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Call for Papers: Mythmoot III

Mythmoot III: Ever On… Baltimore, MD • January 10-11, 2015 Send proposal Submissions (250-500 words) to Deadline for proposal submissions: August 31, 2014 Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2014 Mythmoot is a celebration and conference of the Signum University’s Mythgard Institute. The first two Mythmoots were held in 2012 and 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. […]

Riddles in the Dark Bonus: Pronunciation Guide

Audio Episode In response to an RITD listener query, Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen offers insights into the pronunciation of names and places in The Hobbit and other works by Tolkien. Trish Lambert attempts to get her head around the rules and admits to only some success.

Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory IV

Audio episode Trish stands in for Laura in this installment of the Supererogatory. She and Corey reviews some listener comments about the Siege of Erebor, covering RITD episodes 3.06, 3.07 and 3.08. Lots of support for Team Roac and some good stuff about Bilbo, the Arkenstone, and Elves as refugees. Conundrum 3.06: Will Roac (by name) […]

CFP: Popular Culture Association 2015

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference, to be held in New Orleans, April 1-4, 2015, is now accepting submissions for papers until November 1, 2014. There are several Subject Areas that might be of interest to Mythgardians, including Tolkien Studies, Fairy Tales, Children’s/YA Literature, Gothic, Horror, Medievalism in Popular Culture, Science Fiction & […]

Riddles in the Dark 3.11 – The Battle of Five Armies, Part 1

Audio Episode   How does the battle between the goblins and the three allied peoples (Men, Elves, Dwarves) begin? A.  The allies are about to fight (or are fighting) when Gandalf stops them, warning that goblins have arrived (book answer). B.  The allies are about to fight (or are fighting) and are stopped by someone other than […]

Sneak Peek @ K’zoo 2015 includes Tolkien panels

A sneak preview of the Call for Papers for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is now available at The list includes plenty for lovers of Tolkien and the fantasy genre: The History Dept, Texas A&M–Commerce is sponsoring “Tolkien as Translator and Translated”  The Tales after Tolkien Society is presenting […]

Mythmoot III: Ever On…. Registration is open!

Registration is now open for Mythmoot III: Ever On… with Early Bird Pricing in place through August 31st. Details are being worked out and will be announced as they are confirmed, but we can tell you now that there will be familiar and new features, all geared to encourage participants to laugh while they learn. […]

CFP: Tolkien at Kalamazoo 2015

The Tolkien at Kalamazoo group has been approved for 3 paper sessions at the International Medieval Congress held at Kalamazoo, Michigan in May 2015. The paper sessions are: Tolkien’s Beowulf: This session will focus on the recent publication of Tolkien’s Beowulf translation by his son Christopher, how it relates to other Tolkien works, and its […]

Riddles in the Dark 3.10 – Dol Guldur, the Black Hats

Audio Episode The Christopher Lee video we talked about at the start of the episode is embedded below   Riddle: Where will Sauron be during the Battle of Five Armies? A.  Fleeing (or feigning to) from Dol Guldur, headed to Barad-dur B.  Remotely directing his armies C.  Taking part in the battle in person D. […]