The pursuit of truth is the genesis of the quest!
J.R.R. Tolkien in his tale The Lord of the Rings presents to us a landscape populated by people that are very similar to what we recognize as our 'real world.' Indeed the interactions of his characters remind us of ourselves and others we know.
While reading his epic and then witnessing Peter Jackson's movie adaptation I wondered what was Tolkien's inspiration for his stories. Both the book and movie mention that "The Dominion of Men" had arrived. I could not shake the idea that if "The Dominion of Men" had arrived, what had existed before it?
Tolkien was an Oxford University professor of Anglo-Saxon and English language. As such he was captivated by myths from the North countries and actually learned Finnish so that he could read the ancient tales in their original language. He was particularly mesmerized by a collection of ruins, known as the Kalevala, which has been compared to Homer's Odyssey. He also knew the myths of the Norse God Odin, king of the Vikings and owner of a ring that bound other rings and their wearers to him. Other tales that he studied included The Saga of the Ring and The Kingdom of the Circle.
He believed that myths and fairy stories were means of conveying certain transcendent truths to Man. "I believe that legends and myths are largely made of "truth", and indeed present aspects of it that can only be received in this mode; and long ago certain truths and modes were discovered and must always reappear."
The Bible and the Book of Enoch tell of a group of angels that descended from heaven and took women as their wives. They bore children that were taller, stronger and more intelligent than normal. These children were the demigods (half mortal and half god) of historical Characters with names like Achilles, Apollo, Hercules, Jason and Thor became the heroes of our myths and legends and superheroes of their own movies, television series, cartoons and comic books.
There is evidence that The Lord of the Rings was based on actual historical events! New archeological evidence from Sumer, Babylon, Greece and Finland suggest that intelligent creatures once lived and worked harmoniously with Mankind. Clues point to the fact that as a race, we were the labor force required to serve superior beings-gods-to create their vision of heaven on earth.
This is an excellent hypothesis but can any of it be proven. Are there answers to my questions? My quest for Middle-earth begins.