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Episode 7
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Listen to Dirk Vander Ploeg on "Conspiray" with your host Earl Benezet

Dirk Vander Ploeg is the editor and publisher of UFODigest.com and PsiTalk.com. He has worked as a publisher and writer for travel related and other magazines.

He has written the non-fiction book 'Quest for Middle-earth' which compares Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' to ancient Earth history.

He graduated from Mohawk College majoring in Communications.

He studied communications in college, both journalism and marketing, but majored in marketing as there was more money to be made. But he always contributed articles, book reviews etc to major newspapers, including the Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator. His father was a religious nut and my mother introduced me to the paranormal as a way of escape.
His mother’s cousin is Gene Barry, the actor that starred in the War of the Worlds. He met him once when he came to Hamilton, where he lived.

He believes that mankind was seeded by an alien race. This explains the “missing link” in evolution. According to certain researchers our DNA was altered, genes spliced, etc. Homo Erectus thus because Home Sapien- literally overnight. God or what creatures of the time believed to be Gods may have caused this intervention. The Bible and the Book of Enoch agree that the Nephilim took human wives and created a new race of supermen. He believe these were the elves and Tolkien used this storyline in the Silmarillion.
These elves were the demigods of history and folklore and had names such as Hercules and Achilles.
He always believed that mankind has reached high levels of civilization several times in our past, but natural disasters, such as Noah’s flood, caused them to decline.

He has traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America, England, Scotland, Ireland and West Africa. He has studied the Mayan civilization and Arthurian tales: visiting Tintagel, Glastonbury, Stonehenge etc.
As he was watching the first two movies it was as if pieces of a puzzle were falling into place, creating a history that he knew was true. Everyone has heard or read stories about dragons, giant eagles, elves, all seeing eyes and trolls. He decided to investigate Tolkien to see if he had knowledge of ancient history and he discovered that he did.
He also realized almost immediately that the quest for the ring was actually a grail quest. It was King Arthur and Camelot all over again.
Installing the rightful king could only save the land, Middle-earth, and he must marry to continue and renew the royal bloodline. That is the reason Arwen and Aragorn had to marry. She was an elf-queen, born of the royal blood.

He actually had no interest in Tolkien. He had once tried to read the Hobbit and didn’t get 50 pages into the book before giving up. It was only after seeing the first two movies that he went out and purchased The Return of the King and devoured it. Couldn’t wait a year until the release of the third instalment.
Prior to seeing the movies he had read, Holy Blood Holy Grail, as was aware of the San Graal or royal blood. Tolkien also realized the importance of this and wrote, ‘but in the wearing of the swift years of Middle-earth, the line of Meneldil son of Anaron failed, and the tree withered, and blood of the Numenoreans became mingled with that of lesser man’.
This also tied directly to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which he also absolutely loved.

He stated he believe his book is unique. He began by asking himself the question - is there proof available that the tale could actually have happened and he set out to discover if there was evidence to support this hyposthesis.

He is an avid reader and dreamer and have the ability to write coherently. One of my greatest assets, according to the women in his life, is that he am a collector of irrelevant facts. They suggest I would be a great contest on Jeopardy.

He considers his book to be starting point for scientists, historians and others, to ask questions about our past.

He gathered information for his book from the following sources:
- 12th Planet, The, Zecharia Sitchin, Avon Books 1976
- Ainulindale, J.R.R. Tolkien, Harper Collins Publishers 1999
- Da Vinci Code, The, Dan Brown, Double Day 2003
- Genesis Of The Grail Kings, Laurence Gardner, Transworld Publishers Ltd. 1999
- The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, Methuen Publications 1977
- The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln,
Arrow Books 1996
- The Lord Of The Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien, Harper Collins Publishers 1999
- The Lost Treasure Of The Knights Templar, Steven Sora, Destiny Books 1999
- The Master of Speech, Shannon Dorey, Trafford Publishing 2003
- Realm Of The Ring Lords, Laurence Gardner, Fair Winds Press 2002
- Silmarillion, The, J.R.R. Tolkien, Harper Collins Publishers 1999
- Valaquenta, J.R.R. Tolkien, Harper Collins Publishers 1999
- Wars Of Gods And Men, The, Zecharia Sitchin 1985
- Iraqi archaeologists uncover ancient Sumerian ‘city of graves’
- Hobbit-Like Human Ancestor Found in Asia
- Gilgamesh tomb believed found
- Feds Want All-Seeing Eye in Sky

On his site www.questformiddle-earth.com we can read, “There is evidence that The Lord of the Rings was based on actual historical events”.

He states you will find evidence, some anecdotal, historical and biblical that support this.

Many Tolkien book fans did not appreciate even the movie adaptation, since the Lord of the Rings is ‘so’ precious for them.

He believes his book will be of great interest to Tolkien fans because they will gain knowledge of what he was thinking and why he wrote the story the way he did.

He also states his hope is to open the minds of his readers to ask, “What if…?”

The book took one winter to write and two years to edit.

He learned that he had a great interest in ring tales, which virtually are grail tales. He learned to speak Finnish so that he could understand their oral heritage. He also discovered that he published a prose translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, along with E.V. Gordon, in 1936 so was a grail historian, and he also believe, although Tolkien denied it, that the “Ring of the Nibelings” heavily influenced him

He scoured the Internet plus some old college English literature books, and he states the best way to learn about Tolkien is to read his books including the Similarion.

His website – www.questformiddle-earth.com - is basically a place to find out information about the book, about him and where it can be purchased in both book and eBook formats. The website will soon have reviews of the book posted on it and have an area where visitors can leave comments.
His main website – www.ufodigest.com - is an online magazine that deals with everything paranormal, with diverse opinions by 20 plus published writers and authors. He states we have been online since 1998 and have over 2 million visitors annually.

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