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REPLAY: Tolkien and Halloween

Get yourself pumped up for Halloween by listening to The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, Laura Berkholtz and George Naylor talk about the spooky side of Tolkien’s works. This was part of a day-long Halloween celebration sponsored by Middle-earth News in 2011. Download audio

CFP: Short Stories for all-woman Lovecraft anthology

She Walks in Shadows, the first all-woman Lovecraft anthology, will hold an open submissions period from November 15, 2014 to December 15, 2014. DO NOT SEND STUFF BEFORE THAT DATE. Submit short stories inspired by the work of Lovecraft that focus on a woman or female deity. It may be a character from Lovecraft’s work […]

Riddles in the Dark Postgame Episode 3

Audio Episode Video Version LEGO announced its sets for the third Hobbit movie. Predictably, Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen went to town on them with the support of co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert. Good times.

Quite a List: Mythmoot III Presenters

Presenters at Mythmoot 3 held on January 10 and 11, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland have been announced. The number of presentations at Mythmoot III is double the number at Mythmoot II, and the array of interesting and engaging topics is even richer.  Check out some or all of the paper summaries, along with a bit […]

“Heraldry of Heaven” – Free Lecture on C.S. Lewis and “Sehnsucht”

C. S. Lewis used the German term sehnsucht to describe an inconsolable yearning, “an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction.” Mythgard faculty member Sørina Higgins offered observations about Lewis and sehnsucht in a bonus lecture entitled “The Heraldry of Heaven: The Development of Sehnsucht in the Writings of C. S. […]

Guest Lecture: “The Heraldry of Heaven”

You are invited! The Heraldry of Heaven Sørina Higgins’ Guest Lecture on C.S. Lewis Tuesday, October 7, 2014 4:00pm-5:30 pm EDT Mythgard Academy/Signum University Reserve your Webinar seat now. This is a guest lecture by Prof. Sørina Higgins entitled “Heraldry of Heaven: The development of Sehnsucht in the writings of C. S. Lewis.” It is […]

Riddles in the Dark Postgame Episode 2

Audio Episode Corey, Trish, Dave and live listeners found little to like in the movie banner for the third installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series. So how, you may ask, did this turn in to one of the longer Riddles in the Dark episodes? Must have been all the tangential conversations…

The 2014 Mythgard Academy Fundraising Campaign is Underway!

We are concluding a great year of free courses at the Mythgard Academy. In addition to finishing Return of the King and thus completing The Lord of the Rings, Corey Olsen led classes in Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales and The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1. We also visited the science-fiction side of the house, with Ender’s […]

CFP: FORGOTTEN LEAVES: A New Tolkien Fan Anthology

Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial A New Tolkien Fan Anthology The volume will contain selected essays from Parma Nole: Journal of the Northeast Tolkien Society that are being brushed up and republished alongside new solicited essays. Additionally, this collection will contain previously unpublished lectures, critical (and non-critical) essays, interviews & reviews. Depending upon the […]