- Dec 13, 2003I haven't seen any calls about the Mythopoeic Awards yet (and I think I've
opened all these e-mailings), but I thought I'd report the Brian Bates'
_The Real Middle Earth: Exploring the Magic and Mystery of the Middle Ages,
J. R. R. Tolkien, and "The Lord of the Rings"_ (New York: Palgrave
Macmillan, 2003) is _not_ a contender for the Scholarship Award. He's
interested in the imaginative aspects of pagan Europe (both Germanic and
Celtic--though mainly Germanic); usually just one or two paragraphs appear
per chapter on how Tolkien used whatever aspect is being discussed at the
time. In other words, very light on Tolkien; the main interest is
elsewhere. I suspect Tolkien was brought in to sell the book.
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