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pleasant read, full of nonsense,
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This review is from: The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages (Paperback)
Even though the book is a pleasure to read, its' contents are less than accurate. Its' primarily a rehash of popular myth concerning the past. I am an avid enthusiast of scholarly 'pagan books', but - despite fond memories for The Way of Wyrd - I recently chucked Bates' books out due to irritation over their high fantasy percentage. Bates' "The Real Middle-Earth" isn't the real Middle-Earth, but a romantic, stereotyped fantasy written to sell. Try The Elder Gods: The Otherworld of Early England by Stephen Pollington, that's a much better book.