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Tol Brandir, by Ted Nasmith

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Riddles in the Dark the Epilog

Join Corey, Dave, and Trish as they run through the full list of riddles and conundra from Year 3. Any controversial items will be tabled for a follow-on episode.

January 2015 Signum Eagle: Spring Classes

Signum Eagle

The January 2015 issue of the Signum Eagle – Signum University’s student and faculty newsletter – is now available. This month features articles on the new Spring classes here at the Mythgard Institute (which are still open for registration through January 23!), as well as a recap of the recent Mythmoot III conference. Andrew Higgins returns with another installment […]

3 new Tolkien/Fantasy CFPs

1. Silver Leaves journal issue 6 will focus on the theme of “Music in Middle Earth”.  Silver Leaves welcomes artwork submissions, and all academic, journalistic, reflective, and creative submissions pertaining to music in Middle-earth and fantasy music in general. There is also limited room for creative and non-fiction submissions relating to Tolkien’s works, or to […]

Beowulf Through Tolkien

Beowulf Through Tolkien

Explore Tolkien’s lifelong fascination with the tale of Beowulf Tolkien’s involvement with Beowulf was lifelong. His 1936 lecture to the British Academy on “the Monsters and the Critics” has been said to be the most-cited academic paper of all time, in the humanities. But he also lectured to undergraduates until he retired in 1957 – […]

Science Fiction, Part II

Science Fiction Part II

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis is back for the second half of her course on Sci-Fi. What does it mean to be human? Are we alone? What wonders or terrors will tomorrow hold? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked […]

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Debriefs #1 and #2

The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen will host the first of two debriefs from viewing the third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Join Corey in the Netmoot on Thursday, December 18 at 9:30 pm Eastern time. Bring your questions, observations, and opinions and he will try to address them! If you can’t make […]

Call for Papers: Tolkien Society Seminar 2015

If you’re planning on going to the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK this summer, you may want to arrive a couple days early and attend the Tolkien Society Seminar. Better yet, present a paper! The 2015 Tolkien Society Seminar will be on the 4th July 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds. The theme of the seminar will […]

Riddles in the Dark – The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition Analysis

Audio Episode As part of the annual Mythgard fund raising webathon, Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, Trish Lambert, and Laura Berkholtz discuss the additional 20-something minutes added to the second of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies.

CFP: ANGLICA: An International Journal of English Studies

The editors of ANGLICA: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGLISH STUDIES, an online peer-reviewed annual journal under the auspices of the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, invite submissions for volume 24/1 devoted to all aspects of Anglophone literature and culture. The suggested maximum length of the paper is 15 pages, including the reference section […]

3 Genre CFPs: Heinlein, Twin Peaks, the Gothic & Racism

Mythgard Professor Dr. Amy H. Sturgis has pointed out three genre-related Calls For Proposals which might be of interest to Mythgardians seeking an outlet for their academic writing: I. Robert A. Heinlein. A collection of new scholarly essays on Robert A. Heinlein will be published by Salem Press for its Critical Insights Series, and is entertaining proposals for several chapters. Contributors […]