“It’s an academic conference!”
“No, it’s Hobbit party!”
Stop! You’re both right!
Meet our Conference VIPS!
We are honored to have three creative artists join us at Mythmoot. Several sessions in the conference will be about the art of adaptation.
- Ted Nasmith
- Jef Murray
- John Di Bartolo
Paper Sessions are now listed! Scroll down to check out the list…
The Mythgard Institute’s Mythmoot 2013: Back Again is taking place December 13, 14, and 15 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT) in the Baltimore, Maryland area.
Mythmoot is both a celebration and a scholarly conference. In other words, in the Mythgard tradition, attendees laugh while they learn, and while they discuss about Tolkien, The Hobbit, and Middle-earth.
Mythmoot 2013 at a Glance
- Unofficial Start: Friday evening, December 13, 2013 at the CCMIT dining hall and/or lounge
- Official Start: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013
- End: (approximately) 2 p.m. Sunday December 15, 2013
- Movie screening: Cinemark Egyptian 24, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, C-1, Hanover, MD 21076
- Conference sessions and banquet: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum, Maryland 21090
- Fee per person: $199 (includes movie, Sat/Sun conference sessions with lunch and break snacks, and Saturday dinner)
- For out of town attendees: Sleeping rooms are available at CCMIT for $130/night for a single and $180/night for a double, plus applicable taxes. Rooms rates include breakfast and dinner.
Click here to get the one-page Mythmoot II agenda in PDF format.
NEW! Paper Sessions
Mythmoot II adds paper presentations to the agenda, and the line up of paper sessions is remarkable. Our presenters have not limited their research to Tolkien; topics ranges over a broad landscape. There is literally and literarily something for everyone. Here is the sessions schedule (subject to change, of course):
Saturday Session (Tracks are concurrent)
Track I – Tolkien Texts: The Hobbit & the King – moderated by Alexis Heit
- Isaac Juan Tomas: The “grim-faced and grim-voiced” Bard: Men, heroes and the origins of evil in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
- Sørina Higgins: King Arthur Was an Elf! An Imaginary, Composite, Inklings Arthuriad
- Thomas Johnson: “Now that I see him, I do pity him”: Exploring Gollum’s Literary and Cinematic Development(s)
Track II – The World of Middle-earth: Customs & Culture of Middle-earth – moderated by Laura Berkholtz
- Dominic J. Nardi, Jr.: The Law of the Rings: Re-evaluating Politics in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth
- Constance G.J. Wagner: Frodo and Faramir: Mirrors of Chivalry
- David Rowe: Proverbs of Middle-earth
Track III – Beyond Tolkien: Through Silver Glass (Imaginative Media) – moderated by Laura Lee Smith
- Curtis Weyant: Masks of Moloch: Demands of Sacrifice in Speculative Fiction and Film
- Katherine Sas: “A Madman with a Blue Box”: Doctor Who as a Fairy-Tale
- Michelle Markey Butler: Internet Memes as Crowdsourced Movie Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Sunday Sessions (Tracks are concurrent)
Track I- Tolkien Texts: Tolkien’s Legendarium – moderated by Trish Lambert
- DMae Binkley: Teaching Middle-earth to middle school students in the middle of Alaska.
- Sparrow Alden: Early Modern English Inflectional Morphology: Not Just Another Pretty Spreadsheet
- Sara Legard: Essential Dragons in Tolkien’s Writing Beyond Middle-earth
Track II- The World of Middle-earth: Cosmogony & Eschatology – moderated by Isaac Juan-Tomas
- Kevin R. Hensler: God and Ilúvatar: Tolkien’s Use of Biblical Parallels and Tropes in His Cosmogony
- Dawn M. Walls-Thumma: At the Root of the Tree of Tales: Using Comparative Myth and “On Fairy-Stories” to Analyze Tolkien’s Cosmogony
- Rebekah Hunt: Beyond the Circles of the World: Death and the West in Tolkien’s Middle Earth Legendarium
Track III- Beyond Tolkien: Tolkien & Company – moderated by Franny Moore-Kyle
- Kristine Larsen: Red Comets and Red Stars: Tolkien, Martin, and the Use of Astronomy in Fantasy Series
- N. Trevor Brierly: Similarities between Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien and Dune by Frank Herbert
- Shellie Kennedy: The relationship between Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: Unexpected Adventure
The Rest of the Conference Agenda
Mythmoot will have an informal start on Friday, December 13 at CCMIT. Corey Olsen and the conference VIP guests will be on hand to talk Tolkien in particular and fantasy in general. There is a rumor floating around that an impromptu music session will strike up on Friday evening, so we urge you to come to the conference center and hang out in the lounge!
Formal conference start will take place on Saturday, December 14 with a private 3D, 48 frames-per-second showing of Peter Jackson’s just released film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
After the film, attendees will convene in the CCMIT dining hall for lunch, followed by a group “first reaction” session with Corey and special guests. From there, the first round of panel discussions will take place.
Saturday night is dinner in the CCMIT dining hall (this is included in the conference price), followed by a very social evening session. The second round of panel discussions will take place on Sunday morning,
There will be other activities and sessions; planning is still underway for these. The final full agenda will be posted here and announced on the Mythmoot Facebook page.
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The Hobbit Man Behind Mythmoot
Dr. Corey Olsen, known by thousands of fans as The Tolkien Professor, is the creative brain behind Mythmoot—actually, he’s the creative brain behind Mythgard Institute as a whole. A professor of medieval literature with an emphasis on Tolkien studies, Olsen has guided a whole new generation through the history of Middle-earth (and rekindled Tolkien enthusiasm in several older generations) by way of the lectures, seminars, and interviews that make up his podcast library.
Since launching his graduate level curriculum in Literature and Languages in Mythgard Institute, Olsen and his distinguished roster of resident and guest lecturers (which includes top Tolkien scholar Verlyn Flieger and other Tolkien notables including John Rateliff and Douglas Anderson) have delivered courses on Tolkien’s works as well as others including Elementary Latin, Modern Fantasy, The Arthur Story (taught by Flieger), and Taking Harry [Potter] Seriously.
In 2013, Corey launched an innovative program as part of Mythgard Academy: Free classes covering Tolkien and fantasy literature in the same format at the Mythgard graduate level courses–only shorter in duration and without homework!
Mythmoot is the annual conference of the Mythgard Institute. The objective is to add the conference to the roster of annual Tolkien-related conferences and symposia, offering scholars another avenue to share literary discourse and celebrate the works of Tolkien, his contemporaries, and his inspirations.
1 day, 6 meals, and 681 minutes of Lord of the Rings
In Spring 2014, Mythgard President and “Tolkien Professor” Corey Olsen will host the Mythgard Lord of the Rings movie marathon, complete with several hobbit-style meals and plenty of intermission discussion, on a weekend like no other.
Read more about the LotR Movie Marathon