This book is a comparative analysis of the most significant passages of "The Lord of the Rings" and other beautiful excerpts from masters like Homer, Virgil, Dante, James Joyce, and many contemporary authors both of fantasy (and sci-fi) and realistic literature (from Terry Brooks to William Gibson, from Joseph O'Connor to Roddy Doyle). This is the newest aspect of this work, whose purpose is that of demonstrating on one hand that Tolkien has to be considered one of the greatest writers ever existed (not only the father of “fantasy literature”), on the other to explain the reasons of the very special spell that the “Lord of the Rings” casts on millions of readers. The passages quoted, in fact, each time offer the hint for a reflection, whose purpose is defining the secret of Tolkien's Middle Earth, compared with "our" middle earth: the world we all live in. The answer comes after a journey through the most beautiful sceneries of Middle Earth, as well as through an analysis of the characters of the “Lord of the Rings”. And the answer is: "energy": the same that runs in this world's veins, but made of a subtler material, more fluid, more easily perceptible, like a flower essence able to heal and comfort.