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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Mythgard Academy’s latest free course explores a fan favorite.

Tolkien’s Poetry

Tolkien's Poetry

Read the poems that shaped the author’s career.

Literary Copernicus

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Learn to see through H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmic vision.

CFP – Critical Insights: The Hunger Games

Critical Insights: The Hunger Games is a volume in a Grey House literature reference series.  The target audience is undergraduate and advanced high school students seeking deeper insight into the primary work(s) and literary study in general.  The essays will be divided into two sections:  Critical Contexts, consisting of essays relevant to the cultural and […]

Michael Drout Guest Lecture

You are invited!

Tolkien: Lost Tales, Part II

Book of Lost Tales, Part II

Explore Tolkien’s Book of Lost Tales, Part II with The Tolkien Professor! Have you ever wondered how J.R.R. Tolkien’s compelling and detailed fictional world developed? Would you like to study how stories and mythologies grow? Are you interested to read Tolkien’s early works published in The History of Middle-earth series, but you’ve been a little […]

Riddles in the Dark: The Beginning of the End

Audio episode Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert conduct a lightning round of Year 3 riddles and conundra. The fall out–the ones that they couldn’t agree on–will be debated and discussed in the next episode.

3 New SF/Fantasy CFPs

Here are new Calls for Papers of potential interest to Mythgardians. 1. Ambivalent Ambiguities: Depictions of Race in Young Adult Dystopian and Science Fiction (for more information: 2. The Once and Future Antiquity: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy (for more information: 3. Alchemy in Harry Potter (for more information:

Dr. Sturgis offers free weekend lecture series

This Spring, Mythgard’s own Dr. Amy H. Sturgis is offering a two-weekend lecture series (March 28-29 and April 11-12) free of charge to undergraduates and graduate students from any institution. Hotel accommodation in Asheville, NC and catering is included. Explore the dystopian tradition a stone’s throw away from the filming sites of The Hunger Games! Learn more at

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.