) was an ancient Christian Empire that was one of the world’s four greatest powers after the time of Christ, but it became isolated by the rise of Islam. Besieged in its highland fortress, it became a land untouched by the passage of time. It survived as the only part of Africa that was not colonized by European powers, and became internationally prominent in the years immediately prior to Tolkien’s writing because of the Italian war in 1935. Home to a 3,000 year old dynasty of kings and the horse-riding prowess of the Oromo tribe, Abyssinia’s history is rich and varied. The legends of its greatest saints are unique, and around its borders it faced powerful enemies. The Real Middle-earth: Discovering the Origin of The Lord of the Rings reveals fascinating insights into Tolkien and the ancient realm of Abyssinia, and makes connections between them that will leave you astounded. ‘I enjoyed this book very much because it endeavours to understand the thoughts of the author JRR Tolkien, the writer of the greatest fictional series ever written, The Lord of the Rings and the much loved The Hobbit. ... A great book ... If you have ever wondered what JRR Tolkien was like and what he was thinking of when he wrote The Lord of the Rings, this book may help.’ —John Morrow’s ‘Pick of the Week’ ‘This study on the origin of the most popular book in the world – The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – by unabashed Tolkien fan Michael Muhling is fascinating and detailed reading. This book is an absolute must for Tolkien fans! You will fall into these pages as we do into Tolkien’s world.’ —Wendy O’Hanlon, Acres Australia
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Book Description Sid Harta Pub, Australia, 2013. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Trade paperback with illustrated covers. 216 pp with references. Seller Inventory # 130016
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