Book Review: The Real Middle-earth

This post is dedicated to a book review – the first-ever on this blog.

I was privileged enough to be approached by author Michael Muhling and asked to do a review of his new book on Tolkien’s inspiration for Middle-earth. I jumped at the opportunity and after having read the work, I can now share my thoughts on it here.

The Real Middle-earth: Discovering the Origin of The Lord of the Rings, by Michael Muhling is an in-depth analysis into the history and central figures of Abyssinia (modern-day Michael-Muhling-coverEthiopia); reflecting on these aspects as being a possible source of inspiration for the major locations, cultures (and characters) in The Lord of the Rings.
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The Dark Land … (not Mordor, the other one)

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– Something else lies “dark” within Arda …

In the early part of the 20th century, Tolkien wrote a short treatise entitled ‘Ambarkanta’ (found in ‘The Shaping of Middle-earth’), relating the shape and layout of the world (Arda) –  sketching a map (amongst several) with all the continents within – namely: Aman, Middle-earth, Harad and the Great Sea.
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